Dear Brandi: How do I make time for exercise?

September 29, 2015 8:30 AM


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Q: My friend asked me what to do because she keeps getting “sexiled,” so I’m asking you, what should she do? –H.

Brandi: I personally believe people that “sexile” are not to be tolerated but I do have some advice.

You could write out your daily schedule and hang it in your room so she knows when you are gone. Block out the hours when you have class or work or club meetings. That way she can visibly see the adjustments she needs to make to her sex schedule.

Another method is to just not be sexiled. To paraphrase a friend, as long as you have a key, you can refuse sexile. You might see some body parts you were not expecting to see, but it would totally be worth it to put your foot down.

Also, to all other room-sharers who are getting some: do not sexile your roommates. They have access to your food, bed, and toothbrush.

Q: How do you make sure to fit in time to exercise? –O.

Brandi: In general, I personally just try to avoid working out at all costs.

But some people find exercise vital to their physical and emotional health and get real cranky when they don’t get the chance to sweat it out.

Time management is nearly impossible, but my main advice is to work in your workout in those weird little one or two hour gaps you have between classes. There is no law that says workouts have to happen at the beginning or end of the day. Do not be afraid of going to class post workout. It is literally like having midday P.E. in high school. Plus, almost no one is at Underground at one p.m. on a Monday, so you can sweat and grunt in peace.

Society need for uncensored media

8:00 AM


Recently, there has been a lot of debate on whether or not the media should publish graphic or unsettling images and stories in response to the photo of a young Syrian boy who drowned as a result of the migrant crisis and was laying face down — clearly dead – on the beach.


Opinion: One side at Quad is not enough

September 27, 2015 1:00 PM


The recent changes occurring at Quad mean that students can now only receive one side with any full meal.

Although each student is paying an increased price, each meal has shrunk to one side. The meal still includes an entree and a drink in the price, but a student must choose between their favorite sides of chips, fruit, vegetables or pudding cups. Many of these sides have increased slightly in size, but not enough to make up for the loss of the choice for a second side.

With the absence of a second side, many students are not entirely full after using a meal— which is certainly not the purpose of having a meal plan on campus. Each student should receive a filling and hearty meal to keep them full throughout their classes so they can concentrate on learning, not on their stomachs.

Instead, students are concentrating on their stomachs and the cost of a more expensive meal plan. Since students are required to purchase a meal plan and live on campus, it is surprising that our meal plans would abruptly shrink in size. An increase in the price of a meal plan should have a positive correlation on our meals. If our tuition rises, so should the number of sides we are allotted to each swipe.

Due to the fact that we are buying less food for our money, we are in turn being forced to spend more flex, for we are no longer able to save a side for later. Unfortunately we can only convert our meals to flex once a semester now, therefore demonstrating that our meals aren’t worth as much as they once were.

As a result, we are running out of both meals and flex faster, than in previous semesters. Students can no longer turn to the block plans to find the best balance between meals and flex. Each student is unable to take full advantage of their meal plans as they were once able to. And without a second side provided with meals, students are not able to fully enjoy their meals at Quad.

If these changes continue as our tuition steadily increases each year, then one can only wonder how many sides we will end up with in the future.

Nickelodeon to bring back 90’s favorites

11:00 AM


My favorite mornings as a kid were always on Saturdays. Coming downstairs to the scent of breakfast and hearing my brothers already watching our morning cartoons — just thinking about it sends a feeling of nostalgia through me.

Like all good things, those relaxing Saturday mornings didn’t last. Soon enough, our Saturdays began to consist of sports tournaments, work or even worse — homework. All too soon we changed the channel and forgot about our Saturday morning cartoons.

Ready to relive these mornings? It’s called “The Splat,” a block programming all your favorite classic 90’s Nickelodeon cartoons.

There isn’t much information being released at the moment, but it has been confirmed that cartoons ranging from “Hey Arnold”, to “CatDog”, to “Rugrats” will soon be available to be enjoyed all over again.

According to, “The Splat” will not just be showing reruns, but will also be creating all-new episodes to be watched! Finally, being able to watch cartoons with your little brother or sister that you can both agree on, or having a better option than “Doc McStuffins” when babysitting.

Who am I kidding? We don’t need to have a younger sibling to enjoy these new programs. These are our cartoons! “The Splat” is launching in October, so I know exactly what I will be binge watching all of fall break.

You might be wondering: Why now? These shows haven’t been broadcasted or even popular for many years. Why is there all this sudden interest? As much as I’d love to say that the TV producers are doing this purely to make us happy, there is an ulterior motive.

Kids” programming has been losing viewers more and more each year because younger viewers are streaming shows from tablets or smartphones, according to This maneuver is in hopes of regaining their audience and increasing views.

There are some people that are wary about the decision to bring back our old favorites, especially if there are new episodes being made. What if the shows aren’t as good as we remember? Or worse, what if all the new episodes are horrible, and ruin the show’s reputation?

I’m not worried about this. I have full confidence that our shows will continue to be hilarious and entertaining, and now they will be more up-to-date with current times.

My advice: keep an eye out for “The Splat.” Even if you end up disliking the newer episodes, re-watching some of your favorite cartoons will not only provide a great sense of nostalgia, but also be a great stress relief between study sessions.

Lorentzen Student Hatchery and Drake students

9:00 AM


Last fall, my friend Brady and I were sitting next to each other waiting for class to start and she asked me, “Hey, do you want to start a business?”

As the do-anything-once type of gal, I agreed without getting any details.

Later, she explained to me that she saw a flyer around campus that was offering scholarships to a select few who pitched their business ideas to a panel of judges. It was called the Lorentzen Student Hatchery and was formed because John Lorentzen, a Drake alum, wanted more students to have funding and the chance to start businesses during or fresh out of school. We found out it was open to all students and our inexperience in the field was irrelevant. We decided to give it the good ol’ college try.

As Arts & Sciences students, the first time we explored the College of Business and Administration was the day we went to pitch our $10,000 idea. We had a rough sketch of what we wanted our business to look like. We skipped Thirsty Thursday that week and instead recruited friends to listen to us pitch and give us constructive criticism and encouragement (shout out to Elizabeth Johnson and Rachel Dupree). The next day, filled with nerves and excitement, we pitched our business.

It was quite the adrenaline rush. I remember leaving feeling pretty damn good. We didn’t expect to win. We were just proud of ourselves for competing.

A few weeks later we found out we did win along with four other businesses. In my three years at Drake, I had never felt so accomplished. Never in a million years did I see myself evolving from anything other than an Arts & Sciences student. I was becoming an entrepreneur.

We learned that the hatchery was equipped with mentors, regular meetings, and guidelines to keep all of the participants on track. The program officially started in May and became a routine throughout the summer. From May to now, we have watched each other’s businesses develop and mold into fascinating projects that will hopefully grow beyond our expectations.

We got to pitch our idea to a room full of strangers and were featured on Channel 13 news. We went to weekly meetings and set goals for ourselves that pushed us to be better businesspeople and entrepreneurs. Although we were all exposed to the same program and expectations, we all took something different with us from the experience.

Ethan Turner of “Glimpse: A New Perspective,” for example, says the hatchery and mentors taught him “to be a better CEO as well as a better man.” Brayton Deprey of “Settled In” called the hatchery a “great opportunity for non-business majors to get involved in the business school and the perfect way to develop a set of skills that will benefit (her) that (she) would not have acquired in her own majors.”

This experience taught me a plethora of things about the business world, but most importantly it taught me that I can do absolutely anything I set my mind to. It made me realize I will never be confined to one track in life and that my classes and education do not have to be limited to one school.

I am an LPS/IR double major with a concentration in Arabic and an entrepreneur. I will graduate in December as a well-rounded individual with options I could not ask anything more from Drake. I feel fortunate for the opportunity to expand my horizons and am lucky that Drake University and its alumni constantly offer such opportunities.

I want to stress that ANY student can apply for this scholarship. It is worth the time and effort. Teams or individuals may apply. To get a better idea of the businesses created through the hatchery, you can check us out at

From Malaysia to Des Moines: a transfer student’s journey

September 26, 2015 2:00 PM


“There’s nothing here,” These were my first thoughts on an Iowa highway linking Ames (where I had stayed for a day at my sister’s place) to Des Moines, my eventual destination.

It was a 180-degree turnaround from Chicago, where I had visited for a week prior to coming to Iowa. The tallest building I have seen so far (apparently named the 801 Grand Tower) would have been dwarfed on a David to Goliath margin when compared to the Willis Tower or the Petronas Twin Towers back home in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

That is not to say I didn’t like what I saw. The cornfields were an eye opener. I have never seen such vast golden cornfields nor the isolated barn houses.

I believe they call this the first stage of culture shock, the honeymoon stage. I would have stepped out of the car and ran in slow-motion among the cornfields if I could.

The cornfields disappeared as we approached Des Moines and Drake University and the view was no longer as grand.

In all honesty, I still don’t quite know why I chose Drake. Despite being Malaysian, I am not an actuarial science major nor a finance major, but an anthropology and journalism undergrad. Perhaps the location and the population played a part.

So far, I have yet to encounter any distractions from my academic obligations and extra-curricular activities, the best fun I have had with my mates so far has been posing for photos with retail guns at Scheels (firearms are illegal in Malaysia).

The relatively small number of students also means that I have bumped into the same people more than once on campus. It’s easier to make acquaintances.

However, the best thing I have found so far about studying and living here in campus has been the size of the campus. It isn’t small enough to be labelled a glamourous high school, nor is it big enough for me to have to take the bus from one class to another. In other words, commuting in and around campus hasn’t been a problem. I can walk to the library just as easily as walking out of campus for weekly half-priced wings at Jethro’s.

As far as logistics go, it’s all nice I would say. But it’s only been three weeks, and I assume studying abroad usually isn’t just smooth sailing with no tides. Come fall and winter I might find myself in more unfamiliar situations.