Media coverage of Baltimore lacks key information

May 6, 2015 3:00 PM


Chamindi Wijesinghe can be reached at

Chamindi Wijesinghe can be reached at

According to The Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, 96 percent of Americans are bracing themselves for a racially disturbed summer.

This was further reinforced last Wednesday with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s speech in New York.

“We have to come to terms with some hard truths about race and justice in America in order to end the era of mass incarceration,” she said during the speech.

Clinton proposed a requirement for police officers to be equipped with body cameras.     Yet most remain dubious as to whether this will calm the chain reaction of social disorder that started following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown — a black man — by police officer Darren Wilson. (more…)

First full-time female official to face challenges with NFL position

May 3, 2015 1:00 PM


Tim Webber can be reached at and @HelloTimWebber

Tim Webber can be reached at and @HelloTimWebber

The next step in the fight for gender equality has come from an unlikely source: the National Football League.

It may be hard to believe that the organization that many consider the epitome of masculinity, the organization that cashes in billions each year from people wanting to see grown men risk traumatic brain injuries, is a leader in the fight for women’s rights.

But the NFL affirmed that position earlier this month when it announced the hiring of its first full-time female official. (more…)

Humans of Drake: Jonathan Lueth

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Each week a staff photographer will be capturing moments around campus that involve a member of the Drake community. This week’s photographer is Joel Venzke. 



“What are you doing on a beautiful day like today?”
“I’m just kind of enjoying the day — it’s just a nice day out so I decided to just come out here and kill some time feeling the breeze.”

“What’s your favorite thing about this time of the year?”
“It’s really nice to see campus come back alive after a seemingly really long time of it being dark, dreary and nobody around. Just seeing that the grass is green now and actually seeing people out and around campus now is great. I love it. ”

The brownie incident: Beware of Internet baking hacks

May 2, 2015 10:00 AM


Usually I use this column to test out a recipe from the Internet or share ways to upgrade college classics. This week, though, I have a story to share.

I went home last weekend. My friends decided to make brownies. So they went to the C-Store and picked up some mix.

Naturally, the C-Store doesn’t carry vegetable oil or eggs, which are the only two ingredients you need. Off to a great start. They asked if they could borrow my oil, and instead of walking to Walgreens, Googled what to substitute for eggs in brownies.

The Internet told them to use extra oil instead of eggs. I bet you can see where this is going. (more…)

Is Autocorrect smart enough to know what we’re actually thinking?

May 1, 2015 4:00 PM


Hudson Webber can be reached at

Hudson Webber can be reached at

A friend of mine recently texted me and said, in reference to the Drake Relays, that “There’s three to four other food races after that one.”

This is a rather odd statement to read as it pops up in your text conversation.

The important part, of course, is that he said “food races” instead of “good races.”

This incorrect word was obviously thanks to Autocorrect, the automated service we all know and love.

I chuckled, then asked if he was hungry, which, as it turned out, he was.   (more…)

Netflix’s new show “Daredevil” lives up to Marvel fans’ high expectations

April 28, 2015 5:30 PM


Ruth Ronnau can be reached at

Ruth Ronnau can be reached at

Marvel’s “Daredevil” was released this past weekend and has great reviews. Rotten Tomatoes giving the show a 97 percent approval rating.

But where Marvel’s Cinematic Universe is action-packed, Marvel’s “Daredevil” is violent and gritty in a whole new way. The show chronicles the origins of the comic book character Mathew Murdock, played by actor Charlie Cox. Murdock was blinded at a young age by radioactive materiel.

Now an adult, Murdock is trying to save his city, Hell’s Kitchen, from being over taken by criminal activity. Dressed in a black mask, he fights gangsters at night using skills he learned during his childhood. During the day, he and his law firm partner Foggy Nelson, played by actor Elden Henson, attempt to defend the innocent and protect those persecuted by the corruption.

For comic book outsiders, the show’s plot is easily digestible—if you can stomach the gore. (more…)