Summer bucket list: 15 things to do during summer 2015

May 10, 2015 10:00 AM


1. Swim in a natural body of water
Find any natural body of water and take a swim to cool off. Taking a dip in the pool is great, but nothing compares to the experience of swimming in a lake or the ocean.

2. Go someplace new
Whether it’s going to a theme park you’ve never been to before or just to the new boutique in your town, going someplace new is always refreshing.

3. Drive as far from the city lights as possible and try to see the Milky Way
Living in the city, it’s easy to forget that stars actually do exist. Even if you have to take a long drive out to see the constellations, I promise it’s worth it. (more…)

Humans of Drake: Kylee Bateman

May 9, 2015 9:00 AM

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. This week’s subject is Kylee Bateman.


“What are some of the best experiences you’ve had during your first year here?”
“I’ve gotten to be a part of my residence hall’s executive council, so that was a new experience for me but it was really fun to learn how to plan programs and be a part of that community.”


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

10:00 AM

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…)