Composting initiative has room to grow

October 11, 2015 3:00 PM


This year, returning students discovered a new addition to the Quad Creek Café: bright orange composting bins. Drake Environmental Action League (DEAL) started this initiative in order to combat the waste generated by campus dining.


Daraprim, HIV medication takes a drastic spike in price in order to use profit for research

1:30 PM


Daraprim is pill that is usually given to treat patients with acute malaria, toxoplasmosis (an infection caused by a parasite), HIV/AIDS and certain cancer patients. Its price has recently been changed from $13.50 per pill to an inflated $750 per pill.

Martin Shkreli, the CEO of Turing (the company that owns Daraprim), claims the sudden 5,000 percent increase is because the company will use the profit from the medication and funnel it into research in order to try and improve it.


Caucus Roundup: Jeb Bush’s Gaffe-tastrophes

October 10, 2015 10:56 AM


Although many thought Jeb Bush would have a difficult time proceeding to his dynasty’s coronation, the current state of the GOP instead indicates that he may be usurped entirely.

Jeb Bush had long held that he was playing to win a general election, but he is quickly learning that the pre-primary season is a harrowing ordeal for moderates. However, his more moderate positions are not the only targets of attack by his opponents. Jeb Bush has made numerous gaffes that not only alienate some primary and caucus voters but also undermine his support in a general election.


How to become and stay green on campus

October 8, 2015 2:00 PM


Our planet is kind of important. It supports our life and provides for us. The least we could do is repay it a little and be nice to it. But how do we do that? Here are some tips. (I’m going to sound a bit like an annoying hippie in this. I apologize.)


Dear Brandi: How do I have peace during my nap?

October 6, 2015 1:17 PM


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Q: I am really into this guy and a friend of mine says he is interested in me too. I want to initiate conversation to get to know him more and show him I like him, but I have no idea where to begin to do anything like that.

A: Go for it! Even if he just thought you were cute from across the room, he is going to be hella impressed and flattered that you are willing to approach him first.

Your friend is not a d-bag (hopefully) who is hoping for you to fail. If they say that the vibes are there, you can probably trust them. And honestly, the worse thing that can happen from giving a guy your number is that he doesn’t text you. That is literally nothing. You can do it. Slide him the digits.


Q: How do you politely tell your roommate to not even acknowledge your presence when you are napping?

A: Naps are bae. Do not let anyone come between you and your naps. I think the best method is to be upfront. Just let her know that if you are in your room between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (or whenever it is your prime naps occur) that you are there to squeeze in a ten-minute nap and you can not be disturbed or talked to during this time.

If you are terrified by a touch of confrontation, you can make a sign to hang across your door that says “nap time” or “nap zone” so your roommate immediately knows what’s up.

The key with both of these techniques is clarity. Do not attempt subtlety.

The Lowest Key – Danny Seth

10:00 AM


Very rarely do you come across an artist who is unlike any other. An artist with a sound so unique that not even all of the blogs that normally break music have caught on yet. An artist with a buzz that has been kept under wraps, but almost by design. Danny Seth is that artist.

I first caught wind of Danny Seth in 2013 after his appearance on the massive Been Trill mixtape “In the Field.” Seth appeared on the tape with a few solo tracks and features. His unique sound immediately caught my attention.

After following Seth on SoundCloud, it became evident that the artist had star quality and an incredible knack for flowing over ridiculous beats like nobody else.

Seth is from London, England and grew up with family problems. He found hip-hop and came to the United States for an internship, which eventually allowed him to find his voice as a rapper.

Seth raps about London, but in a way that is totally different from the stars of the London rap scene, which is known as grime. Rappers such as Skepta and Stormzy have been popularizing the grime movement, fueled by British house beats techno synth production.

Seth raps over airy, insane trap beats with a flow that nails memorable punches effortlessly. His debut full-length project “Perception” showcases the level of production that Seth is capable of destroying. Most production on the project was done in house, but there is not one beat on the project that is not amazing.

The production is unlike anything on any of the biggest albums this year. It is much more ethereal and orchestral. You can feel that over two years have been put into this project. Seth is relatable and more so than you would think being an English guy. His music is a balance between bravado and intense emotion, all of which is easily felt through his crisp, accented raps.

Danny Seth deeply cares about his image as well, as evidenced by his video for “I Arise Because.”. One of the best music videos of the year, Seth’s visuals create an air of exclusivity and mystery that make him all the more intriguing as an artist.

He is probably the best artist you have not heard yet, and his rise might be one of the most noteworthy of the next year. What Drake was to Toronto, Danny Seth can be to all of England.

He is too original not to win, and most importantly too good. The British are coming once again.