Former Drake offensive lineman returns to alma mater as coach

April 28, 2015 6:00 AM

STORY BY MICHAEL WENDLANDT

STEVE FLYNN hung up his cleats four years ago, but he still hasn’t left the sport of football, coaching teams every year since graduation. COURTESY OF DRAKE ATHLETICS

STEVE FLYNN hung up his cleats four years ago, but he still hasn’t left the sport of football, coaching teams every year since graduation. COURTESY OF DRAKE ATHLETICS

There will be a new, yet familiar, face patrolling the sidelines at Drake Stadium this coming football season. All-Conference Offensive Tackle Steve Flynn will return to Drake to coach the position he excelled at for three years as a Bulldog.

Steve Flynn, a starting left tackle from 2009-2011, has returned to Drake to coach the tackles and help the receivers and tight ends with blocking.

Earning All-Conference status in the Pioneer Football League in 2010 and 2011, Flynn has prior experience and knowledge in what it takes to win in this conference.

“I would bring a get-it-done attitude to the field,” Flynn said. “I was a guy who knew the Xs and Os to get the job done and would find ways to make it happen.” (more…)

Drake Mask unmasked

April 27, 2015 7:00 PM

STORY BY ADAM ROGAN

THE DRAKE MASK is a rather unpredictable character, most known for staring down opposing players before tip-off, dancing during the free throws and, of course, the mask that hides his true identity at every game. PHOTO BY JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR

THE DRAKE MASK is a rather unpredictable character, most known for staring down opposing players before tip-off, dancing during the free throws and, of course, the mask that hides his true identity at every game. PHOTO BY JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR

The great heroes of sport are rarely those that were expected to succeed. Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady wasn’t picked until the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft and Drake’s own Adam Emmenecker, who led the Bulldogs to the Men’s Basketball NCAA Tournament in 2008 for the first time since 1971, had been a walk-on for the Men’s Basketball team the three previous years.

However, heroes don’t always make their names on the field, but can sometimes rise in other forms, rising out of the shadows to save the day. And now, it seems that Drake has one such hero. (more…)

A match(up) made in heaven

5:30 PM

STORY BY MICHAEL WENDLANDT

Everyone on campus has surely heard about the success that Drake Women’s Basketball had this season. The team finished second in the Missouri Valley Conference and earned a spot in the Women’s National Invitational Tournament (WNIT).

With most of their roster getting consistent playing time and needing to learn their own roles, the team looks to the Gray Squad for quality competition outside of official games. (more…)

Drake support crucial for Bulldog Athletics

3:00 PM

STORY BY ADAM ROGAN

FANS SUPPORT the Bulldogs basketball teams in the Knapp Center, influencing the game with their volume and energy from the stands. PHOTO BY JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR

FANS SUPPORT the Bulldogs basketball teams in the Knapp Center, influencing the game with their volume and energy from the stands. PHOTO BY JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR

There are currently over 250 student-athletes who represent Drake University. Together, these students make up the Drake Athletics community, and all of these Bulldogs, along with their coaches and the fans, provide support for one another in their endeavors, on or off the field.

“Drake is a small enough campus that normally with the attendance you can tell if there’s another team there and so that makes a big difference, brings in energy,” said John Hugunin, a fifth-year senior and team captain for Drake football. “It’s nice to have your fellow Bulldogs coming out and supporting you just as friends.” (more…)

Royal flush: progressive, under-the-radar organization, Poker Club, is worth betting on

1:00 PM

STORY BY ETHAN FICKAU

POKER CLUB brings around 25 students together once a week to enjoy the strategic game. Student skills vary from beginners to experienced with all learning more about the game in a safe, comfortable environment. Poker Club meets every Thursday at 8 p.m. PHOTO BY JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR

POKER CLUB brings around 25 students together once a week to enjoy the strategic game. Student skills vary from beginners to experienced with all learning more about the game in a safe, comfortable environment. Poker Club meets every Thursday at 8 p.m. PHOTO BY JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR

Among the more than 160 clubs and organizations at Drake University, there are many that go unnoticed and are relatively unknown to students.

One of these clubs is the Drake Poker Club.

The club meets once a week with about 25 members that regularly attend. Except for a $5 participation charge each semester, it does not cost players anything to play.

While the club primarily meets to play cards, most members also come to socialize with friends and to relax after a long day of classes. (more…)

The real world sucks: graduation from a senior’s perspective

11:30 AM

STORY BY STEPHANIE KOCER

Stephanie Kocer can be reached at stephanie.kocer@drake.edu

Stephanie Kocer can be reached at stephanie.kocer@drake.edu

It can’t already be April 2015. It can’t. I remember when I was 18 just moving into my freshman dorm room. So naïve.

I had so much ahead of me. Senior capstone was years away. Applying for jobs was in the future.

And now it’s almost time for me to graduate from college.

Am I an adult? How does one tell if they have reached adulthood yet? Does it happen overnight? Do you get a certificate in the mail?

I don’t think I was supposed to be an adult. I want to be one, but the corndogs I just warmed up in the microwave seem to tell me differently. (more…)