New initiative aims to give students 24-hour access to FAC

April 21, 2015 9:00 AM

STORY BY LINDSAY FIEGLE

THE HARMON FINE ARTS CENTER (FAC) currently has limited hours. A new initiative aims to give students 24-hour access rehearsal and practices rooms art studios and computer labs. PHOTO BY CODY FROST | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

THE HARMON FINE ARTS CENTER (FAC) currently has limited hours. A new initiative aims to give students 24-hour access rehearsal and practices rooms art studios and computer labs. PHOTO BY CODY FROST | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Though many Drake fine art students are quick to complain about the old facility that is home to their department, students are hopeful about the possibility of having 24-hour access to the Harmon Fine Arts Center (FAC).

This spring, the Student Music Advisory Committee (SMAC) began an initiative to allow students 24-hour access to practice rooms, rehearsal spaces, technology labs and study areas.      (more…)

Sagmeister gives “The Happiness Talk”

6:00 AM

STORY BY CLAUDIA WILLIAMS

STEFAN SAGMEISTER, award-winning artist and graphic designer, gave a lecture in Sheslow Auditorium on April 3 entitled “The Happiness Talk” to discuss how to achieve happiness both as a person and as an artist. PHOTO BY CODY FROST | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

STEFAN SAGMEISTER, award-winning artist and graphic designer, gave a lecture in Sheslow Auditorium on April 3 entitled “The Happiness Talk” to discuss how to achieve happiness both as a person and as an artist. PHOTO BY CODY FROST | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

World famous artist and graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister traveled to Drake University to give ‘The Happiness Talk,’ a presentation about his about graphic design, happiness and how the two coincide with each other.

Four hundred students, staff, faculty and members of the Des Moines community attended the event and listened to the artist’s presentation in Sheslow Auditorium.

Sagmeister has been in the industry for over 30 years and has numerous international awards under his belt. He was given the National Design Award in 2005, as well as two Grammy awards.

Those Grammy awards came from his collaboration with bands such as The Rolling Stones, OK Go and Aerosmith, with whom he created album art and record designs.

With plenty of experience in his toolbox, Sagmeister had a lot of life advice to give in terms of careers, dreams and design. (more…)

Sitback, relax and enjoy the show: four local, must-visit theaters in Des Moines

April 20, 2015 7:00 PM

STORY BY ETHAN FICKAU

Cinemark 20 theater located in Jordan Creek Town Center offers a variety of films in all genres. PHOTO BY EMILY LAMBIE | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Cinemark 20 theater located in Jordan Creek Town Center offers a variety of films in all genres. PHOTO BY EMILY LAMBIE | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

There are four significant cinemas that attract residents in the Des Moines area. Those locations are the Varsity Theater next to Drake University, the Flix Brewhouse at Merle Hay Mall, the Cobblestone 9 Theater in Urbandale and the Century 20 Jordan Creek and XD Theater at Jordan Creek Mall in West Des Moines. These theaters often use the Drake Relays as a kick-start to the summer season.

Each of these theaters is different in its own way. The Varsity Theater prides itself on affordability. Denise Mahon owns the Varsity and she says that she loves the benefits of having the theater so close to a college campus.

“We have $5 matinees and you can’t beat that. We have a lot of staff and instructors and professors that come here on a regular basis. With students, it depends on the film. One thing that gives me real satisfaction is there has been several Saturdays where at the end of a film, they break out in applause and you can’t get better than that,” Mahon said. (more…)

Alpha Tau Omega fraternity rechartering during Relays

5:30 PM

STORY BY MADISON OTTENBACHER

ALPHA TAU OMEGA (ATO) will be recognized nationally on April 25, 20 years after they were first removed from Drake’s campus. The fraternity members sent headquarters a 400-page petition for approval to officially charter.   PHOTO COURTESY OF TOM SCEARCE.

ALPHA TAU OMEGA (ATO) will be recognized nationally on April 25, 20 years after they were first removed from Drake’s campus. The fraternity members sent headquarters a 400-page petition for approval to officially charter. PHOTO COURTESY OF TOM SCEARCE.

Drake Relays is a time for track and field and fun times with friends. However, this year a group of fraternity men look forward to it for a different reason.

On April 25, the Delta Omicron chapter of Alpha Tau Omega (ATO) will be chartered.

After two years of dedication, hard work and a 400-page petition, the colony is approved to become an official chapter with ATO nationally and in the Greek life community at Drake. (more…)

Haute mess: leggings with Sperry’s and other regrettable spring fashion decisions

3:00 PM

STORY BY HANNAH LITTLE

AS SEASONS merge, so do fashion styles. Don’t be caught donning a fashion faux pas.  PHOTO BY EMILY LAMBIE | STAFF  PHOTPHOTOGRAPHER

AS SEASONS merge, so do fashion styles. Don’t be caught donning a fashion faux pas. PHOTO BY EMILY LAMBIE | STAFF PHOTPHOTOGRAPHER

As winter melts into spring, I find myself wearing the weirdest outfits in public. Because any given day can either have a -30 degree wind chill or 80 degree weather with sunshine, deciding what to wear is impossible.

Sometimes, my outfits aren’t so bad — an oversized t-shirt, leggings, and Sperry’s.

Most of the time, however, I am just too lazy to even try to look pulled together and I end up going out in public in running shorts, a sweatshirt and Uggs.

I have a suspicion that I am not the only person who is making regrettable fashion decisions this spring. (more…)

Maddy Dean named conference Freshman of the Year

1:00 PM

STORY BY MICHAEL WENDLANDT

STATS DON’T LIE MVC Freshman of the Year Maddy Dean was in the top-five amongst MVC freshmen in scoring, rebounds and threes. PHOTO BY JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR

STATS DON’T LIE | MVC Freshman of the Year Maddy Dean was in the top-five amongst MVC freshmen in scoring, rebounds and threes. PHOTO BY JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR

For the second consecutive year, a Drake Bulldog was awarded with the Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Year in Women’s Basketball.

Last year Lizzy Wendell won the prestigious award, and this season it was earned by Maddy Dean.

“It’s really exciting,” Wendell said. “It shows that our program is going somewhere.” (more…)