Hubbell breakfast is a classic staple of campus and should not be changed

April 28, 2015 9:00 AM

STORY BY TAYLOR EISENHAUER

Taylor Eisenhauer can be reached at taylor.eisenhauer@drake.edu

Taylor Eisenhauer can be reached at taylor.eisenhauer@drake.edu

It’s come to my attention that some students want more variety when it comes to Hubbell breakfast. But I would argue that Hubbell breakfast is one of the few constants in a Drake student’s life.

Among fluctuating deadlines, the unpredictable weather and the constant uncertainty of our futures looming over us, we can count on Hubs to have our favorite morning foods. (more…)

Former Drake offensive lineman returns to alma mater as coach

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…)

Humans of Drake

9:00 AM

Sophomore Brenna Paukert profiles nine members of the Drake community through a series of photos and conversations.

RACHEL SPITZIG “For me, trekking isn’t about the destination. It’s all about the path to the destination. For two weeks, I spent every waking moment with eight strangers and a guy I had barely known for six months crossing the Himalayas with no connection to the outside world. That was the real adventure.”

RACHEL SPITZIG
“For me, trekking isn’t about the destination. It’s all about the path to the destination. For two weeks, I spent every waking moment with eight strangers and a guy I had barely known for six months crossing the Himalayas with no connection to the outside world. That was the real adventure.”

MOLLY LAMOUREUX “I went to New York over spring break and had three interviews set up. In less than 48 hours, Harper’s Bazaar got back to me. I didn’t even think twice. I really wanted to do this and knowing that all my hard work was recognized by someone as prestigious and important as Harper’s Bazaar made me feel really good. It confirms that all these extra fashion endeavors are worth my time.”

MOLLY LAMOUREUX
“I went to New York over spring break and had three interviews set up. In less than 48 hours, Harper’s Bazaar got back to me. I didn’t even think twice. I really wanted to do this and knowing that all my hard work was recognized by someone as prestigious and important as Harper’s Bazaar made me feel really good. It confirms that all these extra fashion endeavors are worth my time.”

KELSEY TYLER “When I was eight my mom and I had just pulled into a McDonald’s parking lot. We were about to get out of our van when a car came racing around through the lot. A girl rolls out of the passenger side. I don’t know if she was pushed or if she jumped. My mom immediately went over to her and helped pick her up and said ‘You don’t ever let anyone treat you like that’ and gave her a hug. It’s one of the reasons why my mom is my favorite person.”

KELSEY TYLER
“When I was eight my mom and I had just pulled into a McDonald’s parking lot. We were about to get out of our van when a car came racing around through the lot. A girl rolls out of the passenger side. I don’t know if she was pushed or if she jumped. My mom immediately went over to her and helped pick her up and said ‘You don’t ever let anyone treat you like that’ and gave her a hug. It’s one of the reasons why my mom is my favorite person.”

HANNAH ERICKSON “If I could major in painting and make tons of money from it, I would totally do so. It’s something that I can really get lost in for a long time. I love doing people — faces and interactions and body positions — there’s something about painting a person. You know, they’re very unique. Even if you don’t get it right but you get the emotion right, you’re still portraying who they are.”

HANNAH ERICKSON
“If I could major in painting and make tons of money from it, I would totally do so. It’s something that I can really get lost in for a long time. I love doing people — faces and interactions and body positions — there’s something about painting a person. You know, they’re very unique. Even if you don’t get it right but you get the emotion right, you’re still portraying who they are.”

GRACE ROGERS “I started being a soccer fan when my family got season tickets to the Kansas City soccer team, Sporting Kansas City. After a while, my parents told me that I needed to stop talking about soccer because I was getting really annoying. I figured if I can’t talk about soccer to my parents, I would just go talk about soccer on the Internet. So I started blogging and writing.”

GRACE ROGERS
“I started being a soccer fan when my family got season tickets to the Kansas City soccer team, Sporting Kansas City. After a while, my parents told me that I needed to stop talking about soccer because I was getting really annoying. I figured if I can’t talk about soccer to my parents, I would just go talk about soccer on the Internet. So I started blogging and writing.”

DEREK NYSTROM “I think I’m just really fortunate to have had family that has been 100 percent supportive of what I’ve wanted. I’ve never really felt any judgment from my family. My boyfriend and I met online on Grindr, his name is Eric. He’s from back home in Illinois. He’s really tall, taller than me. He’s really nice, caring, hard working. He’s a little shy while I’m more outgoing, so we balance each other out really well.”

DEREK NYSTROM
“I think I’m just really fortunate to have had family that has been 100 percent supportive of what I’ve wanted. I’ve never really felt any judgment from my family. My boyfriend and I met online on Grindr, his name is Eric. He’s from back home in Illinois. He’s really tall, taller than me. He’s really nice, caring, hard working. He’s a little shy while I’m more outgoing, so we balance each other out really well.”

ADAM USSHER “I went to New Orleans for Spring Break to see some family. I got to the airport on time [to go home]. I got to my gate, sat down with my Subway, had a book ready and all of a sudden I heard a loud bang…followed by two more really loud bangs. People were running around, freaking out. I want to become a cop so I thought, ‘I need to stay here in case somebody needs me.”

ADAM USSHER
“I went to New Orleans for Spring Break to see some family. I got to the airport on time [to go home]. I got to my gate, sat down with my Subway, had a book ready and all of a sudden I heard a loud bang…followed by two more really loud bangs. People were running around, freaking out. I want to become a cop so I thought, ‘I need to stay here in case somebody needs me.”

ALI JANDAL “My favorite daydream is being at the Relays as a complete underdog. Lap one I’d always be in the mix. Lap two the leaders would break off. The third lap one guy would break off and I’d go behind him; and then the last lap we’d just be head to head until 200 meters and then I’d just take off and yell … and take off and go sprinting towards the finish and then cross. Even now it gives me chills.”

ALI JANDAL
“My favorite daydream is being at the Relays as a complete underdog. Lap one I’d always be in the mix. Lap two the leaders would break off. The third lap one guy would break off and I’d go behind him; and then the last lap we’d just be head to head until 200 meters and then I’d just take off and yell … and take off and go sprinting towards the finish and then cross. Even now it gives me chills.”

ALLISON RICHTER  “I was born and raised Catholic … my faith is a rock in my life, like a foundation. It stays constant when everything else is changing. Something my mom would always tell me when I was little is ‘There is nothing that you are going to do today that you and God aren’t doing together.’ It’s really reassuring to me to remember that I’m not doing it alone.”

ALLISON RICHTER
“I was born and raised Catholic … my faith is a rock in my life, like a foundation. It stays constant when everything else is changing. Something my mom would always tell me when I was little is ‘There is nothing that you are going to do today that you and God aren’t doing together.’ It’s really reassuring to me to remember that I’m not doing it alone.”

Speaking Center provides confidence, eases presentation anxiety

6:00 AM

STORY BY LINDSAY FIEGLE

THE SPEAKING CENTER offers tutoring services and has a Speaking Studio. Drake students, like Nhut Nguyen (right) and Sameep Sheth (left), faculty and staff can practice or record slide-show presentations or class speeches. PHOTO BY JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR

THE SPEAKING CENTER offers tutoring services and has a Speaking Studio. Drake students, like Nhut Nguyen (right) and Sameep Sheth (left), faculty and staff can practice or record slide-show presentations or class speeches. PHOTO BY JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR

Last spring,  Drake’s Coordinator of Public Speaking, Joan McAlister launched Drake’s Speaking Center, a tutoring program that helps with the organization, preparation and delivery of speeches or presentations.

Located in the lower level of Cowles library, the Speaking Center has two componets: a tutoring service and a separate Speaking Studio that is open to Drake students, faculty and staff who want to practice or record presentations.

The Speaking Center began as an experiment in Howard Hall in fall 2013 with only the resources of the rhetoric, media and social change program.

By spring break last year, the pilot project grew in combination with Cowles Library staff and Drake Technology Services to be the program it is today. (more…)

Program offers opportunities for community

6:00 AM

STORY BY SARAH FULTON

Eleven years and 600 members later the RaySociety is still providing learning opportunities to the Des Moines area.

“It is a Drake affiliated organization that consists mostly of retired people who are interested in expanding their mind and extending their network,” Denny Davis, programming chair, said.

Founded in 2004 by a group of Drake alumni, the Society was named after Drake graduate and former Iowa Governor Robert Ray and his wife Billie Ray.

This year the organization offered over 35 classes on topics ranging from tours of craft breweries to discussions about the economic situation of the United States. (more…)

Change in requirements for an Emmy: only shorter shows qualify

April 26, 2015 7:00 PM

STORY BY STEPHANIE KOCER

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

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

I am a firm believer in the half-hour sitcom.

Up until this year the Emmy Awards were not.

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has finally made stricter rules as to what is considered comedy at the annual award show. (more…)