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A run-down of spring semester

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Second semester means backpacks, classes, presentations and work. It means learning. Drake sits in the middle of a cultural hub of music, sports, theater and events that open eyes to a whole new kind of learning. With over 100 student activity organizations, 16 social fraternities and sororities, an active recreation department and an extensive Student Activities Board all hosting campus events, there are plenty of opportunities to escape the library cubicles and go exploring.

Mark Twain once said, “I never let my schooling interfere with my education.” Open your eyes and your mind to learning, to people with passion, professionals with expertise and athletes with sporting prowess. Go learn outside of a book. Make sure to put these upcoming must-see events on the schedule.

Young Adults & Consumption in Urban China Opening Talk and Reception

Cowles Library – Collier Reading Room, Jan. 25, 7-8:30 p.m.

Robert Reich Speaking on Aftershock
“The Next Economy and America’s Future,” Sheslow Auditorium Feb. 2, 6-7 p.m.

Drake Writers and Critics Series “Contemporary Ethnography”
Cowles Library Reading Room
Feb. 21, 7–9 p.m.

Bucksbaum Lecture
Twyla Tharp
Drake University’s Knapp Center
April 4, 7-8:30 p.m.

Drake Writers and Critics Series “Drake Writers Night,”
Medbury Honors Lounge
April 21, 7–9 p.m.

The Arts
Middle States
Opening Reception Art Exhibit
Anderson Gallery Jan. 28, 5-7 p.m.

Drake Jazz Day Concert
Performing Arts Hall,  Harmon Fine Arts
Center Feb. 1, 7-9 p.m.
Drake Choir Benefit Concert
Sheslow Auditorium Feb. 19, 8-10 p.m.

Drake Theatre “The Cherry Orchard”
$4 student tickets with ID Performing Arts Hall, Harmon Fine Arts Center
March 3-7

Drake Theatre “Standing On My Knees”
Free admission, reservations required
Studio 55, Harmon Fine Arts Center
8 p.m. March 24 and 26, 2 p.m. March 27

Guest Recital by the Air Force Jazz Band
Sheslow Auditorium
March 30, 8-9:30 p.m.

Drake Choir, Chamber Choir, Chorale, and University/Community Chorus
$10 tickets, $5 for students
St. Ambrose Cathedral, 607 High St.
April 9, 8-10 p.m.

Turner Jazz Concert
Performing Arts Hall, Harmon Fine Arts
Center April 16, 8-10 p.m.

Drake Theatre
“The Glory of Living”
Studio 55, Harmon Fine Arts Center
$1 with student ID April 28-May 1

Drake Opera Theatre
Sheslow Auditorium May 1, 2-4 p.m.

Drake Symphony Orchestra
Performing Arts Hall, Harmon Fine Arts
Center  May 3, 8-10 p.m.

Student Events
International Night: Memoirs of the World
$10 with Drake ID SheslowAuditorium
Jan. 29, 6-10 p.m.

All University Career Fair
Upper Olmsted Feb. 3, 3-6 p.m.

Vagina Monologues
Olmsted Bulldog Theater Feb. 24, 7 – 9 p.m.

Greek Gala
Olmsted Pomerantz Stage
March 3, 7-9 p.m.

Relay for Life
Knapp Center March 25, 6 p.m.-6 a.m.

Drag Show
Olmsted Pomerantz Stage April 6, 9-10:30 p.m.

Malaysian Night
Olmsted Parents Hall  April 11, 6-9 p.m.

Leaders and Luminaries Student awards celebration
Sheslow Auditorium
April 15, 12:15-3 p.m.

Street Painting
April 15, 4-7 p.m. at Painted Street

Belize Dance Marathon
Upper Olmsted April 16, 2 p.m.-midnight

Relays Parade
Around Campus April 16, 2-3 p.m.

Dead Day
May, 6, all day to study, relax or go exploring

There are always more events and activities being added to the events calendar. Also look for a number of senior and spring recitals by students in the fine arts department, featuring some of the best voices, acting and musical talent. Click to www.drake.edu for the campus calendar and follow @DrakeUniversity on Twitter for daily updates.

If the extensive list of campus adventures doesn’t spark your interest, Des Moines has a large number of intriguing, exciting and inspirational events. With the likes of Broadway shows at the Civic Center, famous artists at the Art Center and professional sports at the Wells Fargo Arena this semester should never be dull. Click to www.desmoines.metromix.com for a weekly go-to guide to discovering Des Moines.

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