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Start-Ups Emerge in Lorentzen New Venture Hatchery

Start-Ups Emerge in Lorentzen New Venture Hatchery

It seems everywhere you look someone is launching his or her own business. The statistics surrounding success, however, are daunting—on average, 25 percent of startups fail within their first year, 55 percent by the fifth year, according to a recent Forbesarticle. The Lorentzen New Venture Hatchery, a newly developed program at Drake, gives students an […]

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Small Town Law Holds Big Opportunities

Small Town Law Holds Big Opportunities

Rural Revitalization If you’re looking for a dizzying breadth of professional experience, head to small-town Iowa. That’s the lesson David Grapentine learned this summer. The third-year Drake Law student spent three months as an intern in Belle Plaine, a picturesque city (pop. 2,534) about 45 minutes west of Cedar Rapids, at law offices owned by Drake […]

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Drake’s Top Five International Moments

Drake’s Top Five International Moments

While located in the heart of the United States, Drake University has been making global connections since its earliest days. The shape and form of these connections has changed over the years, but Drake’s dedication to internationalism has remained constant. Here are five defining moments from Drake’s history. In front of 11,500 spectators in Tanzania’s Sheik […]

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Welcome to Des Moines

Welcome to Des Moines

Home of the first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses? Yes, we’ve heard. “Best Place for Business and Careers” and “Wealthiest City in America”? Sure. But what about kitschy brushes with fame and meat lore? Meet the surprising (and sometimes bizarre) side of the city we know and love.

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Project Ruffway

Project Ruffway

Each year, 50 four-legged contestants, chosen by lottery, waddle and strut in Drake jerseys, tutus and wigs, and superhero garb. (A pooch once paraded with a towering sandwich on his back—a tribute to Jethro’s Adam Emmenecker Challenge—that was a feat of engineering.) Accompanied by their hopeful owners, the bullies turn on the charm and work […]

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Professor Emeritus Stanley Hess

Professor Emeritus Stanley Hess

Climbing the stairs from the lower level of the Des Moines Art Center’s education wing, visitors first encounter the artist’s tools—palette, brushes, books. Ascending from the landing, they pass the artist himself at work on a canvas. But not until they’ve reached the main floor and stepped away from the 16×14-foot fresco do they discover the […]

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