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Dining In: Now & Then

Dining In: Now & Then

In response to a huge uptick in enrollment following World War II, the University undertook a $2.6-million Quads residence hall project. Designed by cutting-edge modernist architect Eero Saarinen—and replacing the legendary “Pregnant Acres” trailer park—the construction included Herriott, Carpenter, Crawford, and Stalnaker halls, and a brand new Hubbell Dining Hall unveiled in 1953. Renovations in 1966 […]

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5 Reasons to Return for Relays

The athleticism. The pageantry. The spectacle. Here are five ways we’re raising the bar for the 105th annual Drake Relays, April 23–27. 1. All-Alumni Tent Party. We’re inviting everyone back to the ol’ alma mater this year, regardless of graduation year or degree. Reconnect with friends and make a few new ones. Revisit favorite campus hot spots, […]

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Pole Vault in the Mall

Pole Vault in the Mall

Success has taken Olympic gold medalist Renaud Lavillenie to Sweden, Russia, England, Istanbul, and countless other picturesque locales. But there’s one venue that undoubtedly sticks out in this pole vaulter’s mind—the shopping concourse just outside Victoria’s Secret. Pole Vault in the Mall is a one-of-a-kind Drake Relays tradition that pits the nation’s top vaulters against […]

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Provost Jones Recommends

Provost Jones Recommends

Fifty years after the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education ruling desegregated schools, Provost Deneese Jones shares some thought-provoking books that expose an ongoing gap in equitable education opportunity. “Multiplication Is for White People”: Raising Expectations for Other People’s Children By Lisa Delpit | The New Press, 2012 Delpit tackles the achievement gap […]

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New Drake Community Press

New Drake Community Press

The statistics are grim: The school dropout rate among Latinas aged 16–24 is 30 percent, the highest of any ethnic group in the United States. And only 10 percent of Hispanic women complete four or more years of college, according  to the American Association of University Women. A group of Drake students, professors, and community […]

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Growing a Movement

Growing a Movement

A multitude of veggies and herbs—from kale to chamomile—grow in neat, green lines, and young fruit trees dot the landscape of a once unused lot near the Knapp Center. On one day elementary students sit in the nearby outdoor classroom learning about planting heirloom tomatoes and composting; on another, Drake students discover a variety of […]

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