Drawing

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In the fall of 2016, I was enrolled in Drawing I. Having little experience with drawing, I worked vigorously through the semester on a weekly sketchbook task and an additional assignment.

The course had the objective to teach drawing techniques through a variety of drawing experiences.

Through this class, I have learned:

  • How to use techniques and materials to build forms in space
  • Articulate and use visual terminology to describe visual imagery
  • Gain an understanding of visual space in two dimensions
  • Learn how to describe accurate proportions and relationships between forms in space
  • Experiment with scale, subject matter, and content
  • Become aware of composition and organization
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Bucksbaum Lecture

Tippett at the 37th annual Bucksbaum Lecture at Drake University

Krista Tippett, a Peabody Award-winning radio talk show host, has recognized through her lifetime that what we practice, we become. As humans in today’s society, our identity is constantly faced with trying to discover answers.

“Wisdom emerges through the wrong materials of our lives,” said Tippett, who spoke for more than an hour in the Knapp Center at Drake University. More than 3,000 people attended the speech that was presented by the 37th Martin Bucksbaum Distinguished Lecture Series.

Tippett said we are challenged to what it means to be human, what matters in a life and even what matters in a death. Tippett has found that without immediate unveiling, we discover these answers throughout our lifetime.

Former reporter for The New York Times and Newsweek, Tippett, recently published “Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living.”

Tippett has realized there are three encouragements that have come from her life through conversation—words matter, rediscover listening and dare to claim and embody love.

With recent presidential elections, there has been a joy and comfort in being together, Tippett said.

“We are in the midst of nothing less of a reformation,” Tippett said. “We know the old ways aren’t working, but we can’t see what the new forms will be.”

Zoe Mahler, a high school junior, had the opportunity to ask Tippett a question during the Q&A session held following her speech. Recent fear and confusion has been created through the 2016 presidential election results which has worried Mahler. Mahler asked how one can get

people to come together in a calm conclusion with the recent results. Tippett gave the answer to honor whatever one is feeling.

Mahler, who listens to NPR every Sunday, looks to Tippett as a woman of inspiration. When the opportunity presented itself, she knew she needed to take the initiative to ask Tippett a question.

“I need inspiration in this moment,” Mahler said. “I never thought I could feel so much from one thing.”

“We don’t let pain have a place in our midst,” Tippett said. “It has no way to show its self as pain so it shows itself as anger and thats how it finds its power.”

Drake sophomore, Caroline Hempleman, thought Tippett was an important icon to visit campus with such controversy going on with the nation. Hempleman recognized Tippett’s neutral voice as a side people needed to hear that they haven’t already.

“We don’t need to focus on the anger and the frustration thats coming out,” Hempleman said. “There’s other things that are coming from this such as people coming together and trying to solve problems.”

“To speak about becoming wise in this moment, is to speak not just about individual life and growth, but our life together,” Tippett said.

Tippett suggested approaching every situation by remaining on common ground with everyone, in every circumstance, with the idea that there is good in the other.

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Election Day

Students at Drake University were encouraged all semester to voice their opinion and vote in the 2016 presidential election. On Nov. 8, polling began across America. The time finally came for college students to vote at the polls in their first presidential election, yet some had already voted.

Drake Associate Professor of Journalism, Lee Jolliffe, had previously sent in an absentee ballot. Jolliffe is the state wide chair of volunteers for the Hillary Clinton group out of Dallas and also has taught the first year seminar, Iowa Caucuses: Grassroots Politics on a Global Stage, at Drake. Jolliffe sent in an absentee ballot because she wanted to work at the poll tables Tuesday night.
Sophomore Nathan Paulsen has been spending time as the youth campaign director for republican David Young. He, along with Jolliffe, was one of many who submitted an absentee ballot.

“I knew there’d be a lot of people voting and obviously I didn’t want to wait in line,” Paulsen said. Working on Young’s campaign didn’t give Paulsen much free time to vote on election day.

Paulsen saw no downside to early voting. “It doesn’t give an excuse to not vote,” Paulsen said. “When people say ‘well I didn’t have time,’ this does not give an excuse not to vote when they could have.”

On the other hand, senior Travis Brauer wanted to get the full experience of voting in his first presidential election so he attended a polling site. Brauer had no incentive to vote earlier so he waited until election day.

Brauer believes that since polling sites were close to Drake’s campus, there was a better student voter turnout. “Drake is uniquely and politically involved already,” Brauer said.

“If students at Drake weren’t constantly notified where to vote, I think we would have a significantly lower turnout, if not under 40 percent,” Paulsen said.

Paulsen also said that early voting would raise voting numbers and redirect marketing advertisements.

“Early voting could be used a lot more effectively and more marketed,” Paulsen said. “This helps the candidates determine where they need to target their ads.”

Early voting gives citizens the opportunity to lock their vote before the election day.

“From a democratic standpoint, we are given a couple months to get people out to vote,” Jolliffe said.  “We are really bad about showing up and voting on election day.”

Many students that attend Drake are from across the country, and to vote in Iowa, one is required to register. Administration advised students to be familiar with the voting process. When students register to vote in Iowa, they are given the opportunity to vote in the state and local elections in the community rather than in their hometown which is what an absentee ballot would provide.

According to the Drake University website, they stated that they are “committed to meaningful and thoughtful conversation about the issues that define our public life and we encourage informed participation in those conversations, including participation in the electoral process.”

Jolliffe can attest to political commitment in Drake students. “I don’t care what you think, I just want you to think and to vote,” Jolliffe said.

Regardless political beliefs, students were encouraged to vote. Polling was held for students on Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m throughout various locations around Drake.

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Young Voters Vote Young

With elections less than a week away, candidates know that this is a vital time to represent themselves to the United States citizens. David Young, United States Congressman, visited Drake University while on tour for his re-election campaign.

“The people of Iowa are my bosses,” Young said. “It’s an honor to work for them every day to make America better.”

Young, Drake Alumni, visited for an hour at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Jethro’s BBQ on Forest Ave. Around 50 people attended his campaign event that was presented by the Young Voters Vote Young organization. He and Zach Nunn, State Representative, took the time to individually greet all attendees and then address the group as a whole. Young’s campaign is revolved around listening to the people.

Nunn recently returned from serving overseas with the Iowa National Guard. “The hardest thing to do is come back from a combat zone,” Nunn said. “Especially not knowing that your country is going to be there for you when you were there for them.” Young is demonstrating his personal relationships with Iowans by making this issue a priority.

Nathan Paulsen, sophomore at Drake, has been spending his time as the youth campaign director for Young. Paulsen does outreach work for the campaign at Drake and Simpson College. This year he created a temporary organization, Young Voters Vote Young. This was developed to create easier accessibility for students, supporting any campaign, to obtain conference rooms at Drake.

Paulsen emphasized that students at Drake are privileged to come in contact with a multitude of opportunities to be involved with the political world. “We are able to literally go and talk to a United States Congressman,” Paulsen said. “Thats not usually an option at other states or colleges unless hundreds of students attend.”

Sophomore Kylie Busick attended the event due to personal connections with Nunn, Young’s endorser. Busick had previously met Nunn through student Kasey Clary who worked as Nunn’s chief of operations intern this past year.

Political involvement from students at Drake is very important, Clary said. “A lot of people aren’t informed about our government,” Busick said. “This plays a huge role in voter turnout.” By attending events or even volunteering, individuals are going to get exposure, Paulsen said.
The United States Census estimated that 3,123,899 million people were residing in Iowa during the year of 2015. “I hope that you don’t feel that you do not have a voice because you do,” Young said. “When is comes to your government, I want to make sure the Constitution is protected especially the First Amendment.”

Paulsen and Clary are taking ownership of their freedom, provided by the First Amendment, by holding political positions in local campaigns. “In the end, it is you who decides who governs us,” Young said. “After all, this is a self governing country.”

The election will be held Nov 8.

 

Written by Maric Salocker

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Meals from the Heartland

The Food and Agriculture Organization declared that more than 793 million people worldwide do not receive enough food to live a healthy life. In 2014, Feeding America conducted a study that found more than 400,000 Iowans rank below the poverty level. This means 1 in 8 people from Iowa battle with not having enough food.

Meals from the Heartland is an organization located in West Des Moines, Iowa that is composed of volunteers who package meals. The meals are nutrition based and are comprised of protein and vitamins. Once packaged, the meals are then delivered to people not only in Iowa, but worldwide. Meals from the Heartland has delivered almost 65 million meals throughout the world.

The student athletes at Drake University have taken the initiative to help support Meals from the Heartland. Samantha Nielsen, co-president of Student Athlete Advisory Committee, created a challenge for athletes and athletic faculty to participate—penny wars. In every team’s locker room, jars were placed for athletes to give spare change through a series of weeks.

The penny war challenge is between the athletes and faculty which began Oct. 3. It takes only 20 cents to pay for a meal, Nielsen said.

“I think it’s a good idea,” volleyball player Grace Schofield said. “It’s very competitive which athletes obviously love!”

At Drake University, student-athletes are held to a high standard that exemplifies excellence along with cultural ethics. According to the Drake University Athletic website, Sandy Hatfield Clubb, Drake’s athletic director, said “We intend for Drake student-athletes to graduate as world-class leaders being pursued by the top employers and graduate schools in the country.”

Four years ago, The Bulldog Way was a program introduced to the campus to provide activities for the athletes to give back to their community. The Bulldog Way’s mission states, “We maximize our potential by aspiring to greatness.”

Nielsen found the importance in the commitment to aspire to greatness. Nielsen, along with her co-president, wanted to give a lasting purpose to the Bulldog Way program.

“In the past, the athletes participated in a welcome back picnic,” Nielsen said. “It was always lame so we wanted to find an activity that was impactful and fun for everyone to participate.”

The two thought of the idea to bring Meals from the Heartland to Drake University. The event took place Aug. 21 in the Bell Center at Drake University. All athletes and athletic staff participated in packaging more than 40,000 meals.

Football player Charles Schulte had participated in a similar activity when he was in middle school. He distinctly remembered that his school made the students eat a meal that they had packaged.

“The meals are specifically made with the necessary vitamins and minerals to create a sustainable meal,” Schulte said. “I didn’t like it though and I wasn’t hungry for a couple days after.”

Schulte formed a greater appreciation for the lifestyle he had been given. He saw the significance of the event knowing the program fed millions every year.

“I feel that athletes were really into the meal packaging,” Schulte said. “It was fast, effective and made a big impact in a short amount of time.”

The fall packing funds were paid by local businesses, but the funds raised from the penny war challenge will be used for the 2017 meal packaging.

The penny war challenge will continue until Oct. 28.

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The First 1,000 Days: A Critical Time for Mother and Child–And the World

Roger Thurow was warned that looking into the eyes of someone who was dying from hunger becomes a disease to one’s soul. When the first famine of the 21st century left 14 million people starving in Ethiopia, Thurow had finally looked into those eyes.

“I was stopped cold,” said Thurow, who spoke for more than an hour in Sussman Theater at Drake University. Almost 100 people attended his speech that was presented by The Harkin Institute for Public Policy gn_1000days_cover_thurow_197x299and Citizen Engagement. Former Wall Street Journal foreign correspondent, Thurow, had recently published “The First 1,000 Days: A Critical Time for Mother and Child—And the World.”

When Thurow stopped in Ethiopia, he grew a passion to keep going back. As a journalist, he wanted to start his focus on the issue of hunger. Throughout the next couple years Thurow started tracking specific families with newborns from Guatemala, India, Uganda and the United States.

Through his research, he found an emerging issue that nutrition from the first 1000 days of a newborn’s life was being ignored. The brain grows the most expansively during this time. Eating food that contains certain levels of content and minerals is important during this time.

“The brain takes 70 percent of the calorie intake from food which is essential for the brain and immune system,” Thurow said.

A mother from Uganda told him “the deepest form of misery was being a mother who was unable to take care of the cry of a starving child.”

While families in other countries are battling malnutrition, the United States is struggling as well with poor nutrition. In Chicago, 25 percent of children entering kindergarten are overweight, Thurow said.

Harkin Institute’s public relations manager, Sarah Mattes, was in shock when Thurow discussed a family from the United States. Mattes, a Chicago native, read beforehand about the family Thurow tracked from the United States who happened to be from Chicago.

“It blew my mind,” Mattes said. “To think that there are children with stunted and low cognitive abilities because of poor nutrition, in what’s considered my hometown, was startling.” Kathryn Allen, senior student staff who helped organize the event, was not as taken back

by Thurow’s discussion of the United States but more of the fact he addressed the situation. “I think a lot of times,” Allen said. “We want to believe that it doesn’t happen here.” What brought the most attention to Allen was Thurow’s discussion of the ripple effect.

When one throws a rock into a pond, the ripples come back to his or her own feet. A stunted child anywhere is a stunted child everywhere, Thurow said.

“It’s not just happening over in Uganda or Ethiopia,” Allen said. “Its happening here in Des Moines.”

Allen and Mattes both found importance of informing the community about this subject.

“Being in college we tend to live in our own bubble,” Mattes said. “We don’t know what’s going on in the world around us.”

After a few years from first meeting the four separate families, Thurow had gone back to see how they were doing. He was happy they were still alive, but as predicted, the children had

stunted growth and a low cognitive abilities. Thurow continues to travel for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs as a senior fellow for global food and agriculture.

Written by Maric Salocker

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