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A new story begins PRESIDENT Martin started his Drake career by helping move in the other new kids, the first-years. Martin started as Drake University’s 13th president on July 1. PHOTO BY YING CHYI GOOI | PHOTO EDITOR

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New president begins new journey, gets acclimated with campus Jessica Lynk News Editor Jessica.lynk@drake.edu @jessmlynk

Earl F. “Marty” Martin III is no stranger to change. Throughout his life, Martin has spent a few years in law school at the University of Kentucky, a few more at Yale University for his advanced law degree and then six more overseas working for the Air Force Judge Advocate General corps. On July 1, though, Martin underwent a new change. Martin became the 13th president of Drake University. Although he may have begun a new chapter through his life at Drake, his past life still serves him well. “Just living overseas for six years was life shaping, life changing,” Martin said. “That is cliché to say, but it just gives you a whole other

Bucksbaum Lecture initiator passes away, leaves legacy Melva Bucksbaum, an integral part of the of the Martin Bucksbaum Distinguished Lecture series, passed away this past weekend. Bucksbaum was 82 at the time of her passing. Bucksbaum and her husband created the lecture series through a donation to the university. The series is named after her husband, Martin Bucksbaum, who passed away in 1995. The series brings speakers from all over the world to campus and gives students the opportunity to hear from a variety of issues. Bucksbaum was known as a philanthropist and continuously gave to the university. Since the beginning of the lectures, the series has hosted 34 speakers, including President Jimmy Carter and poet Maya Angelou. The next Bucksbaum speaker is Peter J. Neufold on Oct. 27.

perspective.” Martin’s time in the Air Force JAG corps gave him more than just a new perspective. He learned to be mission orientated, which will serve him here. “It is not about any kind of personal agenda or personal desires I might have. They are really irrelevant,” Martin said. “It is all about ‘Are we able to deliver on that mission promise that we made to our students and our families?’” As Martin makes his transition to his new role as president, he has started and will continue having community conversations in front of a group of around 30 faculty and students. “It starts with all these conversations and visits that I am having and coming to understand what the possibilities are,” Martin said. “The whole purpose of that is to better understand the place, the people, and to work with the community to articulate a vision for the future.”

“It is not about any kind of personal agenda or personal desires I might have. They are really irrelevant. It is all about ‘Are we able to deliver on that mission promise that we made to our students and our families?’”

Earl F. “Marty” Martin President

Some students have expressed concerns about past problems that Martin hopes to address. One of those is diversity. “A lot of students love claiming

they have friends who are people of color,” junior broadcast news major Nadia Valentine said. “However, that doesn’t necessarily make them automatic allies. It’s more than a conversation piece. It’s a promise to listen and to ask questions.” Martin wants to help open up the path to listening and questions, so no students feels neglected. “We want to make sure every single student here is welcomed and supported and sees that pathway to success. [We don’t want there to be] any obstacles that in any way are driven by issues around equity and inclusion,” Martin said. Another concern for students is the rising cost of tuition. “It’s hard to go to school and work knowing that tuition is always rising,” junior public relations and magazine double major Sarah Mattes said. “It puts a lot of pressure on myself and I am sure other students.” Martin wants to make that pressure worth while.

“It is an expensive proposition to put on the program that we put on, especially one that is the quality that Drakes is, so the tuition reflects that,” Martin said. “It (tuition) does represent a very wise investment to these are outcomes (jobs, graduate school, professional programs) that students are able to achieve.” A Drake education may be an investment in Martin’s opinion, but that doesn’t mean he takes that lightly. “We keep that front of mind that we are entrusted with those funds to use them to great effect in furtherance of the educational program,” Martin said. Although students have expressed concerns about Drake, Martin has felt nothing but welcome. “Everybody is invested in this place and they are very welcoming and very enthusiastic about me being here and that is so appreciated,” Martin said.

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Admission rids ACT requirement for class of 2020 Jake Bullington Digital Media Editor Jacob.bullington@drake.edu @JakeBullington

The magic number for getting into college is often thought to be an ACT or SAT score. Until this year, this magic number was a requirement on the application for admission to Drake University. However, this year, the Office of Admissions offered students an alternate approach. A press release this summer announced students applying could choose a test-flexible path, which means their application would not require a standardized test score.

However, there are exceptions for certain students, like pre-pharmacy and pre-occupational therapy majors or NCAA athletes. Drake University is following in the footsteps in private or selective institutions like New York University and George Washington University, but Director of Admissions Laura Linn says this new path for admissions is not simply a “cookie cutter” plan. “We want [the test-flexible plan] to be very specific to Drake,” Linn said. “It will allow us to get to know a student in a very different way than just looking at pieces of data or portions of a student’s application file.” Instead of submitting a test score, students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher can choose to give an interview oneon-one with an admissions counselor.

The incoming Class of 2020 will be the first group of students eligible for the new application path, according to Linn. Some of them are already applying. “Applications have really just started coming in, and we make our first admission decisions about the 15th of October,” Linn said. Although the first batch of applications has started arriving at the Office of Admission’s doorstep, there are already several test-flexible applications in review. Some students have mixed opinions about this new system. ““If the interview was questionbased loaded with common knowledge and their applying major questions then I think it would do better than an ACT, although it might do damage to those who are better at studying over

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time, like an entire semester and not good with on the spot interviews,” sophomore Mathematics major Nathan Fastje said. Linn believes once Drake staff conducts high school visits in the fall, the number will rise as awareness of this new option increases. The application review process will remain the same: looking at students’ activities, coursework and how they will succeed in college. The process for implementing this new path was a lengthy one. According to Linn, the process from the policy’s inception to releasing test-flexible path applications took about 18 months, while receiving feedback from faculty. As testing changes throughout the country, the magic number of ACT or SAT will slowly fade away.

The Times-Delphic (09.02.15)  

Official independent student newspaper of Drake University - Des Moines, Iowa

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