Drake Women’s Basketball improved to 9-2 in conference play and took top seed in the Missouri Valley Conference with wins over Wichita State, the reigning MVC Champ, and the Missouri State Lady Bears, who fell to second in the conference after the loss. Read more on page 12.
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THE TIMES-DELPHIC The weekly student newspaper of Drake University
Vol. 135 | No. 14 | Wed. Feb. 10, 2016 timesdelphic.com
Bill Nye ‘the Science Guy’ next Bucksbaum lecturer Jess Lynk News Editor firstname.lastname@example.org @jessmlynk
Tuition increases $1,510
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Ten years ago, Drake’s undergraduate tuition was $22,270. Over the past 10 years, the undergraduate tuition has increased a total of $12,790, an average of $1,279 per year. This year is no different. For the 2016-17 school year, tuition will be raised to $35,060 for undergraduates, a total of 4.5 percent. Tuition will be raised $1,510, a bit above the average of the past ten years. President Marty Martin made this announcement on Feb. 2. The overall tuition increase is 4.07 percent, which includes tuition, fees, room and board. The board of trustees approved this budget increase after Martin’s recommendation, during their recent meeting in January. Student Body President Kevin Maisto was the only student in the room. “I wish that every student could have be in that room,” Maisto said. “When you listen to the board of trustees have these conversations about tuition increases and costs and expenditures and new programs and things, it just kind of makes sense.” “It is a really delicate cost analysis of the university and figuring out what we need to be sustainable because we are such a tuition driven institution.” The annual tuition increase, a conventional practice for private institutions, has left some students angry. But this year, the increase holds different meaning. Martin re-worked the budget, beginning in August, to identify where the university was spending money that was not necessary. One way Martin did this was by requiring operating lines of $1,000 or more to be justified by a description of how the dollars would be spent. “We wanted to identify where
perhaps an operating line had complaints last spring about said. “But we do a wonderful job funds in it that weren’t needed technology, Martin hired at providing an amazing high for that purpose so we could Chris Gill to be the new chief touch high-quality education repurpose those to greater information technology officer. at a tuition price that is quite priorities,” Martin said. After looking into technology, Gill remarkable frankly compared As a result, he was able to found gaps. to what we see amongst our identify $433,000 of operating “We do have a lot of needs competitors.” savings. in order to deliver a technology Maisto still sees how a tuition “We are trying to be great infrastructure and experience increase is hard for students. stewards of the resources that people reasonable expect,” “It is hard for students to entrusted to us by the students Martin said. “This budget justify, ‘Oh, well, it will be a good and their families,” Martin said. enables us to make a lot of new value for mid-career earnings’; For Martin, these resources investments in technology and that is still mid-career, and come at a price. students will experience that. student loans are right here and “We are a high touch There will be a bit of a lag, it won’t right now,” Maisto said. “But institution that has a great happen tomorrow because these again when you are in the room diversity of programs, facilities, are big projects, but they will see you understand you see and get technology needs and frankly, it it and experience it.” the work that was put into it and is just the case that all of those Martin also said that it is hopefully a little easier to things are expensive,” Martin maintaining a competitive justify to students the reason that said. faculty and staff also justifies an their tuition is going up.” When looking into why tuition increase. Drake competes on the This justification, to Martin, is going up after the overhaul local market to maintain staff and will be worth it in the end. of the budget, some costs are the national market to maintain “The institution has a lot to be inevitable. faculty, which means paying proud of and the students have a “Some of which are just them fairly. lot of be optimistic about because absolutely unavoidable,” Martin “It is fair compensation for we know the Drake education said. “License and maintenance the talent and the people that we works.” fees for technology they go up. need in order to deliver on our Utilities go up. Benefits expense, mission promise,” Martin said. they go up. Some of that increase Part of that mission promise are absolutely unavoidable.” is to provide the highest quality “Others are a matter of education for the price. choice. But they are choices that “The institution is still an 2015 are driven by making sure that affordable institution of higher 2016 we maintain and indeed were education. That doesn’t mean 2014 possible enhance the quality of that it isn’t expensive,” the Drake education and the M a r t i n 2013 2015 Drake experience,” Martin said. 2012 2014 One of these choices 2011 2013 was to invest money into 2010 2012 technology. After 2009 2011 hearing 2010
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A video released on Drake University’s official social media on Feb. 8 drew out a bow-tie, a plus-sign and the equation e+ mc2. The video said this all added up to the Spring 2016 Bucksbaum series lecturer. Shares and comments on the video started the guessing game, leading to science educator Bill Nye. “BILL NYE THE SCIENCE GUY (we think) IS COMING TO DRAKE AND MY 4TH GRADE SCIENCE SELF IS ECSTATIC,” junior Alyssa Sykuta wrote on Facebook. Suspicions were confirmed on Feb. 9 when Drake announced that the lecturer was indeed Nye. “An Evening with Bill Nye the Science Guy” is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in the Knapp Center. The lecture is free and open to the public. Nye will also host a book signing that day for his latest book, “Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World,” released in November 2015. This led students to confirm their excitement on social media. “This has been the most incredible year so far at Drake, but BILL NYE THE SCIENCE GUY makes it so much better,” first-year Mia Blondin wrote on Facebook. Nye will present the 36th lecture in the Bucksbaum series. “Bill Nye has inspired multiple generations to dive into science and to embrace their curiosity about the world around us,” said Neil Hamilton, chair of the Martin Bucksbaum Distinguished Lectureship Committee, in the press release. Hamilton also mentioned that it will fit within Drake’s new program, STEM @ Drake. Nye is known for his popular PBS TV show, “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” which aired from 1992 to 1998. He has a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Cornell University and has also been awarded six Honorary Doctorate degrees from universities such as Johns Hopkins University and Willamette University. American Humanist Association named him Humanist of the Year in 2010. Nye will join the ranks of lecturers such as Dr. Maya Angelou, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, and former President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter. The series began in 1997 with journalist Thomas Friedman and currently hosts lectures each academic semester The Martin Bucksbaum Lecture Series is made possible by a donation from the late Melva and Martin Bucksbaum.