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Wednesday Nov. 11, 2015
Making safety strides SENIOR KERSTIN DONAT voiced her concerns at the public safety forum held Friday. Senate, alongside other community organizations, sponsored the event. PHOTO BY JAKE BULLINGTON | DIGITAL EDITOR
Senate safety forum fails to discuss overall goal
Still makes first strides towards conversation of student security Jake Bullington Digital Editor firstname.lastname@example.org @jakebullington
Student Senate hosted a public safety forum intended to spark discussion around Public Safety and Des Moines Police policy. However, the conversation focused almost solely on Drake students becoming more involved in the culture around the community, and breaking down the ‘mental walls’ surrounding campus. This surprised some of the 50 students and community members in attendance of the event Friday. Diversity Interest Senator Thalia Anguiano said that although the forum didn’t go as expected, the end result was positive. “I was a little thrown off at the fact that public safety wasn’t touched on as much as I was expecting,” Anguiano said. “But the fact that we talked about how
we want to better our relationship with the Des Moines community was super good.” Student Body President Kevin Maisto shared Anguiano’s expectation of the event. “I thought there was going to be more of a focus from students about how to keep the neighborhood a little bit more safe, but I think everyone there understood that a positive community could then lead to a safer community,” Maisto said. Community Outreach Senator Daniel Creese, who helped organize the forum, echoed this sentiment. “Once the conversation shifted towards this mental wall or ‘bubble’ that students feel confined to on campus, the spotlight and dialogue shifted more towards the students, faculty and the community members,” Creese said. One student chimed in to the conversation, saying that “we have this wall in our heads” around campus. Wayne Ford, a 1974 graduate of Drake and founder of community organization, Urban Dreams, was present at the event.
Ford reminded attendees of a movement about a decade ago, one that proposed building walls up around Drake’s campus.
“I thought there was going to be more of a focus from students about how to keep the neighborhood a little bit more safe, but I think everyone there understood that a positive community could then lead to a safer community.” Kevin Maisto
Student Body President
“This wall today is a mental wall. It’s worse than that physical wall,” Ford said. Asking for tangible results of the forum, Ford added, “We don’t want to leave without having a
timeline with solutions.” Community Advisory Board president Jamie Willer gave numerous suggestions for outreach including opening up 34th Street to hold a block party, and pledged CAB’s willingness to collaborate with neighborhood organizations. Representatives from Public Safety and DMPD were also present and took notes on key points students and community members made, but did not contribute to the dialogue. This was, due in part, to the fact that the conversation had skipped over the safety aspect of the discussion almost entirely. With the issue of outreach into the community surrounding campus discussed, there is still much to address in regards to students’ safety. “I think it was a really great first step, but I think we really need to emphasize that this was indeed a first step,” Maisto said. “We need to take what was talked about and discussed, and the concerns that were brought up, and even some of the potential solutions and use that as ground to better the relationship between
the Drake community and the neighborhood.” Maisto wants to continue discussing Public Safety as dialogue continues. “I think that sometimes we might need to take a step back and focus on the public safety that we’re in right now and making it a safe community for everyone,” Maisto said. According to Student Senate, there will be a follow-up to this forum during Thursday’s Senate meeting at the fishbowl in Cowles Library at 9 p.m. Overall, Maisto was pleased by the attendees’ engagement in the roundtable-like discussion. “I was really excited by the participation, not just from the senators that were there, but also the other students as well as the community members who showed up,” Maisto said. Another roundtable is planned by CAB for November 17 at 9 p.m., with a location not yet determined, further discussing the barriers between the community and Drake students.
Drake ranks among Ivy Leagues on Economist list Lauren Velasco Staff Writer email@example.com
The Economist recently published its investigation comparing institutions’ alumni earnings and ranked Drake in 17th place among several notable universities. This was the Economist’s first college ranking and their approach differed from several other college ranking publishers because they chose to measure
the value of a university by the outcome. With any ranking that is released about Drake’s educational value against other schools, students continue to wonder whether or not their degree will have more merit upon graduating. “Going into Drake as an undecided major, I feel comfortable knowing that whatever job I choose to pursue, I will be making money in that field,” first year Madeline Cramer said. Having never ranked colleges before, the news organization
wanted the focus of their evaluation to be a more in depth look at the value of an education when it comes to being successful and having a well-paid job. “The Economist’s first-ever college rankings are based on a simple, if debatable, premise: the economic value of a university is equal to the gap between how much money its students subsequently earn, and how much they might have made had they studied elsewhere,” they said, along with the rankings they released. Students find it important to know how their investment in a
particular university will benefit them in the future. The ranking gives perspective to students about what they’re working towards. “This is a great thing for Drake students to know that all the hard work put into your education pays off in the end, which is what you hoped for in the first place,” sophomore Kori Ponder said. Drake’s ranking not only influences students, it also creates a name for Drake nationwide as a school that puts a high value on the outcome of an education. “That information offers the potential to disentangle
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student merit from university contributions, and thus to determine which colleges deliver the greatest return and why,” the Economist said. With another ranking that positively reflects the work being done here, Drake continues to receive national attention for its impact on students. “I think (the ranking) adds more merit to our degrees because a Drake student is a very unique kind of student. We’re dedicated, passionate and ambitious,” Ponder said.