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Des Moines Residents, You’re Needed

Des Moines Residents, You’re Needed

Jun 19, 2013

Des Moines Residents, you’re needed this weekend. Activities at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships started just an hour of so ago over at Drake University. Organizers of the event need you to go an watch a race, fill a seat, and cheer on some of the best athletes (23 Olympic gold medalists, 16 American record holders and three world record...

Drake University Department of Theatre Presents: The Burial at Thebes

Drake University Department of Theatre Presents: The Burial at Thebes

May 3, 2013

The Drake University Department of Theatre presents its latest work this weekend, The Burial at Thebes. In the play, the Irish playwright Seamus Heaney reinterprets Sophocles’s classic Greek tragedy Antigone. After her brother Polyneices is killed in war and the new king Creon declares he will not be properly buried (a big no-no back in Zeus days), Antigone...

Good Old Joe

Good Old Joe

Jan 30, 2013

One thing that makes Des Moines a great city, in my humble opinion, is our splendid and varied array of neighborhoods. And what makes a neighborhood great? Well, great neighbors. There’s a difference between a good neighbor and a bad neighbor. Believe me, I’ve had the pluperfect example of both ends of the spectrum, one on either side of my house, at the...

How Creative, a Creativity Summit

How Creative, a Creativity Summit

Feb 15, 2012

I’ve held a good number of jobs, from bagging groceries at a local grocery store to selling commercial lending at one of the largest companies in the state. During my professional life there have only been a few positions where my employer truly considered creative feedback from employees. In fact, my longest tenured employer never really encouraged...

Urban Plains Magazine: Not Your Average University Publication

Urban Plains Magazine: Not Your Average University Publication

Nov 10, 2011

Last spring I featured a collaboration called The Haute Phoenix Project, which was an idea spawned by Drake University student Allison Maze for her senior capstone project. I loved writing the piece and researched Haute Phoenix more than I did the capstone project. Alas, things always come full circle as it has recently come to my attention that the capstone...