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Drake Events

Leading up to caucus night on Feb. 1, Drake University will host presidential candidates, media outlets and caucus-related events open to students. Be sure to check in throughout caucus season to stay updated with what’s going on around Drake’s campus.

Coming up:

Jan. 28:  Rand Paul Meets with the Drake Community at Pomerantz Stage in Olmsted Student Center

Rand Paul will visit with members of the Drake University community as part of his 10,000 Iowa tour.  The event is free and open to the public.  Event starts at 3:00pm.

Jan. 28:  Donald Trump Special Event for Veterans in Sheslow Auditorium

7:00pm.  RSVP required.

Feb. 1:  Caucus at Drake!!!!!

Drake will host four Republican precinct caucuses and one Democratic precinct caucus in Olin Hall.  Caucuses begin promptly at 7:00pm.  Don’t forget to check your precinct location before you caucus.

Feb. 1:  Hillary Clinton Victory Party in Parents Hall, Olmsted Center

9:00-11:00pm.  RSVP required.

In case you missed it:

Jan. 27:  Campus-wide Mock Caucus in Shivers Courtside Club

More than 200 students participated in a simulation of the Democratic and Republican caucus processes on Wednesday, Jan. 27.  The mock caucus, organized by Student Senate, Drake College Republicans, Drake University Democrats, and the Drake Political Review, attracted about 50 journalists, including political reporters from top-tier national and international news outlets.  The event was designed to increase awareness of the caucuses and encourage engagement in the political process.  Students heard from official representatives of several presidential campaigns; special guests includes Jeb Bush, Jr., Ben & Jerry’s co-founders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, and actors Justin Long, Kal Penn, and Gaby Hoffman.

Jan. 25:  CNN Democratic Presidential Candidates Town Hall in Sheslow Auditorium

For the third time this caucus cycle, the three leading Democratic presidential candidates took the stage in Sheslow Auditorium.  The Town Hall, moderated by Chris Cuomo, featured questions from Iowa voters, including several Drake students.  CNN also broadcast live from Olmsted Center on Monday Jan. 25 and Tuesday Jan. 26.  Anderson Cooper did an hour-long live broadcast from Sheslow prior to the Town Hall.

Jan. 22:  #ALLVOTESMATTER and BET with Ben Carson at Pomerantz Stage

Black Entertainment Television and America Votes Now conducted the first in a series of conversations with presidential candidates.  Rapper Dee-1 joined the candidate on stage with America Votes Now Executive Director Chris Prudhome.  More than 200 people attended the event.

Jan. 11:  Brown and Black Democratic Candidate Forum in Sheslow Auditorium

The Brown and Black Forum is one of the nation’s longest-running presidential candidate forums and focuses attention on those issues important to minority communities in the state.  Sponsored by Urban Dreams and Fusion TV, the event will bring Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley, and Bernie Sanders back to the stage in Sheslow Auditorium.

Photo by Zach Blevins.

Photo by Zach Blevins.

Nov. 14: DNC Debate at Sheslow Auditorium

Perhaps you heard. Sheslow Auditorium was the site for the second DNC presidential debate and was televised on CBS and co-sponsored by Twitter. Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley all took the stage in an effort to appeal to Iowa voters in the final months leading up to the caucuses. John Dickerson, host of “Face the Nation” and CBS’s political director, moderated. ICP’s Skylar Borchardt even got a behind-the-scenes look at the debate preperation and set design. The Twitter sculpture in front of Old Main was an attraction all week. Make sure to check here for a roundup of all the debate action at Drake.

Nov. 12: Yahoo! Digital Democracy at Parents Hall

Yahoo News ConferenceTechnology is shaping the way voters elect there representation in Washington, and Yahoo! News is came to Drake to discuss just that. The Yahoo! team, including Michael Isikoff and Olivier Knox, hosted a selection of panels featuring elected officials, journalists and strategists in Parents Hall in the Olmsted Center. Sen. Rand Paul and Orange Is the New Black star Diane Guerrero both attended. The conference was also the launchpad for the Yahoo! News College Contributor Contest, in which students can submit articles, photo essays and videos for a chance to work with Yahoo! News through the general election. Watch the entire day’s panels here.

Nov. 10: NPR’s Michel Martin at Sussman Theater

As part of her “Going There” series, NPR’s Michel Martin conducted a live event featuring panel discussion and interviews with the confusing electorate: young voters. Drake students Brandi Dye and Raymond Starks were part of the panel, along with professor Rachel Paine Caufield, who is also associate director of the Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement. Des Moines-based band Canby also performed throughout the evening. ICP’s Skylar Borchardt talked with Starks about his experience on the panel.

Oct. 14: Rand Paul at Pomerantz Stage

Paul went on a three-day swing through Iowa colleges in mid-October and Drake was his last stop. Below, you can see a few highlights of his speech on the Middle East. He also made headlines for his comments on LGBTQ discrimination laws.

Oct. 5: Bloomberg Politics focus group at the Shivers Courtside Club

John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, the hosts of Bloomberg Politics’ “With All Due Respect,” conducted focus groups in Iowa and New Hampshire. The Iowa groups, facilitated by Heilemann, was hosted on Drake’s campus at the Shivers Courtside Club in the Knapp Center. Heilemann quizzed both Republicans and Democrats about the field of candidates as we get closer to caucus night. Here are some clips from the Democrats that Heilemann surveyed.

Debate watch parties

The College Republicans and Drake Democrats have hosted four debate watch parties so far, all of which have been well-attended. In fact, the first watch party received plenty of media attention (even from the New York Times). Drake is a bipartisan campus, both Democrats and Republicans have attended each one.

Sept. 21: Rick Santorum at Cartwright Hall

Former Sen. Rick Santorum visited the Drake Law School back in September. The 2012 Iowa caucuses winner has spent a significant amount of time in Iowa, already visiting all 99 counties. The ICP’s Aaron Feldman and Rebecca Christopoulos were both there to see Santorum, and you can find their coverage here and here.

IMG_6505Sept. 16: CNN focus group at the Cowles Library Reading Room

While CNN broadcasted the Republican debate from the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, another CNN team converged on Cowles Library on Drake’s campus. During the debate, Iowa voters, including Drake students Hope Waggoner and Katie Allen, watched the debate together and their reactions were gauged by the CNN producers. To cap off the evening, CNN went live to Drake during its post-debate to get some reaction from members of the focus group. The ICP’s Haley Barbour helped the CNN staff and wrote about her experience.

June 27: Ted Cruz at Sheslow Auditorium

Drake was hosting presidential candidates even before students returned to campus. Sen. Ted Cruz spoke at Sheslow Auditorium back on June 27. He went after the Supreme Court in his speech, calling for justice retention elections.

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