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A selection of recent news articles featuring Drake University faculty, staff, students and alumni.

Japan can champion women’s rights
The New York Times
Mary M. McCarthy, assistant professor of politics and international relations, authored this op-ed piece for The New York Times. She says Japan has the opportunity to transform the national debate on human rights and take concrete steps to address “problems of sexual servitude and rape in war.”

Fred L. Turner, McDonald’s Honorary Chairman and Former CEO, passes away
Associated Press
Fred L. Turner, former member of the Drake Board of Trustees (1980–87) and a generous supporter of Drake University, died January 7 at the age of 80. Turner and his late wife Patty endowed a professorship in jazz studies and the Patty and Fred Turner Jazz Center, which opened on Drake’s campus in 2011.

49ers sign Billy Cundiff for kicking help
USA Today
Drake University alumnus Billy Cundiff, AS’03, was signed to the San Francisco 49ers.

Ray Pugh, inspiration to children and adults, dies at 83
The Des Moines Register
Raymond Hill “Ray” Pugh, a former Drake University education professor, leader of the YMCA Camp near Boone, Iowa, and motivational speaker, died December 23.

‘Book of Mormon’ sparks debate, attracts devotees
The Des Moines Register
Drake alumnus Mike McGowan, AS’92, plays Prophet Joseph Smith and other roles in The Book of Mormon, a multiple award-winning Broadway hit written by the creators of South Park.

Drake University students travel to the Bahamas for a unique leadership experience
Embassy of the United States: Nassau/Bahamas
Students learned leadership skills in the Bahamas and engaged in volunteerism during a “Leadership at Sea” J-Term course.

Politics Day
Iowa Public Radio
Students discuss their J-Term trip to Washington, D.C., to witness the presidential inauguration.

Tomorrow’s workers
Des Moines Business Record
Drake President David Maxwell discusses “what’s new” at Drake, including an updated curriculum and responses to shifts in student learning habits.

President Nixon gets the star treatment
Los Angeles Times
Paul J. Carter, LW’95, created a map of places of interest to fans of former President Richard Nixon.

Are generics really the same as branded drugs?
CNN Money
Timothy Welty, chair of clinical sciences in Drake University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, has received an FDA grant to perform studies that will compare active ingredients in generic medications.

Iowa’s Oldest Judge Retires at Age 90
Associated Press
Judge Ruth Klotz, LW’55, Iowa’s oldest judge, has decided to retire from her duties in Polk County at the age of 90.

2013 Forty Under 40 Class Announced
Des Moines Business Record
Nine Drake alumni were named to the Business Record’s 2013 “Forty Under 40” class, which honors exceptional local business leaders under the age of 40.