A Taste of the 50’s

Each Friday and Saturday night, two films play back to back in a lot 5 miles south of Maquoketa off Highway 61. In a generation that constantly refers to the aesthetic of the 1950’s, there’s nothing more beautifully cliché than a drive-in theater. The 61 Drive-In is authentic in its vintage appeal, opening in 1950, being taken over by its current owner, Dennis Voy, in 1972. According to Voy, the year he started running the 61 was a big year for drive-ins all around.


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“Drive in theaters became very popular because cars were so in fashion,” said Voy. “Business was really at its peak. As time went on, though, a lot of them shut down because they were at the edge of town. People didn’t much see the appeal of driving out, but we’ve survived. We’re still here.”

With the ever-expanding list of ways to watch movies nowadays with Netflix, Amazon Prime, and other forms of streaming as well as the in-town theaters such as Mindframe and AMC, it’s easy to see why drive-ins fell out of popularity. Other methods of watching films have an aspect of convenience. However, there’s one thing a drive-in has that new modern forms of movie going doesn’t: nostalgic charm.

Popcorn, soda, the smell of grass and fresh air as the windows of the car are rolled down, and the crackle of the radio turning on as the opening lines to a movie are pumped through the speakers. The 61 isn’t just a relic of the Golden Age, it’s a genuine, beautiful experience to share with friends, family, and romantic partners.

“It’s a bargain, you know,” stated Voy. “Two movies for $8, concessions, and a unique environment that’s hard to find somewhere else. 61 is one of the only places in the area you can get a real taste of the 50’s.”

By: Mimi Ottavi

Clash of the Classes


Every year since 2013, in mid-February Clarke Residence Life has held a week- long event known as Clash of the Classes. During this week students of different classes go head—to—head in competitions to earn points for their class. At the end of the week the class with the most points is named the winner and receive bragging rights until there is a new champion the next year. There is also a banner in the Student Activity Center (SAC) where the name of the reining class is on display.

Callie Clark, Director of Engagement and Intercultural Programs, explained the origin of Clash of the Classes. Clark stated, “We had noticed that there was a full week packed with activities, fun events and prideful events during homecoming in the fall semester, but there was nothing of impact like that in the spring semester.”  Clark continued on to compare Clarke to larger universities, “Some other universities with Greek life present on campus have something called ‘Greek Week’. Since we don’t have Greek life we decided to use the different classes, freshman through senior, to create a sense of competition.”


There are typically two events each day. Minute—to—win—it events are held in the Wahlert Atrium from 11:00am-1:00pm and can include cup stacking, moving an Oreo from your forehead to your mouth without using your hands, and other exciting games. Clark commented on the minute—to—win—it events saying, “[the] games in the Atrium are to create visibility and give people a reason to stop by the table and get to know what Clash of the Classes is. It’s a good promotion tool for the events that occur later in the day.”


The second events each day are typically held in the evening. Sometimes these games include bubble soccer, Euchre tournaments, kickball, and other events that promote competition, fun, and class pride.

Theresa Koos, Senior Manager of Residence Life, was in charge of setting up most of the events this year. “I think [it] is a great way to increase Clarke Spirit! It encourages Clarke students to take pride in their class and support their fellow classmates.”

Junior Kali Schroeder participates in Clash of the Classes activities every year saying, “The games are a good way to have a good laugh before or after class. I’m glad Clarke gives us so many opportunities to have fun.”

Freshman Megan Brunscheon barely knew about the week of activities: “I wish they would promote it more. I barely even knew what was happening when, and didn’t even know that [Clash of the Classes] was happening until it was almost over. I wish I could have been a part of it.”

After a three year winning streak from the class of 2016, some fresh blood finally took home the gold. Despite some complaints about being unaware of the event, the class of 2020 showed a great amount of participation throughout the week.

Which class will triumph over the others next year?

-Jamie Deering



Admitted Student Weekend starts with the purpose of financial, educational, and social advancement.

Clarke University, located in Dubuque, Iowa, welcomed future students to attend Admitted Student event in order to receive a scholarship and get a start on their Compass requirements.

Admitted Student Weekend, formerly known as VIEW Weekend, occurs every year during the spring semester of the academic school year at Clarke University. The purpose of these weekends is to provide scholarships to those admitted students who attend and participate in the events of the weekend.

For completing the weekend and participating in the events, each student receives a $1,000 scholarship for the duration of their academics at Clarke University. This gets added to their financial aid package to assist with tuition, fees, room, board, or other expenses.

The events for the weekend focus on providing those students in attendance with opportunities to bond with fellow admitted students, participate in a group activity that will assist them with graduation requirements, and learning more about the institution prior to attending.

The graduation requirements that participants get to start are part of the university’s newly implemented Compass requirement. Kelsey Meyer, the Clarke University Campus Experience Manager, explains, “Compass is a program that allows the individuals on campus to formulate all the activities of a typical Clarke undergraduate into different experiences that translate into life after college.”

For the Compass activity, each group of students is in charge of creating a club on campus that promotes self-sufficiency. This would mean that the primary focus should be on students to provide for themselves and help them after college. This has allowed previous participants to create clubs focused on money management and checkbook balancing.

Although the Compass graduation requirement activity is the primary focus of the event, participants get the opportunity to do more.

The Saturday night of the event, student’s head to the Lion’s Den, the campuses common lounge area, in order to enjoy music, dancing, desserts, and conversation with their peers. This allows the students to socialize and make new friends for the upcoming school year. This has been reported as the place where students meet their future close friends.

“When I attended [Admitted Student Weekend], I ended up making friends with people that I continue to be close to as I am rounding out my college experience,” states senior Delaney Borst.

Admitted Student Weekend is also an event that staff members enjoy. Admissions Visit Intern Joshua Bradshaw, who coordinates the event with the admission’s staff, expressed, “This event is really fun to plan and attend because meeting and talking to new people who will be at Clarke promotes the expansion of Clarke’s community for future generations.”

Admitted Student Weekend is held on three weekends this year with hopes to accommodate the growing interest in the event with perspective students. If you would like to help facilitate groups on future weekends, please contact Kelsey Meyer in admissions.


The Need for Student Media

For the Students, By the Students

The world is rapidly advancing in technology and in improving the ways of creating news media. The merging from print media to a unique hybrid of both print and digital media has highly influenced how we receive our news. We are lucky to live in a time where news media is so interactive, creative, and unique compared to the years of strict print media.

Clarke University has also been through many changes in the last few years. Including the discontinuation of the old student newspaper. Many students, faculty, and staff, including Allison and I, felt that student media at Clarke was still necessary and a missing part of the Clarke community. This absence of student media left the need for student’s voice, student culture, and student perspective.

The idea of The Crux was then created. From an idea, to discussion, to planning, to creation, and now to the launch of The Crux website. It is to be for the students, by the students, and will be a new and improved way of obtaining news in the Clarke community.

We want The Crux to become a place for Clarke students to express themselves and grow closer together through the sharing and reading of student content. We want to showcase what awesome things Clarke students are doing while encouraging them to grow their skills and talents. Of course, while the readers are learning about the cool things their classmates are doing, we would also love to encourage them to seek out the local, global, and campus news content that we provide.

We are aiming to provide the students with a source to find news that is important to them. Updates about our campus, information about changes in departments, and about events happening on campus and in the Dubuque community will be included in The Crux.

The Crux not only will be a place to inform, but to investigate and seek out the truth in all situations. We are a place of openness, seeing both sides to the story, and finding out the underlying meanings behind headlines. We welcome differing points of view and the student press is a place where we are all welcome to express our opinions. We highly encourage it here.

In this first edition of The Crux, we are still a work in progress. We look forward to an official launch in the Fall of 2017, but encourage each of you to look at the different stories we have, now. This edition focuses mainly on changes occurring on Clarke’s Campus, places to explore around Dubuque, and more. Feel free to leave us a comment, share our website, and spread the word about The Crux. This couldn’t be a successful site without your support, Clarke Pride.

Overall, we want this to be an open, expressive place for the Clarke Community to come together, learn, create, and support one another, and support the importance of student media in today’s world. This was made for you and we truly hope you enjoy it. Thank you.


The Crux Editors,

Allie Evans & Megan Kane



Diversity & Unity, Themes at The Black History Month Celebration

Dubuque’s Multicultural Family Center and the Dubuque Black Men Coalition came together at Inspire Café on February 17th from 6:30-9:00 pm to celebrate Black History Month and to reflect on the need for unity.

Screen Shot 2017-04-26 at 10.02.47 PMAccording to Sarah Petersen, Assistant Director of The Multicultural Family Center, approximately 60 guests were treated to refreshments, trivia prizes, and the location of Inspire Café through a donation from The Multicultural Family Center. An original poem titled “Conducted,” a recitation of Maya Angelou’s And Still, I Rise, a portrayal of Kathryn Johnson, and an educational presentation about black history by Ernest Jackson were featured acts of the night.

Inspire Café provided a warm intimate space with a makeshift stage, projection screen and microphone for presenters and speakers playing background music created by Black Americans. The crowd created a feeling of unity and hope.

Ernest Jackson, an operations manager at John Deere Dubuque Works, is a part of the Multicultural Awareness Group within the John Deere company. He helps to organize Brown Bag Lunches (BBU) through John Deere and presented his Black History Month presentation during the BBU meeting. Another effort that the Multicultural Awareness Group supports is the Dubuque Black Men Coalition.Screen Shot 2017-04-26 at 10.02.59 PM.png

Jackson explained how integral it is for all races in a community to come together. He said, “We are all in this together. It takes a little time for people to recognize that what affects one group, affects all groups and our country as a whole … diversity is about all of us.” Jackson explained, “engaging in politics and awareness of what’s going on in our country” is important for young people to do, and noted, “young people are very engaged in social media but are not engaged in the key decisions that are affecting our country.”

Jackson thinks young adults want to break stereotypical traditions to pull away from the history of violence and societal problems, but he finds this problematic because he believes the value in standing up for social issues disappears. However, Jackson hopes to see young people begin engaging in local politics and activist groups to “become leaders that we need to make a better country.”

Screen Shot 2017-04-26 at 10.03.09 PM.pngThe theme of unity across races is also a value that Trinity Massey finds important. Massey, a 15-year-old sophomore at Dubuque Hempstead High School, was approached by her English teacher about performing in the show. Her teacher’s encouragement inspired Massey to choose Maya Angelou’s work because it spoke to her. She said, “[The poem] connected with me… it was relatable.” Massey was extremely worried about the separation of races that she has observed in the Dubuque area. “Segregation is over, so why do we segregate ourselves?” Massy wondered and continued, “You see Hispanics hang out with Hispanics, you see Asians hang out with Asians, you see Blacks hang out with Blacks. If segregation is over why do we continue to (do) it, get mad and be hypocritical? I want that to be something we are aware of.”

Massey concluded with a thought regarding the importance of recognizing our current society and encouraged those around her to step up.

“I associate [with all people] because that is what our 21st century needs to be, diverse… If we want to make a change than we have to try.”

By: Sara Albertsen

The National Mississippi River Museum Offers More Than You Might Expect

Screen Shot 2017-04-26 at 10.14.27 PM.pngNational Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium here in Dubuque has much to offer the community. There are new rotating exhibits every couple of months while offering the always interesting aquarium with fresh and salt water creatures, outdoor nature environments, historical boats and buildings you can interact with, and so much more.

Running from February 11th to April 23rd, Top Secret: License to Spy was an exciting exhibit at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque. This exhibit featured hidden cameras, sound beams and a secret code room that challenge the mind and kept museum goers on their toes while feeling like spies themselves.

John Sutter, Director of Marketing for the National Mississippi River Museum, described the exhibit as, “Enjoyable for the whole family, but primarily for 12-year-olds up.”

When first walking into the exhibit, patrons were handed pamphlets that provided clues to figure out the mystery of who stole the computer chip.

There are multiple things for family and friends to enjoy and experience that let individuals be hands-on with activities in the new exhibits the museum brings. In the License to Spy exhibit, there is an area where you can break the code on a safe and figure out a password to destroy a chip before it gets into the wrong hands. Sutter stated, “This exhibit is unique by having hands-on activities, and everyone has something to gain from this experience.”

Sutter utilizes resources from all over the country in order to find exhibits like Top Secret: License to Spy which was designed and built by Scitech from Perth Australia.

The next traveling exhibit that will be at the museum is surrounding the mystery of deep river fish. This new exhibit lasts from May 13th through October 9th. So, if patrons can’t make it out after Clarke’s finals week, the exhibit will be at the Museum through the beginning of next school year. For more information on the upcoming exhibit, the River Museum has a video on their website explaining the contents of the Monster Fish exhibit.

Screen Shot 2017-04-26 at 10.14.06 PMRegular admission to the museum is $15 per person and allows entry to many different exhibits in the museum. There are different parts to the museum such as the Riverworks Splash Zone, Mississippi Plaza, and even a delta touch pool in the Rivers to the Sea Aquarium where you can get the chance to touch stingrays and sturgeon.  All of these exhibits can be seen with this base admission, while the rotating exhibits like License to Spy might have individual entrance fees.

The Aquarium feature many different types of aquatic animals. Some of these animals are not found in the Mississippi River but are found in the ocean. The vast aquariums are always enjoyable to watch the animals interact and swim about in their tanks and habitats.

Screen Shot 2017-04-26 at 10.13.57 PM.pngThe National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium has two separate buildings with an outdoor nature environment in between to explore as well as a bald eagle and a red-tailed hawk in their own cages for museum-goers to see. The red-tailed hawk was illegally shot, and the museum now takes care of the one-winged red-tailed hawk in captivity.

In the outdoor nature environments, a wetland display provides a space for the public to feed fish and learn about plants in the wetlands, as well as a log cabin that houses a little stove in a big stone fireplace.

The second building hosts information regarding travel on the Mississippi. There is a huge boat that sits in the courtyard between the two buildings. When patrons walk into the frame, it is like taking a step back in time. While the William M. Black steamer from 1934 sitting in the water is not open until the weather warms up.

With the variety of established activities at the museum and the rotating exhibits, The National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium continues to be a hot spot for education and entertainment even after 14 years of operation

By: Lindsey Templemann

Graduating Art Students Reflect on Their Show and Offer Advice to Future Art Majors

Screen Shot 2017-04-26 at 10.09.45 PMIn February, Clarke University’s Art and Design Department presented the Bachelor of Arts Degree Exhibition where current seniors displayed their newest art pieces. Erik Brolin (Ceramics), Morgan Hazer (Painting), and Hope Greenwood (Painting) have their work displayed in Clarke University’s Quigley gallery until March 8th. The available hours to view the art are 1-5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1-4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Erik Brolin a Graphic Design major with an emphasis in Ceramics stated that, “I had been working on [my pieces] all semester, basically a month and a half”. When asked what had inspired his theme for the project “West Coast Waveware” Brolin said, “Well, I am from the West Coast, Gilroy, California which is in the South Bay of Northern California and the wave aesthetic in my work helped me reflect where I am from.”

Since Brolin is a senior at Clarke and will be graduating this upcoming May he has plans to look for an internship in Graphic Design. At the moment, he is looking for an internship at home in California but he is open-minded.

Additionally, Erik Brolin has a few words for other younger peers in the Art department as well as incoming freshman seeking a degree in the Arts. “If you think it can be better, it can be. Just keep working and don’t give up, you’re going to fail.

Screen Shot 2017-04-26 at 10.10.02 PMArt major, Hope Greenwood, with an emphasis in painting said that,” Planning the idea started last summer. I was taking summer classes and meeting with my professors over the summer.” She decided to be proactive and get some planning for her senior show done in the summer since, “[the seniors] had to come up with three ideas before the [spring] semester started.”

Greenwood discussed her plans after graduation as well, “I am still really open to things, I know I am planning on doing commissions for some digital work, but really just to get a job and work it.” She does not want to rush into graduate school at the moment. She would like to pay off a lot of the student loans she has accumulated during her time at Clarke first.

When asked which professor was a big influential figure throughout her process her answer was, “Jessica Rebik was a lot of help, she helped me with a lot of it.”

Screen Shot 2017-04-26 at 10.09.53 PMOther influences in Greenwood’s work were derived from an Art Department trip to Chicago. “I went to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. One of the shows inspired me on how I’m hanging them in the gallery, it was Kerry James Marshall.”

Since Hope Greenwood has been so positively influenced by others in the Art world she would like to give some tips to her younger peers. “Talk to your professors as much as you can and if you’re an actual art major start thinking about your senior show sophomore, junior year […] if an idea comes to your head, write it down.”

Remember to support the Arts at Clarke and your local artists of Dubuque. The available hours to view the art in the Clarke gallery are 1-5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1-4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.


The Results Are In! Meet Your New Representatives in CSA.

On Friday night, April 21st, the elections closed for the CSA Senate race. The newly elected officials on the Executive Board will lead the Clarke Student Association for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year, with the senators representing their individual classes opinions and stances.

There will be a torch passing ceremony taking place at the Honors Dinner on May 5th, from the current senators to the newly elected officials. You can sign up for the Honors Dinner by emailing Lynn Becker at Lynn.Becker@clarke.edu

Here is the new roster for the Executive Board, and your class senators.

Executive Board

President: Kyle Majerus, ‘18

Vice President: Katie Marter, ‘18

Secretary: Laura Naber, ‘18

Treasurer: Bailey Theisen, ‘20


Senior Class of 2018

President: Megan Madl

Vice President: Nicholas Anderson

Secretary: Jeff Ruhlow

Treasurer: Matt Gagner


Junior Class of 2019

President: Kylee Liginski

Vice President: Sydney Eustice

Secretary: Eric Jones

Treasurer: Caroline Herrig


Sophomore Class of 2020

President: Echo DeVries

Vice President: Josh Sanchez

Secretary: Annalise Lyon

Treasurer: Alex Koenig


Photo courtesy of Michael Bently via creative commons license.

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