We’ve heard a lot of talk about the Relays, but what are the Prelays?
Thursday evening at 6 PM, Drake University held its first ever Prelays session at Sussman theatre. Executive Director of Campus Safety, Scott Law, kicked off the session with a question for the attendees.
“Just a show of hands, how many of you in this room were at the 2018/2019 Relays?” Surprised but expected, only 5 hands out of approximately 120 students went up. Scott Law further explained, that is the reason why administrative staff thought it would be best to get ready for Relays by organizing a Prelays event.
The purpose of this event was to let Bulldogs know what they can expect in the upcoming Relays, and ways to stay safe during the weeklong event.
“Drake students look out for Drake students”, said Scott Law. He explained that this campus is expecting about 8000 guests, so it is crucial for everybody to look out for each other. There will be an increased presence of public safety around the Drake neighbourhood, along with Des Moines Police Department (DMPD) officers. He encouraged students to lock their cars, and residence halls throughout this week, and further encouraged students to download the Rave Guardian App – a safety application.
“Parking will be a nightmare. Don’t move your car starting Wednesday evening,” said Scott Law. Being very adamant, Law put emphasis on parking. He explained that because the campus will be expecting about 8000 visitors, it is wise to not drive around that week. He also stated that Forest Avenue will be closed, and 24th to 27th street will be barricaded, and will reopen Saturday night at 8 PM. Law reminded students, that the DART Bus is free of use for Drake students, and were advised to use the bus for any sort of movements to avoid inconveniences and unnecessary accidents.
“There will be a rotation team from the Dean of students, and all hands will be on Deck.” Explained Hannah Clayborn, Assistant Dean of Students. Ms. Deck declared that this will be her first Relays experience.
Student leaders, who were apart of the panel, Debbie Horan and Katie Palmer, spoke on their experiences from a student’s point of view. The ladies prompted all students who were in attendance to take advantage of all activities taking place that week.
“Take advantage of every single thing, if you can.” Said Debbie Horan. She pushed for students to attend the Beautiful Bulldog Contest, the concert taking place on Forest Ave, and many more. She also prodded students to stay hydrated and to pace themselves accordingly as there will be a lot happening.
Most importantly, the audience was invigorated by the given tips and tricks given to navigate their way through Relays Week.