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In February, only 61 percent of those who took the Iowa State Bar Examination passed. That's the lowest pass rate in more than a decade. Taking the bar is required of all who wish to practice law in Iowa. February's 69 test takers came from more than two dozen law schools. Drake Law School Dean Ben Ullem says to better prepare its students for the bar exam, the school has altered the structure of courses. "We're using a more deliberate teaching process where instead of having one examination...

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Nicholas Roth - a professor of piano at Drake and a renowned recording artist - is performing Monday at 7: 30PM at Sheslow Auditorium in Des Moines. You should definitely take the opportunity to hear this Yamaha Artist live! Meanwhile, you can hear his recent interview with Barney Sherman (and some samples of his playing) by clicking on the arrow below. The Monday-night recital is part of Drake's "Keys to Excellence" series; be there if you're nearby, but meanwhile, tune in to sample Roth's art!

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Two renowned musicians - violinist Sarah Plum of Drake and pianist Francine Kay of Princeton - are giving a series of concerts in Iowa this week. You can hear them live in Des Moines Wednesday at noon at St. John's Lutheran Church and at 7:30 at Sheslow Auditorium at Drake - but you can get a live preview at 1 PM on IPR! Barney will host them live, as they perform Beethoven's Violin Sonata no. 10 and Bartok's Violin Sonata no. 2. Dr. Plum won the Gold Medal at the prestigious International...