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Text Rental:

September 29, 2010

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Chronicle covering the campus beat


Volume 10, Issue 3 Copyright 2010

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The Staff Editor in Chief -Brian OsbornCopy Editor Mandy Bornhoft Layout Editor Mariah Mack Staff Writers/ Photographers Brian Osborn Jason Messer Jay Warren C.J. Eilers jonathan Krueger Photo Editor April Kustanborter Circulation Manager Jill Majerus Office Manager Michaela Hansen Advertising Staff Mike McGregor Trevor Stroup Video Project/Web Manager Glen Cosner Cartoonist Katie Hermann Faculty Adviser Julie Roosa

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To rentBookstore or to buy? offers cheaper textbook alternative


How sweet the sound


Listen Homegrown Localhardcore: A Threat from Within

DMACC’s 2010 Fall Choral Concert

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September Calendar Sunday





































Leadership Workshop

10 a.m.

Doug Wood, Musician

11:15 a.m.

11:15 a.m.

11:15 a.m.

Nurse Practitioner

Note taking Workshop

*For more information on events and their locations, go to and click on the calendar.


Wednesday 29

Thursday 30

Friday 1

Saturday 2

Sunday 3

Monday 4




Mostly Sunny









Tuesday 5



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DMACC offers cheap solution for students

75% of the new book price and the initial rental price. These costs are charged to the card that the student is required to use when he DMACC bookstores the book is initially rented said made a new option Richards. available to students this All college textbooks are not semester, renting textbooks available to rent. The rental instead of buying them. availability of a textbook is “Text rental is offered to determined on the quantity of students at the lowest initial the book used across multiple cost, which helps students lower bookstores, if the book is used college expenses,” explained Lori for a basic core class and if there Richards, manager of the Ankeny are enough of the books in supply campus bookstore. that semester. A Buying a new, textbook needs to be DMACC core used in a curriculum class textbook can for four years before cost around $100. it can become a Renting the same rental. Faculty can textbook will only also submit requests cost around $50 or for certain books less. to be placed on the The reason why rental list if that it’s called a rental isCampus Chronicle/ Brian Osborn book is widely used. because the book does need to be Nothing consumable, customable, returned. The company lending or bundled can be available for the textbook will e-mail the rental. student 10 days, 3 days, and 1 day Chelsea Magee, a student at before the book has to be officially the Ankeny campus, found “the returned. Failure to return the bookstore books to be overpriced, book results in the student being but found the rental prices to be charged in a 7.5% processing fee, reasonable.”

By Jay Warren Staff Writer


Show time for DMACC choirs

listen to a whole choir of people singing.” The theme for this concert is patriotic music, mainly because of MACC’s first choral the upcoming elections. concert is coming Oct. The students also are excited for 1 and the Concert Choir is the concert. The choir’s president, Jessi Mybringing patriotism to music. ers, an alto, says she’s excited for DMACC’s choral program inher first choir concert cludes the Concert at DMACC. “I came Choir, which is also a here from the urclass at DMACC; the ban campus and they Chamber Ensemble, didn’t have a choir,” which is an audition said Myers. “I’m lookchoir; and Ambassaing forward to singdors, a volunteer choir ing with this choir that earns no credits. and think they sound The Concert Choir great.” is directed by firstMyers does believe year professor Aaron that they have things Powell. Professor Campus Chronicle/CJ Eilers Powell, who has Aaron Powell directing his students they need to improve on. “We taught guitar at need to pay more attention and be DMACC, Grandview, Simpson less goofy. We also need to recruit and Drake, is excited for his first more people next semester.” performance with the choir. “I’m The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. in really looking forward to this year the Auditorium in Building 6. with these students,” said Powell. After the concert, attendees are “Coming from an instrumental invited to a reception in Building background makes things dif7. Light refreshments will be proferent. It’s not like guitar lessons vided. where it’s one-on-one, you have to

By C.J. Eilers Staff Writer


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Concert Choir practicing their music for their upcoming concert on October 1st

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“The Social Network” sheds light on to pop culture phenomenon By Christopher Kelly McClatchy Newspapers



he Social Network, an absorbing, well-acted docudrama about the founding of Facebook, begins with an ecstatic burst of conversation that could only come from screenwriter Aaron Sorkin. The characters talk, talk, talk, faster and faster and faster, in a fashion that brings to mind the breeziest episodes of “The West Wing.” It’s only gradually

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that the films turns darker and creepier, until we realize we’re also deep into the terrain of director David Fincher, whose “Fight Club” remains the quintessential portrait of young male anomie in the late 20th/early 21st century. The good news about “The Social Network”: This seemingly unlikely marriage between screenwriter and director proves mostly successful. Sorkin (who based his script on the non-fiction book “The Accidental Billionaire” by Ben Mezrich) provides much-needed bursts of humor and playfulness that temper Fincher’s solemn tendencies. Fincher, meanwhile, keeps the proceedings barreling forward in the fashion of his thrillers “Panic Room” and “Seven,” you barely even notice you’re watching

a movie that consists of little more than entitled Ivy League students shouting at one another. Yet despite its obvious ambitions, and despite what a number of ecstatic, early reviews have suggested, “The Social Network” doesn’t really add up to much. It’s a familiar portrait of dishonor among scoundrels, about a group of backstabbing young men all trying to claim the biggest piece of a billion-dollar pie. The movie strains for a grandiosity it doesn’t know how to achieve. It also wants to be the defining vision of the greed, callowness and weirdly anti-social nature of the hyper-social Facebook generation, but it never fully explains what makes these kids tick, or, for that matter, why this one website matters so much. In Sorkin and Fincher’s telling, Mark Zuckerberg

( Jesse Eisenberg) is a ferociously single-minded young man, prone to bouts of paranoia and martyrdom, convinced that his fellow Harvard students are out to get him. Enraged after a fight with his girlfriend (Rooney Mara), he sets up a Web site that invites Harvard students to compare pictures of women and determine which is the more attractive. That Web site earns the consternation of university officials, but the attention of a trio of Harvard entrepreneurs, Divya Narendra (Max Minghella) and twin brothers Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss (played by Arnie Hammer and Josh Pence, with an assist from Fincher’s visual effects department to make them look exactly the same). They want Zuckerberg to help them build a new social media

belts to fully get the feel of driving an actual car. “The person ‘driving’ is able to look around themselves 180 degrees, actually push the gas and brake pedals, and drive as if you were actually on the road,” said Rob Tower, a representative of P. E . E . R , or Professionals Encouraging Educational Reform, overseeing the project. O t h e r students could watch a screen outside the car

and see how abysmal or super awesome the driver was doing, laughing at them or applauding their efforts. Not everyone thought that it was a good representation of an actual driving experience. “I don’t think

it was like real life driving at all,” says Kayla Wilwerding. “I don’t drive like that, and it felt more like a video game than an actual driving simulator, almost like GTA.” The P.E.E.R, group, w h i c h travels around the country to bring the hands on experience to students ever ywhere, has their own website at www.peerawareness. com.

Students get first-hand look at texting while driving By Jay Warren Staff Writer


utside of Building 5 on Monday students could participate in a “texting simulator,” where students could immerse themselves in a 3-D rendered world and see how they did on busy roads while under the influence of the phone. Clarence Fjellanger felt that it was “a good representation of texting and trying to drive at the same time,” and admitted, “I do it just sometimes.” Before starting, students are told to fasten their seat-

Campus Chronicle/Jay Warren

site that will link all of Harvard’s students. Did Zuckerberg steal the idea for Facebook from these three men? In rapidly building and expanding the site, did he ultimately betray his best friend, Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield), who put up the initial funding? Most of “The Social Network” unfolds in flashback, as Zuckerberg is being deposed in two separate lawsuits, a framing device that, while not as dreadful as Fincher’s exploitative use of Hurricane Katrina in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” still comes across as hackneyed. As he did in “Zodiac,” Fincher turns the lights way down low, rendering the entire movie in shades of brown, midnight blue and dark grey, an airless, overworked visual design that’s starting to feel like an affectation. Fortunately, Sorkin’s dialogue, and especially the terrific lead performance, keep the movie pulsing. Eisenberg is given the utterly thankless task of playing one of the most unlikable protagonists in an American movie in years, a guy who claims he doesn’t care about money, but displays no warmth or empathy for others. That you’re still paying attention to this angry little pisher after two hours is a testament to the actor’s intensity, and his ability to lighten and sharpen that intensity with bursts of biting comedy. (Mark Zuckerberg apparently never met an insult he couldn’t hurl in hilariously deadpan fashion.)

Yet what does any of this matter? Isn’t Zuckerberg’s story one we’ve seen a million times before, a study of megalomania and American business, in far more thematically complex movies like “Giant,” “There Will Be Blood,” “Citizen Kane” or the original “Wall Street”? Midway through the proceedings, a terrific Justin Timberlake turns up, playing Napster co-founder Sean Parker, who wants in on the Facebook action. “This is our moment,” he theatrically announces to Zuckerberg in a nightclub, as the music throbs on the soundtrack. A tidal shift would seem to have taken place. All those strings of computer code have rewired the DNA of a generation, and changed the way we all think, talk, and even present ourselves to the world. Or so Sorkin and Fincher would like us to believe. The thing about “The Social Network” is that the tidal shift isn’t really portrayed up on the screen. In its final half-hour, there are doubledeals, bitter recriminations and legal accusations, in other words, it’s a bunch of rich white guys arguing over who gets to be richest. Maybe that’s exactly Sorkin and Fincher’s point, that American capitalism is just an extension of our childhood playground squabbles. Still, it all feels a little thin and obvious. Mark Zuckerberg might very well have changed the world in ways that we might not even begin to fully understand. But you wouldn’t know it from “The Social Network.”

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Listen Local

Profile: A Threat From Within By C.J. Eilers Staff Writer

What’s your best excuse to skip class?

In this edition, we take a look at Ankeny/Chicago based hardcore metal band, A Threat From Within. A Threat From Within is Alex Hagar (guitar), a firstyear student at DMACC; Chris Kelly (drums), a first-year student at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago; Isaiah Hoegh (bass), a graduate of The University of Iowa; Brett Stiles (vocals), a sophomore at Moody Bible Institute; and Adam Colyer (lead guitar), a DMACC graduate. The band started when Hagar and Coyler began jamming together while working at the Ankeny Music Center. Coyler invited church friends Stiles and Kelly to play with them at the Nevelyn Center’s senior center in Ankeny. Originally, Kelly’s brother played bass for the band but left because of work. The band put an advertisement on Craigslist for a new bassist. Isaiah Hoegh soon joined on bass. The band’s style is loosely defined as hardcore metal,

but numerous influences led them in many directions. “We have many different directions, coming from Christian music, classic rock, death metal as well as hardcore,” says guitarist Alex Hagar. “We also listen to a bunch of different bands that no one has ever heard of.” The band incorporates a technique beyond hardcore, mainly with Hagar’s flowing guitar riffs. Since the band is split between Ankeny and Chicago, they also split the songwriting. “Chris and Brett are in Chicago and writing together, while the rest of us here in Ankeny are writing together, and when we all get back together we will combine it all,” said Hagar. A Threat From Within had their lineup in stone so they decided to play their first show. The show was at a strip mall in Keokuk in March. “We were the only band playing heavy music like that,” said Hagar. “We didn’t get the best reception there but we still had a great time.” The next show was Ankeny’s Battle Of The Bands 2010. Vocalist Brett

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Stiles was unable to attend because he had to go back to Chicago. Regardless, the band placed third in the competition. “I was really surprised on how well we did,” said Hagar. “We weren’t expecting much without Brett there.” The band’s future plans include releasing an EP this winter, although no date has been decided. “We started recording ourselves to hear how we sound,” said Hagar. “Tracks on the album have come out sounding a lot better than we thought they would and we are working on the sound quality for the

next few weeks.” The band also plans on playing a show in late October, possibly at a new venue in Des Moines called The Tomb. For more information on A Threat From Within, check out their Myspace page, www. athreatfrom within, or their Facebook page.

Gail Voelker, 18

Zach Clifton, 29

Ashley Harvey, 26

“I don’t know. I don’t miss class very much.”

“I was in a car accident.”

“I called in dead once.”

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