December 8, 2010
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Searching for sleep: campus insomnia
By Jason Messer Staff Writer
onstantine Kraft, a third year student at DMACC, has had many sleepless nights. Kraft has suffered from insomnia for four years and has had periods of chronic insomnia, episodes lasting three weeks or more.
When asked about how his insomnia has affected his education, Kraft said he has had “mixed results.” He said “For last second things it can help because it means that I can operate with less sleep. So I can do more, but occasionally my body gets to a point where it just has to shut down. Sometimes that can be severely inconvenient.” Kraft went on to say that his exams have been affected by the shut downs after an episode. “Occasionally there is loss of concentration, and what not, during insomnia episodes, but usually I understand when that happens. So I try to predict it and change things so I am not striving or something.” Insomnia is classified by WebMD as a sleep disorder that is characterized by difficulty falling and/or staying asleep. In a recent study published in the “Journal of American College Health Students” it concluded that “[m]any college students are at risk for sleep disorders, and those at risk may also be at risk for academic failure.”
Nurse Practitioner at the DMACC health office, Ed Piasecki, has had a lot of experience in the field of sleep. He has worked for a sleep doctor in Kansas City and has given three hour long lectures on the subject. He said he “used to see people with all sorts of crazy things.” Piaseki said that he agreed with the study’s conclusions. He added that people who work night shifts and night owls have more trouble academically than those on a regular sleep schedule. Piasecki said that the physical effects of insomnia present themselves faster. He added that the mental effect can be much more subtle. “You do more than sleep when you sleep. You recharge your brain and fight infections.” Piasecki said that students who are suffering from insomnia should look towards exercise. “Exercise helps initiate/increase a lot of natural hormones that promote good sleep. You
may be physically exhausted, you may be mentally exhausted but the two have to be coupled together to get good sleep.” Sandra Foster, the Ankeny Campus Health Specialist/ Nurse, said that insomnia is not most people’s major complaint when they come into the Health Services office, but they may have waited until they have had other problems. Foster said that the transition to college can be the cause of insomnia for some students. “They may have had a lot more help in high school, your expectations when you’re in college, you know, you’re a lot more independent. You need to do a lot more things yourself. I think that switch in schedule . . . is one of the stressors that may cause [insomnia].” Foster said that low grades can cause insomnia and insomnia can cause low grades, that stress being a contributing factor to insomnia. She said that it can be hard to determine which came first. While many students have turned to outside help for insomnia, Kraft has learned to live with it. “Beyond the crash time after an insomnia episode, where I basically start sleeping more than normal, there really isn’t that much of an issue.”
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What’s on top of your “You do more than holiday sleep when you sleep. wish list?
You recharge your brain and fight infections.”
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Tips for dealing with insomnia
“A car. Something that gets better then 6 miles to the gallon because it kills my wallet” Kurt Henrichs 20 Ankeny
Do: • Seek help early when you notice symptoms. • Learn good study habits. • Keep naps short (30 minutes). • Look at your time management and study habits.
“A bumper… cuase my dad broke it” Leah Alexander 20 Nevada
• Take vitamins for energy. • Avoid light sources, TV’s when trying to sleep. Don’t: • Over medicate. • Self medicate with alcohol/ over counter medications.
“I don’t really Christmas” Nichole Fredregill 19 St. Anthony
• Drink caffeine 4-7 hours before bed. • Spend too much time in bed if you can’t sleep. Source: DMACC Ankeny Health Office
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Officials expand on crime reported on campus By CJ Eilers Staff Writer
MACC Ankeny campus is relatively low, mainly because of the staff at DMACC and the actions taken to prevent or punish those who don’t obey the rules, according to officials.
In the Nov. 17 issue, the Chronicle reported the number of offenses that happened on campus or the apartments in the most recent reporting years available. According to data posted on the government Web site for Campus Crime reporting, in 2007, 2008 and 2009, reported crimes include one forcible sex offense, one robbery, five burglaries and a motor vehicle theft. The sexual offense reported did not involve a DMACC student and, due to privacy, there are no details on the incident. “The victim has a right to privacy in cases like this,” said Rod
Clark, the assistant Physical Plant director. Clark said two robberies have occurred in the past three years, one with a knife and one involving physical violence. Both cases were not severe, he said. Two thefts have occurred in the apartments and three in school buildings. Things stolen included a computer and a wallet. One auto theft has occurred, Clark said, but the case was actually a friend playing a prank on another friend by moving his car to somewhere else on campus. “I think this is a safe campus,” said Clark. “Crime does happen, but it can happen anywhere.” Apartments, though listed on the government website for college crime statistics, are independently owned from DMACC. Drugs and underage drinking is more common in the apartments than the buildings, although still relatively low. A disciplinary action for students breaking the
law in their apartments is campus, a service provided ing must take place to determine the handled by the apartment by Mercy Medical Center. “We take our drug-free wrongdoing. Anowners, who get the police involved. The student may policy seriously,” said Dean other issue around time is be evicted from the apart- of Student Services Laurie finals Wolf. If a student is caught cheating. If a facments as well. If drugs or alcohol are selling drugs, the matter is ulty member finds used or consumed on cam- reported to police and the a student cheating, pus, then the school handles student is suspended until they can fail them or remove them it. The student is suspended the academic hearing. Fighting, while not much from the class. A from school until they can attend an academic hear- of an issue according to hearing only takes ing. The process can take Wolf, must be reported, in- place if it is serious, a month before a student vestigated and then a hear- such as plagiarism. can return to class, so the student could miss enough to be removed from class. If the student wishes to continue at DMACC, they need to fulfill various requirements such as attending a rehab proA zesty bowl of pasta, a distinctive Chianti, the spirited discussion of family around a table — gram off our guests don’t have to cross the Atlantic to experience the magic of Italy. In fact, it’s right here at our brand new restaurant in Ankeny. Not only do we demand the best and freshest products cooked expertly, but we need talented people like you to help create an environment where food, family and fun come together to make something magical.
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Open minds, open hearts Page 6
By Allison Buckalew Contributing Writer
aylor Williams is now completely comfortable in her own skin. She is not afraid to be who she really is anymore.
Williams, a DMACC student studying science in the Liberal Arts program, finds the Ankeny campus to be much more accepting to LGBT students than high school was. LGBT stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. “It’s like a fresh start. And now I am really comfortable with being open in all of my classes.” Things have gotten a lot better in college, Williams said. In high school, everyone knows everything about you. In college, no one really knows you until you start getting to know them in return, she said. Williams said that she is one of the lucky ones. “Anyone that I’ve told here basically reacts like, OK, no big deal, or it’s cool with people.” So far, DMACC does not have any support group
or club that would help students who are afraid to come out, or those who have come out and need that extra support from people going through the same situations and feelings. As far as recognition goes, Williams said she feels that DMACC is not very good at recognizing LGBT students, she said. However, she feels as though DMACC has been pretty open and accepting of her so far. Williams had someone ask her in one of her science classes here at DMACC why she thought she was the way she was. “I don’t believe being gay is a choice, especially when it’s sometimes apparent from a young age. I also don’t like when people call it a ‘lifestyle.’ Why would someone choose to live a life with adversity?” Williams asked. So far, Williams has only had one serious relationship
Williams said, “but it also takes a lot of courage to come out, especially to your parents and family.” Williams urges other students to establish a good support system beforehand. “It makes all the difference in the world.” Jonathan Krueger, another gay student on the DMACC campus, recalled what it was like for him before he came out in high school. He knew as early as seventh grade that he was gay, but wasn’t comfortable with it until about junior year. “I was bullied some. When people are staring or snickering, you know you are being talked about,” Krueger said. One day, in the middle of one of Krueger’s classes, another guy stood up and in front of everyone asked him if he was dating a boy. Krueger felt bad because a few of his friends were in that same class and he hadn’t told them yet. “I felt outted before I was ready.” Coming out to his parents was hard. Krueger remembered being scared to tell his mom, but afterwards, felt relief. When his dad first found
“It’s like a fresh start. And now I am really comfortable with being open in all of my classes,” Taylor Williams. during college since being out. However, the girl she was dating wasn’t comfortable with acting like a couple in public. “I kind of feel cheated out of the dating experience so far because we had to hide who
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out, his first words were, “How do you think Jeff (Krueger’s brother) is going to be treated at school now?” The words stung, but after the initial shock wore off, Krueger’s dad became supportive and is now very protective of him, Krueger said. Krueger said that, if possible, it is better to talk with someone when you know. The stress of holding in that big of a secret definitely took its toll. “I developed anger issues, anxiety and problems with depression. It’s just better to tell someone. It helps your relationships with other people and yourself,” Krueger said. Krueger has definitely seen improvement in college, though. He’s been pleasantly surprised at how open people are. People are much more accepting. “DMACC has been amazing,” Krueger said. “Most university campuses around the country have developed support groups for LGBT students…where is ours?” asked Julie Simanski, a speech teacher on the Ankeny DMACC campus. Simanski has been an advocate for gay rights for years now, especially because she has a personal connection to someone who is gay, her brother. “We came from a very small community and so he couldn’t really identify with
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anyone else. It wasn’t until he was a sophomore in college that he finally came out, even though he probably knew long before that, that he was gay,” Simanski said. In 2004, Simanski used a DMACC grant to hold a pride week for all of the DMACC campuses combined. She was able to get a portion of the AIDS quilt on campus, which is an enormous quilt made as a memorial to, and celebration of, the lives of people who have died of AIDS-related causes. Simanski was also able to contact Matthew Shepard’s mother, who did a reading and a question
and answer session with the community. Matthew Shepard was a University of Wyoming student who was tortured and murdered because he was homosexual. Ever since then, his mother Judy has been an advocate for LGBT youth and helps run the Matthew Shepard Foundation, which supports diversity and tolerance in youth organizations. In addition, during pride week, tables were set up by different organizations that support LGBT students, such as Wells Fargo and Principal, which handed out information to students interested in learning more about tolerance. Simanski described the whole event as successful for LGBT students and allies alike. The reception for Shepard’s mother and her Q&A were very well
received, Simanski said. Judy Shepard wasn’t the type of person to push her opinions on you, Simanski said, she just felt strongly about equality and treating everyone with respect. Simanski says that having a personal connection to someone that is gay, or knowing someone who is, helps to defy stereotypes. “When teaching, I try to be inclusive with relationship definitions.” Recently, faculty has had some LGBT support training, but Simanski thinks there is much more that can be done. “There needs to be a group, or a place for resources dealing with bullying, or brochures or any kind of literature, really,” she said. Other LGBT students on the Ankeny DMACC campus may not be quite
as well received as Taylor Williams and Jonathan Krueger, and feel like they are alone in their struggles. According to the PFLAG
organization, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays,“nearly a fifth of students are physically assaulted because of their sexual orientation and over a tenth because of
their gender expression.” Laurie Wolf, the executive dean of Student Services, explained that it would be beneficial if students would want to create a club or support group for LGBT students. If so, they should go to faculty and find an advisor to help run it. “Most student-run organizations that are active are such because they have worked hard to be recognized.”Wolf
has found that students are less responsive to faculty organized groups than to ones they have created themselves. “We would be more than accepting if the idea of a club or support group would be brought to us,” she said, adding that she is surprised that it hasn’t happened on this campus yet. According to Wolf, DMACC has a strong antidiscrimination policy that they adhere to no matter what kind of discrimination it involves. “We take any kind of discrimination very seriously, and we have absolutely no tolerance for it,” Wolf said. She said she would hope that if any incidents were to occur, students would feel comfortable enough to come to her or any faculty
members so they could put a stop to it immediately. Faculty members have all had to take equal rights, discrimination and safety program training sessions, which includes anti-bullying. “I hope that we are an open enough community that we won’t have to deal with any incidents like that,” Wolf said. For LGBT students dealing with a harsh environment on campus, a good place to start is with a counselor. Also, several instructors now have a pink triangle on their door, symbolizing they are a safe person to come to with any troubles or concerns. Simanski hopes that we can do more for this campus in particular. “Let’s make this a place that’s comfortable for everyone.”
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What albums are on your Christmas list?
By CJ Eilers Staff Writer t’s Christmas time and people need to know what to give to their music loving friends this holiday season. Truth is, we could just buy our friends Christmas albums that they only listen to during this season, but what’s the point? Why not buy an album that they might listen to all year? Here’s a list of some hot albums that are out for the season.
“The Beginning” by Black Eyed Peas “Speak Now” by Taylor Swift “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” by Kanye West “Lady Killer” by Cee-Lo
“Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys” by My Chemical Romance “Pretty Hate Machine” (Reissue) by Nince Inch Nails Also, our wonderful staff here at The Chronicle has even more suggestions for Christmas gifts or stocking stuffers! “Mollusk” by Ween – Jason Messer “Experience Hendrix” by Jimi Hendrix – Jay Warren “Cannibal” by Ke$ha – Jon Krueger “Man on The Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager” by Kid Cudi – Brian Osborn “Oracular Spectacular” by MGMT – Jason Messer “American Idiot” by Green Day – my personal suggestion as well as my favorite album.
So, hopefully this list gives you a better idea of what to buy for your loved ones. One thing you should do, however, is ask what your loved ones want for music. Do not ever guess! There is nothing more disappointing to a music lover than getting a CD they don’t want. Another thing you should do is keep the receipt for the CD, just in case. My last suggestion is don’t buy the album online. The return policies for online albums are different and confusing to people. Just buy CD’s from somewhere like Target, Walmart, or Best Buy. Happy Holidays and thank you to all my fans who have read my Listen Locals! Support local music and don’t forget to check out my Facebook page, keyword: Listen Local.
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‘I Love You Phillip Morris’ a hidden treasure By Randy Myers Contra Costa Times (MCT)
hey often sit patiently on the shelves, movie wallflowers wistfully hoping to pick up a date with a distributor.
Every so often these dejected productions catch someone’s fancy. A Friday release is penciled in, an announcement comes out, then comes that crushing call to reschedule. For a while that was the ridiculous predicament of “I Love You Phillip Morris,” a spry and, as improbable as it seems, true story starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor as two jailbirds who fall madly in love. The film is finally being released after more false starts than Meg Whitman’s bid for California governor. Originally slated to debut last spring, the 2009 indie feature was bounced countless times, including in July and on to this rather cozy December opening. At one point, it looked as if “Morris” would be tossed to
the straight-to-DVD scrap heap. A number of factors reportedly contributed to the shabby treatment, from distributor headaches and legal issues to the less-than-mainstream subject matter about two men in love. Regardless
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“THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER” (PG): Director Michael Apted tackles the third installment in the series of beloved novels by C.S. Lewis, in which the Pevensie siblings and their young cousin return to the
magical land and sail to the edge of the world alongside Prince Caspian. There will be dragons. “THE TOURIST” (PG13): Johnny Depp is an American who travels to Italy to mend his broken heart. Angelina Jolie is the mysterious woman who enters his life. Soon they are swirling in danger and intrigue. She’s a trouble magnet, that Jolie.
of why, this surprisingly warm and resonant smartaleck of a movie, based on former Houston Chronicle reporter Steve McVicker’s book, deserves big-screen attention. For their directorial debut, screenwriting partners John Requa and Glenn Ficarra are fearless in their depiction of the crazy things a person will do in the name of love. But as filmmakers and writers, the “Bad Santa” scribes needed to reign themselves in more, dropping such cheap-and-lazy jokes as having characters eat milk and cookies to signify wholesomeness. They also struggled with some choppy tonal shifts. Still, these are simply distractions and not enough to undermine this
wonderfully bizarre tale of con man Steven Russell’s (Carrey) unwavering passion for Phillip Morris (McGregor), a sweet and naive Southern guy who’s a car thief. In the opening credits, voice-over narrator Russell reveals he always did the right thing, probably because he never felt like he fit in. He played the church organ in Florida, married the nice girl (Leslie Mann), became a cop and later worked for Sysco food distributor in Texas. Oh, yeah, and he every now and then had sex with men, explicitly depicted in one sweaty scene, on the down low, years before the term became popular. Russell kept that part of his life hidden until a soulshaking car wreck tossed him headfirst out of the closet. He quickly ended his marriage, moved to Florida, got a hot boyfriend ( R o d r i g o Santoro) and discovered, as he puts it, that “being gay is really expensive.” So, the sly Russell pursued getting rich by filing bogus injury claims. The schemes eventually cost him his cutie and ultimately landed him in a penitentiary, where he met his true love in the prison library. In no time, Russell has worked the
system so he and Morris can share a cell. It’s immediately apparent that Russell will do absolutely anything for Morris, from lying, cheating and swindling to assuming the identity of a lawyer, an ill man, a doctor and even a CFO. Of course, his ruses, no matter how clever, can only unravel. Yet even in the thicket of lies and outlandish revelations, Russell’s commitment to Morris never is in doubt. To convey a romance that burns with such fierce intensity is no easy task, but Carrey and McGregor meet that challenge head-on and set off sparks as lovers. Carrey relies little on his physical theatrics to bring Russell alive, for which we are grateful. That toneddown approach results in one of the comedian’s most complex performances yet, even if the shadows from previous roles creep in.
McGregor is even stronger. He takes what could have been played as an overly flamboyant character and avoids turning him into a “Bird Cage”-like caricature. His Morris is coy, sincere and thoroughly charming. It’s one of the year’s most delicate acting feats, and one we hope won’t escape Oscar’s notice. The duo are at their best when expressing their love for each other, especially in a tender scene where they dance to the ballad “Chances Are” in their cell, both so utterly smitten they are oblivious to a noisy prison brawl that’s erupting around them. Yet it’s just one of many of the sweet-andsour moments peppered throughout “Morris.” Turns out this film date is one of the craziest and most surprising romances you’re likely to see not just this year, but any year.
By Allison Buckalew Contributing Writer
wenty-two donors gave blood for the first time at the DMACC Ankeny campus held on December 1st organized by the Ankeny Campus Student Health Services staff. Nurses collected 50 pints of blood which was considered a success by the Blood Center of Iowa. Nan Thomas, a former student of DMACC, has been the mobile site coordinator for blood drives for twelve years. Her job entails having to know everyone else’s jobs including taking the blood, processing
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eaten anything before donating. Thomas explained the types of precautions that nurses have to take when drawing blood. “There are very seldom any blood splashes.” A blood splash is if a donor’s blood photo contributed by basic reporting class gets on the face or into one of the mucous Angel Corbin giving blood at DMACC blood drive membranes of the person the blood, and being at the known, but once they have drawing the blood. If this front desk to get all donors donated once, they are not happened, that nurse canregistered and ready to give afraid to come the second not donate blood for an enblood. time.” Some first time dotire year for safety reasons, “First time donors are nors have different reacoften very nervous. It is tions such as dizziness, the typical fear of the un- especially if they have not
and during that year, their blood is continually tested. After the blood is drawn, it is registered by the time it came in and typed. Also, it is tested for a number of diseases including all of the hepatitis viruses, HIV, Syphilis, and more. The goal amount blood donated by each donor is 500 ml. If this goal is not reached, nurses can stop at 450 ml, but anything less than that will have to be thrown away. When blood has stopped pumping through the arm, it is known as coagulation, or when the blood clots. “We can only leave the needle in the arm for twenty minutes,” Thomas said.
There are three compositions of blood that doctors use, and now they order the specific component that they need. The first is plasma which has a one year shelf life and is used for burn patients. The second is red blood cells which can be kept up to 45 days and are used for most general surgical procedures. Finally, doctors can use platelets, but they have a very short shelf life of five days. These platelets are used specifically for cancer patients. “Every three seconds, someone needs blood,” Thomas said.
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