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Athlete spotlight

succeeding in academics and athletics

THE ROAD TO KENT it all began 10 years ago...


a showcase of Simpson’s finest

college drinking a college pastime with consequences AND MORE...

EDITOR’s Letter Special Thanks To Brian Steffen Simpson College SGA Dennis Chamberlin Mark Witherspoon

Graphic Designer Adrian Hawkins

Writers Olu Rotibi Amanda Hintgen Cait Conner Tara Maurer Erin Gerken James Tillison Megan Quick

Promotions Kelsey Hagelberg Tyler Craig David Adams


hen I was a kid, I wanted to be an air fighter! Then, like many kids from the 90’s, I fell in love with my Nintendo 64 and dreamt of creating videogames for a living. A couple of years later, I joined my high school’s yearbook staff and my interest switched to photography and advertising. Now in my last year of college, I will receive a degree in Integrated Marketing Communications and pursue a career in fashion photography. So how did I go from air fighter to fashion photographer and why the heck am I even telling you this? Because this is what ID Magazine stands for. We all have a unique identity, which is made up ALEJANDRO CABALLERO of experiences throughout our life. Everything we see, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF hear, taste, smell, and feel contributes to who we are. It is in college where our identity may take a dramatic twist. College allows us to explore careers, ideologies and relationships. At some point you may enter an identity crisis. What should I study? Is college for me? Should I be in a relationship? The list goes on. Long story short, college is a wonderful, dreadful, fulfilling and costly experience, but it is during your college years that you figure out who you really want to be - just like I did. While we all have unique personalities, beliefs and hobbies, there is a greater bond that unites us college students. Whether it is the thought of being unemployed after graduation or the mere question of “What should I do this weekend?,” ID Magazine attempts to unite the different personalities on campus through stories of student interest, pop culture, and anything else happening around campus. ID Magazine does not tell what is right or wrong. ID simply seeks to entertain you and possibly teach you a thing or two along the way.That being said, enjoy the first issue of ID Magazine!

Table of COntents Quick and Fun Reads


Social Media Etiquette


The 8 AM Stuggle


The Rise of Instagram

10 Leisure Fix

Sexual Violence and the College Campus

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College Drinking

Food for Thought

Athlete Spotlight: Players, Leaders, and Overachievers


The Road to Kent


Styles and Personalities of Simpson

28 Spotlight on Simpson

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Coming to Theaters

in 2013

By Tyler Utzka


s a member of Greek life for almost four years now, I’ve experienced things that I would not have normally if I hadn’t joined a fraternity. Men from many different backgrounds decide to join fraternities, and these differences lead to learning and acceptance. You may see differences at times and may not get along, but when it comes down to it you are brothers. You’re there for each other during down times and are also there to celebrate the good times. The fraternity that I am in is also accepting of gay men. There are a few stories of brothers coming out to others and nobody makes a bit deal about it. We don’t hold anything against them for it. It isn’t a big deal.Our fraternity also has good relations with the sororities on campus. Although we are from different houses, we all share similar beliefs in our organizations and all understand the importance of brother and sisterhood. Often, fraternities and sororities work together for philanthropy events and host social events to build relationships with each other. You never know if your future employer was involved as well. Heck, he could even be a brother. It’s all about networking, The best thing about brotherhood is that you always know in the back of your mind that someone has got your back. Even when it seems as if you can’t get out of a slump, a brother is always there with a helping hand. Being in a fraternity gives you a sense of belonging. I feel that you don’t have this kind of connection anywhere else. You have your good friends and family, but at college this is as close as you get to a family. 2

1. Iron Man 3 (May) 2. The Great Gatsby (May) 3. Star Trek Into Darkness (May) 4. Monsters University (Monster’s Inc Prequel) (June) 5. Despicable Me 2 (July) 6. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (November)



ideogames are a staple of the college campus. When it comes to bonding and making friendships, videogames can be the common bond that unites a big chunk of the student population. Sure, Skyrim, Call of Duty, and Mass Effect are pretty sweet, but even the most harcore players won’t deny that old-school games are the most fun with friends around, that’s why many of us bring our old consoles to college! Most of us grew up in the 90’s, which meant we owned or had access to a Nintendo 64 or the original Playstation. So, if you are feeling like getting in touch with your past and having a good time, these games will never dissapoint.

8 OLD-SCHOOL GAMES THAT STILL ROCK! 1. Mario Kart (N64) 2. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 3. TLoZ: Ocarina of Time (N64) 4. Final Fantasy IX (PS)

5. Super Smash Bros (N64) 6. GoldenEye 007 (N64) 7. Metal Gear Solid (PS) 8. Star Fox 64 (N64) ID MAGAZINE


GANGNAM FACTS ( 강 남 스 타 일 )

IN CASE YOU WERE LIVING UNDER A ROCK, THIS SUMMER A STAR WAS BORN IN AMERICA AT LEAST. SOUTH Korean popstar psy took the internet by surprise with his single hit “gangnam style.”




VIEWS IN 3 months, 23 days

“Gangnam Style”

IS A KOREAN EXPRESSION referring to upscale fashion and extravagant lifestyle. iT’S THE EQUIVALENT TO “SWAG” AND COMPARABLE TO “YOLO.” The video broke the guiness world record for “Most Likes on YouTube” with


Leave Things a Mess “Cleaning is best left to mothers,” seems to be the motto many college roommates live by. There is no need to put away trash for at least a week and even that soon is pushing it. Cleaning laundry is uncalled for; if it smells clean, it is wearable. That said, your laundry doesn’t need to be kept in dressers; clean or dirty throw it all on the floor. Never (and I can’t emphasize this enough) clean your own dishes. Do, however, complain when the room becomes so dirty that you would not feel comfortable having company over.

2. Department of Economics 1. Department of Philosophy

“Show me the money!”

"My momma always said life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get."

3. Department of Physics “May the Force be with you.”

“Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.”

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take your time Share an early morning class schedule? Wake up early and get in the bathroom before your roomate. You could easily be done in enough time for both of you to shower but, that’s not your style. Your body is a temple and you need to take good care of it. PISS-OFF-THE-ENTIRE-FLOOR Bonus!: Finally decided to do laundry? Make sure you leave it in the machines for a few days so it makes a hassle for others to use. It’s not your fault you forgot. You’re a busy college student and you’ll get to it eventually.


JUST grab IT! College is a sharing experience! Borrow as you please. If your roomate complains, play the “it was an emergency” card.

Quotes Movie

Your Professors Should Use In Class

“Nobody fucks with the Jesus.”

5. Department of Religion

4. Department of Theatre ARts

“Yes, they deserve to die, and I hope they burn in hell.”


“Paint me like one of your French girls, Jack.”

7. Department of Art

1. Forrest Gump 2. Jerry Maguire 3. Star Wars Saga 4. Gone With the Wind 5. The Big Lebowski 6. A Time to Kill 7. Titanic 3


Social Media By Olu Rotibi Design By Adrian Hawkins

In case you didn’t know, today’s employers are using social media sites to assess job candidates. At the same time, photos of you drinking from a beer-bong, posing in your underwear and flipping the finger are sitting in your profile waiting to be found. Before you go out searching for a job, make sure you are not your own worst enemy.


oday’s hi-tech world demands more than a two-page long resume to get you a job – at least one where you get to wear a suit or get

to make decisions that matter. Nowadays, your chances of getting a well-paying job depend on a well-written resume, plus a reputable web presence. Before social networks like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn became popular, employers did not have the opportunity to get to know potential employees outside an interview. However, things have changed. Most likely you have a Facebook profile; all your friends have a Facebook profile; god, even your mom has a Facebook profile. On October 2012, Facebook reported 1 billion active users in its system. Because sites like Facebook have become a virtual extension of our personal lives, today’s employers are not afraid to dig into our virtual lives in search for the best candidate for the job. Being the job-seeking college student that you are, you need to learn about social media etiquette and avoid any potential deal-breakers

for your employer.





From flipping the finger to showing too much skin, these photos just show a lack of class and give a pretentious or promiscuous impression of you. Not advising you to post pictures of you wearing suits all the time, but keep it tasteful. Chose an adequate profile photo and make a great first impression.

So you can drink from a beer-bong upsidedown? That is impressive (to your friends at least). Sure, photos of you hanging out at the bar or partying on spring break are nice memories. But recruiters and employers won’t be very impressed with your drinking skills.





Quoting songs, poems, and movie quotes on Facebook and Twitter is perfectly fine, but it’s easy to abuse this privilege. If you are going to share anything give some context, so at least people can understand or enjoy; do not get too wrapped up in your own world.

Keep your relationship business to yourself. No one wants to see your semi-nude girlfriend or see both of you french kissing. These sorts of things should be confidential between you and your significant other.


Social media is bigger than ever. Corporations use social network sites to recruit, search, and even approve potential employees. You can always broaden your social media skills and partake in all different media sites that might be beneficial to you.

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Are you passionate about shoes, cars, sports or anything else? Social networks work as microblogs; tweet, share or write to educate others on whatever you are passionate about. This will give people looking at your profile an outlook of you.

Having a 140-character limit does not give you the right to completely disregard the rules of grammar.“Mixing up “your” and “you’re” can have a strong impact on whoever is reading your misspelled thoughts. Stick to good grammar practices. “Are you ready to party!? We’re going to get crazy tonight! #YOLO,” see the difference? (Still obnoxious, but you get the point.)

Here is a list of do’s and don’ts you might want to consider

have a job, or simply care about what comes up when someone types your name on Google or Facebook.

Do’s and


regardless of whether you are looking for a job, you already


8 Struggle The a.m.

We all have taken an 8 a.m. class, and sometimes we regret that decision for the rest of the semester. What can we do to make the 8 a.m. grind better?

By Amanda Hintgen Photos Alejandro Caballero




ise and shine! It’s going to be a great day! Not every student wakes up with this type of attitude when there are 8 a.m. classes to attend. The temptation to hit snooze “just one more time” and stay snuggled up in bed is a dilemma that many students face every day. Many students wake up at the last possible minute and rush to class barely wake. This does not create a positive learning environment, let alone the professor scrambling to get everything ready for class and the rest of the day before the clock hits eight. Certain colleges like Duke University have eliminated 8 a.m. classes and now begin the day at 8:30 a.m. or later. Duke believes that by starting later, students’ academic performance will increase due to less sleep deprivation. The average college student sleeps six to seven hours a night, often less. Whereas the recommend amount of sleep for college students is nine hours. This two to three hour difference might have a noticeable impact on the students’ academic ability.

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A study completed by the College Student Journal in 2001 found that students who slept six hours or less had an average GPA of 2.74. Students who slept the recommended nine hours or more had an average GPA of 3.24 Junior Jessica Prowant is taking Cultural Anthropology bright and early at 8 a.m. “It’s fun, but I’d rather not be there at 8 o’clock in the morning,” said Prowant. “I think moving college classes back to 9 o’clock would help students get more sleep because college students are notorious for staying up late.” Sophomore Jessalyn Holdcraft begins every Tuesday and Thursday with Media Law and Ethics. “I am a morning person so I prefer to get my classes out of the way as soon as I possibly can,” said Holdcraft. “I think what is more of an issue is that they changed the schedule and lengthened classes. The hour and a half long classes are more of an issue than the 8 a.m. classes.

I constantly look at the clock.”


In order to help beat the morning blues, junior Lance Kramer suggests students stop by Holy Grounds Coffee shop located inside of the Smith Chapel to get a fresh cup of coffee.

Eat Breakfast.

Be prepared for the upcoming day.

Along with a cup of Joe or other caffeinated

By knowing what the day brings and being

beverage, eating breakfast is another good way to start the morning. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. By eating a balanced diet, students

prepared, it will create less stress. This means doing your homework before it is due. This also

will be able to concentrate better, increase energy

gets rid of the classic class copout, “my homework

and other health factors such as reducing illnesses

is not done, so I won’t go to class.”

and obesity.

Consistent sleep schedule.

Take a nap.

Having a consistent schedule can also help students

If all else fails and your eyelids cannot stay open,

out when it comes to waking up for class.

it might be a signal of unhealthy sleep deprivation.

The human body has a natural clock that runs off

Change your sleeping habits and take “Power

circadian rhythms.

Naps,” ranging from 20 to 30 minutes. It serves as

Nerve cells in the brain called the suprachiasmaticnucleus (SCN) control the circadian rhythm. When on a consistent schedule the body will naturally be tired at about the same time each night and awake at approximately the same time in the mornings. Don’t forget to still set an alarm or two, though. 8

a quick refresher and can increase the quality of your mood through out the day, even weeks. Researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies found that with a nap, brain activity stays high throughout the day; but without a nap, brain activity declines over the course of the day. ID MAGAZINE


ntia l pa r e s s e n

Your brain performs at its best with breakfast. A study of 6,000 students found a positive link between better grades and those who eat breakfast every day, specifically when it is composed of high-quality nutrients. Give it a try!

t of yo u r m o r n i n g

of Americans know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, however, only 44% say they actually eat it every day.

Eating cereals or quick breads for breakfast has been linked to maintaning a lower body mass index compared to skipping breakfast. Nutrition is the key.

While coffee by itself is not breakfast, adding a cup of joe to your morning diet can have a positive impact on your day. Researchers have found that caffeine improves students’ ability to catch grammatical errors, especially mistakes in subject-and-verb agreement.

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Individuals who consume a cereal breakfast each day were less depressed, less emotionally distressed, and had lower levels of perceived stress.

Skipping breakfast often leads to making bad food decisions. Skipping breakfast doesn’t make you skinnier or healthier. The calories you didn’t intake at breakfast, you will gain them when you reach for a soft drink, a sugary snack or overeat when feeling hungry or tired.

It’s been confirmed that coffee (or at least the caffeine in it), temporarily increases your ability to learn. It also increases: Comprehension Reflexes Short-Term Memory


Coffee is the number one source of antioxidants in the U.S. Antioxidants will strengthen your ability to fight infections and diseases. DID YOU KNOW? Caffeine works the same parts of the brain as cocaine and heroin. Caffeine just has milder and far less damaging effects.


The Rise of

Instagram In a Starbucks coffee shop; when the sky is looking overly dramatic; or inside any place serving colorful and fancy food, you can bet there is someone taking a photo with Instagram.


e all have fallen victims of the Instagram fever at some point. Some embrace Instagram, others wish they could punch those who embrace it too much. But there is one thing we could all learn about Instagram regardless of our level of intolerance towards over saturated or vintage-like images of random stuff. With Instagram’s popularity, it could be easy to assume Instagram has been around for a long time, but it’s only been two years since Instagram was launched in October 2010. According to statistics from the official website, Instagram is still going strong with over 80 million registered users, more than five million photos uploaded every day and a total over 4 billion photos uploaded to the system since launch. Instagram started as a humble little app in San Francisco. In fact, “Instagram” wasn’t even meant to become Instagram. Co-founder Kevin Systrom, 27, had been working on a little project called Burbn, “a web app for checking-in to locations, make plans (future check-ins), earn points for


By Cait Conner Photos By Kate Hayden

hanging out with friends, post pictures, and much more,” according to Systrom in a letter for Quora, an online knowledge market and early investor for Instagram. A few days later Systrom met Michel Krieger, 25, who got on board to create a company out of Burbn but eventually became co-founder of Instragram once both partners decided to focus the features of Burbn as a mobile photo-sharing app only. Thus, Instagram was born. According to an in-depth interview with INC Magazine, Systrom and Krieger launched Instagram on Oct. 6, 2010, just past midnight. Within matter of hours, Instagram had 10,000 users. It’s been growing non-stop since then. This rapid increase in popularity led to the acquisition of Instagram by Facebook for $736 million, $300 million in cash and 23 million in Facebook shares, according to Forbes Magazine. In just 17 months, the small start-up from San


“If you have a great idea or business project you are willing to purse with a community online; use Facebook, Twitter and a blog to reach people, and eventually followers will market you.” Francisco went from having to raise funds for their project to being worth approximately $1 billion. If there is anything we can learn from Instagram and its co-founders is that technology and social media are powerful tools at your reach. If you have a great idea or business project you are willing to purse with passion, work to make it a reality. Build a community online; use Facebook, Twitter and a blog to reach people, and eventually followers will market you. Systrom is a Stanford University graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Management Science & Engineering. Systrom got his first taste of the technology world while interning at Odeo, which later became Twitter. He then spent two years at Google, working in Gmail and the corporate development team. Krieger also graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Symbolic Systems with a focus in Human-Computer Interaction. As an undergrad, Krieger interned at Microsoft’s PowerPoint team. He later joined Systrom in the

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design and development team for Instagram. So why does Instagram just work? Instagram claims to have a secret recipe with key ingredients: • Why People Use: To record their memories, exchanging their viewpoints and to relax. • Why Users Share: To enjoy something jointly with others, self improvement on their photography through judgment and common interest. What had started out as an interesting passion and hobby, entrepreneurs Systrom and Krieger took their passion and made a business with it. If there is a lesson to learn from the creators of Instagram it is: Networking is key to the development of a focused idea. Today’s free distribution and communication outlets make it possible for anyone in this entrepreneurial generation to start a business based on personal interests. So, why not give it a try?


SVexual iolence

& the College Campus

Story & Photos By Tara Maurer 12



There was a lot of doubt and a lot of victim blaming, and not a lot happened,” former Sexual Assault Response Advocate (SARA) Anna Ronnebaum said. Simpson College alumna, Ronnebaum joined SARA after multiple sexual assaults occurred on campus her freshman year. “There was a lot of doubt and a lot of victim blaming, and not a lot happened,” Ronnebaum said. “The perpetrators weren’t getting any of the heat; it was the people who stepped up and reported. I felt like that was so backward and so wrong.” Victim blaming is a common practice in dealing with rape, and it’s this type of action that “contributes to this rape culture that we live in,” Ronnebaum said. One example Ronnebaum mentioned is when people scrutinize a victim’s clothing. “It doesn’t matter what he or she was wearing, nobody deserves to be raped,” Ronnebaum said. “In reality, in people who get raped, the most common article of clothing is a pair of jeans. “I think a lot of times it focuses on women because when you want to look nice you show a little cleavage or show a little leg, and that’s what society tells you is beautiful,” she said. “But at the same time if something were to happen to you, those are the things that [people] point out.” As a member of SARA, Ronnebaum educated members of the community on sexual assault. She received a week of intensive training by Polk County Crisis and Advocacy Services to learn how to help victims. Members rotate carrying the SARA phone, which is a 24-hour confidential hotline. Calls can range from people writing reports and seeking information to a person calling to report a sexual

assault on campus. “Some people just want to talk to someone and say it out loud,” Ronnebaum said. Often, calls are from friends of victims wondering how to help, she said. “What a lot of people don’t realize is that there are a lot of secondary victims: friends, family, advocates,” Ronnebaum said. “You take on those emotions when someone you care about is hurt.” Ronnebaum said a major role in her position was educating students. “Rape is about control and power,” Ronnebaum said. Often people believe that sexual assaults will never happen on their campuses. The fact is, however, that they do. At Drake University, for instance, former student Anthony Bertolone was charged with five counts of third-degree sexual abuse in 2010 after allegedly drugging a fraternity brother and engaging in sex acts with him, according to the DesMoines Resgister. He was recently sentenced to 20 years in prison on Jun. 18, 2012. The lesson: Sexual violence can happen anywhere and to anyone. Your campus isn’t its own little bubble free from this problem. The city of Indianola is small, quiet and relatively safe. However, according to campus records, four forcible sex offenses on campus were reported in 2010; zero incidents were reported in 2011; and three incidents have been reported for the 2012 – 2013 school year so far. Keeping in mind that sexual assault is one of the most under reported crimes in America, according to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, one can assume statistics could lack reports from victims who are ashamed or fear recalling their experience.

“It doesn’t matter what he or she was wearing, nobody deserves to be

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Want more information? Contact SARA at 515-962-2899


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EDrinking GELLOC By Erin Gerken | Photos By Alejandro Caballero

It’s nearly impossible to avoid alcohol in college campuses around the world. It’s seen on television and it’s talked about in music; it proliferates in our culture, which also helps to glorify it. Fall 2012

refreshing beer; the complimentary vodka; an elegant wine; perhaps, the famous Tequila. Once you get to college, alcohol becomes readily available on all its forms. Hang out with the right people and you might tag along to alcohol-heaven. Beware the possible consequences, though. Getting drunk has become a symbol of social status, a form of competition and common sight at a party no matter where it is or what age the partiers may be. However, college students don't often discuss binge drinking, an issue that has many college administrators, parents and psychologists worried. Binge drinking is commonly defined as “the consumption of five or more drinks for men and four or more drinks for women in a short period of time." You might know it as "pre-partying." Pre-partying is a common move among college students. Chances are there is more than one person that comes to mind who participates in heavy, rapid drinking before attending a real party. While it makes sense to get rid of inhibitions to enjoy the party at its fullest, it is a practice that could lead to undesired consequences. 15

“Binge drinking is the consumption of five or more drinks in a short period of time for men and four or more drinks for women.” As the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism puts it, "the problem with college drinking is not necessarily the drinking itself, but the negative consequences that result from excessive drinking." Excessive alcohol use is associated with a number of short-and long-term consequences, including academic failure, sexual assault, unplanned pregnancies, arrests, alcohol dependence and accidents. Drinking is not always unhealthy; there are many students who are able to be around and consume alcohol without the development of negative consequences. It is only when the use becomes ‘excessive’ that the major problems arise. There is a lot that goes into the mentality of college students when drinking. A big part of it is the social interaction and stereotypes. “The perception is ‘Oh, everybody drinks’ and ‘Everybody has 20 drinks on the weekend,’ so it becomes a normal and expected behavior,” Director 16

of Counseling Services Ellie Olson said. “Really, it is not.” In a study conducted in the spring of 2010 on the Simpson College campus, when it came to perceived use, 95.5 percent of male students and 98 percent of female students were thought to have used alcohol in the past 30 days prior to the study. However, only 70.3 percent of male students and 69.4 percent of female students reported any use of alcohol in those 30 days. This shows the gross discrepancy between how often people drink and what the perception of drinking is. According to public records, in 2011, there were 17 liquor law violation arrests on campus and only 74 liquor law disciplinary actions compared to the year 2010 having 153 disciplinary actions. “Really there are fewer people drinking as much as people think they are drinking than is the case,” Olson said. “I think that is important information.” ID MAGAZINE

“College students drink to be social, to be a part of a group, to get to know people, to have a connection with other people who do the same; to 'have a good time,'” Olson said. However, this can sometimes be a hindrance rather than a help to students. Alcohol is paired with feelings of freedom, relaxation and sometimes the ability to do anything without pain or failure. Several studies have prooven an interesting fact, though. At least part of the "fearless" effect of alcohol is purely mental. In a study by the University of New Zealand, participants were either given tonic or ‘vodka and tonic,’ which was still plain tonic. Those given the ‘alcoholic’ drink “acted drunk, some even showing physical signs of intoxication.” A similar study by the University of Washington showed the placebo effect in action among college students who showed signs of drunkenness even when there was no alcohol involved. Regardless of alcohol consumption, a person can still feel the freedom and fearlessness alcohol creates, but it's somewhat harder to experience such feeling when sober. Alcohol is also used frequently by college students and people in general as an emotional outlet. “Binge drinking is not just social,” says Diane Barth, a psychoanalyst from the Psychoanalytic Institute of the Postgraduate Center, in a feature for Psycology Today. “It is a way that students manage their feelings, including anxiety, depression, worry and sexuality.” The key to healthy drinking lies in moderation. It is not wrong to drink, and honestly it is something that cannot be avoided. Drinking to get black-out drunk at every party can become a dangerous and unhealthy habit, one that can be hard to break. It is a struggle for colleges everywhere to make campuses a safer place for students in terms of parties but one of the best things that can be done is for students to take some responsibility themselves. “One of the biggest things we can do is be a little bit honest with the people around us about the choices that we are making or the concerns that we have about the choices they are making,” Olson said. Sometimes all it takes for that unhealthy behavior to change is for someone to show that they care and are concerned. Students taking the Fall 2012

initiative to tell their friends that some of their behavior might be problematic could help not only reduce the stereotype toward binge drinking but also help to keep your friend safe; it might just be the wake-up call they need.


Mark Cronin Football | Linebacker




n a perfect world, Mark Cronin’s days would be 30-hours long. With 16 credits, 6:00 a.m. workout sessions, football meetings, football practice, homework and a couple hours of leisure time, Cronin can barely fit eight hours of sleep into his day. “It takes juggling skills”, said Cronin, “ to be able to put time towards the academic and athletic side of your life.” Being a football player at Simpson requires more than knowing how to play, it demands discipline, a true commitment to academics and love for the sport. As a senior linebacker and a leader for Simpson’s football team, Cronin does his best to excel on the field and in the classroom to set an example for the younger players. With a double-major in Accounting and Economics with an emphasis in Finance, Cronin has managed to maintain a 3.9 GPA and Simpson’s Cowles Fellowship scholarship, one of the most prestigious academic awards offered by Simpson. His athletic performance, complemented by his academic achievements, made him recipient of the Academic All-District award in 2011 and two-time recipient of the Academic All-Conference award in 2010 and 2011.

Football practice, meetings and games do not get in the way of Cronin’s college responsibilities. In fact, he argues football may as well be part of his academic life. “To prepare for a game you have to watch films of the opponent, study their moves and know what their tendencies are,” said Cronin. “Just like you prepare for tests by going to class and doing homework, my teammates and I have to do the same before each game every week.” On his last year at Simpson, Cronin has noticed the amount of work and pressure increases every year; on the other hand, he says balancing academics and athletics becomes less of a struggle and more of a lifestyle. During season, Cronin usually finds himself in bed around 10:30p.m. Once in a while he sacrifices going out to Des Moines or attending events with friends in order to catch up with homework, prepare ahead of class or simply take a break. Being a football player comes with its sacrifices. Whether it is missing out on the social scenes or living a rigorous life of 6:00a.m workouts, football players do not have it easy. Mark is a perfect example of those who overtake the challenge and go beyond what is expected.

Athlete Spotlight

Players, Leaders & Overachievers By Alejandro Caballero and James Tillison Photos By Alejandro Caballero Fall 2012


Jeremy Reinert Soccer | Forward


hysical fitness is not everything in athletics. As Jeremy Reinert learned in Sports Psychology 190, a healthy and positive mind goes a long way in taking down the competition. Before each game, Reinert looks into the future - kind of. He visualizes the desired outcome and possible situations he might encounter in every game. Once the expectations are set, Reinert doesn’t even have to think about his next move, he just reacts to his “second nature.” Reinert is a forward for Simpson’s soccer team. His job? Shooting goals like Pelé. Speed and strength, of body and mind, are requirements for Reinert and his teammates. As captain of the team, Reinert does his best to stay on top of his game both academically and on the field. “I have been playing soccer for 17 years, so managing academics and athletics is not difficult when you’ve done it for so long,” said Reinert. He is always making choices on his priorities, though. Sometimes he has to give up a certain part of his social life for athletics, but that is just one of the sacrifices that comes with a strong commitment for soccer -- and any other profession, really.


Reinert is majoring in Sports Administration with a minor in Exercise Science and holds a 3.2 GPA. As a junior in 2011, Reinert was named 2nd Team All-Conference, Team Most Valuable Player and Team Offensive Most Valuable Player after setting career-highs in goals (9), points (21), shots (72) and shots on goal (31). Only time will tell what other achievements may come by the end of his senior year. ID MAGAZINE


udrey plays Defensive Specialist for Simpson’s volleyball team. Her position is as demanding as the name sounds. She ought to be quick and a good passer; she must be willing to dive and dig in glance of the opportunity; and above everything else, she must be a great team player. Now in her junior year at Simpson, Audrey never thought she would be playing volleyball for so long. Back in high school, she wanted to be a basketball player, but changed her mind when her sister, Maggie Shuttler, a Simpson College alumna, was excelling in volleyball. Rounding out her tenth year playing volleyball, Audrey attributes her success to her sister, an important role model in her academic and athletic career. Audrey’s achievements exist in and off the court. In 2011, Audrey was named Team’s Best Defensive Player. During the same year, she was recipient of the AllAcademic Conference award for maintaining a 3.5 GPA throughout the year. Audrey is majoring in Athletic Training with a minor in Exercise Science and Coaching. After college she wants to get a job working for a professional sports team or a high school. She has training in the field from her internships within the athletic department at Simpson and she is currently interning at Norwalk High School for the men’s soccer team evaluating and treating injuries. Although she might be busy throughout the day, family and friends have always been a priority for a Audrey. “There are times when a game might get in the way of an event, but even being with my teammates is much fun it doesn’t even bother any of us,” Audrey said.

Audrey SChuttler Volleyball | Defensive Specialist Fall 2012


Lindsay Nash Tennis




enior Lindsay Nash has not always been an avid tennis player. In fact, up until her junior year in high school she had been playing golf. It was until a friend bought her a tennis racket that she gave tennis a try. That same year, Lindsay fell in love with tennis. She now plays for Simpson and has been doing it for the past four years. Like all athletes at Simpson, she has found a way to balance academics and her love for the sport, but it has not been easy. Besides pursuing a double major in Exercise Science and Management with a minor in Human Resources, Lindsay is involved in different organizations and holds several responsibilities. As senior class president, she devotes time for being a good spokesperson at Simpson’s Student Government meetings. Lindsay is also a Wesley Service scholar, which requires her to commit 80 hours of community service per school year. Every Wednesday she volunteers at The Village, a local retirement home; she goes on walks, plays bingo, and will start playing tennis with the residents soon. During the summer, Lindsay interned at Meredith Corporation in Des Moines as their health and fitness intern. She also helped organizing data, keeping the weight room in order and teaching some fitness

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classes. Lindsay is now pursuing an internship with Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. And the list is not over. Lindsay works as a student ambassador for the Admissions office; she is a member of the Student Alumni Association; Simpson’s Breast Cancer awareness campaign. As if it wasn’t enough, she still needs to get homework done in time. How is she able to keep all of this in order without going absolutely mad? The answer is quite simple, a planner. Without her planner she believes everything that she does during the day, during the year, would be impossible to handle. It seems she has it figured out; after all, she has been two-times recipient of the Academic All-Conference award, an honor given to athletes who maintain a 3.5 GPA throughout the year. Like others athletes at Simpson, Lindsay’s success in academics and athletics has come with a few sacrifices. “One of the biggest sacrifices I’ve made is not being able to go home as often as I wish.” Unlike the majority of students, Lindsay only gets to go home on holidays. Whether she is in class, at practice, or doing any of her extracurricular activities, Lindsay does her best to excel. Academics and tennis happen to be what she does best.


Original concept sketch of the proposed student center in 2003 with first year residence halls Kresge and Barker adjacent to the building.

By Megan Quick Photos By Luke Behaunek


It lived. It sort of died. It was reborn. Economic hardships slowed down the process, but student, alumni and trustee support made the Kent Campus Center a reality.


he history of the Kent Campus Center dates all the way back to 2003. Ten years ago, the original plan was for a new building that would connect Barker, Kresge, Great Hall, and Pfeiffer Dining Hall. It was meant to be a 50,000 square foot building with an additional 18,000 square feet of extended remodeled cafeteria space. “At the time we all thought that it was a great idea, and to be honest right now, I’m kinda glad we didn’t go over there and that we now we have a 100 percent brand new building,” Assistant Dean of Students Rich Ramos said. “With the original plans, we would’ve had to compromise on some spaces and adjust some space, this way we were able to design a truly more


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functional building than we’ve ever had.” After a decade of raising money, economic fluctuations and student support, there were enough funds to back up the construction for Kent. This meant for demolition of the old Brenton Student Center in order for the new building to take its place. Brenton Student Center was constructed in 1968 to accommodate a campus of 700 students, which Simpson clearly has outgrown. “The Brenton Student Center graced this campus for 40 plus years, so it had been a long time,” Vice President for College Advancement Bob Lane said. “I believe [Kent] is the most expensive building we’ve ever built and it was an exciting time for the college to be able to open the facility.” The idea took a decade to become a reality because of the time it took to raise funding, as well as outside influences from the economy. “Funding was an issue, it was going to be an expensive building at the time,” Ramos said. ID MAGAZINE

“We needed a campus center that better satisfied the needs of today’s students.” - John Byrd Simpson College President

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“While it was a multi-million dollar project, there was a great deal of student initiative behind it. That’s what I think makes this unique. ” - Bob Lane VP for College Advancement

“I truly believe we came out with a much better building than we would have had 10 years ago.” - Rich Ramos Assistant Dean of Students


“Back then there were other priorities, so it was sort of put on hold. Within the last three or four years it was revived again and I’m very thankful that it was.” In 2005, Simpson’s President John Byrd took over the role of former President Kevin LaGree. Byrd inherited the balance of the fundraising campaign, which included everything in a capital campaign; the two major projects at the time being the addition to the Blank Performing Arts Center and a new campus center. “President Byrd felt a strong commitment to continue raising funds for those projects,” Bob Lane said. “I credit him for revitalizing both those projects and getting them jumpstarted.” The year 2005 was also the year when students became an essential piece of the project. All of student government was involved with leadership provided by student body president at the time, Dan Carver. Around this time was when the Student Government Association passed their process of students fees-where students pay a $100 annual fee to support the funding of a new building.

“This is really the living room for students.” Byrd said he was never going to impose a fee for students on campus in order to raise money. He had no intentions of imposing a fee without a recommendation from the students themselves. The student government’s vote to impose the student fee upon themselves was passed and one year ago the amount was increased to $115 after reaffirmed commitment to the project, according to Lane. “While it was a multi-million dollar project, there was a great deal of student initiative behind it. That’s what I think makes this unique,” Lane said. “I think that’s a great statement to have on behalf of our students and Simpson College, that the students here care enough to leave this place better than how they found it.” With progress in fundraising being made, the struggles in economy made efforts more difficult. According to Byrd, the economic recession of 2008 was not helpful but in some ways allowed for gained momentum. Fundraising continued to increase with time, a huge part of that being the donation made by the Gage 26


Kent family who made a $4 million donation towards the new student center at Simpson College. Thus, our new student center inherited its name. “I was ecstatic; it was wonderful.” Simpson College President John Byrd said. “We had asked the Kent family to consider a major gift for the project, but when you actually hear the words that they’re going to do it it’s an exhilarating moment.” Now, the wait is finally over. Brenton Student Center was torn down in the summer of 2011 and Kent Campus Center opened this past October, costing $14 million and being more than twice the size of the old student center. “Brenton was a lot of concrete, it was cold, dark and wasn’t terribly inviting,” Ramos said. “Students wanted a building that feels comfortable. A majority of the parts of Kent came from that aspect.” Even with all the changes in dates, locations and designs, the one thing that has stayed the same throughout the years is one of big purposes of the building. Along with needing more space and food options, it was mentioned frequently by members of the community how Simpson needed a ‘living room’ for the campus. Brenton Student Center had very limited spaces where student could’ve gone to relax and hang out. This new space offers a better environment for gathering and meeting with others. “We needed a campus center that better satisfied

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the needs of today’s students,” Byrd said. “This is really the living room for students.” “It’s been a challenge in that there are a lot of outside forces involved here in the world that we don’t control,” Lane said. “but it’s also been a very successful project.” Lane attributes a part of this success to the fact that colleges are experiencing a time when many schools aren’t able to build projects without borrowing money and Simpson was able to raise funds for major projects along with other improvements to campus. “We were able to raise funds for two major projects and some additional capital improvements to our campus that will hopefully be enjoyed and will serve the college its students well for years to come,” Lane said. Ramos sees the long process of the new building as a positive thing, saying he would have liked a building ten years ago but at the same time he couldn’t be happier with what is here now. “I’m happy with what we’ve ended up with as a project,” Ramos said. “I truly believe we came out of this thing with a much better building than we would have had 10 years ago. The design is so much better for all parties involved.”

“Brenton was a lot of concrete, it was cold, dark and wasn’t terribly inviting... students wanted a building that feels comfortable.”






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You have reached the end of ID Magazine’s first issue (and we saved the best for last). The students on the cover and this gallery represent a fraction of the many personalities you will find at Simpson. Put them all together and you get an awesome view of what Simpson is made of. See you next semester!



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