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Pioneers book sale benefits students in need

Two injured in accident


As the saying goes, one should never judge a book by its cover. However a shiny new cover certainly doesn’t hurt, and with the DMACC book sale, there should be plenty of new books to go around. On 10/8 and 10/9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the DMACC Pioneers, a group of retired faculty and staff, and Books Are Fun, a Reader’s Digest Company, are putting on a book sale. Books will be sold to students at a discounted price in the Building 5 Student Lounge. This year, there will be books from the following categories: New York bestsellers, children and earlylearner books, cookbooks, and general interest—covering a wide variety of genres. There will be stationary, scrapbooking materials, music, and educational toys and gifts— kits, like do-it-yourself hot-pad holders, activity books, and other learning oriented items. According to Dr. Lyla Maynard, President of the DMACC Pioneers, the book sale happens twice a year and has been going on for the last ten years. “The profits from the book sale will go to the Pioneer Scholarship fund. This year, we awarded twenty-three scholarships in the amount of $1000,” Dr. Maynard said. The scholarships are awarded to any eligible student who applies. Maynard also said that some of the profits will go toward other student assistance programs, such as meal cards for the school’s cafe, and Pamela’s Pantry, which provides snacks to students. Money will also be put toward the student holiday food baskets, which will include items such as non-perishable foods, store gift cards, gas cards, and cash to purchase food. Both Pamela’s Pantry and the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday food baskets are accepting donations. Details can be found on the DMACC Pioneers website pioneers for further information.

A DMACC boom truck tipped with two men inside Sept. 27, 2013, near Ankeny campus’s south entrance. Photo by Amy Williams

A boom truck tipped over sending two DMACC employees to the hospital By Megan Miras NEWS EDITOR

Two DMACC grounds men employees were injured Friday, Sept. 27 due to a boom truck tipping over. “One guy had a pretty bummed up lip” grounds employee and DMACC student Justin Free, 19, from Glitten said. “The other guy had a hurt shoulder [because] he was pinned against the curb.”

The crew was installing cameras on a light pole by the South entrance. “Outrooters [which keep the truck balanced] were out on the left, but not the right” Free said. “The truck took a 180 [degree] turn and the wind took it down”. Only minor injuries were reported from the accident. “911 was called by a bystander and Ankeny Fire and Rescue responded. There were two men in

the bucket that had minor bumps and bruises,” said Director of Campus Safety and Emergency Management Ned Miller in an email. “They were taken to the ER as a precaution to be checked out and were released later Friday afternoon.” Free arrived to the scene about 1:30 p.m. by which the Fire Department was already there. The South entrance had been blocked. By about 5 p.m. one lane

had reopened. Both lanes of the South entrance did not reopen until about 11 p.m. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2011, 66 deaths were related to boom truck accidents.

Haunted House season returns to Des Moines By Buddy Jackson


It is that time of year for all things that go bump in the night to reveal their hideous evil throughout Des Moines and Ankeny. The places to be are The Ankeny Haunted Barn and Sleepy Hollow’s Haunted Scream Park in Des Moines. The Ankeny Haunted Barn is located at 3215 SE 72 Street. Lexie Thompson, a 16-yearold Urbandale junior who is organizing the themed rooms inside and outside of the barn, said “This is your typical Haunted House but not cliché, incorporating ideas from hit movies such as Insidious.”

There are five of these themed rooms including some outdoor scenes to enjoy. Twenty other people have helped her with all the preparations for this October’s run for the Haunted House. These dedicated scare specialists have been working for two months and putting in four-hour days on top of going to school, work and home life. It will be a great event to go and visit. The event began last weekend and will continue through November 1-2. They are running this event all weekends in October and even November 1-2 going from 8 p.m.- midnight. Admission is $15. More information can be found on their website, www.

A makeup artist dumps “blood” over the head of the Butcher’s Wife. She said there is never enough blood. Photo by Buddy Jackson or you can find them at hauntworld. com which represents many other haunted events across Iowa and beyond. Sleepy Hollow Haunted Scream Park is located at 4051 Dean Ave., Des Moines. The

INSIDE DMACC Alumnus on the X-Factor Jeff Brinkman, who graduated from DMACC jumped in the national spotlight after becoming a hit on Fox’s the X-Factor. - Page 4

History on the move A historic row house rolled down the streets of the East Village in late September as a project to transform it into a restaurant. - Page 5

event coordinator Nathaniel James has recently taken over, and has been working on the newly upgraded attractions since the middle of September using some pretty impressive technology like animatronics and laser light show

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DMACC Events

Kosovo Year Speaker October 10, 2013 -- 9:40 – 11:40 a.m. Urban Campus Betts Bldg., Room 106

World & National News

World & National News From MCTCampus

Gerard M. Gallucci is a retired U.S. diplomat and U.N. peacekeeper. He worked as part of U.S. efforts to resolve the conflicts in Angola, South Africa and Sudan and as Director for Inter-American Affairs at the National Security Council. He served as UN Regional Representative in Mitrovica, Kosovo from July, 2005 until October, 2008 and as Chief of Staff for the U.N. mission in East Timor from November, 2008 until June, 2010. He will serve as Diplomat-in-Residence at Drake University for the 2013-14 school year.

Hot Buttered Rum October 10, 2013 -- 9 p.m DG’s Tap House

This will be a dynamic night of bluegrass as the world-class band Hot Buttered Rum is joined onstage by fiddle phenomenon Allie Krall of Cornmeal.

October Concert--Music Program October 11, 2013 -- 7:30 - 9 p.m. Location: Bldg. 6, Auditorium

DMACC Ankeny Music Ensembles to perform on October Concert. Admission is free and open to the public. Hear the Concert Choir, Chamber Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band perfrom. Reception and refreshements to follow.

Iowa Wild Home Opener October 12, 2013 -- 7 p.m. Wells Fargo Arena

Professional hockey has returned to Central Iowa! The Iowa Wild is the American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Minnesota Wild. On April 22nd, 2013, the team was relocated by Minnesota to Des Moines, IA from Houston, TX, where it had played since 1994 as the Houston Aeros.

Wicked October 30 - November 10, 2013 Civic Center

Back by “Popular” demand. Variety calls WICKED “a cultural phenomenon,” and when it first played Des Moines , it broke box office records and sold out in record time. Winner of 35 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, WICKED is “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” (The New York Times).

Next to Normal October 9-13, 2013 Stoner Theater

Pulitzer Price for Drama and three Tony Awards, including Best Musical Breathtaking. Heartbreaking. Upllifting. Unforgettable. Next to Normal tells the story of a mother who struggles with bipolar disorder and the effect that her illness has on her family. This contempoary musical is an emotional powerhouse that addresses such issues grieving a loss, ethics in modern psychiatry, and suburban life. With provocative lyrics and a thrilling score, this muiscal shows how far two parents will go to keep themselves sane and their family’s world intact.

Comedy Xperiment October 18-19, 2013 Stoner Theater

Comedy XPeriment is Des Moines’ premiere long-form improvisation team. Each show is unique to itself as the genesis for the show is based on suggestions from the audience. Even the performers themselves don’t know what could happen in a show.

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The United States Capitol was placed on lockdown Thursday afternoon, Oct. 3, 2013, after shots were fired in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Doulery/Abaca Press/MCT)

U.S. troops snatch wanted al-Qaida leader from streets of Libyan capital WASHINGTON - U.S. special forces in Libya on Saturday captured a senior al-Qaida leader who’d been sought since 1998 for involvement in the coordinated bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa. Pentagon press secretary George Little confirmed late Saturday that Nazih Abdul-Hamed al Ruqai, known by his alias as Abu Anas al Libi, was being held by “the U.S. military in a secure location outside of Libya.”

Ex-officials sentenced in corruption trial MADRID - Former top officials of the glitzy Spanish seaside resort of Marbella on Friday were handed milder prison sentences than sought by the prosecution in one of the country’s biggest-ever corruption trials. Former urban planning adviser Juan Antonio Roca was sentenced to 11 years in prison and ordered to pay a fine of 240 million euros ($326 million). Roca had masterminded a “generalized corruption system” based on granting building permits or contracts against bribes, the court said. Former Marbella Mayor Marisol Yague was sentenced to six years; her deputy, Isabel Garcia Marcos, four years; and another ex-mayor, Julian Munoz, two years.

Italian Senate votes to expel Berlusconi

FEC proposes penalty for former Senator

ROME - Former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi said Friday that his expulsion from the Senate would endanger democracy, as a committee from the upper house of Parliament voted in favor of the move after his tax fraud conviction. The expulsion still needs to be ratified by the full Senate. Committee chair Dario Stefano said it would take place “within 20 days,” but it remained unclear whether senators would vote in secret or publicly. The former premier faces losing his seat because of a law that excludes convicted lawmakers from parliament. In August, he was handed a four-year jail term for fraudulent accounting by his family’s media firm, Mediaset.

WASHINGTON Former Republican Sen. Larry Craig of Idaho should personally pay a “significant civil penalty” of $70,000 for his “serious violations” of campaign finance laws, the Federal Election Commission argues in a recent court filing. Craig’s campaign committee should also pay a separate $70,000 penalty, the FEC attorneys argue. The proposed penalties, in addition to having Craig pay back $216,984 to the campaign committee, would also resolve the FEC’s complaint that Craig had improperly used campaign committee funds to pay for personal legal expenses he incurred after a disputed 2007 incident at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Gunmen attack troops; Morsi backers Protest CAIRO - Machine gun-wielding assailants fired Friday on an Egyptian military armored personnel carrier on the road linking the capital and the Suez Canal city of Ismalia, killing two soldiers and wounding two others, state media reported. Troops acked by helicopters swarmed villages near the scene. The official MENA news agency said two of the assailants were captured and that about half a dozen others were being sought. Scattered protests by Morsi’s partisans took place Friday at locations in Cairo.

Drivers licenses, undocumented immigrants SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Thursday granting driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants, reversing his position on an issue legislative Democrats have pressed for years. Brown signed the bill at a ceremony in Los Angeles, the state’s largest media market. The legislation is the latest in a series of victories for undocumented immigrants in California.

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Dean Stick of Arts and Sciences no ‘stick in the mud,’ a busy man with a busy brain gets a job done By Megan Miras NEWS EDITOR

Dean of Arts and Sciences Jim Stick never thought he would be at a community college, but he is glad he is. Stick went to school in Northeast Iowa. He graduated from the University of Iowa. He lived in Iowa City for 10-11 years. Next, he moved to Des Moines to work at Simpson to teach English for three and a half years. Then he taught English at Iowa State University for five years. Finally, he came to DMACC in about 1985 to teach English, and became Dean of Arts and Sciences ten years ago. Stick has a blended family with his wife consisting of three daughters and one son. The oldest daughter is 35 and works as a medical librarian in Chicago. The middle daughter is 30 and is a high school history teacher. Their son, Alex, is 30, and works for General Electric in Chicago, and the youngest is a daughter, 23, who is an event planner in Hong Kong. They do not have any pets because they travel as often as they can. They take a trip on spring break every year. They go to France in May. They go to Vancouver every August. Greece, Rome, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Chile and Canada are just some of the other exciting places Stick and his wife have visited. They have also been to Hong Kong to visit their youngest daughter. Stick is also a wine connoisseur. He took a class called “Wines of the World” at the University of Iowa. Because of his knowledge for wine and his position here

at DMACC, he is very active in the culinary dinner put on every year by the DMACC Culinary students. He has also been able to get $500 Bordeaux wines for only about $10-15 a bottle. “A typical day for me is not typical,” Stick said. “It’s almost like a store. There are interruptions.” What he means is that things change. It is unpredictable. There is always something different. He usually arrives about an hour after Associate Dean Kari Hensen in the morning and leaves about the time night classes begin. Stick is in charge of large programs such as Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts and Biotechnology that “require [a lot] of different attention.” He spends time approving course substitutions and resolving problems with students and faculty. He has two administrative assistants: one to help with scheduling his days and one to help with faculty issues. Stick also sits in on classes to

observe instructors and course content. “I love to go in and watch classes. [Often] I wish I was teaching it.” Stick loved teaching and believes it has given him a good foundation for being a dean. It has given him a way to communicate with instructors on a better level. It has helped him to understand what they are feeling and help them. Stick believes it is the teacher that gets a student really interested in a subject. “You always remember the teacher,” Stick said. It is important to find an instructor that is passionate about what they are teaching; to find one that loves the “subject matter” and loves the “students.” Since Stick did not see himself being a dean, he understands that many students do not know what they want to study and may change their major a few times, or even their career. He changed his major five or six times. At first he wanted to be a lawyer, then he studied economics before heading into English. He says “it’s good to be undecided. Try different classes in different disciplines.” He says people have hidden talents, and they may not realize what they hidden talent is until they explore. “Find something you love to do, that can make you a decent living, and that’s ideal.” He says you should not hate to arrive to your job come Monday morning. After some switching of majors and jobs, Stick does not regret coming to his job Monday mornings. “Find your field and let your field find you.”

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Police respond to unconscious woman at DMACC’s Prairie Pointe By Alex Payne

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A reported overdose left a former DMACC student unconscious at the Prairie Pointe Apartments near the Ankeny DMACC Campus. Samantha Jackman, 20, of West Des Moines, allegedly overdosed on synthetic weed Sept. 17 and was found in Johnston passed out in a vehicle. Alexandra Thomas, a student at the Ankeny DMACC campus, transported Jackman to Prairie Pointe before calling 911, according to witnesses and the police report. Police were dispatched at 11:13 p.m. and arrived on the scene three minutes later at 11:16 p.m. When officers arrived on the scene they observed Jackman not fully conscious but breathing. Witnesses said that they thought that Jackman was dead when she was carried out of a vehicle. “[A witness] stated she believes Jackman had been drinking and smoking ‘fake K2 crap,’” The report stated.

The Ankeny fire department transported Jackman to Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. A phone call by police the next day revealed that Jackman was not admitted to the hospital, and that she was released to family, according to the report. After being checked out in the emergency room Jackman was released from the hospital. She was reportedly doing fine the next day. Synthetic marijuana like K2 has been an issue around the nation. In Colorado the CDC is looking into over 75 cases of people being hospitalized between late August and early September after using K2. Officials are also looking into three deaths that may be linked to K2, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health. After the death of 18 year-old David Rozga, of Indianola, in 2010, the state of Iowa has made synthetic marijuana illegal to own, sell and manufacture. Synthetic marijuana goes by many names including: Black Mamba, Monkey Spice, K2, Twilight, Spice and Herbal Incense.

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Chalk it up September 26, 2013

Demi Lovato, left, and Simon Cowell are among the judges of “The X-Factor” on Fox. Former DMACC student Jeff Brinkman is among the contestants. Photo by Ray Mickshaw/Fox/MCT

Sophie Bass, above, 2nd year liberal arts major from Cambridge, IA poses with her chalk design. Bass won Best composition and people’s choice at the Chalk it up compitition Sept. 26, 2013.

DMACC Alumnus makes his debut on the X-Factor By Miriah Masching


The X-Factor, the awardwinning, international phenomenon, is back for its third season. Four judges traveled the country in search of contestants who they believe have the x-factor. Contestants perform in front of the judges as well as an audience to prove they have what it takes to make it this industry. For the first time ever in the X-Factor history, a DMACC Alumni had the opportunity to compete on this show. Jeff Brinkman was born and raised in Ankeny. After high school Brinkman attended DMACC and received a degree in commercial art.

“DMACC had an excellent graphic design program and also the cost was low, but the main reason was the hands on training. I learn by doing so DMACC was the best choice for my learning skills,” said Brinkman, when asked why he chose to go to DMACC. He also enjoyed hanging out in building five and meeting many new friends that he still keeps in touch with today. After graduating from DMACC, Brinkman moved to Colorado. He started at a desk job but decided that sitting behind a desk wasn’t for him. His wife had a business walking dogs and Jeff decided to open a doggy day care. “The dog business just took off, I started out with just a few dogs

and it just grew. I rented a farm and would pick the dogs up and drop them back off at the end of the day.” Brinkman’s doggy day care was in business for seven years but was put on hold. “I wanted to let go and jump back into the music care and that is exactly what I did with auditioning for the X-Factor.” Brinkman was a hit on the show from the first time he sang to the instant he told the judges he ran a doggy day care. “The X-Factor was an overwhelming experience; it was a totally different experience than anything I have ever done.” Jeff received positive and helpful critiques from all of the judges and also from other contestants.

This design, left, was awarded Winner of Best Color. “This experience was great, coming from Iowa I was taught to always stay humble and I felt that made it easier for me to keep things in perspective and interact with others better.” Unfortunately Brinkman never made it to the live rounds and was eliminated based on his song choice, not the actual

performance. Brinkman has two albums currently on ITunes and also plays concerts for many charities as well as shows of his own. He hopes to soon be playing concerts in Iowa in the upcoming future. You can find more information about his upcoming shows and music on his website

No shortage of groups for students to join By Ann Voight ONLINE EDITOR

DMACC has over 15,000 students attending campuses this fall. Ankeny has a wide variety of groups students can join to meet new people who have similar interests. Here’s a rundown on some of the clubs on campus: DMACC United, LGBTQA and Allies This group meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month in the Art Room from 12:45-1:45. The main goal is to provide support for members who identify as LGBTQA. The club strives to educate others and be advocates about the issues surrounding those who are LGBTQA. The group gives students a safe place to meet, discuss, and socialize with students who have similar concerns; giving them a place to fit in. The group is open to all students. It’s not just for LBGTQA students, but also for allies. The student president is Sara Schaefer and the faculty advisor is Julie Simanski. DMACC Diesel Club The club meets as needed, in building 14. The main goal is to enhance the students’ experience here at DMACC, especially with things pertaining to the diesel industry. Group members will receive jacket embroidery to give them a sense of belonging to the diesel group. Also, during a skills contest, members will get pizza. Sometimes the group will go on a trip to

tour a trade show or factories relating to the diesel industry. The club is open to all DMACC students. The faculty advisor is Terry Goode.

DIS-Adversity Club The club meets once a month, oncampus. Prior to the meetings, emails are sent out to club members and/or are notified via the DMACC Daily. The main goal of the club is to support and connect students, both with or without disabilities, who face academic challenges and are currently enrolled at DMACC. Group members participate in social events geared toward meeting new people. They will also discuss ideas on how to be better students and provide support to students within the group. The club is open to all students. Kyle Hamilton is the student leader and the faculty advisor is Hollie Coon. DMACC Environmental Science Club This club meets Mondays at 4:30, in Building 9 Room 9. The group’s mission is to explore and enjoy the natural environment, educate and inform the public, and provide ideas for a more sustainable future. Members help maintain the DMACC Prairie, Carney Marsh, and volunteer at the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge. They also help organize and participate in DMACC Earth Week activities, participate in river cleanups and fund raisers. The group will also go on outdoor events such as biking, birding, canoeing, and camping trips. Each meeting

the students will discuss recent events that have occurred with past projects, get updates on current projects, and they also discuss and plan future events. Sometimes after the meetings, club members will go to a park for a hike, have a pot-luck, or meet up somewhere off campus to continue discussions. The student president is Melissa Schmeling Schomer and the faculty advisor is Craig Dilley.

Diabetes Association The main goal of the club is to raise awareness about diabetes and the issues surrounding the disease, specifically to educate others about the differences between the two types. Members participate in fundraisers and help organize events on campus to help with informing others, like bringing in speakers and doctors to talk to students. The group also participates in various diabetes walks and helps promote Camp Hertko Hollow, a camp for children living with diabetes. David Blacksmith is the president and Steve Rude is the faculty advisor. The meeting times vary and an e-mail will be sent out prior to the meeting. Plaque Busters The group usually meets about once a month in the students’ main classroom and sometimes in the dental materials lab. The main focus of the club is to fundraise so they have money for the convocation ceremony in July, and so they can have social events. The group is open to everyone, but mainly students involved with the dental assistant

program join the group. The faculty advisor is Terri Deal. Students for Life The meeting times vary, and an e-mail will be sent out prior to the meeting. This club strives to inform others about the sanctity of life, specifically during the gestational period, and educate others on the biological aspect of early life. The group aims to educate and raise awareness on options beyond abortion. The group plans to participate in the Walk for Life in Washington D.C. in the winter. Theresa Kelly is the club’s president and Steve Rude is the faculty advisor. DMACC International This club meets on Wednesdays from 11:30-12:15, in Building 24, room 106. This club is a way for people to meet others from new cultures. It also provides a community for transfer students to meet new people. The club goes on a trip each month. They recently went to the Omaha Zoo and the state fair, and plan to go on a ski trip in Minnesota over spring break. During the meetings, the members help organize events to inform and educate others about different cultures, like the upcoming International Food Festival at the Urban campus, where there will be informational booths and traditional food from about fifteen countries. See CLUBS, Page 5


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History on the move Wolfe House & Building Movers moved this nearly 120 year-old row house from the State Capitol grounds. Photo by Alex Payne

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A historic row house rolled its way down Locust in Des Moines late Wednesday. As the 530,000-pound row house was moving, the sight of a two story brick building rolling down the street brought many people out of clubs like the Locust Tap, the Blazing Saddle and the Lime Lounge around 1 a.m. Thursday. The move started right before midnight with a presentation by the Des Moines Historical Society. The society presented developer Jake Christensen with a certificate for saving the row house and a one-year membership to the organization for his efforts to preserve the Des Moines historic landmark. The historical society also made the row house the first recipient of the organization’s

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DMACC Student Education Association The goal of the club is to inform its members of current happenings within the field of education, both statewide and nationally. Members will also meet others from associations at colleges and universities in the state of Iowa. The next scheduled event will be attendance at the Student ISEA Fall Conference, October 11 and 12, and will be held at Adventureland Inn, in Altoona. The club is open to all students, but is targeted for students that aspire to become educators. The faculty advisor is Dave Boelman. Student American Dental Hygienists’ Assoc. (SADHA) (1st year) and Student American

new Centennial Certificate Program. The historic building was designated by the city of Des Moines as a Historic Landmark in 2000, and scheduled to be demolished in early 2013 by the state to make room for the capital garden extension. A notice printed in the Des Moines Register on Jan. 28 requested bids for demolition of the landmark. After seeing the notice, the Des Moines Historical Society was able to gain access to the building for a member’s only tour Feb. 9. After the tour, historical society officials decided to try to save the row house from the wrecking ball. Members of the organization’s board of directors contacted local news outlets to try to get the word out. Stories on WHOTV and in the Des Moines Dental Health Experts (SADHE ) (2nd year) The clubs meet in Building 9 in classrooms 1 or 3 each month, or as needed. The clubs main purpose is to cultivate, promote, and sustain the art and science of dental hygiene. Students who join the clubs will receive a subscription to the Journal of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association. Plus there will be opportunities to work together as a club on fundraising. The clubs are only open to dental hygiene students. The faculty advisor is Deb Penney Anime Club Currently, this club meets on Friday afternoons from 3:306pm, in Building 2, Room 1. The purpose of the club is to introduce, view and discuss Anime in a calm and relaxed atmosphere where people can feel free to talk and share their

Register drew attention to the historical society’s effort. A ‘Save the Row House’ Facebook page and fundraising page was started to try to raise the money to move the local landmark. The City of Des Moines offered to donate a former city parking lot behind the Lime Lounge for the row house to be relocated to. “The Des Moines Historical Society is proud to have played a part in saving this historic building,” said historical society President Sarah Oltrogge in a press release. Christensen stepped up and decided to save the landmark. “I decided to move forward with the effort when the State, City and Historic preservation office committed to help make it financially possible,” Christensen said. Christensen has worked on developing many East Village love of anime. Each meeting members will discuss potential fund-raising opportunities or offcampus activities going on. Then members will watch anime, with some members discussing what has been watched afterwards. The club is open to all students. The faculty advisor is Jeff Gullion and the president is Jeremy Hamilton. Management/Marketing Club Club meetings and activities generally take place on Tuesdays or Thursdays, between 11:1512:30 p.m. The club participates in study tours, business convocations, community service projects and social activities to help students grow into their potential. Some social events might include having a Halloween or Holiday party. Community Service activities also vary year to year, but in the past, students have participated in food drives

buildings including Zombie Burger and Northwestern Hotel. “It is the only surviving row house on the east side of the river in an area that was once covered with row houses,” Christensen said. “It should survive another 125 years in the new location.” Prominent Des Moines businessman Samuel Green built the row house in 1894. The house served as a home to various people until 1935. The state purchased the row house in 2006 for $412,000 to make way for the Capitol West Terrace project. The project would grow to create a sprawling green space with gardens, memorials and fountains.

Row House Photo Gallery Log on to: for Combat Hunger and wrote holiday cards for members of the armed services. Membership is open to all students, but the clubs are mainly for students who are majoring in Marketing, Retailing, Management, Human Resources, Sales Management, Fashion/ Design and Interior Design. The president is Laurel Augustine and the faculty advisors are Susan Verhulst, Neil Kokemuller and Russ Moorehead. Creative Writing Club In the past, this club has met once or twice a month, usually in building 5, to exchange ideas on writing, craft, and workshopping one another’s work. The club gives each student an opportunity to share what has been written with a capable and perceptive audience, as well as find ways to help improve your writing with suggestions and comments from fellow student writers. It’s open

programmed into a computer. Three weeks ago it was the Des Moines Renaissance Fair full of fun, mirth, and entertainment. Now, however, it has been transformed into something out of a nightmare. There are still the same scenes that have been seen in years past including Nightmare Estates, Castle Blood, Twisted Tales and a Zombie shootout. The makeup artist said “I try to keep all the actors in the chair for at least fifteen minutes for hair and makeup.” They go through a simple but complex regiment when getting ready for this event. Watching the transformation from a regular person to a creature of the night is a sight to behold. There is a fresh new look to the already massive grounds of Sleepy Hollow. James says they plan on adding something new every year to make things bigger and better than the year before. One of the newest additions to the park is the “Adult only” section of the park, which has live adult entertainment and beverages. In order to coordinate and run this type of event, there are generally 8-10 man crews ranging from electricians to set builders. These guys are dedicated to their craft. They start at around 7 a.m. and do not stop till around 2 a.m. the next morning only to return and start the process all over again. This event has everything from walking through haunted houses, throwing knives, and listening to different genres of music. One thing that stands out from the pack, is that Sleepy Hollow Scream Park has tickets for sale online and that you can actually get what James calls a “Fast Pass,” Which is really convenient. Once the tickets have been purchased online, all the customer has to do is print them off to be scanned by the front gate staff and in they go for a frightening good time. Admission prices range from do-it-all pass which is $25.50, Pick three $17.50, and even a Hayrack ride add on for $0.79. Go online, purchase your tickets and get fast tracked to scareville! to all students and the faculty advisor is Marc Dickinson Medical Assistant Club The club begins meetings in October and usually meets monthly in room 114 Building 24. The club attends the local professional American Association of Medical Assistants Des Moines chapter meetings. Each semester the club organizes a potluck for students and a snack day during finals. The club helps introduce students to working CMA’s for networking, and with understanding the process of certification and recertification through continuing education. All students in the medical assistant program are automatically a part of the Medical Assistant Club. Any other interested DMACC students are welcome to join. Debbie Odegaard is the faculty advisor.

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Rob Denson celebrates 10 years as DMACC president By Alex Payne


November 1, 2013 will mark President Rob Denson’s tenth anniversary here at DMACC. Denson was appointed as the fourth president of Des Moines Area Community College after a long search to find a replacement following former President David English’s arrest for growing marijuana in his home. Many students and staff at DMACC have probably heard of Denson but have never really met him. Denson was born and raised in Iowa, making him the college’s first Iowa-born president. He grew up on a farm near Homestead, Iowa, south of the Amana Colonies. On the farm he worked milking cows along with taking care of the family’s chicken, pigs, sheep and goats. Growing up, Denson was a part of his local chapters of 4-H and FFA. Denson attended a oneroom schoolhouse and recalls carrying buckets of water with his brothers to the schoolhouse. He also remembers the school’s outhouse. Denson was the only one in his class. The entire school had eight grades and 12 students total.

In 1966 Denson enrolled at Iowa State University to become a veterinarian. Due to the difficulty of the math and chemistry courses, Denson changed majors to political science. Denson graduated from Iowa State with a Bachelor’s of Science in political science and economics, and in 1972 received his Master’s degree in higher education administration. During his time at Iowa State he became very involved in student organizations. Denson created the Iowa State Volunteer Center at the college and has a membership card recognizing him as the first member. He was also very involved in VEISHEA, Campus Chest and was president of his fraternity, Alpha Kappa Lambda. Denson

was also very involved in other smaller organizations. Denson believes that volunteerism is very important. He stayed at Iowa State and served as a dean until he moved to the University of Florida in 1974 to serve as the Dean of Leadership. In 1979, he attended law school and became the associate university attorney at the University of Florida. Denson then moved on to work for a local law firm for a year before joining a partnership. After that he went into private practice for 16 years. In 1996 Denson would retire after a very successful carrier in law, including serving on the Florida board of law. After retiring Denson became the assistant to the president at Santa Fe Community College for two years. Denson moved his family back to Iowa when he became president of Northeast Iowa Community College. He served in this position for five and a half years. Moving back to Iowa Denson was able to spend time with his father and in-laws before their deaths. When Denson came to DMACC in 2003 he was very excited.

Dan Ivis is the media liaison for all of DMACC, covering all the events at all six campuses and four centers. He prepares to introduce his friend and guest speaker Sean Campbell (on left above), offering encouragement, and is very rarely the man behind the podium. Photos by Anna Duran

The man behind the ‘Daily’: Experience and perspective By Anna Duran

MANAGING EDITOR @wordsinmouth

There’s always something to do on any DMACC campus on any given day. If a student wants to know what that is, all they have to do is read the DMACC Student Daily. One man writes that email, and one man covers the events for it. That man is Dan Ivis, and he is indeed a very busy person. Ivis didn’t start his life knowing he was going to be a reporter. He wanted to study math. “I’ve always enjoyed working with numbers and thought about pursuing that, but the love of journalism kind of [wistful pause] got in the way,” Ivis said. During his junior year at ISU, he took a journalism class to fill elective credits. He enjoyed it so much, he kept signing up. “If I keep doing this, I could do a double major, and indeed that’s what happened,” he said. He doubled in statistics and broadcast journalism. His career began in radio, first at KCCQ-Ames right out of college, and then WHO Radio producing news for the early morning drive time. His career at DMACC began 25 years ago. He writes news releases and takes a lot of photos covering all the events as the media liaison.

His favorite part of the job is learning while he works. “I get to learn so much from different speakers and presenters, covering events – three, four, five a day - just soaking up that information,” Ivis said. With thousands of new students attending the college every year, it’s easy for Ivis to keep his perspective fresh. “I see six induction ceremonies at Phi Theta Kappa each semester. After 25 years, I can almost recite the oath verbatim. But the students are the ones that get to raise their right hand and take it. This is their first and only time, and it’s exciting,” he said. Ivis is incredibly busy. Once, early in his career here, he recalled, he was almost caught up with his work for the week, and Hilary Clinton decided to drop in to talk about thenpresident Clinton’s health initiative. “You’re never ever actually caught up, something else can come up and you’ve got to change your plans,” he said. Knowing in general what is going to happen helps keep Ivis on track, and the unexpected things keep him on his toes. “I’m never bored and boredom is just your own choosing. There’s always something.”

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The many manly

Clockwise from top: Lloyd Belt, 27, Des Moines, Tyler Phares, 22, Altoona, Brandon Sourwine, 19, Des Moines Scott Hoifeldt, 29, St. Louis



By Anna Duran


Take a look around. Do you see them? Magnificent? Patchy? Beards are more popular than ever, and DMACC is a participating example. A study published in 2011 may shed some light on why the male facial trend is here to stay – women and men agree a face with hair on it is more attractive and perceived as more masculine when compared to clean-shaven faces. The study by researchers at the University of New South Wales in Australia says women prefer ‘heavy stubble,’ described as ten days growth, while men find the full beard most attractive. DMACC students seem to agree. “Long beards that cover their whole face, two inches long or more, are gross,” Erica Meinke, 18, said. “You could get your fingers stuck in there.” “His beard is majestic,” Sam Wendell said of his friend Casey Drees’ beard. An earlier study by Robert Pellegrini in the 1970s also showed women appreciated the clean beard or heavy stubble look, and went on to further postulate that “the presence of hair on a young man’s face is associated with an idealized image of the male personality.” Men do or do not grow their beards for a number of reasons. The motivation for beard growing on campus was varied, and ranged from rebellion to weather. “It’s something most people don’t like,” Drees said. “I’m standing up for the power of man.” Tyler Phares, 22, grows his to stay warmer during hunting season. His face suffers when he doesn’t have one.

Sam Wendell, 19, Johnston, strokes the beard of Casey Drees, 19, of Exira. It was Drees̛ beard that brought these friends together. “I just tried to touch it one day,” Wendell said. Photos by Anna Duran “Normally I get rid of it in March,” he said. No matter the reason, facial hair gets these guys noticed. “People come up to me and compliment my beard all the time. I get a lot of questions,” Drees said. Some guys don’t (or feel they can’t) grow beards because it would interfere with their profession. This is true of Lloyd Belt, 27, who is in his second year of Hotel Restaurant Management classes. “In culinary classes we can’t have facial hair, so if I don’t have cooking classes, I don’t shave. Hide my razors, no need for shaving cream,” Belt said.

Belt said he also keeps his beard trimmed close to his face, which is what ladies prefer according to the study. “Lots of guys don’t know how to keep it properly trimmed. I definitely don’t like long beards, but I can appreciate a short trimmed beard,” Kelsey Gladow, 21, said. Scott Hoifeldt takes his beard trimming to another level, reshaping it into a goatee with a mustache. “When I’m not working or in school I grow it out, but in professional environments I clean it up,” Hoifeldt said. Keeping the beards kept up seems to be important to these men, and Gladow can tell us why.

Know your facial hair stylings Chinstrap

Pencil Mustache

AKA: The Amish Beard, The Abe Lincoln

AKA: The John Waters,

Was considered respectible until Fred Durst came along and started sporting a little boy version of it.

Unless sported properly, comes off as extremely creepy.

AKA: The Ye' Olde Fashioned, Named for Civil War General Ambrose Burnside, who populaized this sytle.

Full-Grown-Man Beard

AKA: Lumberjack Beard, Don't-Tell-Anyone-But-I-ReallyLost-My-Razor Beard . WARNING: You will gain the respect of all men while simultaneously scaring off all women.

The Little Richard


“I don’t think big dirty beards are masculine. I think taking care of them is the more masculine thing to do,” she said. Gladow’s opinion of cleanliness isn’t far off the mark. “My beard was four inches long at its longest; I was in Iraq, and it was kind of dirty,” Hoifeldt said. Granted, the sandy desert is far and away from DMACC but it’s a point of contention with others, too, like Brandon Sourwine’s family. “I look better with a beard, but my grandpa highly disagrees. He says it’s scruffy, but I’ve decided to keep it anyway,” Sourwine said. These guys are serious about their scruff. The study says men with beards are taken more seriously, probably because they look older. The study says that men can appear as much as ten years older in a full beard, which can be a good thing. “When guys have baby faces, they should grow beards. I don’t like baby faces,” Meinke said. Madison Rice, 18, agrees. “I don’t want to look older than the guy I’m dating. If we’re the same age, facial hair isn’t a requirement, but I don’t like when they look younger than me,” she said. According to (yes, an organizational website dedicated entirely to whiskers), there are six parts to a man’s facial hair structure, and there are as many styles as there are men to grow them. As with all appendages, facial or otherwise, there is a danger element. They can get caught in machinery or clothing. “I’m concerned about zippers,” Drees said, “but I haven’t hurt myself, yet.”

Van Dyke Beard Fu Manchu

AKA: The Biker 'stache Unless you're bent on world domination, don't even think about it.

AKA: The Devil Beard If you're going to go with a wimpy, Johnny Depp style mustache with this, then don't even bother.

Illustrations by Ryan C. Meier

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Gourmet Dinners at DMACC By Avis Allen Food Writer

In Building 7, the Lakeview room, magic happens on Saturday evenings. Reservations are required and limited for each dinner, so hurry and call Denise Moore at 515-964-6655 or email ici@ These are not always for the average college student, as the dinners are $90 per person ($25 is tax-deductible). Between 80 and 100 people attend. There are nine dinners this term, with four themes which include Italian, Indian, Puerto Rican, and Modern Scandinavian. Each dinner features six to eight courses. The casual dining in the Bistro will turn into elegance and precision of Gourmet dining in just a few short hours. Students take Sanitation and Equipment lab to receive experience in an elegant atmosphere. At 4 p.m., students arrive to set up. Tables are all aligned; white linen is laid the same way on each table. Chefs Robert Anderson, Phil Carey and Chris Prine’s supervise with watchful eyes. Sometimes everything goes effortlessly, but there are occasional incidents, but the guests are none the wiser At 6 p.m., students change out of their street clothes into professional attire with ICI ties and wait to greet the guests. The noise in the dining room goes from a busy hum to a quiet hush as the lights dim. As the guests are greeted at the door by Cindi Barton, the aromas from the kitchen dance into the lobby to tempt everyone with anticipation of what is to come. The champagne starts to flow as the appetizers are presented to the guests. Failure is not an option at Iowa Culinary Institute’s Gourmet Dinners. All of the

Chefs have put in many hours, hard work, understanding, listening skills, and patience of saints to teach us what we need to know to prepare and serve these dinners to the best of our abilities. While guests are being seated, music is being played by Aaron Powell, the DMACC music director, and Anne Stein, flutist. The scent of spices and meat cooking linger in the kitchen, where many chefs have been for thirty hours, preparing the dinner from beginning to end. Chef Karla Boetel and Chef Mike Dell, our two new International Cuisine Executive Chefs, have been working on arranging and planning the dinner themes and dates. Experience the best gourmet recipes sampled on the plates in front of you, from the exotic flavors of Indian cuisine, Italy’s savory ingredients, the island cooking from Puerto Rico, and the essence of popular Modern Scandinavian cuisine. With the help of extra eyes and hands from Sous Chef Rolando Molina and dessert expertise from Chef Julie Drew, the dinner will be a success. There are one to two student managers per dinner to help plan and execute menu items. The students learn International Cuisine during their second year. This lab class will teach the students to enjoy differences of flavors from around the world. With the Chefs close by, the students test the menu and make any adjustments that are needed. It also teaches the students what it is like to cook in a large group and how to plate their food. Plating is one of the important steps of cooking. We always eat with our eyes first, so the plates must make you want to ooh and ahh, be so pretty that you don’t want to mess it up by taking a bite, while

making your mouth water as you know you want to taste it to see if it is as good as it looks. Once the plate is completed and garnished, the servers pick up the plates and move out the door, until the number of plates required for the table is ready. The servers walk single file to the table where one of the front of the house chefs are waiting. In unison the servers set the plates down in front of all of the guests at that table. There are a few servers that do not set the tables and their job is to pour wine or make sure that all guests have the appropriate silverware for each course. The servers aren’t supposed to talk to the guests, unless the guest speaks first. After all courses have been served and the delectable dessert is on the way, coffee or tea is served. In between the courses, there is a speaker or two. French Professor Maura Nelson explains the French Chef Exchange and Dean Jim Stick explains the wine pairings. All servers are lined up and introduced by name and place of graduation. The front of the house Chefs and the musicians are introduced. Then all back of the house chefs and student chefs file out of the kitchen in single file to be introduced. The night brings a lot of laughter, friendship, satisfied-beyond-reason palates, and many compliments to Iowa Culinary Institute at Des Moines Area Community College. Extreme recognition to ALL of the chefs and students is also brought. Without the generosity of hungry patrons, eight worthy students would not be experiencing France in the spring.

Clip it and Cook it


2 cans (14 1/2 ounces each) reducedsodium chicken broth 2 tablespoons butter 1 medium red onion, finely chopped 6 medium carrots, grated Coarse salt and ground pepper 1 1/4 cups long-grain white rice 1/2 cup dry white wine 1/4 cup grated Parmesan

Step 1 - In a saucepan, bring broth and 2 cups water to a bare simmer over medium. Step 2 - In a large saucepan, melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium. Add onion and carrots; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in rice. Add wine; cook, stirring, until absorbed, 1 to 2 minutes. Step 3 - Add 2 cups hot broth; simmer over medium-low, stirring frequently, until mostly absorbed, 10 to 12 minutes. Continue to add broth, 1 cup at a time, stirring occasionally, until absorbed before adding more. Cook until rice is creamy and just tender, about 20 minutes (you may not need all the broth). Step 4 - Remove risotto from heat. Stir in Parmesan and 1 tablespoon butter, and season with salt and pepper.



October 9-22, 2013 | Page 9

Captivate rocks ‘Right-to-know’ goes Alex Payne


A new album captured my attention recently that has been great to listen to when I need something to help me through a stressful day. The members of Grand Canyon University’s New Life Singers released their album “Captivate” on September 12, 2013. The album is uplifting contemporary Christian music and is not anything like the old traditional hymns. This music is motivational and is great to play in the background as I do my schoolwork. It is an amazing collection of worship music that really grabs your heartstrings. New Life Singers is a 16-voice ensemble led by Gabe Salaza, GCU’s campus worship director. The group travels to churches and schools, in Arizona, Colorado, Texas, California, New Mexico, Nevada and other states, averaging about 100 performances per school year. The quality of the entire album is also extremely well done. I can remember when my church would record CDs of our band and the quality was never this well done. I would have expected this to be a Newsboys, Switchfoot,

Mercy Me or Casting Crowns. The quality and vocal ability of the group is absolutely amazing. I have no ability to sing. I am not musically inclined at all but I love to listen to music when it is well done. This album is one I will click on when I need something to kill the silence, or just lift me up. New Life Singers have something that many groups do not, they come together and sound like angels. This is literally one of the best Christian albums I have ever listened to. I expect Life 107.1 FM to be playing songs from this album soon. The quality of their work is that of the quality found on local Christian radio stations and it should be played with it. If you are looking for uplifting Christian music download the album off of iTunes. The album includes 10 songs and costs $9.90. The entire album is well worth the buy.

New Life Singers - Formed in 2010 - 16 singers - Five instrumentalists - Full Time Students - About 100 performances a year

Mental Gremlins

against right to privacy


Contributing Writer

When a person gets arrested, their name and picture is put on a roster allowing people in their community to know if there is someone who may be dangerous to the neighborhood. To keep people warned and informed, the ‘right-to-know’ is a good thing. But if the person is not bad or dangerous, their name still appears on this roster. Some websites like mugshots. com put your picture beside your name when your name is Googled, and ‘right-to-know’ directly interferes with rights to privacy. If someone Googles your name, sees a mug shot of you and the reason you got arrested, it could make a difference whether or not you get a job, an apartment, or house. For example; I was at work and I met a young woman who had 3 children. She seemed really nice and we talked a lot. I gave her my phone number after only knowing her two days. She called me the next day and said she and her husband were fighting, and asked me if

she could stay with me until her sister from out of state came for her. It didn’t seem like a problem at the time, so I went to pick her up. When I picked her up she was in tears. She told me what had happened. According to her, he tried to kill her. So, after the police reports and

“I felt she was safe... I told her that she and her children would be ok.” calming her down, we headed to my house. When we got there she noticed bruises on the body of her baby and learned her husband had also abused her middle child. I had been living in my home for only a few months at that time, so no one knew where I lived, not even my husband’s family. I felt she was safe. Later that day, she finally felt safe after I assured her that she was, and that no one knew where I lived. We were 45 minutes away from where she and her husband lived, and we live in the middle of

nowhere. I told her that she and her children would be ok. We went ahead and went to work the next day, allowing my daughter to babysit. We got a phone call from my daughter, telling me the husband had her children. We left work immediately. She was scared and asked me, “How can this have happened?” We later found that he knew my name because of who my husband was, and googled me. At that time, a mug shot from the website had my picture with my address from a minor incident that happened a year prior. I was very surprised to see myself on the website. To know a website like this was putting my address out there not only put her children in danger, but also my own. This is when I feel my right to privacy was violated. Websites like should not be able to publish addresses for minor arrests. If I was a sex offender, or maybe a murderer, I can understand the ‘right-toknow’ is valid, but there should also be a boundary. This does not only happen on, but also can happen on any website containing your personal information. People must always be aware of what they put on the Internet.

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Video games present a potential danger Ann Voight


The issue of media violence and its impact on people has been hotly debated in recent years, with each side having compelling arguments defending their case. One argument is that the more one regularly sees and engages with the violent images, the more likely one is to react in a more aggressive way. Another argument says the way the violent act is depicted and intended makes all of the difference, that killing people is okay since they were the “bad guys,” thus promoting “good” violence. Specifically with violent video games, it’s argued that they are a form of entertainment, and some of the more violent games act as a sort of mood stabilizer, increasing one’s feelings of competence. Instead of justifying, shouldn’t we focus on not being violent toward others and try to figure out better, more non-aggressive ways to resolve heated issues? Or

are we becoming so desensitized to violence within our culture that we’ve begun to expect and accept the fact that tragedies like Nairobi and Sandy Hook will keep happening? Is our only option to simply start restricting the amount of violence that we see daily? And how much of an effect does seeing these regular, violent images in the news, movies, TV, and especially video games have on the people? Video games are regularly targeted as having a negative impact upon a person, especially on someone who commits these mass killings. Many studies have shown that there is a correlation between playing these violent games and having a higher amount of aggression. “The short term effects presumably wear off pretty fast, but what happens over time is that repeated exposure over a long period of time does increase the likelihood, for example, of kids getting into fights at school,” said Dr. Craig Anderson. Iowa State University Professors Matt DeLisi, Doug Gentile, and Craig Anderson, along with professors from Saint Louis University and the University of Pittsburg, studied

the effects of violent video games among juvenile delinquents who were institutionalized. Through a series of interviews, they found that playing violent games, having a predisposition toward violent behaviors, and having an antisocial personality all contributed toward someone reacting in a more aggressive, violent and delinquent way. They also found out seeing those images regularly will reinforce the idea of acting in a violent way, but this is not the only cause for violent behaviors. Other important factors are how much one enjoys the game they are playing and the frequency at which they play the violent video games. Does this mean we should stop playing video games? No, it doesn’t. Games with a prosocial theme can improve the player’s helpfulness. There are positive effects associated with video game playing, even with the violent video games. “One study I was involved with showed that laparoscopic surgeons who played video games were much better at advanced surgical skills. This is a very interesting finding, because these surgeons were playing the same

pancreatic cells. A Type I Diabetic does not produce any insulin and is insulin-dependent. There is no cure for Type I Diabetes. It is not caused by eating too much sugar or not exercising. Type II Diabetes can be caused by obesity, inactivity, or inherited genetically. There are also unknown causes of Type II Diabetes. Type II Diabetics still produce insulin although it may be resisted by their body or not enough. They can control their diabetes with proper exercise, diet, and if needed insulin or oral medication. The symptoms of Type I Diabetes include: weakness, extreme thirst, frequent urination, weight loss, insomnia, nausea, irritability, heat intolerance, heavy or labored breathing, dizziness, constant hunger, blurred vision, increased sweating, fatigue, and vomiting. Treatment options include insulin shots or insulin provided via a pump. In rare cases Type I can be temporarily cured by a pancreas or islet cell transplant. The transplants are difficult procedures and are very costly so few diabetics have them. Another part of treatment is poking their finger to test their blood glucose level. This has to be done, on average, four to six times daily.

Long term effects of uncontrolled Type I diabetes are: kidney damage (Nephropathy), oxygen deficiency, circulatory system failure, nervous damage (Neuropathy), thyroid problems, eye damage/blindness, feet damage, osteoporosis, diabetic ketoacidosis, diabetic coma, and even death. As a diabetic I can’t drink ‘regular’ pop. I can only drink diet pop unless my blood sugar is low. And it never fails that someone tells me, “you’re poisoning yourself,” “you’re going to get cancer,” or “diet pop is so much worse for you than regular pop.” I’m sorry that my pancreas doesn’t function normally like yours so I can’t sit back and chug down a couple Mountain Dews. All day, every day I have to worry about being a diabetic. I have to worry about whether the piece of pizza I ate is going to make my blood sugar spike, if the stress of my classes is going to make my sugar go crazy, or even if walking the stairs to my apartment is going to make me go low. Being low makes me shaky, crabby, weak, and I want to eat anything and everything I can, which will make my blood sugar go too high. If my blood sugar is too high I will be tired, have cottonmouth, drink a lot of fluids,

Casey Jones plays Grand Theft Auto at his home. He spends over 10 hours a day playing. Rex C. Curry/Dallas Morning News/MCT commercial games that you and I play -- they weren’t playing surgical simulators,” said Dr. Doug Gentile. The only solution all sides agree upon is that it’s necessary to have a media diet, similar to a food pyramid diet, limiting the amount of violent and negative images one sees daily, and viewing more positive and pro-social media. The other factor that’s stressed is that parents need to be more involved with their children’s lives and know what sort of things they are viewing and playing.

I think these are reasonable solutions. The only other solutions, like banning all semiautomatic guns and rifles or censoring the images within the media, seem far too drastic and would cause a rift within the culture. I think we should hold each other accountable for the amount of violence we see daily. That way the blame for these tragic incidents is on the people involved for not realizing how much they enjoyed the simulated killings.

urinate a lot, and not be able to focus. I wear an insulin pump and that causes even more of a headache. I have to make sure I constantly have the necessary items to replace the infusion site if needed. If the tubing gets caught on a door handle and rips my site out, I have to be pricked again by yet another needle. If my cartridge runs out of insulin it dings and vibrates every 3 minutes until I completely reset and refill it. Have you ever heard an insulin pump? They are the most annoying contraption ever. It should be loud and easily heard though because it is my life. If I were disconnected from my pump for longer than a few hours I would get very sick and

end up in the hospital for diabetic ketoacidosis. Whenever I prick my finger in front of people, they ask me, “Doesn’t that hurt?” I usually reply with, “I’m used to it,” which means YES IT HURTS, but you have to get over it being a diabetic. My fingers can be sore and are absolutely ugly. The callouses and torn skin are disgusting. No amount of lotion can fix the problems from pricking my fingers. So before you go to judge someone who says they are a diabetic, think about what their life involves. It isn’t easy and it is very expensive. Having Type I Diabetes is a constant struggle trying to get control and feel good.

Living with diabetes can be tough Alexandria Roth


Being a Type I Diabetic for eight and a half years has introduced me to more judgment and criticism than one would think possible. I’d like to clear up some common misconceptions about diabetes. There are three types of diabetes: Type I, Type II, and Gestational. Type I is most commonly found in children and adolescents, but has on rare occasion occurred in adults. It is a chronic condition where the pancreas produces very little or no insulin. Insulin is a hormone needed to digest food and convert sugar into energy. When there is no insulin, sugar stays in the bloodstream and can be life threatening if left untreated. Type I Diabetes can be caused by one of three things: the body attacks the immune system and destroys certain pancreatic cells, inherited genetically, or a virus attacks your body causing it to over-protect you, killing

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Person on the Street: How to end the government shutdown?

Jodie Reed, 19

Kaitlin Anderson, 18

Methta Manyvong, 23

Chase Ringler, 19

Rachel Brownlee, 19

“Obama needs to become a mediator in stead of going with Democrats all the time.”

“Stop arguing. Fighting never gets you anywhere.”

“Quit worrying about themselves and more about the country.”

“Come to an agreement, dig down deep and find what is good for our country.”

“It should have never happened. Stuff needs to be done and a compromise needs to be made.”

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Payne’s Pains

DMACC should reconsider use of Blackboard Alex Payne


Professors and instructors here at DMACC seem to be in a love affair with an online learning program called Blackboard. Unfortunately all of them seem to have a different relationship with the program. As I log on to blackboard I am notified on the top with a large number of notifications. These I have found myself in three different classes that are strongly

based on Blackboard. All of these professors have different requirements and are organized in many different ways. All of my professors who use Blackboard however have arranged their sites in different ways. When I have two tests due on one night I have found myself trying to find them, when many times they are in another folder, wasting my time trying to find these “hidden” tests. To add to my confusion, everything is due at completely different times. In my different classes I have things that are due at 9 p.m., 11 p.m. or midnight. Overall there should be a collegewide rule that if you are going to inconvenience us with having to use Blackboard, everything should be due at midnight (or

11:59 p.m. if you want to make it clear). I believe that all professors who find themselves using Blackboard should take a two-day course teaching them how to use Blackboard and choose one way for all of the professors to organize their page. It should not be an easy thing for a professor to get a Blackboard site. They should be trained before they are given one! If a professor is going to use Blackboard and have unannounced tests and assignments, they should not be hidden in a folder. It should be on the announcements page with directions how to get there. I think professors should get rid of Blackboard or learn how to use it and keep it up to date.

It still has multiple imperfections but at the same time has taken just as many if not more steps in the right direction. This is healthcare that people all over the country can and will be able to take advantage of. Many students have taken advantage of the extension of the parental coverage of benefits and the numbers are vastly increasing. The extension has allowed children to stay on their parents’ insurance plan until the end of their birth month at the age of 26 years old. Along with the extension the law prohibits insurance companies from turning down applicants due to pre-existing conditions. For example, I have just recently been pulled off of the coverage I had had since I was born. I am now almost two years into

my college career and have no health care coverage. Obamacare would allow me to take advantage of coverage even though I am unable to get benefits through my employer. For some people a simple sickness is not taken care of

Obamacare, Government Shutdown Mike Kelsey


The government shut down has begun and Obamacare has officially started. It is one of the biggest bills to be passed in the last decade. The bill has created an abundance of ruckus over the last four years. This has helped create a federal government shut down that we last experienced in 1995 when Bill Clinton was in office. It has taken four years for the Affordable Care Act to get to the point of public enrollment.

because they don’t have insurance and don’t want to go to the doctor because it’s way too expensive. Then a serious illness can put people in debt over their heads and cause bankruptcy. One of the biggest problems of the coverage is the understanding

of the law by the people. Most people are very unsure of the coverage and information behind the law and how it will affect all of us. Problems and uncertainty are a huge factor in the persuasion and acceptance of the people involved. The fact that many people would accept the idea of the bill if they understood it better is a big deal. Once this takes effect and we all get a grip on how this is going to work and everything gets ironed out, we will all be a lot more satisfied. American people are not ones to settle into something that is not working or people are unhappy with. The Affordable Care Act will eventually become something other countries will look to us as something they would like to have.

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The Campus Chronicle | Iss. 4 | Fall 2013  
The Campus Chronicle | Iss. 4 | Fall 2013