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Ashley Robbins, 19, of Des Moines poses with the DMACC bear sculpture on campus. Photo by Anna Duran


Executive Vice President guides college’s future By Olivia Herr Staff Writer

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We Asked. You Answered. at DMACC like. I was able to see the diversity of students and although Editor-in-Chief | Social Media Manager they may have different tastes in some things, others they were unanimous. This year as a staff we wanted to Turn out was not the amount we know what you like. We wanted to do were expecting; it was nowhere near the something that would be interactive entire 11,000 part-time and 5,000 fullwith our readers. time students but for our first rodeo it Newspapers and magazines around was a decent turnout. the nation have done Readers Choice It was fun to watch the votes come Awards and we thought that would be in, with some of the categories having a great way to see what the students a tight race among the results. The

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results changed winners each time we checked daily. We are excited for the turnout of the results and we definitely see growth for improvement in the years to come. Make sure to keep up with The Campus Chronicle as we have many more interactive things coming your way in the next semester. Congratulations to the winners of Best of DMACC and make sure to check them out on pages 6-7.

New class to be offered in spring By Ann Voight ONLINE EDITOR

DMACC is offering the business law class, Legal Study Tour (BUS904), for the first time in six years. This is a unique class where students get to travel to Washington D.C. and visit the Supreme Court. Students will study a Supreme Court case that is going to be tried during their visit. What’s truly unique about the whole experience is that students will be able to view the whole argument, unlike the general public who only get to watch for ten minutes. As an added bonus, the hotel where the students are staying

is only two blocks away from the Capitol and the Supreme Court. “This location gives the students a feel for what life is like working and living on Capitol Hill,” Susan Mitchell, course instructor, said. Mitchell also said that in addition to visiting the Supreme Court, students would be given opportunities to visit other monuments and historical sites, like the Smithsonian. The trip costs $750—including airfare and hotel stay—and students can use financial aid to help with the expenses. Meals are not included as an effort to keep the trip as inexpensive as possible.

An interior view of the Supreme Courtroom. Photo by Alex Payne The case will be determined closer to the date of the trip, about one month in advance. There are ten spots still open for the course. If you would like

more information on the course or the trip please contact Susan Mitchell at 515-964-6869 or by email at for more information.

INSIDE Meteorology Class Students create forecasts and get a hands on look at predicting the weather through field trips. - Page 5

Bye-Bye Bir-Anna Veteran reporter, Anna Duran leaves the Campus Chronicle, but before she does, she has some words for you... - Page 9

Executive vice president at DMACC. President of the Ames Chamber of Commerce Board. President of the Ames Red Cross Board. Would you believe that all of these titles belong to one person? Kim Linduska is all of these things and more. She has been with DMACC for over twenty-five years. Starting out, she worked with STRIVE, a program that assists students who have learning disabilities. As time progressed she took on more and more responsibility. Originally, Linduska is from Ottosen in northwest Iowa. She majored in special education and Spanish at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D. Later, she earned her Master’s degree in higher education and Ph. D. in educational leadership and policy studies from Iowa State University. Linduska currently lives in Ames with her husband. Her three children are either in college or have graduated and are now working professionals. All three children have taken DMACC classes. Linduska is also extremely active in her community. In addition to the positions listed above, she also serves on the Advisory Board for the College of Human Services at Iowa State. It took a while for her to get to where she is now. When she first graduated from college she taught at Ames High School and then transitioned into working at DMACC by substitute teaching an adult ed class for a friend. Her eyes were opened and her world then took an interesting shift. “I thought when I was 30, I knew a whole lot more than I know now.” Her job today varies so much though she mainly focuses on making sure people stay connected and keeping everything moving in the right direction. It is essential for her to See LINDUSKA, page 4

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Campus Health Blood Drive Dec. 5 -- 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Location: Building 5 - Schedule your appointment to save a life today! LifeServe Blood Center will be on Campus and are encouraging repeat donors as well as people who have never donated blood to give it a try. Eligible blood donors must be at least 16 years old, should weigh at least 120 pounds and should be in general good health. December Concert Dec. 6 7:30-9 p.m. Location: Bldg 6 Auditorium The DMACC Ankeny Music Program will present a December Concert on Friday. The Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble (Band), Chamber Ensemble and Concert Choir will be performing. There is a reception to follow, which will include student solos and small groups in the Bldg. #7 Lake View Inn. The event and reception are free and open to the public. DMACC Final Exams Dec. 6-12 All day

Final exams will be held Dec. 6-12. Check Page 4 for schedule information.

Dixie’s Tupperware Party Dec. 4-29 Location: Civic Center of Iowa

Dixie Longate, the fast-talking Tupperware Lady, packed up her catalogues, left her children in an Alabama trailer park and took Off-Broadway, London & Melbourne by storm! Now, join Dixie as she travels the country throwing good ol’fashioned Tupperware Parties filled with outrageously funny tales, heartfelt accounts, FREE giveaways, audience participation and the most fabulous assortment of Tupperware ever sold on a theater stage. ADULT CONTENT

Creative Writing Contest Dec. 5 -- 5 p.m. The DMACC District Wide Creative Writing Contest deadline is Thursday, Dec. 5th. Be sure to send your entries to by 5 p.m., Dec. 5th for your chance at big scholarships, cash prizes, publication and infamy. Contact with additional questions. Campus Closed for Holiday Break Dec. 23 - Jan. 2

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Thomas Daley (front) and Peter Waterfield of Great Britain compete during the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, England. Monday Desember 2, 2013, around 8:00 a.m. London time, Daley revealed he is in a relationship with a man, in an emotional coming out video posted on YouTube. Photo by Chuck Myers/MCT

US may be producing 50% more methane than EPA estimate

US commander in Afghanistan apologizes for civilian death, injuries

WASHINGTON – The United States may be emitting 50 percent more methane, a potent greenhouse gas, than the federal government had previously estimated, according to a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Though carbon dioxide from the combustion of fossil fuels is the main driver of climate change, and less methane than carbon is emitted overall, methane is an even more powerful heat-trapping gas than carbon.

KABUL, Afghanistan – The American commander of coalition forces in Afghanistan telephoned Afghan President Hamid Karzai to apologize for an airstrike that killed at least one Afghan civilian and badly wounded two others, a coalition official said Friday. Marine Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. “expressed deep regret” for the civilian casualties, the official said, and promised a joint investigation with Afghan officials into circumstances surrounding the attack Thursday. Dunford made the call late Thursday after Karzai angrily denounced the United States, saying it has repeatedly shown disregard for the lives of Afghan civilians. The airstrike, which Karzai said was from a American drone aircraft, came at a tense moment in U.S.Afghan relations. Karzai warned earlier this week that if one more Afghan civilian was killed by American forces, he would never sign a proposed post-2014 security agreement.

Most residents back home after chemical leak in Ohio train crash Most of the 400 residents who were evacuated in a small northern Ohio town have been allowed to return to their homes after a train car leaked thousands of gallons of a highly flammable chemical earlier this week. The homes closest to Tuesday’s derailment in the town of Willard will remain off-limits as the cleanup continues, according to a statement by the railroad company CSX Transportation. About three dozen homes are still in the evacuation zone, according to the city.

French parliament debates crackdown on sex customers PARIS – France’s parliament on Friday began debating a bill that seeks to crack down on prostitution by penalizing people who pay for sex, while offering prostitutes

help to quit the profession. The bill marks a turning point in the country’s efforts to eradicate the sex trade. It scraps existing fines and prison sentences for prostitutes, replacing them with sanctions against their customers. Women’s Rights Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, who addressed parliament during the debate, rejected criticism that France was turning into a nanny state. “We’re not here to police people’s morals,” she said. “The issue is with the money that feeds pimping.”

Many breast cancers may be linked with cholesterol byproduct DURHAM, N.C. – Studies have long shown a link between obesity and breast cancer, and now scientists at Duke Cancer Institute may have found one important explanation: a byproduct of cholesterol that fuels tumors in some of the most common forms of the disease. This could point the way to simple methods to reduce breast cancer risk, like using cholesterol-lowering drugs such as statins and eating a healthier diet. It also suggests that using statins could make regimens for treating many breast cancers more effective. Results of the study, which are considered early because the study relied on mice and cancer tissue, are being published in Friday’s edition of the journal Science.

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Internet, corporate mishandling of radio could spell the end By Anna Duran


Is the Internet killing the radio? The short answer is yes. The long answer is of course more involved, and has more to it than just the Internet. Also playing key roles are corporate pushes for profitability and the Telecommunications Act of 1996, and still yes, radio is dying. Chris Bradshaw worked for Citadel Radio Group. He had a successful radio talk show in the afternoons as Des Moines’ liberal voice on 98.3 WOW-FM. His listeners were loyal, and his opinions were respected even though they were different than ‘Midwestern normal.’ Citadel filed for bankruptcy in 2009, hurt by the recession and competition from satellite and Internet rivals. Cumulus Radio purchased the group. Quarterly reports didn’t look good. The company needed to make some cuts. Syndicated programming is cheaper than paying most of the people who work in Des Moines. Cumulus made the cuts. Goodbye, Bradshaw. He wasn’t alone. Where did it start? In the late nineties, Congress passed The Telecommunications Act of 1996 (the Act) into law. The main purpose of the Act was to prevent the formation of monopolies in telephone communications. The Internet had just entered the public arena, and this Act addressed it. The Telecommunications Act of 1996 was America’s first successful attempt at seriously reforming regulations on telephone and broadcasting companies in more than six decades. It was also the first piece of legislation to address Internet access in the United States. The Act now allows broadcast companies to own more than one each of radio and television stations in a given market. This was the birth of corporate radio ownership. “In 1998 KLZR, the FM rock station in my home town of Lawrence Kansas, was voted by Rolling Stone Magazine to be in the ‘Top 10 Stations that Don’t Suck.’ Within a year the station was sold and the format was changed to sound like every other station on the dial. A radio staff was fired or quit in disgust. As a listener, I also felt like the station had fired me too. This scene was happening everywhere in the U.S. at the same time,” Jill McKeever, the director of ‘Corporate.FM’ said in an essay about why she decided to make the film. The Act allowed the owners of small radio groups to sell their stations to larger groups. In Des Moines, there are three radio companies dominating the market where several used to operate. Gary Johansen is a telecommunications consultant who has been in the business since the late 70s, both installing communication networks and being behind the mic.

“Driving to Chicago from D.C. you can listen to the same show in every market. It never could be like that before. You have a single company with a single voice owning dozens of stations in a given market in a shrinking industry,” Johansen said. Why that’s Bad With the dawn of corporate radio ownership, radio lost a lot of its charm. Radio was the primary source of information for a very long time in the United States until TV came along. Guys like Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite started their career in journalism working for radio. In addition to the news, the radio was how people found new music. “There’s a whole generation of people growing up with TV as the grand innovation. Radio was the background noise to life all day, every day, forever. Where else would you hear music? Church, singing songs at school, and mom and dad’s record collection. There are only so many times you can listen to Crosby, Stills, and Nash,” Johansen said. The “background noise” Johansen is referring to is a radio that participated in the lives of its listeners. Radio hosts started a show live, and musical interludes were bands in the studio. As recorded music came along, radio hosts became disc jockeys, DJs, and still they put a needle to the vinyl, played singles from CDs sent by the record company, and connected to the people listening because they lived in that city or town, knew what was going on there, and were a member of the community. “Radio sold records, it was as simple as that. These days the relationship has reversed and radio chases what their audience is already listening to. There are too many sources out there for radio to be the opinion maker that it once was, and unfortunately the radio business has gone out of its way to shed the one thing that Pandora/iTunes/Pitchfork/ Facebook [and others] don’t have – live local personalities,” Bradshaw said. People are still listening to radio, but the music they hear has been purchased by one large group to play across thousands of FM bands all at once. Radio DJs are no longer live for the most part. Their thirty or sixty second voice spots are typically prerecorded and dropped in to the computerized program. “It makes sense one guy with a big voice can make more money than a bunch of different guys and now if you go through every station you’re looking at just a few hours of locally produced stuff in the whole week. All the rest of it is pre programmed,” Johansen said. In addition to no longer being live, the personalities of the radio are becoming by-gone. Corporations are typically paying for one syndicated broadcast program as opposed to paying 200-300 local people who work for the stations they’ve consumed.

Jimmy O’Neill, a Los Angeles radio disc jockey, introduced rock ‘n’ roll to teenage audiences in the mid-1960s. He died early this year. The studio he’s in is of a bygone era. Photo courtesy MCTCampus

“Radio ownership groups live and die by the quarterly report, which is why you have almost constant waves of layoffs around the country as the various ownership groups look to boost the bottom line,” Bradshaw said. He knows this first hand. “First, things like overnight and weekend shows were eliminated since those day parts didn’t bring in much revenue – what they did do was serve as a breeding ground for new talent. Just about every big radio name you can think of got their start doing nights or weekends, like I did, but now those jobs are gone,” Bradshaw added. What Does the Internet have to do with this? The advantages of the internet are innumerable. Public access to most information and file sharing are examples. Access to the internet via PC, tablet, or phone is available to give people a choice when it comes to information and services. Websites and apps like Pandora and Spotify have stepped in to the radio market and filled a hole that was missing from local programming since all the music became the same. These sites use algorithms to bring new music to the listener. People ask for bands or musicians they already like and these services use that information to provide similar music they haven’t heard. That used to be the DJ’s job. When radio started and DJs were live, they played the music they liked or music similar to what the

station was already playing, local bands or the new Led Zeppelin. Several nationally known artists got their start because they were featured on local radio programs. “Radio built a critical-mass locally behind these acts that launched some of them to grace the rest of the nation. A local music director mixed local music in with national favorites that were picked from the gut of the programmer. Radio stations were once adored by their communities for this,” McKeever said. With this absence, people turn to services like Pandora and Spotify, or learn by word of mouth which artist’s album to download next. “One of the reasons I left music radio for talk was buying my first iPod in 2004. I loaded it up with MP3’s for a flight home from Indiana and somewhere around the C concourse at O’Hare airport I realized that no program director on earth could program a list of music better than I could for myself,” Bradshaw said. These services had been confined to computers and personal handheld devices, but are now entering radio’s last real stronghold – radio was introduced to cars in the 1930s, and is where most people listen most consistently. Auto makers like Ford and General Motors have already put Pandora in their vehicles to work through the driver’s cell phone or the vehicle’s own internet access in addition to the availability of satellite broadcast services like Sirius and XM, the AM/FM dial could be in real danger.

“By 2020, I feel very confident that many consumers will consume radio content through avenues other than terrestrial broadcast,” Thilo Koslowski, a vice president at technology research firm Gartner Inc., told the Detriot News. AM/FM bands remain the most reliable sources of entertainment in the car. Cell phone reception isn’t perfect everywhere, and internet in cars is a new concept with bugs to work out, but technology advances quickly. “Truth is people listen to the radio in their cars, and at work. Morning shows 6-10 a.m., Afternoon Drive 3-7 p.m. and the various easy listening ‘At work listening stations!’ are where stations are making the bulk of their money, and both fronts are being encroached upon by digital streaming,” Bradshaw said. When television entered the media stream in the 60s, radio was equipped to handle the change, to reformat itself with a musical angle that allowed it to survive and share the media market. The amount of competition now could be an undoing. The companies that own radio have invested very little in innovation, and the countermeasures like iheartradio and listener rewards aren’t making a dent. “Stations, and their corporate parents have spent a lot of time and money to promote streaming, but it’s more or less a dud. You could expect about three percent of your audience to stream your station and nobody has really found a way to monetize it legitimately,” Bradshaw said. Even though the Internet is killing the radio, music and personalities will survive – on the Internet, of all places. Bradshaw is working occasionally in the web format. Johansen tell radio hopefuls to get good at podcasting. Music is discoverable and mostly free. What was taken by the web has been replaced – by the web – and as all technology does, will change again. Radio may not make it through another big change, but for now people are still tuned in to what’s left.

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Iowa senior judge offers perspective from time in Kosovo By Olivia Herr Staff Writer

Imagine you live in a place that is in constant conflict. A place where cultures clash and isn’t even recognized as an independent country. It can be extremely hard if you are from a place like the United States. For the Honorable Larry Eisenhauer, a senior judge with the Iowa Court of Appeals, he didn’t have to imagine. He experienced the hardships working abroad in Kosovo as part of a UN mission in 2005. Wednesday, November 20, he shared his experiences with DMACC students. He also gave a background of the struggles Kosovo faced before declaring independence. Kosovo is a small nation in southeastern Europe that was a southern province of Yugoslavia with a population of about two million people. He faced many difficulties preparing the presentation. “It’s easy for me to talk about my experiences while I was there but discussing the war, which was one aspect I was asked to address, was brutal and caused a lot of serious pain to residents of

Kosovo. The war highly affected my work while I was there.” Eisenhauer started out by explaining some of Kosovo’s history. Kosovo has encountered a great amount of strife in the years leading up to its independence. In 1989, Slobodan Milosevic came to power and reduced Kosovo to a small region in Serbia. The local government banned Albanian culture, which was a major part of the population in the area. This caused many civil servants to lose their jobs, including judges. Kosovo claimed it’s independence in 1991, but other countries did not yet recognize it. George H. W. Bush informed Milosevic that Serbian aggression would bring U. S. collateral intervention in 1992. Liberation emerged in 1996. Prior to that most negotiations had been peaceful, but with the rise of the Kosovo Liberation Army (The KLA), violence significantly increased. There are two major aspects of the war: the conflict between the KLA and the Serbian central forces and the NATO bombing campaign that began in March 1999.

There were significant local fights. Serb forces once surrounded a KLA family compound and killed 50 members of the family. Soon after, Serb forces withdrew. Refugees felt it was safe to return to their homes and wanted to return to normal everyday life. Chaos ensued when this happened. There was significant lack of water and food. Relatives of the missing participated in protests. Albanians then attacked the Serbs. Buildings, homes and churches were destroyed. A big reason why Eisenhauer was participating the UN mission was to keep favoritism or discrimination from happening in the judicial system. One case he worked on was a situation where young women were being lured and forced into prostitution. Another case was when members of the KLA were up for an appeal. A major challenge Eisenhauer faced while working abroad was the language barrier. Translators always had to be on hand. There are a lot of commonalities in Yugoslav laws put in place by Milosevic.

The Honorable Larry Eisenhauer shares about his time spent in Kosovo. Photo by Olivia Herr One of his last memories of Kosovo was seeing children clean up rubble in the street right outside of the apartment he stayed in.

“It was indicative of the attempt that is being made to improve the lives of people of Kosovo and overall the country.”

New, efficent system implimented for professor evalutation By Buddy Jackson


The end of the semester approaches and that means it is time to evaluate the professors. Everyone has noticed that there have been mass emails sent out by Joe Dehart guiding us through the process of evaluations for this semester. The new system that has been put in place should be more convenient and less costly on DMACC as a whole. “A LEAN process was conducted to look at making this process more efficient and save time and money,” said Dehart. “We chose Smartevals because we had piloted with them a few years ago and found their product to be among the better out there.” This system was conducted in the hope of transitioning to the online survey, which allows students a voice in all aspects of DMACC life. The survey asks about classes and services on campus. These are helpful in compiling the opinion of DMACC students as a whole.


continued from page 1 address the challenges and to also meet goals. She reports there are no typical days and most of her time is spent in meetings. DMACC is a big part of Linduska’s life, but there is more to her than the community college. In her free time she enjoys running, reading and decorating. On balancing personal and professional life, she says it is dear to her heart and important. “I hope that I have been an example for working parents.

However, they are very generic. In some cases the surveys do not apply to certain professors and their corresponding fields. Marc Dickinson, an English and Literature professor said, “I wish it was more tailored to the field you’re in instead of it being so general.” This has been a common statement from most of the professors. Will this type of survey get the desired impact that DMACC is looking for or will it be too general? One can see that there is a bit of skepticism on how accurate the evaluations will be and how they will impact the student body of DMACC. There have been discussions in classes about the response levels upon students that complete the survey and those that have not. Rob Reynolds, a Math instructor, said, “A decline in response is possible, but instructors can see how many students have completed the survey and encourage students who have not to do so.”

So what can be done to up the response numbers? Reynolds said “The survey system allows me to send email reminders to students to complete the survey while the student’s names remain anonymous.” When asked about the percentage of students so far who have taken the survey Dehart said. “Right now we are setting at about a 33% response rate and for where we are at to-date that is good. I expect final response rates to be above 50%.” Lance Kopacek, a 19 year old AA major from Urbandale said, “It was optional so I figure I have better things to do during finals week.” Kopacek said that he will be doing the evaluations, but does not have time, at this point, to do them. One wonders if there is a large number of negative responses towards professors who have not been the best teacher they can be. Most students are more inclined to do their evaluations until the end of finals, due to a fear of retribution from a professor.

The great thing about online surveys, rather than scantrons, is that they are completely anonymous in every way. The problem with scantrons is with the comments portion and professors could recognize handwriting and that could reflect negatively on students’ honesty, whereas the new online system has typed up comments. Dehart comes back with a very good statement, “There are always complaints, but for the most part there haven’t been very many.” There are some students that are very happy to be doing the evaluations. Samantha Moss, an 18-year-old undecided student from Grimes, said, “I like my professors so it will prompt me to do the evaluations.” There are some things that students would like to see on a grander scale for these types of evaluations. Moss states that, “Facebook alerts would be a helpful way to get the word out about them. Mentioning in class is good but the Facebook alerts would be good.”

Something to keep in mind is that these evaluations aren’t going away for quite some time and completing these surveys will better enhance the DMACC experience. Dehart said “If, after several years, we have not gotten the insights we expect and the costs haven’t been reduced, you bet we would consider something else. However, I don’t see paper and pencil surveys coming back.” The biggest response on the evaluations is the DMACC experience and hearing what type of experience students are having on campus. The feeling that one gets from all our professors, as well as Joe Dehart, is this: “Online or paper, we want students to have the opportunity to evaluate their experiences at DMACC, both in and out of the classroom, and use this information to improve their experiences.” So in essence these evaluations are put in place to help the now and future students of DMACC. Remember that you as students have a voice at DMACC.

If you don’t have that time with yourself, your family or friends then you’re not going to be very effective. Spending time away from work gives you the perspective you need in order to come back and do a really great job.” It hasn’t been a smooth ride to get to where she is now. “There have been rough spots, some days, weeks, or even months that were harder than others but when you work at a place such as DMACC, you can always find a way to make it work.” At the moment Linduska is launching a new initiative.

She would like to encourage students to stay at DMACC until they’ve received a diploma. In order to do this, she is putting together stronger pathways for students who wish to graduate and transition into a career. Another goal is to strengthen the graduation rate. She mentions that DMACC can provide things that a big university can’t offer such as more leadership and study abroad opportunities as well as internships. “My mission is to make sure that once students choose DMACC that they stay at

DMACC and that is my commitment to the college, students and faculty.” When asked about Kim Linduska, President Rob Denson said: “Kim’s extensive experience at DMACC and her commitment to student achievement has been critical to DMACC’s success. She oversaw my introduction to the college in 2003 and continues to be a true friend and partner in our leadership team. We work together with our faculty and staff to take DMACC to greater heights.”

He described her leadership at DMACC: “We were granted additional funding from the 2013 Legislative Session to increase capacity for the training of students for high demand careers. In a very short time Kim took charge of the entire effort and has a comprehensive program up and running. No college has positioned itself so well in such a short time.” Linduska truly believes that, “I believe that I am really lucky. I think a lot of people that work here are really lucky because this is a truly great organization.”


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DMACC meteorology students tour the ABC5 WOI-TV Studios in West Des Moines on November 13, 2013. They were on hand as Chief Meteorologist Brad Edwards taped his online forecast for the day. Students were able to get a glimpse at Broadcast Meteorology. Photos by Alex Payne

Mete rology class offers students hands on learning By Alex Payne


When seconds count and severe weather is threatening your safety, meteorologists are who you turn to for the most up-to-date news on the weather. DMACC Meteorology Professor Seth Loyd is teaching DMACC students the basics of meteorology in his class PHS 166, Meteorology, Weather and Climate. Loyd started teaching Meteorology at DMACC in the spring of 2011. Since then he has offered the class at the

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Ankeny, Ames, Boone and Urban campuses. “I feel like this is such a practical science,” he said. “I feel that you are going to take what you learn and apply it everyday. You are going to be affected by the weather whether you like it or not.” Hands on learning is a big aspect for students as they learn through making forecasts throughout the semester to field trips to the National Weather Service in Johnston and ABC5 TV studios in West Des Moines. On Wednesday, November 13, 2013 Loyd took his Monday/ Wednesday Ankeny meteorology



class on a field trip to the ABC5 WOI-TV studios for a tour lead by Meteorologist Sam Scheier and Chief Meteorologist Brad Edwards. This is a great way to give students a view other than what is being lectured in the classroom. “You get the change to see what a broadcast Meteorologist does,” Loyd said. Loyd also offers a tour of the National Weather Service as well. “The weather service is more of a ‘sciencey’ tour,” he said. Most of the students in the class are taking it for a physical science credit. Loyd is making the class valuable

for all students, whether they are interested in becoming meteorologists or not. “I understand many people are just taking this as a science credit,” he said. “I want people to come away with knowledge so when they watch the weather they can interpret it more clearly… No matter what you do in life, whether you are a farmer, or like myself where I commute a lot, you need to know what the weather is going to be like. “ Like his students, he started out at a community college. Loyd attended Independence Community College before

transferring to University of Kansas, were he received his undergraduate degree in Atmospheric Science in 1996. In 1999 he graduated with a masters degree at Iowa State in Meteorology. Next semester he will be offering the class in Boone. He started teaching at the Boone campus then started more classes at the Urban Campus, before coming to the Ankeny campus. Loyd hopes to have the class expanded to the point it will be offered on the Ankeny, Ames, Urban and Boone campuses in the Fall of 2014.

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Multiple locations, Runners-up: B-Bop’s; Jimmy John’s (Tie)

Best Local Breakfast Hy-Vee

Multiple locations, Runners-up: CJ’s Bagels; Casey’s Pizza

Best Local Pizza Wig and Pen

Best Sandwich Shop Subway


Best Mexican Restaurant El Rodeo Multiple locations, Runners-up: Panchero’s Mexican Grill; Cazador

Best Chinese Restaurant Jade Garden 711 South Ankeny Blvd, 964-2422, Runners-up: Hy-Vee; China Chef

Best Date Night Restaurant Exile Brewery

1514 Walnut St, Des Moines, IA 50309 Runners-up: Olive Garden; Yanni’s

Blank Park Zoo

7401 SW 9th St, Des Moines Runners-up: Science Center; Saylorville Lake

2005 S. Ankeny Blvd. Suite 300, Ankeny, 963-9777, Runners-up: Casey’s Pizza; Leaning Tower of Pizza (Tie)

Multiple locations, Runners-up: Jimmy John’s; Palmer’s

Best Local Family Friendly Attraction

Best Local Place for Live Music Wooly’s

504 E Locust St, Des Moines Runners-up: Vaudeville Mews; House of Bricks

Best Local Clothing Store Raygun 400 East Locust Des Moines, IA 50309 Runners-up: Kohls; Maurices

Best Local Shopping Center Jordan Creek

101 Jordan Creek Pkwy, West Des Moines Runners-up: Merle Hay Mall; Valley West Mall

Best Local Thrift Store Goodwill

Multiple locations Runners-up: Stuff Etc.; Plato’s Closet

Best four-year University to Transfer to Iowa State University Ames, Iowa Runners-up: Drake; University of Northern Iowa

Best Place to Grab an Best Overall Professor Adult Beverage Kate Halverson Mickey’s Irish Pub

Multiple locations Runners-up: El Bait Shop; The Garden

Best Weekend Getaway Minneapolis

Runners-up: Chicago; Omaha

Best Place for Comedy The Funny Bone

Suite 100, 560 S Prairie View Dr, West Des Moines, Runners-up: None

Ronn Newby Karla Boetel Jay Tiefenthaler

Yes! There was a four-way tie! Runners-up: S.C. Roberts; Rosenna Bakari

Best Place to get Textbooks Textbook Outlet

2005 S Ankeny Blvd #100, Ankeny Runners-up: Amazon; DMACC Bookstore


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Best Local Female Anchor/Reporter Mollie Cooney

Runners-up: Elizabeth Klinge; Cynthia Fodor

Best Local Radio Station KJJY

92.5 FM Runners-up: LIFE 107.1 FM; Lazer 103.3 FM

Best Local Radio Station KJJY

92.5 FM Runners-up: LIFE 107.1 FM; Lazer 103.3 FM

Best Local Meteorologist John McLaughlin

KCCI-TV 8 Runners-up: Jeriann Ritter; Kurtis Gertz

Best Local Morning TV Show Great Day

Best Place to get Food Best Place to get Food on Campus on Campus The Bistro

Building 7 Runner-up: DMACC Cafe

Best Organization/Club at DMACC Phi Theta Kappa

Runners-up: SAC; Criminal Justice Club

Best Building on Campus Building 7 Runner-up: Building 5

Best DMACC Support Staff Employee Dave Morgan

Building 5 Runner-up: Deb in the Cafe

Best Place to take a nap on Campus The Library

Building 7 Runners-up: Building 2; Building 5

Best Place to People Watch on Campus Building 5

Student Center Runners-up: Building 6; Building 1

Best Student Living Option Prairie Pointe 1351 SW Prairie Trail Pkwy, Ankeny Runners-up: Campus Town; Campus View

The Bistro

Building 7 Runner-up: DMACC Cafe

Best DMACC Tweeter Alyssa Bickell

Runner-up: None

Best DMACC Facebooker Alex Payne

Runner-up: None

Best Local TV Station for News KCCI-TV

Channel 8 Runner-up: WHO-TV 13

Best TV Station for Weather KCCI-TV

Channel 8 Runners-up: WOI-TV (ABC5); WHO-TV 13

Best Local TV Station for Sports WHO-TV

Channel 13 Runner-up: KCCI-TV 8

Best Local Male Anchor/Reporter Kevin Cooney

Runners-up: Steve Karlin; Dan Winters

KCWI-TV Runner-up: KCCI This Morning

Best Station For Primetime Television CBS/KCCI-TV

Channel 8 Runner-up: WHO-TV

Best Cell Phone Provider Verizon Wireless

Multiple locations Runners-up: U.S. Cellular; T-Mobile

Best Local Grocery Store Hy-Vee

Multiple locations Runner-up: Fareway

Best Local Sports Team Iowa Cubs

Principal Park Runner-up: Iowa Wild

Best Local Ice Cream Lemon Tree

Multiple locations Runners-up: Dairy Queen; Classic Frozen Custard

Best Social Media Facebook

Runners-up: Twitter; Instagram

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Gift Guide

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“My ideas were all There is more to “YOLO” than wrong,” and other only living once, explains professor thoughts from a DMACC grad-to-be

Anna Duran

Managing Editor

I’ve been attending DMACC for four years, and I get to leave in January. Needless to say, I’ve learned a few things. I started college in 2009 when I was 22. I had given birth to my second son, and realized I would not be able to take care of my kids without an education. I never imagined what I learned here would change my life. Life does a good job changing itself, and it came in every direction for me. I took Comp I, Literature, and Psychology my first semester. I recommend getting the writing requirements out of the way quickly. It took three attempts for me to complete Comp II, which I did in an accelerated night course. This worked for me because something was due every day. I’m a terrible procrastinator. I tell myself I work well under pressure. It’s true, I do work well under pressure of a deadline, but I wish I hadn’t put off so much. Writing that 10-page research paper for American History in one go at 3 a.m. was not fun. I got an ‘A,’ which I can honestly say was a complete surprise. How much fun I had researching that paper was also a surprise. I wrote about Martin Luther King, Jr. and the nonviolent approach to activism, known as civil disobedience. Exposing myself to the injustices of the past helped me see them in today’s world. There are willfully blind people. Don’t be one of those people. Try to learn as much as you can from the classes you don’t really want to take. I did not want to take any history classes at all, so I purposefully signed up for four of them. In doing so, I learned more than I thought I could in a subject that was nowhere near as boring as I presumed. I chose topics that were challenging to me, and in that challenge, I came out better. I’m a liberal-minded person with a passion for learning about people. I can’t interview the entire population at DMACC, so I took classes about people instead. I

took six courses in psychology and sociology. I learned how to understand people and where they come from. Never assume you know anything about someone they haven’t told you themselves. Put your damned phone down and talk to someone. If you don’t make friends with someone in class, you’ll never get to borrow anyone’s notes. Notes are important, but developing interpersonal skills is REALLY important. A lot of you are younger than I am and was; I understand there are some generational differences. I don’t care. Put your phone down and talk to the person next to you. You do a lot of writing in college. The way to be a better writer is to read more books. Expose yourself to language arts and really soak it in. Pay attention to how those books are written, usually with p r o p e r g r a m m a r and spelling. Emulate it. Oh, and buy a dictionary. Read that, too. When I started here, I was 22 and had no freaking clue who I was. I had an idea. My ideas were ALL WRONG. Not kidding, I am a completely different human being in these four years than I was then. Life happens around college. Life can be really hard sometimes. School was always constant. I never stopped coming to class. I never stopped learning the facts about the world that would fuel my feelings toward it and its inhabitants. There were several one-or-two-class semesters. It didn’t take me four years because I’m lazy. To those of you that have done it in two years (or will): awesome. Good job. To those of you like me, who had/have to take your time because life happens and sometimes sucks: awesome. Good job. I am incredibly grateful for my turn here at DMACC. I figured out who I am, how I want to be, and what I want to do. I’m transferring out now, and headed to university (lovingly referred to as big-girl college). You will, too, I’m sure. I hope you get to take as much with you as I am when you go.

“Try to learn as much as you can from the classes you don’t really want to take.”

Thank you for reading all that I have written.

Professor Tadd Ruetenik explains to DMACC students on the true meaning of YOLO and how it can apply to their lives. Photo by Martina Gutierrez

Martina Gutierrez


Philosopher and Professor Tadd Ruetenik from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa came to speak at DMACC Ankeny campus Thursday, Nov. 14. Since 1998, Professor Ruetenik has given over 20 presentations at philosophy conferences around the country. Professor Ruetenik came to DMACC after he was invited by his friend, DMACC Professor Jason Hills from the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, a conference of philosophers who meet every year to share ideas. Ruetenik explains his topic “YOLO” (You Only Live Once) as that both superficial (since it often deals with naive people), and also incredibly deep, since the meaning of life has been a topic for philosophers for centuries. “Those who believe YOLO is the meaning of life, are misunderstanding what life is. One does not ‘have’ a life; one ‘lives’ a life, yet the YOLO person seems to think that life is something that is packaged up for consumption,” Ruetenik said. “YOLO therefore you should maximize your pleasure in life.” He added that there is something fundamentally wrong with this philosophy itself. Life is like a race according to Ruetenik. If you only live once, you never actually see yourself completing the race if this is the

only life you have. Imagine life is a race. Say there is a long distance runner, running a 400 meter race (1 lap around a track). The beginning is birth and going all the way around is completing the race (and life). One person may take their time running around the track and at the finish line, they can say they finished the race. On the other hand, he explains, for a sprinter running a short distance is only focused on the race itself and never really sees themselves finishing the race. It is as if a brick wall is at the other end with the finish line, and this particular person is running so fast they never got to look back at their life to see if they even finished the race. This is what Ruetenik calls a “YOLO” person. Life is not just about pleasure but about experience in general. The YOLO believer is one who does not live for the rush of racing, the rush of skydiving for example, but the experience of it. Making a bucket list of things to do in life before you die is a life all about the list, in which case YOLO makes sense. Death could end all experiences for a YOLO person and yet would not be a tragedy because they would not live to feel the disappointment. In this sense there is no difference with the YOLO sprinter who never even lives once, but the successful YOLO sight-seer (the Epicurus) one who has in fact filled out his

bucket list and feels he could die now. Ruetenik argues, in a sense he has died already; when a person lives a life through the bucket list before they die, is considered a person who has died already. When life is all about completing the list, this person ends up killing off the meaning of life. Our culture is set up to encourage YOLO; to seek pleasure because it wants to sell us products (cars, music, movies, etc.). Most think you can just “grab life by the horns.” We cannot grab life and we are never in the position to grab our own life, but our consumer culture wants us to think that life is something they can sell to us. So it’s not surprising that YOLO people will talk about doing something irresponsible, like drugs or alcohol. Ruetenik does not believe in fate or free will. “Free will is the absence of explanation for why we do something. If we do something for free will, we are doing it for no reason what’s so ever. It’s purely random, like standing on a table, acting like a gorilla,” Ruetenik said. Ruetenik was impressed with the audience. “I was quite impressed with the level of engagement from the students. Many people both understood what I was saying, and were able to add to it, and even challenge me on some ideas. This is invigorating for a philosopher,” he said.


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Person on the Street: What is the worst Christmas gift you have gotten?

Daniel Gross, 37

Jacob Reistroffer, 18

“I got a pair of spandex underwear from my aunt."

“I have received cleaning supplies for my car. My dad gave me them."

Slater IA Criminal Justice

DeWitt, IA Business Administration

Brandon Oettchen, 28 Riceville, IA Engineering

“Pair of used roller blades from my uncle. I was so disappointed."

Julie Leyhe, 40

Josh Joy, 18

“My husband gave me a new utensil set. I wanted money."

“I got this really ugly sweater from my grandma."

Clive, IA Nursing

Des Moines, IA Liberal Arts

Christmas nostalgia - yearning for yesterdays

Miriah Masching


Christmas, a time for giving and sharing traditions with your family or at least that is what it is meant to be. When I was growing up Christmas was always about seeing my family that lived out

of town. I would start the day off sitting at the front door of my grandparents house and waiting for my cousins to arrive. Once they got to here, the fun began. We all rushed to get ready and find a spot to sit in church. After church we would all go to back my grandparent to eat and open presents. When it was time to open presents we all sat in our own special spots and take turns opening gifts one at a time. After presents were done we


would completely forget about all of our new toys and just enjoy being with each other. Now however things are different. Everyone still comes home for Christmas but the tradition has changed. I no longer wait for my cousin at the door and when they finally get to town there isn’t much fun anymore. We still rush to church or half of us rush to church. My aunt and uncle have decided some of my cousins don’t need to attend church because they can’t sit still. When I was younger if didn’t


There, their and they're Megan Miras NEWS EDITOR

Confession: I am a Grammar Nazi. I know it’s a big shocker. Rumor has it, the best way to soothe a Grammar Nazi is “there, their, they’re.” I couldn’t agree more. This has to be my favorite meme out there. One of my biggest grammar pet peeves is improper use of the three different words there, their, and they’re. I mean really, how hard is it? There are only three to remember, and each has a completely different meaning. There: There is a place. It’s that simple! We are going there for lunch. I saw your purse over there. Is my brother there? Their: There is used for possession. Their coffee tastes amazing! Their company was enjoyed.

Their house is really nice. Are you still with me? We only have one left. They’re: First, you will need a quick lesson on contractions. A contraction is a word containing an “apostrophe.” It is a shortened version of two words combined together. The “apostrophe” takes place of a letter. In this case, “they’re” is a contraction for “they are.” They’re meeting us at 6 tonight. They’re really expensive. They’re in the library. Their meeting us they’re at there house. That last one was completely incorrect. Did you catch it? If not, maybe this will help. According to the Common Errors in English Usage website by Paul Brians, English professor at Washington State University, “Ask yourself whether you can substitute ‘they are.’ If not, you’ve made a mistake. ‘Their’ is a possessive pronoun like ‘her’ or ‘our’ ‘They eat their hotdogs with sauerkraut.’” Brians continues with, “Everything else is ‘there.’

‘There goes the ball, out of the park! See it? Right there! There aren’t very many home runs like that.’” “Although ‘there’s’ is a standard abbreviation of ‘there is’ it is nonstandard to use ‘ther’re’ as a written abbreviation of ‘there are.’ People who use this nonstandard form often mistakenly use ‘they’re’ (‘they’re a lot of people coming to the party’) or even ‘their’ (‘their a lot of people’).” To help with the spelling, Brians suggests you remember that the word “there” contains the word “here” to “remind you it refers to place while ‘their’ has ‘heir’ buried in it to remind you that it has to do with possession.” I used these tips when I was younger to help me remember, so I was pleasantly surprised to see that others do as well. Still confused? There, their, they’re. It will be alright. Just keep practicing!

have a choice I was forced to go to church. After church we still go back to my grandparents to eat and open presents. Unlike how things use to be we don’t spend much time eating we go straight to presents. My cousins have become consumed with presents and have lost the meaning behind the season. We no longer take the time to enjoy the family members who don’t live close to us. Instead we enjoy gifts which in a week will mean nothing to us. Most people don’t remember why Christmas is a holiday. It’s

Mental Gremlins

not about gifts or who has the best Christmas lights. Christmas is about giving not receiving. Many people don’t have the money to buy expensive gifts but those are the people that deserve to have the best Christmas. As this holiday season approaches I just hope everyone remembers the real reason for this season. If everyone could donate just one gift to a family in need then everyone could have a Christmas worth remembering. Family, giving, and traditions are what Christmas is meant to for and they should stay that way.

by Mark Rothweiler

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1. Reyes Leyva - ‘Looking for You.’ A self portrait in an attempt to capture the elusive Milky Way. 2. Leyva - ‘The Clashing of Nature and Mankind.’ Caught in traffic with a beautiful sunset and no place to pull off. 3. Leyva - ‘Stronger than Steel.’ A portrait of his younger brother in downtown Des Moines, shot in HDR. “It’s amazing that even downtown I was able to capture some stars,” Leyva said. Leyva really got into photography after seeing a documentary about Joel Sartore, a renowned photographer for National Geographic magazine. 4. Teresa Meadows - A picture of her daughter, Abigail Meadows, hugging her teddy bear. As a young teenager she has the pure innocence of a young child. This photo was taken in the studio with a Canon Rebel T3 shot at F/8 1/60 of a second. Teresa’s love for photography brought her to DMACC to learn more about what her camera could do and learn new techniques in photographing pictures.

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By Avis Allen Food Writer

Two simple words: local harvest. What does it mean to you? To me it means foods and grains harvested locally. So what does locally mean? In your city? County? State? Country? There is no universally accepted definition of local food. To me it means within my means to drive or pay someone to purchase it. I can get farm fresh eggs from Ames, vegetables from Stuart-Menlo, apples and honey from Adair, herbs from Van Meter, and milk from Guthrie Center. I would love to be able to purchase more locally, but being a college student and having a family I cannot always afford to pay the local prices. I do what I can when I can afford it. The grocery stores are selling some local items; just look for them. Also use your friends as transportation. If they live on or near a farm who sells the items you want, give them money for gas and some of what you purchased and they may be glad to pick it up for you. We should all support our local businesses, especially if they are buying local too. But don’t be fooled by “local;” there are some vendors out there that are local but buy their merchandise from out of country. So what is harvest then? Isn’t that what combines do? Farmers harvest many different items throughout our wonderful state. Without the farms, people go hungry. Maybe, just maybe, people should wake up and figure that out, quickly. Iowa is known for pork, corn, and eggs. Corn is harvested. Animals are harvested, too. I thought that was a strange way to say “slaughter” when I heard it last year for the first time in class. However, I realized, said politely or not, animal lives are taken to feed us. So the next time you eat a piece of meat, no matter what kind, treasure it. Do not waste it!

I am sure most people know the following words, but as a child my mother would say, “Do not waste that food. There are starving people in this world that would love to have just a bite of what you have.” As the years go by, I see she was right. We lived off the earth and so did our animals. Most days you would find our animals running around in our pastures and our yard. There were cages used at night, mainly for the animal’s safety. Sometimes you could find one of us kids taking a nap in the barn with them. When it stormed we would take our coats and cover them up (boy would mom be mad). All of the animals got along with each other and we had a few of everything. They were pets to some extent, but each and every one of us knew the reason for their existence. The dogs were workers, cats were mousers, cows and goats were meat and milk, sheep were wool and meat, deer were hide and meat, chickens were eggs and meat, and even ducks were used for meat and eggs. Meat, water, milk, fruit, vegetables, and our grain were all harvested so we would not go hungry. You couldn’t get more local than that. Now don’t get me wrong, we went to the grocery store when we needed to and bought what was available. Unfortunately, convenience stepped into this world big time and we all jumped at the chance to eat on the go. If each one of us would work at buying and serving the right portions, storing it properly, growing it where possible, purchasing it, and most of all using all pieces, there would be no waste. If we could do this, we would lower our weights and waste. I think more of us need reminded of the words “Local Harvest.” We need to do our best to get our harvest locally and be very thankful that our beautiful state has everything we need to eat. It may not be available to us for much longer.

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Pot Roast

Ingredients 1/2 teaspoon(s) dried thyme Salt and pepper 1 (4-pound) boneless beef chuck or bottom round roast, trimmed of fat 2 tablespoon(s) olive oil 2 medium onions, chopped 2 clove(s) garlic, crushed with press 1 can(s) (14- to 14 1/2-ounce) beef broth 2 cup(s) water 2 teaspoon(s) Worcestershire sauce 1 bay leaf 2 pound(s) all-purpose potatoes, unpeeled and cut into 1-inch chunks ½ pound each carrots and parsnips, cut into 1-inch chunks 1 pound(s) green beans, trimmed and each cut in half 1 pound of different squash, trimmed, each cut in half Directions Preheat oven to 350˚ F. In cup, combine thyme, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper; use to rub all over roast. In 6-quart Dutch oven, heat oil on medium-high until hot. Add roast


and cook about 10 minutes or until well browned on all sides. Transfer roast to plate. Reduce heat to medium. Add onions and garlic to Dutch oven, and cook 8 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Stir in broth, water, Worcestershire, and bay leaf; heat to boiling on high. Return roast to Dutch oven; cover and place in oven. Cook 2 hours. After roast has cooked 2 hours, stir in potatoes and carrots; cover and cook in oven 30 minutes longer. Place green beans on top of roast and vegetables in Dutch oven; cover and cook in oven 15 minutes longer or until meat and all vegetables are tender. Place roast on warm large platter; discard bay leaf. Transfer 1 cup each vegetables and liquid from Dutch oven to food processor with knife blade attached. Spoon remaining vegetables around roast; cover to keep warm. Discard fat from liquid in Dutch oven. Pulse vegetable mixture in food processor until pureed. Add pureed vegetables to liquid remaining in Dutch oven to make gravy; heat on medium until hot. Makes 3 2/3 cups gravy. Serve pot roast and vegetables with gravy

The Campus Chronicle | Iss. 7 | Fall 2013