Articles by: Alyssa Monroe

Richard Alvarenga-Lopez teaches photography classes at the DMACC Ankeny campus.

Q&A with Richard Alvarenga-Lopez

March 23, 2022 at 12:03 pm 0 comments

Richard Alvarenga-Lopez is 24 years old, and as he says, “living the dream right now.” Richard teaches the Photoshop classes for DMACC’s Photography program. He plans on moving more into the art world, focusing more on community issues. Not all about himself, but rather giving back and hopefully inspire theRead More

Photo illustration courtesy Canva

Cancel “Cancel Culture”

February 25, 2022 at 10:11 am 0 comments

Cancel Culture is “a way of behaving in a society or group, especially on social media, in which it is common to completely reject and stop supporting someone because they have said or done something that offends you,” according to Cambridge Dictionary. Cancel culture is incredibly toxic and draining. WeRead More

Photo courtesy Julie Klocke

Recap of DMACC Building 6 flood

February 9, 2022 at 12:42 pm 0 comments

There was a water main break causing a major flood in the basement of Building 6 on Dec. 21, 2021. Jay Tiefenthaler, Director of Energy Management, Safety, and Security, said, “Building 6 has a basement storage area that runs along the west wall of the building (under the library). TheRead More

Don’t get scammed! (Like I almost did)

Don’t get scammed! (Like I almost did)

February 9, 2022 at 12:09 pm 0 comments

One of the great things about technology is we can reach people from anywhere, which is great if you have a small business as I do. The downfall, however, is that all your information is out there for the public, which increases the likelihood of being scammed. In the U.S.,Read More

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Limit time on social media, especially for kids

November 15, 2021 at 1:27 pm 0 comments

During COVID, we have seen ourselves on social media more than usual, which is expected. We can all agree that social media has its pros and cons, however, I think we need to limit our time spent on social media not only due to the negative side effects but theirRead More

Halloween Superstitions and Traditions!

Halloween Superstitions and Traditions!

October 26, 2021 at 4:40 pm 0 comments

Halloween may seem like it’s all about costumes and trick or treating. This holiday has some history; it became popular in the early 1900s with roots in pagan beliefs. About 2,000 years ago, Halloween marked the Celtic New Year, originally called Samhain, which means “summer’s end” in Gaelic. With HalloweenRead More

Photo by Krister Strandskov, courtesy DMACC Theatre.

“The Turn of the Screw” has twists and turns

October 15, 2021 at 1:13 pm 0 comments

The DMACC Ankeny Theater performed “The Turn of the Screw” six days in October. The play was written by Jeffrey Hatcher from the story by Henry James. It is directed by Carmen McDermott. The performances are free to attend and watch and held in building five in the Black BoxRead More

The pop-up shop outside Building 6 supporting the fashion trip to NYC. Photo by Alyssa Monroe.

Fashion students to visit NYC

October 8, 2021 at 10:28 am 0 comments

It’s every fashion major’s dream to go to New York City and experience city life, and this year their dreams come true.  Fashion major Jamie Moreno, from Des Moines, said, “I’ve always wanted to go to New York City, the city is so beautiful and I’ve always wanted to getRead More