Crafting a masterpiece

Story by Laura Wiersema | Photos by Jayde Vogeler  @LauraAshleyLove | @jayde_lyn14 June – August 2016 – 8-10 months until opening night Senior Bryce Browning sits at his kitchen table in West Liberty, Iowa, poring over script after script. More than 140 plays had been submitted in a nationwide contest to be considered for Simpson College’s annual Festival of Short Plays for spring 2017. But Theatre Simpson … Continue reading Crafting a masterpiece

Facing the Blitz : A college athlete’s coming out story

Story and photos by Alex Kirkpatrick | @takirkpatrick   Brenden Moon knows pain. For most of his life, he’s been involved in athletics, during which he’s endured numerous concussions and injuries. At 5 feet 10 inches tall and 215 pounds, Moon was a juggernaut; nothing could stop him. Except when the pain became too much to bear, he walked away from football, the sport he loved. … Continue reading Facing the Blitz : A college athlete’s coming out story

A different kind of pain

Stories and photos by Jayde Vogeler According to the National Alliance on Mental Health one in five adults experience mental illness in America. There are a myriad of causes for changes in mental health. It isn’t always easy to understand what a person is going through. ID Magazine spoke  to students who battle with mental health and looked to better understand what it feels like … Continue reading A different kind of pain

Spring ID Mag preview: David De Haro

David de Haro loves tacos — and even though he’s Mexican, he said it’s not cliché for him to say it. “There’s no Mexican that doesn’t like tacos,” he added. Although tacos can be found in Indianola, De Haro said food, especially his family’s food, is one of the main things he misses from his home country. “I miss my family, but that is a … Continue reading Spring ID Mag preview: David De Haro

On the ballot: A cross section of how Simpson Students handled the mess that was the 2016 election

Make America Great Again. These words were able to help capture the nation and lead the march to one of the most unlikely presidential results in history. With the election of Donald Trump, many questions have been raised by the Simpson community as to what this new America will look like. ID Magazine conducted a public opinion poll the week leading up to the election to … Continue reading On the ballot: A cross section of how Simpson Students handled the mess that was the 2016 election

Love under the maple leaves

Story by Laura Wiersema @LauraAshleyLove   1413 envelopes addressed from Simpson College sat in mailboxes across the country on Valentine’s Day 2016. 1413 cards for the 1413 couples who found the love of their life at Simpson. To some it may sound cheesy and far-fetched, but some students are already on their way to being added to the mailing list. Seniors Kaitlyn Louk and Dana Bohan have … Continue reading Love under the maple leaves

Politically engaged students: Cecilia Martinez

February 1st was the culmination of everything Cecilia Martinez had put in so many long hours for over the past 6 months. Martinez sits on the floor with other Bernie Sanders supporters and waits for the final results. “Sanders wins with four delegates, followed by Clinton with three. Thank you all for caucusing today.” But after all the work done, Martinez’s vote wasn’t counted. Martinez is a … Continue reading Politically engaged students: Cecilia Martinez

Politically engaged students: Zach Goodrich

Junior Zach Goodrich was reluctant to be a part of a campaign this election cycle, as there weren’t any presidential candidates he was particularly passionate about. “I just didn’t see myself gaining anything from the experience if I was just out there door knocking, making phone calls, just not really the best use of my time when I had already done that in another election … Continue reading Politically engaged students: Zach Goodrich

Politically engaged students: Olivia Anderson

Step into the unapologetically Midwestern souvenir store RAYGUN and you will get a taste of what the rest of the United States “thinks” of the Midwest. While they usually utilize an exaggerated case of geographical illiteracy, they paint a perceptive take on the lack of acknowledgement given to the Midwest by coastal states. But every four years, Iowa becomes the center of national political attention. … Continue reading Politically engaged students: Olivia Anderson