Arts & Entertainment

StaffOctober 14, 2019

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On Wednesday night, Sept. 18 the Iowa Central Community College organized a Bingo Night, where approximately 600 students were there to try to win prizes. It was the second bingo event since the beginning of the school year. 

What is a “bingo”? Bingo is a game of chance that is unbelievably famous, with its simple rules and a few strategies. Several numbers are drawn and announced one after the other. Players write down the numbers on a card provided for this purpose. The first player to get a pattern wins. 

The schematics are chosen by the announcer. The announcer has chosen 7 different schematics. 

The player has a grid where various numbers are noted. Each play represents one schematic, and sometimes between 2 or 3 players win, except for the 2 last prizes. This last Wednesday, students have been fulfilled because, approximately 12 prizes were to be won. 

For this second night, university staff members have increased the value of the prizes. The smallest prize was 6 t-shirts and the biggest prize was a pair of headphones. 

There was variation in prizes, including a TV, vacuum, and fridge, as well as discount coupons to buy something in the bookstore or have a subscription on Netflix. Food was also available to win. 

Bingo is not just a game for the elderly. Campus Students spent an evening surrounded by their friends trying to win prizes. 

According to the testimony of one student, “It’s cool to get together with friends after a long day of classes and training. Especially when there are gifts, the game gets more interesting.”


Elizabeth ChaversSeptember 28, 2019
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The Iowa Central Community College music department has pursued several new venues for performances since Will Lopes began directing the Triton Singers in 2018. This year is no different. After exploring the acoustics of the Crossroads Mall halls, Lopes chose this location for the Triton Singers fall concert, Sacred Sounds.

A combined performance with the Fort Dodge Community Chorus, Iowa Central Alumni, and local instrumental group, Jive for Five, the Triton Singers will be sharing a selection of spirituals, sacred art songs, and upbeat tunes. The Triton Singers is comprised of three vocal performance groups: Triton Choir, Vocal Jazz and the Encore Singers.

By inviting community members to participate in this Sacred Sounds concert, Triton Singers will grow their audience for concert performances and build relationships with other Fort Dodge vocal enthusiasts. Lopes has made community participation a common element in all of his Iowa Central concerts, including his recent day long event, Real Men Sing.

The Fort Dodge community is invited to attend to support the talented students and local performers in this one night event on Monday, September 30 at 7 p.m. Sacred Sounds is free to attend.


Karlee IhdeSeptember 25, 2019
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Next week, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, through Friday, Oct. 5 is homecoming week! Along with sporting events, there are many activities and events planned by Student Activities to help celebrate homecoming week.

Student Senate has voted and planned dress-up days for homecoming! The days are as follows:

  •             Monday: Merica Monday
  •             Tuesday: Twin Day Tuesday
  •             Wednesday: First-Year Students Wear White, Returning Students Wear Black
  •             Thursday: Jersday Thursday
  •             Friday: Spirit Day

Student Activities have planned multiple events during homecoming week! Below are the activities!

Monday: Sand Volleyball Tournament at Amigos at 5:30 p.m. *Students must register with Student Activities to play!

Tuesday: Ran’d Shine, Comedian/Mentalist in the Student Resource Center at 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday: Blue Out and Prize Drawing at the volleyball game!  

Thursday: Pep Rally at 7 p.m. at Hodges Field House! Bonfire and Carnival Rides 8-10 p.m.

Be sure to follow Iowa Central Student Activities on Snapchat, @ic_activities, to see different events happening on campus!


Karlee IhdeSeptember 25, 2019
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In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Iowa Central students celebrated with the Afro-Latino festival! Students had the choice of which country or person to research and create a display with the information.

Aleah Sherman researched Peru for her festival display. Her favorite part was learning about the different countries.

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McKenna Mitchell loved Cuba’s culture and decided to research Celia Cruz based on her strong voice and her neat story.

Debra’s country was Venezuela. Debra loved researching and learning new information, she even found out Venezuela has it’s own Afro-Latino Festival each year!

Iowa Central students and staff along with high school students and community members learned lots of information about Latin American countries!


Karlee IhdeSeptember 19, 2019
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Iowa Central’s first ever REAL MEN SING chorus festival is happening this Saturday, September 21!

Will Lopes explained, “This event is part of a nationwide movement to encourage boys and young men to continue to sing. The plan is to partner with local and surrounding schools, as well as other male vocal ensembles to create a one-day choral music festival for young men (grades fifth -12th and college) as well as college students to promote vocal music, motivate, encourage singing and to create a momentum (jump-start) as we start the 2019-20 school year.”

“For students who like to sing, this event will provide a safe, encouraging and fun environment where they will not only be sharing the common love – music, but they will be making new friends and learning new skills as well,” Lopes said. He continued, “Many students who are currently involved in a choral program but has been in the past or just love to sing, can come freely, with no strings attached and experience a fun day of singing while new making friends.”

This one day event will culminate with a free concert at the Decker Auditorium featuring 3 (three) different ensembles (5/6, 7/8 and 9/12 grades) plus our artist in residence – VOX INFINITUS

Registration is still open and spots are open for singers grades 5-6, 7-8, 9-12 and beyond!

For registration visit: http://www.iowacentral.edu/realmensing/ or just email Will Lopes at lopes@iowacentral.edu.


Karlee IhdeSeptember 10, 2019
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Every year, the Focus International Team “focuses” on a different country to share information with everyone. For the 2019-2020 school year, the focus is Spain. Each year, multiple events are held for students to enjoy, including the Festival of Nations and the Afro-Latino Festival. The Festival of Nations has been held every spring for the past 30 years while the Afro-Latino Festival is a new event this year.

The Focus International team encourages Iowa Central students and employees to check out the Afro Latino Festival on Tuesday, September 24th from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.! This event is free and located in the Student Resource Center. Entertainment and food are provided.

This is the first year for this event at Iowa Central. “This festival offers the students from my Spanish classes and the high schools to do research about a Latin American Country and share that information with other students on campus. Also, this festival helps the students to avoid any stereotypes they have about the Latino Community,” says Andrea Estling, founder of the Afro-Latino Festival.

Event-goers can expect to see displays prepared by Spanish language students. There will also be information about the college’s student travel trip to Spain next summer and more!

Also, put the Festival of Nations in your calendar also! It is happening on April 5th, 2020.

If you would like to know more information about the Focus International team, feel free to contact Michelle Ramthun at ramthun@iowacentral.edu.



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