Students performed during the fourth annual CyFactor talent show at the Alumni Center Tuesday night. Photos by Ashley Siegner

As new diets and fitness plans surface, students are taking the initiative to reform old habits, but finding the time and energy for diet and exercise can be a barrier when striving to start a healthy lifestyle.

As another school year approaches, Netflix continues to add new titles and seasons to pre-existing shows. The streaming platform regularly adds new titles throughout each month, and August packs some pretty exciting films and shows. In the midst of moving in, buying textbooks and going to those first few days of class, here are a few titles to look out for on Netflix to take a break from it all.

Darian Everding had just began working at the London Underground when a family of six walked in and sat down at her bar for a celebration. The oldest had just graduated from Iowa State. Everding served and got into some interesting conversations with the family before they left the bar.

Moving into a new apartment can be challenging with all the fees and transportation — especially transforming that space into an area that feels like home. Here are some tips to consider when you're ready to start decorating. 

There are many things a person can do in their free time. You can see a movie, go on a hike or play video games. All of these are great, but one activity stands out as one of the most gratifying, time-consuming and fun: learning to play an instrument. 

July is set to be an exciting month for additional television shows and movies being added to the streaming giant’s lineup. After 11 days, Netflix has already released classics such as “Caddyshack,” “Taxi Driver” and “Rain Man” along with new-age shows that have been eagerly awaited such as “Stranger Things” season three.

The 80/35 Music Festival, held in Des Moines’ Western Gateway Park, returns for its eleventh year this weekend. The festival has been a key event in Des Moines’ summer schedule since 2008.

For those who are considering their next tattoo or first one, you may have a lot of questions. Caity Weeces has worked at Heroic Ink for eight years, five of them as a tattoo artist, and has some tips to consider when you are ready for your next tattoo. 

In this week’s installment of “Cheap Eats,” I will walk you through how to make delicious and easy-to-make imitation crab quesadillas. Perfect for when you’re in a time-crunch, this recipe adds a little seafood flair to a classic quick meal. The ingredients for this meal cost under $10 and will make multiple meals. All prices are approximate and prices vary by store and location. 

The ultra-fast rise of Atlanta rapper Lil Nas X has shown no signs of slowing down as we begin a new month. The artist, best known for his omnipresent single “Old Town Road” and its subsequent remix featuring Bill Ray Cyrus, came out as gay Sunday, revealing to his Twitter followers various hints he had placed in music videos, lyrics and album covers along his rapid rise to fame.

This week’s installment of “Cheap Eats” comes in the form of a tasty lunch/dinner that is not only easy to make but also healthy and delicious. With the ingredients provided, it is possible to make up to six meals of equal portions, all for under $10. All prices are approximate and vary by store and location.

As summer break continues and the warm weather seems to be becoming more consistent, many people opt for more outdoor activities. Here are some places and events to consider when planning your next get-together with family or friends.

As the health of the environment declines, organizations around the world try to educate the population about pollinators and their vital role in creating the Earth habitable for all organisms — including humans.

Schofer began her tenure May 31 and previously served as director of neighborhood and public services, at the Brooklyn Public Library in New York with 20 years of experience. Schofer achieved her master’s degree from Kent State University in Library and Information Science and her bachelor’s degree in English and History from St. Ambrose University.

The aroma of fresh coffee beans pours out a single window. A white door hangs wide open, welcoming the next person that takes the six steps down to the Vinyl Cafe. Blake Delaney is sitting on the stool that is typically occupied by a customer chatting him up. A regular named Matt steps inside the basement shop. Delaney sings to the customer and hugs him before taking his reusable cup and making him a pour over coffee. As the caffeinated beverage is dripping, he’s picking on a small plast…

With rain and clouds in the forecast for the next 10 days, enjoying outdoor activities can be a struggle. Don’t let the rain dampen your mood, however. Limelight has the top rainy-day movies to watch on all platforms.

There’s a well-known stereotype that college students are always broke and hungry. Unfortunately, it’s very true for a lot of people, including myself. Every Monday for the rest of the summer, I will provide a recipe that can produce multiple meals for under $10. Vegetarian meals will be included.

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