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NEWS

Campus elections. Student Government Association seeks nominees for upcoming elections.

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LIFE

Gas price hike.

Students give their opinion on this season’s ever rising cost of petroleum.

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ENTERTAINMENT

Rock Ballet. The show uniquely combines rock music and ballet dance into a new art form.

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OPINION

Your opinion. The Front Page has space reserved for your opinion!

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Front Range Community College’s new inline hockey team will go to Nationals. Photo by Lizz Mullis


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NEWS

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April 10, 2012

Federal Financial Aid to enforce new, strict regulations Financial Aid. Financial aid is now tied closely to class completion. Students beware of these significant changes. Vina Sitthisay Staff Writer Recently, there have been changes made in the Federal Department of Education. These changes are going to affect financial aid for students. The Federal Department of Education is becoming stricter on what students owe; this is called Return to Title IV Funding. The federal government is tightening their fist and may be taking money back if students fail to complete their classes. At the beginning of every semester, when a student receives financial aid, it is regarded as an upfront payment of the student’s tuition and educational expenses. The amount of money that each

Financial Aid Office located in the Student Services Center. Photo by Kathleen Timbol

person is allotted depends on how many credit hours that person takes per semester and their previous year’s income. Typically, this money is paid back after graduation; however, students who do not meet what is called Satisfactory Academic Progress

will be forced to pay back part or all of their financial-aid money. The money disbursement is not at random, but calculated on the credit hours a student is taking. If a student withdraws or drops a class, that calculated amount is changed and the “extra” money

for the lost class may need to be paid back within 60 days. The amount of money a person is allotted for school also depends upon their completion rate. Failing classes could result in losing financial aid for the next semester.

Some may be asking, why is the government cracking down on this issue? The obvious answer is that the American budget is being crunched and loose ends must be tied up. The dollar is no longer worth what it used to be and the government cannot give money inattentively. Another reason is that there are people who take advantage of the system, signing up for classes solely for the aid money. All this may feel daunting, but for those who may have failed a class can appeal. Appeals may be granted to students who prove intent to succeed. “[Appeals are] why there is professional judgment that is situational. This way we can look at students on a case to case basis,” said Natascha Ambrose, Assistant Director of Financial-Aid Service. She suggests that if a student is afraid of failing a class, to go to financial aid advisor and they can help guide students through the process. “If there is ever a doubt, if students have any questions, the best thing to do is talk to financial aid,” added Ambrose. Admitting defeat is difficult, but the Financial-Aid Office staff is there to help students.

News Story.

The Fitness Center wants YOU to flex your muscles Student Life and the Fitness Center host the “Strongest Student Competition”. Philip Pohlman Staff Writer

On April 17-18 from 2-3 p.m., the “Strongest Student Competition” will take place in the Fitness Center. The competition is open for all current FRCC Westminster Campus students, with prizes for first, second, and third place in three events. According to Mark Eller, the director of the Physical Education Program, “The contest is based on body weight, so every individual is able to compete at their lev-

el.” Each student will have three chances per event to complete a lift with maximum weight. Scores are determined by the ratio of the maximum lifted weight divided by the competitor’s own body weight, so if a 100-pound athlete lifts a 100-pound weight, then the competitor would receive a 1.0 score. “We want students who have or haven’t been using our center to see what it’s got,” explains Eller. The three categories of lifts are Strict Curl, Bench Press, and Dead Lift. For the Strict Curl, students must start with the two-handed bar resting on their thighs before lifting it to a completed position with the bar near their chins. On the Bench Press, students will start out lying on a flat bench, and then lift the weight until their arms are fully extended. For the Dead Lift, students need to raise the weight from the ground up to a standing position with the weight at thigh level. “In order to prevent injuries, my recommendation is that if you have never done these lifts before, then I recommend that you don’t participate,” advises Eller. On the day of the event, competitors will need to prove that they are current students and will need to fill out paperwork. More information can be found at Student Life, including qualifications and disqualifications for the lifts.

LEFT: Mike McKee works on his strength conditioning TOP: Mike McKee flexes his bicept next to FRCC Fitness Center trainer. Photos by Lizz Mullis


News

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April 10, 2012

FRCC Wolves all set to play at Nationals

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FRCC Hockey. The roller hockey team flew under the radar until recently, but will soon fly to Salt Lake City, Utah to play at Nationals. Vina Sitthisay Staff Writer A little known fact about FRCC is that it is home to the Wolves Hockey Team. Did not know that there was a hockey team on the Westminster Campus? Do not be ashamed, until a few weeks ago no one knew, not even administration. “I think we are the first team since the 80’s,” said Wes Scheaffer, Captain of the Wolves. The new hockey team is the first team to represent FRCC IN decades. Scheaffer and Matt McMillan, Assistant Captain, contacted The National Collegiate Roller Hockey Association (NCRHA), and were recognized as an official team and can play in the NCRHA leagues. The team consists of six team members, including the goalie, meaning that all the players need to be on top of their game. “We wanted to start a hockey team. The first semester it wasn’t official but we played teams like [Colorado State University] CSU, [Denver University] DU, Metropolitan State College of Denver] Metro,” explained Scheaffer. The team captain also boasted about being “too good” for the Junior College League, but the team showed their stuff regardless by beating Division one (D1) and Division two (D2) schools. The Wolves had formed a club and played the games, but had not yet filled out the appropriate paperwork to be an official FRCC club. The Student Life Office at FRCC must approve any group trying to form a club, submitting information like the team roster and players’ class schedules. By the time the hockey team became an official member of the FRCC family, the team had already made it past regionals. The competition took place on Feb. 22 and the Wolves won

FRCC’s hockey team sells baked goods Level C hallway, near Student Life, in order to raise money. (Left to Right) Wesley Schaeffer, Colby Schaeffer, Chris Berning, and Kolya Cote. Photo by Lizz Mullis

the title and the trophy defeating the best teams from Colorado and neighboring states. “I didn’t expect to go to national; we were surprised,” said Scheaffer. The next stop for the FRCC Wolves is the National Championship in Salt Lake City, Utah on April 13-15. The Wolves will be playing five teams in the division from Missouri and California. The road to finals has not been easy or cheap. The team practices every week with games every other weekend, hosting two to three games. To be able to afford the trip to the final playoffs, the team has been holding a series of bake sales in the main hallway on the C-Level on campus. Those who know the hockey team’s story cannot help prideful grins. Support FRCC’s Wolvescheer them on to victory in Salt Lake.

Photo courtesy of www.rmcrha.net


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NEWS

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April 10, 2012

Lower North Fork wildfire: contained Wild Fires.

Fire safety is often a second thought and under-practiced. The most common precautions are often learned during childhood, but need to be reiterated throughout adulthood.

FRCC EMS student and volunteer firefighter provides firsthand accounts of the wildfire.

Fire Investigator, Lindsey Smith of North Metro Fire District, provides the top five fire safety tips to remember:

1) Always call 9-1-1 first. This tip can often be forgotten in a panic situation.

Rachel Bailey Staff Writer

A slurry bomber drops retardant, Tuesday, March 27, 2012, on the Lower North Fork Fire in Jefferson County. Photo courtesy of RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post

On Sun., April 1, the Lower North Fork wildfire was announced as being 100% contained after fire crews had been fighting the blaze for nearly a week. A controlled burn that was not completed extinguished, caused the fire burning over 4,140 acres and 27 homes south of Aspen Park, reports the Denver Post. Around 900 homes were evacuated and another 6,500 were on evacuation stand-by. An estimated 500 firefighters contributed to

the containing the fire, including Vincent Van Binsbergen, volunteer firefighter with Elk Creek Fire Protection District (ECFD) and current FRCC Emergency Medical Service (EMS) student. ECFD is located in the Conifer and Aspen Park area and covers 98 square miles, which included the area of the Lower North Fork wildfire. Van Binsbergen has been volunteering with the ECFD for nearly a year and a half

and loves every minute of it. “The brother and sisters up at ECFD are truly amazing; it is like having a second family,” states Van Binsbergen. The Lower North Fork wildfire is Van Binsbergen’s second that he has fought, after helping in Douglas County just last year. Van Binsbergen worked alongside his crew, patrolling the houses that were being evacuated. “The smoke was heavy at times and very hard to see. As

night started to fall, the fire died down because of weather conditions. During this time, we went to houses that were not yet burned and made sure any hot spots were put out,” Van Binsbergen states. He worked with his crew for 23 hours, continuing to give information on fire conditions, as well as protecting unburned homes. Evacuees were allowed to return home on Mon., April 2, a week after the fire began.

2) Remember PASS when using a fire extinguisher. Pull, Aim, Squeeze, and Sweep. 3) Fight or Flight. Fight the emergency when confident of no self-danger. 4) Always know of at least two exits out of every room. 5) Establish a common meeting location away from the structure in the case of a fire. This could be a mailbox, tree, or a neighbor’s house.


NEWS

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Innovative ideas to be recognized Award Noms.

Nominations for staff or faculty who contributes innovative ideas to be recognized. Rachel Bailey Staff Writer President of Front Range Community College, Andrew Dorsey, recently announced a new award open for nomination, recognizing a faculty or staff member during an award ceremony, held on April 25 at 2:30 p.m. This award is for “faculty or staff members who have helped the college move toward meet-

ing one of our strategic goals through innovation, creativity and new ideas,” states Dorsey. “The innovation need not be big, but it should reflect a willingness to try something new and experiment,” Dorsey adds. The innovative idea or action could range from the creation of an easier process for students to register for classes, to a new faculty training program. “I decided to do this for a few reasons. First, I want to encourage the faculty and staff to try new things that help move us toward achievement of our strategic priorities, and I want to reward and honor faculty and staff who take risks. Second, I wanted to strengthen our culture to support more innovation – just as we have outlined in our fourth strategic priority. Finally, I want FRCC to become a benchmark

that other colleges emulate. The way to get there is not by doing just what we have always done, but by trying new ideas,” states Dorsey. The five strategic priorities, some of which previously mentioned, are student success, opportunities for diverse learners and communities, strong partnership, culture of collaboration, innovation and pride, as well as resource development and sustainability. These priorities are all part of a larger picture: the FRCC Vision 2015. This vision includes the commitments and core values of the college. Some of these priorities are being put into action and can be seen around campus now, including the relocation of math faculty offices and classrooms on level B where Advising and Tutoring was previously located.

FRCC on the Web.

The goal of this award is to “reinforce and encourage staff developing new ideas,” Dorsey explains. He aims to communicate to staff and faculty that FRCC values creativity and innovation because it “ultimately has a positive impact on meeting our strategic priorities.” As the first year the award will be granted, Dorsey will likely try to honor one or more people who have sustained innovation over a few years. All staff, faculty, and students are eligible and encouraged to nominate staff or faculty who meets the qualifications. Nominations can either be e-mailed to Kim Stefanski, President’s Assistant, or President Andrew Dorsey. A hard copy nomination can also be given directly to Stefanski. An unlimited amount of nominations can be submitted before April 5.

“Ask FRCC” - the “Next Generation” web tool The new Intelliresponse systemeases online answer seeking process. Rachel Bailey Staff Writer

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n summer 2011, a committee was formed by Kris Binard, which researched better ways support can be provided to students 24-hours a day, seven days a week, and which is also cost ef-

FRCC announces the launch of Ask FRCC, a next generation Question & Answer platform for our website that goes far beyond the capabilities of any FAQ or site search tool.

Photos courtesy of www.frontrange.edu

fective. The committee soon realized that the best solution for the issue was Intelliresponse. “Ask FRCC” will provide students, faculty, and staff access to commonly asked questions/answers at any time of day. This system replaced emailing and calling specific people to get answers. The system began with an estimated 300 pregenerated questions that can be searched for and easier to generate results. The Call Center and Informa-

tion Desk staff recently tested Intelliresponse in order to generate the top-ten questions asked by students, both in person and over the phone. “Intelliresponse said it was one of the best testing sessions they have ever had. There were over 1000 questions asked during testing,” states Valerie Kisiel, 24/7 e-mail AdvisorBanner Recovery Specialist and Intelliresponse System Manager. The new “Ask FRCC” system is currently available on the FrontRange.edu webpage.

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Student Government elections underway SGA. The deadline to enter election race is quickly approaching. Rachel Bailey Staff Writer Each semester, the Student Government Association (SGA) has the privilege of electing new candidates who have a desire to make changes on their school campus. SGA members meet weekly to discuss important topics that shape their education, such as policies, procedures, and student rights. The SGA is a part of a statewide network dedicated to building better student governments. Members of the SGA learn valuable skills that can equip them for future careers and while furthering their education. Just recently, the SGA worked out a compromise with the cafeteria to put in a new coffee machine. This achievement took months of meetings and planning, accomplishing a goal equally benefiting both students and the cafeteria. Students who are interested in applying for a SGA position can pick up an –intent-to run form, located at the Student Life Office. The deadline to apply is Fri., April 13, which is quickly approaching. “All candidates must successfully complete one semester as a representative before running for an officer position,” states Laura Rutz, SGA President. For more information, please contact Student Life or drop by the SGA office, located in the main hallway.


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NEWS

April 10, 2012

APRIL CONCERT CALENDAR Spring has arrived! Celebrate the season change by going to a show!

Micky & The Motorcars

Death Cab for Cutie April 10, 2012 1st Bank Center Alternative rock

Feed Me

April 20, 2012 Grizzly Rose Alternative country

Levitate Festival

April 11, 2012 Ogden Theater Dubstep DJ

April 20, 2012 1st Bank Center Electronic music

Snow Patrol

Tyga April 17, 2012 Ogden Theater American rapper

April 27, 2012 Fillmore Auditorium Alternative rock

Photo courtesy of www.hoo-la.com


LIFE

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Happening at upcoming Spring Fling Student Life. A preview of the upcoming Tour of Italy-themed Spring Fling. Rachel Bailey Staff Writer FRCC’s Spring Fling will be held on Wed, April 18 in the cafeteria rotunda. This year is unique, featuring a Tour of Italy theme, which will include food consisting of Italian pasta, sauce, and meats. In addition, games will be set up outside Entrance 3 (weather permitting) including bocce ball, a Mona Lisa photo and painter ops, and a gladiator arena. The Student Government Association (SGA) has planned a variety of decorations that are expected to make the theme of the event come alive. FRCC has the pleasure of featuring special guest, a Frank Sinatra impersonator, Derek Evilsizor, to entertain during the event. Evilsizor has been impersonating Sinatra for more than ten years and has traveled many places, including California, Kentucky, Kansas, Hawaii, and Mexico. Evilsizor began his own karaoke business after years of working many other professions, which is where he began singing for small live audiences and since made it his career. “I found a CD with my picture on the back of it. I bought it so I could joke around with my friends and tell them “‘Hey, look at this great CD I just made,’” states Evilsizor, “The CD was Frank Sinatra; the first one I’d ever owned. I accidentally learned all of the songs and couldn’t stop singing them at work as I fixed copy machines.” After leaving his job, he spent his last paycheck on sound equipment and utilized a karaoke machine he won through a prior singing competition. His first job at a karaoke jockey led him to a wine bar where he “was asked to come back the following week, then Saturdays, then other restaurants and bars, then Private parties and Viola,” Evilsizor explains. His initial investment—alone with a $200 suit—was all he needed to get his career jump-started. Evilsizor looks forward to singing at FRCC for the first time and plans on singing “until I poop out or they kick me out,” states Evilsizor.

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SGA represented in Washington D.C. Student Gov. Voice for students regarding financial-aid changes. Rachel Bailey Staff Writer

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he National Student Advocacy & Leadership Conference was held in Washington D.C., March 16-19, for Student Government Association (SGA) and other representatives from all around Colorado. Laura Rutz, FRCC Student Government President, traveled with Erin Hoag, Assistant Provost for Student Affairs and Institutional Research for the Community

Photo courtesy of www.lovetoeatandtravel.com

College System Office, and Joe Heimer, President of Red Rocks Student Government to represent students regarding changes to Federal Student Aid. “The contribution of Front Range Community College at the American Student Association of Community Colleges (ASACC)

National Student Advocacy Conference was important for the students at their college,” said Phil Clegg, Executive Director of ASACC. “With interest rates on student loans scheduled to double July 1, 2012, student leaders must take a stand with their elected leaders and speak for their constituents.” Topics such as Student Loan Interest Rates and sustaining and increasing Pell Grants were discussed. Workshops and meetings during the conference were engineered to train and enable students to conduct meetings with Congress and other government offices. Ralph Nader addressed the conference, representing one of America’s leading consumer advocates. He spoke about the importance of teaching citizenship to students on community college campuses across the nation. He also encouraged stu-

dents to get involved in political processes, as well as work and volunteer to improve the country with others. Rutz and her group were able to meet with Colorado Senator, Michael Bennett, as well as Jared Polis’s representatives. The ASACC conducts a conference in Washington D.C. every year, which focuses on topics, including leadership and citizenship. The conferences encourage students to engage in their communities and become engaging citizens. “Be strategic when planning classes and ration of financial aid. The cutbacks that are being proposed could affect everyone in a very difficult way. Meet with advisors regularly,” Rutz emphasizes, to remain on the “appropriate track towards completing [the] program of choice in a timely manner.”

Spring Cleaning.

It’s that time again: Spring cleaning Clear the clutter and renew like the Spring season. Vina Sitthisay Staff Writer

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espite what the crazy weather in Colorado may imply, spring has sprung, and it is time for that yearly ritual of spring-cleaning. What better time to clear out the clutter and start fresh than when the earth starts fresh with life abundance. Here are some ideas that may make what seems to be tedious chores, feel more rewarding.

Photo courtesy of www.livelighter.org

Closet: Without a doubt, the closet can be the messiest part of most people’s homes. The best place to start is by emptying out the beastly mess. This way everything can get a good looking over. There are often articles of clothing get lost in the back where it is hard to see. Some of these hidden wonders are gems, while others are hidden for a reason. Clothes should then be separated into four piles: clothes to donate, clothes to keep, clothes to hand-down to someone you know, and clothes to consign. Consignment stores, such as Buffalo Exchange or Plato’s Closet, will pay cash for gently used clothing. Remember only clothing that still remains infashion can be

sold. The clothes that make it in the keep pile must be put back into the closet and organized thoroughly.

Kitchen: Spring-cleaning can also become spring re-designing! The kitchen is a part of the house that has high traffic, renovating every now and again may not be a bad idea. The first step in kitchen overhaul is to empty it out, this is not to say empty all the drawers and cupboards, but simply to take everything off the walls and any open surface. Because food preparation happens in this room, the next and most important step is to sanitize all surfaces. While in sanitizing mode, it would be a good idea to tackle the fridge. Throw away anything that has been in the fridge past the expiration date, sanitize, and restock. Now return any necessary appliances i.e. toaster oven, blender. Now comes the fun part. Choose a color scheme or an item or picture that the kitchen’s de-

sign will revolve around, then troll the stores for other items and pieces of home décor that match. In some cases, not much change is needed, but two or three matching pieces could really bring a room together. Good places to shop include Hobby Lobby, thrift stores, or dollar stores.

Study space: Where ever it may be, there must be a space for studying and school work. This can be any room in the house, depending on each person’s preference and study habits. Although the area may vary, there are certain things about this space that is the same for everyone: it should be free of clutter. Whatever room it is, make sure it is tidy and organized, leaving less room for distractions. Keep the area clear, giving plenty of surface area for writing, reading, or typing. It is also important to keep this area (desk, coffee table, floor etc) consistent. Keeping study habits consistent makes it easier to keep track of class work and assignments. By maintaining study habits, grades can be improved, which is a reward in itself. Decorate the study area with stimulating colors, boosting the brain during study time.


LIFE

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April 10, 2012

Eggs, bunnies and Jesus? Easter.

How does the resurrection of Christ correlate to bunnies and candy?

You already know that, but what is causing the price hike?

Vina Sitthisay Staff Writer

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long with pastel colors, flowers and baby animals, spring also brings an annual religious holiday: Easter. For many Christians, this holiday means the anniversary of the resurrection of Jesus Christ after he was crucified on the hill of Golgotha. Easter Sunday is a wide spread church event when a special Easter services are held in remembrance of Christ’s resurrection. However, there is a more widely celebrated secular version of this holiday with bunnies and candy. FRCC celebrated the mainstream version of the holiday by having a Golden Easter Egg Hunt. Early in the morning, Student Life hid a large number of Easter eggs filled with treats throughout the Westminster

Philip Pohlman Staff Writer

Photo by Vina Sitthisay

Campus on Thurs. April 5. Hidden among the regular colored eggs there were ten golden eggs hidden throughout the campus. The students who found the golden eggs were able to choose from a variety of prizes, including giant Easter eggs filled with candy, plush Easter animals, and other festive treats. All the festivities may leave people asking: how exactly is it that bunnies, colorful candy filled eggs, and Jesus Christ became correlated? Surprisingly,

the connection between Jesus and baskets full of candy birthed from bunnies is: absolutely nothing. According to www.discovery.com, Easter has pagan roots in pre-Christian Germany. The PC parts of the holiday were adapted from these pagan beginnings. The people used to worship and pay homage in the spring to a deity Eostra, the goddess of spring. This is where the name Easter comes from. Her symbol was that of a rabbit. This was because of the rate at which

rabbits breed representing new life. The egg painting and egg hunts, comes from the fact that the egg is also a symbol of fertility. Throughout history a large majority of Europe was converted to Christianity. In the melding of many cultures and beliefs a hodgepodge holiday was formed. The resulting holiday is now one that still represents spring, pays homage to important figures, and feeds massive amounts of sugar to young children.

Gas and Fuel.

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Riding a bike and breaking out the walking shoes. Tips: car pool or ride a horse.

In the past few weeks, gas prices rose by an average of 60 cents across Colorado, much to residents’ dismay. Although future price trends are uncertain, Ayelet Zur-Nayberg, an M.A. in Economics and member of the Economics Faculty at FRCC, offers her opinion on the matter and advice to help students save money. “It is mostly expectations or fears of what is going on in Iran, that is causing the gas prices to rise,” explains Zur-Nayberg. According to Zur-Nayberg, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is concerned that the supply of gas from Iran may decrease in the future because of a potential war with Israel over the nuclear weapons. Since OPEC may no longer be able to buy gas from Iran, a major worldwide supplier of gasoline, the fear of future gas shortage is enough to drive up the gas prices today. “I’m not sure that the gas prices will change much until summer. I think that that these fears are already incorporated into gas prices,” predicts Zur-Nayberg. Future price fluctuations will be determined by decisions made in the Middle East. If war breaks out, then gas prices will rise even higher, but if the conflict is peacefully resolved then the prices will decrease. “I am not sure consumer strikes are going to play a part in the gas market because of its nature, but I do encourage students to utilize our existing resources more efficiently,” advises Zur-Nayberg. One way students can save money on gas is by carpooling, through social networks like goloco.org. Goloco.org uses various social networks to significantly cut the cost of travel by finding friends or other group members that are going to the same destination at the same time.


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Discount tickets at Student Life Student Life offers big deals on entertainment tickets. Philip Pohlman Staff Writer Going to an amusement park can be very costly, but FRCC’s Student Life has a solution that students will find difficult to pass up. Similar to King Soopers, Student Life offers discounted tickets for both movies and amusement parks. “I think these tickets are pretty successful on saving students money,” says Jason Wright, the Student Activities Coordinator of Student Life. Elitch Gardens offers the greatest discounts, including $29 day passes to their theme and water parks, which is about $15 cheaper than gate prices. Also, when groups buy three tickets, they get a fourth for free. Other Elitch Gardens deals include vouchers for $10 meals, $12 parking, and $65 season passes. And that’s not all. AMC Gold and Silver movie tickets are available for $8 and $6.50 respectively, along with $3 small popcorn/ drink tickets. Water World offers day passes for $30 instead of $41, Adventure Golf & Raceway offers 27% off a $22 day pass; both of these can only be bought online at http://www.thecalypsoclub. com with the store name: FRCC. Lastly, $11 Denver Zoo passes are found online at https://tickets. denverzoo.org/signin.aspx with the username: FRCC and password: camel. These tickets are available to anyone, student or not. “We don’t check IDs for selling any of these tickets,” says Wright, “so if [people] know that the tickets are here and they want to buy them, then they can.” Sometimes, although not often, Student Life will temporarily offer tickets to events such as Colorado Rapids soccer games or college ski days. Wright suggests looking out for these tickets by checking bulletin boards or the black “Student Life” info boards above the cash register. “If people want other types of tickets, then they can come by Student Life and let us know,” says Wright. When possible, Student Life will obtain the desired event tickets from entertainment centers, sporting arenas, and concert venues.

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Back by popular demand! Rock Ballet. Show featuring an unlikely blend of Rock music and ballet comes to town. Rachel Bailey Staff Writer One of Colorado’s premier ballet companies, Ballet Nouveau Colorado (BNC), showcases a different type of ballet. Garrett Ammon’s Rock Ballets, a dance production built around classic rock music, is back by popular demand after the production premiered to sold-out audiences in 2008. “During this tenth-anniversary year, we took on new projects that exemplify the kind of innovative, collaborative work that has come to define BNC,” says Garrett Ammon, the Artistic Director at BNC. “We also saw this landmark as an opportunity to revisit existing work that has helped lead us here, so Rock Ballets was an absolute must.” The ballet is composed of

Photo courtesy of Ballet Nouveau Colorado Dance

three works, featuring songs by Queen, INXS, and David Bowie. Ammon finds his primary inspiration in the music before crafting his distinctive choreography in the studio. “I wanted to shake things up and explore new avenues in my choreography,” says Ammon. “The result was not only a triptych of works that would help define BNC’s artistic voice, but also our most requested produc-

tion.” BNC is known for collaborating with other artists and art forms, and this production is no different. The Rock Ballets performances will feature a photography exhibit of classic sixties rock icons, entitled Lisa Law: Flashing on the Sixties, in the theater lobby. This exhibit was made possible with the help of Byers-Evans House Museum. The Rock Ballet is in pro-

duction from April 13-15 at the Performing Arts Complex at Pinnacle Charter School. FRCC is selling discounted tickets to students through Student Life, starting at $15 each. Tickets should be bought as soon as possible, as the show is expected to have another sell-out performance. For more information or to buy tickets at a group rate, visit the BNC website at www.bncdance. com or call (303) 466-5685.

Bible Club.

Free Courageous movie showing Cross Impact Campus Ministries organizes a free showing of the movie “Courageous.”

Photo provided by Student Life

Philip Pohlman Staff Writer On Fri., April 13, the Cross Impact Campus Ministries Club will be showing the movie Courageous in the Rocky Mountain Room for students. At 6:00 p.m. snacks and drinks will be available for anyone who attends, and the movie will start around 6:15 p.m. “The film depicts so much about real-life choices and it impacts all different walks of life,” says Ted Rich, the chaplain for

Cross Impact Campus Ministries. The movie Courageous, produced by Sherwood Pictures, is primarily about four Christian police officers who make a pact to become better men and fathers for their families. The story follows them through difficult situations as they strive to change

their families and their communities. “Our reason for choosing the movie Courageous was mainly the idea that the film hits all aspects of life, from police work to families to the drug culture and even to teenagers,” says Rich. The movie may be inspiring to

those who are thinking of joining the police force. Rich, who is also the chaplain of the Westminster Police Department, will be on campus with other police officers answering questions about law-enforcement programs at Front Range Community College. “Our Campus Ministry Group is open for any students to come that are either searching for faith or have some sort of faith,” explains Rich. Cross Impact Campus Ministries hopes to use the showing to reach out to the FRCC community, providing a comfortable opportunity for students to meet the club members. Although it is a Christian group, there are already students from different religious backgrounds attending the group meetings, and more are welcome.


OPINION

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April 10, 2012

OPINION:

What do you think? The Front Page wants to know

Kathleen Timbol Editor-In-Chief You may be the quiet person who fills your mind with your thoughts. You may be the person who thinks out loud for everyone to hear. Whichever you are, I want you to take advantage of the Front Page Newspaper. We all have opinions. That is why

I am calling you to express yours. If you believe in something, prove it. If you think a change needs to be made, propose and support it. From social and political issues to school affairs, you can write about it. Share your thoughts on almost any topic under the sun. You share things on Facebook like “Getting some Chicken Nuggets,” “Stuck in traffic,” “This show’s hilarious LOL” – and your “friends” actually “like” it. As you see, you already publicly share your thoughts and opinions. Here, you have a chance to express something meaningful and thought-provoking. I guarantee you will get responses, whether readers agree or disagree. The Front Page Newspaper is your outlet to be heard. Hundreds of Front Range Community College students, staff, faculty, and members of the surrounding community will hear your voice… well, in this case, read your writing.

The Front Page Newspaper is also your source to finally have your writing published for different purposes. It could possibly be your brush with fame; everyone has to start somewhere! It also looks great on a resume. Or it could simply allow you to effectively elucidate certain topics you are passionate about. Once your work is published, cut your opinion/editorial out and staple it to your resume, mail it to your proud grandma, or post it up on your wall. You can feel a sense of accomplishment and purpose when you express your opinion and know that people actually read and consider it. You are most likely in college to complete your credits, degree, or classes. Write for the Front Page Newspaper and complete your college experience by being heard. Your opinion counts! Do not let anyone tell you differently. E-mail us at: frontpage@frontrange.edu to inquire about submitting a piece for the Opinion section of the Front Page Newspaper.

THE FRONT PAGE Editor-in-Chief Kathleen Timbol

Writing Staff

Associate Editor Curtis Halley

Philip Pohlman, Writer Vina Sitthisay, Writer Rachel Bailey, Writer Lizz Mullis, Photojournalist

Copy Editors Helen Satchwell Noah Karp

Newspaper Advisors Amy Rosdil Jason Wright

The entire content of The Front Page is copyrighted by the FRCC Board of Publications. No part of the publication may be reproduced without the written permission of the publisher. The staff of The Front Page is encouraged to subscribe to the principles of the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics. Inquiries may be referred to the Office of Human Resources, 3645 W. 112th Avenue, Westminster CO 80031-2199, (303-466-8811); The Director of Affirmative Action for the Colorado College System, 9101 E. Lowry Blvd., Denver CO 80230-6011; or to the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Dept. of Education, 1961 Stout St., Denver CO 80204

OPINION:

It’s about over time!

A comparison of Colorado overtime job standards. Is it fair? Noah Karp Copy Editor

Do any of you readers work jobs with long hours? I sure do.... and I have to say, overtime laws in Colorado are not very employee-friendly. Instead, they are employerfriendly. I guess it wouldn’t be so bad if I grew up here, but I moved here from California, which is the most employee-friendly state in the USA. Let me tell you a bit about overtime laws. In Colorado, workers are entitled

to overtime pay for any work hours over 40 hours a week, or over 12 hours in a single shift. That may sound fair, but how many of us know what it’s like to work a 12hour day? You come home tired, sore, and frazzled... and if you are earning minimum wage, you walk away with about $90, minus taxes. No matter how you feel about the dollar amount on that check, you definitely earned it! Check this out: in California, you are paid overtime for any hours past 40 in a week, or past eight in a day. By California standards, if you work a grueling 12-hour shift, then you receive pay for 14 hours. Not only that, but after 12 consecutive hours, you get paid double time! Are you with me here? That means that for a torturous 16-hour shift, Colorado employers will pay you for 18 hours... whereas California employers will pay you for 22! And what about minimum wage? When I found out that Colorado’s

tipped employees receive a minimum wage of $4.62, I thought somebody was playing a trick on the new guy. Then I checked the books. This makes no sense to me... in California, minimum wage is eight dollars, for everybody. No matter what your job is, you are entitled to at least eight clams an hour for giving up your quality time. $4.62 does not even seem like a real number to me—just like 10 degrees Fahrenheit in Colorado winters is not a real temperature. This may sound unfair, because California has always been the richest state in the union. Of course they can pay you more! However, I must admit that if you want to live in any decent part of California (meaning: by the beach), the cost of living there is even higher than in Boulder. So I guess you really need that extra money! But to all of my fellow 12-hour workers: I salute you, and I’ll be earning flat rate right beside you.

The opinions reflected in The Front Page’s Opinion columns do not necessarily express the views of the newspaper staff or Front Range Community College’s administration.

Correction from previous issue: In the March 27, 2012 issue, the Front Page Newspaper erroneously reported the name of the new college-wide Work Study Coordinator as Jennifer Savre. The name of the new college-wide Work Study Coordinator is Jessie Savre.


TAKE 5

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How to “fix” your car Check out these silly images from the web, but then again the student budget is even tighter with the rising price of fuel. Maybe these car “fixes” aren’t so silly after all.

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ust lift the handle and this rearview mirror can accompany you where ever you go.

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his handle arrangement could also come in handy if you must eat while driving.

Internet Memes of the week

Courtesy of www.brightfutura.tumblr.com

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