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SGA. Advisor and Student Life Director, Amy Rosdil, shares a retrospect of SGA’s team and progress.
Get ready for ﬁnals! Learn more about some resources that can help you prepare for ﬁnal exams and projects.
Concerts galore. Check out these concert reviews. You may just want to attend the artists’ next shows.
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Spring Fling 2012 takes FRCC on a “Tour of Italy” Spring Fling. Benjamin Allen Staff Writer
n Wed., April 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Spring Fling hosted inside of the Rotunda held not only interactive events, but also delicious catering for students. The theme of this Student Life event was “Tour of Italy,” reflected in the tricolor decorations that adorned not only the Rotunda and Rocky Mountain room, but also hinting to the event around campus. The Rocky Mountain room made space for additional seating and a dance floor. The largest feature to the event was the inflatable arena designed for student duels and bungee runs. Wandering amidst the crowd, a Frank Sinatra impersonator was the most intriguing of the entertainment. Rather than standing up on stage, this entertainer sang Sinatra classics through a wireless microphone while interacting closely with the crowd. Dressed convincingly as a member of the “rat pack,” he provided the vocals
TOP: A caricature artist draws funny cartoons fo students involved in the event. TOP RIGHT: Frank Sinatra impersonator, Derek Evilsizor, jokes around in the prop gondola. Photos by Kathleen Timbol
to tunes encouraging students onto the dance floor. The other activities included an artist drawing caricatures, a “Leaning Tower of Pisa” box-stacking game, and backdrops that provided pleasant photo opportunities. The inflatable duel arena seemed to be a popular activity. “I enjoyed the physical things,” Bruce Lui, Engineering major, said about the arena. The event was catered by Fazo-
li’s Italian Restaurant. Several types of pasta and of course breadsticks were served alongside Italian soda. Jeremy Eicher, Criminal Justice major, related that while he did not know of the event in advance, he was glad for the “good food” and the entertainment. Though business slowed down slightly for the Bistro Café, employee and student Tony Spann, Hospitality major, was fine with a little bit of a break and even
battled in the inflatable arena during his break. Towards the end of the event, the school mascot—Apollo the Wolf— entered the arena to battle against a gladiator before the majority of the crowd left. After a few rounds were encouraged by spectators’ cheers and photography, the catering line finished and the Spring Fling ended.
RIGHT: Volunteers serve pasta and salads to students and other attendees. Photo by Kathleen Timbol
Health Fair. Mark these important Health Fair brings new opportunities dates onto your calendars! Vina Sitthisay Lizz Mullis Staff Photojournalist
Registration for Fall Semester opens
someone to buy the book. Textbook buyback exchanges books for reasonable prices—close to the original price—assuming they are in good condition.
Fall semester registration is quickly approaching, so make sure to be signed up early to get the best selection of classes. There are new classes being offered, which will be in high demand, so register first.
Join students in relieving stress. On May 1, there is a finals breakfast from 10-11 a.m. in the cafeteria; on May 2, Student Life is offering banana splits at 1 p.m.; and, on May 3, five-minute massages will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Graphic Arts students show off some of their best work in the Rocky Mountain room from 5-7:30 p.m. During this night of film and animation, support fellow student as they exhibit their final projects.
Stress Relief Week
May 4th, 7th, & 8th: Textbook Buyback
Sell old or unneeded textbooks back to the bookstore as an alternative to selling them online or finding
Last Day of Spring Semester Finals are over, the semester officially ends, and two and a half weeks of glorious summer vacation begins.
Student Video Expo
Summer Classes Begin Summer classes are a great way to earn extra credits or take an interesting elective. Classes start on May 29 and last ten weeks.
Most students who walk the halls of FRCC’s Westminster campus have an educational goal. For many, they plan to transfer to a four-year institution or enter a vocational career. For those students interested in working in the medical field, FRCC held a Health Fair in the main hallways of Level C. The fair provided students hoping to transfer into medical programs a chance to look at their options. Tables of professionals lined the halls all with pamphlets and promotional swag. Each represented different institutions that have health programs, such as Institute of Taoist Education and Acupuncture (ITEA), Webster University, University of Colorado Denver (UCD), Colorado State University (CSU), and University of Northern Colorado (UNC). Employers seeking potential employees met with students working to finish prerequisites and aiming their goal at a vocational career. Those programs include in-class content as well as hands-on practice. Denver Health and Hospital were represented as well as EMT programs. Each table employed a knowledgeable team of representatives answering students’ question, such as what are the prerequisites for this program and how long will this program take to complete? A lot
Students receive help from University representatives on transfering into medical programs. Photo by Vina Sitthisay
of the information was provided in pamphlets, but representatives were available to offer more personalized answers. The FRCC Health Fair provided students with the opportunity to see where their coursework can take them.
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A look back at Student Government SGA. Advisor and Student Life Director, Amy Rosdil, shares a restrospect of SGA’s team and progress. Amy Rosdil Newspaper Advisor Director of Student Life
his year has been an outstanding year for the Student Government Association at the Westminster Campus. This team of amazing students and developing leaders has worked hard to serve you, the student body, through a variety of tasks and goals established last semester.
Seven members strong, with Laura Rutz and Amber Hilmas leading the helm, SGA has done the following this academic year (not a complete list):
Student Life departments to bring an espresso machine to the cafeteria, providing wellpriced coffee drinks for the FRCC Community.
• Hosted a health fair for students in the Student Life Hallway.
• Planned and executed the annual Spring Fling event with an Italian theme! • Supported the active clubs on campus, specifically assisting the new Hockey Club on campus achieve their goal of paying going to the national championship in Utah.
• Built a partnership with 9 News to host a sponsored Health Fair next fall • Donated over 2000 books to a local metro-area elementary school, collected through an on campus book drive. The FRCC WC SGA collected the most books, earning a $300 prize from the Colorado Community College System – which they donated to the Rose Hill Elementary school they volunteered at during a leadership conference in October. • Worked with the Auxiliary Business Services and
• Developed better communication and partnerships with administrators on the FRCC WC Campus. When asked about her year in SGA, Laura Rutz, our current SGA President and candidate for 2012-2013 SGA President says, “SGA has focused on listening to the interests of the students. We have worked hard to find ways to provide more opportunities for
students to be successful during their time at FRCC. Whether it be supporting clubs and organizations, providing opportunities for health services, or increasing amenities requested by students, SGA plans to continue its representation of the student voice.” In addition, Daniel Bunt, Representative and candidate for 2012-2013 SGA Secretary says, “I have worked with student governments at other schools and I am impressed at the teamwork and motivation of our FRCC team.” As the advisor for the WC SGA, it has been a pleasure to work with this group of leaders. Their goal to truly represent the student voice has helped them be successful working together as a team, and I am excited to see how the groundwork they have laid this year will continue in to the next academic year. The voting ballot for next year was full, and we anticipate more great things to come from this group of students.
Students and faculty compete for a new STRONG title Students compete at FRCC’s “strongest” competition. Philip Pohlman Staff Writer On April 17 and 18 between 2-3 p.m., FRCC’s strongest gathered in the Fitness Center to put their strength to the test through arm curls, dead lifts, and bench presses. “The competitors were very good. I was surprised to see some of the strengths coming in,” praises Mark Eller, the director of the Physical Education Program and coordinator of the event. Fourteen lifters participated in the competition, all of whom were supportive of each other and would applaud after each lift. One of these competitors was Matthew Wilson, a FRCC Economics faculty member. “I liked the way it was judged. They required a really strict form to keep the lifts safe,” expresses Wilson. Throughout the competition, Eller barked out commands such as “Lift” or “Lock”
Chris Lowe tests his strength at the competition. Curling a lot of weight takes hard work and a lot of muscle. Photo by Lizz Mullis
as he judged to make sure each lift was completed successfully and qualified. Some of the lifts were disqualified for either lowering the weights too quickly, or for completing the lift with incorrect form. One of these lifts was a 460-pound dead lift by David Carr, an Associate of Science major, which would have been the largest lift of the day,
but was disqualified for lowering too quickly. “The competition was a little more strenuous than I had figured. We had some light weight guys come in and do some decent lifts for their weights,” says Carr. The competition was based on how much the competitors could lift divided by his body weight. Even though Wilson lifted the
largest dead-lift weight, a lighter competitor could beat him with a smaller lift. “I would like to continue running this event, and hopefully we could get more interest and participation, so that we could have a bigger event,” states Eller. Eller hopes to schedule another competition with officials and more free-weight categories.
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Modiﬁcation or mutilation? Active Minds discusses the human body and the choices made that affect it. Vina Sitthisay Staff Writer On Wed., April 18, Active Minds held a round-table discussion about piercings and tattoos. Although society is more accepting of body modification, there are still those who ask if this modification is is actually mutilation. Have some people taken it too far? In modern day society, body art is not as taboo as it once was. In fact, it was discussed that maybe these body markings define the generation, and people are inclined to feel more accepted if they are tattooed or pierced. Many people at the conference were open minded about body art, most had tattoos or piercings themselves. During the course of the discussion, people shared stories about their body modifications, explaining the significance it has to them. Active Minds held the talk in the hopes of connecting people, and inspiring compassions towards those who are different. “Active Minds was created by a woman whose brother had mental illness, and killed himself. She started Active Minds was started for students to feel comfortable talking about and being who they are” Explained Jessica Mahoney, Psychology Professor and Faculty Advisor for Active Minds. By trying to connect those that may look a little different, Active Minds tries to incorporate all students feelings into an overall atmosphere of compassion and comfort. To join Active Minds, simply visit Student Life for further details about when meetings are held. If there is someone that may need mental health information or a place to seek support then Active Minds is the perfect place to do so. For more information on Active Minds or information about seeking help for a possible mental disability, visit their website at www.activeminds.org.
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Free academic services offered Rachel Bailey Staff Writer
FRCC is dedicated to studentâ€™s success throughout each semester, especially during finals. To ensure the most possible success during final exams and academic papers, keep these helpful resources in mind. Writing and Academic Skills Center: Located in B1051, instructors are available to answer any questions regarding academic writing and help students become better writers. The Writing Center is open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. For the shortest wait and most instructors available, students are encouraged to visit between the hours of 9.a.m. and 2p.m, Monday through Thursday. The Math Lab: Located next to the Writing Center in B0854, students taking any level of math can drop in the Math Lab, no appointment necessary, to seek help from instructors. Computers and printers are also available for use. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 9a.m. to 7p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Stress Relief Week: Student Life hosts three days dedicated to reducing stress for students during finals week. May 1-3 includes a free breakfast, banana splits, and five-minute massages. Relieving stress can be very beneficial in achieving success. Other services, such as the Testing Center and tutoring, are also available to students. For more information, visit www.frontrange.edu or call 303-404-5000.
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The Front Page Newspaper is now hiring editors for the 2012 Fall Semester! If you know how to use Adobe InDesign or have past leadership experience in a news team, pick up an application in Student Life or room S0104 ASAP.
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Mustard Plug performs live at the Gothic A popular ska band puts on a show and entertains Denver crowd. Benjamin Allen Staff Writer
ka band, Mustard Plug, made their latest stop to Denver on Fri., April 13. This six-piece group from Grand Rapids, MI, includes a standard rock-and-roll lineup of guitar, vocal, bass and drums, but also employs a trumpet and a trombone player to play out the melodies of their songs. The band headlined the Gothic Theatre with Greeley’s Skaskank Redemption, The A-Oks, The Potato Pirates, and Wilmington’s Left Alone as the opening acts. Mustard Plug was formed in 1991 by a group of friends who all enjoyed ska music and beer. The band has undergone quite a few lineup changes in the early years, having originally included eight musicians, but has settled on this reliable combination since 1996. The band’s rhythm-heavy music is one of the easiest types of music to dance along with. Having seen the band before on a previous tour, I can say that Mustard Plug gives their best performance and has the most energy when they are headlining. As for the band’s somewhat strange name, a previous band member has said the name comes from the crust that forms on a bottle of mustard after repeated use. Most likely, they thought the name would be just enough off-kilter to grab the attention of those who don’t know about them.
Photo courtesy of www.mustardplug.com
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Rock ballet: a show for all ages Performing Arts. Ballet Nouveau Company closes out the 10th Season. Rachel Bailey Staff Writer Three nightly performances were once again a hit as the Ballet Nouveau Company (BNC) featured the return of Garret Ammon’s Rock Ballet. The show, which was held at the Performing Arts Complex at Pinnacle Charter School in Denver, fea-
tured music by Queen, David Bowie, and INXS. The Rock Ballet closed BNC’s tenth season, ushering in the beginning of both their 11th season and their 20-year company anniversary. The show was both breathtaking and exciting, and it defied the audience’s expectations of a typical ballet. The upbeat music and unique choreography made the show come to life in ways not often seen. All the dancers were without the usual hardtoed ballet shoes and a tutu was never seen on stage. The dancers instead wore outfits more commonly seen outside the theatre, which must have been harder to perform in; however, they performed marvelously and showed
Dub Step music hypes crowd Vina Sitthisay Staff Writer Hordes of sweaty bodies worked up by the opening act rhythmically chanted “Teeth!” as stage techs unveiled Feed Me’s setup. Curtains came down to reveal Feed Me’s signature sinister smile in gigantic LED light-infused form. The house lights dimmed and a hushed tone fell over the crowd. Slowly, industrial sounds and synthetic beats began to build melodies, and then BOOM. The bass hit the audience like a train, rumbling through the room, overloading everyone’s senses. An enormous strobe-lit grin glared at the patrons as the intensifying flashes and building beats beckoned screams from the vibrating audience. Along with the hard bass lines that dubstep music is known for, Feed Me incorporates a soothing quality in his music. Although it would seem counterintuitive to connect “soothing” and “dubstep,” Feed Me does this by combining airy synthesizing and haunting vocals in songs like CloudBurn, Embers, and Blood Red. This combination gives a feeling of weightless suspension, as the smooth
The crowd erupts at Feed Me’s performance. Photo by Vina Sitthisay
vocals caress the venue like a cool breeze. This is not to say that Feed Me’s music is mushy or soft, but that the occasional lighter moment comes more like a hint of some exotic flavor in a common dish. Feed Me’s style is mischievous. His light-fingered beat mechanics are playful, teasing the senses. The mischievous nature of his music is also heard in the texture of his songs. They are thick and emphasis is always on a different layer, making some of the songs lively. These layers consist of many different synthetic sounds, sample sections, and industrial sounds. However, unlike other DJs, Feed Me does not overuse industrial sounds, because with the use of these sounds there is a fine line between noise and music. Good examples of this balance are Grand Theft Ecstasy and Muscle Rollers. Panting could be heard as the melodic synthesizing deepened, syncopated rhythms built, and anticipation swelled for the electronic climax: the drop. The bass pounded as the venue erupted, as everyone danced harder and screamed louder. Feed Me’s overall performance was phenomenal, and left the audience satisfied, yet still wanting more. The music stopped and Feed Me took the microphone, and sent some of the love he had been receiving back to the audience, thanking the fans. “I love you Denver!” exclaimed the DJ. The lights turned off and the crowd chanted “Feed Me!” enthusiastically. The sinister neon grin reappeared and everyone screamed even louder as he played through two encores, breaking Denver’s curfew policy to deliver one last beat drop.
no sign of any hindrance. The dancers expressed genuine love and passion through their dancing, leaving the audience wondering if they had needed to rehearse at all. Meredith Strathmeyer and Brandon Freeman danced together beautifully, with much grace and elegance, to five songs by Queen, including Bohemian Rhapsody and We Are The Champions. The show’s style of dancing and genre of music brought in an audience of all ages, proving that ballets are not simply for the older generations. As the BNC moves into their 11th season and into warmer months, many new performances are expected, all of which will be held outdoors.
Colby Foss in his performance in the Rock Ballet. Photo courtesy of BNC Rock Ballet.
For more information about performances, or to learn about the ballet school at BNC, visit their website at www.bncdance.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (303)466-5685.
Sold out show wins Colorado audiences Lizz Mullis Staff Photojournalist Macklemore is the kind of artist that schedules a few random concerts when he’s not on tour, and his shows still sell out. Macklemore and his producer, Ryan Lewis, are an unsigned, Seattle-based, rap/hip-hop duo that knows how to give a worthy concert. The duo was in Colorado for three consecutive nights, April 10-12, on a spontaneous side trip. As usual, all three of these shows sold out. Colorado loves Macklemore, and during one of the shows that I attended, he too made it clear that Macklemore loves Colorado. Every movement Macklemore made, the crowd moved with him; every word of the songs he sang, the crowd screamed with him in unison. This rapper’s career started out small and unnoticed, but he
was never without commendable skill. He went through a period of heavy drug use and overcame it. His songs now reflect that struggle with keen intellect, producing an encouraging anthem for the world we live in. Macklemore is gaining more and more notoriety every day, as more fans fall in love and more critics start to notice his work. He was just published in XXL Magazine’s annual “Freshman Class of 2012” issue, and has been accredited as a rising star elsewhere. His dedication and humble awe for his rising stardom is evident in his deliverance of his work. The concert at the Fox Theater gave me newfound respect for Macklemore and his producer; his performance was stunning, and producer Ryan Lewis creates a unique sound that mixes perfectly with Macklemore’s unique lyrics. Passionate Macklemore belts out his lyrics. Photo by Lizz Mullis
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OPINION: For Christ’s sake! THE FRONT PAGE A look at real Christianity from my personal perspective. Noah Karp Copy Editor Three years ago, I made a choice that baffled just about everybody who had ever known me. That is, I converted to Christianity and was baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. I am still Christian today; in fact, I am currently more of a Christian than I have ever been. This choice has brought me a great deal of opposition and ridicule, especially from people who knew me before I made that change. In my experience, people who have not read the Bible are the ones who argue the most against it. This sad fact demonstrates two things: that many unbelievers are judging something they don’t actually know about, and also that many “believers” are misrepresenting the message. First of all, the message of Jesus Christ is that we can have and express perfect love. Not just good enough, or great, or really cool, but
perfect. So perfect that those who believe in it will not only be filled with peace and joy, but they will also radiate it. Love will overflow from them, in word and in action. Christ gave his life to pronounce that love is all that matters in this world, and he asks everyone to give up the burdens of guilt, shame, fear, pride and anger—because all these things cannot exist within true love. Many people want to believe in something this beautiful. However, not many of them believe that it exists in Christianity, because they see Christians as being self-righteous, hypocritical, fake, judgmental, or narrow-minded people! While this is not true of all Christians, it is true of many. In the Bible, the apostle Paul chastises “false” Christians, saying that anyone who doesn’t do as they preach is the very reason that people are allowed to despise God and Christ (Galatians 2:21-24). My reason for bringing this up is that if you want the truth, the Bible is always there, always ready to be looked at. You are free to judge for yourself. If you’re mad at Christianity because of what you’ve heard or seen from Christians, you may be totally right. Just as many businesses, or politicians, or institutions are not as “good” as they claim to be, not all
Christians are actually living out of Christ, as they claim. Sadly, many just follow their own desires and paste the name of Christ over them. Some of us are sick of our lives. We see the same things happening over and over again, and we have no idea how to stop the cycle. We do and say hurtful things to ourselves, things that we would never do or say to another person. We live each day “just trying to get by,” as if all that matters in life is surviving one day and getting on to the next. But there is a promise of absolute happiness, for anyone who truly wants it. A promise that we can be freed from our past and our pains, that we can walk forward from this very moment as new people; a promise that we will find a fountain of love in this life, and will not need or want anything else. This promise has saved everyone who has ever truly bet their life on it, who has ever been willing to give everything for love. I don’t expect everyone to believe this, because I’m not the answer. However, if you’re curious, you can always check it out with groups on campus like Cross Impact Campus Ministries or the Bible Club. And the “Word” itself is always around, to be found by anyone who needs it.
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.
Editor-in-Chief Kathleen Timbol Associate Editor Curtis Halley Copy Editor Helen Satchwell Noah Karp
Staff Philip Pohlman, Writer Vina Sitthisay, Writer Rachel Bailey, Writer Benjamin Allen, Writer Lizz Mullis, Photojournalist
Newspaper Advisors Amy Rosdil Jason Wright
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