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Volume 22, Issue 12


Photos by Curtis Halley (Left to right): A student squeezes a stress ball in order to circulate blood flow in preparation of getting blood drawn at the Bonfils blood drive; Bonfils nurses assist students at last week’s blood drive.

By Vina Sitthisay The process is simple: layback in the reclining seat and stare at the fluorescent lights on the ceiling while professionals in pale-blue scrubs hold shiny needles. This sounds like a starting scene of a suspenseful, sci-fi novel, but instead was the calm setting during the Bonfils Blood Drive in the Rocky Mountain Room at FRCC Westminster Campus, on Tuesday Oct. 18. From donor to recipient, blood donations must undergo a series of steps before blood is viable for transfusion. The first step requires that the donor fill out an application and respond to a questionnaire. The questions are of a personal nature, and it is important to be honest, preventing the potential transfusion of contaminated blood. The next step is the actual drawing of blood. A hypodermic needle

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Find out which ski resorts are now open to skiers and snowboarders.

(hollow on the inside) is connected to a long tube and inserted into the most viable vein. This vein is usually located on the inside of the elbow. “The entire process takes about an hour,” explained Joyce Kissel, Bonfils Blood Center phlebotomist. While the blood is flowing from the heart and through the veins, the needle takes it on a new course down a tube and into a large collection bag. The collection bag contains anti-coagulants which, together with the motion of an agitator, keep the blood from clotting. “One donation can save up to three lives” said Kissel. Considering that one of these collection bags holds about half a liter of blood, the fact that it can save three lives is a surprising and reassuring fact for donors. continued on page 02

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A Spooky Recap of Halloween 2011

What Is “Occupy Denver” All About?

Creative costumes, fun games, and candy galore were all at the Front Range Community College Halloween festivities thanks to Student Life.

From Wall Street, NY to Denver, CO, waves of protestors take over several cities across the nation.

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THE POWER TO CHANGE LIVES continued from page 01 The third step is sending the blood out for testing before it can be transfused. After a full screening, it can be determined what type the blood is, and if the blood can be used in a transfusion. “They run a series of fifteen separate tests on the blood,” explained Joe Ibarra, Bonfils phlebotomist. The screening process includes blood-type testing, and checks for diseases such as HIV, hepatitis, syphilis, and gonorrhea. “Contaminated blood is caged off, and then destroyed in an incinerator,” said Ibarra. These test results are sent to the donor within a week of donation. This report provides the donor with information about his/her blood type and if any illnesses are present. The rarest blood type in the world is AB-, and the most common is O+. “They keep calling me back in because of my blood type,” says

blood, such as AB-/+, can only be collected as plasma, because of the amount of antibodies (Bonfils pamphlet). The second most common blood type is O-, which is called the “universal donor” because it can be transfused to anyone beOne donation can cause it has no antigens and no save up to three antibodies. People that are unilives. versal donors are asked to give whole blood; in other words, all parts of the blood can be used— - Joyce Kissel, Bonfils Blood plasma, platelets, and red blood Center phlebotomist. cells (www.amerianredcross. com). People that are type AB+ are universal receivers because transfusion (Bonfils pamphlet). In some cases, when the blood they have both types of antigens has antibodies, then less of the and no antibodies. blood can be used for certain reHaving Bonfils set up a donation cipients in order to prevent ad- center right on the FRCC camverse side effects such as blood pus, students and faculty found it rejection which can be fatal. This easy and efficient to donate their is because antibodies are meant blood. Every donation can help to attack antigens from other to save several lives. For more in- (Top to bottom): Former FRCC student blood types. For types A-/+ or formation, visit Patricia Malone donating blood; Bonfils B+/-, donors are asked to give Blood Center phlebotomist Joyce Kissel begins the blood drawing process. only plasma or platelets. Rare Patricia Malone, former FRCC student. Malone, along with 37% of the population, has O+ blood meaning that 85% of other bloodtype recipients can receive it in a

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Promoting the Benefits of Community Colleges FRCC students and faculty star in an inspirational video

By Vina Sitthisay On Oct. 24, a kick-off video shown for the Pathways to College and Beyond Summit (held at the Denver Aquarium) included several FRCC students, faculty members, and children from The Children’s Place on campus who volunteered for the positions. The video is a montage that begins with scenes of children playing pretend in their dream jobs. The scene then transfers to adult students learning how to work in those same professions. The video was filmed at FRCC’s Westminster campus on Tuesday Oct. 11. Notably, the video

was produced by Michael Conti, part-time FRCC faculty. “The video shows how children have dreams and ambitions without knowing it and they consider learning fun,” explained Erin Hoag, Assistant Provost for Student Affairs & Institutional Reporting for the Colorado Community College System (CCCS). The child-to-adult transition shows that even in postsecondary education, learning can be fun and people can dream about their futures. “The beginning of the video was also meant to show the aca-

demic rigor that comes with attending a community college,” said Hoag. This is especially important because many people falsely believe that community colleges are easier than other higher-education institutions. In addition, the video was made to promote the exchange of ideas between the different schools associated with CCCS, and to highlight the opportunities offered at such institutions. Many people collaborated to make this video possible. “I would like to offer my deep gratitude to all students, faculty,

and staff at FRCC Westminster campus,” said Hoag. “Without them and without the help of Amy Rosdil [Director of FRCC Student Life], the video would have never been done on time for the summit.” FRCC Westminster’s own got a chance to act, inspire educators and students, and help in being a part of the ongoing process to improve the community college school system. To view the video, visit

TENSIONS DURING “OCCUPY DENVER” INTENSIFY Protestors outside of Colorado’s State Capitol are thinning in numbers as Police Officers become more persistent

Photos courtesy of, and edited by Curtis Halley (Left to right): Police officials line up alongside Denver’s Civic Center Park during the Occupy Denver movement; Occupy Denver protestors gather outside of Denver’s State Capitol.

By Curtis Halley After protesters camping in Civic Center Park were ordered to disperse by Denver Governor John Hickenlooper at 3 a.m. on Oct. 14, only a fraction of the Occupy Denver supporters remained on site. Below-freezing temperatures and persistent police officers have pushed many protestors out of the park, showing no tolerance toward campers pitching tents to take shelter from the cold. Occupy Denver is modeled after the Occupy Wall Street movement which started in New York city. Groups around the country have adopted their popular unifying motto, “We are the 99 percent!” In other words, the 99 percent consists of the middle and lower class, while the one percent consists of the much wealthier upper class. Aside from the catchy motto, however, the main purpose of this move-

ment is to put an end to the greed and corruption of large corporations—as bannered on the homepage of—by uniting the American majority and letting their voices be heard around the country. However, controversy surrounds many of the motives adopted by Occupy Wall Street supporters. Some see their protests as somewhat of a revolution against capitalism, while others are skeptical of whether they have a clear and concise goal, and whether protestors are on par with the same objective. Although the motives behind the protesting are difficult to pinpoint, ideas are being contributed and collected by those involved in the movement through voting polls on dedicated websites. This is their way of coming to an agreement on what

their exact demands should be. In Denver, just after 6 a.m. on Oct. 14, police took action and forced campers and protestors to leave under order from Gov. Hickenlooper, who signed an executive order securing the park area outside of the State’s Capitol for suspicion of unlawful conduct on public land. Police seized the area and had tents and amenities immediately removed from Civic Center Park—including the infamous “Thunderdome”, a volunteer-run and fully functional kitchen put together in order to provide complimentary meals for Occupy Denver supporters. That same day, police made approximately 24 arrests, and what remained were only half a dozen protestors— a massive hit to the Occupy Denver gatherers. Just over a week prior, some 1,000 attendees gathered at the

capitol (Oct. 10). Since then, Civic Center Park police officers have been heavily monitoring for unauthorized behavior and those attempting to stake out a campsite. Although numbers are declining outside of Colorado’s State Capitol, many people are still showing their support for the movement around Denver, Boulder, and other major cities throughout the country. Online forums and support websites have also been created, providing the main resource for reaching out to every protestor. To learn more about the Occupy Denver movement, visit dedicated websites such as www.occupywallst. org,, or

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Hallow-winning! By Vina Sitthisay

Cheer and laughter filled the rotunda of FRCC’s Westminster campus as candy-eating, costume-wearing students and faculty enjoyed festive Halloween activities during the Oct. 31 Halloween Carnival hosted by FRCC’s Student Life. Some local children also attended the event. All participants were treated to pumpkin carving, free candy, and good, clean fun. The event lasted from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and featured several events. Events included: two costume contests, and two pumpkin-carving contests. Jason Wright, Coordinator of Student Activities, acted as a Master of Ceremonies (MC) during each contest. The first contest was for “Most Unique Costume”. For this category, there were contestants that

FRCC’s Student Life hosts Halloween Carnival ran the gamut of unique costumes including a voodoo priest, an “Auror” from the Harry Potter series, and ninja turtles. The winner for this contest was dressed as a troll. Participants did not leave emptyhanded−they were awarded snackpack pudding cups as runners-up. The next costume contest was for the category of “Scariest Costume”. With his menacing gaze, Frankenstein won the grand prize. One of the pumpkin-carving contests took place with the crowd watching, and the theme was basically “who can carve a pumpkin the fastest.” The participants were told the pumpkin needed to be cleaned out, and that there must be two eyes, a nose, and a mouth in order to qualify as a winner. The pumpkin-carving winner finished her

pumpkin in under two minutes. The other pumpkin-carving contest lasted all day and pumpkins were displayed on a table in front of Student Life. Each pumpkin was given a number, and students and faculty could cast their vote in a ballot box provided. As of press time, a winner had not yet been announced (stop by Student Life for more information). Winners won tickets to Cinebarre Movie theaters (www.cinebarre. com) or a day pass to Eldora Mountain ( for skiing and snowboarding fun. The FRCC Halloween Carnival was a safe, fun, and festive environment that turned out to be a big hit for all ages.

Photos by Rachel Bailey (Top to bottom): A group of FRCC students gather in their unique and festive Halloween costumes; this sick pumpkin is one of the entries submitted for the FRCC pumpking-carving contest.

Anythink—Libraries Revolutionized Rangeview Library District assumes a modern identity

By Helen Satchwell Most library patrons are familiar with rows of books, labeled with perplexing numbers, and large circulation desks, staffed by intimidating librarians with buns in their hair and a “shush” at their fingertips. The library’s infrastructure tends to be antiquated as well as their collections, furniture, and staff. However, in Sept. 2009, the first of seven Anythink Libraries opened its doors, allowing patrons to enjoy a revamped, contemporary version of their community library. This was also when Rangeview Library District launched the Anythink brand. There are seven Anythink branches located throughout Adams County—Bennett, Brighton, Commerce City, Huron Street, Perl Mack, Thornton, and Wright Farms—and a mobile branch called Anythink in Motion, which travels around the community, stopping at schools, community centers, and neighborhoods. Anythink Libraries are a part of the Rangeview Library District, which became independent from Adams County in January 2004. Today, Rangeview operates as its own entity with a Library Board of Trustees, consisting of five members. Rangeview Library District used to be the poorest-funded libraries in Colorado. The county was adamant about keeping libraries

open and maintaining patron services. Therefore, a mill-levy increase proposition was put on the ballot in November 2006. The mill funding was approved and Rangeview Library District began changing libraries into a “new, dynamic, playful, and empowering personality” (“Welcome to the Revolution”, Anythink Pamphlet, 2011). “When one faces a challenge, especially funding challenges, a typical response is to maintain traditions—either eliminate things or do more of the same,” says Anythink Director Pam Sandlian Smith. “Anythink Libraries are open, welcoming, and encourage community,” says Wright Farms “Wrangler” and FRCC student, Quinn Ashcraft. A “Wrangler” is an Anythink employee who ensures materials are circulated and processed into their designated locations; a “Concierge” runs the “perch”—or service point—greeting patrons and enhancing their library experience, and the traditional title of librarian has been replaced by “Guide.” Anythink libraries are a place for community and learning through the help of staffed “‘Anythinkers’— part explorers, wizards and geniuses” (“Welcome to the Revolution”, Anythink Pamphlet, 2011).

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Photos by Rachel Bailey (Clockwise from bottom): Outside the Anythink Library location off Bridge and Main St. in Brighton; view from Bridge Street of the Brighton Anythink Library; an ideal place to kick back, grab a new book, and simply relax.

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Spotlight on FRCC’s Tutoring Services FRCC’s Tutoring Services provide valuable resources to help students get the help they need By Kayleigh King

Anythink—Libraries Revoltionized

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“Pam was inspired when she saw The Idea Store, located in London, which has launched a new way to sort of brand libraries,” explains Sandra Sebbas, Anythink Huron Street Branch Manager. “Pam pulls ideas from all over as to how a library develops.” The Anythink brand embraces the idea that a library is a place “where anything and everything is possible” (“Welcome to the Revolution”, Anythink Pamphlet, 2011). Their infrastructure is built to be energy efficient, the furniture is modern, the collections relevant and the staff, service, and attire assume a new identity. Anythink moved away from the traditional Dewy Decimal organizational system and replaced it with “WordThink”, which allows patrons to find their own materials organized much like a Barnes and Noble Bookstore. The word “Anythink” was inspired by the organization’s playful spirit—its meaning is open to interpretation, honoring the different ways in which people use libraries. There are people who prefer traditional libraries and are hesitant to explore these brightly-decorated

buildings, staffed with non-traditional librarians. However, the concept of community and exploration remains timeless.

The Anythink brand embraces the idea that a library is a place ‘where anything and everything is possible’

- “Welcome to the Revolution,” Anythink Libraries, 2011

“Libraries are at a crossroads today, and it is essential for us librarians to rethink our mission and role in our community. That is what we have done at Anythink. We believe it is important to not only have materials available, but to help people connect with ideas and information, inspiring sparks of curiosity and creativity in our customers,” explains Sandlian Smith. For more information about Anythink Libraries, visit

FRCC Westminster has many ways to help students with their educational goals. One of these valuable resources is the Tutoring Services office. The tutoring process begins with a blue form that students get from the Tutoring Services office found on the B Level. The first page of the form is basically how to qualify for a free tutor as well as the steps needed to get a tutor if a student does not qualify for a free tutor. Tutors and students meet every week for two hours, and the hours can be split up throughout the week. Renee Seidel, FRCC’s Tutor Coordinator, organizes the match for each student and the appropriate tutor. If there is not a suitable tutor on campus for a particular subject, Seidel will then attempt to find and bring in those tutors from other FRCC campuses. Students and tutors meet mostly in the library, but they can meet anywhere on campus that is quiet so they can concentrate. Seidel knows that some personalities may not go well together, and she helps to match students with tutors that will be the best fit. As soon as she is notified about any potential problem, she calls another tutor that same day. The big difference between the Tutoring Services and those provided by FRCC’s Writing Center and Math Lab is the level of intensity: the Writing Center and Math Lab can accept several students at one time who want to come in for group tutoring, while Tutoring Services offers strictly one-onone tutoring that some students may need. The earlier that students request tutoring, the easier it is for the tutors to help. It is important to note that there is a deadline to apply for a tutor. Each semester there is a certain day to turn in the blue form to start the process. For this semester, that date is Nov. 11. For more information, visit the Tutoring Services office located on the B Level, or contact Renee Seidel at or (303) 404-5043.

Photos by Rachel Bailey (Top to bottom): FRCC Tutor Coordinator Renee Seidel; Tavitha Rodriguez (left) completing math homework with the help from her tutor, Tracy Johnson (right); Jim Schatz, one of the helpful math tutors.

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Ski resorts are starting to open for the new season By Curtis Halley Last week, three of Colorado’s popular ski resorts opened for the 2011-2012 ski and snowboard season. Wolf Creek Ski Area was the earliest to open this season, officially opening their runs to both skiers and snowboarders on Oct. 8. Shortly after, Arapaho Basin—know as A-Basin—and Loveland Ski Area opened their resorts to riders on Oct. 13 and 14. Since they have opened, ABasin and Loveland Ski Area have only been able to open approximately 20 percent of their runs to the public, but will soon be open more as more snow becomes prevalent. There are many ski resort options in Colorado. Individual lift tickets are a valid option, but they tend to get pricey after just a few days on the slopes. When choosing where to ski or snowboard this season, it may be wise to consider the most cost-efficient alternative over preferred ski locations. With the many resorts available to local skiers and snowboarders in Colorado, there are also a variety of passes and promotions for

(Left to right): FRCC student and skier, Chris Talarico, hitting his first rail of the season; Chris Talarico, shoveling snow and building up a kicker for some early season jibbing.

sale for the 2011-2012 season. Unfortunately, most of the early season-pass purchasing deals have expired; however, season passes to various resorts are still available, although they are not at their appealing discounted prices. The Epic Pass was introduced this year which grants unlimited access to seven different resorts: Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly, Northstar, and A-Basin. For $669 (adult), the Epic Pass is the most recommended for the avid skier or

snowboarder, who plans to enjoy more than just a few rides down the slopes this season. For those who enjoy riding often during the ski season, but do not need to visit such a wide range of resorts, the $429 (adult) Summit Value Pass is a great option at a good value. It provides access to both A-Basin and Keystone, as well as limited access to Breckenridge Ski Resort. Aside from these two options, many other alternatives for Colorado ski/snowboard season passes are definitely available,

including the Rocky Mountain Super Pass, which grants unlimited access to Copper Mountain and Winter Park / Mary Jane. This pass is available at a competitive rate of $429 (adult). Other popular resorts' (projected) opening dates include: • Copper Mountain - Nov. 4 • Keystone Ski Resort - Nov.4 • Breckenridge Ski Resort - Nov. 11 • Winter Park - Nov.16 • Eldora Mountain Resort - Nov.18 • Crested Butte Mountain Resort Nov. 23 • Echo Mountain - Early Dec.

Spotlight on Local Artist: 3R.A.N. The inspiration behind their music

By Kayleigh King

3R.A.N. is a rap group that was named because there are three FRCC students who partnered up to create a blend of hip-hop meets rhythm-and-blues music: Rico ReUP, 25, Jay Kay, 20, and MADDBEATZ, 30. Rico ReUP and MADDBEATZ started rapping together and then Jay Kay joined this beatmaking, self-producing group. 3R.A.N.’s beats can be compared to those of Mac Dre’s song “Giggin’”—both have funky and fast beats with smooth transitions between high- and low-level sounds. In some hip-hop songs, the words are hard to understand, but this is not the case with 3R.A.N. The listener should be aware of the music’s explicit lyrics, but that fact does not distract from the relatable

meanings attached to every song. Their song “Deep Space” has a futuristic feel as they rap about who they are and what they are about. 3R.A.N.’s different voices make a nice harmony for their songs. “Lil’ Wayne and Kanye West [are my inspirations], and basically all the music I listened to growing up,” Jay Kay explained. “My dad was my inspiration [as well] for all the work he puts in [his job]. He is a natural hustler.” “My inspiration comes from Mac Dre, Usher, and Andre 3000,” Rico ReUP stated, getting a fist pump from Jay Kay. “My brother [is also my inspiration] because of all the stuff he has been through and the way he gets through it. He would always make something from nothing.”

Photos courtesy of 3R.A.N. (Left to right): MADDBEATZ, Rico ReUP, and Jay Kay, of the rap group 3R.A.N., strut their stuff in cyberspace, imitating the feel of their song “Deep Space”; 3R.A.N.’s neon name and temporary logo.

One of their greatest moments so far was their trip to San Francisco because Rico ReUp and MADDBEATZ got to perform in their home state. Another notable moment was when they met and recruited their DJ, DJ Anasi and DJ Scrappy, here in Colorado. Recently, they did a show to spread the word about Monark Clothing & Apparel, a business started by current students of FRCC Westmin-

ster ( 3R.A.N. writes and produces all of the music and accompanying videos they do. In addition, Rico ReUP designed their logo and business cards. To learn more about the group, including the group’s spelledout name, visit com/reuponthis or www.twitter. com/#!/3RANmusic.

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THE FRONT PAGE Editor-in-Chief Janel Dalglish Associate Editor Kathleen Timbol Copy Editor Helen Satchwell Newspaper Advisors Amy Rosdil Jason Wright

Staff Lauren Palacios, Writer Vina Sitthisay, Writer Kayleigh King, Writer Curtis Halley,

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Learn How to Fold Paper Hearts Compiled by Vina Sitthisay


Rachel Bailey, Photojournalist

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 802306011; or to the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Dept. of Education, 1961 Stout St., Denver CO 80204


The College Hill Library will be closed November 17-18, Thursday and Friday, for system upgrades. In observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday: on Wednesday, November 23, the library will close at 3:00 p.m. and will be closed SOURCE: all day on Thursday & Friday, November 24-25.

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