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Staff Excellence

As Tasted on TV

Joe Bernkert, math instructor, lets everyone get to know him a little better.

A tasty review of the most popular restaurants in Colorado.

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An investment in you The FRCC Foundation releases new scholarship information. Robin OConnell Photojournalist


he Front Range F o u n d a t i o n Coordinator, Ryan McCoy wants the students at FRCC to know that scholarship season is coming up (December 1st through March 1st) and it is time to get prepared. While the application process for most of the scholarships, including the Foundation’s own scholarship, We Believe in You, has not changed, this

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any transferable skills an individual has that can be applied to a new career direction. Scholars will also be required to establish their short and long term educational goals. “What the Foundation hopes for is that students see themselves as an investment, because we do,” said McCoy. While the 160% increase in scholarship applicants Sakura Shiratori, (Foundation Fellow), Ryan McCoy, (Foun- from the 2011-12 school dation Coordinator), Angelina Gorkovchenko (Founda- year to the current 2012tion Scholar) Photo by Robin OConnell 13 school year could be year marks an FRCC first Individual Career and enough to deter many from in a new program aimed at Academic Plan (ICAP) for applying, it shouldn’t, as aiding scholars in a higher this year’s 450 awarded there is more than enough rate of educational success. scholars. The ICAP is a finances to distribute. In College in Colorado is series of assessments to 2010, the Foundation only joining the Foundation to help determine a career awarded 92 scholars around provide the newly required plan, as well as discover

$100,000.00. This year, the Foundation awarded 450 scholars around $400,000.00. The funds are available for a wide range of FRCC students, it simply takes effort from students. “Get your recommendation letters from your instructors as soon as you can,” said Angelina Gorkovchenko, FRCC student and scholarship recipient, “it is never too early to be prepared.”

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The other side of parking Compare Front Range parking with other colleges in Colorado

Kathy Bellis


Staff Reporter

ith a new semester at Front Range upon us there is one obvious obstacle to face: parking. It seems most of the FRCC students are not happy with the parking lot, but the parking

may not be any better at universities around the state. To park at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, students must purchase a parking permit. These permits are only available to students living off campus, but if students live close enough to walk or ride a bike, they cannot purchase a permit. The permits are $117.00 a semester or $234.00 a year. The students are allowed to park at any of the available parking lots, with the farthest spaces

Students are free to park wherever they would like. Photos by Lizz Mullis

being about five blocks away from the school. Parking at Metropolitan State University in Denver offers a few different parking choices. You may pay to park by the day or purchase a parking permit. Parking two days a week in a guaranteed and assigned parking space costs $183.00 a semester or $366.00 a year. A four day a week permit, good for any of the parking spaces other than the assigned spaces is $320.00 a semester or $640.00 a year. University of Colorado Boulder offers daily parking rates at $4.50 or a parking permit may be purchased for $160.00 a semester ($320.00) a year. However, the permits are awarded on a first come first served basis. The University of Northern Colorado in Greeley has parking permits available to all attending students. The price is $127.50 a semester or $255.00 year. There is no need to purchase a parking permit at Front Range Community College. The parking fee is included in the tuition. The fee is $1.32 per credit. That means taking twelve credits


will cost $15.84 a semester, or $31.68 per year. “The parking is not the easiest to do at FRCC, but I don’t want to pay more

to have assigned parking spots” said Natalie Keech, Communication instructor. All of the schools said that even the worst parking

for better parking. I would rather walk further than have to pay,” said student, Jackie Mihelich. “While it would certainly be more convenient, it would also potentially be a waste of space when the “owner” of the parking spot is not on campus. Personally, while I may become frustrated with the daily turmoil of hunting down a parking spot, I also understand it is not practical

spaces are only about a tenminute walk. Parking is always the hardest during the first two weeks of a new semester. The key is getting to school early and giving yourself plenty of time to park and walk to the building. Although parking remains a challenge, Front Range has one of the least inexpensive parking of most colleges in Colorado.

Some helpful resources Writing Workshop Hours: Monday-Thursday 9am-7pm Friday 9am-12pm

Get help from the English department with your writing. Includes support for ESL, preGED, developmental and transfer level programs

Computer Lab

Hours: Monday-Thursday 9am-7pm Friday 9am-12pm

All of the computers have internet, and can be used to check grades and do homework. You are able to print up to ten pages of work for free.

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Staff excellence: A faculty spotlight A spotlight of Math professor, Joe Brenkert.

Robin OConnell



rowing up in Miami, FL., Math Instructor Joe Brenkert learned quickly how to stay out of the heat. His first job, however, was a basket retriever with K-Mart, which required him to be dressed in long pants and a tie. “You learn real quick how to get your job done and get back inside to the air conditioning,” states Brenkert. As an undergrad, Brenkert traded Miami’s heat for blustery winters, attending the University of Michigan

where he received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in marketing. While utilizing his business degree, Brenkert felt disconnect towards the formal corporate environment he was a part of. As a Volunteer at the Boys and Girls club, Brenkert would begin his days early so that he could leave the office early and volunteer when most of the kids would be there. “I realized that most of my day I’d be looking forward to volunteering and it hit me that maybe I should reconsider a shift toward education,” said Brenkert. When deciding on which education direction his career should take, Brenkert examined which

discipline would make the most positive impact on his future students. “I also had to consider the financial investment I was making by going back to school. I didn’t want to spend all the time only to end up back in the corporate environment. I had to find a happy medium where I could

make an impact and find a job, math fit,” said Brenkert. Brenkert approaches each course as uniquely as every individual student enrolled. “I don’t focus on how I teach, I instead focus on how everyone is learning. I try to teach to the individual, not the group,” said Brenkert. He hopes that he can convince a few students that math is not as scary as everyone makes it out to be. “It’s not just symbols and numbers or a memorization game. Its applying practical knowledge to what we all do every day,” said Brenkert. Brenkert’s first teacher and hero, his father, taught him a very valuable lesson in

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exponential growth. “My father showed my two brothers and I every day in a repetitive persistence of balance that we were provided for. I know that he made many personal sacrifices to make sure that we could follow our dreams. My parents made sure that they were there for us,” said Brenkert. The exponential growth lesson comes in what Brenkert and his brothers have taken from their father’s devotion, “...we each have two children that we in turn teach positive parenting to and they teach to their kids and so on. What my dad gave us is better than a Hollywood superhero catching some meteor, any day.”

Math Instructor, Joe Brenkert Photo by Robin OConnell

Can you match these faculty members to their joke?


hese funny ladies are featured in our Faculty Jokers. See if you can match them on page 8.

Our resident, faculty comedians. Photos by Robin OConnell

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THE FRONT PAGE Editor-in-Chief Jessi Bass Copy Editor Rachel Bailey Newspaper Advisors Amy Rosdil Jason Wright

Staff Kathy Bellis, Writer Rachel Padro, Writer Lizz Mullis, Photojournalist Robin O’Connel, Writer/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 800312199, (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

Wisdom from Experience Senior students give the freshmen some advice

Kathy Bellis


Staff Reporter

he first day of college is exciting, confusing and a bit intimidating. There are so many things to learn and figure out, but with experience comes wisdom. Returning FRCC students shared what they know now that they wish they would have known when they first started taking classes. “Be social, don’t be afraid, we are all here and we are all nervous. Other students are great sources of information. They can tell you what instructors to avoid and which ones will help you be successful,” said Lindsay Cohen. “Build a relationship with your instructors.

That’s why they are here. They want us to succeed. They are a great source for networking. People need to respect their professors because the students can affect their attitude towards teaching,” said Yvette San Juan Schirrmeister. “You can use your Wolf card to buy books. You don’t have to wait for financial aid,” said Andy Haraldson. “I would have started at FRCC sooner if I would have known the quality of instructors,” said Ryan English. “How many opportunities there are and how nice everyone is,” said Sara Foley. “Be prepared. Start looking for books ahead of time. Register for FAFSA ahead of time,” said Griselda Vasquez.

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As tasted on T.V. A review of Colorado restaurants highlighted on television. Kathy Bellis Staff Reporter


ith shows like Food Network’s Diners Drive-Ins and Dives and The Travel Channel’s Man V. Food, we are finally able to taste some of the food we see on television. This summer I dined at many of the restaurants featured in these entertaining and tasty episodes. From Man V. Food I visited Duffy’s Cherry Cricket, Jack-N-Grill and The Buff Restaurant. The Cherry Cricket’s menu had 25 different burger

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creates. The food, however, ended up being as huge disappointment. The flavors were bland and did not make sense at all. Tocabe receives two thumbs down. Sam’s No. 3 was by far the best. Amazing food, huge portions, great staff and a fun place to hang out. Do yourself a favor and order the chili relleno plate or the Kitchen Sink Burrito for breakfast. Sam’s receives an impressive three thumbs up. I ended my television tasting adventure with a full belly and calorie-overload guilt. Then, the words of author Erma Bombeck came to mind, “Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the ‘Titanic’ who waved off the dessert cart.”

The Buff’s Restaurant featured on Man V. Food. Photo by Lizz Mullis

This restaurant receives only one thumb up. The Buff Restaurant was the favorite of the Man V. Food taste trip. Whether breakfast or lunch is desired, it is the place to go. The most talked about dish is the Saddlebags, which are pancakes filled with your choice of meat and topped with two eggs. These Saddlebags are big enough to share, so bring your appetite. Huge portions, great prices, and awesome service! The Buff gets two, very pleased thumbs up. The two Diners DriveIns and Dives restaurants on the tasting adventure offered a huge hit and a big miss. Tocabe is a visually stunning restaurant designed to offer a great place to relax and enjoy the atmosphere, in which the architecture

wallet is a bit light right now, as you probably haven’t received your student aid refund yet ( Ready for the perk? That plastic card with your photo on it that you exchanged $5 for in Student Life, yes your student ID, is your ticket to some savings! I know, you thought your student ID only had powers in the library, which it does, but check out some of the other places you can yield the power of being a student. Student Life has made several deals very handy for us here at FRCC like discounted movie tickets at

the Denver Zoo. Now who doesn’t love a day at the actual zoo rather than the hallways here at FRCC? Show your lovely student ID to the fine folks at AMF Northglenn Lanes, Sunday through Thursday nights from 9pm to midnight and you can bowl all night for a meager $8. Feeling hungry? Larkburger and Qdoba will throw in a free student beverage with a purchase from their restaurants. Yogurt Brothers offer all students with an ID 10% off their purchase plus, they are open late and won’t even ask if your homework is done.

Both Microsoft and Apple offer discounts to students. So whether you are a PC or Mac fan, you are covered. In fact, right now if you buy an iPad, you get $50 in apps for free. Use your student discounts, even if your refund has made its way to your hands. The more you save, the more money you have to play with, as you won’t be a student forever; well maybe some of us will.

topping choices, including the usual, such as bacon, cheese and mushrooms, as well as the not so usual peanut butter, cream cheese and wing sauce. I ordered my burger with jalapenos, cream cheese, and bacon. No matter what toppings you pick you cannot go wrong, and do not forget to order a basket of fringes, a mixture

of onion rings and fries! This restaurant gets two thumbs up. Jack-N-Grill offers huge portions, guaranteeing you will not leave feeling hungry. However, even though their portions are gigantic, their flavor is tiny. I became best friends with the salt shaker in an effort to give my green chili burger some pizzazz.

The perks of being an FRCC Student Ten places that offer student discounts.

Robin OConnell Photojournalist


elcome back to school FRCC students! Whether you are a returning student or new to these halls, there is something you should know; there are perks to being a student. If you are paying for school by means of scholarship or Financial Aid like the 65% of students that do, this probably means that your

AMC Theatres, $6.50 per ticket for movies that have been out a few weeks and $8 for any movie, new releases included. You won’t even have to be snack-less during the show; Popcorn and drink tickets can be purchased for $3. What about if you aren’t quite ready to give up on summer? Discount tickets for Elitch Gardens and Adventure Golf & Raceway can also be found in Student Life and at a considerably lower price than if you were to purchase them at the gate. For only $11 you can have your very own ticket to

Hallway etiquette The Front Page

The How-to guide to hallway manners.

Rachel Bailey Copy Editor


s the new semester is underway and students begin to figure out where their classes are located, there are some important things to keep in mind when it comes to walking through the hallways on campus. With so many people walking between classes during the same times of the day, there are several ways each student can ease the stress of traveling on campus. First, treat each hallway as


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you would a street walk. With numerous that is driven. Main sitting areas and less hallways are like a crowded side hallways, two-way street, in students should be aware which students need of those around them and to walk on the same meet in a place that does side they would not obstruct the flow of drive. If every traffic. student can adapt to Third, students should be this type of habit, it aware of their proximity can cut down on the to others. Students who overall time it takes have a bag on wheels or to walk between a traditional backpack classes. Along with should be aware of how walking on the right their personal belongings side of the hallway, may affect others. This students should wait Traveling the hallways could be so much should not only be applied simpler. for traffic to clear Photo by Jessi Bass when in hallways, but also when needing to in the classroom. With will not get hit. turn down a smaller hallway. Second, stopping to talk to many classes being full or As when driving, students someone should be done in nearly full, placing items on cannot turn in front of an area that is not obstructing tabletops or in chairs can take someone and hope that they the hallway in which people up an area in which someone

will need to sit. Placing items under a table or chair makes finding a place for students less hassle. Keeping these helpful tips in mind will not only easy the stress of walking through hallways and finding a seat, but will also help others in finding classes and navigating around the campus.

in slippers and pajama ever want an instructor to in a skirt that lacked any pants, you should probably remember you as the person modesty? Or the guy who reconsider staying out too who called them “dog” all of showed up late to class late the night before. the time? with the oh-so-attractive 
Now, let me be the first 
These relationships will blue Hanes boxer briefs to admit that everyone has become future contacts for six-inches above his belt, bad days here and with pants that are there. This however, six-inches below his “Behavior is a mirror in does not constitute behind?
 which every one displays speaking to your Just keep in mind his own image.” professors in a that relationships -Johann Wolfgang von manner that devalues that are created in the Goethe their authority. 
In the college setting will college atmosphere, either help or hinder students learn, you from achieving develop skills and ultimately job opportunities, internships some amazing opportunities. create relationships. Within and references. They may So, here is my final advice. the college, students meet become co-workers or Wear clothes that you would with advisors, instructors, perhaps a manager one day. wear to your grandmother’s directors and peers. They How do you want to be house without being develop relationships with remembered? Do you really embarrassed, speak in a one another. Keeping that want to be remembered as manner that a future employer in mind, why would you the girl who strutted around would find respectable

and present yourself as if college experiences are a long, unorthodox interview process.

Professionalism in college Ten places that offer student discounts. Jessi Bass Editor-in-Chief

“What’s up, dog?” These words should never, for any reason, be spoken to a professor. Ladies: Four-inch highheels, with that skirt that is probably four-inches too short, should never, for any reason, be worn to school. Gentlemen: If your professor knows the color of your underwear before your favorite color, there is a serious issue that should be resolved. Students: In general, if you are showing up to class

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Overheard in the office A random look into the Front Page office. “I just want to lick his hair back and send him into the world like a baby bird.” “We need a deer to be caught in our headlights!”

“What’s-his-name could have your job if you were dead...” “I have to use my floss. I have to. I got a piece of something in here!”

Can you find all of faculty members’ names?


Faculty Jokers E

ach academic department brings a different set of skills. Some are scientific masterminds, English wizards, mathematic geniuses or psychology experts. These are all very important qualifications for college professors to hold, however, the real question is if they are funny. Departments have submitted their best jokes representing their discipline now it is up to readers to decide which department is the funniest. “What is the definition of a dialect? A language without an army.” – Sheila Ashmore, English as a Second Language (ELS) Instructor representing the

ESL department. “Why did the chicken cross the playground? To get to the other slide.” – Mernie Rosenberg, Ph.D. Early Childhood Education instructor. Made popular by the Most Interesting Man in the World commercials, “I don’t always use incomplete sentences, but when I do.” – April Lewandowski, Developmental Studies instructor. The Mona Lisa was brought up in court on charges of murder, but it turned out she’d just been framed.” Dr. Heidi Strang, Humanities and Fine Arts instructor. “What did the zero say

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to the eight? Nice belt.” – Andrea DeCosmo, Mathematics instructor. “Knock, knock. Who’s there? HIPAA. HIPAA who? I can’t tell you.” – Anna Jordan-Helser, MS, RN, Nursing instructor. “Why do white bears dissolve? Because their polar.” – Ann Riedl, Biology instructor. “Psychology is the best discipline… how does that make you feel?” – Jessica Backes-Mahoney, Psychology instructor. Log onto the Front Page Facebook page at to vote!

As seen around FRCC

Can you identify the If you know these places, submit your locations these photos were taken? answers to the drop Word Search Courtesy of Robin O’Connell

box at S0104 with your name and email, and you could win a prize.

Photos by Robin O’Connell

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