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An evening of Irish music
Meteorology at FRCC. National Weather Service conducts a weather spotter training seminar at FRCC for meteorology students and public.
Basketball tournament. Teams shed blood and sweat during a 3 on 3 basketball match at FRCC.
Theater in Denver. O Broadway muOff sical “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” pleases Denver crowd with its witty, romantic humor.
The Visual and Performing Arts Gallery features traditional music from Ireland
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A look at the majority of FRCC’s instructional staff Part-time instructors. FRCC looks to hire some part-time instructors as full-time faculty members Rachel Bailey Staff Writer
he quality of education for students is often determined by where their college degree is earned; additionally, it is also shaped by the instructors who dedicated the time to ensuring their academic success along the way. FRCC is blessed to have exceptional faculty. Many of them work only part-time, along with a possible second-teaching job, raising a family, and/or tutoring at one or more institutions, while still committing to every students’ needs. Many students are not aware of how many instructors at FRCC are considered part-time and how much of the faculty they account for. Kim Dale, Dean of Instruction at the Westminster Campus, estimates that about 70 percent of the faculty at FRCC is composed of part-time instructors; 371 out of roughly 480 instructors. Leadership at FRCC is looking to decrease the percent of part-time and increase full-time this
year by “adding approximately 30 full-time faculty positions for the college,” states Dale. The Westminster campus accounts for 12 of the 30 positions in areas including Health and Wellness Education (HWE), English, Business, Math, Health Information Technology, Communications, Chemistry, Computer Information Systems, and many others. “We’re in the second phase of interviews,” states Dale, “so these faculty will be on board, ready to go in August.” Many part-time instructors are running into the limitations of not having a personal space, such as an office, to meet with students and have private office hours. The seemingly thoughtless idea of “where do I hang my hat; where do I put my purse,” Dale mentions, has been considered and in the works. “We’ve been working very hard over the past two years to create more meeting space for part-timers and students,” states Dale. Some of that work is already showing on level B where advising was once located, which is now going to be a central meeting location for math faculty and students. With the recent increase of college enrollment, many full-time teaching opportunities are opening up that simply were not available before. Students can look forward to the many positive changes that will be taking place in the quality and credibility of their education, while still appreciating hard-working, part-time instructors at FRCC.
What is your opinion on FRCC’s part-time faculty? Carley Vonderhaar –
“My only negative experience with a part-time teacher would be that [my] teacher always cuts class short to make it to her other job.”
Chris Schlender –
“A teacher is a teacher, regardless of their status as ‘full-’ or ‘part-’ time. I don’t have a preference when it comes to the classroom.”
Levi Smith –
“I’ve had part-time instructors who have done equally as well, if not better, than full-time instructors. They’re a great addition to Front Range!” Photos by Rachel Bailey
NOAA and NWS trains students and general public to be weather spotters Kathleen Timbol Editor-in-Chief Warning-Coordinator Meteorologist, Robert Glancy of the National Weather Service (NWS), Boulder, CO office, in association with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), trained FRCC Meteorology students and interested spectators to become weather spotters. The basic training and later advanced training occurred in the Rocky Mountain Room, from 3:30 to 6 p.m. The NOAA and NWS’S goal in conducting the free training is to have a “weather ready nation.” Glancy states that having the facts and skills to be a weather spotter can make a difference. A weather watch or warning, when issued in time, can save billions of dollars and hundreds of lives. “If we get enough weather ready individuals, we can get a weather ready nation.” Glancy stated. Glancy trains citizens to become weather spotters who are able to identify severe weather phenomena and report the event to the NWS, who will then decide to issue a public warning or not. The training included a review of major weather events from 2011, along with data, such as damage costs, death, and injury tolls and measurements. The attendees also learned about the meteorological science behind the weather, viewed satellite images, weather maps and graphs, as well as photo and video footage. The training covered common, dangerous, and severe weather. Including tornadoes, thunder, lighting, and flash floods. One of the key topics was safety; it was very much emphasized throughout the presentation. For more information visit www.weather.gov.
FRCC Meteorology students and some general public attend the National Weather Service Spring 2012 training in the Rocky Mountain Room. Photos by Kathleen Timbol
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Irish musicians perform at FRCC for St. Patrick’s Day St. Paddy’s Day. Irish musicians perform at FRCC in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Vina Sitthisay Staff Writer FRCC celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with authenticity and rhythm as musicians performed traditional Irish music in the Visual and Performing Arts Gallery (VPAG) on Wed., March 14. There were a few dozen spectators in the dimly lit gallery, making for an intimate setting. There were six performers, two of which are instructors at FRCC. Instruments included an Irish harp, a drum-like instrument called a bodhran, an Irish flute, a mandolin, violin, banjo and two guitars. A few of the performers played more than one instrument
Beth Gadbaw (front) playing the Bodhran, and Steve Mullins (back) playing the Mandolin. Photo by Philip Pohlman
and interchanged instrument between songs. “Steve [Mullins] is the best nylon-string banjo player in the world,” said Beth Gadbaw, singer and bodhran player, about a piece
Job opportunities at FRCC Kathleen Timbol Editor-in-Chief The Adams County Workforce and Business Center organized a job fair on March 14 in the Rocky Mountain Room from 2 to 6 p.m. The job fair consisted of over 15 local employers such as Sears, Chick-fil-A, City of Westminster, and Home Depot. “The students looking to advance have a lot of energy and are also personable,” Emily Valdez of Dish Network Thornton branch said about the impressions left by students she encountered at the job fair. Students visited employers’ booths and received valuable information about hiring. “I have been seeking jobs for four months and it is getting
more difficult and competitive,” FRCC student Britt Holloway said. Employers had age-ranges posted on their booths, ranging from 15 to 18 and 18 plus. They also shared the benefits of working with their organizations with the job seekers. “Unlike many jobs out there, we don’t have the typical desk jobs. We offer jobs where you work outdoors; working on trail building at state and local parks. We also offer scholarships in addition to wages.” Derek Berardi shared about Mile-High Youth Corps’ Summer Land Conservation job positions. For more information about the job fair organization visit www.adamscountywbc.org.
Local branches of large companies such as TCF Bank, Dish Network, and Safeway look to meet potential employees at FRCC Westminster.
that Professor Mullins dedicated to his grandmother. The song was a great example of classic Irish folk music, its syncopated melodies and upbeat meter were entrancing.
The Irish songs performed by the band were colorful, including stories about drinking, partying and adultery. The lyrics were somewhat taboo and captivating, grabbing the audience and keep-
ing their attention. “I love to sing the mingulay boat song,” stated Gadbaw. “I especially like it because it is a sing-a-long,” he added. The mingulay was an example of Scottish folk music. “Kevin [Garry] is the more responsible one, it was his show” said Steve Mullins, Art Professor at FRCC. Professor Garry also instructs at FRCC and was responsible for bringing the Irish Extravaganza to VPAG. “This is the second time we have all performed together,” explained Mullins. Previously, the band debuted together at Rock A Soul Café; however, the group had so much harmony that no one could have imagined that this was their second time performing together. The final song of the evening— “A Partying Glass”—was about the last drink of the evening after mingling with friends; the band then cheered the viewers with tea and wished everyone a happy St. Patrick’s Day, perfectly concluding this celebratory performance.
Q+A with the new Work-Study Coordinator In-depth interview with new WorkStudy Coordinator: Jennifer Savre Rachel Bailey Staff Writer
hat exactly does your position cover in the work-study area? “My position covers everything in the Work-Study Program including, but not limited to: compliance-federal and state, funds management, communication, strategy, data management, student and supervisor orientations, student consultation, waitlist management, and being the single point of contact.” What interested you in the position of Financial Aid WorkStudy Coordinator? “I was a work-study student in financial aid all through college and truly believe this program can assist students in gainful employment post-graduation. I was also a work-study supervisor and this allowed me to see this program from a supervisor perspective too, so I think I can help with alleviating some of the difficulties both supervisors and students face when dealing with
work-study. I am also the Financial-Aid Coordinator at the Boulder County Campus and oversee the day-to-day operations of the Financial-Aid Department and so I get the best of assisting students with financial aid and also with work-study more closely.” Where were you employed prior to Front Range? “I was a student employee in the Financial-Aid Office at FRCC for almost three years, then I worked at CSU as a student employee in their Financial-Aid Office for two years. Then, postgraduation, I obtained a job back at FRCC as a Financial Aid Advisor and worked as an Advisor for three years prior to obtaining this position. So, I am a lifer at FRCC. I love it here and really believe in our students.” How will this new position beneﬁt students the most? “This new position will allow the time necessary to provide more clear and consistent communication to students and supervisors, but will also allow for a single point of contact for all campuses. I also anticipate a more efficient process in the future as I am working closely with HR to develop a more streamline process to get students started in a timelier manner for fall.” What are some suggestions you might offer to students who
Jennifer Savre - Work-Study Coordinator
may qualify for work-study? “I would suggest finding a position on campus that aligns with your educational goals so that it will benefit you post-graduation and provide the necessary experience to obtain a position after graduation.” What are some common errors that students run into in work-study? “Not maintaining financial aid eligibility [which affects work study], not obtaining a job within the first two weeks of fall, so their award is cancelled, not applying by the FAFSA priority consideration date of March 1, so they do not get awarded, and working over their allotted amount.”
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“Thuggets” win tournament and prize to Nuggets game 3x3 Tournament. Student Life’s 3x3 basketball tournament gets competitive as teams challenge each other for glory and tickets to see the Denver Nuggets.
game stayed close in score and kept the audience captivated. In the end, however, The Thuggets won with an impressive last minute three pointer, which sealed the victory. The winners of the tournament received four tickets to the Nuggets game, including food and drink vouchers. The Thuggets effort was
well worth it and the runners up, Swoosh, received four movie tickets as a consolation prize. Photos BOTTOM and RIGHT: The final two teams, Swoosh and Thuggets, face off in hopes of claiming victory. Photos by Lizz Mullis
Vina Sitthisay Staff Writer
queaks of basketball shoes echoed loudly across the Fitness Center as FRCC’s three-vs.-three basketball tournament commenced on Fri., March 16. This single elimination tournament was a sweaty, fastpaced event. Eight teams participated in the competition to win Nuggets tickets for the game against the Detroit Pistons on March 21. The eight teams aptly named the “Elite Eight” were the Roof Tops, Thuggets, The Subs, Swoosh, The Squad, The Rangers, The Cougars and The Second Coming. The boys of the The Second Coming were dubbed the tournament favorite, as they have won the annual event for the last two competitions. However, they were defeated by the Cougars in the first round, dashing their chances at a three-peat. As expected when playing in intense sporting events, there were a few injuries sustained during the event. Michael Mckee, from Advising, suffered from a severe gash on the top of his head, which may have required stitches. In addition, members of the competition suffered busted lips and sprained ankles. In the spirit of March Madness, the finalfour teams played full-court games, making the event more interesting. The final game was played between the Thuggets and Swoosh. The
A brief history of St Patrick St. Patrick: a servant of God and a messenger to Ireland Philip Pohlman Staff Writer Every year on Mar. 17, over 100 parades fill the streets in the United States to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, and more than a million people visit Dublin for the St. Patrick’s Day festivals. These celebrations, which take place all over the world, were once in remembrance of the fifth-century St. Patrick, but are now a showcase of Irish culture. So, who was St. Patrick and what did he do? “Patrick secured Christianity’s permanence, shaped its course and made it a power in Ireland,” wrote John Bury, an Irish historian. When Patrick was about the age of fourteen, he was captured by an Irish raiding party and was taken from his hometown near Dumbarton, Scotland to Ireland where he was enslaved. Amongst the pagan practices of the Irish, Patrick leaned more heavily on his faith in God. He prayed several times each day as he tended and watched sheep. According to the Catholic Organization, “Patrick’s captivity lasted until he was twenty, when he escaped after having a dream from God in which he was told to leave Ireland.” Trusting this vision, he traveled 200 miles to the shore where he found a boat that carried him away. After landing near Italy, Patrick walked to France where he stayed in Lerins Abbey as a monk. “At the end of a few years he left the monastery to visit his kinsfolk in Britain,” said Bury. Back at home, he felt God calling him to Ireland where he would proclaim the gospel. After returning to Ireland, Patrick baptized with an unrelenting passion as he traveled between the kingdoms. Patrick faced many trials and was constantly in life-threatening danger, but none-the-less, boldly continued evangelizing. “Patrick’s achievements as organizer of a church and as propagator of his faith made Christianity a living force in Ireland never to be extinguished,” stated Bury. Patrick died March 17, 461 A.D., but his mission carried on after his death. To this day, 92 percent of Ireland is Christian because of St. Patrick’s faith and boldness.
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Concert ‘I love you, you’re perfect, now change’ Review: We Were Promised Jetpacks Lizz Mullis Staff Photojournalist We Were Promised Jetpacks is quite a mouthful of a band name, but the music this Scottish group produces makes up for any doubtful speculation. This group recently performed a sold out show at The Hi-Dive. The group walked on stage and went straight into the set, engaging in little interaction with the crowd except shushing during the haunting song, “Pear Tree,” and an occasional blind stare in pure concentration. It did not look like a performance for the audience, but instead, reliving lyrics that clearly meant so much. The composure of sound and lyrics were so deeply compact that it filled up the venue entirely, without losing the important distinction between each note. Something more than music was reverberating from the instruments, something more than words coming from the vocalist’s mouth; dedication and the utmost form of passion was in the faces and body movements of the band, which completely bewitched the audience. I went into this concert not expecting much. A live band often disappoints in this age of autotune; however, I was completely blown away. Perhaps, now unable to enjoy this group as much as I did through my headphones, We Were Promised Jetpacks is still a band to explore. I recommend letting this beautiful Scottish accented music be a part of your library.
Vocalist Adam Thompson tears through notes on his guitar, but keeps a steady, powerful vocal. Photo courtesy of www.heyreverb.com
Theater. A review of the theater production freatured at the Denver Center.
Philip Pohlman Staff Writer “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” is a must see dinner theater performance in the Denver Center’s Garner Galleria Theatre, which includes a kind wait staff and a light-humorous environment. Lauren Shealy, Shannan Steele, Robert Michael Sanders and Daniel Langhoff were excellent in each of the twenty-two comedy skits about relationships and marriage. “The cast each assume many roles in the two-dozen or so piec-
es,” states Joe Murphy, a theater critic from the Denver Post. Cast members portray characters from geek to convict, which play off of one another to create hilarious dialogue in ironic or stereotypical situations. “Laughs are doled out by the dozen in this comedic musical revue,” expresses Murphy. The production is coupled with several musical skits sung by the cast and accompanied by violinist, Rebecca Burchfield, and pianist, Troy Schuh. Some musical skits, such as “On the Highway of Love,” have creative and very energetic motion across the stage. “It’s a simple set, and the gradient-oriented lighting scheme takes us back to the early 1990s,” Murphy explains. The backdrops are lit from behind with colored lights to express setting and mood. A rotating-stage center was used for quick scene changes and occasional traveling effects.
Shannan Steele, Robert Michael Sanders play the roles of two nerds at a date Photo courtesy of www.denverpost.com
“At it’s sarcastic, slapstick heart, ‘I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change’ is a date flick of a musical,” summarizes Murphy. The show cleverly included jokes that both men and women alike will enjoy. The topic and humor were geared towards adults but the content itself can be appropriate for older children
as well. “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” will be showing Tuesday through Sunday until June 24th. Tickets are $39 to $45, but can be bought for half price with a student I.D. at DenverCenter.org.
Restaurant presentation can be hit-or-miss Hibachi Mt. Fuji distracts guests from low quality food, while sandwich shop, Cheba Hut, entertains with a marijuana theme. Vina Sitthisay Staff Writer
Hibachi Mt. Fuji: The anticipation makes the atmosphere seem exclusive, along with the fancy parlor tricks and flashing flame bursts; however, after the long wait, the experience was less exclusive and more excruciating. The advertised dinner deal was a fourcourse meal for two, including soup or salad, an appetizer plate, entree, and dessert. A good deal for the low price was soon discovered that quality was reflected in the price. The luke warm soup and watery lettuce in the salad provided evidence that the meal was obviously prepared in a rush. Appetizer choices were surf or turf. Turf had chicken and beef, including kabobs and curry chicken, while surf had an assort-
ment of seafood, including fried clams and seafood civiche. The appetizer was supposed to be warm, but instead was cold, as if prepared long before served, while the civiche resembled a lemon-tomato salsa. Sushi was the only choice that lived up to expectations with a fair portion for a main course. Another main course choice was teriyaki chicken or a beef plate with rice. Without the flash and bang of sitting at the skillet tables, the food was lackluster and could be compared to Tokyo Joe’s, which is equally as appetizing and much cheaper. All in all, Hibachi Mt. Fuji does not live up to the hype.
Cheba Hut: Living in Colorado, no one is excluded from the bombardment of the medical marijuana industry; however, Cheba Hut is a sandwich shop which puts a different spin on the dubious topic. It advertises by boasting about special house-dressing and your choice of white, wheat or garlic-herb bread. The names of the sandwiches are the same as popular strains of marijuana. Refreshments include regular fountain drinks, several kinds of Kool-Aid, and a full bar. Sandwiches come in three sizes: four inches, eight inches, and 12 inches. Subs are named Kush, Ak-47, Chronic, Endo and White Widow, which are a BLT, French dip, barbecue roast beef, Reuben, and chicken ranch sandwich. The experience gives patrons a guilty feeling while ordering because it is obvious what is implied; however, it is not how it sounds. For customers under 21, there is a mini bar that offers a few
types of Kool-Aid and regular fountain drinks. For those over 21, there is a full bar in the back of the restaurant. There are several draft, bottled, and canned beers and sprits. There are many happy-hour specials that, in addition to making the customer happy, please the wallet happy as well.
TOP and BOTTOM: Photos courtesy of www.chebahut.com LEFT: Photo courtesy of www.hokkaido.us
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Friends with Kids: A surprising, THE FRONT PAGE emotional, but realistic comedy Editor-in-Chief Kathleen Timbol
Lizz Mullis Staff Photojournalist
here are couples who often disappear from the social radar when they have their first child, only surfacing occasionally. Friends with Kids covers this type of trend in parents with a widely recognizable cast, including Kristen Wiig, Jon Hamm, Maya Rudolph, Chris O’Dowd, Adam Scott, and Jennifer Westfeldt. This movie is not strictly a comedy, but also a very heartfelt story. Friends with Kids depicts the struggle most couples face before and after they have children. Leslie (Maya Rudolph) and Alex (Chris O’Dowd) are a married couple who are excited to announce their pregnancy to friends Missy (Kristen Wiig) and Ben (Jon Hamm), and single friends
Julie, (Jennifer Westfeldt) and Jason (Adam Scott). Characters are living life normally until time advances four years to the present day, where Leslie and Alex are tormented by their two children, while Missy and
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Ben can barely stand one another’s presence after the birth of their child. Julie and Jason watch each couple’s misery caused by marriage and children, along with loss in attraction
and romance. The two friends appear to have it all figured out and decide to have a child, attached by nothing, but a nineteen-year friendship. Everyone is surprised at how well their plan works out in the midst of their unattached partnership. This film does not follow the predictable plot most expect. It is thoroughly realistic, aside from Julie and Jason’s decision to have a child through their friendship, and is not characterized by silly, unreasonable lies and decisions. Friends with Kids plays upon the clear definition of character that comes with parenthood. A different cast could not do this film justice. Megan Fox manages more than one facial expression in this film, while Kristen Wiig is not overwhelmingly funny. Friends with Kids is a must see. Be prepared to laugh and expect something different.
Associate Editor Curtis Halley Copy Editor Helen Satchwell
Philip Pohlman, Writer Vina Sitthisay, Writer Rachel Bailey, Writer/Assistant Copy Editor Lizz Mullis, Photojournalist
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