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The Front Page

Robin’s Randomness

Robin OConnell Copy Editor

June 4, 2013

Hello, you lovely FRCCians and welcome to Summer Semester 2013! The Front Page is excited to bring you these special summer editions in an effort to keep you in the know of everything FRCC, and a bit of the world around us too. Here, I hope to entertain you with arbitrary bits of information that might not help you pass your BIO final, but will aid you in being a well rounded human when you grow up, provided you choose to grow up. In light of all the graduations I’ve attended in the last week, I have an overwhelming desire to pass along some graduation-like advice during your journey rather than at the end. Always remember that your feelings are just as important as everyone else’s. - If you expect to make it in college and out in the world, you have to be made a priority. I’m not saying that you should forget about everything else and be a self-centered nincompoop, but respecting yourself enough to understand what it takes to keep yourself upright and chipping away at your to-do list of life is important; listen to what you need. Always treat others as though their life is as tricky as your own. - Perspective can be one of the most overlooked tools that life gives us. No two people have the same perspective of anything, no matter how similar they live their lives. Without actually sharing shoes (you know...walk a mile in someone else’s shoes) try to see where they are coming from before you judge their actions and choices. Manage your time wisely. - This applies to school projects as well as work and your social life. If all your time is spent solely in one or two of these areas, you might have an imbalance of structure that has the possibility to throw your life in a tailspin. “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”, but all play and no work might make Jack stuck at his dead end job. Keep your eye on the prize. - Goals are the necessary mile markers everyone needs in their life. While I am old enough to know that not every goal is attainable, I do know that without the goals that went to the wayside I would not be where I stand today; sometimes we need to fail to truly feel the pride of success. Well, FRCC that is all I have for you this edition. If you have any information that I simply must know and could possibly share in following editions please email me at: Frontpageinbox@gmail.com. Good luck on your summer classes and I’ll see you in the halls. ~Robin

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Hot Headlines Robin OConnell Copy Editor

News from home and around the globe Canada

A man’s life was spared after a cougar attack near a Canadian resort last week because he was able to defend himself with his skateboard.

United States

In a study it was found that those with Down’s syndrome had 40% less synaptic activity than brain cells unaffected by Down’s syndrome. This information is crucial in the future development of therapies for treatment.

Dublin

New apps are being developed to make live tracks available to music fans just moments after hearing the tracks live at concerts. This could cut down on attendees trying to record their own track with their cell phone and allow them to enjoy the show live.

Egypt

A fifteen year old boy from China defaced the 3,500 year old Luxor Temple by carving “Ding Jinhao was here” on an ancient sculpture during a recent visit.

Australia

For the third year straight, Australia has been ranked as the happiest nation of developed economies. The outcome was based on items such as life expectancy and economic strength. The United States is number six on this list.

Choosing To Be Better

Kathy Bellis Managing Editor

When our lives reflect our negative attitudes

Recently I was introduced to an amazing YouTube video by the Coordinator of Clubs and Leadership, Dan Balski. This Is Water by David Foster Wallace is a nine minute video about our ability to change our lives by simply changing our negative attitude. The main idea of the video is that we are so incredibly caught up in our own lives, our own worries, and our own stresses, that we have absolutely no patience with the people and places around us. We find ourselves hating people for any and every reason we can come up with just because we believe that we are the only people on the planet in a hurry, or tired, or sick. It points out the idea that perhaps the people we hate for being slow, or loud, or bossy, are people that are going through very difficult times in their lives. Maybe they are actually having a harder day than we are, and maybe our attitude toward them could be the one interaction that makes or breaks their day. While thinking about FRCC as the community it is, I can’t help but think about how important it is for us to take care of each other. I know I personally find myself irritated with some of the silliest things – people standing in the middle of the hallway talking with their friends, students coming into class late, or leaving early, lines in the bookstore, lines in the café. When I allow these tiny “irritations” to put me in a bad mood I take away a potential opportunity to get to know someone. The other day a friend of mine said one of the most beautiful things; she said that she wished some people were not such introverts because they usually end up being some of the most interesting people once you get to know them. That made me think, what if instead of standing in line being annoyed with all the people around me, I took a minute and introduced myself? I am sure I would meet kind, interesting, and smart people. Instead of being annoyed at the student coming into class late, I could stop them after class and offer my notes. The way we think about others, treat others, and react to the people around us is a conscious choice we make a thousand times a day. We can choose to be crabby, annoyed, and stressed out, or we can choose to be happy, kind, and easy going. I’m taking the challenge to consciously choose a positive attitude, and I encourage all of FRCC to make a conscious choice to have a positive attitude as well. Together we can all choose to be better.

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