A Message of Acceptance and Tolerance

Written by Alex Liethen

Photos courtesy of The Denver Post

The 14th Dalai Lama visited Boulder on Thursday, marking his first visit to the state since 1997 and given his age, 81, potentially his last. Along with many others in attendance, it has been a dream of mine to attend a teaching of his for decades. On June 23rd, that dream was finally realized.

The teaching was held on the CU-Boulder Campus, in the Coors Event Center. It was a warm and sunny morning when I pulled up on my bike, about an hour before the scheduled 9:30 start time of the teaching. The crowds grew thicker as you approached the center. Bikes were locked to every sign, tree and bench in site, in typical Boulder fashion. Streets were closed off with yellow vest clad officers directing pedestrians and cars alike. I heard at least five languages spoken among the diverse crowd; English, Spanish, Tibetan, Chinese and British. I sat next to a kind lady from Pennsylvania. People travelled from far and wide to see the Dalai Lama speak.

The lines to get in snaked around the building as everyone was funneled through metal detectors. The energy inside, as it was in line, was excited yet calm, just as you would expect at a Buddhist centered event. The teaching was hosted by the Tibetan Association of Colorado and the influence of Tibetan culture could be seen in the goods being sold and the adornments of the stage.

The teachings were preceded by short speeches from Boulder Congressman Jared Polis and Boulder Mayor Suzanne Jones. Polis welcomed the Dalai Lama to Boulder and showered him with praise; “It takes a man of peace to be a man for peace.” He managed to sprinkle in some political statements and thoughts, including the recent Orlando nightclub shooting and the sit-in that was taking place in Congress as he was speaking and which he needed to return to Washington, D.C. for. He was greeted with raucous applause at the mention.

Mayor Jones also greeted the Dalai Lama and welcomed him to Boulder. In her speech, she claimed “I would be remiss to not present you with some gifts” after which she gave him a bicycle jersey and helmet. With the all-knowing grin that only an enlightened individual seems to have, he slung the shirt over his shoulder and donned the helmet. The Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet, the reincarnation of Buddha and one of the most recognizable figures in the world, wore the white bike helmet for the next 10 minutes, through the remainder of the introductions and welcome speeches. In a world filled with political correctness and cultural customs, he is the only person of his stature that can get away with wearing a bike helmet through any significant portion of an event that has the eyes of a nation focused on it. It was comical and refreshing and really helped set a tone of acceptance and humility, concepts that would come up in his teachings that followed.

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Boulder Mayor Suzanne Jones with the Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama started the teachings by immediately invoking an analogy created from the bike helmet. He spoke about the helmet being for safety while using a bike to get from place to place. He likened Buddhism to that bike helmet in that it can be a safety net for our mind and body, which get us around in this life. He was quick to transition into what would become a major theme of the first half of the two-hour teaching; acceptance of others. Partly delivered in his native Tibetan (then translated) and partly in English, he talked about the importance of accepting other people’s belief systems and the need to understand that all the major religions try to teach the same principle, love. He stressed that Buddhism might be the path for some but that Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Judaism are paths that are more appropriate for others. The path isn’t what’s important he says, finding yours is.

“’My religion’ turns religion from an altruistic tool to a weapon. A strong sense of ‘this is my___ (fill in almost anything) causes a sense of ownership, which create negative emotions- anger.”

This message is especially relevant in the social climate world-wide and in America as it regards religious faith and people’s strong sense of this is my religion or country or right and I need to defend it. The message that he strongly associated with tolerance of others was being altruistic, especially when it comes to one’s spiritual practice and generally how we interact with those around us.

“To practice altruism, you need to practice tolerance.”

His talk was periodically interrupted by his deep, guttural yet highly soothing chuckle, usually instigated by something he said that he found amusing. These brief laughs, which brought a smile to the face of everyone in the audience, help keep the mood light while addressing important, contentious issues.

The Dalai Lama also had some messages and lessons for students, but they are ones that everyone can, and should, apply. “I’m 81 years old and I’m still a student. When I have time, I read and think, which, I think, is good.” He does mention that he wasn’t always this way. “When I was young, I was lazy, I didn’t want to study, I wanted to pray.” This statement elicited his belly laugh, as well as laughs from most of the audience.

In a phrase that could have come out of a commencement address but one that was highly appropriate for the setting, the Dalai Lama sums up how we can make a difference in the world.

“To change, we must start with 1 person. Then multiply by 10, 100, 1000. That is how we change.”

This concluded the first half of this teaching. The second half was devoted to the theme of the event, which came from a Buddhist text and is called “Eight Verses of Training the Mind.” The text that he taught from was very appropriate to follow-up the teachings on tolerance and acceptance because it focuses on eight practices that can be adopted to develop a compassionate and altruistic mind.

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BOULDER, CO – June 23: His Holiness the Dalai Lama duplicates sign language from an audience member expressing ”I love you” during the Compassion in Action event at the Coors Events Center June 23, 2016. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post)

Instead of just reading the Eight Verses, which as he stated are fairly clearly laid out in the concise text, he talked about how to practice the lessons contained in the verses while tying them back to the earlier lessons. He talked about specific methods to meditation and contrasted single-pointed meditation- focusing on the breath is an example- verses analytical meditation, which is meditating by repeating a mantra or focusing on a word or topic such as love.

“Single-pointed meditation is one path and is beneficial but analytical meditation is more important, better, for the mind.”

The Dalai Lama concluded the teaching by having everyone join in with a recitation of the 8th Verse (see below) three times, followed by reciting a few Buddhist mantras three times as well. He then thanked everyone in attendance, bowed, and gracefully and humbly walked off the stage.

The teachings of Buddhism, and the Dalai Lama, can be highly beneficial for all people, regardless of age, race, ethnicity or religious background. Meditation practices can help students through the stress of school. For more information on Buddhism in the Boulder area, check out;

Tibetan Association of Colorado

Boulder Shambhala Center

 

The Eight Verses on Training the Mind.

 

1.       With the wish to achieve the highest aim, which surpasses even a wish fulfilling gem, for the benefit of all sentient beings, may I hold them dear at all times. 2.       Whenever I interact with another, may I view myself as the lowest among all and, from the very depths of my heart, hold others as superior.
3.       In all my activities may I probe my mind, and as soon as an affliction arises- since it endangers myself and others- may I confront it directly and avert it. 4.       When I encounter beings of unpleasant character and those oppressed by intense negativity and suffering, as though finding a treasure of precious jewels, may I cherish them, for they are so rarely found.
5.       When others out of jealousy treat me wrongly with abuse and slander, may I take upon myself the defeat and offer to others the victory. 6.       Even if someone I have helped or in whom I have placed great hope gravely mistreats me in hurtful ways, may I view him as my sublime teacher.
7.       In brief, may I offer benefit and joy to all my mothers, both directly and indirectly, and may I quietly take upon myself all the hurts and pains of my mothers. 8.       May all of this remain unsullied by the stains of the eight mundane concerns, and, by understanding all things as illusions, free of clinging, may I be released from bondage.

 

 

Denver Concerts Are Can’t Miss Attractions

Denver is often referred to as “The Oasis” by musicians all over the world. The Front Range is one of the best places to see live music in Colorado, as well as in the United States. Red Rocks Amphitheater is one of the most coveted music venues in the world. Dazzle Jazz and El Chapultepec are jazz institutions with decades of history melded into the walls. Beta Nightclub is a favorite of D.J.’s and club goers. No matter your taste in music or your budget, there’s a show for you to see in Denver.

As an avid music lover and college student, I have to balance my joy of going to shows with my budget. This is no simple task, considering I live in one of the best places to see live music on the planet, there’s a place for everyone in the Colorado music scene.

If I’m tight on money, one way to see music without sacrificing much cash is to look for jam sessions or open mic nights. A Denver institution is the Monday Night Jazz Jam at the Meadowlark. This is a low-key and free event that guarantees to please, as many of the best jazz cats in Denver come out to swing. There’s no cover fee, and this is an all-ages event, perfect for brushing off those Monday blues.

If you have a bit more of a budget, I recommend buying dinner and catching a show at Dazzle Jazz. You’ll quickly understand why it’s a national landmark.

Denver is also home to a plethora of mid-level venues that cater to the budget conscious.

Looking for a rock show? Check out the Hi-Dive or Larimer Lounge. Like EDM? Clubs like Beta and The Funky Buddha are great places to start. Looking for a grab bag of music? Check out Cervantes and The Otherside, a duel venue that sports a huge variety music every night of the week.

A trip to Red Rocks Amphitheater is a must for any music lover. While it may exert your budget more than the above venues, Red Rocks is an experience worth saving for. Between the scenery and the acoustics, there is no place better.  With a huge variety of performers, a wide selection of films and even yoga and health events, there is truly something for everyone.

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2015 Brit Floyd concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater.

Summer in Colorado is a special time of year, and every resident should enjoy it to the fullest. With so many options to see live music every night of the week the Denver music scene is almost overwhelming. The best way to find shows to fit your taste and budget is to investigate “The Oasis.” You’ll find the musical waters deep but soothing.

Written by Christopher Kemp

Photo from KPBS

Rethink Your Drink – What the Nutrition Label Doesn’t Tell You About Energy Drinks

From February to April, the High Plains Fitness Center at Front Range Community College-Westminster and Amber Kavehkar, Fitness Center Coordinator, encouraged students to explore healthy eating habits through the Eat Clean Challenge. The challenge mandated that participants avoid processed meat, added and artificial sweeteners, refined flours and dairy products.

Since the Eat Clean Challenge wrapped on April 1, students who followed its suggestions may turn back to processed foods. Furthermore, with finals approaching and the semester winding down, college students tend to seek vitality from energy drinks, such as Red Bull, Monster or Rockstar. In reality, the caffeine and added sugars in these drinks contribute to high blood pressure and heart problems.

While energy drinks keep consumers alert through quick and large doses of caffeine, the immediately increase blood pressure. According to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, “Consumption of the energy drink elicited a 6.2 percent increase in systolic blood pressure vs a 3.1 percent increase with the placebo drink. Diastolic blood pressure increased by 6.8 percent vs 0 percent with placebo. Mean blood pressure increased after consumption of the energy drink by 6.4 percent vs by 1.0 percent with the placebo drink.” People who consistently experience high blood pressure have much greater risks of heart disease and strokes long-term than those with moderate blood pressure.

Moreover, the average energy drink contains as much caffeine as five cups of coffee. Plus, other stimulants, such as guarana, ephedra and ma huang further increase one’s heart rate, leading to anxiety, nervousness and dehydration, according to the Mayo Clinic.

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Some energy drinks contain sugar as a sweetener, and others rely on zero-calorie artificial sweeteners, like sucralose and aspartame. The American Heart Association recommends a maximum of six tablespoons of added sugar per day for women and nine tablespoons per day for men. By reading the nutrition labels on energy drinks with added sugar, one can contains approximately 15 tablespoons of added sugar. Too much processed sugar leads to diabetes, weight gain and bodily stress.

Artificial sweeteners, while significantly lower in calories, are chemically derived, putting equal, if not more stress on one’s body than excess sugar. In fact, researchers at The Center for Science in the Public Interest found that sucralose and aspartame significantly increased the number of cancerous tumors in mice.

Even though energy drinks are labeled and sold as supplemental health drinks, their toxic ingredients lead to more detrimental, long-term ailments in consumers than a quick, pick-me-up is good for. Instead of energy drinks, less damaging options include small doses of tea and coffee for caffeine or fruit and vegetable juice for energy from natural carbohydrates.

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Just because FRCC’s Eat Clean Challenge ended, does not mean that students should readopt their bad eating habits. Health often means rethinking certain foods and drinks, and swapping them for those that do bodies well.

Written by Kayla Klein

Graphics from My Health News Daily and Huffington Post

Stress Adversely Affects College Students’ Minds and Bodies

With the passing of spring break, FRCC students are more than halfway through the semester. A lot of work is already behind us and more is waiting. For me personally, this is a stressful time of year in a stressful period of my life. Stress feels like a wet blanket that envelops you; its weight feels suffocating and makes it feel as though we are navigating life in concrete boots. Fortunately, this doesn’t have to be the case, as there are many highly effective methods for managing and reducing stress.

According to the University Health Center (UHC), which “exists to advance the well-being of students and other members of the University community in a way that supports academic success and student retention,” stress is defined as a response to a demand that is placed upon you.

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The website Everydayhealth.com, adds that stress occurs when your tension level exceeds your energy level, resulting in an overloaded feeling. In the article, J. David Forbes, MD, wrote, “As long as our available energy exceeds our tension level, then we’re in an okay state, but if energy is low and tensions are higher, then that can result in a state of anxiety, depression, and feeling overwhelmed.”

Stress is a physiological reaction that our bodies undergo when we are exposed to stimuli that alter our natural balance. When we find ourselves under stress, our body tries to correct this imbalance. According to Campusmindworks.org, an extension of the University of Michigan that provides information and resources about mental health issues for students, the body attempts to counteract the stress by releasing hormones. The energy the body requires to combat the effects of stress could otherwise be used for more beneficial purposes, such as to concentrate or fight off illness more efficiently. So, essentially, stress is a physical reaction within the body to a particular circumstance or demand.

Stress can be caused by either external or internal stimuli. As college students, we are exposed regularly to both of these forms of stress. External stress can look like a big paper or test on the horizon, struggling to meet your financial obligations or changes in your social life. Internal stress can be harder to recognize, as it is often a result of unmet expectations that we place on ourselves or others, which can lead to feelings of guilt or shame. It’s important to recognize that stress can be caused by an accumulation of little things or by big events.

All people react to stress differently, some more efficiently than others, and all people have different levels of stress that they are able to handle healthily. The University of Michigan lists some of the many ways that stress manifests itself in students specifically. Common indicators include: difficulty concentrating, increased worrying, trouble completing assignments on time, not going to class, short temper or increased agitation, tension, headaches, tight muscles, changes in eating habits or changes in sleeping habits.

Many of these symptoms have short-term impacts on our lives. However, there can be more consequences to stress that affect us later in life. According to UHC, “The changes in your body (increased heart rate, higher blood pressure and muscle tension) start to take their toll, often leading to mental and physical exhaustion and illness. Too much stress can cause problems and affect our health, productivity and relationships.”

The Mayo Clinic reported that stress can cause health aliments, including heart disease, weight gain/obesity, digestive problems and even cancer.

While most stress should be avoided, some forms of stress can be beneficial, and the negative effects can be counteracted and kept in check.

Our bodies’ reaction to stress is actually an evolutionary response that has likely allowed our species to survive. Think of the stress that you may feel when a fire-alarm goes off, or you hear the bark of a menacing dog. The burst of adrenaline and cortisol that we receive as a result is a part of the response of our sympathetic nervous system, which is a phenomenon more commonly known as fight-or-flight.

Stress can also be used as a catalyst to finish papers or meet deadlines. “That extra burst of adrenaline that helps you finish your final paper, perform well in sports, or meet any challenge is positive stress. It is a short-term physiological tension and added mental alertness that subsides when the challenge has been met, enabling you to relax and carry on,” UHC wrote.

While there are countless causes of stress, there are also ample ways to reduce the feelings and effects, and, unlike some other health issues, many of them can be practiced on our own time and for little to no monetary investment. A lot of stress can be mitigated or eliminated through life-style changes and practices.

First, staying active can have many benefits besides just reducing stress, but even as little as 20 minutes of exercise a few times a week can help to offset some of the health concerns associated with stress mentioned above. Many forms of exercise take place outside, which is another tool for dealing with stress.

Spending time outside has so many benefits to our overall well-being, reducing stress included. A lot of research has emerged over the past few decades pointing to human’s biological need to be in natural environments. Many of us spend the vast majority of life, especially as students, in rooms that often don’t have windows and are artificially lit. Richard Louv, a psychologist studying the benefits of nature, stated, “A growing body of research links more time in nature — or in home, work or hospital environments enhanced through nature-based design — with reduction of stress and depression, faster healing time and less need for pain medication.”

Next, mindfulness and meditation are definitely buzz-words in our society today, but the practices have existed for thousands of years. The Mayo Clinic said, “Meditation is considered a type of mind-body complementary medicine. Meditation produces a deep state of relaxation and a tranquil mind. When you meditate, you clear away the information overload that builds up every day and contributes to your stress.”

Lack of sleep and poor nutrition, which is the reality of many college students’ lives, have adverse affects on our ability to handle stress, among many other detrimental health effects. Much of this can be attributed to lack of energy and nutrition, which lowers the resources we have to deal with things such as stress or illness. The over-consumption of caffeine can exaggerate both of these issues, as caffeine is a stimulant and an appetite suppressor. One of the biggest things we can do as students to reduce our stress and just generally perform better in school is to make sure we get enough sleep and provide our body with the nutrients it needs, both of which help fuel us.

Taking care of our body is also a way we can take care of our mind, as there is a correlation between the physical state of our body and the emotional state of our mind. I find that writing is a key tool that I use to deal with, and work through, stress. Talking to a trusted friend or family member can have similar benefits to writing as talking through your stress gets the problem out of your mind and allows you to see a problem in a different way as the other person can offer suggestions. Stopping the “analysis paralysis” that can occur when we are stressed and have events play over and over in our minds can go a long way to reducing stress.

Finally, ensuring that we build time in our busy lives for social events, activities that we enjoy and even just laughing can help offset some of the effects of stress.

Stress is a big and very real topic that is often under or un-addressed in our daily lives. Between school, work and often families, community college students likely have more demands placed on our time than the average citizen and this can lead to an increase in stress. Employ some of the stress-reducing methods to tackle the rest of the semester ahead.

Written by Alex Liethen

Photo from Mayo Clinic

Jeremy Haft at FRCC: Is China Steamrolling the United States?

It is a turbulent time to be alive. It seems with every passing day there is one more thing to be afraid of. With the presidential race in full swing, Americans are trying to consider the best options for their own survival.

One theme that is often explored in the media, but seldom explained, is how China affects our global economic position. Some people and candidates paint China as a huge steamroller set to pave over all that America is, but new information prompts reevaluation. Author and CEO Jeremy Haft recently gave an enlightening lecture at Front Range Community College about his experiences working with China over the past 19 years.

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Event poster from FRCC.

Haft is a unique American in that he has spent a significant amount of time on the ground in China, watching how they manufacture many of the goods we rely on. Haft used examples from his new book, Unmade in China: The Hidden Truth about China’s Economic Miracle, to explain that many of our conceptions of China are incorrect.

For example, Americans assume that many of our raw materials, manufactured goods and foodstuffs are imported and not exported. According to Haft, this is not true. China is actually importing a significant amount of materials from the United States. Again, contrary to popular belief, China is supporting our job economy by importing substantially higher quality goods from us. Foodstuffs are an example of a good that China often imports from us because their quality is subpar.

Haft’s description of the on-the-ground situation in China is drastically different from the description the media presents the majority. Haft makes a point that essentially pulls the roller out of the Steamroller metaphor. China has minimal experience working in a capitalist system compared to the United States. That lack of experience prevents them from taking the complete upper-hand on the American economically.

It has never been more critical for Americans to make informed decisions. From the products we consume to the leaders we choose, our choices define us as a nation. Jeremy Haft’s dialogue around China is something that many Americans need to hear because it can help us understand many of the things we fear.

America is not dying. China is not going to trample over us. In fact, we may be heading into a new era of global prosperity if we can learn to conquer our fear of one another.

Written by Christopher Kemp

Media provided by Front Range Community College

Journey to Space in Astronomy Club

Have you ever stared into the vast night sky and gotten lost in thoughts, grappling with concepts about our place in the universe, or if we are alone? There is an opportunity at FRCC-Westminster to quench that curiosity in Astronomy Club.

“Throughout human existence we have always looked up,” said Anthony James, student organizer of Astronomy Club. The club meets on Thursdays at 11 a.m. in the Student Outreach Center and is open to any curious students. “If you just like staring at space, come stop by,” he said.

A couple of times each semester, the Club uses the telescope on the east end of campus for solar or night sky observing. This affords students the opportunity to gaze up at the night sky using the power of optics to get a closer look. The experience of using the telescope brings reality to the group’s discussions, as they can look at some of the objects they are talking about.

“I like seeing the planets,” James said. “I like seeing Saturn and Jupiter. It’s fun looking at those because they are so far away. They’re these gas giants, these huge planets, but you can see them through a telescope. It’s just super cool to see and when you first see Jupiter, and you see the moons around Jupiter- you’re kind of like ‘Wow.’ We have these huge telescopes, and Galileo and other early astronomers just made their own telescopes, and they were seeing almost the exact same thing. It’s kind of a cool experience.”

Experiential learning also sets Astronomy Club apart from run-of-the-mill organizations. “We try to do [community service] projects,” James said. Last semester, the Club donated a telescope to Anythink Library. “This semester, they plan to create a rail gun that can move objects with electromagnetic force.

I was able to watch the Club in action during a meeting, as they worked on the rail-gun project. The meeting included Dr. Lindsay Rocks, an astronomy and physics professor and the faculty advisor to the Club. She set the project up, explained to us the physics behind what was taking place, answered questions and talked science and astronomy with us.

When they aren’t tinkering with an experiment or project, the Club discusses science and space. “Arguing about how many dimensions there are, a lot of random stuff. We pretty much just talk about science,” James said. To participate, you can talk to Dr. Rocks or James, or you can simply attend a meeting. “Anybody is welcome,” James said. “We don’t do math in there, so don’t let that discourage you!”

According to James, the night sky puts life and our existence into perspective. “We are only able to see what’s in front of us, and when you can stare at something that’s millions, or billions, of years old it kind of puts a different view-point on life and our place in the universe,” he said. “You can kind of understand where we came from and what’s going on. It’s kind of a humbling experience to look up and to realize that we’re here and there is so much out there and we are just flying through space.”

There are reasons that space is important that are much closer to home, not only on our planet but also in the Front Range. Space is big business in Colorado. According to the Colorado Space Coalition, Colorado has the nation’s second largest aerospace industry, with over 160,000 employed across over 400 companies, including eight of the nation’s top aerospace contractors.

“I think a lot of people take it for granted that a lot of technology comes from just studying the stars and space,” James said. James is starting his studies at FRCC and plans to transfer to CU-Boulder to continue his education. In addition to a booming aerospace industry, Colorado is also home to schools with superior aerospace programs.

“CU-Boulder has a great astrophysics and planetary sciences program. The New Horizons Project heavily used CU-Boulder to send [the mission and craft] to Pluto. Whether it’s making telescopes, or airplanes or space shuttle parts, telescope lenses, there is a lot around Colorado. There is a huge (space) community here in Colorado,” James said.

We are also fortunate to live in Colorado because, away from the Front Range, there are still dark skies that allow better star viewing, as well as a thinner atmosphere which allows for crisper telescope sightings. One of the biggest threats to the night sky is called light pollution, which means that the light created by cities and society pollutes the night sky and detracts from our ability to view the astronomical bodies. This is why only a few stars are visible in downtown Denver verses a few thousand in the Indian Peaks Wilderness. In fact, Colorado is a leader in preserving this resource that is quickly vanishing.

“I know that light pollution is an issue and it’s getting harder and harder for us to use ground telescopes because of the light pollution. I think we should all take a moment to look up and just kind of realize that there is something up there,” James said, referring to what is called the Night Sky Initiative, which is an international, 501(c)-3 non-profit organization devoted to protecting the night sky for present and future generations. The organization advocates for the creation of night sky parks, places set aside for the enjoyment of the people to see the night sky, and recognizing communities that currently exist with a healthy night sky view, called International Dark Sky Communities.

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Colorado has two such places: The Black Canyon of the Gunnison and Wet Mountain Valley and town of Westcliffe, have both received this designation and puts them among the few locations in the US that have been acknowledged for their views of the night sky. In fact, Westcliffe is one of only 14 communities in the world that has received the designation of Dark Sky Community, places that have put an emphasis on preserving the night sky.

If you are interested in the night sky, Colorado is a fantastic place to live. We have great views of space, highly-regarded institutions for the study of space and a healthy aerospace economy. You journey to space could begin Thursdays at 11 a.m. with Astronomy Club!

Written by Alex Liethen

Photo by Alex Liethen

FRCC is One of Few Community Colleges to Initiate Guided Pathways

One of our most fundamental, mammalian systems is the collection and dissemination of information from old generations to new. Without education, I would not know how to cook, speak, write or be a human. Continue reading “FRCC is One of Few Community Colleges to Initiate Guided Pathways”

Stand Against Gender Based Violence

Front Range Community College professor, Dr. Cecilia Gowdy-Wygant, facilitated a gender dialogue luncheon on March 9 to discuss gender based violence. This event occurred second in a series of presentations about gender dialogue through a co-curricular learning experience grant, funded by Student Life and presented by FRCC’s Women’s Studies program. Continue reading “Stand Against Gender Based Violence”

What FRCC Students Need to Know About Mumps in Colorado

According to Colorado state health officials, a small outbreak of Parotitis (Mumps) in the Denver area was discovered in February. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issued a warning upon confirming four cases, and since then, two more cases have arisen. Continue reading “What FRCC Students Need to Know About Mumps in Colorado”

Attend FRCC’s Yoga Classes for Ultimate Health

Yoga continues gaining popularity in the United States as both an art form, a relaxation technique and a therapeutic practice.

High Plains Fitness Center Coordinator, Amber Kavehkar teaches yoga classes both for credit and for fun. Students can attend Kavehkar’s flow yoga classes every Monday from noon to 1, free to fitness center members.

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