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Page 12 L e n t i s a t i m e f o r r e p e n t a n c e By MAGGIE DAVIS Prospector StajfWriter Sweets, caffeine, and swearing all have something in common: they are all things people around the Carroll community are giving up for Lent. Lent started Wednesday, Feb. 21 . All the people who went to mass on Ash Wednesday had dark crosses on their foreheads. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Easter Sunday, which is April 8 this year. “Lent is a season in the church’s calendar year when Catholics focus on making God the center of their lives.. .is a time of conver sion, repentance, and o f learning to practice moderation by means of fasting,” said Rev. Dougald McCal- lum, Director o f Campus Ministry at Carroll. This year Carroll’s theme for Lent is “Hate the sin, love the sinner, love your enemies and pray for them,” said McCallum during mass on Ash Wednesday. McCallum hopes that Carroll will continue to use this theme after the Lenten season is even over. In addition to giving up some thing they love, Catholics don’t eat meat on Fridays and fast between meals. Instead o f giving something up, some Catholics try to start something, for example to pray more. “College students can focus on becoming close to God through prayer, fasting, and acts o f charity,” said McCallum. Lent will be celebrated this year by a number o f events on campus. For instance, Campus Ministry is holding prayer vigils every Thurs day and Friday from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. in Trinity chapel, where stu dents may come and make time for personal prayer. “Since the Lord asks us to repent and believe in his good news, Cath olics [should] attend the sacrament of penance (confession) before Eas ter, so I will make myself available for confessions every Wednesday evening before the 9:30 p.m. mass and every Sunday evening before the 9 p.m. mass in the Cube,” said McCallum. Selfless staff member reaches out * By CAROLYN SMILLIE Prospector StajfWriter Life has taken an exciting turn for Jennifer Elison in the past month. When I sat down to speak to her she asked if we could speak while she and her co-worker, Mike Frank lin, made stress relief bags out of rice and athletic socks. This is just one o f the many projects Elison undertakes to serve Carroll students. I was lucky to get any time with her at all considering her busy schedule. Elison takes on a full counseling schedule, a class she teaches with Franklin, and an Eng lish class that she attends herself at night. Like everything Elison does, all this work is for others. Her co worker Mike Franklin said that she “goes all out—no holds barred” for anyone who needs an advocate. Elison’s main concern is helping others, this culminated in a book she wrote in 2003 about “grief that brings relief.” Recently her efforts have captured national media atten tion in a Jan. 22 Newsweek article and a Feb. 12 appearance on the Today Show. “What I really hope to do is provide validation for the numerous relief grievers,” she said about the media attention. But then the Today Show appear ance was cancelled. “I was upstaged by Anna Nicole Smith’s death!” Elison said laugh ing. Characteristically, Elison remained good natured about the canceling, even admitting to being “pretty relieved.” Naturally, weeks after her article was published on Jan. 22 were extremely “hectic” for her. Luckily Elison had another chance at a TV segment from the CNN show “Paula Zahn” Ted Rol lins, a CNN correspondent, came to Carroll to film the segment. Elison finds the whole TV expe rience enlightening and amusing. They filmed across the hall from her office in the Wellness Center. “They had to move everything and arrange the cords [on the af- ghan] in a certain way. We also had to stop and make sure Ted’s hair looked ok” She said with a laugh. The interview focused on her work with relief grievers and her book on the same subject. Elison has been studying different forms of grief, like relief, since she was a See SELFLESS Page 16 The Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity. Catholic women religious in service to the world. Our ministries include education health care and community/parish services in a diversity of rewarding environments. Call Sr. Julie Ann Sheahan, OSF at 920-682-7728. Or visit www.fscc-calledtobe.org F ranciscan S isters o f Christian Chanty Thursday. March 29,2007 Volume 90, No 6