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Page 13 T a k i n g t o t h e o u t d o o r s PHOTO BY LAUREL CIFALA Taylor Lyon, co-president of the Outdoor Club, plays in the snow. By KELSEY BjELLAND Prospector S ta jfW r iter He’s a long tall Texan who claims he came to Carroll College for its outdoor club. Now serv­ ing as co-president of the club, he loves Montana and Carroll is lucky to have him. The Carroll College Outdoor Club has been recently resurrected by the one and only Taylor Lyon, or “Tex,” a sophomore biology major. Behind that cowboy hat and gentlemanly demeanor is a man with a passion for the outdoors, who is spreading his love by orga­ nizing exciting outdoor explora­ tions for Carroll students. Lyon wanted to revive the Out­ door Club after a disappointment early in the school year. “I came back to Carroll a week early to go on a trip with the club, only to find out that it was can­ celled,” Lyon said. Mike Brown, the admissions counselor who first sold Lyon on Carroll’s Outdoor Club, was no longer involved with the club. Krister Kroll, the club’s former president and a junior, was not at Carroll last semester, so no one was really managing the club. The club had a $300 budget, as do all the other clubs at Carroll, Lyon explained. The Outdoor Club also had no storage and no staff, which was a problem. Lyon decided to change this. He talked to Chad Gray and Jes­ sica Savage, who jointly took over Brown’s position as chair of the Outdoor Club. When Lyon wants something, he works hard to get it. As Kroll put it, “Tex likes to take ideas, discov­ er the logistics and make the idea a reality.” And students who are now a part of the Outdoor Club are grateful for his efforts. Together, Lyon, Gray, and Sav­ age worked to plan a calendar full of fun events to get Carroll students involved in the Outdoor Club. All of the trips so far have been successful and well attended. A snowshoeing trip was sched­ uled for nearly every weekend in January and February. The club has also taken trips sponsored by the Montana Wilderness Association to the Elk Homs and several trips up to McDonald Pass. Lyon explained that he has three goals for the Outdoor Club. “We need to create a board of five to eight ring leaders to help spark ideas to organize,” Lyon said. Having Gray on their side has helped them out as well, he added. Another important goal for the club is to increase funding from the school, which has already been partially accomplished. Lyon recently had a meeting with Patrick Harris and Scout Murphy, student body president, to discuss this mat­ ter. Harris was able to help the club with this goal by taking funds from student activities. The last but perhaps the most important goal, as Lyon put it, is to “capitalize on Helena’s outdoor op­ portunities.” With that in mind, the Outdoor Club will not be running out of places to explore. Kroll is now back at Carroll and is co-president of the club with Lyon. See OUTDOORS Page 16 Need a little S a L s A in your day? ■f : ; * ^ ■ h é m T a C o del S o L 101 N. Last Chance Gulch phone: (406) 443-3978 Thursday, March 29,2007 Volume 90, No 6

The Prospector (Helena, Mont.), 29 March 2007, located at <>, image provided by MONTANA NEWSPAPERS, Montana Historical Society, Helena, Montana.