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Page 16 Senior student, Chris Torrens, smiles for the camera. PHOTO BY LAUREL CIFALA Senior interning at Exploration Works By JENNI TAXER Prospector S ta ffW r iter Chris Torrens began a new chap­ ter in his life when he transferred to Carroll College. “Exploration Works is the best thing that’s ever happened to me,” said Chris. Chris received a position this spring as an intern at the Explora­ tion Works museum located in the Great Northern Town Center. Chris, 22, spent three years at Washington State University studying criminal justice and ar­ chitecture. He found these classes very difficult, and soon sought Carroll as an alternative. Chris had considered the Jour­ nalism field and decided to give Carroll’s program a try. “It was a fit,” said Chris. Chris will graduate with a degree in Public Relations and Journalism ii> May. After graduation, Chris plans to move to Boise and seek a job with an advertising agency. “Chris is not only committed to the success of Exploration Works,” said Jessica Sloan, a senior Nurs­ ing major at Carroll, “but he is also committed to the recognition of Carroll’s Public Relations class for its efforts in the development of Exploration Works.” Chris is very dedicated the link that exists between Carroll and Exploration Works, said Jessica. Through Janet Drexel of Carroll College, Chris became aware of the opportunities at Exploration Works. “I chose Exploration Works to do my internship because I really like being a part of something that is new to the community,” said Chris. Chris has been doing a lot to prepare for the museum’s opening this fall. “Because I am working with them in their pre-opening stage, I think it will be great to see this project grow and mature,” said Chris. Chris has put his collegiate knowledge to the test through this internship. He has designed and edited some publications for Kim Patterson, head of marketing and development at Exploration Works. While using current knowledge at Exploration Works, Chris is gaining valuable information and skills for his future as well, said Jessica. This internship has allowed Chris to work with classmates and prepare him for his future in the real world. Chris is excited to see where Exploration Works is headed and how it will get there. CHILEAN CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9 to go people watch, because you’d see the most interesting charac­ ters.” She grew to love the fruit stands and markets o f inexpensive fruit that dotted the city. “I would stop by a little strawber­ ry stand and buy a kilo o f strawber­ ries for a dollar and eat them the whole way home,” said Emerson. “I don’t know how I didn’t get E. coli because I never washed any fruit.” Jenna traveled all around Chile. She visited the coast, mountains, Strait o f Magellan, Patagonia, and a culturally distinct island called Chiloe. She hitchhiked around Easter Island where she camped in caves, and ate native fruit from the bottom o f the crater o f a volcano. She also enjoyed traveling out­ side o f Chile as well. In fact, she liked visiting Argentina so much she almost stayed. “I almost quit school and studied Vita culture, which is wine produc­ tion,” said Jenna. “There’s this city called Mendoza and I was like, ‘I’m going to live here and produce CONTINUED FROM PAGE 13 “[Lyon] is very driven and dedicated when it is time to get the ball rolling, and besides, he is a lot o f fun to be around in the woods,” Kroll said. The Outdoor Club is a ma­ jor focus for Lyon, but he also knows how to study. He plans to attend Texas A&M Veterinary School after graduation from Carroll. “He’s a rambunctious kid at times, studious when he has to be,” said Andrew Peterson, friend and classmate of Lyon. “[Lyon] is always looking for a way to enjoy what is here in Montana,” said Kroll. But after he graduates, Lyon plans to re­ turn to his native state, claiming, “I’ll live in Texas, unless some girl gets her hooks in me up here.” Depending on the events of the next two years, Sugar- land, Texas may or may not call him home again. wine for the rest o f my life.’” Emerson found class to be very different in Chile as compared to Carroll. Tests were based Old textbooks were available in the library for students to reference. But Emerson found it peculiar that all the textbooks in the library were in English when most o f the stu­ dents spoke only Spanish. To keep up with her biology stud­ ies at Carroll, one class Jenna took was ecology. Her class only met one day a week and lasted from 8:30 am to 6 pm with a two-hour lunch break. Lecturing made up the entire class time. “I definitely would fall asleep in class sometimes,” said Emerson of ecology. Jenna recommends the experi­ ence o f studying abroad to Carroll students who’ve considered going. She found the most important thing she gained was mastering Spanish. She recommends students take a semester abroad rather than a short trip if they have the option. Her reasoning is that you have more independence during a semester abroad and again shows her free spirited sense o f adventure. “If you see a random trail in the woods I would say, ‘let’s take that one!”’ said Emerson. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12 nurse in the 1980s. Her dissertation was on “disenfranchised” or alter­ nate forms o f grieving, also. Jennifer says that a lot has hap­ pened since her article was pub­ lished in January. “Some neat and some not so neat things have happened.” Her book has gone into a second printing and she has received lots o f mail, some positive and some negative. She does her best not to let the negatives affect her, something that makes her husband, Professor Brad Elison very proud. “Jennifer is truly one o f the most empathetic and caring individuals I have had the pleasure to know personally and professionally.” said Laura Pickens, who works with Elison in the Wellness Center. What is her biggest regret on the cancellation o f her segment? She missed out on a New York dinner with her daughter who lives on the east coast. OUTDOORS SELFLESS Crazy Woman Beadim 433 N. 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The Prospector (Helena, Mont.), 29 March 2007, located at <>, image provided by MONTANA NEWSPAPERS, Montana Historical Society, Helena, Montana.