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Page 12 G e t t o By Jenna Kesler Intern Writer Senior Becky Coates sits across me with her permanent smile in a blue ski beanie, positive as al­ ways. Coates, a 22-year-old native of Cheyenne, Wyo., loves taking life to the fullest. A Carroll Saints soccer player, chemistry major, ski lover, outdoor guru and dedicated friend are only a few masks this student wears. Coates, a fullback who has played soccer at Carroll since her freshman year, was ecstatic about how well the Saints had done this season. “This year met all the expecta­ tions I had. I knew it was going to be challenging, 1 knew it was going to be emotional, but 1 had no idea how much fun it was going to be.” She talked about how well the Saints played as a team this year, working hard towards their ulti­ mate goal. Before break, the Saints had seemed to reach that, earning the first NAIA national tournament in Carroll history, traveling down south to Florida. Coates said how many times she had to remind herself in Flori­ k n o w B e c k y C o a t e s da that it was for real. “Nationals was a different experience. I was really emotional. 1 think what really got me was when my Dad reminded me before I left that this would be my last soccer tournament ever. 1 then had flashbacks from starting soccer as a little girl up to this point. That really hit me.” Coates described how incred­ ible it was for them playing at night under the lights with a beau­ tiful Florida scene behind them. Also, she noted how you could tell the teams who succeeded because of their collaboration and ability to work together. At Nationals before the games, while everyone in the locker-room was getting each other pumped up, Coates again had flashbacks. “If I would have gone back to my eleven-year-old self when I was just becoming a competitive soccer player and told her that she would be playing in Nationals one day, 1 would have never believed it!” When asked what some of her favorite memories of playing soc­ cer at Carroll were, she had more than a couple to share. One of them included her sophomore year when she received the Fr. Gene Peo­ ples award for “Most Improved Player.” “This was a favorite for two reasons. Not only was it incredible that my team voted for me, but also because I had a strong connec­ tion and love for Fr. Peoples.” I had to ask her how she managed to juggle being a soccer player and a chemistry major. “If I only did one thing, I would really excel at it. If I did soccer alone I would be really good at it. If I did chemistry alone, I’d be really good at it. But I wanted to do both.” “This sounds corny... but I love learning! I really enjoy being around the professors,” she said. PHOTO COURTESY OF BRANDON VELTRI Becky described how supportive her family, friends, and professors had been to her, especially dur­ ing the season. Those included Dr. More SOCCER Page 15 Ban apathy; have an opinion We all have opinions and issues that we feel strong about, whether it’s one issue you feel extremely passionate about or a whole slew of things that you’ll tell anyone who asks. The majority of students have, at least, that one issue that gets them going, something that really gets you going. Most college aged students have their opinions and, for the most part, aren’t afraid to speak up and tell whoever will listen what those opinions are. All throughout high school I was always told that college is a place to speak your mind, that it’s a time to tell the world what you think, to share your opinion with­ out the fear of repercussion. So, why don’t we do that here at Car- roll? Why don’t we, as students, come together and tell the world and our community how we feel about issues? As college students we see many issues around the world, our com­ munity, even just at Carroll in a different light than other genera­ tions. However, you’d never know that walking around the campus here at Carroll. If you were an outsider coming into the Carroll environment, asking how the majority of students felt about any number of issues, there’s a very high chance you wouldn’t be able to hear answers to your questions. It’s not a matter of whether or not Carroll students.have opinions and beliefs and how strongly they feel about those be­ liefs. Students on this cam­ pus, do have their feelings and their opinions; I’ve heard them time and time again. Some are major issues, some aren’t, but why don’t we, as a collective student body, speak out and let others know what those opinions are? There are a number of other college campuses in the country you could go and visit and there’s a high possibility that you’re going to see a group of students sharing their opinion in one form or the other. It happens all over! Why not at Carroll?! What’s holding us back? I remember visiting colleges my senior year of high school. At two of the campus tours there were students protesting. I can’t recall what they were protesting but I remember those groups because it was exciting to see people my age having their voices heard. I looked forward to the day when I could join with a group of people who have similar opinions and tell my community what those opinions were. By no means am I saying that I’d like to see a group of students yelling and screaming and using extreme and inappropriate tactics in order to have their views heard. In my opiniop, that’s tacky and not the correct form for people to pay attention to what you’re saying. Student opinion I’m only MEGAN GERGEN point­ ing out the fact that there is total silence on our campus. There are no signs of passion with us, here at Carroll, towards any one of the hundreds of issues affecting us today! As college students we should view it as our privilege to be able to speak our minds, to voice our opinions without being concerned about punishment. There is no other time in our lives that we’re going to be able to do this. You’re not going to be able to work a big-shot “corporate” job and come together with your peers for one common interest without fear of reprimand. So here’s my challenge to us as Carroll students. Don’t be afraid to speak up! If you don’t have the urge or the passion, then don’t. However, if you do feel strongly about something, whether it be in the world, our community, or even here at Carroll, say something! I’d be willing to bet that if you feel strongly, so does someone else. 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