The Prospector (Helena, Mont.) 1916-2015, December 07, 2007, Image 2

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A STUDENT PUBLICATION OF CARROLL COLLEGE r ... V ... ! 1 H E P r o s p e c t o r Editor in Chief Kelsey Bjelland Layout & Design Veronica Mohrmann Assistant Layout Katie Satre Advertising Director Patrick Manning Photographers Lindsey Howard Phil Tanis Interns Malena Cater Megan Gergen Jenna Kesler Hannah Parpart Katie Smith Faculty Advisor Brent Northup Staff Writers Kara Addison Drew Riley Chris Mattix Drew Garrison Sierra Richmond Brian Geer All students o f all majors and years can join the Prospector staff. I f interested in joining our staff, contact editor Kelsey Bjelland at prospector@carroll.edu. The Prospector welcomes expressions o f the views o f its readers. Letters must be signed and must include the address and telephone number o f the writer. Letters are subject to editing for brevity. J u s t a n o t h e r w e e k a t C a r r o l l By Kelsey Bjelland Editor You may have noticed that this last week was filled with a few events that were a little out of the ordinary for this small town col­ lege. If you were around the Cube last Thursday afternoon, you might have witnessed quite a scene outside the building. At least 16 Helena Police officers responded to a call from an employee of the building seeing a dark-haired man sticking a “handgun” into his pocket as he entered the Cube. It was almost humorous to discover that what the witness had described as a handgun was actually a Black­ berry. However, the call was taken very seriously and the campus was put on lockdown, and the imme­ diate area around the Cube was evacuated. I was off campus at the time, but was alerted of the incident after it was over via campus email. Speaking with a school administra­ tor later that day, I learned that the suspected “gunman” was actually our dark-haired state auditor John Morrison. While this was certainly surprising, I think that the real identity everyone would like to know is who the caller was. All things considered, Morrison took the situation well. “It’s better to be safe than sorry,” he remarked, according to the Helena Indepen­ dent Record. While this false alert may have been an unnecessary precaution this time, it is nice to know that the college would be prepared if some­ thing ever did happen here. The IR reported that officers resolved the situation within 16 minutes of the initial phone call, which is impres­ sive and reassuring. Unfortunately, Jay Leno is playing reruns from 1992 due to the writer’s strike in Hollywood, or else little old Carroll College just might have gained national atten­ tion. Another scare that students were made aware of through email was the antibiotic-resistant staph bacteria that had possibly infected the fitness center. There have been several reported cases of this dangerous infection in the Helena community, so the threat needed to be taken very seriously. Apparently, it was another false alarm, but I was still glad that the center was closed down for a few hours on Thursday to allow for a deep cleaning of the facility, which was desperately needed anyway. I’ve noticed that the antibac­ terial cleaners to wipe down the machines when you are done using them are often gone, which is a health hazard at any rate during the winter when so much cold and flu is going around. Hopefully this is another thing we can learn from, and take extra precautions in the future to make sure the fitness center is not a breeding ground for bacteria. On a happier note, the highlight of the week was without a doubt the phenomenal game played by the fighting Saints football team on Saturday. Congratulations to all the players and coaches. The whole school is proud of your ac­ complishments and we know you will do well to represent Carroll College in the National Champion­ ship! Friday, Decem b er 7,2007 Volum e 91, No 3

The Prospector (Helena, Mont.), 07 Dec. 2007, located at <http://montananewspapers.org/lccn/TheProspector/2007-12-07/ed-1/seq-2/>, image provided by MONTANA NEWSPAPERS, Montana Historical Society, Helena, Montana.