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Carroll College Student Newspaper Helena, Montana Volume 99 Edition 1 September 27,2012 T he P r o s p e c t o r Homecoming Football, p. 10 Ryann's Rant: Stop whining over book prices Every semester it is the same: students walk into the Saints Shoppe, or log into Amazon.com, load their required reading into their baskets and carts, and proceed to checkout... And their jaws drop at the total. The poor students, now gasping like hsh out o f water, are either pleased or terrihed by the total. Unfortunately, the latter is the most common response. Eimna Edwards, a sophomore biol ogy and anthrozoology major from Vancouver Wash., said she paid about $500 for textbooks this semester. Her most expensive book was a used biol ogy book priced over $100. \Textbooks especially used ones,” she said, \are way over-priced. ' It is not uncommon for students across the country to pay $500 or more for one semester’s worth o f textbooks, regardless o f their major. Then they eat Ramen noodles for the nc.xl month. In an effort to escape the “unfair” and “over-priced” cost o f texlbooks, students have turned to used books, all the while still complaining aboul Ihc hundreds o f dollars they have lo pay. “The prices for books are outra geous,” said Joey Gaither, a senior English literature major from Great Falls. \I have found it way cheaper lo buy online.” Kitty Sullivan, Carroll’s own book store manager, advises renting. \You pay the same amounl as you would after buy-backs,” she said, “and there is no risk that we won’l take il back at the end o f the semester. \ Sullivan has been working in Ihc campus bookstore for 14 years. In that lime she has seen book prices increase seven to 12 percent between spring and fall semester for the exact same edition. At the start o f every semester, as I explain my $300 purchase to my family and friends, or I walk past the bookstore, I am constantly hearing the rhetorical question, “Why do textbooks cost so much?” There is no reason for it. right? A 2010 discussion by the New York Times offers various causes and solutions to the growing problem. Charlotte Allen, writer for Minding the Campus, stated one of the biggest factors of price: production. This may come as a surprise, but textbooks do not magically appear via stork on the bookstore shelves. They are not digitally birthed by microchip mothers. There is a tremendous amount o f work involved in producing a textbook (whether it is in print or digitfonn) t> Ryann Lannan Student Opinion More Textbooks page5 Mills and Capp crowned king and queen Nate Kavanagh ______ Staff Writer The 2012 Carroll College Homecoming week began with the coronation o f the Saints' royalty on Tuesday, Sept. 18 in the Upper Cube. Galen Mills and Katie Capp were crowned king and queen. Mills is a senior biology student from Powell. Wyo.. and Capp is a senior studying biology and chemistry for secondary edu cation and is from Andover, Minn. “Being homecoming king is every little boy’s dream, and this little boy’s dream came true,” said Mills after being named king. “Once I was always the bridesmaid, but now I ’m the bride,\ Capp said in respond ing to being crowned. John Appleby and Hannah Olson were the royalty selec tions for the juniors. Appleby is originally from Florence, Mont, and is majoring in com puter science; Olson comes to Carroll from Billings and is studying biology. The sophomore class selected Rick Zepeda and Galen Mills and Katie Capp Chelseah Ahart as their prince and princess. Zepeda is a biol ogy major from Jerome, Idaho and Ahart is a biology major from Libby, Mont. The freshmen royalty was Kevin Gardner and Molly Mo loney. Both are biology ma jors from Washington. Gardner is a Walla Walla native while Maloney is from Spokane. The homecoming festivities continued with the \Varsity Revue” pep rally on Friday. Sept. 20 on the Trinity lawn. Megan Olszewski, a senior community health major from Kalispell, was the emcee of the event. Carroll students and fans not only heard from all of the fall athletic teams, diey also enjoyed vocal perfor mances, a skit by an impro visation group, and a show PHOTO BY CORYCROUSER from two unicyclists. Between these student performances and speeches free shirts were thrown out to students. During half time of the Saints’ homecoming football game, Carroll students and staff participated in the annual bed races. How do the bed races work? A five-person team represents each class More Homecoming page 4 T o m E v a n s : M o v i n g u p w a r d a n d o n w a r d _______ Raven Dryden _______ Lead Writer Along with the class of 2016, Dr. Thomas Evans has begun his first year as president o f Carroll College. Evans was officially named the six teenth president o f Carroll on June 4. “There is a lot o f excitement with any thing new,” said Evans. “You don’t get a lot o f firsts.” Evans is balancing these op portunities with a packed travel schedule and a strong presence at campus events. “He [Evans] is filled with a great amount o f energy and a great amount o f ideas,” said Dr. John Runda, a visiting professor o f sociology. Evans has met the beginning of the semester with the vivacity and willingness of a 1st year student. His excitement was evident in conclusion o f the Holy Spirit Mass at the Cathedral earlier this month. Leading the congregation's response, \Go Saints!” for another Carroll College mass celebrated. \It is clear that he loves Carroll College already,” said Runda. Evans has a desire to communicate with the students on many levels. This focus brought him to move his office to a new level, St. Charles Hall. \I will be able to feel the heartbeat o f the campus.” he said o f returning to the original President's office on first main. \The offices [in St. Charles] really evoke the tradition o f Carroll,” Evans said. The move will put him at the hub o f the campus in the unique atmosphere of the multi-faceted building. Evans is looking forward to seeing the students and faculty in their daily activi ties. Though shar ing the floor with sophomore girl’s residence is not ideal he is plan ning on varying his routes and timing his entrances to the building appropri ately. Construction on the offices in St. Charles are expected to be completed within die next month. From the start o f his term in June. Evans has held meetings with alumni, faculty, staff and the board of trustees to better understand what direction Carroll is moving. They have embarked on a strategic planning process with a goal o f moving Carroll forward. \For many institutions such processes are known to have a two to three year fruition period.” said Evans of the goals for the college. Carroll is hoping to see outcomes within six months, after Evans is inagurated on November 5. Evans said that in his role as president he has \the burden o f ensuring that the palpable sense of community and endur ing culture o f Carroll is strengthened in the next steps of the institution.” A burden he takes seriously and with a smile on his face. \There is something really precious about Carroll.” said Evans. Thomas Evans PHOTO COURTESY OF CARROLL COLLEGE INSIDE Borromeo gets reloaded, p. 4 Dorms are gone, but offices have arrived. Courtney Jones heads to NY, p. 8 Dream internship at Fox News Freshmen take over Carroll, Back Page Welcoming the largest class ever