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Thursday, April 30,2015 CAMPUS 7 Electrifying Earth Day shocks students Earth Day sunset illuminates the sky in pinks above Helena. Photo courtesy o f Savanna Sigi. Savanna Sigl and Jess Salmassian seconds before lighting struck. Photo courtesy o f Savanna Sigl. Student Columnist CORYFELDE Whether it was climbing a mountain, hanging out with friends, having a PTSD moment due to lightning, or witnessing an incredible sunset, Earth Day 2015 had it all! So what is Earth Day you might ask? Earth day has been a celebration world wide since 1970 that occurs every April 22nd in order to support environmental protection. So why is this important? Because the Earth is fricken awesome!!! In order to celebrate this fine planet we live on. I decided to get out and go on an adventure. When I say adventure, I don't mean a wild and crazy expedition through the rainforest, but rather a nice evening hike to the lop of Mount Ascension with my friends Savanna Sigl and Jess Salrnas- sian. This hike began with a casual drive to Mount Helena . . . however seeing that there was already a ton of people there, we decided to go elsewhere. Pulling up to the Mount Ascension Park, the evening was shaping up to be perfect. Not too wann. not too cold, but n LET'S GET OUT OF HERE! Cory Felde i i just right fora hike. As we all struggled to reach the summit of die second largest mountain this side of die equator we real ized that the pristine weather was quickly fleeting. Looking to the south. God's fun was approaching at a rapid pace. Light ning and thunder booming down from afar lead to flashbacks of be ing stranded on an open cliff face in the middle of a major stonn. That was enough to strike emotion in the deepest of my core. This said, my demeanor quickly changed from cool and collected to complete panic. \LETS GET OUT OF HERE\ is all I could mutter as we began beelining it down the face of the mountain to the tmek. As we all safely entered the tmek. we praised God for sparing us that night. It was divine intervention that the moment we pulled out of the parking lot. the torrential downpour began. Not one drop of rain even came close to us while we were outside exploring the mountain. Pulling into Carroll we all fig ured the stonn would continue to rage on into the night. Man. were we wrong! As a perfect finale to the night. God blessed us with an extraordinary' sunset of vibrant yellows and oranges to rekindle the peace within my soul. This Earth Day was filled with nu merous surprises, all of which led us to encountering the true beauty of nature. Hopefully you all get the chance to go out and experience nature amidst the chaotic end to your semester, and hopefully you realize that every day is Earth Day! P s y c h c o n f e r e n c e o p e n s e y e s Claire Hooper Staff Writer Ten students from Carroll College recently traveled to Boise, Idaho for the 2015 Rocky Mountain Psychology Association’s 85th Annual Conference. The conference was teeming with poster sessions, invited speakers, symposiums, workshops and presentations exhibiting current work being done in die field of psychology. Some of the topics included: health, school, psychology of women and gender and much more. Amber Graf, a junior psychology major from Choteau, Montana stated. \It was an amazing opportunity that opened my eyes to research that is being done by other students my age. It gave me an extra push to hopefully present at next year’s conference and reminded me why I love this field!” This year’s conference was particular ly special because Carroll’s own Carly Schwickert was asked to present her senior thesis. The process to present at this conference is competitive. In fact, only six students presented on behalf of Psi Chi Society including Carly, a senior psy chology major from Whitefish, Montana. The title of her project is \The Effects of Objectifying Statements on Women’s Self-Esteem. Mood and Body Image.\ Carly stated that she chose this topic because she had always been interested in how men and women communicate. She also pointed out that objectification is a prominent issue in society today; she Psych students gather for a picture in Boise. combined these two topics and develop ment a research question. Carly had been working on this project since 2014 spring semester with the guidance of Doctor McManus. In regards to the overall experience working with Carly. McManus stated. “I was proud of her. she did a great job!” The conference was an excellent expe rience and held many educational benefits for the students who attended. These stu dents would like to thank every one who helped make this trip possible; including a huge thanks to Professor Ehson for orga nizing the trip and making it possible. “I’m really glad I was able to go. 1 had a Photo courtesy o f Claire Hooper. wonderful time getting to know professors and fellow students at Carroll better and really appreciated all the support every one gave me during the weekend.\ Carly said.