A student at the University of Utah, Michael A. DelaTorre began his journey with fairy tales in Belleville, New Jersey as a member of Peter Pan’s  Lost Boy Club. He later took a leave of absent and pursued other interests such as sports and French. He is a product of Utah’s education system and excelled in extracurricular activites. He continues to further his education and pursue his dreams of making a difference in the world.

Benjamin Farr is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Utah who will be completing a B.A. in French as well as a B.A. in International Studies in summer 2012. In the fall of 2012, he will commence his pursuit of a French M.A. at the University of Utah. He enjoys long walks on the beach, mountain biking, rock climbing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, Yoga, good music, reading philosophical essays, French grammar, and fairy tales.

A hopeless romantic at a young age, Hannah Holyoak Glade, graduating senior, began her French studies at the University of Utah in 2007. Hannah loves her family and particularly her black-haired husband, who was once a Perraultian “wolf” to her, a girl of 16. (Minus the whole eating her part, of course…)

Christine A. Jones, who had the privilege of leading this motley crew in their quest for knowledge, spends her time as Associate Professor of French and CLCS at the U contriving ways to bring the past to life so that students can interact with it. She enjoys helping them see, smell, and touch history in rare books. Alas, the library has drawn the line at tasting…for now. She writes on fairy tales, porcelain, and theater.

Elli Legerski has earned two “useless” (but fun!) degrees in Film Studies and French from the University of Utah. Last year, she had the chance to meet every Disney princess in Orlando, but cannot say whom she liked the most because she became too starstruck to actually speak to them. She currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her bubblegum pink laptop and a dream to write a really, really good screenplay that will aide her in dominating the film industry.

Jonathan Kirk Lusty was born on Route 66 somewhere between Washington D.C. and Virginia. He never received a Birth Certificate; instead, the District of Columbia (after a lengthy dispute with the Commonwealth of Virginia, as neither side of the Potomac wished to claim him) issued what amounts to a “Letter of Authenticity”—declaring that, while he may not be alive, he is authentically American. To this day, he has a “suffer no fools” policy regarding politics, which (no surprise if you read his essay) translates into a staunch Free-Market economic stance. A Francophile since time immemorial, he had fortunately studied French since eighth grade, then served an LDS mission in eastern France and took part in a Teacher Assistantship Program for another year. He intends to become a French professor. The human companion of four cats (one can never really “own” a cat), he has always enjoyed the story of “Puss in Boots.” Humility has never been among his vices.

Abigail Martin is graduating in spring 2012 with degrees in French and Art History. She will be furthering her academic career by pursuing her Masters in Art History at the University of Utah in the fall. She has a pet baby unicorn named Ralph whom she loves dearly.

Jessica Martinez is an undergraduate at the University of Utah, studying French and International Studies. She… has a hard time thinking of things to tell people about herself. The interwebs, school, work, and her cat Daisy occupy most of her time. Once about 8 years ago she stole a keychain on accident and still regrets not taking it back. Please no one report her. Thanks.

Jesus Munoz is almost 20 years old and an undergraduate student working on his B.A. in Linguistics and International Studies with a minor in French. He’s made the Dean’s List two out of his four semesters at the university, and he plans to graduate in the Spring of 2014; that is, unless the world ends in December of 2012. Jesus still lives with his parents and his mom occasionally washes his clothes, but he takes pride in the fact that he has reached round 29 in zombies mode on Call of Duty: Black Ops. The walking dead don’t stand a chance against pack-a-punched dual pistols…

Chloé Perri is an undergraduate student at the University of Utah studying French and Nursing.  She hopes to one day become a Nurse Practitioner and accompany doctors on their missions to third-world countries.  She loves to ballroom dance, hike, camp, study French and Biology, and hang out with her friends.  She loves to read fairy tales, of which her favorite is Beauty and the Beast.  She sometimes wishes that the fairy tale world was real and has become a fan of Once Upon A Time for that reason.

Patricia Qualheim is a graduating senior at the University of Utah, with a major in French and a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. She is currently a preschool teacher and a salad girl (and yes, she does find this misogynistic job title insulting) at Litza’s Pizza. But will be running away to France shortly in search of her own happily ever after…

Brayden Schut is a senior at the University of Utah completing a BA in French and International Studies with a European Studies emphasis. Before taking this class he didn’t know that little tales such as those written by Charles Perrault could go so deep and invoke such interesting comments and observations. Some people consider fairy tales to be a childish fantasy but many of their lessons can be applied to numerous aspects of life for all ages. He hopes to continue his studies of different cultures and live abroad and hopefully keep up his French skills.

Conner Shaw is a graduating senior (May 2012) with a Bachelor of Arts in French and International Studies. This is his third course from the wonderful Dr. Jones on the subject of seventeenth-century French literature with an emphasis on fairy tales. He and Charles Perrault share the same birthday and some have proposed a reincarnation link between the two.

Lindsay Swapp is a junior at the University of Utah studying French.  She is currently working at a law firm as a legal assistant, and hopes to continue her studies in French as well as Law.  She is hoping to pursue a career in international business.