It’s 7 a.m. at the top of Diamond Peak Ski Resort and the sun is up, but its warmth has not come. The thermometer reads zero degrees, and a 15 mph wind chill bites through Gortex jackets like an Arctic alligator.
The Sierra Nevada College alpine ski team is holding practice, and Assistant Athletic Director Jon Cherry is right there with them. Skiing has been a part of Cherry’s life since he was a kid.
Henry Conover, the director of Academic Support Services at Sierra Nevada College, is in his office meeting with a student to help set up accommodations needed for classes. It’s in moments like these when Conover truly feels like he is doing what he does best; helping students succeed in their education.
The collection of poems in “Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah,” embody the mid-century great migration of African American families northward. Her bold words speak of a young woman’s confessional renderings and personal complexities, defined in the voice of Motown melodies.
“It started to be a book about Motown; I loved Motown music,” said Smith. “After asking myself why I loved Motown so much, I realized it wasn’t so much a book about Motown as it was about my parents.”
During the mid 1900s, Smith’s parents were among the 6 million African Americans that left the rural South and migrated to the urban Northeast.
The collective culture of poems paints a picture of the hardships her and her family experienced in the new urban environment.
Picture this—a rugged, tall, long-legged, blonde comes bounding down the ice rink. She’s a vital member of Connecticut College’s Women’s Varsity ice hockey team and the captain of the college’s club lacrosse team. She’s aggressive, driven, and ready for blood.
Daryl Teittinen strides across the bustling office to the copy machine, flipping through papers he has prepared for his next class. The incandescent fluorescent lighting paired with the cool air conditioned breeze filtering through the hallway seems like an odd environment for Teittinen, who is much more comfortable working outdoors. With a passion for adventure and outdoor education, Teittinen has worn through more than one pair of hiking boots. “I’ve worked on backpacking trips, guided rock climbing, and worked as a ski patroller and whitewater rafting guide,” Teittinen said.
Sierra Nevada College Journalism professor Anne Marie Brown’s background illustrates her dedication as a writer. She studied at Pomona College in Los Angeles and graduated in 1984, with a bachelor’s degree in English and Government. She continued onto grad school at Stanford, where she studied Journalism and graduated with a master’s degree in 1986. In 1988, she finally stepped out of the college lifestyle and graduated from Oxford with a master’s degree in Philosophy Politics and Economics. Now, she teaches Journalism and shares her writing skills with the new generation of journalists at Sierra Nevada College.
Hidden away on the second floor of Prim Library outside the office of Dr. Robert King, the only sounds pervading the still air are whispered questions and footsteps echoing through the grates from the floors above.