BY Rebecca ashley
Michael Ballew uncovers a clay sculpture that sits on a shelf in the Holman Building. He places it on the table and begins explaining the thought that went into the creation of the piece sitting in front of him, a piece he’s sculpted for his Bachelors of Fine Arts Show that will be held prior to his graduation in spring 2015.
The sculpture is of two people. One individual’s clothes are torn and his shoes are worn down. The look in his eyes tell you he’s hurting, and a stubbed finger says he’s faced hardship. The other man holds an iPhone in one hand and wears a smile on his face. He appears ignorant to the first man’s pain.
“This piece is my representation of overseas manufacturing, something that’s still an issue in society,” said Ballew, Fine Arts major with a concentration in ceramics.
Ballew admits he watched a movie on sweatshops that partially inspired him to create this piece.
“There are still big name companies using sweatshops. Large companies that lie about how much they are paying people because it’s not enough to live off. These companies manufacture a hig h percentage of goods that come into this country,” Ballew said. “I’m not advocating for ‘only American made products’, but I do think these big name companies are underpaying people who deserve a livable wage. It’s a social injustice.”
By Rebekah Ashley
Scout Sorcic, an Outdoor Adventure Leadership(ODAL) and Ski Business / Resort Management major, grew up in Leadville, Colorado. It was there that she discovered her passion for outdoor education that brought her to Sierra Nevada College.
“Growing up in Colorado there were a lot of scholarships for outdoor education courses offered to local students. I did an Outward Bound course, a NOLS course, a course with the Women’s Wilderness Institute and eventually ended up at the High Mountain Institute my junior year of high school,” Sorcic said.
The High Mountain Institute offered Sorcic a semester of classes and backpacking with a focus on leadership skills.
“It was there that I decided I really liked the idea of outdoor education,” Sorcic said.
During her time at Sierra Nevada College, Sorcic has been an active leader on campus and in the Tahoe community. She collaborated with the nonprofit organization, She Jumps, to create a scholarship that allows female SNC students to take the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education Level 1 course for free.
“Scout created a partnership with She Jumps, a non-profit organization. She’s on fire! She is making things happen on campus,” said her advisor, Interdisciplinary Studies Chair Katie Zanto.
In addition to her work with She Jumps, Sorcic rallied to get a group of ODAL students to attend the Western Regional Outdoor Leadership Conference that will happen in January 2015. This was just one case that demonstrated her passion towards outdoor education and helped her stand out to faculty such as Rosie Hackett, director of Outdoor Adventure Leadership.
“Scout is a stellar student,” Hackett said. “She understands that learning does not start nor end in the classroom. She understands that learning is most successful when it is authentic, and that learning takes initiative and a whole lot of courage to get uncomfortable.”
Name: Maddie Hall
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
What was the most exciting thing you did this summer?
I took a trip to Newport and Orange County that was really fun. I had never been to the Laguna area before. I went down there to go cliff jumping into the ocean which was exciting because I don’t normally do that sort of thing.
What do your summers normally consist of?
I usually go skiing somewhere out of the country. My family either goes to Chile, New Zealand, or Australia. Chile had the best sunsets I have ever seen in my life.
What was different from being in Southern California compared to the northern coast?
There’s no snow in So Cal. There’s a totally different vibe in Tahoe. You know you can walk around in sweatpants and a t-shirt and no one’s really going to care. In Santa Barbara you sort of have to dress up. Maybe you don’t have to but you do because everyone around you does and you have to keep up with appearances.
Did you work during the summer?
Yes. I worked at El Encanto which is a 5-star restaurant and hotel in Santa Barbara. (It had) super pretty views and OK management, but it was worth it because I made a good amount of money to support myself while living down there.
Name: Meghan Tebow
Hometown: Fredricksburg, Virginia
Major: ODAL and Journalism
Meghan transferred to SNC to obtain her bachelor’s degree after serving in the military for three years as a weather forecaster and working in national parks across the country. She moved to the Tahoe area this August, a week prior to school starting, with her 3-year-old daughter, Karolien Rose Tebow.
So you are 25 and you have already spent time in the military?
I was 20 when I joined. I had been traveling a lot, and kind of joined the military to settle down.
Wow, I don’t think most people think of the military when they think of “settling down.”
Well, I had been traveling for two years. I worked in odd jobs all over the U.S. I worked in an outdoor store in Maine. I went to Wyoming and worked in a lodge there. I was a flight attendant for a brief time. I had odd jobs pretty much all over the U.S. I’ve been to almost every state and lived in almost 10 states. Then I joined the military.
So you join the Air Force and you get stationed in Hawaii. Are you always this lucky?
Well it was a low chance. The highest GPA’s had priority, and they gave us a list to pick from, and Hawaii and Germany were on the list. I was in a place, where I was ready to go hang on an island for three years.
How was life in the military?
In the military you have a really involved job. You’re doing meetings and PT and as a weather forecaster I was on the clock a lot. We would work 12 hour night shifts. Basically, I worked every holiday, but I did get long breaks. I would get like three or four days off so I did get to go hang on the beach and enjoy Hawaii.
How does one become a weather forecaster in the Air Force?
When you first enlist, they sort through whatever jobs they have available. I was going to be a linguist. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get a top secret clearance because of a misdemeanor when I was a teenager. The next option they had was weather. So I was like, ok, I’ll do weather.
So the military trained you to forecast the weather?
Yeah. They sent me to Air Force college to get weather training and I went to Hawaii Pacific University to get some of my core classes done.
Hart Heffelfinger, a new student at SNC, has just come to Lake Tahoe from Vashon Island
Name: Hart Heffelfinger
Hometown: Vashon Island, WA
Where is Vashon Island?
Vashon is an island off of Seattle that you can only get to by ferry, and I’ve lived there my whole life. The island is a hippy retirement place. It is where K2 was started and there was big industry for that, but K2 moved off the island 10 years ago and ever since it’s been farmer’s markets and rich Microsoft people.
Late at night, while most students are fast asleep, Tyler Prange is working hard at Diamond Peak to ensure that each run is perfectly groomed. A Ski Business and Resort Management major by day and Diamond Peak vampire by night, Prange is setting himself up for a career in the ski business.