Dear, Sierra Nevada College
I find it important to state my opinion on the current proposed presidential house. It has been awhile since the students and staff started talking about this important issue, and the focus has seemed to shift. At first the real question was why can’t this money go elsewhere? While that remains unanswered, we now know the donor wants the house or they will not donate.
For me that creates more questions. First, why does SNC have to be a slave to its donors? Why can’t we exist as our own entity, and behave like a school, not a corporation?
Just because something is a gift does not mean you need to accept it. Especially when that gift goes against one of our school’s core themes, and our mission statement itself. Sustainability doesn’t live in 3000 square foot houses. Heck, Yvon Chounaird, the billionaire and founder of Patagonia, lives in a 1200 square foot house!
The environmental impact and ecological footprint that building will have offsets any sustainability project that SNC has done in recent years and will do for years to come. Even if the donor gives $100,000 for a new garden, there is no way it will amend for the environmental atrocity of building and maintaining (electricity, sewer, water, cleaning, run-off, upkeep) a presidential house for the rest of SNC’s future.
Build the building, but please change our school’s mission statement, and core theme of Sustainability, to Corporate Ogre-ness.
By Marina McCoy
Summer Farmer’s Markets have now ended, and the crisp air of fall has arrived. One might think that eating local during the fall, winter and early spring months is difficult and expensive. When in reality, it’s simple and fairly cheap!
We are lucky enough to have two awesome food basket programs available to us over the winter months.
Mountain Bounty Farm: This year was my first year joining their program and I absolutely LOVE it! My good friend Senior Leah Marsan and I split a Summer Veggie Share and Fruit Share. Over the Winter, I will be splitting a Winter Veggie and Winter Fruit Share with my other really good friend Jeremy Landy. With Mountain Bounty, you pay upfront and receive your share every Thursday. The Winter Program starts mid-November and ends mid-May.Winter Veggies Share: it is $666 for 24 weeks, averaging at $27.75 per week. Winter Fruit Share: $263.50 for 17 weeks, averaging at $15.50 per week. I understand that it may seem like a lot of money, but if you do the math, it’s absolutely worth it and they have payment plans set in place! The way I was able to afford a CSA(Community Supported Agriculture) basket was that I anticipated on joining a CSA this year, so I put aside $10-$30 a week, that way, when the time came to sign up, I had the money. Plus I share my food baskets with a close friend, which really helps cut down the cost!
I don’t know about you, but I typically spend $40-$60 a week on produce at the grocery store that is not local, and is highly packaged in single-use plastic. Now I pay less than $25 a week for fresh, delicious and local produce.
Hello Beautiful SNC Students!
We hope your mid-terms are going swell! October is one of our busiest months in Student Government. This past weekend, the Executive Board went to Washington D.C. for the National Student Government Summit. We were able to sit down and talk to other student leaders and inspirational speakers about how to improve the SGA to better serve you! We are all so fired up about all of our new ideas and can’t wait to get them started!
The SGA is proud to announce that we now have a Green Fund! It is an awesome green/sustainable idea for our college. Want to see it implemented? SGA allocated $2,000 a semester to help students implement green activities, movies, programs, initiative and more! Want more information on how to write a proposal and get to work on your green ideas? Contact any SGA board member to find out how, myself, Sustainability Chair. We can’t wait to hear all of your ideas!
“Set some priorities and appreciate what we’ve got here…”
While most colleges in the US are located in urban areas, SNC’s a little different. We have more trees on campus than concrete. It’s sunny most days. Ski resorts are a short distance away and the lake is just a five minute walk from campus.
As far as academics go, most classes have less than 20 students. Teachers become your mentors. Everybody knows each other on a first name basis.
So what’s Freshmanitis? I’m sure you’ve heard of Senioritis — a time after you were accepted to college and the pressure to do “awesome” was gone. A time it seemed alright to stop caring about school and half ass your classes.
Freshmanitis is pretty much the same thing. It’s a phase a lot of us go through when we first get to Tahoe. The beach becomes our library and being outside becomes more important than going to class. We complain about small class sizes because it means we aren’t invisible like we would be at a bigger school.
The point is, it’s easy to overlook the benefits of attending a small college. It’s done too many times. But having teachers and advisors who want to be involved with your life outside of school is rare. Having a campus where you know the majority of your colleagues on a personal level is something to appreciate. So, don’t get caught up in Freshmanitis. Go to class, set some priorities. Most importantly, appreciate what we’ve got here cause we’ve got it pretty damn good.
Although it’s convenient to limit our focus to issues in our own lives rather than the lives of other people, as students we have the responsibility to voice our opinions.
To speak up once in a while.
The Eagle’s Eye Club hosted its first meeting Sept. 29. and over 10 people attended, including club members, journalism students and others who came at the invitation of the Eagle’s Eye Club to voice their opinions.
Although the meeting began quietly, it didn’t take long before everyone had something to share about different issues on campus. We addressed class cuts, parking, the president’s house and more.
The meeting was one of two that will take place this semester. The goal of the club is to encourage more students to become involved with school media. As a student-run paper, it is important for all of us to voice our opinions. Currently, the paper is being run by four reporters and five editors who make up the Eagle’s Eye staff. Why leave the student media up to the journalism students though?
Is Marina McCoy really the only Sustainability major who has an opinion about the president’s house? Is Miranda Marie the only student upset about class cuts? Is Chris Muravez the only person concerned about the state of SNC he’s leaving behind after graduation?
There’s not a lot of crime in Tahoe. I grew up in New York and opted out of attending a state university because I liked the idea of a small campus and a safe community.
This mindset was shifted when I was roofied in Kings Beach this summer, and then did a complete 180 when my friend was roofied in Truckee the following week.
WTF MEN. Women are the goddesses of the earth and I’m not sure why anyone would feel it’s okay to put me, or any woman in that situation. Thanks to some friends I made it home safe this summer.
What’s crazy is how many victims don’t make it home safe. Every 2 minutes someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted, according to U.S. Department of Justice’s National Crime Victimization Survey. Unfortunately, it’s not possible to generate a statistic on the amount of those victims who were “roofied”, or date raped because the majority of victims do not go to the hospital.
What is clear, is that regardless of where you are or how safe you may feel in your community, being drugged at bar or a party isn’t all that rare. Date rape isn’t rare at all.
I’d like to address my concerns regarding the building of a presidential residence on campus. I, along with many other students whom I’ve spoken to on this subject, have grave concerns regarding the impact of this project. These include the environmental impact on the proposed building site, the image of our college that such an endeavor will alter, the economic concerns regarding the use of donor funds, and the hypocritical nature of such a project as it goes against the core values of this school.
The project’s “focus on marketing and branding” [sic] has the potential to be a detriment to the students. This focus detracts from providing a better environment for the students, faculty, and staff to live, work, learn, and play. Rather than presenting an image of affluence and prestige, the energies spent on “marketing and branding” should involve creating actual affluence and prestige. There are several ways in which this generous donation can be used that do not involve a fancier place for faculty and Lakeshore Blvd. residents to party – “a president’s house on campus would be a place to easily host potential and current students, faculty, donors and visitors.”
A couple examples for better use of donor funds may include:
– Increasing budgets across all departments would help to provide for a better education for the students that are already here. This could take the form of better equipment and infrastructure, and/or more campus events (i.e. film festivals, Writers in the Woods candidates, etc).
– Increasing faculty salaries and creating more full time/tenured faculty positions. This would increase the level of educational expertise this school can provide, which in turn would improve this school’s image in the academic community.
Congratulations on making it almost halfway through the fall semester! October is full of fun events, so get ready.
We’re very excited about the new and creative clubs that we have this year.
Check out sncsga.com for more information about active clubs.
Mark your calendars for these fun upcoming SGA-sponsored events:
October 8 - Midterms Pancake Study Break and Lacrosse Sign-Making.
9 p.m. in Patterson Hall. Take a break from the stress of midterms to eat yummy pancakes, bacon, sausage and more while making signs for the Parents Weekend lacrosse games.
October 11- Six Flags Trip.
8 a.m. – 7 p.m. $10 deposit required.
October 15 – SGA Student Forum.
7 p.m. – 8 p.m. in TCES room 139/141.
Come share your opinions about the SGA and the school at this open student forum.
October 23 – SGA Pumpkin Carving.
8 p.m. – 10 p.m. in Patterson Hall.
October 25 – SGA Halloween Dance.
8 p.m. -11:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Ballroom.
Don’t forget that we are open to hearing and discussing any ideas or concerns you have at any time.
Never hesitate to approach an SGA member on campus to let us know what is on your mind!
Our weekly meetings are open to students at 8 a.m. every Tuesday morning. The SGA office is located on the second floor in the Campbell-Friedman dorms.
Good luck on midterms and we look forward to seeing you at these awesome October events!
One of the greatest hurdles that any news source has to overcome these days is simply gaining the trust of its audience.
A single hour spent watching a televised news broadcast is enough to turn almost anyone away from the whole enterprise.
Human error plagues our reputation. But for me this is perplexing because people’s trust in the news media is at an all time low, below twenty two percent according to the latest Gallup Poll and the actual scope of information available to your average journalist is higher than ever.
If I want information, I have dozens of ways of acquiring it that would have been unheard of two dozen years ago.
Methods for contacting sources have been streamlined, advanced research tools have been developed, the raw input available online is astounding.
The trust that you, the reader, place in the media must therefore be transferred to yourself.
How much faith do you have in your ability to process the stories that saturate the media?
Do you have the time and the enthusiasm to sift through multiple perspectives to find the commonalities that bind them? If you watch Fox news as well as MSNBC, the truth most likely lies somewhere in between.
As for the journalists, we get the privilege of making it our mission to bring the best information available to the page.
Our job is similar to the readers: we examine every perspective to get the true story.
The only difference is accountability. Where misinformed readers may simply embarrass themselves in conversation, we lose the credibility that is so hard to gain nowadays. It’s a team effort, really.
Therefore we would love to hear your input. If you feel that bias or error is present in any of our stories please let us know by writing up a letter to the editor or e-mailing us at email@example.com.
Give us your opinion.
All opinions are posted online, and each letter helps us create a more diverse and informative paper.
I’ve been studying journalism since freshman year of college. Generally with a focus on travel and snowboarding. I’ll be the first to say it’s pretty trendy.
I do it because it’s fun and there’s a market for it, but I’ve decided it’s time to start expanding my focus as a writer. There is a lot going on outside the small industry of snowboarding that I have been covering as a journalist, and outside the small boundaries of our school for that matter.
The WTF column is a new addition to the Eagle’s Eye that I will be leading this semester, open to guest submissions, that will allow myself and other students to bring up controversial issues that may have otherwise been missed by students and faculty at our school.
I will be breaking the journalism value of proximity for this column.
What you read here will address issues that are happening as close as our school cafeteria, to as far as other countries.
I’m doing this because I know first hand that as college students we lived hectic lives.
It’s easy to get caught up in our busy schedules and forget to check in with the rest of the world. Knowing who you can trust in the media and finding reliable news sources is also difficult and can be overwhelming.
For these reasons, I will be doing the dirty work, double checking sources and making sure that the news provided here is reliable.
The goal of this column is to expand my focus as a writer while informing students about important issues taking place in our community, as well as events throughout other parts of the world. WTF will serve as a fun, yet informative way to make us all ask the questions: How did we not know about this situation? How did this situation arise and WTF can be done to help?
The first WTF article will be printed in next week’s edition of the Eagle’s Eye, as well as posted online at snceagleseye.com.
I am open to any submissions, whether it is something you’d like to hear about and don’t have time to research, or maybe a situation you would like to vent about in your own words. Either way, I’m open to it, so email me with your thoughts!
Contact me at: