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|By Marina McCoy|
Over the past month, I have seen more posts about body-hair activism for women, where women all over the world are saying ‘good-bye’ to razors and embracing their au natural body hair.
But with every new wave of activism, there is constant backlash and harsh criticism. Why is that? Why are we being judged and being called ‘un-hygienic’ if we don’t want to shave? Last I checked, most guys don’t shave their armpits and are still called hygienic. It’s a common case of the double standard between men and women. The ideology of what society portrays us to be, versus how we naturally are.
For me, I feel the most beautiful when I am in my natural state, free of make-up, toxic chemicals and free of shaving. To me, the natural human body is beautiful and should be worshiped as a goddess or god. I’m personally not attracted to make up or lathering myself up with toxic chemicals that have been linked with cancer; that to me is unhygienic, a waste of time, energy and money. But if that is what makes you feel sexy, then go for it!
The reason why society looks down on women who remain un-shaved is because the media put it in our heads that a women goddess is completely clean shaved, perfect hair, make up and has the perfect body. But in reality, we are all different. Different shapes, sizes, hair and preferences.
Body-hair activism is completely new to me. This past July I threw out my razor (which was both extremely liberating and uncomfortable) and let my hair grow back out to its natural state. I no longer wanted to waste my own time and money on something I wasn’t doing to please myself but to please others. I personally like to spend the time it would take to do my hair, make up, shave and all the other ‘women’ morning routines and read my book, listen to NPR, or sleep in.
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This month, we funded our first request from our Green Fund, and approved $400 for a film screening of “Nobody’s River.” Our Green Fund is a special fund designated for sustainable ideas and events.
Come propose your green ideas to SGA! We also sponsored the Wild Women of Tahoe Club for their weekend mountain biking trip.
We are offering SGA Book Scholarships to eight lucky students.
Check out the flyers around campus for more information on how to win $200. The deadline for essay submissions is Friday, December 5th at noon.
Celebrate the end of Thanksgiving Break by donating blood at our annual Blood Drove on Monday, December 1. This event runs from 12:00-3:45 p.m. You will receive a free burrito from T’s for donating.
Don’t forget that our Tuesday morning meetings are at 8:00 a.m. on the second floor of the Campbell-Friedman dorms, and these meetings are always open to the student body.
Have a great Thanksgiving Break and we look forward to seeing you after for our final two weeks of the semester!
|Wages are the most obvious tool an institution possesses to control its staff. At a non-tenure college like Sierra Nevada College, faculty have precious little leverage to influence their pay scale, and fear becomes a dominant player. I remember how nerve racking it is to ask my boss for a raise; I’ve almost been fired twice having that discussion. This leaves most professors at the mercy of the market and however the Board of Trustees decides is the best way to manage a budget that is still very tight.|
I can understand withholding subjective raises in times of economic crisis, (although the college is back on track financially, as those responsible are always proud to claim). Cost of living adjustments (COLA) on the other hand are a different story. The faculty handbook itself contains a pay scale that is described to include “annual cost of living adjustments”, yet the faculty received their first COLA raise in five years on Nov. 1. This means that for the last 5 years the college faculty have been technically received pay decreases each year compared to the rise in national inflation and cost of living. Even with the raise, salaries overall are 7 percent behind what they should be if they matched the 11 percent rise in inflation since 2009.
This is not a new issue. One SNC professor said that the current situation is profoundly better than it was 10 years ago; to the point of ‘parody’. This same professor currently makes the lowest possible salary for his or her rank.
The administration has not been profiting from budget restraints either. According to the SNC’s public IRS 990 forms the SNC president’s annual salary 5 years ago was over $300,000 above what President Lynn Gillette makes now, and Provost Shannon Beets makes roughly $70,000 less than Gillette did five years ago when he was provost. Beets said the the current gap in spending between administration and faculty is less than .1 percent of the budget.
The final decision comes down to the Board of Trustees. This year the faculty asked for a 10 percent COLA raise, and the executive team managed to pull a 4 percent raise out of the board. Hopefully Beets and the rest of the team can manage to get a commitment from the board to invest in further raises.
The lack of transparency regarding salaries is not helping the case either. Whereas all public institutions publish individual faculty salaries, SNC does not have to divulge salaries. Therefore any disparity between men and women, or school departments is incredibly difficult to identify. According to Beets, there is a inequity between male and female wages as the college, but it is small, and shrinking. As for difference between the departments, Beets said there is none but without public records as proof it is hard to say for sure.
Our teachers deserve wages that allow them to live comfortably in the place they teach. They should not have to work other jobs and make ridiculous commutes to simply scrape by; sacrificing their own financial well being for our education. If Tahoe was not such an incredible place to work I wonder how many professors would still teach here for these salaries? It is a fortunate thing that many of the professors here teach for passion and not for paychecks.
|By Rebekah Ashley|
Last week I was handed a lengthy Christmas list consisting of about 15 toys needed by a 5-year-old. I’d be lying if I said it didn’t remind me of my own childhood.
You could say this is a common picture of American society. What’s not so common for our society, is individuals and families cutting back on their consumption.
Instead, according to National Geographic’s Greedex, North American consumers rank last in a list of 17 countries surveyed in regard to sustainable behavior.
WTF, do we not claim to be the leaders and trendsetters of the world?
More interesting is that this study found U.S. consumers are among the top of the list in believing that individual choices could make a difference. How ironic.
So, we are aware of our mistakes but most of us aren’t doing anything to fix them.
According to the Sierra Club’s Dave Tilford, Americans account for only 5 percent of the world’s population but create half of the globe’s solid waste.
Americans also throw away about 25 percent more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, said Vanderbilt University’s “Sustainable Holiday Greening Guide.”
With that knowledge at hand, SGA Sustainability Chair Marina McCoy and I have come up with a couple of handy tips for those of you who wish to be more sustainable this holiday season.
By Rebekah Ashley
Before Halloween a friend sent me a photo of one of 2014’s sexiest costumes. A hot nurse. Classic, I thought.
I looked closer and realized the costume was labeled sexy Ebola nurse.
The same day I saw a meme on social media of a man and a woman. The woman had no skin, her hair was falling out and she looked like a skeleton.
“When bae gets Ebola, I’ll still love her,” it said.
I’m not sure where the humor is here, or why something so distasteful generated a thousand likes on social media. On the other hand, it’s difficult not to agree with people as they mock the United States for the paranoia generated over Ebola.
On Oct. 14, an international student shared a letter on twitter she received from a University in Texas revoking her acceptance.
“Unfortunately, Navarro College is not accepting international students from countries with confirmed Ebola cases,” it said. On Oct. 20, CNN reported a passenger who vomited in the aisle of an American Airlines plane from Dallas to Chicago was allegedly told to stay in the lavatory for the rest of the flight. “They told her to stay in the bathroom, and she stayed in the bathroom,” Martha Selby, a University of Texas professor who was on the flight, told the Houston Chronicle. “They said, ‘We can’t let you out’.”
These are just two instances where the paranoia over Ebola has caused Americans to act irrationally.
In each of these cases, the person did not have Ebola.
Oct. 31 there were four confirmed cases of Ebola in the U.S, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CNN Health stated each case the patient was either infected in Liberia or Sierra Leone, or had contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian returnee who’s the sole fatality of the disease in the U.S.
“While the threat of Ebola is very real in Africa, the paranoia it’s generated in the United States is unreal. You can count the number of documented cases in America on two hands – and still have fingers to spare,” (CNN).
On Oct. 31, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recorded the number of deaths resulted from Ebola in West Africa at 4941. America’s death count is at one.
Rather than being paranoid about Ebola in the United States, it would be more beneficial to take concern with the countries being severely affected, the countries who deserve our condolences and support. Or perhaps consider getting a flu shot. From 1976 through 2007, flu-related causes killed between 3,000 and 49,000 people in the U.S, according to CNN Health. Compare that to the one ebola death in the U.S.
Where is the logical reasoning behind this hysteria?
|By Marina McCoy|
Chemical free lifestyle!? Wait, isn’t that impossible? No. Practicing a chemical free lifestyle simply means you eliminate the toxic chemicals found in your everyday health products that cause serious health concerns and diseases, including cancer. Some of the toxic chemicals that can be found in your health products are, Phthalates, Triclosan, Synthetic Colors, Parabens, Formaldehyde, Toluene, Propylene Glycol, Benzophenone, PABA, Avobenzone, Homosalate, Methoxycinnamate… The list goes on and on!
‘But isn’t that what the FDA is here for? To regulate the use of toxic chemicals in our everyday health products?”
If you think the FDA has our well being at the top of their lists, you may want to take some time and research how corrupt the FDA truly is. Be aware that the FDA has passed mostly everything that other countries, including the European Union, has banned from their country.
I have been practicing a more chemical free lifestyle since early June of this year. I was buying all the Fair Trade and Organic lotions, soaps, toothpaste, cleaners. You name it! But one day I decided to look on the back of the ingredients list and was appalled to what I saw, a long list of 20 something chemicals. I thought to myself, how could this product be Organic and Fair Trade?
That’s when I made the switch to live a more chemical free lifestyle, and stop supporting brands that green wash their products. And I have to say; it is one of the most rewarding feelings when you put your self-health and well being first.
Yes, you do go through detox, but it’s extremely mild. The only negative outcome of it is that you may smell a bit ‘off’ for a week or two from the toxic chemicals leaving your body. But nothing a few essential oils can’t cover up!
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.