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.
Calling all volunteer bikers! Join UC Davis TERC at the Field Station in Tahoe City (Historic Hatchery) for a cleanup of the bike trail between the Field Station and Commons Beach on May 30 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The cleanup is part of a basin-wide initiative to prepare high-use areas of the bike trails for Bike to Work Week.
It is a great opportunity for participants to get to know their bike trails, get outside, and promote biking to reduce traffic and lower greenhouse gas emissions. Gloves, materials and snacks are provided.
If you love to bike in the basin and want to help keep the trails clean, contact Kelsey Poole at 775-881-7560 or email@example.com to volunteer.
AmeriCorps Member, Education Program Associate UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center
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Thank you SNC students, staff and faculty for being so considerate and quiet during our science education tours and student field trips in the science education center (officially named the UC Davis Thomas J. Long Foundation Education Center) on the first floor of the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences (TCES) building.
According to a recent article published in the November issue of the Eagles Eye, the student council has a budget of $173,482.74. This money is acquired through student dues, mandatory fines exacted from every student. These funds allow student council to schedule events. They help clubs attend conferences, buy senior gifts, and fund activities for the student body.