Does the availability of social media become a problem when voicing individual opinions and judgments? How soon is too soon to turn initial emotions into comments, which could be both misguided and clouded with misinformed conclusions? Are users too quick to take a headline, cutline or photograph as evidence they’ve read an article?
The Eagle’s Eye Newspaper is obviously a proponent of Freedom of Speech, but at what point does that freedom impede on the right of citizens to a happy and healthy life? With a recent human rights incident in the dorms, the Sierra Nevada College student body needs to reevaluate its tolerance levels and address its ability to curb hate.
Like yelling “fire” in a movie theater, which causes a disruption where people can get hurt, there are things that shouldn’t be said. Words can be just as harmful as stampeding people trying to get away from danger. Though the damage that words can do are much more difficult to measure. Discrimination has different effects on everyone and there’s no way to know the impact of your words.
With a student population of just over 550, it would be expected that everyone would know about the hate speech. Since this is not the case, we, as students and members of the Incline Village, need to call attention and stop the discrimination. Several different groups on campus have worked together to host the Speak Out Against Hate event, including the Provost Office, Residential Life, Student Government Association, the current Spoken Word and Core 101 class, that was held on Monday, Nov. 4.
We’re college students, gathered here at SNC to further our education and enjoy our postcard surroundings. We don’t have to be friends with everyone we meet, we don’t have to get along with everyone, but what we do have to do is respect one another. There is a reason every student ended up at SNC and if you take the time to listen to how someone ended up here you may find you have more in common than you originally thought.
Victims of discrimination need to know that there is a support system here at SNC, which was made clear at the Monday night event, and that there are ways to stand up against it both big and small. As the voice of student news the Eagle’s Eye accepts submissions at any time, though we may not print everything in the paper, our online site is available for update at any time. Email the Editors at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to student support at SNC the Tahoe Basin does have the Tahoe Safe Alliance, which offers 24/7 support both online and by phone: 800.736.1060, and three separate locations in Kings Beach, Calif., Truckee, Calif, and Incline Village. The Incline Village locations is located at 948 Incline Way, the phone number to reach them is 775.298.0010. You can also visit their website at www.tahoesafealliance.org.
Make a change by standing up for those that can’t, speak up to call attention and stop the hate.
Parking will forever be an issue at SNC as long as the student population continues to grow. SNC needs more parking for students, faculty and staff in order to allow the population to grow. Parking should not be a limiting factor in the future.
The Sierra Nevada College Eagle’s Eye newspaper and online site continuously attempt to cover both on-campus and off-campus events and accomplishments of its student body. However, with such a small staff it becomes difficult to meet the reporting needs of all. Therefore, we’re asking you, our fellow classmates, to contribute the content you desire to see in each issue of the Eagle’s Eye.
Whether you attend a concert, put out an album, clothing line, publication or have found a niche that we haven’t yet addressed in print, please feel free to either bring it our attention, submit an article you’ve written or a video that you’ve made.
Student involvement is such a crucial aspect of learning at SNC, and we’d like to integrate greater participation from different aspects of the school that our staff, in the English and Interdisciplinary departments, do not always have the privilege of experiencing.
The Eagle’s Eye newspaper is distributed with the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza every two weeks and is able to reach a wide audience. We encourage the community to contribute and let us know how we can continue to improve. The online site is new but growing, and we ask that students that enjoy the digital aspect of storytelling send us their videos and photos so we can share them.
The entrepreneurial ventures of SNC students, the talent from our athletes, art department and interdisciplinary students and the passions of peers outside of school in the fields of music, outdoor adventure and business need to be conveyed on paper and online.
The Eagle’s Eye is the school’s newspaper and online site, not just a small faction’s idea of news and information, so please consider contributing what articles and photographs you’d like to read to make the newspaper more well-rounded.
Incline Village has not decided on the type of town it wants to be.