“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.
Spring formal tickets are now on sale at the front desk in Patterson. The fee is a refundable deposit of $10, but if you want to bring a guest the cost of their ticket is $20. Spring formal is Saturday, May 10, but we only have a limited number of tickets so make sure you pick yours up today.
“Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.” Henry Thoreau said that.
But where do we find the truth nowadays?
The Devil Makes Three has been playing rowdy American music to eager crowds for over a decade. The three piece string band tours hard and fast, with their most recent campaign passing through South Lake Tahoe on Feb. 8. After hundreds of high energy, sold out concerts and exponentially increasing popularity, one might worry the DM3 is getting close to jumping the shark. Did Devil Makes Three jump the shark? No way.
The drones. Like clockwork, every minute on the minute, the glance, not at the horizon or the sky or even the pavement moving underneath hundred dollar sneakers, but at the phone. The constant buzz under the left or right butt cheek. The dadadaling echoes in classrooms. Is the ability to garner information at the speed of light a blessing or a curse?
We’ve all had the same conversation too many times, it’s an unnecessary downer. Furthermore, it’s a bandwagon rant. The same people who have been known to skip powder days to nurse a hangover are now “devastated” about the lack of snow. Why is it so trendy to complain? Instead of reiterating the obvious, here are a few more productive and positive ways to deal with the drought.
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.