If you could take one hour out of your day to find an explanation for all of the questions you have regarding what is happening to Sierra Nevada College, would you? When the Student Government Association held its last student forum on Nov. 7, 2012, only five students showed up. At the next forum, on Oct. 15, 2014, more than 60 people attended and displayed their involvement and concern with college proceedings.
“SGA’s vision is to create a strong and trustful relationship between the students, administration and community by increasing student engagement and bringing them to action,” SGA president Aaron Wiener said.
Wiener oversaw the forum and questions were answered by Provost Shannon Beets; Elizabeth Thibodeau, director of Student Affairs and Housing; Dianne Severance, director of Grants and Sponsored Programs; Dean of Students Will Hoida; Director of Facilities Brian Schultes and former SNC President Ben Solomon.
The first 10 minutes of the forum were open to any comment. Students questioned the panel about increased space for the music department, athletic diversity, earlier dining hours and the role of sustainability in SNC’s future. These topics were addressed quickly before moving on to the primary topics of parking, High Altitude Fitness passes and the president’s house.
“Why are there more passes given out than parking spaces?” Senior Emily Provencher asked, commencing discussion on the topic of parking trouble on campus.
“One of the issues about parking passes issued versus parking spots available is what are the use patterns on campus and how many folks do we have on campus at any one time,” Schultes said. “Everybody loves to go to class between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.”
Provencher then suggested that parking passes should only be issued to sophomores, juniors and seniors.
Beets admitted that although “upperclassmen only parking” is not unusual at other schools, SNC ran a trial on the policy and it did not go well.
“It was incredibly negatively received by potential recruits,” Beets said. “We might have to get there; we might get to the point where as we grow that becomes our only option, but it does have the potential to impact our ability to recruit.”
According to Thibodeau, the college does have an agreement with Cornerstone Community Church, on 300 Country Club Drive, which provides overflow parking for the college.
BY JAMIE WANZEK
Since earning the top ‘vote-getter’ in the primary elections this June, Business Department Chair Kendra Wong has been campaigning for a position on the Incline Village General Improvement District(IVGID) Board of Trustees.
“I am running because I think I am well positioned to represent many different voices in our town. I see many aspects within our town that could really be improved, and I want to be apart of that process,” Wong said.
Early election begins October 18 – 30 at the Incline Village library with the general election held November 4. Voters can look up their voting precinct in Incline Village at: http://www.washoecounty.us/voters.
“I would encourage all students to vote. Voting is an important part of our civic duties, and it is valuable to make your voice heard,” Wong said.
According to the IVGID website, IVGID is a quasi public agency chartered to provide water, sewer, trash and recreation services for the communities of Incline Village and Crystal Bay, Nevada. It is governed by an elected Board of Trustees which, acting on behalf of the electorate, sets policy and determines strategies to accomplish its charter. IVGID has many responsibilities including overseeing Incline Village’s beaches, Diamond Peak Ski Resort and the Incline Village Recreation Center.
With her experience as Business Department Chair at SNC, and owner of the Wild Alaskan restaurant, Wong holds many roles within the Incline Village community.
“Kendra isn’t running for IVGID trustee to achieve a personal ambition. Rather, she is running because other residents asked her to lend her experience as a local business owner and a member of one of Incline’s largest employers to help govern the community in pursuit of a more successful future,” Dean of Business Rick Normington said.
Wong said she has many ideas she hopes to bring to the community, by running for IVGID trustee. As a teacher who assists numerous students on a daily basis, she has honed her listening skills. Wong said she is committed to be reliable and communicative with her students and believes she can bring the same characteristics to IVGID. She understands community members want to know their voice is being heard with their concerns, therefore she hopes to bridge this gap.
“There are some common themes in the feedback that I am hearing and one includes the lack of communication. I think we need to be up-front with people about what IVGID is doing, celebrate the success and be honest about mistakes and areas of improvements,” said Wong. “I can see improvements being made with how IVGID communicates with the community with future decisions so that people can provide feedback earlier in the process, rather than hearing about it after the fact.”
BY SAGE SAUERBREY
Large scale work on the North Lake Tahoe Demonstration Garden is on hiatus until May due to seasonal building restrictions imposed by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) and other complications with the permit process.
The relocation of the demonstration garden began on Oct. 6 when a private contractor hired by the college began moving earth and plants in preparation for the winter. According to Dianne Severance, director of Grants and Sponsored Programs, moving the plants in the fall is beneficial to their growth in the spring.
“Basically, some of the plants go into hibernation and the idea was to get them moved in the fall rather than the spring in order to save those plants,” said Severance. “Then it escalated and as a result of that value and trying to get the new garden open by next summer, June 1, we backed into moving more earth than we anticipated.”
Work in the garden came to a halt when the TRPA investigated the scope of the project and came to the conclusion that the amount of work being done required a permit.
“I touched base with our code compliance staffers this morning (Oct. 15),” said Thomas Lotshaw, TRPA public information officer. “ When they went to the site they found an estimated 20 cubic yards of dirt had been moved for the demonstration garden relocation, an amount of dirt that requires a grading permit the college did not have, so our compliance staffers issued a cease and desist order for the college to stop work immediately except to stabilize the site and prepare it for winter.”
The TRPA’s investigation of the site may have a positive benefit on the relocation of the Demonstration Garden. According to Severance the investigator for the TRPA noticed multiple areas where the Demonstration Garden’s Best Management Practices (BMP’s) were outdated.
“Temporary BMPs were installed at the site, but some were found to be inadequate and the college was asked to install them properly,” Lotshaw said.
Severance stated this could be an opportunity to collaborate with the TRPA and advertise new and effective BMP’s to the North Lake Tahoe region.
“We’re actually going to have staff working together to make sure that TRPA’s improvements are also witnessed there,” Severance said.
Stacy Taylor is a popular professor with Sierra Nevada College students because of her unique way of teaching economics. She thinks that the best way to teach is to give students the chance to problem solve and have a hands-on approach.
“The way Professor Taylor introduced economics into my college experience really showed me how interesting and exciting economics can be, ” Senior Austin Leal said.
For many students, Economics 101 and 102, or macro- and micro-economics, are the first stepping-stones towards a degree in economics, so it’s important for the professor to introduce the new undergraduates in a positive manner.
“I like being the first contact that students have with economics. I like to make it positive for them,” Taylor said. ”If you are having a great time students will probably come along with you.”
Taylor started teaching at SNC in the fall of 2012. Before then, she had a successful career in banking.“I loved banking and I was very successful at it. I used to start and run big businesses.” Taylor said.
During the financial crisis, she decided to make a change in her career. Taylor was working in the mortgage business, which began to show signs of collapse.
“I decided I didn’t want to be a part of that. I left and moved into my ski house here in Tahoe.” Taylor said.
The walls within the new Garage Door Gallery at the Holman Arts & Media Center have welcomed new featured artist, Lawrence LaBianca. LaBianca shares his Sea to Float exhibition with Sierra Nevada College for the next 6 weeks. LaBianca’s work accommodates his connection with nature while integrating research, sculpture and experimentation to create his artwork.
“I am trying to explore and look for what I believe is the divine source for all information- nature,” said artist Lawrence LaBianca.
Sea to Float is an interactive sculpture that uses the environment to record and harness energy from natural phenomenons such as wind, swells and tides. In order to capture these rhythms, LaBianca has created a buoy lined with a soft copper plate, accompanied by a steel ball. The copper plate is a polished, blank plate that registers minute scratches and dents. The intention of these two instruments is to successfully record the movements of the water while the buoy is anchored in the water. LaBianca then takes the copper plate and transfers the etches from the copper plate into a print, demonstrating the record he captured.
“The Sea to Float project is very process laden, I am creating a buoy that is a drawing machine. I believe layering and capturing of time sets a recording of time. This is something a wrist watch cannot do. These marks become a reference in time,” said LaBianca.
On Oct. 2, the gallery reception opening welcomed LaBianca’s work. The opening was filled with students and staff sharing their interest in the new exhibition.
“I truly enjoyed this gallery. I find it interesting how LaBianca is able to capture nature and transform it into art. I find his connection with nature fascinating,” said Sophomore Jada Garcia.
From the blue row boat that he uses, to the buoys and actual sketches of his work, the gallery is filled with all the different processes included within his work. Lawrence’s exhibition presents the different creative elements he uses and hopes to share through his work. His work presents a clear message in sync with SNC’s key elements.
“I think the show is really beautiful. It’s a great mixture of sculpture and print-making and art that activates the environment,” said Professor Russell Dudley.
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!
The King fire has become close to being one of the largest fires in California this season and has affected thousands of people around the Tahoe Basin. The road closures along with the dense smoke has made life in Tahoe a little less than enjoyable.
The massive blaze started on Saturday, Sept. 13, just outside of Pollock Pines on Forebay Road in El Dorado County. It has continued on, crossing into Placer County on Sept. 19, according to California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CDF).
The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department states that arson suspect: Wayne Allen Huntsman, 37, was arrested and pleaded not guilty to the charges placed on him. He has a $10 million bail and his trials are being held in the El Dorado County Superior Court.
According to CDF, as of Wednesday, Sept. 24, the King fire has burnt over 92,960 acres spreading up the South Fork of the American River Canyon just West of the lake’s western shores. Nearly 3,000 people have been evacuated from their jobs and homes and more than 21,000 structures are threatened by the spreading flames.
According to Yubanet.com, the fire’s main edge was heading north between French Meadows Reservoir and Hell Hole Reservoir and into the 2001 Star Fire scar. Crews began working on contingency lines north of the fire, clearing brush along Soda Spring Road.
The new and vibrant Holman Arts & Media Center building is a representation of an expanding art department filled with ambition. With only two semesters of academia the Holman Arts & Media Center encourages a new era of creative, intellectual thinking with grand long term intentions of inspiring interdisciplinary programs and large communal goals. While the former David Hall building could not support the expanding art department and demand, the Holman building was set in place to achieve this growing need.
“We were basically at capacity with what we could do with the other building, the oldest building on campus. It had a lot of limitations with it. Getting this building and really maximizing the way we flow from one discipline to the other has enabled us to take the next step, which is to develop an MFA (Master of Fine Arts),” Professor Russell Dudley said.
The building was made possible by a generous gift from Robin and Robert Holman, and opened its doors to students in the spring semester of 2014.
“We envision that this center will be the new artistic and intellectual hub not just for Sierra Nevada College but for Incline Village and the Lake Tahoe basin. We looked around and saw the exciting things that are happening at Sierra Nevada College and we knew we wanted to partner with SNC to make change happen,” SNC Board of Trustees member and donor Robin Holman said.
The central ideas inspiring the design of the building were to create an academic flow within the space that also invites the public and the community into the academic practices, according to Dudley.
When entering the the Holman Arts & Media Center building, one can observe students working cohesively in all ranges of art. Students have the space to work on computers, photography, create sculptures and drawings. Art history lectures echo around the building. The new art building allows artists of all genres to share an inviting, inventive space.
“It’s nice to have an art building that is surrounded by all art students and the same creative process,” Senior Claire Bagg said.
The faculty and administration worked tirelessly for two years toward their unified vision of the Holman Arts building, according to Rick Parsons, associate professor of art.
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.