While you were snuggling your hunny on Valentine’s Day, the Sierra Nevada College campus celebrated the birthday of the newest Green Initiative addition in Prim Library. Along with funding from SGA and some elbow grease from campus Facilities, the new Vapur hydration system fills your water bottle with chilled Tahoe Tap, from its home next to the student store.
The initial plan was put into motion in fall 2012, but was not followed through until spring 2014.
“It was student driven at first, but during the summer the SGA board switched over and so the funds were there but action wasn’t taken yet. The new SGA board continued with the previous year’s plans to install the water station,” said Dean of Students Will Hoida.
“The original proposal was to put four [water] stations in around campus, but when we came back with a bid on that, it was quite costly so we narrowed our focus down to one station,” said Hoida.
The water station, that has already helped to eliminate waste from 517 disposable plastic water bottles as of Feb. 26, is part of an environmentally responsible program to preserve our resources.ack with a bid on that, it was quite costly so we narrowed our focus down to one station,” said Hoida.
“It was originally a service learning project that was proposed to us, and it latched on really well,” said SGA President Sam Marquardt. “We thought students would love this. Everyone has a Nalgene or a water bottle.”
“The Vapur Refill Station Program addresses two issues that we are very passionate about at Vapur; the environment and hydration. Vapur was founded with a commitment to raising awareness about the global water crisis and empowering people to make a difference,” said Brent Reinke, co-founder and CEO of Vapur, on the company website.
The water station fits appropriately into the SNC community, touching on one of the core themes of sustainability.
SGA concentrated on producing one water station in order to assess its acceptance and utilization on campus.
“That was the ultimate plan, to install one and see how it worked then take over all of the water fountains. The one in the library is a prime location, whereas the (water fountain) in TCES is around the corner, but hopefully we can install more,” said Marquardt. “See how this one works and how much students like it.”
After determining its’ popularity on campus, SGA will evaluate the possibility of funding more water stations.
The water station is already getting positive feedback from students and staff.
“I think it is an awesome addition to campus, but I had no idea it was here,” said Sophomore Emily Aguiar. “It’s great to get the word out about it.”
“I would love to see more on campus,” said Hoida, in reference to plans of installing more water stations. “Hopefully by getting good publicity and excitement about it, and seeing that it is very functional. It fits the theme at our college.”
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Sierra Nevada College has implemented a new way to buy books. The campus store will no longer carry textbooks for sale beginning this summer. Instead, students will order books through Follett Virtual Book- stores, family owned and operated for 150 years.
The bookstore at Sierra Nevada College is providing students with study materials, food, drinks, and school clothing in a convenient on-campus location. Recently, the store has been going through some changes and a restructure. Anna-Marie Jones, the bookstore manager, explains why the restructure came about.
The Fundamentals of art and design class put their acquired skills on display at the Trashion Show Thursday Nov. 8th on the 3rd floor of Prim Library. The usual hall of executive offices and art displays was transformed into a makeshift fashion runway lined with students eager to watch their peers perform.
When Senior Will Folkers entered the Sierra Nevada College library on Tuesday, March 13, he sat down and immediately put on black and white Skullcandy headphones. Folkers explained that this was due to the increasing sound levels in the library.
“When I come to the library and it is loud, I lose focus and can’t do my homework,” Folkers said. “The first thing I do is put on headphones.”
The issue surfaced last semester during finals when a student sent an email to President Lynn Gillette addressing the increasing noise levels in the library, explained Library Director Bettes Markle. This semester, posters and quiet-zone cards were issued throughout the library to remind students to be quiet and respectful.
With hopes of the coffee shop making a return to Prim library pushed aside, the SNC bookstore has recently taken control of the situation, serving coffee, tea and other various snacks to keep study hungry students happy and busy.
Business plans are still under review, now by Business department Chair Rick Normington who was appointed by President Lynn Gillette to review the plans.
“My plan for the coffee shop is still in its young stages,” Sierra Nevada College alumni Steven Segal said. “Nothing is final yet, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction.”