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.
The Third Wednesday Readings taking place in the Prim Library are a way for faculty and guest speakers to informally interact with the students at Sierra Nevada College. On Wednesday Sept. 17, Thomas Wade Brown, instructor of Humanities and Social Sciences at SNC, led a presentation in the back of the library that attracted 25 people as he discussed “Delay Discounting”, or different forms of behavioral psychology. Brown’s presentation marked the first of two that will take place this semester as a part of the series.
The crowd of over 20 people consisted of faculty members, SNC students and even some high school students from Incline High.
“The turnout was incredible. I think at one point the head count got to 25 people, which was really unexpected. It was touching to see so many of my students and colleagues come out and show support,” said Brown.
During the one hour presentation Brown was enthusiastic about the psychological concepts he discussed.
“It is gorgeous!” Brown said, after switching through different graphs being presented on the projector.
“I am not a psychology major but the way Wade explained the different studies made me want to learn more about them,” Senior Rebecca Roberts said. “He has a good sense of humor that makes psychology more appealing.”
Brown finished his presentation by opening the floor to questions from the audience. It was an opportunity for the crowd to learn more about the topics he had discussed during the presentation.
You enter and hear nothing but silence.In this dimly lit space, students gather and study. It’s a calming atmosphere of tranquility.Here and there among the library’s stacks, students grab books.
Often they’re greeted by SNC librarian Betts Markle. It’s a name that rings in everyone’s ear, from students to faculty members.
“I come from a long line of Elizabeths,” Markle said. “There has been Elizabeth, Beth, Betty, and Betsey. My parents didn’t want another Betsey, so they named me Betts.”
She never liked being called Betsey anyway as it was the name of an old childhood doll.
Markle has been working in libraries for more than 30 years. She is also a professor at SNC, teaching business and marketing classes this semester. She is also a writing instructor for graduate students, but she has never been interested in teaching English. “I don’t like teaching literature too much, but I could,” said Markle.
SGA funds new Vapur water refill station in Prim library to reduce amount of waste created by plastic water bottles and offer students chilled Tahoe Tap.
Things alumni wish they knew before coming to Sierra Nevada College.
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.