In 2013, Sierra Nevada College surprised the community with an addition to the athletics department: a lacrosse team. According to the head of the women’s team, Honora Fallon-Oben, last year the SNC lacrosse teams were considered provisional teams within the Western Collegiate Lacrosse League, or WCLL.
“For the first year, the SNC team’s stats and records did not count. They played solemnly because they enjoyed the sport, and to prove to WCLL that they could field and manage a team to the league,” said Oben.
Oben, along with her team, is proud of the results from last season.
“WCLL was very impressed that in a location such as Tahoe, where lacrosse is not as widespread, we were able to make history as the first ever women’s lacrosse team at Sierra Nevada College and successfully complete the season,” said Oben. “We have done an excellent job proving to the league that we should be accepted as a full member.”
After the league meeting in October, the SNC lacrosse team will be voted in as a full member of the WCLL. It is the first season that the teams will be officially competing so this season will be important for both the men and the women’s teams.
The water ski club at Sierra Nevada College might sound like a laid-back opportunity to mess around on a boat on Lake Tahoe, but the club has a goal that stretches far beyond simple recreation.
As the first water ski club at SNC, this marks the introduction of an entirely new competitive team to the college. The club is one of 17 registered teams that make up the Western Collegiate Water Ski Association. SNC team members will attend their first competition on Sept. 27-28 in Chico, California.
“My main focus starting the water ski team was to give the students another competitive sport to do that is relatable to our location and provide another asset for the college,” said Cory Johnson, president of the water ski club.
The club’s mission statement, according to the Student Government Association’s website, is to unite students through an active and skillful sport while striving to build a healthy competitive spirit for all. “We will grow as individuals and as team members to expand our knowledge and abilities,” it states.
Johnson presented the idea to start the team to SNC faculty, and with the help of a few club members, it is close to succeeding establishment as an official part of the school. The club has been granted $4,900 courtesy of the SGA; $4,000 thanks to club proposals, and $900 thanks to a second place finish at club field day on Sep. 6. These funds however, are tentative and cannot be granted until President Lynn Gillette approves the club and the school’s insurance provider accepts the team through its underwriters.
Johnson is optimistic about the insurance decision and Gillette’s approval.
“I’m very hopeful on that. We’ve got the support of Shannon Beets, executive vice president and provost, as well as SNC Controller Linda Odell.”
“Both Beets and Odell are excited to see this happen and look forward to seeing things progress for the team,” said Johnson.
So far the team has had six practices, two on Lake Tahoe and four on a private lake.
“We water ski a few mornings during the week, starting at 7 a.m.,” said Sophomore Nelly Steinhoff, a new member of the team. “On the weekends we have different groups of five people who will go down to Gardnerville to a man-made lake where we are taught the proper technique to shred a slalom course, trick skis, and jump skis.”
Another obstacle for the team has been determining the commitment level of the club members. According to Johnson about 50 percent of the team seems truly committed to the competitive level.
“It’s hard because we all have our own college interests, as well as work and jobs and school. Being part of a competitive team is difficult, but I was fortunate enough to be on the freestyle snowboard team on both my freshman and sophomore year and if you want to do something then I believe it would be pretty easy to wake up at 6 a.m. and work out and go skiing, if you’re really into it,” said Johnson.
At the moment the club is comprised of twelve members, seven men and five women. Johnson encourages anyone interested in participating to consider enrolling in the club for the spring and fall semesters of 2015.
As an incoming student at SNC, students must experience the dorms as an initial step in their higher education. With SNC’s largest incoming class arriving, many are questioning the residence hall policies.
“We have a total of 194 students in the dorms, one of the highest incoming classes. Last year we had around 180 which is only 10-15 more students this year,” said Lizzie Thibodeau.
While the increase of students is minimal, they have seen a large difference in the living situation among the dorms.
“What bothers me is that I requested a double (room) and they explained they were running out of space, and asked ‘do you think you could spare for a triple?’, just before school started. Therefore we involuntarily agreed and are working through the situation.” said Freshman Celine
For some students, this policy can be burdensome when trying to expand their horizons of Incline Village and Lake Tahoe area.
“The two year policy should be more of an option than a requirement. I think there should be a way you can prove that the second year is not necessary for an individual, rather than forcing it upon the students,” said Sophomore Nelly Steinhoff.
There aren’t many places that you can go today that don’t have security cameras. Shopping malls, restaurants, grocery stores and many schools across the nation are full of them. The motive may be different for each place that sports this type of device, but most of the time, cameras go unnoticed and have become just a part of regular day life.
Sierra Nevada College (SNC) has already installed cameras in the Tahoe Center of Environmental Sciences and commenced planning for the installation of more cameras into the Prim-Schultz dormitory by next fall.
Late at night, while most students are fast asleep, Tyler Prange is working hard at Diamond Peak to ensure that each run is perfectly groomed. A Ski Business and Resort Management major by day and Diamond Peak vampire by night, Prange is setting himself up for a career in the ski business.
Over the past few weeks black bears have become a danger to themselves as well as the community. Bears have broken into Sierra Nevada College dorm rooms, off-campus students apartments, and a few cars in the Incline Village area. SNC has taken action to educate students about bear etiquette in order to avoid inappropriate human-bear interaction in the future.
Prim-Shultz dormitory on the Sierra Nevada College campus flooded due to sprinkler damage on Saturday, Oct. 5 and damaged 9 total rooms. The cost for repair is still unknown.