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.
Plants have been uprooted and boulders moved from sections of the demonstration garden in preparation for construction to begin on the on-campus president’s house next May. The process began on Oct. 6, when a private landscaper who declined to identify himself began clearing out the northern part of the garden with a large backhoe.
According to Dianne Severance, director of grants and sponsor programs, the administration has been working with the original founders of the garden to extend and improve the demonstration garden. Severance says they plan to get all of the new plants in the ground before winter hits so that they can go into a state of hibernation and have a better chance of remaining healthy in the spring.
Severance also states that the section being cleared is the intended site for the president’s house and they intend to begin construction in May.
In a Sept. 11, 2014, issue of The Eagle’s Eye, President Lynn Gillette stated that “everything that is planned for in the master plan is tentative, including a house for the president”.
According to Gillette the president’s house will be used to entertain visitors to the college, hold fundraising functions and market to prospective students looking for a school with a president who involved on campus.
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!
Have you ever wondered how well you actually know your college roommates? Aaron Wiener, president of Student Government Association and resident assistant of Sierra Nevada College, created a game that tests how well students know their roommates.
“I was thinking of games to do for the year as an RA and I thought what a better game would it be if you could quiz your roommates on things you need to know?” Wiener said.
At 7 p.m. on Sept. 11, this competition was held in the Patterson Cafeteria near the fireplace. Roughly 20 students competed for the $50 gift card to Olive Garden donated by the SGA. For Sophomores Mikaela Morse and Rose Rojas the money and the meal was the only reason why they were there.
“We love Olive Garden. I heard that’s the prize,” Morse said.
Morse and Rojas met last year when they started at SNC as freshmen. They prepared for the contest by asking each other random questions for half an hour. Other opponents didn’t even feel the need to practice before the game. Sophomore Taylor and Hayden Steele are identical twins who have been roommates for their entire lives.
“We thought that we’d probably know each other pretty well, and we thought that we’d take the competition pretty good,” said Taylor.
Being the only male contestants in the game, the Steele twins knew they had to win for all the other guys in the dorms. “Lets try to have a boys overtake here,” Hayden said.
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.
Congratulations on making it almost halfway through the fall semester! October is full of fun events, so get ready.
We’re very excited about the new and creative clubs that we have this year.
Check out sncsga.com for more information about active clubs.
Mark your calendars for these fun upcoming SGA-sponsored events:
October 8 – Midterms Pancake Study Break and Lacrosse Sign-Making.
9 p.m. in Patterson Hall. Take a break from the stress of midterms to eat yummy pancakes, bacon, sausage and more while making signs for the Parents Weekend lacrosse games.
October 11– Six Flags Trip.
8 a.m. – 7 p.m. $10 deposit required.
October 15 – SGA Student Forum.
7 p.m. – 8 p.m. in TCES room 139/141.
Come share your opinions about the SGA and the school at this open student forum.
October 23 – SGA Pumpkin Carving.
8 p.m. – 10 p.m. in Patterson Hall.
October 25 – SGA Halloween Dance.
8 p.m. -11:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Ballroom.
Don’t forget that we are open to hearing and discussing any ideas or concerns you have at any time.
Never hesitate to approach an SGA member on campus to let us know what is on your mind!
Our weekly meetings are open to students at 8 a.m. every Tuesday morning. The SGA office is located on the second floor in the Campbell-Friedman dorms.
Good luck on midterms and we look forward to seeing you at these awesome October events!
Name: Meghan Tebow
Hometown: Fredricksburg, Virginia
Major: ODAL and Journalism
Meghan transferred to SNC to obtain her bachelor’s degree after serving in the military for three years as a weather forecaster and working in national parks across the country. She moved to the Tahoe area this August, a week prior to school starting, with her 3-year-old daughter, Karolien Rose Tebow.
So you are 25 and you have already spent time in the military?
I was 20 when I joined. I had been traveling a lot, and kind of joined the military to settle down.
Wow, I don’t think most people think of the military when they think of “settling down.”
Well, I had been traveling for two years. I worked in odd jobs all over the U.S. I worked in an outdoor store in Maine. I went to Wyoming and worked in a lodge there. I was a flight attendant for a brief time. I had odd jobs pretty much all over the U.S. I’ve been to almost every state and lived in almost 10 states. Then I joined the military.
So you join the Air Force and you get stationed in Hawaii. Are you always this lucky?
Well it was a low chance. The highest GPA’s had priority, and they gave us a list to pick from, and Hawaii and Germany were on the list. I was in a place, where I was ready to go hang on an island for three years.
How was life in the military?
In the military you have a really involved job. You’re doing meetings and PT and as a weather forecaster I was on the clock a lot. We would work 12 hour night shifts. Basically, I worked every holiday, but I did get long breaks. I would get like three or four days off so I did get to go hang on the beach and enjoy Hawaii.
How does one become a weather forecaster in the Air Force?
When you first enlist, they sort through whatever jobs they have available. I was going to be a linguist. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get a top secret clearance because of a misdemeanor when I was a teenager. The next option they had was weather. So I was like, ok, I’ll do weather.
So the military trained you to forecast the weather?
Yeah. They sent me to Air Force college to get weather training and I went to Hawaii Pacific University to get some of my core classes done.
The Student Government Association held its senator elections to solidify its board in order to productively represent the student body.
The senator elections were held to encourage not only freshman participants, but all students interested in becoming involved with the SGA.
In the pursuit to be more sustainable, the elections occurred via student email this year. Every student received an email with their own personal code, to ensure they only voted once. This year, there were 75 students that cast their vote.
Typically the SGA likes to have the sophomore, junior and senior elections in May along with all the other positions.
Since it did not receive enrollment for those positions, it was pushed back to the freshman senator elections. The SGA elected Freshman Frankie Sanchez and Senior Austin Farina on the board this fall, according to Sustainability Chair Marina McCoy.
“Class senators represent the voice of that particular class. But we also have senators that are for specific majors such as a Business and Psychology department,” Director of Events Haley Gray said.
In SGA, the class senators hold the important role of bridging the void between the students and the higher tier of student activities and clubs.
Grade senators now have more stipulations and duties than non-grade senators. Grade senators go to all the SGA meetings, events and press responsibilities.
“If the class has something they would like to voice, they generally would go to their grade senator so that they can come to meetings and share those ideas with SGA,” President Aaron Wiener said.
The SGA breaks down its board through an executive board and then through senators.
The executive board is divided in two committees: the Judicial and Events committee.
The Judicial committee consists of President Aaron Wiener, Vice President Cole Mizak, Secretary Mei Li Le Roy and Treasurer Brendan Wheelwright.
The Events committee includes Sustainability Chair Marina McCoy, Director of Events Haley Gray and director of Public Relations Katie Russie.
“It’s really great that we have a full board now. Hopefully next year for elections more people will be involved to better the school and the community,” McCoy said.
Students can contact the SGA at StudentGovernmentAssociation@sierranevada.edu or www.SNCSGA.com.
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.