Five athletes from the Sierra Nevada College Snowboard team traveled to two countries and nine states in just 24 days, in order to compete in North American Cup and FIS (International Ski Federation) events. The trip brought many great results and experiences as well as an unfortunate injury for one of the athletes.
Sierra Nevada College Men’s Lacrosse team started practice last September to prepare for their upcoming spring season. The team played five exhibition games and despite suffering their first loss in a year, were able to learn though their adversity. When asked about “fall ball”, Men’s Lacrosse Coach Bruce Meierdiercks said, “I think our fall season was a continuation of where we left off last year. In the fall we added some new people and they seemed to assimilate pretty well with the core group and picked up their intensity level to match the returning players. In a losing effort, we also learned how to come back from five goals down which we never had to do before. It was a good lesson to know we can do it. Just one goal at a time.”
Sophomore midfielder Dylon Fangmeier agreed with the coach, saying, “I think near the end of fall our teamwork on offense really got a lot better than it has been in the past. That will definitely carry on and get better in the spring.”
Both the players and coach are now looking forward to starting their second season together. The team starts practice on Tuesday Feb 3. At this time last year, snow left the team with no field to practice on and in the month of February they resorted to playing on the beach of Lake Tahoe. “I am excited to start practice because there is no snow. I am probably one of the only people up here that do not want snow but it will get us way ahead of where we were last year,” Meierdiercks said. Despite being able to practice now, SNC is still unable to schedule home games during the first half of the season because of the possibility of being snowed out. The first five games of the season will be spent traveling and the next five will all be held at North Tahoe Regional Park in Tahoe Vista where the team practices.
“It will definitely be harder to overcome five straight road games. If we had a few home games and traveled in between it would be easier but we are up to the challenge and I think we will take care of it,” Fangmeier said. Though traveling will be challenging, Meierdiercks believes it will be a necessary learning experience for the whole team. “Intensity level is going to sustain us through the whole season. We have a few more games this year including two big road trips and a couple of games back to back and we are going to have to learn how to play when we are tired because that is how you have to do it if you make the playoffs having four games in five days against very good competition. So this again will be a learning process we have to go through. We will learn a lot about ourselves maturity wise, if we can stay focused with a lot of distractions going on.”
An article “Taking a Look: WCLL” from the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association website previews the teams conference for the upcoming season. It says, “The only knock on this team from last year is that it was the program’s first and provisional year in the MCLA and the team was therefore ineligible for postseason play. Otherwise, 2014 was a sparkling example of what the Eagles can and will do when matched up against fellow WCLL teams.. When pitted up against Nevada, the to-be WCLL champs? The Eagles beat the conference’s title team by twenty one goals.”
This team will not be able to surprise teams like they may have last year but expectations remain high. “I am hoping that we have enough talent to get ranked nationally in the top ten,” Meierdiercks said, “We are going to have a tough schedule with our non-conference games. Southern Oregon was ranked in the top 25 nationally, we also have Concordia and Cal State Fullerton who were ranked 15 and 12 in the country respectively. If we can win our non conference games and take care of our own conference then we should get a bid to the national tournament in Orange County.” Performing well against quality competition will be necessary to put the team where they want to be; competing for a national championship. Fangmeier said, “Next season we expect a championship. That is what we are all shooting for. If we are all trying to get it, I believe we can get it done.”
|Mens Lacrosse Schedule|
|Sat Mar 7, 3:30 PM||@ Humboldt State|
|Sun Mar 8, 1 PM||@ Southern Oregon|
|Sat Mar 14, 2 PM||@ San Jose State|
|Wed Mar 18, 7 PM||@ Concordia|
|Sat Mar 21, 1 PM||@ Cal State Fullerton|
|Sat Mar 28, 1 PM||San Francisco|
|Sat April 4, 1 PM||UC Santa Cruz|
|Sat April 11, 3 PM||Saint Mary’s|
|Sat April 18, 2 PM||Pacific|
|Sat April 25, 2 PM||Nevada|
It is the first day of class and over thirty students file into Humanities Professor Robert King’s classroom. Quickly, students realize that this course on Revolutionary Eco-History isn’t taught in the same spirit as their core requirement Civilization course. King felt that more could be done to introduce students at Sierra Nevada College to alternative economic theories and modes of thinking.
“After finishing my philosophy degree I turned my interest toward economic and ecological problems because these had become the big problems in our world. Not only were they framed this way, they really were the big problems,” said King.
King’s elective course is one of several offered this semester across all disciplines and academic departments at SNC. Dan O’Bryan, associate provost and department chair of Humanities and Social Sciences, believes that students should have exposure to at least one elective course every school year.
“Although we do not have a history major, we do try to offer some history courses because we feel it’s very important,” O’Bryan said.
It is not always easy to introduce an elective course into the curriculum.
“It’s put in the schedule, and we see what the response is. If it goes below eight than that’s a bit of a problem. However, instructors always have the option to turn it into an independent study,” O’Bryan explained.
Samantha Bankston, associate professor of Humanities, is teaching two new elective courses this semester: Film Adaptation of the Novel and French 201. She has had difficulty attaining the eight student requirement in the past.
On Jan. 4, 16 students set out on a two-week long trip to visit Japan. While this trip has been regularly offered during May, this was the first time that Sierra Nevada College students got a chance to go during the winter months. Chair of Fine Arts Sheri Leigh O’Connor has been taking art students toJapan for several years to explore and experience Eastern arts and culture. After their recent trip in May 2014, a student approached O’Connor with the idea of going again in the winter for skiing and snowboarding.
This Saturday seven Sierra Nevada College Geology Club Students pilled into a car to go hike points of Mount Rose to collect minerals and crystals.Secretary of the geology club Joe Paolini said, “Everyone who participated today was really involved.”
Students look mostly for double terminated crystals. This is when the end of a crystal grows in such a way that it forms flat faces that intercept one another on a certain axis depending on the mineral. Crystals that form a terminated point on both ends are referred to as doubly terminated. We found multiple specimens exhibiting this geological anomaly. Once the more experienced hunters determine when the group had arrived the students scatted with their hunting hats on. They sifted through the top layer of dirt in the surrounding areas looking for their crystals.
“Jai found quite a few crystals in this one particular area” Paolini said, “So everyone just went over to dig the patch up.”
Jai Odyssea, president of the club, said, “There’s probably a pocket”. The students flocked the patch. “The north eastern corner of the Tahoe basin is a fascinating area geologically,” said Odyssea, “There are multiple different rock types from different eras of activity meeting in this area which often is a sign for metamorphic activity”.
There are three types of rocks, Sedimentary, which are formed from particles of sand, shells, pebbles, and other fragments of material, Igneous, which are formed when magma (molten rock deep within the earth) cools and hardens, and Metamorphic, which are formed under the surface of the earth from the metamorphosis (change) that occurs due to intense heat and pressure.
Paolini said, “Because there are multiple different types of rock meeting in this area it is more likely for minerals to be coming up through the earth’s crust. Which indicates that rocks have undergone metamorphose in its form”.
The crystals and minerals that were found in abundance on this trip were smoky quartz, feldspar, and epidote. Smoky quartz is a grey translucent-opaque variety of quartz. The smoky color results from free silicon, formed from the silicon dioxide by natural irradiation. It terminates into six faces so it shapes in a hexagonal form.Feldspar constitutes approximately 60% or the earths crust, it forms directly from cooling magma. Its crystals are typically colorless/pale in color. Epidote is a monoclinic crystal system, which means its vectors are of unequal length and size. It usually takes on a pistachio-forest green tint but can be found in grey, brown, or nearly black.
“The examples of feldspar that we collected had phenomenal examples of cleavage” student Grant Long said.
Cleavage is the tendency of a mineral to break along flat planar surfaces as determined by the structure of the mineral. Student Mona Ramirez found a terminated smokey quartz point with a greenish hue. Paolini and Odyssea speculate that it is an inclusion of the epidote they were finding in the area inside of the smoky quartz.
Odyssea said, “We scouted an area near incline creek with interesting rock formations. You’ll find quartz everywhere you go in the Tahoe Basin.”
Sierra Nevada Student tend to wander a fair amount but usually with their eyes focused on the lake. These students have a knack to appreciate the things that are usually over looked and stepped. Between the leaders knowledge, support of Science Professor Andy Rost, geographical location, and student passion the club will make great trips this school years
By Joie Rhein
BY Danny Kern
Travel experiences that allow you to study abroad are some of the best ways to explore the world while continuing an educational career. They allow students to experience different cultures, hear new languages and taste divine foods. Business Department Chair Kendra Wong says “travel experiences provide an immersed learning experience.”
“Having just returned from a one-week travel aboard experience in Cuba with my doctorate program, I can say that travel experiences are a wonderful opportunity for all students,” Wong said.
Sierra Nevada College is now partnering with University of Nevada Reno’s study abroad program, University Studies Abroad Consortium, which became a non-profit organization on July 1.
On Tuesday, Oct. 21, there was a meeting for students to learn more about the up and coming study abroad trips and courses taking place in 2015. Some of these trips have been held in the past such as Service Learning South Africa and Holistic Sustainability in the Arctic, but there are now new trips for students.
Credited courses are offered during these trips so students are able to gain school credits while traveling and experiencing other cultures.
One of these new trips, Sights and slopes of Japan, is taking place Jan. 4-17. The trip costs $3,900, which includes flights, rail passes, hotels and activities. The courses available on this trip are the three-credit course, FNAR 480, and possible two-credit course, PHED 380.
If students are too late signing up for this Japan trip there is another chance students can travel to Japan after the spring 2015 semester is over. From May 19 to June 4, the school is offering FNAR 480, The Art of Japan, where students will visit Western Japan, and go to various museums, castles, temples, shrines and art studios. This travel experience cost $4,500 and will allow students to participate in hands-on art workshops while experiencing Japanese culture and food.
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.
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.