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November 6, 2008 Presidential Speech Writer Speaks at Sierra Nevada College By Chris Brown Eagle’s Eye Reporter In the political part of his career, Dr. Craig Smith has written speeches for former pres- idents Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush, and has also served as a consultant for CBS News for convention, election and inau- gural coverage. On Mon., Oct. 20, Smith shared those experiences and others with a Sierra Nevada College audience. Few presidents debate or address the nation solely in their own words. Former President Bill Clinton even had speech writers to help craft his messages to the American people. Smith spoke to an attentive crowd of faculty and students in the Tahoe Center of Environmental Sciences about the his- tory of presidential debates, offering his prospective on what helped and hurt the candidates. “If you make a mistake, everyone’s going Dr. Craig Smith Photo by Chris Brown to jump on it,” said Smith, referring to the media’s reaction to debates. “You can win In addition to being an award-winning the debate that night and the media can turn professor at California State University, it around.” Long Beach, Smith frequently speaks on Smith also discussed the impact of watch- presidential campaigns and elections. With ing the debates on television versus listen- the presidential election on Nov. 4, his ex- ing to them on the radio. pertise is in high demand. Inside “Television is a cool medium with low In an interview with the Eagle’s Eye, Smith definition,” said Smith. Because every fa- said he most enjoyed writing speeches for African Storyteller visits SNC 6 cial expression is exposed, “you want to be former President George H. W. Bush. cool and laid back.” “He was collaborative with me” and “was Career Fair 7 Smith used the example of this year’s more a part of the speech,” Smith said. third and final debate between Sen. John Two presidents in our nation’s history Ghost in the Gallery 10 McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. Barack Obama, have attempted to sway the American pub- D-Ill. He said that those who listened to the lic with speeches crafted by Smith. While Parents Weekend 11 debate on the radio felt that McCain clearly most presidential speeches and debates of- won the debate, whereas those watching ten have an audience of millions of Ameri- the debate generally felt that Obama won can voters, on Oct. 20, Smith crafted words because of McCain’s inability to keep his for a smaller but immersed gathering at facial expressions subdued. SNC. November 6, 2008 Page 2 Events Calendar Tuesday November 4 Pastoral Hours Thursday November 6 Burning Man Gallery Presentation Sunday November 9 Voice Recital Monday November 10 May Gradation Petitions Due Tuesday November 11 Pastoral Hours Thursday November 20 Thanksgiving Dinner Next Submission Deadline publication of anything for any reason. Po- Editors: Gunnar Gottschalk, Thursday, November 20, 2008. etry and fiction will not be accepted. Mindy Roberts Submission Guidelines: The Eagle’s Eye Anonymous written submissions will not Staff Writers: Ben Bishop, Chris Bolton, welcomes all written and photographic sub- be printed. 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The Eagle’s Eye reserves the right to edit or refuse the Page 3 November 6, 2008 Editorials Letter from the Editor We, the Eagle’s Eye editors, have no- tracting the huge scavengers. put down. ticed a troubling increase in food-scaveng- Leaving your trash around encourages So, if you really love the wildlife around ing renegade animal packs hanging around wildlife to stop fending for themselves campus and in the Tahoe area, be sure you outside Patterson Hall. Coyotes, bears, and develops a dependence on human be- pick up after yourself. Human encroach- raccoons and malicious squirrels patiently ings. Incline Village has taken a firm hand ment has forced these animals out of their wait for lazy students to leave food and to curb the growing problem of garbage wild environments, and it is now our re- trays scattered on the back patio. bears. While it may seem cool to have bears sponsibility to live among them. Please, Not that they have to wait long, people hanging around campus, this does not tra- just do your part. are systematically leaving food stuffs out ditionally end well for them. Once they are If you don’t even take your tray back to there to be consumed by all manner of apprehended by officials, bears for the first the kitchen, at least put it indoors. It’s dis- beasts. In a related concern, lazy students time are “tagged” and driven out into the gusting enough that people can’t take their are also leaving bags of garbage sitting wilderness in hopes they will not return. If trash to the proper place, but it is more un- outside the dumpsters, which are also at- they do return and are found, they are then fair to the wildlife around the area. SGA Letter SNC Eagles, alternatives include, paper products, which participate. I would first off like to announce that we means ontop of the meal you are paying for We had our first Student Forum and found our new Director of Events, Stephen you will be charged flex dollars to pay for would like to thank all those that stayed Costas. We hope the best for him and hope each paper product you use, another alter- through dinner to listen to what we had we have a great year with his help in plan- native would be a community charge mean- to say. Incase you missed the forum, We ning and creating events. ing no matter if you take products from the got some input about what the school is Halloween is just around the corner and kitchen or not, everyone who has a meal having to face. The general manager in we invite everyone to participate in our plan will be charged a set price to replace the kitchen has asked that those who have holiday events coming up. Oct. 30 we will the missing products. I know no one wants cups, plates, bowls, forks or anything that have our annual Trails of Treats and Ter- do this so please bring whatever you have belongs in the kitchen be returned to the ror. Sierra Nevada Colleges part in this back to the kitchen. I hope everyone has kitchen as soon as possible, there is no event includes the haunted forest which is a great holiday and day off of school and penalty for bringing back what belongs to the woods connecting the rec center to the wish you all the best. the school. If this does not change, we will college and the Haunted Halls. We need be having to do some alternatives I know volunteers for both and we invite you to Christopher Maniet will you as students will not like. Some Student President Letter to the Editor Dear Editors, to Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers. continued to grow. And when property It was disappointing to see the Eagle’s And even if it did, there is nothing in the values stopped growing, the whole house Eye spreading misinformation about the CRA that would compel banks to offer of cards quickly went flat. current economic crisis under the guise of no-money-down loans, or to neglect to To blame Freddie and Fannie without analysis. In the article “The Economic Cri- verify loan applicants’ income or payment mentioning the corrupting influence of lax sis and Student Life,” (in the Oct. xx edi- history. The CRA had nothing to do with (or nonexistent) regulation, the blossom- tion), blame for the crisis was laid at the the widespread corruption of the credit- ing of the credit default swap market, the feet of Fannie and Freddie, the Clinton ad- rating agencies that signed off on worth- use of other baroque (and ultimately bo- ministration and minorities. While policies less packages of subprime debt. gus) financial derivatives and instruments pursued by Fannie and Freddie contributed The housing areas that have been hit and the transformation of mortgages from to the crisis, they are hardly the sole cause, hardest by falling prices are Phoenix, long-term investments to jumping-off and the scapegoating of minorities would Las Vegas, Miami and San Diego – not points for a vast Ponzi scheme, ultimately be comedic if it weren’t so fundamentally markets that are known for large swaths of distorts more than it illuminates. I’m glad slanderous. The Community Reinvest- low-income minority-owned housing. The the Eagle’s Eye broached the topic of the ment Act, which is usually fingered as the bubbles there, rather, were in part inflated crisis – it’s something that will affect all organization that helped low-income and by speculators who were making their pur- of us. It’s unfortunate that the attempt to minority clients get mortgages, applied to chases with the intention of flipping their educate was overwhelmed by ideological depository banks, while many of the banks properties, funding the whole enterprise axe-grinding. that inflated the subprime market were with the money they assumed would be at Chris Lanier unregulated banks. The CRA did not apply their disposal when their property values Assistant Professor of Digital Art er November 6, 2008 Page 4 Opinion Kings of Leon Conquer the Warfield By Chris Brown Eagle’s Eye Reporter balcony seating above the floor, making the stage clearing visible from anywhere in the A thunderous boom shook the walls of the room. Warfield Theater after a roadie sat down The band’s line-up features three brothers behind the drum kit and delivered the first and their cousin: Caleb Followill on lead kick of sound check. Droves of rock-thirsty vocals and rhythm guitar, Jared Followill fans pushed the capacity of San Francisco’s on bass guitar and synthesizer, Nathan Fol- historic live music venue in anticipation of lowill on drums and Matthew Followill on the southern rock quartet Kings of Leon. lead guitar. The lights cut out, and like an auspicious Hailing from Nashville, Tenn., this family omen, the darkness evoked a tsunami of of musicians has crafted a blend of southern applause for the band’s first of two per- and hard rock with a hint of blues; creating Kings of Leon Photo by Chris Brown formances in the Bay Area on Friday, Oct. a sound unlike any other band in decades. 17. Deafening screams filled the Warfield The group’s stage presence was decent, as they walked onto stage, picked up their but not anything special. Their movement rise to stardom. Every song sounded as if instruments and opened the show with around the stage was minimal, with excep- Caleb’s voice emitted classic rock and roll “Crawl,” the second track off of their 2008 tion of a few energetic musical bridges later grit with haunting overtones of fervent. CD release entitled Only by the Night. in the show when they took a few steps to Every so often a band defies the mundane The Warfield was built in 1922 as a vaude- the left or right. Overall, the band’s stage mainstream, finds their niche and re-estab- ville theater, and seats about 2,300 people. presence was not reciprocating the crowd’s lishes our confidence in music. The Kings The high ceilings and artistic walls create energy. of Leon took the stage at the Warfield The- the perfect ambiance to enjoy live perfor- What made the show worth every penny ater in San Francisco and delivered an in- mances. The venue has a general admission was the musicianship. The band’s impecca- spiring sermon of originality that will have area in front of the stage, as well as angled ble live abilities manifest their undeniable this reporter at every show. Main St. is Dead By Aimee Doran Eagle’s Eye Reporter Main St. is a term that has been widely ner. Main St. used to be where you could St. was bought out by the big box of corpo- used in the current political debate forum. walk through town, buy your groceries and rate business that paved over the park and It is used to describe the everyday person do errands and say hello to your neighbors. put in a five-story parking garage. Main St. or family-- and each major party candidate Main St used to be the idealized version of is dead and it has been dead for a while. is using the term to win votes. the American Dream, where people owned When loans were given out to big corpo- Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., appeals to Main the small business that they had always rations that were expanding at an unnatural St. by saying that tax cuts should not just wanted. They lived over their shop to save rate, that’s when Main St. died. It pushed be given to big executives on Wall St., but money and get up early for work. out smart small business owners that knew that the average person and family should Now Main St. is a detour route around they couldn’t repay loans that could com- get a break. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the construction zone in the new down- pete with a corporate giant. When local uses Main St. to describe who will benefit town sector of a city near you. Main St. businesses had to try to compete with the in- from his public health insurance plan. Sen. is a strip mall with stores so big that you coming economic boom, their over-priced, Joe Biden, D-Del., says he knows a fella’ have to drive from the hardware store to the over-specialized shops could not stand next on Main St. that is really hurting during house ware store; both of which located in to a mega store where the consumer can get this economic crisis. Gov. Sarah Palin, R- the same parking lot. In that same parking “more for less.” Alaska, says she is a Main St. hockey mom, lot, you pass by the empty store fronts with Main St. closed its store fronts, lost its and that gives her clout on some level with signs that promise Starbucks, Bed Bath individuality and its meaning as a prover- other Main St.-goers. and Beyond, and Jamba Juice, etc. coming bial ideal. Main St. is a thing of the past, But, where is Main St.? soon. but then again, I guess strip mall doesn’t Main St. used to be where your parents Main St.’s rent is too expensive to own a have the same ring as does Main St. in a would take you to get ice cream after din- business in, let alone to live above. Main political debate. Page 5 November 6, 2008 Campus News Q & A With Brian Turner By Gunnar Gottschalk Brian Turner served in the United Sates Army for seven years. Prior to enlisting, Turner Eagle’s Eye Co-Editor received a Masters in Fine Arts degree from Oregon State University. He was an infantry team leader with the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division for a year Q: What was your first impression of the in 2003 while serving in Iraq. His recently published collection of poems, “Here, Bullet” armed forces…What was boot camp like? have gained him international press and attention. This is an interview conducted by the Is there anyway you can sum up this ex- Eagle’s Eye with Turner after his reading on October 16, 2008 in the Tahoe Center for perience? Were you’re parents and other Environmental Sciences. close family and friends supportive? A: My family was incredibly supportive all the way through my military experi- ence. Of course, nearly all of them have been in the military (or have been married to someone in military service). It would be too difficult to sum up basic training. (I was in the Army; the Marines go to Boot Camp.) Basic Training deserves an entire essay from me—if I want to do any justice to your question. Q: I remember you speaking about disarm- ing one Iraqi while his son was pleading for his father’s innocence. Was this a time Brian Turner doing what he does best. Photo courtesy of of severe conflict within yourself, or was www.artsopolis.com there another example where this conflict a drink and I try to secretly pay their bill. life. What has helped you make this tran- was even more apparent? It’s a small thing to do—still, I remember sition, and do you feel that other veterans could benefit by experiencing some of the how it felt when some anonymous strang- A: That incident wasn’t as conflicted for er paid for my bill when I came home on same activities as you have? me in the very moment when it happened— leave. Regardless of how one feels about A: Much of my success was determined by I’ve had to deal with it more as time goes the war, it’s important that we welcome the the fact that I’d had a great deal of experi- by and I’ve been able to have the luxury veterans home. They have done what their ence in the civilian world prior to joining of looking back and considering the things nation has ordered them to do. I realize that the military. I joined when I was 30 years I’ve participated in. In the moment, I had to some people will still feel that the individu- old. So, I knew how the civilian world pay attention to the task and duty at hand. I al is culpable and complicit, but I think—in works and I wasn’t too worried about how had to do my job and there were even big- the interest of our long-term psychological to survive outside of the structure mili- ger issues to be concerned with in that mo- health, as a nation—we need to welcome tary life provides. However, I’ve had to ment (because we were in the middle of a them home. work hard to figure out who Brian is—as rather large-scale operation). opposed to who Sgt. Turner was—if that makes any sense. Q: Do people in the academic world treat Q: What do you feel was your greatest suc- you differently due to your service? Are cess while you were out of country? there any negative vibes that you get from Q: What was your homecoming like? Have people’s attitudes towards you changed due others in your profession? A: The guys in my team all came home to your experience in the Armed Forces? without being killed or injured physically. A: I haven’t seen this at all. In fact, some- Many times veterans feel as though they My goal throughout the deployment was to times I feel that I’m afforded special treat- are forgotten. Do you feel as though this is bring my guys home safe and sound in both ment when I think there are others who the case? body and mind. I’m sure of the first half of would benefit from that treatment better that goal, though there’s no way for me to than I. I have found most people to be A: I think our country learned much from really know in terms of the second half of incredibly supportive and understanding the disgraceful way we treated our veterans that same goal. (though they often seem confused by the returning from Vietnam. When I’m in an airport—as I often am now—I try to find fact that I earned an MFA in poetry/creative Q: It is apparent that you have been quite writing prior to joining the military!). service members eating a meal or having successful in your re-entrance to civilian November 6, 2008 Page 6 Campus News African Storyteller Broadens Horizon through his Art By Mindy Roberts Eagle’s Eye Co-Editor Sierra Nevada College has a goal this year: to bring international culture to cam- pus with zeal unparalleled in previous se- mesters. The most recent of these events was African storytelling, with host Ma- sankho Banda. Students who were apprehensive about attending were quickly drawn in by Ban- da’s interactive storytelling, rhythmic beats and invigorating dances. Although timid at first, the audience quickly warmed up and responded to Banda’s skills as a sto- ryteller. “It was so much fun; all the different songs and dances… it was incredible,” said Zaira Perez, a freshman at SNC. “Everybody from the community and the school had a great time,” said freshman Students enjoy the African Storyteller Stephen Costas. Photo courtesy of Jim Markle Betts Markle, library director, was eager to help with the African story telling event. The obstacle that this event faced lay in the munity have an opportunity to dig a little differences in culture. While some ethnic deeper into another culture’s traditions, it groups maintain their storytelling tradi- only makes us richer,” said Markle. “It ex- tions, the art of storytelling is not usually tends our humanity when we’ve experience associated with modern American culture. it with someone from that culture instead of It was Markle’s hope that Banda could ap- reading about it or seeing it on television.” peal to the audience, and educate them in In order to involve the entire community, the culture of African storytelling. Banda visited a Tahoe area school and the “One of the things Masanko talked about Boys and Girls Club in Kings Beach. Joe is that all of us have stories,” Markle said. Taylor, a senior at SNC, caught his perfor- “We don’t take the time to learn each oth- mance while working for the youth center. er’s stories, and all of our stories are unique. Much like the audience on campus, Taylor If we took the time to learn the stories be- said that once the children were able to hind the people from different cultures, we shed their inhibitions, they were able to get would be less likely to fight or to be violent involved and truly enjoy the story telling towards each other.” experience. The real advantage students could ap- “I think the real value of it is that he is preciate came in the experience of the rich giving us another way to experience and culture of storytelling that Banda was able internalize a story,” said Taylor. “It’s an- to make available. other way for us to make stories apart of “I believe that anytime that we as a com- our lives.” Masankho Banda, host Photo courtesy of Jim Markle Page 7 November 6, 2008 Campus News Now Hiring: Businesses Visit SNC for Career and Internship Fair internships.” By Chris Bolton More than 100 students showed interest Eagle’s Eye Reporter the fair. “I was really interested in all that was Sierra Nevada College hosted its Ca- offered,” said SNC freshman Gabor Visno- reer and Internship Fair on Thurs, Oct. vits. “I am looking into career opportuni- 16, where 23 businesses advertised em- ties with both IVGID and Hyatt because ployment opportunities to students in both they are close to the campus and I would TCES and Patterson Hall. Business and en- save gas.” trepreneurial skills are integral parts of the The Incline Village General Improve- Sierra Nevada educational experience and ment District Recreation Center is close to help in the long haul to find success after campus, and they offer plenty of indoor and college. outdoor winter jobs. SNC has always worked closely with lo- “We want to get students involved with cal businesses and recreational facilities. their community,” said Misty Bray, ad- Of the 23 businesses represented this year, ministrative specialist of IVGID’s Parks nine of them were ski resorts looking for and Recreation Department. “We know students who are interested in ski business that college students are enthusiastic about and resort management. making money, so we offer jobs that they Students at the Career Fair Photo by “Kirkwood is an amazing place to grow can get enthusiastic about.” Chris Bolton an individual’s interest in both management It is encouraged that students get out and and marketing,” said Julie Koster, the rep- find jobs. Kate Greysen dean of academic resentative from Kirkwood. “We came to support services and Henry Conover coor- signed to bring career-minded students to SNC to seek out those individuals who are dinator of academic support services stated people-minded businesses. The next Career interested in pursuing their passion for ski- in the Career and Internship Fair pamphlet and Internship Fair is planned for mid-to- ing or snowboarding through our variety of that the Career and Internship Fair was de- late-spring of 2009. Jayce Coziar Appointed to Assistant Director of Resident Life tration for two years and the University of By Kresten Sakstrup Nevada, Reno, for business. Eagle’s Eye Reporter Until recently, Coziar worked as a nan- ny for Mike Love, the drummer for the If you don’t live in the dorms, you may Beach Boys. In just one year working for not have noticed that Sierra Nevada Col- the Loves’, Coziar went to Disney World lege has a new Assistant Director of Resi- in Florida; Chicago, Ill.; Talladega, Ala.; dent Life, Jayce Coziar, and she’s tougher Branson, Missouri; and because of a lay- than you might think. over, stayed in Dallas, Texas, for a couple Coziar was born and raised in Incline of days. Village and her birthday is on New Years Coziar also lead the 12-0 Rookies softball Day. team to victory this past summer. “There was only like a handful of kids She has two brothers and one sister. After born here, and I’m one of them,” Coziar her mother passed away when Coziar was said. 16, she helped raise her two younger sib- Oddly enough, Coziar doesn’t ski or lings. snowboard but she does wear flip flops al- With all her experiences Coziar should Photo courtesy of Jayce Coziar most all-year-round. make a formidable assistant life director. her new job. “I love flip flops. I will wear them unless She knows the town, and has watched the Coziar has experience dealing with dif- the snow is too deep,” she confessed. school grow for many years. ferent problems people have and knows Coziar hasn’t lived here all her life, “This little school became this amazing the Incline Village area like the back of her though. She went to the University of Ne- campus, and I feel lucky to be part of this vada, Las Vegas, to study hotel adminis- great place,” said Coziar when asked about hand. She should fill the role nicely. November 6, 2008 Page 8 Campus News S N C H A L L O W E E N D A N C E Page 9 November 6, 2008 Campus News On Friday, Oct. 2008 the student government association hosted the annual Halloween dance at the local Village Pub. Photos courtesy of Chris Maniet and Mindy Roberts November 6, 2008 Page 10 Campus News Ghosts in the Gallery By Aimee Doran Eagle’s Eye Reporter Chris Lanier, assistant professor of digital art at Sierra Nevada College, is still getting used to showing his art work in a gallery setting. “My work is not tailored for an exhibi- tion,” said Lanier when asked about his current art show in the Tahoe Gallery in Prim Library. “When Russell [Dudley] ap- proached me, I found it sensible and good. When he first pitched it to me, it seemed a long way in the future; as the time got closer, it ended up being a lot of work.” Lanier, who is in his second year teaching at SNC, likes to incorporate science themes into his art; which is evident in his current show. He also likes to play with different mediums. “I have been working in print, publica- tion, screen printing, Web-based and per- formance work,” Lanier said. “Filling a space is still new; it is an experiment.” Lanier received his MFA two years ago at UC Davis. His graduating show was a group exhibition and he was given a portion From Chris Lanier’s art exhibit, “she’d hallucinate ghosts” Photo by Aimee Doran of the gallery. During his MFA show, the gallery space was switched and he ended up doing a large-scale wall drawling piece space as opposed to a portion of it,” he Lanier explains his newfound process, utilizing only a pencil and eraser. This took said. “What they offer is rigorous and real- “This might sound stupid but, big is fun. Lanier out of his element seeing as though world.” Scale really is part of the playground exhi- he had a much lager space to work with He differentiates between a BFA and bition spaces can give you.” than with previous pieces. MFA program. Lanier seems to be fitting into the SNC From this experience Lanier learned to “Of course, it is not as much critical as gallery space very well. The community ex- play with scale and projection. This is con- nuts and bolts, which it is very much so,” pected at this exhibition includes students, gruent with his work in which technology Lanier said. “Students here are given the faculty and a wider art community that informs memory malfunction, animation opportunity as undergrads to attack those Lanier has personally invited. The Reno applied to projection informs the dichotomy structural problems.” News and Review recently introduced him between real and imaginary. He was able to Relating more now to what his students to a wider northern Nevada Art community then pull imagery into other formats. are facing upon graduating with a BFA in their article. Lanier says his lecture is to Lanier, stepping into the role of mentor from Sierra Nevada College, Lanier says, be very different and he will hopefully not for his own students in their BFA show pro- “I hadn’t thought about it, but this has re- confuse people. cess, finds this experience very insightful. ally been a hands-on appreciation for gal- The show, entitled “she’d hallucinate “The BFA process here is very rigorous lery work.” ghosts,” runs from Oct. 13 to Nov. 7. on the exhibition side with filling a whole Page 11 November 6, 2008 Campus News Parents’ Weekend at Sierra Nevada College By Hedvig Spangs Eagle’s Eye Reporter “I’m so happy to have you all here,” Max- son said, “especially because this is SNC’s A total of 27 parents from all over the first parents’ weekend ever.” country arrived at Sierra Nevada College In the future, SNC will arrange parents’ Oct. 17 to meet faculty, staff and students. weekend every year in Oct. and Maxson Participants also enjoyed a wonderful fall hopes that next time there will be three color hike, dining out in Incline Village and times as many parents in attendance. a Sunday brunch featuring student musi- “I’m happy that you had the confidence to cians. place your children at SNC,” Maxson said The inaugural SNC parents’ weekend to all the parents. “That makes me really started with a faculty reception in Prim Li- proud, and I welcome you here today and brary on Friday evening, where about 40 anytime you want.” people gathered to talk about their students Councills’ parents loved being at SNC and to get to know each other. Appetizers visiting their son. They have been here and snacks were served, and the reception once before when they dropped him off and ended with a faculty art show in the Prim they love the environment around Lake Ta- A parent talks to Business Department Photo by: Kara Fox Library Tahoe Gallery. hoe. That night they all planned to go out to Chair David Astles during the parent/fac- One student whose parents decided to vis- dinner, but first they were going to join the ulty mixer during Parents Weekend. it him at SNC was Chris Councill, a fresh- “Fall Color Hike” at Spooner Lake, which man who’s majoring in entrepreneurship. was the next event on the schedule after the He had mixed feelings about showing his president’s welcoming reception. Murray explained that it is important to school to his parents. “The hike is a great opportunity to talk strengthen parents’ relations because they “I got kind of scared when they met my about how great SNC is,” said Lane Mur- are the ones who pay for their child’s edu- teachers,” Councill said, explaining how ray, alumni and parent relations manager at cation. one of his teachers had just told his mother SNC. “Sometimes it’s not enough when the stu- about Councill dropping her class. “But I Murray was one of the people who made dent comes home and says, ‘Hey, mom, I like that my parents are here and get to see this weekend happen. Together with Julie really like this school’,” Murray said. “The where I spend my days.” Foster, dean of students and in agreement parents have to like it too and experience it On Oct. 18, brunch was served in Patter- with Maxson, they decided that every Oct. with their own eyes. The Parents’ Weekend son Hall and SNC President Bob Maxson from now on there will be a parents’ week- is a means to an end, not an end itself. What welcomed all the parents. end. I mean by that is that this planned week- “It started with me getting a new assign- end is just one of the tools we are starting ment, changing my occupation from alum- to utilize to get the parents involved and ni relations manager to alumni and parents engaged in what goes on at Sierra Nevada relations manager,” Murray said. College.” When all the new students arrived to SNC The Parents’ Weekend ended with a mu- in August, she welcomed them and at the sical brunch in Patterson Dining Hall Oct. same time created a system of contact with 19, where the parents and students were en- the parents. She took all of their e-mail ad- tertained by students Natalie Vegel, Jessica dresses and phone numbers so she would Toney and Gabor Visnovits, who all played be able to update them about what’s going the piano. Allie Trimboli sang “Ava Maria” on at the school. a’capella. “After a few weeks, Foster and I made a “This is one tool in a much larger initia- Freshman Ross Garcia with his dad, Vince Garcia, phone-a-thon,” Murray said. “We called all tive to involve parents with college life,” and music professor Donna Axton. the parents to remind them about the up- said Murray, who is looking forward to Photo by Kara Fox help host many parents’ weekends in the coming parents’ weekend and at the same time made a fundraiser for student activi- future. ties,” November 6, 2008 Page 12 Campus News SNC Needs “Volun-terrors” for Halloween Event By Alli Cohen Eagle’s Eye Reporter orate if a lot of students get involved and had us take it down,” said SNC sophomore It is that time of year again to spook help out. She said that there were many stu- Matt Depierri. “Luckily, there were enough the community for the annual and award- dents who volunteered last year, but after students there to help take down the deco- winning event, Trail of Treats and Terrors. the fog machine caused the smoke alarm to rations and help put on games for the fami- This event will take place on Thurs., Oct. go off, a fire marshal had SNC shut down lies, which actually ended up being a lot of 30, from 4 to 6 p.m., and Sierra Nevada the haunted house. fun. I’m looking forward to helping out this College is looking for students to help deck “I liked decorating the halls, but everyone year; the fire department is making sure ev- the “Haunted Halls” of Campbell Friedman was bummed out when the fire department erything is safe so we will not have to take dorm. it down and it should be cool.” “We really need a lot of help to set up, scare the community during the event and tear down the decorations afterwards,” said Will Hoida, director of student activities. “The first floor will be mild for the younger kids, the second floor will be moderate, and the third floor is going to be scarier for the older kids.” According to Kari Ferguson, Incline Vil- lage General Improvement District’s youth and family programs and events supervi- sor, the Trail of Treats and Terrors is Incline Village’s Halloween family event of the year, and it has won the Nevada Program Excellence Award. This event is hosted by the Parasol Foundation, Incline Village Recreation Center and Lake Tahoe School, as well as SNC. The trail goes through the woods to these four places where families can play Halloween games, listen to ghost stories, get candy and walk through scary haunted houses. Lane Murray, alumni and parent relations manager says that SNC was the first place in Incline Village to start this event before the other organizations collaborated to put on the Trail of Treats and Terror. It will be the college’s seventh year decorating a haunted house for the community to enjoy. “My thought was to decorate the dorms and open it up for families to come cel- ebrate Halloween,” said Murray, who was the director of residence life in 2001 when she first thought of putting on a haunted house event for Incline Village families. “Decorating a haunted house for the com- munity was a good way to bring people to our campus and it was a precursor to a many more community events,” she said. Lizzie Hernandez, SNC’s administrative assistant of student affairs, says that this Students and community members get in the spirit by carving pumpkins year’s haunted halls should be fun to dec- Photo by Mindy Roberts Page 13 November 6, 2008 Campus News The Best Haunts in Tahoe By Forest Goodman Eagle’s Eye Reporter Halloween is fast approaching and some At the Crystal Bay Club, the apparition of of us can’t help but be drawn to the realm a blackjack dealer is said to appear at one of the paranormal – the time for haunted of the tables, according to hauntedtahoe. houses and ghostly beings has arrived. blogspot.com – every time a security inves- If you want to visit a location that is still tigates it though, no one is found. inhabited by the dead, Lake Tahoe has The Thunderbird Lodge, located on plenty to offer, from old estates and casinos Tahoe’s eastern shore, is a place found to to haunted islands. be mysterious by many. Former home of Perhaps the most well-known haunted deceased millionaire George Whittell, the place in Tahoe is the Cal Neva Resort, Spa Thunderbird has a long history, though and Casino located in Crystal Bay. Accord- sometimes unfortunate. According to ing to www.newsreview.com, the ghosts of www.hauntednevada.com, a workman was Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra each said to have been accidentally killed while haunt the respective cabins they frequent- converting the boathouse to a pool – Whit- ed during their lifetimes. Electronic voice tell had the room sealed off as a result. EVP phenomena (EVP) have been recorded as and ghostly orbs are often caught on cam- well as video footage of a levitating remote era at the estate even today. control in Sinatra’s cabin. The ghost of a Many other places are ripe for ghost Native American has also been reported at hunting, from the Horizon Casino in South the Cal Neva. Lake, purported to be the occasional home The Tahoe Biltmore Lodge and Casino, of the deceased Elvis Presley, to a haunted also in Crystal Bay, is supposed to be home island in Emerald Bay. to a deceased showgirl who occasionally If you’re looking for some supernatural appears in the ballroom late at night. thrills this Halloween, there is plenty to “She got in a car accident and died and experience in Lake Tahoe. Remember to then she came to stay here,” said 20-year- bring your camera and a voice recorder if Supposed ghost photographed in backstage area of you have one – you never know when you old Maria Avioa, who works at the front theater at the Cal Neva. desk of the Biltmore. Photo courtesy of http://www.newsreview.com might get evidence of a haunting. Popular Tahoe Ghosts and their Locations: Cal Neva Resort: Ghosts of Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe Biltmore Lodge and Casino: Ghost of showgirl who died nearby Crystal Bay Club: Ghostly blackjack dealer Thunderbird Lodge: Multiple accounts of EVP and orbs Horizon Casino: Ghost of Elvis Presley November 6, 2008 Page 14 Campus News YouNoodle.com Submitted by Seth Gunsauls early-stage companies and university in- work with and gain insight. If you want Want to expand your knowledge in certain novation. We develop decision-making to find a small engineering start-up using professional fields? Want to browse new technology and tools for the startup com- new techniques and lots of innovation, then and exciting start up companies? Want to munity.” SNC was invited by Stanford all you have to do is search. If you want network and gain connections that can help University, who started the site, to join the to simply build up your online contact list you with multiple job opportunities after online community and build a portfolio of and update information about yourself and graduation? Thanks to a new online net- excited students and members that want to what you are doing regarding school or en- working/educational tool being offered to further themselves and contribute to a num- trepreneurship, go right ahead. That said, SNC called “YouNoodle,” all of the above ber of projects. While it may seem that the please take the time to check out the site are now possible. The collaborative efforts site is overly information based or covers and start your online profile. If you go on of our own Rick Normington and the You- too many facets, this is in actuality its best the site and search “Sierra Nevada Col- Noodle staff has facilitated the partnership, feature; the site is what you want it to be. lege Entrepreneurs” you’ll find the SNC and the future looks bright. If you are a younger student interested in group. So please join, explore, and email The site describes itself rightfully as “a learning about the biotech industry you can email@example.com with any questions. place to discover and support the hottest research it or find people/business to net- Next Fireside Chat at Sierra Nevada College to Feature Recycling Entrepreneur Roger Wittenberg \Press Release Courtesy of SNC lege, Wittenberg helped move the campus’s focus on recycling materials into reusable products. His most successful venture, the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences Trex Company™, has turned billions of to a Platinum LEED status through the use Sierra Nevada College’s next Fireside pounds of recycled and reclaimed plastic, of Trex™ products and other innovative Chat, hosted by Andy Whyman, will fea- including 1.3 billion grocery retail bags green strategies. By using recycled insula- ture innovative investor and Incline local and waste wood each year, into alternative tion materials in one of his housing devel- Roger Wittenberg. This latest up-close and wood products. During Wittenberg’s tenure opments in Incline Village, Wittenberg was personal look at yet another of the commu- at Trex™ from 1996 to 2003, sales grew able to lower heating costs for residents by nity’s most prolific citizens will be held on from $23 million to $191 million, and the 50 percent. Thurs., Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. in the college’s company had a successful public offering Currently, Wittenberg is working on Tahoe Center for Environmental Scienc- in 1999. transforming the blighted Tahoe Biltmore es, rooms 139/141. Refreshments will be After retiring from Trex™, Wittenberg into a model for sustainable resort develop- served. founded International Supply Consortium ment. Roger’s vision for the redevelopment This ongoing series is a concept that grew LLC, which takes on projects that use inno- of the Tahoe Biltmore, known as Boulder out of the Seniors Conversation Café and vative building technologies and real estate Bay, is to create a new model for the resort represents a partnership between Sierra projects that utilize these same sustainable experience that embraces innovative green Nevada College and the Incline Village materials. Wittenberg’s passions for recy- technologies while providing a sense of General Improvement District. cling, green technology and innovation are place for visitors and locals with a focus on Roger Wittenberg’s background as a now being applied to projects in his own health and wellness. Wittenberg lives with scientist, entrepreneur and inventor has backyard, North Lake Tahoe. his wife Beatrice in Incline Village, with led him to found several companies that As a board member of Sierra Nevada Col- his extended family nearby. Page 15 November 6, 2008 Campus News SNOAP Notes By Ben Bishop Eagle’s Eye Reporter YOSEMITE BACKPACKING area the group explored was the Snowshed Laura Hoff. AND TREKKING: Wall, where they set up four ropes on routes rating from 5.8 to 5.10 on the Yosemite FUTURE PLANS: On October 10, the Yosemite backpack- Decimal Scale. Everyone had their time on This year will be the first year that the ing and trekking trip left SNC for a 3-day the wall, and had a great day. SNOAP program will be offering a winter trip. The trip was initially intended to climb and spring program. This will hopefully al- up the backside of Halfdome, in Yosemite HIGHTLIGHTS: low students to take courses in avalanche Valley. As Mother Nature blew her furry, it Great weather, and no crowds training and winter survival. Other events became apparent that this trip would not be will be the continuation of the downhill possible. Tioga Pass, which takes travelers STUDENT VOICES: days at surrounding XC skiing areas and from the eastern side of the Sierra’s into the “Even after the scrapes and bruises, Donner full moon snowshoe hikes. Keep your eyes National Park, was closed due to snow. The Summit was a lot of fun,” said sophomore and ears peeled for these new events. newly revived plan was stay in Mammoth for the night. With 8 students crammed into four hotel rooms, the itinerary had to be changed. The group spent their time down in Bishop, where they all went bouldering on the infamous Happy Boulders. The stu- dents then traveled south to hike on the east side of the Sierra’s. The students traveled to Rock Creek Canyon where they delved into a 9-mile hike to view the great fall colors. Rock Creek Canyon is lower in elevation, so everyone stayed out of the snow. They also got to eat some “world famous” pie. The trip was successful, and the students were even able to visit the Travertine hot springs in Bridgeport, CA and Wild Wil- lie’s hot springs in Mammoth, CA. HIGHLIGHTS: Spur of the moment planning. SUDENT VOICES: “It was great to get to play in the snow, and making plans as we went made the trip es- pecially fun; we were never sure what was going to happen next,” senior Courtney Zink said about the trip. Students enjoying the snow. HALF DAY IN DONNER SUM- Photo courtesy of Courtney Zink MIT On Friday October 17, nine students plus a few friends traveled over to Donner Sum- mit to do some classic Tahoe climbs. The November 6, 2008 Page 16 Student Profile Name: Laetitia Walmarans and food combinations in both coun- Age: 25 tries. Year in School: Senior Hometown: Cape Town, South Africa How is the lifestyle in South Africa? Interests: tennis, mountain biking, It’s much different back home. Since snowboarding and traveling Cape Town is such a big city, the level of security is higher there. You don’t Why did you choose Sierra Nevada have to worry about leaving your car or College? front door unlocked. I chose it because of the great location and because it’s so completely different How long did you live in South Af- from where I have been before. rica? I was born there and moved to the Do you have a motto that you live by? States when I was ten because my Yes, it’s “Take everything as it comes.” mother feared the political instability of Every year is different because so much South Africa at the time, with apartheid can happen in just 12 months. and things like that going on. When I was 14 we moved back to Cape Town What is your favorite meal? and lived there until I was 23. Without a doubt, a huge steak with a Have you ever had a person that was influen- baked potato and salad. You can never tial in your life? Did you go to any type of university in go wrong. Absolutely! My geography teacher in high Cape Town? school was a great, great man. He really I received an accounting degree from Do you have any favorite books or showed me that the world is much bigger than the University of Cape Town and then I movies? just you and I. There are so many things go- came back to America. I love the entire Lord of the Rings ing on in the world besides apartheid and war series and I enjoy a good chick flick as in my home country. It was something I had What is your major and why did you much as the next person. I can’t really never noticed before his class. choose it? decide on just one because there are so My major is business management many that I love for different reasons. What’s the main difference between food in and I chose it because I already have South Africa and food here in America? a degree in accounting, so I thought it The biggest difference, by far, is the flavor of would be a good combination. the food. There are so many different flavors Who will get your vote in the 2008 Presidential Election on Nov. 4? MITCH HATHAWAY, LISA BEARDSLEY, TOM WAMBERG, DREW HILL, FRESHMAN FRESHMAN FRESHMAN FRESHMAN “I’m not voting because both “I’m voting for Nader because “Obama, because McCain is a “I’m voting for Obama be- of the primary candidates the Green Party doesn’t sup- more extreme version of Presi- cause no one likes McCain.” (McCain and Obama) are ex- port him anymore and he just dent Bush, and we all know tremely fake when it comes to needs a bro’ to shred the ‘gnar how that turned out.” their beliefs about politics. It’s with. Everyone needs a buddy impossible to be persuaded sometimes.” by either.” Photos and interviews by Liz Hill
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