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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
  “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

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Staff Writers: Ben Bishop, Chris Bolton,   welcomes all written and photographic sub-     be printed. All submissions are accepted on
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Rob DeFelice, Aimee Doran, Forest Good-    and surrounding community members.             length of time after submission date.
man, Liz Hill, Kresten Sakstrup, Hedvig
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                                           topic relating to SNC or the contents of the   Association and the President’s office for
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                                                  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
  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
November 6, 2008                                                                                                                  Page 4

                                    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.
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                                                           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                                                                
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-
    “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
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                                                         Campus News

         Now Hiring: Businesses Visit SNC for Career and Internship Fair
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



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                                            Campus News

On Friday, Oct. 2008 the student government association hosted the annual Halloween dance at the local Village

                                                                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
   “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
   “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
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                                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.
November 6, 2008                                                                                                                          Page 12
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                         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
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                                                  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.                                                       – 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, the ghosts of                                                    , 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        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
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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 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
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                                                         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.

Spur of the moment planning.

“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
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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