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Sierra Nevada College

Thursday May 5, 2011

Vol. 31 – Issue 14 |

999 Tahoe Boulevard, Incline Village, NV |

River recreation suffers despite snowfall Above average snowpack results in low water released from Truckee River Dam BY Andrew dunning Staff Reporter Although the Tahoe Basin watershed won’t be dry this season, raft company revenues in Tahoe City might run dry early this summer. For the past four summers, Lake Tahoe’s water level has been below average, but this year’s record-breaking snowfall resulted in a snowpack large enough to compensate for the lake’s low levels and for California Gov. Jerry Brown to officially

declare the drought over. All this snow means a lot of water for the region’s lakes, rivers and creeks, but for a local section of the Truckee River near Tahoe City, this will not be true. As the only outlet from Lake Tahoe, the Truckee River flows northwest through the town of Truckee, then turns sharply to the east and flows into Nevada. After traveling through Reno, the river eventually empties into the

southern end of Pyramid Lake. The first five miles of the Truckee River is a popular section for tubers and a vital resource for two rafting companies offering self-guided float tours during the summer months. Unfortunately for ideal recreational flows, this upper section of river is dependent on releases from Lake Tahoe at the Tahoe City Dam. “Lake Tahoe is used to supplement natural flows to meet predetermined levels that ensure the proper supply of water for hydroelectric power generation, agriculture and municipal and industrial demands in the lower Truckee basin,” said Chad Blanchard, chief hydrologist

with the Federal Water Master’s office in Reno. “A bigger year means more runoff and typically later releases from the lake.” Due to federal governing of flows on the Truckee River, there are only three legal reasons water is released from Lake Tahoe: to meet the required minimum release of 70 cubic feet per second (CFS), to prevent the lake from exceeding its upper limit, and to supplement minimum flows of 500 CFS near Floriston, Calif., 30 miles downstream of the outlet. Due to a limited number of tributaries (small creeks that flow into the main river), the upper section of the Truckee does not rise significantly during spring runoff. See RIVER, 4

Enrollment increases as well as excitement BY rob defelice Editor Sierra Nevada College started in 1969 by four men with a vision: a place of learning for people who want to enrich their world with an education of sustainability and a love for one’s environment. Forty-two years later, their ideal is truly beginning to flourish with the highest enrollment numbers since the school first opened its doors. As a small liberal arts college nestled away in the mountains, the student population has always been moderately small. In 2007, the school received a grant from Knowledge Universe Learning Group, Michael Milken’s education company, that gave SNC the funds it needed to expand. The total enrollment then grew from 272


increased number of total enrolled students since 2007. INFORMATION COURTESY OF ADMISSION’S OFFICE

undergraduates seeking degrees to 354 in the fall semester of 2008. The 2010-2011 academic school year began with 450 students, 170 of them new. SNC is looking at even more for the upcoming fall semester. “Growth is good. The more kids we have,

the more we can offer to students,” said Senior Admissions Counselor Jeff Corrado. “As we grow, the big selling point is still going to be small class sizes. We want to keep the small community spirit true, and to do that we are eventually going to need more classes and more teachers. It is all a part of growing the school and all good.” One major factor that has contributed to the accelerated incoming class sizes is the admissions team led by Director Amye Cole. Cole and five graduates including Corrado, Seth Gunsauls, Nick Anderson, Aaron Tremblay, Paul Thibodeau and John Cherry, have traveled across the states and even oceans to bring new faces to the school. See ENROLLMENT, 4

Graduation quickly sneaking up on student body BY DIANA FEILER Staff Reporter



The one time, no matter your age, you have the chance to participate in one of Nevada’s oldest and grandest traditions (and no, it’s not prostitution). Turn to page 11 to see results from the long night of gambling. Index News.......................1,3,4,6,7 Campus...............................2 Forum.................................5 Sports.................................9 A&E..............................10,11 Features............................12

Get ready for the rest of your life. Seniors are finishing up their classes, presenting their senior projects and completing their Bachelor of Fine Arts shows. All that’s left now is to pass those finals and celebrate the accomplishments of the graduating class of 2011 at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 14 on Patterson Lawn. Larry Large, former Sierra Nevada College president, will be the speaker at the commencement ceremony. He was the president in 2007, when the class of 2011 entered its undergraduate programs. As seniors leave their cozy environment of a school, they look back on their experiences at SNC with a bittersweet perspective. “I will miss the small laid-back atmosphere, the great teachers and the friends I made while at SNC,” said

senior Emily Adams, who is a psychology major. This will be Richard Rubsamen’s first commencement ceremony as president and he had this to say about the anticipated ceremony: “Everything that we do everyday at SNC and over the four year experience with each student is focused on this singular event of commencement. I use the term commencement intentionally because it is the beginning of the most exciting, rewarding, and inspirational part of your life.” He compared the experience of college with that of forming a band in that it takes the entire experience to produce a quality product. “The thing I will miss most is going to be the close relationship that I made with my professors and the happy and joyful atmosphere in the dorms,” said Italian foreign exchange student Francesca Tontodonati.


SENIOR FOREST GOODMAN studies in Prim Library before delivering his senior project.

The commencement calendar can be found on page 2. For a complete list of graduates, turn to page 6.



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Calendar of events

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Finals and Graduation Week Thursday, May 5: Cinco de Mayo Lunch, Patterson Hall 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Student Juried Show Reception, Prim Library Room 320, 5-7 p.m. Undergrad final exam week begins Friday, May 6: Stulculty Cup Softball Game, Softball Field #1, 4:30-7 p.m. TED final exam week begins Tuesday, May 10: Late Night Pancake Breakfast Patterson Hall, 9-10 p.m


Wednesday, May 11: SNC Choir Concert, Patterson Hall 7-9 p.m. Thursday, May 12: DORMS CLOSE Luau, Patterson Hall Patio and Grass Area, 4-7 p.m. Friday, May 13: Awards Ceremony, Patterson Hall, 9 a.m. Annual Graduation Picnic Ski Beach, 1-5 p.m. Commencement Rehearsal, Patterson Dining Area, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 14: Commencement, 10 - 11:30 a.m.


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Out with the old, in with the new Letter from the Editors

by Aly Cohen and Rob DeFelice

Wow. It is truly amazing how time flies by. Seriously, it does not seem like we edited our first issue of the Eagle’s Eye two years ago. Since then, we’ve not only progressed in the quality of the paper, but the fact that you’re reading this letter on actual newsprint shows how far we’ve really come. This growth would not have happened without the teamwork and effort that the school and newspaper staff has put in over the years. Regardless of the struggles we have

faced, whether they have been meeting deadlines, correcting publication mistakes, or losing the entire newspaper on the computer and having to start anew (yes, this has happened), they have all been learning experiences that we have overcome. This is what a huge part of life is about: learning how to work efficiently with others and overcoming obstacles along the way. Aside from the newspaper staff’s collaboration that goes into putting out a good paper, the most important people we have to thank is you—the readers. By participating in our promotions, reading our articles and/or letting our newspaper staff pester you for interviews, you have helped in propelling the Eagle’s Eye to where it is today. You are the reason why this newspaper is no longer printed on

2011-2012 Eagle’s Eye Editors Managing Editor Savannah Hoover News Editor Dick Cooch Photo Editor Patricia Sainz De Rozas Co-Editors Rob DeFelice Aly Cohen Copy Editor Diana Feiler Staff Reporters Rich Cooch Chelsea De La Rosa Andrew Dunning Liz Hill Savannah Hoover Caitlin Khoury Katy Lambert Troy Mott Patricia Sainz De Rozas Corbin Usinger Diana Feiler

the school printers and stapled together. You are what has motivated us to spend every other weekend putting together a good paper and for that, we thank you. Even though this letter may seem a little over-the-top on the sentimental scale, we really do mean all of it; this is our last issue that we will ever put out and from here, our new editors are going to take the reigns and develop the paper even further. It will be amazing to see what the future will bring. As for our new readers, we may have gained starting this issue, we hope you enjoy what the Sierra Nevada College Eagle’s Eye staff has put out. Continue to look for us as an insert in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza in the future. We will begin publishing again at the start of the Fall semester, which is Aug. 22, 2011.

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news Scooting into summer: What’s legal and what’s not

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BY Troy Mott Staff Reporter With summer on the horizon, Sierra Nevada College students’ lives are changing. The sweaters are retired, sandals replace winter boots and scooters replace cars. Scooters are a popular form of transportation at SNC: they save gas, and therefore, save money. However, there are many misconceptions about what’s legal and what’s not when it comes to helmets, insurance, registration and on campus parking for scooters.

Richard Rubsmen President

Until we revise our parking situation, a moped can be parked anywhere that’s not intrusive or dangerous to pedestrians.

According to the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles’ website, a moped is defined as a motorized scooter. The website clearly explains what is necessary in order to legally operate a moped: “Mopeds do not require insurance or vehicle registration. If the moped produces more than 2 gross brake horsepower, or has


JUNIOR HEDVIG SPANGS rides a scooter to class.

a displacement of more than 50 cubic centimeters, or produces not more than 1500 watts final output, or is capable of exceeding 30 mph on a flat grade, it is considered a motorcycle and you must have a Class M license, registration and insurance.” You need a regular driver’s license to operate a scooter on a city street. For a moped to be street legal, it has to have lights, a speedometer, turn signals and brake lights. Also, according to the Nevada Department of Public Safety’s Nevada-, a street legal moped follows the same road laws as a motorcycle or any other passenger vehicle. It must signal turns, adhere to stop signs and traffic lights and follow the directions of posted road signs. A street legal moped, one that does not have to be registered or insured, does not require by law the use of a helmet or any other protective gear. On the SNC campus, there have been a lot of original parking spots created by students riding their mopeds to class. Outside Prim Library is a prime example of unofficial moped parking. For the remainder of the semester these spots are acceptable, according to SNC President Richard Rubsamen. “Until we revise our parking situation, a moped can be parked anywhere that’s not intrusive or dangerous to pedestrians,” said Rubsamen. Casey Donohue, a SNC student who owns and operates a scooter, loves his money-saver. “I live here over summer, so I almost never use my truck. I save lots of money,” said Donohue. So as the summer progresses, the number of scooters will likely increase with warmer weather and higher gas prices. If students plan on riding a moped, they should be sure to understand the rules, laws and regulations pertaining to particular vehicle and always exercise caution, as with driving any motor vehicle. For additional information visit Nevada’s DMV website, 3

New publications feature poetry, photography BY PATRICIA SAINZ DE ROZAS Staff Reporter Despite Sierra Nevada College’s small size, it recently published the 22nd edition of Sierra Nevada Review as well as Gutterslugging, the photojournalism class’ second collection of photo essays. Sierra Nevada College Review vol. 22 came out this spring with a selection of poetry, short fiction and creative nonfiction. Writers from all over the world submitted their manuscripts to be selected by the editorial staff, formed by students Jenna Fay Bache as Editor; Lexy Eich, Caitlin Burrows and Jesse Alhandy as Assistant Editors; and Logan Lape and Chelsea De La Rosa as Design and Copy Editors. Professors Brian Turner, Kai Bekkeli and English Department Chair June Saraceno served as Advisory Editors. “The Sierra Nevada Review publishes writers from across the country and even around the world. The editorial staff is comprised of students and faculty advisors who select work from literally thousands of submissions for the annual issue. We have published SNC students as well in some issues, but they have to survive the same rigorous scrutiny as any other writer submitting his or her work. As an editorial staff, we meet and discuss the literary merits of the See PUBLICATIONS, 7

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RIVER, from front page Downstream of Squaw Valley, larger numbers of tributaries flow into the Truckee creating higher water levels. As the river continues flowing toward Nevada, the water levels continually rise due to more snow melting into the river. This year’s enormous snowpack will result in an unusually long spring runoff, meaning levels near Floriston won’t go below 500 CFS until much later in the summer. Recently, the level near Floriston has been fluctuating around 2,000 CFS and snowpack for the Truckee River Basin is at 182 percent of average, said Blanchard. Experts have forecasted the lake level this year will peak at an elevation of 6,228 feet, 13 inches below the upper limit, so water will not be released due to excess. The minimum release of 70 CFS at the outlet is not enough for commercial rafting companies in Tahoe City to operate; they typically need at least 120 to 150 CFS, Blanchard said. Private rafters and tubers will still be


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If reports are that there won’t be any water let through the dam until later in July, the season may be drastically shortened, obviously having its effects on a profitable market. TUCKER CANNON-REESE Sophomore and former Truckee River Rafting employee

able to float the river, though flows will be low. This means a much slower current and shallow areas that may require a little walking. For students looking forward to floating the river this summer, be prepared for rocky sections and a slightly longer float. Last summer, due to a cold spring and a late runoff, releases on the Truckee did not begin until July, even with the basin only having a snowpack at around 90 percent of average.

ENROLLMENT, from front page “In the past two years we have significantly advanced our travel efforts. We are trying to make SNC a household name nationwide,” said Corrado, who is adamant about the importance of increasing our international student numbers. “We are going to increase international travel and recruitment. As we expand more, we are going to get more internationals. We’re small, but we’re cultured.” With growth, the housing staff worry about the toll that the high numbers will take on the small campus community and how it will accommodate even higher numbers predicted for the 2011-2012 fall and spring semesters. After some rigorous number crunching, Administrative


“We opened the weekend after July Fourth, which I had been told was a much later start than normal. If reports are that there won’t be any water let through the dam until later in July, the season may be drastically shortened, obviously having its effects on a profitable market on that particular portion of the Truckee,” said Tucker Cannon-Reese, a sophomore who worked for Truckee River Rafting with Mountain Air Sports last summer. Forecasters can’t precisely predict what

Assistant of Student Affairs Lizzie Hernandez and Assistant Director of Housing Jayce Coziar have discovered some important facts. The dormitories at SNC are fire coded for four students each, but have never reached maximum occupancy. There is room for 305 students in the dorms, but this year, the most populated in school history, they only house 160. According to Hernandez and Coziar, there is only one room this year that is tripled, and it was by choice. There were also still students in singles. To free up some space, the rule that kept not only freshmen, but any incoming students in the dorms their first year was dissolved. It is now only freshmen who must spend their first year in either Prim-Schultz or CampbellFreidman.

the flows will be throughout the summer because runoff is a variable dependent on precipitation and temperatures. But using historical data, some predictions can be made, and this year may not see releases on the Truckee until mid to late July. Although the record-breaking snow year could have negative economic impacts on the rafting companies, other industries outside of tourism have been blessed. “What we are going to have this year is carry-over storage (extra water in the lake) for the first time since 2006,” said Blanchard. “That’s the big benefit for agriculture and city water demands, we won’t have to be as dependent on precipitation next year.” Even with the low flows restricting the raft company’s ability to operate, expect to see plenty of private tubers out on the river. “Even if the flows are low this summer I’ll still be out there braving the shallows and risking bumping my butt on rocks,” said Tahoe City local Elizabeth Evans. “I just love being in the river on a hot summer day.”

“Its important for freshmen to stay in the dorms their first year; we like to get to know the students and by allowing them to go, it kind of breaks the bond between themselves and the school. More students return if they have a sense of connection with the community, and those connections are made best in the dorms,” said Hernandez. The students who spent four years at SNC and are now working with admissions to further the school even more can see the changes and recognize where we are going. “When I started I didn’t even know how small it was, like 200. To see us grow and expand the program is sweet,” said Corrado. “As we grow we are going to have to see more buildings, more programs and more faculty.”

Congratulations Graduates!

Sierra Nevada College says goodbye to the class of 2011 5 forum Fast times at SNC: The ultimate four-year experience

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A minute with Dr. Dan O’Bryan

“A mustache is a man’s best friend.”



ost know Dan as the lanky intelligent man capable of reciting an immense amount of factual knowledge from under the sheen of his balding dome. What surprised me is that, in all his 62 years of life, Dan has never been on Jeopardy. Even more shocking is that he can be found rocking out to punk music during the weekend. “On an average Saturday night, I’m usually at the local punk venues in Reno, ever since the Sex Pistols back in the 1960’s,” Dan said. Having been born and raised in Reno, Nev., Dan has seen some crazy things. When asked to recall the strangest event he has ever seen, he recalled one incident that sounds like something straight out of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. “Thirty-four years ago in Reno, I saw a man chase another man down Virginia Street with a shotgun. Then he pointed the gun at the man, and at the last minute, he shot the man’s dog instead. But, that’s life in Reno, you know,” Dan said with a shrug. Dan has been teaching at Sierra Nevada College since 1992. As a teacher, he considers himself, “mean as hell.” Try to imagine Clint Eastwood in Dirty Harry teaching an ethics class. “If the semester passes without at least three nervous breakdowns in my classes, then I feel I have been a failure,” Dan said. Before teaching, Dan held many other jobs, including a Harley Davidson motorcycle repairman, a hunting guide and what he claims as his favorite job, a janitor. “I was working [as a janitor] at a small clothing factory. I was working with the view to go back to grad school. It was one of the few jobs where I could achieve all my goals: making that place clean,” Dan said. A witness of many passing generations, Dan can likely claim some truth about the youth. “Going back to the ancient Egyptians and Plato, every new generation is lacking. I feel the youth is a bit conservative. Sometimes the students are a little too careerist and lacking manners and general knowledge. The new generation never equals my generation, and it seems to be a universal proposition,” Dan said. You may like to imagine the man behind the round spectacles spending his time divulged in hobbies, but this isn’t the case. “Well, I definitely don’t build ships in bottles. We can rule that out. Hobbies require some time and I have to admit I haven’t had so much time in the past 20 years. But, a nice fivemile walk is quite restorative,” Dan said. Dan’s ideal epitaph? “It could have been worse.” DAN O’BRYAN Humanities Department Chair



our years ago, North Korea agreed to shut down a nuclear power plant in order to begin de-nuclearization, Anna Nicole Smith and Walter Cronkite died, Al Gore won the Nobel Peace Prize and I began my first semester at Sierra Nevada College. As a student who began at SNC in 2007, I look around and notice that everything is changing. The dorms were the place to be, and so few students lived in them that if you wanted a single, all you had to do was ask. At the rate that the student population is expanding, there will no longer be any singles next year, and the dorms may have to be tripled to make room for the incoming and returning students. As far as nightlife goes, it has not



constantly extending their reach further into the U.S. and beyond. The institution has grown in leaps and bounds. In 2007, there was no Interdisciplinary Studies or Outdoor Adventure Leadership degrees which, since their indoctrination, have become very popular degree tracks for those who thoroughly enjoy the outdoor fun that Tahoe has to offer. There was no MFA in creative writing, which is being run by a T.S Eliot award candidate; no Ski Business/Resort Management teacher who actually owns his own ski resort; and no journalism teacher who has run an online and print newspaper. SNC has become the establishment that not only is accommodating to ski bums, but also academics who are not just here to hit the slopes. It is a well-rounded community of people who care about sustainability and have a darn good time adventuring in the nature that we learn to protect. The community of SNC will continue to grow and looking at the master plan, is on its way to greatness. With a few tweaks we could even become the ‘Amherst of the West’ that we are praised as.

brings out the curious kid, playful nature in college student

e played in the dirt. We collected worms. We acted like dogs and ran through the woods until sundown. We were kids. In a time when children are dismissing the daylight and closing the blinds so there isn’t a glare on the TV screen, it’s more important than ever for our generation to get back outside and play again. At Sierra Nevada College, it’s possible to turn this playfulness into a profession with the Outdoor Adventure Leadership (ODAL) program. I spent my freshman year of college on an island in Texas, but during school I never would’ve known it. We never escaped the classroom for a trip to the beach or a walk beneath the palm trees. Teachers never translated what we learned inside to what adventures were right beyond the doors. It was like that horrendous place called high school where all I ever saw from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. was brick walls and bored friends. With only a few pair of shorts and a flannel that I commonly used as a “jacket” in Texas, I decided to move to Lake Tahoe. A little school on the North Shore had an “adventure journalism” degree and my mind was made up; I would be writing and adventuring outdoors, enjoying the

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changed much in the past four years besides the addition of the Grog ‘n Grist. Though that has attracted quite the college crowd, there will always be the town favorites of the Paddlewheel and Rookies. As an underage student who could not drink in 2007, the Tahoe Biltmore was awesome because of two glorious words, Biltmore Breakfast. Open 24/7 you could get two eggs (any style), meat (bacon, sausage links or patties or ham), hash browns and toast for only $1.99. This was obviously quite a hit for the inebriated college student in need of a greasy 2 a.m. meal. Nowadays the Bilty has begun its inevitable fall from the college graces after stopping the breakfast and karaoke contests. The Crystal Bay Club has really stepped up into the spotlight to be at any day of the week with their great show lineups and infamous “Red Tuesdays.” The college has become more like an academy of learning compared to a $40,000 a year camp for big kids. We have a whole new executive lineup who are striving to make us the number one private liberal arts college in the nation, and an admissions group who are


reader opinions I am glad to see our students (and even some staff and our college president) taking advantage of electric scooters as a greener and more cost effective way to commute to campus. However, I am alarmed at how many of the SNC scooter riders are not wearing helmets. You wear helmets when you rock climb, white wa-

world the way I did when I was young. I was relatively unprepared for the move by the standards of most Tahoe closets, but I was mentally and physically ready for the different kind of education SNC could offer me. The actual name of the degree I sought was an Interdisciplinary Studies degree of ODAL and Journalism, but judging by my first semester, the “adventure” was not lost inside some acronym; it was an applicable term from day one of my ODAL classes. Every Thursday afternoon, we would meet for Outdoor Leadership indoors, but we never stayed there for long. Our class would migrate outside or down to the river to start learning. Whether it was a lesson on nature specifically or not, we would sit in the sun and admire the day during class time. Though this might seem distracting, our location had the exact opposite effect on our lessons; it heightened our focus on what was being taught. Unlike the classic setting for lectures or classes, we weren’t gazing out a window or dreaming about being in the warm sun. We were out there. We were enjoying it. Besides our weekly meetings, there were a few weekend trips required for ter kayak, mountain bike, ski, and ride, but these activities are actually less likely to inflict serious head damage than riding an electric scooter in traffic. Scooters stick out into the road more than bikes, so they are likely to be more dangerous, and we have a fatal bike accident on Incline Village roads every other year or so. Scooters do not have enough horse power to speed out of a dangerous situation like a motorcycle. I know that the Libertarian State of Nevada does not require that you have a special driver’s license or wear a helmet when riding a scooter with

“Our endless days are numbered.”

SAVANNAH HOOVER the class. When first signing up for an ODAL course, this might be thought of as a “drawback” because it takes up personal free time. If you consider this is a drawback, beware of breathing. I hear that takes a lot of free time, too. And eating. Wow, what a waste of time. On second thought, however, breathing and eating are quite crucial to living well. Keep it up. One thing I’ve learned about living well is that adventure, exploration and understanding are just as important as air and food. ODAL reminded me of that. It brought back my childlike curiosity and let me play again. Though I don’t collect worms or pretend to be a dog anymore, I’m having fun while learning outdoors. This is my education. It’s only a couple classes a semester, but one day I’ll be able to escape the classrooms and cubicles forever. The outdoors will be my office; the wilderness will be my home. less-than-motorcycle horse power, but it is still a prudent thing to do. So please, wear a helmet. Even a bike helmet would be better than nothing! We don’t need a tragic scooter accident death in the SNC community. Suzanne Gollery Science and Technology Associate Professor

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Graduating Class of 2011 Bachelor of Arts

Emily R. Adams Psychology Cum Laude Kimberley Amodeo Psychology Gregory Block Humanities Aly Rose Cohen English Summa Cum Laude Leah Kathleen Defalco Psychology Cum Laude Robert L. DeFelice Jr. English Meredith Cullen Eckrote Psychology Diana Siegrid Feiler English Robert Buddy Garfinkle Humanities Forest L. Goodman English Renee Guay Interdisciplinary Studies Magna Cum Laude Taryn Marie Hair Psychology Summa Cum Laude Natalie Hardin Humanities William Hale Irwin Art Heather Matthes Humanities Rhaea Murrieta International Studies Magna Cum Laude Colin Robert Padbury Interdisciplinary Studies Jacob M. Payson Humanities Michele Piazzai Humanities Summa Cum Laude Melissa Jean Shaw English Ryland Everett Sweigard Interdisciplinary Studies Renee Michele Vock Humanities Summa Cum Laude Lainie Vreeland Art Summa Cum Laude Jeanne Marie Williams Humanities

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Nicholas P. Anderson Daniel Barden

Management Entrepreneurship & Business Management

Korry J. Bashaw Patrick Calvert Tayton Chapin Nicholas Chmell Jason M. Clark Paul Cwalina, Jr. Corey Farwell Nicholas Fitzpatrick Graham Gilmour Eric Gonzales

Entrepreneurship Ski Business & Resort Management Business Management Ski Business & Resort Management Entrepreneurship Magna Cum Laude Management Ski Business & Resort Management Global Management Ski Business & Resort Management Magna Cum Laude Ski Business & Resort Management, and Global Management Cum Laude Roxanne Haight Global Management Summa Cum Laude Laura Hoff Management Magna Cum Laude Annamarie Jones Global Management Summa Cum Laude Deborah Hanselman Business Management Magna Cum Laude Donald Kelley Ski Business & Resort Management, and Entrepreneurship Philip Kentfield Ski Business & Resort Management Corben Ray Ketelsen Global Management Ryan Kittredge Entrepreneurship Chad Knowlton Ski Business & Resort Management Zachary Kogan Global Management James M. Larkin Ski Business & Resort Management Matyas Mleziva Ski Business & Resort Management Magna Cum Laude Michael A. Panici Ski Business & Resort Management Timothy Rechetniak Entrepreneurship Nicholas Saadi Entrepreneurship and Hospitality Management Cum Laude Cassandra Sesma Management

Anuradha Sharma Kevin Sheeha n Tresten Sweigard Kendra Thomas Andrea N. Tyler

International Business and Management Studies Cum Laude Ski Business & Resort Management Enterpreneurship Ski Business & Resort Management Summa Cum Laude Management

Bachelor of Science

Amanda Nicole Brown Christopher Edwin Chapin Matthew Anthony DePierri Cody James Gibson C. Gunnar Gottschalk Gyembo Gyeltshen Brandon Haines David N. Kahn Nathan Vernier Mayer Clare Pace-Parsons Zachary Pritchard Steven Sesma Francesca Tontodonati Natalie Jean Vegel

Biology Biology Biology Environmental Science & Ecology Biology Summa Cum Laude Environmental Science & Ecology Environmental Science & Ecology Environmental Science & Ecology Magna Cum Laude Computer Science Biology Summa Cum Laude Environmental Science & Ecology Environmental Science & Ecology Biology Biology

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Jenna Fay Bache Art Victoria Buck Art Nick Geankoplis Art Andrew Hoeppner Art Logan Adam Lape Art Lani Pollak Art

Magna Cum Laude Summa Cum Laude Magna Cum Laude Magna Cum Laude Cum Laude

Three SNC students pioneer psychology conference BY Andrew Gauthier Contributor Three Sierra Nevada College students put the psychology department on the map with their field research and experiments. All three students were accepted into the Stanford Undergraduate Psychology Conference to present their findings from the SNC Psychology Department. Sophomore Anza Jarschke and seniors Nikita Martini and Taryn Hair will present their research and findings on May 20 and 21 at Stanford University, along with some of the top students and researchers in the world. The participation by SNC students at the SUPC will do more than just build individual resumes; they will bring honorable recognition to the college’s small psychology department. “I hope more people will get to apply ... we can make a name for the SNC Psychology Department even though we are small,” said Jarschke. For Hair, promoting the school is at the forefront of her priorities for the conference weekend. “I’m mostly looking forward to promoting SNC and building my resume,” said Hair. According to Psychology Program Chair

Christina Frederick, SNC has taken a group of students to the conference, but this is the first time students are presenting on an individual basis. The conference calls for a significant amount of preparation. The students have been in the process of designing the experiments, implementing them and conducting analyses during the fall semester. All three students in the Experimental Psychology class were expected to do this required research, but once their abstracts were accepted by the SUPC, the students had to bring them to life. Jarschke’s experiment was based on the effect of gender on incidental long-term memory. Her experiment took place in six sessions and had 81 SNC student participants. The participants were all unaware of what the experiment was and were shown a list of words that contain female and male stereotypical words. For example, a male word would be beard, and a female word would be perfume. With her specific methods being used, Jarschke discovered that females tended toward stereotypical memory towards women, and males showed no significant tendency in memory favoring either gender. All participants agreed that the process was difficult and lengthy, but equally re-

warding. “It was super tough and time consuming, but it was one of the most rewarding things I have done…it was real. It was me doing it, it was my experiment and my data,” said Jarschke. What brought out the ambition in these students was the fact that what they are doing is real and not just busywork. “They were jazzed by collecting data. It’s when it becomes real; it’s psychology live,” said Frederick, the instructor of the class. The challenge presented to the students was a tall order, but with a high level of motivation from the students and a helping hand from Frederick, their hard work came to fruition. “Christina Frederick is awesome. She’s the one that found the conference and encouraged us to apply. Late-night email, texting, or phone calls, she was always excited to work with the students. She may not be conducting experiments, but she’s overseeing all of them,” said Jarschke. The conference allows students to gain real world experience in collecting data and presenting analyses. The conference also offers other educational benefits for those attending. “There is the famous Zimbardo Stanford prison study tour, Albert Bandura may be

in attendance who is frequently referenced in class, and also what other schools are doing is of interest,” said Frederick. Philip Zimbardo, a well-recognized psychologist in prison study, will be speaking after the banquet as well. According to the conference website, the international conference is run by the Department of Psychology and the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University. SUPC offers a chance for top-notch undergraduate researchers of the world to share ideas and complementary knowledge, as well as develop useful contacts along the way. In addition, students are also taking a run at the Stanford Prize. This honor celebrates outstanding research in psychology at the undergraduate level. Up to five students from around the world are eligible for this honor. All three SNC students hope to pursue different psychology fields at the graduate level. The SUPC will give them the common experiences, contacts and the resume highlights needed to set them up for success. “I’m just really excited for them; they were all rewarded for the hard work, time and effort, and everyone came through,” said Frederick.

Symposium honors students’ academic excellence Staff Reports

Sierra Nevada College held its first annual student symposium May 3. This event was made up of students from all different departments who excelled in class projects and were chosen to present them in a more formal and school-wide community setting, welcoming both students and community members to view their work.

“The purpose of this event is to allow students representing all departments to showcase their academic accomplishments this year and to expose individual students to examples of work done across the campus by different disciplines,” said Humanities Department Chair Dan O’Bryan, who was an evaluator at the event. “The Student Symposium is a tribute to the academic excellence of our students and a clear exam-

ple of SNC’s dedication to our academic mission.” At the event, evaluators judged the quality of academic work done for each project, as well as the presenter’s ability to explain his/her work to others. The first place award for this symposium was $3,000; the second, $1,500; and the third, $500. Winners were chosen after the Eagle’s Eye deadline.

“Giving prizes motivates all students to strive to do the quality of work that will allow them to be included in this type of opportunity,” said Director of Library and Information Resources Betts Markle, who was also an evaluator at the event. “This type of event really highlights the good work that students do in each department and gives it a public venue for people to actually see the work that’s done.”

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Becoming valedictorian BY Liz Hill Staff Reporter One of the greatest honors a college student can receive is to be nominated as valedictorian of his or her school. Unlike other schools, Sierra Nevada College’s process of choosing its valedictorian is not only based on a student’s academic performance, but also his or her service to the school, embodiment of SNC’s core themes and rhetorical skills. This year, English major Aly Cohen was announced as the Class of 2011’s valedictorian. Cohen is an Tahoe local who graduated from Incline High School in 2008. Other nominees for this respected position were Clare Pace, Gunnar Gottschalk, Eric Gonzales, Annamarie Jones, Victoria Buck, Renee Vock, Logan Lape, Matyas Mleziva and Nick Geankoplis. “I am honored to have been chosen for this position and extremely excited to speak at graduation,” said Cohen. “The process was amazing too; all the nominees were so encouraging towards one another during the interview process—it really showed the supportive nature of the school.” This year’s valedictorian committee was made up of English Department Chair June Saraceno, Teacher Education Chair Beth Bouchard, Assistant Professor of Business Richard Gire, Fine Arts Professor Mary Kenny and Computer Science Chair Bary

Pollack. The chair of the valedictorian committee is Fine Arts Professor Russell Dudley. As for the interview process, the committee first reviews a student’s academic performance. This includes, but is not limited to, GPA and how much a student goes above and beyond to make exemplary grades. Second, service to the school and community is examined. Volunteer work, extracurricular activities and school clubs are examples of adequate involvement in the school and community—it is seen as a vital part of selecting the valedictorian, according to the committee. The committee interviews all of the selected nominees individually and the third aspect of the student that they look for is embodiment of core themes— professional preparedness, sustainability, liberal arts and entrepreneurial thinking. “This series of interviews not only highlights particular strengths in each nominee, but also illustrates intellectual curiosity, academic dedication and significant personal investment in our larger culture and community,” said Dudley. The final property that the committee strives to find in nominees is rhetorical skills. They want to know how well each student can compose a speech and talk to members of the community. There will be an awards breakfast on

Friday May 13 to celebrate the valedictorian nominees and other students. Dudley stated, “I speak for the entire committee in saying collectively and individually the nominees have demonstrated the significant and embodied scholarship that makes Sierra Nevada College a wondrous place to learn.”


SENIOR ALY COHEN will be awarded as valedictorian on graduation, Sat. May 14, when she will address the Class of 2011, families, faculty and staff.

Awards Given at Governor’s Cup the Lt. Governor’s Cup for business plans that employ clean, renewable or efficient energy technologies and services. Teams from University of Nevada, Las Vegas each took home the $20,000 first prize for the graduate and the undergraduate divisions.

opposed to 2010. Only 12 Nevada undergraduate and graduate teams were chosen to compete in Sierra Nevada College’s business teams the April 20 final. did not take home any cash winnings at “Several judges told me our business the Donald W. Reynold’s Governor’s Cup plans were the most professional they April 20, but the college’s faculty advisor had seen, what took points away was for the event was recognized at our lack of engineering. the Atlantis Casino in Reno. However, (Truckee Meadows Professor Rick Normington, Community College) TMCC’s the chair of SNC’s Business business department head told Department, was given a me that if we needed technical recognition award as faculty assistance in the future they advisor. would supply it because of the The Governor’s Cup is overall quality of our plans,” a collegiate business plan said Normington. competition presented The Faculty Advisor Special by Nevada’s Center for Recognition Award was given Entrepreneurship and to Professor Rick Normington Technology and sponsored by by Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki. over 20 companies. It was chosen by hosts of the Students from Nevada Governor’s Cup and NCET. colleges and universities “Because of the time and compete for cash prizes dedication our faculty advisors of nearly $200,000 by invest in supporting our COURTESY OF RICK NORMINGTON formulating a business plan. students’ teams, NCET thought Two teams from SNC were Team members Andy Gendron, Amanda Badger and Tresten Sweigard stand with Professor Rick Normington at the 2011 Governor’s Cup. it would be fitting to formally selected as finalists for the recognize their substantial statewide competition. contributors. I am very pleased Postcom, composed of “Even though none of our teams made this year to present the NCET Faculty Amanda Badger and Tresten Sweigard, was a company based on converting food it to the money this year, we are all very Advisor Special Recognition Award to waste on site into natural gas in order to proud of their efforts and the fine way an individual who has helped bring the they represented SNC. We will debrief our Governor’s Cup to a new level, and even heat homes. Composed of Tresten Sweigard, Badger, students and have them share thoughts on created a new feeder competition at Sierra Ryland Sweigard and Andy Gendron, how we could have supported their efforts Nevada College,” said Krolicki. This year, SNC began a President’s Cup Flats Energy was a company based on better,” said Normington. With 73 plans submitted to the competition at the college to help prepare sustainable energy using wind turbines on Governor’s Cup, there was nearly a 50 students for competition in the Governor’s highways and tunnels. percent increase in competitors this year as Cup. The Postcom team was also entered in BY Liz Hill Staff Reporter

PUBLICATIONS, from 3 works under consideration and make our decisions as a group,” said Saraceno. The impartial method used to select work was a welcome change for Turner, who has been involved with other selection and publication processes in the past. “The pieces chosen by the Review’s editorial staff all have a strong sense of craft in their given genre and each writer pays attention to the world in ways which help us, as readers, to experience the world anew,” said Turner. “The editorial process with the SNC Review is a very collaborative one. At many universities, the process is much more of a top-down in approach. June Saraceno has an editorial philosophy that I wish was more prevalent throughout the publishing industry; every writer’s work is given the same chance to be published. We don’t solicit  ‘name’ authors to fill our pages (leaving only a set number of pages for those submitting their work to the publication). It’s the work itself that matters, as it should be.” There are not specific themes in selecting poems, according to the Review’s general information and guidelines. “Some things we like are vivid images, fresh use of language, understatement, suggestion, and nuance. We look for ideas and characters that haunt our imagination. We often respond favorably to “place” poems or stories, work that captures the essence of a region. We like wit and style and many other (equally indefinable) qualities. Some things we don’t like are clichés, sentimentality, and heavy didacticism.” As opposed to the Sierra Nevada College Review, Gutterslugging contains only work created by those enrolled in the photojournalism class in the Fall Semester 2010. Gutterslugging is a verb created by the class that means to live by the notes in a margin. The theme pertains to a sense of place and offers a wide variety of ideas and perceptions regarding the student interpretations of this subject. “Because the school paper covers events on campus and related to campus life, I wanted our magazine to cover life off campus but still be connected to this very interesting area around SNC,” said Stacy Wittek, professor in charge of the publication. “Nevada is an amazing place; the inter-mountain west is both physically and culturally diverse. I think it is important for students to participate in a broad community, explore deserts and cities, and get invested in places and events that surround us here at SNC.” Both publications are available for purchase at the bookstore in Prim Library. Sierra Nevada Review costs $10 and Gutterslugging costs $1.


ENGLISH DEPARTMENT CHAIR JUNE SARACENO opens the first shipment of Sierra Nevada Reviews.


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Where in the World is Eli?

Student Contest

Tear out this page and take this pic-

ture of Eli with you anywhere in the world you are going this summer from Tahoe to Nepal to Africa. Then email the Eagle’s Eye your picture of Eli in that remote or very familiar location for a chance to win a grand prize. Send the photo to eagleseye@ by Monday, Aug. 15. The submissions will be published in our welcome edition next fall.



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THE GREMLINZ gather for a group photo in celebration of the success of the first annual Gremlin Gamez. The event was held off the Mt. Rose highway on April 20.

BY nikka campora Contibutor Double backs, rope swings, a barbeque and snowboarding? Though the weather was uncooperative, a group of around 85 people ascended Mt. Rose for snowboarding and fun for the first annual Gremlin Gamez. The Gremlin Gamez was an event created by a group of Sierra Nevada College students and their friends to get as many snowboarders as possible together in order to promote their love for snowboarding. The event was held on April 20, tucked behind the snow-covered trees off Mt. Rose

highway. “We are using the area we live in to the fullest potential. This was basically an event for having fun and hanging out with really good friends,” said junior Ryan Allaire, a member of the Gremlinz. The Gremlin Gamez was created by Green Bandit Productions (GBP), a video production company from Rutland, Vt. The company, which was founded in 2002, is comprised of snowboarders and skateboarders, known as the Gremlinz. Allaire believes the group is breaking ground with new set-ups in both sports. “Ever hit a rope swing to snow? Or a backcountry jump line? Didn’t think so,”

he said. The Gremlinz were able to set up five backcountry jumps, a corrugated tube, a wooden pole jam and a rope swing. People were throwing double backs, 540’s over and through the trees and hitting a gap over the rocks. “We were out there promoting our love for snowboarding,” said junior Peter Furman, also part of the Gremlinz. “Getting all of our friends out there for a day of fun and riding. It couldn’t have been better.” Since a similar event put on by Grenade Gloves, the Grenade Games, was moved to an earlier date and the prior location at Kingvale Terrain Park is now closed, the

Gremlinz decided to put on a show. Many Tahoe locals, So-Cal residents and even a group from Japan showed up to watch and participate in the day’s events. “I came for good friends and snowboarding,” said SNC alumni Takashi Hanasaka. “I live in Tokyo, Japan, but I have been out here in Tahoe for about three weeks now.” As the day came to a close, the Gremlinz were all smiles. “The best part was having practically everyone I know out there,” said junior and Gremlin, Matt Douglass. Just getting to enjoy each other’s company and share our passion for snowboarding. It was a great day.”

SNC’s Climbing Club attains national recognition as a team BY Katy Lambert Staff Reporter After holding out at Casino Night in hopes of winning the paddleboard, three members of Sierra Nevada College’s Climbing Club Team left the next day to compete at the Collegiate Climbing Series Nationals in San Diego, Calif. Senior Matt Fall and juniors Camilla Rinman and Heath Pierson made the trip into a four-day weekend, enjoying the 70 degree weather and their accomplishment of being the second group from SNC to attend nationals. The event was held April 23 at the Mesa Rim Climbing and Fitness Center. The competitors were scored as individuals and as a team based on four

events: bouldering, top roping, lead climbing and speed climbing. In the bouldering event, climbers tackle 6- to 12foot walls without a rope. The top rope and speed climbs have the protection of a rope when the climber falls, but the walls are approximately 60 feet tall. The lead climbs were on the same 60-foot wall, but the competitor sets the rope (protection) as he or she climbs up the wall. “None of the other competitions had top rope or lead climbs, but it is the Collegiate Climbing Series, not bouldering series,” explained Fall. Scores were tallied based on a point value for each climb. Climbers were awarded points when they


CAMILLA RINMAN competes at Nationals along with teamates Matt Fall and Heath Pierson. Other members of the climbing team include: Scott Verlinde, Dan Walker, Gabe Hamilton, Glen Cheriton, Martina Steineck and Meagan Ballew.

reached the top of the wall as long as they stuck to the designated route. There were no penalties for falling

and the top rope climbs had a bonus of 10 points if the competitor lead them. Individual final scores

were tallied by adding together the climber’s top three bouldering and top three rope climbs. The speed climbing event counted toward the team score, but not individual scores. Rinman placed 15th out of 32 women. Fall and Pierson placed 47th and 56th, respectively, out of 66 men. SNC’s three climbers not only had the chance to climb at a national level, but were able to make connections in the climbing world. “The atmosphere was super friendly with everyone helping each other,” said Pierson. “We made some connections with The Slopers from San Luis Obispo and talked to

some of the hotties from Florida.” Will Hoida, faculty advisor of the Climbing Club Team, is excited about the amount of interest in the team. This semester, there were about 20 students who trained with the team and eight who went to competitions. The team scores at each competition are pulled from the top three male and female scorers from each school, so the SNC turnout is more than satisfactory. Next year, Hoida hopes to have training year-round to give the team more experience. Starting in the fall, there will be indoor and outdoor training for whoever is interested in being part of the team.


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SENIOR VICTORIA BUCK displays sculptures in mold at the Tahoe Gallery in the Prim Library, at left and below.

Senior blends art, science in BFA show BY JASON PALADINO Contributor


hen most people think of mold, several disturbing images come to mind: the furry creature growing on a loaf of bread, the dilapidated bathroom of a neglected house, or that Easter egg you didn’t find until July. Where most see a disgusting reminder of the importance of refrigeration, Sierra Nevada College senior Victoria Buck sees beauty and an opportunity for creative expression.

“I find mold beautiful because of its dichotomous nature. It is fragile yet robust, we try to get rid of it, yet it is a necessary part of human evolution (recycling/ biodegrading) so we also need it,” Buck explained. Buck’s Bachelor of Fine Arts show, titled Synecdoche: Everyone noticed they were new in town, took place in Tahoe Gallery in Prim Library on April 21. The gallery was almost blindingly white, with delicate ceramic structures on the floor resembling


ocean coral, framed prints from a 1949 child’s activity book on one wall, and a white string that seemed to connect everything in the room. The centerpiece of the show was what really grabbed the crowd’s interest. A glass table supported several bell jars, each housing miniature sculptures, seemingly being devoured by multicolor molds. In her quest to obtain and grow mold,

Buck enlisted the help of Suzanne Gollery, SNC’s Science Department chair. With Gollery’s help, Buck was able to order mold spores from a catalog. Gollery explained her interest in Buck’s project, “I’ve always thought molds are beautiful, so I was very excited when Victoria approached me; I think it’s a shame molds have such a bad connotation.” Gollery hopes more art students will collaborate with the science department in the future. Buck and Gollery discussed the difficulty of growing molds and keeping the spores contained. “Like any form of life, it’s almost impossible to control or predict,” Buck told the crowd at her show. “Imagine herding a group of tiny animals.”

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What’s going down around town SPORTS

the AMGEN cycling events schedule visit ,

Thursday, May 5, Hard Rock Café, South Lake Tahoe

High Sierra Golf Expo & Tourney at Old Greenwood

AMGEN Cycling Week Kick-Off Party

Saturday, May 21 Truckee, Calif., 10 a.m.-6 p.m., To register, email editor@

Tahoe Bike Challenge 2 Work, School & Play AMGEN Cycling Week/ Cinco De Mayo Specials Thursday, May 5, Crystal

Bay Casino, Crystal Bay, Nev.

AMGEN Stage1-Stage2 Cycling Events Thurs, May 5- Mon, May 16 South Lake Tahoe, Nev. Squaw Valley, Calif. For further information on

Mon, May 23 -Fri, June 3 Go Green by reducing emissions in the Tahoe Basin by biking to work, school & play.

Tahoe Rim Trail Presents National Trails Day

Sat, June 4, Stateline, Nev. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. , Starts from Van Sickle CA/NV Bi-State Park off Lake Parkway, Stateline, Nev.

New Balance Girls on the Run 5K/10K Fun Run

Sunday, June 5, Truckee,Calif., 9 a.m., www.girlsontherunsierras. org to register

Truckee, Calif. Registration 5 -5:45 p.m. each evening, Race at 7 p.m. Race fee: $15 per rider

Thunderbird Run Paddleboard Race

Northstar Star Resort Downhill Mountain Bike Race Series

Sunday, June 5, Sand Harbor, Nev., All Day

Burton Creek Trail Run

Sunday, June 19, Burton Creek State Park Tahoe City, Calif., 9 a.m. Fees: 5k-$35, 10k-$45, halfmarathon-$55, Full marathon-$65

Run to the Beach 5K and 10K

Monday, July 4 North Tahoe Regional Park to Kings Beach, Calif., 8 a.m.

Northstar Resort XCountry Mountain Bike Race Series July 7- August 25

July 9- August 14 Registration 8:30-10:30 a.m. each day, Race at noon Race fee: $30 per rider

American Century Celebrity Golf Championship

July 12-17 Edgewood Tahoe, Stateline, Nev. Admission Tues.-Thurs. $15, Fri.-Sun. $25

Tahoe Lakefront Grass

Volleyball Tourney

Doors at 8 p.m., Show at 9 p.m. Tickets: $30/$40


John Steinbeck at Tahoe: Hatching His First Novel, w/ Author Scott Lankford

Sunday July, 24, Tahoe City, Calif., Check-in at 8 a.m.

Cinematic Gala & No. Lake Tahoe Chamber Mixer Friday, May 20 Tahoe Environmental Research Center Incline Village, Nev. RSVP by May 13 to (775) 881-7560 x 7474 or email Cocktail attire suggested

Academy of Dance and Arts Presents “Kaleidoscope of Dance” Fri, May 20 & Sat, May 21 MontBleu Showroom Doors at 5 p.m., Show at 6 p.m., Tickets: $18

Seth Meyers from SNL live Saturday, May 28 MontBleu Showroom

Tuesday, May 31 UC Davis Tahoe City Field Station, Tahoe City, Calif., Doors at 6 p.m., Program at 7 p.m. $10 donation requested

Scott Lankford PresentsLake Tahoe Beneath the Surface Wednesday, June 1 Tahoe Environmental Research Center Incline Village, Nev., 5:30-8:30 p.m. $5 donation requested

Valhalla Renaissance Faire June, 4&5, June, 11&12 Camp Richardson, South Lake Tahoe, Calif. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tickets: $17


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...CONTINUED from previous page Buck went on to elaborate on her interest in mold as an art form. “I also enjoy the parallels of mold with the animal species, which in turn can create a fascinating and imaginable world for the mold to exist in. In this way, I feel I can use mold as another medium for my sculptural installations. Thus I think it’s beautiful,” she said. There were approximately 60 people in attendance and they posed many questions to Buck JASON PALDINO regarding her SENIOR VICTORIA BUCK choices to Utilizes live mold spores in use mold, her her ceramic work. inspiration, and the other installations in the gallery. She was always quick to provide thought-provoking answers to tough philosophical questions. In attendance was SNC professor and Gallery Director Russell Dudley, who expressed his appreciation of what Buck has accomplished. “It’s so great to see inter-departmental collaboration; Victoria is the first person to really demonstrate this in a BFA show,” he said. Dudley has watched Buck grow as an artist. As Dudley explained, “Her show was interesting because of how unique it was; a completely lighter touch on filling the space.” Whether Buck will now turn to some other unique medium to express her impressive artistic talents is anyone’s guess. This talented young New Zealand native will be attending graduate school at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. 11

Students, faculty go all in at SNC’s Casino Night By Andrew Gauthier Contributor Not many schools have the ability or the privilege to turn their cafeteria into a casino for a night. However, at Sierra Nevada College, bringing in multiple dealers and gaming tables is merely an opportunity to enjoy a great time for a great cause. The college’s Casino Night April 21 raised money for the Bodi Tree Foundation, the organization sponsoring the students and staff participating in the Nepal Service Learning trip this summer. Patterson Hall was transformed, with five poker tables, four black jack tables, a roulette table and a craps table for the students, staff and faculty to enjoy. In addition to the great set up, there were professional dealers at the helm of every game. The dealers were from casinos in the area, and they were all very happy to get a break from the casino atmosphere. “This is a great function, a lot of nice people, and it’s much better than a smoky casino,” said Harvey’s Poker Room dealer Helen Costa. To complement the legitimate casino set up, big band cocktail

tunes filled the air as students tried their luck at the tables. There were two options for gaming. You could buy into the Texas Hold Em’ Tournament for $10, which was a $4,000 chip value, or you could buy $5 worth of chips and work your magic in roulette, craps or blackjack. The poker tournament had 45 participants, all who were dressed in their poker attire. These weren’t students in their pajama pants playing cards in the dorm room. Students were wearing their finest eveningwear for a night on the town or in this case, a night out on the SNC campus. An hour into the function, senior Will Woodward said, “I’ve already enjoyed myself. I wish they did this all the time.” Everyone was out to win, but not everyone could be so fortunate. Upon being the first one out of the tournament, sophomore Heath Pierson was awarded a Texas Hold Em’ For Dummies Manual by one of the head dealers, Fred Arnst. This took place through a very open and humorous public announcement. The night was full of laughs from the dealers and the players.


POKER PARTICIPANTS gather around to play Texas Hold ‘Em late into the evening. Though no one walks away from Casino Night with cash winnings, they can win raffle tickets and place top three in the Poker tournament for prizes.

“I’m feeling good; I’m excited and ready to kick tires and light fires, “ said senior Ian Ford in anticipation for the poker tournament. After a grueling few hours, the top five players in the Texas Hold Em’ Tournament emerged and were rewarded prizes for the tournament. First place was Michele Piassai, Marcus Plyhr took second, Eddie Enriquez third, Brandan Pausa fourth, followed by Paulo Cacchione in fifth. The list of quality prizes included items such as $300 gift certificate to REI, two beach cruiser bicycles, HD Flip video, $500 gift certificate to Apple, an iPod Nano, and a $250 backpacking tent. The grand prize was a new paddleboard. Corben Ketelson was fortunate to walk away with the paddleboard, but not without some effort due its large, awkward size. Not only was it a great function, but the proceeds went to a great cause. The Bodi Tree

Summer Edition

Tahoe City Wine Walk

Lake Tahoe, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 18 Tahoe City, Calif. Noon – 4 p.m.

Retro Skate Nights

Friday, June 17- Friday, August 26 Northstar Resort Truckee, Calif. 5 -8 p.m.

El Dorado County Fair

Thursday, June 16- Sunday, June 19 Placerville, Calif. Admission: $9 530.621.5860

Beerfest & Bluegrass 2011 Festival Saturday, July 2 Northstar Resort Truckee, Calif., All Day Event

Lights on the Lake Fireworks Monday, July 4

Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival July 15-August 21, Sand Harbor, Nev. Doors at 5:30 p.m. Show at 7:30 pm., Tickets: $15-$85

Wanderlust: Music & Yoga Festival July 28-31 Squaw Valley, Calif. Ticket prices at


Soja w/ special guest J Boog

Tuesday, May 10 MontBleu Showroom South Lake Tahoe, Nev., Doors 8 p.m., Show 9 p.m. Tickets: $20 advance, $25 day of show (plus tax and fees)

Rob Zombie

Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express w/ The Stone Foxes Saturday, May 14,

Wiz Khalifa

By Chelsea De La Rosa

Saturday, May 28 The Knitting Factory Reno, Nev. , Doors at 7:30 p.m., Show at 8:30 p.m. Tickets:$36-$100

Tech N9ne, Krizz Kaliko, Kutt Calhoun

Sunday, June 26, The Knitting Factory, Reno, Nev. Doors at 7 p.m., Show at 8 p.m., Tickets: $25-$55


Monday, June 27, The Knitting Factory, Reno, Nev. Doors at 7 p.m. Show at 8 p.m., Tickets: $26-$65

Crystal Bay Casino Crystal Bay, Nev., Doors at 10 p.m., Admission is free

Sierra Nevada Classical Guitar Festival & Competition

Thursday, July 14- Sunday July, 17 Squaw Valley, Calif., 1 p.m.

Delhi to Dublin

Saturday, July 16 Crystal Bay Casino, Crystal Bay, Nev., Show at 10 p.m., Admission is free

Shane Dwight


Sunday, May 15, The Knitting Factory, Reno, Nev. Doors at 6 p.m. ,Show at 7 p.m., Tickets: $21-$50

Tuesday, June 21, MontBlue Showroom, Stateline, Nev. Doors 8 p.m., Show 9 p.m., Tickets: $39.50

“The Royal Family Ball” ft. Soulive, Lettuce & Special Guest Break Science

Todd Snider “Storyteller” w/Great American Taxi Ft. Vince Herman

Wednesday, May 18 Crystal Bay Casino Crystal Bay, Nev. Doors at 9 p.m.

Foundation is the organization that is sponsoring SNC’s nine women and their trek through Nepal. “It’s nice to know we have the support of the school behind us,” said junior Elizabeth Mattson, who will be attending the Nepal Service Learning trip. In addition, one of the head poker dealers made all the girls going to Nepal emergency rope bracelets as a good luck gift to the trekkers. “I liked the turnout this year; it’s huge. I also like that it’s a fun time and all the proceeds are going to a great cause,” said Director of Activities Will Hoida. Although the event was a great success, there’s hope for improvement in the future. “It’s a great turnout; it’s always good to see everyone’s lovely faces, but I hope we can expand to the community,” said Student Government Association Director of Events Ross Garcia.

Saturday, June 25, Crystal Bay Casino Crystal Bay, Nev., Show at 9 p.m., Tickets: Advance $25, Day of Show $30

Sunday, July 17 Commons Beach Tahoe City, Calif., 8 p.m.

Allison Krauss& Union Station Sunday, July 10 Harveys Outdoor Arena, Stateline, Nev. Show at 7 p.m., Tickets: $49.50-$99.50

Lady Antebellum w/ Troy Olsen

Friday, July 29, Harveys Outdoor Arena Stateline, Nev., Show at 7:30 p.m., Tickets: $39.50


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Eagle’s Eye editors graduate, leave behind legacy

been recognized adequately, considering the long hours spent of your personal time? Rob – I think so, we get credits and it looks good on a resume. Being the editor of a college newspaper is a good thing to have, especially for an English major. Aly – Yes. I’m pretty sure the majority of the school knows that we are the editors of the Eagle’s Eye and understands how hard we work to put out a good paper. When I see students in the library taking the time to read the paper, it really is rewarding. Sometimes I’ll eavesdrop on people’s conversations to hear what they say about it as well. Honestly, even if it’s negative criticism, the fact that they’re even commenting on it makes me feel like I did my job effectively.

BY Rich Cooch Staff Reporter Names: Rob DeFelice and Aly Cohen Year: Seniors Hometowns: Rob – Lincroft, New Jersey Aly – Incline Village, Nev. Major: Rob – English Aly – English You’re both seniors: how long have you attended SNC and what was the hardest struggle you’ve faced? Rob – I’ve been here for four years now and the biggest struggle now is the knowledge that at some point it ends. After graduation you leave and everything changes. Aly – I have attended SNC for the last three years and time has flown by. I remember my first day in the Intro to Journalism class like it was yesterday. I had never written a news story and the thought of my articles being published in the Eagle’s Eye was extremely scary. I would say that my hardest struggle overall has been time management. It has worked out, but it’s definitely something I’ve had to put a lot of effort into in order to be successful. How long have you worked with the Eagle’s Eye? Rob – This is my seventh semester on the Eagle’s Eye; when I started on it we were printing it at the school and folding it in class.  Aly – I have worked on the Eagle’s Eye since Fall 2008 and became editor in Fall 2009. Since then, I have seen the paper progress immensely. What do you think of the newspaper’s quality, then versus now? Rob – I am amazed at how far it has come, from printing it at school, to getting it professionally printed on eco-friendly paper and now it is on actual newsprint.  It has gone from a small operation to a member of the Associated Collegiate Press.    Aly – I saw the newspaper when it was printed off the printers here at school and stapled together. It is obviously way nicer now thanks to the funding we’ve received. We keep progressing as a paper, and now that we’re on newsprint, it really shows how far we’ve come. It has to do with the collaboration and motivation from students to become more and more like a “real” newspaper. We’ve all worked together as

What were your most memorable years at SNC?


SENIOR Editors Aly Cohen and Rob Defelice edited their last Eagle’s Eye issue together over the past weekend.

a whole on this, and because of the effort we have put in, being a “real” newspaper is now becoming our reality. What about the newspaper is most frustrating? Rob – I guess the most frustrating thing for me is trying to expand readership. We want students to actually read our articles, not just look at the pictures. We are a student newspaper: by students, for students. Aly – When staff writers do not work as a team. Working on the newspaper is not the same as a regular class in the sense that a student is there for their own individual purpose and grade. If one person does not meet deadline, it negatively affects the entire newspaper production. The Eagle’s Eye depends on everybody to carry their weight and it’s really reflected in how the paper turns out each time. If everyone works together, we produce a good paper – it’s that simple. Will you be continuing into journalism or English in your career? Rob – English is definitely in my future. I want to eventually teach creative writing at the high school level. As for journalism, I have a connection back in Jersey who is going to hook me up with a job writing for

a newspaper’s Local section over the summer. Aly – I am going into teaching and that is my main area of focus right now. I eventually would like to freelance write for some sort of magazine on the side, but I figure I’ll do one thing at a time. It would also be cool to bring my journalism skills into teaching at some point whether it’s through working on a school yearbook or newspaper. Let’s reminisce: what was your favorite story during your editing career? Rob – Actually it wasn’t a story, the best piece I ever read in the newspaper was by the previous editors.  It was in their “Letter from the Editors” and it was about cleaning up after yourself in the bathroom.  They basically went on a tirade about how disgusting some people are because they don’t flush or they make a “mess.” Aly – Marvin Blake’s story on the free-access beaches around Tahoe. It was the first article I ever edited and it was the funniest thing I ever read. He gave great directions and explanations of the East Shore beaches, and really let everybody in on the nudity aspects as well. It was so informative and funny…probably the most popular article in that issue. Do you feel your efforts as editors have

Rob – The first through third. Fourth year sucks, it means that I have to go back to “Guido” country at the end.  Aly – My freshman year. Everything was new and it was the first year that I really started thinking about and shaping my career path. I matured so much in that year and it fully propelled me to where I am now. You both just presented senior projects: give the future seniors a brief preview of what’s in store for them. Rob – Pick something that you actually enjoy. It is much easier to present on something that you like rather than something you believe will work best. If you are passionate about your subject than the people coming to your presentation will feed off your energy. Aly – A 20-30 page paper, which is then condensed into a 12-slide rotating PowerPoint and presented in a symposium-style setting. My advice is to pick something you are truly passionate about and make it fun. Finally, what are your plans over the summer? Rob – Waking up, going to work, sitting at the beach, and going to festivals.  Then repeat. Aly – I am going to start taking a couple teacher education classes for SNC’s graduate program, as well as work at the IVGID summer day camp simultaneously. I know it seems like a hard task to go kayaking and ice-skating with 30 kids, but it’s honestly so fun for me. Plus, it’s a good experience to have for when I have my own classroom full of kids. I seriously cannot wait for that day to come.

What are you doing this summer and what would you rather be doing? “I’m working in Jackson, Wyo. I’d rather be studying abroad or working abroad in New Zealand.”

Caitlin Burrows Junior

“I’m going to be at home with my mom. I’d rather be going to rock festivals.”

Patrick Hoeppner Junior

BY Chelsea De La Rosa Staff Reporter

“I am going to Italy for an archeological dig. There is nothing else I would rather be doing this summer.”

“I’m going to spend my summer on the beach in Tahoe and in Vegas. I would rather be in Hawaii.”

Lauren Upton Junior

Kiki Davis Junior

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