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Eagle’s Eye Sierra Nevada College

THURSDAY August 30, 2012

999 Tahoe Boulevard, Incline Village, NV |

New permits drive attention to parking space issues BY PATRICK HOEPPNER A&E Editor Students pulling into the Sierra Nevada College parking lots for the new semester have been met with new parking regulations. A new system of parking has been put into place, requiring students to purchase permits in order to park on campus. These permits can be purchased from the Registrars Office for a $100 a year, or $60 per semester. With the new permits in place, parking rules and regulations will be enforced. According to campus security Officer Dan Rogers, students may be fined if vehicles are parked in visiting parking places, in marked spaces, on landscape, or in any place that blocks traffic. Violators of these rules may receive a $30 ticket, and if necessary a car may be towed for a fee. Also, if a motorcycle is not parked in its assigned motorcycle zone, it will either be ticketed or towed. Executive Assistant Jane Rainwater from the Registrar’s Office sent out an email on July 19, that explained the increasing SNC student population has resulted in less available parking places. As a result, President Lynn Gillette assembled

New rule allows alcohol in 21+ dorm

BYMARISSA STONE Staff Reporter Students allowed alcohol on campus? Prim-Shultz Hall the new party dorm? Drinking on the third floor? Many students are abuzz with the news that dorm residents of 21 years or older are now allowed to drink on campus. Several rumors and speculations into this matter have been made, yet the rules and regulations are very simple, and the upperclassman plan to abide by them. The new rules established this academic year confine beverage consumption to the of-age students’ dorm room, allow only those 21 or older to be in the vicinity of alcohol, and prevent any student with a minor as a roommate from drinking in their room. Director of Housing and Student Affairs, Lizzie Hernandez said, “regular rules still apply, we’re just trying to give our 21 plus students freedoms on campus.” “It’s really awesome because it’s super low key, I can relax,” junior Justin Carella, a third floor Prim-Shultz resident said. “We’re all obeying and just enjoying the privilege of being able to study with a beer.” Junior Brandon Pausa, also a third floor Prim-Shultz resident, said, “I’ve been here three years and this year is way better than the others. It’s a lot less of us versus the Resident Assistants (RA) and more of a See ALCOHOL, 3

a Parking Task Force, a team compiled of staff and students, to develop ways to manage the parking issue. One of their approved proposals was to issue parking permits. When campus parking places are filled, students will be able to park at the Life Point Church (on Village Boulevard) and at the Recreation Center in its middle lot. Both places have agreed to allow student parking. Since the campus security firm ESI is on staff during day hours, the Washoe County Sheriff will be driving through the campus at night with the ability to issue tickets to any violators. For the first week of school, campus security has been handing out courtesy letters to cars without permits in order to warn students of these upcoming changes. Since they’re buying permits, students believe they have a right to a parking place though recently there have not been many available spaces, said Sophomore Leah Marsan. “Were lucky, because I know other schools charge more for their parking permits, but it’s hard to have permits without having enough parking spaces,” said Senior Christy Rasmussen. “So we’ll See PARKING, 3


SECURITY OFFICER Dan Rogers writes a warning for a vehicle without a parking permit.

Index News.................................1,3 Campus................................2 Forum...............................4,6 Outdoor.............................5,7


SENIOR JAKE Pollock does a gainer off a cliff at Round Lake June 26. Round Lake is located seven miles south of Meyers, Calif.


Eagle’s Eye staff begins semester with Calendar of events

BY RICH COOCH Campus Editor The school year has just begun and it’s time for the Eagle’s Eye staff members to get back on the grind. Enthralling stories, curious photography and up to date events

Free Screening of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Squaw Valley Vans Depart 7 p.m. from Patterson


I am very excited to be the managing editor of an award winning newspaper. Our staff this year is as eclectic as they are vibrant, and I can’t wait to work with them

Labor Day College Closed


Tropical Disease Discussion 4:30 - 7 p.m. TCES 139/141

Jason Paladino Managing Editor


SNC Club Field Day Patterson Patio

can be expected this year, just as any other. This year the Eagle’s Eye is more than proud to annouce the launch of its very own website. Students, faculty and friends alike may visit the website, comment and more at From top left to bottom right: Jake Pollock - from Marin County, Calif., 23 years old; Rich Cooch - from New Castle, Del., 24 years old; Caitlin Khoury - from New Hampshire, 26 years old; Jason Paladino - from Truckee, Calif., 22 years old; Jenn Sheridan - from Weed, Calif., 23 years old. Marissa Stone - Manchester, NH, 23 years old; Andrew Dunning - from Sun Valley, Idaho, 25 years old; Patrick Hoeppner, from Las Gatos, Calif., 23 years old. These are a few of the Eagle’s Eye reporters and editors, not including the freshly enlisted staff of the multimedia class which provides material for the new Eagle’s Eye website,


“Literary Lallapalooza” A Gathering of writers, editors, publishers and readers


Lake Aloha Camping Trip Must Sign Up In Advance

SEPT. 21 - 22: FRI - SAT

Writers in the Woods Workshop “Tim O’Brien” 7 p.m. TCES 139/141

SEPT. 28 - 30: FRI - SAT

Geology Class Field Trip “Lassen National Park” Students depart Friday afternoon

Eagle’s Eye mission statement The Eagle’s Eye is a student-run publication which covers news of interest and importance to the greater Sierra Nevada College community. We will remain open to your feedback as the Eagle’s Eye progressively improves. The Eagle’s Eye is a member of:


fresh faces, curious ideas, new website


SNC EAGLE’S EYE STAFF gather for a group photo just minutes before beginning production for the first issue.

“The real leader needs no will to lead, he is content to point the way” -Henry Miller The Eagle’s Eye is produced by the Editing and Journalism Workshop classes of Sierra Nevada College. Managing Editor Jason Paladino News Editor Jenn Sheridan Campus Editor Rich Cooch

A&E Editor Patrick Hoeppner Copy Editor / Advertising Director Caitlin Khoury Reporters Marissa Stone Samantha Marquardt Patrick Hoeppner

Photo Editor Jake Pollock

Adviser Tanya Canino

Sports Editor Caitlin Khoury

Letters to the Editor:

Corrections Policy: The Eagle’s Eye strives to be accurate, fair and complete in its coverage and corrects significant errors of fact. If you see an error, please e-mail the editor at or call the adviser at 530.581.1020. Advertising: Businesses who would like to support the student newspaper at Sierra Nevada College while gaining exposure to the Incline Village community are encouraged to advertise in the Eagle’s Eye. For more information, please call Eagle’s Eye advertising representative Caitlin Khoury at 603.913.5325 or email


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Faculty members take on new responsibilities

“Be greener than the Dean. That could be the catch phrase for the challenge.” Will Hoida Director of Student Activities

and advisor to the Sustainability Club, on a month long challenge for September. “We are planning to make September, ‘Alternate Transportation Month’,” said Hoida. Hoida plans to make it a competition between the SNC students with a point system. “Students can walk, hike, bike, or even carpool and get points,” said Hoida. The points will be tallied up throughout the month with a raffle prize to be given out at the end. “Be greener than the Dean,” said

BY SAM MARQUARDT Staff Reporter Sierra Nevada College moved into full swing with new and returning students filling the campus. As students settle in to school life, there are several faculty members that are adjusting to their new roles at SNC. Director of Student Activities Will Hoida has added the responsibilities of being dean of students to his job this year. Hoida has moved offices, and is now located in Patterson 208, above the dining hall. “Being a mentor to students and connecting with more student leaders will help get more students involved,” said Hoida. Hoida has many different goals for this year involving student participation and activities. “One of my goals is promoting more student driven activities,” said Hoida. Working at SNC for seven years has given Hoida plenty of experience connecting with students and the faculty. He is currently working with Andy Rost, professor

Hoida as he smiled, “that could be the catch phrase for the challenge.” Director of Student Affairs Lizzie Hernandez picks up the duties of director of housing this year. Hernandez works with Hoida to get students involved in events and allows them connect with one another. “I’ve already accomplished one of my goals for this year by starting with a fresh, positive attitude,” said Hernandez. “I want to keep up the sense of camaraderie among the new class.” SNC graduate Zaira Perez has joined the

staff this year. Perez is the resident hall manager and programs coordinator. “I help Will with activities when he can’t be there,” said Perez. Perez said she remembers that not too long ago she was starting college and feeling completely lost, like many incoming freshmen. “I remember being new and lost, so I can relate to the new students,” said Perez. “I want to get more students involved sooner with activities.” Also new to the staff is Kim Anastassatos, director of community relations and special events. Anastassatos said she is off to a busy start as she adjusts to the small school life after transferring from the University of Nevada, Reno. “I want to make a huge difference at a small school,” said Anastassatos. “I want to strengthen the community ties and promote more SNC spirit with spirit Fridays.” Spirit Fridays are for students and faculty to wear SNC gear to show their school pride.

ALCOHOL, from front page compromise. Compromise is good.” Senior RA Coli Haack doesn’t see this change as a challenge. Haack said, “The people on the third floor have been really mindful of the rules. They see it as a privilege and don’t want it taken away.”

The people on the third floor have been really mindful of the rules. They see it as a privilege and don’t want it taken away.

Coli Haack Senior and RA

Junior RA Morgan Burke said, “I personally think it’s a good way to bring students into the dorms because it makes a more social environment for the older students.” This social environment is what SNC is looking for to keep students in the dorms, Hernandez said. “We would like more upperclassmen to stay on campus and be influential to underclassmen on campus,” she said. Sophomore Darius Lewis said, “having older classmates on campus is valuable for us because they already know what’s coming as college kids and we look up to them as a leader just like anyone else would.” With all the positive feedback from both students and faculty, the rumors surrounding this issue are beginning to die down. “Prim-Shultz floor three is totally the bar floor now…this is not correct,” said Hernandez, of the rumors. After a walk down the hall anyone can see what Hernandez means. The only difference between the third floor of PrimShultz and anywhere else on campus is the students studying or watching a sports


OF AGE students Juventino Esspinoza and Lewis Hardcastle enjoy a drink on third floor.

game can do so with a glass of wine or beer in hand, as long as there’s no underage student nearby.

Sophomore Lewis Hardcastle said, “As long as everyone continues to be responsible and respectful of the rules then hope-

fully they’ll remain.

PARKING, from front page


RESIDENTS OF Prim-Shultz third floor, Casey Gordon, Joel Grenado, Brandon Pausa, Justin Carella, and Lewis Hardcastle gather to socialize and watch the Giants 5-3 win over the Braves last Friday night.

see what happens when tickets are written.” For students concerned with the price for the parking permits, there may be several solutions. “If permits are split between people, its not that bad of a fee,” said Marsan. On the positive side of the issue, Professor Chuck Levitan believes that the permits will cause people to drive less, and said this is a good thing. Dean of Students Will Hoida is planning to promote alternative transportation during September, holding contests and prizes.


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Baptism by firewall: The story of two students’ mission to create an online newspaper BY JASON PALADINO Managing Editor As spring semester 2012 waned and summer quickly approached, it became quite ordinary to find Savannah Hoover and I huddled around a computer in David Hall, coffee cups in hand, despite the sun having gone down. Electronic music or sometimes blues oldies resounded throughout the lab as a radius of snacks slowly grew around us. No, we were not feeding a destructive World of Warcraft addiction, nor were we eight episodes deep into Breaking Bad on

Netflix. We were attempting to build the new Eagle’s Eye website, a task that would prove to be an arduous undertaking. When proposing my Interdisciplinary Studies service learning project, it sounded so simple. I’ll create an online counterpart to our award-winning newspaper, effectively thrusting Sierra Nevada College into the 21st century of student journalism, I wrote, with the overconfidence of someone who does not realize the sheer size, mass and utter gravity of the task they are proposing. Web design, I thought, how hard

can it be? What took place over the next 15 weeks adequately embodied the old phrase: baptism by fire. The sleepless nights, impossible days and steep learning curve paid off eventually. We had done the impossible. We had created an interactive online newspaper against all odds and inexperience. I am proud to announce the launch of on Aug. 23, 2012. I encourage the students, faculty, staff and the greater community to get involved in Eagle’s Eye journalism. I believe that

there is a misconception that our paper and online presence is somehow exclusive to Journalism students. This is beyond false. My goal as managing editor this semester is to ensure that the Eagle’s Eye is available to everyone. Whether you are a Global Business Management major, Biology major, prospective SNC student, president of the college or local community member: our doors (email addresses) are open to your submissions, ideas, criticisms and compliments.

Visit us online at:

Send your submissions, ideas and comments to:

Unpaid internships: free labor or opportunity? BY JENN SHERIDAN News Editor

“Sorry for the unconventional sleeping arrangement, welcome to the world of action sports journalism,” says Gavin, my boss for the next couple of months. It’s my first night in Boulder, Colo. and due to a miscommunication with the landlord, I’m sleeping in a storage loft surrounded by ski gear, hunting equipment and magazines. After being hired for an unpaid internship at Skiing Magazine, I abandoned my plans of saving money and spending my summer lounging at the lake, loaded up my car and drove to Colorado. As I rolled out my sleeping bag, careful to avoid the large dark stain in the carpet, I was already wondering if I wouldn’t be better off enjoying a Tahoe summer. Unpaid internships have received criticism recently following lawsuits against the Hearst Corporation and Fox Searchlight by interns who worked long hours with no compensation and believed they gained no experiential benefits. In my reading, I have seen the words “exploitation” and “social injustice” used in relation to unpaid internships. Articles across the Internet make claims that companies use unpaid interns as cheap labor in a slumping economy. Additionally, it is said that internships only provide an opportunity for students from wealthy backgrounds who can afford to work for free, thereby widening the gap between upper and middle classes. Despite these claims and knowing I couldn’t afford to work without compensation for a summer, I decided to take the leap and discover what I had to gain. My first week at the Skiing Magazine office was a blur. I was given a tour of the building, which never sank in, and introduced to editors whose names I thought I would never remember. I became familiar with the mail room, I geeked out about ski

gear and I got my first story assignment: a set of guidelines for road cycling, something I have very little experience doing. After endless phone calls to people more knowledgeable about cycling than me, I finished the story in less than a week. I learned little something about road cycling and a lot about interviewing. The rest of summer provided plenty of opportunities to gain experience, mostly by making mistakes. I had to stop being shy and interview people I’d never see in person about topics I knew nothing about. During the only interview I did in person, the voice recorder I was using stopped recording five minutes into our conversation; the best parts of my interview were lost. I managed to salvage a few good quotes and with some extra work, I put together something I was happy with despite my initial flounder. I spent time methodically fact checking pieces, calling the same person repeatedly to ask whether a jacket had a removable hood or not, how waterproof it was and how much it cost. I entered endless data into spreadsheets and I never felt like it was grunt work because there was always

a something to learn. I was able to meet and connect with a number of people within the ski industry. Through interviews, I talked to skiers, resort employees, videographers and photographers, people who build skis and marketing people. I sat quietly during dinner with a group of people who worked in various areas of the outdoor industry, listening while the group discussed the terrors of hiring and firing interns who couldn’t do the job. I learned that a good cover letter will get you hired, but a good attitude will help you keep your job. My new experience extended beyond work and into life. Before this summer, Incline Village was the largest “city” I had lived in. Living in Boulder taught me how to live, drive and thrive in a city environment. I learned that it was cheaper to pay for a parking meter than it was to pay for getting your car towed. I learned to ignore honking cars and constant sirens and I learned how to manage my money when I had none. I had to fib about how long I would be in Boulder to get a job as a hostess at a local tap house because no one wanted to hire me for the two months I

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would be there. Despite having a small income, I still managed to overdraw my bank account more than once and had to borrow money to pay my rent but I learned that in tight situations, I could always figure something out. August arrived before I was ready. It was time to pack up the car and head back to Tahoe. I left Colorado with exactly enough money to pay for my gas plus a twenty dollar bill to splurge on fireworks in Battle Mountain, Nev. I don’t have a guaranteed job, and I never expected one. What I did get from this internship was a few writing clips for my portfolio, an insight into the ski industry, the confidence to try new things and fail and the confirmation that writing is something I want to pursue. To me, that is worth more than a paycheck. To those interns who complain about learning nothing during their internships, I say the experience you get is directly related to the effort you put in. It is not the company’s job to hold your hand and guide you into your dream career; you must seek out your experience and create your own learning. Don’t be afraid to work for nothing, don’t be afraid to throw yourself out into the world and see what happens and don’t be afraid to fail repeatedly. As children, we were told that we could be anything we want to be when we grow up. Somehow, we’ve distorted this concept to think that hard work means we’re entitled to success and if you go to college you’ll get a job, yet this has never been the case. We are a generation of college students who give up on our careers before graduation because we believe we will never make it in a struggling job market or we don’t have enough experience. My advice to you is to take a chance, get your hands dirty, do work for the sake of doing work and know that success is never a guarantee.

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What is your summer activity?

(Above) Senior Nate Moylan fishes along the East Carson River in Markleeville, Calif. (Right) Junior Eliza Demarest takes her first leap out of a plane in Lodi. (Below) Senior Trevor Jackson rides his bike everywhere. (Top) Senior George Moulton paddleboards the North Shore Beaches. (Top Right) Seniors Jeff Reifers and Arielle Shipe rock climb at Big Chief.

(Right) Senior George Moulton Fishes along the Truckee River.

(Left) Senior Stephen Moore hits the links on the Incline Championship coarse. (Right) Senior Nate Moylan sinks a put on the 16th hole of the Incline Village disc golf course.

BY JAKE POLLOCK Photo Editor 5


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Introducing “Sonya’s Sustainability Corner”


up and wonder what we can do to be “more green”. Some of us hear it a turn our ears off. Some of us hear it and think that it is an old and dying term. Is it a dying term? If so, what will we use

Between the pines, aspens, manzanita and non-native grass, I challenge you to look around campus and count all the different colors of green you can spot. You can’t deny it, we are surrounded by it and how very lucky we are. The word “green” connotes more than just a color. Many people use the word to describe something as being environmentally friendly. A good question to ask would be, “Why do we want to be green?” What is it about “being green” that will benefit others and ourselves? Aren’t plenty of other people being “green” enough for the two of us?

Saving Water...

Reduces the consumption of our water source, which happens to be our very own Lake Tahoe! Challenge yourself to take shorter showers, and enjoy that water while you are swimming in it over the summer, or appreciating its beauty at the top of ski lift.

Turning Off the Lights... Can save electricity, which can save money, and reduce respiratory problems for those who live near coalmines.

Since you are attending a college where sustainability is a core theme, you do need to care, at least a little bit, about what it means to you as an individual. You also need to ask “What does Sierra Nevada College have to offer when it comes to sustainability?” Look around and observe features of buildings on campus. Find the areas we are doing well in. Find the areas we need to work on. Take a good look at the Tahoe Center for Environmental Science building and realize how lucky we are to have one of the most environmentally friendly buildings in the world right on campus. Our very own Prim Library also has some great resources that for you to take a gander at. Betts Markle (our librarian) did an amazing job of utilizing a grant she acquired to obtain a plethora of amazing

Saving Paper...

Can save money, save energy, and prevent deforestation, which will then give you and me more oxygen to breathe, while also saving ecosystems and large percentage of the earth’s biodiversity.

DID YOU KNOW? You save five cents at Raley’s for every reusable bag you use? It doesn’t seem like a lot, but it will add up over time!

to replace it? Many environmentally aware individuals are progressively replacing this term with a new one. One we might be familiar with. This term is “Sustainability.” Since all of you reading this can recite the core themes by heart (right?) you already know that sustainability is one of them. But what is different and unique about this word is the fact that its definition is quite multi-faceted. Ask any Sustainability major and s/he will most likely tell you one of two definitions. The first would be what we refer to as the “Triple Bottom Line” which consists of People, Planet and Profit. The second would be the definition that United Nation used in 1987, which is “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generation to meet their own needs.” As you can see, this term is much more “all encompassing” compared to simply deeming something “green”. COURTESY OF BETTS MARKLE

SUSTAINABILITY CLUB PRESIDENT SANYA HERNANDEZ reveals the sustainability resource center in Prim Library. books and DVDs about sustainability. This is called the Sustainability Resource Center. If the rows of books overwhelm you, take a step back and look at the multiple packets of book suggestions, which are conveniently separated by topic. There is also a group of students on campus known as S3, or the Students Striving for Sustainability. This group focuses on projects that contribute to a sustainable

campus, and a sustainable community. If you would like to find out what S3 is currently up to, sign up at club rush this coming week or feel free to shoot me an email. Being “green” is a dying term. Yes,“being green” has its perks, but let’s switch gears here. Many would agree that the term “green” has been overused through the years. Because of this, some of us hear the word “green” and cringe. Some of us perk

Since August is ending, it’s time to kick start September with sustainability in mind. Here is your opportunity to take the challenge to be GREENER than our Dean, Will Hoida! Mr. Hoida will be attempting to use his very own body to get to work and back, rather than driving his car. If you choose to utilize alternative transportation such as walking, biking or taking the bus, you will be awarded for your efforts! Throughout the entire month of September, if you use an alternative source of

transportation, check in at the front desk to collect a raffle ticket. Hold on to these raffle tickets because you will be entering a raffle to win some cool stuff. The grand prize will be your very own bike! Stay tuned to hear about other prizes coming from the S3 and the Sustainability Resource Center. Do you have questions regarding sustainability? Are there certain topics you would like me to address, let me know! And remember: Stay Sustainable ☺

Using a reusable bag...

Can prevent plastic consumption which means less chemicals rubbing onto your purchases, and less plastic in our landfills and oceans, killing all sorts of marine life.

DID YOU Be Greener than the Dean KNOW?

The average dorm room showerhead uses 2.5 gallons of water per minute. That would mean a five-minute shower uses 12.5 gallons, a 10-minute shower uses 25 gallons, and a 20-minute shower uses a whopping 50 gallons of water! See SUSTAINABILITY, 7


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Educational Sustainability Resources


FEATURED BOOK: The Secret Life of Stuff Leonard expands on her eponymous Internet movie hit to further examine the costs of Americans’ addiction to purchasing and discarding consumer goods. The book records her evolution from a toxic waste–trafficking expert to a crusader for more durable and adaptable consumer goods and is divided into an exploration into the hidden and enormous costs of extraction of natural resources, production, distribution, overconsumption, and disposal.

FEATURED FILM: Plastic Planet Explore an up-close and personal view of the controversial and fascinating material that has found its way into every facet of our daily lives: plastic. He takes us on a journey around the globe, showing that plastics have become a threat for both environment and human health.

The time it takes to learn how to shortboard: not short at all


e went to Tabletops AGAIN for Ben and Florine’s last day on the continent. You’d think since they were off to Germany and not coming back until next summer, they would want to surf some place new. But although our daily routine of going to the same break was starting to get monotonous, it turned out to be quite a momentous occasion. First of all, I caught my first wave on a real short-board; not a fish or a foamy one either, a real 5’8”! It was a set wave too, and the first wave I went for (with a little push

from behind from Ben to get into it) I not only caught it, but stood up! With my recent discovery of such versatility existing in these awesome specimens called short boards, I started learning how to duck dive too. I’m flattering myself by calling it that, for I’m sure what I was doing was nothing even close to a duck dive. I can only imagine my form was pretty funny-looking, and still in need of lot’s of work. With a mouthful of water, I beamed and gurgled like a toddler with toys in a bathtub. But it wasn’t long until the euphoric introduction to my

apprehended skill was erased from my short-term memory. This was due to a new and quite unpleasant introduction: that of my board’s evil twin, to put it nicely. My face somehow attracted (with the help of an incoming wave) the board of an innocent fellow beginner like myself, which smacked me right on the nose. My newfound love was short-lived as I caught the next wave in to attend to my aching face. But I don’t think I will forget my first day on a short board... It certainly left its mark in more ways than one!

“Take what you have gathered from coincidence.”



SENIOR CAITLIN KHOURY practices her well-mastered longboarding skills before bravely dabbling in the mysterious world of the shortboard.


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