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WAR VETERAN AND AUTHOR TIM O’BRIEN speaks to students, faculty and community members on Sept. 21.

Sierra Nevada College

Vol. 32 – Issue 3 |

THURSDAY September 27, 2012

Tim O’Brien

Parking grievances to be addressed by new committee BY PATRICK HOEPPNER

Staff Reporter In response to parking issues on campus, Dean of Students Will Hoida recently put together a Parking Grievance Committee. Students with parking issue complaints will be able to contact the committee by email. The committee will be open once a week for half an hour for consultation; the time and place have not been decided on. “We felt it was necessary to have a body of appeal to address student problems,” said Humanities Chair Dan O’Bryan, who is a member of the committee Students who returned for the fall semester discovered that they were required to pay $100 for parking permits in order to park on campus. If a vehicle was parked without a permit or in an improper manner, it would be ticketed or subject to being towed. See PARKING, 3

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A Look at War Page 6-7: Tim O’Brien Interview Page 8: Fireside Chat with Student Veterans Page 9: Profile of Chris Muravez, Marine

First time freshmen retention rates on the incline Interdisciplinary students grab their paddles and gold pans for a weekend on the American River Paddle over to page 11 to see more

BY SAM MARQUARDT Staff Reporter Sierra Nevada College officials are working hard to recruit new students, but also to motivate current students to stay. The college’s first-time freshman retention rate has nearly doubled in the past few years, according to Council of Independent Colleges data. “This year our rate is 79 percent, a dramatic up turn and we’re really excited about it,” said Mallory Kolinski, special assistant to the provost and director of Assessment Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Compliance.

Sierra Nevada College’s freshman retention rate was 46 percent from fall 2005 to fall 2006, but increased to 73 percent the following year and surpassed the national average from fall 2011 to fall 2012 by rising to 79 percent. The national average is 75 percent. Also, doing well is the overall retention rates, which include freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors who return to SNC and doesn’t include students who leave SNC because they graduated, according to Kolinski. “We had a 77 percent retention rate,” said Kolinski, of the overall rate for fall 2011 to fall

2012. The dramatic improvement in retention rates is not by accident. “One of the big changes we’ve made that really helps students is the increase in academic support services,” said Vice President and Provost Shannon Beets. The Strategies for College Success course is available for students who struggle with balancing their academic life and their social life. “The Strategies class is really designed to be a structured and supportive class that helps students manage time, organize time, helps them have account-

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ability through the peer mentor that’s in the class,” said Director of Academic Support Services Henry Conover. “It’s designed to provide structured, focused time for them to work on their homework for their classes in a very structured setting with accountability.” The class gives students time two days a week to do homework and consult with a peer mentor. “Strategies class is a unique opportunity for students to be able to have a class that helps support them with all their other work and be able to have a semester to put it together and build confidence,” said Conover. Additionally, SNC has implemented many other things in order to retain students. “One thing that we’re doing to keep freshman here is we made the classes more rigorous and more interactive,” said Beets. “More opportunities for active learning in the freshman year and that helps keep them engaged, which helps keep them here.” A program already in place that helps create student interactions is Wilderness Orientation. Wilderness Orientation is a backpacking trip which takes new, incoming students to Desolation Wilderness for a few days. See RETENTION, 3



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Calendar of events

THURSDAY, Sept. 27, 2012

SGA welcomes new senators for 2012-13

SEPT. 27: THURSDAY Junior English Proficiency Exam SNC Film Festival 7:30 TCES 106

SEPT. 28 - 30: FRI - SAT Geology Class Field Trip “Lassen National Park”

SEPT. 28 : FRIDAY Pride Club Carnival 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. Patterson Lawn

Tahoe Rim Trail Mountain Biking 12:30 p.m. Patterson Lobby Not for Beginners

SEPT. 29: SATURDAY Six Flags Trip 8:30 a.m. Patterson Lobby $20 Deposit


The American Response to Vietnamese Buddhism Presented by Erika Gillette 7 p.m. - 9p.m.

OCT 3: WEDNESDAY Dining Hall Cultural Dinner Featuring Greek Cuisine


Climbing and Bouldering Trip Leaves 9 a.m. from Patterson Lobby $20 Deposit Must know how to climb and belay


Summit Shopping Center Trip 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Patterson Lobby

OCT 8-12: MON-FRI Midterms


Dining Hall Cultural Dinner Featuring South American Cuisine

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THE STUDENT GOVERNMENT SENATORS sit hard at work planning upcoming events for the fall semester. From Left to right: Freshman Shafer Smart, Junior Andrew Jordan, Sophomore Eric Cantor, Senior Tiago Galletti, Senior Bridgett Goebel, and Senior Lesego Ranamane.

BY MARISSA STONE Staff Reporter “Senators are representatives for their class, department or dorm,” said Senate President Tiago Galletti Senior at Sierra Nevada College. “[They] are expected to bring in the opinions and suggestions they represent as well as involvement.” SNC’s Student Government Association Senator elections took place Sept. 6 in Patterson Hall. The potential candidates completed a Senate Election Packet before being accepted on the election ballot which also included room for write-in nominations. Ballots were then distributed to students across campus. The elected SNC Senators for each class are Freshman Shafer Smart, Sophomore

Eric Cantor, Junior Andrew Jordan, and Senior Bridgett Goebel. Of the elected, Cantor and Smart were elected as write-ins. Goebel ran for Senate because she “felt like [she] could represent the senior class from a non-biased perspective,” she continued, “I absolutely hope that I would bridge the gap between SGA and students; that is what my position is for.” These senators have already proven themselves with new ideas and outlets for student involvement. Through student requests and personal ambitions Cantor has “implemented, with the help of SGA, the first Ski and Snowboard Club on campus.” In regards to the club Cantor said, “We

will be hosting a Ski & Board film premiere on October 5 offering discounted season passes to multiple resorts, group trips to resorts in and out of the Tahoe area and other events and discounts.” Goebel has also contributed by setting up a submission box in Patterson Lobby and at Prim Library’s front desk. “I encourage all to participate in what is going on at the school and submit their ideas,” said Goebel. Senate meetings are held the last Monday of every month. All students are welcome to attend and participate. The first official meeting was held at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24.

Winners chosen for Innovative Idea Competition Staff Reports

Ten students were selected as winners of the 2012 Jâlé and Warren Trepp Innovative Idea Competition, which concluded Thursday, September 20. An interdepartmental faculty panel featuring Richard Gire, Christina Frederick, Chris Lanier, Katie Zanto, Atul Minocha and Rick Normington selected the 10 teams from a field of 60 entries. Ideas were chosen based on innovativeness, potential, practicality and the likelihood of developing a competitive business plan. The winners are encouraged to contact Entrepreneurship chair Rick Normington for information on preparing a business plan to compete in the 2013 Presidents Cup Competition. Non-winners who demonstrate a strong passion for their ideas are also eliThe 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 Photo Editor Jake Pollock Sports Editor Caitlin Khoury

gible to compete. The winners who each received $50 and their ideas are as follows:

Robert Hashegan – To develop a fast food restaurant with a menu composed exclusively of eco-friendly, healthy fare that could be franchised into a regional or national chain. Tea Palic and Matea Ferk – The Olympian Ski Club, a ski school for all ages and abilities in which all instructors are former Olympic athletes. John Chevalier - Indo-Organics, a non-profit organization that places hydroponic growing systems in vacant warehousetyfacilities in high population urban areas for food production with a lower environmental footprint. Jarrett Grimes – Epic Studios, a Reno-based business will convert a vacant warehouse into professional-caliber sound and film stages that can be used by digital art students and independent producers. Colin Kosco – Quicky Stick Touch-up Wax, a manufacturer of small tubes of surfboard wax that can be used to touch-up surf boards without returning to shore. Daniella Calais – I Begin Again, a service targeting treat-

A&E Editor Patrick Hoeppner Design and Online Editor Savannah Hoover Copy Editor / Advertising Director Caitlin Khoury Reporters Marissa Stone Samantha Marquardt Patrick Hoeppner Adviser Tanya Canino Letters to the Editor:

ment of drug addicts using the properties of a root indigenous to Africa but not approved for use in the US despite research demonstrating a high level of success. Zack Maley – Society Snowboards, a manufacturer of snowboards that can – with a screwdriver – alter, even reverse, the camber and flex of a board using internal rubber cables. The boards are coated with recycled materials that increase board life and strength. Ben Cary – Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch Harvesters, a firm that trolls oceans to harvest unsightly and dangerous gyres of floating plastic refuse, and sell the material to recyclers or producers. Joshua Bates – Keys Harvest. This organization plans to harvest invasive flora such as Eurasian Millfoil and convert it into food products for livestock. Lesego Raname – Production of feminine hygiene products, for distribution in under-developed areas of the world with epidemic proportions of HIV/AIDS . The products would contain test strips that will alert users if they are infected with the HIV virus and/or are pregnant so they can seek treatment/ pre-natal care.

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THURSDAY, Sept. 27, 2012

PARKING, from front page

The grievance committee is beginning just as new regulations and changes for parking are surfacing. Hoida sent an email on Sept. 14 to Sierra Nevada College students and faculty stating that students would no longer be allowed to park at the Incline Village Recreation Center. “Four weeks into the semester, we get an email explaining we can no longer park at the rec center, and now we have cars littering the sides of the street which looks bad,” said Senior Brad Flora. Director of Facilities Thane Christenson said that when overflow occurs; students should park at the Life Point church as the Recreation Center has room for only 20 parking spots and may only be used by staff and faculty members.

NEWS In addition to tickets and fines, cars parked illegally on campus may be booted, which means the Sheriffs department installs a metal clamp that prevents the car from moving. According to Christensen, vehicles can be booted if they are parked in the red zone, a handicap zone or without a permit. In order to remove the boot students will have go to the business office and pay or be charged for a $100 ticket and a permit if they do not have one. Upcoming regulations have also been considered. Executive Vice President and Provost Shannon Beets stated that next semester the school might auto-charge the parking permits to all student accounts. Students without a vehicle may have to sign an affidavit in order to not be charged for parking.


AN UNLUCKY VEHICLE grabs the attention of parking security after obeying the posted sign to park in President Lynn Gillette’s spot during his absence.

RETENTION, from front page

“Wilderness Orientation also helps. It creates that early bonding. It’s unique among orientation programs in that it’s student-led,” said Beets. “So not only is it this intense wilderness experience, it’s a completely student-led experience, which says really good things about our students here.” Plans to have another option for orientation are in the works for new students, including freshman and transfers, who are uninterested in outdoor programs. “We are adding some things next year to support freshman. One is a sort of cultural version of the wilderness orientation. We’re going to try to put together a few days of programs,” said Beets. “Shakespeare at the lake, the summer fest, taking them down to Reno to see an independent film, maybe doing a poetry event on campus, to sort of immerse them in the cultural if they’re not the outdoor type.” Student bonding is also a focus to keep students at SNC. “Another thing we’re hoping to add is freshman learning communities. Freshman learning communities are courses that are paired together: two courses that have the same cohort of students in them,” said Beets. Beets said that hopefully students will form bonds faster because they are interacting with the same 30 students out of a freshman class of 100. This is one way to help new students adjust to new surroundings, especially if they are far away from home, according to Beets. “Adjustment issues, making friends, missing home, adjusting to living in a small mountain town, those social issues

impact retention,” said Beets. According to Kolinski, if a student feels like he or she can’t overcome the adjustments and wants to withdraw, SNC has a process to see if there is anything SNC can do to prevent them from leaving. “There is a withdraw form. So anybody who says they want to do a full withdrawal from school, we ask them to fill out a form and they go through and talk with the various offices like financial aid, billing office, academic support services, and their advisor to all sign off,” said Kolinski. The withdraw form allows for SNC to assess why students are leaving and see the most common reasons for withdrawal. “Two most common things are finances; they worry about finances, and they miss home. We have students coming here from all 50 states, 12-19 different countries; there are some adjustment issues,” said Beets. Having a small campus is helpful because the tight knit community allows for stronger bonds between faculty and students. “Everyone on staff that interfaces with a student helps keep them here,” said Beets. Every new student who is befriended by continuing students’ means those students are helping with retention, according to Beets. “I can’t emphasize enough what an important role continuing students play in retention. Because when continuing students reach out to new freshman and make them feel welcome and help them — even if it’s just pointing out where their class is or answering questions for them — that makes them feel comfortable and they can feel welcome and they’re more likely to stay here,” said Beets. 3


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THURSDAY, Sept. 27, 2012

Beach cleanup motivates students to spruce up environment BY PATRICK HOEPPNER A&E Editor Eleven students and four staff members embarked on a paddleboard and kayak beach clean up event at Sand Harbor on Sept. 16, and ended up collecting five garbage bags. According to Dean of Students Will Hoida who arranged the trip, the date was chosen because of International Coastal clean up day, where people all across the world cleanup their local beaches. This is the fourth year SNC has participated in this worldwide beach cleaning activity. The Ocean Conservancy website, the group that organized the international coastal clean up event, states the International Coastal cleanup day as an event to help improve beach conditions, wildlife and water quality. According to Junior Joel Granado, Professor Chuck Leviton offered his Environmental Sciences class extra credit to attend the beach clean up event. “It’s a good motivator for people, gets people out the door and they’re really glad they did it,” said Granado. The students and staff met at 9 a.m. in the Campbell-Friedman Hall. When they arrived to Sand Harbor beach, they began inflating their rafts and setting up kayaks. Floating and rowing around a jutting piece of land, the group arrived to an adjoining beach and began the clean up. Students picked up many items such as crumpled soda cans. “It really does matter to clean the beach and make sure you leave no trace,” said Freshman Matthew Braley. The first beach cleanup trip this year was held during student orientation week, and focused on cleaning up Kings Beach. Hoida said that the students and staff dove for garbage underneath the water’s icy cold surface. Hoida said that he hoped to have a third beach cleanup trip sometime later this semester.

Will Hoida

ABOVE, STUDENTS AND STAFF set out to clean the Sand Harbor beach, Sept. 16. BELOW, PARTICIPANTS fill five bags of garbage while hard at work cleaning the beach.


Simple Ways

to protect Lake Tahoe’s environment

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Do not litter. Take garbage to appropriate bins. Drive less. Carpool, bike or walk. Use environmentally friendly products. Join local events or groups that help clean up. Be educated, and knowledgable about your surroundings. Source: League to Save Lake Tahoe

Pride Club accepts straight members as well as LGBT

BY KYLE MURPHY Contributor

Sierra Nevada College’s Pride Club consists of students who stand for equal rights and want to educate others on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) matters. Meeting every other week, the club focuses on building strong relationships within the SNC community. Through events and word-of-mouth, the club promotes tolerance, communication and awareness about the gay communities. “I support the LGBT community, and I don’t think there should be any discrimination on campus,” said club member Zoe Gustafson. Sophomore Aaron Wiener, president of the club, welcomes new members to join the Pride Club. “We accept everyone. It’s a great opportunity to join a club and raise awareness about LGBT people,” he said. Many SNC clubs face problems in raising money to hold events, so at the annual Field Day in September, clubs had the chance to compete against each other in

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Pride Club members compete on Club Field Day Sept. 7, placing third in the competition.

various team-building activities and win cash prizes. The Pride Club placed third overall and won $500. “My team was very competitive and that’s why we got third place,” Sophomore

and Pride Club vice-president Ariel Lofton said. Last year, the club participated in the Polar Plunge Challenge, an event that takes place in early spring when Lake Tahoe is

at its coldest. Pride Club members had to brave the elements and jump in to the lake’s frigid water. With almost every member participating in the event, the club raised $5,000 and donated it to Special Olympics. Wiener said one of the Pride Club’s main goals is to get people involved and create a sense of community, and holding events is a key part of that mission. “On Friday, September 28, we are having a carnival fundraiser,” said Wiener. “It’s going to consist of 12 booths and three concession stands. There’s even the possibility of having teachers pied in the face.” Currently the club has 24 members, up from 15 last year, and Wiener hopes that the club will continue to grow. The club is also working on starting additional Pride Clubs within the local high schools. Their ultimate goal is to set up a North Lake Tahoe community pride group. To join the Pride Club, contact club advisor Lizzie Hernandez, or show up at one of the club’s meetings.

THURSDAY, Sept. 27, 2012



Do parking permits Editorial: alleviate overcrowding? W

hen an institution introduces new policies, it’s natural that some people will try to find a loophole. This was the case when Sierra Nevada College began requiring permits to park on campus. While the $100 permit fee is relatively much cheaper than what most universities charge for parking, many students chose to save their money and search for an alternative. Some students ignored the policy and continued to park on campus, but were faced with tickets, fines and the possibility of having their car booted. Others chose to park off campus and walk, but soon sur-

rounding businesses noticed the impact on their parking spaces and recently asked that students refrain from parking on their properties. Walking or biking to school is a great solution for those who live in Incline Village, but it is unrealistic for students who commute from around the lake. As the weather gets colder and we move into winter, will students continue to walk or bike to school? Will parking become even more of an issue as snow removal becomes a necessity? Campus security has shown it is willing to work with students when it comes to

parking issues, but in the end it is their job to enforce new policies and repeat offenders will have their cars booted. It seems that we need to come up with a more viable solution to SNC’s parking woes. Would a school wide carpool system relieve the issue and foster community? Could we organize a shuttle from a satellite parking area? Let’s come up with a way to help everybody. Share your ideas for alleviating our congested parking. Share your ideas in a comment on or send a letter Eagle’s Eye to the editor.


Eliza Abroad:

Live, travel, adventure, bless and don’t be sorry

BY ELIZA DEMAREST Foreign Correspondent hen I first got to Brighton, I was more than eager to explore what was going to be my new home for the next couple months. Located on the southeast coast of Great Britain, Brighton is known to be a popular seaside vacation spot and has two college universities. It is an artsy town where one could enjoy a relaxing day at the beach, a walk on the pier, a concert, theater or dance event or a museum tour. Outdoor activities such as windsurfing, paddle boarding, biking and kayaking are popular in the area as well. I haven’t started school yet, but I have already had such a great time here. Brighton is a very lively place and offers many fun things for college students to do. I spent my first couple days here unpacking, exploring and socializing with my new flat mates. There are 24 girls total in my flat, but only seven others in my house; all mostly from the states. The program, Universities Study Abroad Consortium

(USAC) put all the international students in one housing area. My campus is fairly larger than Sierra Nevada with another neighboring university; the University of Sussex. No one has started school yet so the majority of college students, along with myself, have been free to do whatever we want. There are many clubs, café’s and restaurants downtown. My favorites have been in Brighton’s famous lanes; a collection of narrow ally ways surrounded by many small and quirky shops. I have bonded the best with girls from California, Washington and a couple from Denmark and South Korea. Yesterday, two girls from Denmark had the American girls try salted black licorice; a popular treat for the Danish. I’ll try anything once, but I can honestly say that no one could pay me to ever eat it again. It tastes as odd as it sounds. My program has organized five field trips that all the international students can go on. I went to London the other day and got to 5

How would you react if you were drafted to war? BY JAKE POLLOCK Photo Editor

“I wouldn’t go. I don’t believe in the current war enough to put myself in the jeopardy.” Coli Haack Senior

“I would clone myself and send my clone to war.” Nate Moylan Senior


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here’s an overwhelming dichotomy present in this institution between sustainable core values and business minded individuals. As seemingly opposing as these practices may be, truthfully, they form an overarching symbiotic relationship with on another. Business students learn principles of economics, management, and accounting in order to run a more sustainable practice. The science of economics is closer to the field of sustainability than one might think. The roll of economics is not so much the study of goods and services but,

more closely, the action of economizing. Prices of goods and services in our economy are not arbitrarily set by greedy vendors, but chosen by the population at large ensuring that only products that we value be sold and resources not be wasted. Businesses not in congruence with economization of resources will be forced out of existence. Accounting was invented so that resources not be wasted. This constant measurement of cash inflows and outflows insures that only that which is needed is used. Competition amongst businesses compels a firm to use lowest cost of production tactics and to use the leased amount of resources as possible. This drives a business to employ sustainable practices. One of the most scarce resources known today is human capital in the form of sustainability majors. It’s upsetting that

venture around the city. First, we watched the changing of the guards at the Buckingham Palace, which only happens when the queen is there. We then wandered through the Piccadilly and Oxford Circus areas, which are very popular public places for shopping in London. We also walked by the Houses of Parliament and the Big Ben, a very famous bell inside the clock tower. The architecture in London is large and diverse. It is a remarkably historical and multicultural place. Life in Brighton has been nothing but amazing so far. Since I don’t start school for another week, I plan on making my way across the English Channel to Amsterdam and Berlin with SNC graduate, Sarah Parnell. We don’t have much planned yet, however not knowing what will happen next is all part of the adventure So until next time Sierra Nevada, cheers from Brighton, England!

this field is becoming popular largely because it will be highly marketable in the future. Yet this is one of the reasons that more schools are offering programs in sustainability; because the demand is there and there is a high price on such a resource. In short, the practice of sustainability is becoming more refined and noteworthy because the public and the world of business demand it. These two fields, once thought to be opposing, are now interdependent and one can’t survive without the other. Jake Novotny Senior

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“I’d pack up my stuff and probably go to Canada.” Apaulo McDaniel Senior

“I would feel angry, tricked and powerless. I would probably go to Canada. Brittni Jennings Senior

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The worth of war and truth of words with

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When first told I would be interviewing acclaimed war novelist Tim O’Brien, I was struck by an overwhelming sense of anxiety. Who am I, a 22-year-old student who has never experienced war, to interview a Vietnam veteran known for his novels depicting the horrors of armed combat? What could I even begin to ask a man who is receiving the Dayton Literary


Peace Prize’s lifetime achievement award just last month, when the biggest award I’ve received is the bittersweet “most improved award” during youth soccer? I tossed questions like this around as the interview grew nearer. However as I reread his novel The Things They Carried, I realized that it didn’t matter that I have never been in combat. A war-worn past is


im O’Brien entered the room wearing a white shirt, sharp beneath his black suit. Topped with his ever-present faded baseball cap, he moved with what seemed to be shyness but transformed into an inquisitive and witty disposition, eager to share his ideas on topics political as well as personal. Born in 1946 in Austin, Minn., O’Brien was drafted at age 21. After toying with the idea of going to Canada and dodging the draft, he served in Vietnam from 1968 – 1970. Upon his return, he went to graduate school at Harvard University. He has written nine books and many short stories focusing on war, what he considers the most transforming period of his life, the most famous being the Pulitzer Prize finalist and Sierra Nevada College’s Community Read The Things They Carried.

The Things They Carried


O’Brien did not expect the popularity of this book among youth. “I remain pretty surprised that it’s taught in almost all the high schools in the country and most of the colleges too. And the reason for it I really don’t quite get, even to this day,” O’Brien said. “I think that there’s a kind of spillover from—even if you haven’t been in a war—to just the lives we lead. But in the end it’s really a mystery to me.” He expressed his pleasure in being approached by students who claimed that The Things They Carried introduced them to literature. However, he also brought up a negative aspect of a younger audience, citing students who are curious

about war and encouraged to enlist after finishing the novel. “I get a lot of people saying to me, in colleges and high schools, ‘Well now I really wanna go,’ and the purpose of the book is the opposite.” He spoke of the yearning for adventure and danger that many young adults are seeking and how there are alternatives to enlisting in the military to achieve these feelings. “In some ways you could do the same thing as a war just by, you know, going mountain climbing. You’re not going to be killing people doing that.”



Today’s media coverage paints a sterilized image of war. Coverage is little more descriptive than the number of soldiers killed that day and stock footage of a tank rolling through the wartorn streets of Baghdad. O’Brien explained that during the Vietnam War, media coverage was much more graphic and humanizing. “We have, as a society, a way of sanitizing war and making it kind of computer-like. We do it with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan now. You don’t see news clips of people screaming that the stump of their leg is spurtin’ blood out. You don’t see it. It’s just washed off the news. “And at least during my era you did see it. In your living rooms there would be film crews there, you know, people dying in front of you. It still wasn’t the same as being there. But at least you saw more of what it was like than that kind of sterile, Ajax’d war that we get.” He went on to describe our modern news coverage of the wars, and how for a while they wouldn’t even show coffins, let alone mention the names of dead soldiers. He describes the news as “completely sanitized,” effectively dehumanizing war and distancing us from what is actually happening. O’Brien believes this is a consequence of the coverage of Vietnam. People weren’t as supportive of the war after seeing the graphic images, he said.



O’Brien’s stance on war is clear: he is against it in all of its forms. During our conversation, he repeatedly brought up the hypocrisy that exists in

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One might expect a veteran and author who fought for the United States to be proud of his country’s military exploits, to be behind the motives of the war. O’Brien, however, is not. Throughout the interview and his speech on Friday Evening, he repeatedly referred to the “myth of the American good guy.”

WAR VETERAN AND AUTHOR TIM O’BRIEN speaks to community members and Sierra Nevada College students and faculty on Friday, Sept. 20 beneath a colorful canopy on Patterson Lawn.

He explained that many veterans are quiet about their experiences in Vietnam because “you don’t want to fess up to the stuff that ‘American boys’ do in this mythology that Americans are always the good guys.” O’Brien believes that war is war, regardless of when it’s fought or what it’s defending. The horrible war crimes that occur daily are just a byproduct of young men and women in a setting with minimal regulation and emotional distress. “You’re 19 years old and you’re scared out of your mind, you’ve had friends dying all around you, and you’re pissed,” O’Brien said. “And if there’s not a person there, you take it out on a house or a tree or a dog, or whatever is there. You’re young and you’re gyroscope is gone.” Under the veil of war, all is permitted. Crimes against morality happen all the time, O’Brien said.


“It’s how wars are fought; not just on our side but on all sides. That’s how it’s been historically. In that regard, I don’t think things have changed at all, since Homer.”

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O’Brien emphasized his purpose for writing about Vietnam and the importance of “lifting the veil” from the war witnessed in our living rooms. The day-to-day atrocities of abusing prisoners, destroying property and murdering civilians are simply inherent to war.

s of truth, but it al struggle– should ut the drama of the


“They are part of what war is and that’s another reason I write these books. We have these images of what war is–the good guys versus the bad guys–and boy, it’s not that simple.”

It’s one thing to say you’re for a war. It’s another thing to go to the war. If you’re so for it, do it. Put your own body on the line. Or, better yet,

put your son’s body on the line.

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THURSDAY, May 5, 2011

Student veterans discuss war experience at Fireside Chat


JUNIORS Stacy Arnsdorff, Chuck Roesh and Andrew Casey were among student veterans joining the discussion at the Fireside Chat Sept. 20 that preceded a Community Read by writer and veteran Tim O’Brien.


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STUDENT WAR VETERANS share their thoughts on war, active duty and transition to civilian life.

things we do,” said Lynch, an Iraq War veteran. On the eve of Vietnam novelist Tim Being in the service is a great experience O’Brien’s reading, eight war veterans sat and a way to gain perspective agreed most down to discuss their military service for panel members though, their faces showed Sierra Nevada College’s first Fireside Chat that they would rather not speak in detail. of the academic school year on Thursday, “I would give an arm and a leg to be back Sept. 20. in a second,” said Lynch, despite the difThe panel consisted of Freshmen Chris ficult sights he saw while overseas. Muravez and Greg Lynch Juniors Joel GraComing back from overseas has different nado, Stacey Arnsdorff, Chuck Roesh, An- effects on everyone. Post Traumatic Stress drew Casey, and Incline Village Veterans Disorder (PTSD) is something every serBruce McNulty and Ted Fuller. vice member must face as they re-enter Host Andy Whyman and Former Admis- society. sion Counselor Aaron Tremblay, an Iraq The panelist each showed how hard it War veteran, were moderators of the dis- was to talk about their experiences. Some cussion. panelists preferred not to get into personal Each panelist, including Tremblay, gave details, and some who did share got choked a small speech about their time overseas. up when speaking. The moderators then asked questions, “We all experiwhich were ence different levels met with of PTSD. I don’t like varied realarms.” said Grasponses. The nado, a Cold War vetfloor was This generation is able to eran. “This generation then opened is able to talk about talk about war unlike older to the audiwar unlike older gengenerations. ence to ask erations.” their quesMuravez and Lynch tions. Joel Granado were willing to share Of the 90 Junior, and Cold War Veteran the most about their people in time, while other attendance, panel members sat in seven were silence. Vietnam After coming back War veterfrom war, many find ans, two of it difficult to relate to which also civilians. spoke of “There is no one you personal experience. can relate to,” said Bruce McNulty, VietThe stories told by each panelist were nam War veteran. only as descriptive as each veteran was Even being in a foreign country is tough. comfortable discussing. Most gave de- Roesh answered an audience question tailed accounts about their time in the about what soldiers struggle with. service, however, several hardly gave any “You can’t trust anyone,” said Roesh, an details at all. Iraq War veteran. “You assume everyone is Casey gave details on how he served two an enemy.” tours as a Marine in Iraq, but not much There was hope among a few panel memmore. Among the few words that Casey bers that there would be an end to war. spoke that night his opinion on war was “I have to believe that, no time soon, “War is a slut that takes men and never there will be no war,” said Muravez gives them back.” With that hope in mind, the Fireside Chat Lynch spoke on how civilians react when closed, and the tension that had been in the hearing they have served time. room since the chat opened, lifted. “People are intrigued on why we do the

THURSDAY, May 5, 2011


Chris Muravez

From the bloody streets of Iraq to the heated pathways of SNC BY DAVID MACKH Contributor Name: Chris Muravez Major: Creative Writing Year: Sophomore Chris Muravez looks a bit different than the average Sierra Nevada College student. He shows off his tattoos and piercings with pride, and he sports a handlebar moustache that would make Hulk Hogan jealous.

How did you end up at SNC?

Last December, I was listening to NPR and I heard an interview with Brian Turner. I was getting out of the army in a few months and trying to figure out what I was going to do with my life. SNC struck me as a great place to go to school. I’m using the G.I. bill so I don’t need to worry about paying for it… and here I am today.

What are you majoring in?

Creative writing. There are three different focuses in that major: fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry. I haven’t figured out which one I want to do just yet.

Is writing your passion?

I’ve been writing all my life. Now that I have 10 years of experience with the military, I feel that I have a lot of great stories under my belt. I want to learn how to tell them well.

Would you be willing to tell one of those stories here?

When I was stationed in Iraq, we had the opportunity to go to Babylon, the ancient city. It was a really cool experience. We were given a tour by the city’s original curator. He had been working there preserving the site even before the days of Saddam Hussein. One of the most interesting aspects of the tour was that I was able to pick up a brick that had cuneiform writing on it. Cuneiform is a 5,000-year-old language. I got to hold something that a Mesopotamian wrote 5,000 years ago.

What do you plan to do after graduation?

I would like to go to Vietnam and teach English over there. I might do a dual major, but I’m not quite sure how that works with the G.I. bill just yet. I would like to go over there and teach English as an expatriate while I help this country pull its head out of its a**.

When did you join the army?

It seems like there’s a big difference between working a job in the military and studying the art of writing. What’s it like to be a creative person and a veteran?

I think that my experiences definitely reflect on my writing. But asking what it is like to be a vet and a writer is like asking what it is like to be a Jew and a painter. They’re not exactly separate, but they’re not exactly tied together, either.

Do you think that your experiences have informed your writing?

Yes and no. Not all my writing is about my time in the military. Some of it is, much of it is, but not all.


CHRIS MURAVEZ poses for the camera in full uniform with gun in hand in Iraq.

What’s it like to be an older student?

It’s annoying. Having military experience and being older, I have more discipline when it comes to schoolwork and a more respectful demeanor when it comes to other students and especially professors. In that aspect, it can be very annoying when other students are talking in the back of the classroom while I’m trying to listen to the professor.

I’ve been writing all my life. Now that I have 10 years of experience with the military, I feel that I have a lot of great stories under my belt. I want to learn how to tell them well. CHRIS MURAVEZ Freshman

Are you involved in any clubs? If so what are they?

I joined the army in September 2002. I was active duty for four years as a diesel mechanic. I ended up stationed in Germany and various other places in the world. When I finished active duty, I joined the National Guard. I ended up doing six years with the Guard as a diesel mechanic. I did one tour in Iraq with them and now I’m out. I’m happy to be out.

I am in the creative writing club. We haven’t really done anything exciting quite yet. There is talk of a book drive here on campus to raise funds for the club. What we would do with the profits is go to workshops, take trips to San Francisco to visit the book shops, and be word nerds.

Do you have any words of wisdom for other students? Don’t drink and drive…seriously.

Courtesy of Chris Muravez

CHRIS MURAVEZ stands on top of a military vehicle while blowing a horn to celebrate a long days work.

THURSDAY, Sept. 27, 2012 A&E Bob Dylan’s album “Tempest” showcases dark and resonant lyrics 10 Eagle’s Eye

“I got dogs that could tear you limb from limb,” from “Pay in Blood”. “The engines then explode, propellers they failed to start, the boilers overload, the ship’s bow split apart,” from “Tempest”. day,” sings Dylan. The only song I didn’t especially enjoy was “Tin Angel.” It has effective lyrics, but its The stark harrowing red structure makes the song cover for Bob Dylan’s “TEMPEST’ drag on. 35th studio Album, The last two songs on “Tempest,” basically sets the album are perhaps the the tone for what follows. strongest. “Tempest,” is Artist: By Bob Dylan The album which was rea nearly 14 minute epic leased on Sept. 10, can be Genre: Folk/ Rock/ Country that contains no chorus seen as a return to form Run time: 68 minutes, 31 line and covers the sinkfor Dylan, containing seconds ing of the 1912 Titanic. dark and skilled lyrics. Record Label: Columbia Dylan successfully paints His 71 year-old weatha harrowing picture of ered voice cuts though the event. The final song, the rock, country and “Roll On John,” is a poiblues accompaniments, gnant tribute to John Lenswaggering with despair and hopelessness. non, and features some references to his The opening song “Duquesne Whistle” work. shuffles and moves about with energy, but Overall, this album has many memorable coupled with his singing and lyrics it plays and strong songs, and should appeal to like a man tired out by life. Dylan plays the anyone who enjoys Dylan’s work. I’m sure songs within traditional blues forms, but there’s at least one track that a fan of rock breaks out with his lyrical mastery. Over- or folk music could enjoy. all, the lyrics play out with consistency, While this album doesn’t quiet meet and true to his work they are not easily in- Dylan’s earlier work, it is certainly one terpretable. of his best later works. If his strong and “Narrow Way” is an effective rocker, strange sounding voice doesn’t sound well bursting with a jangle of distorted guitar to a listener’s ears, there are still worthriffs. “If I can’t work up to you, you’ll while moments and lyrics throughout. surely have to work down to me someBY PATRICK HOEPPNER A&E Editor

BOB DYLAN’S 35TH studio album contains some of his darkest and strangest material to date.

Concerts rockin’ and rolling to a venue near you “Art doesn’t transform. It just plain forms”

Those looking for a much needed homework break should peep into some concerts that will be in and around the Lake Tahoe area. Here is a list of some upcoming events, and groups deserving a worthy check out:


Matisyahu and Dirty Heads Sept. 27 MontBleu Resort, South Lake Tahoe Tickets: Starting at $30 Matisyahu and Dirty Heads, with guest Pacific Dub will be playing at 8 p.m. on Sept. 27 at the MontBleu Resort in Lake Tahoe, with tickets starting at $30. Matisyahu combines his religious beliefs with outstanding reggae music to create a unique sound and feel. The Dirty Heads, coming from Southern California, are another reggae-fused group that incorporates other genres such as ska-punk and hip-hop.

Sept. 29 Reno Events Center Tickets: Starting at $29.50

Lynyrd Skynrd with special guest Texas Hippie Coalition will be playing at 7 p.m. on Sept. 29 at the Reno Events Center. These tickets are starting at $29.50. Lynyrd Skynrd is known as the group that helped shape and popularize the southern rock genre during the 1970’s. Those who just want to rock out to “Free Bird” and want to have a good ole fashioned time, shouldn’t hesitate to see the show. Emerging in 1973, Lynyrd Skynyrd is still rolling on.

Hardly Stricly Bluegrass Festival Oct. 5 - 7 Golden Gate Park San Francisco Tickets: FREE The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival will begin at 10 a.m. on Oct 5 – 7, at the Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. The festival will feature a total of 84 bands, with free admission. Some of the biggest headliners at this free festival will include the punk progenitor Patti Smith, and new wave and punk icon Eric Costello. The combination of bluegrass music, acoustic sets, and free admission all point towards a really fun festival that anyone can check out.

THURSDAY, Sept. 27, 2012


Interdiscplinary students travel to Coloma for a hands-on learning experience

Danny Kern

Danny Kern

BY DANNY KERN Staff Reporter Bound for the Gold Country and the whitewater of the American River, Sierra Neveda College's Interdisciplinary Studies 250 class headed for its annual field trip on September 7. After an adventurous one-night camping trip in Coloma, Calif. the students returned to campus to reflect on what they learned about the river, the Gold Country, and themselves. Professor Katie Zanto planned the trip and collaborated with Rosie Hackett and Andy Rost in the fall of 2009 to create the interdisciplinary class. “Coloma is a place we can study from multiple perspectives: the historical, the natural history, the politics of water, the businesses of tourism and rafting,” Zanto said. “We ask students to not just think about this class, but their whole field of study; so I think that’s what makes it a different kind of a field trip.” After the students arrived in Coloma Friday morning, they started on the agenda that Zanto had planned.

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“We went to the Gold Rush town of Coloma, we went on a hike, and we also went rafting the next day. I really liked the historical gold town that we went through, and being able to really visualize and see all the old parts,” Senior Colly Cal said. “I think the river connected all the disciplines. We looked at environmental water rights, the commercial aspect, the historical aspect, and the contexts of the people who use the river.” “The trip accesses the outdoors and uses what we have in the Outdoor Adventure Leadership (ODAL) Department as an asset, which is permits and boats. But the trip is accessible to all students, whether they are in ODAL or not,” said Zanto. The students hiked along the Upper South Fork of the American River. Sophomore Spencer Fisch, an ODAL and creative writing major, said, “Something that really stood out to me was Andy Rost’s natural history lesson that he gave during our hike. It was really hands on, right there, experiential learning.” After it was all over, Zanto asked the students what they took away from the trip. Cal said, “This trip’s focus is so different from the typical outdoor skills trip. I personally think this trip is not about character development or personal development as much as it is being able to see something from multiple points of view.”

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“I thought it hit a home run for all of our disciplines,” Fisch said. “We had students from art, psychology, digital arts, journalism, creative writing, outdoor adventure leadership, and sustainability. We connected the hiking to the natural history to what the town used to be to what it is now and to the river. We used the river to basically define ourselves and how we look at our lives and our disciplines.” Clockwise From Top, INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDENTS get stuck front loading while heading down the rocky American River. STUDENTS gather around an evening campfire to debrief the day’s activities. KATIE ZANTO, MEGAN GORRELL, SPENCER FISCH AND JAMIE HIMES smile at the camera for a quick photoshoot. INTERDISCIPLINARY 250 class stands in front of the legendary Sutter Mill, the place where gold was first mined for in Coloma. SPENCER FISCH AND JAMIE HIMES paddle hard through a wave train in the upper section of the South Fork of the American River.

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