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Vol. 32 – Issue 5 |

THURSDAY November 29, 2012

Snowglobe fest returns to Tahoe BY JENN SHERIDAN News Editor

Alter -Ego:

BY JASON PALADINO Managing Editor Leroy Hardy lives two lives. In one, he is a successful entrepreneur and philanthropist, a clean-cut, suit-wearing, private college administrator responsible for donor relations and fundraising. In the other, he wears a suit, but this one is rainbow-colored and about 90 percent sequins. He made it himself. It’s one of dozens of homemade and purchased outfits which populate Hardy’s closet, inspired by the 70s psychedelic nightclub scene, or perhaps the wardrobe of Elton John. Few students were even aware this man existed, let alone that he had an alter-ego. That is, until a certain YouTube video began to virally circulate among faculty and students. “Psy and I are tight,” he jokes. “I think, probably, I’m the first Caucasian-baby boomer-male to parody him.” Hardy’s Gangnam Style parody had just

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One administrator’s (not so) secret life

over 3,000 views in under a month since it was uploaded Nov. 2, as an episode of his YouTube show, “TalkZaPoppin.” Filmed in various locations around Reno and Tahoe, the video features Hardy with the UNR cheerleading squad, even dancing for a packed UNR football halftime show. In fall 2010, Hardy was hired as the vice president of Institutional Advancement. In this position, he is responsible for the majority of fundraising and donor relations. “The college needs money, and there is no one at that college that knows local community, really, besides me,” he said. Hardy has been instrumental in the Incline Village community since he spontaneously moved from Los Angeles in 1990, after starting a successful litigation support business. He was involved in the Tahoe Rim Trail Association, the Parasol Foundation and Star Follies. The first year he worked at SNC, he held a fundraiser to honor Wayne Prim, and it

raised more money than any other in the college’s history. Then last summer, he put on a “White Party” fundraiser, and it raised more money than the Prim fundraiser. He can also be credited with the renewal of the bookstore, the SNC mascot and SNC Eagle Club. “I’m a ‘rah-rah’ guy. When you see this house, and you see my wardrobe, and you see my wife and I’s lifestyle… It’s because we both have always maintained a certain amount of child-like playfulness our whole life. For some reason as you age, you lose that. I incorporate that into everything I’ve done,” Hardy said. Hardy’s house embodies his love of the unusual, the bizarre and the whimsical. A wooden door greets guests, complete with intricately carved owls and gnomes. Stained Manzanita frames the entryway, wrapping around deck railings and giving it the appearance of a Tolkien-esque hobbit-home. See TALKZAPOPPIN, 4

Get ready to bring in the New Year with three nights of cold air, hot bodies and loud beats. SnowGlobe Festival is returning Dec. 29-31 to South Lake Tahoe, Calif. Following the success of last year’s event, organizers are working hard to make this year even more memorable by bringing together big name performers, local artists, a big air competition and a “Taste of Tahoe” selection of food vendors. Deadmau5, Wiz Khalifa, Chromeo and Beats Antique head up the list of approximately 35 artists that will play over the course of the weekend. In addition to well known acts, SnowGlobe organizers hosted a talent contest in November seeking local artists to perform. “We had awesome fan engagement with the contest. I think people will be pretty excited to see the artists on the big stage,” said Chad Donnelly, founder of SnowGlobe Music Festival and SnowBall Music Festival which takes place in Avon, Colo. Using Facebook and Twitter, fans selected eight local artists: Well Groomed, boggan, Dreda Dre, Zeb Early Music, Arden Park Roots, Helena & the Bear, DJ IRIEYES and Sam F from the surrounding area who will each host a set during the festival. “That’s something we’re so incredibly passionate about is including all things local. Whether it’s artists or food, we just try to do everything we can to incorporate the local community,” said Donnelly. In response to community complaints following the event last year, organizers have worked with the City of South Lake Tahoe to minimize the impact on surrounding residences. The stage will be rotated to face away from the neighborhoods, speakers will be facing down toward the field and the decibel levels have been limited to help alleviate noise, according to the City of South Lake Tahoe website. Additionally, waste management will be controlled by volunteers in order to preserve the property, and recycling and Leave No Trace principles will be promoted throughout the event. Organizers are also studying demographics and the economic impact of the event in preparation of future events. New to the festival this year is the Silent Disco. Imagine a room full of people dancing to music delivered through wireless headphones. “I’m super pumped about it. It’s super fun and weird, a totally different experience. I’ve done it a few times and I think it’s one of the coolest thing about any festival,” said Donnelly. See SNOWGLOBE, page 7


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SGA student forum considered a “mild success”

BY MARISSA STONE Staff Reporter Each day on Sierra Nevada College’s campus, groups of students gather between classes to catch up, talk snowsports and complain about school. Yet, only five students showed up to the open forum for students and faculty at 7 p.m. hosted by the Student Government Association on Wednesday Nov. 7 in Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences. The panel included President Lynn Gillette, Dean of Students Will Hoida, Executive Vice President and Provost Shannon Beets, as well as SGA executive board members President Sabrina Belleci, Vice President Jake Denny and Secretary Anza Jarschke. Belleci’s State of the Campus Address

began the evening and focused on clubs, events and student involvement on campus and in the community “ensuring SNC and SGA grows, strengthens and continues to put students first.” The speech was followed by questions from the students who attended. The forum direction immediately turned from SGA commentary to inquiries about parking, the Holman Arts and Media Center and the future of SNC, for which Gillette answered the majority of questions. “Five years ago undergraduate enrollment was about 260. It’s 536 now, and if we can do what we want, we have a goal of taking it to 1,000. What 1,000 does is allow the college to do a number of things it could not do,” said Gillette. Plans for another academic building,

dorm and parking garage, approved by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, are set to take effect if SNC reaches those numbers. However, approval does not mean funding, and therefore SNC must wait for the financial security to begin construction. In the meantime, due to community relations issues arising from student parking, options such as satellite shuttle locations for students, Greener than the Dean alternative transportation promotions and different classes of parking which dictate how close students park to campus will become the new norm as enrollment increases. To reach financial sustainability, expand the campus and boost the viability of current student degrees, Beets said, “The single most important thing you can do for the future of this college is to talk about how

great your experiences are here, since the most significant way we get new students is word of mouth.” Nearly every student in attendance agreed with Beets and offered to return to their alma maters and advocate for the unmatched experience that SNC provides its students. Overall the forum touched upon serious and informative topics, despite the lack of attendance. All students were satisfied with the answers provided, and every grievance and suggestion was heard. “I would put the meeting as a mild success. I’d have liked to see a better student turnout, but I think we talked about some important issues and we had a great discussion that I wish could have reached more ears,” said Denny.

The Red Boat: An upcoming BFA show by Karl Schwiesow $32

“THE RED BOAT” OPENS at 5 p.m. Nov. 29. in the Tahoe Gallery. Look for the art of Matt Mattson opening Dec. 3.

BY SAM MARQUARDT Staff Reporter Art students spend their time at Sierra Nevada College preparing and working on the skills needed to create their final project- the Bachelor of Fine Arts show. Senior Karl Schwiesow presents his BFA show at 5 p.m on Thursday, Nov. 29 in the Tahoe Gallery, located on the third floor of the Prim Library. The show is titled “The Red Boat” and according to Schwiesow is about relationships. “It’s about your physical relationship to earth,” said Schwiesow. “Creating reaction to object by taking object out of context.” Schwiesow previewed one piece that will eventually feature a blue chair, a yellow rain slicker and a drawing he did of a submarine. According to Schwiesow he is seeing connections between objects that aren’t normally connected. “The blue chair would represent water, which the submarine would be in. You’d

wear the rain slicker to stay dry, but you wouldn’t have to wear it on the submarine,” said Schwiesow. Schwiesow has done many installation pieces, many of which have been featured at SNC. Before the snow fell, Schwiesow constructed a piece out of ceramic cinder blocks on the lawn in front of CampbellFriedman Hall. “This installation is designed to bring conceptual and physical awareness directly to the viewers and participants,” said Schwiesow, on his website. The full explanation of his work and installations can be$52 found on his website. “Creativity surrounds us; it permeates every avenue of our social structure from our capacity to communicate with each other through written language, to the ability to critically assess and respond to situations beyond our physical control,” said Schwiesow. “We are who we are because we respond to things the way we do.”

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The budget shows that SGA is using $8,500 to fund a trip to the American Student Government Association Conference on Feb. 16 in New Orleans. SGA President Sabrina $42 The $326 Student Government Association fee, annually Belleci said that it would cost each member $1,100 to encharged to all students, supports all student-related acter the conference. In the previous years SGA would go on tivities including trips, dances, events and clubs at Sierra retreats, spending $851.72 in 2010 – 11. Denny said they Nevada College. Proceeds for the fee are administered by have decided to increase the funds this year so they can the SGA Executive Board, with this year’s total projected build their skills at the conference. budget set at $173,482.74. “SGA is finally catching up,” said The Eagle’s Eye collected three How your fee is Hoida. “(SGA is) doing the right thing Student Fee: $326 $3 years of budget data to investigate $29 and becoming a part of a professional $42 what students pay for and how allocated: Projected Total Budget: organization here in the country. For SGA allocates the funds. going to a conference and using the $173,482.74 For 2012 -13, the largest exfund money, we should be commendpenditure was for three dances at ing this board for being professionals.” a cost of $63,500. This includes The rest of the SGA board expenses Clubs a Halloween dance for $8,500, are used to purchase name-tags, Ta fall formal for $25,000 and a $32 shirts and apparel. Three Dances  Clubs  spring formal for $30,000. The student fee was $200 in 2010 – Three Dances  “I went to the Halloween dance, 11, and increased 61 percent to the now Mangent  Mangent  and had a lot of fun,” said Senior $326 student fee. Belleci said that the Molly Allen. “It’s good SGA supEvents  student fee is increasing so that SGA Events  ports such fun events.” Casino Night  can provide for the growing student The next largest expenditure Trips  population. She said they have no con$121 Casino Night  was for SGA board expenses at trol in what the student budget price SGA  $22,364.38, followed by $17,200 will be, and that a committee decides Misc  spent on trips. The trips include Trips  $52 on it. $121 ski days at Northstar, Sugar The budget shows that $34,175.21 Bowl and Mammoth for a total of SGA  was unspent after the 2011 -12 school $5,400, a Six Flags visit that costs year. Denny said $20,000 of the re$3,000, and the Sierra Cloud cataMisc  maining total was used to purchase maran for $6,000. last year’s senior gift; a large marble “I don’t attend any of the SGA sign for SNC on Highway 28. With the $23 events,” said Senior Kolina Coe. *Actual Mangent cost $1,300. See story senior gift, it means that $14,175 still $24 “I’ve been going to school here remained at the end of the school year. for seven semesters. I’ve spent SNC Controller Lynda Odell said about $2,000 on SGA, and have money not spent at the end of the year probably only used $20 of that. also put in our own funds,” said Clay Club Advisor Aman- rolls over into a reserve account that only SGA can touch. I’m here for an education, not for social events.” da Dabel. “It’s nice that SGA is there to help us, because it Belleci said she had never heard about the reserve account. The budget said the Mangent event cost $13,000 this is expensive to go to a conference.” Denny said in the SGA constitution it states they have to semester, an increase of around $10,000. However, SGA Looking at three years worth of budget data, the SGA Ex- spend down to $5,000 by the end of the semester. officers reported that this was a mistake, as the event only ecutive Board’s expenses have increased from $10,606.67 In the beginning of the year, SGA does not know the cost $1,300. SGA Vice President Jake Denny said the in 2010-11, $6,000 in 2011-12, to the now projected total amount of student fees it will have. The board mem$11,700 remaining can now be used for clubs. for 2012-13. Two budget items that have in- bers create a projected budget, recording what they think $23SGA projected to spend $15,000 on clubs this year, and $22,364.38 creased are stipends and conference fees. everything for the school year will end up costing. When the SGA board will consider adding the $11,700. The budStipend fees listed in the budget go to support the seven they receive the actual student budget, they use the proget shows that funds for student $24 clubs have increased over SGA Executive Board$1   members and provide incentives jected budget as a guideline as to what they should spend. the years. Money spent on clubs in 2010 - 11 was 2 percent for them to do the job. Stipends increased this year, from The actual budget that SGA receives depends on the final of the total budget at $1,497.74. The money spent on clubs $5,500 in 2011 – 12, to $10,000 year. The four senators number of enrolled students. $18   in 2012 – 13 was 9 percent of the budget at $15,000, mean- split a stipend$15   total of $800 per semester. The Potty Press SGA holds its weekly meetings at 8:30 a.m. every Thursing there was a 48 percent increase of funds used on clubs. receives a $400 annual stipend, with Director of Events day, in the SGA office on first floor Prim Shultz. All of Denny said clubs this year don’t come to SGA enough Megan Williamson receiving $10 a week when she com- SGA’s agendas are posted on $24   asking for money. Dean of Students Will Hoida said SGA pletes the Potty Press newsletter found in SNC bathrooms. would love for any clubs to go to a professional conferBY PATRICK HOEPPNER Staff Editor


ence in their field, and if they want to come and make a proposal for it he thought the board would be, “fired up about it”. He also said that if clubs requests are more than $15,000, than that would be fine. SGA holds their weekly meetings at 8:30 a.m. every Thursday, in the SGA office on first floor Prim Shultz. “SGA usually helps us with NCECA (National Council on Education for Ceramic Arts conference), but we have to



Past Year’s SGA Actual Budgets Student Fee: $200


Actual Budget: $89,247.01

Student Fee: $300

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Casino Night  Events  $98  


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SGA $60  


Three Dances  Casino Night  Events  Events 

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Casino Night  Clubs  Senior Event 


Events $98  








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unconventional talk show upstairs in their house, called TalkZaPoppin. Using connections gained over the years, Hardy hired a film crew and began interviewing guests. His first guest, Raquel Guardia, a successful fashion designer and motivational speaker, was not prepared for Hardy’s unique brand of interview. “She came on thinking I was going to talk about her impressive resume, like you do when you go on a talk show. You popularize their agenda, you stroke them, make them feel good about themselves. You tell the audience to go watch them, to buy their books… I don’t do that,” Hardy

said. He tries to make his guests uncomfortable, but it is always in good spirits, he said. Due to his high-profile position at SNC, Hardy was nervous about TalkZaPoppin being released to the public. After checking with President Lynn Gillette, he decided to continue with the project. The videos remained low profile, until his Gangnam style parody was released. “A couple of students I don’t know came up to me and said, ‘Oh I love your video!’ That’s a hell of a thing at my age, and in my position at the college, to be recognized for a Gangnam style parody. I just get a kick


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“This house, as you approach it and you enter it, it’s hard to be in a bad mood. That was our vision when we built it,” he said. The inside is adorned with unique trinkets and colorful carpets, murals of pastoral fairy scenes, and bizarre collectibles. Even their dogs are unique: a poodle, a Mexican hairless, and a Chinese crested. “I always seem to stand out in everything I’ve done because I do things differently,” said Hardy. Hardy and his wife Patti realized that most video podcast shows were pretty boring. They decided to do an

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out of that,” Hardy said, pleased at the student and faculty’s response to his video. “Surprisingly enough, not one negative word, ever. And that’s a total surprise. A lot of faculty at colleges are considered to be stuffy and conservative and Jake Pollock opinionated, that VICE PRESIDENT of Institutional Advancement Leroy Hardy just goes with works closely with donors and the community. the game. I was flabbergasted, after the first week, Kendra Wong was a subscriber. I didn’t even email it to her. I don’t even know how she found out about it,” he said. Hardy plans I always seem to continue TalkZaPoppin and is to stand out in launching an official everything I’ve done website, www. because I do things He does not have differently. any expectations, but is excited at the Leroy Hardy popularity that his Vice President of show has gained. He Institutional Advancement will be performing Gangnam Style live at the Holiday Gala, an SNC fundraiser at 5:30 pm, Dec. 7, at To watch Leroy’s videos, visit the the Hyatt’s Lakeside Eagle’s Eye online at: Ballroom. Tickets are $125/person.





A true culture of sustainability reaches beyond the the environmental environment to embrace to embrace the social, economic and educational priorities.



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Learning to balance these forces will take commitment.


ADMINISTRATOR LEROY HARDY performs Gagnam Style with the UNR cheerleaders during the halftime show at home football game.


INDEX Sustainability through the years......................2 Sustainability Classes at SNC.............................3 “Green Tour” in Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences.........4

Brennan Lagasse.....................5 Students and Sustainable Transit...........6 Sustainability Club (S3) and Garbage Tour.................7 Economic Sustainability at home and work.....8



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Special ISSUE

Sustainability: Core theme, buzzword, lifestyle What does it mean to you? ability club, S3 and the inclusion of Sustainability as an official major, sustainable living is a large part of the education one receives here, but what does it actually mean to live sustainably? Can sustainability be achieved through the products we buy or the activities we choose or does it take a complete lifestyle change? Is it something one person can do or does it take a whole community to bring about true sustainable change? As large companies work to become more sustainable, or at least promote their most sustainable aspects, the word comes close to being lost in a myriad of marketing jargon. It’s hard to know if one’s efforts truly make a difference. In the pages of this special section, we explore various branches of sustainability on campus and in our community. From practical tips on how to save energy and money in your home to how much waste is generated by SNC, we offer a small insight to what it means to be sustainable. As you read, we invite you to think about what sustainable living means to you and question what you and those around you do to be sustainable, and if those efforts truly make an impact. Define “sustainable” within your own life and passions. Make the word mean something to you.

Alternative energy classes at SNC inspire the college’s founder Ben Solomon to convert his home into a nearly self sufficient energy source.





any who live in the Tahoe Basin grapple with the conflict between preserving the wild and beautiful area we live in while enjoying the land for its abundance of recreation and tourism opportunities. We strive to find ways to continue to ski the surrounding peaks, float on the lake and make a living while leaving a light impact on the surrounding land. The founders of Sierra Nevada College recognized this dichotomy between virgin wilderness and tourist based commercialism when building the school. They worked to create “responsible integration of the College and its programs with the unique environmental qualities and characteristics of the Lake Tahoe Region.” They planned a curriculum that promoted alternative energy and environmental studies while building much of the campus from recycled and repurposed materials. Today this conflict continues to be prevalent on campus and within the Tahoe Basin. Sustainability exists as one of the four core themes of our college. From the Platinum LEED certifiedTahoe Center for Environmental Sciences building to the new Sustainability Research Center in Prim Library, our campus sustainby Jenn Sheridan

Source: “The Architects of SNC” By William E. Casey Photos: “The Architects of SNC”


Students of the Alternative Energy program build an electric car out of an abandoned Honda. BRAD FLORA

ASHLEY VANDERMEER hikes the East Shore of Lake Tahoe accessible just minues from the Sierra Nevada College campus.

Sustainability through the years at Sierra Nevada College by Jenn Sheridan


Dr. Vance Tullin Peterson is appointed as President of Sierra Nevada College as well as director of the Tahoe Center for a Sustainable Future.










Construction begins on David Hall I on Mountain Campus. It was one of the most efficient passive solar buildings at the time and was built using recycled materials. The cost of heating the 5,000 square foot building was $1000 a year.




Sustainability is accepted University of California - Davis as a major under the new partners with SNC, the Desert Research Institute and the RAND Interdisciplinary Studies Corp. to build the $24 million dol- department. lar Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences to serve as a place for institutions who promote sustainable management of the Tahoe Basin.



Students build a hydroelectric plant in the stream near campus. While it was successful, it had to be shut down due to lack of permits. In the same year students constructed an electric car from an abandoned Honda Civic.


Students create the first campus sustainability club. Additionally Sierra Nevada College President Richard Rubsamen speaks at the Lake Tahoe Sustainability Summit. The Summit’s goal is to “position Lake Tahoe as a leader in Geotourism, Green Technology and Health.”



Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences (TCES) opens with a LEED platinum rating, exceeding its former goals (For more on TCES, see page four).


The Alternative Energy Sources class plans and designs solar hot-water and wood burning stove heating systems for the campus buildings.


Proposals for a new “Tahoe center” are published in the Tahoe Bonanza. The goal is to come within 30 percent of LEED certification requirements. Construction could not begin until after the completion of Prim Library.




Sierra Nevada College recycles and repurposes $100,000 worth of materials, books, lab equipment and a full ceramics studio aquired from the recently shut down Tahoe College in Meyers, Calif.


New property acquired on Country Club Drive. New building concepts include solar hot water generation, high efficiency daytime lighting, and automated controls to reduce electrical consumption. Heated sidewalks remove the need for snow removal machinery and ice melting salt compounds.

The Board of Trustees summarizes the purpose and direction of the college under four areas of specialization: Alternative Energy, Environmental Science, Liberal Arts and Creative Arts.”



New classes include hydronic heating, water and wind power and passive solar heating house design, which led to the conversion of the founders home to nearly self sufficient. The first student government creates first ski team, student newspaper and environmental awareness campaign.





Sierra Nevada College introduces its Alternative Energy Sources (AES) Program with the goal “to provide students with professional skills and knowledge needed to compete in this rapidly expanding industry.” Graduates were expected to have experience in “new technology of power, recycling and waste disposal.”



Sierra Nevada College is founded with the goal of “responsible integration of the College and its programs with the unique environmental qualities and characteristics of the Lake Tahoe Region.” Majors in Environmental Science and Astronomy are promoted along with the rest of the Liberal Arts curriculum due to the surrounding beauty and desire to preserve the area as well as the clean air.

Sierra Nevada College launches a Sustainability Resource Center in Prim Library featuring books, periodicals, government publications, DVD’s and specialized databases for researchers of all ages and knowledge levels.




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Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences


Photos by Jake Pollock


he Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences (TCES) represents a unique collaboration between Sierra Nevada College and UC Davis. It provides a world-class center for scientific research in the understanding of alpine lakes and watersheds and the preservation of their environmental


1 Photo-Voltaic Panel Inverters: These blue boxes convert the direct current (DC) from the solar panels on the roof into alternating current (AC) - the kind of electricty in your home.



he facility is the first building in the Tahoe Basin designed and built to achieve certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, striving to obtain the highest rating, “platinum.”

Hot Water: Preheated water is piped to two high-efficiency, gas powered water heaters: one for domestic and one for industrial (Laboratory use). Co-generation: Heat from the gas-fired generator is captured and used to heat the building. Why is this green? It generates electricity the same as any other generator and it captures heat that would otherwise be wasted.



Chilled Water Circulation System: Pumps chilled water from outdoor storage tanks to heat exchanger.

Air Filter: Air from the plenum is filtered to remove dust and pollen.

Heat Exchanger: Uses water from outside to cool water in a second separate system which is piped through the building for cooling.

Heat Recovery Loop: Water warmed by roof exhaust pre-heats the air.


Humidifier: After the air is filtered, it is humidified for occupant health


Sustainablity conference may open doors for a sustainability journal at SNC By Sam Marquardt

he green tour highlights many of the green (or environmentally friendly) building features of the TCES. “Green Points of Interest” signs are posted along the tour route with information about these features. Plenum: Brings 100% fresh air into the building.


The ninth international conference on Cultural, Economic, and Social Sustainability hosted in Hiroshima, Japan may open doors for Sierra Nevada College students to create their own sustainability journal. SNC Adjunct Faculty Brennan Lagasse hopes to attend the January conference and present his sustainability research. His attendance is dependent on obtaining the funds to fly to Japan. He hopes his experience will help start a journal at SNC. “I hope to work with the journal committee, bring back their ideas to SNC and work with students to produce a sustainability journal on the campus,” said Lagasse. The goal of the journal is to showcase students’ hard work to understand big concepts and break them down. Eventually, Lagasse hopes to have the journal grow campus wide and even reach out to other colleges and have them submit work. “A journal owned and run by students,” said Lagasse. “Sustainability is the largest growing discipline right now.” His presentation at the conference focuses on a case study involving a small ski resort in Arizona that wanted to expand using 100 percent reclaimed wastewater. “This had never been done before in the history of ski resorts,” said Lagasse. “This creates a lot of environmental questions.” The effects of the reclaimed waste-

water had yet to be seen on humans. However, frogs that live downstream of a reclaimed wastewater treatment plant in California had become completely hermaphroditic, with no male frog present among the current population. According to the Britannica Online Encyclopedia, hermaphroditic is the condition of having both male and female reproductive organs. Sustainability is more than just recycling and carpooling, according to Lagasse. “Sustainability is not just the well being of the environment; it’s the well being of people,” said Lagasse. The sustainability tips come about by looking at the big picture, then by looking at the small issues and developing easy ways to be more sustainable. Lagasse says in order to become truly sustainable you have to develop critical thinking skills. “Look at the big picture,” said Lagasse. “You have to ask ‘why aren’t we sustainable?” Lagasse teaches sustainability to be much more than tips to change the way you live. Sustainability is multifaceted and many different disciplines have to be combined to understand the bigger picture of how to create a sustainable environment for people. Lagasse points out that when talking about sustainability issues, the ‘people factor’ is often forgotten. Sustainability is about creating an environment that can sustain people, said Lagasse.

Sustainability Center to help college pursue core themes Rain/Snowmelt Storage Tank: This 3000 gallon tank holds rainwater and snowmelt before it is filitered and sterilized for the building’s toilets. UV and Charcoal Water Filtration System: Sterilizes water for the building’s toilets.


By Patrick Hoeppner The recycling receptacles and ecofriendly designed buildings help Sierra Nevada College to promote its core theme of sustainability. These changes and modifications toward sustainability can be seen taking place all over campus, even in the library. The library received a $40,000 grants last year from the Nevada State Library. With the funds the library was able to open the Sustainability Center for the fall semester, and purchase books and DVDs to fill it. The library’s electronic database was also expanded to promote sustainability studies, and can be accessed by anyone in the community “We purchased material related to sustainability topics, so they could be used for class and personal use,” said Library Director Betts Markle. The library promotes sustainability by having double-sided printers, recycling receptacles and online e-books. Markle said the library adheres to sustainability practices as indicated by the rest of the college.

“I think it’s necessary to help foster a culture of sustainability, and to have a multitude of resources for the students to use,” said Senior Jaynie Louise Mille. Miller said she had five books checked out from the sustainability center for her senior project, and three additional books checked out for personal enjoyment. “I’ve seen student’s hoard the sustainability books, or hide them in places around the library so no one else will take them,” said Senior Sonya Hernandez. ”Its hard for me to discourage that behavior when I see people enjoy the books so much.” A sustainability film festival was created to promote and introduce the sustainability center to the public. Hernandez hosted the film festival from Nov. 2 – 3, showing the public sustainability videos from the center’s collection. Over 200 people attended the event over the two-day period. There will be a sustainability film festival next year, but a host has not yet been selected.


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By Samantha Van Ruiten



by Margaux Kelly

SNC Student Commuting Patterns


boarders, and they would be educated about their environmental choices. I was half right. Professor of Environmental Sciences and Outdoor Adventure Leadership Andy Rost discussed a myriad of concepts in his Sustainability 101 class including energy, waste, green-building, business etc. As an assignment, Rost’s students surveyed Sierra Nevada College peers and faculty on campus assessing the methods of transportation on a campus-only level. SNC being a college of 536 students made it difficult to predict accurate results. Rost’s class eliminated campushoused students because they walk approximately 500 feet to their classes. The majority of the student population, however, lives off campus. There’s the Racquet Club, Mountain Shadows and Tyrolian being the most concentrated in student

Bike Walk   Car  Pool   52%  

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SNC Faculty/Staff Commuting Patterns

Personal Car  

percent use their personal car and travel an average of 27.6 miles roundtrip. Only 8 percent walked or biked. The class concluded that every individual emits .916 pounds per mile of Carbon Dioxide, roughly 12 pounds Personal Car   annually, from driving in passenger cars. With 250 million cars registered Bike   in the U.S. Americans produce 3 billion pounds of C02 per year. Every dayWalk   the average American consumed 18 million barrels of gasCar  Pool   oline measuring out to 44 gallons per barrel. OpponentsBus   of the industry believe that at the rate of current consumption the globalOther   oil reserves will be depleted by 2100. However industry tycoons disagree with these 4.20%   numbers. In regards 4.60%   to this debate, we do know that eventually global 12.20%   oil re-

housi n g . 92% Other students are either in Kings Beach, in houses and studios around Incline or reside in the outlying cities: Truckee, Tahoe City and South Lake. 2.90%   It seemed safe to say that most of us 0.40%   don’t travel very far to school but what about how we get here and how often we do it. After Rost’s class gathered factual information about student transportation, the data was collected and numbers were crunched presented in a powerpoint presentation by Rost. Out of a survey of 114 students, we concluded that 20 percent of students walked to school, 17 percent carpooled and 52 percent drove their personal cars. The average distance, roundtrip for surveyed students, was 9.3 miles. However, out of 26 faculty members, 92

serves will run out. In Tahoe, we live in an idyllic little community where we can hike to the peaks of the Sierra, swim in the second deepest lake in the U.S, camp in Desolation Wilderness, and breathe clean fresh air. Right now at least. Three million people visit Lake Tahoe annually and they bring their cars with them. On peak days, we can reach over 300,000--the resident population being 66,000 people. As a tourist destination, like many beautiful places: Yosemite, Grand Canyon, and Yellowstone, we are in grave danger of losing everything that makes Tahoe so special. We are fortunate to have many wonderful sustainable sectors and not-forprofits in the area, though many run on a volunteer basis. We must learn to help each other thus learning to help ourselves. To know yourself is to understand your place and what that means for the environment. Perhaps we can all learn to run really fast, teleport, grow wings, or build a jet-pack in order to reduce our carbon footprint. Or, as a campus, we could be become more conscious about how we consume and how we give back.

ost students at Sierra Nevada College have heard of the Sustainability Club, but this year the club has a new name: S3, which stands for Students Striving for Sustainability. The club was started in the fall of 2010 by a small group of students from SNC’s Introduction to Sustainability class. The students noted that SNC’s campus was not as “green” as other college campuses. “We just saw that our campus really wasn’t, and still isn’t, doing very well in comparison to a lot of other colleges. We definitely struggle with that. We just wanted to get the word out there that students care,” said S3 Club President Sonya Hernandez. The change in the club’s name happened over the summer. Hernandez was looking for a catchier name to distinguish it from other college clubs. The name “S3” is borrowed from a college club in Michigan. “[The Michigan club] is really active and awesome. I thought about a name change for a really long time, but couldn’t think of anything that

could even compare to the catchiness of S3. So I emailed the president of the S3 Club at that college and asked them if I could basically copy their name. The president and her advisor said it would be fine, and wished me good luck with our endeavors,” said Hernandez. One of the main goals of S3 is to help make SNC a more sustainable campus. Club members also focus on encouraging and supporting studentdriven sustainable activities. Although sustainability is one of the college’s core themes, it has not been easy for the club to attract and keep active members. Currently, S3 has only about five active members. “It’s hard to keep people motivated. There needs to be a commitment,” said Hernandez. She is working with college sophomores and the current Introduction to Sustainability class to help recruit members. The club’s adviser, faculty member Andy Rost, is committed to the club’s cause. “I thought it would be a great opportunity to work with students on something I thought was important

composting efforts and will hold an environmentally friendly ski wax fundraiser. The club hosted the Sustainability Film Festival at SNC from Nov. 2 - 3. A senior this year, Hernandez hopes that the club will continue after she graduates. S3 meets once a month and recruits

By Caitlin Khoury


he Eagle’s Eye interviews Environmental Science and Outdoor Adventure Leadership Professor Andy Rost about how to be more sustainable on campus.


-Incline produces 16 lbs. per person per day: more than 3x the national average -4 square yrds. go PER DAY from cafeteria -18 yds. per week from rest of campus -Seven 96-gallon recycle bins per week




and important for me on a personal level.” Rost said that having a club like S3 at SNC is not only important for the campus because of the ecosystem we live in, but also because our world needs leaders to help us transition into a different way of doing business. This year, S3 is focusing on campus

Making sure you don’t waste your waste

hat steps can Sierra Nevada College students do to be more sustainable in terms of recycling, paper, and cafeteria waste? Recycling: Awareness is key. As a campus, we need to know the system - what do we produce and where does it go. Like most Americans, I imagine most on campus do not know our waste system. Paper - keep working to reduce how much we use: with more online assignments and syllabi on Moodle. Cafeteria waste - We are making good strides with no trays, reducing food waste and adding a bucket for food waste. It would be great to get a composting system, there’s lots of talk about this.

National Commuter Patterns

Andy Rost attends the festivities before the Sustainability Film Festival, where people enjoyed complimentary drinks and food.

What are your thoughts on the bad example of Nevada, (especially Incline Village) on the college (with only 1 in 4 households recycling)? It is shocking because it’s pretty easy to recycle. The college can take the lead in the community in this case. What steps can the administration do, in terms of initiating policy changes, investments, and followthrough in order to truly be a sustainable school?

Caitlin Khoury


f everyone lived the way I did, we would need nearly three Earths to sustain my lifestyle. Thankfully, some people are better than I am about buying locally, using environmentally friendly products, and conserving energy, among other things. Hopefully some of us can sustain themselves on one Earth. When I first arrived here, I wanted to think that Sierra Nevada College housed a community of more globally-conscious, young people. The sort of students that reject foods that are alive with hormone injections or who would insist on selling fair trade coffee in the bookstore. Most of us are actually pretty average on the sustainability scale, which is one of our core themes here on campus. In the beginning my expectations were high. I thought 4% everyone here 4%   would be expert climbers, nasty snow- 11

Sustainability Club changes name to S3 Club

SNC class STUDENT COMMUTING PATTERNS Sustainability 101 analyzes SNC’s commuting patterns


Special ISSUE

Jake Pollock



The Incline Village Transfer Center receives about 1 ton of garbage a month from local residents. Pictured here is only 1/5 of Incline’s trash for one day.

I think this needs to be a grassroots, student/faculty driven initiative: bottom up, not top down. I believe the administration will follow if and when we develop more sustainable policies, but we should not wait for the administration to develop these policies. We should develop practices that save the school money and establish practices that are more in line with our core themes. Specifically what physical constructions can we carry out on campus to help the cause? We need to look closely at dumpster pick-ups: can we reduce how often dumpsters get picked up which would save us money? In terms of composting, most methods that I’ve researched for the challenges of composting in the Tahoe basin require money, so we need to develop a plan to make this affordable.


4,000 Incline Village residents in high season Free recycling in Incline Village 3 out of 4 homes DON’T recycle Incline creates 1 ton of trash per month 1,000 tons go thru transfer center in 30 days 5,600 tons go thru transfer center in 6 months





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THURSDAY, November 29, 2012

Guide to a Green, Less Expensive Home by Liz Hill


aving money on utilities in the winter time is one of a student’s top priorities. Renting a house is expensive in the Tahoe Basin and the homes that students can afford were built in the 1970s. Chances are they’re equipped with electric baseboards, old windows and no weather stripping. However, there are several things one can do to insulate their house, reduce waste and save money on utility payments. First, making sure those old windows are sealed up can save you a ton of money in the snowy months. Take those extra blankets you have lying around your house and tape them around your windows. This traps the heat that’s already in your home, saving you money and a cold night’s sleep. Another way to help keep yourself warm is to try and avoid turning on those pesky (and usually broken) electric heater boards. If you have a fireplace or pellet stove, try and use those over electric heat. This can save you up to $100 a month on electricity if you live in a bigger home. Chopping wood and purchasing bags of pellets may seem like a waste of time, but think about what you could buy for a hundred bucks. Doors are one of the most commonly overlooked parts of a home when it comes to escaping heat. Putting weather stripping around your doors can also save you and your roommates a ton of money. Packs of stickon stripping sell for $5 to $15 at Walmart and pay themselves off within the first two months of installation. Conserving hot water is a big issue for college students as well. There are world record setting piles of dishes in many of the houses I’ve been to over the years. It’s a common problem to not want to do your roommates dishes. However, by taking the simple action of opening that dishwasher so conveniently located next to that Mount Everest pile of dishes and placing them in there, you can save countless gallons of hot water a month. It saves you money, pruned hands and angry roommates. It may seem like you can’t cheat the system when it

1. Sustainable gifts i.e. Clay Club ceramic items.


2. Local products; Big Truck, Local Knits, Tall Trees, Tahoe Made.

“I always throw my cig butts away.”

3. SNC gear; sweatshirts, sweatpants, nalgenes, cell phone cases, blankets etc. 4. Gift wrap your grades - but only if they’re

Maggie Newman Senior

stellar. Parents dream gift! 5. Local gift cards for restaurants and bars.

A word from SGA

6. Make your own gifts, utilize the ceramics lab. 7. Use those giant pinecones, decorate them. 8. Volunteer at local organizations. 9. Donate your used clothes, or regift them. 10. Wrap it in the SNC Eagle’s Eye Newspaper! Information f by MARISSA STONE

Pre-break energy saver


USE GREEN methods to save on energy bills in the winter months.

comes to utility payments, but you actually can. There are certain hours posted on your bill every month and they aren’t just random numbers designed to confuse you as the consumer. They are actually hours in which the price of electricity and gas are lower than the rest of the day. Using your appliances, charging your phone and taking a shower are all cheaper in these time gaps. Following these hours has saved me over $200 in the last year. There are countless ways that one can reduce their utility payments and, in turn, make their home better for the environment. These are a few convenient and practically free ways to do so.

1. Power down your computer and monitor. 2. Shut off power strips.

3. Unplug equipment/appliances i.e. printers, microwaves, coffee machines, chargers. 4. Shut and lock windows and doors. 5. Turn thermostat to 60 degrees Fahrenheit. 6. Ensure all faucets are off; report any leaks. 7. Shut curtains/lower blinds for insulation. 8. Turn off lights Information for pre-break energy saver provided by: ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY

by Marissa Stone


How do you incorporate sustainability into your daily routine?

Holiday gift guide

Clay Club makes sustainable profits, sells student made cups ierra Nevada College’s Clay Club had its first cup sale during the opening for the Junior Art Portfolio Review at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov 8, on the third floor of Prim Library. The club sold 19 cups, and raised $95, which will be put toward the entrance fee at the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Conference. The event was just the beginning of fundraising for the eight SNC students that make-up the body of the Clay Club. The cups are made using reclaimed clay, a mixture of commercial clay and studiomade clay. This sustainable combination allows for the profitability of the products and the low cost of purchase for functional art. Senior Heath Pierson, treasurer of the Clay Club, said, “I was a little worried that we weren’t going to sell anything since we’ve never done just a cup sale, but it turned out we sold quite a bit.” “It goes to show that students are interested in being sustainable, having a student made cup, and contributing to the student body,” said Clay Club President Junior Flor Widmar. The club has future ambitions for profits. On Dec. 6, 13

a trailer will be placed in the Prim Library lot for the Christmas sale of clay and porcelain items. And on Dec. 7 and 8, the trailer will be relocated in front of Bite Restaurant on Tahoe Blvd. for community sales.

Widman said, “We’re expecting to make at least $700 during the winter sales.” The Clay Club is also looking into other local endeavors to sell its pieces, to create a bond between the community and the college. “The current SNC ceramics students will be the future of the profession, so anything you buy now at $5 or $10 will be worth much more in the long run,” said Widman.


he countdown has started--two weeks left until winter break! The Student Government Association wants to thank everyone for participating in our activities throughout the semester. In these last weeks, we have some exciting events to finish up the semester.

“I pick up rubbish around the streets.” Nick Grey Junior

Our first event you won’t want to miss is Mask Making from 1-2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29 in Patterson Hall. SGA will be providing both masks and supplies to decorate. You’ll want to come and make a mask to wear to the masquerade themed Winter Formal. On Saturday, Dec. 1, SGA is taking a group of students to see the Boise State vs. University Nevada, Reno football game at UNR. Signups have already begun, and space is limited. Get on the waitlist if you haven’t already signed up. To celebrate the semester’s end, SGA is hosting a masquerade themed Winter Formal on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Hyatt Lakeside Ballroom. Put on your fancy clothes and masks and come to an awesome dinner and dance!

“I recycle everything that needs to be recycled.”

For the first time, SNC will be having dead days on Dec. 6 and 7. Take some time to get ready for finals, while being on a look out for treats from SGA! To wrap up the semester, and get everyone some time away from finals, come get some tasty pancakes and bacon at the Finals Study Breakfast. The SGA board will be serving up breakfast at 9pm on Dec. 12 in Patterson--we hope to see you all there.

Cheyanne Sawyer Junior

Thanks again for your participation throughout the semester and we look forward to seeing you all in the spring! “Minimize driving, drink Tahoe tap. Make sure the heat in the house and lights are off when I’m not home.”

Anza Jarschke SGA Secretary

Farewell Eagle’s Eye readers,

Alden Spence Junior

It has been our pleasure working for the Eagle’s Eye over the years. We are graduating this semester, and we thank you for your continued readership and enthusiasm. Sincerely, SAVANNAH HOOVER JASON PALADINO & Managing Design & Online Editor Editor

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:

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 Photo Editor Jake Pollock

Copy Editor / Advertising Director Caitlin Khoury Design & Online Editor Savannah Hoover Reporters Marissa Stone Samantha Marquardt Patrick Hoeppner

Sports Editor Caitlin Khoury

Adviser Tanya Canino

A&E Editor Patrick Hoeppner

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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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FORUM Au revoir Brighton, bonjour Paris! Abroad in


friends and I walked a mile along the Seine River and had dinner at a traditional French restaurant. We sipped on red wine, enjoyed complimentary French bread, olives and tried escargot; snails. Snails are delicious! I assure you the flavor doesn’t have anything to do with the fact that they smother them in butter and pesto.



visited Paris, France last weekend with my exchange program and had a set schedule for just about everything we did. Unfortunately though, the ‘most romantic city on earth’ didn’t quite live up to its standards. I didn’t fall deeply in love with a handsome beret wearing, sweettalking, baguette buttering, wine sipping Frenchman with a mustache curled at both ends. What a disappointment. It was 6pm on a Friday when my strict itinerary began. I took a tour boat excursion down the Seine River with 20 Americans, mostly females. We slowly propelled along the river while the loudspeaker revealed French icons on either side of the banks. The glow of the moon played with the fixed lights that shone on the outside of each building. This, along with the one-euro bottle of merlot that my friend Evan and I had smuggled onto the boat, fueled the romantic spark. First we passed the Gothic Cathedral, Notre Dame and The Musée du Louvre; one of the most famous art galleries in the world. On the opposite side were the Louis IX’s chapel and the Hôtel des Invalide. The Hôtel was built in the 1670s under Louis XIV. It was used as a sanctuary for injured and elderly soldiers. The beautiful goldendomed building is now the quarters for the national war museum and is also where the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte lies. The day after, the tour bus stopped at each one of these places, giving us the opportunity to go inside if we pleased. I walked in silence through Notre Dame, mesmerized by the stained glass windows that stretch along the interior of the building. Candles were available for 2-euro, and are traditionally lit in honor of a loved one that has passed; I lit one for my mom. Next, we wandered to the top of the butte Montmartre; there lies the Sacré-Cœur, a Roman Catholic Church dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. There was an outside escalator that climbed to the top of the hill, although I chose to walk up the long flight of stairs. Two fancy French doors welcomed me inside the church. On the ceiling was a beautifully painted Catholic mural. Outside of the church was a breathtaking panoramic view that towered over the city. The entrance fee for The Musée du Louvre was expensive, so I chose to explore around the outside instead. The Louvre lies in the center of the city and was once a palace, home to the Sun King, Louis XIV. The glass pyramid museum is in the center of the palace’s courtyard. Bright lights stream through the glass at night, highlighting the modern architecture of the building. Our last stop of the day was at the Eiffel Tower, where most students waited in a two-hour line to go to the top. I have the patience of a 5-year-old, so I decided to wait until dark hoping the crowds would disperse. Having some time to kill, three

After dinner the four of us walked back to the Eiffel Tower and there was no line. Standing underneath the dazzling tower, I had no perception of how far the highest level was. Every time I thought we had reached the top, the elevator would quickly continue climbing. At the top there was an open aired fence outlining an outside circular lookout, which includes a champagne bar and all. Embracing the moment, I reached my head through the fence and let out a loud scream. An aerial view of Paris lit up before me and I felt like I was on the top of the world.

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KRS-ONE brings the Temple of Hip Hop to the North Shore BY JENN SHERIDAN News Editor KRS-ONE brought his brand of the real hip-hop to the stage Nov. 10 at the CalNeva Resort leaving no question that the “Teacha” still has a few lessons up his sleeve. Blasting through a set that included classics from “Criminal Minded” up to the present and freestyle sessions paying homage to what he considered some of the most influential lines in hip-hop, KRSONE backed by DJ Mince of Truckee kept the crowd moving all night. The headlining act was preceded by local hip-hop artists Logic One (South Lake Tahoe), Golden Gloves (Auburn, Calif.), Dirty Rhythm (Incline Village), Venomous Ink (Reno) and Deep City (South Lake Tahoe) all set to the beats of DJ Mince. The locals set a high-energy vibe for the evening with fast paced songs and lyrics that captured the essence of being an upand-coming local hip hop artist, and left the crowd anxious and excited for the main show. Local fans had the chance to showcase their break dancing skills when the “real beat boys and beat girls” were invited on

SNOWGLOBE, from front page


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.

stage. The emcees were not afraid to let anyone know that basic booty shakin’ did not make the cut. The musicians were joined on stage by local live artist Hayden Lyle who created a full color sketch of DJ Primo through the

show. After the show the autographed piece was sold to one lucky fan. KRS-ONE spoke of the recent election announcing that we were “in for another four years of bullshit,” he was not bash-

ing on the Democratic or Republican party, rather relating that they are both part of the same system and the only way to create change was to seek knowledge over material possessions. We create our own slavery through the currency in our pockets. True wealth comes from living simple and effortlessly, he said. After the show, a few fans could pay to attend the after party where a small crowd gathered to hear KRS-One discuss the entertainment industry, plans for the future, the preservation of hip hop culture and take the time to autograph some T-shirts. Humbled and honored by the breed of fan coming from the mountains braving the cold weather to see the show, KRS-One ended the night with one last sentiment. “Tonight’s show is dedicated to all those who represent real hip hop. I know this is said often, but when it’s 14 degrees outside and the snow and the hail is coming down, and you have to make the decision to come outside, and pay money by the way, to see KRS-ONE. I want to thank you for even considering coming out. Hopefully we are building something here in Lake Tahoe.”

Artists to look for at SnowGlobe 2012

In addition to music, local athletes will showcase their skills in a big air competition each night. The competition evolved from a rail jam last year and helps build the winter lifestyle theme. Donnelly expects the festival to sell out, and predicts that approximately 40,000 people will attend over the course of three days. “I wanted it to be more of an intimate festival. You don’t get lost, it’s easy to find your friends and you always have a good seat. I’m passionate about keeping it intimate. I want to make sure that doesn’t get lost,” said Donnelly.



It’s good to see you Bond

Before the end of my itinerary, I had to make sure I visited Jim Morrison’s gravestone. In 1971, the ‘Lizard King’ was found dead in a Paris apartment bathtub: heroin overdose. He is buried in the Père Lachaise Cemetery, which is one of the city’s most visited tourist attractions. The grave is now blocked off because visitors would get drunk, do drugs and participate in sexual behavior at the site. Paris has been one of my favorite destinations so far, although I still think sightseeing from inside a tour bus isn’t the best way to learn about a place’s character. Whoever said falling in love with a man or woman in Paris is the most romantic thing that can happen is wrong. The smell of fresh bread on every street corner is more than enough love than any man could ever give me. Maybe starch is my soul mate.

cret agent around the world. Exhilarating chase scenes follow, as they rip through fruit markets and tear across brick rooftops on motorcycles. These scenes set the speed “Art doesn’t of the film, and prove Mendez is a natural transform. It just at filming action sequences. plain forms” M (Judi Dench) is the head of MI6, and makes a decision that puts Bond’s life in danger. After he survives a chilling ordeal, PATRICK HOEPPNER he continues his search for the drive in Shanghai, China. kyfall,” directed by There’s a cool fight scene in “SKYFALL” Sam Mendez (Ameria room with glass walls and can Beauty), is a dark and briltrippy projections that looks liant film that thrills from its like a scene straight out of very first frame. It breathes life Director: Sam Mendez “Tron.” The cinematography into the now 50 year-old James by Roger Deakins is absoluteGenre: Action Bond series, with Mendez ly gorgeous throughout. creating one of its best. This Run time: 143 minutes The villain doesn’t appear Bond is smart, focused and Rating: PG-13 until the halfway point, but explosively entertaining. It has Distributor: Metro-Goldwyn- still met my expectations. everything a Bond fan could Mayer Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem) is hope for, from sexy slender a cyber terrorist with an agenwomen to an over-the-top villain. da that involves both Bond and M on perThe film jumps straight into an urgent sit- sonal levels. Bardem plays Silva in highly uation in Turkey, where James Bond (Dan- grand gestures, while maintaining an air of iel Craig) chases a man who stole the hard menace and ferocity. drive containing the identities of every seI have to note that all the acting is pretty


consistent, and Craig comes out as one of the best bonds. The last scene takes place in an old house in Scotland, having sentimental value to Bond. On the way there, the film produces us a moment that will have every Bond fan clapping with joy. Bond and M take out that classic Aston Martin DB5, kicking up all kinds of memories from “Goldfinger.”

This film is well directed and has more psychologically depth than you would expect. It surprisingly reveals that Bond has a backstory, adding some darker dimensions to the spy. There is a lot of material left for future directors to work with, so hopefully they can continue to keep this series alive and necessary.

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Writers visit Sierra Nevada College throughout the year to read their latest works and provide workshops

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Visiting writers will be on campus throughout the year to read their latest works and provide workshops. Readings are free and open to the public. Workshops can be taken for credit and are also free to students. There is a $50 registration fee for community members. Contact English Program Chair, June Sylvester Saraceno at 775.881.7514 or for more info.


Sierra Nevada College presents its annual

HOLIDAY GALA SNC Students Celebrate Holidays Around the World SNC Students Celebrate Holidays Around the World

RECEPTION, DINNER & DANCING | TICKETS: $125 Friday, December 7th | Hyatt Regency Lakeside Ballroom or 775.881.7589 for tickets

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