Warren Wilson College News

WWC This Week – August 31, 2004 Vol. 8 No. 6

Contact: John Bowers

August 31,  2004    

Vol. 8   No. 6

Community News

WWC converting to propane lawn mowing equipment

Lawn mowers and other equipment with small utility engines often are among the most notorious polluters of the environment. According to the U.S. EPA, as much as 10 percent of gasoline-fueled air pollution is caused by lawn equipment. Because the typical four-horsepower lawnmower engine produces nearly six times the amount of volatile organic compounds per hour of use as the average car,  many agencies now limit the use of mowers during ozone action days.

With the help of Blossman Propane Gas & Appliance, WWC has found a better way to mow soccer fields and other large areas on its campus in the Swannanoa Valley. Blossman has modified the engine carburetors on three mowers for  the College, including a large, eight-wheeled mowing tractor, so that propane is delivered into the combustion chamber. The results are improved efficiency and a significant reduction in exhaust waste products that contribute disproportionately to ozone pollution.

“Propane really cuts back on noxious fumes,” says Ray Cockrell, WWC auto shop supervisor. “We’re not saving money, but we are reducing hydrocarbons.” The College isn’t planning to stop there, however, in its efforts to reduce harmful emissions from lawn equipment. In addition to the three mowers already converted to propane, the college plans to continue its partnership with Blossman to convert two fleet trucks each year.


Mail services

The majority of the Student Services Crew have morning classes. Those who do work in the morning are assigned tasks such as going after the mail, operating the student bank, and providing assistance at the package window. This term the crew will be able to begin placing mail in campus boxes at 1 p.m. The U.S. Post Office and Student Bank will be closed on Monday, September 6 in observance of Labor Day.


Lunchtime enlightenment

Do you need some quiet time to relax the body and mind, or do you need some centering as your day pulls you in twenty-three different directions? Come on over to Canon Lounge for fifteen minutes. Canon Lounge will be open Mon.-Fri. for “community-silent-sitting” from 12:30 p.m.-12:45 p.m. This is a non-religious, non-denominational, free-form sitting. You are invited to come in and sit for fifteen minutes – whether just to enjoy sitting in silence with others, or to center, or to meditate, or to pray, or to contemplate. Please arrive a few minutes early so you can choose a meditation-cushion or a chair. The 15 minutes will begin every day at 12:30 p.m. with the ringing of a bell and end in the same way at 12:45 p.m. This program is brought to you by Student Activities, the Minister to Students, Wellness, the Spiritual Life Committee, and the Department of Religious Studies. Dr. Hun Lye will be facilitating the daily sittings. Meditation instruction will be offered through Wellness later in the semester.


President’s Office Open Hours

The president will have open office hours from 3-5 p.m., Tuesday, August 31. Please call Rowena Pomeroy, ext. 2070, or stop by the President’s Office to schedule an appointment.


Foreign film night

Join the Modern Languages Department for our first movie night Wed., Sept. 1 at 6:30 p.m. in the Jensen Lecture Hall (3rd floor). We will be presenting the movie Abre Los Ojos. All students are welcome, we’ll have snacks and beverages and a super fun time!


Soccer season begins

The Warren Wilson College soccer teams both play their opening fixtures this week. The women are away at Brevard College on Aug. 31, at 5 p.m. The men open their season at home against Southeastern Florida on Sept. 2, at 4 p.m. All home games will be played at the Presbyterian Home for Children, located five minutes from campus. To get to the field, take a left onto Warren Wilson Road from in front of the Chapel. Turn left onto old highway 70 at the stop sign. Pass Owen Middle School and take a left on Lake Eden Road. The second road to the right is the entrance to the field. Please sit on the bank to watch the games. Since we are borrowing the facility it is imperative that we be good stewards and stay on our best behavior. No alcohol, tobacco, or drug use, and please use the port-a-johns. Also, the rest of the PHFC campus is off-limits to guests-Do not use the hoops, volleyball court, or wander around their facility or buildings. After the matches, please exit the grounds promptly and dispose of any refuse. Thank you all for following these guidelines, and especially for your massive vocal support.  –WWC Soccer


Spanish conversation table

If you are interested in practicing your Spanish, please join the Spanish conversation table Tuesday at the Cowpie Patio. The table runs from 12-1 p.m. and is open to all students. There will be a sign on the table and a Spanish assistant there if you have any questions.


An evening of Appalachian ballads and stories

Ballad singer Bobby McMillon will be presenting an evening of traditional Appalachian stories and ballads on Wed., Sept. 1, 7-8 p.m. in Sage Café. Admission is free. The youngest recipient of the North Carolina Folk Heritage Award, Bobby McMillon is a walking encyclopedia of all things Appalachian. From his father’s family in Cocke County, Tennessee, he learned Primitive Baptist hymns and traditional stories and ballads. From his mother’s people in Yancy and Mitchell Counties, North Carolina, he heard “booger tales,” “haint tales,” and murder legends. Growing up in Caldwell County, he went to school with relatives of Tom Dula, learned their family stories, and heard ballads, gospel songs, and Carter family recordings. He has performed at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the  A.P. Carter Memorial Festival, and the National Storytelling Festival. His ballad singing was featured in the film, Songcatcher. This is part of a series of Appalachian music concerts presented by Warren Wilson’s Lyceum committee, Academic Affairs, and the Swannanoa Gathering.


Meet the candidates

Meet local Democratic party candidates and enjoy free barbecue and bluegrass on Sept. 2 at 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Lake Tomahawk Pavilion in Black Mountain.


SAFE movie night

The Student Alliance For Equality (SAFE) will be holding their first event of the year, movie night, on Thurs., Sept. 2, at 9 p.m. in Sage Cafe. The fabulous movie selection for the evening is the comedic and heartwarming tale But I’m a Cheerleader. Not only will a fabulous film be shown, but you can participate in our Best Cheerleading Costume Contest. Winner gets a fun prize! Come out for a night of entertainment, snacks, and friends!


Indonesian art and architecture

Dr. James Peaco
ck, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at UNC Chapel Hill, will speak on Fri., Sept. 3 at 9:30 a.m. in the Holden auditorium. Dr. Peacock will be discussing Indonesian art and architecture, especially Borobudur.


Low power FM benefit with Amy Goodman

Journalist Amy Goodman, host of the award-winning national daily radio/TV

program Democracy Now! will be appearing on Fri., Sept.  3 at 8 p.m. at UNC-Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium at a benefit for WPVM 103.5 FM, the new grassroots progressive low-power FM radio station in Asheville. Goodman will discuss the growing need for independent media as corporate journalism has increasingly abdicated its investigative “watchdog” role holding government and corporate power accountable to citizens and tax payers. Her talk is part of a nationwide tour for her bestselling book, The Exception to the Rulers: Exposing Oily Politicians, War Profiteers, and the Media that Love Them. The program will include an excerpt of the documentary Independent Media in a Time of War, which compares reporting from the mainstream media with that of independent journalists during the Iraq war and argues that dialogue is vital to a healthy democracy. General admission tickets to the event are $10. Tickets for students and MAIN subscribers are $5. Advance tickets to the event are available at the MAIN office at 34 Wall Street, Suite 407, in downtown Asheville. Tickets, if still available, will be sold at the door. Copies of Goodman’s book will be on sale at the event by Malaprops bookstore. A book signing will be held in the auditorium lobby after the talk. Proceeds from the event will go to support WPVM and its mission of being an independent, grassroots, progressive voice for Western North Carolina. For more information, call MAIN at 255-0182 or go to www.wpvm.org.

The Minister to Students’ Work Crew (Promoting Social Justice Programs) is working to arrange rides to UNCA. Contact Joanna Beer (ext. 4061), Melissa Bertolo, Reid Sewell (ext. 5950), or Andy Summers (ext. 3747). If you want a ticket, let one of these people know by Thurs.


WWC Theatre auditions

Auditions for the first production of the WWC season, Luigi Pirandello’s modernist classic, Six Characters in Search of an Author, will be held at 7 p.m. on Sept. 7-8, with callback auditions scheduled for Sept. 9. A copy of the play will be on reserve at the library. A large cast of at least twelve actors is needed. Casting is, of course, open to all members of the Warren Wilson community and is, of course, colorblind. Prepared audition material is welcomed but not required. Contact Graham Paul at ext. 3041 with any questions.


Warren Wilson College Chorale & Orchestra

For more information on the chorale or orchestra, contact mcrotts@warren-wilson.edu.


Our Voice volunteers

If you are interested in volunteering for Our Voice, the rape crisis center, contact Emily Durand at ext. 3992 or email edurand@warren-wilson.edu. She is trying to get enough people from campus to make carpooling in a college vehicle possible.


Staff Directory Corrections

Staff Directory Correction: Cathy Clark, home: 335-5107. Rachel Himmelheber, home: 225-4528. Name correction: Sharon Withrow (not Karen).

Email correction: Sebastian’s Matthews’ email is sebastian. For extra copies, contact Rowena Pomeroy, ext. 2070, or stop by the President’s Office.


Architect Jan Wiegman died July 30, 2004 at his Asheville home. Jan designed several campus buildings, including Ogg, Laursen, Jensen and was the final design head for the Kittredge Center. Dutch born, he graduated from University of Delft, then studied at Yale under the famous “younger” Saarinen who influenced Jan’s work. Jensen’s original classroom chairs, for example, were a Saarinen design. He did many other regional buildings, including the museum at Cherokee, N.C.


Upcoming events

Room at the Inn is on-going this week, Aug. 29 – Sept. 4. Service Learning is coordinating student participation.

Interfaith Vespers, led by Rocky Ward, begins Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. in the chapel parlor. All interested staff and students are cordially invited. Andy Summers, Minister to Students, will preach at the morning Worship Service in the chapel Sept. 12 at 11 a.m.

Israel/Palestine Sessions

David Mycoff of the English Department has recently returned from an Interfaith Peacebuilders Delegation to the Middle East, sponsored jointly by the Fellowship of Reconciliation and the Episcopal Peace Fellowship. He will conduct a series of three discussion sessions on the current situation in Israel/Palestine based on his experiences on the delegation. These sessions will be held in the Fellowship Hall, Sunday mornings, Sept. 12, 19, and 26 from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Session One: 1) Conflicting Israeli and Palestinian Historical Narratives and the Politics of Occupation.

2) Mechanisms of Occupation (checkpoints, closures,  bypass roads, settlements, “the wall”)

Session Two: Peacemaking, Justice-Seeking, Nonviolence in Israel/Palestine Session Three: The Roles of  Internationals

Homecoming service

Ellen Campbell, (’84) will preach at the Morning Worship Service in the Chapel at 11 a.m. on Octo 3. The Warren Wilson College Chapel cordially invites members of the College community to take part in these activities.


Ext. 3074

College Relations building update

The boulder wall above the patio is complete. Framing materials will be here on Fri., Sept. 3, and we will begin framing the main level on Sept 6. We will have to use the other three parking spaces closest to the College Relations building to store the wood, which was all milled within 500 miles of campus. We are also using finger-jointed studs on the interior. Finger-jointed studs, made from scraps from other construction sites, are a strong and true product. We will be drilling wells for our geothermal heat pumps soon. It will be loud so please excuse us-drilling should take us no longer than four days. The pipes inserted into the earth will provide the energy to heat and cool the building. If you want to know more about geothermal energy, visit the geothermal consortium at www.geoexchange.org.  Thank you for your patience with this project.

The Green Buzz

Greetings from the Campus Greening Crew! This years’s crew includes Julia Kernitz, Liina Laufer, Amanda Davis, and Julia York under the joint supervision of Stan Cross and Jessica Wooten. Our purpose is to encourage and develop sustainable practices on campus, monitor and maintain current greening projects, and educate our community about sustainability issues. We are your campus greening resource, so please send us your questions, ideas, and current greening initiatives at greening@warren-wilson.edu. In the coming weeks, this column will feature  stories about our c
ommunity’s diverse greening efforts and will provide information about how to live more sustainably.

Health and Counseling Center

Hey students! Did you know the Health/Counseling has a new website? There are links where you can find out anything from what to do if you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder to support groups and information about suicide. You can also learn about bipolar disorder, ADD, and alcoholism. Visit the website at www.warren-wilson.edu/~healthcenter.

We have recently discovered that Buncombe County Health Dept. dispenses emergency contraception on weekdays before 4 p.m. at no charge to full-time students. You don’t have to call first, just show up at the front desk. The Health Center can usually give you a ride if you call 6-24 hours in advance. The pills can be taken up to 72 hours after unprotected sex.

Service Learning

Ext. 3065

Ransom House

Weekly Trips

Flag Football: Starting Sept. 30 (through Nov. 18) we need three volunteers to be refs and/or scorekeepers for youth flag football at Memorial Stadium in Asheville from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Tues. and Thurs. No football knowledge/experience necessary-training is available. See Molly at ext. 3775 or Hart at ext. 4065 for more information.

Black Mountain Garden: This garden raises veggies for the Swannanoa soup kitchen, MANNA Food Bank, and other agencies in the area. Volunteers are needed to help harvest veggies and maintain veggie beds on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. The garden picks 100lbs+ of fresh veggies (tomatoes, corn, beans for summer: cabbage, and spinach in the winter) every week! Stop by the Service-Learning Office (Ransom House) or call Molly (ext. 3775) for details and directions.

Newcomers: Come tutor Latino and Ukrainian middle/high school-aged kids in ESL (English as a Second Language) on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings. You don’t even need to speak another language. Come by the SLO for more information and to sign up!

Black Mountain Center: Hang out with adults with developmental disabilities and listen to some good ole’ bluegrass music. Mondays at 7 p.m. Contact Tessa at ext. 5947 if you’re interested.

Gourmet Veggie Soup Kitchen: Cooks and servers needed to feed 80-100 people every Wed. from 11-1. Meals here are free to those who qualify and the money from those who chose to pay goes toward establishing daily care for handicapped adults in Swannanoa. Come by the Service-Learning Office for more details.

The Saturday Specials

Habitat for Humanity: We’re taking five volunteers every Saturday (starting Sept. 4) to Habitat for Humanity. Come to the SLO ASAP to sign up-spots are filling quickly!

Mountain Hopes: Do you like horses and people? Then come volunteer here and help people with various disabilities ride horses. This therapeutic program in Mars Hill needs volunteers willing to make a six-Saturday commitment to act as support clients and walk alongside the riders starting Sept. 27. Stop by the SLO if you’re interested.

One day only

Organic-fest: Sat., Sept. 11- Big Asheville celebration of everything organic! Food, music, and fun! Volunteers needed to work half-day shifts selling raffle tickets, face painting, clowning, working the children’s tent, among other duties. Come to the SLO to sign up. Now!


Ext. 3057

2nd floor Dodge

Now is the time to pull out your wonderful photos from recent adventures abroad! The WorldWide office will be gathering these for our annual cross cultural photo contest. The deadline is Sept. 10. Please contact Sharon Withrow, ext. 3057, or email worldwide@warren-wilson.edu for more information.

Reminder to all Spring ’04 WorldWide course participants: All assignments should have been turned in by this point, and grade assignments are due in the registrar’s office by the end of this week.

Applications for Semester II study abroad programs (semester-length programs in Spring 2005) are due Sept. 15 in the WorldWide Office. WorldWide-qualified students who are interested in studying for one semester in Germany, France, Mexico, BorderLinks (Mexico and U.S.), London, Japan or Korea should contact Naomi Otterness in the WorldWide office, ext. 3057 or ext. 3783, as soon as possible to schedule an appointment.

If you were placed on a WorldWide course tentative list for a Semester II with summer break travel to Malta, Greece, Germany, Mexico or Alaska, you will be receiving a WorldWide application in your campus box by the

end of this month. Please return the completed application to our office with your $50 application fee by Sept. 15 to secure the spot in the spring WorldWide course. A final sign-up period for remaining places on these spring WorldWide courses will be announced at the end of September.

Returned WorldWide travelers, please stop by the WorldWide office to share photos from your recent travels. We would love to use student photos in Warren Wilson publications or on our website.

On the air

Tune in to “Conversations” on WCQS (88.1 FM) from 6-7 p.m. Sept. 15 to hear Dean of Admission Richard Blomgren and his counterpart from UNCA. They will discuss the admissions process and the recognition of the two schools in Fiske and other guidebooks.

Hooray for . . .

Paul Magnarella (Peace Studies), who served as guest editor of a special issue of the Oriental Anthropologist devoted to “Asian and African Perspectives on Human Rights” and published at the University of Allahabad, India. Paul also wrote the Introduction to the special issue and contributed an article entitled “Universalism versus Exceptionalism: Human Rights and the Asian Values Critique.” Other contributors were from The Sudan, Kenya, Japan, India, China and the United States.

Phil Jamison, whose paper “Square Dance Calling: The African-American Connection,” has just been published in the Journal of Appalachian Studies.

Everyone who participated in Service Day this year! We had over 340 volunteers doing 2040 hours of service at Carrier Park. Imagine: it would have taken five park employees working eight hours a day for 51 days to complete the amount of work we did!

Thanks . . .

Tom LaMuraglia and the LaMuraglia family would like to thank the campus community for all the condolences at the passing of Tom’s father.


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