Warren Wilson College News

WWC This Week – September 14, 2004 Vol. 8 No. 8

Contact: John Bowers

September 14,  2004     Vol. 8   No. 8

Community News

Thanks to everyone in the WWC community for working together as the campus recovers from last week’s flood. Water system and weather-related updates will continue to be distributed through the All-l email list and on the Inside page. We will also keep watch on Hurricane Ivan as it makes landfall later this week and send out notices as necessary.


Five WWC freshman complete twelve-day 3D expedition

The expedition explored the ecology and cultures of the local Appalachian region before moving on to urban Atlanta and rediscovering the tremendous legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. The participants, Emily Brigham, Richard Goerwitz, Baldwin Saer, Jen Smith and Shannon Waldron, had an incredibly fun and educational experience. Some of the highlights of the expedition were

a morning of fun and climbing with Ed Raiola and Marty O’Keefe on the Alpine Tower;

backpacking in the Shining Rock Wilderness;

exploring Cherokee where visiting the museum and interactive workshops with Jerry Wolf and Freeman Owl helped the students understand more of the Cherokee culture and their connection to their own culture;

two days of paddling and camping on the Wild and Scenic Chattooga River;

a mask-making and performance workshop with Gateway Theatre in Atlanta;

delving into Atlanta’s King Center;  

and a workshop with internationally renowned poet, Glenis Redmond, where all the students created powerful personal praise poems.

For more information on this program, visit www.3dlifeadventures.org.


Family Weekend Schedule

Friday, September 17

8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Families are invited to visit classes and work sites. There will be a Service Day slide show in the Ransom House.

2:30 p.m.  Panel Discussion – Jensen Lecture Hall. A discussion panel of poets focusing on the most recent Heartstone’s theme-environment and Social Justice.  

4:30 p.m.  Women’s Soccer vs. Palm Beach Atlantic University at the Presbyterian Home for Children Soccer Field.

7:30 p.m.  Heartstone Poets Reading in Kittredge Theatre. Come half an hour early to listen to Warren Wilson musicians.

Saturday, September 18  

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Annual Fall Field Day at the College Farm.

8:30 – 10 a.m. Open house at the Farm – Visit the cattle and the pigs. Enjoy some hot coffee and muffins.

8:30 – 10:30 a.m. World Wide Wraps – pancakes and omelettes  - Lower Gladfelter Patio. Enjoy the music of President Doug Orr and friends. The WorldWide office will have a cross-cultural photo display.

9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Gossman Cannon Adventure Laboratory – Participate in a group building experience on our Alpine Tower with Outdoor Leadership professors Ed Raiola and Marty O’Keefe.

10:30 a.m. Renowned poet and performer Glenis Redmond will entertain families, students and friends in Canon Lounge.

1 – 2 p.m.  Guatemala/Mexico Presentation in Canon Lounge. Students and group leader Andy Summers, Minister to Students, will give an overview of their experience and learning about the cycles of military and economic violence in Mexico and Guatemala.

3 – 3:45 p.m. Build a Sundae on a Saturday – Chapel front steps. The Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church and College Chapel invites you to enjoy some ice cream prior to the musical performance.

4 p.m. Musical Ensemble Highlights Performance – Chapel.  The Warren Wilson Music Department will present a concert that will feature selections by the Warren Wilson College Chorale, Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble.

8 p.m. Music WWC Style – students and families take the stage in Sage Cafe.

Sunday, Sept. 19

11 a.m. Worship Service at the College Chapel.


United Way campaign

WWC employees will soon receive United Way materials in campus mail box. The delay in distributing these materials is another small effect of the recent flood. The flood is also a graphic example of all of us suddenly being in need of a very basic material-water. We also have seen how many people have worked to help all of us in our need. The United Way through your support does this 365 days a year.

Fact: In each of the last three years, less than one third of the people working and serving at WWC have given to United Way.


Submit to Pulp

Pulp’s new zine, Reduced to a Pulp, is now accepting submissions (writing, artwork etc). Drop off submissions in the folder outside of the PULP office in lower Gladfelter or email them to pulp@warren-wilson.edu. The deadline is Sept. 16. Each zine will be themed. This issue’s theme is microfiction (500 words or less).


At Holden Art Gallery

The show “Distance 2 Passage” is opening at Holden Art Center on Mon., Sept. 13 and will run through Nov. 7. The show is comprised of the works of two artists, Dorothy Alessi and Nicole Jacobs. The art involves painted doors that have a found object quality to them. The official reception will be during Homecoming on Sat., Oct. 2 from 3-6 p.m. Nicole Jacobs, who graduated from WWC in 1999 as an art major, has since gotten an MFA at the Savannah College of Art and Design.


Staff Forum

Staff Forum will meet Wed., Sept. 15 at 4 p.m. in Canon Lounge.


Modern Languages movie night

The Modern Languages Department, in collaboration with S.A.F.E, is presenting the film Before Night Falls Wed., Sept. 15 at 6:30 p.m. in Jensen Lecture Hall. Please join us for this special event. There will be snacks a
nd beverages. All students and faculty are welcome.


Spanish conversation table

Practice your Spanish! Join the Modern Languages Department every Tuesday from 12-1 p.m. at our conversation table on the patio of Cowpie.


Houseplant Sale

There will be a Houseplant Sale Thurs., Sept. 16, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in front of Gladfelter. These plants are good for decorating rooms, carrying around and talking to when no one else will listen. The possibilities are endless.


The Woman’s Belly Book

There will be a reading and workshop with Lisa Sarasohn, author of The Woman’s Belly Book: Finding your treasure within on Thurs., Sept. 16 at 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the WWC Campus Store. For more information contact the WWC Campus Store at ext. 3024.


Crafting A Voice for Social Justice-A Panel of Heartstone Poets

Join poets David Budbill, Thomas Rain Crowe, Marie Harris and Glenis Redmond as they discuss the ways in which the art of poetry intersects with their views on social justice. The panel, moderated by Sebastian Matthews, will be Fri., Sept. 17 at 2:30 p.m., in the Jensen Lecture Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

That night, the Heartstone poets will present an evening of music and poetry beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Kittredge Theatre. The Kittredge lobby will open for book sales and live music begins at 6:45 p.m. A book signing will follow the reading. Call ext. 3006 for more information on this free event, which is sponsored by the Environmental Leadership Center, Dean of Students Office, the Lyceum Committee, and Rivendell - a place-based journal.


Fall Field Day

On Sat., Sept. 18 the WWC horse crew will be hosting the 6th annual Fall Field Day. There will be horse plowing, disking, wagon rides, logging competition, bluegrass and barbecue. Admission is $3 per person. Students, parents and faculty are free. The rain date is the following weekend. Hope to see you there!


Natural Science Seminar

On Sept. 20, Kesi Stoneking will present The Effect of Growing Conditions on Essential Oil Composition of Sweet Basil (Ocimum basilicum)” at 4 p.m. Her mentor is Dr. Dean Kahl and Dr. John Brock. At 4:30 p.m., Samantha Sizemore will present “Determination of Total Mercury in Lake Julian Fish and Sediment.” Her mentor is Dr. Victoria Collins. All are invited to attend.


Graduate school meeting

There will be an informational meeting on  Mon., Sept. 20 for those interested in pursuing a graduate degree in the natural and physical sciences. The meeting will be at 5 p.m. in Jensen auditorium, immediately following the Natural Science Seminar presentations. All science students are encouraged to attend, especially current juniors and seniors. Pizza and treats will be provided.


Gaining People, Losing Ground

The Global Studies Department presents “Gaining People, Losing Ground,” a presentation by Werner Fornos, President of the Population Institute on Mon., Sept. 20, 7 p.m., in Canon Lounge. Fornos, winner of the 2003 United Nations Population Award, has been the President of the Population Institute since 1982. He has addressed virtually every major international population forum since the 1974 World Population Conference in Bucharest – including the 1984 International Conference on Population in Mexico City and the 1994 Conference on Population and Development in Cairo. He is the United Nations representative of the International Council on the Management of Population Programs and the author of the book, Gaining People, Losing Ground.


Panther in Africa

The local premier of Panther in Africa, a documentary film about Pete O’Neal, former head of the Black Panther Party in Kansas City, will be shown at 7 p.m., Sept. 22 in Canon Lounge. The film discusses O’Neal’s self-imposed exile in Africa since 1970 and the community work he and his wife Charlotte are doing in Embaseni village, Tanzania. Paul Magnarella, O’Neal’s attorney and Director of Peace Studies, will introduce the film and discuss the legal issues associated with O’Neal’s exile. The showing is free and open to the public. Panther in Africa will also be aired on PBS, Sept. 25 at 11 p.m.


Festival on the Field

Sell your handmade crafts at Homecoming during Festival on the Field, Sat., Oct. 2. Students, faculty/staff and other members of the Warren Wilson community are invited to display and sell their handmade crafts and foods (pottery, furniture, knit scarves and hats, jellies and jams, baked goods… just about anything you can think of!) to friends and alumni during the Homecoming soccer games (12-4:30 p.m.). Any profits are yours to keep; donations to the Annual Fund will be graciously accepted. Registration deadline is Fri., Sept. 24. For more information, see Shannon Senn in Laursen-203, call ext. 2042, or email ssenn@warren-wilson.edu.


Recycled Notebooks & Bags

The WWC Campus Bookstore is now selling recycled notebooks & bags made by the Recycling Crew from your trash. The notebooks & journals are made from recycled paper and old books, and the “Trash Bagz” are made from ripped up clothes and scrap cloth. You can help close the recycling loop on campus and look fashionably awesome at the same time. Shop at the Bookstore for Trash Bagz & Books.


College Archives’ extended hours

During Sept. and Oct. the College Archives will extend their hours on Thursdays from noon-4 p.m. This is in addition to the regular hours – Mondays: 1-5 and Wednesdays: 9-noon and 1-5.


Church Shuttle

Are you interested in going to church on Sunday morning but don’t have a ride? John Peterson can get you to most worshipping communities in Asheville or the surrounding area within a fifteen to twenty minute dri
ve of WWC. Call John at ext. 5917 by 10 p.m. Saturdays if you want a ride.


Asheville Symphony

The Asheville Symphony is offering discounted tickets for students in advance and $6 rush tickets 15 minutes before each concert. Visit www.ashevillesymphony.org for more information.



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.

Homecoming service

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

Environmental Leadership Center

Ext. 3006

Lower Sunderland

New Green Calendar project

The ELC is developing a “Green Calendar” which will be the main source of information about environmental events in Western NC. This calendar will be posted on www.main.nc.us (The Community Network for Western North Carolina) as well as the ELC of Warren Wilson College website www.warren-wilson.edu/~elc/. We have put together a rough first copy, but we need your help. If you are aware of any upcoming environmental events such as conferences, workshops, festivals, etc., please contact ccochran@warren-wilson.edu so we can update the calendar. We are very excited about this new endeavor and look forward to its growth!

Support for EcoTeam

The ELC is pleased to announce the award of a generous grant from the Charles and Mary Grant Foundation of the JP Morgan Private Bank in New York in support of its EcoTeam program. This honorable support will help keep the EcoTeam program viable and ensure Warren Wilson students the

opportunity to teach 3rd graders in Buncombe County and to help train students at other colleges in the southeast to teach EcoTeam lessons.

The Green Buzz

Environmental practices in unexpected places

Featuring: The Art Department

As students and teachers, we often find ourselves talking about social and environmental problems, but less often do we put our ideas into everyday practice. However, Warren Wilson’s Art Department is a shining example of putting theory into action with diverse sustainability practices. Instead of purchasing lumber, wood from the college sawmill is used for woodcarving relief printing and recycled wood from the college woodshop is used to construct equipment. Paper consumption is reduced by using old telephone books, library books, clothes, sheets and garden waste to make paper and for bookbinding. The Art Department follows stringent environmental values in the materials they use and the disposal of waste products. To reduce pollution and health risks, vegetable oil is used instead of mineral spirits, natural clay is used for a dye instead of toxic pigments, and non-toxic material is used for Intaglio printing. Acids and bases used in the paper making process are carefully neutralized before they are discarded and clay and fibers are filtered out from water before it is drained. To reduce the consumption of commercially-mined clay, the 3D department recycles clay and occasionally digs native clay. The Photography Department is particularly conscious of water usage; the use of resin coated paper in the Photography I class rather than fiber paper cuts down on water use, and in times of drought, the Department is known to reuse the water from the film development process by putting it in buckets in bathrooms for toilet flushing. These simple modifications made by the teachers and students in the Art Department, when combined, make a significant difference in lowering the environmental impact of our campus.

Outdoor Programs

All events and trips are open to the WWC Community.

Tuesday night outdoor movie series – 8 p.m. in Jensen Lecture Hall.

Wednesday nights

8 p.m. – Climbing wall open in Bryson

9 p.m. – Roll practice at the pool. We have the boats, paddles, and skirts.

Thursday afternoon adventures. Call the OP office at ext. 2040 for details.

Friday afternoon paddle session for intermediate boaters. Locations change weekly depending on water levels. Call OP Office to learn more. Depart from boat shed at 4:15 p.m.

Weekend Adventures

Sat. 9/18 – Family Weekend – Check with the Outdoor Leadership Dept. to sign you and your parents up for a morning adventure on the Alpine Tower.

Fri.9/24 – Sun. 9/26 – Shining Rock

Backpacking Weekend. If you’ve ever heard of Black Balsam, Flower Gap or Shining Rock this is the area. Grassy balds and 360 degree views.

Sign-up is required for all weekend programs. For any information or to sign up for upcoming events call the Outdoor

Programs office at ext. 2040 or email outdoors@warren-wilson.edu.

Gear Checkout

If you are planning a personal trip, gear and information are available in the OP Office. Gear available for checkout includes backpacks, sleeping bags/pads, tents, maps, etc. Gear checkout is open Thurs. 1-4 p.m., and Fri. 1-5 p.m. The Outdoor Programs Office is located in DeVries Gym.

Service Learning

Ext. 3065

Ransom House

Weekly Trips

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 Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday mornings. The garden produces over 100 pounds of fresh veggies (tomatoes, corn, beans for summer: cabbage, and spinach in the winter) every week! Rides are available two mornings a week, or we can give you directions to get there on your own! Stop by the Service-Learning Office (Ransom House) or call Molly (ext. 3775) for details and directions.  

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

Gourmet Veggie Soup Kitchen: Cooks and servers needed to feed 80-100 people every Wednesday from 11-1. Meals here are free to those who qualify and the money from those who choose to pay goes toward establishing daily care for handicapped adults in Swannanoa. Come by the Service-Learning Office for more details or call Emma at ext. 5642.

Flag Football: Call Hart if you want to be a cheering fan, a backup score-keeper or ref for youth flag football-held at Memorial Stadium in Asheville from 5:30-8:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays Sept. 30 – Nov 18. No football knowledge/experience necessary. Call Molly (ext. 3775) or Hart (ext. 4065) for more information, or come by Service Learning.

We will start a weekly trip to AHOPE shelter in Asheville on Wednesdays starting September 22.

Saturday Specials

Build wheelchair ramp modules for Mountain Housing Opportunities in their warehouse.  Trip goes out Saturday, Sept. 18 from Service Learning. Come by or call ext. 3775 to sign up.

Do trail work for North Carolina Arboretum Saturday, Sept. 25. Sign up in Service Learning.

Vans will leave for the Big Sweep river cleanup Sept. 26, 1-5 p.m.  Sign up in Service Learning.

Mountin’ Hopes: Mountin Hopes is a therapeutic riding program that matches riders with certain disabilities with side walkers for hour-long sessions stretching over six weeks. As a volunteer, you would side walk the horses and work with the same clients each week. This program in Mars Hill needs volunteers willing to make a six-Saturday commitment starting October 2. There will also be another session starting up in November.  Service Learning will provide transportation for the fall session. The car will leave at 8 a.m. and return by 1 p.m.  Stop by the SLO if you’re interested.

Service Orientations available on campus

Big Brother Big Sister

Come to Ransom Service Learning House Wednesday, Sept. 15  at 4:30 p.m. if you are interested in serving as a big brother or big sister. There are opportunities on campus, opportunities for traditional matches, and also opportunities to serve as a mentor in the schools. For more information come to Ransom Wednesday and meet with the program coordinator.

Interested in Homeless issues in Asheville?  There will be an orientation session with Hospitality House at the Fish bowl from 5-6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 16. We will start a weekly trip to AHOPE Shelter on Wednesdays Sept. 22. See Juan Holladay or come by Ransom for more information.

Coming soon

Information on sign-up for fall break trips. Look for the new potty papers or come talk to Debra at the SLO.

Student Activities

Reinventing Mayhem

Are you an artist, a poet, a writer, hobbit or space cowboy? Do you love music? The arts? On Wed., Sept. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in Sage Cafe, we will be meeting to discuss the make-over of Mayhem-the possibility of turning our annual music festival into a visual and performing arts feast. If you are a performer of any kind, you should not miss this meeting. This is your opportunity to shake the world up a little. We need your voice, your ideas, your energy.


Ext. 3057

2nd floor Dodge

We are still accepting photos for the cross-cultural photo contest, which we hope to have ready by Family Weekend. This contest is open to all students, faculty, staff, and volunteers. Please bring your photos by the WorldWide office or contact Mandi Bilyk at ext. 3053 or worldwide@warren-wilson.edu for more information.

The Guatemala-Mexico WorldWide travelers gave a wonderful presentation last week to a large crowd of interested folks in Canon lounge. Annika, Matthew, Marisol, Amy, Natasha, Melina, Aleia, and Kristin-thank you so much for sharing from the wealth of your impressions, unforgettable moments, journal entries, photos, slides, and music from your Term 4 Intercultural Studies WorldWide course with Andrew Summers last spring. We also thank Beth Evans (’79) and Juan Holladay for their contributions.

There will be a meeting for ’05-’06 WorldWide course leaders on Monday, October 4 at 4:00 p.m. in the Dodge Conference Room.

Reminder! If you were placed on a WorldWide course tentative list for Semester II with summer travel to Malta, Greece, Germany, Alaska, or Mexico, you must return your completed application and $50 application fee to the WorldWide office by September 15. If you do not submit your application and fee by this deadline, you will lose your reserved space in the course. A final sign-up period for remaining places on these spring WorldWide courses will be announced in late September.

Applications for Semester II study abroad programs (semester-length programs in Spring 2005) are due September 15 in the WorldWide Office. Please contact Naomi Otterness at ext. 3783 for more information.

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 . . .

The following people on the dining crew for handling the dinner detail with no water: Will Storey, Matt Walker, Laura Wyrsch, Esther Hillerman, Gabe Haynes, Mickey Partlow, Mike Gay, and Eden.

Samantha Davis, Mei Mah and Joy Pastucha, who were awarded a grant from the ACA Central Library under the New TiLTS (Techniques in Library Technical Services) program to implement a training program this fall for their student workers. The purpose is to improve the quality of student work, encourage a broader sense of how students’ technical services work fits into total library operation, offer value-added training to complement academic studies, and encourage retention.


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