Warren Wilson College News

WWC This Week – September 21, 2004

Contact: John Bowers

September 21,  2004     Vol. 8   No. 9


Although not claiming total victory over Ivan as the Communist Party did in Cuba, the College weathered the storm reasonably well considering the damage and tragedy it caused elsewhere.

Much of the credit for that should go to the numerous staff and students who were heavily involved in storm preparations, and to all those who looked out for others and well as for themselves.

Classes were canceled on Friday, but many students were able to report to their work crews that day and make a substantial contribution to cleanup/recovery efforts. And most Family Weekend events were held as scheduled.

Toppled trees did do extensive damage to two houses on Northwest Lane and lesser harm to one on Cabin Hill, but there was no significant flood damage thanks in large part to the sandbagging that was done in various locations on campus. The happiest news of all is that no injuries have been reported at the College as a result of Ivan’s fury in blowing through the area the night of Sept. 16.

Black Mountain recorded nearly 11½ inches of rain from Ivan, causing the Swannanoa River to jump its banks as it did the previous week. Yet through it all at least one road into campus remained open, and the river crested on campus several hours after daybreak on Friday. Electricity and phone service at the college were restored about 12-14 hours after interruption; the network server wasn’t far behind. And unlike the previous week, the campus never lost water service.

You may hear chainsaws and other machinery for a while in the storm’s aftermath, but clearly the college can lay claim to at least partial victory in its latest struggle with the force of nature.

–Ben Anderson


Cycling Owls debut

The Cycling Owls made their debut as the team shot into the first race of the 2004 fall season with excellent results. Hosted by Cumberland University near Nashville, Tennessee, the picturesque serenity of the lakeside park was shattered by the ferocity of screaming fans and clanking cranks for the race weekend of Sept. 11 and 12. Recounting memorable moments is best done in pictures, and Ryan Morra’s face was definitely one not easily forgotten as he pumped his way past numerous foes and friends on the short track on Saturday. His face was one of pure concentration, his mind seemingly oblivious to the sweat, dirt, and cheering fans as he went by with near inhuman speed. Kylie Krauss also had a great day, finishing second in women’s B-class Paige Heron’s performance also told an incredible story, one of sheer performance that pushed him past all opposition, and leading to champion status of the men’s B-class short track at the first race event of his life. Sunday was double the intensity, with the cross country race being held on a dangerously fast and twisting route, causing multiple incidents of riders prematurely ejecting from their seats. This did not faze the team one bit as Addy, as expected, took first place in women’s A-class, with strong efforts from all other members from the team as well.


Jewish Day of Atonement

Yom Kippur is Sat., Sept. 25. The Jewish Day of Atonement is a day of fasting, reflecting, and focusing, and it ends the 10- day repentance period since Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year. There will be carpool rides available to both Beth Israel, the conservative synagogue and Beth HaTephila, the reform synagogue on Friday night and Saturday in Asheville. A sign up sheet for service carpooling is on the Spiritual Life bulletin board in Lower Glad. There will be a break-the-fast meal on campus at 7 p.m. Please RSVP if you are planning to attend the “Break-Fast” to Beth Eckstein at 299-1983.


Natural Science Seminar

On Sept. 27, Cayce Canfield will present “Chemical Analysis of the Pigeon River: Past and Present” at 4 p.m. Her mentor is Dr. Victoria P. Collins. All are invited to attend.


Panther in Africa

The Asheville 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 at WWC, 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.


Warren Wilson Political Fair 2004

All are invited to join college campuses around the country on Thurs., Sept. 23 for the National Day of Action. This is an opportunity for every citizen to learn more about the political process and the November election. Have you ever wondered how the Electoral College works? Have you ever wondered what the third party candidates are all about? Find out at the Warren Wilson Political Fair in Canon Lounge from 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursday.


Fall Field Day

On Sat., Sept. 25 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!


Beebe reading

WWC’s creative writing program is hosting the Beebe Fellow reading on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m. at Canon Lounge. Beebe Fellow Valerie Bandura and Warren Wilson Instructor Selah Saterstrom will be reading from recent work.


At the Warren Wilson Store  

The Warren Wilson Store in downtown Asheville will have an opening on October 1 from 5-8 p.m. featuring the photography of Bill Mosher and sculpture of Donna Price. This is also the last downtown gallery crawl of the season. So come fill up on art!


At Holden Art Gallery

The show “Distance 2 Passage” is on display at Holden Art Center through Nov. 7. The show is comprised of the works of two artists, Dorothy Alessi and Nicole Jacobs ’99. The official reception will be during Homecoming on Sat., Oct. 2 from 3-6 p.m. Nicole Jacobs, a WWC graduate, has since earned an MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design.


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.


Homecoming registration

Homecoming is October 1-3, and everyone is invited to take part in the festivities! As in the past, the alumni office is looking for faculty and staff who would like to help with registration on Friday and Saturday of Homecoming. Contact us at alumni@ warren-wilson.edu or ext. 2046 and let us know if you can help out during any of the following times: Friday, October 1 – 10 a.m.-noon, noon-2 p.m., 4:30-7 p.m.; Saturday, October 2 – 9-10 a.m., 10-11 a.m., 11-noon,


United Way needs you

Because of United Way’s consolidated fund-raising efforts, more money is actually getting to people who need help. United Way volunteers like J Clarkson make sure the money raised is used for critical needs. These volunteers study the community’s needs and establish a priority system based. Dollars are then distributed according to priorities so funds go where they are needed most. The most effective gift is one that brings the community together to address the needs that exist.


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 drive of WWC. Call John at ext. 5917 by 10 p.m. Saturdays if you want a ride.


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.


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.


Blood alcohol calculator

Hey Students! Have you ever wanted to know why alcohol makes you urinate so

much or if better quality liquor makes a hangover less likely? MyStudentBody.com is a great, easy-to-use resource for students to answer any of your questions related to alcohol. You can set up your own profile and find out how quickly you reach the legal blood alcohol level using the blood alcohol calculator and get advice if you’re a first year student feeling the pressures of drinking. This website can be found through the Health and Counseling Center website www.warren-wilson.edu/~healthcenter under Super Health Links.



On Sept. 26, the congregation of the First Presbyterian Church of Swannanoa will join with the Warren Wilson congregation for morning worship at 11 a.m. There will be a reception in the Fellowship Hall following the 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.


The Campus Greening Crew is in the process of reviewing and updating the Campus Greening document that was created in 2000 in order to increase awareness of the environmental sustainability projects and efforts of the Warren Wilson community. Campus Greening refers to all institutional activities that are ecologically sound, socially just and economically viable, and that will continue to be so for future generations. We are currently conducting a survey of all staff, faculty, and volunteers asking for information on the greening projects that have occurred on campus since the publication of the 2000 edition of the greening document. Please respond to the survey you receive in your mailbox. Your information is vital to our effort of compiling all of Warren Wilson’s

environmental ventures from past to present. We look forward to hearing from the community. Email questions to greening @warren-wilson.edu and view the campus greening document online by clicking “Greening” on the WWC Inside Page.


All events and trips are open to the WWC Community.

Tuesday, Sept. 21 – Take a break from your work and come watch some multi-element

Red Bull videos at 8 p.m. in the Jensen Lecture Hall.

Wednesday, Sept. 22 – Feel free to come boulder around on the climbing wall in

Bryson Gym at 8 p.m.. Roll practice begins at 9 p.m. at the pool.

Thursday, Sept. 23 – Come and join us for an afternoon of on campus hiking, climbing, and cooking at the Warren Wilson dam. Only 10 spots are available so call and reserve a one. Meet in front of DeVries gym at 4:15 p.m.

Weekend trip, Sept. 25-26 – Backpacking/Camping trip into the Shining Rock area. Call and sign up or to reserve a spot.

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.


Ext. 3065

Ransom House

New volunteer needs

Go To Goal – a grant-supported program at a local elementary school that teaches inner city African American girls to play soccer.  Two volunteers are needed to organize the girls and help them develop enthusiasm and healthy self-esteem through their involvement in sport. No soccer experience necessary.  Tuesdays and Fridays 2-5:30.

YWCA homework and gardening club Help kids with homework and work in a gardening program. Most kids need someone to listen to them read and at this time. Students could go anytime of the week and help with a variety of enrichment activities, including a garden started by a WWC student. There is also a homework club at Emma school that serves many migrant workers kids.  

Weekly Trips

AHOPE Shelter: Wednesdays starting this week!  Call Juan for info at ext. 5668.  

Black Mountain Garden: This garden raises veggies for the Swannanoa Soup Kitchen, MANNA Food Bank, and other agencies in the area. Rides are available two mornings a week.

Black Mountain Center: Help transport adults with developmental disabilities to listen to some good ole’ bluegrass music. Mondays at 7 p.m. Call Tessa, ext. 5947.

Gourmet Veggie Soup Kitchen: Wednesdays from 11-1. Come by the Service-Learning Office for more details or call Emma at 5642.

Flag Football: Call Hart (4065)  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 starting Sept. 30-Nov 18. No football knowledge/experience necessary.  

Saturday Specials

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

Service Orientations

Mountin’ Hopes: Mountin Hopes is a therapeutic riding program that matches riders with certain disabilities with side walkers for hour-long sessions
stretching out 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 6-Saturday commitment starting October 2. Stop by the SLO if you’re interested.

Training and information this Thursday, Sept. 23 from 5-6 p.m. in Gladfelter.  

Fall Break Trips

Cumberland Island National Seashore with Tom LaMuraglia  (12 people). This national seashore is 17.5 miles long and almost 36,000 acres. The nature preserve is known for its sea turtles, wild horses, shore birds, dunes, forests and marches. Students will focus their time outside on trail maintenance and invasive exotic plant removal.

Innesfree Village with Kay Codrington   (eight people). Situated on 500 acres in Crozet, Va., Innesfree Village is a life-sharing community of adults with mental disabilities.  Residents work in the bakery, garden, workshop and community center. The adults are between 24-83 years old. During the break trip, students will assist with maintenance projects, work in the garden and bakery, help prepare community lunches and have an opportunity to plan creative activities for residents.

Habitat for Humanity/ Koinonia Partners with Mike Oliphant (10 people). Travel to Americus, Ga. and work at the Habitat Headquarters. WWC will be a part of building the annual Christmas house as well as working in a new Boys and Girls Club and community center. Work includes all aspects of building construction as well as home maintenance projects.  Students will also have the opportunity to visit the Global Village where a model house demonstrates how Habitat builds around the world. Volunteers will also visit the Carter Center and Martin Luther King Center and do a day of service down the road at Koinonia Partners.

The Nature Conservancy – Tennessee with Natasha Shipman & Jonna Book (10 people).  

The Nature Conservancy protects 200,000 acres of land in Tennessee. Shady Valley has long been recognized as one of the southern Appalachian’s most ecologically important areas.  A rare remnant of the Ice Age, the 40,000-acre watershed that feeds Shady Valley was once covered by a mosaic of sphagnum/cranberry peat land bogs and white pine/hemlock forests. Continued conversion of wetlands to agriculture is probably the number one threat to the bog turtles and other rare wetland species. Work includes bog and wetland  restoration, brush clearing and trail rehabilitation. There will also be a side-project of building a kiosk that will educate people about the endangered bats in the McMinville caves.

Serve the Swannanoa Valley (6 people).   Want to stay close to home?  Here’s a great combo-trip that is right here in the valley. Buncombe Community School East – volunteers will help the garden prepare and host a Harvest Festival and be a part of a barn raising (2 days). 4-H education Center – a year-round experiential education center specializing in leadership development, the arts, environmental education, outdoor adventure, sustainable living skills, and more. Various indoor and outdoor projects (1-2 days). Earthhaven Ecovillage – a growing neo-tribal eco-village dedicated to caring for people and the earth by learning, living and demonstrating holistic, sustainable culture. Work in the organic gardens, alternative building projects and more (3-4 days).

Kleiwerks with Diana Schmitt/Brett McCall (7 people). Join this grassroots natural building organization and assist in building an adobe brick cottage. Students will be based in Barnardsville about 1 ½  hours north of Asheville. Learn perma-culture principles and appropriate deign techniques.

Sign ups for break trips will begin at 6pm at Ransom house on Sunday, Oct. 3.  First come first sign up!

The way other service opportunities work is like this:  We advertise something. If you are interested, come by, call, or email within a day or two.  We have many opportunities like Habitat, working with foster children, tutoring ESL students, etc. that require people to be committed to an entire semester. We have other things that are limited in terms of the size of the van, so there will be a sign up sheet. If something interests you, let us know as soon as possible. At this time we have 29 people tutoring, 12 working with special populations at a residential care center for foster kids, 3 going to work with a therapeutic riding program, 18 signed up for weekly habitat trips.  The list goes on and on.

Do not put off requesting information for service. There are people who need you and 799 other students!  


On Fri., Sept. 24, Elam Blackman, brother of Mira and 1995 WWC graduate, performs in Sage Cafe at 9 p.m. There will be pizza for sale, right out of our very own brick oven. You may use your debit cards for pizza too!

Acoustic and electronic bands

On Sat., Sept. 25, Hope and Anchor performs with Desperate Pilot. This show is not to be missed. This is, without a doubt, the best band in Asheville – a perfect mix of acoustic and electronic glory. Simply beautiful. Sage Cafe. 9 p.m.

Ben Lee

Ben Lee is performing during Homecomming 2004. On Sat., Oct. 2, at 9 p.m. PonyUp, from New York City, will open, followed by Ben Lee at 10 p.m. This event is being held in Sage Cafe, which is too small for the ultra-famous. Student Activities recommends getting there early. You so not want to miss this show. This is your opportunity to see Ben Lee live and for free. Questions? Comments? Ext. 3748 or www.warren-wilson.edu/~activities


Ext. 3057

2nd floor Dodge

WorldWide-qualified students may now apply for open slots on Spring 05 WorldWide courses. There are still a few open slots on a philosophy course with travel to Greece, a library science course with travel to Germany, an art course with travel to Malta, and an anthropology course with travel to Oaxaca, Mexico. Stop by the WorldWide office for more information, or check with course leaders Sally Fischer and Naomi Otterness (Greece); Chris Nugent (Germany); Dusty Benedict and Ian Robertson (Malta); or Ben Feinberg (Mexico). Students interested in the Mexico course must speak with Ben Feinberg first.

WorldWide Chile, Peru and New Zealand travelers, remember that we must have a copy of your passport on file. If you have not already done so, please bring your passport or a photocopy of your passport to the WorldWide office. Chile travelers need to bring their passports by as soon as possible.

The cross-cultural photo contest is on display in the WorldWide office. Stop by to see these wonderful photographs and vote for your favorite!

Reminder! Students may take up to 19 credit hours per semester (1 credit in excess of full load) if they are taking a WorldWide course. Students taking any additional credit hours beyond this are subject to additional tuition fees.

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


Ext. 5848


Upstairs Bryson

New Wellness classes – there are two new Wellness classes this term-Jujitsu/self defense and Flow Yoga. Jujitsu/Self-defense meets on Thursdays in Bryson from 4:30-5:45. Flow Yoga meets on Thursdays as well

in the lower fellowship hall from 4:30-5:45.

Nia class starting! Nia is a form of dance and martial arts which will be starting on Sat., Sept. 25 from 10-11 in Bryson. At this point this class is an experiment to see how much interest we get from folks. If you’ve always been wanting to do Nia show your support!

Red Moon Herbs – We now carry several tinctures from Red Moon Herbs. All

tinctures except for echinacea cost only $5 per bottle (echinacea is free). Following are the tinctures we currently carry: Immune Blend – stimulates and tones immune system, good for infections of all kinds, colds, flus, sore throats, fevers, coughs. Pain Away – muscle and nerve pain, antispasmodic, arthritis, sciatica. Sleepy Blend – nervine, insomnia, pain, nervous tension, anxiety,

headache, stress. Sunny Days – anti-depressant, nervine, calmative, mood elevator, anxiety, pain, headache, menstrual cramps, tension. Echinacea – immune system stimulant and tonic, colds, flus, infections,

sore throats, fevers. Motherwort – calmative, reproductive and heart tonic, menstrual cramps, PMS, hot flashes, tachycardia, high or low blood pressure. Skull cap – headaches, pain relief.


The Landscaping, NRC, and Public Safety crews who worked from about 11:30 p.m. Thursday night until 2:30 a.m. Friday morning – during the strongest rains and winds of the storm – clearing downed trees from campus roads.

Fall break service trip leaders Kay Codrington, Jonna Book, Natasha Shipman, Tom LaMuraglia, Mike Oliphant, Stephanie Ruth, and Diana Schmitt & Brett McCall. We commend your interest, enthusiasm and exceptional volunteer spirit!

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.

Evan Wantland and Brett McCall for their Ultimate team’s third place finish at the NC Sectional Championships. The Asheville Green Man team ended the weekend with a 5-2 record, losing to one of the top four teams in the country.

Paul Magnarella (Peace Studies), who has  contributed a chapter entitled “The Consequences of the War Crimes Tribunals and an International Criminal Court for Human Rights in Transitioning Societies” to the book-Human Rights and Societies in Transition-edited by Horowitz and Schnabel and published by the United Nations University Press (2004, pp. 119-140).

Thanks to the many people – both students and staff – who worked on Friday and over the weekend to repair the storm damage to our house. We really appreciate your wonderful response!  - Pat and Bruce Willever


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