Warren Wilson College News

WWC This Week – October 5, 2004 Vol. 8 No. 11

Contact: John Bowers

October 5,  2004     Vol. 8   No. 11

Community News

ELC receives grant for EcoTeam program

The Environmental Leadership Center has received a $20,000 grant from the Charles M. and Mary D. Grant Foundation to support the center’s expanding EcoTeam program. EcoTeam is a third grade, science-based environmental education curriculum that correlates with the N.C. Standard Course of Study and national educational standards. Supervised by Environmental Leadership Center educators, WWC students have delivered EcoTeam to more than 4,500 third graders in two school systems from its pilot site in Buncombe County. “Now, with the generous support of the Grant Foundation, EcoTeam is poised to expand its influence throughout the Southeast in partnership with The Jane Goodall Institute’s Root & Shoots program,” ELC Education Coordinator Stan Cross said. Roots & Shoots is The Jane Goodall Institute’s global, environmental and humanitarian program for people of all ages. The EcoTeam curriculum is a seven-lesson series of inquiry-based science lessons linked to overarching ecological concepts. Classroom teachers observe EcoTeam lessons and then lead the application phase involving students in community-based service projects that are provided by Roots & Shoots. “EcoTeam builds partnerships between higher education and local elementary schools, and trains college students to teach effective multidisciplinary, ecology-based environmental education,” Cross said. “The program responds to the challenge of        The Belgrade Charter, adopted by the United Nations in 1976: ‘to develop a world population that is aware of, and concerned about, the environment and its associated problems, and which has the knowledge, skills, attitudes, motivations and commitment  to work individually and collectively toward solutions of current problems and the prevention of new ones.’”

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The Well wants your nonfiction

The Well, Warren Wilson’s creative nonfictional print magazine and website, is now accepting submissions for their fall semester publication. The fall issue will be based loosely on the theme Wasting Time. Submission is due by Halloween. Submit your piece or pieces on disk in Word/Rich text format or four hard copies to The Well office in Lower Glad. For questions call ext. 3746 or email well@warren-wilson.edu. Visit the Well at www.warren-wilson.edu/~well.

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Student library requests

The library staff reminds individual students that they can suggest books for the library by filling out the printed request form at the Reference Desk or completing a request at the electronic suggestion box located on

the lower left of the library home page. Student groups can request materials (books, dvds/videos) relevant to their group purposes for library purchase as well by consulting with librarian Joy Pastucha (ext. 3063 or jpastuch@warren-wilson.edu).

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On-Campus Housing Available

Over the next several weeks the following unit will become available: 118 North Lane (Bleeker), one bedroom, one bath, $ 258.38 rent. If you are interested in applying for this residence, please complete a housing application (available in the Business/Human Resources Office). Occupants of this campus unit will be required to pay a $200 security deposit, and $200 pet deposit, if applicable, and be responsible for 100% of the utilities. Application deadline is Tues., Oct. 12 at 5 p.m. If you are applying for campus housing, and feel that you have special circumstances that you would like to present before the Personnel Advisory Committee, please contact Gail Baylor at ext. 2048.

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Clean-Up Buckets and Health Kits

The congregation at the Chapel is filling clean-up buckets and health kits to aid in disaster relief efforts. We invite the WWC community to join in these efforts. Following is a list of items needed to fill each type of kit. Whatever you can do will be greatly appreciated. Clean-up buckets consist of the following: 5 scouring pads, 1 scrub brush, 18 cleaning towels (reusable like hand-wipes), 7 sponges, 50 oz. of dry laundry detergent, 12 oz. of a household disinfectant (liquid, not spray), 28 oz. of a disinfectant dish soap, 50 clothespins, 100 feet clothesline, 5 packages of dust masks, 2 pairs of latex gloves, 1 pair of work gloves, 24-bag roll of 33-45 gallon trash bags, 6-14 oz. of insect repellent (drops or lotion, not aerosol). The above kits cost about $45 total to fill. Health Kits are another kind of kit that we are attempting to fill. These consist of the following: 1 hand towel, 1 washcloth, 1 comb, 1 metal nail file/nail clipper, 1 bar of soap, 1 toothbrush, 1 tube of toothpaste, 6 Band-Aids. The church will package these items in one-gallon plastic bags. Any help would be appreciated and welcome; cash donations are also accepted. Call Jan at ext. 2097 with any questions.

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Welcome Deborah

Please welcome Deborah Aylesworth, WWC’s new purchasing supervisor. If Deborah looks familiar she has been filling the position temporary though Snelling Personnel Services while we were conducting a search for the regular position. She decided she liked the position and the college and applied for it. Deborah is a Certified Financial Planner and has an Associate of Arts Degree in Accounting from St. Petersburg College. Deborah and her husband, Harry, owned HDA Service Corporation based out of Little Switzerland, N.C. from 1981 to 2003, which was a 10 office securities broker/dealer. You may reach Deborah at ext. 3750.

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Dish recovery extravaganza a success

Student Caucus, Roots and Shoots, and Social Justice Crew collaborated with about 15 students last Tuesday night to do two things: get people to register to vote, and to recover dishes people kept in the dorms that belonged to Cowpie and Gladfelter. The tally is as follows: 50 cups, 13 mugs, 17 plates, nine bowls, 45 forks, 13 knives, and 54 spoons. It was a small success – there is still a lot missing, so please bring your dishes back. Both Gladfelter and especially the Cowpie are in need of these dishes! Thanks to all those who helped and all those who returned items!

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Fall Concert

WWC Chorale and Orchestra will have their Fall concert on Tues., Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. in the College Chapel. Admission is free.

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Be hip to Tuesday

On Oct. 5 Will McDowell ’95, Program Director with People to People International, will talk on the global relations perspective of the election in the Fishbowl at lunch. On Oct. 12 Patsy Keever, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives meets you in Canon Lounge at 6 p.m. On Oct. 26 there will be a Roundtable discussion of media issues and the election in the Fishbowl over lunch. Election Day is Nov. 2. Stay tuned for more events from the Swingers.

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Unitarian Universalists meeting

Starting this Wed., Oct. 6, the Unitarian Universalists on campus will be convening to share in spirituality, community, social justice and more. If you want to be a part of this come and join us. We will be meeting in the Rocking Chair room at 8:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome, Unitari
an or otherwise.

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Fall board meeting

Members of the Board of Trustees will be on campus for their fall meeting, Oct. 7-9. The Board will have their committee meetings in the Library on Friday morning, will be hosted by students for lunch, and continue their plenary sessions Friday afternoon and Saturday morning in Canon Lounge. Please welcome them on campus.

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Natural Harvest Foods Presents Journey to Japan

On Sat. Oct. 9 Join the Natural Harvest Foods for a night of good food, art and entertainment beginning at 5:30 p.m. Limited seating available. To reserve a seat call 689-9200, 231-4832, or email Marc Williams at italmon@hotmail.com by Oct. 1. Natural Harvest Foods, LLC. Is a catering company located outside Mars Hill, NC.

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Midnight Library hours for week 8

The library will remain open until midnight Oct. 10-14 to accommodate students completing end-of-the-term projects or studying for exams.

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Zulia Mena and Amy Morris to speak

On Mon., Oct. 11, Zulia Mena and Amy Morris will speak at WWC at 7 p.m. in Canon Lounge. They will also be available to speak in classes. Zulia Mena is Colombia’s first Afro-Colombian congresswoman from the Choco region of northern Colombia. She will describe the impact of $3 billion dollars in mostly military aid to Colombia’s repressive military on the Colombian people. Ms. Mena was born and raised in the northwestern Colombian province of Choco and has been active in the struggle for Afro-Colombian and women’s rights in Colombia for nearly her entire life. Amy Morris will serve as interpreter for Zulia Mena. Amy is a member of the Witness for Peace International Team in Colombia. She works with a wide variety of Colombian civil society organizations, conducting research about the effects of U.S. military and drug policy in Colombia and leading delegations of interested US citizens throughout the country. Witness for Peace is a politically independent grassroots organization committed to nonviolence and led by faith and conscience. The WfP mission is to support peace, justice and sustainable economies in the Americas by changing U.S. policies and corporate practices that contribute to poverty and oppression in Latin America. Andy Summers is the Chairperson of the WFP National Board of Directors. Teachers interested in scheduling Zulia Mena and Amy Morris for a class on Oct. 11 or the morning of Oct. 12 are invited to contact Andy at ext. 3747.

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Community music classes

Wayne Erbsen will be offering community evening classes at WWC in beginning clawhammer banjo, beginning fiddle, beginning mandolin and intermediate old-time and bluegrass band starting Oct. 19. For more information contact Wayne Erbsen at banjo@ nativeground.com, or 299-7031.

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United Way update

The rate of gift returns is greater than last year at this time. Even though the campaign officially ends Oct. 22, it is not too early to send in your pledge. Remember that you can designate which program or programs you wish to support with your gift. Since last year Buncombe County has lost Steelcase and Square D as major industries. We all need to do a bit extra to help United Way reach its goal without gifts from these two major employers.

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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.

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Lake Eden Arts Festival discounts

The Lake Eden Arts Festival is offering discount tickets for the WWC community. Visit http://www.theleaf.com/fallnews04_warren_wilson.html to order your tickets for the fall festival, Oct. 15-17.

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Harwood-Cole Memorial Lecture

On Sat. Nov. 6, at 4 p.m. you will have the chance to go on a journey that is artistic, academic and personal in nature with your guide David Novak, storyteller, actor, and professor. Novak is, as Texas storyteller Jeanine Pasini-Beekman describes him, the performer in whom “The Brothers Grimm and Carl Jung meet Monty Python.” Novak brings a varied background to storytelling. Over a period of three to four years Novak joined two other storytellers with theater backgrounds to form the National Yakkers Theatre Ensemble. They used improvisation to bring storytelling back to theater, creating what he calls a “theater of discourse.” His “Storyteller’s Compass,” a new method of “narrative way-finding,” is a rehearsal process that looks at the relationship of stories and their thematic position within a performance. Novak has found this process works for people outside of the storytelling business. He has run these workshops for educators and business people to help them develop awareness of their personal stories and how they relate to the stories of others. Novak is currently working on his “American Parables Project,” a long-term study in which he is looking at stories from world cultures that can bring light to our understanding of American cultural values. November’s presentation is entitled “The Telling Experience: Oracy, Folk Narrative and Modern Storytelling.” “Oracy” is oral literacy from which the storyteller can draw freely. David Novak is currently an adjunct professor at East Tennessee State University’s Graduate School of Storytelling. Hear David Novak at the annual Harwood Cole Lecture in Canon Lounge of the Gladfelter Student Center on Nov. 6. Join us on a storytelling journey. By Becky Stone, Chair-Elect, Friends of the Library

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Extra Owl & Spades?

Dusty Benedict would like to receive any extra copies of the summer Owl & Spade that you may have. Call Dusty at ext. 3036 or send copies to CPO 6057.

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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.

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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.

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Career Resource Center

Career Resource Center

Carson 26

Looking for a job or more schooling when you finish college? www.collegegrad.com is the place to go to check out resume templates, salary information, entry level job postings, job search books and grad school information.

Job of the Week

AmeriCorps position in Asheville. Help develop appropriate social and communication skills for various situations. Work with various agencies and consumer advocacy groups for people with disabilities. Promote disability awareness in local community.  Qualifications are a High school diploma or GED, US Citizen or national or lawful

Permanent resident, be able to work with people with disabilities and be able to commit for
One Year. The benefits include a monthly stipend, childcare if qualified, healthcare coverage, education award of $4725, paraprofessional training. Responsibilities include teach employment – related skills to youth’s with disabilities. If you are interested in this position and you meet the qualifications above please contact Sontina Greene at (919) 855-3556 or Fax your Resume to (919) 715-0616 or email your resume to sontina.greene@ncmail.net.

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Environmental Leadership Center

Ext. 3006

Lower Sunderland

Swannanoa Journal expands

The Swannanoa Journal has been picked up by WPVM FM 103.5 and will have a regular time slot (noon on Saturdays and Mondays) on the Asheville airwaves starting this month. Swannanoa Journal continues to reach parts of five states twice monthly on WNCW FM 88.7. The commentaries are delivered by Dr. Paul Bartels, ELC interns, Margo Flood, and Warren Wilson College faculty. “We are very pleased that we can now expand our listening audience in partnership with WPVM,” John Huie, ELC director, said. “Station Manager Jason Holland has invited us to bring our well-prepared students and others to do the recording in the studio in downtown Asheville. We will continue to do our short, thoughtful 3-minute essays and also do occasional interviews with Asheville leaders. Special thanks to Paul Bartels for his good work over many years as coordinator for the Swannanoa Journal.”

Green Calendar Premiere

The Green Calendar is up and running. Go to www.warren-wilson.edu/~elc/green_calendar.shtml to discover a listing of environmental events and happenings in our region and beyond. The Green Calendar is a new project of the ELC. Recently, staff at the ELC were in search of a source for regional environmental events. Through our research we realized there was none to be found. Our solution was to create the Green Calendar, a comprehensive source of environmental events for Warren Wilson College and the greater Western North Carolina region. The Calendar can be found here on the ELC website, as well as the outside Warren Wilson website. The calendar will also be a link at the website of The Mountain Area Information Network www.MAIN.nc.us and www.riverlink.org. To add events please contact Courtney at the ELC, ccochran@warren-wilson.edu.

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The Green Buzz

Why isn’t our campus land management fully organic?

Many people wonder why our campus landscaping and forest is not maintained organically. Under what circumstances are herbicides used to maintain Warren Wilson College’s property? Both the Landscaping and Natural Resources Crews use herbicides only when absolutely necessary. The Landscaping crew uses Roundup herbicide on poison ivy in areas where humans would come in contact with it frequently and on exotic invasive species that are taking over an area. By applying the herbicide with the cut-stem method, the herbicide does not drift. The herbicide is applied on stems after being pruned to prevent further growth. Pulling by hand exotics such as Russian olive, bittersweet, and kudzu does not keep the invasives from growing back, and it is simply not feasible on a large scale. The crew is always looking for more natural methods; for example, horticulture vinegar is being considered as a possible tool for weed control. The crew is researching and seeking consultation regarding the development of an organic management program for the new soccer fields. On the Natural Resources crew, herbicides are used to remove exotic species that are choking out desirable native species. Herbicides are only used to remove exotics if the crew is planning on developing natives in that area. Once natives are established as the dominant species, exotics have a harder time competing. Students research the threshold (minimum) amount of herbicide that must be used to be effective. When at all possible, exotic species are dug up rather than applying herbicides to them. The cut-stem method is used when feasible, and a foliar spray method is used where cut-stem application is impossible and where there are no native plants to protect. The foliar spray method is used in order to enable native forest development. This year the crew plans to use prescribed burning on Jones Mountain to eliminate the last of the exotics and ready the soil for the planting of native species. Herbicides on campus are used only when of utmost necessity in order to promote healthier, native ecosystems. Exotics disrupt and destroy native ecosystems, whose existence is integral to maintaining biodiversity and the natural balance of the environment.

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Service Learning

Ext. 3065

Ransom House

For all Freshmen seminars, creative work crews, dorms, teams, etc, Service Learning has vans available in Nov. and Dec. We will design you a trip. Call us at ext. 3775.

New needs for volunteers

Go To Goal – a grant-supported program at a local elementary school that teaches inner city African American girls to play soccer.  Coached by the very awesome and fun goalie of the SPLASH-Asheville’s semi pro women’s soccer team. Two volunteers are needed to help organize the girls, help them develop enthusiasm and healthy self-esteem through their involvement in sport. No soccer experience necessary. Tuesdays and Fridays 2-5:30 (this includes travel time).  Volunteers need their own transportation.

Emma homework club – 2:45-4:30 on Mondays and Wednesdays tutoring migrant workers kids. Call Molly at ext. 3775 or come by Service Learning for more information. Volunteers need their own transportation.

Latino Learning Center – 4:45-6:45 Tuesday and Thursday only. Work with Spanish speaking adults to help them learn basic computer skills, or play with their young kids (6 months old to 6 years old) while their parents get tutored. Volunteers need their own transportation

Many of these service opportunities and the ones mentioned below are limited in terms of the size of the van, so there may be a sign up sheet. If something interests you, let us know as soon as possible. Do not put off requesting information for service. There are people who need you.

Evening trips

If interested in any of these, call ext. 3775 for more information or come by Service Learning office.

Monday evenings:  Black Mountain Center (until after Fall Break, then it will switch to Tuesday evenings).

Tuesday evenings: YWCA homework and gardening club

Wednesday evenings:  AHOPE Shelter

Thursday evenings: Manna food bank

Trips during the day

Monday and Wednesday mornings: Black Mountain Garden

Wednesdays from 11-1: Gourmet Veggie Soup Kitchen

Saturday Trips – Oct. 9:  Nature Conservancy Work Day. Come sign up in Service Learning Office.

Nov. 13, Nov. 20, Dec. 4 – Habitat Work Days. Come by and sign up!

Fall Break Trips

There are a few spots left on a few fall break trips. Come to Ransom House for more information or call Joyce at ext. 3074

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WorldWide

Ext. 3057

2nd floor Dodge

Joe Johnston of The Washington Center will be available during lunch on Fri., Oct. 8
in the Mierke dining room (inside the cafeteria). He will talk about this special program that offers semester and summer internship and study opportunities in Washington, D.C. Junior-level students may apply to participate in The Washington Center program as a WorldWide option, provided that their application for internship placement and course work are in an area of international policy or cross-cultural work and studies. Students may also qualify for other scholarships or financial assistance through TWC for this program. Several opportunities are also available through the Washington Center that place students in internships with organizations dealing with environmental policy issues. Such internships are coordinated through WWC’s Environmental Leadership Center. Please bring your lunch and join us to learn more.

Course leaders Dusty Benedict and Ian Robertson will be available in Gladfelter early this week to discuss the spring ’05 WorldWide course with travel to Malta. Be sure to talk with them to learn more about this exciting opportunity!

There are still a limited number of slots available in spring ’05 WorldWide courses with travel to Germany, Malta, and Mexico. Course work is in library science, art, and anthropology respectively.  Courses begin Semester II with 2-3 weeks of travel in May and June.  For students with 60+ transfer credits, course fees vary from $200 to $400.  Transfer students with 60+ credits may have additional fees.  Students not yet WorldWide-qualified may participate at full cost, pending available space. The deadline for spring ’05 WorldWide course applications is Thurs., Oct. 7. For more information or to apply for a course, come by the WorldWide office or call ext. 3053 or 3057. Interested students may also talk to course leaders Chris Nugent (LIB 377: Rediscovering Fairy Tales [with travel to Germany]); Dusty Benedict and Ian Robertson (ART 377: Shedding Light on Malta); or Ben Feinberg (ANT: Field Study in Oaxaca, Mexico).

New Zealand and Peru travelers, remember that the WorldWide office must have a copy of your passport by Oct. 13.  Thanks to those of you who have already taken care of this.

The cross-cultural photo contest is currently on display in the library. Be sure to stop by and view these wonderful photos from around the world. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite!

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Hooray for . . .

Homecoming poster contest winners, as follows:

First Place – MFA Crew,

Second Place – Landscape Crew

Third Place – Archaeology Crew

Anne Riddle, who was the first American woman to finish at the 100K World Cup race in Winschoten, The Netherlands. Anne was the 6th overall finisher in the women’s race with a time of 7:56:48, 15 minutes faster than her previous personal best. She is the first American woman in five years to break eight hours for the 62.1 mile distance.

Past and present Warren Wilson students Heather Wilson, Patrick Seick, and Nicole Jacobs ’99, who gave presentations for a session on Art and Rock & Roll entitled “Desperately Seeking Nirvana: Intersections of Contemporary Art, Rock, and Theater in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries” at the annual Popular Culture Conference of the South in New Orleans. Current student Heather Wilson presented a paper on the history of album covers and professor Louly Peacock Konz presented on the connections of artist Cindy Sherman with Rock & Roll. Louly also chaired this session.

Ruth Currie, who gave a reading and book signing at an event hosted by Duke University’s Friends of the Library group. Her recent book, Emma Spaulding Bryant: Civil War Bride, Carpetbagger’s wife, Ardent Feminist, Letters and Diaries 1860-1900, published by Fordham University Press was the centerpiece of the event.

Bob Eckstein, whose sabbatical project to write the essay “Obsessive Compulsive Behavior” was accepted for publication as a chapter within the Abnormal Behavior

section of the new Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior to be published by Greenwood Publishing Group in December 2004. The encyclopedia is edited by Marc Bekoff.

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Send Us Your News

Submit your news for WWC This Week to jbowers@warren-wilson.edu. The deadline for the October 12 issue is Friday, October 8 by 5 p.m.

Classifieds and Lost & Found are located online at www.warren-wilson.edu/phpBB2/. You can also follow the links from the upper left corner of the WWC Inside page.

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