Warren Wilson College News

WWC This Week – November 2, 2004 Vol. 8 No. 14

Contact: John Bowers

November 2,  2004     Vol. 8   No. 14


WWC sophomore Jordan Henson died Friday evening, Oct. 29, at the Johnson City, Tennessee, hospital after suffering critical injuries from a car crash off U.S. 421 near his hometown of Valle Crucis, N.C. Jordan was a passenger in the car, traveling at normal speeds, when the car went straight instead of taking a curve, crashing into a pine tree. Jordan’s side of the car was demolished. The driver of the car, an old friend of Jordan’s, was not seriously injured and was released from the hospital later that day. The family is having a celebration of Jordan’s life on Monday, Nov. 1 at 4 p.m. in the Apple Barn in Valle Crucis. It will be a celebration of his great young life, as friends will share stories and pictures. His brothers Baker and Chad, his mother Mary, and his father James appreciate any kind thoughts and words about Jordan and our concern for their grief and healing. Those wishing to mail letters of condolence should send them to Mrs. Mary Henson, Box 683, Valle Crucis, NC 28691.


Don’t miss this event on Saturday

Award-winning storyteller David Novak, one of the nation’s leading performers in the storytelling revival, will deliver the annual Harwood-Cole Lecture at Warren Wilson College on Sat., Nov. 6. The presentation, entitled “The Telling Experience: Oracy, Folk Narrative and Modern Storytelling,” will be at 4 p.m. in Canon Lounge. Novak will speak on the storyteller’s art and share his unique approach to familiar folk and fairy tales. The lecture is free and open to the public. Winner of the 2002 Circle of Excellence from the National Storytelling Network, Novak has been featured often at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee, and on concert stages across the country. Smithsonian Magazine describes him as “a gifted teller who enhances his stories with a bag of tricks. His fluid voice can become a dozen different characters.” Texas storyteller Jeanine Pasini-Beekman says of Novak, “In him, the Brothers Grimm and Carl Jung  meet Monty Python.” Novak is cofounder of the innovative National Yakkers Theatre Ensemble, and creator of The Storyteller’s Compass, a new method of narrative wayfinding. Novak currently is working on the American Parables Project, in which he examines stories from world cultures in an effort to deepen our understanding of American cultural values.


Pulp submissions

Last call for submissions for the Pulp. (Theme: the Bathroom). Drop submissions into folder outside of Pulp office (lower

Gladfelter) or email them to pulp@warren-wilson.edu.


The Well wants your non-fiction

The Well, Warren Wilson’s nonfiction print and online magazine, is accepting submissions for the fall semester publication. The fall issue will be based loosely on the theme Wasting Time. Send your work to well@warren-wilson.edu by Mon., Nov. 8. For questions call ext. 3746 or email well@warren-wilson.edu.


Dr. Palas

Dr. Denise Palas will be away on medical leave during Term 2. Dr. Lynne Firsel (ext. 2012) will serve as interim chair of the Education Department in Denise Palas’ absence, but Dr. Palas will keep appointments with her academic advisees in preparation for registration in November.


Kittredge Music Resource Center

If you are looking for a relaxing place to study, check out the Kittredge Music Resource Center (KMRC). Study, listen to good music, study some more, and maybe even make some music – there are listening stations, comfy chairs, instruments, and plenty of room for people looking for a new place to study. Check out the KMRC Sunday-Thursday 7 – 10 p.m. and Monday – Thursday 2:30 – 5 p.m.


Housing registration for spring

If you’re ready to change rooms, now’s your chance. Everyone must register with the Housing Office. To register go to the CampusWeb login on the Warren Wilson Inside webpage. Click on the Online Housing Registration link and enter your username and password. Read all instructions and complete the form. If you do not receive a confirmation saying you have successfully registered, please try again or call the housing office for assistance, ext. 2071. The deadline for housing registration is Thurs., Nov. 18. We will accept changes until Nov. 23. The housing lottery will be held Dec. 6.



Buddhist Experiment, Buddhist Enlightenment, Buddhist Engagement, Buddhist, everything or just BE! WWC’s own Buddhist-oriented group has a new format this term. Every first and third Tuesday of the month, Dr. H. Lye will be joining us to discuss various topics related to the exploration of Buddhist thought and practice. Every second and fourth Tuesday the group will discuss the content of the topic presented the previous Tuesday. All curious people – students, staff, faculty, friends, family – are welcome to join us in listening, talking, and engaging in conversation. The group is mindful of everyone’s valuable time, thus the meetings last for no longer than an hour. The group meets in the cozy living room of Shepard Commons at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday unless indicated otherwise by an All-l announcement. Contact jdenniso@ warren-wilson.edu to be put on our mailing-list. Upcoming Topics: Tues., Nov. 2 – Dr. Lye will be speaking on “From Fear to Fearlessness.”


WWC governance presentation and listening sessions

The Governance Review Committee will be presenting two governance models to Staff Forum on Wed., Nov. 3 and to Caucus on Sun., Nov. 7. The Staff Forum presentation is open to staff, faculty, volunteers and voting Caucus members. The Caucus presentation is open to the entire WWC community. This is the first major review of the College’s governance model in 15 years. The committee started the review process in fall 2003. A great deal of research, discussion and consideration has gone into this review. Now it’s your turn to be part of the review process. Following the presentations to Staff Forum and Caucus, numerous listening sessions will be scheduled at various locations on campus. These listening sessions are an opportunity for members of the community to share feedback, concerns and ideas with members of the Governance Review Committee. We need your feedback in order to take the next step in reworking the college’s governance system. This is a great opportunity to be part of creating the College’s future.

Schedule of Listening Sessions

Nov. 4. 12-1 p.m. Fishbowl/Cafeteria

Nov. 5. 12-1 p.m. Fishbowl/Cafeteria

Nov. 8. 12-1 p.m. Fishbowl/Cafeteria

Nov. 9. 12-1 p.m. Cowpie sunroom

Nov. 9. 4-5 p.m. Kessinger Room/Library

Nov. 10 8:30-9:30 a.m. Cowpie sunroom

Presentation schedule and location

Nov. 3. Staff Forum presentation. 4 p.m. Canon

Nov. 7. Caucus presentation. 6 p.m. Canon


Todo Sobre Mi Madre

The Modern Languages Department and S.A.F.E are joining together yet again to s
how you another great film in Spanish! We will be showing Todo Sobre Mi Madre at 6:30 p.m. in Jensen Lecture Hall on Wed., Nov. 3. Enjoy a great film and yummy snacks.


Vote on staff body bylaws

On Nov. 4 all staff, volunteers and RD’s (full and part-time) are eligible to vote

on the bylaws that will create a staff body on the Warren Wilson campus. Voting will take place on November 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in  Canon Lounge. You may also vote from 1:30 – 5:30 p.m. at the Log Cabin. If you know in advance you won’t be available to vote on Nov. 4, you may cast an absentee ballot at the Log Cabin during regular business hours. The bylaws must pass by a majority vote of 71. We will count votes and hanging chads all night and announce the results on November 5. The Staff bylaws were sent out on Friday as an attachment via Staff-L and All-L. If you are unable to open the attachment, hard copies of the bylaws are available at the WPO. Many thanks to the staff and volunteers who spent many of their lunches developing the framework for a staff body and writing the bylaws. Please thank Heidi Zednik, Franklin Tate, Rachel Himmelheber, Jan Wolff, J. Clarkson, Paul Frelick, Molly McMillan and Kaye Codrington when you see them.


Wave of the Future: Therapeutic Uses  of Neurofeedback

Thurs., Nov. 4 at 6:30 p.m. in Canon Lounge Dr. Ed Hamlin will give a talk on the beneficial uses of  neurofeedback. Neurofeedback is a training system in which brain wave activity is presented to an individual as feedback in the form of a video display. Neurofeedback is used in treating patients with a variety of problems, including attention difficulties. Also, Dr. Hamlin uses neurofeedback as a mental training tool for peak performance in athletes. Snacks will be provided.


Sacred Depths of Nature author to speak

Dr. Ursula Goodenough, a geneticist on the faculty of Washington University in St. Louis, and author of Sacred Depths of Nature, will speak in the college chapel Thurs., Nov. 4, and will participate in a luncheon in the Fellowship Hall Fri., Nov. 5. Dr. Goodenough is a nationally known authority on religious naturalism. Her field of expertise includes the study of the relationship between religion and such current scientific issues as the use of DNA and cloning. Her visit is sponsored by the Religious Studies Department, the Lyceum Committee, and the Faulds Lectureship.


Want to fight forest fires?

The N.C. Forest Service would like to meet with all students and staff who would like to fight forest fires this year. An orientation and training session will be conducted at the Natural Resources Crew Shack on Thurs., Nov. 4, at 4 p.m. Representatives from the Forest Service will discuss topics such as basic strategy, tactics, and safety. They will be outside constructing fireline and demonstrating the various tools used. For over 20 years WWC students have worked for the North Carolina Forest Service on fire crews all over Western North Carolina. The NCFS now pays $8.21 per hour to student fire-fighters and $8.57 to student crewleaders. Many have used this experience to help them gain employment with a number of government agencies with fire control responsibilities. These organizations are always looking for people who have practical experience in the field. If you have a time conflict, come to the shed earlier to make other arrangements.


Natural Science Seminar

On Nov. 8, at 4 p.m., Winborne Evans will be presenting her natural science seminar. Her mentor is Dr. Jeff Holmes. At 4:30 p.m., Katherine Reilly will present “Antioxidant capacity of North Carolina red wine.” Her mentor is Dr. Victoria P. Collins. All are invited to attend.


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.


Environmental Leadership Center

Ext. 3006

Eleven mighty paddlers in two rafts successfully navigated the French  Broad River on Mon., Oct. 18, on a team- building adventure organized by the Environmental Leadership Center. Paddlers included Doug Orr, Carla Sutherland, Larry Modlin, Hayden Barnes, Carolyn Wallace, Ian Robertson, Mark Fields, Virginia McKinley, Richard Blomgren, Bryan Ludwig, and John Huie. The rafts stopped for some cliff jumping just before lunch, and rumor has it that Carolyn Wallace took the long plunge while holding onto her hair dryer for safe keeping. In the early afternoon in the rapids above the infamous Frank Bell Rapids, some participants have reported that John Huie (veteran river runner by reputation) popped right out of the raft and was not missed for a minute or so. When Ian Robertson sited Huie and shouted “Man overboard!” both rafts paddled furiously to retrieve him, dry him off and prepare for the Frank Bell Rapids looming ahead. Huie claimed later in an interview that he fell overboard on purpose “to challenge the two rafts to work together for a common purpose.” The dispute about this continues.

Approaching Frank Bell rapid, Bryan Ludwig took over from the NOC guide saying “I need the experience.” Entering Frank Bell at a 45% angle but a little too fast, Ludwig’s raft took a weird spin but moved through the long series of drops and chutes quite safely – though backwards. Debriefing the experience, Larry Modlin reportedly muttered under his breath: “I couldn’t tell whether we were coming or going. I think we may need some more teambuilding.” Other rafting and/or hiking adventures for teambuilding can be organized by the ELC by calling ext. 3780. The ENS and ELC staffs are scheduling one for the spring.

Swannanoa Journal

You can hear an interview with Doug Orr at noon on Sat., Nov. 6, and again at noon on Mon., Nov. 8 on WPVM 103.5 FM on the Swannanoa Journal. Tune in and hear President Orr’s comments on the challenge of sustaining the natural beauty of the mountains of Western North Carolina. Doug’s interview will also be played on WNCW at a later date.

Green Calendar update

The newly formed Green Calender is alive and growing. Make sure to check it frequently for environmental events in the area. The Green Calendar can be found at www.warren-wilson.edu/~elc/green_calendar.shtml and is also linked from www.MAIN.nc.us, www.landofsky.org and www.greenroofs.com. And remember, if you know of any environmental events occurring in the area please forward them along to Courtney at the ELC, ccochran@ warren-wilson.edu.


The Green Buzz

Campus Greening Crew

Ext. 3712

Painting the Campus Green

The Warren Wilson College Paint Crew is one of the many crews on campus making a conscientious effort to reduce the pollution and waste that results from their work. They us
e low volatile organic compound (VOC) paints because of the negative environmental and health effects of regular paints. VOC’s from products such as paint and household cleaners are proven to be cancer-causing agents, and even short-term exposure to high levels of VOC’s can lead to physical irritation and headaches – a condition referred to as “Sick Building Syndrome.” The paint crew also avoids using oil-based paints, which require the use of high VOC paint thinners. Paint is purchased in large five-gallon buckets that are cleaned and reused, and which reduce excess packaging. Water usage is reduced by wrapping brushes and rollers between shifts to keep them moist and to avoid washing the tools often. The paint crew minimizes its waste stream by mixing various leftover paint together to create a new usable paint, affectionately known as WWC Toupe, that is applied on campus.  Additional paint waste is recycled through the recycling department. To reduce fuel emissions, each crew member carries a tool bag with them when working to avoid driving back and forth to the paint shed located at FMTS. By using these more sustainable practices, the paint crew is upholding Warren Wilson’s commitment to environmental responsibility and teaching the value of simple sustainable practices to the work crew. Does your crew make an effort to be environmentally responsible? The campus greening crew would love to hear about it, along with any other projects you may be a part of! Give us a call at ext. 6228 or email greening@warren-wilson.edu.


Service Learning

Ext. 3065

Ransom House

Hunger and Homeless week is coming

You will have the chance to miss a meal (or pay for a meal) so that others may eat. The sixth annual Empty bowls banquet with bowls made by WWC’s very own pottery crew. And, back by popular demand, we will bring homeless men and women from the community on campus to tell their stories and hear your questions. All the events will be the week of Nov. 15-19. Last year, the community raised $1500 for a local shelter through these efforts.

A van is waiting for you

If you are interested in serving the community any evening of the week, call ext. 3775 for more information or come by Service Learning office.

Monday evenings: Black Mountain Center

Wednesday evenings: AHOPE Shelter.  6-8 p.m. – Juan Holladay is the trip leader dude-guy in charge.

Thursday evenings: Manna Food Bank. 5:30-8:30: Angela Denio is the lady wrangler of cans and eggs.

Saturday Trips

Nov. 6 – Asheville Parks and Rec

Help restore the playground that we worked on for freshman service day. We would love to have 8-10 people. Sign up at the service learning office.

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

Fall break service trip report

On October 17 ten vivacious students and two energetic staff members headed to Shady Valley, Tennessee to do some bog work, but that’s not all we got to do! Sunday evening we arrived to a very plush cabin surrounded by woods with a stream nearby. The place was beautiful. Our fun, hard working week was composed of the following:

Monday:  Cutting encroaching locust trees on a grassland and cutting fallen trees blocking the paths. Clay, Rae, Eric, & Julia  learned to use a chainsaw.

Tuesday: Rain, rain go away! Flat tire (in the rain). Never fear, we still did service at the local volunteer fire station. Let’s go down the fire pole one more time!

Wednesday:  Carried heavy bags of rocks to help stabilize a streambank and divert water flow to save bog turtles. Man, we were dirty!  We also got a tour of the wetland and learned the history of the area.

Thursday:  Splish-splashin’ in Jenkins’ bog pulling invasive plants. Others were digging away to restore a plot of cranberries, while yet another group picked cranberries all day. After picking cranberries, Julia decided that she wanted to become a migrant worker and travel.

Thursday evening:  Party at the cabin. The group all worked together to cook dinner for our guests, Charles, Helen, Todd, and Lynne. They surprised us with some delicious homemade cornbread, raspberry/blackberry cobbler, ice cream, and homemade cranberry sauce from the ones we picked earlier that day! We had a feast!

Friday:  More digging on the cranberry plot and replanting the cranberries. More picking cranberries. And turtles! Lynne caught a couple bog turtles the evening before and brought them to show us as she changed their transmitters.   

Many thanks to the participants of the Shady Valley fall break trip! All of you worked hard and did a great job of representing Warren Wilson. You made our first fall break a great one! Remember, crowded vans, stinky people, clogged toilets, hard work, turtles, bath mats, Charles McQueen, matching hats . . . and through it all we got along great! One more thing; Jonna has developed the pictures from her camera; stop by service learning if you want to see them.  Thanks again!  

– Natasha Shipman and Jonna Book



Ext. 5848


Upstairs Bryson

New wellness classes this term

Salsa Dancing – This class meets on Tuesdays from 8:30-10:30 and possibly

on Sundays as well. Ricardo the math teacher is the instrictor. $8 for an hour or $10 for two hours.

Isshin Rye Karate – Taught by student Tony Carr, this class meets on Wednesdays from 7-8 p.m. in bryson. It can be intense, so be ready!

Ways to Wellness – On various Wednesdays throughout the term we will have guest speakers on various subjects such as nutrition and acupuncture.

Don’t forget that we have Echinacea and other tinctures for various health needs. Echinacea cost $1 per bottle, refills are free. The other tinctures such as motherwort, skullcap, immune blend, sleepy blend and pain away are $5. You won’t be able to find that price anywhere!

The barter system is really starting to move. We have so many people with various talents and services to share. We have people who can give massage, reiki, haircuts, pottery and so much more! If you have a service to offer and happen to need something check out the barter page at www.warren-wilson.edu/~wellness/



Ext. 3057

2nd floor Dodge

Faculty, staff and volunteers should have received an International/Cross-Cultural Expertise Survey in their mailboxes last week. The information we collect will be useful to the WorldWide office and others on campus in terms of finding potential assistance for WorldWide programs or other course and activities that have an international or cross-cultural focus. Please return this form to CPO 6371 by Nov. 3. If you have any questions, contact Sharon Withrow at ext. 3057.

Spring WorldWide students, remember that you cannot register for WorldWide courses online. You will need to pick up an add slip from the WorldWide office in upper Dodge in mid-November. The WorldWide office will call when these are ready.

The annual cross-cultural photo contest will end this week. Be sure to get your vote in. Stop by the library to see these fascinating photos from around the world taken by our own WWC st
udents, faculty, staff and volunteers.

Due to students’ changed plans, there may be limited space available in spring ’05 WorldWide courses with travel to Germany, Greece, Mexico, Malta and Alaska. Interested students should contact the WorldWide office as soon as possible for details.


Hooray for . . .

Jim Lauer (Student Services), Hoyt Barnes (HVAC), and Public Safety crew members Cara Berkowitz and Ryan Griffith, whose quick response and good work resulted in the safe evacuation of Gladfelter after the carbon monoxide buildup Oct. 26.

WWC and Tom LaMuraglia, who were part of a feature in the Oct. 1 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education. The article, titled “College Grounds Managers Go Organic to Keep the Landscape Natural” in the “Architecture & Facilities” section, include the following paragraphs: “Warren Wilson College, which promotes itself as an environmentally friendly college, has followed an organic-based grounds program for several years. Aeration, compost, chicken-manure fertilizer, and seeding are the major elements of the method there, as is a tolerance for occasional weeds in an otherwise vibrant lawn. ‘I’m not worried about weeds as long as it is thick, healthy, and green,’ says Tom LaMuraglia, the college’s supervisor of landscape services.”

Anne Riddle, whose article “Reason with the Season: Tips for winter training” appears in the November issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors.

WWC’s USCAA All Americans from the women’s soccer team. Weesie Pigman – Academic All American and honorary All American. Audrey Williamson – All American. Collier Reeves – All American.


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