Warren Wilson College News

WWC This Week – November 9, 2004 Vol. 8 No. 15

Contact: John Bowers

Community News

Celebrating the Life of Jordan Henson

An event celebrating the life of Jordan Henson will be held on Sun., Nov. 14. Here’s what’s being planned thus far: We will meet at Dogwood just before 6 p.m. to watch the sunset. Then we will walk to the pavilion together where Jordan’s family will have a slide presentation from Jordan’s baby days onward. Afterwards we will walk down to the pond and send off banana leaf boats filled with small votive candles with each prayer/memory/moment of silence we offer for Jordan. Some students have suggested that we build a bench swing by the pond in memory of Jordan instead of buying one. If anyone would like to help, contact Jeanne at ext. 3725. Some students have noted Jordan’s love of rocks, so a suggestion was made that each student bring a rock to the pond and we build a rock cairn somewhere as a memorial to him that evening.

If you would like to make a contribution to Jordan Henson’s memorial fund, please send your check to Carla Sutherland, WWC’s VP for College Relations, CPO box 6376. President Orr has graciously offered for the College to match any contributions for Jordan. Call Jeanne Sommer ext. 3725 if you have any questions.


AmeriCorps group on campus

An Americorps Team out of Charleston, South Carolina are on campus for a 5-week work assignment on the South Asheville cemetery project. The cemetery was a badly neglected  and vastly overgrown area in the Kenilworth section of Asheville with approximately 2,000 African-Americans graves, some dating from before the Civil War. The College is providing housing for the team of 10 in the Fortune house, just east of the Kittredge parking lot. During their stay they will be collaborating with both the Service Learning office and several of our work crews on various projects. Since the group has just returned from a project in the Okefenokee Swamp, they are looking forward to their stay in the mountains! Please welcome them to campus.


WWC mountain bike team claims 2nd at nationals

Thanks to good depth and a strong all-around team showing, WWC took second place for the second consecutive year in Division II of the Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships, held Oct. 29-31 in Champion, Pa. For the second year in a row, the Owls finished behind Lees-McRae College in the division for schools of 15,000 students or fewer, and ahead of Humboldt State University. Warren Wilson has been among the top three teams for three years running now, having finished third in 2002. Addy Wygmans placed fourth in the women’s individual omnium (best overall) and Kylie Krauss took fifth to lead WWC. The Owl men’s cyclists fared well also, as Rick Gaukel finished fifth in the dual slalom and Tom Hughes, Lexy Lewis and Callum Robertson had top 10 finishes in short track, downhill and dual slalom events. Lev Ben-Ezra, Paige Heron, Ryan Morra and Phil Shaw also contributed to the Owls’ success. WWC Coach Art Shuster said that after strong showings in Angel Fire, N.M., at the past two national championships, the Owls adjusted well to the mud and rocks of southwestern Pennsylvania. Shuster notes that the effort was bolstered by alumni and parents who came out to watch and support the team.


Staff Body vote passes

The Nov. 4 votes for passing bylaws and creating Staff Body were unanimous. Thanks to the staff 10 and outlaws for the incredible amount of energy, effort and commitment given to see this process through to fruition. An announcement will be made soon for the first meeting to nominate co-coveners and a secretary.


Carbon Monoxide

As most of you know, there was an exposure of carbon monoxide in Gladfelter on Oct. 26. First, FMTS would like to give a big thank you to Jim Lauer, Terry Payne, their crews, and all others who helped out. Secondly, it is important that everyone be informed about safety procedures and how to react in the case of another emergency. Please remember that these incidents are very rare and the Oct. 26 incident was an isolated case of human error. We do have carbon monoxide detectors in buildings that have inside boilers or gas heaters. The detectors are small, square, white plastic boxes, on or near the ceiling. If the alarm does go off, you will hear short, quick beeps in groups of four. There is no reset button, so do not try to reset it – the button is for testing. If you hear the carbon monoxide detector, evacuate the building, just as if it were a fire alarm and call 911. There is no danger to buildings or possessions, but if a person was missed or did not evacuate, they could die in a short time. Information on the levels of carbon monoxide and its effects on the body follow. The buildings on campus where carbon monoxide detectors are located are Gladfelter, Witherspoon, College Press/Work Program Office, Health Center, Holden Arts Center, Heating Plant, DeVries Gym, Sunderland, Vining B, Dorland, Sage, Stevenson, Shepard, ANTC and Sutton, and Ballfields A, B, and C. Carbon monoxide detectors will be installed in the next few days in Schaefer A, B, and C, and in the Ecodorm. FMTS is hoping to improve the system by linking it to the fire alarms and by doing so, improve the likelihood of evacuation, as the response to a fire alarm is more familiar and immediate.

Possible effects of carbon monoxide poisoning — concentration of CO in the air inhalation time and symptoms:

50-ppm – Time-weighted (8 hr.) limit in the work place.

200-ppm – Short-term (15 min.) limit in the work place.

400-ppm – Headache in 1-2 hrs, life-threatening after 3 hrs.  

800-ppm – Headache, nausea in 45 mins., death in 2-3 hrs.

1,600-ppm – Headache, nausea in 20 mins., death in 1 hr.

3,200-ppm – Headache, nausea in 5 mins., death in 30 mins.

6,400-ppm – Headache, nausea in 1 min., death in 10 mins.


Air pollution and children

New research shows that air pollution can reduce children’s lung function. Children who live in polluted communities are expected to have less than 80 percent of the lung function that is usual for their age. A study was funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), the California Air Resources Board and the Hastings Foundation. For more information visit http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/sep2004/niehs-08a.htm


On-Campus Housing Available

Over the next several weeks the following unit will become available. 124 North Lane, which includes three bedrooms and two baths. If you are interested, 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 Wed., Nov. 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 to be placed on the agenda for the next meeting.


St. Clair Guest House

St. Clair Guest House will be closed Dec. 19-Jan. 2 for the holidays.   


Costa Rica presentation

The group that travelled to Costa Rica with the Worldwide
program this summer will be giving a presentation about their experiences on Tues., Nov. 9, at 8 p.m. in Canon Lounge. Come hear about banana plantations, crazy bird diversity, wetlands restoration and much more. Latin music, lots of beautiful slides, and possibly a culinary treat also await you!


WWC governance presentation and listening sessions

The listening sessions (listed below) are an opportunity for members of the community to share feedback, concerns and ideas with members of the Governance Review Committee. This is a great opportunity to be part of creating the College’s future. The proposed models are online at www.warren-wilson.edu/~jbowers/govmodels.

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


Forest Service training time change

The NC 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 Wed., Nov. 10, at 4 p.m. Forest Service representatives will explain such topics as fire fighting strategy, tactics, safety, and how you can get involved. The Forest Service will also construct a fireline and demonstrate the use of various tools. 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 firefighters and $8.57 to student crewleaders. The Forest Service also wants to meet with the students and others who helped us last season to collect contact information, review safety procedures, and designate new student crew leaders. If you have a time conflict come to the shed earlier to make other arrangements.


In Conversation, The Undergraduate Creative Writing Reading Series

On Thurs., Nov. 11, beginning at 7:30 p.m., in Canon Lounge, UNC-A professors Cynn Chadwick and Lori Horvitz will be reading together for In Conversation. Chadwick will read from her new novel, the final installment of a trilogy, and Horvitz will read a combination of poetry and creative nonfiction.



On Nov. 14 from 10-1 the Harvest Food Co-op will be having a Donut Sale in the Dorland Kitchen. Please come and enjoy freshly made donuts, fair-trade coffee, or a cup of hot chai tea. Each item is only one dollar and all proceeds will be going toward financing Melissa Bertolo’s trip to Cuba with Witness for Peace.


Natural Science Seminar

On Nov. 15, at 4 p.m., Jennifer Wilson will present “Fungal endophyte (Neotyphodium coenophialum) infection in tall fescue grass (Festuca arundinacea)” on the WWC Farm. Her mentor is Dr. Victoria P. Collins. At 4:30 p.m., Will Pierzala will present “The Use of Diurnal Oxygen Curves to Study Pollution in the Pigeon River.” His mentor is Dr. Dean C. Kahl. All are invited to attend.


Biodiesel Lunch & Learn

Find out more about biodiesel on Tues., Nov. 16, in the middle Fishbowl of Gladfelter. One of the founders of Blue Ridge Biofuels will be here to tell the community more about this alternative fuel and how it can be a part of our lives.

This is a part of the alternative fuel lunch and learn series.


President’s open office hours

Doug Orr will have open office hours from 2:30-5 p.m., on Fri., Nov. 19.

Please call Rowena Pomeroy at ext. 2070 or drop by the president’s office to schedule an appointment.


Warren Wilson Theatre opens “A Season of Truth and Lies”

The Warren Wilson Theatre will open its 2004-2005 “Season of Truth and Lies” with Luigi Pirandello’s modernist classic, “Six Characters in Search of an Author.” The play will run Nov. 18-21 at Kittredge Theatre, with all performances beginning at 8 p.m. The play, Nobel laureate Pirandello’s most celebrated and provocative work, caused riots when it was first performed in 1924. Warren Wilson Theatre has a reputation for creating innovative productions of classical and contemporary plays, and the audience  undoubtedly will be entertained and intrigued by this radical investigation into the nature of reality.

Ticket prices are $10 for general admission and $5 for area students, seniors, and Warren Wilson College staff and alumni. The show is free to WWC students. Seating for this production is somewhat limited, so patrons are encouraged to make reservations by calling the Warren Wilson Theatre box office at ext. 3040.

The “Season of Truth and Lies” will continue with a Butoh performance in

December choreographed by Asheville dancer and performance artist Julie Becton Gillum; several performances in February of “The Vagina Monologues” to benefit the crisis intervention agency OUR VOICE; performances of student work in the winter and spring; and a presentation in April of William Shakespeare’s popular romantic

comedy “Much Ado About Nothing.”  


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.


Career Resource Center

Carson 26

Ext. 3759

A catalog featuring Outward Bound North Carolina courses for 2004-2005 is now in the Career Resource Center. Come by and check it out or go to www.ncoutwardbound.com  


Job of the Week

One of the top discount merchant processing companies in America is

seeking self-motivated individuals to represent Merchant Direct a registered ISO/MSP of JP Morgan Chase as sales analysts, regional sales managers and national sales managers. Full time, part time and temporary positions are available in all 50 states. Position benefits include compensation plan, commission, and lifetime residuals. This successful national company offers paid training and materials. They provide leads for top performers potential $70,000 – $225,000+ per year, paid weekly, no investment required – no fees to pay.

Required skills include excellent customer service, excellent verbal and written communication skills, excellent organizational skills, work well under pressure, good decision making ability, good analytical/math skills, detail oriented, great attitude, and a team player.

To Apply Contact:

Chris Del Grande

National Sales Manager

Merchant Direct – A Registered ISO/MSP of JP Morgan Chase

Merchant Direct CA

1 (800) 337-0082 – Corp Office ext. 104, careers@merchantdirec
tca.com or visit http://www.merchantdirectca.com


The Green Buzz

Campus Greening Crew

Ext. 3712

The Future of Alternative

Fuels on Campus

Warren Wilson decreases its impact on the environment by utilizing energy sources other than crude oil and fossil fuels. Two examples of alternative fuels are propane and biodiesel. Propane was introduced to the campus recently by converting one large mower used by the landscaping crew. Two more mowers are scheduled for conversion this winter. Propane is one of the most widely available and used alternative fuels. Though it is about 10% less fuel efficient than gasoline, propane emissions of carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides, hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, and particulate matter are much lower than gasoline and diesel. About 95% of the propane used in the U.S. is collected in the country, meaning there are far fewer worldwide social implications that go along with the burning of propane fuel. Biodiesel has been used on campus in trucks and farm equipment and will be used again. Biodiesel is growing in popularity and use because of many environmental and social aspects. Because it can be produced in the United States from soy, vegetable, or waste fryer oil, it reduces our dependence on foreign oil and energy sources. Biodiesel’s sulfur oxides and sulfate emissions, major contributors to acid rain, are much less than the amount emitted by petroleum diesel; carbon monoxide is reduced by nearly 50%. Hydrocarbon emissions, the main contributor to smog and ground level ozone, are reduced by an average of 67% compared to regular diesel. One disadvantage is that Nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions are sometimes higher in biodiesel, but many producers now utilize “washing” technology, so that NOx emissions are similar to petroleum diesel. Locally, Blue Ridge Biofuels is becoming a producer and distributor of biodiesel. If you are interested or have questions about alternative fuels and energy, keep your eyes peeled for Lunch and Learns this month. As always, campus greening welcomes ideas, questions, or comments at ext. 6228 or greening@warren-wilson.edu.


Service Learning

Ext. 3065

Ransom House

Help meet Service-Learning Crew’s goals during Hunger and Homeless week

150-200 winter hats needed – tonight in Ransom House there will be a knitting party after dinner.  Please come by and knit a hat or two for the folks in Asheville who are spending lots of time on the streets.  Hospitality House Shelter and AHOPE will distribute the hats. SLO will provide Yarn. You bring the needles.  

There will also be a zine-making party (same night) starting at 7 p.m. with hunger and facts about homelessness to be used in our awareness week next week. Bring your creative talents. We will have cookies and tea!

Other ways to help with the upcoming Hunger and Homeless Week:

1. Shop at Goodwill or go through your own closets and add to the donation boxes located in Sunderland, Stephenson, the chapel, DeVries and Ransom House. The shelters in town have requested these, and only these, items: winter coats, gloves, hats, scarves and white athletic socks.


2. Spare change and Miss a Meal (or pay for a meal). Sign up in Gladfelter or in Ransom to miss a meal Thurs., Nov. 18. We have a goal of raising $300 in Miss a Meal (donated by Sodexho if you sign up in time) and a goal of $800 for the Brother Could You Spare a Dime drive. We would like everyone on campus to give at least $1 between now and Nov. 19. Find the change in your pockets and sign up to Miss a Meal. The donations cups, made by Teddy Gerlach will be at Glad., Cowpie, Sage Café, and the campus bank.

3. Buy a ticket today for the Empty Bowls Dinner on Tues., Nov. 16. Soup made by the Service Learning crew. Bowls made by the Pottery crew.

4. Come listen to the Untold Stories of men and women from our community who are challenged with homelessness. Wed., Nov. 17, from 4-5 p.m., in Cow Pie Sunroom.

5. Buy a raffle ticket from Service Learning Crew member. The raffle will be held during Empty Bowls; you do not need to be present to win. Free coffee, free lunch, free CD’s, outdoor gear, etc. will be up for grabs!

6. Get a ticket for the Oxfam Hunger Banquet for Fri., Nov. 19 in Canon.  Tickets are no charge, we ask for a donation at the door. Your fate, to be fed well or not, will be decided at the door depending on the percentage of people around the world that eat well on Friday nights. Last year, the community helped raised over $1500 through these efforts.

A van is waiting for you

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

Monday evenings: Volunteer at the Black Mountain Center (soon to switch to Tuesday evenings).

Wednesday evenings: Help out at the AHOPE Shelter from 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.



Ext. 3057

2nd floor Dodge

Congratulations to Annika Williams, winner of this year’s cross-cultural photo contest! Annika’s award-winning photo was taken during her spring ’04 WorldWide course to Guatemala and Mexico. It features a statue in Acteal, Mexico that was created to honor a group called Las Abejas (“The Bees”) that was massacred in 1997 while fasting and praying for peace. Other entries from students, faculty and staff included photos taken in China, Micronesia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Ethiopia, Argentina and Guatemala. Thank you to everyone who voted and especially to everyone who submitted entries!

Winter WorldWide travelers are reminded to obtain recommended immunizations prior to travel. Travelers should review immunization recommendations for their region by visiting the WWC Health Center website or the Center for Disease Control’s website at www.cdc.gov/travel. To obtain the necessary immunizations, call the Buncombe County Health Department at 250-5096 to schedule an appointment. Appointments may be made from 8:30-3:30, Mondays – Thursdays, and travelers may pay for their immunizations with cash, check or credit cards. Appointments should be 4-6 weeks prior to departure.

The WorldWide travelers from the spring ’04 Costa Rica course will give a presentation about their experiences on Tues., Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. in Canon Lounge. This environmental studies course focused on tropical ecology and conservation issues. Highlights of the presentation will include Latin music and information about wetlands restoration, banana plantations and Costa Rican birds.

Students planning to enroll in Spring 05 WorldWide courses with travel to Alaska, Greece, Germany, Malta and Mexico must have a signed add slip from the WorldWide office to register. (WorldWide courses are blocked from the on-line registration process.) If we have notified you by phone or e-mail, please come by the WorldWide office to pick up your add slip and bring it to the registrar’s office this week.

New Zealand and Peru travelers, if you need you will need a room on campus for the nights of Jan. 11 and/or 12, you must contact Jon Verner in the housing office at jverner@warren-wilson.edu or ext. 2071 now to let him k


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