Warren Wilson College News

WWC This Week – November 30, 2004 Vol. 8 No. 17

Contact: John Bowers

November 30,  2004     Vol. 8   No. 17

Community News

WWC students named to Who’s Who

Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities honors outstanding campus leaders for scholastic and community achievements. This year, Warren Wilson’s Honors and Awards committee has chosen the following students to receive the Who’s Who recognition for their excellent work and scholarship. Congratulations to these WWC students: Kate Lev Ben-Ezra, Sarah Atwater Bourne, Rachel Virginia Briggs, Megan Elizabeth Burns, Nicole Louise Cochren, Edward Ralph DeLair III, Laura Leigh Dean, Matthew Cox George, Joei Elizabeth Honeycutt, Meredith Carol Leigh, Suzanne Lynn Martin, Maureen Katherine McKenna, Miriam Catlin McNamara, Erin Katherine McVey, Rebecca Lynn Munro, Elisabeth Ryann Pautler, Joy Jasmine Proctor, Molly Rose Reed, Kathleen Collier Reeves, Lindsay Hall Renbaum, Phillip Elam Roop, Rebecca Steele Rudicell, Roxanne Marie Todd, Christina Laura Vair, and Adena Kim Wygmans.

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WWC Garden donates food to local organizations

Last week, the holiday spirit led the garden to donate food to folks in need. The garden donated 103.5 lbs. of lettuce, 14 lbs. of potatoes, 18 lbs. of turnips and 29 lbs. of Chinese cabbage. The donated food went to the Emma Family Resource Center, A-Hope, Salvation Army, VA Hospital, Rescue Mission and MANNA. These organizations we so very excited to receive such beautiful, healthy produce from WWC.

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Fish Bowl to fade away

There has been a lot of confusion over the names of the three quiet dining rooms in Gladfelter Cafeteria. To clear up this confusion there will be name signs placed on these rooms. In keeping with the gift from Trustee Mrs. Harry Merike in 1978 for renovating the dining rooms, they have been named Merike Dining Room A, Merike Dining Room B and Merike Dining Room C. Tammy in the cafeteria will take reservations based on these names.

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Do you struggle?

Do you struggle with body image? Do you stress over your relationship with food and your weight? Here are some resources available if you’re looking for answers: www.edap.org, www.renfrew.org, www.something-fishy.org. Or contact anyone in the Counseling Center: Art at ext. 3773, Anne at ext. 3700 and Margaret at ext. 3905.

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Holiday Card Recycling

As many of you know, the Recycling Center has been collecting holiday and greeting cards for several years and sending them to St. Judes Ranch for Children. Due to the overwhelming response, the children are now buried in cards and cannot take anymore. We will still be collecting your cards and starting a new project with them. You can still support the St. Judes Ranch for Children and close the recycling loop by purchasing the recycled cards. Check out their website at: http://www.stjudesranch.org/Content/giftshop.asp.

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Annual Enrollment Period

This is the time of the year when you are given the opportunity to change the choices you made for the previous 12-month period, for the coming 12 months under the College’s Section 125 Plan for Medical and Dental Insurance. After an election is made, it may not be modified until the next annual enrollment period unless there is a Change in Status or other IRS authorized event that allows an election change. If you wish to make a change to your medical or dental insurance during the annual enrollment period, please contact Gail Baylor at ext. 2048 or email gbaylor@warren-wilson.edu. All changes will take effect Jan. 1, ’05. The annual enrollment period ends Dec. 10, ’04.

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Senior  creative writing readings

John Peterson and Kerry Smith will give their senior readings on Tues., Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m., in Canon Lounge.

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The Cherokee perspective

In conjunction with the Health Psychology course, there is a presentation on Tues., Nov. 30 at 6:30 p.m. in Jensen 105 entitled: “Stress, Disease, and Culture: The Cherokee Perspective.” Dr. Ann Bullock and Lisa Wheeler, with the Medical Division and Cherokee Diabetes Program, will be showing a 50-min. film on cultural grief and its impact on the Cherokee. This will be followed by a presentation on how stress and disease are intricately related, with a focus on the stress-diabetes link. All are welcome to attend.

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Staff Meeting

On Wed., Dec. 1, there will be a staff meeting from 12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m., in Canon Lounge. The first order of business is to elect an Ad Hoc committee. To meet the minimum “one third of voting members,” we need 46 staff/volunteers to attend the Dec. 1 meeting. Once the Ad Hoc committee has been created, they will seek nominations for the candidates for co-conveners and secretary.

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The Senior Dinner

Senior Dinner for December graduating seniors will be held at 6:30 p.m., on Thurs., Dec. 2, in the Ransom Fellowship Hall.

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Environmental chemistry poster session

Are you curious about how snooper scopes work? How does a CD burner work? What happens when pottery is fired? How can fish live in both fresh and salt water? How do natural dyes stick to fabrics? How is a star born? Come find the answers to these and other fascinating questions at the Environmental Chemistry Poster Session. Stop in Canon Lounge between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. on Fri., Dec. 3 for knowledge and refreshments.

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Recycled art show

Are you an environmentally conscious artist with a penchant for trash? On Fri., Dec. 3, Student Activities and the Recycling Crew team up for the Third Annual Recycled Art Show in celebration of National Recycling Day. For making a piece of beautiful and/or functional piece of art, you could win a $100 gift certificate to a local store that features non-material and/or recycled goods (you get to choose the store, too! Choices include: Hip Replacements, The Honey Pot, Deluxe, Green Eggs and Jam, Sky People Tattoo, etc.) Past participants have made jewelry, installation pieces, paintings, robots, alters, and unidentifiable heaps of stuff. The catch is this: everything you use must be recycled in some way. In fact, you’ll get a chance to tell your recycling story to the judges. For questions call ext. 3748.

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Estate sale to benefit Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church  

There will be a preliminary estate sale for students, staff and faculty on Fri., Dec. 3, from 10 a.m.- 7 p.m., at the former residence of Dr. and Mrs. Anderson located at 134 College View Drive. On Sat., Dec. 4, there will be a sale for the general public from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. This sale will benefit the Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church and will offer a large variety of household goods including china, kitchen equipment, linens, furniture, bric-a-brack, crystal and tableware.

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Natural Science Seminar

On Dec. 6, at 4 p.m., Lindsay Renbaum will present “Chronic Soy Exposure Effects on Metabolism of Phytoestrogen Daidzein.” Her mentor is Dr. John Brock. At 4:30 p.m., Amber Boles will present “Microbial Community Structure at High Altitudes in North Carolina as Indicated by Phospholipid Fatty Acid Composition.” H
er mentor is Dr. Victoria P. Collins. All are invited to attend.

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Renewable Choice Lunch and Learn

On Tues., Dec. 7, at 12:15 – 1 p.m. in Gladfelter’s middle Fishbowl, there will be the Renewable Choice Lunch and Learn. Renewable Choice is a nation-wide program designed to increase the production and usage of windpower. Consumers pay Renewable Choice to subsidize windpower initiatives. The windpower that is generated goes onto the national power grid system, which helps reduce dependence on fossil fuels and lowers overall emissions into the atmosphere. Come learn about the advantages and disadvantages of the Renewable Choice program.

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Beats and baby beats celebrate at BMCM+AC

On Fri., Dec. 10 a select group of local poets and writers with ties to the Beat generation will read and perform their work and that of their predecessors at the Black Mountain College Museum + Art Center located at 56 Broadway in downtown Asheville. Local poets, writers and aficionados who will be featured performers for the event include former Beatitude magazine editor and founding Director of the San Francisco Poetry Festival, Thomas Rain Crowe; 1960s neighbor to and cohort of Ken Kesey, Michael Revere; grandbaby Beat poet and performance artist Ted Pope; Sebastian Matthews, editor of Rivendell journal and of Search party, the collected poems of his late father, William Matthews; poet, renaissance man and Black Mountain College and Beat scholar, Jeff Davis; poet and publisher/editor of Black Mountain Review, and owner/proprietor of Bookdogger Bookstore in Black Mountain, David Wilson; owner/proprietor of The Reader’s Corner bookstore in Asheville, Gillian Coats; Brooklyn College student of Allen Ginsberg who now teaches at UNC-A, Lori Horvitz; WWC student, Malaprop’s Bookstore employee and editor of Thistle Journal, poet Jaye Bartell. Providing jazz accompaniment and music for the evening will be outstanding regional musicians. This special evening of Beat generation-inspired prose, poetry and music will be recorded live for a future show to be aired on WPVM, 103.5FM. For more information about the event, contact Alice Sebrell at 350-8484 or mcmac@ bellsouth.net.

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Christmas International House

The WWC Presbyterian Church is participating in Christmas International House (CIH) next month. CIH will host ten international students who will visit in the Asheville area Dec. 18 – Jan. 1. The students will come from campuses across the U. S. They will stay with host families and CIH will schedule daytime trips and activities for them. Call Fitz Legerton (ext. 2038) or Jan Griffin at the Chapel (298-9092) if you would like to host one or two international students for one of these periods: Dec. 18-20; Dec. 20-26; Dec.26-Jan. 1.

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A Swannanoa Solstice

The Diana Wortham Theatre Mainstage Special Attractions Series presents the annual holiday gathering, A Swannanoa Solstice, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m. at Pack Place in downtown Asheville. Al Petteway and Amy White, with the help of Robin Bullock and some other talented friends, present an exciting blend of contemporary, Celtic-influenced, original and traditional instrumental music on acoustic guitars, mandolin, piano, Irish bouzouki, vocals and world percussion in Swannanoa Solstice. In this annual event they imbue holiday songs old and new, religious and secular with their special talents and perform selections from their recently released CD A Midnight Clear. Bullock travels to Asheville from his home in France to celebrate the release of his new CD A Guitar for Christmas. This year’s special guests include members of the Warren Wilson College Chorale directed by Dr. Milt Crotts and dancers from the Asheville road team of the world famous Green Grass Cloggers. Tickets: Regular $28; Seniors and Students $26; Children $10. Student Rush tickets are $10 for students with valid I.D. and are sold the day of the show. Information for the Swannanoa Solstice is available from the Diana Wortham Theatre box office at 257-4530.

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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 Sun.-Thurs. 7-10 p.m. and Mon.-Thurs. 2:30-5 p.m.

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Church and shuttle

All students, staff and faculty are invited to 11 a.m. Sunday services at the Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church and College Chapel. If you would prefer to attend another church in town 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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Environmental Leadership Center

Ext. 3006

ELC paid summer internships

Stan Cross, Education Director for the Environmental Leadership Center, and his assistant, Joy Proctor, urge all students to come to an informational meeting Wed., Dec. 1, 7 p.m. in Canon Lounge to learn about outstanding internship opportunities for summer 2005. Interns from summer 2004 will be there to share their stories and to fire up your imagination about saving rare bird species on islands off the cost of Maine, teaching environmental education in the Great Smokies, reforesting tracts of Costa Rica, monitoring loggerhead turtle’s on a costal wilderness preserve, working with homeless children in a nature-oriented camp in the hills of West Virginia, and much more. For more information contact Stan Cross at ext. 3782.

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The Green Buzz

Campus Greening Crew

Ext. 3712

Growing Options for  Alternative Energy

Coal burning power plants supply a majority of the country’s energy, including Warren Wilson. Coal burning power plants emit toxic gases into the air and require  extraction of coal from underground, a destructive practice environmentally and socially. Many companies now offer renewable energy such as wind, solar, hydro, and others to those who would like to offset their own energy use but cannot create it themselves. Renewable Choice and North Carolina Green Power are two of the options for which Warren Wilson has shown interest. Renewable Choice is a company based out of Boulder, Colorado. Businesses and citizens alike can sign up to pay Renewable Choice for the production of wind power to offset their own power usage. The energy produced by wind generators goes to the national power grid system, not directly to the purchaser, but will get used in another location, helping to reduce overall emissions into the atmosphere nationally. North Carolina Green Power works with large utility companies in North Carolina to offset energy produced by coal and nuclear power plants on a more local
scale. The utility companies give grants to small alternative energy companies producing small hydroelectric, wind, solar, animal waste burning and landfill gases. Only a small percentage of the total paid goes to solar and wind power, the cleanest sources of power. For more information on these two programs, go to www.renewablechoice.com or www.ncgreenpower.org. Also, come to the Renewable Choice Lunch and Learn on Dec. 7 from 12:15-1 p.m. Contact Campus Greening at ext. 6228 or greening@warren-wilson.edu.

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Outdoor Programs

Ext. 2040

Backpacking in Joyce Kilmer – Dec. 3-5

To sign up for outdoor programs or for more details, call the OP Office at ext. 2040, or email outdoors@warren-wilson.edu. Also check out our new web site on the WWC Inside at “Web Places” and “Outdoor Programs.”

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Service Learning

Ext. 3065

Ransom House

Winter Break Service Trip January 8 to 15

Yes, that’s right, Wilson does service even during winter break. The winter break service trip happens in Jacksonville, Florida, and will be a taste-tester of many issues. Service will range from working at a domestic violence shelter to helping out at a Heifer Project demonstration garden. This great service opportinity is being led by Bruce Willever, whose financial generosity will make this trip affordable to all students. Past participants have loved this trip! The actual price will be announced later this week via All-L and the S-L Board in front of Glad. Sign-ups for this winter break service trip will happen Wednesday, December 8 at 7:30 a.m. in the Ransom House. Please call Franklin at ext. 3774 for more details.

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WorldWide

Ext. 3057

2nd floor Dodge

Susie Mosher, a leader of the World Wide course now traveling in India and Sri Lanka, sent the following message to share with the WWC community: “It’s Sunday morning in Sri Lanka and the sun is bright and golden. A warm breeze is blowing through the green lush leaves outside my window and droplets of overnight rain are covering the flowers – a November morning so different from the November morning you are experiencing on the other side of the world. It seems as if we’ve been gone for months rather than just four weeks and it’s hard to believe that just three weeks ago we were bundled up, walking through Himalayan snowflakes and now we’re on a tropical island, trying to stay cool. Time is different here, the days of the week lose their names and the sunlight and scheduled meals become our clocks. Traveling in India and Sri Lanka isn’t just a journey, it’s a metamorphosis of everything – habits, clothes, food, time, freedom, identity, possessions… We’re in school everyday. Instead of reading books, we read into experiences and moments. We’re tested daily in new subjects such as patience, humility, tolerance and compassion. One glance at something or someone can lead us down unexpected paths of thought where we’ve never gone before, realizations that sink hard and deep. We’re faced daily with mirrors into ourselves and the lives we live back home. By the time we go to bed each night, we’re saturated with all that we’ve learned consciously or unconsciously that day through our senses and experiences. These students work hard. We’re no longer just friends, we’re family, nursing each other when we’re feeling a little sick or overwhelmed, watching out for each other, sharing stories of our lives.”

On Tue., Dec. 7 at 5:30 p.m. in Canon Lounge, students from the ’04 China WorldWide course will give a presentation about their experiences. This course, led by Dongping Han and David Moore, focused on continuity and change in urban and rural China through visiting archaeological sites and studying problems related to China’s current growth and modernization. Join these returned travelers to learn more!

Students interested in studying abroad next fall semester through the WorldWide program should schedule an appointment with Naomi Otterness before winter break. She can be contacted at ext. 3783 or nottern@ warren-wilson.edu. Applications for most fall semester study abroad programs, including Mexico, Oxford, Korea, London, Japan, France, Germany, Borderlinks, and China, are due in the WorldWide office by Feb. 15.

On Nov. 16, returned travelers gave a presentation about their ’04 Costa Rica WorldWide course. Students discussed different tropical bird species, the economic and social impacts of banana plantation farming, and their fieldwork studies in the Cloud Mountain area. They also shared Latin music and homemade snacks with everybody. Thank you to Kate, Suzy, Candice, Heather, Stacey, Laurel, Erin, Kristal, Andrew, Cedarose, Elizabeth, Katy, and Amy!

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Scholarly Achievements

Paul Magnarella (Peace Studies) recently published the article “Internationally Protected Human Rights: Fact or Fiction?” in the journal Human Rights and Human Welfare. v. 4, pp. 69-77 (2004). It may be read online at www.du.edu/gsis/hrhw/ volumes/2004/magnarella-2004.pdf.

Amy Boyd and alumnus Jim Cooper (’03), whose article “The Needs of Trees” was published in the Fall 2004 issue of Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas.

Gretchen Whipple’s paper “A condition for constructing formally real monoid algebras” has been accepted for publication in Algebra Universalis.

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Hooray for . . .

Billy Edd Wheeler, one of our recent alumni award winners, who was featured in an article that can be found at http://www.angrycountry.com/stories/308.html

Anne Riddle, WWC counselor and long-distance runner extraordinaire, won

the Peachtree 50K National Road Championships in Peachtree City, Ga., on Nov. 14. Anne’s time of three hours, 39 minutes, 58 seconds beat the women’s course record by more than 18 minutes, and her personal record by more than 4 minutes. Anne currently holds three national titles and has now won a total of six national titles. Congratulations (again) to our running Riddle!

David Moore and his colleagues at the Berry archaeological site near Morganton, whose work is featured on the National Geographic website at http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/11/1122_041122_ spanish_fort. html#main.

WWC student Paola Guarin, who took her oath of U.S. citizenship in New York City.

Karen Huntley and Billy Peard, who are shown cleaning a greenhouse in Kentucky – as part of a Work Colleges Consortium project – in a photo that appeared in the Oct. 31 issue of the Lexington Herald-Leader.

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