Warren Wilson College News

WWC This Week – December 14, 2004 Vol. 8 No. 19

Contact: John Bowers

December 14, 2004     Vol. 8   No. 19

Community News

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World’s Fastest Readings

Malaprop’s Bookstore and WWC’s nationally renowned MFA Program join forces to present the World’s Fastest Readings. The readings begin at 7 p.m., in Malaprop’s, on Fri., Jan. 7, and will be preceded by a 5:30 p.m. wine and cheese reception at M’press, open to the public.

The event offers fans of contemporary fiction and poetry a chance to hear a lightning-fast sample of work by 22 of the MFA Program’s current faculty. The lineup, which has produced over 107 books, includes one Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, three National Book Critics Circle Finalists, two winners of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, one current recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award, a documentary film maker, six Guggenheim Foundation Fellows, 13 National Endowment for the Arts Fellows, and a former Assistant Attorney General of Oklahoma.

Each poet will read a single poem, while each fiction writer will read one page. After the readings, members of the audience will have the opportunity to meet the authors and talk to them about their books. Before the reading, the public is invited to a wine and cheese reception for the authors at M’press Cards and Eclectica, located at 61 Haywood Street.

Is this literature’s answer to the speed date? Has writing been reduced to sound bytes? “Not at all,” Turchi says. “Everyone in the Asheville area is always invited to our readings on campus, but this winter, we got invited to Asheville.”

A complete list of the evening’s readers is available from Malaprop’s or from the MFA Program office. For more information contact Malaprops at 254-6734 or the MFA program at ext. 3715.

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From Denise Palas

Thank you for your cards, emails, and encouraging kind words. On the advice of my doctors, I will not be teaching or acting as interim department chair in the Education Department this coming spring semester. At this busy and challenging time of year, I wish all of you a smooth ending to fall semester and a peaceful winter break. I will be in touch.

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BE

(The Buddhist oriented student group) Presents Tuesday tea time, Dec. 14.  Come to in Carson 11 between 7-8 p.m. for a study break. Enjoy drinking tea, eating snacks, and talking. This is not your average tea: Exquisite Chinese tea will be served in the traditional way that is physically refreshing, aesthetically pleasing, mentally calming and spiritually enhancing.

December at the chapel

Dec. 15 – 8 p.m. Cookies and carols in the sanctuary.

Dec. 21 – 7 p.m. Christian Celtic Solstice Meditation.

Dec. 24 – 7 p.m. Christmas Eve Service.

Dec. 26 – 11 a.m. Worship Service in the Fellowship Hall.

Dec. 28 – 6 p.m. Christmas International House dinner in the Fellowship Hall

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Kaye’s going away

Kaye Codrington, Safety and Training Supervisor, will be leaving WWC at the end of this semester. Please join the Work Program on Wed., Dec. 15 between 3:30-4:45 p.m., as we say goodbye to our friend and colleague. The WPO will have cake and punch for all to enjoy.  

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Cooperative sushi dinner

The Harvest Food Cooperative and the Housing Cooperative Initiative are hosting a Sushi Dinner this Wednesday, December 15, at 6 p.m. in the Dorland main floor kitchen. All community members are invited to come and learn about participating with the Harvest Food Cooperative and about the Housing Cooperative Initiative. The Harvest Food Cooperative is inviting new members for the Spring Semester. And the Housing Cooperative Initiative is inviting new participants in the planning process (possibly a group independent study) for the spring semester. All community members are invited to consider participation in both. For more information contact Liana Johannaber ljohannaber@warren-wilson.edu, ext. 5665; Brett McCall bmccall@warren-wilson.edu, ext. 5849; or visit www.warren-wilson.edu/~coop.

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Christmas caroling at the chapel

Instrumentalist are invited to bring instruments and join along in the carol sing Wednesday, Dec. 15 at 8 p.m. in the College Chapel. Everyone is welcome to join in the singing of traditional Christmas carols and enjoy cookies and other refreshments provided by members of the Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church and College Chapel. (Instrumentalists should plan to arrive a bit before 8 p.m. if possible.) Questions? Call Steve Williams (ext. 3048) or Christa Bridgman (ext. 2086) or the chapel office (ext. 2097, or 298-9092).

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Staff Body voting

The following nominations have been submitted and accepted by those nominated.

Co-Conveners: Stephanie Coleman, Liz Brace, John Hettrick.

Secretary: Shuli Archer, Shannon Senn, Nancy Hofmann.

Staff and volunteers will be able to cast their vote two ways. Either email staff@warren-wilson.edu or a paper ballot. There will be a table set up outside Canon Lounge during lunch on Dec. 14 and Dec. 15. The rest of the time the ballot box will be at Service Learning. Voting will close at 4 p.m., on Dec. 15. New Staff Body officers will be announced Dec. 16.

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Cap and gown

December graduates: Please don’t forget to pay for your cap and gown. The cost is $15, and you can pay with cash, check or credit card. You may pay in person at the Student Activities Office or by mail, CPO 6333. This money is due by Fri. Dec. 17, at 4 p.m. If you have any questions, please call ext. 3748 or email drhodes@warren-wilson.edu.

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The Library

The Library will close at 4:30 p.m. on Fri., Dec. 17, and reopen on Mon., Jan. 3, at 8:30 a.m.

During the MFA January Residency, Library hours will be as follows:

Mon.-Fri., Jan. 3-7, 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m.

Sat.-Sun., Jan. 8-9, 1-8 p.m. Mon.-Tues., Jan. 10-11, 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m.

The library will be open Wed.-Fri., Jan. 12-14, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and will be closed Sat.-Sun., Jan. 15-16.

Regular library hours will resume on Mon., Jan. 17, 2005.

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Christmas International House

The WWC Presbyterian Church is participating in Christmas International House (CIH) this 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 exciti
ng 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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Concerts

The MLK Concert with Elise Witt and Band will take place on Mon., Jan. 17, at 8 p.m., in the college chapel. The Community Concert with Elise Witt, WWC Chorale and Orchestra will happen on Tues., Jan. 18, at 8 p.m., in the college chapel. Admission is free. For more info., contact Milt at ext. 3765.

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Firefighting Training

The North Carolina Forest Service needs to meet with all students and staff who would like to fight forest fires this year.  They will be conducting a 14-hour Wildland Fire Suppression Course at the beginning of next semester. The class includes the S-130, S-190 and Standards for Survival. They will be taught at the Morse Science Hall, Room 110 on Jan. 17, 19, 24, and 26, from 6:30-10 p.m. This class is required for new employees of the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the US Forest Service. The students who complete this basic fire control training will have the same certificate that is required to be a firefighter on federal lands.

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Witness for Peace delegation to Cuba

Andy summers is organizing a Witness for Peace delegation to Cuba during Spring Break, March 12-20. Breaking Walls & Building Bridges includes impacts of current U.S. policy against the Cuban people. Despite a 45 year U.S. Trade Embargo, Cuba continues to provide for the basic needs of its people – universal health care, education, housing, and nutrition. Cuba today must meet the challenges presented by the U.S. embargo, the increasing restrictions against travel to Cuba for both U.S. citizens and Cuban Americans, and the historic and increasing threat of a U.S. implemented “regime change.”

Join us on this licensed, legal delegation to learn about the reality of Cuba. Explore how the Cuban medical and educational systems work. Experience the beauty of Cuba through music, dance, and art. Talk with Cubans about the impact of the embargo on daily life. Visit such places as agricultural cooperatives, local markets, schools, and health clinics. Uncover the realities behind historic U.S. demonizing of Cuba.

For WWC students, it is possible to construct a two credit special studies class in Peace Studies for term 4. While in Cuba, the delegation will be led by the Witness for Peace International Team in Cuba. The price of the 9-day delegation is $1168. This covers all meals, accommodations, facilitation, translation, and transportation in Cuba as well as extensive reading and activists materials both before and after the delegation. Airfare is not included in this price. Reasonable airfare will cost about $1900. Applications and $150 deposit is due as soon as possible. The remainder of the delegation fee is due Jan. 31, 2005. Space is limited. Witness for Peace is a politically independent, grassroots organization. The organization is committed to nonviolence and led by faith and conscience. The mission of WfP is to support peace, justice, and sustainable economies in the Americas by changing US policies and corporate practices which contribute to poverty and oppression in Latin America and the Caribbean. If you are interested contact Andy summers at ext. 3747, box 6003.

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Harvest Food Cooperative

Would you like more organic, local food in your life? Looking for a feisty group of people to share meals with? If so, the Harvest Food Cooperative is looking for you. The HFC is an on-campus food co-op. We share 10 made-from-scratch meals each week in the intimate Dorland main-floor kitchen. We do our own cooking, shopping, and cleaning. We’re open to students, staff, faculty, and other community members. There will be an informational meeting on the first Thursday of the spring semester. If you have questions or would like more info, call Julia ext. 4012 or check out our webpage, accessible from the WWC Inside homepage.

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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

If you missed last week’s Environmental Leadership Center Internship Program informational session, you can find out everything you need to know on the ELC’s Internship Website. You can access it off the Inside page or at www.warren-wilson.edu/~elc/internships. Read the job descriptions, stipend information, dates of contract and more. The whole application process can be done online as well. Jan. 31, is the application deadline. This will soon approach us after we get back from winter break. Remember that you will need to produce a resume – the WWC Career Resource Center can assist you – and 3 letters of recommendation. Feel free to stop by the ELC in the basement of Sunderland to read past intern’s reflection papers, learn more about our partner organizations or chat about the application process. Please call Joy Proctor ext. 3781or Stan Cross at ext. 3782 if you have any questions.

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Service Learning

Ext. 3065

Ransom House

The service learning office has been sending volunteers to the Black Mountain Garden all fall. Dr. Wilson, an 86 year old retired pediatric physician, who was raised in Korea by missionaries that were master gardeners, will be working every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday mornings getting the winter crop going. Over the break he will need help thinning spinach, collard greens, carrots and harvesting. All foods go to the Swannanoa soup kitchen. If it gets real cold he will need some help putting up structures to keep the crop warm and watering and feeding the babies, as he calls them. He is a great teacher and humanitarian. If you have any interest in working a few morning hours with him over break, please call Service Learning at 2011.

Service hours are now available online. You can check your service hours the same way you do your grades, by using your pin number
on line. If you do a trip led by a Service Learning Student, they should be recording these for you: check up on them; if you leave a service verification paper with an organization to complete and return to us, you can check and see if it has hit our office; if you have memory loss for any reason, service hours online; if you want to know if you can register for your junior year, service hours are, you know, on line; and if you really want to graduate from WWC-on line-service hours! Have a great break. If you want to show your mom your service hours….see above.

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WorldWide

Ext. 3057

2nd floor Dodge

Applications for the Irish-American Scholars Program for semester or year-long study in Northern Ireland during the 05-06 academic year are available now in the WorldWide Office. Application materials for this program are due back to the WorldWide office by Jan. 21.

Applications for other fall semester study abroad programs, including Mexico, Oxford, London, France, China, Korea, Japan, BorderLinks and Germany are due in the WorldWide office by Feb. 15.

WorldWide-qualified students who are considering other external, U.S.-accredited international study programs (i.e., non-WWC programs) for the summer or next fall are reminded to obtain prior approval through academic advisors, the Registrar, and the WorldWide office by March 1.

Any student who is interested in studying abroad next fall semester through the WorldWide program should schedule an appointment before winter break with Naomi Otterness, ext. 3783, or contact her by email at nottern@warren-wilson.edu.

Winter WorldWide travelers, remember to sign out your ticket packet from your course instructor during the last week of classes if you plan to meet your group at the airport on Dec. 27. Also, please notify WWC’s housing office as soon as possible about your accommodation needs for before and after your WorldWide course travel.

On Dec. 7, returned travelers from the ’04 China WorldWide course gave a wonderful, informative presentation in Canon Lounge. Many thanks to Christina, Molly, Bertram, Robert, Tim, Jennifer, Thomas, Kesi, Dongping and Dave for sharing your experiences with us.

Erica Ward, who is currently studying at Queens University in Northern Ireland through the Irish-American Scholars Program, sent the following message to share with the WWC community:

“Everyone’s getting really stressed out about finals at this point, though the finals aren’t until January. I think I’ve been lulled into a false since of security because I got my first assignment back and received an 80, which here is a quite good mark . . . . On Sunday I had breakfast with my American friend Matthew. I had the vegetarian Ulster fry, which I’m getting a bit addicted to, actually. Once you have it at around 11, you don’t need to eat anything else for the rest of the day. It’s potato farls, soda bread, pancakes, eggs, roasted tomatoes, roasted mushrooms, and beans. YUM! I was telling Aisling, the subwarden of my floor, that I was going to do a bit of Christmas shopping for traditional Irish presents and she said I should get my family ‘a leprechaun apiece.’ There are a lot of jokes here about leprechauns as a stock Irish stereotype. ‘Sorry, you won’t find any leprechauns running around here,’ was the first thing the guy who helped me carry my bags to my room when I’d first arrived said.”

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Scholarly Achievements

Paul Magnarella’s (Peace Studies) review of Laura Nader’s book – The Life of the Law - appears in the journal Anthropos v. 99, n. 2 (2004) pp. 662-63.

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Hooray for . . .

Congratulations to the following faculty, staff and volunteers that completed the Fall Walkabout Challenge 100 miles in 100 days: Jonna Book, Marilyn Eichman, Dongping Han, Jon Hettrick, Naomi Otterness, Phil Otterness, Natasha Shipman, Evon Swann, Michael Torres, Pete Turchi (long distance counts), Keri Willever, and Pat Willever. The goal is consistency so the total miles completed ranged from 103 miles to 331.5 miles. The above listed people even had to deal with “the flood” and its recourse. Their names will be placed into a drawing held by the county for prizes. Think about joining them for the Spring Walkabout.

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Send Us Your News

Submit your news for WWC This Week to jbowers@warren-wilson.edu. The deadline for the January 18 issue is Friday, January 14 by 5 p.m. WWC This Week will not be published over winter break.

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.

To view a listing of campus events, click the “Master Calendar” link from left column on the Inside page.

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