Warren Wilson College News

WWC This Week — October 4, 2005

Contact: JB
October 4, 2005     Vol. 9   No. 10

COMMUNITY NEWS

 

Local author Tommy Hays to read from his latest novel

 

Asheville writer Tommy Hays will read from his new novel, The Pleasure Was Mine, on Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Canon Lounge. The following morning, Oct.12, from 10 a.m. – noon, the campus is invited to discuss the book in the McGuire room at the library. The group will spend the first hour sharing their insights into and responses to the novel. Library director Chris Nugent and creative writing instructor Sebastian Matthews will facilitate the group. Hays will attend the group for the second hour and sign copies of the book. (No advanced reservations are necessary.) The book is available for purchase now at the College Store at a 10% discount and will be available for purchase at the reading as well.

 

Hays has written two other novels: Sam’s Crossing and In the Family Way, the latter of which won the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award and was a selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club. The executive director of the Great Smokies Writing Program at UNCA, Hays received his B.A. degree in English from Furman University and his MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College, where he also taught for four years. In response to The Pleasure Was Mine, Kirkus Reviews writes, "…Hays beautifully captures a husband’s grief as he watches his beloved wife slip into Alzheimer’s. …Colloquial in tone, braced by its narrator’s stoic, plainspoken candor, Hays’s latest outing feels timely and true. …An intimate, loving portrait of a dreaded disease’s devastating effects." More info: Sebastian Matthews, ext. 3021.

 

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Four groups of WWC students to work in areas devastated by Katrina

 

Although most Warren Wilson College students weren’t directly affected by the hurricanes that hit the Gulf Coast, news of the storms’ destruction has been ingrained in the minds of many. So many, in fact, that twice as many students sought to participate in Warren Wilson fall-break trips to the ravaged region as there are spaces for.

 

As it is, 35 students will be traveling in four groups in mid-October to storm-damaged areas in southern Louisiana, to the bayous and lowcountry south of New Orleans. Each group will engage in extensive cleanup operations in areas where houses and other structures have sustained major water and wind damage. Their work will be facilitated by Southern Mutual Help Association, a New Iberia-based nonprofit with ecumenical ties across many rural parishes.

 

Before departing, students will attend training sessions sponsored by the College’s social work department. They also will gather tools and supplies before leaving, and will take the gear required to live in fairly primitive conditions during the weeklong trips.

 

Nearly 70 students had entered a participation lottery set up by the college’s service-learning office. The office is raising funds to defray the cost of the trips so that the students selected do not have to pay expenses out of pocket.

 

"We will not be putting any of our volunteers in harm’s way," said Franklin Tate, WWC service-learning acting director. "And we’re confident that conditions along the coast have stabilized enough for our work to be timely and significant. Several college staff members also have signed on as leaders, and we thank them too for their participation." Each group will leave for the Gulf Coast by Oct. 15 and return by Oct. 22. The four groups also will organize a community forum upon their return.

 

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Warren Wilson Mountain Bikers continue to rock!

 

Saturday, Sept. 24 – Returning again to the University of South Carolina’s home venue, Catawba River Park, southwest of Charlotte, Owl bike racers showed their collective stuff, and it looked good. Under the crackling power lines, on trails of hardpacked red clay made unpredictable with a thin frosting of silt, our folks battled to break the season-long grip of dominant Lees McCrae College. For the men, Taylor Johnson laid it down to emerge in 2nd place in the Short Track, beginning what would be a double for the weekend, trailing only the LMC rider in C cross country the following day. Blond bombshell Stiles Cummings turned heads in Men’s A, equalling last year’s National Champion on time in the Men’s Downhill for 2nd, while rapidly developing Ashlee Robinson shocked both onlookers and LMC riders with a powerful win in the Women’s A Downhill. Although full results are still pending, impressive rides were done by Camille Prevost, Callum Robertson, Caroline Delorento, and Ian Smith-Overman. Stay tuned for our next race at Georgia Tech, as we build up for another run at the Division II Championship, being held again in PA at the Seven Springs Ski Resort.

 

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THE BIRTH OF THE MEDIA CAPTURE

 

Warren Wilson Theatre presents The Birth of the MediaCapture, a performance art, heavy metal, multi-media extravaganza. Wednesday preview, Thursday opening. Warren Wilson Theatre proudly begins its 2005-2006 season with THE BIRTH OF THE MEDIA CAPTURE, a solo performance piece conceived, written, and performed by John Creery, and directed by Graham Paul. The performance runs Thursday, October 6 through Sunday, October 9; curtain is at 8 p.m. and seating is limited. Warren Wilson students will be admitted for free but should reserve tickets, as should staff; staff admission is $5. Call ext. 3040 to reserve. Fresh from a year working at New York City’s "downtown performance petri-dish" PS 122, and after collaborating with puppet rock godfathers Uncle Jimmy’s Dirty Basement, Creery has returned to the Warren Wilson stage with a performance about reality television, consumption, and mass mediatization. Part art installation, part multimedia playground, part live rock show, and part solo performance, THE BIRTH OF THE MEDIA CAPTURE is Asheville’s only Performance Art Heavy Metal extravaganza, and it must be seen to be believed. The stage of Warren Wilson’s Kittredge Theatre will be transformed into a club in which patrons (the audience) will be seated at tables, served refreshments, and surrounded with projected images, rock music, and other strange goings on. This performance will contain strong language and is definitely not a family show. Seating will be limited and reservations are very strongly recommended. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for area students, senior citizens, and Warren Wilson College staff; Warren Wilson students are free. The Warren Wilson Theatre box office can be reached at (828) 771-3040.

 

Warren Wilson Theatre will continue its season with S.H.O.R.T.S, a festival of short performance pieces presented and performed by students and non-students alike, OUR TOWN, directed by New York-based director Ron Bashford who is currently directing The Syringa Tree for the North Carolina Stage Company, and the musical PIPPIN, directed by Steven Williams of the Warren Wilson Department of Music and former Warren Wilson graduate Jenessa Schwartz. Patrons are urged to visit Warren Wilson Theatre’s website at www.warren-wilson.edu/~theatre.

 

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Voices in Social Change: Daysi Granadas

 

Mon., Oct. 10, 7 p.m. in Canon Lounge – Voices in Social Change: Daysi Granadas, a leader in the women’s movement and community organizer in Nicaragua, will be speaking about how US foreign policy, the World Bank, and the IMF has forced trade policies that impoverish the Nicaraguan people. Anna Kima, born during the civil war in Sudan and has lived in exile in Ethiopia, Kenya, and southern Sudan. She worked as a peacemaker for the New Sudan Council of Churches for 11 years
and currently works for Skills for Southern Sudan as an advocate for gender equity and equal participation of men and women in leadership and development.

 

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Spring Road Cycling Club

 

On Wed., Oct. 5, 8 p.m. in Sage Cafe, there will be a meeting for folks interested in being part of a Road Cycling Club. We’re looking for anyone interested in riding bikes, though ultimately we want to compete as a team on the collegiate circuit. We’ll talk bikes and other fun things associated with bikes, such as sponsors, jerseys, races, gas money to get us to races, and pretty little rural routes all other Western North Carolina. Info: Kylie – kkrauss@warren-wilson.edu, Ashlee – arobinson@warren-wilson.edu.

 

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Depression screening

 

On Thurs., Oct. 6, 11-1:30 p.m., the Counseling Center will be hosting a depression screening in the lobby of Gladfelter. Fill out a survey, get information about depression, or talk to one of the counselors.

 

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Want to have lunch with a trustee?

 

Students – if you want to have lunch with a trustee on Fri., Oct. 7, , contact Student Trustee Tim Dooley, tdooley@warren-wilson.edu or call ext. 5836. Please include your name, major, year, where you’re from, and phone number.

 

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Athletic events this week

 

Thurs., Oct. 6

Women’s soccer vs. Johnson Bible College, 4 p.m.

 

Sat., Oct. 8

Mountain biking at Ga. Tech

Cross country at Lenoir Rhyne.

 

Home soccer doubleheader vs. Emmanual College – Saturday

1 p.m. – women vs. EC.

3 p.m. – men vs. EC.

 

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Appalachian Flatfooting and Clogging Workshop

 

Thurs., Oct. 6, 4 p.m. at the Pavilion. Learn the basics of Appalachian flatfooting and clogging, every Thurs. at 4 p.m. at the Pavilion. Everyone is welcome, no experience necessary. Information: Phil Jamison, ext. 3722.

 

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PARADE at Holden Gallery

 

"PARADE," a drawing exhibit by Canadian artist Kevin Finlayson opens Fri., Oct. 7, 7-9 p.m. ay Holden Gallery. The exhibit is produced by the Montreal-based curators, Leisure Projects, and will be on show from Oct. 7 – Nov. 5. Leisure Project directors will give a curatorial talk at the opening reception.

 

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Community Meeting

 

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 4-5 p.m. in Canon Lounge. The agenda includes hurricane relief workers speaking about their experiences in the Gulf coast states.

 

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SHAPE UP

Faculty, staff, volunteers and students – Here’s your opportunity to SHAPE UP! Sign up now for the term II Early Morning Fitness Class, beginning at 6 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday in the weight room at DeVries Gym. The 60 minute interval cardio class features 45 minutes of cardio and 1 to 3 minute intervals switching between weights and cardio, for a total body workout. It’s taught by an excellent outside instructor, it’s fast, it’s fun, and it’s suitable for all fitness levels. To register for the eight-week class sign up and pay the $30 fee to Marilyn Eichman, at the post office, by next Wednesday, October 12. Thanks to Stacey Enos, the class is partially subsidized by the athletic department. We need 15 participants to get the $30.00 per term rate.

 

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Natural Science Seminar – faculty presentation

 

Dr. Lou Weber will present "March of the Shorebirds" on Oct. 24 at 4 p.m. in Jensen 308. All are invited to attend this faculty presentation.

 

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Alumna/author of The Historian to speak on campus

 

Mark your calendars now for this fall’s Harwood-Cole Lecture, sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Elizabeth Kostova, WWC alumna and celebrated author of the new blockbuster novel, The Historian, will be our speaker. The title of the presentation will be Journeying East: Literary Travelers in Eastern Europe. Ms. Kostova will talk about a lot of good books and will also read a little from the novel.  The Historian is an adventurous saga about a family’s search for the real Dracula.  According to the Kostova’s publicity manager, the novel is "an adventure of epic proportions, a relentless tale that blends fact and fantasy, history and the present, with an assurance that is almost unbearably suspenseful […] The Historian will dazzle, terrify, and delight everyone lucky enough to fall under its spell."  You definitely do not want to miss this event!  Saturday, Nov. 5,  at 4 p.m. in Canon Lounge.

 

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Greenpeace Organizing Term

 

The Greenpeace Organizing Term (GOT) is an action-filled semester and the best hands-on training for you to become an environmental leader. You’ll be making an investment in your leadership skills and get training in grassroots organizing, media, direct action, and campaign strategy. You’ll travel abroad with Greenpeace and join a team of incredible activists working to protect the planet. Learn more and apply at www.greenpeaceusa.org/got.

 

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Directory correction – Leah Leitson, CPO 6165.

 

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Physics Photo of the Week

http://www.warren-wilson.edu/~physics/PhysPhotOfWeek/PPOW/

 

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Spanish Conversation Table

 

Every Wednesday from 12 – 1 p.m. and every Thursday from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at the Cowpie Cafe.

 

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THE GREEN BUZZ

 

Cut Energy Use and Pollution with Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs

 

*If every household in the U.S. replaced one light bulb with an ENERGY STAR qualified compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL), it would prevent enough pollution to equal removing one million cars from the road.

 

*CFLs use 66% less energy than a standard incandescent bulb and last up to 10 times longer.

 

*Replacing a 100-watt incandescent with a 32-watt CFL can save you at least $30 in energy costs over the life of the bulb.

 

*CFLs come in many sizes, wattages, and light tones, so you can pick the type that works for you.

 

*If one hundred incandescent lightbulbs used at Warren Wilson for four hours per day were switched out for CFLs, 56,331 pounds of carbon would not be released into the atmosphere, the equivalent of planting 7.68 acres of forest.

 

Switch to CFLs! Lower emissions and decrease the rate of global warming!

 

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OUTDOOR PROGRAMS

 

Ski/snowboard trip

We have put together a fabulous trip to Vermont’s slopes at Smugglers’ Notch Resorts January 1-6, 2006. We are looking for 10 skiers (all levels) to join us on a most excellent adventure. Here is a little look on the pricing: $400 (subject to a little change) will include a four to five room condominium, with five-day lift ticket, and food. Unfortunately we have limited space for participants coming from Asheville, so most will have to arrange there own transportation, but tickets are still low. We will have an informative meeting on October 4, 4:30 in the OP office in DeVries. We are really excited to ski this winter and have some fun
and experience Burlington, Vermont. More information call Outdoor Programs at ext. 2040 or email wday@warren-wilson.edu.

 

Wed. – 7 p.m. at pool atrium – info meeting for paddling trip this weekend. Everyone is welcome. Roll practice starts at 7:30 p.m..

 

Thurs. – Paddling skills clinic – meet at boat shed at 4 p.m.

 

Weekend – Paddling and camping on section 9 of the French Broad. We’re trying to get other colleges to come out and paddle with us as well. Most likely we’ll be paddling on Sat. and camping in Hot Springs (which means mineral hot tub soaking). Schedule may change but come to the info meeting Wednesday for details. Advanced paddlers and beginner rafters welcome. Info: ccaldwell@warren-wilson.edu or ext. 2040.

 

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SERVICE LEARNING

Ext. 3065

Ransom House

 

Service-Learning Opportunities

 

Weeklies

 

Black Mountain Community Garden -Come dig around with Dr. Wilson on Tuesdays and/or Fridays 8:45-10:45 am, or work with Buncombe County middle schoolers at the garden on Wednesdays from 12:50- 2:20 p.m. Call Kristen x 4041 or stop by the SLO for details.

 

The Health Adventure: Touch of the Tropics -Teach kids about the animals that live in the exhibit’s aquatic petting zoo on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:45 until 2:30 pm. Call Jesenia x 5678 or talk to the SLO folks for more information.

 

Saturday trips

 

The ABCCM Prison Ministry Program is hosting a benefit on Saturday, Oct. 8. Volunteers are needed to assist with the auction by bringing the items out Vanna White-style for bidding and also to help load items that have been purchased. 11 am- 3 pm. Call the SLO for details.

 

Volunteers are needed to help with the Peace Wall Project in the Montford community on Saturday, Oct. 8. Help is needed with building a stone wall using the names of soldiers who have died in Iraq. Questions? Call Leah x 4042.

 

On your own service

 

WWC Girl Scout Troop Leaders and leader assistants are recruiting people to help their girls get badges! If you have a special skill you want to share with the troop, contact the SLO.

 

The Black Mtn./Swannanoa Girl Scout Council is also looking for someone to head up the spring cookie sale. Commitment is from January through March. Call Janet x3065 for more info on these two opportunities.

 

Service-Learning News

 

Required meetings for Gulf Coast lottery winners

 

Oct.6, 4-6 pm: Training session on Post-Traumatic Stress, active listening, and debriefing skills in Canon Lounge.

 

Oct 11, 4-6 pm: Community Meeting and panel discussion by returning relief workers from the coast in Canon Lounge, and also a Q and A with the relief workers and trip attendees over dinner.

 

Remember: You can now check your service hours online! From the WWC Inside page, just click Campus Web Login and enter your PIN.

 

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HOORAY FOR . . .

 

BK Segall, who led a group of WWC students to Washington, D.C. for the peace march in  last weekend. Check out photos from the march now on display in the library. 

 

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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 11 issue is Friday, October 7 by 5 p.m.

 

Classifieds and Lost & Found are located online at www.warren-wilson.edu/forums/. 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 "Calendars" link from left column on the Inside page.

 

The WWC Emergency Information Line number is (828) 258-4521.

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