Warren Wilson College News

WWC This Week — Nov. 29, 2005

By: John Bowers
November 29, 2005     Vol. 9   No. 16

Community News

Kostova to deliver Harwood-Cole Lecture

When Elizabeth Kostova was a freshman at Warren Wilson College, she was a member of the work college’s library crew. The assignment was not only fitting for the daughter and granddaughter of librarians, but perhaps foretelling as well. For on Dec. 3, the debut author of the blockbuster novel The Historian is returning to campus to give the Friends of the Library’s 2005 Harwood-Cole Memorial Lecture, originally scheduled for Nov. 5.  The lecture, titled “Journeying East: Literary Travelers in Eastern Europe,” will begin at 4 p.m. in Canon Lounge. Kostova will present Western European accounts of travels in the area over several centuries, as well as a reading from her novel. Her lecture is free and open to the public.

No fewer than 10 years in the making, The Historian is based on the history of Vlad the Impaler, the sadistic 15th-century Romanian prince and inspiration for Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.” But as a review in Newsweek notes, “ The Historian is strikingly fresh and unformulaic…. Blending history and myth, Kostova has fashioned a version so fresh that when a stake is finally driven through a heart, it inspires the tragic shock of something happening for the first time.”  

Publishers took notice of the novel almost immediately upon its completion in the spring of 2004. Kostova’s agent offered the manuscript to 13 publishers, who began a bidding war within days of receiving it. Little, Brown won the competition, paying $2 million. Sony Pictures has bought film rights for $1.5 million. The book has resided on The New York Times best-seller list for hardcover fiction since June.  

Kostova says the idea for The Historian came to her while hiking on Yellow Mountain near Cashiers with her husband, Georgi, a Warren Wilson alumnus. She suddenly remembered her father’s tales of Dracula and had a chilling thought: “What if, while a father was telling these stories, Dracula were listening?” The novel was under way within a couple of weeks. Now a second novel is in the works, one that she says has nothing to do with the supernatural.


Talkin’ Trash

Did you know that WWC recycled 49.13 tons of paper last year? That saved 836 trees, 98 barrels of oil, 157 cubic yards of landfill space, 1,179,120 gallons of water, and 2,948 pounds of air pollution! It’s important to recycle paper, so don’t mix paper in with trash! There are paper bins on every floor of every building; find yours and recycle. In conclusion… if you like trees, recycle paper!


Set-up requests

Set up requests may be submitted online through the I-Service desk (if you have a user name and password). Building managers and those who have the responsibility for their areas have access to the I-Service Desk. If you do not have access to the I-Service Desk, you can obtain a set-up request form from the Facilities Management Customer Service Office. Call ext. 3074 and we will send you one, or come down to the office and pick one up. All set-up requests need to be submitted at least 10 working days prior to the date the set-up is needed. The request also needs to be submitted to the Customer Service office, rather than directly to Rodney or Bill. Info: ext. 3074.


Empty bins

Welcome back from Thanksgiving Break. Perhaps your grandmother gave you a fruitcake or you got a bunch of new clothes and you need to clean out your dorm room closet to fit in all the new stuff. If so, the barrels SLO put out to collect food and clothing for the homeless are practically empty. After a week of Hunger & Homelessness events we had hoped to deliver a nice offering to A-Hope, the homeless shelter in Asheville. Instead, we are going to wait until Wednesday to make our delivery in the hope that you all will fill up those bins!


Composters needed

Like playing with food? Want to turn food into something awesome and reusable? The Recycling Crew is looking for people interested in working with the College’s compost operation. Interested individuals should be ready to learn all about how compost works, and be willing to get dirty. Composting is alive and well here on campus, but we need people to continue the legacy. Call ext. 2035 and ask for Phil, or stop by the Recycling Center — that’s where the Free Store is, for anyone who doesn’t know.


Ongoing study of WWC coyotes

I am in the process of collecting information about the coyotes living on and around campus. As part of the study, I am asking all members of the community to contribute information about personal sightings of coyotes on campus. I am interested in: approximate date and time of sighting, location of sighting, description of what was observed. Please only report what you are reasonably certain to be a coyote rather than a dog. This request applies to all past sightings you can remember as well as any future sightings. adietz@warren-wilson.edu, ext.4065, or CPO 7053.


Need screenprinting?

If you would like to screen print images on clothing or posters please contact Amos Little, alittle@warren-wilson.edu. $10 per screen. Supply the design and the t-shirts. One screen can make up to 20 shirts. If you are interested, fill out a work order in the Holden building and return it to Amos Little in Holden with the design and shirts.


Radical/alt mental health library

A radical/alternative mental health library is starting up! Caucus allocated $125 to obtain resources for the library. These resources will include zines, books, pamphlets, etc. that provide a different and hopefully a more empowering approach to the mainstream stigmatizing mental institutional services. Along with the alternative library, I intend to have writing forums and maybe, depending on interest, a meeting group of people who discuss various facets of mental health. I am seeking comments, questions, recommendations of resources, and suggestions from all. Contact Jen Smith, ext. 5653, jsmith@warren-wilson.edu.


Winter Break service trip to Mississippi

Winter Break Trip Sign-Ups This Week! A lottery system will be used as there are a limited amount of spaces available. The trip will go to Hancock County, MS Jan. 7-14. There is plenty of hurricane relief clean-up work still waiting to be done in this rural
area and the director of the volunteer center says, “There’s no shortage of work, lodging will be ready and bring tools.” Sign-up at the Gladfelter SLO Lunch Table or come by our office at Ransom House by Fri., Dec. 2 at 1 p.m. The drawing will take place Mon., Dec. 5 at 1 p.m. Sign-Up Only if you are 100% sure you can go!


How to reserve the Mierke dining rooms

Reservations for the Mierke dining rooms in the cafeteria upstairs need to be made through the dining office at 298-1041. Please be sure rooms are reserved before posting signs for meetings to avoid scheduling conflicts.


Need funding for your campus project?

The Fussler Fund at Warren Wilson supports innovative projects throughout the campus and the larger WNC community by awarding small catalyst grants, which serve as seed money for projects proposed by WWC students, faculty, and staff as individuals or in groups. Anyone interested in applying for the 2005-06 grant cycle should submit a budget and two-page proposal to Carla Sutherland, csuther@warren-wilson.edu, by Fri., Dec. 2. Special consideration will be given to applications that are innovative and self-sus
taining after start-up funding has been exhausted. Proposals that address economic development, environmental stewardship and education, sustainable agricultural practices, or quality of life issues are particularly welcome.


Environmental Leadership Center’s internship meeting

Come to the Environmental Leadership Center’s internship meeting on Tues., Nov. 29 at 6:30 p.m. in Canon. This is your ONE and ONLY chance to learn about the many internship opportunities offered through the ELC FROM RETURNING WWC STUDENT INTERNS (a.k.a. your friends). The ELC offers PAID summer internships and renowned environmental organizations from the Audubon Society in Maine, to the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center on the Chesapeake, to the Tropical Forestry Initiative in Costa Rica. Internships range from conservation biology to environmental policy to eco-psychology. Info: www.warren-wilson.edu/~elc/internships.


BE – Ancient Wisdom for Contemporary Lives Series

"Wisdom of Selflessness” – Tues. Nov. 29. 7-8:30 p.m. in Holden Gallery. This week’s BE meeting we will discuss the “Wisdom of Selflessness.” This is a part of the series “Ancient Wisdom For Contemporary Lives” – a series of programs exploring ancient Buddhist teachings and their relevance to contemporary lives. Although talks build upon each other, everyone is welcome at any point. Meetings are conducted in the spirit of free and deep inquiry among friends and involve a small reading, discussion of that reading, and a short meditation. Community members have the option of coming to as many events in this series as desired or join the “Dharma-facilitator” training program. Opportunities for community-outreach will be arranged for those who complete the training-program and wish to earn service-hours through sharing the insights and experiences gained from this program. Bring a mug if you want some exquisite Chinese tea!


Service-Learning Ghana presentation

What do mud bricks, tye-dye and juicy pineapple have in common?  Come find out at an insightful evening of stories, pictures, music and traditional food brought to you by the participants of the Service-Learning Program to Ghana. If you are interested in Africa or in service in Ghana, don’t miss this! WWC participants were:  Isadora Albert, Jonna Book, Kristen Booth, Teddy Gerlach, and Artimus Quick.  Thursday Dec. 1, 6:30 pm in Canon Lounge. Info: ext. 3775.


Global Studies presentations

Seniors majoring in Global Studies will present information from their thesis research on three successive Thursdays, and presentations are open to the College community. On Dec. 1, presentations run from 4:30-6 p.m. in the McGuire Room of the library. Yael Girard will present results of her research on the legacies of the Chilean coup of 1973; Susan Polk will present information on new research directions in the study of resistance to globalization; and Juan Holladay will present ideas about new research paradigms for the study of Yaqui nationalism and resistance (Yaqui are native Americans whose homeland straddles the western Mexican-U. S. border). Mark your calendars for the presentations of Nanako Otsuki and Melina Palumbo, 4:30-5:30 p.m. on Dec. 8, and the presentations of Amelia Dulee-Kinsolving and Joanna Petticord, 4:30-5:30 on Dec. 15.


Amnesty International chapter forming

Come feel the power of people working together for justice and human rights. Warren Wilson is reopening our very own Amnesty International chapter. Bring your questions, ideas, and spunk to an informational meeting Dec. 1 at 7:30 pm in the Cowpie sunroom. Info: Caroline Barlow, ext. 3981 or Annie Hasz, ext. 3978.


Home swim meet

Dec. 3 – Home swim meet vs. Mars Hill College. 11 am. Show your support welcoming back to WWC former swim coach Teddy Guyer, now the coach at Mars Hill. Info: senos@warren-wilson.edu.


Events at Holden

"Images and Impressions of Buddhist Asia"
Fri., Dec. 2, 7-9 pm, Holden Gallery. Katie Cummings, photographer and traveler will share with us her work and experience in Buddhist Asia. Her visual and oral presentation will focus on the intertwining of daily life and religion, the deeper meanings of "service" and its myriad manifestations of Buddhist Asia.
Ritual Closing
Sat., Dec. 3, 2 p.m., Holden Gallery. Members of Buddha’s Light International Association (BLIA) led by Venerable Chueh Chuan will perform the "Transference of Merit" ritual to dedicate all the merit and goodwill generated in this exhibition to the happiness and well-being of all creatures. A traditional "Send-off Banquet" that ends with the burning of the name-placards of the upper and lower hall guests will also be part of the closing program.


A Taste of the Americas

Michael Gentry, Christopher Keiser-Liontree, and Marc Williams are hosting “A Taste of the Americas” at the Lakeview Center, Tomahawk Lake in Black Mountain on Sat., Dec. 3. 5 p.m. soup and salad; 6 p.m. main course. Info: 828-231-4832 or italmon@hotmail.com.


Independent study on tracking

Come see Jenny and Colby’s TRACKING independent study presentation on Sat., Dec. 3, 1:30 pm. Meet at the trailhead to the river trail by the bridge that crosses the Swannanoa River on Warren Wilson Rd.


Warren Wilson College Singers and Chamber Orchestra winter concert  – Sun., Dec. 4, 4 p.m. at the College Chapel.


Globalization – Where is it going?

Dr. Gerhard Zednick, a lecturer at Danau University in Krems, Austria, will be giving a talk titled “Globalization: Where is it going?” The talk, free and open to the public, will be held Mon., Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. in Canon Lounge. Dr. Zednick will discuss how to combine international human resource management with responsible cross-cultural perspectives. Dr. Zednick is a university professor from Austria with a vast background in International Management. He is a lecturer at many European universities and also in USA institutes of higher learning. Sponsored by the Office of Academic Vice-President/Dean and Lyceum.


Red Cross CPR and First Aid Training

Due to the overwhelming interest in Red Cross CPR and First Aid training, the Dec. 7 and 8 sessions will be reinstated as follows:
Wed., Dec. 7 – CPR (6-9 pm)
Thurs., Dec. 8 – First Aid (6-9 pm)
There may be one or two openings for the Dec. 3 class. To those who have already registered and received confirmation for the Dec. 3 class, you may change class dates, if necessary. CPR certification is valid for 1 year and First Aid for 3. Registration is required in advance. Contact the Safety and Training office safety@warren-wilson.edu or ext. 3017 to register. There is no charge for WWC community members.


December Graduating Seniors Dinner  – 6 p.m., Wed., Dec. 7, Ransom Fellowship Hall. Invitations forthcoming.


Holiday Open House at the President’s Home for faculty/staff/volunteers – 4-7 p.m., Fri., Dec. 9.

7th annual winter sale

Join the Herb Crew on Tues., Dec. 13 in the Garden Cabin for the 7th annual winter sale. Featuring WWC herbal products, handcrafted pottery, journals, soap, paper, baked treats, refreshments, music and more. Info: ext. 3066.


Swannanoa Solstice

Multi-instrumentalists Al Petteway (WWC artist-in-residence) and Am
y White present a celebration of the winter holidays in A Swannanoa Solstice 7 p.m. Sun., Dec. 18 at Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place in downtown Asheville.  In this annual event, these world renowned musicians share holiday songs old and new, religious and secular, in a warm and intimate winter concert in the theatre. The trio performs well-mastered Celtic and Appalachian songs and music on guitar, mandolin, fiddle, piano, Celtic harp, Irish bouzouki, vocals and world percussion. This year’s special guests include Warren Wilson College President Doug Orr who opens the show with poetry, members of the Warren Wilson College Chorale directed by Dr. Milt Crotts, and Andy Irwin, a singer-songwriter, comedian, thespian and storyteller. A Swannanoa Solstice is presented annually in partnership with The Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson College. To obtain more information about A Swannanoa Solstice at Diana Wortham Theatre or to purchase tickets Regular $28; Senior $26; Student $23; Children 12 & under $10, call the theatre’s box office at (828)257-4530 or visit www.dwtheatre.com. Student Rush tickets ($10 for students with valid I.D.) are sold the day of the show, based on availability.


Physics Photo of the Week – http://www.warren-wilson.edu/~physics/PhysPhotOfWeek/PPOW/


Swing dance aerials

A group of students has been meeting weekly to practice swing dance aerials and now feel it is time to open it up to others. We are recommending that you already have basic knowledge in swing dance and you must come with a partner. The leading partner must be able to lift the following partner. Space is limited. Info: Zoseph, ext. 4004 or zladner@warren-wilson.edu.


Green Buzz

Save money and gas as you drive

We all know the price of gas has been increasing to the highest levels in history, especially with recent natural disasters and political issues. By making simple changes in your driving habits, you can spend less on gas and reduce your petroleum demands. Here are a few tips: aggressive driving (ie rapid acceleration and braking) can decrease your fuel efficiency by up to 33% – for each 5 m.p.h. you drive over 60, it is like paying an additional $0.21 per gallon; using cruise control helps maintain a constant speed, thus increasing fuel efficiency; using overdrive lowers your engine speed, saving gas and reducing wear; replacing clogged air filters can improve fuel efficiency by up to 10%, that is like saving $0.30/gallon; keeping tires properly inflated can improve efficiency by up to 3%; using the recommended type of motor oil can improve fuel efficiency by up to 2%. Start thinking about fuel efficiency as you drive and see what changes you can make to save fuel and save money!  Everyone can use a little extra change in their pockets.
(Source: www.fueleconomy.gov)


Housing Office

There is a different process for selecting second semester rooms/roommates this year. Housing is not having a room lottery for the winter room changes. There will be a lottery in the spring. Those students who want to get on the list for a different room for next semester should go to the “Housing Office” section on the left hand side of the WWC Home Page. When you get to the Housing Office web page, complete the “Winter room change request Form.” If you are a student and already know that you will not be registering for the 2006 spring semester classes, please let the Housing Crew know as soon as possible so we can make your room available after the break. housing@warren-wilson.edu or ext. 2071.


Outdoor Programs

Weekly Activities/Outings

8 – 9:30 p.m. ~ Climbing session open to all in Bryson Gym

Come Boulder, meet fellow climbers, plan personal trips, enjoy. Instructors are present to help with technical skills or if you wish to learn basics. Ropes are available if you want to harness up. Climbing session is required if you are participating in a weekend climbing trip.

7:30 – 9:30 p.m. ~ Roll Practice at the pool
Practice or Learn – Roll, paddle strokes, and such. Instructors will be available to help you if you wish to learn. Boats, Paddles and PFD’s are available. Roll practice is required if you are participating in a weekend kayak trip.

Weekend trips

Saturday, 12.3 to Sunday 12.4 ~ Backpacking Weekend
Saturday, 12.10 to Sunday 12.11 ~ Kiawah Island Marathon
Sunday, 1.1 to Friday 1.6 ~ Ski Trip to Vermont – call for more details and cost

How to join in on the trips
Trips and activities are open to the WWC community. Weekend trips require sign up as space is limited. Call the Outdoor Programs office for info and sign up. Trip meetings are Wednesday nights at Bryson Gym.


Service Learning
Ext. 3065
Ransom House
Service-Learning Opportunities

New Trips
Asheville Humane Society- Saturdays 10-5 and 12-5 (times alternate every week). Volunteers will socialize with the cats and dogs at the shelter. This trip requires training, which is held every other Saturday from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Please contact Zak ext. 3930 or Alex ext. 3930 for more information or if you are interested in going on this trip regularly.

MANNA Food Bank needs a box-truck driver (not CDL) to do regular local pickups: Mon. and Thurs. at 6:30 a.m. and/or Mon. and Wed. at 9:30 p.m. Contact James Bowles 828-299-3663 ext 240

Want to work with the elderly? Council on Aging of Buncombe Co. needs people to help others find their prescription plan under the new Medicare Part D implementation. Training and office space provided. Contact Wendy Marsh 828-277-8288.

The Asheville Chapter of the Red Cross is in constant need of volunteers. If you are interested, contact Lisa Shows 828-258-3888 ext 205.


Upper Dodge
Ext. 3057

On Nov. 10, the Senate unanimously passed a resolution designating 2006 as the “Year of Study Abroad.” The resolution, introduced by Senator Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), encourages initiatives to promote and expand study abroad opportunities. The resolution designates 2006 as the “Year of Study Abroad”; encourages secondary schools, higher education institutions, businesses, and government programs to promote and expand study abroad opportunities; and encourages Americans to support initiatives to promote and expand study abroad opportunities and observe the “Year of Study Abroad" with appropriate ceremonies, programs, and other activities.

London and Costa Rica travelers, WorldWide staff will be coming to your classes over the next few weeks for your pre-departure orientation. Attendance at these orientation sessions is mandatory. We cannot release an airline ticket to any student who has not attended an orientation session and received an orientation packet.

Students interested in studying abroad next fall semester through the WorldWide program should schedule an appointment with Naomi Otterness (ext. 3783) before winter break. Applications for most fall semester study abroad programs, including Borderlinks, Thailand, Oxford, Korea, London, Japan, France, Germany, and China are due in the WorldWide office by Feb. 15.

Irish-American Scholars Program applications are due Dec. 15. Students accepted into the program may spend a semester or year in Northern Ireland at Queen’s University Belfast or the University of Ulster. Interested students should contact WorldWide staff for an appointment to discuss the program and application process.

"Transitions Abroad" magazine is hosting a contest for student wr
iters about cultural immersion abroad. The winning submissions will be awarded $150 and published in the March/April 2006 issue. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 20. Visit www.transitionsabroad.com for more information.


Scholarly Achievements

Steve Williams and Stan Cross, have been named Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.

Sally Fischer and Dongping Han, who have received faculty development grants from the Appalachian College Association (ACA). The grants are awarded in partial support of the professors’ sabbatical projects during the 2006-07 academic year. Fischer will use her sabbatical to complete research toward, and to begin writing, a book on existentialist ethics from the writings of Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Gabriel Marcel and Luce Irigaray. Han plans to study rural China, with the hypothesis that the Chinese government today faces legitimacy crises in the rural areas. He will interview farmers  and rural officials in order to test the hypothesis.

Paul Magnarella (Peace Studies) served on the Board of Advisors of the recently published Encyclopedia of the Developing World Vol. 1-3. New York/London: Routledge, 2005.Paul also contributed the following four articles to the Encyclopedia: "Human Rights: Definitions and Violations," pp. 777-784, "Military and Human Rights," pp. 1053-1057.  "Self-Determination," pp. 1393-1395. "Universal Declaration of Human Rights," pp. 1638-1639.


Hooray for . . .

The WWC Tree Crew, who traveled to Columbus, Ohio for the annual Tree Care Industry conference Nov. 9-11. Competing against students from all over the country, Sage Brodersen won second place in the Tree Care Skills safety exam competition on Thursday. The following day, Tree Crew members made contacts and networked at the conference’s job and internship fair.

The following December 2005 Education Graduates will present their Four Envelopes presentations on Tues., Dec. 6: Krista Cushman, Beth Decato, Candice Dougherty, Pierce Harmon, Jessica Hoyle, Chris Larson, Robin Lenner, Ellenor Moore and Matt Rogers. Congratulations to these successful graduates.

David and Heather Abernathy, proud parents of Eliza Campbell Abernathy, who was born Nov. 16, 2005 at 2:43 a.m.

Phillip Gibson, who has beeen selected to serve on the Buncombe County Environmental Advisory Board.


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