Warren Wilson College News

WWC This Week — October 10, 2006

October 10, 2006  
Vol. 10  No. 11

Community News

WWC receives national Campus Sustainability Achievement Award

Warren Wilson has received the national 2006 Campus Sustainability Achievement Award, in the category of four-year institutions with fewer than 1,000 students.

The award was presented Oct. 5 by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education at the AASHE conference in Tempe, Arizona. Stan Cross, education coordinator of the college’s Environmental Leadership Center, accepted the award on behalf of the College.
In the letter to the college announcing the award, AASHE executive director Judy Walton wrote: “The judges were impressed with your across-the-board leadership in sustainability. We are excited about Warren Wilson’s continued progress and we hope that other schools learn from and follow the wonderful example you have provided. We had a very impressive pool of applicants this first year, so winning one of these awards is a major achievement,” Walton said.   

The award continues a string of recognitions the College has received for its leadership in conservation/sustainability practices and facilities. Within the past year, the College was selected to receive a “Standing Ovation” award from the Western North Carolina Regional Air Quality Agency; named Conservation Farm Family of the Year in the Mountain Region by the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources; and became the first college or university in North Carolina to have a Gold Certified Building under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. The LEED-certified Doug and Darcy Orr Cottage also received the Green Building Project of the Year Award from the Carolina Recycling Association, comprising both Carolinas.

According to its website at http://www.aashe.org , the AASHE is an association whose mission is “to promote sustainability in all sectors of higher education… through education, communication, research and professional development.” Current N.C. member institutions are Duke University, N.C. State and UNC-Chapel Hill.  


Heartstone Reading
Janisse Ray is among the many accomplished writers, musicians and artists featured Oct. 16 at the Heartstone Reading on campus. The evening of music, poetry and prose – free and open to the public – begins with a 15-minute musical prelude at 7:15 p.m. in Canon Lounge. Ray, author of essays, poetry and books including Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, will be joined by several contributors to Heartstone, the environmental journal of WWC’s Environmental Leadership Center. Reading their poetry and prose to celebrate the theme of water in the 2006 issue of Heartstone will be Thomas Rain Crowe, Jeff Davis, John Lane, Gary Lilley, Sebastian Matthews, Catherine Reid and Ann Turkle. Music will be provided by the Warren Wilson Orchestra and Chorale. The Warren Wilson Department of Theatre will provide scenic design, and works by artists Dusty Benedict and John Dickson will be displayed. A book signing will follow the celebration. Info: ext. 3006.


Lower Jensen entrance closed

As of this morning, the lower entrance into Jensen on the Log Cabin side is closed and blocked off. It will remain closed for most or all of the fall semester as construction on the elevator addition continues. The area is fenced off, the door is locked, and signs are posted. Please use other doors in Jensen to enter and exit the building.


Colombian labor organizer podcast

If you didn't get a chance to hear Luz Marina Penaloza when she visited WWC this week, visit http://www.warren-wilson.edu/%7Eglobalstudies/blog/Luz.mp3 to listen to a presentation on free trade and the plight of Colombian women working in the flower industry.


Week 8 library hours extended

The library will be open until midnight Sun., Oct. 15 – Wed. , Oct. 18, to accommodate students completing term projects or studying for exams. Coffee and tea will be available each of those ights from 8-9 p.m. in the downstairs library staff room. Please bring your covered cups, if possible.


Talkin’ Trash

The compost that is made on campus from the food waste in Gladfelter Cafeteria and Cow Pie Cafe is used by the garden and by the landscaping crew to keep our campus beautiful. The system used is really awesome and easy to use. There is a bin labeled “trash” and a bin labeled  “compost.” Things that go in the “compost” bin are all foods (vegetables, meat, cheese, etc.), bones, napkins, tea bags, coffee grinds and filters, sticks from corndogs, soup, etc. Things that do NOT go in the “compost” bin are to-go cup lids, paper cups, silverware, plates, cracker wrappers, plastic creamer containers, plastic utensils, and anything else that is plastic. Please continue to compost correctly so that the Recycling Crew can continue to divert food waste from the landfill.


Carolina Chocolate Drops @ Sage Café

Wed., Oct. 11, 7-8 p.m.. The Carolina Chocolate Drops will present a concert of traditional African-American old-time music. The Carolina Chocolate Drops are a band of three young and talented African-American musicians, who have revived the traditional African-American old-time stringband music that was at one time common in rural black communities throughout the South. Their primary mentor has been octogenarian African-American fiddler Joe Thompson, who grew up playing at barn dances, frolics, and corn shuckings in the Carolina Piedmont, and who is perhaps the last remaining traditional black fiddler alive today. Band members include Dom Flemons (guitar, jug, and harmonica), Rhiannon Giddens (banjo and fiddle), and Justin Robinson (fiddle). “The Carolina Chocolate Drops can really play, their music is electrifying.” – Taj Mahal. This series of Appalachian music concerts is made possible by support from Warren Wilson’s Lyceum committee, Academic Affairs, and the Swannanoa Gathering.


First Juried Student Art Show

Held in conjunction with Annual Faculty Show. Juror: Teresa Prater, Chair of Converse College Art Dept. Open to all WWC students. Requirements: Work must have been completed while enrolled in College; can submit up to 3 works; juror will select 30-50 works to exhibit out of all entries; four categories: 3D, Photo, Books, and 2D (including prints). Prizes awarded to top winner in each category. 2D and Photo work must be matted, for help see Holden Crew. ENTRIES DUE NOV. 8. No late entries accepted. Bring work to Holden Art Center Office. Opening Reception, Fri., Nov. 17. Info: Holden Art Crew.


Spanish conversation table – Thursdays, 12-1 p.m., Cowpie Cafe. Open to all levels.


Sound-Off: Theology for Lunch

This week’s guest at the Thursday lunch Sound Off table will be Rev. Mark Ward, Minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville and one of only two ministers in Asheville abstaining from signing marriage licenses in protest of unjust NC laws. Come meet Mark and learn more about Unitarian beliefs. Last week, Richard Fireman of the NC Council of Churches and the Climate Connection joined the table and we learned about deep ecology and Buddhist beliefs. Bring a friend and join the discussion! Sound Off meets Thursdays in the corner of Gladfelter under the big white sign. All topics are open for discussion, all are invited. Sponsored by the Chapel and the Office of Church Relations. Info: jlehman@warren-wilson.edu.


Thursday Night
Jam Sessions

Bring your instruments and come out to jam every Thursday night from 6-8 p.m.  Locations will alternate between Sunderland patio and Vining pavilion (bad weather location inside commons). Oct. 12 (Vining), Oct. 19 (Sunderland)


Quaker Group meetings

Every Thurs. at 6:30 p.m., Rocking Chair Room in the Health Center. Info: asummers@warren-wilson.edu.


Gender Activist Student Project (GASP!!)
Meets every Thurs., 7:30 p.m., Women's Resource Center. Info: http://www.warren-wilson.edu/~wstudies/GASP.shtml.


Iona  community  head on campus
Kathy Galloway, head of the Iona Community will speak on campus Thurs., Oct. 12 at 4 p.m., Jensen Lecture Hall. Plan to attend – especially all who have or will visit Iona off the West Coast of Scotland. Hear about the Iona Community very much alive and active in the world. The Iona Community is involved in peace and justice issues, church renewal, the integrity of creation, inter cultural and interracial concerns worldwide. Kathy an eloquent speaker with lovely Scottish lilt, author of many books and composer of inspiring songs, provides a unique opportunity to learn more about Iona and the Iona Community.


“Butoh and Beyond”

Warren Wilson Theatre opens its 2006-2007 “Season of Light and Dark” on Oct. 13 with “Butoh and Beyond,” an evening of performance curated by Warren Wilson dance instructor Julie Becton Gillum. The evening of four different presentations begins at 8 p.m. in Kittredge Theater. Butoh is a contemporary dance/performance art that originated in Japan in the aftermath of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Violent or peaceful, slow or manic, painfully intimate or grandly spectacular, freely improvised or choreographed in stylized gestures – Butoh seems to fly away from itself, resisting definition or explanation yet profoundly transforming those who encounter it. Infused with a sense of longing, despair, tragedy and hope, Butoh is an experience that is not be missed. The presentations within “Butoh and Beyond” are diverse. “Veil of a Fractured Moon,” conceived and directed by Kathy Meyers, features painted panels and body paint by Shelly Pereda and music by Okkyung Lee. It is inspired by female archetypes and personal experience. “Triangle,” conceived and directed by Julie Becton Gillum with live music by Elisa Faeris, is described as a “ritual for accepting the three stages of the feminine.” “Solow” is also conceived and directed by Gillum and is inspired by her relationship with her son and both the masculine and feminine aspects in us all. The last piece, inspired by banana leaves, is an improvisation by the dancers. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for area students and seniors. For reservations call the Warren Wilson Theatre Box Office at 771-3040.


Auditions for Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia

Oct. 14-15, 1 p.m., Kittredge Theatre. Directed By Ron Bashford. “The focus of this scintillating comedy ricochets at breakneck speed from chaos theory to Byron's love life to landscape gardening, by way of iterated algorithms, the second law of thermodynamics, the population growth rates of goldfish and similar arcana – and yet the British playwright delivers a play that's intensely poignant as well as frequently hilarious.” – Celia Wren, The Washington Post. Prepared material is recommended but not required. A script of Arcadia available on reserve in the library. Info: gpaul@warren-wilson.edu.


CPR and First Aid classes

Sat., Oct. 14, 8 a.m. – noon at the Log Cabin. First Aid Class from 1-3 p.m. the same day. The final CPR class for this semester will he held on Wed., Nov. 8, 6-9:30 p.m. Please call Sue at ext. 3017 or email safety@warren-wilson.edu  to sign up. These classes are FREE to all WWC community members.


SAY Food!

Tues., Oct. 17, 6 p.m., Garden Cabin. This spring, WWC will be hosting a student-initiated symposium for Southern Appalachian Youth on Food (SAY Food!). I am currently seeking student collaboration for the symposium. If you want to learn more about national food activist youth groups, or are interested in helping organize a conference on land use, farming, food security, and how young people can become effective leaders, please come to the meeting. Info: Hillary, hwilson00@warren-wilson.edu.


Global Warming 101

Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m., Canon Lounge. Dr. Sharon LeDuc, Deputy Director of the National Climatic Center in Asheville, will be presenting a talk titled: Climate Change 101. This is an excellent opportunity for faculty and students to hear from a scientist on the analysis of climate change. This presentation is sponsored by Sigma Xi.  


WWC’s own Pete Turchi to speak  on campus

“If I Knew Where I Was Going, I Could Get There From Here, But I’d be less Inclined to Bother”; or, “The Writer’s Plight.”

Mark your calendars now for this fall’s Harwood-Cole Lecture, sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Pete Turchi, director of the MFA Program for Writers and award-winning author of numerous books, will be our speaker. The event will mark the 30th anniversary of the MFA program and the 20th anniversary of the Friends of the Library organization. Sat., Nov. 4, 4 p.m. in Canon Lounge.   


Together We Read event on campus

Get ready for a talk-discussion of this year's TWR selection, Saints at the River by Ron Rash, by purchasing your own copy at the College Bookstore. The TWR event will be Nov. 29, 7 p.m., Canon Lounge and is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the Undergraduate Writing Program. Dr. Kathy Newfont, Professsor of Appalachian Studies at Mars Hill College, and Asheville-area poet Nancy Dillingham will lead the discussion.


Physics Photo of the Week



Environmental Leadership Center

This past week, the ELC's education director Stan Cross attended the AASHE annual conference in Tempe, AZ to receive WWC's award for the most accomplished “sustainable” institution in North America, nominated for this award, with fewer than 1,000 students.

ELC director of education and community outreach Phillip Gibson and WWC senior Julia Kernitz attended Rutherford County's Foothills Connect one-year celebration. Julia, a member of the GIS crew, is assisting the ELC with a GIS mapping project of land use changes in Rutherford County. Phillip and Julia were both interviewed on the local radio station about this mapping project.


Green Buzz – Slow Food

Agriculture, awareness, ecology, responsibility, biodiversity…these concepts bring images to the mind, and recently they have been bringing tastes to tongues as well. Do you know what the Slow Food movement is? The Italians do. Founded by Carlo Petrini in Italy in 1986, Slow Food is an international association that safeguards inherited food cultivation and processing techniques, protects worldwide biodiversity and cultural identities linked to food, and defends consumer access to information. Last Thursday, a Slow Food delegation from Italy graced the Fellowship Hall with endless songs and lively personalities. The dinner, co-hosted by Asheville Slow Foods, WWC Sustainable Agriculture Program, and the U.S. Forest Service, was also attended by several really lucky WWC students, faculty and staff. Slow Foods is greening WWC and the world by
promoting the sharing of international experiences and the development of a new concept of agriculture, which emphasizes good, clean and fair food, especially local. At the end of this month Laura Lengnick, will represent WWC at the Terra Madre convention, a gathering of food communities from five continents and 150 countries. The convention, which takes place in Turin, Italy, home of the Slow Foods movement, will include 5000 farmers, breeders, fishermen and traditional food producers, 1000 cooks, and representatives of 200 universities. Other WWC community members active in Slow Foods include John Pilson, a 2004 Terra Madre delegate and Tom and Gail LaMuraglia, founding members of Asheville Slow Food. Let’s continue to engage in the Slow Foods movement at WWC, and give a shout-out to those who make slow foods possible: local growers, bumbly bees, workers in the cafeteria, and tastebuds everywhere. Keep it slow, because everybody cooks! Eyes open for more sloooooow food stuff, like those labels we keep promising you for local foods in Gladfelter!


Safety Tip — Fire Prevention in the Kitchen

It comes around every year. Since 1920, when President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed it, Americans observe National Fire Prevention Day on Oct. 9. Since 1922, the week that includes Oct. 9, Sunday through Saturday, has been observed as Fire Prevention Week. A majority of reported home fires, three in ten, start in the kitchen, more than in any other room or area in the home. Kitchen fire prevention is just as important in cafeterias and restaurants. Here are a few basic tips from the NFPA for preventing cooking fires:

*Never leave your stove unattended.
*Keep young children away from cooking areas.
*Keep your cooking area clean and uncluttered.
*Avoid wearing loose or dangling clothing around the stove’s burners.
*Plug microwaves directly into an outlet, not into an extension cord.
*Keep an oven mitt and a pan lid nearby when cooking; small pan fires can be smothered by covering the pan with the lid.
*Keep a fire extinguisher handy.
*If there is a fire in the oven or microwave, keep the oven door closed and turn off the heat.
*Never forget how dangerous fire can be. If you’re unable to extinguish a fire, get away from it and call the fire department.

Contact the Safety and Training Office with any questions at ext. 3017


Service Learning

Fall break service trip deadline
Mon., Oct. 16 at 5 p.m. is the deadline for all fall break trip participants to submit their paperwork and reserve their place by paying in full. There is availability on the Bartram Trail trip and the Local Service Spectacular and a reasonable wait-list for both New Orleans and Cumberland. Come by SLO if you're interested in adding your name to a wait-list or if you'd like to fill one of the available spots on the Bartram or Local trips. ALL BREAK TRIP PARTICIPANTS have a mandatory meeting in Canon at 6 p.m. on Tues., Oct. 17. New Orleans participants have an additional required meeting at 12:20 p.m. on Thurs., Oct. 12, in Mierke B – Everyone must attend without exception.

Urgent social need – only you can fill
A recent study done at McLean Hospital proved that children who are abused or neglected, in addition to suffering severe emotional and physical damage, also suffer biologically due to issues in brain development.  Experiences in early development help to link neurons in the brain.  When a child is abused or neglected, their brain literally becomes wired differently than the brains of other.  This can lead to paranoia, as people who have been abused are conditioned to see situations as hazardous, even when they aren’t. Recently, the Bush administration has severely cut funding for mental health services, and many neglected children aren’t getting the help they need. The end result is an increase of these children in detention centers and jails. These centers do not provide adequate therapy, and their situation is often made worse. In turning abused children into criminals, society continues to neglect them. A better solution would be to increase funding for social services to solve the problem from the start. Individuals can help in two ways. They can join movements for large scale social change by writing their congress people or aiding special interest groups in lobbying.  A more direct approach would be to join an organization like Big Brothers, Big Sisters to help mentor children, keeping them safe and out of jail.

The Service Learning Office can help interested Wilsonites become involved with either process of working toward social change. Montford’s Big Brothers, Big Sisters Program needs LOTS of Bigs. A van leaves SLO Mon. – Thurs., 2:30 p.m. and is back in time for dinner at about 5:15. Sign-up at the Lunch Table or just SHOW UP!
––Kate Donaldson


Lower Laursen
Ext. 3057

The annual Cross-Cultural Photo Contest is on display in the library. Be sure to stop by and vote for your favorite photo. Many thanks to everyone who submitted entries.

Amara Lauren of BorderLinks will be hosting an information session on the Semester on the Border program on Oct.  18 from 11:30 a.m.  – 1 p.m. in the Mierke B dining room. Students in this unique study abroad program pursue academic studies, experiential learning and community living along the U.S./Mexico border. Join her to learn more!

Winter WorldWide travelers, physician's exam forms and passport copies are due in the WorldWide office by Nov 1.


Hooray for . . .

GIS crew members Rebecca DaVanon, who has several of her maps published on the North Carolina Progress Board website (www.ncprogress.org), and Julia Kernitz, who was interviewed on WCAB in Rutherfordton for her work in mapping change in Rutherford County.

Anne Riddle Lundblad, who competed in the International Association of Ultrarunner’s 100K World Cup in South Korea on Sunday. She placed sixth overall and was the highest placing American woman. The American women’s team finished fourth overall.


Send Us News
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To view a listing of campus events, click the “Calendars” link from left column on the Inside page.

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