Warren Wilson College News

WWC This Week — October 17, 2006

October 17, 2006  Vol. 10  No. 12

Three WWC varsity teams qualify for national championships

The mountain biking team heads to Angel Fire, New Mexico Oct. 20-22; the cross country team will compete Oct. 26-28 in Buena Vista, Virginia; and the women’s soccer team will see tournament play Nov. 2-5 in Rochester Hills, Michigan. Congratulations and GO OWLS!

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Smoking Policy revised

Staff Forum and Student Caucus have passed a new policy regarding smoking on campus. The new policy states that  smoking is prohibited within 25 feet of all campus buildings. This is an increase from the previous 20 foot limit. The change was made to be in compliance with LEED certification for some of our buildings and applies to all
buildings for the sake of uniformity.

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Fall break check run

The check run for the week of fall break, Oct. 23-27 will be on Tues. Oct. 24. This check run will be for necessary payments only. Reimbursements etc. should be submitted for the week after fall break. Depending on availability of check signers, the checks will be available on Tues. afternoon or Wed. morning, Oct. 24 or 25. Please don't wait until the last minute to submit your requests. Info: bfreel@warren-wilson.edu.

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Planned Parenthood

Through efforts of the dean of students and the health center staff, beginning Mon., Oct. 30, a Planned Parenthood representative will be available to students every Monday from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. to provide counseling and contraceptives.

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NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources internships

Two internships are available, located at the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Swannanoa. The NC Geological Survey is researching landslide activity and developing hazard maps that will influence land use planning in western North Carolina. They are seeking a GIS intern primarily involved in analysis and data entry of information for the landslide hazard-mapping program. They are also seeking a tree ring intern primarily involved in collecting biological data to identify the effects of slope movement on tree ring growth, and study plant communities around active and recently active landslides. Info: Phillip, ext. 3781.

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Local refugee assistance

Dr. Kathryn Burleson's Cultural Psychology class is working with Ukranian and Moldovan refugee families in the Asheville community as a service-learning component of the class. A Moldovan family has recently suffered a tragedy and we are trying to collect funds to support them during this hardship. If you can help in this effort, please look for our information table in Glad. to learn more. Donations and questions can be sent to Dr. Burleson, CPO 6124 or kburleson@warren-wilson.edu. Thanks for your support!

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Calling All Ghouls and Goblins

Do you have a hidden talent that you'd like to share with the community? Would you like to celebrate Halloween and get service learning hours at the same time? October 31 is the second annual Fall Festival, taking place in Sage Circle from 3:30-5:30 p.m., brought to you by the Social Work with Communities and Organizations class, for the children and their families at Mountain Area Child and Family Center, the residents at Highland Farms Retirement Community, and for the Warren Wilson community. Representatives from the social work class will be available during lunch with sign-up sheets on Tues., Oct. 17. Info: wwcfallfestival@gmail.com.

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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 nights from 8-9 p.m. in the downstairs library staff room. Please bring your covered cups, if possible.

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Sustainability grants from EPA

The agency plans to award up to $1.25 million in grants that enable teams of college students to research, develop and design scientific and technical solutions to sustainability challenges that protect the environment while achieving continued economic prosperity. Info: http://es.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2007/2007_p3_4thannual.html.

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Campus construction updates – http://www.warren-wilson.edu/~fmts/construction.shtml

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Talkin’ Trash

You may have noticed that the Recycling Crew is going to dorms and looking through their trash bins again this year. We pick a dorm every Monday and then search their trash bins for recyclables. So far we’ve checked Schafer, Stephenson, and Sage. Schafer A and Stephenson have been the best so far and Sage is close behind. Be on your best recycling behavior because you never know what dorm we’ll pick next.

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

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Sound-Off: Theology for Lunch

This week’s guest at the Sound Off table will be David McNair, Canon for Youth, College and Young Adult Ministries of the Episcopal Church’s Western North Carolina Diocese. He has also served as director of Camp Henry at the Lake Logan Episcopal Retreat Center. 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

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Thursday Night Jam Sessions – Every Thursday, 6-8 p.m.  Oct. 19 – Sunderland.

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Quaker Group meetings – Every Thurs. at 6:30 p.m., Rocking Chair Room.

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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.

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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.  

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Psychology Club presentation

Wed., Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m., Jensen 302. Craig Hargett's presentation, “Spirituality in Practice: Transpersonal Psychology.” This presentation is based on independent study and internship work with local therapists who incorporate and examine aspects of spirituality and transpersonal psychology in their practice.  

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Grassroots development in rural China

Wed., Oct. 18, 7 p.m., Jensen Lecture Hall. Pat Yang, chair of the Zigen Fund, will be speaking on grassroots development in rural China and the participation of U.S Non-Governmental Organizations' in rural development. The presentation is sponsored by the Lyceum Committee.

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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 C
anon Lounge.   

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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.

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Physics Photo of the Week

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

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The College Press, student teaching connection

Emily MacDonald was an outstanding member of the College Press Crew for two semesters and two summers. We truly appreciated her quiet, conscientious approach to getting the work done correctly and on time, her strong sense of responsibility, and her high level of integrity. On her last day of work, Thurs., August 10, she left feeling considerable apprehension about her new role as a practice teacher at Asheville High School. She stopped back here the next afternoon to tell us about her first day of practice teaching.

First thing Friday morning Emily found herself in a room with several perplexed teachers and a large table piled high with carious documents. The teachers were to label, collate, sort, and alphabetize manuals for all of the freshmen entering Asheville High this fall, and put the notebooks into boxes. But there was a problem. No one had any idea how to proceed! Emily stepped in and immediately began to sort and stack the piles. “We’ll work in teams, and do twelve books at a time,” she instructed the teachers, “because that’s how many books will fit into each box.”

Before long everyone was at work, and several were making comments such as “I can’t believe we’re actually collating… We’re really going to be able to get this finished!”

Because of the experience she’d gained through the work program at Warren Wilson (and of course because she’s bright and well-organized) Emily made a very, very good impression on her first day out in the work world!

––The College Press

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Green Buzz – Paper and Climate Change

We’re beginning to learn that new technology does not solve all our problems – we cannot generate enough renewable energy to solve the impending energy crisis, and we cannot recycle and sustainably harvest resources with our current demand. In combination with new technologies, we must practice conservation, not only of energy, but also of other resources. As the climate change predicament becomes more and more obvious, so does the importance of trees and their carbon-absorbing properties. This means we need to conserve our trees, now more than ever!

Paper production is the third most energy-intensive of all manufacturing industries in the U.S., according to Department of Energy statistics, and uses 11.5% of all energy in the industrial sector.  In addition, one third of all wood harvested in the U.S. is used for paper products (Environmental Defense). Recycling is a tiny step, and we need many more leaps to mitigate climate change. Here are some more steps to make:

·    Set your default margins to ¾ inch to reduce the number of pages you print (this provides 23% more usable space than the default; an analysis at Penn State estimates that this action alone saves the university over $120,000 each year in avoided paper, disposal, and postage costs).

·    When printing text off the Internet, use print preview and only print pages with the text that you need, or copy the text into a document to reduce the number of pages.

·    When printing spreadsheets and PowerPoints, shrink slides and graphs to fit fewer pages.
    Going through paper recycling bins on campus, you can find tons of perfectly usable one-sided paper, so:

·    Use one-sided paper for taking notes and printing papers – any environmentally minded professor will accept lab reports and essays on paper that has been used on one side.

·   Professors: print handouts double-sided or on one-sided paper. Several teachers already encourage students to write quizzes and in-class essays on one-sided paper, keeping a supply in the classroom, more could follow this example.

·   Printing double sided is simple at the Library or Bannerman Computer Lab, where the default is usually set to double-sided; users can also manually feed one-sided paper.

·    Campus copiers have the option of printing double-sided as well.

·    If you have a personal printer, figure out which side of the paper it prints on so that you can manually feed one-sided paper or print double-sided documents.

Saving paper saves trees, saves energy in transportation and production costs, and reduces water, air, and greenhouse gas pollution!

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Service Learning

Where are you buying your food? Ingles? Wal-mart? Are you tired of supporting large businesses that pay low wages and provide inorganic food?

Here at Service learning, a supervisor has recently purchased a membership to the French Broad Food Co-Op in downtown Asheville in order to start stocking our kitchen with healthy, organic, and local foods. The French Broad Food Co-op is “a consumer-owned cooperative, a business owned by the people who work and shop there.” They pay reasonable LIVING wages, provide access to local, healthy, and organic foods such as hormone-free dairy products, free range meat, fresh baked goods, vitamins, homeopathics, natural pet food, biodegradable cleaning supplies, the largest selection of bulk herbs in the southeast, and much more!

Service Learning hopes that this information strongly encourages students and supervisors who buy food for their crews to not only make purchases at the FBFC but to become a member. All you have to do is fill out a simple membership application, which is available at the Service Learning office, and pay a small $25 application fee (for one full year!) and you're set.

What does membership get you? You will become a voting member and have a voice in the French Broad Food Co-op decisions. On top of that, you will receive a 5% discount on all discountable items in the store, and are eligible to receive an additional 10% on various items in the store. All of this can make the healthy, fresh, delicious, organic food at FBFC cheaper than a place like Ingles or Wal-mart! FBFC also donates money to events and actions of local non-profit organizations that directly affect the Western North Carolina community. They provide space on their property for non-profits to provide information to the community, operate a “Movement & Learning” center, and are “committed to selling locally-made products and supporting other local businesses whenever possible.” Join Today! Applications and information is available from the Service Learning office and http://www.fbfc.com.

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WorldWide
Lower Laursen
Ext. 3057

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. to 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!

The annual Cross-Cultural Photo Contest is on display in the library. Stop by and see these f
abulous photos from around the world, all taken by our talented students! Don't forget to vote for your favorite!

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

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Hooray for . . .

WWC senior Kimberly Miller, whose nonfiction piece “The Smell of Money” is published in Adbuster’s Nov/Dec. isssue, titled “Apocalypse Soon.”

Shannon Waldron, last week's USCAA Women's Soccer Player of the Week. At the homecoming game, the junior midfielder posted two goals in the 3-2 overtime victory against defending 2005 USCAA Champions, Southern Virginia University.

WWC junior Nathan Ballentine who recently completed a three-year term as co-moderator of the Presbyterian Youth Connection.

Former WWC president Doug Orr, who has received the The Order of the Long Leaf Pine – the highest N.C. civilian award. The award is given to “outstanding North Carolinians who have a proven record of service to the state.” Hope Williams, president of North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU), nominated Orr for the honor. Orr, 67, served as board chair of NCICU until his retirement from Warren Wilson in July after 15 years as president. His numerous area and statewide board memberships have included the N.C. Center for International Understanding, the N.C. Progress Board, the N.C. Outward Bound School, WCQS-FM and the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce. Before coming to Warren Wilson in 1991, he was vice chancellor for development and public service and professor of geography at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Orr also is coeditor of North Carolina Atlas: Portrait for a New Century, which ranks in the top five in sales among The University of North Carolina Press’ more than 1,500 titles. A copy of the atlas can be found in each public library in North Carolina.

WWC students Ayla Graden, Eleanor Margulies, and Renee Gaudet who presented with Mallory McDuff at the North American Association for Environmental Education conference in St. Paul, MN last week. More than 900 people attended the conference from countries as diverse as India, England, Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. The topic of the presentation was “From local foods to second-hand smoke: building environmental communication skills for behavior change on college campuses.” The presentation outlined the results from the environmental campaigns on campus conducted through their First Year Seminar last fall.

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Condolences
Carolyn Wallace’s father, Hubert Gill Wallace passed away last week at the age of 91.

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Send Us News
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