October 31, 2006 Vol. 10 No. 13
WWC mountain bikers finish second in nationals for fourth straight year
Impressive individual performances by Patrick Hurley and Kylie Krauss helped WWC finish second in the team standings (Division II) of the 2006 USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships. The Owls placed second behind Western State College in the competition held Oct. 20-22 at Angel Fire Resort, high in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of northern New Mexico. It marked the fourth year in a row that Warren Wilson was runner-up in the championships, after a third-place finish in 2002.
Warren Wilson named one of Barron’s Best Buys in College Education
The ninth edition of Barron’s Best Buys in College Education includes Warren Wilson College among 247 schools nationwide that provide “a first-rate education at an affordable price.” Barron’s notes that colleges in its biannual guide “are selected to appear based on various criteria, including tuition rates…. The final 247 colleges chosen represent the best combination of sound data and student satisfaction.”
Corporate environmental leader Ray Anderson to speak at WWC
Fri., Nov. 10, 7:15 p.m., College Chapel. Ray Anderson, founder and chairman of carpet-tile maker Interface Inc. and a corporate environmental leader will speak as part of the 10th anniversary celebration of the Environmental Leadership Center. Anderson’s talk, the second of the speaker’s event that bears his name, is titled, “Sustainability in Action: A Better Way to Bigger Profits.” Info: http://www.warren-wilson.edu/internal/index.php.
Restorative justice lecture
Thurs., Nov. 2, 2:30 p.m., Carson 12. Attorneys Kim Wright and Marty Price will give a public lecture on restorative justice. Wright and Price will be offering a special topics PAX course on restorative justice in the spring 2007 semester. This lecture is designed to introduce interested students to this developing field.
Campus construction updates – http://www.warren-wilson.edu/~fmts/construction.shtml
Spanish conversation table – Thursdays, 12-1 p.m., Cowpie Cafe. Open to all levels.
Quaker Group meetings
Every Thurs. at 6:30 p.m., Rocking Chair Room in the Health Center. Info: email@example.com.
Gender Activist Student Project (GASP!)
Every Thurs., 7:30 p.m., Women's Resource Center. Info: http://www.warren-wilson.edu/~wstudies/GASP.shtml.
Sat., Nov. 4, 4 p.m. in Canon Lounge. Pete Turchi, director of the MFA Program for Writers and award-winning author of numerous books, will present “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.”
Theatre presents Endgame
Warren Wilson Theatre is proud to celebrate Samuel Beckett’s 100th birthday with a production of his one-act play, ENDGAME, directed by WWC senior Katie Anne Towner. Beckett's minimalist writings about alienation, death, and language have made him one of the 20th century's most influential playwrights and a favorite of academic and avant-garde intellectuals alike. ENDGAME will be performed Nov. 9-12 at 8 p.m. in Kittredge Theatre. General Admission $10, staff and faculty, $5 and Warren Wilson
Gamelan demo (Indonesian Orchestral Instruments)
Wed., Nov. 15, 1 p.m., Kittredge 20. Western Carolina Univ. Gamelan Orchestra.
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.
Fair-trade items for Christmas
If you would like to have fair-trade coffee or tea in the next six weeks, please contact Julia Richards, firstname.lastname@example.org or 298-0672.
Safety Tip of the Week
Ladder safety is mostly common sense, but people still make foolish mistakes and pay the price. Refresh your memory with these ladder safety tips: Most ladders are meant to support one person; do not try to reach so far that you lose your balance; place the ladder on a non-skid surface or add rubber treads to the bottom to prevent slippage; never stand on the ladder's top three rungs; never use a broken ladder; don't put a ladder's base too close to the thing it is leaned against; the base should be spaced one foot away for every 4 feet it reaches up; when using extension ladders, make sure that all locks are firmly secured; when dealing with electrical equipment, never use a metal ladder; never use a wet ladder, as you may slip while climbing. Contact Sue Quigley at the Occupational Safety and Training office if you have any questions at ext. 3017
Physics Photo of the Week
Audio recordings available
The webpage http://www.warren-wilson.edu/~elc/Audiorecordings.shtml currently contains recordings from both the October 2006 ELC’s Council of Advisors luncheon and the 2006 Heartstone Evening Celebration. The recordings feature the WWC Chorale, WWC Orchestra, WWC students Sadie Adams and Julia Kernitz, President Sandy Pfeiffer, Dr. John Casey, and authors within and outside of WWC. If you have recordings you’d like to post on the page, contact Phillip, email@example.com.
Service Learning Gets on the Bus
The Service Learning Office is working to promote sustainability in service. The crew posted a map of the bus route (Route 29) in lower Gladfelter with organizations needing volunteers marked along the route. Lots of WWC students ride the bus and even more do service. But how many students use the bus to get to service sites?
Organizations like the Asheville Community Theatre, the YMCA, and MANNA Food Bank are all bus-accessible and in need of volunteers. If the organization you want to volunteer with isn’t bus-accessible, the SLO offers gas reimbursements for carpooling. If you bring three other people with you, the SLO will pay a portion of your gas mileage. Talk to Service Learning to sign up for this. You can find passengers by posting a notice on the SLO’s ride board in lower Gladfelter. This board helps students in need of rides connect with drivers and vice versa.
Another alternative to driving to your service site is biking. On Mondays and Wednesdays a group of WWC students bikes to the Mountain Area Child and Family Center to do service from 8-9:30 a.m. Other organizations within biking distance include the Western North Carolina Nature Center, Ten Thousand Villages, and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
So, you can sustain-ify your service by using alternative forms of transportation, like the bus, bikes, and carpooling. Another way to integrate environmental action and service is to volunteer for local environmental organizations. One way to locate these organizations is on http://www.sustainableasheville.org, a website designed to serve as a network for local groups and
organizations working toward different aspects of sustainability. The range of issues these organizations are working on includes food, shelter, transportation, commerce, population, and environmental action. The Sustainable Asheville site lists the names and contact information of organizations seeking volunteers, as well as descriptions of the many organizations working toward sustainability locally. For more info, email the Campus Greening crew at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Events
Be a mountain Santa to someone – during November, WWC will be fixing up gift boxes for a community party in the sixth poorest region in the USA. Our Santa is scheduled to ship out YOUR GIFTS on Nov. 27, so get your shoeboxes out and fill em’ up. Warren Wilson College’s Santa is in War, West Virginia (we’re not making this up). Our Santa in War will distribute to boys, girls, men and women. Every gift wrapped box should have a note on it saying which age group it is appropriate for and could include a toothbrush and toothpaste (nearest dentist is 100 miles). Other ideas: floss, deodorant, a book, cloths, games, cards, pens, knick knacks, pot holders, etc. Place large items in the box in LOWER GLADFELTER during lunch daily until Nov. 27.
Nov. 1 – Film on Homelessness Issues, 8 p.m., Schafer C TV Room
Nov. 2 – MANNA Food Bank Service Trip, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Meet at SLO
Nov. 3 – Black Mountain Community Garden service trip, 2:30-5:30 p.m.
Nov. 4 – Habitat Homestore service trip, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Meet at SLO
Nov. 4 – Campus Lockout (Sunderland lawn) 7 p.m. – 7 a.m. Students will be spending the night outside in order to feel what it would be like to be without a bed for one night. Hot drinks and reflection activities provided. Headcounts taken throughout the night to see how many people stay.
Come by the Lunch Table or Visit SLO for more information on Hunger & Homelessness
Participants in the 2006 Guatemala-Mexico WorldWide course will be giving a presentation about their experiences on November 2 at 7 p.m. in Canon Lounge. WWC students spent eight weeks traveling throughout Mexico and Guatemala, developing Spanish language capabilities while discussing human rights issues and US/Mexican border relationships. They worked with Witness for Peace and BorderLinks, participated in home stays, and did service in Chiapas, Mexico. Join them to learn more!
The annual Cross-Cultural Photo Contest will end this week. Be sure to get your vote in! Stop by the library to see these fascinating photos from around the world taken by our own WWC students.
Thailand and Chile WorldWide travelers are reminded to obtain recommended immunizations prior to travel. Travelers should review immunization recommendations for their region by visiting the Center for Disease Control's website at http://www.cdc.gov/travel. To obtain the necessary immunizations, call the Buncombe County Health Department at 250-5096 to schedule an appointment. Appointments may be made from 8:30-3:30, Mondays through Thursdays, and travelers may pay for their immunizations with cash, check or credit cards. Appointments should be 4-6 weeks prior to departure.
Hooray for . . .
Board of trustee member George Stuart of Barnardsville, who was recognized for distinguished service to humanity in the field of archaeology by his alma mater, the University of North Carolina.
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