Warren Wilson College News

“WWC This Week” – November 7, 2006

November 7, 2006
Vol. 10  No. 14

WWC recognized with state sustainability award

Warren Wilson was recognized with the 2006 N.C. Sustainability Award from Sustainable North Carolina. To read more about the award, visit http://www.sustainnc.org.


WWC women finish 3rd, men 4th in cross-country championships

Several strong individual performances led the WWC women’s and men’s cross country teams to top-four finishes in the U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association National Championships Oct. 27 at Buena Vista, Va. The WWC women’s team finished third, sparked by top-20 efforts by freshman Aubrey DeLone (16th) and junior Christine Hulburt (19th). The third-place team standing marked the fourth consecutive year that the Owls have finished among the top three women’s teams nationally. Led by an 11th-place finish by junior Chas. Biederman, the WWC men took fourth place in the team standings. Juniors Kevin Lane (14th) and Will Franklin (19th) also finished in the top 20 in the men’s competition. “Like last year, the course proved to be a real, in-your-face, true cross-country course,” Coach Galen Holland said. “Every place counted, and everyone played a part in making this year’s national meet successful for the Warren Wilson cross-country team.”


Inclement weather reminder

As we inch closer toward winter, remember that the College usually remains open even in the event of extreme weather. Although the local broadcast media will announce school closings, the best source of information for WWC emergency announcements is the College hotline at (828) 258-4521. The hotline will be updated as soon as there is weather-related information to report. In addition, you can check for announcements on the inside page, http://www.warren-wilson.edu/internal/index.php, from on or off campus. Working with Public Safety, up-to-date information on road conditions in the vicinity of the College will also be reported. The relatively flat Old U.S. 70/Bee Tree Road “back way” from Swannanoa often provides a good alternate route to campus in snowy or icy conditions. Keep in mind that occasionally some class meetings may be canceled or crew work altered if the professor or supervisor is unable to travel to campus. If your crew supervisor is not available, please report to the Work Program Office, as the crew may still need to function without a supervisor. Please note also that sometimes severe weather may prevent staff from getting to the library to open it on time. In such a situation the library will open as soon as the first staff member arrives. Occasionally, it also may be necessary for the library to close early so that library staff can return home safely. Even in those rare cases when classes are canceled, the College will continue other operations for the well-being of residential students.


Welcome, Deborah

Deborah Braden has joined the Student Life staff in the newly created part-time position of educational access coordinator. She recently moved to the Asheville area from San Luis Obispo, CA, and brings with her an extensive background in working with programs and policies related to students with disabilities. She will be responsible for reviewing the documentation for our students requesting accommodations related to a disability and then meeting with them to assess their individual needs each semester. She will then be communicating with professors and work crew supervisors about student needs. Please welcome her to our Warren Wilson community. Her office is located in lower Dodge and you can reach her at ext. 3791 or dbraden@warren-wilson.edu.


Got a wild idea?

WWC’s Fussler Fund supports innovative projects throughout the campus and the larger WNC community by awarding small catalyst grants, which serve as seed money for these projects. Current award winners of the 2005-06  program are Laura Turchi (Expanding Cultural Competencies for New and Future Teachers), John Brock (Documentary Filmmaking as an Education Tool for Local Environmental Issues), Colleen Cronin (Fiber Farming in WNC), Tom LaMuraglia and Rachel Williamson (Nursery Stock for the EcoDorm Foodscape), and David Abernathy (Global Information, Mobile Communications, and Citizen Media at WWC). Students, Staff, and Faculty interested in applying for the 2006-07 grant cycle should complete an application form (available at the front desk of the College Relations level of the Orr Cottage) and submit it to Carla Sutherland (csuther@warren-wilson.edu) by Fri., Nov. 17. Applications will be screened for appropriateness by the Fussler Fund Subcommittee. If your application meets the general guidelines, you will be asked to prepare a budget and to submit any other information requested by the Subcommittee. Awards will be announced after Dec. 6. Special consideration will be given to applications that are innovative and self-sustaining after start-up funding has been exhausted.  Applications that address economic development, environmental stewardship and education, sustainable agricultural and forestry practices, or quality of life issues are particularly welcome. If you have any questions regarding the Fussler Fund, please contact Carla Sutherland at extension 2050 or email csuther@warren-wilson.edu.


Talkin’ Trash – Why aren’t we composting?

The recycling crew is in the process of moving the Green Drum composter from the asphalt that it was sinking into to a cement platform. The asphalt was a temporary location for the drum and we are now working out the logistics of moving it to a more permanent place. In the mean time, please help reduce the amount of food waste going to the landfill by not taking more food than you can eat. Please also continue to put your food waste into the correct bins in Gladfelter, so that when we are composting again, your food will be diverted from the landfill. Your awesome recycling crew thanks you.


Econ discussion group

Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Gladfelter Dining Hall. Discuss current issues and discover their economic causes and implications at the economics discussion group. Look for the table near the quiet dining room.


Art as healing

Wed., Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m., Jensen 303. Anna Dow, senior psychology major and art minor, will give a presentation about her internship in art as a healing endeavor, with ARTS (A Reason to Survive), in San Diego. Her work involved art therapy with children and adolescents and non-profit management. See http://www.artsurvive.org. Info: see Anna Dow or Martha Knight-Oakley.


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.


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 Students FREE.


Eat Out for Educat

On Thurs., Nov. 9, the Buncombe County Schools Foundation will be holding its annual Fall Education Celebration. Pick a participating restaurant; grab your friends; and then Eat Out for Education. Restaurants and businesses will donate a portion of their profits to the Foundation. Info: http://www.bcsf.net.


Lawyer to Speak on Gay Rights

Tues., Nov. 14, 7- 8:30 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Swannanoa Valley,  500 Montreat Rd., Black Mountain. Professor Shannon Gilreath will speak and answer questions on “Why Gay Rights Matter.” Info: 669-6677 or http://www.uusv.org.


Natural Science Seminar

Mon., Nov. 13, Jensen Lecture Hall. 4 p.m. – Meghan Cole, “The Effect of Planting Date on the Development and Yield of Lettuce (Latuca sativa).”  Mentor:  Dr. Laura Lengnick.
4:30 p.m. – Leslie Knapp, “Analysis of trimethylamine from municipal sludge treated with cationic polymer.” Mentor: Dr. John Brock


Gamelan demo (Indonesian Orchestral Instruments)
Wed., Nov. 15, 1 p.m., Kittredge 20. Western Carolina Univ. Gamelan Orchestra.


Together We Read event on campus

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, Nov. 29, 7 p.m. in Canon Lounge.  The Friends of the Library and the Undergraduate Writing Program will sponsor a book talk/book discussion of Saints at the River by Ron Rash.  This book is being read all over Western North Carolina this year.  Asheville area poet Nancy Dillingham and Kathy Newfont, Professor of Appalachian Studies at Mars Hill College, will introduce the book and guide our discussion.  The book is available in the campus store.


Wilderness First Responder course

The Outdoor Leadership Department is offering a Wilderness First Responder course (ODL 220) Jan. 13-20; cost is $595, which includes lodging. Info: Ed Raiola, eraiola@warren-wilson.edu. You can register for ODL 220 when you sign up for courses next week. ODL will also offer a WFR recertification course for those who are already certified and need to update. That course is Jan. 10-12; cost for that is $176 if you are already certified in CPR, more if you need to have CPR as part of the recertification. See Ed for details.


Warren Wilson represented at Turin’s Salone del Gusto

WWC was represented at Turin’s 6th edition of the Salone del Gusto (Meeting of Taste) by Laura Lengnick and Susi Gott Séguret. Lengnick was present as one of 411 lecturers representing 225 universities worldwide, and as a spokesperson for sustainable agriculture. Séguret was present as a journalist and spokesperson for small culinary establishments. The Salone del Gusto is a celebration of the Slow Food Movement, dedicated to nurturing the local organic farmer and fostering the connection between producer and consumer, so that the conscious consumer actually becomes the co-producer. Terra Madre (Mother Earth) is a more personal meeting which takes place simultaneously and which served as a discussion ground for the 953 cooks and 4803 farmers, breeders, fishermen and artisan food producers who were present at this event. The Salone was visited, over a period of 5 days, by 172,400 spectators from around the globe. To support the Slow Food Movement on a local level, visit your Campus Garden Market, ext. 3066, investigate Community Supported Agriculture (info at ext. 7003), join Slow Food USA, and consider participating in this July’s edition of the Swannanoa School of Culinary Arts (info at ext. 3018).


Campus construction updates


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: asummers@warren-wilson.edu.


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


Physics Photo of the Week


Green Buzz
Is Mellow Yellow Really Mellow?

“If it’s yellow, let it mellow” is a practice often exhibited in our campus bathrooms.  However, the failure to flush after using a toilet isn’t very sanitary and doesn’t conserve water in the long run. The toilet often ends up flushed twice or gets clogged with toilet paper and is flushed even more. Fewer flushes make for stained toilets that require the use of harsher chemicals for cleaning. The unflushed toilet bowls become perfect grounds for bacteria buildup when urine and water interact, creating an unsanitary environment for meeting our excretory needs. The Plumbing Arts Department of nine students, supervised by Chris Hanson, works hard to make our campus more water conscious by doing preventative building sweeps on a regular basis to look for leaks and other problems.  Chris and his crew make the installation of water saving fixtures a primary goal. Recently, the plumbing crew has been replacing urinals across campus with new ZeroFlush urinals that require no water. This innovation reduces wastewater while eliminating the unsanitary mixture of urine and water. The urinals use a 100% natural vegetable based oil solution to reduce odor. There are about 10 to 12 ZeroFlush urinals installed on campus in Jensen, EcoDorm, Gladfelter, Witherspoon, and Bryson. Chris has plans to replace all of the urinals on campus with ZeroFlush by the end of the Spring 2007 semester. He also has plans to add urinals to bathrooms that only have toilets, as was done in Sage. Other water-saving features already on campus include faucets with tamper-proof, low-flow aerating screens to reduce water use and showerheads that flow at a low 1.75 gallons/minute. These showerheads are equipped with soak and soap switches to limit the flow of water when soaping without losing temperature. All of the toilets on campus are low-flow, using 1.6 gallons per flush. There are new Dual Flush toilets in The Village and Orr Cottage that allow users to choose between a full or half flush. The EcoDorm uses rainwater and composting toilets to reduce dependence on city water. And of course all of the new laundry machines in dorms are front-loading, water-saving washers. The most important water saving device on campus is the conscious behavior of water users. We can all make simple cuts in the amount of water we use by turning the faucet off as we brush our teeth, taking shorter showers, or washing dishes more efficiently.


Outdoor Programs
Ext. 2040
Intermediate climbing at Stone Mtn. Depart Fri., Nov. 10 and return by dinner on Sunday – food provided. This trip is for climbers who already have a basic understanding of knots and belay and who feel comfortable on exposed rock. Experience with lead belaying is a big plus, but not required. This is a move into multi-pitch climbing and a comfort on big rock is required.


Service Learning

Hunger & Homelessness events

Nov. 8 — Facing the Issue: Discussion Formerly known as “Faces of
Homelessness,” this will be an evening of discussion with members of our
community who are experiencing or have experienced homelessness at some point in their lives, or are activists in the local movement to end homelessness.

Nov. 10 — Everyone Cooks: This session of Michael Gentry’s cooking class will be dedicated to preparing food to be served on Saturday.

Nov. 11— (Veteran’s Day) Serving Food Downtown: Offering free nutritious
lunch to the homeless and local community in Pritchard Park.

Nov. 14 — Work Crew Food Drive Sculpture: Anyone who is feeling artistic can participate in creating a giant sculpture made out of the food collected from the work crew food drive.
Canning, and Fermenting Workshop: Learn the basics of preserving green beans (6-7:30 p.m.) & making your own Sauerkraut.(7:30-9 p.m.)

All month
Be A Mountain Santa to Someone– A toy and gift drive for families in War,
WVa, in collaboration with Big Creek People in Action

MANNA Food Bank– Sorting donations with other volunteers. Every Thursday, 5:30-8 p.m.

Black Mountain Community Garden– Tending to the winter veggies. Every
Friday 2:30– 5:30 p.m.

Service at Full Moon Farm
Wolfdogs! Wolves and sanctuary! Compound building, kennel cleaning, training, rehab activities, and more! Sundays 1-5 p.m. Meet at SLO. 5 spaces in the van, personal cars may caravan. Beautiful setting to serve within.

WWC is going back to New Orleans
Fall Breakers will be on hand Fri., Nov. 10 at 4 p.m. in the Cowpie Sunroom to share their experiences in Saint Bernard Parish gutting and building homes with Americorp & Habitat. There will be a slideshow and information on the plan to return for winter break, Jan. 12-20. If you're interested in going, drop by the Break Trip Reflection on Friday, find out what's going on and fill out an
application. Info: Janet, ext. 2011.


Lower Laursen
Ext. 3057

Interested in studying in Northern Ireland next year? Apply for the Irish-American Scholars Program! Students accepted into the program may spend a semester or year at Queen's University Belfast or the University of Ulster. Applicants must have a 3.2 QPA and be of junior standing in 2007-2008. Interested students should contact WorldWide staff for an appointment to discuss the program and application process. Applications are due to Naomi Otterness in the WorldWide office by December 15.

Spring WorldWide students, remember that you cannot register for WorldWide courses on-line. You will need to pick up an add slip from the WorldWide office and take it to the registrar. Please remember that you may take up to 19 hours if one of your courses is a WorldWide course.

Students from the 2006 Guatemala-Mexico WorldWide course gave a wonderful presentation about their experiences last week. Thank you Maggie, Lottie, Brianna and Melissa!

WorldWide-qualified science majors may wish to consider our London program at Imperial College. As part of a semester or summer abroad program through WorldWide, qualified students may be placed in research internships based on specific interests and background studies.The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) was developed by Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine for the benefit of Imperial College students and gives undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in significant research activities. Research opportunities are often available in the following areas: aeronautics, biochemistry, biological & medical systems, biology, chemical engineering, chemistry, civil & environmental engineering, computing & IS engineering, electrical & electronic engineering, history of science, technology & medicine, management school, materials, mechanical engineering, medicine, physics, and environmental & earth sciences.


Hooray for . . .

Julie Lehman, whose article on WWC “It IS Easy Being Green: Possibilities in Campus Greening” was published in the Oct. 30 issue of The Presbyterian Outlook.  

Alum Zev Deans, whose artwork was featured in “The Art of Persuasion,” a show at the The National Arts Club in Manhattan.

Phil Jamison, who presented a performance in Lexington, KY, as part of the University of Kentucky’s concert series, “Appalachia in the Bluegrass,” which explores traditional music in the Appalachian region.

Phil Gibson and the ELC, whose good works were highlighted in Cecil Bothwell’s article “Welcome to the neighborhood” in the Nov. 1 issue of Mountain Xpress.  


Scholarly Achievements

According to Oxford University Press, of the 50 most-frequently read articles in its Journal of International Criminal Justice, Paul Magnarella’s article “The Background and Causes of the Genocide in Rwanda” ranks ninth. The entire list of 50 articles can be viewed at http://jicj.oxfordjournals.org/reports/mfr_all_2.dtl


Send Us News
Submit your news for WWC This Week to jbowers@warren-wilson.edu. The deadline for the Nov. 14 issue is Friday, Nov. 10 by 5 p.m.

Emergency Information Line: 258-4521.


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