Warren Wilson College News

WWC This Week — October 30, 2007

October 30, 2007
Vol. 11 No. 5

Warren Wilson #3 on Sierra Club’s "10 Coolest Schools" list

Warren Wilson College is No. 3 among Sierra Magazine’s “10 Coolest Schools” nationwide in the fight against global warming. The feature is the cover story of the November/December issue of the magazine, published by the Sierra Club.

In the article “10 That GET IT,” Sierra writes of Warren Wilson:
This small Southeast star wears its environmental ethos on its sleeve and backs it up with a sustainably managed farm, garden and forest that provides food and timber for the campus; streetlamps that reduce light pollution; and community service as an integral part of the curriculum.

WWC is easily the smallest college among the Top 10 schools. The magazine’s editor in chief notes that “our staff cast a wide net and scrutinized an enormous array of data in determining which colleges and universities were showing the most initiatives in taking on the challenges of global warming. As the nation’s oldest and largest environmental organization, the Sierra Club salutes Warren Wilson College’s determination to demonstrate strong environmental values.”

Visit http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra to see the story.


Harwood-Cole Lecture features Randall Kenan

Sat., Nov. 3. Reception at 3 p.m., lecture at 4 p.m., Canon Lounge. Author Randall Kenan will present The Character of Our Character: The Intersection between Fictional and Non-Fictional People and Ideas about Creating Actual Human Beings on the Page. Kenan is author of A Visitation of Spirits, Let the Dead Bury Their Dead, Walking on Water: Black American Lives at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century, and The Fire This Time. Kenan’s books are available in the library and the campus store. They also will be sold at the lecture. Info: nugent@warren-wilson.edu.


WWC mountain bikers finish second in nationals

Kylie Krauss finished first in the women’s overall competition and Patrick Hurley second in the men’s, leading Warren Wilson to its fifth consecutive second-place team finish in Division II of the 2007 USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships in Banner Elk. The Owls were a close second to Colorado School of Mines in the competition held Oct. 26-28 at Lees-McRae College and Sugar Mountain Resort. Fort Lewis College won the Division I team championship, ahead of host school Lees-McRae College. Krauss, a senior from Bay Village, Ohio, also won a gold medal in the women’s cross country and a bronze in the short track. Hurley, a junior from Arnold, Md., took fourth in the dual slalom to help him gain the men’s omnium (overall) silver medal. The omnium standings are determined by combining points from four events: short track, dual slalom, cross country and downhill. Ashlee Robison, a senior from Butte, Mont., contributed greatly to the Warren Wilson team silver medal with a gold in the downhill and a bronze in the dual slalom. Lexy Lewis, a senior from Terrace Park, Ohio, took the silver medal in men’s dual slalom.


Presbyterian Church grant to support for new program focus

Warren Wilson has received a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Bible grant in the amount of $21,170 to help develop a “Bible and Eco-Social Sustainability” program focus within the religious studies department. The award builds upon two previous grants in social ethics from the church’s higher education division. Jeanne Matthews Sommer, chair of the Warren Wilson religious studies department, says the department now is interested in developing cross-disciplinary connections in writing, gender studies, environmental studies and religion.


Fall blood drive — sign up now

Warren Wilson will sponsor its annual fall blood drive Tues., Nov. 13, 1:30-6:30 p.m. at Canon Lounge. DONORS NEEDED. Call Service Learning (ext. 3065) to schedule your donation.


Warren Wilson Theatre presents The Threepenny Opera

Newsweek’s Jack Kroll called it “the greatest musical ever written.” Even if not that, The Threepenny Opera certainly was radical and innovative for the late 1920s, an era that also is the setting for Warren Wilson Theatre’s production of the musical Nov. 15-18. Curtain time for the satire by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht is 8 p.m. in Kittredge Theater except for the Nov. 18 matinee at 2 p.m. Please note that this translation from German contains very strong language.

The Threepenny Opera was first produced in Berlin in 1928, a time and place it shared with the musical Cabaret. Although the original production was set at the beginning of the Victorian era, the Warren Wilson version will be set about the time The Threepenny Opera debuted. Director Graham Paul says that by updating the setting to the 1920s, the Warren Wilson production intends to reflect “the political and economic instability before the Great Depression, conditions that are disturbingly familiar today. Could there be a better time to do Brecht and Weill’s hilariously cynical musical?” The late 1920s and early 1930s were a fine time for the original, at least until Hitler shut it down in 1933 and Brecht and Weill were forced to flee the country. Itself an adaptation of John Gay’s 17th-century British musical “The Beggar’s Opera,” the satire is set in a dog-eat-dog London underworld of gangsters, prostitutes, homeless poor and police officers. It follows the efforts of beggars “friend” Peacham to get the police to hang Macheath – a notorious criminal, womanizer and husband of Peacham’s daughter – even as a new monarch is being crowned.

In addition to stage direction by Warren Wilson Theatre Director Graham Paul, musical direction for “The Threepenny Opera” will be by Steven Williams and choreography by Julie Becton Gillum. The cast and orchestra will include more than 30 Warren Wilson students and staff. Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for seniors and area students. For reservations and more information call (828) 771-3040.


Memorial service for Chris Ahrens

A service dedicated to the memory of Chris Ahrens will be held on Sat., Nov. 17, 3 p.m. in the Highland Farms Assembly Room, Black Mountain. Chris prepared an international service program for students at Warren Wilson and taught courses in appropriate technology and mathematics. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial gifts be made to the John F. Keever Solace Center in Asheville or the Swannanoa Valley Friends Meeting in Black Mountain.


Thanks from Service Learning

During fall break, Service Learning sent students to the Cumberland Island National Seashore, the Appalachian Trail, Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina on service endeavors. We would like to thank all staff members who stepped up to lead fall break trips: Tom LaMuraglia, Katie Green, Gary Lilley, Janet Jones, and Jason Michaels. Also, thanks to Justin Levy, Philip Hamilton, Chelsea Maier, Mandy Monroe, Carol Sevin, Kristen Booth, and Tara Dettmar, whose student leadership made each trip possible. Thank you!


DeVries hours

Mon-Thurs. – 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday – 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday – closed
Sunday – 5 – 8 p.m.



The fall Lake Eden Arts Featival (LEAF) in Black Mountain had a distinct Warren Wilson flavor as it celebrated its 25th anniversary. The College’s folk Choir performed
Saturday and Sunday mornings. The Brothers Blues and their Blues Band performed Friday night; the group includes Warren Wilson’s Rodney Lytle, Doug Orr, Andy Summers, Dale Roberts and five additional musicians, as well as the debut of the LEAFettes, an all women’s dance team.


Tales from the front: school reform and innovation in an age of accountability

Nov. 1, 3-7 p.m. A workshop with renowned educator and author David Haynes, sponsored by the education department.


Mountain Green – a community lunch and learn series

Mon., Nov. 12, 11:30 a.m., Canon Lounge, with Asheville City Council member Robin Cape. Cape will discuss how the City of Asheville is addressing sustainable development. The event is open to the public. RSVP to Phillip Ray Gibson, ext. 3781 or pgibson@warren-wilson.edu. Info: http://www.warren-wilson.edu/~ELC/New_ELC_Website_/lunchlearn.php


Natural Science Seminars

On Nov. 5, 4 p.m., Will Franklin will present “Sleep deprivation and its effects on Motor Skills.” Mentor: Bob Eckstein.

On Nov. 12, 4 p.m., Jenna Schreiber will present “The allelopathic effect of Butternuts (Juglan cinerea) on three invasive species.” Mentor: Dr. Mark Brenner. At 4:30 p.m., Leslie Selgestad will present “Fatty acid analysis of venison from wild deer vs. farm-raised deer.” Mentors: Dr. Mark Brenner and Dr. Victoria Collins. All are invited to attend these student research sessions in Jensen Lecture Hall.


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