Archives for March 2017

Cultures meld together at International Festival

WCU fountain looked different yesterday. A total of 48 tables and booths encircled the Central Plaza area, inviting huge crowd of WCU and local community members to learn about the different cultures and countries represented on the campus. Western Carolina University held its 38th annual International Festival on Wednesday, March 29. The event started with the flag parade, […]

Time for some good readings: Literary Festival is back

The 15th annual spring Literary Festival is set to start on Monday, April 3, and will feature short story writers, poets, novelists and even a photographer. The Literary Festival is a four-day event that is hosted by WCU’s English department, celebrating literature, writing, art and storytelling. This year, a total of 13 artists from all over […]

A race to become Miss BSU

As a closeout to Black Awareness Week, the Black Student Union presents the Miss BSU pageant. The event will be at 2 p.m. April 2 in the UC Grandroom, tickets are $5. The contestants this year are all freshman: Alexis Gardner, Kirsten Oliphant, Kianna Smith, and Indiah Witherspoon and they are being coached by former […]

Sylva: The region’s most literary town

This story was written by Quintin Ellison, originally published in The Sylva Herald. One day last week, Catherine Carter, a poet and professor in the English department at Western Carolina University, started sketching a bubble chart to illustrate how literary and artistic engagement dovetail in this community. She didn’t complete the task. “I ran out of paper. […]

Profanity in trailer raises questions

This story was written by Jason Farmer, originally published in The Sylva Herald. A just-released movie trailer for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” shocked some local residents and thrilled others with its profanity-spewing approach. “Martin really went to town on this first trailer,” Location Manager Robert Foulkes said Friday about Director Martin McDonagh’s movie tease. “It […]

Trump’s proposal preserves Pell Grants

This story was written by Haley Smith and Quintin Ellison, originally published in The Sylva Herald. President Donald Trump’s proposed budget spares the nation’s most significant source of student financial aid, but would downsize or eliminate other programs intended to help low-income college students. The federal Pell Grant Program stays relatively intact under the financial proposal for fiscal […]