Archives for November 2017

Veterans tell WCU students about their “Unseen Scars”

In war, there are no unwounded soldiers. An average of 20 veterans a day die from suicide and many veterans do not receive help. On Nov. 14, a group of local veterans and students talked about their “Unseen Scars” as part of the Veteran day remembrance. The event, held in the University Center Theatre, was […]

Increase in WCU’s student population placing emphasis on campus safety

“It is up to each one of us to help foster a secure and supportive environment at Western Carolina University, an environment where individuals can feel safe to visit, learn, work, and live.” This reads from the 2017 Annual Fire Safety and Security Report and can be found in the opening letter by Chief of […]

WCU’s Chancellor Belcher goes on medical leave, provost steps as interim

UPDATE 11/29/2017 Story from WCU’s Office of Communications and Public Relations University of North Carolina System President Margaret Spellings has appointed Provost Alison Morrison-Shetlar to serve as acting chancellor of Western Carolina University effective Jan. 1, 2018. The official announcement is available at the UNC System website. Dr. Morrison-Shetlar will serve in this role while Chancellor David O. […]

The Road to Nowhere

On the outskirts of Bryson City, there is a long winding road that continuously twists up the mountain, and just as the road seems to never end, there is a tunnel. A tunnel that leads to nowhere. Unofficially named “The Road to Nowhere,” by local residents, Lakeview Drive, a six-mile road,  offers visitors scenic hiking […]

‘Free Speech’ measure draws some concerns at WCU Faculty Senate

This story was written by Haley Smith, originally published in The Sylva Herald. Last week, Western Carolina University faculty responded to state legislation intended to protect free speech on public college campuses. During their Nov. 16 meeting, with only 13 members out of 30 present, WCU’s Faculty Senate expressed concerns about the “Restore Campus Free Speech Act,” […]

In 11th, Meadows is ‘about as invulnerable as they come’

This story was written by Jim Buchanan, originally published in The Sylva Herald. “Meadows is about as invulnerable as they come,” according to Chris Cooper, a professor and department head of political science and Public Affairs at Western Carolina University. If anything, Cooper, widely regarded as the go-to political expert for this region, might be understating the […]