Culture of being an Appalachian Trail hiker

“Hiker Trash” is a term many within the long-term hiking community take on with pride. According to The Trek, a website dedicated to the Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails, this phrase is used affectionately to refer to a hikers that have sunken down to a lower standard of living than the standard they lived at before embarking […]

A photo recap of graduation day

WCU gained a new batch of alumni on Saturday as the Class of 2017 undergraduate commencement ceremonies were held. The Ramsey Center filled with proud parents, friends and professors as one by one, each student was recognized for their academic achievements. For a photo recap of the festivities, check out the photos below! WCU Spring […]

Blackrock Outdoor Company settles in at WCU

Article co-written with Haley Smith Blackrock Outdoor Company is a locally owned and operated outdoor gear shop well-known for it’s location in downtown Sylva. The thriving business opened its second location in WCU’s Noble Hall on Feb. 27 and it has sparked the interest of many students and faculty. The addition of the store along with Subway, […]

Forget the gym, go backpacking!

Many students need a break from their studies as the semester comes to an end. A great way to escape the hustle and bustle is to take a weekend break to explore and experience new things in the area. Being located near the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Smoky Mountain National Park, WCU offers different recreational opportunities for students, including […]

Traditions and prohibitions of Valentine’s Day around the world

Sick and tired of American Valentine’s Day traditions? Not to worry, there are plenty of unique ways people choose to pay homage to Saint Valentine. Here’s 5 unique customs celebrated around the globe that take the holiday beyond a simple gift exchange: Japan turns the gender norm on its head as women are the ones […]

Fire at freshmen dorm leads to five hour investigation

This story was co-written with Haley Smith Agents with the State Bureau of Investigation are trying to determine the cause of a fire at Walker Residence Hall last night. Home to 400 members of the freshman class, the nine-floor dorm became a hot topic across campus and on social media as students were evacuated from the building at 5:15 […]