Gun violence hits home in Cullowhee

News update (Oct. 10, 1 p.m.) The death of Jacob Ray was confirmed by law enforcement officials at 10 a.m. the morning of Tuesday, Oct. 10. He passed away the night of Monday Oct. 9. Ray was a junior in the College of Business studying computer information systems. Staff members from the Division of Student […]

Adventure Race Raises Money for Military Families

This story was originally published in Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine Providing adventure for racers while raising money for a worthy cause, the Special Operations Adventure Race (SOAR) was hosted in Highlands, NC for its 16th year on Saturday, June 10. “The teamwork we witness is always phenomenal, as well as the sportsmanship. There is incredible camaraderie in […]

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 […]