WCU Wind Ensemble signs off with endurance

The Western Carolina University Wind Ensemble said goodbye with their last performance of the semester Monday night, April 24, at the Bardo Arts Center. Five complex pieces challenged the members of the ensemble, but all of them were prepared for the journey. The first piece Smetana Fanfare was a bold first statement to prepare the audience for the […]

What it takes to conquer Valley of the Lilies

Western Carolina University’s Campus Recreation and Wellness and School of Health and Sciences hosted the 7th annual Valley of the Lilies half marathon and 5k on April 1. While 300 of WCU’s students, faculty, and surrounding community members participated, little is said about what exactly runners do to prepare for the event. WCU student Keegan Wiggins ran […]

Sexual assault: the importance of bystander intervention on a college campus

“We say consent is sexy, but now we say consent is sexy and necessary,” said Anthony DiNicola in an interview. Anthony DiNicola brought Catharsis Production’s program “The Hook Up” to Western Carolina’s campus to discuss the thing students feel more and more comfortable discussing: hooking up, sexual assault, and rape. DiNicola connected with the students […]

Annual ‘Battle of the Bands’ in need of diversity

“I’m all about the energy. The energy is key – I love it,” said Risky, winner of the third-annual Last Minute Productions’ Battle of the Bands. After five performances on Tuesday night, March 21, the student audience decided Yung Bush aka Risky would win it all – which was a ticket to see the upcoming […]

Kyla Lacey and Step Afrika! bring relatable energy to students

While some were viewing the presidential inauguration, Step Afrika! and spoken word poet Kyla Lacey were on their way to the mountains of North Carolina to perform in Western Carolina’s Bardo Arts Center. Step Afrika! opened with a cheerful yet aggressive step seeking audience interaction right off the bat. The audience was happy to give a […]

Brandon Truitt for greater good of WCU

Story originally published Nov. 28, 2016.  “Anything I do at Western is for Western.” Brandon Truitt is a senior communication and political science double major at Western Carolina. Truitt’s most recent honor was to be chosen as the commencement speaker for graduation in December. “I think that’s one of the highest honors I could receive […]