Whee Matter forum to prompt administrative improvements at WCU

Race and diversity forum “Whee Matter” was used for students to voice their opinion and for administration to take action. WCU’s Intercultural Affairs, led by student leaders Antonio Oakley and Tenae Turner, with help from the students in attendance, raised some expectations from the upper administration to better promote diversity and inclusion for minorities on campus. The […]

Nantahala joins Sylva’s craft beer scene

Originally published in The Sylva Herald by Gavin Stewart. Jackson County residents were abuzz on Facebook after finding out the brewery that makes some of their favorite beers, such as Dirty Girl Blonde and Bryson City Brown, plans to open a taproom and brewery in downtown Sylva this year. Joe Rowland, owner of Nantahala Brewing […]

The search for WCU’s next Chancellor continues through forums

Co-written with Jonathan Birek A leader is someone of great confidence, composure and compassion. They are resilient yet accountable. Western Carolina University was able to see this first-hand from former Chancellor, David O. Belcher. The university is now tasked with finding his successor while continuing to grow and prosper. The new chancellor should be ready […]

What you can do to stay healthy this flu season

This winter a rapid flu epidemic is sweeping across the nation. Around 53 deaths have been reported across the United States from flu symptoms alone. According to Pam Buchanan of WCU Health Services, an average of 10-15 patients a day come to the Byrd medical center with flu-like symptoms – approximately 10 percent of the student […]

Center for Service Learning leads the way with student involvement

A part of what defines WCU as an engaging and prospering institution is how it values a community effort. One way they present this through service learning. The Center for Service Learning (CSL) is a program here on campus that integrates everyday values as a person in society into education. Service learning acquires what students […]

NC Congressional and Legislative maps under scrutiny

North Carolina has a problem – a map problem to be specific. Both North Carolina’s Generally Assembly map and the U.S. Congress map have been challenged in federal and state courts. In an email, Dr. Todd Collins, WCU’s Public Policy Institute Director and political science professor, explains how the two maps impact North Carolina’s future elections […]