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 […]

WCU Trustees add members, discuss growth issues

This story was originally published in The Sylva Herald. Changes for WCU Board of Trustees The Western Carolina University Board of Trustees will have four new members beginning July 1. The University of North Carolina Board of Governors appointed Haden Boliek of Fayetteville and Robert Roberts of Asheville to four-year terms. They replace current trustee Phil Drake […]

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 […]

The basics of Fly Fishing

This story was co-written with Ashley Kairis Fly fishing is immensely popular in western North Carolina. According to The WNC Fly Fishing Trail, Jackson County alone has more than 4,000 miles of trout streams and is the home of the state record for the largest rainbow trout ever caught. Living in an area that has such a […]

Students want a better Student Government Association

As the spring semester comes to an end WCU Student Government Association officers prepare to take on their roles for the fall, the students of WCU are ready to give them a little advice. The Student Government Association (SGA) hasn’t always had the best reputation with the students of WCU.  Students and organizations have voiced their discontent […]

Donations fuel Hillside Grind’s commitment to WCU students

Hillside Grind coffeehouse has served WCU students for almost two years. What sets it apart from the other coffeehouses in the Cullowhee area is not only its exceptional coffee according to students, but also the fact it is one of the only coffeehouses that’s donation-based and a non-profit organization. The coffeehouse is open Monday-Friday from […]