J.R. VanLienden: How a humble food truck owner and his small business could teach us a thing or two

Breaking into the food industry with a small business is a feat met with both emotional and monetary costs. We all know that it’s time consuming, rigorous and overwhelming. According to the US Small Business Association, only 20 percent of businesses will survive their first year while more than 50 percent succumb to defeat after […]

Writer urges students: ‘read and persevere’

This story was originally published in The Sylva Herald. Every Monday night since January, 10 students have met for class in the Coulter building on Western Carolina University’s campus. They read stories, write and present on contemporary work—all while learning from one of America’s towering professional writers: WCU professor and Jackson County resident Ron Rash. […]

Senior Spotlight: “Courtney Price one of the best hitters on our team”

Catamount softball has three seniors on the team for this 2017 season. Just like for most senior season campaigns, there is a lot of time spent reflecting on your college career and the game that you have spent most of your life playing. All three of these senior Catamounts have made their mark on the […]

Senior Spotlight: Courtney Buchanan an awesome example for the other pitchers

  Catamount softball pitcher, Courtney Buchanan, has been a hard worker since her first day on campus. Her work ethic led to her being in the top 10 in games started (6th), strikeouts (6th), and wins (5th) for a career. The Nebo, North Carolina, native looked back to her freshmen year to a big moment […]

Senior Spotlight: Kara Salvo a fiery competitor

  Kara Salvo, from Waxhaw, NC, has been Westerns third basemen and has seen time as a catcher since she came to Cullowhee in 2014. In her freshmen campaign, she was on the 2014 SoCon All-Conference Second Team as well as the SoCon All-Freshman Team. In Salvo’s eyes, these accolades wouldn’t have been possible without […]

More than money: financial planning students’ journey to national conference

For Garrett Chmiola and Emily Ranson, WCU students, financial planning is more than a good job: it’s a way to help people in troubling times. “I want to go into financial planning because I love people. I want to have my own clients for my own firm that I am able to get personal with […]