Is Black History Month still necessary?

My senior year of high school, I was with my dad when he was pulled over for running a stop sign. Instead of being met with the face of an officer as he rolled the window down he was met with two guns telling him to pull out his license and registration. Fear was evident […]

Joanna Woodson: Your voice matters, dammit

It wasn’t until three weeks after the election that the Jackson County Board of Elections finally sat down for canvassing day. Until this year I wasn’t aware that canvassing day–a time after the election board members go one by one through questionable provisional ballots and determine which ones will count–existed. To me, provisional ballots existed […]

#BringBackTheBeerRun

*The author of this article works in the WCU athletics department.* It has been brought to the attention of the WCU community that on April 20, 2016, when the Western Carolina Catamounts played Virginia Tech in a baseball match up, there was an incident involving a player on the opposing team. While we cannot discuss […]

Show Review: The Oh Hellos @ The Orange Peel

Listening to modern folk band The Oh Hellos’ current release, Dear Wormwood, I imagined the band to be a relaxed, inconspicuous presence on stage. I couldn’t have been more wrong. While breezy, earthy vocals take precedence over the instrumentals on most of The Oh Hellos’ recordings, the live performance shows off the complicated conglomeration of […]

Stop Legislating Hate, North Carolina!

This post was previously published on CandidCeillie, Ceillie Simkiss’s personal blog. I am disappointed and disgusted with my state this week. For those of you who don’t know, North Carolina’s General Assembly wasted $42,000 yesterday calling a special session in order to pass an “anti-discrimination bill” that gives homophobes and transphobes the ability to be […]

New Music Monday: Judah & the Lion

What happens when you rap over a mandolin, garage-y drums, and a synth? You get Judah & the Lion, a young band out of Nashville, Tenn. Once a decidedly rootsy-folk outfit only a few years ago, Judah & the Lion have now adopted the surprising label of “folk hop.” As difficult as it is to […]