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 […]

Appalachian Trailhead 110: How Franklin, NC benefits from hikers

Story is co-written with Ashley Kairis and Kayla Minion Franklin, North Carolina, sits 110 miles from Springer Mountain, the starting point for most Appalachian Trail hikers. Over the years, Franklin has seen an increase in thru hikers and has welcomed them with open arms. In 2010, Franklin became the very first Appalachian Trail Community. “Every year […]

SGA elections happening now

Over 35 candidates are campaigning for Western Carolina University’s student government association for the 2016-2017 academic year. All executive and senatorial positions are up for grabs this election cycle as well with three students vying for the presidency. Students will receive an email with a link to vote on March 13 and 14. The elections committee will […]

New radio station at WCU will reach far

Western Carolina University will create a new non-commercial radio station that could potentially reach 5 counties in Western North Carolina, after waiting nearly six years for the decision from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). WCU and the Department of Communication will run the new station on the 95.3 FM frequency. The current station, WWCU 90.5 FM, reaches […]

What happened to student media?

Western Carolina University’s student media, managed by the Department of campus activities, pulls $41,770.50 in student wages alone. TV62, the television station, collects $17,425 and The Western Carolinian, a traditional newspaper, collects $21,995.50 in student wages. WCU students pay for the student media through their required fees. Specifically, part of the $286 student activity fee goes […]

Mountain Faith returns home

People from the community packed Main Street in Sylva, Thursday, Sept. 10, with the hopes of getting just a glimmer of the returning hometown band, Mountain Faith. Firetrucks, Triple Threat dancers, and finally Mountain Faith paraded down Main Street toward Bridge Park. The band was welcomed with open arms by approximately 1,500 people, according to […]