Board of Trustee approved a five year plan to solve the campus parking issue, according to the information from the WCU Office of Public Relations. Starting in fall 2014, student parking permits will be sold on the basis of earned academic credits, with freshmen paying the highest rates while seniors and graduate students pay lower rates. Employee parking permits will be sold in a tiered system based on salary level, with the lowest paid employees paying the least for permits and those employees who have the highest salaries and who have reserved parking spaces paying the most. [Read more...]
To apply for financial aid, it’s as easy as going to WCU’s website, typing “financial aid” into the search bar, clicking on the financial aid office’s website and then clicking on the “Apply for Aid” button in the middle of the page. The “Apply for Aid” button will guide you to a bulleted list of steps that will help you fund your student education over the next four years.
“By completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), Western Carolina University offers and awards student aid in the form of grants, scholarships, student and/or parent loans and work-study funds. These funds come from federal, state, institutional and outside sources,” said Trina Orr, the WCU director of financial aid over an email interview.
According to statistics from 2012 on the U.S. News College Compass’s website article about WCU, 83.6 percent of WCU’s population applied for need-based financial aid, while 66.3 percent of students received aid and 64 percent of students received need-based scholarships or grant aid.
“My parents fill out the FAFSA forms every year and I get a Pell Grant. Tuition has gone up a lot at Western and my little brother is also in college at Elon and his tuition has increased, as well,” said Sarah Keith, a WCU senior and soon-to-be graduate.
Hundreds of other seniors like Keith who receive financial aid funding will be faced with the reality of paying those debts back when they graduate. In order to be eligible to have, and keep, financial aid, a student must be a citizen of the United States, have a valid social security number and, most importantly among other stipulations, have financial need. [Read more...]
If you were planning to have your lunch in Subway, Rolling Stone or The Mad Batter today, you will have to change your plans. The food establishments will be closed. Unofficial sources said that a fire started around 8:30a.m.from either Subway or Rolling Stone and soon after both of the restaurants were covered in thick smoke.
“I called the Facility Management around 8:45 a.m. because it started smelling like ballast could blow. Definitely smelled like an electrical,” said Jeannette Evans, owner of Mad Batter, a historic establishment for the past 15 years. At 10:15 a.m. the fire was still going strong and more fire trucks arrived at the scene.
Suzan Stone, owner of Rolling Stone, said that they were not opened when the fire started but was called in by Evans. Rolling Stone Burrito has been in the business for the past 5 years.
According to a source from the WCU Safety and Risk Management Office the fire seems to be a “structural fire” and that all of the restaurants on Centennial Drive will be closed for a period of time.
The buildings are property of the University.
UPDATE: 11:38 am Fire Departments from Franklin, Asheville, Cherokee, Cashiers and Junaluska. The fire is under control, but not out.
UPDATE: 2:42p.m. WCU Emergency Services have said the fire is out and that an investigation into the cause of the fire is underway. There are no injuries reported. Students are still advised to avoid the strip mall, and Centennial Drive will remain closed for the time being.
UPDATE 11/25: Chancellor David Belchor, who was not on campus at the time of the fire, spoke about it in an e-mail. Thanking the community and the emergency services for their hard work and concern, Belcher wrote :
While we have much for which to be thankful, let us also, though, keep our friends from Mad Batter, Rolling Stone Burrito, and Subway in our thoughts. They are suffering tremendously.
The way forward is uncertain. We will be working to facilitate the fire investigation, and we will be pursuing insurance claims. We will keep you apprised of the situation as it unfolds.”
We will continue to update you with the information as they come.
Here is a slideshow from this mornings events, be sure to check back for updates:
People point and take pictures as Anna and Allison Ashbaugh walk by.
The two young ladies from Concord, North Carolina have dressed alike since they were born but have recently gained a lot of attention on WCU’s campus for their wardrobe choices.
They are mirror image twins who always wear identical shirts, pants, jackets and even the same backpack.
Some may say its weird, others think it’s interesting and different. Few people know Allison and Anna’s story or why they enjoy their identical wardrobes. To Anna and Allison, their dressing the same is what makes them different, and that’s what matters.
Junior guard James Sinclair couldn’t help but smile during his post-game interview in a 74-67 Western Carolina win over UNC Ashville Monday night in the Ramsey Center.
“Revenge is a sweet taste,” Sinclair said still smiling.
He was referring to last year’s season-opening 71-61 loss to UNC Asheville in which he scored only three points off the bench.
You may not have seen the look on his face, but you could imagine what the aftermath of his 17-point performance Monday night would look like. Sinclair fell two points and one assist shy of his career-highs – he had five assists on the night. Offensively, he was 5-of-14, but shot 50 percent on 3-of-6 from 3-point range.
Defensively, Sinclair set a new career-high with five steals and added a block.
“James has a chance to be our next all-conference player. He’s very talented and very comfortable now with how he should play,” head coach Larry Hunter said after the game.” He’s just a good basketball player and he brings a lot of energy when he steps on the court. He really gives you everything he’s got.”
After senior forward Tawaski King hit a mid-range jumper to push the Catamount lead to 17-12 with 9:31 remaining in the first half, Western went on a 14-8 run highlighted by a Brandon Boggs 360 dunk and a Sinclair three. King, who scored six points during the run, capped off a stellar 12-point first half performance shooting 5-of-6 from the floor and hitting both of his free throws. He finished with 14 points and four rebounds on the night.
Western took a 38-27 lead into halftime.
In the second half, Asheville came out strong. They outscored the Catamounts 11-5 over the first five and a half minutes to cut the lead to five. But that was as close as the Bulldogs would come the rest of the game.
Sinclair, or “Slick” as he is known on the basketball court, brought his smooth jumper all night long and scored five straight points to push the Catamount lead back to double-digits at the 11:24 mark in the second half.
“We are a veteran team. Our team chemistry was there for us,” Sinclair said in his postgame comments. “Early in the ballgame, we weren’t really hitting shots but then we got it together as a group and executed to win.”
The team may have five seniors, but Monday night showcased more of the “other guys.”
Browning carried over his performance Friday night against Wittenberg and scored six points while grabbing three rebounds. On the defensive end, he added three blocks and two steals. And for the second consecutive game, he had a transition dunk.
Harrelson had seven points going 4-for-4 from the free-throw line. Brummitt had four points and three rebounds, while Brown made his mark on the offensive glass, ripping down five offensive rebounds.
“I think our bench is very deep this year and our sophomore class is a lot more comfortable with our system this year and in their roles, coach Hunter said. Their doing a nice job. We’re not super big, but we’re long and athletic and that’s going to be our forte this year. We just have to keep working and getting better.”
Western shot 41 percent from the floor and 50 percent from 3-point range. Senior guard Tom Tankelewicz continued his sharpshooting ways shooting 4-of-7 from the floor and hitting 3-of-4 from behind the arc. He finished with 14 points.
The tale of the tape comes from the aggressiveness and up-tempo play coach Hunter’s team displayed all night. They had a 13 fast break points and a 27-15 advantage in points off turnovers.
“I thought our energy level, our togetherness was really good,” coach Hunter said. We had some parts of the game on both ends of the court where we executed very well. We beat a good basketball team.
“With the week we have ahead of us, it’s a good way to start.”
And nothing is going to get easier moving forward.
WCU hits the road for a 10-day, six-game road trip that starts with No.18/19 Oregon on Wednesday, November 13. Back-to-back games at Virginia Tech and Liberty on Friday, November 15 and Saturday, November 16 await the Catamounts when they return to the east coast.
Sinclair “put the team on his back” against UNC Asheville without all-conference guard Trey Sumler, and attributes his progression as a point-guard and player to the veteran.
“It all started my freshman year. Trey and I worked on it after practice until I got comfortable with the offense. I’m enjoying [the role] but I would rather have my backcourt mate out there with me.”
And with Sumler returning soon, this team will only get better.
That will be sweet.
The American Red Cross hosted a blood drive in WCU’s University Center on November 6 and 7. Volunteers from the community, especially WCU students came out to donate their time and blood for a good cause.
The Blood drive was sponsored by Sorority Alpha Gamma Delta, who sponsors the drive every three months. Member of Alpha Gamma Delta, Junior Katie Nix, was inspired by all of the college students eager to give blood and help their fellow North Carolinians.
“It possible to save lives, one day you might be in a car accident and need that blood,” Nix said.
WCU students were proud to be giving back, whether it was there first time giving blood or have been doing it since high school. Senior Javario Pegues, has been giving bold for years and wants to do more.
“Today I’m giving because someone out there needs it more than I need it,”the first time donor Ricky Edwards said.
American Red Cross Team Supervisor Angie Williams, says the organization has a blood drive even during the summer months when less students are on campus. Williams who has been with the Red Cross for eleven years says that this blood drive greatly impacts the community but could always use more.
“Donations are down because of age limits and height/weight requirements,” Williams said explaining that you have to be a certain height and weight if you’re under the age of 19.
The two-day event resulted in 266 pints of blood being donated to the American Red Cross to benefit Western North Carolina and all of America.