Month: June 2009

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Job Outlook Deteriorates for 2009 Graduates

“You are graduating into a world of anxiety and uncertainty.” Those were the words from Vice President Joe Biden to the graduates of Syracuse University recently, and a lot of the numbers back him up. Like a lot of their parents in the early 1980’s, the graduates of 2009 are […]

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New Law Will Allow Guns in State Parks

Gun toting, law abiding citizens were recently handed a victory on behalf of the Obama Administration. On May 22, President Barack Obama signed the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure Act of 2009 (CARD), which in part, will allow loaded weapons to be allowed in the Great Smoky Mountains National […]

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Dillsboro Arts & Music Festival is June 20

The 25th annual Dillsboro Arts & Music Festival will be held on Saturday, June 20 in the historic downtown of Dillsboro. Notorious for its repeated celebration in the mountains, the festival combines arts and fine crafts exhibitors with live music in order to celebrate the town’s pleasant community and support […]

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A Look At Sylva’s Mountain Trace Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

(Editor’s Note: The following is the second article in an ongoing series of articles that look at where students can are volunteering their time.) Mountain Trace Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is an inviting, 106-bed nursing facility that has provided rooms for long-term nursing care and rehabilitation care since the 1980’s. […]

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Carter Wins Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition

Catherine Carter, an assistant professor of English at Western Carolina University, has won the 2009 Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition, sponsored by the North Carolina Writers’ Network. Acclaimed poet Sarah Lindsay chose Carter’s poem “Toast” from approximately 100 entries. “It has a greater energy and rhythm…creates tension with a split viewpoint, […]

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Courtyard Dining Hall to Open Soon

The Courtyard Dining Hall, which has been scheduled to open on six different dates, is now set to open gradually, with the bottom level opening July 6 and the second level on August 7. The construction of this building is intricately connected to the construction of nearby Balsam Hall. However, […]

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North Carolina House Proposes Tuition Change

In an effort to close a $4 billion budget cap, the North Carolina House has proposed an increase in college tuition by eight percent, or $200, per student. This proposal overrides a previous decision made in February by UNC Board of Governors, to increase tuition by four percent. It also […]

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WCU Board of Trustees Hold Quarterly Meeting

The Western Carolina University board of trustees welcomed Josh Cotton, president of the WCU Student Government Association, as its newest member and said goodbye to three departing trustees as part of the board’s quarterly meeting on Friday, June 5. Cotton, a senior majoring in accounting, was elected during the spring […]

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Colleges Consider 3-Year Degrees

In a time when college students usually take longer than four years to get a bachelor’s degree, some United States schools have now been considering the idea of cutting a year off of the degree program to save both time and money. Supporters of a three-year undergraduate degree say it […]

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Two Western Carolina Professors Aim For Microbrewery

When students want a beer, they rarely think of their professors, but that may soon change. Two professors from Western Carolina University, and a “silent partner”, are currently hard at work to make a new microbrewery for Sylva. Dr. Sean O’Connell and Dr. Chris Cooper are not who you would […]