Day: July 16, 2009


South Has Higher HIV Rates Compared to Nation

New studies by the Center for Disease Control show that new HIV rates are higher than previously thought. The latest CDC reports show that at the end of 2008, 1.1 million people are living with the HIV virus. Due to the effectiveness of treatments, more people are being infected per […]


Credit Card Age to Rise to 21 in U.S.

There are a number of ways that students can pay for school supplies: cash, debit cards, and student loans, to name a few. But in February 2010, freshmen will find themselves with one less option: credit cards. President Barack Obama recently signed the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act […]


NC Wants to Raise Tobacco Tax

On April 3, the United States congress passed a bill that raised the federal tobacco tax from 39 cents to $1.01. The tax increase has been faced with criticism throughout North Carolina, and Western Carolina University is not exempt. The tax was set in motion as a means to pay […]


Judaculla Rock Gets a Facelift

Judaculla Rock is getting a facelift. Jackson County, along with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, the Caney Fork Community Development council, and the Parker Family, who have owned the land for hundreds of years, are attempting to restore the rock back to where it was in the 1920s. Since […]


Digital TV Transition Goes Unnoticed at WCU

The transition from analog to digital TV (DTV) has gone virtually unnoticed at Western Carolina University. The government mandated switch, which was originally supposed to take place Feb. 17, was delayed until June 12 in order to give Americans more time to prepare. The move to digital TV was prefaced […]


Cherokee Casino to Begin Serving Alcohol

On Thursday June 4, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians passed a referendum allowing alcohol sales at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino. The referendum passed with a vote of 1,847 to 1,301, with the most resistance coming from Snowbird in Graham County, where citizens believe that any introduction of alcohol sales will […]


WCU Freshman Orientation 2009

On Monday, June 22, 2009, Western Carolina University welcomed 600 incoming freshman to campus. After checking in at the residence halls, students were welcomed to the Ramsey Center Concourse for an informational fair where they were helped to configure their computers and were provided with an introduction to what WCU […]


WCU Commuter Route In Need of Wider Bike Lanes

Jackson Country commissioners are currently supporting the idea of safer, wider bike lanes along N.C. 107, which runs just south of the Western Carolina University campus.Commissioners were convinced to support the idea after a troop of bicyclists rode their bikes to the commissioners’ meeting to make their appeal. Commissioner Chairman […]


Swine Flu Cases Affect WNC Boy Scout Camp

All Boy Scouts attending Camp Daniel Boone in Haywood County are being continuously checked for swine flu after 19 scouts were sent home early last month after showing its symptoms, ten of which tested positive for the swine flu virus. Recently, there has been only one swine flu case following […]



Justin Caudell was named Editor-in-Chief of the Western Carolinian during the 2009 spring semester. An award-winning reporter before joining the staff, Justin has been with the Crossroads Chronicle newspaper in Cashiers, North Carolina for eight years. He first joined the paper as a weather reporter in 2003 and became a […]