Day: July 17, 2009


WCU’s Pride of the Mountains Summer Symposium for Marching Arts

On July 12-16, the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band staff will be hosting a four-day long marching arts clinic throughout the campus of Western Carolina University.For over a decade, The Pride of the Mountains has annually hosted a summer symposium event as a means to educate and inspire nearby […]


King of Pop Michael Jackson Dies; WCU Students React

Michael Jackson, who’s classic American tale as a celebrity took him from musical boy marvel to worldwide pop star to tragic figure haunted by accusations, paparazzi and failed plastic surgery, died suddenly on Thursday June 25, at U.C.L.A. Medical Center after suffering from cardiac arrest. He was pronounced dead at […]


Unto These Hills: A Retelling

Unto These Hills, an event located in the mountains of Cherokee, NC is the second largest running-outdoor drama in the United States. Work began in 1948 to create the drama, and it is now celebrating its 60-year anniversary of the historical retelling of the life of the Cherokee Indian, then […]


Enjoy a Day at Lake Glenville

In 1941, the Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA) finished construction of the Thorpe Dam just outside of Glenville in southern Jackson County. While the dam was only intended to provide power for ALCOA’s aluminum factory, it had the secondary effect of creating the Thorpe Reservoir, which became commonly known as […]


Blue Ridge Parkway Offers Many Attractions for Vistors

If you’re tired of sitting around campus because you don’t know what to do with your free time, it’s time to find some friends and take a short trip over to the Blue Ridge Parkway, located between Cullowhee and Waynesville. The Blue Ridge Parkway has many activities as well as some […]


America’s Most Beloved Home – The Biltmore House

Anyone who has grown up in this area knows of the Biltmore House. It has long overlooked the mountains of North Carolina. Even so, the estate seems to offer a perpetual wonder to all those who perceive it. Visitors are first left in awe when they step onto the front […]


Phish Performs at Asheville Civic Center

The hot and humid air was not enough to keep the Phisheads from gathering together to watch one of the most anticipated shows of the year in Asheville. On June 9, fans from all over the country came to watch this summer’s special treat. The show was held in the […]


A Look at Local Volunteer Opportunities to Help Animals

(Editor’s Note: The following is the third article in an ongoing series of articles that look at where students can and are volunteering their time.) If you’re in search of volunteer opportunities and love animals, Jackson County just might have the option you’re looking for. The Jackson County Humane Society […]


Studio Engineer Earns National Emmy for Olympics Work

John E. Wells, studio engineer for Western Carolina University’s Center for Applied Technology, recently won an Emmy award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Wells served as an edit systems maintenance engineer for an NBC team that was honored with a Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Technical […]


Catalyzing Change

Nobody cares. If you’re like me, it seems that Western has many issues and concerns, but that’s all that is ever voiced—opinion. So why doesn’t anyone come through with resolution? Is it because we simply don’t know how, or is it that we are so quick to accept what consequences […]