Month: December 2013

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Three staff members graduate, say goodbye

Saying “goodbye” is one of the hardest things to do, especially when it marks the beginning of a new chapter. This week The Western Carolinian said farewell to three of our own-Lex Menz, editor-in-chief; Jamie North, photographer and designer, and Brandy Carl, staff writer. Menz is graduating with a bachelor’s […]

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Food sales tax eating up students’ $$$

A tax law affecting meal plans has left a sour taste in students’ mouths. Over the summer, Governor Pat McCrory signed a tax reform set to take effect in January 2014. As a result of House Bill 998, students attending spring courses at any of the University of North Carolina […]

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Visa returns, card users rejoice

Tired of using a MasterCard, American Express or Discover card to pay your online fees or just don’t have them? Good news, the Visa card is back and now accepted by Western Carolina University! Stated by Nancy Brendell, bursar for WCU, the United States District Court for the Eastern District […]

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Club Corner: WCU Forensic Science Club

If you’re one of those people who can’t contain your joy in biology labs or is constantly watching reruns of “CSI” or “Bones,” you will be happy to know that Western Carolina University’s new Forensic Science Club is not only off to a great start but has also begun making […]

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Player Profile: Tom Tankelewicz

Tom Tankelewicz is a senior guard for the Catamount basketball team. Most students know him for his great season last year, with 80 3-pointers, making him the fifth for single season 3-pointers scored in Western Carolina University history. The first word Tankelewicz ever said was “ball.” He first picked up […]

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Meet Paul Lormand

“That stage is sacred. It’s like church. There are some things that you just don’t do up there.” Those are the words of a Western Carolina University staff member whose love of theatre is his full-time occupation.    Paul Lormand, theatre manager and director of the Bardo Arts Center, came […]

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Outdoor Excursions: Bad Creek Trail

There are no shortages for places to hike here in Jackson County and in the surrounding areas. The winter months are a great time to see beloved hikes in a new light.  A favorite of this reporter’s is the Bad Creek Trail that leads to Ellicot and Commissioners’ Rock. This […]

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Before They Were Educators: Dr. Marianne Hollis

Born and raised in Chattanooga, Tenn., Dr. Marianne Hollis, associate professor and masters of health sciences program director, has always had southern roots. Hollis explained how her great grandmother was five years old when Sherman marched through Atlanta and burned it down. She still has family living there today. After […]

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Catamounts barely take down ETSU in women’s basketball

The Lady Catamounts forced a narrow victory against the East Tennessee State Buccaneers prolonging their winning streak to four games, with an overall record of 5-3. WCU came into Sunday’s game versus the Buccaneers with a win against the Mountaineers at Appalachian State University on Tuesday, Nov. 26. East Tennessee […]

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EMS: Taking care of (Every Major/Minor Situation)

“Students Helping Students Since 1965,” the motto you will see as our campus emergency medical services goes by, sirens blaring, on a call. What started out with a staff between five to eight students running out of a van, the campus EMS has grown to staff of 23 with a […]