Month: February 2020


Whee Talk: Racial Justice

The founders of “From Privilege to Progress” came and talked to Western Carolina University students on Feb. 4. Melissa Depino and Michelle Saahene spoke to a crowd of about 45 students to encourage them to stand up against racism when they see it. They started the Whee Talk by showing […]


Before They Were Educators: Brett Kinser

Dr. Brett Kinser, Department Head of English at Western Carolina University, signs all his mass emails “The Grey Beard Loon” despite his beard being a goatee and on the darker end of the salt-and-pepper scale.  His academic accomplishments are varied and great, including upcoming works published by Oxford and California […]


The School of Music presents composer Fred Hamilton

On Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 7:30 pm Western Carolina University’s School of Music hosted Fred Hamilton, guitarist and composer, to perform at the Recital Hall in Coulter. According to the program pamphlet, Hamilton was a former educator of undergraduate and graduate jazz improvisation from 1989-2017 at the University of North […]


Mamba, Out: The Loss of a Legacy

Students, coaches and audiences anxiously awaited the arrival of Bryant and all those aboard the helicopter to a youth basketball tournament, hosted at Kobe Bryant’s basketball academy. That was an arrival that would never happen. On Jan. 26, 2020, Kobe Bryant passed away in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. […]



The classic board game Monopoly has been made into a city- themed version. Walmarts around Western North Carolina the area and Ohio based company Late For the Sky have come together and created“Sylvaopoly.” This game maps out the town of Sylva in a familiar setting. The game has landmarks like […]


Takeaways from the 2020 State of the Union Address

On February 4, 2020, President Donald Trump gave his third State of the Union Address. President Trump emphasized the economy, the military, trade, and border security among other topics. He called the theme of his three years in office so far “the great American comeback.” Trump did not make any […]


New Year Woes: Catamounts return to losing ways

It all seemed so promising; until it didn’t. The pieces all seemed to fit perfectly; until they didn’t. The team looked poised for a deep run; until it didn’t. After an almost magical start to the 2019-20 College Basketball Season, the Western Carolina Catamounts have come down to earth a […]


LASO ropes in student body for Super Bowl watch party

In what will go down as a comeback for the ages, the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 on the heels of two other comebacks to secure Super Bowl LIV’s Lombardi Trophy, with quarterback Patrick Mahomes receiving the honor for the night’s Most Valuable Player. The game […]


Knuck if You Brunch: NPHC Means Unity

When you become Greek, you become family. And that is exactly what happened at the Knuck if You Buck leadership retreat on Feb. 1, 2020. The Black Greek Letter Organizations (BGLO) of Western Carolina gathered to take part in the members-only leadership retreat. Those present were Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, […]