Month: September 2020

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WCU’s Student Government Association adapts to COVID-19

As we enter the eighth week of classes, adjustments are still being made to ensure the success of the student body. Student Body President, Dawson Spencer, speaking on behalf of SGA, has assured students that they have been working tirelessly to keep up communication and continue implementing programs for students, […]

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The advancement of voting machines in America

With the 2020 election soon upon us, some people are already filling out their absentee ballot or simply waiting until election day. What most people don’t know is the progress that these voting machines have made over the years. An undated photo of a lever voting machine. The first lever-operated voting […]

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WCU says ‘no’ to a pass/fail grading option

On Sept. 17, a Western Carolina University student created a petition to implement a pass/fail grading system. This system was used in the spring 2020 semester. The author of the petition remains anonymous as “Western Carolina University Student,” but they described the reason for the petition as follows: “Many students […]

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Debate fact-check: Cawthorn vs. Davis

On the eve of the fourth debate between Cawthorn and Davis today, Sept. 30, see some of the facts they have been saying in the previous debates. On Wednesday, Sept. 9, the third round of debating commenced for the NC-11 Congressional seat featuring Republican Madison Cawthorn and Democrat Moe Davis. […]

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Jackson County voters weigh in on new indoor pool complex

Jackson County voters will be able to weigh in on a $20 million project to build an indoor pool complex in the Cullowhee Recreation Center on their ballot this November. This vote comes months after County commissioners voted in July to issue the bond for this project. A new indoor […]

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Rally to reconcile returns to Sylva

Reconcile Sylva, and members of the community came together Friday, Sept. 18, at the Jackson County Public Library to demand the removal of the confederate statue, “Sylva Sam,” that has been on the courthouse steps for, according to the protesters, 105 years too long. “For those who want to argue […]

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A chat with Digali’i president Aaliyah Swimmer

Recently, Digali’i, the Native American student organization on campus, elected a new president, Aaliyah Swimmer. Digali’i provides opportunities for learning and promoting Native American history and culture. The organization promotes the significance of Cherokee history, culture and contributions to the campus of Western Carolina University and the surrounding communities. Senior […]

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SGA town hall meeting addresses student concerns

On Thursday, Sept. 24, the Student Government Association held an online town hall meeting to address the goings-on of campus, including the pressing racial issues on campus. As the meeting was commenced we were greeted with familiar friendly faces such as Sam Miller, vice chancellor of student affairs, and BaShaun […]

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COVID-19 delays R-5600 N.C. DOT project

Originally published in The Sylva Herald on Sept. 24, 2020.  Like many other facets of life in 2020, COVID-19 is affecting various N.C. Department of Transportation projects, including R-5600. The project to reshape Sylva’s commercial corridor has been postponed from fiscal year 2022 to 2025. R-5600 is the DOT proposal […]