Author: Andrew Schuler


Opinion: WCU’s Guy Problem

Today, if you visit almost any college campus, you might notice a curious gender imbalance: about six women attend for every four men, making it the largest gender gap in higher education history. This phenomenon reveals a shift in attitude among men as they disengage from education, the economy, and […]

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Abandoned structure burns down outside campus

The Western Carolinian previously reported the Moss properties were owned by Cullowhee Baptist Church. That was mistaken. The properties were owned by the Moss family until bought by a different party. An abandoned structure on the corner of Central Drive and Old Cullowhee Road caught fire in the early morning […]


Money Talks: Monitoring WCU’s financial health after a crisis

College’s latest financial challenges demanded budget cuts and layoffs nationwide. The COVID-19 pandemic and economic stoppages have marked down tuition revenues, reduced state government funding for higher education, and in some instances, slashed athletic ticket sales. Aside from cutting expenses to stay financially afloat, colleges are increasing student fees.  The […]


WCU lifts mask mandate in most campus spaces

As of Saturday, Feb 26, Western Carolina University has lifted its mask mandate, according to a campus-wide email sent out Friday afternoon. Masks will still be required on the Cat Tran and in University Health Services in Madison Hall and the Bird Building; they are no longer required anywhere else. […]


WCU enrollment sees a downtrend

Overall enrollment at Western Carolina University dropped to the lowest for a spring semester since 2018, with the largest reduction amongst male students, according to student census data collected Jan. 24. The university cites the persisting pandemic and its impact on student finances as the prime mover of the 2.7% […]


Sexual assault on the rise in recent years at WCU

For college students across the United States, sexual assault on campus is always a matter of concern and at Western Carolina University, it has been on the rise in recent years. According to RAINN, the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, among undergraduate students, 26.4% of females and 6.8% of males […]


Disabled Student Union contests against discrimination

Earlier last month, a group of disabled students at Western Carolina University got together for the first time publicly to increase awareness of their faced discrimination on campus. Members of the group introduced themselves as a part of Disabled Students United (DSU).  On Dec 4, DSU members carried out their […]


The face mask could be affecting the classroom experience

Over the last three academic school years, there has been a strict mask mandate at Western Carolina University. And this may have impacted our ability to communicate and build connections.  According to Shelby Broberg, an Instructor of Human Communication at WCU, nonverbal communication makes up approximately 70% of how we […]