Author: Sara Stanley

Campus Features

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 […]

Campus News

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 […]


Absence of band director shakes POTM

Western Carolina’s very own Pride of the Mountains marching band was thrown for a loop when the long-time band director, David Starnes, officially resigned on August seventh. Since then the effects of his absence are becoming more and more evident as the practices roll on.   Students and staff alike were […]


Night One of ‘Best in the West’ Debate a Slobberknocker

“Best in the West: North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District Forum” are a series of two debates across Sept 4-5 between retired USAF Col. and Democratic nominee Moe Davis, against the young rising star of the Republican Party Madison Cawthorn.  Hosted by Blue Ridge Public Radio, Mountain Xpress and Smoky Mountain […]


Maggie Valley protests to reignite Aug. 1

The July 18 march in Maggie Valley had managed to catch some Saturday afternoon rain, though it was less of a portent and more of an annoyance, I would imagine.  I wouldn’t know, I was sitting at home, watching the protest on Facebook live via Smoky Mountain News. A camouflaged […]


Factions War Over Sylva’s Confederate Statue

Editor’s note: JB is in favor of removing the statue but has attempted to present this article relatively free of bias. In the wake of the George Floyd protests, the 2017 call to remove the local confederate statue “Sylva Sam” from the steps of the old courthouse is reawakened and […]