Author: Patrick Clemons

Chancellor's Corner

January 2021

Exclusive message from Chancellor Brown to The Western Carolinian on the following topics: Why WCU went online for three weeks, and why the decision was so abrupt. Cost reimbursement for previous COVID-19 tests. The difficulty of students receiving tests before returning to campus. New COVID strain. Higher Education Emergency Relief […]


WCU student organizations react to 2020 election results

This story was co-reported by Nate Hadley.  As the reporting of election results has come to a close, Joe Biden has been named the 46th President-Elect of the United States. With President Trump having yet to concede, many politically active student organizations on WCU’s campus have their own views regarding […]


Cawthorn wins NC-11 Congressional Race

Cawthorn Candidate Madison Cawthorn’s (R) clash with opponent Moe Davis (D) concluded in his favor on Tuesday, Nov. 3, winning 54.52 percent of votes cast in North Carolina’s eleventh district, coming to a total of 243,898 votes, making him the youngest member of Congress. In the March primary, Bennett won […]


2020 Elections in Jackson County

Story co-written with Nicole Ellison and Nate Hadley. Update as of 7:30 p.m. As the polls begin to close and political party representatives are long gone, people are waiting from their homes in anticipation in regard to who will be the next President of the United States. The Cullowhee Rec. […]


Google Trends: Final Presidential Debate

The final presidential debate of 2020 posed a substantial contrast from its predecessor and caused viewers to perform additional research once it concluded. Over the course of the evening, the trending topics varied, but Google Trends highlighted the main issues as unemployment, wages, and health care. The first 2020 presidential debate […]


WCU students voice their opinions on 2020 election

Western Carolina University students are gearing up for voting in 2020. They care for human rights, the environment, the economy and removing Trump. In late August, WCJ surveyed around 40 WCU students on their views on the 2020 Presidential Election – will they vote, what candidate they prefer and what […]


Election security in 2020

With the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 United States presidential election, people are concerned more than ever about North Carolina’s election security in 2020. Jackson County Board of Elections Director Lisa Lovedahl relieves these worries. “As far as security, we use the North Carolina state system,” Lovedahl said. “At […]


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 […]


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 […]