Author: westerncarolinian


Opinion: A reflection on four years

I’m set to graduate in May, and I don’t know what is coming next. Anybody else in similar shoes? Anybody else desperately want to leave and desperately want to stay at the same time?  I’m feeling sentimental some these days as I cling to my college memories and try to […]


Student Affairs Emergency Fund

Enrolled students in need may be able to use the Student Emergency Fund to help with unexpected, unforeseen and urgent expenses, like housing or living expenses. The link to request the fund can be found at, or by finding the Dean of Students’ page.  The fund was created in […]


SAGA’s annual pride celebration 

Western Carolina University’s Sexuality and Gender Alliance (SAGA) held their annual pride celebration Sunday April 16 in the University Center following inclement weather.  The celebration involved multiple vendors local to the Sylva and Asheville area and clubs at WCU that provide safe spaces, children’s story hour, adult story hour, BIPOC […]


Whee Breathe’s check in on WCU’s air quality

April is Earth month, a time to check up on our planet. Part of that checkup is air quality. WCU’s Whee Breathe will add an analysis for the air quality on campus retrieved from Purple Air (.com) monitors by the end of the semester.   Whee Breathe is a club started […]


Tuckasegee River has more than just garbage

Originally published in The Western Carolina Journalist In the early afternoon, with mist still clinging to the waters of the river, hundreds of WCU students descend to the banks of the Tuckasegee river for the Tuck River Cleanup. Throughout the day, thousands of pounds of trash are removed. Digging through the muck and […]


How Sylva and WCU police are evolving modern policing

Sylva Police Department and Western Carolina University have partnered to change how policing is done with the new Community Care Program. This program is designed to fuse policing with social work.  Senior or graduate level students studying social work are hired as interns. These interns, known as community care liaisons, […]


WCU spring football scrimmage sets tone for fall season

For the first time since November, the PA system could be heard throughout campus as the spring football game of the 2023 season kicked off. The game was played on Saturday April 15 with wonderful weather that called for an even better match up between the purple and white teams. […]