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Walkway between Sylva and Dillsboro in the works

Travelers between Sylva and Dillsboro who would like to avoid traffic will soon have a means to walk instead of drive. On July 12, a recently approved construction project began on a sidewalk that will connect the two towns. The sidewalk project had been discussed for years but ran into […]

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WCU raises tuition to offset state budget cuts

To help offset the impact of budget cuts recently authorized by the N.C. General Assembly, Western Carolina University will raise in-state undergraduate tuition and fees by 17.5 percent beginning with the fall semester. A special provision of the state budget allows UNC campuses to increase tuition by as much as […]

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WCU’s Breese building may close permanently

What was originally used as an academic building, Breese is now a deserted cement block on a slope of Western Carolina’s grounds. Housed inside is a large pool and a used dance studio, but the pool is facing permanent closure as funds cannot be found for repairs. Such repairs include […]

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WCU professors help neighboring counties with violence study

Recently, a $10,000 grant for analyzing and gathering crime data was awarded to Dr. Phyllis Robertson, an assistant professor in the department of human services, along with Dr. Alvin Malesky, an associate professor in Western Carolina University’s psychology department. Assisting in this study with Robertson and Malesky is Dr. Russell […]

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Yates named Kimmel Professor of Construction Management

The only woman to head a college or university construction management department in the United States has joined the faculty of Western Carolina University as the Joe W. Kimmel Distinguished Professor of Construction Management. J.K. Yates began her duties as Kimmel Professor and head of WCU’s department of construction management […]

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U.S. Postal Services proposes two cent stamp increase

The United States Post Office has proposed yet another rate increase to the cost of traditional mail. The Post Office is seeking to increase the cost of stamps by 2 cents to 46 cents per stamp. If approved, it would be the seventh cost increase since 2000. Postmaster General John […]

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New budget puts furloughing out of the picture

After the scare of possibly taking time off without pay, faculty can now relax and not worry about furloughs with the new budget in place. Furloughing is defined as mandatory time off without pay. The state had recently questioned if furloughing would be necessary as a way to make up […]

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Town of Sylva votes to restrict employee parking downtown

(Editor’s Note: An update of how many people, if any, have been fined since the origination of the below ordinance will be featured in the Sept. 24 edition of the Western Carolinian.) Employees of businesses in downtown Sylva can now face a $50 fine if they are caught parking on […]

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WCU MLK speaker discusses race and politics in U.S.

L. Douglas Wilder, the first African-American elected governor in the United States, told a group of Western Carolina University students, faculty and staff on Wednesday, Jan. 20 that there is still progress to be made in terms of race relations, despite the historic election of Barack Obama as president in […]

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WCU online criminal justice program ranked no. 1 ‘best buy’

Western Carolina University’s online bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice once again has received a No. 1 national ranking in affordability by the distance education information clearinghouse GetEducated.com WCU’s program is listed first among a group of 19 “Best Buys.” The rankings are based on a fall 2009 survey of […]