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Data company grades Jackson County on social distancing

Originally published in The Sylva Herald on May 21, 2020.  A data collection company is keeping an eye on how the United States is following social distancing guidelines and handing down grades. Jackson County received a “C,” according to data from Unacast. “Our goal in developing this and our COVID-19 […]

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WCU’s Jen Schiff receives teaching award by UNC System

Published in The Sylva Herald on April 16, 2020. On Wednesday, April 8, the University of North Carolina Board of Governors announced Dr. Jennifer Schiff as one of 17 faculty members to receive the 2020 Award for Excellence in Teaching. The recipients represent all 16 of North Carolina’s public universities […]

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SGA Vice-Presidential Candidate Debate

On Thursday, Feb. 27 Student Government Association’s debates continued in the UC theater, this time for the vice-presidential candidates – Aaron Speyer and Kasson Mitchell. The debates were moderated once again by Alejandra Cespedes, the elections committee chair, Ashley Faulkner and Jordan Waldroop. Questions were pre-written and submitted by students […]

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Whee Talk: Racial Justice

The founders of “From Privilege to Progress” came and talked to Western Carolina University students on Feb. 4. Melissa Depino and Michelle Saahene spoke to a crowd of about 45 students to encourage them to stand up against racism when they see it. They started the Whee Talk by showing […]

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Sylvaopoly

The classic board game Monopoly has been made into a city- themed version. Walmarts around Western North Carolina the area and Ohio based company Late For the Sky have come together and created“Sylvaopoly.” This game maps out the town of Sylva in a familiar setting. The game has landmarks like […]

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Takeaways from the 2020 State of the Union Address

On February 4, 2020, President Donald Trump gave his third State of the Union Address. President Trump emphasized the economy, the military, trade, and border security among other topics. He called the theme of his three years in office so far “the great American comeback.” Trump did not make any […]

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LASO ropes in student body for Super Bowl watch party

In what will go down as a comeback for the ages, the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 on the heels of two other comebacks to secure Super Bowl LIV’s Lombardi Trophy, with quarterback Patrick Mahomes receiving the honor for the night’s Most Valuable Player. The game […]

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Knuck if You Brunch: NPHC Means Unity

When you become Greek, you become family. And that is exactly what happened at the Knuck if You Buck leadership retreat on Feb. 1, 2020. The Black Greek Letter Organizations (BGLO) of Western Carolina gathered to take part in the members-only leadership retreat. Those present were Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, […]

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Catamount Career and Networking Day

The Center for Career and Professional Development and the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning at Western Carolina University hosted the biannual Catamount Career and Networking Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday Feb. 12. The event features employers from all over the region and in various […]