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Money Talks: Monitoring WCU’s financial health after a crisis

College’s latest financial challenges demanded budget cuts and layoffs nationwide. The COVID-19 pandemic and economic stoppages have marked down tuition revenues, reduced state government funding for higher education, and in some instances, slashed athletic ticket sales. Aside from cutting expenses to stay financially afloat, colleges are increasing student fees.  The […]

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Literary festival brings diversity through literature

Western Carolina University will host its 20th annual Spring Literary Festival from March 14 to 17 in the A.K. Hinds University Center theatre. Admission is free for everyone and masks are encouraged.  This festival showcases writers from around the world with diverse backgrounds. These published writers will be on campus […]

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WCU radio station is on air and with a new frequency

Student-run radio station WWCU FM is back on air after two long years of transition. On Jan. 27 at approximately 4:40 p.m., the station was rocking the radio waves on the new frequency 95.3. The old call number 90.5 FM is now for the local NPR station, Blue Ridge Public […]

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WCU lifts mask mandate in most campus spaces

As of Saturday, Feb 26, Western Carolina University has lifted its mask mandate, according to a campus-wide email sent out Friday afternoon. Masks will still be required on the Cat Tran and in University Health Services in Madison Hall and the Bird Building; they are no longer required anywhere else. […]

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Increase approved for athletic fee for next two years

After several months of discussion, the University of North Carolina Board of Governors approved the $86 per year increase of WCU’s athletic fee for the next two years.  This increase will up the athletic fee from $782 to $868 per year, roughly $434 per semester.  Funding from the increase will […]

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WCU enrollment sees a downtrend

Overall enrollment at Western Carolina University dropped to the lowest for a spring semester since 2018, with the largest reduction amongst male students, according to student census data collected Jan. 24. The university cites the persisting pandemic and its impact on student finances as the prime mover of the 2.7% […]

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Meet the candidates for WCU SGA’s 2022 leadership

Originally published in The Western Carolina Journalist.  Story co-produced with Savanna Tenenoff SGA at WCU has officially announced the candidates who are campaigning for the 2022 elections, which will serve the student body during the 2022 to 2023 academic year. Candidates are campaigning Feb. 21 through March 1, SGA announced via […]

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Honey contest to help highlight pollinator issue

The story was originally published in The Sylva Herald, Feb. 16 edition and online on The Western Carolina Journalist. Honey lovers can get a taste of local honey and learn more about bees and the pollination crisis at the first honey tasting contest at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino on April 26. […]

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Catamount dining services carries on throughout pandemic

College students are simple creatures. They require an internet connection, a place to sleep, and calories. Lots of calories. Without food, students and staff alike would struggle significantly to produce the results they desire. That being said, feeding a university is no small task.  Western Carolina University has a population […]