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Project C.A.R.E. celebrates 30 years

All Western Carolina University students define home differently. Some might say home is where they were born or where they are currently living, however, for some students, their home goes by the name, Project C.A.R.E.  Project C.A.R.E will soon be celebrating 30 years of being on Western Carolina University’s campus. […]

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What is the ‘body farm’?

Though the human decomposition facility, commonly known as the “Body Farm,” has been part of WCU for over a decade, most students still don’t know exactly what it is. Whether due to the location being kept a secret or that it’s just not discussed often, the ‘stinky jewel of western’ […]

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Statue brings attention to historical culture

The “Harriet Tubman- Journey to Freedom” traveling sculpture began its stop in Sylva with its dedication ceremony held on Sept. 26. The statue, which is 9 feet tall and weighs over  240 pounds, is now located in Bridge Park in downtown Sylva and will remain there until  Dec. 20 when […]

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Long lines lead to hungry students

Campus dining has been plagued with issues including incredibly long lines, the closing of restaurants, and an overall decline in food availability. It is something that we have all been dealing with for the past month and it has started to cause some talk among students and parents. But why […]

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Refusal to wear a mask comes with consequences

It is no surprise that face masks have become mandatory at Western Carolina University, but did you know that students can get fined for not wearing their face masks?  In the WCU Code of Student Conduct, it has been added to the list of items students must follow and if […]

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Mountain Heritage Day returns despite pandemic

The soulful sounds of banjo-picking filled the valley on Saturday, Sept. 25 as the 47th Annual Mountain Heritage Day commenced.  This historic event celebrates Southern Appalachian Mountain culture and helps to preserve the roots of local heritage through craft demonstrations, art vendors, and food.  With last year’s festival being completely […]

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New science building brings growth and opportunity

Thanks to the $110 million dollar Connect NB Bond, WCU has been able to drastically expand its science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs with the new Apodaca Science Building. Tom Apodaca, the name-sake for the new building, was a WCU graduate in the class of ‘80 and has continued […]

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Eco C.A.T.S works to keep WCU clean

Have you ever wondered why Western Carolina University is always so clean? Maybe it’s due to trash pickup, or the fact that we have a sustainability club on campus!  Eco C.A.T.S. is a registered student organization on campus that focuses on keeping WCU clean and green.  “We practice raising awareness […]

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Local festival encourages environmental preservation

The Greening Up the Mountains festival is well known for bringing together the Western North Carolina community in support of local arts and appreciation for the land we live on. It is more important than ever to recognize the beauty and importance of our portion of North Carolina as the […]