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Tuition and Taxes Possibly On The Rise

Even as signs that the recession may be slowing, the North Carolina General Assembly has gone past their July 1 deadline to pass a funding bill. Staff and students alike are waiting for the General Assembly to pass the State Senate Bill 202, which will set the budget for, among […]

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Obama’s Green Initiative Includes White Roofs

Energy Secretary Steven Chu has a revolutionary plan to fight global warming. If it works, Chu claims it will have the same effect as removing the world’s vehicles for 11 years. The plan? Whitewash roofs and roads. Chu’s proposal to paint all roofs and roads white is based on research […]

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park plans to Spend Stimulus

As a means to create jobs and revitalize communities, Congress began The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Earlier this year, $900 billion was dispensed in stimulus money in order to boost local Economies. Among the $900 billion, The Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) received $64 Million of this money. […]

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WCU Gets New Chief Information Officer, Craig A. Fowler

On July 10, the university announced that Craig A. Fowler will be joining Western as the new Chief Information Officer (CIO). As of July 27, Fowler will be in charge of continuing to keep all television and Internet systems running smoothly.   As CIO, Fowler will be responsible not only […]

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Obama Discusses Possible National Healthcare Plan

President Obama, determined as ever on his top domestic priority, has been using every opportunity and tool available to pressure Congress for legislative approval. “We’ve made a lot of progress over the last few months. We’re now closer to health care reform than we ever had been before,” Obama said […]

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WCU Senior Injured at Area Waterfall

A Western Carolina University senior was injured Sunday after falling off a Macon County waterfall.  Gioia Holland was hiking with friends at Glen Falls two-miles outside of Highlands when she slipped.  According to Highlands EMS reports, the 21-year-old student from Marion  fell about 80 feet on Sunday evening. Highland rescue workers received the call […]

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WCU Freshman Orientation 2009

On Monday, June 22, 2009, Western Carolina University welcomed 600 incoming freshman to campus. After checking in at the residence halls, students were welcomed to the Ramsey Center Concourse for an informational fair where they were helped to configure their computers and were provided with an introduction to what WCU […]

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Cherokee Casino to Begin Serving Alcohol

On Thursday June 4, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians passed a referendum allowing alcohol sales at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino. The referendum passed with a vote of 1,847 to 1,301, with the most resistance coming from Snowbird in Graham County, where citizens believe that any introduction of alcohol sales will […]

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Digital TV Transition Goes Unnoticed at WCU

The transition from analog to digital TV (DTV) has gone virtually unnoticed at Western Carolina University. The government mandated switch, which was originally supposed to take place Feb. 17, was delayed until June 12 in order to give Americans more time to prepare. The move to digital TV was prefaced […]

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Judaculla Rock Gets a Facelift

Judaculla Rock is getting a facelift. Jackson County, along with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, the Caney Fork Community Development council, and the Parker Family, who have owned the land for hundreds of years, are attempting to restore the rock back to where it was in the 1920s. Since […]