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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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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 […]

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Jackson Residents Peacefully Urge for Healthcare Reform

 About 55 residents from Jackson County peacefully assembled last night (Sept. 2) at the county’s historic courthouse on main street Sylva to urge Congress to reform the nation’s current healthcare system. The residents held a vigil to honor those who they said are suffering under the current health care system […]

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H1N1 Flu Cases Still Being Seen at WCU

Two weeks after classes began at Western Carolina University, cases of the flu are still spreading rapidly across campus. Classes started on Monday, Aug. 24 and WCU’s Health Center had already seen 20 suspected cases of the flu  and more than 65 cases at the end of the week on  […]

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Back-to-Back Police Investigations Surface in Area

Back-to-back discoveries, one involving a death and the other an injury, opened two investigations for area police departments on Saturday, Aug. 8 and Sunday, Aug. 9.The first investigation involves a Cherokee woman who was charged on Aug. 8 with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury with intent to […]