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We Invented The Awards Banquet

There is a thin line between honest self-promotion and outright commercial hubris. After all, no one really seemed to care all that much when P. Diddy and The Bad Boy Family claimed We Invented The Remix that, in fact, they hadn’t. Why is it, then, that it seems a little vainglorious for The Brevard Little Theatre to hype up the results of their Annual Awards Banquet, an event that only honors the casts and crews of shows from BLT’s 2005-2006 season? The big winner of the evening appears to have been the “adult” farce Run For Your Wife, but as you might expect, all of the BLT’s seven productions from its 56th season took home a prize. Save one, that is. Murder at the Howard Johnson’s must have been an utter bomb.

Speaking Of Awards

Asheville-based professional storyteller Connie Regan-Blake was recently awarded a Lifetime Achievement Oracle Award by the National Storytelling Network. Regan-Blake certainly seems deserving. In addition to spending the last quarter century promoting professional storytelling, she has appeared on Good Morning America, NPR’s All Things Considered and CNN. Of course, she was also a founding member of the National Storytelling Network, which probably didn’t hurt her odds at getting the prize.

Forget The Ivy League, Go With The Kudzu Club

The Princeton Review recently placed Western Carolina University’s College of Business in the 2007 edition of their Best 282 Business Schools. (Why 282? Why not?) The report, based on 18,000 student surveys, hints that WCU’s small class sizes and upbeat professor attitudes were factors in the school’s inclusion. While there is still no word on the school’s position in the list, even if WCU is number 282, it’s still kind of a big deal. Future business students from all over the planet will be leafing through the publication for tips on the best places to learn how to make money, and may just find themselves drawn to that long-overlooked financial hotspot — Cullowhee.

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