In a field on the outskirts of Cherokee stands a nondescript mound about 6 feet high, covered in grass and flanked by woods and mountains. Though it appears to be little more than a rise in the land, it is a sacred site for the native people of the Carolina mountains: Kituwah, the Cherokee “mother […]
“Rooted in the Mountains,” a conference that explores the intersection of Western and native traditions that’s now in its eighth year, will take place at Western Carolina University on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 28-29, and includes a trip to the sacred site of Kituwah, the Cherokee “mother town.”
From the Get It! Guide: A close look at the trash collected in Asheville was shocking — 26 percent of our waste is compostable matter, 18 percent is recyclable and 56 percent is true waste, fit only for the landfill. With the city alone producing over 22,000 tons of trash a year, what is the cost of all that waste. And what is it going to take for us to reduce it?
Since its initial construction in 1937, 15,524 people are said to have completed the thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail — “2,000-milers,” they’re called. Inspiration behind embarking on such a physically and mentally challenging journey varies from person to person, but deep down it satiates core human needs for renewal and a reconnection with nature.
If you turned on your TV for some holiday festivities yesterday, you may have seen a familiar sight — all the way from New York City! Western Carolina University’s Pride of the Mountains Marching Band led the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in front of an estimated 3.5 million spectators and another 50 million at-home viewers.
Break out the candles! Western Carolina University celebrates its 125th year during the 40th annual Mountain Heritage Day festival, a free event to recollect WCU’s rich history. Two stages and a dedicated dance floor will host clogging team performances and concerts (including Grammy Award-winner David Holt), and more than 100 vendor booths will sprawl into […]
Concerned or excited about the prospect of increased oil and gas development in Western North Carolina? The North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission has scheduled a public hearing for Sept. 12 in Cullowhee and welcomes your feedback on proposed rules that could help pave the way for hydraulic fracturing – also known as ‘fracking’ – […]
The exhibition, which opened Friday, April 25, is up through this Friday, May 2 at The Tannery, a studio and gallery space off of Old Lyman Street in the River Arts District. It was organized independently of the WCU art program and co-curated by MFA candidates Tonya Anderson and Laura Sellers. Its featured works offer a cross section of the department’s breadth.
Television host Tom Earnhardt will speak about North Carolina’s ecological past and future at WCU on Thursday, June 27.
12 Rockette alumnae will team up with Western Carolina University students for a salute to Rockette history.
Nearly 7 miles of Western Carolina University trails are now open for bikers, hikers and runners. About 100 people celebrated on Feb. 23. (photo courtesy of WCU)
Explore the music of northern Spain with clarinetist Oskar Espina Ruiz in WCU’s Coulter Building.
This weekend offers Appalachian heritage, local hip-hop, four-legged friends and more. As alway, Xpress brings you the best in low-cost weekend entertainment.
The weather’s getting nippy, but it’s still a great time to get out and check out some events that won’t break the (piggy) bank. From winter gardening and holiday shopping to local authors and uplifting musical performances, this weekend’s got everything you need to lure you out of the house on the cheap. And as always, leave us a comment if you’ve got any more low-cost events you’d like to share.
The lone black bear cub found on the Western Carolina University campus on the afternoon of Wednesday, Oct. 26, will spend time at a N.C. wildlife rehabilitation facility as part of an effort to eventually release it back into the wild.
The WCU Low Tech Ensemble will perform a free concert of music from the Central Javanese tradition and by contemporary composers at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3.
David Belcher, Western Carolina University’s new chancellor, spoke with members of the local media prior to his introduction to the campus community Monday afternoon, April 11. The TuckReader was there, providing Xpress with an exclusive video.
Western Carolina University has beat the pack by becoming the first N.C. university to reach a 30 percent energy-reduction goal.
Smoky Mountain News offers details on how Western Carolina University faculty looked a BB&T million-dollar gift horse in the mouth and turned it around.
It’s not illegal, but it shows how Gannett pampers its top brass, says Gannett Blog’s Jim Hopkins about a disclosure that the Gannett Foundation helped Gannett CEO Craig Dubow and his wife establish a WCU scholarship in their name, with no credit to Gannett and unavailable to most Gannett employees
Gannett’s philanthropic arm gives money. So what? But where did the money go in the taxpayer-supported university system and who got it? Gannett Blog is asking.