I have lived in this area my entire life. I was born in Sylva and grew up in the same small house in Highlands, NC until I graduated high school. Living in this area has always been amazing and one of my favorite parts of Western North Carolina is by far the scenery. There are so many things to see and places to find that are simply breathtaking. I want to talk about one of my all-time favorite places in this area: Whiteside Mountain.
Dr. Margaret “Margi” Underwood may be new here on Western Carolina University’s campus, but by no means is she new to music.
Underwood is the Visiting Director of Bands and an Assistant Professor of Music here at Western Carolina. Her responsibilities with this title consist of guiding all aspects of concert band programs, conducting the Wind Ensemble and teaching a multitude of music courses at the university.
On January 21, Western Carolina University was honored to have Carlotta Walls LaNier, the youngest of the Little Rock Nine, as a keynote speaker for part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. week of events.
The Little Rock Nine was a group of black students who were the first to integrate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957. They were challenged by racist mobs, unaccepted by many peers, teachers and administrators, and had to be accompanied by U.S. military soldiers when entering the school and going to class in order to protect their safety.
Coffee. To some, it is the nectar of the gods. It is what gets them out of bed in the morning, helps them while they are cramming for a test or exam, or, with winter upon us, provides just a little bit of extra warmth. For those who live on campus, Starbucks is usually the place to get a cup of coffee. It is quick, depending on what time you go, and can be relatively inexpensive, depending on what you order. However, drinking Starbucks all the time can get a bit old.
Fortunately, there is another coffee shop students can go to. As an added bonus, it is close to campus.