On Wednesday, Oct. 25, Occupy Western North Carolina held a meeting for students of Western Carolina University called Whee the People. OccupyWNC is a non-partisan coalition that promotes social and economic justice for the 99 percent. The main purpose of this meeting was to inform others of the dangers of fossil fuel usage, and to formulate a plan of action to redirect our efforts into greener energies.
Day of the Dead is a holiday mostly celebrated in Mexico that is about honoring lost
loved ones and celebrating their memory. This is a joyous holiday with an emphasis on
celebration and remembering. Each year Day of the Dead is celebrated from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2.
Dr. Ted Coyle’s anthropology class “Magic, Myth and Religion” hosted a two-part Day
of the Dead celebration. First, the class hosted a panel to discuss what Day of the Dead is, and
what it means. Each of the panelists had a special connection to the holiday and shared their own
The Catamount School is a recently established school for sixth, seventh and eighth graders.
Starting this semester, the school has been operated by Western Carolina University on the
campus of Smoky Mountain High School and is meant to provide a wider array of educational
opportunities for the students of Jackson County.
The 2020 Strategic Plan for Western Carolina University is the brainchild of Chancellor David O. Belcher
and a project six years in the making. In an effort to engage the area locally, the strategic plan
committee organized town hall meetings between the end of September and throughout October.
In a letter prefacing the meetings, Chancellor Belcher wrote on the genesis of the 2020 plan.