Archive for February 4th, 2015

Pre-Valentine’s Day Romantic languages poetry reading set for Feb. 11

The Department of Modern Foreign Languages at Western Carolina University will present a Romantic languages poetry reading at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, in Illusions on the second floor of A.K. Hinds University Center.

WCU students, faculty and staff and local residents are invited to attend to share a poem in a Romantic language or listen to others read poems. The five most widely spoken Romantic languages are often considered to be Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian and Romanian.

Garrett Fisher, Spanish instructor in the modern foreign languages department and organizer of the event, said the poems recited do not necessarily have to deal with the topic of love, even though Valentine’s Day will be just three days later. The poems also do not have to be the original creations of the readers, but can be compositions written by someone else that have inspired them. “Everyone will be demonstrating their love for another language by simply sharing a poem,” he said.

Admission is free. Attendees are encouraged to wear red, white or black attire. For more information or to sign up to read a poem, contact Fisher at

By Gautier Villette

Juicy J to perform at WCU’s Ramsey Center Feb. 19

Producer, songwriter and rapper Juicy J will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, at Western Carolina University’s Ramsey Regional Activity Center.

Juicy J

Juicy J

A founding member of Three 6 Mafia and later a co-owner with Wiz Khalifa of Taylor Gang Records, Jordan Michael Houston, also known as Juicy J, has never considered himself a rapper, but a producer instead. His career has led him to collaborate with Timbaland, 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne, Justin Timberlake, The Weeknd and Nicki Minaj.

A Memphis native, Juicy J won an Academy Award in 2006 as a member of Three 6 Mafia. As a solo artist, he also won a MTV Video Music Award and an American Music Award for his participation on Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse,” a song for which he is nominated for this year’s Grammy Awards in the category of “Best Pop Duo Performance.”

The event is sponsored by Last Minute Productions and tickets are available on or by calling the Ramsey Center at 828-227-7722. Admission is $11 for WCU students and $21 for non-students (tax and processing fees will apply). Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and WCU students are required to show a valid WCU student ID with their ticket.

For more information, contact the Ramsey Center ticket office between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at 828-227-7722.

ATM to be taken out of service Feb. 26

Development of a new mixed-use facility on the Western Carolina University campus will require the removal of the N.C. State Employees’ Credit Union’s free-standing automated teller machine on Centennial Drive.

The credit union’s CashPoints machine will be taken out of service and the ATM kiosk will be removed beginning Thursday, Feb. 26, to enable developers of the mixed-use facility to start site preparation work, including demolition of existing structures.

The Board of Trustees of the Endowment Fund of Western Carolina University, which owns the commercial strip along Centennial Drive, is proceeding with development of a 120,000-square-foot building featuring a mix of residential space and commercial and dining establishments.

The mixed-use facility will rise on the site of a structure damaged when fire broke out in the morning hours of Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, severely damaging three restaurants on the ground floor of the two-story structure – a Subway sandwich shop, Rolling Stone Burrito, and Mad Batter Bakery and Cafe.

The timetable for the project calls for construction to begin this May with completion in August 2016.

CashPoints machines are located in A.K. Hinds University Center and at the Cullowhee branch of the N.C. State Employees’ Credit Union on Little Savannah Road across N.C. Highway 107 from the main WCU campus.

By Bill Studenc

Lopez brings expertise to PBS series

Edward J. Lopez

Edward J. Lopez

Edward Lopez, professor of economics, has made two recent television appearances. Both aired on PBS affiliate KTTZ-TV in Lubbock, Texas. In both episodes, he was interviewed on “Free to Exchange” by host Benjamin Powell of the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University. A 12-minute segment aired on January 14, dealing with “Intellectual Property in Fashion and Music”:

The second interview, discussing “Economies and Social Change”, was also a 12-minute segment that appeared on January 26:

Mulligan presents at Ottawa conference

Robert Mulligan (left) works with accounting major Jordan Hensley in this file photo.

Robert Mulligan (left) works with accounting major Jordan Hensley in this file photo.

In early November, Bob Mulligan, professor of economics, presented “An Empirical Comparison of Canadian-American Business Cycle Fluctuations” in the Wirth Institute Conference on Austrian Economics at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Each biennial conference is held in a different Canadian city and is sponsored by the Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies of the University of Alberta.

Registrar’s Office releases WCU’s first ‘chancellor’s list’

A new academic distinction is now available to Western Carolina University students as the Registrar’s Office recently released the first “chancellor’s list” of students following the posting of grades from fall semester.

Spring enrollment tops 9,800 for first time in WCU history

Thanks to an increase in the percentage of first-time freshmen returning after their initial fall semester of study, total spring enrollment at Western Carolina University has topped 9,800 for the first time in university history.

Interactive ‘Tar Heel Tour’ to examine North Carolina regions, attributes

Western Carolina University students, faculty and staff and members of the community will have an opportunity to “tour” the state of North Carolina in a Thursday, Feb. 12, evening event called “Tar Heel Tour: Our State, Our Time.”

‘Rocky Horror Show’ to hit WCU stage Feb. 19-21

The campy cult classic “The Rocky Horror Show,” a musical comedy that pays homage to the science fiction and B-grade horror movies of the mid-20th century, will warp its way through time to hit the stage in February at Western Carolina University as part of the School of Stage and Screen’s 2014-15 theatrical season.

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