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A discussion titled “The Western Carolina University Cuts Hurt Education Forum: Collaborating Toward the Success of North Carolina Education” will be held on campus Monday, Dec. 5.

The event, which begins at 7 p.m. in the Grandroom of A.K. Hinds University Center, is designed to bring faculty, staff, students, political leaders and WCU community members together to talk about the effects of budget cuts to education and what community members can do to affect changes. More than $400 million was cut last year from the budget for the University of North Carolina system.


Students at East Franklin Elementary have officially found their way into the pages of the Guinness World Records. Last Thursday, 421 students gathered throughout the day in the gym at East Franklin to participate in Guinness World Records Day. The students came prepared to join students from around the world working together to beat last year’s record set during the “World’s Largest Sport Stacking Event.”

During the course of the Guinness World Records Day, sport stackers from all corners of the world began stacking cups in various pyramids and prescribed patterns at lightning speed for at least 30 minutes, all combined with a variety of fitness activities.


A one-day workshop in building free personal and business websites will be offered Friday, Dec. 2, by Western Carolina University’s Office of Continuing Education.

Participants will learn how to create, design and publish personal Web pages on the Internet using no-cost online resources. The workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Room 137 of WCU’s Cordelia Camp Building.


After a presentation given at October’s board of education meeting highlighting the District’s week-long intersession, School board members said the week appeared to be beneficial for the students who attended, but showed concern about whether the week was cost effective due to low participation numbers.

“One of our goals is to get our students reading and math scores up, and we looked at the intersession as a way to do that,” said board member Stephanie McCall. “I do not know all of the costs associated with the intersession yet, and I am waiting to get those figures. We have to be very cautious how we spend our money.”


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