In a flurry of activities and events, Western Carolina University says “welcome home” to new and returning students for the 2016-17 academic year. Freshmen got a helping hand from staff, faculty and fellow students moving in on Friday, before moving on to the New Student Convocation and the traditional class photo spelling out “2020” at E.J. Whitmire Stadium. Students gathered with the extended community and WCU clubs and organizations in the Central Plaza for an afternoon of food, music, fun and fellowship before the anticipated start of classes. Another year underway.