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  • Student Senate Executive Board elections are on Wednesday

  • The Drake Relays for track start Thursday

  • The orchestra program has a concert on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

  • The Functional Programs talent show will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday

  • Check @WSSAthletics on Twitter for updates on sports events this week

Fashion Friday: Maddie Molina

Fashion Friday: Maddie Molina

Pareen Mhatre, Photographer
November 18, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, Fashion, Showcase

West Side Story: How would you describe your style? Maddie Molina: It's not really a set style. I wear a lot of different kind of things, like I'll get in the mood to wear 70's stuff or I'll wear 80's, like velvet and that kind of stuff. It's just whatever I'm feeling, really. WSS: Where do you get most of your cl...

The WSS can guess who you supported in 6 questions

The WSS can guess who you supported in 6 questions

Mason Wang, Videographer
November 9, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, Politics

Don't believe us? Try it.  ...

Ninth graders answer college essay questions

Ninth graders answer college essay questions

Michael Moonjely and Mason Wang
November 5, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

With application deadlines approaching, seniors are hard at work on college essays. However, seniors shouldn't have all of the fun. The WSS sat down with some freshmen to hear their responses to 2016's most perplexing essay prompts....

Behind the water bottle flip

Behind the water bottle flip

Nina Elkadi, News Editor
November 5, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

“I am the one don’t weigh a ton / Don’t need a gun to get respect up on the street*,” If these lyrics mean anything at all to you, there is a good chance that you are familiar with the infamous water bottle flip. If they mean nothing to you, chances are you have seen your peers attempting t...

Guide to local fall jobs

Guide to local fall jobs

Jessica Doyle, Reporter
November 5, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

Whether you prefer lifeguarding or lawn care, seasonal work seems to be pretty popular among teens.  But just because that summer tan and sweat may have died doesn’t mean your precious paycheck has to go, too. There are plenty of opportunities in and around Iowa City for those looking to celebrate...

Friend crush: walkie talkie boys

Friend crush: walkie talkie boys

Ethan Goers, Video Editor and Sports Correspondent
November 4, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

  Robert Walling '18  One time we were all at Cedar Point amusement park (Sandusky, Ohio), and after killing our guts on roller coasters we decided to take a break and go to the arcade. Devin had a fascination with a game where you tried to drop a ball into holes on increasing value, ...

Fashion Friday: Thomas Wagner

Fashion Friday: Thomas Wagner

Teresa Knecht, Photographer
November 4, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, Fashion

West Side Story: How would you describe your style? Thomas Wagner:  Like a 1920’s jazz musician. More suits, more bow ties and more fancier things than your normal khakis and button up shirt - like a suit and a bow tie.   WSS: What does fashion mean to you? TW: Fashion, to m...

Fargo plays at FilmScene for twentieth anniversary

Fargo plays at FilmScene for twentieth anniversary

Harry Westergaard, Film Critic/Reporter
November 2, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, Film

Two thousand sixteen marks twenty years since 1996, which means twenty years since the release of many great films. As we near the end of 2016, I should probably talk about the most important film released in 1996. I have already written about 1986’s masterpiece Blue Velvet and now it’s Fargo’s turn. Upo...

Quiz: what Halloween candy are you?

Quiz: what Halloween candy are you?

Eleanor Ho, opinion editor
October 30, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

Let's be real. Halloween is about the candy. Which one are you?

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Show choir at its “prime”

Show choir at its “prime”

Mary Vander Weg and Sadie Rhomberg
October 27, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

The choir department at West has been expanding, especially in the past year. One of the newest expansion is a third show choir, an all-girls group called Primetime, which will exist at West for the 2016-17 school year. Last school year, around 200 students were enrolled in curricular choir, but now th...

Fashion Friday: Jax Claudin ’20

Fashion Friday: Jax Claudin ’20

Molly Howes, Reporter
October 22, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, Fashion, Showcase

For many people, their taste in music is a reflection of their personality. The lyrics speak to them in ways they feel nobody else can understand and the songs touch their soul in a way most people cannot. For Jax Claudin '20 his music is not a reflection of him, but rather he is a reflection of his musi...

Quiz: What fall symbol are you?

Quiz: What fall symbol are you?

Leah Dusterhoft, Reporter
October 21, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

Fall is in full swing and with it comes new menu items, new fashion trends and holidays. Take this quiz to figure out what fall icon fits your personality and attitude towards the new season. Featured image by Allie Schmitt-Morris...

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