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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

The Book of Mormon ends run at Hancher

The Book of Mormon ends run at Hancher

Harry Westergaard, Film Critic/Reporter
October 19, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, Reviews, Showcase, Theater

The newly opened Hancher Auditorium continues its new season with The Book of Mormon, the vulgar musical from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. The musical is sure to offend some, make others throw up, while quite a few morel laugh themselves silly. I happened to land into the latter category...

1440 outdoor movie: a good time for a good cause

1440 outdoor movie: a good time for a good cause

Samalya Thenuwara, Feature Editor, Feature Producer
October 17, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

  The 1440 charity movie event began at sundown, but the real action happened in the hours before a single moviegoer stepped onto the makeshift theater. Approximately twenty 1440 volunteers spent hours transforming the plain grassy lawn outside the courtyard into a ghostly movie theater. The t...

Classroom or Canvas: What is the academic site choice?

Classroom or Canvas: What is the academic site choice?

Asha Irani, Videographer
October 16, 2016
Filed under Entertainment

Last year students and teachers at West High school made the transition to the online academic site Google Classroom. While some teachers have embraced Classroom, Physics teachers Scott Kahler and Dominic Audia have chosen a different network for their students to use. Kahler is using Canvas for the first time t...

“The Birth of a Nation” fails to live up to title

“The Birth of a Nation” fails to live up to title

Harry Westergaard, Film Critic/Reporter
October 13, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, Film, Reviews, Showcase

The Birth of a Nation promises many things from the title alone. If you’re a film student or historian, you will know that it is reclaiming the name of a very famous and groundbreaking propaganda film. Despite its racist and sexist portrayal of African-Americans and women, as well as its perceptio...

iPhone 7 and iOS 10 live up to expectations

iPhone 7 and iOS 10 live up to expectations

Sadie Rhomberg and Jiung Jung
October 11, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, Reviews, Showcase

It’s been nearly a month since the new iPhone 7 and 7 plus were released. Apple released the new phones on September 7th, 2016, and, at first, it was unclear to me whether or not it would be a huge hit, similar to the release of the iPhone 6 and 6s was. I had heard from my friends and people around sc...

Fashion and friendship Friday: Sofia and Sasha

Fashion and friendship Friday: Sofia and Sasha

Sadie Rhomberg, Reporter
October 7, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, Fashion, Feature, Showcase

Having a best friend can add an enjoyable aspect to one’s life. Best friends Sofia Perez ’17 and Sasha Tyler ’17 bond over fashion and draw inspiration from each other. Meeting in downtown Iowa City near a graffiti covered wall, the girls came in two different yet bold outfits. Close friends S...

Congregation’s vision reaches West High

Congregation’s vision reaches West High

Molly Howes, Reporter
October 6, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

The sweet sound of piano keys fills the walls of West High’s Arganbright Auditorium. The tempo is upbeat, and right as you become enticed, the bass and percussion join the harmonious scene as well. A sudden brassy sound appears over your shoulder. The winds, including a Soprano sax, Tenor Sax and a...

The music niche: United Action for Youth provides music studio for teens

The music niche: United Action for Youth provides music studio for teens

Lauren Katz, Reporter
October 4, 2016
Filed under Music, Profiles, Showcase

It was mid-September in that finicky time when days bring gusts of sultry air and evenings a chill. The United Action for Youth’s (U.A.Y.) doors were open to those who sought a respite, with sunken couches and racks of handmade necklaces of cerulean blue shells and wooden turtles. United Action...

Live Like Line: the movie

Live Like Line: the movie

Nina Elkadi
October 1, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

Around 2,000 miles away from West High School is an exact replica of the West High gym. Complete with banners representing state titles up until 2011, the replica is almost spot-on. The purpose of this gym was not to have a second practice space for the Trojans and Women of Troy, but rather to film...

POTUS-tively terrifying

POTUS-tively terrifying

Simran Sarin, Print Editor-in-Chief
September 30, 2016
Filed under Entertainment

Follow these simple steps: 1. Cut out a template of your choice, leaving ~1/2 inch border around it 2. Tape the template onto your pumpkin 3. Using a thumbtack, pierce the pumpkin along the black borders of the template 4. Remove the template, leaving behind a dotted outline of where to etch...

John Waters at the Englert preview

John Waters at the Englert preview

Harry Westergaard, Reporter
September 29, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, Film, Reviews, Showcase

John Waters will be at the Englert Theatre on Saturday, October 1st. Waters is known for his films, which are generally intentionally cheesy or campy, and have achieved a cult status. His run of films in the seventies became underground hits, and were known for being very raunchy. Waters had a tendency ...

Fashion Friday: Sidney Kout

Fashion Friday: Sidney Kout

Olivia Dachtler, Reporter
September 23, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, Fashion, Showcase

West Side Story: What motivates you to get up and ready in the morning? Sidney Kout: I pick my outfits out every morning the morning before so I wake up and it’s right there, ready for me. WSS: Are there ever days you just want to wear sweatpants, how do you stop yourself from doing so? ...

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