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A look back: the West Side Story archives

A look back: the West Side Story archives

Nina Elkadi
December 23, 2016
Filed under Feature, Showcase

Although many readers may only be familiar with the sleek, in-color West Side Story, there was a time when the paper contained stories about Beatlemania, Nixon and student animosity toward ITEDs. Well, some things never change. The WSS’ first issue came out in 1969, and since then―the WSS has made...

The “no” that was ignored

The “no” that was ignored

Ala Mohamed, Digital Profile Editor
December 22, 2016
Filed under Feature, Showcase

Her legs shook violently under the table as she held both of her hands tightly together. She rubbed them against each other as she tried to get at least a word out. One stumble of a word led to another change in leg position. One simple question from me showed my ignorance as fresh streaming tears dashed...

2016 Presidential Election: the discrepancy between electoral and popular votes

2016 Presidential Election: the discrepancy between electoral and popular votes

Lauren Katz, Copy Editor
December 13, 2016
Filed under Election 2016, Feature

One irony of the 2016 presidential election was that Trump, a  critic of the electoral college system prior to the election, in fact, benefitted from the “rigged system;” in this election, the system was "rigged" in his favor. Clinton won 48% of the popular vote, with 62,523,126 votes, over...

The mix of fashion and modesty

The mix of fashion and modesty

Ala Mohamed, Digital Profile Editor
December 9, 2016
Filed under Profiles, Showcase

“Hijabi fashion is not new; it’s been going on,” Lujayn Hamad ‘18 said. She flips a long strand of her tanned, yellow pashmina scarf back, which covers her ears and hair. Her neck stands bare. Hijabi fashion trends have taken over social media like a storm, as an increase in Muslim fashio...

Beyond the times: Jade Merriwether on confidence and creating social change

Beyond the times: Jade Merriwether on confidence and creating social change

Michael Moonjely, Entertainment Editor
December 6, 2016
Filed under Profiles, Showcase

While many witnessed the aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown on television, Jade Merriwether lived it. Before moving to Iowa City from St. Louis during her sophomore year of high school, she witnessed protests firsthand. Now, she has devoted her senior year to being an activist against discriminat...

Beyond the times: a conversation with Mason Hanson

Beyond the times: a conversation with Mason Hanson

Michael Moonjely, Entertainment Editor
December 1, 2016
Filed under Profiles, Showcase

Ever since entering the halls of West High as a freshman, Mason Hanson ’18 has not shied away from sharing his political opinions. As an active member of Young Republicans club, Hanson has established himself as a strong conservative voice among the student body. However, he never thought his views...

West High’s celebrity

West High’s celebrity

Jenna Wang, WSS Intern
November 30, 2016
Filed under Profiles, Showcase

The next generation of stars right now are the ones who aren’t discovered, have no money and aren’t even 20 yet. They’re enthusiastic teenagers who hold on to their big dreams and will stop at nothing to pursue them. Meet Abbie Callahan ‘20, who is one of these teenagers.  Passionate abou...

Off-color

Off-color

Cameron Cook
November 23, 2016
Filed under Profiles, Showcase

“It’s very cool, but it sucks.” Those are the words Erin Moses ’20 uses to describe being colorblind. Colorblindness is uncommon but not unheard of, and is more common in men than in women. But Moses is a special case; she wasn’t born that way. “I grew up with this colorblind best ...

A day of selflessness

A day of selflessness

Anna Brown, Maddi Shinall, Lydia Guo, and Thomas Duong
November 21, 2016
Filed under Feature, Showcase

Every day, millions of Americans work tirelessly in their communities, sacrificing their time and energy in hopes of improving the lives of others. However, their work isn’t always recognized by the public. Nov. 15, National Philanthropy Day, is a special day dedicated to celebrating the hardwor...

Choir funding falls flat

Choir funding falls flat

Maggie Terry, Reporter, Political Columnist
November 12, 2016
Filed under Feature, Showcase

Budget woes are nothing new in the ICCSD, with large amounts of students across the district. Funding doesn’t always keep pace with growth in students. This has osmosed as a problem in the swiftly expanding choir department at West, as well. With 375 students enrolled in five curricular choirs, the...

ICCSD students debate a country’s obligation to Syrian refugees

ICCSD students debate a country’s obligation to Syrian refugees

Lauren Katz, Copy Editor
November 7, 2016
Filed under Feature, Showcase

This summer, the world rocked to see a boy caked with blood and dust in the back of a marmalade-colored ambulance. This five-year-old boy, Omran Daqneesh, had just been uncovered from the rubble of an airstrike in Aleppo, Syria, and was sitting in shock. “Dear President Obama,” Alex, a six-year...

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