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Elissa Altman speaks at Prairie Lights

Elissa Altman speaks at Prairie Lights

Mary Vander Weg, Reporter
November 19, 2016
Filed under Metro, News, Showcase

“Live at Prairie Lights” featured an author unlike any other in the most compelling sort of way this past Monday. Tucked away and cozy, a small audience listened intently as she approached the podium and began to explain to them one word: Treyf. The Yiddish word “Treyf” is used throughout ...

Stella under fire for requesting higher charges from Trump supporters

Stella under fire for requesting higher charges from Trump supporters

Nina Elkadi, News Editor
November 17, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase

A frequented University Heights staple, Stella, has been the home for those seeking black-bean burgers and Cajun food in the Iowa City area. Within the last 24 hours, their Yelp rating has dropped from a 3.9/5 to a 1.2/5. Over the weekend, the restaurant confirmed that they asked customers at the...

Students lead anti-hate protest, work to end discrimination

Students lead anti-hate protest, work to end discrimination

Fenna Semken, Managing Editor, News Editor
November 16, 2016
Filed under Breaking, News, Showcase, Video

  On Nov. 15, people from every corner of the city joined together for one cause- to end the hate. Students from West and City High School organized the gathering which began at 4:30 pm. The community followed close behind them as they marched from the Robert E. Lee Recreation Center...

40 students leave class for sit-in protest

40 students leave class for sit-in protest

Taylor Shelfo, Reporter
November 15, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase

Today West students planned to sit in silence at 3:30 to protest against recent hate crimes. The West Side Story asked principal Dr. Shoultz how he felt about the incident, but unfortunately, he had no prior knowledge the event was taking place before today. "I don't approve of people using s...

West hosts forum on Trump and race issues

West hosts forum on Trump and race issues

Cameron Cook
November 15, 2016
Filed under Breaking, News, Showcase

Social studies teachers Mitch Gross and Brady Shutt hosted an after school forum on Nov. 14 to discuss President-Elect Donald Trump and what might happen over the next four years. The discussion began with political, intellectual topics, but shifted toward Trump’s harmful rhetoric once questions l...

“Spotlight” reporter visits national journalism convention

“Spotlight” reporter visits national journalism convention

Grace Yarrow, Copy Editor, Humans of West High Reporter
November 12, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase

In 2002, The Boston Globe’s editor and reporter Walter “Robby” Robinson and other reporters, all part of the “Spotlight” team from the publication, began publishing the findings of an extensive investigation on Catholic priests in Boston, Massachusetts. The team of journalists uncovered, in to...

Anti-hate protesters take to Iowa City streets

Anti-hate protesters take to Iowa City streets

Fenna Semken and Ala Mohamed
November 12, 2016
Filed under Breaking, News, Showcase

Anti-hate protests against newly elected President Donald Trump commenced at 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11 in Iowa City, Iowa. These protests began at the Pentacrest, as people spoke to the crowd, telling them why Donald could not be the next president.  As people became fired up, they went to ...

Students oppose hateful rhetoric with afternoon protest

Students oppose hateful rhetoric with afternoon protest

Harry Westergaard, Caroline Young, and Alyson Kuennen
November 12, 2016
Filed under Breaking, Columns, News, Opinion, Showcase

It has been two days since Donald Trump was appointed President Elect of our country and there has already been significant hostility towards those he has targeted. Conversely however, there have also been many protests against Trump’s ideals and the bullying perpetrated by him. On Nov. 11 at...

College representatives visit national journalism convention in Indianapolis

College representatives visit national journalism convention in Indianapolis

Grace Yarrow
November 11, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase

Candy was collected, pamphlets passed out and wisdom exchanged. Hundreds of students crowded tables and informative displays about colleges and the programs to participate in to get there. Over 3,000 students attending the JEA/NSPA national journalism convention of 2016 in Indianapolis experienced bot...

Liberty high offerings a ‘bare minimum’

Liberty high offerings a ‘bare minimum’

Cameron Cook
November 7, 2016
Filed under Breaking, News, Showcase

Late last week, the list of class offerings for Liberty High School’s opening year were released, causing some confusion over why certain classes–such as physics–weren’t included. Liberty High Principal Scott Kibby claims this list of classes is only a template written up with the minimum of...

Sanders returns to Iowa City

Sanders returns to Iowa City

Nina Elkadi, News Editor
November 6, 2016
Filed under Metro, News, Showcase

Bernie Sanders made a stop in Iowa City on Friday, Nov. 4 at College Green Park to campaign for Hillary Clinton. Using the unseasonably warm weather to his advantage, Sanders spoke in length about the importance of climate change. “We assemble together today, on this beautiful July day,”...

Ted Waitt speaks about breakthrough philanthropy

Ted Waitt speaks about breakthrough philanthropy

Lauren Katz, Copy Editor
November 6, 2016
Filed under Metro, News, Showcase

On Oct. 20, the stage in the IMU’s ballroom was set up in a talkshow-esque manner: two gray couches and a small table with a bouquet of white flowers, distorted by boysenberry lighting. College students with entrepreneurial majors ambled in, and a girl with a bob cut and a currant berry headba...

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