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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

“Loving blacks as much as you love back culture”

“Loving blacks as much as you love back culture”

Ala Mohamed, Profiles Editor
April 17, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion, Showcase

  I first heard the term ‘selling the Negro’ in the film “I am not your Negro,” which came out in February. In the 1800s, the term referred to the slave trade, but nowadays the term associates with the popularity and appropriation of black culture. For centuries, blacks have been out...

Dear Westina

Dear Westina

Westina, Reporter
April 8, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Dear Westina, I have two friends, a guy (let's call him nacho), and a girl (let's call her strawberry). Nacho and Strawberry don't really know each other that well. They've talked maybe like once. Still nacho insists that he is interested in strawberry. This understandably makes strawberry uncomfo...

The Gun Control Debate

The Gun Control Debate

April 7, 2017
Filed under Columns, Continuous, Opinion, Showcase

  English 10 Honors. Two sophomores, Daniel Stewart (left) and Steven Yuan (right) wrote competing research papers about gun control, diving into the details for each reason gun control is good or bad, creating chains of logic and statistics. Here, they answer each other's points, until eve...

Editorial: Level the playing field

Editorial: Level the playing field

WSS Editorial Board
April 4, 2017
Filed under Editorials, Opinion, Showcase

High school athletics are traditionally seen as a way for students to stay active, become part of a team and to find their niche. Hard work and a relentless will were the makings of a good athlete. Sports were about who was stronger, faster and just simply better. But times are changing. Now when high school athle...

A modest disposal

A modest disposal

Prateek Raikwar, Profiles Editor
March 5, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion, Showcase

Like a freshly cut honeydew melon, the United States has been sliced on the rind, leaving our once burgeoning nation susceptible to the pests. These poor pests, instead of strengthening our nation’s cause, have caused great economic disarray, drug misuse, and violence––millions of Americans throughout the cou...

Honestly, just ask

Honestly, just ask

Reagan Hart, Distribution Co-manager and reporter
February 27, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

For What really is in a name? What’s wrong with forgetting someone’s name? Spoiler Alert: Nothing.

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Dear Westina: the trouble with names

Dear Westina: the trouble with names

Lauren Katz, Copy editor
February 25, 2017
Filed under Columns, Humor, Opinion

Dear Westina, The other day, I was walking down the hallway and saw my history teacher from freshman year. Two years have passed since then, but I still pop in to chat about life/the election/existentialism--you name it. I walked by and he smiled, saying, “Hi, Nova.” My name isn’t Nova, althou...

Stomach knotted like my shoelaces

Stomach knotted like my shoelaces

Gabby Skopec
February 21, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

When I hear anything about running, I listen in a little closer. Recently, what I've been hearing hasn't been about the health benefits of running, or a story about a high school cross country meet. Instead it's been much grimmer; there have been multiple women kidnapped and murdered. In one case, a yo...

The melting melting pot

The melting melting pot

WSS Staff
February 18, 2017
Filed under Editorials, Opinion, Showcase

West Side Story is home to students of varying cultural backgrounds. Our staffers have family who were refugees, immigrants, and Holocaust survivors. But we are defined by more than that; we are also Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and atheists. We are a community that has arisen from those...

What West can learn from “The View”

What West can learn from “The View”

Isabelle Robles, Editor-in-Chief
February 7, 2017
Filed under Columns, Showcase, Uncategorized

When it was announced a few weeks ago that The View was coming to our school to film a segment on the election, I was taken aback. Sure, West High made national news when The New York Times covered the protests, but why was The View hopping on the train so late after the election? I was excited but had...

5 reasons why you should never forget health class

5 reasons why you should never forget health class

Taylor Shelfo, Anchor
January 20, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion, Showcase

With registration materials at hand, you are likely in the process of selecting all of your favorite classes for next year. The obvious choices are foods 1 & 2, I’m sure, along with the required economics, math, blah blah blah. I know for a fact that none of you are looking at health. Why would y...

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