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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...

Letter of recommendation: ASMR

Letter of recommendation: ASMR

Grace Yarrow, Copy Editor, Humans of West High Reporter
January 6, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion, Showcase

Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) is a set of aural stimuli used to result in a relaxing tingling sensation starting in one’s scalp and eventually washing over the rest of the body. Few studies have actually been conducted on the matter, and some (justifiably) have their doubts on what occur...

10 reasons why I dislike teenagers

10 reasons why I dislike teenagers

Pareen Mhatre, Photographer
December 19, 2016
Filed under Columns, Opinion

We’re addicted to our phones: As phones are becoming smarter, people are becoming dumber. This particularly applies to people in my generation. Every time we have to do a simple mathematical calculation, we whip out our handy dandy cell phones to compute it. Every time we don’t know what to ...

Houseparty: the social media we’ve been lacking

Houseparty: the social media we’ve been lacking

Nina Elkadi, News Editor
December 6, 2016
Filed under Columns, Showcase

Although I just got the app Houseparty yesterday, it has become one of my favorite concepts. Here’s how it works: you add your friends, and they can video chat with you if you’re online. Here’s where it gets complicated: anyone who is friends with someone in your group can pop on in, creating a...

Is Black Friday starting too early?

Is Black Friday starting too early?

Samalya Thenuwara and Mason Wang
November 25, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Black friday starting times are nothing to complain about Samalya Thenuwara Feature Editor, Feature Producer Black Friday a day of the year unlike any other. A day where people across the country come together to take part in the same sport. Whether you come out to shop competitively or to just wa...

Protests: two weeks in review

Protests: two weeks in review

George Liu, Reporter
November 22, 2016
Filed under Columns, Opinion, Politics, Showcase

It’s been two weeks since that fateful night, when the world was turned upside down. Two weeks since the moment in which everything most of us in Iowa City were so sure about was swept out from under us and left us grasping for answers. In other words, it’s been two weeks since Donald Trump ...

Comm(unity) against hate

Comm(unity) against hate

WSS Staff
November 17, 2016
Filed under Award winners, Editorials, Opinion, Showcase

The West Side Story editorial board reacts to the results of the election.

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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...

Thank you, West High football, for making my senior year

Thank you, West High football, for making my senior year

Leah Dusterhoft, Reporter
November 10, 2016
Filed under Columns, Opinion, Showcase

Last year, I had my first opportunity to photograph an event for the West Side Story. As a designer on staff who had never used an actual DSLR or professional grade camera, this was quite a daunting task. The event I covered was what ended being the last football game of the 2015 West football season; w...

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