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  • The book drive will continue this week, through Friday

  • The band department leaves for Florida on Monday and will return Sunday

  • Midterm grades are due on Tuesday at 8:00 a.m.

  • The Functional Programs talent show will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday

  • There is no school on Friday, April 21

Costly college editorial

Costly college editorial

May 20, 2014
Filed under Editorials, Opinion

As graduation makes its long-awaited appearance this week, many seniors have long since made their decisions regarding plans for attending school next fall. Deciding on college can be a stressful process but recently some students have had portions of their decisions dictated to them simply because of th...

Editorial: magnet schools

Editorial: magnet schools

May 19, 2014
Filed under Editorials, Opinion

West students get first-hand experience of the Iowa City Community School District’s overpopulation problem everyday walking through the halls. Pushing, shoving and yelling are commonalities when 2,000 students are trying to force their way to class. While the ICCSD looks for solutions, they apparently...

Editorial: affirmative action

Editorial: affirmative action

May 18, 2014
Filed under Editorials, News

Poll students at West High and many would likely say that racism is no longer as prevalent of a problem as it was 50 years ago. With a half African American president and minorities gaining more foothold within all sectors of American business, racism appears to slowly be decreasing. But has this progress...

Parking lot problems

Parking lot problems

May 12, 2014
Filed under Editorials

Attending a school referred to by its students as “West High Best High” has major perks. We have outstanding sports teams, a wide variety of classes to choose from and talented arts programs, not to mention the teachers and administration that go above and beyond to make sure West High is a safe...

Editorial: college admissions

Editorial: college admissions

Hannah Merrill
April 21, 2014
Filed under Editorials, Opinion

‘Tis the season for many high school seniors to be scrambling to decide which college will be the best fit for them socially, academically, and financially.  And ‘tis the year for many applicants, but exceptionally low acceptance rates.  By the approaching deadline of May 1, many West High seniors...

Editorial: The cost of education

Editorial: The cost of education

Meredith Cullen
April 14, 2014
Filed under Editorials, Opinion

A recent study by the national organization Child Care Aware of America showed that in 31 states across America, early child care costs more than public in-state college tuition. In New York, it costs around $8,000 more for the average family to put their child in preschool than to send them to a public...

Top 8 tips for a great trip to Spain

Top 8 tips for a great trip to Spain

Jaycie Weathers
April 9, 2014
Filed under Columns, Opinion

By Jaycie Weathers  I recently got back from Spain and thought I’d compile a list of a few things I learned abroad to hopefully help and encourage future travelers or maybe just share a few memorable moments.   1. Always take the first shower. After staying in hotel rooms every night with t...

Column: parking lot etiquette

Column: parking lot etiquette

Lauren Knudson
January 30, 2014
Filed under Columns

A great way to start out your morning is to drive into the parking lot almost hit some kid that is walking in the middle of the road, not being able to drive by the car that is stopped in the middle of the road talking to people or not be able to fit into your parking space because someone parked way o...

Column: the financial aid beast

Column: the financial aid beast

Danial Syed
January 28, 2014
Filed under Columns

Remember when the school board happened to find a bunch of money just lying around? It sure was lucky...in this respect, all of you college-bound students should feel a bit envious. Because unless you have $240,000 under your sofa somewhere, you'll need to battle the financial aid beast; and that'...

Column: scenes from Israeli-American life

Column: scenes from Israeli-American life

Hilah Kohen
January 8, 2014
Filed under Columns, Feature, Opinion

By Hilah Kohen I enjoy nothing more than a trip to my grandmother's house. However, like many of my classmates, I don't just go over the river and through the woods to get there. Two weeks ago, my parents, my brother and I went over the river, through the woods, over another river, through some mor...

Column: death of popularity

Column: death of popularity

Rebecca Wen
December 17, 2013
Filed under Columns, Opinion

For a while, I just couldn't put my finger on it. Nobody had left (except the seniors, who had already been fading away anyway), and nobody had changed (except a few freshmen who made it through puberty at last). But I felt lost. It seemed my classmates were now just classmates; there was an absence o...

Review: creative class presentation tools

November 4, 2013
Filed under Opinion

The end of first trimester is approaching. One of your teachers may have assigned you a final project with “creativity” as one of the requirements. You panic, knowing that your standard old PowerPoint just isn't going to cut it this time. However, spending your entire weekend filming and editing ...

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