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The invisible wall down First Avenue

The invisible wall down First Avenue

Nina Elkadi, Print Editor-in-Chief
June 22, 2017
Filed under Metro, News, Politics, Showcase

The last time Donald J. Trump made an appearance in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, it was as the Republican nominee for president. He returned to the Double Tree Hilton on June 21 as President of the United States. Outside of the convention center, protesters stood side-by-side with supporters. Car horns blared as pe...

Iowa City gathers together to celebrate Pride

Iowa City gathers together to celebrate Pride

Emma Brustkern, Print Entertainment Editor
June 19, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

On Saturday June 17, hundreds of people gathered together to celebrate the LGBT community at the annual Iowa City Pride Festival. Iowa City Pride originated in the 1970s following the Stonewall Riots, and has been a staple of Iowa City culture ever since. The organization aims to promote diversity and...

West Side Story staffers try summer DIY projects

West Side Story staffers try summer DIY projects

Grace Yarrow and Sadie Rhomberg
May 31, 2017
Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

Sharpie Tie-dye Popsicles Temporary Tattoos Review: Sadie Rhomberg: After completing all three summer DIYs, I will definitely be making homemade popsicles this summer. I love to cook, so I’m going to have a lot of fun creating different popsicle combinations. During the summ...

Earn a Silver Cord this Summer

Earn a Silver Cord this Summer

Sadie Rhomberg, Reporter
May 30, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

With busy schedules during the school year, getting volunteer hours to earn a Silver Cord can be difficult. As the summer break begins, though, many opportunities arise. Some students find it easier to regularly volunteer during break because they aren’t occupied with school for eight hours a day....

Helping Haiti

Helping Haiti

Jessica Doyle, Reporter
May 29, 2017
Filed under Feature, Showcase

Science teacher Jenifer Secrist describes herself as service-minded, but up until recently, she hadn’t taken an interest in mission work. In the wake of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, a Haitian student of Secrist, whose family still resided in Haiti, sought out her support. The student’s grandmother ...

The new age of vinyl

The new age of vinyl

Ethan Goers, Video Editor and Sports Correspondent
May 27, 2017
Filed under Entertainment, Music, Showcase

I don’t know how often you may visit Barnes and Nobles, but if you go there frequently like me, you may have noticed the ever growing section dedicated to vinyl records. Just a couple years ago, it was almost rare to see someone with a record player and vinyl, but in these days you can meet people ...

Playathon successful despite low turnout

Playathon successful despite low turnout

Cameron Cook
May 27, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

The now semi-annual Music Playathon–an event where students, staff and local musicians perform for a casual audience–was held in the West High cafeteria this past Saturday. The event featured food from local businesses and student and parent sponsors; all genres of music and a dim lights ...

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