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Alex Carlon 21 leans against a mural downtown Iowa City on Thursday, March 21.

Mom jeans, scrunchies and graphic tees: a 2010’s guide to ’90s fashion

Alex Carlon, Online Editor-in-Chief March 29, 2019

From the era that brought us “Friends,” Furbys and frosted tips also came some of the most infamous style trends from the last few decades. Featuring everything from mood rings and cheetah print nylons...

Only 90s kids will remember

Only 90s kids will remember

Michael Moonjely, Print Managing Editor May 16, 2017

As graduation rapidly approaches, the WSS asked seniors to delve deep into their junk drawers and closets to find the toys that represented the 90s.    SILLY BANDZ If someone walked...

90s fashion photo shoot: behind the scenes

’90s fashion photo shoot: behind the scenes

Layla Hannaford, Video Editor and Broadcast Manager October 2, 2015

For the October 2nd issue of the print edition, WSS staff went on a mission to get the perfect shots for the '90s themed photo shoot. Watch the behind the scenes video to follow them on their quest for...

Amari Nasafi displays his brightly-colored Nike Lebron 11s, originally released in 2014.

Shoe game

Lily Prochaska and Krisha Kapoor April 29, 2022

To some, shoes are just another accessory, something to wear to protect your feet. For others, collecting shoes is a fun hobby, and their footwear brings out a sense of pride. From Yeezys to Crocs, shoes...

Highly sensitive people often have a visceral connection to nature and the arts.

Life as a highly sensitive person

Kailey Gee and Katherine Shoppa April 28, 2022

You walk into your classroom, your peers chatting amongst themselves. You notice the subtle inflections in their voices: an undertone of frustration in one, admiration in the other. As you open your notebook...

Teachers side of the story

Teacher’s side of the story

Jordan Smith and Jaidon Lowman February 21, 2022

Teaching has completely changed over the last 30+ years. Talking non-stop for hours. Dealing with kids all day. Repeating yourself over and over. Day in, day out. This is the agenda for teachers at West....

Raina Pfeifer talks about starting a SEA club at West and plans for the future.

If we’re green, we’re golden

Krisha Kapoor , Print Co-Editor-In-Chief November 23, 2021

The House of Representatives passed a $1 trillion infrastructure bill Nov. 5, which includes $47 billion designated to climate resilience and preparing communities for natural disasters that have been...

West High English teachers in 2019 dressed up as famous fictional teachers.

Staff’s spooky spirits dampened after limiting Halloween costumes

Vivian Polgreen, Managing Co-Editor, News Editor October 29, 2021

In 2020, many school events were canceled because of the pandemic, and this year, many holidays and celebrations will not be coming back. In order to make the ICCSD a more inclusive and equitable place...

Modern corsets tend to have few drawbacks, as proper use will cause no health issues, and they can be found for relatively cheap on Amazon.

The misleading history of corsets

Renee Gould, Opinion Editor October 28, 2021

History Corsets - an item of clothing intended to both support and shape the body - have been worn throughout history, from before even the 16th century. But they’re most well-known for the Victorian...

The American flag hangs in a West High classroom on Sept. 7.

A deeper look into Afghanistan’s ongoing conflict

Laney Prelle and Paige Albright September 23, 2021

  August 30, 2021, marks the end of the “forever” war in Afghanistan. After nearly 20 years of conflict, the U.S. finally pulled all military personnel out of the country. But to really...

In 2020, hairstyles popular in the 90s and early 2000s are making a comeback.

Curls, colors and clips

Nao Oya, Photographer March 2, 2021

Just like fashion trends, hairstyles evolve throughout time. There are endless possibilities to the way you can style your hair, from braids to curls. The way people do their hair can tell us a lot about...

Students predict 2021 fashion trends

Alex Carlon and Helelia Wa Kalala March 1, 2021

2020 saw the return of countless trends from years past. Flannel shirts, cropped puffer coats and polo collar sweaters all got a second life in a year where '90s fashion reigned supreme. These blasts from...

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