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Spring break for the young and bored

Spring break for the young and bored

Ting Gao, Reporter

March 17, 2019


Filed under A&E, Entertainment, Showcase

Spring break is easily one of students’ favorite times of year. From February onwards, we eagerly count down the days until we can finally rush out that door into the brisk air, celebrating nine straight days of freedom. And yet what’s a student to do with all this free time? Homework? Not likely...

Strawberry Macarons in 2 minutes

Strawberry Macarons in 2 minutes

Kristina Rosebrook, Online and Broadcast Entertainment Editor

March 17, 2019


Filed under A&E, Entertainment, Food, Video

A range of pastel purple, pink and yellow macarons sit on a pretty white platter inside their glass case. My mouth can't help but water as I look at them. Two dollars somehow make their way out of my wallet and I sit down with my plate and a pink macaron that I can eat in two bites. If you're like me...

3 simply delicious St. Patrick’s Day recipes

3 simply delicious St. Patrick’s Day recipes

Carmela Cohen Suarez, Profiles Editor

March 17, 2019


Filed under A&E, Food, Showcase

While St. Patrick’s Day may not be as widely celebrated as Thanksgiving, Christmas or Valentine’s Day, there is always an opportunity to glean new recipes. Below, WSS has concocted a few different green-themed recipes to munch on this St. Patrick’s Day. ...

Book review: “The Waning Age” is a lackluster novel about emotion

Book review: “The Waning Age” is a lackluster novel about emotion

Edward Keen, Reporter

March 17, 2019


Filed under A&E, Arts, Award winners, Literary, Reviews, Showcase

Emotions. It goes without saying that our emotions, our inner feelings and our sensations, are a main proprietor in making us who we are. We use them during every moment of our life, whether they be the stronger ones you feel in a more pointed situation or feeling more tepid emotions in a casual scenario. Simply put, these emotions are what form our id...

Five books to read over spring break

Five books to read over spring break

Edward Keen, Reporter

March 15, 2019


Filed under A&E, Arts, Literary, Reviews

Spring break is on the horizon, and soon students will be dismissed from their mountains of schoolwork and exams to take a week off and relax. While many may prefer to use this time to gain some extra sleep or binge watch a new show on Netflix, this allotted time gives the perfect opportunity for those...

Teachers complete the lyrics to love songs

Teachers complete the lyrics to love songs

Harry Westergaard, Arts Editor and Co-Copy Editor

March 13, 2019


Filed under A&E, Entertainment

We Found Love By: Rihanna  Yellow diamonds in the light And we're standing side by side As your shadow crosses mine: “I think you smell like butter.” ~ John Cooper         The Middle  By: Zedd, Maren Morris Looking at you, I can't lie ...

“Captain Marvel” impresses and disappoints as a superhero film

“Captain Marvel” impresses and disappoints as a superhero film

Edward Keen, Reporter

March 12, 2019


Filed under A&E, Arts, Award winners, Film, Reviews, Showcase

If there are a few things that viewers have readily come to expect from every new Marvel Studios film that makes its way into theaters, they are consistent entertainment value, boundless mesmerizing thrills and cogent main characters to lead and possibly pave the way for more films in their wake. The f...

10 things you could have done with all of your inclement weather days

10 things you could have done with all of your inclement weather days

Jessica Doyle, Podcast Editor

March 8, 2019


Filed under A&E, Entertainment, Showcase

Since November the Iowa City Community School district has lost nine days and multiple hours of class time due to heavy snowfall and cold weather this school year. While staying on top of homework is important, here are 10 other things you could have spent your near 67 hours of inclement weather time...

Indie rocker Jeff Tweedy performs at Englert

Indie rocker Jeff Tweedy performs at Englert

Harry Westergaard, Arts Editor and Co-Copy Editor

March 7, 2019


Filed under A&E, Music

Last Wednesday, Indie rock legend Jeff Tweedy performed at the Englert, embarking on the first stop of his 2019 tour in support of his new solo album, “WARM,” as well as his memoir, “Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back).” The event started a little after 7:30 pm with opening act Buck Meek, frontman...

Defined by style

Defined by style

Lily Meng, Online Co-Copy Editor

March 6, 2019


Filed under Entertainment, Fashion

Paras Bassuk ’21 Clean and simple. That’s the look that Paras Bassuk ’21 is known for. “I try to keep [my style] relatively simple and kind of muted, nothing insane, but also I keep an open mind with what I wear,” Bassuk said. “I like to wear things that you don’t necessarily s...

How to make: strawberry oat muffins

How to make: strawberry oat muffins

Kristina Rosebrook, Online and Broadcast Entertainment Editor

March 3, 2019


Filed under A&E, Entertainment, Food

We all enjoy a yummy baked treat once in awhile, but if you're looking for a somewhat healthier snack to eat, these strawberry muffins are perfect for you. We used the recipe from Cookie and Kate. Ingredients: 1 ¾ cups white whole wheat flour or regular whole wheat flour ⅓ cup old-fashi...

Missed Connections 2019

Missed Connections 2019

Lucy Polyak, Opinion editor

March 1, 2019


Filed under Entertainment, Humor

"To the girl who looks like George Washington that sits next to me in world history, you’re gorgeous." "Dear boy with gorgeous blue eyes in the English hallway who almost made me get a concussion, I hope you go to jail for stealing my heart...and for making me fall. From: Heartless Loser." "To...

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