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“The Call of the Wild” lives on the cutting edge of cinematography

Luke Krchak, Reporter and Columnist

March 9, 2020

Chris Sanders' "The Call of the Wild" brings out the authenticity of Jack London's characters with vivid colors and amazing CGI. The story is about Buck, a dog who has to move from the domestication of city life to the Yukon during the Klondike Gold Rush of the 1890s that lead him to become a sled ...

Book review: “Ninth House” is an invigorating paranormal fantasy

Edward Keen '20 reviews

Edward Keen, Arts Editor and Copy Editor

March 6, 2020

Leigh Bardugo is no stranger to producing a good, well-rounded fantasy novel. The “Six of Crows” duology, “Shadow and Bone” trilogy, and incomplete “King of Scars” duology (all taking place in her self-created fictional world, the Grishaverse) put her up with Sarah J. Maas, Cassandra Clare...

IC West jazz bands find success at Jazz in the Meadows Festival

The Jazz Ensemble and Symphonic Jazz band leave for Chicago on Friday morning

Paras Bassuk, Photographer

March 2, 2020

On Saturday, February 29th, the West High Jazz Ensemble was awarded the grand champion trophy for its competition in the Jazz in the Meadows Midwestern jazz festival in Rolling Meadows, Illinois. As a part of their biennial Chicago trip, the Symphonic Jazz Band and Jazz Ensemble participated in the 35th anniversary of this festival. Throughout the day, over 100 com...

Sampradaya Bharatanatyam Troupe of Iowa City

Advika Shah '22 executes a dance position for the camera. Every gesture and limb carries a unique meaning in this form.

Paras Bassuk and Caroline Barker

February 25, 2020

  Bharatanatyam is a story-based dance form that has been taught for centuries.   Characterized by its meaningful gestures, facial expressions, and coordination, learning Bharatanatyam is a challenging process. The Sampradaya Dance Troupe is a Bharatanatyam studio directed by S...



Sumner Wallace

February 21, 2020

Everyone needs a little advice now and again. Whether you’re having relationship troubles or just can’t figure out how to open the peanut butter jar (those twist-tops can be pesky), West Side Story is here for you. Righty tighty, lefty loosey. Socks first, then shoes. The meaning of life is 42.  How hard ...

Roshani Choski excites with her mythological juvenile debut “Aru Shah and the End of Time”

Roshani Choski excites with her mythological juvenile debut

Luke Krchak, Reporter and Columnist

February 17, 2020

Mythology has been made into literature time and time again, but it hasn't been since recent years that we got good books that modernized it. Rick Riordan has been leading the way for mythology books with his collaboration with Disney-Hyperion publishing. They publish underrepresented authors writing m...

A day of love?

A day of love?

Sara Baroncini, Photographer

February 13, 2020

Nowadays Saint Valentine's day has become known for spending money on gifts and treats, creating a materialistic way of celebrating the day. At one point, the day began as a gruesome and gory celebration in Rome, Italy, which then evolved into a special day for lovers. However, today in the 21st cent...

The 20 most anticipated movies of 2020

In this collaborative article, four WSS staffers give their take on the best movies to be released this year.

Edward Keen, Jack Harris, Luke Krchak, Renee Gould, and Sam Westergaard

February 12, 2020

Edward Keen, Arts Editor  “The Eternals” “The Eternals” has the potential to be a breakout hit on or above the level reached by “Guardians of the Galaxy” in 2014. The extraterrestrial group has never been the most popular in the comics, only appearing in a miniscule amount of trades after Jack Kirby conceptualized their existence in the 70s, but...

“Just Mercy”, a story of forgiveness, redemption and justice

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, the book.

Renee Gould, Reporter, Book Critic

February 7, 2020

“Just Mercy,” the movie, is a story of something insurmountably broad pulled into the eerily specific. The movie roars about justice and mercy, bashes at preconceived notations and leaves you with the tang of hope in your mouth. It follows two stories, that of Herbert Richardson and Walter “Jonny ...

All awards shows suck

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Jack Harris, Online Reporter & Film Critic

February 6, 2020

Here’s a fun fact: you can buy an Oscar. No, I’m not talking about a memorabilia item, I mean that with enough money, you’d effectively be able to buy the 2020 Best Picture Award. Every year movie studios spend roughly 10 million dollars on best picture campaigns. This money gets spent in quite ...

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