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Fashion Friday: Aibeer Mohamed ’19

Fashion Friday: Aibeer Mohamed ’19

Kristina Rosebrook, Online and Broadcast Entertainment Editor

January 19, 2019


Filed under A&E, Entertainment, Fashion, Showcase, Video

Aibeer Mohamed's '19 fashion is a reflection of her personality and the fact that she is completely and unapologetically herself. You can catch her sometimes wearing PJ's to school and other days wearing an all black tracksuit. She adds her own unique twists to outfits with fanny packs and patterned...

Not your average bowl of cereal

Not your average bowl of cereal

Kara Wagenknecht, Online Editor-in-Chief and Co-Sports Editor

January 18, 2019


Filed under A&E, Food, Multimedia, Reviews, Showcase

The news about the new cereal bar coming to Iowa City spread like wildfire. Everyone was talking about Melk, the new cereal bar and diner. When I first heard about the new restaurant coming to town, I was hesitant. For one, I am lactose intolerant. Milk and lactose go hand-in-hand, so I was ...

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is an exuberant animated masterpiece

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is an exuberant animated masterpiece

Edward Keen, Reporter

January 16, 2019


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

Back in the 1960s, in a time when the world was plagued with unease and struggle, comic book visionary Stan Lee created the first of what would become many iterations of the Spider-Man, a web-slinging superhero based in New York. His goal in creating the character was to spread an underlying principle that it can b...

ICCSD high school show choirs perform at fundraising event

ICCSD high school show choirs perform at fundraising event

Anjali Huynh, Print Managing & Co-Copy Editor

January 11, 2019


Filed under A&E, Multimedia, Showcase

West show choirs Showtime and the Good Time Company took the stage in a joint concert with show choirs from Liberty and City High Schools on Wednesday, Jan. 9. This show, formerly known as "Dollars for Scholars," is an annual event that previously raised funds for an organization that provided schol...

Cultural cuisine

Cultural cuisine

Deniz Ince, Print Editor-in-Chief and Co-Sports Editor

December 25, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

Show choirs swing into season with annual show

Show choirs swing into season with annual show

Anjali Huynh, Print Managing & Co-Copy Editor

December 24, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

With less than a month left until the competition season, West's show choirs Showtime and Good Time Company (GTC) hit the stage singing and dancing for all to hear. On Saturday, Dec. 22, the groups, alongside a number of special acts, performed in the Arganbright Auditorium to a full crowd at t...

A day in the life of Nate Frese

A day in the life of Nate Frese

Lily Meng, Online Copy Co-Editor

December 21, 2018


Filed under A&E, Showcase

You may have seen him sitting in the back of your American Studies class taking notes, in the gym with the boy's varsity basketball team or in Room 128 passionately talking about Shakespeare. This is English teacher Nate Frese. With only two class periods, Frese is unlike most typical English teachers....

Book review: “Skyward” blasts off with joyous and potent sci-fi fare

Book review: “Skyward” blasts off with joyous and potent sci-fi fare

Edward Keen, Reporter

December 19, 2018


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

It is always a pleasure whenever an author, a filmmaker or any creator of sorts takes a stab at something a far reach out of their comfort zone. It's fair to say that their endeavor into territory yet to be explored by them may turn out to be imperfect. I’ve endured enough misses to figure out tha...

Alternative winter activities

Alternative winter activities

Ting Gao, Reporter

December 19, 2018


Filed under A&E, Entertainment

When you think of winter, you think of the holidays. Bright strings of lights decorating the trees, red Santa hats trimmed with white and “Jingle Bell Rock” playing repetitively at the mall are associated with the cold and darkness of winter. Yet the holiday season is fleeting in comparison to winter...

From a passion to a profession

From a passion to a profession

Alex Carlon, Assistant Copy-Editor

December 11, 2018


Filed under Award winners, Fashion, Feature, Showcase

Some students take up sports. Others, an instrument or art classes. When it comes to Jada ’22 and Olivia Dachtler ’19, however, their free hours are devoted to something more entrepreneurial: opening their own online store. Jada and Olivia started their business, Iowa City Thrifts, in early Novembe...

“Beautiful Boy” delivers predictable Oscar bait

“Beautiful Boy” delivers predictable Oscar bait

Harry Westergaard, Arts Editor and Co-Copy Editor

December 7, 2018


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

With awards season on the horizon, it’s time for the serious, Oscar bait dramas to start cropping up in cinemas. “Beautiful Boy” is an example of such a film and combines two distinct genres that are hard to get right, but juicy for awards season. On one hand, it’s the trite father-son drama, wit...

“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” casts a spell despite a jumbled plot

“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” casts a spell despite a jumbled plot

Edward Keen, Reporter

November 28, 2018


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

When your movie franchise has raked in billions of cumulative dollars in worldwide box office numbers, amassed a massive domain consisting of millions of stalwart fans and has made a hard-hitting impact on pop culture, it is no shock that such a series would want to be expanded into more than just a ...

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