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“The Irishman” is dragged down by simple mistakes

Luke Krchak, Reporter and Columnist

December 15, 2019

"The Irishman" by Martin Scorsese is yet another history-based film released this year. The film is based on the narrative nonfiction "I Heard You Paint Houses" by Charles Brandt tells the story of Frank Sheeran and his dealings with the Bufilino crime family. While this story is mostly based on the trut...

Fears, phobias and aversions at West High

Fears, phobias and aversions at West High

Jack Harris and Emma Hall

December 14, 2019

At West High, most students face some sort of fear. This could be fear for that upcoming test, fear of the class presentation, or fear of being judged by your peers. Some students have to deal with fears that are completely separate from school and, at times, even logic. The existence of phobias often ...

“Pony” delivers unexpected messages about mental health and starting over

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Kailey Gee, Reporter & Designer

December 13, 2019

Before Rex Orange County's latest album, “Pony,” I had only heard a couple of his songs: "Sunflower," "Best Friend", and "Loving is Easy". Chances are you've heard them before too since they’re the most basic songs he has out there. I had listened to a few tracks from his other albums as well, ...

Spicing up the holidays: 8 winter festivities

Spicing up the holidays: 8 winter festivities

Sara Baroncini, Photographer

December 11, 2019

1) Gather a group for holiday movies and cookies You might tell yourself every year that this is the year you will get in your holiday themed pajamas, bake winter cookies, and watch an endless pit of Christmas movies with friends, but you never get to it. However, that won't be the case this year...

Winter holiday playlist for 2019

Winter holiday playlist for 2019

Cymry Hieronymus, Photographer

December 9, 2019

For some, winter is the most beloved time of year. They look forward to snow, movies, gifts and everything else the season has to offer. But for others, all that is something to dread. No matter your take on the holiday season, here are 13 songs guaranteed to get you in the festive mood. Now, f...

Choose your own adventure

Only one path will lead you to happiness in this Choose Your Own Adventure.

Edward Keen, Arts Editor and Copy Editor

December 5, 2019

An hour after the end of the school day after having to make up a grueling test, you nonchalantly head down the band hallways to exit at the front and get to your car in the parking lot. The prototypical sounds of construction and occasional musical notes play in the background, and you aren’t paying...

Winter self-care essentials

Now that it is colder out, taking care of one's mental and physical state of mind becomes even more important in the face of cold weather.

Carmela Cohen Suarez, Copy Editor and Entertainment Editor

December 3, 2019

The temperature is dropping, classwork and snow are both accumulating, the sun is setting earlier, and we all know what that means: winter has arrived. For some, the colder months bring forth a newfound laziness and an inclination to spend the remainder of days in bed; for others it brings sadness an...

“Ford v Ferrari” is the GT40 of movies

Side Shot of a Race Ford v Ferrari

Luke Krchak, Reporter and Columnist

December 1, 2019

James Mangold’s “Ford v Ferrari” is a movie that people can’t miss. From its excellent directing by Mangold to its excellent performances from Matt Damon as Carrol Shelby and Christian Bale as Ken Miles, this movie is a film that everyone should see. In its 152 minutes run time, the pacin...

Syd’s Sweets: Patterned pumpkin roll cake

Syd's Sweets: Patterned pumpkin roll cake

Sydney Wildes, Photographer

November 28, 2019

Today we introduce Syd's Sweets. This premier episode is a comical take on following a SugarHero.com recipe for a patterned pumpkin roll cake. This show features Sydney Wildes '21 or Syd da Chéf. The cameras and comical input were given by Ella Rosenthal '21 and Gwen Watson '21. In this specific epi...


Natalie Dunlap, Online Editor-in-Chief

November 27, 2019

A student’s first car is one of their most important and memory filled possessions. Jacob Nyberg ’20 got his car in August of his sophomore year from a used car salesman nearby. In the two years since he bought it has acquired many stories and scratches. “I think it was at 120,000 miles… There ...

“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” encapsulates the wonder of Mister Rogers

Tom Hanks recreates Mister Rogers famous entrance in the new movie.

Jack Harris, Online Reporter & Film Critic

November 26, 2019

It’s been an astounding 58 years since Fred Rogers began hosting a television program for children, and 51 years since the premiere of the beloved show, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” In this era Fred Rogers has had many identities in pop culture. People have seen him as a hero, a corny TV p...

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