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Album review: “Red” by Taylor Swift

Album review: “Red” by Taylor Swift

October 26, 2012


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By Kaitlyn McCurdy When I sat down to review “Red,” Taylor Swift’s fourth studio album, I was nervous. The album is completely different from Swift’s prior releases, and it’s going to be absolutely hated by some, most likely younger fans who want an anthem like “You Belong With Me.” Ther...

Listen: DJ BARON, aka Idan Nadler ’16

Listen: DJ BARON, aka Idan Nadler ’16

October 25, 2012


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By Pombie Silverman Check out Idan Nadler's '16 beats. ...

Fashion profile: Jaycie Weathers ’15

Fashion profile: Jaycie Weathers ’15

October 20, 2012


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By Fiona Armstrong-Pavlik Jaycie Weathers '15 knows how to make her self-described "pretty practical" style into something special.  Drawing inspiration from the seasons, accent colors and patterns give her wardrobe a fresh feel. "I don't really have anyone that I try to emulate, but I r...

Humans of Iowa City

Humans of Iowa City

October 19, 2012


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Photos by Hannah Muellerleile Inspired by Brandon Stanton's project, Humans of New York, the West Side Story has begun to seek and capture on film the people that make Iowa City, well, Iowa City.               ...

Anime club: new and improved

October 19, 2012


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by Megumi Kitamoto The Anime Club is back again at West with a new advisor: Jeff Conner, science teacher by day and anime maniac after school on Fridays. "I was really excited when I found out that they needed an advisor for [anime club], because if I could pick any club I could be the advisor o...

DIY with Apoorva Raikwar ’14

DIY with Apoorva Raikwar ’14

October 18, 2012


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Video by Hannah Muellerleile Apoorva Raikwar '14 displays her fashion sense and her DIY skills by showing the West Side Story how to make an adorable DIY sequined collar for less than 10 dollars in less than five minutes....

Album review: Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Kiss”

Album review: Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Kiss”

October 15, 2012


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By Kaitlyn McCurdy Carly Rae Jepsen absolutely exploded in the summer of 2012 with the help of fellow Canadian Justin Bieber and her hit single "Call Me Maybe." With the release of her second album, “Kiss,” Jepsen aimed to prove she’s more than a one-hit wonder. Whether or not she accomplished...

Casual Vacancy review

Casual Vacancy review

October 14, 2012


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By Aileen Norris I grew up as a "Potterhead," a nickname for an avid fan Harry Potter series. My best friend and I would use floo powder to transport us to Diagon Alley as a kid. I almost ferociously read through every book, eager to find out what would happen next to Harry, Ron and Hermione. After t...

Fashion profile: Apoorva Raikwar ’14

Fashion profile: Apoorva Raikwar ’14

October 12, 2012


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When you see Apoorva Raikwar '14 walking down the halls, there's a good chance she either made or altered what she's wearing. In fact, the white maxi skirt Raikwar is wearing in these photos is one of her most recent creations. Raikwar's style is simple yet chic and she has an eye for color, wea...

Top 10 brands of plastic water bottles

Top 10 brands of plastic water bottles

October 10, 2012


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By Brittani Langland Drinking water is an important part of everyday life. You can drink distilled water, tap water, and water that comes from plastic water bottles. Although you should never only drink from plastic water bottles, here is a list of the top 10 brands. 10. Deja Blue: Deja Blue was created...

“Babel” album review

“Babel” album review

October 8, 2012


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By Kaitlyn McCurdy The first time I ever heard a Mumford & Sons song was when I watched them perform live at the 2011 Grammys. I remember looking over at my dad and saying “Who are these guys? They’re so different, I’m loving it.” I promptly forgot about them after the awards ceremony, h...

The Midsummer Station: an album of mix-ins

The Midsummer Station: an album of mix-ins

October 2, 2012


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Adam Young hasn't played in my bedroom since I stopped being fourteen and Hello, Seattle stopped making me nostalgic and started making me want to take a brick to the recording studio that signed this twenty-six year old musician. The release of his latest album, the midsummer station, prompted me to re...

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