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10 essentials you need to survive this school year

10 essentials you need to survive this school year

Lily Meng, Online Copy Co-Editor

October 27, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

First trimester is quickly coming to an end and it seems like teachers aren’t hesitating to assign an onslaught of finals, projects and essays. It seems like there’s no time for you to just relax or even breathe. Here are 10 products that can help with stress or are simply essentials you need to s...

WSS staff recommends Youtubers

WSS staff recommends Youtubers

Ting Gao, Reporter

October 24, 2018


Filed under A&E, Entertainment, Showcase

In today’s internet society, videos are king. According to Youtube, there are already roughly 1.9 billion Youtube users spending over a billion hours per day on Youtube in total, and that number keeps increasing. Mobile Youtube video consumption alone is growing by 100% each year, according to For...

“Fahrenheit 11/9” is a well made, but redundant documentary

“Fahrenheit 11/9” is a well made, but redundant documentary

Harry Westergaard, Arts Editor/Copy Editor

October 23, 2018


Filed under A&E, Arts, Film, Showcase

Thanks mainly in part to Netflix, documentaries have gained a lot of popularity with American viewers. The reasons why are as diverse as the topics that said films can cover. Needless to say, a thirst for truth and for a guiding voice to help us seep through the overwhelming wealth of information that the ...

The eleventh hour: a review of Mega Man 11

The eleventh hour: a review of Mega Man 11

Rain Richards, Designer

October 19, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Reviews, Showcase

For those that may not be aware, Mega Man (known as Rock Man in Japan) is a thirty-year-old game series which originally debuted on the NES/Famicom. It stars a household robot-turned fighting machine in his quest to defeat a group of evil robots and the mad scientist controlling them. The series experi...

“Venom” blunders with poor writing and substandard action

“Venom” blunders with poor writing and substandard action

Edward Keen, Reporter

October 19, 2018


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

The last time we saw Venom, the voracious Spider-Man villain created by Marvel Comics, was over 10 years ago as a side villain in the Sam Raimi-directed “Spider-Man 3.” Immediately upon the release of the film, the character’s role was slammed by critics and comic book fans. Viewers, inclu...

Fun in the fall

Fun in the fall

Sophie Stephens, Online Managing Editor

October 18, 2018


Filed under A&E, Entertainment

Colony Pumpkin Patch: Not only can you find your perfect arrangement of pumpkins and gourds to decorate or carve, Colony also offers fun activities like hayrack rides, a children’s play area and zombie paintball hunting in the corn fields. Wilson's Apple Orchard: Take Instagram-worthy fall photos and eat s...

“First Man” takes off with strong lead performances

“First Man” takes off with strong lead performances

Jack Harris, WSS intern

October 17, 2018


Filed under A&E, Arts, Film

“First Man” is very much like the moon landing itself, not perfect but because of the people involved, ultimately successful. "First Man" is a movie from director Damien Chazelle, who is best known for his 2016 film “La La Land” for which he won an Oscar for best director and the 2014 movie “...

Art teacher becomes new tech director for Theatre West

Art teacher becomes new tech director for Theatre West

Lucy Polyak, Opinion editor

October 9, 2018


Filed under Arts, Feature, Profiles, Showcase, Theater

At the end of the 2017-2018 school year, Theatre West was left in a difficult position. Longtime technical director Jeff Smith moved to New York City and his replacement, Beth Halverson, had just gotten a new teaching position which required her to move away from Iowa City as well. This left Theatre We...

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