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Students (and Brady Shutt) answer progressively dumber “Would You Rather” questions

Students (and Brady Shutt) answer progressively dumber “Would You Rather” questions

Mason Wang and Michael Moonjely
February 6, 2017
Filed under Entertainment, Showcase, Video

West Side Story took 20 minutes off to give a few students and one teacher ridiculous "Would You Rather" scenarios.     

The Sound of Music: From screen to stage

The Sound of Music: From screen to stage

Ian Prescott, Reporter
February 5, 2017
Filed under Entertainment, Reviews, Theater, Uncategorized

Musicals, romance and beautiful scenery are some of my favorite things, all of which were present in The Sound of Music directed by Jack O’Brien. On a cold Thursday night, it seemed as though everyone from Iowa City was crowded in Hancher’s concert hall. The shuffling and conversation portrayed ...

10 best films of 2016

10 best films of 2016

Harry Westergaard, Film Critic/Reporter
January 25, 2017
Filed under Entertainment, Film, Showcase

Although 2016 wasn’t necessarily groundbreaking, it was an interesting year for film to be sure. As usual, it wasn’t until the summer season started to creep in that the market became saturated — mostly with sequels and remakes of questionable quality (see Batman vs. Superman). There were a couple indie...

West students weigh in on the next four years

West students weigh in on the next four years

January 20, 2017
Filed under Entertainment, Video, Video

On the eve of the inauguration, West Side Story asked five students to predict things that would happen during the next four years, both positive and negative. From health care to communism, here's what they thought.

Thanks Obama

Thanks Obama

Jiung Jung and Michael Moonjely
January 20, 2017
Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

When President Barack Obama was elected in 2008, current West High freshmen were in first grade. As a new family arrives to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the WSS asked students to look back on the past eight years. ...

Fashion Friday: Ryan Braverman ’18

Fashion Friday: Ryan Braverman ’18

Ala Mohamed, Digital Profile Editor
January 13, 2017
Filed under Fashion, Showcase

  WSS: Have you always been into fashion? I’ve been into clothes since the end of eighth grade. When I was little I would always look at the Gucci stores and thought that the fashion was so cool and that's when I found out I really liked clothes.   WSS: Do you create your ...

Rogue One is the perfect ‘Star Wars’ prequel

Rogue One is the perfect ‘Star Wars’ prequel

Harry Westergaard, Film Critic/Reporter
January 9, 2017
Filed under Entertainment, Film

There is a great feeling, a surge of positive energy that comes with exiting the theater after seeing a good entry in the Star Wars canon. I am a very, very happy nerd on such an occasion; my mouth is running at ludicrous speed, processing what I have just viewed with the companions who joined me...

Students celebrate New Year’s with various traditions

Students celebrate New Year’s with various traditions

Jessica Doyle, Reporter
December 31, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

10...9...8…7...6...5...4...3...2...1 Those are the numbers thought to be synonymous with New Year’s (Rockin’) Eve. Along with a 12 foot wide sparkly crystal sphere, a handful of celebrities and plenty of noisemakers and novelty glasses to go around, Times Square probably seems like the place to ...

Students give opinions on cuffing season

Students give opinions on cuffing season

Asha Irani, Videographer
December 28, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

The halls of West High are constantly filling with new pop-culture slang. “Roasting,” “kms,” “I’m dead!” and many other terms are becoming integrated into students’ everyday vocabulary. But one, perhaps, is the most peculiar of all - “cuffing season.” Urban Dictionary describes the...

What to watch to prep for the Golden Globes

What to watch to prep for the Golden Globes

Harry Westergaard, Film Critic/Reporter
December 21, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, Showcase, Theater

It’s that time of year again: the Golden Globes nominations have been announced. The Globes are typically the first round or “bracket” of the awards season, leading up to the more esteemed Academy Awards. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association nominated a great variety of films.. Notably,...

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