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Weird excuses teachers get from students

Weird excuses teachers get from students

Mariam Keita and Paras Bussuk

November 2, 2019

You walk into the classroom, sit down and put your backpack on the ground. You look over to a friend who pulls out their folder and takes out last night's homework. You suddenly remember the worksheet stuffed down in your backpack. You rifle through your belongings to see if you can quickly finish b...

“The Lighthouse” is without question the best film of the year

Thomas Wake (Willem Dafoe) and Ephriam Winslow (Robert Pattinson) watch the ferry leave the island.

Jack Harris, Online Reporter & Film Critic

October 30, 2019

“The Lighthouse” is a tale of how two men, isolated on a decrepit rock, fall into a state of murderous hysteria. Robert Eggers is such a stupendous filmmaker, viewers will likely fall victim to the same enchanting curse that strikes down the main characters.  The film has only two charact...

Spooky season specials

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Maddy Smith, Photographer

October 30, 2019

There is a chill in the air accompanied by the changing of leaves and a shiver down your spine. Halloween is here, and as a lover of autumn, I am required to like horror and thriller films. These are my top movies this fall, ranked in no particular order. "Scream" “Scream” is a classic film. First released in 1996 starri...

Pumpkin spice and everything nice: 3 recipes for fall

Pumpkin spice and everything nice: 3 recipes for fall

Natalie Katz, Print Editor-in-Chief

October 29, 2019

Baked, pureed into a pie filling, cooked into a casserole—we’ve all heard of the many different ways the every versatile sweet potato can be used. But sweet potato cookies? This creation is a breakthrough in the sweet potato world. Providing a perfect balance of sweet yet savory, these cooki...

Tiny Room: Drumline

Noah Miller '21, Emily Hill '20 and Emma Christopher '22, members of the West High drumline play a cadence in the north band room.

Alex Carlon and Aditi Borde

October 24, 2019

Taking inspiration from NPR’s intimate concert series “Tiny Desk,” Tiny Room spotlights West’s musical talent with a twist: the musician or ensemble must perform in a cramped recording space. Episode two stars members of the West High Marching Band’s Drumline performing a series of cadences ...

World-renowned author visits Iowa City

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Edward Keen, Arts Editor

October 23, 2019

In an event brought to fruition by the Iowa City Public Library and the Prairie Lights bookshop, Australian author Markus Zusak visited the library on Oct. 21 in promotion of his 2018 novel “Bridge of Clay” to share his experiences as a writer and take questions from attendees. Though Zusak h...

Library celebrates LGBTQ+ History Month

The West high library celebrates LGBTQ+ history month by highlighting an array of books.

Renee Gould, Book Critic, Reporter

October 13, 2019

Most people are familiar with Pride month in June, but LGBTQ+ history month in October is  less known but still as important to the LGBTQ+ community. With the library display now changed to celebrate this month, Colors Club, led by Lilli Duncan ‘20, spearheaded the efforts to spread knowledge...

Staff picks

WSS staffers share their favorite podcasts, restaurants and more.

Misha Canin and Natalie Dunlap

October 8, 2019

Restaurants “Dumpling Darling! They serve the best dumplings in the Iowa City area. No matter what kind of day I've had just the thought of getting a quick bite at Dumpling Darling instantly makes me happy. I would eat there everyday if I could. They have reasonable prices, everything is made to order and ...

“Joker” review and why we need controversies

Joker (Joaquin Phoenix) dances down a staircase in an iconic scene from the film

Jack Harris, Online Reporter and Film Critic

October 7, 2019

From Todd Phillips, director of “The Hangover” trilogy, comes one of the most beautiful, jarring and controversial films in years. “Joker” is, at its best, a unique character study that just so happens to take place in the DC universe. If the movie hadn’t taken place in Gotham City, it would...

More than an app

A Fjällräven backpack, a classic VSCO accessory, overflows with scrunchies and popular makeup products.

Sumner Wallace, Columns Editor

October 7, 2019

The soul-crushing sound of a Hydro Flask crashing against the worn tile floor sets off a chorus of “sksksks” and “and I oop’s” that echo around an otherwise silent classroom. These are the exclamations of a “VSCO girl.”  In the past few months, the concept of “VSCO girls” has beco...

Meeting Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady

The people who came to the workshop, with  Toi Derricotte one person from the left, and Cornelius Eady to the right of her.

Renee Gould, Book Critic and Reporter

October 2, 2019

Meeting Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady in a small room down a hallway off a hallway in the Iowa City Public Library seemed akin to a joke at first. Two famous poets and writers open to meeting the public and answering as many questions as we could throw at them before learning two new techniques to writ...

Rabia Chaudry: the attorney behind Serial

Rabia Chaudry speaking in a different event outside of Iowa City.

Renee Gould, Book Critic and Reporter

October 1, 2019

As a long-time lover of the hit podcast, Serial, I had already known the name Rabia Chaudry quite well. After all, she was the one who started the entire podcast, by reaching out to a reporter, Sarah Koenig. So when I heard that she’d be speaking on exact case explored in the podcast, I knew I just h...

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