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“Kidding” is the bittersweet tragicomedy we need

“Kidding” is the bittersweet tragicomedy we need

Harry Westergaard, Arts Editor and Copy Editor

October 8, 2018


Filed under A&E, Arts, Film, Reviews

Over the summer, many proclaimed Mr. Rogers, of the PBS television series “Mister Rogers Neighborhood”  to be just the person we needed in “times like these.” A man who uplifted many with his unbridled kindness and notions of equality. Mr. Pickles, star of the fictional series “Puppet Time...

That’s my opinion

That’s my opinion

Ting Gao, Reporter

October 7, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Humor, Opinion, Showcase

Everyone is opinionated. From politics to fashion to whether the dress is blue and black or white and gold. Everyone always has something to say about anything. Judging from the success of social media as the ultimate platform for airing one’s attitudes, everyone wants to share their opinions. Here are so...

Cynical alternatives to homecoming

Cynical alternatives to homecoming

Natalie Dunlap, Online Feature Editor

October 5, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Humor, Multimedia, Showcase

For some students, West’s homecoming is one of the most exciting nights of the year, yet others would like to be as far away from the event as possible. If you fall into the latter party, and would rather listen to “Never Gonna Give You Up”` on a loop for two hours than attend the dance, here ar...

Harry Potter at 20: The series’ legacy at West

Harry Potter at 20: The series’ legacy at West

Edward Keen, Reporter

October 4, 2018


Filed under Feature, Literary, Multimedia, Profiles, Showcase

Whether you’ve read the books, watched the movies or have not done either, it is very likely that you’ve heard of the Harry Potter franchise at some point in your life. This year, the series will celebrate 20 years since it kicked off in the United States with the release of “Harry Potter and ...

The art of makeup

The art of makeup

Carmela Cohen Suarez, Reporter

October 3, 2018


Filed under A&E, Feature, Showcase

When she was younger, Olivia Barker '20 did not believe she was ever going to wear makeup, but now she has developed a passion for it as a form of art which is shown on her Instagram page dedicated to makeup. Barker shares with West Side Story how her relationship with makeup has grown as well as her op...

Autumnal Tunes

Autumnal Tunes

Lucy Polyak, Opinion editor

October 1, 2018


Filed under A&E, Arts, Entertainment, Music, Uncategorized

With fall now in full-swing, you’re probably looking to replace your overused summer playlist and maybe even the one you used to get through the beginning of the school year. Well fear not, because here is a strong list of light-hearted songs for you to bop to as the weather turns more brisk. C...

Fashion Friday: Prisca Namutchibwe ’20

Fashion Friday: Prisca Namutchibwe ’20

Kristina Rosebrook, Broadcast Entertainment Editor

September 28, 2018


Filed under A&E, Entertainment, Fashion, Showcase

A mix of professional and urban casual, Prisca Namutchibwe '20 enjoys the confidence she obtains from dressing like she's ready for business. Her Congolese background has played a large part in her style. "As being Congolese, one of the most important things after food and celebrations is the way y...

6 West high hot spots

6 West high hot spots

Sidney Kiersch, Online Graphic Designer

September 20, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Multimedia, Showcase

The Java House and Heirloom Salad Company Located just down the street from West, The Java House is a favorite study spot for many Iowa City students. With their quiet and relaxing atmosphere, teens can enjoy coffee and baked goods while catching up on homework. Just on the other side of the coffee shop is He...

Book review: “Dear Martin” is powerful and enthralling

Book review: “Dear Martin” is powerful and enthralling

Edward Keen, Reporter

September 18, 2018


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

“Dear Martin,” written by Nic Stone, is a brutally honest, enthralling novel that expertly discusses and portrays racism in our society. Although the novel is Stone’s first, I found myself thoroughly impressed by the way she simultaneously examined themes of racism and ethnic profiling while als...

Relaxing songs to study to this year

Relaxing songs to study to this year

Lucy Polyak, Opinion editor

September 12, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Feature, Music, Uncategorized

If you’re anything like me, you absolutely cannot study in complete silence. However, too much background noise can also be a big distraction. I’ve compiled a playlist of some calming songs to turn on when it comes time for homework, or when you need to just listen to music and relax. With a carefull...

“Mission: Impossible – Fallout” is the action movie of the year

“Mission: Impossible – Fallout” is the action movie of the year

Edward Keen, Reporter

September 10, 2018


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

Seldom does a movie series get increasingly better with each subsequent installment; to be able to maintain a level of consistent improvement over the span of many movies is relatively rare. However, Mission: Impossible has proven to be one of the series that has accomplished such a feat. With the sole ...

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