West Side Story

From classroom to dorm room

From classroom to dorm room

Lucy Polyak, Opinion editor

May 6, 2019

Olivia Dachtler and Maddy Luegering: University of Iowa West Side Story: How long have you been friends? Maddy Luegering: “We started being friends this year, so it was pretty recent. We had a Kirkwood class in the morning together and we had math class together. I’m in BPA and Olivia joined BP...

Miles apart

Miles apart

Ken Wilbur, Reporter

May 6, 2019

Moving to a new school is difficult. Even if a student only moves to the next district over, they must struggle to adapt to a new culture, all new faces, and a completely different setting. But when Kareem Shoukih ‘20 moved over 7,000 miles from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Iowa City, Io...

Amplifying the voices of a nation

Amplifying the voices of a nation

Natalie Dunlap, Online Editor-in-Chief

April 25, 2019

A phone in one hand, a mic in the other, Prisca Namutchibwe ’19 took the stage at Walk it Out. The night of March 9 had consisted of students from various cultures of the world modeling on stage and dancing to music, but the crowd fell silent as Namutchibwe read her poem, addressed to the white parents...

Green hope

Green hope

Bess Frerichs, Reporter

April 21, 2019

Earth Day celebrates the planet and serves to raise awareness of the damage society is doing to the earth. One way to raise awareness is to host or attend events for Earth Day. Here are a few happening in the Iowa City area. "Tallgrass Conversations" Release Day Reading Monday, April 22 at 7:00 p.m. Prairie Lights Bookstore 15 S Dubuque St. ...

A household in harmony

A household in harmony

Jessica Moonjely, Print Managing & Profiles Editor

April 19, 2019

Having a professional musician as a father, it is no surprise that Phoebe Burt ‘21 was humming before she could talk. Phoebe and Kevin Burt discuss how music has helped the two grow more in tune with one another. Standing onstage in front of a growing crowd of people, Kevin “B. F.” Burt is in...

Not seeing double

Not seeing double

Bess Frerichs, Reporter

April 19, 2019

Identical twins Lizzy Slade ‘21 and Makayla Slade ‘21 may look alike, but that is where most of the similarities end. Lizzy wakes up at 7:00 a.m. every morning to get ready for school. She gets dressed, puts on makeup and goes to eat breakfast. After a foot reconstruction surgery on Feb. 6...

The wonder twins

The wonder twins

Lily Meng, Online Co-Copy Editor

April 18, 2019

Towering at around five feet tall, these two students have dominated the academic atmosphere. You may have seen them in your AP US History class, holding sparkly trophies at math competitions or gracing the stage at orchestra concerts. Though they seem inseparable, wonder twins Ananth and Divya Shyamal ...

High school student goes to American Idol Hollywood Week and releases EP album

High school student goes to American Idol Hollywood Week and releases EP album

Jenna Wang, Editorials Editor and Reporter

April 14, 2019

Just after Abbie Callahan ’20 let everyone know that she had auditioned for American Idol in front of judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan, she announced that she had won the shiny gold ticket. During her audition, she sang 'Maneater' by Hall & Oates and 'IDGAF' by Dua Lipa. She r...

Testing new tech

Testing new tech

Anna Brown, Co-Copy Editor and Reporter

April 14, 2019

It’s that time again. A time for students to be surrounded by unfamiliar faces and wander to unknown places. A time of walking aimlessly among rows of desks searching for your name card. However, this year, the faint scent of pencil shavings will be absent. And even more noticeable, the silence wi...

High stakes

High stakes

Sophie Stephens, Online Managing Editor

April 12, 2019

It’s a summer night, just a few weeks before you start high school. You are sitting with your friends in the house when they say they’re going outside. Out of curiosity, you follow them to the back porch. Instantly the smell hits you. As you walk closer, you see them passing something around. You ...

Caffeine: a miracle or menace?

Caffeine: a miracle or menace?

Lily Meng, Online Co-Copy Editor

April 9, 2019

We’ve all been there. Finals week. The two treacherous weeks when your teachers schedule loads of finals and projects. You pull an all-nighter to finish, but you can’t complete that daunting task without a sidekick: caffeine. Caffeine is a stimulant drug that speeds up thoughts and actions. It works by s...

Head in the SoundCloud

Head in the SoundCloud

Alex Carlon, Assistant Copy-Editor

April 7, 2019

Disclaimer: some of the songs embedded in this article contain profane lyrics. Drake, Kanye West, Eminem: these are the names that come to mind when one thinks of “rap.” But, over the past few years, a new generation of homegrown hip-hop artists have risen onto the scene. They are known as SoundC...

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