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The student news source of Iowa City West High

West Side Story

The student news source of Iowa City West High

West Side Story

This includes work created by students enrolled in Foundations of Journalism, the prerequisite course to joining a publication staff at West High. FOJ students are considered interns and are not West Side Story staff members while enrolled in the yearlong English elective. FOJ students can apply to join a publication staff after completing the course.

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A Beginner’s Guide To Arab Culture

Reem Kirja , Photographer, Reporter April 19, 2022

WSS Intern Reem Kirja ’25 explains Arab culture and contributions. It’s a humid April morning, and sounds of people getting ready for the day engulf the atmosphere. I wake up around 7 a.m., drink...

The Problem with Toxic Hustle Culture

The Problem with Toxic Hustle Culture

Mrudani Ramkumar, Reporter April 19, 2022

One thing I will definitely remember after graduating high school would be the jam-packed schedules we all have right now. However, this type of schedule where we are all forced to work every minute of...

The Platform Movie Review

“The Platform” Movie Review

Ben Gerard, WSS Intern April 19, 2022

Ben Gerard  FOJ Period 7      “There are three kinds of people, The ones above, the ones below, and the ones that fall.” What would you do to eat? What if it had been a day? Two days?...

What is the Best Sports Day of the Year?

What is the Best Sports Day of the Year?

April 19, 2022

In this podcast, we will be discussing the best days of the year to be a sports fan. We'll discuss our differences in preference and how the numbers get broken down. In the end, our events will be set...

A Monster in the Making

Maddie Schroeder, WSS Intern April 19, 2022

You sit in your pitch black, empty room, trying to start your homework for the new unit in pre-calc that you barely understand. The only light is the illumination of your phone hitting your face. You scroll....

A review of my favorite childhood show

A review of my favorite childhood show

April 19, 2022

I was hanging out with a friend of mine last week, and her little sister was watching an old Disney channel show that I used to love. I realized how long it’s been since I watched one myself, so for...

Sights of rural Iowa play a big role in this film.

‘East of Middle West’: a tale of loss, forgiveness, and redemption

Haneen Eltyeb , WSS Intern April 19, 2022

A group of drunk high school boys drive around rural Iowa one evening. Beer cans being held in the air, along with collective laughter. The boys take turns daring each other to engage in rather dangerous...

What weve all been through

Why I Think Students Shouldn’t Have Homework

Samuel Ruelas, WSS Intern April 19, 2022

A line we’ve all heard repeatedly as students throughout the years. What if I told you homework wasn’t needed, would you agree or disagree? After you hear these points you’ll have your answer.    As...

What are Your Thoughts?: Hadestown songs

What are Your Thoughts?: Hadestown songs

McKenna Stephens, Designer, Photographer April 19, 2022

"I love this song because of all the different levels and mainly just because of the acting that goes with it. This song is also played again in act two during the trial and it gives you the exact same...

Uncle Sams Predicament

Uncle Sam’s Predicament

Joe Corlette, Artist April 19, 2022

Uncle Sam's Predicament

Social disabilities might make it hard to read facial expressions like these.

Developmental differences divide

Maeve Christians, WSS Intern April 19, 2022

I guess before I start, I should give background on Gray. Gray is my older brother, a video-game lover, graphic-novel enthusiast, and one-half of a pair of twins.  His birthday is in March, even though...

People are holding signs at a protest urging other Asian Amerians to support the community and other minorities.

Asian American Hate and Fetishization

Anna Yuki April 19, 2022

We’re all just people no matter what race or ethnicity we are, none of us are above one another, nor is anyone below, but what happens when someone is being put on both sides of the coin?  I think...

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