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Annual blood drive comes to West

Annual blood drive comes to West

Abby McKeone, Graphics Editor and Reporter

October 15, 2019

The DeGowin Blood Center, which is apart of the University of Iowa, will be holding a blood drive on Oct. 16 from 11:00 am-3:30 pm and Oct. 17 8:30 am-1:00 pm in the auditorium lobby. Students must be 16 years of age and have a signed permission form which can be found in Carolyn Walling’s room (r...

Library celebrates LGBTQ+ History Month

Library celebrates LGBTQ+ History Month

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...

Young voters have the potential to make a change

Young voters have the potential to make a change

Mariam Keita, Reporter

October 12, 2019

America's voter turnout for the upcoming 2020 presidential election is anticipated to be record-breaking, numbers not seen in centuries experts state. Millennials and Generation Z combined are expected to make up 37% of voters in the next election and are the main focus of many candidates.  Millennials and young voters are now the priorities in candidates' campaigns. Voter...

Greta Thunberg speaks at Iowa City climate strike

Greta Thunberg speaks at Iowa City climate strike

Alex Carlon and Marta Leira, Co-News Editors

October 7, 2019

The 16-year-old activist joined City High students to protest global warming.

ICCSD superintendent to resign June 2021

ICCSD superintendent to resign June 2021

Alex Carlon and Marta Leira

October 2, 2019

Iowa City Community School District Superintendent Stephen Murley announced his intention to resign in a letter to staff and families on October 1. The superintendent will officially leave his position in June of 2021, the end of his contract with the district. This decision comes as Murley’s youngest s...

The stunning new FilmScene theater opens

The stunning new FilmScene theater opens

Jack Harris, Online Reporter & Film Critic

September 23, 2019

This article has been updated to better portray the renovations taking place at the Englert. Strengthen. Grow. Evolve. These are the words that FilmScene and the Englert used to describe their vision for the future of the arts in Iowa City. On Sept. 20, 2019, the new Chauncey location for FilmScene opened,...

Students attend climate strike

Students attend climate strike

Bess Frerichs and Renee Gould

September 23, 2019

Hundreds of students and activists lay down in unison on the lawn of the University of Iowa Pentacrest, completely silent. They stayed like that, under in the sun in 90 degree weather, for 11 minutes, in what is known as a die-in, a form of protest where participants play dead. This die-in was organized...

NSPA names West Side Story a Newspaper Pacemaker finalist

NSPA names West Side Story a Newspaper Pacemaker finalist

Staff

September 10, 2019

The National Scholastic Press Association named the 2018-2019 West Side Story staff a Newspaper Pacemaker finalist today for the second year in a row. Deniz Ince '19 was the editor-in-chief of the newspaper. The NSPA Pacemaker award has a rich tradition and the association started presenting the a...

Iowa City Pride Fest 2019: Celebrating Culture and Inclusion

Iowa City Pride Fest 2019: Celebrating Culture and Inclusion

Paras Bassuk, Photographer

June 16, 2019

As the focal event of Pride Week, thousands of members of the Iowa City area headed downtown on June 15 to celebrate inclusivity and the LGBTQIA+ community during the Iowa City Pride Festival. Local drag performers conducted family-friendly activities, and organizations like Students Against School Sh...

Dogs of the 2019 Arts Fest

Dogs of the 2019 Arts Fest

Paras Bassuk, Photographer

June 3, 2019

Artist and food vendors lined the streets of Iowa City during the Arts Festival May 31 through June 2. Along with the art, attendants could marvel at the plethora of dogs that enjoyed the Summer of the Arts event.     ...

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