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Lucy’s Lowdown: female leaders and the other b-word

Lucy’s Lowdown: female leaders and the other b-word

Lucy Polyak, Opinion editor

September 24, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Recurring Series

Welcome! I’m Lucy Polyak, WSS opinion editor, and this column kicks off my recurring series where I tackle a topic that I’m particularly passionate about and give you “Lucy’s Lowdown.” This week: being a leader. Or more specifically, being a “female leader.” Ever since I was a little k...

The repeal of diversity in fashion

The repeal of diversity in fashion

Sophie Stephens, Online Managing Editor

September 6, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Showcase

Just as the fashion industry begins to include more models considered plus size in campaigns and magazine spreads, preaching the beauty in differences and imperfections, the fashion industry has taken a big step backwards. CNBC released a video in mid-August revealing the faces of Shudu and Miquela, two digitized models branded as the new faces of the fashion industry. Termed “virtual brand ambassadors” by the CNBC reporter, Sh...

A farewell from the West Side Story class of 2018

A farewell from the West Side Story class of 2018

WSS Senior Staff

May 17, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Showcase

For years, it has been a tradition for West Side Story seniors to say goodbye to their time in the newsroom, and at West, by writing a humorous, yet thoughtful, senior column. Read past years here. Click on any senior photo below to read what that student has to say about their time at West.  ...

A.L.I.C.E. empowers

A.L.I.C.E. empowers

Abbie Callahan, Reporter

May 4, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

The recent increase of school shootings has seriously freaked me out, to say the least. The thought of a fellow student walking into the halls of West High armed with a weapon is enough to make me feel physically ill. The thought that I may actually look into the eyes of this student killer is horri...

One dance, two dance, three dance?

One dance, two dance, three dance?

Carmela Cohen Suarez, Reporter

May 2, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Spring has just begun and along with it comes prom season. Bring on the promposals, long dresses, corsages and expensive restaurants! For many upperclassmen, prom is an event to look forward to and plan down to the most intricate details. But, of course, this event is generally reserved for juniors and seniors. Homecoming, the first and only dance automatically avai...

Being a liberal high school student in Trump’s America

Being a liberal high school student in Trump’s America

Natalie Dunlap, Reporter

April 23, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

The bell rang that autumn day and I giddily slid into my bus seat. I couldn’t wait to get home and watch TV. Not because I wanted to unwind and mindlessly watch a sitcom, but because I was about to tune into the most highly anticipated broadcast of the year. I was excitedly awaiting the results of the 201...

The era of empty acceptance

The era of empty acceptance

Lucy Polyak, Reporter

April 4, 2018


Filed under Columns, Feature, Opinion, Showcase

I’ve been seeing a therapist since August 2017. When I mention this to people, I usually see their eyes widen for a second before they catch themselves and try to act like they don’t have a million questions. Are you alright? What happened to you? Are you dealing with some sort of giant burden from ...

Behind the spam

Behind the spam

Olivia Dachtler and Sadie Rhomberg

March 30, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Showcase

About two years ago, a trend began to take over Instagram. This movement is the ever-present “spam account.” I have a spam account, my best friend has a spam account, almost everyone I can think of that has a “main” account, also has a spam account. A spam account is roughly an account that te...

Keep your laws out of women’s bodies

Keep your laws out of women’s bodies

Maddi Shinall, Photographer

March 2, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Showcase

It has become abundantly clear that Republicans are no ally to women or their reproductive rights. Republicans in the Iowa Senate were responsible for approving a so-called “heartbeat bill”  on Wednesday, Feb. 28 that would ban women from having an abortion after a heartbeat is detected, which can be as ea...

Just a little help from my friends

Just a little help from my friends

Fenna Semken, Online Editor-In-Chief

February 24, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Showcase

After taking driver's ed, I thought I knew everything there was to know about driving and taking care of a car. I kept my car clean, I drove the speed limit and I always made full stops at stop signs. My car was in perfect condition, and I always made sure to lock the doors and turn off my lights wh...

Choose happiness

Choose happiness

Fenna Semken, Online Editor-In-Chief

February 17, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Showcase

Over the past years of my high school life, I have tried things I both love and hate, encountered friendships that were meant to last a lifetime and those who made my life just a little more stressful. I made decisions about what was best for me, not for those around me. When I looked back at my lif...

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