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Audrey Parrish '22 provides her opinion on the Jan. 6 events at the Capitol.

Rebuilding our democracy

Audrey Parrish, Reporter March 2, 2021
It’s like black and white: the stark difference between police treatment of Black Lives Matter protesters and the Trump rioters at the Capitol.
A glance into the past: One of Wunn's

A glance into the past: One of Wunn’s

Kamakshee Kuchhal, "From the Archives" Columnist February 28, 2021

“One of Wunn's” by Drew Parker, originally published in the Feb. 7, 2009 issue of WSS For a lot of students at West, freshman year is looked back upon fondly as a time to adjust to high school life,...

Over time, many holidays have become

Hallmark holidays

Katherine Shoppa, Reporter and Yearbook Staffer February 27, 2021

If you’ve ever gone shopping during the holidays, it’s hard to miss the massive displays filled top to bottom with holiday decorations, themed food items and gift ideas. The holiday season increasingly...

Editorial: Overcapacity

Editorial: Overcapacity

WSS Editorial Board February 26, 2021

On Jan. 29, Gov. Kim Reynolds signed Senate File 160 into law, forcing school districts across the state to offer a 100% on-site schooling option starting Feb. 15. For the state to suspend the in-person...

In West Side Radio's newest podcast, Renee Gould '22 and Alex Carlon '21 join a panel of journalists to discuss current events and so much more.

The Breakout Room episode 2: February highlights

Alex Carlon and Renee Gould February 23, 2021

In the February episode of The Breakout Room, hosts Alex Carlon '21 and Renee Gould '22, along with guest Paige Albright '23, discuss everything from ICCSD staff vaccinations to United States infrastructure.

Renee Gould '22 breaks down all the ways to turn Valentine's Day from a day of stress and sadness to a time for appreciating the ones you love.

Why Valentine’s Day can be good

Renee Gould, Reporter February 14, 2021

Valentine's Day is often heralded as a day for couples. Specifically those in romantic relationships. However, Valentine's Day is a rather versatile holiday, as it primarily celebrates love. Though romantic...

In the first installment of

A glance into the past: We’re going to party like it’s…

Kamakshee Kuchhal, "From the Archives" Columnist February 9, 2021

  "We're going to party like its..." by Angela Winnike, originally published in the Feb. 25, 2000 issue of WSS      On February 5th, 2000, the Iowa City Police Department...

Iowa's civil rights history is more storied than one may suspect.

The unknown history of Iowa, the radical star

Paige Albright, Reporter February 5, 2021

When thinking about Iowa’s civil rights history, most would assume it to be entirely full of very little diversity or nothing memorable. Never would Iowa be thought of as a leader or an example for others...

Sen. Amy Sinclair's starkly different bills illustrate what she does not prioritize: protecting transgender students in Iowa.

Caroline’s Comics: Protect the bunnies, forget trans youth

Caroline Mascardo, Editorials Editor and Copy Editor January 20, 2021

Although his presidency comes to a close today, the stain former President Donald Trump has left on LGBTQ+ rights during his four years in office is undeniable, with consistent attempts at exempting...

President Trump and his Twitter account survey the chaos of last week's Capitol riots.

Caroline’s Comics: Watching American democracy burn

Caroline Mascardo, Editorials Editor and Copy Editor January 13, 2021

One week ago, thousands of President Donald Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol trying to stop the 117th Congress from certifying President-Elect Joe Biden's electoral college victory. Although...

As the 116th U.S. Congress came to a close Jan. 3, so did hopes for a $2000 stimulus check.

Caroline’s Comics: McConnell and the $2000 stimulus check

Caroline Mascardo, Editorials Editor and Copy Editor January 7, 2021

Despite Senate Democrats' efforts to vote on the House proposal for $2000 stimulus checks, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell rejected it, calling the bill "socialism for the rich." Meanwhile,...

All around the state West High athletes are fortunate enough to be able to compete at not only a high level but in and at some of the nicest facilities in the nation.

Top 10 places to play

Owen Aanestad, Online Editor-In-Chief December 19, 2020

No matter what sport you play, the West High athletic program is fortunate enough to be able to not only compete at the highest level of high school sports in the state but compete at some of the nicest...

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