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Students oppose hateful rhetoric with afternoon protest

Students oppose hateful rhetoric with afternoon protest

Harry Westergaard, Caroline Young, and Alyson Kuennen
November 12, 2016
Filed under Breaking, Columns, News, Opinion, Showcase

It has been two days since Donald Trump was appointed President Elect of our country and there has already been significant hostility towards those he has targeted. Conversely however, there have also been many protests against Trump’s ideals and the bullying perpetrated by him. On Nov. 11 at...

Thank you, West High football, for making my senior year

Thank you, West High football, for making my senior year

Leah Dusterhoft, Reporter
November 10, 2016
Filed under Columns, Opinion, Showcase

Last year, I had my first opportunity to photograph an event for the West Side Story. As a designer on staff who had never used an actual DSLR or professional grade camera, this was quite a daunting task. The event I covered was what ended being the last football game of the 2015 West football season; w...

Election panic sparks talk of secession

Election panic sparks talk of secession

Eleanor Ho, Opinion editor
November 9, 2016
Filed under Humor, Opinion

Voters voice their outrage at the prospective outcomes of the election. This is satire and is not meant to be perceived as factual.

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Kinnick in the eyes of a virgin

Kinnick in the eyes of a virgin

Taylor Shelfo, Anchor
October 21, 2016
Filed under Football, Humor, Opinion, Showcase, Sports

Living in Iowa City, Iowa, the Hawkeyes are everywhere. You see tiger hawks on bumpers of cars, hawkeye flags hanging in front of homes, and black and yellow clothing all over the city. I lived in a small neighborhood in Illinois, so the only football gear I saw was brought out for game day - not a part o...

Column: hallway etiquette

Column: hallway etiquette

Grace Yarrow, Copy Editor, Humans of West High Reporter
October 20, 2016
Filed under Columns, Opinion, Showcase

    An open letter to any student who has ever walked the halls of West High: Dear literally everyone, I’ve noticed you walking a few times. Whether you’re a freshman or senior, there’s a chance I’ve cussed at you under my breath when you step on my foot or walk slowly. If...

Hamil-who?

Hamil-who?

George Liu, Reporter
September 30, 2016
Filed under Columns, Opinion, Showcase

When you think about American history, what comes to mind? A bunch of white guys arguing with each other? A slew of pointless events that happened a long time ago and not worth learning about? Harambe? I am guilty of assuming all those things as a good enough representation of the history of our country. ...

Freshman 5¢: Katelynn Hillberry

Freshman 5¢: Katelynn Hillberry

September 23, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

The West Side Story spoke to Katelynn Hillberry ’20 about her ideas on the presidential race. WSS: Is Hillary a trustworthy candidate? KH: Yes, she’s held other offices. Everyone makes mistakes, but she still is [trustworthy]. WSS: Is Trump a trustworthy candidate? KH:  No, he ...

Freshman 5¢: Anshul Gowda

Freshman 5¢: Anshul Gowda

Eleanor Ho, Opinion Editor
September 9, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

The West Side Story gets a fresh perspective on the early release controversy and academic focus time.

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Covering Trump–as a 16 year-old mixed race girl

Covering Trump–as a 16 year-old mixed race girl

Nina Elkadi
September 4, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

“It’s so great to see a young minority woman here!” an older white woman said to me with exuberance at my second Trump rally. As I interviewed five-year-old girls hiding behind their parents’ legs and men with Confederate flags branded on their arms, I found myself surprised at my own position....

A hot topic

A hot topic

Samalya Thenuwara, Taylor Shelfo, Feature Editor and Producer, Anchor
August 31, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Yesterday, Aug. 30, the ICCSD school's were dismissed two hours early for the heat. Superintendent Stephen Murley later apologized for the dismissal in an email to parents after skepticism was voiced amongst parents. Feature Editor Samalya Thenuwara and Anchor Taylor Shelfo voice opposing viewpoints...

Learning lessons of love

Learning lessons of love

Isabelle Robles
June 25, 2016
Filed under Opinion

This past Thursday afternoon I got home from spending five days at the Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference. Free Spirit is a yearly conference that has been held since 2000 to honor one student from each state and the District of Columbia by providing an all expenses paid trip to D.C. ...

5 stages of dealing with friends who are graduating

5 stages of dealing with friends who are graduating

May 18, 2016
Filed under Columns, Humor, Opinion, Showcase

Well you did it. Despite advice to the contrary and your better instincts, you became friends with some seniors. If you are not a senior, this poses a problem. In case you didn’t realize, after today they are gone forever and you are left alone. You may be experiencing a confusing mixture of emotions...

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