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Stop killing them, please

Stop killing them, please

Stormy Snyder, WSS Intern
April 14, 2016
Filed under Editorials, Opinion

Your gut sinks as you watch the tragic scene unfold on the screen before you. Tears prick at your eyes and all you can think is: It happened. Again. The trend of writer's killing off LGBT+ characters in TV shows, movies and video games has recently been brought to the public's attention. After an impo...

Column: math can save our society

Column: math can save our society

Fenna Semken and Sarah Longmire
April 1, 2016
Filed under Columns, Opinion, Showcase

One day, I got a take home math test, and I went home and worked extremely hard on it to get a good grade. I felt like I had done great on it. A few days later I got the test back, only to find out I got a C on it. I went to discuss this with my teacher and he explained to me that he felt I didn’t sh...

Column: violence has no religion

Column: violence has no religion

Maddie Moriyama
March 1, 2016
Filed under Columns, Opinion, Showcase

On June 16th, 2015, Donald Trump announced that he was running for president. This announcement brought mixed emotions to the American people. His supporters praised his outspoken personality and policies on immigration, while his critics condemned his politics and his intolerance. As an Asian-Am...

Inappropriation

Inappropriation

Simran Sarin
February 20, 2016
Filed under Columns, Opinion, Showcase

Swiping through your daily Instagram feed nearly always entails encountering a photo of a girl showcasing her newest henna designs. Most people make a quick decision as to whether or not the photo deserves a precious like, then move on. The girl’s post doesn’t stick out to most people as offensive...

Dear bathroom users, I’m sorry

Dear bathroom users, I’m sorry

Fenna Semken and Shati Cooper
February 19, 2016
Filed under Columns, Opinion, Showcase

Once upon a time, on a West Side Story exporting night, I, Fenna Semken, went to the bathroom. This should not have been a problem, people use the West High bathrooms daily, but it was far from being just an everyday bathroom use. I headed down the hallway in good spirits, wanting to get back to ...

Column: the golden game

Column: the golden game

Aaron Carter, Sports Editor
February 7, 2016
Filed under Columns, Opinion, Showcase, Sports, Uncategorized

The 50th Super Bowl in NFL history is tonight as the Denver Broncos face the Carolina Panthers. This game will not be below expectations; It will be as historic as it looks to be, and to make history there must be firsts and lasts. There will be many dabs, not a lot of touchdowns and the possibility ...

Column: betrayal at the caucuses

Column: betrayal at the caucuses

Sharon Xiang
February 2, 2016
Filed under Columns, Opinion, Showcase

I learned that my friend was a Republican in hiding today at my first caucus. However, she asked to not be named and due to journalistic integrity, I sadly can’t shame her in writing. But this column isn’t about my feelings of betrayal, instead it’s about my first time caucusing. Ever since...

“Should teachers ask students for preferred pronouns?”

“Should teachers ask students for preferred pronouns?”

December 16, 2015
Filed under Editorials, Opinion

"Should teachers ask students for preferred pronouns?" 8-8 The West Side Story editorial board was split on the subject. For Since covering Transgender Awareness Week in November, we began to wonder, why isn’t West High, a proudly diverse and modern school, reaching out towards transgendered...

Web comic Wednesday (May 6, 2015)

Web comic Wednesday (May 6, 2015)

May 6, 2015
Filed under Comics, Humor, Opinion

Credit: Braedyn Dochterman

First-rate facilities

First-rate facilities

Akash Borde
April 1, 2015
Filed under Editorials, Opinion, Reviews

Following the construction of some new restrooms, the WSS editorial board looks at the facilities that over two-thousand users take for granted every day. There they are, right outside the main gymnasium. So fresh, so sleek, so blue, so clean. If you haven’t noticed them yet, you’ve probably never b...

Islamophobia in social media

Islamophobia in social media

February 11, 2015
Filed under Editorials, News, Opinion

Is·lam·o·pho·bi·a: fear or hatred of Islam or Muslims. With groups such as Al-Qaeda and ISIS constantly in the news, many Americans go to social media to express their opinions. Unfortunately, many people have begun to fear Islam as a whole, without realizing there is a difference between Muslim...

Editorial: Charlie Hebdo’s right to free speech

Editorial: Charlie Hebdo’s right to free speech

February 10, 2015
Filed under Editorials, News, Opinion

In spite of the recent attacks in Paris, West Side Story looks into freedom of speech in France and whether or not the Charlie Hebdo depiction of the prophet Muhammad should have been censored. Charlie Hebdo has never been afraid to take satire to the next level, poking fun at religion, terrorism, and...

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