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  • The music auxiliary car wash will be held on Sept. 30

  • The homecoming football game is on Sept. 22

  • Fall drama auditions will be held from 4-6:30 p.m. on Sept. 18-20

  • Homecoming will take place at 7 p.m. on Sept. 23

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...

Carter’s corner: Super Bowl XLIX

Carter’s corner: Super Bowl XLIX

Aaron Carter

January 30, 2015


Filed under Columns, Football, Opinion, Sports

Two number one seeds, two accomplished quarterbacks, one great offense, one great defense and one great match up. The New England Patriots, who have received much criticism lately in the “Deflate-gate” scandal in which 11 out of the 12 Patriots’ footballs were shown to be deflated. Thus the Patriots...

Dancer problems

Dancer problems

Chanel Vidal

December 15, 2014


Filed under Columns, Entertainment, Humor, Theater

Compiled by Chanel Vidal and Shanthi Chackalackal “Dance is easy.” “Dance is just an art.” “Psh, dance isn’t a sport, what are you talking about?” I hear it every day when I mention dance. People usually don't consider dance to be hard. It totally makes sense. Dancing on your tippy...

Opinion column: “dream, dare, do”

Opinion column: “dream, dare, do”

Lushia Anson

October 5, 2014


Filed under Columns

“Dream, Dare, Do.” At first glance, it may sound like some overused, cliché mantra. You know, one of those things that are tacked on a poster in Comic Sans rainbow font on an elementary school bulletin board or a motivational picture on Pinterest, the text overlaying a pixelated picture of a...

Iowa Supreme Court comes to West High

Iowa Supreme Court comes to West High

Morgan Schmitt-Morris

September 23, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Uncategorized

“Hear ye, Hear ye. The Supreme Court of the state of Iowa is now in session.” This is a line that seems to only belong in a movie. “Hear ye, hear ye” makes it sound as if a Medieval court is coming together, rather than the court justices of present day. On Sept. 11, 2014 the seven justices...

Costly college editorial

Costly college editorial

May 20, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

As graduation makes its long-awaited appearance this week, many seniors have long since made their decisions regarding plans for attending school next fall. Deciding on college can be a stressful process but recently some students have had portions of their decisions dictated to them simply because of th...

Editorial: magnet schools

Editorial: magnet schools

May 19, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

West students get first-hand experience of the Iowa City Community School District’s overpopulation problem everyday walking through the halls. Pushing, shoving and yelling are commonalities when 2,000 students are trying to force their way to class. While the ICCSD looks for solutions, they apparently...

Editorial: affirmative action

Editorial: affirmative action

May 18, 2014


Filed under Editorials, News

Poll students at West High and many would likely say that racism is no longer as prevalent of a problem as it was 50 years ago. With a half African American president and minorities gaining more foothold within all sectors of American business, racism appears to slowly be decreasing. But has this progress...

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