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Is Black Friday starting too early?

Is Black Friday starting too early?

Samalya Thenuwara and Mason Wang

November 25, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Black friday starting times are nothing to complain about Samalya Thenuwara Feature Editor, Feature Producer Black Friday a day of the year unlike any other. A day where people across the country come together to take part in the same sport. Whether you come out to shop competitively or to just wa...

Protests: two weeks in review

Protests: two weeks in review

George Liu, Reporter

November 22, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Politics, Showcase

It’s been two weeks since that fateful night, when the world was turned upside down. Two weeks since the moment in which everything most of us in Iowa City were so sure about was swept out from under us and left us grasping for answers. In other words, it’s been two weeks since Donald Trump ...

Comm(unity) against hate

Comm(unity) against hate

WSS Staff

November 17, 2016


Filed under Award winners, Editorials, Opinion, Showcase

The West Side Story editorial board reacts to the results of the election.

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.

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.

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....

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