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Patience key as Trojans top PV 6-3

Patience key as Trojans top PV 6-3

Joe Goodman, Sports Editor

August 1, 2019

Baseball fans are used to waiting.  Wednesday night’s quarterfinal game between West High and the Pleasant Valley Spartans provided no shortage of anticipation before and after the first pitch. The Trojan faithful filed into Principal Park at 10:00 on Wednesday night after a three-hour rain delay...

Area 51: One big meme or capitalism at its finest?

Area 51: One big meme or capitalism at its finest?

Sumner Wallace, Natalie Dunlap, and Jessica Moonjely

July 31, 2019

Social media has been awash with alien and Area 51 themed memes for the past few weeks. Several West Side Story staffers wanted to get to the bottom of this extra terrestrial craze. In this out-of-this-world podcast Sumner Wallace, Natalie Dunlap and Jessica Moonjely discuss the Facebook event that started...

Victory for female athletes

Victory for female athletes

Maddy Smith, Photographer

July 13, 2019

If you’ve been following sports news, you know that the FIFA 2019 Women’s World Cup matches began in France on June 6 and the match for world champion took place Sunday, July 7. In that game, the United States and the Netherlands stepped onto the field, and the U.S women’s national team stepped off ...

Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson fail to save disappointing “Men in Black: International”

Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson fail to save disappointing “Men in Black: International”

Edward Keen, Arts Editor

June 17, 2019

Star Wars, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Toy Story. All are franchises that have fallen to the “rinse and repeat” strategy that so many studios have wrought out over and over again, where they will be quick to reboot or remake significant films, or stack sequels upon originals if only because of th...

Iowa City Pride Fest 2019: Celebrating Culture and Inclusion

Iowa City Pride Fest 2019: Celebrating Culture and Inclusion

Paras Bassuk, Photographer

June 16, 2019

As the focal event of Pride Week, thousands of members of the Iowa City area headed downtown on June 15 to celebrate inclusivity and the LGBTQIA+ community during the Iowa City Pride Festival. Local drag performers conducted family-friendly activities, and organizations like Students Against School Sh...

Dogs of the 2019 Arts Fest

Dogs of the 2019 Arts Fest

Paras Bassuk, Photographer

June 3, 2019

Artist and food vendors lined the streets of Iowa City during the Arts Festival May 31 through June 2. Along with the art, attendants could marvel at the plethora of dogs that enjoyed the Summer of the Arts event.     ...

Best bathrooms of West

Best bathrooms of West

Carmela Cohen Suarez, Co-copy editor and entertainment editor

May 29, 2019

As much as many of us like to avoid public restrooms, there comes a point in time where it becomes inevitable that we must use one at West. When this time comes, we must raise our hands to get excused and find the closest restroom to our classroom and open the doors to the bathroom not knowing what t...

Would you rather?

Would you rather?

Jenna Wang, Editorials Editor and Reporter

May 26, 2019

Kerri Barnhouse - English Would you rather have Frankenstein stalking you or have a famous poet write about your flaws? Probably Frankenstein - it would force me to get some exercise having to run from him.   Ann Rocarek - English Would you rather get stuck in an elevator with Swee...

Tornado warning interrupts graduation

Tornado warning interrupts graduation

Marta Leira, News Editor and Reporter

May 24, 2019

Sirens began to echo throughout the walls of Carver Hawkeye Arena at approximately 6:20 pm. They announced a tornado warning for Johnson County and surrounding areas, stalling the graduation ceremony originally set to begin at 7 pm.  Students and attendees have been moved to the arenas tunnels and...

West Side Radio: Breaking borders with Rabi Alaya ’20

West Side Radio: Breaking borders with Rabi Alaya ’20

Ken Wilbur, Reporter

May 24, 2019

In the final episode of the 2018-19 school year, reporter Ken Wilbur '20 discusses an intense conflict on "Breaking borders". Rabi Alaya ‘20 shares impassioned opinions over the war in his native Syria and dictator Bashar al-Assad. The first article referenced in the podcast covers newly uncover...

Weighing the decision

Weighing the decision

Marta Leira and Annabel Hendrickson

May 23, 2019

A new policy “I understand these decisions may be surprising,” read the email from Diane Schumacher, the director of curriculum, instruction and assessment in the ICCSD. In only four sentences, the message explained a decision that would change the transcripts for all students, starting with th...

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