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“Jojo Rabbit” is a powerhouse of comedy and emotion

“Jojo Rabbit” is a powerhouse of comedy and emotion

Edward Keen, Arts Editor and Copy Editor

November 11, 2019

Taika Waititi has proven himself again and again to be one of Hollywood’s greatest tour de force directors of delightfully bizarre arthouse films that tread the line between drama and full-on comedy. Viewers that have followed him closely through his slow rise may attribute his name to the mockumentary “What W...

Living in Neuzilville

Living in Neuzilville

Luke Krchak, Reporter and Columnist

November 11, 2019

“It doesn't matter how bad my day was, at least it wasn’t a zombie apocalypse,” said social studies teacher Gary Neuzil. Neuzil has been teaching for 34 years and has no plans to stop anytime soon. He first got the idea to pursue teaching during his senior year of college. Neuzil was originally going to follow his father's steps in bec...

No cap recap: Fall sports

No cap recap: Fall sports

Joe Goodman and Owen Aanestad

November 10, 2019

With the fall sports season wrapping up, we figured it was time to drop our very first sports podcast of the year. This first installment of No cap recap serves as a satirical, light-hearted attempt to translate the skills of West High's fall sport athletes onto the basketball floor. The skills o...

West/Liberty girls swim team impresses at state

West/Liberty girls swim team impresses at state

Hanah Kitamoto, Reporter

November 9, 2019

The last two years of the combined West and Liberty swim teams were strong seasons. But this year, they were even stronger. The swim team finished in fourth place on Nov. 9 at the state swim meet at YMCA Marshalltown with a score of 184.5 points. The team improved their performance by jumping up two...

What to expect from Disney+

What to expect from Disney+

Edward Keen, Arts Editor and Copy Editor

November 9, 2019

In its latest ploy to attain full-scale dominion, Disney has set out to formulate their very own on-demand streaming service to go head to head with the likes of Netflix and Hulu. The origins of the service date back to 2016, but it wasn’t until two years later when Disney CEO Bob Iger divulged sk...

The art of açaí

The art of açaí

Misha Canin, Reporter

November 9, 2019

You might have heard of them as "fruit soup," "basically a smoothie parfait," or "just a smoothie in a bowl." What they're really called are acai bowls, the newest food trend taking Instagram by storm. Here are the most popular spots to find them in Iowa City, each ranked from best to worst along will...

How far is too Far for cancel culture

How far is too Far for cancel culture

Mariam Keita and Cymry Hieronymus

November 8, 2019

Imagine you wake up in the morning and open your Instagram, Youtube, or Twitter feed to see your name trending across all platforms, thousands of people calling you out, tagging you in harsh comments. The #canceled posted right by your name.  "Cancel culture" is a phenomenon in which people use the interne...

The composition of a dream

The composition of a dream

Alex Carlon, Online Managing and News Editor

November 7, 2019

A dramatic symbol crash during a fight. The gentle ‘tings’ of a triangle as two characters fall in love. A violin solo as someone takes their final breath. These subtleties are a vital part of the tone evoked by many beloved films and television shows, with composers being the masterminds behind...

Best Buddies and PALS hold third annual basketball game against faculty

Best Buddies and PALS hold third annual basketball game against faculty

Joe Goodman, Sports Editor

November 7, 2019

The Best Buddies and PALS lead the West High faculty wire-to-wire en route to a 33-29 victory on Nov. 7 in the West High gymnasium. This was the third year of the school-wide event that featured a lively student section and performances from the West High band. Every one of the Best Buddies was able to get ...

Budding girls wrestling team prepares for season

Budding girls wrestling team prepares for season

Natalie Dunlap, Online Editor-in-Chief

November 7, 2019

The girls wrestling team is becoming a reality. In informative meetings held before and after school on Nov. 6, assistant wrestling coach Kody Pudil went into detail about his vision for the program.  Practices will begin Dec. 2, the Monday after Thanksgiving break, and the season will end on Ja...

Film club to show “Ghostbusters” for their first fundraiser of the year

Film club to show “Ghostbusters” for their first fundraiser of the year

Jack Harris, Online Reporter and Film Critic

November 6, 2019

Next Friday, Nov. 8, Film Club is hosting their first event of the year: a screening of the 1984 classic, “Ghostbusters,” in the little theater. Admission is free, and popcorn and other snacks will be available for purchase. Though free admission is a risk for the club, they have high hopes that it wi...

Lies parents tell their children: A compilation

Lies parents tell their children: A compilation

Carmela Cohen Suarez, Copy Editor and Entertainment Editor

November 6, 2019

Throughout our childhood, we are told fairy tales such as the story of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy. We grow up accepting these and finding a certain amount of joy in believing these fairy tales. Sometimes, though, we are told lies that are so insane that it is difficult to believe we e...

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