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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


Filed under A&E, Arts, Film, Reviews, Showcase

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


Filed under News, Showcase

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


Filed under News, Showcase

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


Filed under A&E, Showcase

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


Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

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


Filed under Showcase, Uncategorized

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


Filed under Multimedia, Podcast, Showcase

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


Filed under News, Showcase

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...

Homefield advantage

Homefield advantage

Luke Krchak, Reporter

May 22, 2019


Filed under Feature, Profiles, Showcase

For countless years, football has been a part of English teacher and football coach Garret Hartwig's life. From his early beginnings playing when he was six, to today where he is the head coach of the football team, the sport has played a major role in his life. “When you’re a player you know wh...

Six movies to look forward to over summer break

Six movies to look forward to over summer break

Edward Keen, Arts Editor

May 22, 2019


Filed under A&E, Arts, Film, Showcase

Summer has become the main fodder for movie studios to unleash their biggest, most prominent films, even more so than any other time of the year. As such, this jam-packed season of film releases can seem a frenzy for audiences trying to decide which in particular to occupy themselves with throughout thei...

Dancing across the world

Dancing across the world

Alex Carlon, Online Managing and News Editor

May 22, 2019


Filed under Feature, Profiles, Showcase

Flamenco, Gotipua and Yangge are all examples of cultural folk dances. Aside from being entertaining, high energy movements containing upbeat music, they also often tell intimate stories of the history of their respective nations. While movies and history books are an efficient way to learn about...

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