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High stakes

High stakes

Sophie Stephens, Online Managing Editor

April 12, 2019

It’s a summer night, just a few weeks before you start high school. You are sitting with your friends in the house when they say they’re going outside. Out of curiosity, you follow them to the back porch. Instantly the smell hits you. As you walk closer, you see them passing something around. You ...

West community names best restaurants of the Iowa City area

West community names best restaurants of the Iowa City area

Anjali Huynh, Print Managing Editor and Co-Copy Editor

April 11, 2019

Best Asian restaurant: Red Ginger Honorable mentions: Formosa, Taste of China, Thai Spice Best bakery: Scratch Cupcakery Honorable mentions: Deluxe, Molly's Cupcakes, Panera Bread Best barbecue: Jimmy Jack's Rib Shack Honorable mentions: Mosley's Barbecue and Provisions, Pop's BBQ, Texas R...

West soccer takes on highly ranked City teams

West soccer takes on highly ranked City teams

Kara Wagenknecht, Online Editor-in-Chief and Co-Sports Editor

April 10, 2019

The West soccer teams headed across the street to the University of Iowa soccer field to take on City on Tuesday, April 9. The girls played first and eventually fell 0-1 in the final minutes of a game tight game. The No. 4 ranked West boys team faced No. 3 City High for a showdown. Tomas Sanchez '20 scored the only goal of the game to upset the Little Hawks.  The West girls t...

Caffeine: a miracle or menace?

Caffeine: a miracle or menace?

Lily Meng, Online Co-Copy Editor

April 9, 2019

We’ve all been there. Finals week. The two treacherous weeks when your teachers schedule loads of finals and projects. You pull an all-nighter to finish, but you can’t complete that daunting task without a sidekick: caffeine. Caffeine is a stimulant drug that speeds up thoughts and actions. It works by s...

Influential actor Seymour Cassel dies, aged 84

Influential actor Seymour Cassel dies, aged 84

Harry Westergaard, Arts Editor

April 9, 2019

Character actor Seymour Cassel died last night due to complications with Alzheimer's disease. His son Matt confirmed his death in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter. Cassel was a character actor, known primarily for his collaborations with independent film directors Wes Anderson and John Cassave...

First ever Eastern Iowa Track and Field Festival deemed a success

First ever Eastern Iowa Track and Field Festival deemed a success

Kara Wagenknecht, Online Editor-in-Chief and Co-Sports Editor

April 7, 2019

The Eastern Iowa Track and Field Festival was held at West High on Saturday, April 6. With an emphasis on qualifying for the Drake Relays, the meet did not disappoint. 20 athletes achieved the Drake Relays Blue Standard including West High's Kolby Greiner '19 in the 3,200 meter run, Peyton Steva '19 in the 100 ...

Head in the SoundCloud

Head in the SoundCloud

Alex Carlon, Assistant Copy-Editor

April 7, 2019

Disclaimer: some of the songs embedded in this article contain profane lyrics. Drake, Kanye West, Eminem: these are the names that come to mind when one thinks of “rap.” But, over the past few years, a new generation of homegrown hip-hop artists have risen onto the scene. They are known as SoundC...

Inaugural track and field festival to be held at West High

Inaugural track and field festival to be held at West High

Kara Wagenknecht, Online Editor-in-Chief and Co-Sports Editor

April 5, 2019

A new tradition will begin this Saturday at West High: the Eastern Iowa Track and Field Festival. Teams and individuals from across Iowa will show up and compete in hopes of qualifying for the Drake Relays later this month. The Eastern Iowa Track and Field Festival will sound familiar to those who h...

“Us” is a smart and scary work of modern horror

“Us” is a smart and scary work of modern horror

Harry Westergaard, Arts Editor

April 3, 2019

If you haven’t seen the film “Us,” yet, stop reading this now. I don’t usually give so-called “spoiler warnings” before my reviews because I think it’s up to the reader to make that decision. But to read extensively about Jordan Peele’s latest film before seeing it in the theater would ...

Rumor Patrol: Economics

Rumor Patrol: Economics

Jessica Doyle, Podcast Editor

April 1, 2019

Last year, a state bill regarding high school financial literacy was signed into law. The law requires high school students to take one semester of a personal finance course before graduating. An amendment is pending in the Iowa legislature that would require students graduating in 2023 and after to c...

Tell me I am human

Tell me I am human

Fatima Kammona, News Editor

March 31, 2019

“It’s going to get easier.” Lie. “You're going to get through this.” Lie. Instead, tell me the truth. Tell me that there are going to be days when I pretend to be okay. Tell me that there will be times when I will be as dry as a desert from all the water I had shed. Tell me that there will b...

Second annual March for our Lives held in downtown Iowa City

Second annual March for our Lives held in downtown Iowa City

Ken Wilbur, Reporter

March 30, 2019

The second annual March for our Lives took place in downtown Iowa City on Saturday, March 30. The event, coordinated by West and City High Students Against School Shootings (SASS) members, protested school shootings and lack of gun control legislation in the U.S. Although the event experienced decreased...

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