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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...

Mom jeans, scrunchies and graphic tees: a 2010’s guide to ’90s fashion

Mom jeans, scrunchies and graphic tees: a 2010’s guide to ’90s fashion

Alex Carlon, Assistant Copy-Editor

March 29, 2019

From the era that brought us “Friends,” Furbys and frosted tips also came some of the most infamous style trends from the last few decades. Featuring everything from mood rings and cheetah print nylons to combat boots and graphic tees, the '90s are considered by some a golden age for fashion and fo...

Lucy’s Lowdown: gratitude is rad-itude

Lucy’s Lowdown: gratitude is rad-itude

Lucy Polyak, Opinion editor

March 28, 2019

Earlier this month, I attended my third funeral. It was for my 97-year-old great-grandmother who had passed away the weekend before, which happened to be on my 18th birthday. Though all of this sounds kind of heavy, it actually sparked some thoughts in me that had been escaping my mind as of late. ...

Girls track and field hosts first outdoor meet of season

Girls track and field hosts first outdoor meet of season

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

March 27, 2019

The sun shined brightly and so did the Women of Troy as they competed in their first outdoor meet of the season. Peyton Steva '19 placed first in the 100 meter hurdles race with a time of 15.15, breaking the previous meet record set by Valerie Welch '17. Katie Severt '19 placed first in the long jump...

Streamlining the college search

Streamlining the college search

Natalie Dunlap, Online Feature Editor

March 24, 2019

ACT, SAT, tuition, housing, acceptance rate, size... All of these are factors that college-bound students must take into account when deciding which schools they want to apply to or attend. This information can be a challenge to compile, but Caleb Kwok ’20 took up a project to address the plet...

5 classic films to watch over break

5 classic films to watch over break

Harry Westergaard, Arts Editor Editor

March 20, 2019

There are countless ways to spend your week away from school. If you’re looking for more ways to procrastinate doing your homework, never fear. As your friendly neighborhood film historian, I’m here to provide you with a list of five films to bide your time with over the rest of spring break. But t...

Hidden culinary gems of the Iowa City area

Hidden culinary gems of the Iowa City area

Anjali Huynh and Carmela Cohen Suarez

March 18, 2019

Deluxe Too tired to bake your own pastries to serve your sweet tooth? This hidden dessert delight will meet any lingering sugar cravings in no time. For over 10 years, Deluxe has provided Iowa City residents with a variety of French-inspired baked goods, including baguettes, macarons, cakes, cookies, pies and more. ...

Spring break for the young and bored

Spring break for the young and bored

Ting Gao, Reporter

March 17, 2019

Spring break is easily one of students’ favorite times of year. From February onwards, we eagerly count down the days until we can finally rush out that door into the brisk air, celebrating nine straight days of freedom. And yet what’s a student to do with all this free time? Homework? Not likely...

3 simply delicious St. Patrick’s Day recipes

3 simply delicious St. Patrick’s Day recipes

Carmela Cohen Suarez, Profiles Editor

March 17, 2019

While St. Patrick’s Day may not be as widely celebrated as Thanksgiving, Christmas or Valentine’s Day, there is always an opportunity to glean new recipes. Below, WSS has concocted a few different green-themed recipes to munch on this St. Patrick’s Day. ...

Book review: “The Waning Age” is a lackluster novel about emotion

Book review: “The Waning Age” is a lackluster novel about emotion

Edward Keen, Reporter

March 17, 2019

Emotions. It goes without saying that our emotions, our inner feelings and our sensations, are a main proprietor in making us who we are. We use them during every moment of our life, whether they be the stronger ones you feel in a more pointed situation or feeling more tepid emotions in a casual scenario. Simply put, these emotions are what form our iden...

West Side Story staff receives 9 awards from Quill and Scroll

West Side Story staff receives 9 awards from Quill and Scroll

West Side Story Staff

March 15, 2019

Quill and Scroll recognized West Side Story members for awards in photography, writing and podcast on March 15. These winners competed with high school journalists from across the nation for the awards. 2019 WSS Sweepstakes winner: Editor-in-Chief Kara Wagenknecht '19 in Sports Reaction Photo...

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