I owe you nothing

Online Managing Editor Sophie Stephens ‘19 addresses the issue of owing people an explanation during the college process. Article originally published on wsspaper.com on February 5, 2019. Read the original article here. Everything you do in high school has the chance of being noticed, questioned and even judged. No, West High isn’t an institution that breeds “mean … Continue reading I owe you nothing


High stakes

As states across the nation legalize recreational marijuana, the drug has become more socially acceptable. For Iowan students, acceptance of marijuana has grown, but laws haven't changed. However, concerns for increased teen drug usage and safety still prevail. High stakes was originally printed in the print issue of the West Side Story on April 12, … Continue reading High stakes

Eating disorders

Eating disorders are a newly prevailing form of self-harm that is used by a growing number of teenagers to lose weight or change their body shape, and can be influenced by a number of societal and psychological pressures. Although believed to be harmless, eating disorders can lead to a number of health problems.

“Merry Christmas” vs. “Happy Holidays”

When out shopping for the holiday seasons, I often hear “Have a Merry Christmas” or other comments regarding Christmas presents and celebrations from retail workers and customers alike. Coming from a family that celebrates Christmas every year, I never really questioned the fact that most people just assumed that I celebrate Christmas. But after meeting … Continue reading “Merry Christmas” vs. “Happy Holidays”