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The Pledge of Allegiance: An American Tradition?

India Mawn and Mia Jevack
May 11, 2017 • 45 views
Filed under Opinion

Written in 1892 by socialist preacher Francis Bellamy, the Pledge of Allegiance was not originally intended to be used by only the US, but for any nation that wanted to. It began as "I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice...

Under Official Review: The Ads of Super Bowl LI

Under Official Review: The Ads of Super Bowl LI

August Lamb and Talley Johnston
February 17, 2017 • 65 views
Filed under Latitudes, Opinion

Welcome back, Warriors, to Talley and August's annual article: "Under Official Review", where we actively seek out the best and brightest ads that the Super Bowl can offer. It's been a year since our inaugural issue when we made Hemisphere history with the critically acclaimed analysis of Super Bowl 50. One year later, and we're covering LI (pronounced "fifty one") with the same zesty critique as its ...

My Two Cents on Cents

My Two Cents on Cents

Olivia Gallmeyer, Managing News Editor
January 24, 2017 • 40 views
Filed under Opinion

There are many problems facing America today: how to resolve racial tensions, how to combat the rising rates of obesity, how to stop those creepy clowns. But today, I am going to tell you about one particular plague on the United States that is simple to be solved, and needs to end today. Citizens...

Midterms: Make a Decision

Midterms: Make a Decision

Franny Noll, Staff Writer
January 4, 2017 • 45 views
Filed under Opinion

Midterms: A word often associated with stress and all-nighters that occurs in one of the worst weeks of your life. But now it’s not just one week. This year, the WAHS faculty made the decision to change their usual January week of midterms to allow teachers to decide when they want to have their exams;...

Checking it out: Wegmans

Checking it out: Wegmans

August Lamb, Web Editor
December 16, 2016 • 44 views
Filed under Opinion

The new 5th Street Station shopping center is home to many businesses; some well established in Charlottesville, and some new. There is no doubt however that the most-hyped attraction at the mall is Wegmans. The grocery store held its grand opening on November 6th, an event they claim was attended by...

Johnny Riordan’s Experience with High School Diplomats

Johnny Riordan’s Experience with High School Diplomats

Johnny Riordan, Contributing Writer
November 8, 2016 • 43 views
Filed under Opinion

This summer, I had the opportunity to participate in a unique Japanese-American Exchange Program: High School Diplomats held at Princeton University. High School Diplomats sponsors 40 Japanese Students and 40 American Students to a 10-day diplomatic exchange. This program was unlike anything else I have...

Dress Code: Worth the Controversy?

Dress Code: Worth the Controversy?

Franny Noll, Staff Writer
October 27, 2016 • 40 views
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Dress code is a phrase that is usually synonymous with sexism and slut shaming, yet here at Western it seems irrelevant. Many dress codes are directed toward girls only and target certain styles that are deemed as inappropriate, such as leggings or shorts. But in our student handbook there is a m...

Jacked…

Jacked…

August Lamb and William Peritz
October 17, 2016 • 13 views
Filed under Opinion

Ever since the iPhone 6S was released last September, the rumors have been flying about Apple removing the headphone jack on the iPhone 7, which was just released a few weeks ago. Well, it happened, and the world is not happy. The removal of this essential port is a curse, in that it negates the compatibility...

Predictable Bullying Seminar Sparks New Ideas

India Mawn, Staff Writer
April 29, 2016 • 13 views
Filed under Opinion

Filing into the auxiliary gym on April 13th for an anti-bullying seminar, the freshmen and sophomore classes knew exactly what to expect. Anti-bullying events- no matter what they are- have remained the same since elementary school. There’s a victim, a bully, some supporters and followers of the bully,...

On Cats and Compulsions

On Cats and Compulsions

Olivia Gallmeyer, Opinion Editor
April 29, 2016 • 34 views
Filed under Opinion

Looking at the study hall students in the cafeteria, everyone observed has one thing in common: there's a phone in their hands. Androids and iPhones alike are all busy running apps like Facebook, Twitter, or Clash of Clans. For many, though, our obsessive phone-checking has become focused on something ...

Dear College Emails: Why?

Dear College Emails: Why?

Olivia Gallmeyer, Opinion Editor
February 26, 2016 • 35 views
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Dear college emails, As of the moment I am writing this, a mere month after receiving my PSAT scores, I have gotten over 100 of you. Awesome! Wow! How unbelievably exciting. Unfortunately, it’s as difficult to relay sarcasm in straight text as it is for me to have any interest in you. College ...

Is Moving Midterms Practical?

Is Moving Midterms Practical?

Mark Ferguson, Staff Writer
February 3, 2016 • 15 views
Filed under Opinion, Showcase, Uncategorized

“Exams suck. So why make them ruin winter break?” said Jack Lesemann, a freshman who has been avidly supporting moving exams since he joined Western in 2015. The timing of midterms has caused commotion as a majority of students crave a change to the current exam dates. Some want to keep the st...