The Western Hemisphere

Lime vs. Bird: An E-Scooter Review

Lime vs. Bird: An E-Scooter Review

August Lamb and William Lambert

April 18, 2019

Hallelujah, it’s raining… electric scooters??? It seems as though they appeared overnight just a few months ago, and in fact, they did! The City of Charlottesville approved a dockless scooter and e-bike pilot program on December 7th, 2018, and the following morning, one hundred electric-powered scoo...

Mammal of the Month: The Echidna

Mammal of the Month: The Echidna

William Peritz, News Editor

April 9, 2019

If you’ve been following Mammal of the Month for a while, you may be wondering - where’s the platypus? I mean, at this point in the series they have to talk about it eventually, right? What a cool and interesting mammal it is, where can I find the platypus feature? Well as it turns out… that...

Under Official Review: The Ads of Super Bowl LIII

Under Official Review: The Ads of Super Bowl LIII

August Lamb, Editor-in-Chief

February 5, 2019

Welcome back, dear readers, to the fourth installment of Under Official Review, your one stop shop for the best ads aired during the biggest sporting event of the year! This year’s Super Bowl was actually Super Boring and Super Disappointing. I’m not here to hate on the Pats, but this was the lowest ...

Staff Celebrates No-Shave November

Staff Celebrates No-Shave November

Sidney Jackson, Managing Editor

December 18, 2018

No-shave November, sometimes known as 'Movember', is a month-long event in which men surrender their razors and let their hair flow freely. Though many guys see this event  as a friendly competition with buddies to see who can grow the longest or bushiest beards, the real reason behind No-shave N...

Mammal of the Month: Pangolin

Mammal of the Month: Pangolin

William Peritz, News Editor

October 25, 2018

Well here we are, two years later. Everyone’s favorite mammal-appreciation series returns for its third season, which means, fun fact: it’s older that the shelf life of canned applesauce. It’s true. For anyone new here, every issue Mammal of the Month provides information about the most underrated...

Mammal of the Month: Porcupine

Mammal of the Month: Porcupine

William Peritz, Latitudes Editor

November 3, 2017

Welcome to the running series known as Mammal of the Month, returning for a second of many years to the Western Hemisphere. Once per issue, we’ll take a journey deep into the mammalian world, focusing on one creature at a time. Volume II, Issue I, let’s begin with the Porcupine. When it comes...

Teacher’s Pets

Teacher’s Pets

William Peritz, Staff Writer

May 11, 2017

Fenway has a tight schedule, and it will be respected. He needs a walk at precisely 6 a.m., by none other than his owner, Lynn Define. Define wakes up every morning with plenty of time to walk Fenway, her dog, and still make it to school. The dog then does whatever it is that he does until 8 pm on the...

Mammal Of The Month: May 2017

Mammal Of The Month: May 2017

William Peritz, Staff Writer

May 4, 2017

The main goal here at the Mammal of the Month writer’s desk is to shine a light into all corners of the mammal community and improve the reputation of the most underrated. On this note, get ready to learn all about bats and how great these creatures really are. First off, bats are huge. Not in size,...

Mammal Of The Month: Wombats

Mammal Of The Month: Wombats

William Peritz, Staff Writer

March 24, 2017

Australia gets all the coolest animals. Emus, kangaroos, koalas, tasmanian tigers, blobfish, platypus, and, most importantly, wombats. Wombats are short, kinda fat little marsupials that live in groups called wisdoms, mobs, or colonies. They have many interesting features and uses, as well as some downsides,...

Which Desktop Item Are You?

Which Desktop Item Are You?

Matt Mandell, Latitudes Editor

March 18, 2017

Paperclip- Do you have trust issues? Can’t sustain a relationship and easily impressionable? You’re definitely a paperclip. You feel used and manipulated by the other desktop items...especially paperclip magnets. Stapler- Known for your intuition, empathy, and listening skills. Your friends se...

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

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 ...

Mammal of the Month: Walrus

Mammal of the Month: Walrus

William Peritz, Staff Writer

January 24, 2017

The walrus is truly a majestic creature. They are extremely fat, complete with mustaches and of course, the iconic giant tusks. The Arctic natives put all of these qualities to good use in their frigid habitat. A walrus’s tusks might be the best and most useful part about them. They have a variety...