The Western Hemisphere

Kavanaugh: I’m Disappointed, But Not Surprised

Kavanaugh: I’m Disappointed, But Not Surprised

Grace Berigan, A&E Editor

November 1, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

After a few infuriating weeks, Brett Kavanaugh, an accused sexual abuser, has been appointed to one of the most important positions in the country: The Supreme Court. This is yet another example of how the current administration does not respect women. The United States is undergoing tremendous social...

Parking? I’ll pass…

Parking? I’ll pass…

Jessica Klees, Editor-in-Chief

November 1, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Parking this year has been extremely frustrating -- for me, and for the rest of the school. This year’s school changes, such as getting rid of part of the staff parking lot and population growth, have made parking very difficult. As a senior, I need to arrive at WAHS at least 30 minutes early to...

Freedom of Speech: On and Off the Field

Freedom of Speech: On and Off the Field

Sophie O'Donnell, Social Media Editor

October 9, 2018


Filed under Opinion

The release of Nike’s ad featuring Colin Kaepernick has caused a variety of different reactions. Some people have highly criticized Nike for producing the ad. The ad rekindled disapproval surrounding Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during “The Star-Spangled Banner” during NFL games back in 2016. ...

Opinion: Don’t Appoint Kavanaugh!

Opinion: Don’t Appoint Kavanaugh!

Grace Berigan, A&E Editor

October 4, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump’s nominee for the vacant Supreme Court position, has sparked tremendous controversy. Kavanaugh's appointment to the Supreme Court is one of the worst things that could happen to the American people right now, for both his outdated politics and his alleged sexual assaults...

Don’t Shoot Down Gun Control

Grace Berigan, Opinion Editor

April 27, 2018


Filed under Opinion

It’s become clear in these past few weeks that gun reform is the only sane response to the Florida shooting. Since then, another school shooting has taken place in Maryland- an attack that would be preventable through gun control laws. I don’t see the purpose for guns in a civilized society. If you...

Promposals: Cute or Coercive?

Promposals: Cute or Coercive?

Olivia Gallmeyer, Editor-in-Chief

March 30, 2018


Filed under Opinion

‘Tis the season for roses, posters, and terrible puns: prom is coming up in a few short weeks, and the promposals are in full swing. It seems like these romantic gestures have become more common, more elaborate, and more expensive every year- they’re even more dramatic than actual proposals at this p...

Shhhould the Silent Study Hall Become Permanent?

Shhhould the Silent Study Hall Become Permanent?

Talley Johnston, Editor in Chief

January 19, 2018


Filed under Features, Opinion, Showcase

The stereotype of a high school library is dark, dusty, dead silent room staffed with librarians who are always “shhhhh”ing students if they even breathe. However, the library at Western is the opposite.  It has skylights, people are walking through, you can eat, and you do not have to be quiet...

A Pocketful of Cuteness: Animal Crossing Pocket Camp

A Pocketful of Cuteness: Animal Crossing Pocket Camp

Olivia Gallmeyer, Editor-in-Chief

January 10, 2018


Filed under Opinion

My remaining college deadlines are looming. The spring musical is about to start. The due date for that AP Lit essay is fast approaching. And yet, I don’t care about any of these things. In truth, almost everything in life has stopped having any significance to me. The only thing I care about now? Animal Cros...

A PSA On PDA

A PSA On PDA

Franny Noll, Assistant Student Life Editor

November 4, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Dear Students, “Students should show self-respect and a sense of self-pride and refrain from inappropriate physical displays of affection. Excessive PDA will result in disciplinary action.” This excerpt from page 33 in the WAHS student handbook says it all. It is explicitly stated that under...

Alt-Right Isn’t Alright

Alt-Right Isn’t Alright

Grace Berigan, Opinions Editor

November 4, 2017


Filed under Opinion

The Unite the Right rally took place in Emancipation Park on August 12th and ended in the death of a counter-protester and intensified the division of our country. Having gone to Charlottesville on that day to counter-protest, I witnessed first-hand the aggressive and brutish nature of the Alt-Right...

Too Juul for School?

Too Juul for School?

Caroline Lund, Staff Writer

November 3, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Just so everyone knows, juuling in the bathroom is not at all discrete. Three people in one stall is a dead giveaway that something’s up, and no one thinks you’re in there sharing secrets. I know tons of people who juul, and I’m sure you do, too. In fact, I hear people asking for “more ...

Powderpuff Problems

Powderpuff Problems

Talley Johnston and Caroline Lund

November 3, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Powderpuff is the same every year. The same girls sign up, make a big deal about it, and it’s pretty much a given that the seniors will win. But why do we see the same girls on the field every single year? The girls who think they deserve to be on the team regardless of how good they are. It’s as...