The Western Hemisphere

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

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...

A Sticker Trend that is Not Peeling Away

A Sticker Trend that is Not Peeling Away

Madeleine Andrews, Editor in Chief

October 30, 2017


Filed under Opinion

This sticky trend is covering all surfaces of students’ lives… literally. The origin of this social statement was born on the bumpers of our cars. Now, stickers are popularly slapped onto our water bottles and lovely Lenovo laptops. When I first saw a sticker on a Nalgene I was confused and thought...

The Pledge of Allegiance: An American Tradition?

India Mawn and Mia Jevack

May 11, 2017


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


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


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


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


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...