The Western Hemisphere

What is Life Like Without Social Media?

What is Life Like Without Social Media?

Brian O'Dea, Managing Editor May 5, 2021

Speaking from experience, social media is an addiction, and from my observations, it has most of my peers hooked. Odds are if you use social media once, you also use it a lot. Not even accounting for age,...

“One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between man and nature should not be broken.”

How to Participate in Earth Day 2021

Marja-Helena Barrett, Staff Writer April 20, 2021

The first Earth Day took place on April 22, 1970, after people became increasingly more aware of environmental concerns and their effect on human health due to the publication of Rachel Carson’s Silent...

There's No Place Like Home

There’s No Place Like Home

Julianne Kirby, Editor-in-Chief March 13, 2020

My childhood lines up with the history of Crozet’s Master plan and population “boom”-- my family moved into a new house in a small development in 2002. Since, I’ve watched the woods behind my house...

Not the Time to Draw the Line

Jack Tueting , Staff Writer March 11, 2020

In 2010, Republicans nationwide were swept into power. Anti-Obama sentiment was high, the Tea Party had peaked and Democrats who traditionally voted stayed home for the midterms. As a result, the House...

Deteriorating Track Poses Risk To Athletes

Deteriorating Track Poses Risk To Athletes

Will DeSimone, Staff Writer March 9, 2020

The track at Western is in a rough state. After years of use from not just the students, but hundreds of different people, the track is slowly degrading.  “The track needs to be resurfaced more than...

Does Registering Early for AP Tests Lead to Higher Scores?

Does Registering Early for AP Tests Lead to Higher Scores?

Abigail Connelly, News Editor March 9, 2020

A decision in 2018 by the College Board to require early downpayment for AP exams has led to much frustration for high school students and administrators alike. In the 2017-2018 school year, the College...

Don't Ask Me About College!

Don’t Ask Me About College!

Grace Berigan, Editor in Chief December 18, 2019

The questions began as early as my freshman year. Since then, they’ve only gotten worse. It’s the dreaded go-to of nosy adults everywhere: “So where are you going to college?” The truthful response...

Rival e-scooters Lime (left) and Bird (right) parked in Charlottesville's Court Square.

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...

Editorial: More Than Just a Number

April 16, 2019

With college at the forefront of many high schoolers’ minds, it’s not surprising that students want to maximize their scores on everything—including their GPAs. Sometimes, though, getting the highest...

Graphic by Julianne Kirby

Opinion: Let’s Not Repeat 2016

Grace Berigan, A&E Editor April 9, 2019

The month-long government shutdown, Trump’s most recent presidential address, and his blossoming friendship with dictator Kim Jong Un have had me looking forward with a sense of desperation to the 2020...

Revolutionary Science: Gene Modifications

Revolutionary Science: Gene Modifications

Michal Kipnis, Staff Writer February 7, 2019

In recent years, CRISPR, a gene editing technology that can make specific changes to the DNA of plants and animals, has grown into a technology that allows for absolute precision in the process of changing...

Thinking Outside the Gym

Thinking Outside the Gym

Rachel Schweitzer, Staff Writer February 7, 2019

Western Albemarle has worked to expand our athletic resources, including the construction of an auxiliary gym, but this is not enough to provide for all teams. “Having the two gyms is really helpful,”...