The Western Hemisphere

Checking it out: Wegmans

Checking it out: Wegmans

August Lamb, Web Editor

December 16, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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...

Where’s Our Arts Academy?

Where’s Our Arts Academy?

Olivia Gallmeyer, Opinion Editor

January 20, 2016

As a school district, we’re lucky to have several alternative programs to traditional education and coursework. Each high school has their own respective academy where students learn information specialized to a career field, with more hands-on learning and in-depth experiences. We’ve got Albema...

The Fall of Facebook: The decline of the social media giant pressures student leaders to transition to different platforms

The Fall of Facebook: The decline of the social media giant pressures student leaders to transition to different platforms

Lauren Kearns, Editor in Chief

January 11, 2016

It’s not exactly a secret that Facebook, which was widely regarded as THE social media for years, is on a decline among teenagers. With so many appealing alternatives such as Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat, an aging user base caused by our parents, parent’s friends, and parent’s parents, and a l...

Mockingjay Part 2: Doesn’t Soar To Meet Expectations

Mockingjay Part 2: Doesn’t Soar To Meet Expectations

Morgan Broadus, Photo Editor

January 11, 2016

On November 16th, 2015, ‘The Hunger Games’ series came to a much-anticipated end after the fourth and final film, ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part Two’, hit theaters all around the world. After instantly claiming the number one spot in the box office, earning about $523.9 million within the...

Bubble Tea: Is It Too Hard to Swallow?

Bubble Tea: Is It Too Hard to Swallow?

Olivia Gallmeyer

December 7, 2015

The thing about bubble tea that may give it a bad rep is that not many people understand how it works. There are several distinct types of bubble tea; the majority have a black or green tea base with milk and/or fruit flavoring added to it. However, most American bubble tea vendors sell the drink with...