The Western Hemisphere

The Great Debate: Bigfoot vs. The Chupacabra

The Great Debate: Bigfoot vs. The Chupacabra

Amalia Garcia-Pretelt and Sam Lesemann

January 9, 2015


Filed under Opinion

Bigger is Better by Sam Lesemann First of all, what even is a chupacabra? I have no idea. The only thing I know about chupacabras is from Scooby doo, because I think they did something on chupacabras one time maybe? I can’t remember. Anyway, no one knows what a chupacabra is. Bigfoot, on the ...

The Terror of Time

The Terror of Time

Abby Wheat, Opinion Editor

January 7, 2015


Filed under Opinion

The standardized testing season is upon us. Students are memorizing vocabulary flashcards, reading passages about random topics, and honing their math skills in a frenzy. This is understandable, and we all know the anxiety that is induced by timed-testing. Sweaty palms, that weird tight feeling in your...

But am I a Warrior?

But am I a Warrior?

Ian McKechnie, Latitudes Editor

October 17, 2014


Filed under Opinion

Before I begin; pride in one’s accomplishments and a desire to constantly better one’s self are undoubtedly natural and positive qualities. Tangible results, physical realizations of hard work and talent can serve as unequivocal validations of invested time, effort, and resources. It feels good to...

Sadie Hawkins: Are We Really Progressing?

Sadie Hawkins: Are We Really Progressing?

Olivia Gallmeyer, Staff Writer

October 17, 2014


Filed under Opinion, Spirit Week 2014

October has come,  and the Western halls are buzzing with murmurs of the universally loved celebration of crazy costumes and class pride we know as Spirit Week. However, this year the homecoming dance closing out the event has a bit of a controversial twist. Known as a Sadie Hawkins dance, this dance...

Fantasy Gone Awry

Fantasy Gone Awry

Sam Lesemann and Abby Wheat

September 24, 2014


Filed under Opinion

ABBY’S TAKE As I lay awake in my bed begging for sleep, one question bounces back and forth across the walls of my brain with a burning intensity: why won’t Sam let me join his fantasy football league? I’ve pondered this for hours. In what ways am I inadequate? Do I lack the necessary knowle...

One to None

One to None

Sam Lesemann and Amalia Garcia-Pretelt, Staff Writers

June 4, 2014


Filed under Opinion

Do me a favor. Put the paper down, and count the number of chairs in the room you’re reading this in. Done? Now count the number of outlets. Probably around four, compared to twenty to thirty desks? Now picture that, for every desk, there’s a laptop that needs to be charged. Now imagine the pure chaos w...

A Laptop For Every Freshman, Pros of the 1:1 Initiative

Abby Wheat and Zach Mandell

June 4, 2014


Filed under Opinion

When discussing education policy, it is important to consider that the world is a rapidly changing place. Thanks to Al Gore’s invention of the internet, the world of knowledge is at our fingertips, and because of it the classroom dynamic is changing. I will go on the record and say I’m not a fan...

Don’t Make Everything Pink

Don’t Make Everything Pink

Abby Wheat, Staff Writer

April 25, 2014


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

As a high school junior interested in engineering, I am bombarded with emails and letters asking me to consider various STEM programs simply because I am female. Obviously, I am glad that so many colleges that are looking to increase the number of women enrolled in science and math related majors. However,...

In Defense of Miley Cyrus

Abby Wheat, Staff Writer

December 13, 2013


Filed under Opinion

I don’t know what I was expecting when I decided to watch Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” video for the first time, but a lack of revulsion certainly was not it. As I watched her naked body swing back and forth on, you guessed it, a wrecking ball, I was more surprised than disgusted. This experie...

A Rant on Class Rank

A Rant on Class Rank

Zach Mandell

October 27, 2013


Filed under Opinion

Walking on the Corner a few weeks ago, next to the campus of the University of Virginia, I overheard a very memorable conversation between two young gentleman that I presumed were students at Mr. Jefferson’s University. In the particularly incisive tidbit that I caught, the one guy said to his frien...

Spirit Skits 2013: Do they really improve spirit?

Patrick Andrews, Editor-in-Chief

October 11, 2013


Filed under Opinion, Spirit Week 2013

Something this year struck me about the Spirit Week skits. It may have been because I was in one for the first time or because I just happened to notice it more clearly, but the skits don’t improve school spirit for all people. The skits tend to make fun of the grades above and below them - that’s...