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Promposals: Cute or Coercive?

Promposals: Cute or Coercive?

March 30, 2018

‘Tis the season for roses, posters, and terrible puns: prom is coming up in a few short weeks, and th...

Shhhould the Silent Study Hall Become Permanent?

Shhhould the Silent Study Hall Become Permanent?

January 19, 2018

The stereotype of a high school library is dark, dusty, dead silent room staffed with librarians who are...

Too Juul for School?

Too Juul for School?

November 3, 2017

Just so everyone knows, juuling in the bathroom is not at all discrete. Three people in one stall is a ...

Powderpuff Problems

Powderpuff Problems

November 3, 2017

Powderpuff is the same every year. The same girls sign up, make a big deal about it, and it’s prett...

A Sticker Trend that is Not Peeling Away

A Sticker Trend that is Not Peeling Away

October 30, 2017

This sticky trend is covering all surfaces of students’ lives… literally. The origin of this social...

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 for all,” when Bellamy...

My Two Cents on Cents

My Two Cents on Cents

January 24, 2017

There are many problems facing America today: how to resolve racial tensions, how to combat the rising rates ...

Midterms: Make a Decision

Midterms: Make a Decision

January 4, 2017

Midterms: A word often associated with stress and all-nighters that occurs in one of the worst weeks...

Dress Code: Worth the Controversy?

Dress Code: Worth the Controversy?

October 27, 2016

Dress code is a phrase that is usually synonymous with sexism and slut shaming, yet here at Western it seem...

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 all it is. Poking fun....