• A Crazy Good Movie

    Friday, September 21, 2018

    Without much to do in the sleepy town of West Lafayette on a Saturday night, the idea of seeing a movie sounded somewhat appealing for once. Thinking of the countless movie trailers I had seen over the past few weeks on TV, one in specific came to mind that sounded particularly interesting; Crazy Rich Asians. The movie […]

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  • Pentatonix Brings the Thunder to Indiana

    Thursday, September 20, 2018

    On Wednesday September 12, Pentatonix fans from all over Indiana were finally able to hear the acappella group’s sweet vocals. The Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center in Noblesville, Indiana, hosted Scott Hoying, Kirstin Maldonado, Mitch Grassi, Kevin Olusola, and Matt Sallee, for the 2018 Pentatonix tour. Matt Sallee is Pentatonix’s newest member who took the […]

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  • New Nurse Rolls Into West Side

    Monday, September 17, 2018

    It’s the middle of the school day and Anna Trautman doesn’t feel well, so  Mrs. Holderly takes her blood pressure and explains everything. In the end Anna was okay and got to return to class pain free. New nurse Mrs. Holderly has wanted to be a nurse since she was a young girl. When she was […]

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  • NEW BAND DIRECTOR MARCHES INTO RED DEVIL CAREER

    Monday, September 17, 2018

    Marine veteran and experienced band director Cory Chapman takes on teaching at West Side. As a high school student, Chapman played percussion in his school’s band, which made him want to pursue a career in band. “Music has an ability to reach everybody at a certain level and I want to be able to share […]

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  • Over the Learning Curve

    Monday, September 17, 2018

    Ms. Windler will overcome the new challenge of working with older students this school year Though the Happy Hollow Elementary school library may seem similar to the one at West Lafayette Jr./Sr High school, the students at the high school will be keeping Ms. Windler busy in the 2018-2019 school year.   The new librarian, […]

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Nov
16

Catwalk to Class: Rachel Weise

  RACHEL WIESE BRINGS BIG CITY STYLE TO SCHOOL. Runway shows, magazines, and mannequins often feature  styles that are hard to translate into the real world.  Very few people can actually make these trends work in a daily, budget-friendly, school-appropriate wardrobe.  Rachel Wiese makes this feat look easy. Rachel describes her style as girly, chic, […]

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Nov
16

PDA is not A-OK

We’re sure that during every West Side student’s career, a conversation, a visit to a locker, or even a class period has been interrupted by the terror formally known as PDA. PDA, or a Public Display of Affection, is the excessive expression of affection in a public place, such as: making out, gazing longingly into […]

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Nov
16

Are convocations really effective?

  Every time we have a convocation at West Side, follows the same general pattern: adults talk for a couple hours while the students zone out. They talk, we listen, or at least pretend to. The most recent convocation was for Red Ribbon Week, on Wednesday October 26.  There were two convocations, split for grades […]

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Nov
16

Dating For Dumbos: The Three Date Rule

  There is no law in the universe that states that when you go on a date with a girl, she is automatically your girlfriend. You have to make it official, but before you do this, you must follow what I like to call The Three Date Rule.  I have to confess that this rule […]

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Nov
16

Seriously speaking

Seriously Speaking 1) “To get to Thanksgiving dinner.” – Seungtae Lee: Freshman 2)   “To make dinner.” – Marisa Whitaker: Sophomore 3)    “To meet Anderson Cooper.” – Lucy Gotwals: Junior 4)      “They don’t drive.” – Manahil Abdelsalam: Senior 5)    “Hunting was illegal on the other side.”: Mr. Ohlhaut: Teacher

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Nov
16

David Afolabi is awesomely skilled

“It’s awesome!” David Afolabi used this signature phrase to describe almost all aspects of his life–from his unique sense of humor to his love of technology. David is known throughout the school for his style of dress.  “I love sweater vests and collared shirts,” he explains.  He says it’s more comfortable and easier to dress […]

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Nov
16

Gotta get down on Black Friday

For most, Thanksgiving means a delicious meal filled with family and fun, usually followed by a food-induced coma.  For some, however, the Thanksgiving meal is just fuel for the main event of the weekend: Black Friday.Black Friday is the culminating event of weeks of advertising on the part of the retail world, and days of […]

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Nov
16

A fish out of water: Featured athlete Kaitlin La Plant

  In junior high and freshman P.E., each class is required to spend a unit swimming. Many complain: the water is too cold, changing is awkward, swimming is too hard. On the flip side, there are always those kids who feel comfortable in the water, and dive right in like they were born with flippers […]

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Nov
16

The game is on!

     Video games are popular among West Side students.      Call of Duty. Half Life 2. Battlefield 3. What do all these things have in common? They are all first-person shooter video games and they all take up most of West Side’s male (and some female) population’s time. But why are these games and those […]

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Nov
16

John vs. John

Incumbent John Dennis defeats John Polles in the West Lafayette mayoral race. Republican incumbent John Dennis won the West Lafayette mayoral race last week in a landslide victory, capturing over 70 percent of the vote. The voter turnout, however, was startlingly low–only 11,816 out of 45,067 registered voters (that’s 26.2%) showed up at the polls […]

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Nov
16

West Lafayette’s Get’cha head in the game: girls’ basketball team prepares for the coming season.

  Kayla Jones perfecting her free throw during practice. By Abby Bien Dribble.Shoot.Swish. Coming off of a tough loss in the first round in sectionals last year, the girls’ basketball team is practicing hard to make sure that does not happen again. With more conditioning added to practices, the team’s goal according to junior Kayla […]

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Nov
16

Where are the waving flags?

By Abby Bien Last year, before the junior high lockers were moved and replaced with the commons area, rows and rows of flags from different countries were displayed on the ceiling. Recently, many students have noticed their absence and were curious if and when they are coming back.   When the flags were added around […]

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Nov
16

What does Thanksgiving say about you?

1. Thanksgiving is a holiday because… A) NO SCHOOL B) So we have an excuse to eat, A LOT C) To give thanks…? D) A reason to hunt turkeys in massive numbers 2. Why did the Native Americans help the Pilgrims? A)They were having an off day B) I don’t know, it’s not like I […]

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Nov
16

Hidden Gems

     Buy The Book      In April of 2011 Borders bookstore officially closed its doors – leaving a large gap in the book selling business in West Lafayette. To solve this problem, independent book stores have been popping up left and right. Most notable is Buy the Book; an independently-owned book store in Lafayette.       […]

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Nov
16

Who am I???

– I was born on July 6, 1965.   – I grew up in Kokomo, Indiana and have two younger sisters.   – I attended Purdue University and majored in education, but also considered a career in engineering.   – I have been teaching for 25 years.   – In my spare time, I enjoy […]

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Nov
16

Off Campus

 Chauncey’s newest greasy spoon falls flat with mushy mixtures of beans, beef, and broth. If you haven’t heard of Dawson’s School House of Chili, you may be surprised to learn of their business model–all chili entrees. Now, I’m not the biggest chili fan out there, but I like a big steaming bowl every once in […]

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Nov
16

A meatless Thanksgiving

                                              Type “Thanksgiving” into Google Images and you’ll uncover about 24,300,000 results–most of which are turkeys.  It isn’t surprising; after all, the turkey has evolved into the quintessential Thanksgiving trademark.  For the vegans and vegetarians of West Side, though, the turkey […]

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Nov
16

Grace Harvey marches to her own beat

“When she walks into the room, everyone around her smiles. It’s infectious.” This is how band director Mr. Conaway described this year’s drum major, Grace Harvey, who was ecstatic for the opportunity to lead the band this football season.   Grace has always enjoyed band since she began, in fifth grade. She started marching band […]

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Nov
16

Student Survival 101–Common Contagions

By Alyse Allred It’s the holiday season, that special time of year that people start noticing their neighbors again, and attempt giving awkward peace offerings of baked goods before promptly forgetting about them again for another year. The festivities at this time include annual sharing . . . where people hand off their sicknesses to […]

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Nov
16

Strange things are afoot at the pool

  Alyse Allred  Perhaps you’ve seen various AP Chemistry students hanging around the poolside throughout the week, toting briefcases containing odd-shaped lab equipment and mysterious powders. Perhaps you’ve even watched them sampling the water of our resident pool. But you probably haven’t noticed the changes. That’s because there aren’t any. Yet. Give it another year, […]

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