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Class of 2012 Graduation

June 17, 2012

Beginning at 1 o'clock on Saturday, June ninth, nearly 250 people graduated from Wauwatosa West High School, ending four years at the school. The ceremony was begun with the singing of the national anthem, performed by Erin Murphy, as well as speeches by Katie Adams, district superintendent Dr. Phil Ertl, and Waj Ali, respectively. Sally MacGillis, mother of graduate Elle MacGillis, said that sh...

Prom: A Bit of History

May 18, 2012

Upperclassmen, it is time. Prepare to ready yourselves for an age-old tradition, an all-American coming of age story unlike any other: prom. Throughout the past one hundred years, prom, short for “promenade,” has taken on certain epic proportions in the minds of burgeoning adults. Whether it deserves such importance is still a matter of debate. Prom, as an entity, evolved from the high-class...

Movies Guaranteed to Get Your Heart Racing

February 14, 2012

It's time for Valentine's! Love is in the air, and trite cliches are flying left and right. Now is the perfect moment for every horror movie fan to go back to the classic collections, and pull out some titles that will make your heart fly right our of your chest. Deep Red (profundo rosso) Deep Red (or Profundo Rosso), is a great example of Italian film done on the cheap. For those unfamiliar with...

The Ultimate Debate

November 15, 2011

I want some comments. My readers must not be part of the facebook generation: they feel no urge to splatter their opinions over the internet. As part of an ongoing effort to incite debate, I have decided to tackle a controversial topic this week. Which one is cuter: kittens or puppies? I hear your gasps. Yes, this is an incendiary topic, but one that every great writer must tackle in their lifetime....

Poetry Pleasures

October 26, 2011

It's poetry time! 4th Hour (a poem for study hall)   The floor is slightly sticky, A song stuck in your head, The vending machines are tricky, the change return is dead,   The muse's song is over, inspiration is for naught, the honey and the clover, are not found in what’s taught,   The page is white, the mind obscene, the sentence not quite right, the gift of every study hall ...

A Tale Told by an Idiot

October 7, 2011

Friends, fellows, followers: lend me you ears. I come to you a liberated woman, let loose upon the internet. Mine is a tiny voice, adrift upon vast waves of pointless pontificating. The sea of the internet is great, and all I can hope to do is cling hopelessly to the flotsam of our beloved West Side Stories website. Thus I must thank you for staring blankly at the letters on this screen. Though not writte...

We Need to Talk

January 15, 2011

Crumpled bits of paper flew through the air, littering the hallway with student opin­ions. It was nearing the end of homeroom, and Señor Espar­za’s class was just finishing an in-class activity on bullying. Heading back to the classroom, the students prepared to read each other’s papers. Each held an anonymous opinion about bullying at Wauwatosa West. Comments ranged from why kids are bullied,...

Soda and Cancer

August 18, 2010

John Meute was only forty four when he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. “I had been in pain for quite some time,” says Muete, now 45, “a tumor had collapsed the main bile duct of my pancreas”. Obese for much of his life, Muete was the classic victim of this deadly disease. Studies by the American Cancer Society show excess body fat can increase risk of pancreatic cancer as much as 33%....

Tosa West Student News
Natalie Mullins