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The invisible wall down First Avenue

The invisible wall down First Avenue

Reporting from Cedar Rapids, Iowa The last time Donald J. Trump made in appearance in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, it was as the Republican nominee for president. He returned to the Double Tree Hilton on June 21 as President of the United States. Outside of the convention...

The age of Adderall

The age of Adderall

All sources in this story have been given aliases, as they chose to remain anonymous. “Who got Addy?” These are the words Roger, a West High athlete, heard minutes before he went out to compete. He recalls how one of his teammates just “popped it open and distributed...

Unsung Heroes: Custodian Daniel Carlos

Unsung Heroes: Custodian Daniel Carlos

The daily effort of scratching out graffiti around the school is something custodian Daniel Carlos is all too familiar with. Although for many, this may seem like a taxing task, but for Carlos, it’s all about mindset. Carlos grew up in Orange Walk, Belize, where he...

Bernie Sanders returns to Iowa City

Bernie Sanders returns to Iowa City

Bernie Sanders made a stop in Iowa City, Iowa on Nov. 4 at College Green Park to campaign for Hillary Clinton. Using the unseasonably warm weather to his advantage, Sanders spoke in length about the importance of climate change. “We assemble together today, on this...

‘Live Like Line’: The movie

‘Live Like Line’: The movie

Around 2,000 miles away from West High School is an exact replica of the West High gym. Complete with banners representing state titles up until 2011, the replica is almost spot-on. The purpose of this gym was not to have a second practice space for the Trojans and...

My message: Let my multicultural family flourish

My message: Let my multicultural family flourish

Dear future president, I'm excited to live in a nation where no one has to hide who they are or what they wish to be. A nation where my multicultural family can flourish and express their traditions, not feel the need to assimilate in order to be accepted. As a...

Covering Trump—as a 16-year-old mixed-race girl

Covering Trump—as a 16-year-old mixed-race girl

“It’s so great to see a young minority woman here!” an older white woman said to me with exuberance at my second Trump rally. As I interviewed 5-year-old girls hiding behind their parents’ legs and men with Confederate flags branded on their arms, I found myself...

Trump takes on Cedar Rapids

Trump takes on Cedar Rapids

The Double Tree Hilton in downtown Cedar Rapids, IA was filled to the brim on Thursday as over 5,000 people crowded the room for a Donald Trump rally. A series of high-profile politicians kicked off the event, including Iowa Governor Terry Branstad. “Help is on the...

Meet this 28-year-old rapper who signs to music

Meet this 28-year-old rapper who signs to music

Matt Maxey is a man who has used YouTube to share his passion for signing to music. Maxey initially began signing to music as a tool to help him learn sign language. "People want to learn, but they don't always want the family friendly, cheesy, slow and informational...

She was strong and her braveness was no mystery

She was strong and her braveness was no mystery

Music is said to connect people in an unspoken way and heal the soul through its expression of emotion and reality. Lexi Williams, a sophomore, knows this healing process all too well. Her story is one of pain and hardship, but most of all it is one of triumph....