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Surprise Mexican Folk Dance Performance

Surprise Mexican Folk Dance Performance

September 19, 2014

In a flurry of bright colors and elaborate costumes, students from Stony Point High School and Round Rock High School performed folklórico, or Mexican folk dance, on the stage of the cafetorium during all ...

If I Stay: Better Book or Movie?

If I Stay: Better Book or Movie?

September 17, 2014

As an avid movie watcher and an even more avid reader, I was thrilled to hear that they were making a movie adaptation of If I Stay by Gayle Forman and directed by R.J. Cutler, but apprehensive as to how they would transform such a rich book into a movie. While there were mix...

Band Marches into Fall

Band Marches into Fall

August 26, 2014

Summer ended early for band students this year. On July 31, members of the marching band returned to school. For the following 3 weeks, they spent countless hours practicing their marching routine for the upcoming year. Read More »...

Divergent: A Better Book or Movie?

By Shreya Dasari, Editor in Chief

April 10, 2014

Wow. That might be the only way to describe the newly-released Divergent movie. While reviews of the movie have stayed on the lower side, most fans of the book series absolutely loved the movie, myself included. It had its ups and downs, but was a great movie nevertheless. One of the most notable differences between the book and movie was the absence of a pivotal character, Uriah, from the movie. Fans created quite the upr...

A Wonderful Check-in at The Grand Budapest Hotel

A Wonderful Check-in at The Grand Budapest Hotel

April 2, 2014

Wes Anderson has a repertoire of unique films, some of which demand an acquired taste. The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom, and Fantastic Mr. Fox are some of Anderson’s better known works. Anderson’s films are whimsical and quick, but not w...

Endless Love, Not Your Average Chick-Flick

By Shreya Dasari, Editor in Chief

February 14, 2014

Endless Love, starring Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde, is set to release on Friday, February 14. The movie is a remake of the 1981 film starring Brooke Shields and Martin Hewitt. Although the remake features the same characters, the plot line and rating have drastically changed. A movie that was previously rated R for sexual content has been toned down to PG-13. Endless Love is being considered this year's most greatly-ant...

An Absolutely Awesome Read

By Lanie Catuogno

January 21, 2014

By Rohini Kumar, Journalism 1 The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is young adult novel written by Sherman Alexie. It is the story of Junior, a teen who lives on the Spokane Indian Reservation. On the ‘rez,’ he is surrounded by alcoholism, abuse and poverty. Junior wants a better education for himself and decides to transfer to Reardan High School, in an all-white town. This heart-warming novel portrays Jun...

A ‘Legendary’ New Dystopian Series

By Lanie Catuogno

January 17, 2014

By Emily Chang, Journalism 1 Legend by Marie Lu is the first installment of a new dystopian series. Amidst other big hits like,  The Hunger Games and Divergent, Legend is a breath of fresh air. Marie Lu crafts an unprecedented story and takes many risks to create a plot that stands out. In the future western United States, now called the Republic, two stories are told from two different perspectives-- Day, born in the slum...

Book Club Begins with ‘Thief’

By Shreya Dasari, Editor in Chief

November 8, 2013

Westwood’s newest club, Book Club, met for the first time on Wednesday, October 30. Together, the members of the club decided to begin by reading The Book Thief.  Sophomore Marwa Gujarathi, president of the club,  strongly encourages anyone with a passion for reading to join. She started the club as a way for students of all grades to come together and discuss their favorite books.Book club will also provide help with Eng...

Characters, Issues Grow Up With Riordan’s Readers

By Lanie Catuogno

November 6, 2013

BY EMILY CHANG, JOURNALISM 1Books transport the reader into an entirely different world. Most books make a good name because of their authors; the authors find a way to manipulate words into images and sentences into movies. Several books have made the headlines, including books such as the Harry Potter series or The Hunger Games series. Readers are always itching for the next book in the series, and recently, Rick Riorda...

Boycotting “Ender’s Game”

By Mackenzie Farkus, Editor in Chief

November 4, 2013

  November 1, the movie Ender’s Game opened in theaters across the nation. Fans of the book of the same name by author Orson Scott Card and have been eagerly awaiting it, although many are calling to boycott the film.   So, what’s all the controversy about?   Orson Scott Card has loudly opposed gay marriage.  In an essay published in 2008, Card declared that any government that would even attempt to recognize same-s...

‘The 39 Steps’ to Come to the New Black Box Theatre

By Mackenzie Farkus, Editor in Chief

October 25, 2013

The murder of a female spy. A foreigner afraid of being accused of the aforementioned killing. And...comedy? The 39 Steps, coming to the new Black Box Theatre on October 24-26 at 7 pm, is just that. Originally a novel by author John Buchan, then a 1935 film by famous horror/thriller director Alfred Hitchcock, the play entails a Canadian visitor in London who gets accused of murdering a female spy. The play, which was orig...