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Banned Book Week Returns

Banned Book Week Returns

September 28, 2015

When the Library of Alexandria was destroyed, the world faced such a tremendous loss that the destruction still haunts us today. Even though scholars aren’t entirely sure what caused the Library to fall -- a fire is the most well-known reason, although there may...

Rewriting History: Why the Islamic State Keeps Destroying Ancient Monuments, and What’s Being Done to Stop It.

By Daniel Kang

September 24, 2015

Sometime between Aug. 27 and Aug. 31, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (IS), an extreme Islamic militant group, destroyed a 2000-year-old temple, the Temple of Bel, in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra. The Islamic State’s continued destruction of cultural heritage sites such as this one in their effort to solidify their control over the region has sparked nearly unilateral outrage in the global community. After de...

Westwood Alumni Weigh In on Jefferson Davis Statue Removal

Westwood Alumni Weigh In on Jefferson Davis Statue Removal

September 18, 2015

At the start of the school year, more than 3,000 supporters signed a petition to remove the Jefferson Davis statue from his pedestal outside on the University of Texas at Austin. And on August 30, 2015, they finally got their wish. Many people felt the...

Refugee Crisis Continues to Escalate in Europe

By Haley Haverda, Reporter

September 11, 2015

Recent controversy over the Refugee Crisis in Europe has brought the inhumane conditions to the public. Asylum seekers coming in, mainly from Syria, are refused at a bus stop in Bicske, Hungary because none of the buses would drive to the refugee camps. Even after buying their expensive tickets, some 500 of the refugees and migrants were forced to walk over 110 miles to Austria, to try to find a camp that will take them in. Sadly many camps are full or won’t take any more people in, so the desperate are taking boats to Australia. Prime minister, Tony Abbott, wants n...

Google Announces Self-Driving Car

Google Announces Self-Driving Car

May 22, 2015

On Friday, May 15, the project director of Google’s self-driving cars, Chris Urmson, announced in a blog post that their self driving cars are prepared to be tested on public roads in Mountain View, California. During the ro...

Reactions to Brian Williams Scandal are Overdramatic

Reactions to Brian Williams Scandal are Overdramatic

February 13, 2015

NBC anchor Brian Williams self-imposed a temporary leave of absence after being faced with several allegations regarding the false reporting involving Hurricane Katrina and the war in Iraq. Read More »...

Girl Scouts Begin Cookie Sales

Girl Scouts Begin Cookie Sales

February 5, 2015

Contributions by Shefali Arimilli Girl Scouts of all ages have begun their annual cookie sales, introducing some new flavors such as Rah-Rah Raisin and Gluten Free Toffee-tastics, and bringing back ol...

Students’ Wallets Rejoice In Wake of Low Gas Prices

Students’ Wallets Rejoice In Wake of Low Gas Prices

January 28, 2015

Gas prices around Austin, and in the larger scheme of things, the entire country, have steadily been going down. Regular gas is available for as little as $1.70 per gallon—enabling more students to afford...

Hands Free or Pay the Fee

Hands Free or Pay the Fee

January 12, 2015

As of Jan. 1, all usage of handheld devices, such as cell phones, while operating a vehicle or bicycle has been banned by the city of Austin. Read More »...

Trail of Lights Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Trail of Lights Celebrates 50th Anniversary

December 5, 2014

Starting Dec. 7, a time-honored Austin tradition has its 50th anniversary. The Austin Trail of Lights began in 1965 as a single display of lights, and has grown into a 5 kilometer run in Zilker park. Running...

TEDxYouth@Austin Registration Begins

TEDxYouth@Austin Registration Begins

December 4, 2014

Throughout the world, TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conferences are held as a platform for people to spread their ideas. On Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 at Westlake High School from 1- 6 p.m., speakers from around the country will fly in for the TED...

Chuy’s Christmas Parade Marches Forth

Chuy’s Christmas Parade Marches Forth

November 26, 2014

If you’re free on Nov. 29, the Chuy’s Christmas Parade is a great place to take the whole family. The parade is taking place on Congress Avenue at 11:00 a.m. and ends at E. Cesar Chavez St. after about...