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Analysis: Texas’ School Finance Problem in One Pesky Chart

Analysis: Texas’ School Finance Problem in One Pesky Chart

By Ross Ramsey

October 10, 2018


Filed under Community & World

There is a chart on page 205 of the newest edition of a wonky and essential Texas government publication called “Fiscal Size-Up: 2018-19 Biennium.” You might not be running to look it up — only a particular order of nerds do that — but these numbers from the Legislative Budget Board are going...

New Sergeant Joins AFJROTC Faculty

New Sergeant Joins AFJROTC Faculty

By Ian Drerup, Reporter

October 10, 2018


Filed under Spotlight

Senior Master Sergeant Walter Hodges began his first year teaching AFJROTC this August after retiring from being a drill sergeant in the US Air Force. “I wanted to impact the lives of young people and help them,” Sergeant Hodges said. In AFJROTC, Sergeant Hodges teaches leadership educati...

Bill Cosby Imprisoned for Sexual Assault

Bill Cosby Imprisoned for Sexual Assault

By Sara Momin, Assistant News Editor

October 4, 2018


Filed under Community & World, Uncategorized

“America’s dad” turned convicted sex-offender, Bill Cosby, is now in prison. After more than a dozen women came forward with statements that he had sexually assaulted them throughout his successful career, he was put on trial. After five months of jury deliberation, he was found guilty. However, e...

Students Volunteer at Race for the Cure

Students Volunteer at Race for the Cure

By Nuha Momin, Index Manager

October 3, 2018


Filed under Campus, Showcase

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, an annual 5K marathon, took place on Sunday, Sept. 30, in order to raise awareness for those with breast cancer. By participating and donating to the organization, community members can help fund breast cancer research.  The SunDancers, Warrior Pride, and c...

Speech and Debate Participates in Westlake/Chaparral Tournament

Speech and Debate Participates in Westlake/Chaparral Tournament

By Bernice Chen, Reporter

October 3, 2018


Filed under Campus

Chaparral Star Academy Tournament Novice Extemporaneous Speaking 1st Place: Aman Tewari 5th Place: Yunhan Xu Semi-Finalists: Sneha Bhale Arjun Raman Nikhil Reddy Hrushikesh Saranu Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking Semi-Finalists: Clementine Larrouilh Pranav Srinivasan Max Wolf Foreign...

First “Voting Pep Rally” in the State Takes Place at Westwood

First “Voting Pep Rally” in the State Takes Place at Westwood

By Connor Cowman, Community & World Editor

October 2, 2018


Filed under Campus

On Monday, Oct. 1, seniors were summoned to the Field House to listen to a presentation regarding the importance of voting. This event, which was the first of its kind in Texas, included speakers such as City of Austin Council Member Jimmy Flannigan. Seniors were taught not only why they should vote a...

Judge Brett Kavanaugh Approved for General Senate Vote

Judge Brett Kavanaugh Approved for General Senate Vote

By Sara Momin, Assistant News Editor

October 1, 2018


Filed under Community & World

With an 11-10 decision, Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination has been voted through to the Senate. After three days of a televised trial, and repeated examination of Kavanaugh's young adult life, when he is alleged of sexually assaulting multiple women, the Senate committee reviewing his case has pushed the...

Students and Faculty Build School Spirit at Second Pep Rally

Students and Faculty Build School Spirit at Second Pep Rally

By Anouka Saha, Reporter

September 29, 2018


Filed under Campus, Showcase, Video

Students of all grade levels gathered in the gym on Sept. 28 for a pep rally. The pep rally was very spirited and exciting, with lots of dancing and representatives talking about the various groups they were in. One thing that made this pep rally stand out from all the rest were teachers from vari...

New Cher-Gl Counselor Joins Westwood Faculty

New Cher-Gl Counselor Joins Westwood Faculty

By Anna Chuo, Morale Officer

September 28, 2018


Filed under Spotlight

Ms. Susan Foster joined the staff as the counselor for Cher-Gl this year. She moved from Charlotte, North Carolina late last summer to be closer to her mother, spending last year as a behavior interventionist while she waited for a high school position to open. For the past few weeks, Ms. Foster has ...

Childish Gambino Cancels ACL Performance

Childish Gambino Cancels ACL Performance

By Connor Cowman, Community & World Editor

September 28, 2018


Filed under Community & World

On Sept. 25, 2018, less than two weeks before the beginning of Austin City Limits Festival, Donald Glover cancelled his performances at the festival. He was set to perform on the Sundays of weekends one and two. This was due to an injury Glover, known by his stage name Childish Gambino, suffered whil...

Student Council Hosts Day to Dress Up as Memes

Student Council Hosts Day to Dress Up as Memes

By Katie Chung, Catherine Wiesehuegel, Ian Drerup, and Bernice Chen

September 26, 2018


Filed under Campus, Showcase, Video

Students had the opportunity to dress up as their favorite memes on Wednesday, Sept. 26. Wednesday was one of five dress-up days hosted by Student Council in support of the Battle For the Bell, a popular rivalry with Round Rock High School. ...

Luis Rodriguez Tamayo ’18 Killed in Drive-by Shooting, Police Say

Luis Rodriguez Tamayo ’18 Killed in Drive-by Shooting, Police Say

By Emily Lu and Lizzie Deal

September 26, 2018


Filed under Campus

Former student Luis Rodriguez Tamayo ‘18 was tragically shot and killed early Sunday morning in what appeared to be a drive-by shooting. Tamayo was sitting with his friends at Paris Hookah Lounge in north Austin when a bullet struck him in the head from outside the building. Two others inside were also hit...