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Stress Awareness Month: Stress-Free Games and Music

By Jasmine Milliger, Let's Talk About Editor

April 29, 2016

April is Stress Awareness Month, and who better to benefit from anxiety reducing tips than Westwood students? Stress is physically and mentally harmful, and it’s a problem that needs to be minimized drastically. When looking up quick, easy solutions for an influx of stress, all Google has to offer...

In the Event of Fallout: The 30th Anniversary of Chernobyl and Why Nuclear Power Isn’t Worth the Risk

In the Event of Fallout: The 30th Anniversary of Chernobyl and Why Nuclear Power Isn’t Worth the Risk

By Mackenzie Farkus, Editor in Chief

April 26, 2016

Thirty years ago on April 26, the worst nuclear power accident in history occurred at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. Radioactive particles permeated the air, forcing approximately 116,000 people to evacuate the 30-kilometer radius surrounding Chernobyl. While 31 deaths are directly tied to Chernobyl, hundreds of...

Stress Awareness Month: School Stress Leads to Dire Health Effects

Stress Awareness Month: School Stress Leads to Dire Health Effects

By Emily Lu, Editor-in-Chief

April 22, 2016

Imminent stress and pressure seem to be two inevitable parts of a student’s life. Students, however, tend to suppress these conditions, failing to realize just the enormity of the related adverse effects. Recent studies have shown that 80% of high school students suffer from moderate to severe anxiety. In short, stress from school is making young scholars ill. St...

Autism Awareness Month: Limited Awareness and Representation

Autism Awareness Month: Limited Awareness and Representation

By Anna Chuo, Morale Officer

April 18, 2016

Autism Spectrum Disorder affects about 1 in 68 children regardless of race, wealth, or inhabited country. Currently, there is no known cause as to why children may have ASD, though some forms of ASD are genetic. However, there are now many studies and ways to help children with autism. April is Autism Aw...

Sexual Assault Awareness Month: String of Assaults Hits Northwest Austin

Sexual Assault Awareness Month: String of Assaults Hits Northwest Austin

By Anna Chuo, Morale Officer

April 18, 2016

There has been a string of sexual assaults that began at the end of December and the last one in early February. In total, there have been six victims. The suspect has been described as a Hispanic or White man between 5’7” or 5’9”. He wears a hoodie and a face mask or bandana to cover his face...

I just need to use the bathroom!

I just need to use the bathroom!

By Vian Nguyen, Graphic Artist

April 8, 2016

    Effectively preventing local governments from setting their own anti-discrimination laws Gov. Pat McGrory of North Carolina signed House Bill 2, the Public Facilities and Security Act on March 23. This will end any further expansion of current anti-discrimination state laws and limit the discri...

Sexual Assault Awareness Month: Untested Rape Kits Pose a Problem

Sexual Assault Awareness Month: Untested Rape Kits Pose a Problem

By Annie Bowers, Reporter

April 6, 2016

Across the country, there is a backlog of hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits. A “rape kit”, or a Sexual Assault Evidence Kit (SAEK), contains a checklist, materials, and instructions, along with envelopes and containers to package any specimens collected during the exam. When an allegation of...

Sexual Assault Awareness Month: A Letter from a Survivor

By Simone Heim, News Editor

April 4, 2016

I am a victim of sexual assault. I don’t say that lightly. When I was younger, two boys at my school would touch me, and I didn’t know what to do about it. I told the school, and they told me if I brought it up again, they would expel me. During my sophomore year a senior ‘cat-called’ ...

Women’s History Month: Students Host Women’s History Month Panel

Women’s History Month: Students Host Women’s History Month Panel

By Nicole Souydalay, Heritage Events Editor

March 30, 2016

Students gathered in the library great room to have a video conference about Women’s History Month with McNeil High School on Thursday, March 24. Last month, McNeil had a panel for Black History Month focusing on race relations. McNeil Instructional Technology Specialist (ITS) Ms. Krista Tyler thou...

Austin Escape Game Provides a Fun Challenge for Everyone

Austin Escape Game Provides a Fun Challenge for Everyone

By Faith Song, Extras Editor

March 17, 2016

On March 13, my friends and I went downtown to check out one the newer escape places: the Austin Escape Game. Located on Red River Street with a bright red sign sticking from the side of the building, it looked, just by the appearance, like a very unique experience. After spending an intense hour in a l...

Women’s History Month: Lady Bird Johnson

Women’s History Month: Lady Bird Johnson

By Anna Chuo, Morale Officer

March 15, 2016

This March, as we celebrate great women throughout history, we want to highlight one Texan woman in particular who had a lasting impact on the political campaigning process: Lady Bird Johnson. Along with being former President Lyndon B. Johnson’s wife and the 36th First Lady to the United States, Mrs....