Niles West News

Turnabout Should be a Winter Formal

By Mara Shapiro

January 23, 2012

We hear about Winter Formals all the time in our favorite books and movies. It's the Valentine's Day dance, except without the pressure of finding a valentine. With the lack of success involving Turnabout, we no longer have any type of winter dance at Niles West...

Finals, Finally

By Isabelle Davis

January 13, 2012

Finals.  The next week of my life will be consumed with studying for tests and then studying for finals and then studying some more.  And the reason for this?  I didn't study for 10 minutes over 16 of the 17 days of  winter break.  In fact, I don't know a single person who did anything other hang out, vac...

Final Freakout: 5 Tips to Help You Survive

By Ivana Kosir

January 12, 2012

Congratulations, Niles West. We've almost survived half of the school year. You know what that means: finals. As usual the seniors are checked out. But for us underclassmen, we have some work cut out for us. Here are some tips to make this weekend a bit more bearable than it normally would be. Re...

The Craze of Honors Classes

By Breana Brill

January 10, 2012

Some people wonder what the difference is between honors and regular classes. Well, one obvious answer is that honor classes tend to be a bit harder, but another thing I’ve noticed is that honor classes have a lot more crazier ...

‘It’s Not a Dress Code Violation to Dress Stupidly’

By Alyssa Guzman

December 21, 2011

It’s Monday morning in the middle of December. Kids are piling into the front lobby by the dozen to avoid the uncomfortable cold and the rain steadily pouring down outside of our second home, Niles West. In these harsh weather condit...

10 Ways to Avoid Boredom Over Break

By Ivana Kosir

December 20, 2011

Winter break is on everybody's radar this year (T-3 days left). With the holidays being early during break, there is a lot of down-time in the New Year to do activities that we usually don't have time to do. I've assembled a list of places to go and things to do (or not to do) during Winter break ...

Honoring the Honors

By Ivana Kosir

December 6, 2011

Junior year has crossed an unchartered frontier. The difficulty of finding the balance of schoolwork and extracurricular activities has hit a peak, and juniors must now tackle the chore of exploring education beyond high school and prepare for significant exams that have the power t...

Red Lock…Really?

By Maggie Wibright

December 1, 2011

Niles West likes to adopt many new ideas. We’ve got new construction, new food, and now we have a new system of how our locker rooms function. Bizarre. Although I haven’t had the “privilege” to be red locked, yet at least, I stil...

Help West Give Back

By Mara Shapiro

November 30, 2011

Last week while we were all eating pumpkin pie and turkey, I'm sure we were all thankful for the people and gifts we have in our lives. I'm sure some of us donated to charity or helped others who are less fortunate. I'm also sure that some of us...

The Real True Beauty

By Breana Brill

November 21, 2011

The moment you turn on the television or flip the page in the latest Teen Vogue, you see the same kind of girl: skinny, tan, straight teeth, flawless skin, basically, perfect. Society has projected this stereotypical girl in ...

Parking at School Really Grinds My Gears

By Maggie Wibright

October 27, 2011

It was the first Monday of school. I had just left the building, walking out towards my car to leave for the day. I knew that there was no free parking anymore, but I assumed I would be good for the day since last year they had given out...

Is 16 Really Sweet?

By Breana Brill

October 24, 2011

As a little girl, I clearly remember preparing for two of the biggest moments of my life:  my wedding day and the day I turned 16. I always dreamt of a huge sweet-16 party with elephants and chocolate fountains, gold chains ...