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New Years in September: Five things you need to know this Rosh Hashanah

With her tallit (a fringed garment, traditionally worn as a prayer shawl by religious Jews) on and her sidur (prayer book) in hand, junior Sarah Marks participates in the Rosh Hashanah service. Marks is a member at a conservative synagogue, B’nai Amoona.

Brinda Ambal, Staff Writer

September 30, 2019

The empty desks within our classrooms may seem sporadic, but at synagogues across town, greetings of “Shanah Tova!” echo all around. In celebration of Rosh Hashanah, here is your guide to the Jewish New Year. 1. How to say the words. Some may pronounce Rosh Hashanah, the name of the Jewish New Year Holiday...

Fanari Camp moves junior Alex Sevastianos to rethink his position on faith

Sandburg High School junior Christian Vouris carries a cross alongside junior Alex Sevastianos during a service. They walked around the outdoor chapel and held the cross while the other campers prayed. “This was morning literacy,” Sevastianos said. “I volunteered to help the priests conduct the service on the last day of camp.”

Zoe DeYoung, Staff Writer

September 13, 2019

Junior Alex Sevastianos walks down a dark, forested path with only a candle to light his steps. A line of students and a counselor follow close behind, listening as he chants hymns and recites Bible verses. Just one year before, he never imagined having this experience. After past instruction fr...

Seniors Kinza Awais and Hira Khan share students’ stories of immigration

Staring ahead, sophomores Camila Angulo, senior Hira Khan, sophomore Ulaa Kuziez and senior Kinza Awais stand together at school. Although they feel mostly accepted at school, they face discrimination at times due to their religions and identity as immigrants. “It doesn’t happen as much at West, but I definitely get it sometimes where it doesn’t happen to my face. I’d rather have people say it to my face, so I can give them a chance to explain themselves, and I can have a chance to explain myself,” Khan said. “I’ve heard behind my back, whether I’m sitting in class, or just in the halls, that someone either will point out that I look different or has said something to me. I’ve definitely gotten a lot of terrorist jokes made at me.”

Sabrina Bohn, Deputy Managing EiC

December 10, 2018

While most students would groan at the thought of an English project, seniors Kinza Awais and Hira Khan used the opportunity to address a topic they care about by creating a video raising awareness about immigration through students’ personal stories. “I wanted to do something I was really ...

Muslim students unite to form Muslim Student Association

Seniors Maryam Oyebamiji, Kinza Awais and junior Mariam Mirza introduce themselves to members at the first Muslim Student Association meeting. Meetings are held on the first and third Wednesdays of the month. “I felt like their needed to be a safe haven for a lot muslims because their facing a lot of backlash especially in this day and age,” Awais said. “A lot of schools have it, and I felt like West needed to have one because we have a big Muslim student population.”

Ridwan Oyebamiji, Staff Writer

October 1, 2018

Due to the demand for a Muslim Student Association (MSA) from Muslim members of the student body, seniors Areeba Naseer, Sara Imdad and Farhan Hassan appealed to their needs by creating the club. Naseer hopes to break down the false interpretations of Islam. “The benefits of joining the MSA are to ha...

STP: Religion in school

STP: Religion in school

Betsy Wait and Claire Smout

February 1, 2016

Religion’s presence in public school cannot be denied, but its implications are vast and often overlooked. Is West still an environment where students are allowed to freely speak their minds, or does discussing religion hinder educational advancement? In a public school where tolerance is the norm,...

Understanding Indiana’s “Religious Freedom Restoration” bill

Governor Pence speaks at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference on February 27.

Emily Dickson, Staff Writer

April 14, 2015

In the past few weeks alone, Apple has pulled out of the Big Data conference scheduled for the end of April in Indiana, the NCAA Mid-American Conference has announced a boycott all events and championships in Indiana, and many celebrities are cancelling performances in Indiana, all whilst tweeting profusely...

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