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  • This Monday, March 25, kicks off Spirit Week with PJ Day!

  • The Pathfinder is on hiatus during Parkway West's spring break, March 16 - 24. Regular reporting will resume March 25.

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Patriot Act unleashes weapons of mass comedy

Patriot Act unleashes weapons of mass comedy

Kathryn McAuliffe, Staff Writer

March 1, 2019


Filed under A & E, television

Satirical, laugh-inducing and informative: three words that describe Hasan Minhaj’s “Patriot Act,” Netflix’s new late-night news comedy. Minhaj brings a hysterical, somewhat explicit and understandable take on current events and global issues. “Patriot Act” is the first of its kind for Netf...

Overlord covers familiar ground with fresh execution

Overlord covers familiar ground with fresh execution

Peyton Gaskill, Staff Writer

November 27, 2018


Filed under A & E, movies

On the surface, it’s easy to dismiss director Julius Avery’s “Overlord” as an over the top and uninspired action flick. And while, yes, the movie brings very few fresh ideas to the table, “Overlord” shines in its attention grabbing execution of those ideas that keeps viewers thrilled from it...

“Venom” is entertaining, and it’s not sure why

“Venom” is entertaining, and it’s not sure why

Peyton Gaskill, Staff Writer

October 12, 2018


Filed under A & E, movies

Sony Picture’s “Venom” is a confusing entry into this decade’s long list of superhero movies. It aims to thrill, and mostly succeeds despite its hiccups. Out of the gate, this film has several forces working against it, the largest of which is purely in its independence from Marvel Studio...

Showcase concert sets music department off on a strong start

Showcase concert sets music department off on a strong start

Maria Newton, Features Editor

October 8, 2018


Filed under A & E, music, showcase

As parents, friends and students poured into the gymnasium, they were met with the rhythmic pounding of the Marching Band. The strong metronome, meant to keep the marchers in synchronization, was captivating. This was the beginning of the First Annual Music Department Showcase Concert: a concert inclu...

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before review

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before review

Nayeon Ryu, Staff Writer

September 5, 2018


Filed under A & E, movies

Based on the best selling novel by Jenny Han, “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” is a coming-of-age rom-com that makes anyone watching feel warm inside. And lonely. I definitely felt lonely. Lana Condor stars as Lara Jean Covey, a half-Korean teen who keeps secret letters for the five crushes...

The Shape of Water review

The Shape of Water review

Peyton Gaskill, Staff Writer

May 14, 2018


Filed under A & E, movies

The 2018 race for the Academy Awards most prestigious prize, Best Picture, was rife with stiff competition. With several directors making outstanding debuts with films such as “Lady Bird” and “Get Out,” as well as several enthralling historical epics like “Dunkirk” and “Darkest Hour,”...

The search is over: water fountains ranked

The search is over: water fountains ranked

Andrew Li and Peyton Gaskill

May 2, 2018


Filed under showcase, the broken compass

3rd Floor Art Hallway Thickness: 7 Consistency: 4 Pressure: 8 Aesthetic: 6 Taste: 7 Temperature: 8 Cleanliness: 8 Convenience: 6 Ease of use: 7 Bonus Features: 5 (double fountain) Total: 66/100 Tucked in a light-traffic, but relevant hallway, this double fountain has strong press...

Hamilton: the American phenomenon

Hamilton: the American phenomenon

Katie Spillman, Photo Editor

April 19, 2018


Filed under A & E, Culture

Six long months after purchasing my tickets, I waited in a crowd of around 300 people outside of the Fox. They, like my family, had heard all the raving about this new musical and decided that the night was worth a few hundred, or in some cases, thousands of dollars. In fact, most everyone I know has heard of it...

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee review

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee review

Maria Newton, Staff Writer

February 8, 2018


Filed under A & E, showcase

From the trials of puberty to learning to cope with an absent mother, the musical production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” by the West High Dramatics Company provided an evening of laughter and quality entertainment on Saturday, Feb. 10. The show was also put on Friday night Fe...

BØRNS concert review

BØRNS concert review

Maria Newton, Staff Writer

February 6, 2018


Filed under A & E, music

Alternative rock band BØRNS took the stage in St. Louis on Jan. 30 for a concert at the Pageant. The small venue provided fans with a close-up view of the main singer/songwriter Garrett Clark Borns while he performed songs from his 2015 album “Dopamine” as well as music from his new album “Blu...

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