Thursday, December 8, 2011

Happy Holidays OES! Read More Blophish in 2012!

So Sad! They Missed the Staff Party But We Love Them Anyway...

Top 5 Game Consoles You Don’t Want for the Holidays By Chad D.


As the holidays approach and school winds down to a temporary close, the subject of shopping and gift giving may be on one’s mind, and what better gift to give a loved one than a new video game console?  The choice of console can be fairly tricky even to a seasoned gaming veteran, but there is really no way to go wrong with any of the current “Big Three” consoles.  In the deep pool of video game history, however, there have been consoles that have stood out among the rest, but not for reasons one might suspect.  These consoles were the trash of the industry, having little support, a minimal game library, or some other aspect leaving them to cause shudders in those who were foolish enough to purchase them.  For your reading pleasure, I will dredge up the five worst of these failed consoles, and describe the aspects that truly make them the worst of the worst.  Note, however, that I will not pick on the earliest consoles for being simplistic or outdated; those chosen will be done so with consideration to the offerings of their peers...

Will Work For Candy Canes...

Holiday Informational: Kwanzaa By Owen M.

After all of the Hanukkah dradels have been spun, and all of the Christmas carols sung, the excitement and joy of the holiday season begin to come to an end. But for kids like Dylan J., the festivities and celebrations of Kwanzaa have just begun.
           
Kwanzaa was founded by Maulana Karenga. It begins on the 26th of December, and ends on the 1st of January.  Some of the traditions that take place over the seven-day holiday period include gift exchanging, the lighting of the Kinara candles, special meals, and communal reflection. A common misconception about Kwanzaa is that it’s a religious holiday. Kwanzaa is actually celebrated for the purpose of remembering the African-American culture and it’s values. Each day comes with a reflection topic; the first day is unity, the second is self-determination, the third is collective work and responsibility, the fourth is cooperative economics, the fifth is purpose, the sixth is creativity, and the seventh is faith. Along with these themes, a candle is lit. According to Dylan there are three green candles, three red candles, and one black candle. The three green candles represent the land that the African-Americans live on, the red candles represent the hardships undergone in the past, and the black candle represents the African-American community as a whole...

Merry Christmas, Corbet!

All the Fall Sports By Galen P.

This fall sports season as a whole was one of the more successful ones. Men’s soccer made it to state, volleyball made it to state for the first time in four years, men’s cross country as a team made it to state for the first time in 25 years, and girls cross country finished 3rd in district. However, the highlight of this year’s fall sport season was the women’s soccer team, which won the state championship and dominated Catlin 3-0 in the state championship game...

Bah Humbug! This One Has Been a Bad Little Boy...

Christmas Songs By Nolan P.

Merry Christmas dedicated readers. I hope the six of you are as excited for the holiday break as I am. As you know, every year around Thanksgiving an absurd amount of radio stations interrupt their normal routines and play exclusively Christmas songs until December 25th. Now, if you are like me, then you find this very annoying. The overplayed standards like “Jingle Bell Rock” just don’t do it for me anymore. So for this issue I have compiled a list of five Christmas songs that you may not have heard because they certainly aren’t on the radio…
Songs Reviewed:

1) Ludacris – “Ludachristmas”
2) Eazy-E – “Merry M**********n Christmas”
3) Snoop Dogg – “Santa Goes Straight to the Ghetto”
4) Run-DMC – “Christmas in Hollis”
5) De La Soul -  “Millie Pulled a Pistol on Santa”

Santa's Busy Elves at the Giving Tree

A Film You Should See, and Probably Have by Paul K.

Whenever I polish off the last of my family’s Thanksgiving leftovers I know the holiday is upon us. Soon you’ll see every other car around you with a Christmas tree on its roof and there will be so much green, red and white around you’ll forget other colors exist. There is no better time than now to get a head start on that Christmas pep so you can get carols stuck in your friends’ heads before they do the same to you. I decided  to watch a Christmas movie every day this December, almost like an advent calendar, and naturally the best movie to start with is Home Alone...

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

EchOES Forever

The Echoes Upper School Writing Contest is an opportunity for all students in the upper school to submit their writing and let their voices be heard. 


Qualified writers will be reading each contestants' pieces and will ultimately choose a nonfiction, fiction and poetry winner.  Our judges are Herman Asarnow, Robin Cody and Martha Gies.  The contest is a time for students to share this celebrated form of art with their community.  All students are welcomed and encouraged to participate in this celebration!  Find the writer inside of you and submit!  For more information on the contest visit our blog at http://echoes-oes.blogspot.com/.  

-The Echoes team

The Giving Tree By Elanie F.

The Giving Tree is one of the charity events held at OES around the Thanksgiving Break and Christmas every year. All three divisions, along with the entire faculty, combine their power for good to help the families from another organization get much-needed Christmas gifts. It is a great project run by SLAC and AASK, and people get opportunities to help families in need...

J5 By Nolan P

So this article is going to be a tad bit different from my last two because this time around I’ve asked my fellow Senior, Jackson M., to comment on some of his favorites. Here is the scenario: Jackson is on a desert island and the only thing he has on him is a speaker system and a CD player that holds a few CDs. He has no idea when he will be saved so he has to decide which CDs he is willing to listen to for years on end. Here is his top five list:

Jay – Black Album (2003)
Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
Queen – Greatest Hits (1981 and a follow up in 1991)
Disturbed – 10,000 Fists (2005)
Kanye West – Late Registration (2005)

More on the music…

Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens...

Ruth Na-rowed the Charles River By Owen M.

Overwhelming, mind-blowing, and astonishing. “How are there this many rowers?” she asks. Before the race, she has time to browse through the crowd, size up her competition, gaze at the “sea of boats” in front of her, and take the whole thing in. But the race is about to start and she focuses. Nothing else matters. The horn blows, and the other 74 boats around her take off...

Volleyball By Janine K.

There is an intense type of tension that takes over the gym as the last set starts.  The audience, suddenly silent, is becoming enveloped in the moment.  Right then and there, the ball is served and the players bounce their way around the court, maneuvering the ball over the net.  If you have not experienced this before, you have never been to a Women’s Volleyball game...

Skrillex Review By Aidan T.

While electronic music has been around, in some form, for decades, it seems to be the preferred dance music of the “Rave Generation”, and after a listen, one can see why. Deep bass lines and crowd participation-friendly melodies seem to be only a few of the myriad of aspects that draw such a dedicated following. The most popular type of electronic music, at least among fans that I’ve encountered, is Dubstep. Identified generally by its incredibly powerful bass lines, Dubstep has a different quality than other electronic music, something that many would describe as “gritty”. When I bought my ticket for Skrillex, a premier electronic music (specifically Dubstep) producer, I was hesitant, as I was not completely familiar with his work. But my friends, who were much more acquainted, assured me that it would be a worthwhile experience, and it was. Before even entering the halls of the Roseland that seem to have absorbed so much of Portland’s youth culture, I could hear the bass reverberating through the entire structure, as the wood and concrete submitted to the overpowering music. An electronic music concert, as I soon learned, is something wholly different from any other genre. While the performer is still present, much more of the focus is on the music and the interactions with others, and I encountered a friendlier atmosphere than I had at previous shows. While looking around at the other attendees, I realized that the average age seemed to be around mine, and that this meeting of people represented more than just a group of kids enjoying a concert. Rather, it was a statement of interest in a certain, specific genre of music, made by our generation as a whole. As the night moved on, I grew more and more accustomed to the new culture that I had encountered, and soon the excitement in the Roseland became tangible. In addition to being able to see Rachael Nedrow perform in such a public forum, the headliner was the real treat. As Skrillex entered the stage, the crowd erupted into screams of excitement, and soon, the music began to play. Dedicated fans, instead of singing along with lyrics, could hum and shout along with the melodies that they knew so well. All in all, it was a great show, in a great venue, and I would recommend giving a change of genre like this a try.

Service in Ecuador By Andrew W.


Here at OES, we like to recognize those students among us who perform outstanding service. Recently, it has come to our attention that a sophomore, Matthew W-A, spent a month of his Summer Vacation in Ecuador working with a service program called VISIONS. Matthew was one of 25 high school students who traveled to Patate, a small Andean town in Ecuador, to do community service in rural villages. They lived and worked in a very different world from what they typically know, engaging in activities that build confidence and offer first-hand knowledge. Over the course of a month, they came to know the people whose lives they are impacting...

Ice Capades By Paul K.

I’ve decided to dip my toe into the world of videogame journalism. Sorry Chad, I know I’m stepping into your territory, but while I wait for you to forgive me I’m going to be throwing all my time into NHL 11. My assumptions about this game were negative, probably because I’m not the biggest hockey fan, but because I’m trying to be an unbiased, professional critic, I gave it a shot...

Lobby Art Project by Lucy

When you look at the lobby of the OES upper school, it’s a modern, almost stark, area. However, one of the things that I look forward to when I am walking through the lobby is looking at the art displays in and around the display case. I also look forward to seeing the smaller ceramic pieces that are displayed there. It’s interesting to watch them change with the months, and it is always surprising to see what the new collection is. One of the coolest parts of these displays is the fact that these collections were created and put together by students and faculty- it really acts as a great way for people in the OES community to see how the arts are involved in our curriculum...

Blue Slide Park by Grace C.

Many parents would prefer dropping you off at the Armory for a showing of a Portland Center Stage production than dropping you and a friend off at the Roseland Theater (located on lower Burnside) on Halloween weekend.  With my parent’s consent this summer, I purchased a ticket for Mac Miller’s Blue Slide Park tour...

Monday, November 7, 2011

Aardvarks Meet the Goats

Goats Vs. English Ivy By Janine K.

OES has welcomed five new members into the community: goats.  Tina, Normal, Janice, Hank and Bambi have been here for about two weeks, on loan from the Horner family farm, under the supervision of Tom Handel.  The purpose of these new furry friends is to eat up garden waste that we have been struggling to deal with.  Weed-whackers and chemicals are no match for blackberries and English Ivy, which has nearly taken over our trails for good...

The War between Painful and Peaceful Memories By: Sophie L.

“No showers for 4 days? EWWW!” shouted one sophomore.

“I would rather go to school on the weekends than go on a backpacking trip!” posted another on Facebook.

Everywhere: on Facebook, in the Great Hall, in the dorms and on the phone, all I heard were complaints about the trip; no one seemed to want to go on the backpacking trip this year. I indeed expected the majority of sophomores to be glad that the weather was gorgeous. But the pretty weather seemed to inspire them to fear the wilderness...

Sophomore Backpacking Trip 2011: The Year of the Mosquito

Albums to Listen To By Nolan P.

So here are another 5 albums to check out. Not necessarily anything in common except that I’ve been listening to these lately… So, here we go:

The Smiths – The Queen is Dead (1986)
Hieroglyphics – Full Circle (2003)
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Unknown Mortal Orchestra (2011)
Ol’ Dirty Bastard – Return to 36 Chambers: Dirty Version (1995)
The Tallest Man on Earth – The Wild Hunt (2010)...

Alumnae/I Interview By Owen

I pulled into the OES parking lot at 10:45 Saturday morning, still groggy from homecoming the night before. I wiped the sleep out of my eyes one final time, turned the car off, and started to review the recommended questions that I was given, some of which I would ask my interviewee. To be honest, I was a little timid going into the interview. I hadn’t really thought through which questions would push a conversation, and there were some spots in my interview that I had a little trouble steadying the flow, but it was a very enlightening, and interesting experience...

OES Lifers--the Best Kind of Alums

Spirit Week and Homecoming by Galen

People might say that students being at a small school lack the full experience of a big high school. While some might agree, one thing we for sure do better than any big high school is the spirit week. Spirit week is one of the best weeks of school...

Oklahoma by Grace C.

I quickly washed my hair in the girl’s dorm shower and wiped my ‘80’s makeup off my face as Jinny and I rushed to get ready for our Sophomore Culture event.  Many members from the class of 2014 assembled for a dinner of a wide variety of pizzas before rushing onto two yellow school buses that were headed to the Armory to attend a showing of Oklahoma...

Elina Vähälä By Kristen Q.

In September, I met with violinist Elina Vähälä from Finland, who was in Portland to perform with the Oregon Symphony as their soloist. I got the chance to meet her through Jim Fullan, the Vice President of Communications, Marketing, and Sales for the Oregon Symphony. We had a nice chat at the Heathman Hotel, where she stayed during her stay in Portland...

Elina Vähälä playing Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1

Aidan’s Restaurant Review: Gilda’s Italian Restaurant

A good, rustic, Italian meal is something all too difficult to come by. That’s why, when I stepped into Gilda’s, I had moderate expectations...

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Mo Money Mo Copeland By Paul K. and Galen P.

Many in the student body are still getting to know Mo Copeland, the new Head of School, or as one student knows her, “The one with that flip she does with her hair.” Mo is not your average head of school. She was previously the head of school at St. Georges School in Spokane, an even smaller school than OES. Mo says that she’ll “miss being able to know every single family” as intimately now that she’s at a bigger place. Although OES is a bigger school, she has already made a strong impression on the entire faculty...

Backyard Exchange (BYE) By Grace C.

In a matter of days, my forms for the dorm were signed and sent in like a court warrant.   My apprehension about staying in the dorms was mainly due to study halls, bed times, claustrophobic hallways, strict dorm parents and especially the food.  Surprisingly, I arrived at school on Thursday feeling like it should be a Friday because it hit me that my parents would be across the country and I had the whole weekend to do (potentially) any thing I wanted to do...

Don't Feed The Animals

24 Hours of Gaming- The Extra Life Charity By Chad D.

In all of my years as a gamer, I have defeated many powerful enemies, from dragons to ghasts to psychotic clowns.  By far the most powerful enemy I have faced, however, was my own body.  From October 15th to October 16th I participated in a charity known as “Extra Life,” where the goal is to obtain sponsorships for playing 24 hours of video games, with the proceeds benefitting local children’s hospitals such as Doernbecher...

Volleyball By Lucy

Some may say that it’s a girly sport, but those who play it beg to differ. Among other injuries, I have broken a finger, gotten a concussion, and been socked in the back of the head with the ball countless times. At OES, we have had a great volleyball season so far this year, with only two losses in league. We recently had our most recent game against De la Salle...

OES Dining Hall–– This is Our Potential! By Elanie F.


Undoubtedly, the OES Dining Hall has not been popular in the past couple of years. More and more privileged students chose to go off-campus for lunch. However, the comments about our Dining Hall has changed a lot since the beginning of the year. And changed for the better...

Cameron Jack: Art Department Addition Profile By Janine K.


Cameron Jack is many things; a traveler, painter, a chef, a teacher, but the best way to describe him is as an artistic individual, who finds it necessary to be “involved creatively, daily,” whatever the capacity. This may not come as a surprise as Cameron is a new member of the art department faculty and has spearheaded the current fall play.  His qualifications form a tiring long list, which I will attempt to summarize...

Bridge City By Andrew W.


In the minds of most Americans, Portland, Oregon is just a quirky little city in the middle of nowhere. But, in the modern comics scene, only New York and Los Angeles are able to match the sheer number of titles released by our humble city. Portland is home to a vast number of publishing houses, including three of the largest in the world: Dark Horse Comics, Top Shelf Comics, and Oni Press...

Community Gardens By Owen M.

Community gardens are sweeping through schools around the nation and some OES students may not realize that the gourmet tomato basil soup that they’ve just eaten is comprised of ingredients that were grown a mere 100 feet from where they were sitting. Kelly Cowing, main coordinator of the Bon Appétit food service at OES says, “It’s important that people start to realize the benefits both economical and pro-sustainable of community-grown gardens.” Kelly came from Reed College where the students had planted a half-acre of land, giving her insight into the experience. Bon Appétit has also helped schools such as Duke University, Washington University, Colorado College, and many others plant “student gardens.” These “student gardens” are setting the tone for a more wholesome, better nourished, and greener generation...

StuCo by Grace C.

Ever wondered what happens behind those sacred walls of the StuCo room?  I was given permission to walk through the metal detectors and pat downs in order to attend 20 minutes of their top-secret bi-weekly meetings.  Just kidding. But what happens inside the ‘Oval Office’ of the OES premises is more than just dance and mystery Friday planning….

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Player Profile: Zach F. By Aidan T.

Zach F. is no stranger to hard work. As a member of the Tigard High School football team, he balances the academic rigor of OES in addition to being part of the #1 ranked high school football team in the state. Additionally, his exploits on the football field serve as the material for Will MacM.’s weekly installation of “Friday Night Lights”, something that never fails to impress and entertain the high school. Zach has been playing for and involved in the Tigard football program since 4th grade. When I asked Zach how the season was going, he noted, “The team is really coming together as one.” But perhaps the most impressive aspect of Zach’s involvement with the Tigard football team is that he is able to keep up with his schoolwork and participate actively in a high-intensity football program. He noted that the “schools aren’t close to each other. Tigard’s football practice ends when OES’s school day ends; so that means that I come to practice and have to catch up on anything new we learn”. That level of difficulty in even attending practice makes his accomplishments all the more impressive. Zach and the Tigard Tigers play their biggest game of the year this upcoming Friday, the 7th, against Tualatin. Come out and support him!

Oregon Symphony Concert Review September 25, 2011 by Kristin Q.

Settling into the Low Mezzanine, Aisle H seat, I observe the couple of musicians already on stage warming up. A jam-packed concert, including a piece by Glinka, the wonderful Prokofiev Violin Concerto no.2, and Rachmaninoff’s Symphony no. 2 has yet to come. From experience, I am very excited to hear what is to come out of this energetic bunch called the Oregon Symphony.

The concert starts with a bang. Literally. The national anthem is blasted out by the melodic strings and powerful brass. The audience immediately stands up, singing the anthem with passion in tune with the orchestra, as if this has been rehearsed many times. It’s simply amazing how the power of music can bring so many people together...

The Life of A Professional Journalist By Elanie F.

This summer, I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to work in a morning post in Shanghai for Discovery when they really needed people to conduct interviews for the National Book Fair in China. During the seven days I interned, I came to understood what it means to be a professional journalist–– I worked at least 14 hours a day, I had no choice but to write what they wanted me to write—in short, I learned that the life of a journalist is pretty tough...

A New Face Around Campus By Owen M.

If Mike Gwaltney is ever late grading one of your papers, I wouldn’t blame him. He was probably training for a triathlon. Competing in soccer all through high school, playing at Cal State, and participating in and training for triathlons year round, Mike Gwaltney is quite the athlete. As a matter of fact, he recently competed in a triathlon in Washington. While many students complain about getting up at 6:30 in order to get to school on time, Mike has probably been up for a couple hours either swimming, running, or biking. Not only could you seek advice from him about triathlons (because he does do some coaching after all), you could also ask him about a new soccer move because he plays indoor soccer for a men’s league in Portland...

Royal Thai Scholar Soars into Learning and Dreams to Change Thailand By Sophie L.

Nyd S. ’12, from Bangkok, Thailand, put two couches together, sat comfortably and opened his U.S. history writing seminar textbook. Comfortable, Nyd sighed. As he began to talk about his journey to America, he smiled the whole time.

“It was difficult. After I graduated from high school, I had to take tests on Thai, English, math, science and the history of Thailand. I studied a lot, but the questions were not multiple-choice questions; they asked me my opinions. I also had an interview.” Nyd was one of the 45 scholars who were selected from 10,000 candidates. He was also the first member of his family to receive such a scholarship. He seemed a little shy when others might beam with pride...

Beneficial Websites By Lucy

Through the Internet, you can research your history project instantly or contact your friends in a heartbeat. With the tools it offers everyday people, including teens and young adults, people can become not only consumers and subscribers to media but also create their own. For example, a few years back, OES made the switch to the online Google accounts to help students keep track of their assignments and contact their teachers. Now it is easier to contact friends and teachers and stay updated with homework. With the Internet, our computers are not only tools but also connections to people all over the world...

Resident Evil 4 By Chad D.

As I was looking through the stock of my local GameStop the other day, I found a game that immediately grabbed my attention: Resident Evil 4. “Sweet, zombies!” I said, pulling the game off of the shelf.

After purchasing the game and returning home, I slid the disk carefully into my Wii, and began to play...

The Greatest Albums Ever Made (According to Nolan P.) [Part 1] By Nolan P.

As one half of the incredibly handsome music master team for the 2011-12 school year, I will be writing different music-related articles for the Blophish. I’ll be reviewing some new albums, sharing some of my favorites, speaking with well-known music geeks in the community, and interviewing talented OES musicians.

For our debut issue I am sharing the 5 best albums I have ever heard. You may hate all of them, but you may find something you love. Either way, I hope you give some of these a listen. Without further adieu…