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…