Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Reasons to Be at Semi Formal by Grace C

Semi is coming up in a few short days and I hope everyone is planning to make it to the dance. I truly believe that there is no excuse to not come to the dance (that is, if you don’t have other urgent functions to be at). Here are some reasons why I think everyone should be super excited for this year’s Semi Formal and why I should see every member of the student body getting loose on the dance floor.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Zero Dark Thirty-The Hidden Magic by Otto L.

From the director of the 82nd Academy Award Best Picture The Hurt Locker in 2009, comes another film that is the epitome of filmmaking. Inspired by true events, the film follows the ten-year manhunt for Osama Bin Laden, the man who caused the deaths of thousands of innocent men and women on the tragic day of September 11th.  But one thing needs to be made clear about this film: it is not a documentary! From the beginning to the end, we already know the story. In this case, it is a matter of “how” the film progresses and than “what” happened in the film.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Not-Review: Strike Suit Zero by Matthew W-A

This is not a review. Not really. I have a personal policy when it comes to reviewing games: I finish them before I render judgment. I have not finished Strike Suit Zero, and most likely never will.

Space combat is a genre that is very special to me. Star Wars: X-wing was one of the first games I ever played. I sank countless hours into X-wing Alliance when I was still in elementary school, and I even beat Freelancer (which, let's be honest, was an “okay” game at best) twice. Freelancer came out in 2003, and there has not really been an even competent space combat. When I say that I am desperate for a good space combat game, I really mean it. The genre has practically been in a coma for the last decade.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Understanding the Student Leadership Proposal by Brian E.

While the student leadership proposal is not finalized, it seems to be fairly far along in the process. What we have so far is a proposal that is not obviously unreasonable, and contains everything absolutely necessary for success. However, most things in the student government have been completely reformed.

One of the most obvious differences is that the class boards will no longer exist. However, StuCo feels that these positions will no longer be needed with the new government structure, as with multiple representatives from each grade on StuCo, the work that the class board would do may no longer be needed. However, many members of the community wish that StuCo would reconsider this proposal.

Opinion: How much responsibility do we expect from Steam? by Matthew W.A

Over the course of the Steam Winter Sale (also known as the death of wallets past present and future) I picked up The Devil May Cry bundle which included Devil May Cry 3 and 4. Now to be fair, I didn't do any research before hand, and Capcom has put out some pretty bad PC ports in the past (*cough* Resident Evil 4 *cough*), but I at least expected the games to be functional. Oh how wrong I was. Calling Devil May Cry 3 on PC a disaster of epic proportions wouldn't do it justice. Extremely limited resolution options (no wide screen options), no full screen mode, a mediocre frame rate on modern computers made worse when certain music played, no mouse control in menus, and completely broken
controller support. The game is literally unplayable, and it was released on Steam in 2006.

Student Government Proposal Reactions

"I actually really like it because its not sexist and I like the screening process the president has to go through."

"I feel like it has potential to be good, but there are still a lot of things that need to be worked out about it."

"I think its a little bit too complicated with all the new representative stuff."

"It's not bad! I definitely like it better than last year! I like how they don't have to force the members of each gender to be in Student Council."

"I feel like we should have like four people running, one will get elected, and they all slide into the three senior spots. I like to open spaces too."

"They're making it way more complicated than it has to be."

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A review of Rolling Stones' "Exile on Main Street" by Adrian G.

Great music albums allow listeners to know intimately the state of mind of the album’s creator at the time of the albums creation, through certain aesthetic choices and sounds.  However flawed this knowledge by description may be, fans are eagerly drawn to the intimacy with someone whom they will never gain acquaintance.  Exile On Main Street, the 7th LP by the Rolling Stones, gives a piece of the Stone’s minds in the early 1970s swirling with decadence, anger and sleaziness.  It is decadent as a double album should be.  The sound is murky, layers of guitars and barrelhouse piano.

The album barrows from many American music traditions, including blues, gospel, soul, rock and country.  The way in which the album drifts from one style to another gives the impression of a journey across America and a feeling of down-and-out, adrift homelessness.  The Stones managed to create an album with a tender soul.  Although the Rolling Stones did not innovate musically much throughout the years, not straying from their Blues roots, listeners projected their changing attitudes toward life on the Stones subtle self-expression.  I can imagine what it felt like to live in the early 1970s by listening to the album. The Rolling Stones play tight on the album, with no member standing out in the mix, each musician restrainedly adding a layer to the heavy sound.  I never understood why someone as flamboyant as Mick Jagger would want his voice low and buried in the mix, but it really works on this album.  Although not every song on the album is as clear or genius as the Stone’s earlier singles, Exile is an album that has a really special feeling. Check out “Tumbling Dice” in particular—it’s one of the best.

What to Expect at This Year's Midwinter Madness by Grace C

Midwinter Madness
I was able to step into Midwinter Madness’ activity meeting and get the inside scoop on what’s going to happen in this year’s Midwinter Madness season.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The First Annual Golden Blophish Awards! by Matthew W-A

Welcome, welcome to the first annual Golden Blophish Awards (the GBAs if you will). Here I will name what I think to be the best games of 2012. Note, that these awards only apply to games that I actually played. FIFA 2013 might be the best sports game to come out this year, and Halo 4 might hand out free candy to children in the park, but since I didn't play either of those games, they won't be showing up here. Make of that what you will. Now for the actual awards:

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger- The Boys Varsity Basketball Team By Otto L.

Let’s wind the clocks back to the end of February last year. The Boys varsity basketball just came off a 3-21 season. A season before last year’s, the record wasn’t that much better. Back in the present, the team is currently 11-3. The one player that has experienced this dramatic change firsthand is Hiawatha D., a third year varsity player and the captain of the team.

Commentary on the Blazers’ Season by Brian E.

The Portland Trail Blazers’ season has had a lot of ups and downs, more so than any other team. There has been the nagging hip injury to Wesley Matthews that kept him out a few games, the wrist injury to LaMarcus Aldridge that has kept him from performing at full potential, and the injury to Nicolas Batum that kept him out for one or two games. But somehow, the resilient Blazers have managed to claw their way to a winning record, despite having arguably the worst bench in the NBA.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Game Review: Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD by Matthew W-A

 I did not play Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath when it first came out on the original Xbox, and unfortunately not too many other people did either, although the game did become a cult classic to some extent. So since I don't have the rose-tinted glasses, I think I can be a pretty good judge of whether or not Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath holds up when compared to the current titles on the Playstation Vita. So does it? In a word, mostly. But I should probably expand on that, so I will.