Thursday, February 28, 2013

Quick Varsity Boy's Basketball Update by Janine K.

This year, the Boy's Varsity Basketball has had an impressive season (win/loss record 19-8). The team had more success this year than ever before in OES history. Throughout the winter sports season, Boy's Varsity delivered many wins, including a strong victory (including a dunk by Sean J.) over the rivaled Catlin Gabel Eagles. Today, February 28th at 1:30pm, the Aardvarks played Horizon Christian in Bend, OR, and lost 32-46. According to Oregon Live, the past two coaches polls of 3A Oregon schools have voted Horizon Christian number one in the state. OES plays Portland Adventist tomorrow. More information to come.
For the OSAA Bracket, click here.
For Oregon Live coverage of The Aardvarks, click here.

OES: Super Fit Kids by Grace C.

 With Spring sports season now starting up, I’ve been hearing a lot of classmates going up to each other asking “Are you sore after yesterday’s practice?” The advent of each sports season always begins like this as students start off a rigorous season of soccer, basketball or lacrosse with grueling tryouts. 

Inspiration, LOLZ and entertainment: All in one package! by Otto L.

            If you ever find yourself sitting back home or in your free period with nothing to do and are hoping to find something to inspire or make you laugh, here are some videos that will do just that!

If you think that American sports fanbase is hardcore, think again! This takes it to a whole new level!

Need motivation for homework, workout, or just life in general? This man will inspire you to do anything!

Let’s move to the LOLZ, one of the, in my opinion, funniest men out there, Jimmy Kimmel, always finds interesting things to show on his talk show! Most of those things will somehow make you laugh! Here are a couple of videos to start you guys off with!

Well that’s it for this week! Stay tuned for future videos!

Spring Sports by Brian E.

It’s late February, and spring sports have kicked off. Although OES is conspicuously missing a few sports such as baseball and swimming, between lacrosse, track, golf, and tennis, there are plenty of sports at OES for everyone. An analysis of the prognostics of the sports can be found below.

Game Review: Aliens: Colonial Marines By Matthew W-A

“Maybe you should leave this marine behind.” Too subtle? How about “dishonorable discharge?” No? Fine. Enough with the “pithy” one-liner. I'll just outright say it: Aliens: Colonial Marines is a terrible game, and the way Gearbox has hyped it up and marketed it is downright shameful to the point of what some people might call false advertising. If you care about spoilers in this game you should probably avoid this review, but if you actually end up buying the game anyways after reading this, spoilers are the least of your problems. The story is just so stupid and poorly written that it would be a disservice to my readers to not break down the entire thing and explain why it's so bad.

Aliens: Colonial Marines takes place seventeen weeks after the events of the movie Aliens. You are a marine known only as Winter who is part of the rescue team Hicks mentioned in the movie. Canon problems start to appear before the game even gets started, with the game considering Alien 3 to be canon and going from there. In the level immediately after the tutorial, you run across a bunch of Weyland-Yutani computer equipment with timestamps dating back to before the distress signal was sent. How is that even possible? The distress signal was sent at the end of Aliens, and I don't remember Weyland-Yutani setting up shop in the Sulaco at the end of that movie. Story problems run deeper then canon with characters being shocked by the reproductive cycle of the xenomorphs even though they had access to Ripley's briefing like the marines in Aliens, and the plot generally being driven by deus ex machina...

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Where The Action is Adrian G.

Where the Action Is! Los Angeles Nuggets 1965–1968” is a compilation of songs recorded by musicians at the Los Angeles Music scene in the late 1960s. “Where the Action Is” belongs to the Nuggets compilations, a series compilations that document obscure musicians, particularily garage rock bands of the late 1960s.  In the late 60s, many people wanted to make music and record companies were more willing to take a chance on many artists in those days.  

Thursday, February 21, 2013

OES Weekly Update by Spencer S.


Strangest Places in the USA by Brian E.

There are plenty of strange places in the United States. Either through funny names, or simply the strangeness of the place, a bracket of 8 funny places has been setup, in order to determine what the strangest place in the world is.
The first contender is Centralia, Pennsylvania. This town, while previously being a normal town, has a mine underneath in that has been on fire for more than 50 years. The second contender is Bubbly Creek, which is a branch of the Chicago River that was contaminated with the blood from the early 20th century meatpacking industry; the river still bubbles today. The third is the Florence Y’all Water Tower, which is a water tower with the words “Florence Y’all” written on it. The fourth is Willard Park, which contains the world’s largest stamp: “Free Stamp”, which measures over 25 feet on each edge.

Representin’ Portland-NBA All Star Weekend by Otto L.

          Every year, around February, the National Basketball Association season reaches its halfway point. In one of those weekends, certain groups of players from the NBA are selected to participate in the events of the so-called “All-star Weekend”. This particular weekend is the ultimate events for basketball fans, on Friday we get to see celebrities, like Kevin Hart, show their hoop skills against other celebrities in a classic East vs. West basketball game.  Following that we get to watch the best NBA rookies and sophomores faceoff against each other (after being selected into two separate teams) in an event called the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge. The next day we get to see the thrill and fun of the NBA Skills challenge, where we see certain selected players go through an obstacle course, which tests their shooting, passing and ball-handling skills. Then comes the Three Point Shootout Contest, where the player who makes the most threes wins. The last event of day is the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest, where the players show off their most creative and powerful dunks to the world! On Sunday, the biggest event takes place: The All-Star game, where star players, like Lebron James, Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade, face off each other in a Eastern Conference vs Western Conference format.

Is Your State Happy? By Elanie F.

Recently, researchers from the University of Vermont sifted through more than 10 million geotagged tweets from 2011 in order to map out the moods of the Americans in urban areas. They also ranked the locations based on frequency of positive and negative words.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Partners For Progress by Nick O.

In the extremely divided chamber of the United States House of Representatives, President Obama uttered these words one week ago: “Fifty-one years ago, John F. Kennedy declared to this Chamber that ‘the Constitution makes us not rivals for power but partners for progress…”

Weekly Update by Spencer S.

Diversity: Challenges and Accomplishments of the OES Community by Janine K.

I choose each word carefully, hesitant of hitting any nerves. But I soon realized that any good discussion, let alone an interview, circulating around diversity must break down uncomfortable barriers. Fearful of offending others, I am not well practiced in doing so. Few people are, which is precisely the purpose of the Student Diversity Leadership (SDLC) and People of Color Conference (PoCC). Four students attended SDLC while two faculty members participated in the PoCC this past year in Huston, Texas. Each attendee noted the educational value in the visit, and hope to use new knowledge and experiences to shape the OES community. And this shaping, this evolution, which our community is slowly undertaking, will evoke spectacular benefits. Nathan F., an attendee of SDLC describes the feeling of inclusion and acceptance remarkable and irreplaceable.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Game Review: Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance by Matthew W.A

Well that was unexpected. I expected Metal Gear Rising: Reveangeance (lets call it MGR) to be good, sure. I expected a mindless, over-the-top action game with Metal Gear branding, and interesting cutting mechanic, and lots of large explosions. I got all of that and more. If any game could wash the bad taste out of my mouth left by Aliens: Colonial Marines, it was this one. Platinum games hit a home run with MGR. They took the Metal Gear franchise and made it their own. They came up with new ideas, bundled them with some older ones, and gave it the old college try. And they succeeded gloriously. I had pretty high expectations for MGR going in, but I was still surprised by the quality of the game. Platinum games really outdid themselves this time.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Chinese New Year by Adrian G.

Chinese New Year was celebrated on February 10th this year.  In China, millions of people travelled home to be with their families on the family oriented Lunar New Year.  The holiday is most importantly a family celebration around a table at home, according to Mandarin teacher Michelle Zhao.  Over 15 days, people celebrate by partaking in prescribed rituals designated for each day.  On New Years Eve, people eat dumplings.  People eat plenty of fish because the Chinese word for fish, yu, sounds similar to surplus in Chinese, thus believed to bring good fortune in the New Year.  Nian gao- your cake is believed to make people grow taller because Nian gao sounds like the Chinese word for tall.  The last evening of the festival, people carry spherical lamps that represent reunion. These superstitions and verbal associations and the stories behind them form a complex web of Chinese New Year traditions.  Many Chinese still adhere to the rituals although in big cities people may be likely to take a vacation instead celebrating at home traditionally.    

This year Michelle’s Mandarin class will perform a skit exploring the meaning of the snake in Chinese culture.  “In many cultures, the snake is not an auspicious animal,” says Michelle Zhao.  Snakes were often considered a threat to mankind, and are instinctively avoided.  Yet the Chinese dragon, a highly auspicious and revered animal to the Chinese, seems to be derived from the snake. When the human mind created the powerful and revered dragon, why did the dragon resemble the dangerous and unscrupulous snake?  The answer is not clear, though it is important to note that the Chinese admired the snake for the way it moved silently without legs.  There is a Chinese idiom that goes “to draw a snake and add feet to it” which means don’t add unnecessary and superfluous additions to something perfect.  See the skit to find out the story behind this proverb!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Game Review: Afterfall Insanity Extended Edition By Matthew W-A

Afterfall Insanity first got my attention when it worked it's way onto Steam via Greenlight. I was instantly intrigued by the description as it billed itself as a post-apocalyptic horror game made by an independent Polish studio. Many of my favorite books and games have come out of eastern Europe in recent years (Metro 2033 and The Witcher), and in general games from that part of the world tend to have fantastically bleak atmosphere...

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Let's Talk Drones by Nick O.

Portland, OR–As I sit down to absorb the immense amount of information on the ethics, policy-making, judicial reasoning, etc. behind the American Drone Strike programs, I will attempt to write a brief column on my initial reactions to what is going on. We discussed this issue in the Contemporary Issues Club last week, and I think it would be really helpful to provide some initial information about US Drone Strike policy, so here is a brief summary that will be useful to understand any reactions/opinions/commentaries on this controversial issue.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Superbowl XLVII-Riding into the Sunset by Otto L.


The Superbowl: the biggest stage in sports, one game, two teams, millions of people watching. Nothing amounts to this one event, not the NBA Finals, not even the World Series. This is when people from all over the country tune into the event to support their team, see the next ad for a summer blockbuster or watch the lovely Beyonce Knowles perform at halftime. But for me this Superbowl is more than a match up between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens, where the respective coaches of each team, Jim and John Harbaugh, are brothers. It is more than the Ravens beating the 49ers. For me, this is a about the Ravens playing to cement the legacy of one of the greatest linebackers of all time: Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens.

OES Weekly Update by Spencer S.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Semi Pictures by Dana L.

Sophomore Interviews: Charlie B. by Supanut C.

“Griffin!!!” yelled the boy in front of me with an over excited acting voice, green and brown hazel eyes and brown hair; his name is Charlie Evan Buker. I can count him as one of my good day student sidekicks. He loves to say my full name all the time and try to mix my name with a question to make it sound funny. It was not bad and I enjoyed listen to his new jokes. He looks so energetic all the time. I have never seen him in bad mood. He is a nice guy who smiles all the time.

Sophomore Interviews: Supanut C. by Charlie B.

“Are you feeling super, Nut?” I ask Supanut C., a dorm student from Thailand. He smiles and shakes his head, as if to say, “I have heard that more times than you can count.” Although his real name in Thailand is Supanut, he goes by Nut as well, because it is easy to remember for Americans.
When I first met Nut, he didn’t say much, but he didn’t have to. Quietly, his smile and kind nature said all that was needed to say. Whether it was his trepidation with the English language, or just his shy personality, Nut and I slowly became friends through a non-verbal understanding and friendship. I would nod, perhaps say a greeting and he would nod back, smile from ear to ear, and say a different greeting to me. We continued this tacit understanding for a short time while we slowly became more comfortable with each other, and since then, we have become good friends. It may be his kind nature or his accepting personality, or his grin on his face each time I see him, but Nut is the kind of guy that people end up gravitating towards, for his happy-go-lucky nature is infectious and I really like that about Nut.

MidWinter Madness Video Outtakes by Spencer S.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Hillary Clinton: Time for some recuperation. Then the Big Run. By Nick O.

A pivotal chapter of American foreign policy was closed on Friday as Hillary Clinton passed the reigns to John Kerry who will now lead our country as the new Secretary of State.
She visited a record 112 countries in only 401 days, traveling nearly a million miles (956,733 to be exact). Distance wise, that is the equivalent of traveling to the moon and back twice, going around the world 39 times, or taking a round trip from LA to New York 195 times.
She also consumed 570 airplane meals, according to Gail Collins of The New York Times. That’s a lot of airplane food. And she doesn’t get to travel on the leisurely Air Force One she travels on a C-32A, a military version of the commercially flown Boeing 757 aircraft, hardly the power or might of Obama’s 747-400
Hillary Clinton will be remembered for her hands-on approach to diplomacy. She will be remembered for advocating for the advancement of women’s progress throughout the world (her famous pronouncement was in front of the United Nations when she said, “Women's progress is Human progress.”)
Clinton came into her role as Secretary of State after fulfilling the role of first lady in the late 90’s, a senator in the first part of the 21st century, and a Presidential Candidate. It is a testament to Clinton’s character and dedication to our country that she was able to get over the ‘bad blood’ she and Obama exchanged during a rough Democratic primary, and accept Obama’s request that she come on as Secretary of State. (Their relationship and history is extremely well documented in last week’s episode of 60 minutes.)

Sunday, February 3, 2013

A Recap of the Senior-Faculty Basketball Game by Brian E.

The senior-faculty basketball game is an annual tradition of Midwinter Madness. The games are always entertaining to watch, and this year’s was no exception, with some awesome plays, and some…not so awesome plays. However, with the seniors starting with a 98-74 advantage, it was obvious that unless the senior team completely flopped, they would easily win the game. The game started well for the seniors. Although the first play was a missed three-pointer by John M., Sean J. then sunk a three on the very next play to put the seniors into triple digits with a 101-74 lead. The starting five of Sean J., John M., Erica M., Galen P., and Cammie O.F. did well against the faculty, but some misplays started to happen after the first substitution.

During the substitution, our school runner Nick O. was supposed to go in, but didn’t go in until nearly 30 seconds after the substitution happened, leading to a five on four situation for the teachers. James L. and Nick O. both picked up quick fouls, leading to points for the teachers off free throws. Soon, one of the funniest moments in the history of sports happened when Nick O. went on a fast break and completely airballed his layup attempt, showing that being a great runner doesn’t necessarily imply being great at all sports. However, the seniors rebounded, both figuratively and literally, and went into the half with a 124-100 lead at the half...

Friday, February 1, 2013

Student Council Leadership Presentation


Dorm Retreat-Building a Family by Otto L.

            On a Saturday cold morning of January 19th, fifty dorm students lined up to go on the school bus to “retreat” away from school for one weekend. After an hour of bus ride, they set their foot on Menucha, a facility used for retreats and conferences. Amongst the crowd of students from all over the world, I could hear sighs and complaints about how coming out to Menucha was the worst idea ever. The attitude at that time was to be diminished in a few hours.
            Once everyone settled down and put their things away, we gathered in the hall of the main building. Following a short introduction of rules and goals of the retreat, the dormies were then split into four different “tribes”: North, South, East and West. The so-called tribes then suddenly had their teamwork put to test in a game where they had to get their members across the carpet in the middle of the hall, with the limitation of only being allowed put their foot on the marked circles on the ground. Once that was done, the tribes dispersed to gather in their own separate meeting places.

Instrumental Music Concert by Adrian G.

On Wednesday January 22 the instrumentalists of OES gathered in the chapel to play music.  “It was fantastic,” says Sue Jensen, “one of the best concerts I’ve ever seen.”  She remarked that she loved hearing the diverse array of timbres coming from all the different instruments.  The upper school music ensemble had a smaller audience than the other ensembles—only half the chapel was full.  The fact that there are some resident students in Instrumental Music meant that fewer parents could attend the concert.  However, the concert was filmed, so hopefully everyone who wishes to hear the concert will be able to.  David Swigart, the new jazz instructor at OES, led the Upper School ensemble through three jazz pieces.  Playing the jazz pieces was a special joy for me, especially playing with the wonderful instrumentalists of the Upper School.

A Solution To The Price of The Second Amendment By Nick O.

My name is Nick O. and I’m a senior. I had talked with Kara T, the faculty advisor to the Blophish, a couple of times about starting a column devoted to commentary and analysis of current events, and I’m finally happy to be submitting my first piece. I look forward to sharing my comments and synthesis of articles and literature I read outside of class as well as subjects, concepts, and experiences from the Contemporary Issues Club, a group I co-founded with Aidan T. that fosters the discussion of current events and politics. My aim is to write pieces that will help further my goal of promoting discussion on news happening outside the classroom.

A Solution To The Price of The Second Amendment
Nick Obletz

Midwinter Madness Chamber of Fundraising by Spencer S.