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Writers’ Strike Halts Production of Favorite TV Shows

Hallie Keenan, Business Manager

December 14, 2007


Filed under Arts & Culture

Ever wonder how one could get through the sleep-depriving and stressful weeks of school without their favorite TV shows? Since The Writers Guild of America went on strike November 5 in the sidewalks and streets of Hollywood, many favorite shows are in the process of cancelling new episodes until further noti...

Body Worlds Venture Beneath the Flesh

Courtney Moulds, Staff Writer

December 14, 2007


Filed under Arts & Culture

Museum displays are no longer limited to interesting artifacts and colorful paintings. The Tech Museum in San Jose is currently displaying an exhibition that offers viewers the chance to see the interiors of real human bodies. Body Worlds is an exhibition that was created by Dr. Gunther von Hagens,...

A Site Worth Seeing: Freerice.com

Kelly Wang, Staff Writer

December 14, 2007


Filed under Arts & Culture, Columns

“WARNING: This game may make you smarter. It may improve your speaking, writing, thinking, grades, job performance.” This greeting is found on FreeRice.com, a website that allows visitors to simultaneously study vocabulary and feed Third World Countries. The website began on October 7 this ye...

Paul’s Wall

Paul Winterbotham, Senior Writer

November 21, 2007


Filed under Arts & Culture, Columns

Like so many seniors right now, I am in the middle of the great bundle of joy that is college applications. It is the one chance for everyone to win the college over and get into the school of their dreams, but I have a question for all the colleges across America: Could you make your applications any ...

My Name is Ava. What is a Plastic Guitar?

Ava Foudeh, Staff Writer

November 21, 2007


Filed under Arts & Culture

Maybe it was that I had absolutely no musical ability. Maybe it was that my real guitar was sitting at the bottom of my closet gathering dust. But when I threw the strap of the small electronic guitar of Guitar Hero III around my neck for the first time, I felt extremely awkward. I couldn’t resist...

My Name is Scott. I am a Guitar Hero Addict

Scott Stephens, Staff Writer

November 21, 2007


Filed under Arts & Culture

I trembled with anticipation as I sat out in front of the Mountain View Best Buy. my chair was planted directly next to the door, and I made sure that nobody was going to get there in front of me. As I sat with my coffee in front of the tremendous blue building, people began to line up behind me. Wit...

Guitar Hero III

November 21, 2007


Filed under Arts & Culture

Activision’s previous installments in the Guitar Hero series, Guitar Hero I, 2 and Rock the 80s, have sold millions of copies. The mass appeal of the series is its ability to alure both hardcore and casual gamers, due to its rising difficulty levels. We took two writers, one with extensive experience w...

Jay-Z’s New Album Jazzes With Inspired Style But Has Little New Substance

Meaghan Whitehorn, Staff Writer

November 21, 2007


Filed under Arts & Culture

Less than a year after the release of his first “post-retirement” album, “Kingdom Come,” Jay-Z is back on the shelves with a new compilation of songs inspired by Denzel Washington’s new film, American Gangster. The album was released on November 6. Jay-Z has stated that almost every song on h...

American Gangster: A Review

Jeff Liu, Managing Editor

November 21, 2007


Filed under Arts & Culture

With the directorial talents of Ridley Scott and superb performances from Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe, “American Gangster,” based on the real-life rise and fall of one of New York’s most infamous drug lords of the 1970s, Frank Lucas, comes close to achieving the same greatness as “Goodfe...

‘Spice’ Up Your Life With the Return of the “Girls”

Kate Keenan, Staff Writer

November 21, 2007


Filed under Arts & Culture

“If you wanna be my lover/got to get with my friends.” These simple words could be heard singing at the top of every girl’s lungs when the Spice Girls were in their prime, and now with their comeback on its way, the question on everyone’s mind is what will the Spice Girls’ fanatics be sing...

The Baer Necessities

Stephanie Baer, Content Editor

November 21, 2007


Filed under Arts & Culture

I have two words for you. Two words that we all experience some time during our high school career. Two words that make some cry themselves to sleep. Two words that cause hyperventilating or nervous shaking. Yes, I’m talking about test anxiety. It was when I was an innocent little sophomore tha...

Studio Art AP: Students Channel Inner-Artists

Nicole Schreiber, Staff Writer

November 21, 2007


Filed under Arts & Culture

Ever wonder who could be the next Picasso or Van Gogh? They may be right here at school. Studio Art AP, taught by Christine An, is designed to foster growth in future artists. The 26 students enrolled in the class experiment with all aspects of art as they discover their capabilities and explore the wid...

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