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Green Bay? This Packer Story Takes Place Right Here

Kirsten Lee, Copy Editor

February 5, 2008


Filed under Arts & Culture

It isn’t often that ones comes across a book centered around characters in this very community in northern California. However, in “Songs Without Words,” a novel written by Writers Week’s main author, Ann Packer, the story unfolds right in Palo Alto. Packer is also the author of the nationwide b...

Paul’s Wall

Paul Winterbotham, Senior Writer

February 5, 2008


Filed under Arts & Culture, Columns

As I enter my last semester of high school, I realize how much I have matured over the past three-and-a-half years. No longer do my friends and I throw soda bottles at pigeons, hit each other in the private regions with soda bottles or anything that has to do with soda bottles. No, those times are ov...

Witty Ways to Ask That Special Someone to Be Your Valentine

Nicole Schreiber, Staff Writer

February 5, 2008


Filed under Arts & Culture

Fuzzy pink teddy bears, bouquets of red roses heart-shaped chocolates and cheesy poems: Suppressing a gag on Valentine’s Day can be a difficult feat. Here are some original ideas on how to ask someone to be your Valentine without being cliché. Puzzle Master If you’re the type of person wh...

‘Cloverfield’ Lives Up to Its Massive Viral Hype

Felix Ong II, Staff Writer

February 5, 2008


Filed under Arts & Culture

Godzilla meets the Queasy-Cam to produce “Cloverfield,” a “Monster Destroys New York City” recipe crossed with “The Blair Witch Project.” Produced by J.J. Abrams and directed by Matt Reeves, “Cloverfield” lives up to its hype by creating an American monster and making the film scary and ...

The Best Picture

Dieter Joubert, Business Manager

February 5, 2008


Filed under Arts & Culture

Assuming the Oscars don’t pull a Golden Globes, the annual awards show should have a very memorable year. With the writers’ strike still in progress, the show could very well be boycotted not only by the writers, but many big-name stars who usually storm the red carpet. Hosted by Jon Stewart, yet devo...

Television Holding Up Despite Writers’ Strike, For Now

Jade Shi, Senior Writer

February 5, 2008


Filed under Arts & Culture

With the advent of the recent writers’ strike by the 2007-2008 Writers Guild of America (WGA), many scripted television programs including “Chuck” and “Grey’s Anatomy” as well as many late-night shows have been postponed, many being replaced by unscripted reality shows. As a result, the quality...

Paul’s Wall

Paul Winterbotham, Senior Writer

December 14, 2007


Filed under Arts & Culture, Columns

I consider myself to be in pretty good athletic condition. I work out almost daily, have decent physique and physical strength, and I happen to know my way around a pool a little. I am a good athlete, no question; I love playing most sports and competing in the,. That is why my ego took a Mike Tyson-size b...

The Italian Plumber Returns … in SPACE

Dieter Joubert, Business Manager

December 14, 2007


Filed under Arts & Culture

Arguably  there hasn’t been a proper Mario game since the Nintendo 64 with the release of the classic Super Mario 64 on September 26,1996. Sure, there’s been Super Smash Bros., Mario Party and countless other games where Mario has made an appearance, but it has been a long while since Mario was fe...

Holiday Video Games

Dieter Joubert and Doug Sangster

December 14, 2007


Filed under Arts & Culture

As the holiday season approaches, there are some games that deserve to be given as gifts. Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune (PS3) In Uncharted, players take control of Nathan Drake, and Indiana Jones-type character searching for treasure in South America. Uncharted is not a game that relies on any new...

Great Places to Ice Skate as an Icy Winter Season Approaches

Sydney Negus, Content Editor

December 14, 2007


Filed under Arts & Culture

With every holiday card, movie and song painting images of a snowy winter wonderland, it’s easy for a Californian to feel left out this time of year. But there is a part of the perfect holiday image that we can have: ice skating rinks provide opportunities to get into the holiday spirit without all ...

‘The Golden Compass’ Encompasses Fantasy Fans, But No One Else

Paul Winterbotham, Senior Writer

December 14, 2007


Filed under Arts & Culture

English fantasy novel adapted for the big screen that is released around the holiday season is a formula that has worked in the past, and Hollywood tries it again with “The Golden Compass.” Produced by New Line Cinema, who used this strategy with some success in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy...

The Baer Necessities

Stephanie Baer, Content Editor

December 14, 2007


Filed under Arts & Culture, Columns

It’s a bummer when batteries die on the job. But that’s what’s supposed to happen, right? Every day, we somehow use batteries whether it be a small lithium battery for our cell phone or a large 12-volt battery for our cars. We suck up all of their energy and put it to good use. So what happens...

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