Category Archives: A&E

First concert for the 2010-2011 A capella choir

Photos from choir concert on Tuesday, Oct. 12
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Band marches forward

Senior Chris Sinclair stands with the rest of the band after warm-up, preparing to march down to the field.” I think it's fun and the audience really enjoys it.(I like) performing in general," said Sinclair. Photo by Paige Thompson.Sophomore Jacob Bauman and junior Zach Kayrouz check Bauman’s cuffs while forming a block to march onto the field. Kayrouz enjoys the adrenaline, his section and the many weird traditions when performing at football games. Photo by Paige Thompson
During the national anthem, color guard members junior Jenna Scharffenberger, sophomore Shelby Kaiser , freshmen Krista Carlisle and Laura Estar watch the band march on. “I like (color guard), we have lots of cool work. You can show what you you’re trying to get across,” said Estar. Photo by Paige Thompson
Sophomores Christian Thomas, Brian Young and Senior Jacob Novak walk off the field to change after performing the national anthem and school song. “Me, Jacob Novak and Brian Young are a quirky group of individuals and we like to wear the kilts,” said Thomas. Photo Paige Thompson

Toy Story game brings back childhood memories

By Jon Ferguson


I laugh and clap while bouncing happily as my favorite cowboy and spaceman land safely in Andy’s van. It is, of course, the 900,000th time I have seen the movie, but at three years old I cannot help but marvel at the moving, talking, thinking toys on the screen in front of me.

Toy Story was an instant hit with my family when it first released in 1995. I can remember getting my first Woody doll, complete with “Jon” on the boot and an Etch-a-sketch to go with him. But never in my wildest toddler dreams would I have imagined the amazing Toy Story trinkets the children of 2010 have been blessed with. The most awe-bringing, of course, is the Toy Story 3 video game.

The movie was a huge blockbuster, passing up Shrek 2 for best selling animated movie, but even a great movie can make a gut-wrenchingly awful video game, as most do. This is just not the case for Toy Story. It has a co-op game that makes me clap my hands like a three year old again, and graphics that make Pixar look like a bunch of monkeys with colored pencils. It was a perfect accompaniment for an entertaining movie.

The game is not exactly like the movie, though, and this is Avalanche Software’s great accomplishment. Past movie games have been, at best, unpleasant due to the boring, repetitive missions that match the movie exactly. Avalanche, no doubt marketing to the small attention span of five to ten year olds, just took important parts of the movie and made a short story mode that almost matches the movie, but has more interactive games and challenges than that poor cowboy expected. It even includes a complete play through of Rex’s video game, giving you close to the same sense of accomplishment of Rex’s “I did it, I finally defeated Zurg!”

The secret to the success of this game is the Toy Box mode that, like mention earlier, was marketed towards smaller children who will play the game. What we all did not expect, but Avalanche is profiting from, is the similarity between teenage gamers’ attention span and the 10 year old’s. Both 18 and 11 year olds get the same satisfaction from picking up a Little Tike and throwing him at Hamm. Toy Box mode is an almost completely free play mode that allows the player to play as any character they want in a free roam environment, doing optional missions to gain coins to buy more toys. Toy Box mode makes Toy Story a landmark in the movie-game franchise, just from the fact that it is one that is bearable to play, and even fun.

On the technical side, the graphics are far better than poor Pixar’s, who doesn’t get all the funding of the video game world. The 1080P graphics are clearer and brighter than Pixar will be for the next 5 years. The controls are also simple, but this is expected as the game is marketed towards 10 year old children.

As I think back on my childhood, I feel a little bit of jealousy when I see the myriad of Toy Story merchandise for sale this year. I can still remember the excitement of getting the awful Toy Story 2 for Windows 98, before gaming companies were as smart as the 3rd generation gaming world. My inner childhood rushes from my mind as I hear Buzz’s comforting “Buzz Lightyear to the rescue!” come from my surround sound. This game is no doubt a best seller in the future that every Toy Story fan should own.

Theater prepares for Studio One’s first performance of the year

Seniors Justin Mills, Madi Sorrels, and Brandis DeWilligen, along with junior Brody Earnhardt, let loose at a rehersal for the Studio One production of Arsenic and Old Lace. "(We're) making a billion strange facial expressions (and) it's very fast paced and frantic," Said Mills. Photo by Paige Thompson.
Seniors Alex Criss and Brandis DeWilligen practice on the Studio One stage for Arsenic and Old lace. The group duo play Martha and Abby Brewster in the production. "Just watching (the show) you wouldn't expect is to be as funny as it is. It is a fun time, " said Dewilligen. Photo by Paige Thompson.
Junior Zach Herbert and junior Broady Earnhardt pull senior Tyson Woolf up during a mock fist fight. "It's a really random, clever play," said Earnhardt. Photo by Jill Moore.
Senior Tyson Woolf recites some of his lines at a wednesday rehersal of Studio One's production of Arsenic and Old Lace. The show starts on September 2nd at 7:00pm in Studio One. Photo by Paige Thompson.
Junior Zach Hebert recites his lines about making his own play. Photo by Jill Moore.
Senior Hunter Hartman plays lieutenant Rooney. He enjoys "Arsenic and Old Lace" because everything flows together well. Photo by Jill Moore.