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Richie’s Review: The Witch

Richie’s Review: The Witch

Richie Porras, Guest Writer

March 18, 2016


Filed under Opinion

Eggers accomplishes a great deal in his first effort, The Witch. He created a feeling to the mo vie that was eerie, atmospheric, and gloomy. The film is about a strict, religious family during the 1600s that have been kicked out of their village and go live on their own, out in the woods. Once t...

OPINION: The demise of the rowdy student section

OPINION: The demise of the rowdy student section

Sam Frankel, Editor in Chief

March 14, 2016


Filed under Opinion

As the Nebraska High School Activities Association (NSAA) has already placed new regulations this year on physicality in both football and basketball, the trend of a “softer” sporting environment has migrated beyond the playing field and into the bleachers, as chants such as “airball” and “you...

EVA’S EVALS: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy game is still fun, 30 years later

EVA’S EVALS: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy game is still fun, 30 years later

Eva Wetzel, Copy Editor

March 14, 2016


Filed under Opinion

Some Westside students may remember reading "The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy" for English class. If you did, then surely you recall a bit about Vogon poetry, the usefulness of towels and falling space whales. However, it’s less common to know that "The Guide" was originally a radio comedy broad...

EVA’S EVALS: Why it’s best to crowdfund with caution

EVA’S EVALS: Why it’s best to crowdfund with caution

Eva Wetzel, Copy Editor

March 8, 2016


Filed under Opinion

So the Psychonauts 2 crowdfunding campaign raised $3.8 million in January, and it’s a pretty big deal. The first Psychonauts originally garnered modest sales in 2005 but went on to become a PC classic. The game is lauded for its writing, level design, and quirky atmosphere; it’s often placed on...

A Midsummer Night’s Review

A Midsummer Night’s Review

Eva Wetzel, Copy Editor

March 1, 2016


Filed under Opinion

Eva's Evals will continue next Tuesday March 8. Be honest: have you ever tried to read Shakespeare, only to start nodding off? But soft, what light through yonder window yawns. At one time, I felt the same way. However, over the last couple of years, I’ve learned that Shakespeare is truly amaz...

EVA’S EVALS: Firewatch review

EVA’S EVALS: Firewatch review

Eva Wetzel, Copy Editor

February 23, 2016


Filed under Opinion

My first and last camping trip took place in Ponca State Park. Though I’m not an “outdoorsy type” by any stretch of the imagination, I did approach the outing with enthusiasm, and left with strong memories. Example: On the first night, I realized how impossibly dark the forest becomes once the Sun goes d...

Richie’s Review: Hail, Caesar!

Richie’s Review: Hail, Caesar!

February 18, 2016


Filed under Opinion

Hail, Caesar! is the new movie created by the Coen brothers, this movie is very similar to their other films such as Fargo and Big Lebowski. Hail, Caesar! is about a man (played by George Clooney) who gets drugged and is taken hostage from a group of men who call themselves The Future. The major...

EVA’S EVALS: Why Binding of Isaac should be allowed on the App Store

EVA’S EVALS: Why Binding of Isaac should be allowed on the App Store

Eva Wetzel, Copy Editor

February 16, 2016


Filed under Opinion

On Feb. 6, 2016 game developer Tyrone Rodriguez tweeted a screenshot from Apple along with some bad news: a game he and his team created, Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, has been rejected from the App Store for ‘violence towards children.’ I’d like to talk about how 1. this is immensely disappointing...

OPINION: Phones are taking over our lives

OPINION: Phones are taking over our lives

Phoebe Placzek, WTV Producer

February 10, 2016


Filed under Opinion

Sadly for some of us this year our biggest valentine will be our phone. And not just a valentine that you give and receive, like chocolates or flowers, but they’ll also be our significant other too! It’s no wonder why we have deeper relationships with our phones than real people nowadays - they’re...

EVA’S EVALS: Tick, tick, boom! The benefits of (pretend) explosions in your living room

EVA’S EVALS: Tick, tick, boom! The benefits of (pretend) explosions in your living room

Eva Wetzel, Copy Editor

February 9, 2016


Filed under Opinion

Inviting friends over for a gaming session is one classic way to spend an evening. First-person shooters, brawlers, and kart racers have been standard party fare for a while now alongside 2-liter soda bottles and family-sized Dorito bags. Nearly all of these couch classics feature a competitive aspect, ...

OPINION: Why I don’t stand for the pledge

OPINION: Why I don’t stand for the pledge

Lauren Pounds, Wired Guest Writer

February 4, 2016


Filed under Opinion

First mod last Wednesday I was open. I was in the library pulling up my notes as the intercom comes on. I sat there as everyone recited the pledge. After it was completed, a librarian came up to me. “If you don’t mind to stay off your computer while the pledge is on, that would be fine. My...

EVA’S EVALS: Bringing games back from the dead with Grim Fandango: Remastered

EVA’S EVALS: Bringing games back from the dead with Grim Fandango: Remastered

Eva Wetzel, Copy Editor

February 4, 2016


Filed under Opinion

For 15 years, Grim Fandango was stuck in purgatory. LucasArts originally published the quirky adventure game in 1998 (to critical success but pitiful sales), and DoubleFine released a remastered version in 2015. Long story short, for much of that interim, there was no way to obtain a legitimate co...

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