When I walked into gathering, I was expecting just another 15 minutes of cheese, pretending I’m not talking if a teacher looks at me, and Daniel and Natalie not being able to do trivia because of someone’s personal vendetta towards them, just like usual. However, Coleen Davis decided to put that all to an end when she made an announcement about the mile and a half, as I fell back into memories of running and exercise that I had tried for months to repress.
Michael Brock. Our fearless leader. The man who leads us in Happy Birthday every gathering and might just be the nicest person EVER. But who is this guy? And how did he turn from this (pictured with a young Nick Robinson and Elliott Friedman). .. To this (current profile picture, with Andrea Boorse)? The Dig […]
[Cue romantic violins]
Golden autumn leaves billow off of the ground as a woman drives an open-roofed, old-style car towards the camera. A young man in military uniform strides towards the car in slow motion, removing his hat and touching his hair repeatedly. For some reason the woman is already stopped.
Although OES’s fantasy football league has grabbed coverage with its gripping story that was ran in The Dig a bit ago, the OES fantasy basketball league has much more drama. For one, the divisions that were set up at the start of the league were the White, Asian, and Indian divisions (the multi-ethnic basketball enthusiasts found this humorous). Anyways, the teams, the teams!
- Monday: Pasta, always good! Even with none of the goodness of Alfredo Sauce, the pasta was worth everything. There’s a Moroccan bar if you don’t want some pasta. 7/10.
- Tuesday: Pesto…you guessed it, chicken! It actually tasted pretty good! Also some Cajun blackened catfish…5/10.
- Wednesday: Shells and cheese!!! Nothing else needs to be said. 10/10.
- Thursday: Some “Lunar new year classics” here, such as chicken stir fry and Sichuan beef. If you don’t like this, then, well…I don’t know what to tell ya. It is pretty good though… 7/10.
- Friday: Ah, the fortnightly TexMex bar. You also have some lemon chicken if you’re not into this. 8/10.
Great trivia doesn’t necessarily need a great topic. Today’s topic: quotes from books we should have read. It’s a good topic, but doesn’t scream “greatest trivia of the year!” What made this one good were the questions themselves, in particular one nicely tricky question from Daniel. The quotations weren’t the most popular quotes from the book, but they weren’t so obscure that no one would recognize them. The golden question was the one that mentioned Troy, yet wasn’t from The Iliad, The Oddessy, or any of the other freshman humanities books. Where was it from, then? Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Everyone read that one…right?
Today’s rating: A-
These past few weeks I’ve noticed some particularly horrible dining hall etiquette. Frankly, it’s a little embarrassing to watch this shameless behavior take place. Why are we so incapable of simply cleaning up after ourselves and being courteous? It’s beyond me. But here are some essential guidelines to keep in mind for the future.
I’ve never especially liked my science projects. The projects have never been super interesting to me, and I never have technically finished my projects, either. In my science classes I’ve been eager to learn, like the material, and always find myself disappointed when we get through roughly two thirds of it during the school year because science research takes so much time away from class. A disclaimer: I have won some awards at the Aardvark Science Expo, but those do not influence my opinion on science research as a whole. If anything, the awards aspect of science research gives me more reason to dislike it—as a stellar science student in class, I always felt slighted that I didn’t do better in science fairs. Personally, I would have been glad if the school had “gutted” the science research program, yet I see why it’s here and have come to appreciate its value in teaching not just the process of scientific research, but learning in general.
Sam Berger set the bar high for semi asks in gathering on Wednesday, using Neil Diamond’s sweet voice and soothing melody in the song “Sweet Caroline” to get a freshman who is actually named Caroline Brok to go to semi with him. There are reports and strong evidence that Mrs. Brok is not the Caroline who Neil Diamond was referring to in the original song, unless Mrs. Brok is somehow actually in her early seventies, knew Neil Diamond in 1969 when the song was released, and is now living out some sort of curious Benjamin Button’s scenario.
Whatever the case is, we commend Sam Berger’s knowledge and smooth execution in gathering, using his key insider source in Trivia-master Natalie Berger, who is allegedly his sister, to call on him first. The guy has connections.
If you’ve seen the movie We Bought A Zoo, a 2011 Cameron Crow film about a widowed father who buys a rundown zoo with his two young children, you have a modicum of understanding for the journey that OES teacher and dorm dean Julie Sikkink and her husband just embarked on.