Articles by lkaufman

The Forest: A Glitchy, Boring Mess

SPOILER ALERT: This article contains spoilers for the video game, The Forest. The Forest started off strong. You’re stranded in a forest after a violent plane crash with a strange creature taking your son after the crash. You pick up an axe and survey your surroundings, maybe explore a little bit and run around with your friends. (Assuming you’re playing with them.) And then you see them–strange humanoid creatures running around in packs, and you’re forced to slash them with your axe, or you run away as you look behind you, anxious they’re on your back. This is the fun part of The Forest. And you better enjoy it, because it’s probably going to be the only fun you’re going to have. Actually, I take that back. There is some fun left to be had. You may waste some time building up a base, defending from attacks from the creatures. Then the…


Hytale: Minecraft’s Killer?

  If you are not familiar with Hytale, which is highly probable despite the announcement trailer having well over thirty million views, I’ll give you a quick rundown of what the game is set to be. Hytale was named “Hytale” after its creators, the staff of the extremely popular minecraft server “Hypixel,” whose server holds about twenty thousand players on average throughout the day. According to the website, Hytale, “…combines the scope of a sandbox with the depth of a roleplaying game, immersing players in a procedurally generated world where teetering towers and deep dungeons promise rich reward.” There’s a few more things you need to know before we move on, and one of these things is that Hytale supposedly offers amazing scripting tools and tools for creators to make their own minigames within the game without going through all that trouble. There will be many servers on Hytale as…


New Grinch Recap & Review

GRINCH OVERVIEW Let’s just jump into it.   Now, The Grinch starts off with our beloved Grinch having a comedic encounter with his alarm, and is shown seeming to have trouble waking up. Despite this though, he has an extensive wake up routine that he is seen following every day as the movie progresses. In this wake up routine, we also get an earful of The Grinch soundtrack, but remixed to fit the current hip hop trend, with Tyler The Creator starring in the melody.   A little after some of the Grinch’s shenanigans, we are introduced to what seems to be our new main character, a Who mom who has trouble keeping up with her children whilst keeping the family afloat. But turns out it is actually the daughter of this mother that is the main character, a Who whose only Christmas wish is to make her mom happy….


FCS Waffles! Which is better?

The FCS waffle machine is a new edition to the cafeteria and everyone’s wondering which flavor of waffle to choose. Now, you may be confused, thinking, “Flavored waffles? What’s this?” Well, before you put your waffle mixture into the machine, you’re given a choice of flavor. Today we are going to see which one is considered better in students’ opinions, as well as our personal opinions on the two.   First off, here are some opinions by students who have used the waffle machine recently: Theo Schenck ‘24– “The normal waffle because that is what I ate yesterday. It’s easier to put toppings on (as well).” Theo Dankoff ‘24– “Normal, because it tastes better and has a better consistency.” Myles Roche ‘24 – “Normal. Strawberry is a really bad flavor to have in a waffle. It doesn’t go great to go with a waffle.” Lyle Goldader ‘24 – “When it…


Echo Hill 2018

ECHO HILL was an experience some people enjoyed less than others, and some people loved it. There’s a not-so-fine line between Echo Hill and home, and crossing that line is a bold move. But really, let’s venture in depth, on everyone’s opinions on some of the different activities and classes at Echo Hill, and the enjoyment they had to offer. These are opinions from 7th grade students and teachers. SCANOEING MR.CHAGAN – “Mr. Barry’s favorite class is probably the scanoeing…that’s not my favorite.” SPENCER KIM – “Falling into the swamps was not fun, and the bugs: not good.” JAMES PENDRAK – “I did enjoy scanoeing ’cause I’ve always been familiar with canoeing and kayaking and being in a boat and paddling with others and I also thought the fact that there were three canoes combined, I thought that was really cool.” BAY STUDIES THEO SCHENK – “Well, I went on…



Shallcross Update!

SHALLCROSS IS CLOSER THAN EVER TO COMPLETION! Shallcross is coming along quite well, and will soon be done, at least from what we’ve heard. I went inside to take some photos and was surprised to see some new features, such as a shop and a new entrance by the side. Side entrance under construction. New store from outside. I also managed to interview Mrs.Quinn about the new shallcross, and asked her a few burning questions I had. Interview: Q: When’s the estimated completion time of ShallCross? A: Sometime during the summer because there are certain components that will be done, but some rooms like the place were you sit and eat will be done before summer. She also said to redo some of the meeting room it might take a while. Mrs. Quinn stated that there were, “Different Stages,” one for the meeting room, one for the eating part of…


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