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Nothing beats pizza and a movie. Third Street Pizza Company is the perfect place for both.
It is a funky, laid back, friendly environment that makes for a great group dinner.
The uniquely prepared, fire-baked on stone rocks, New York style pizza is the best in McMinnville.
Not only do they offer a variety of house specialty pizzas, but as well as an assortment of fresh salads, sandwiches and calzones.
The Greek salad is a favorite of many and definitely worth trying.
The Veggie-Myte is my go to order. It is topped with loads of vegetables and I enjoy it every time.
Walking into Third Street Pizza, you immediately get a sense of the welcoming atmosphere and are almost always greeted with a smile.
On top of that, the staff is usually busy at work, but still seem to be enthusiastic about tossing dough and chopping vegetables.
You can enjoy a movie with family or friends while eating pizza.
The Moonlight Theater plays a range of movies and it is cheap.
It is not the traditional theater setting, but that adds to the experience. Pizza and a movie make for a great way to spend an evening.
In contrast, say you are looking for a quick bite to eat during the lunch hour, Third Street Pizza offers their Italian pies by the slice for those who may be in a hurry.
As long as it is not too busy, there is not usually a long wait for pizza.
They also offer pick-up and delivery.
On Oct. 3 my roommate and I were really craving pizza and it was 20 minutes before the restaurant was going to close for the night.
Even though our request was last minute, they were accommodating and still offered delivery.
All in all, you cannot go wrong with choosing Third Street Pizza Company.
Special Lovincey / Columnist
Special Lovincey can be reached at email@example.com.
During the past years, Tiwtter, Instagram and YouTube have exploded in the cyber world. People constantly post tweets about what they are eating, who they are hanging out with or photos of their cute puppy.
All of which, people seem to think that their peers actually care about.
Not only can you connect with your friends on these networking sites, you can also connect with celebrities.
Almost everyone I know follows the big ones: Barack Obama, Rihanna, Jenna Marbles and our good ole‘ pop start from Canada…Justin Bieber.
Even though I participate on such social networks, I try to stay clear of such people because, well, they drive me crazy.
Celebrities sometimes tend to turn into that one annoying friend from Facebook who either posts passive aggressive dramatic posts all the time or the one who feels the need to post everything about every minute of their day.
We all know who those people are and deep down inside we kind of hate them. Justin Bieber is one of these people.
Let’s start with his tweets. In case you did not know from his multiple posts, the Biebs turned 19 on March 3.
Let me just quote the man himself, “my birthday is on friday :)” and “My birthday is tomorrow.” Wow, look at him all grown up! So mature!
It’s too bad his tweets lack any amount of correct grammar or punctuation.
Also, what the hell do you expect me to do with a tweet like that?
Do you want me to send you a Lamborghini or something?
Not going to happen…ever.
Next up is Instagram. We are a self-centered society so it surprises no one that Justin Bieber feels the need to constantly post pictures of himself making the exact same face.
We see his face plastered all across tabloids telling us whether he is dating Selena Gomez or Kim Kardashian. We don’t need to see your face anymore.
And a little tip, duck lips don’t look good on girls, and they don’t look good on you guys either.
Oh and also, stop trying to dress “fresh to death.” You look silly and you should consider pulling up your pants.
Justin Bieber’s annoying, constant need for attention has really brought me to my last nerve.
Just because you are a celebrity does not mean that you need to shove your life down our throats. People magazine already does that, thank you very much.
Just calm down a bit. Be the user you want to follow.
Kate Straube can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As children, many of us sat in front of our televisions every day to catch the new episode of “Boy Meets World.” This popular show followed Cory Matthews and his friends as they grew from preteens into adults, setting foot into the real world, hence the title.
In November 2012, the Disney Channel revealed that it was in the process of creating a sequel to this once popular sitcom titled “Girl Meets World.”
The show will follow Cory and Topanga’s daughter, Riley Matthews, as she goes on the same journey that many are familiar with.
This program is a great idea to show the new generation a piece of our childhood that many of us still cherish.
In fact, characters Cory and Topanga have been the ideal model for relationships since the show first aired. These characters are near and dear to many people’s hearts.
However, the previous lack of success for sequel sitcoms does not play in the show’s favor.
The original run of “Boy Meets World” was successful, running for seven seasons, ending in 2000. “Girl Meets World” could possibly be a success itself but the network may have waited too long to decide to develop it.
The Disney Channel has tried multiple spinoffs of their shows. “Suite Life of Zack and Cody” became “Zack and Cody on Deck.” “That’s So Raven” followed Raven’s brother Cory in “Cory in the House.” “Sonny with a Chance” changed to “So Random.” All of these spinoffs did not show as much success as their precursors.
This show might be doomed to that same fate.
The storyline is something everyone can connect to and viewers from all ages can watch it, including the viewers who watched the original show.
However, not many of them continue to watch the Disney Channel. Maybe the network should consider moving it to ABC Family because it would be on a station that has programs the whole family could watch.
Also, many favorite characters will not be rejoining the cast, such as Rider Strong, who played Shawn, and Will Friedle, who played Eric.
These additional characters made the show memorable to our generation, and without them, it’s just plain old Cory and Topanga.
There are supposed to be characters in the sequel that relate to the previous characters of the original show, but it won’t be the same.
“Girl Meets World” has the potential to be a show that will connect our generation with the youth of today, but Disney has waited too long to bring it back. With its current track record of sequels this show may have a quick end before it even begins.
Disney should consider moving the show to a different channel, or putting some of the original elements back in that will allow our generation to still connect with it. Otherwise, this Disney sequel will flop just like the many before it.
Ivanna Tucker can be reached at email@example.com.
Comedian Sabrina Jalees performed in Ice Auditorium on April 10. The Linfield Activities Board sponsored the show, which resulted in mixed reviews from the audience.
“The comedian’s jokes were funny, but it was hard to pay attention to her because there were many people in the audience being disruptive and disrespectful,” sophomore Samantha McCarty said.
However, of all Jalees’ jokes, McCarty said the mustache jokes were her favorite.
“There were annoying drunk people who took away from the humor,” sophomore Kyel Lambert said. “[Jalees] made a lot of jokes about her heritage, which everyone seemed to laugh about.”
Sophomore Melany Krill said she went to the comedian with a few friends.
“Some of her jokes were random, and I thought the way she handled the crowd’s heckling almost seemed to encourage it,” Krill said.
Senior LAB Special Events Chair Corinne Swift explained the joke — Jalees explained that when she was growing up her mom told her that kids made fun of her mustache because they were jealous.
Jalees made her first appearance on a Canada-based, international stand-up comedy chain called Yuk Yuks, according to the Giggles Comedy Agency Web site.
Jalees has also performed at the Just For Laughs Festival, on a Canadian television special called “Comedy Now” and in a Lifetime movie titled “Mom at 16.”
She is also part of a comedy tour called Allah Made Me Funny.
For more information, visit Jalees’ Web site, www.sabrinajalees.com, or go to her MySpace page, www.myspace.com/sabrinajalees.
Sports reporter Samantha Johnson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
The newest “Final Fantasy” release traps players in a pretty box with its simplistically linear game play.
The latest installment of the epic “Final Fantasy” video game saga leaves a stale, acrid taste in your mouth that no amount of breathtakingly luscious graphics will expunge.
“Final Fantasy XIII,” the newest release from Square Enix’s revolutionary role-playing video games, forgoes the series’ traditional open-endedness for a lackluster, mind-numbing linear style of game play. For the first 20 hours or so of play, the player is subjected to a tunnel-like endeavor: You know exactly where you’re going at all times.
While some players will become enamored quite quickly, frequent “Final Fantasy” gamers will feel trapped in this prison-like creation. (In all fairness, after said 20-hour mark, the prison does expand, reminiscent of games in years past.)
The problem with this linear style is that the “Final Fantasy” series has always had a sense of adventure in the way you could explore within the game. “Final Fantasy X,” for instance, harbored a multitude of hidden locations, mini-games and side quests. A single, thorough run-through could take well more than 50 hours. “Final Fantasy VII” was also a powerhouse that stole your life; the overworld was so expansive you could easily get lost looking for your next pre-rendered cutscene.
On top of that, FFXIII restricts character growth to a painstakingly sluggish pace for the majority of the game, allowing access to certain levels only at specific times.
That’s not to say the game doesn’t possess merit, though.
What’s a “Final Fantasy” game if it doesn’t look good? Played on the Playstation 3, FFXIII has a visual and aural superiority unmatched by anything else on the market. It’s a rare moment when you aren’t blessed with a vibrancy that will leave you drooling. The CGI cutscenes leave you in wonder as they progress through the story line; they’re so beautiful you can’t help but be awed.
The story line is also realistic and compelling, drawing you in with the serious plot and making you laugh with some of the more hilarious antics.
The innovative new battle system coalesces intuition and quick reaction times in a way not seen before in the series. FFXIII uses an active time battle system (a staple for most of the series), but it works differently, using a command-based core. Players have the ability to stack commands even when the ATB charge is filling up. Breaking from tradition, the game does not use MP (magic points), but cost points in their place for certain actions.
Part of the new battle system includes the “Stagger State,” which is activated after the enemy has been subjected to a chain combo for a certain period of time. When this happens, the enemy loses resistance and become susceptible to high amounts of damage. The state does eventually disappear, requiring the player to start building a chain again.
Another plus is the score, which, while not composed by longtime “Final Fantasy” composer Nobuo Uematsu, leaves your heart pumping and your eyes tearing up. The addition of “My Hands” by Leona Lewis for the theme song was a poignant choice.
Other new features include the Crystarium, the game’s leveling system; roles and paradigms, which dictate what characters are capable of; and eidolons (the summons feature for this game), which play a major role in FFXIII. For more information about specifics, visit www.finalfantasyxiii.com.
This game would be better as a rental ($60 is a bit much for pretty pictures), but you might not have the time to complete it in five days.
So, in essence, yes, the game has its perks, but still, no matter how pretty the package is, it’s what’s inside that matters. “Final Fantasy XIII” is mostly fluff, even if it doesn’t show.
Editor-in-chief Dominic Baez can be reached at email@example.com
Video and photo courtesy of Square Enix