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About Metroleta

This Summer 2013

We are launching the Metroleta Intersect. It is a component of Metroleta designed to start creating a special eco-system we are building. It is the first Social Tool we are building that will help support children and teachers in the very near future. When you join Metroleta, you'll help a child.

How does each JOIN, Read, Like, Share on Metroleta.com help children and teachers with school supplies, snacks, and lunches? Here's how:

Did you know that teachers use their own funds to buy supplies and snacks for their classrooms? In the 2009-2010 school year, teachers in the U.S. spent a whopping $1.33 Billion to buy school supplies—using their own money. This is separate from money allocated to schools through budgets which have been cut again and again. $500 per school year is what many teachers spend to buy school supplies and snacks for the children in their classrooms. Some U.S. teachers spend over $3,000 per year for supplies and snacks.

In 2011, about 1 in 4 children in the U.S. were "food insecure" meaning they do not always have access to enough safe and nutritionally adequate food. In some public schools, up to 80% or more of the kids are on free or subsidized lunch and breakfast programs for children living at or near the poverty level. Mid-morning snacks are highly recommended for school children for health and to improve learning, but snacks are generally not provided by the government or schools. 

1. Join / Use Metroleta.com (Free)

If you want to help, the first step is to join Metroleta.com, then use it. It's free to you. Help us build Web Traffic. Each Join / Click / Read / Like / Share / Comment / Post helps. Become a member. Membership is free! 

2. Earn Metroleta Points 

When you use Metroleta.com as a member, you can earn Metroleta Points. This will help us build our Childrens Fund.

3. Award Your Points

As you accumulate Metroleta Points, you can award your points to a participating Teacher or School.

4. Teacher Redeems Points

As a Teacher (or School) accumulates Metroleta Points, they can redeem their points for School Supplies or Snacks from Metroleta (for Free).

5. Advertisers Pay Metroleta

Instead of looking for donations every year, Metroleta will generate its own income. Remember the Web Traffic created in steps 1 and 2 above? Well, Advertisers love that. Advertisers pay Metroleta for ads on Metroleta.com, which will build the Childrens Fund. Web Traffic will be converted to revenue. It's called "Monetizing" Web Traffic.

6. Metroleta Purchases School Supplies

Once we build our Childrens Fund using Advertising Revenue, Metroleta will purchase School Supplies and Snacks, buying LOCAL as much as possible.

7. Metroleta Gives Supplies to Teachers

Metroleta will give the School Supplies and Snacks to participating Teachers and Schools, for Free.

Metroleta.com = Help

Helping a child is easy. Just join Metroleta.com, and then click every day.

Each time you Join-Click-Read-Share-Like, you are helping:

  • A child
  • A teacher
  • Create jobs
  • Local economies
  • and more...

 

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We are currently working to make Metroleta a separate and independent entity.
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The Metroleta Team

In Asia, there is a saying that goes...


"Short trips from your town, require only yourself---but for a long journey to succeed, you must bring the town with you."


Metroleta is no different. We proudly present below, some of our Metroleta team members who have stepped up and made our journey forward profoundly richer, more fun, and more interesting.

Robert

Metroleta Team Member
Metroleta Team Member

Robert

Metroleta is Robert's brain-child. Not surprising when you consider his broad-based experience (of over 30 years) in advanced technology, marketing strategy, and brand engineering. He is responsible for everything in Metroleta. Whether that's determining technology strategy, marketing campaign planning, or overseeing the development of content, design, and functionality. He inherits both entrepreneurial savvy and the spirit of giving from his parents (his mother established her own business when she was 17, grew it with the help of Robert's father, and used it to put 8 younger brothers and sisters through college, and later, the next generation -- and their employees). He is a capable senior executive and former Chief Technology Officer--we haven't found anything that he can't do, which is sometimes annoying for the Metroleta team, who constantly try (he even makes a mean Teriyaki Chicken!).

Alice

Metroleta Team Member
Metroleta Team Member

Alice

After working in Silicon Valley technology, websites, and marketing for 12 years, Alice co-founded a business working on online teacher education projects, college and school websites, business web marketing systems—and branding and marketing. Growing up in a family of teachers, she always knew education was important. Alice's mother and father studied and worked hard to develop interesting classes for their students. Both taught and inspired students to greater achievements. Alice is an Oregon native and UO grad. She is a cancer survivor, and has a 10-year old son. She tells us that with Metroleta, she has a project that inspires her with a greater purpose. Time to live, and to make life count.

Sarah C.

Metroleta Team Member
Metroleta Team Member

Sarah C.

Sarah doesn't have an "inner child," but rather an "inner adult" who only comes out when absolutely necessary. Sarah wore many hats within Metroleta, including, but not limited to, Site Curator, Production Manager, and Campaign Coordinator. As production manager, she was the one person that made sure that we went through all the writing and advertising protocols in creating quality content for Metroleta. A firm believer that "children are our future," Sarah loves Metroleta's chance to make a long-lasting, positive impact on the lives of schoolchildren in her community.

Olivia

Metroleta Team Member
Metroleta Team Member

Olivia

Olivia led one of Metroleta's PR and Advertising teams. She is also a writer/editor with a passion for public relations, advertising and business administration. Her education from the University of Oregon gives her the experience to work in and manage teams, as well as create integrated strategic communications plans for business clients. She is eager to start her professional career and make a difference in not only the lives of children but also the education system at large. Her dedication to helping kids evolved with her enthusiastic coaching career in both high school and middle school sports in the Eugene and San Francisco areas. She is excited about what Metroleta can bring to the community and is thrilled to be a part of a great cause.

Kelsey

Metroleta Team Member
Metroleta Team Member

Kelsey

Kelsey was our research guru. We went to her for facts and stats, like how much teachers in the U.S. spend on school supplies yearly using their personal funds ($1.3 Billion in the 2009-2010 school year [source: www.NSSEA.org]). She is an advertising major with a passion for research and stories. She is so excited to be a part of something to help children in the wonderful community of Eugene and beyond.

Kristina

Metroleta Team Member

Kristina

Kristina's full name is Kristina Charlie (Charlotte) Renee Tiairee Anh-Thu Pham-Loo, but she normally goes by her first name to keep it sweet and simple. She studied at the University of Oregon: double majoring in Journalism in the subjects of Magazine and Visual Communications, and minoring in Art History. She is very passionate about fashion, style, people, art, and writing. Kristina has fond memories of reading her mother's copies of Harper's Bazaar as a child. She dreams of someday designing the front cover of Harper's Bazaar herself, or working for either of her favorite designers: Chanel or Diane Von Furstenberg. She would also love to be the creative director for a fashion photo shoot because it would allow her talents room to flourish.

Kristen

Metroleta Team Member
Metroleta Team Member

Kristen

Kristen led Metroleta's PR team for members and teachers, and was in charge of our Social Media campaign. A sunny and cheerful native of Washington State, she is a nature-lover at heart. Whether hiking with friends or running, she always finds a way to play outside. After majoring in Journalism at the UO, Kristen spends a lot of time writing features and reading every news piece she can get at. In her spare time, she loves to cook for friends and enjoy family time. Being part of Metroleta gave her the opportunity to use her skills to help children and the community.

Laura

Metroleta Team Member
Metroleta Team Member

Laura

Laura Witherspoon was a columnist and social media specialist for Metroleta. Laura loves working with people, learning and engaging in social media, and was excited to be a part of a team working to better the community. Her column is a medley of upcoming events, restaurant reviews, and spotlight on local businesses. Laura looks forward to growing as a journalist and helping Metroleta support as many schools and children as possible.

Michelle

Metroleta Team Member
Metroleta Team Member

Michelle

Searching for ways to express her creativity, Michelle always had a passion for arts and crafts. Born in Taiwan and growing up in America, Michelle and her art are influenced by the two cultures. In 2012 Michelle joined the Metroleta team as a graphic designer, finding ways to express the mission and goals of Metroleta, and helping to build a better community through art!

Tamara

Metroleta Team Member
Metroleta Team Member

Tamara

Tamara led and managed our writing team. She made sure the level of writing within the team was consistently at a high level and unified. (Considering that everyone writes from a different perspective, that's not always easy to pull-off!) From all the ideas our writers came up with, she was in charge of selecting which articles to publish. Tamara came to us well-prepared from the UO School of Journalism and Communication. Tamara admits she spends too much time devouring fashion blogs and writes a few of her own as a style columnist. That's why we love her flair! Being a part of Metroleta gave her an opportunity to help the community she values by doing what she loves—writing.

Jessica

Metroleta Team Member
Metroleta Team Member

Jessica

Jessica is a versatile and creative person with multiple talents, ranging from writing in its myriad forms (including technical writing, copy editing, and even creative writing), to web development and administration. She is enthralled by the many ways that human beings create and discover meaning in their lives. Some of her favorite subjects to explore are: philosophy, astronomy, quantum physics, technology, folklore, anthropology, and anything that touches on the breadth of human culture and the ongoing investigation of what it means to be human. Jessica is the mother of an ebullient 11 year old boy, and she is also a recent graduate of the University of Oregon, where she established a GPA of 4.16; graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor's in the Humanities and a minor in English. Jessica is excited to be a part of Metroleta because it is a step towards making education accessible for everyone.

Christine

Metroleta Team Member
Metroleta Team Member

Christine

Christine Dong is a 22-year old Oregon native from the small town of Corvallis. She was given her first camera in the fourth grade and has been taking photographs ever since. Christine is also a video enthusiast who enjoys attention to detail and composition. Christine joined Metroleta as a video producer with goals of helping children and the community through her skills of video and photography.

Lexi

Metroleta Team Member
Metroleta Team Member

Lexi

Lexi Reeve was a columnist at Metroleta, as well as a part of the advertising team. Lexi has a passion for writing, public relations, and marketing. She studied marketing and communications at the University of Oregon, and is a member of the American Marketing Association. She is also an avid snow skier and like most Oregonians, loves the outdoors and tries to get outside whenever possible. She is looking forward to using her skills to help the community and to give children a brighter future in education.

Jacob

Metroleta Team Member
Metroleta Team Member

Jacob

Jacob O'Gara was a Writer at Metroleta, and likes to consider himself a crusader for truth, justice, and the artistic merit of pop acts like Ke$ha and Justin Bieber. He believes that knowledge is the most empowering gift of all, which is why he was excited to be a part of the Metroleta team. When he's not writing, Jacob's probably reading or drinking coffee or wishing he was friends with Nicolas Cage. Someday...

Cole

Metroleta Team Member
Metroleta Team Member

Cole

Cole Crossen is a graphic designer at Metroleta, where his skill is put to good use. Originally from Piedmont, a small town inside of Oakland, California, Cole has been drawing as long as he can remember. He took art classes throughout high school, and summer courses at Cal Arts in Valencia and at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. Heading into college, Cole knew he wanted to go into an art field, so he studied digital arts and journalism at the University of Oregon. Growing up, Cole was highly involved with Boy Scouts and Lacrosse. He is also a talented musician.

Serena

Metroleta Team Member
Metroleta Team Member

Serena

Serena was a writer/editor for Metroleta. She came to us from the UO School of Journalism and Communication, specializing in magazine journalism and publishing. Ever since Serena decided to be a journalist, she has made it a goal to write for a publication making a difference in the lives of others; she was excited to have finally found that place at Metroleta. Serena is an avid news watcher, a travel enthusiast, a Scrabble lover, and has a not-so-secret crush on Brian Williams. With her passion for journalism and helping children, she was excited about combining the two at Metroleta.

Madeline

Metroleta Team Member
Metroleta Team Member

Madeline

Madeline Obernesser enjoys celebrating life with friends and family. When she's not attending University of Oregon football games, learning, or visiting the library, Madeline enjoys baking, running, hiking, nannying and watching movies. Madeline has joined the Metroleta team as our Education Liaison. She looks forward to helping build relationships with educators in the community and researching and discovering needs within the school environment. And ultimately, Madeline seeks to help better the community as a whole and hopes to be a great addition to the Metroleta team.

Joel

Metroleta Team Member
Metroleta Team Member

Joel

Joel is a writer at Metroleta and an older brother of a basketball team-sized group of children. He is excited about water slides and ice cream, frequently climbs trees while singing silly songs and sometimes even acts like an adult. Growing up with eleven younger siblings, Joel naturally developed a knack for caring for kids and a passion to see children grow up healthy and happy as they learn about all the ways they can fit into the world... and change it.

Jenna

Metroleta Team Member
Metroleta Team Member

Jenna

Jenna is a graphic designer from San Diego, California. At the University of Oregon, Jenna's studies included majoring in Digital arts with a minor in Art History. Her unique perspective and positive attitude allow her to achieve her goals. Art has been a part of her life since a young age. Her whole family is very creative, her mom is an art teacher, her dad is a photographer and her brother is a videographer. Another form of art that is a part of Jenna’s life is dancing. She began dancing at the age of 3 and continues to dance to this day. She also is a certified yoga teacher and she considers yoga a form of art as well. Aside from designing graphics, she enjoys painting, photography, and experimenting with all types of art.

Christina

Metroleta Team Member
Metroleta Team Member

Christina

Christina was a writer/editor at Metroleta with a passion for interpersonal relationships, Human-Animal Studies, and tending succulents. Born and raised in a small town in Florida, she transplanted to Portland 6 years ago and received her B.A. in English from Portland State University. Having spent time teaching English in rural South Korea, Christina understands the difficulties of the modern education system. That's why she’s so excited about Metroleta’s mission—bettering communities through education. You can quite frequently find her sampling produce at farmer’s markets, in front of a keyboard, or taking in a local poetry reading.

Emily C.

Metroleta Team Member
Metroleta Team Member

Emily C.

Emily is a writer at Metroleta, and comes to us from the School of Journalism at the University of Oregon. More than anything else, Emily loves her family. She grew up in a home where education was primary in importance, as both her parents worked for the school district. She is excited to be writing for a cause that will enhance the learning experience for children in Eugene and beyond. Emily comes from Myrtle Point, a small town near the Oregon Coast, where she liked to run in the countryside and swim in the Coquille River. She enjoys reading, playing the trumpet, and of course, writing.

Jasmine

Metroleta Team Member
Metroleta Team Member

Jasmine

With her passion for entrepreneurship, Jasmine was excited to join the marketing and business development team at Metroleta. She came to us from University of Oregon, with a major in Entrepreneurship and minor in Art. Born and raised in Taiwan, a small Island in East Asia, Jasmine speaks fluent Mandarin, Taiwanese, and English. From her business professional parents, Jasmine has learned about business from an early age. Her mother teaches her marketing perspective and investment. Her father shares his entrepreneurial expertise. Jasmine is a seasoned international traveler, and likes the international perspective and world view that gives her. Besides business, Jasmine also loves the arts, creating fine art, and playing piano and violin.

Jonathan

Metroleta Team Member
Metroleta Team Member

Jonathan

Jonathan's long time love for photography led him to an exciting role as photographer for Metroleta. Working with the Metroleta team provided Jonathan with an opportunity to build his portfolio and express his photographic talents while supporting what he believes is a genuinely important cause. Jonathan came to us from the Economics program at the University of Oregon. When not on the prowl for the perfect picture opportunity, Jonathan takes joy in spending time with friends, playing drums, climbing, hiking with his camera, and especially spending major amounts of time in the library.

Alice E.

Metroleta Team Member
Metroleta Team Member

Alice E.

Alice Evans is a Columnist and part of the Education Outreach team with Metroleta. Alice is committed to Metroleta’s mission, providing families, teachers, and children with free school supplies and online tools. Alice comes to us from the University of Oregon International Studies and Non-Profit Management programs. Alice enjoys traveling and learning about other cultures. She is looking forward to seeing Metroleta evolve and expand to help teachers and schools access the resources they need.

Alisa

Alisa

Alisa contributed to the writing and editing team at Metroleta. Her studies in Russia and Latin America instigated an interest in international education that continues to inspire her writing and scholarly work. Alisa has a strong interest in language and literature and actively studies and teaches Spanish, Russian, and Arabic. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, where she tutored and volunteered at inner-city schools, Alisa strongly believes in Metroleta's goal for accessible education. Although she recently finished her collegiate athletic career in the sport of swimming, Alisa continues to lead an active lifestyle by running, swimming, and participating in triathlons. She is a 2012 graduate of Kenyon College and is pursuing graduate studies in language at the University of Oregon.

Elizabeth

Metroleta Team Member
Metroleta Team Member

Elizabeth

Elizabeth McNamara was part of Metroleta’s Social Media and Writing teams. Elizabeth came to us from the University of Oregon's Journalism and Advertising programs. She loves attending UO football games and being in an environment where she is constantly learning. Elizabeth has been dancing for 17 years and uses her knowledge of dance within her everyday life, including photography and writing. Elizabeth has a passion for cooking, working-out, and helping others. Since she began volunteering almost 10 years ago, she has also become an enthusiast about helping her community. Elizabeth is excited about spreading the word about Metroleta to a variety of people and places. She joined Metroleta to write and contribute to the website and connect with Metroleta readers.

Stephen

Metroleta Team Member
Metroleta Team Member

Stephen

Stephen joined Metroleta’s Outreach team and came to us from the Science and Business programs at the University of Oregon. As a natural problem solver and having grown up with computers, he worked primarily with research for Metroleta. Stephen has a passion for health and fitness and also enjoys cooking, surfing, and traveling. He is always trying to gain more knowledge and loves working with computers and technology. Stephen has a natural inclination to help others and is excited to be a part of such great cause that will do just that.

Max

Metroleta Team Member
Metroleta Team Member

Max

Max is a writer for Metroleta. He studies journalism at the University of Oregon and has unfortunately earned enough credits to graduate in the spring. If he could, he would stay in school indefinitely, taking classes in the areas that interest him and dabbling in the few that don't. He has spent the last four memorable years as a student, freelancer, rower, blogger, basketballer, and tireless editor, but he's most enjoyed gaining the confidence to call himself a writer. He is fascinated with Kobe's footwork, books, and the Multiverse Theory.

Miranda

Metroleta Team Member
Metroleta Team Member

Miranda

After graduating from Washington State University with a degree in communications focused in advertising, Miranda decided her true interest lies in graphic design. She moved down to Oregon to join Metroleta’s graphic design team and already loves the area and its food options (specifically Hot Mama’s Wings). Miranda loves creating things, from doodles and drawings to DIY projects she finds on Pinterest. Her absolute favorite Disney movie is Treasure Planet.

Erica

Metroleta Team Member
Metroleta Team Member

Erica

Erica is a Graphic Designer for Metroleta and comes to us from the Digital Arts program at the University of Oregon. She spent most of her life living in England, and before that she lived in and was born in Egypt! She moved to the US by herself because she wanted to pursue a liberal arts education. She is a 50/50 split between her creative-thinking mother and analytic father, and uses this combination in her design work. Erica enjoys traveling, playing piano, baking, and a nice cup of tea. However, she is never happier than when she is being creative; music, drawing, utilizing design software, painting, DIY craft projects, collaging, writing, and textiles are some of the things she’s dabbled in so far. She has been involved in a lot of volunteer work helping children, so she is grateful and excited to combine her love of creativity with the Metroleta education project!

Helen

Metroleta Team Member
Metroleta Team Member

Helen

Helen is a Graphic Designer for Metroleta. She joins us from the University of Oregon Digital Arts and Advertising programs. Helen is inspired by what is unique, quirky, questionable, and what is empowered from the heart. She seeks a higher expression of artwork and designs by challenging ideas through the use of technical skills. Helen loves to travel to places where she is able to explore and immerse herself into the culture as she broadens her perspective and experiences. She has a fondness for trinkets, ones that are shiny, shaped funny, distinctive, vintage, or embellished with the fine details of nature.

Kristina

Metroleta Team Member
Metroleta Team Member

Kristina

Kristina Pressentin has joined Metroleta’s Writing and Social Media Teams. Kristina comes to us from the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communications. She is a native Oregonian who loves pursuing outdoor activities such as running, hiking, swimming, and skiing. Kristina also has a passion for sports, baking, crafting, and music. She enjoys working with children and is committed to helping her community through promoting the Metroleta project while pursuing her love of storytelling.

Rachel

Metroleta Team Member
Metroleta Team Member

Rachel

Rachel is an optimistic world traveler and passionate philanthropist, thriving off good vibes and good people. As a dedicated member of Metroleta’s social media, writing, and marketing teams, Rachel desires to build and work for a brand-with-a-cause, establishing a foundation for innovative change within communities. Her knack for adventure and love of detail translate into this Oregon native’s compassionate, yet driven ambitions as she continues her studies at the University of Oregon's School of Journalism and Communications. Rachel claims her secret to daily happiness includes a run, a cup of coffee, and a good laugh. She is excited and humbled to be a part of the Metroleta team and ready to make a positive difference in your child's education... one step at a time.

Alison

Metroleta Team Member
Metroleta Team Member

Alison

Alison is a writer at Metroleta, and joins us from the Journalism and Multimedia programs at the University of Oregon. Born and raised in the center of flavorful downtown Portland, Alison is the product of a bustling community centered around the marriage of personal expression and efficiency. She is a lover of hole-in-the-wall restaurants and hard-core folk music, and pays much of her devotion and patronage to the pages of National Geographic magazine. When she goes home, she enjoys watching movies with her father, going to her sister's lacrosse games, eating her mother's homemade meatloaf and worshipping her dog, Zoe. When she is in Eugene, she enjoys going to the theater, eating Café Yumm bowls, and worshipping everyone else's dogs. Alison is excited to present relatable articles that are meant to inform and entertain, all while contributing to Metroleta's mission to help students, teachers, and local communities.

Sarah R.

Metroleta Team Member
Metroleta Team Member

Sarah R.

With her passion for helping others and exploring, Sarah hopes one day to pursue her dreams by traveling the world, volunteering her time, and sharing the stories she gathers through multimedia and the written word. At Metroleta, Sarah was a member of the Social Media and Writing teams. She is passionate about health and fitness. Sarah has been running for almost 5 years and in her spare time can be found along the many running trails of Eugene. Sarah comes to us from the University of Oregon Journalism and Computer Information Technology programs.

Hattie

Metroleta Team Member
Metroleta Team Member

Hattie

Hattie is a member of the Education Outreach team for Metroleta, working closely with teachers, students, parents, and organizations in hopes of revolutionizing the education system. Hattie comes to Metroleta from the Latin American Studies, Spanish, and Political Science programs at the University of Oregon. In spite of a busy schedule, she still finds time to travel the world, play soccer, and relax with yoga and meditation classes. From the UK to the USA, Hattie intends to show the world her passion for philanthropic projects by advocating for world wide education. As an empowering individual inspired by education reform, Hattie aspires to bring her compassion for children and innovative ideas to the Metroleta team.

Kelli

Metroleta Team Member
Metroleta Team Member

Kelli

Kelli is a Graphic Designer on the Metroleta Team. Graduating in Spring 2012 from the University of Oregon, she holds a degree in Digital Art with minors in Communication Studies and Fine Art. Along with practicing visual arts, Kelli played alto saxophone in the Oregon Marching Band for 3 years and now works as their videographer. Coming from the small town of Kailua, Hawaii, Kelli chose Oregon to gain the full college experience and to get off the rock after living in Hawaii for her whole life (ironically her mom went to OSU). Her favorite quote states, "The past is history, the future a mystery, and today is a gift. That's why they call it the present!" Kelli's giving and caring personality is what drew her to Metroleta and she is excited to work with them to strive towards education equality and much, much more.

Betsy

Metroleta Team Member
Metroleta Team Member

Betsy

Betsy first picked up a professional-grade camera in a high school photography class. Since then, photography has been a creative outlet for her, leading to her position as a photographer for Metroleta. She enjoys exposing both the ordinary and extraordinary, finding beauty in whoever and whatever she comes across. Through being a camp counselor and tutoring kids she has always enjoyed the curiosity and carefree disposition of children. Aside from photography, she has a natural thirst for cross-cultural exchanges and world affairs, which has led to her International Studies major at the University of Oregon. She is excited to be a part of this start-up organization benefiting schools and the community.

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Tis the season! If you want to get into the holiday spirit this winter break, why not visit some major attractions in Portland, Oregon with beautiful light displays, Christmas carols, and lots of hot chocolate on the ready? Here are some of the best places to visit in Portland to get into the holiday spirit! 

1. Zoo Lights

Every year, the Oregon Zoo transforms their park into a magnificent light exhibit filled with decorated animal figures, moving ornament displays, and plenty of places to buy hot...

By: Lexi Reeve

Summer is slowly coming to a close, and I’m about to start my senior year of college. Reflecting back on my last three years at the University of Oregon, I distinctly remember the beginning of my freshman year and being terrified of the transition from high school to college. It’s a difficult process regardless, but if you have no experience with university academics, it can be stressful. From understanding the credit hours you’ll need to the university major requirements, to the amount of coursework each night, it’s overwhelming if you don’t know what you’re doing.

So...

By: Lexi Reeve
Metroleta Team Member
help wanted, joblessness, job search

It’s 11:30 a.m., my second day in Portland, and I’m already starting to grow nervous. This job search is going well if you count resumes distributed. If, however, you’re counting interviews scheduled, positive replies, or even "yes, we’re hiring"’s, you’ll be relatively down for the count.  

I’m moving storefront to storefront asking if they’re hiring, like my mom told me to do when I was 16 and wanted a car. Outside the shops,...

By: Joel DeVyldere
Metroleta Team Member

Most of my childhood memories consist of waking up at the crack of dawn, climbing into my dad’s SUV with my gear on hand, and heading up to Meadows for a ski day on the mountain. I’d been raised to be a skier since I was six years old, and some of my best memories took place at the Mt. Hood Meadows ski resort. Learning to ski with my brother on the bunny slopes, drinking hot cocoa in the lodge to warm up after a long day in the snow, and even night skiing with the mountain all lit up in the dark, finding my way down to the chairlift with minimal lighting and nothing but a layer of white in...

By: Lexi Reeve
Metroleta Team Member

Dance: The Other Left Foot

A real pop culture phenom, "Gangnam Style" has almost 3 million likes on YouTube and is seen over 6 million times a day. Previously an Asian phenomenon, it has swept the globe.
Britney Spears tweeted it.
Ellen does it (who do you think introduced it to Britney?)
Simon Cowell sat it out and watched.
Even Google...
There are many perspectives about medal examinations in dance. Like any good test, medal examinations are not about the outcome—they are about the quality of what you learn and incorporate into your dance vocabulary during the process.
It is easy to overlook the value of medal examinations—especially with the plethora of exams held by each franchise and dance organization out there...
Precise Metronomic Dullness or Expression? In this article for beginners, MadMaximus explains the basics of ballroom counts—or rather, how they are counted by most teachers. Learn valuable tips on how to raise the level of your dancing with a better understanding of syncopations.
Go to 3 different ballroom classes and you’ll probably hear 3 different ways of counting calls: “One, Two, Threeeeeeee, Four” “Quick, Quick,...
In this article, MadMaximus talks about turns, efficiency, and why figures are built the way they are. The obvious reason is geometric accuracy. But is there a deeper mechanical reason? Perhaps there is.
When you teach a 10-year old boy the rudiments of Waltz, he is apt to ask questions that make you rethink your understanding of the dance form, and...
The Viennese Waltz Fleckerl is perhaps THE most dreaded figure in Ballroom Dance. In this Secret Sauce article, MadMaximus shares the secret to executing Viennese Waltz Fleckerls with perfect grace and precision.
There is nothing that freezes a ballroom dancer's heart like the prospect of doing Fleckerls. It's hard enough in practice, and it becomes virtually...
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