The Spectrum

Debate During COVID-19
Ava Gilbert, Staff Writer • March 19, 2021

Before COVID-19, debaters would go to practices after school to prepare for tournaments. Members of the debate team would then travel for these tournaments...

Studying for AP exams is altered during hybrid school
COVID-19 Affects AP Exams
Nina Bush, Contributing Writer • March 18, 2021

Last spring, the College Board shortened the 2020 AP exams and abbreviated their exams to accommodate the COVID-19 pandemic and school shutdowns. This...

Novels offer a plethora of after death interpretations that spur introspection and self-reflection while reading.
Novels, Written Texts Read in English, Literature Classes Assert Various Ideas
Sage Marmet, Co-Editor-in-Chief • February 24, 2021

Sophocles' "Antigone": "I have longer to please the dead than please the living here: in the kingdom down below I'll lie forever." Elie Wiesel’s “Night": "To no longer...

Death is rarely addressed directly in daily conversations throughout the halls of high school. However, thoughts about after death remains omnipresent for many students, no matter what terminologies are used to describe death.
In Students' Minds: What Comes After Death
Sara Richardson, Editor Emerita • February 24, 2021

From "Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achebe to "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Macbeth by William Shakespeare, it sometimes seems like any great classic ends with...

Student Perspectives Surrounding Return to Full In-Person School
Student Perspectives Surrounding Return to Full In-Person School
Will Rosenblum, Managing Editor • April 11, 2021

On April 19, all students and faculty will be returning back in person. A variety of thoughts on the change have been spurred however, the majority of student opinions have...

Tips to Destress
Tips to Destress
Zoey Ueland, Staff Writer • March 19, 2021

From sports to school to friendships to living through a pandemic there are about a million reasons every day to get stressed or overwhelmed. Pippa Pflaum ‘24 states “I...

Virtual Concerts Disappoint Fans
Virtual Concerts Disappoint Fans
Emily Rotenberg, Student Life Editor • January 27, 2021

As a result of COVID-19, many artists have been forced to cancel their festivals, concerts, and world tours, resulting in a large increase of performances through social media,...

COVID-19 Rules, Museums Adapt, Provide Safe Space to View Art
COVID-19 Rules, Museums Adapt, Provide Safe Space to View Art
Sofia Perlman, News Editor • January 27, 2021

"I think we're realizing how important art is to our daily lives," says Brian Sago.      COVID-19 has greatly affected the arts, especially museums. Many museums have...

Munson pictured on the day she was adopted by her parents
Chinese Adoptee Jing Jing Munson '21 Reconciles Adoption Experience
Jing Jing Munson, Contributing Writer • February 25, 2021

My dad hands me three small circles of dough. I lay one flat on a plate and scoop a mixture of pork and cabbage into its center. As I dip my finger into a bowl of water, I...

Fries before she was adopted from an orphanage in Guangzhou, China
Chinese Adoptee Betsy Fries '22 Reconciles Adoption Experience
Betsy Fries, Creative Director • February 25, 2021

I was adopted from Guangzhou, China on Dec. 3, 2004. While my family took many videos of the experience and I enjoy looking back on them, there are many things that I may...

Five year coach Tyler Biwan says "Our guys are ones who will hang around a little bit after practice and goof around and we promote that as coaches. We want our guys to come early, stay late because being in hybrid mode right now, for many of them that’s the only time they’ll see each other everyday. We’re gracious that we get that opportunity and we harness that by hanging around pre and post practice.”
Boys Basketball Team Makes History, Gears Up For Sections
Noor Naseer, Co-Editor-in-Chief • March 18, 2021

     Currently ranked number four in class AA, the boys’ basketball team is making history. Not only is this the highest the team has ever been ranked, but they also...

Dressen addresses the team before the start of the game.
Hockey Team Connections Strengthen Despite Pandemic
March 1, 2021

     "The JV team has always had a pretty strong bond with each other," says third year JV hockey player, Luke Sugalski '22. Though, in typical 2020-2021 style, no season...

From left to right: “Interpreter of Maladies” by Jhumpa Lahiri, “The Palace of Illusions” by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, “2 States” by Chetan Bhagat, and “Simon vs. The Homosapiens Agenda” by Becky Albertalli. 
Top Four Reading Recommendations
Anushka Srivastava, Staff Writer • March 18, 2021

In the last year, we’ve all had an abundance of time on our hands. I, personally, spent the time combing through my father’s library. Here are some of my favorites. The...

TikTok creators and influencers as a whole have been infamous for ignoring COVID-19 safety protocols. 
Influencers’ Nonexistent COVID-19 Practices
Amelia Bush, Staff Writer • March 17, 2021

With the new COVID-19 strand and over 500,000 deaths due to the disease in the United States, following the proper procedures is more necessary than ever; however, this hasn't...

Hawaiian Poke Bowls and Poi: Recipes
Hawaiian Poke Bowls and Poi: Recipes
Sage Marmet and Betsy Fries April 12, 2021

Poke is a traditional native Hawaiian dish consisting of raw chopped fish, rice, vegetables, seaweed, and different seasonings (such as furikake, shoyu, and spicy sauce)....

Hawaiian Poke Bowls and Poi: Our Experiences
Hawaiian Poke Bowls and Poi: Our Experiences
Sage Marmet and Betsy Fries April 12, 2021

Sage: I really enjoyed making Poke Bowls and Poi, especially because I haven’t tried many traditional Hawaiian dishes. I love fish--ahi tuna is one of my favorites--so I...

In the late 1990s, the papaya ringspot virus almost wiped out the entire crop, until Cornell University scientists created the virus-resistant Rainbow papaya. The fruit is still enjoyed today because of genetic modification.
CRISPR-Cas9 Sequences Spark Debate Despite Potential Positive Effects for Food Industry
Sage Marmet, Co-Editor-in-Chief • January 14, 2021

In an era of continual scientific advancement, we are constantly being faced with questions regarding the morality and ethicality of altering the very building blocks that...

Engineering Provides Brighter Future
Engineering Provides Brighter Future
Grace Homan, Contributing Writer • January 14, 2021

In recent years, genetic engineering—alongside technology—has been steadily increasing. Dating back to the 1970s, humans genetically modified animals and plants to create...

TikTok Proves to be Superior to Instagram Reels
TikTok Proves to be Superior to Instagram Reels
Allyson Jay, Staff Writer • March 15, 2021

In late 2020, Instagram launched their new feature, Reels. Following its release, many Instagram users quickly pointed out the many similarities between Reels and Tiktok,...

Understanding GameStop, Stock Market
Understanding GameStop, Stock Market
Keaton Rannow, Staff Writer • February 25, 2021

In Jan. 2021, a group of amateur traders led from the subreddit WallStreetBets invested heavily into stocks of fledgling companies including that of Gamestop (GME) causing...

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