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The News of The Blake School Since 1916

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Clare Flanagan’s February Rants and Raves

Hello, loyal readers. It has come time once again for Rants and Raves! Yes, it’s that lovely, bite-sized part of the Opinions section that’s perfect for when you lack the mental stamina to read anything really serious or intellectually stimulating, which for me is most of the time. So, I implore you, sit down and enjoy my unsolicited opinions. Maybe you’ll even be inspired to come up with some rants and raves of your own.

RANT: Chaos in the Pendulum

The pendulum area has long been one of my favorite study spots in the school, but lately it hasn’t been nearly as peaceful as I remember it. It must act like a giant echo chamber, because the squawks of everyone from the black box to the math wing are magnified and funneled up to the once-tranquil chairs and tables, making it difficult to concentrate on homework or just chill. Sometimes I even find myself retreating to the dank recesses of the band locker room in search of a little peace and quiet! The library and lounges are already madhouses. Let’s not make the pendulum one too – we need to preserve at least a few quiet places in this school!

RANT: Unauthorized underclassmen on the run

Underclassmen going off-campus when they’re not authorized to. I fully understand the powerful lure of Five Guys, Chipotle, or Noodles. However, when freshmen, sophomores, and juniors go off-campus without permission – even for a few innocent donuts in the parking lot – it undermines their entire grade’s chances of getting official off-campus privileges. Off-campus is not a guarantee, not even during senior year. When a few rapscallions dare to break the rules, the consequences can affect the whole grade. For now, please just stick around for lunch. The time when we can legally indulge our cravings for Five Guys will come sooner than you think.

RAVE: Potato dumpling

The potato dumpling soup that’s been served in the cafeteria lately. I don’t know about you, but it’s been putting me into a cream-based coma of satisfaction. It’s simple, hearty, and perfect for a bitter winter day. Not to mention it has potatoes, and I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like potatoes. So congratulations, Taher. You really hit it out of the park on this one. We still have to address that chocolate milk issue, though.

RAVE: “Skins” and TV shows

The TV series Skins – the UK version, of course. I think that between this and Downton Abbey, it’s pretty apparent that British television is superior to ours. Don’t get me wrong, I love America, but not even Gossip Girl can compare to this show. Simultaneously absurd, heart-wrenching, and hilarious, this drama about a group of teenage friends will draw you in and win your heart after one wild episode. If you have a high tolerance for mature content and adorable British accents, this is the show for you – not to mention that all of the episodes are free on Netflix!

RAVE: The Harlem Shake 

The Harlem Shake. Need I say more? This new dance craze, following in the footsteps of such Internet legends as Gangnam style, is so bizarre that it can hardly be described. Words fail me. Frenetic and fabulous: it can be done on skis, in a sleeping bag, in large groups, and especially while wearing a helmet. Still don’t get it? Google it and you’ll understand the magic. I guarantee you’ll have a good laugh and/or get your freak on. Don’t we all need a little bit of that in our lives?

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