Corona Companions Comfort Cohabitants
Meet Murphy, who is reaching for his toy. Little does he know he can’t have it because when he’s given it he barks too much. (photos 1 and 2) Reggie, the Cavipoo, recently picked up at just 8 weeks old. Reggie is a friendly and playful puppy who is excited to be a new member of the Gainsley household during quarantine. (photo 3) Another new addition during quarantine, L...
Student Government Continues Functioning Despite Online Barriers
“Forum’s just open for business as per usual,” says Student Body President Joe Gustaferro ‘20. The group meets weekly through Zoom, as they normally would during school. Gustaferro shares, “conversation doesn’t flow as easily over Zoom as it does in person, which makes things a little bit difficult, but we’re still putting items on our agenda, discussing similar issues to what we nor...
Abrupt End to Senior Year Allows Opportunity to Reflect
I don’t think anyone expected the year to end like this. Between the last day of school before spring break and the day we found out school for the foreseeable future would be online, the world slowly descended into isolation. While uncertainty had plagued our last real day of school, nothing could have prepared anyone for the lockdown of the world. Everything came to a screeching halt, and ...
5 Healthy Snack Options To Satisfy Your Cravings at Home
While stuck in quarantine, many of us have found ourselves with lots of free time and with free time comes snacking! It’s easy to turn to unhealthy and processed foods so here are a few simple and quick ideas for snacks to make. Avocado toast is a delicious and healthy option. I like mine on whole wheat toast with olive oil drizzled over top and a sprinkle of sea salt. To make yours more flavo...
Martha Bennett Gallery Goes Online
Since the governor’s social distancing order, the Martha Bennett Gallery Curatorial Team has experienced unexpected cancelations of their exhibits and shows; in spite of these complications, they have found creative new ways to share their exhibits through social media. Due to COVID-19 changes, the Curatorial Team has been forced to think outside of the box and adjust their system. Nora Corne...
Staff Editorial: COVID-19 Pandemic Reignites Standardized Test Controversy in College Admissions Process
Amidst the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, the College Board and ACT Inc. have decided to cancel the SAT, SAT Subject Tests, and the ACT, leading to a rise in the argument for colleges and universities to switch to a test-optional application.
College Board Cancels, Reschedules, Reformats: ACT, SAT, SAT Subject, AP Exams
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced major changes in the education system and college admission process. Due to concerns of spreading the coronavirus, ACT, SAT, and AP tests have been altered and/or rescheduled. In response, colleges are re-evaluating their admission standards.A
Online Schooling Brings Change to Long-standing Speech Tradition
In the midst of a transition into uncharted territory, senior speeches have still found a way to create a sense of community, thrive, and stay beneficial to audience members. At first glance, changing from in-person to online speeches seemed saddening for many seniors.
Avocado Toast Proves to be a Nutritious Lunch Perfect For Quarantine
We are so lucky to enjoy an array of nice entrees, sides, and salads for lunch when we are at school. Since our school experience has been altered significantly these past few weeks, it can be easy to be at a loss for what to prepare for ourselves for lunch. I, however, have found myself preparing one recipe regularly for lunch: avocado toast.
Coronavirus Impacts Abroad in China, Sends Shockwaves through World
Junior Zoe Feldshon ‘21, spent the first semester in China doing a school year abroad program through SYA. But, because of the sudden the breakouts of the coronavirus, Feldshon and other students were sent back home early.
Quarantine Reading List
As students, it's really easy for reading to feel like a chore you do for school and not something you keep up with in your free time. Being stuck inside while you socially distance yourself provides the perfect opportunity to finally get back into the habit of reading for fun or to read the books you've never found time for before.
50 Things To Do During Quarantine
Clean your house. I am not just talking about cleaning your room, but help your parents organize the garage or go through your closet. Personally, I did this during the first two days of quarantine and I feel uncluttered. Redecorate your room. Move some things around, put some pictures of your friends and family on the wall, or learn about feng shui.
Blake Asset Management Struggles Are Representative of Erratic U.S. Markets
As a recession looms, Blake Upper School’s BAM (Blake Asset Management) have made serious adaptations in the transition to online learning. The open schedule on Fridays has allowed the club to continue its practice of weekly meetings by way of Zoom. But one drawback of the club is that during times of great volatility in the stock market, quick decision making is very hard to come by. According...
Is Online School Effective?
“It’s the perfect iceberg analogy,” says freshmen dean Jen Vance, when discussing online school. Instead of seeing each other’s full selves, students and faculty are now seeing each other through rectangles on their computer screen, often muted, with a corner of their house in the background. Online school has brought new challenges, but despite these, students recognize its effectiveness, as well as the faculty’s efforts.
Spring Sport Athletes Share Training Schedules, React to Cancellation of Season
Without this season, teams feel more pressure to work hard in the off-season to prepare. Mitchell states, “But next year, the majority of our team are juniors this year, so we will be seniors next year, and it’s our last season, so it is going to be big. [...] I am sure it's going to be putting in a lot of work next year.”
Apprehensive Residents Strip Grocery Stores, Pharmacies Dry
Almost ten days before Minnesota's Governor Walz announced the “shelter-in-place,” local grocery stores and pharmacies were left empty. Amidst the chaos of growing COVID-19 cases, Americans have taken it upon themselves to stock up on essential household items, many of which being cleaning supplies.
Coronavirus opens new opportunities to get outside
It is hard to tell if the Coronavirus has made it easier or harder to get outside every day. On one hand, we need exercise and mental stimuli other than Netflix and schoolwork. On the other hand, going outside and coming into close contact with others puts us at risk. Recently, in the Twin Cities and surrounding areas, we have seen street closures to encourage pedestrians and other outdoor adventurers t...
Don’t Worry, Be Happy
In the midst of these stressful, uncertain times it is imperative to make time for things that you enjoy, love and that will make you happier. As avid dog lovers, my family made the decision to adopt a puppy in April. After our travel plans were suddenly cancelled, we found ourselves wanting to pick her up sooner.
Home Gyms Become Essential For Athletes
In a time of closure for all public gyms and workout areas, athletes of all levels find themselves struggling to find methods of staying in shape.
Zooming With Advisory
As synchronous learning begins on April 6, Kjirsten Walt’s junior advisory meets during their designated time to check-in with each other and plan events for future advisory meetings.
Connecting in Quarantine
With the outbreak of COVID-19 sweeping the globe, many students and their families were forced to either cancel or postpone trips. Instead of finding themselves on the beach or the slopes, students are at home due to the ongoing quarantine.