The News of The Blake School Since 1916

The Spectrum

The News of The Blake School Since 1916

The Spectrum

The News of The Blake School Since 1916

The Spectrum

Faced with an iPad, Jason Rotenberg ‘24 is forced to decide
whether he thinks the scoopers at Sebastian Joe’s deserve a tip.

To Tip, or Not To Tip, That is the Pressing Question

Jason Rotenberg, Sports Editor December 9, 2022
Picture this: you are at your favorite smoothie shop and the barista asks you to answer “a couple of questions” while you are paying. We’ve all been there in this awkward situation, whether it is at a smoothie shop or somewhere else. You buy your food item and then are presented with the “opportunity” to tip the worker for doing virtually nothing. Should you really tip the workers at these shops?
Henry Webb ‘25, a freshman at the time, had the need for speed while racing at an intense swim meet, striving for victory.

Bearstangs Bring High Hopes

Max Yousha, Staff Writer December 8, 2022

After an amazing season last year, the Bearstangs have a lot to live up to this season. The team ranked second nationally last year, and first in the state, the best in school history.  During the...

Sweet Snacks Prevail at Vending Machines

Sweet Snacks Prevail at Vending Machines

Raiden Chen, Staff Writer December 7, 2022

What is the best vending machine item? Within vending machine items, there are three categories that you can buy from: sweet, savory, and gum. Sweets are the Sour Patches, Life Savers, Mike and Ikes, and...

The timeline of The Spectrum, from 1900-2022.

“The Torch” Reveals Cultural Changes, Values

Kaining Zhang, Staff Writer December 7, 2022

Our school newspaper at Blake has changed a lot since it was founded in 1916 as "The Torch." Sigurd Ueland '55 says through email, "I believe just about everyone at the high school level read 'The Torch'--we...

Climate Change Affects Autumn

Climate Change Affects Autumn

Ahan Devgun, Staff Writer December 2, 2022

From the seasonal drinks to the colorful leaves that explode in shades of orange and red, autumn has always brought much needed variety to the change of seasons. However, because of climate change, fall...

Out of 170 students surveyed, the majority responded that they use Spotify. One anonymous student explained that, “There is every song choice and I can make as many playlists as I want. Also all my friends use Spotify so I can see what they’re listening to.”

Music Streaming Modes Conflict

Gabi Marmet, Arts & Culture Editor December 2, 2022

Do you prefer Spotify or Apple Music? There is an ongoing debate as to whether Apple Music or Spotify is the better music platform. The dispute has continued for years, and a majority of people will defend...

Horoscopes Deemed Unscientific

Horoscopes Deemed Unscientific

Ava Mittra, Contributing Writer December 2, 2022

Blake students and teachers often dismiss horoscopes as being archaic when asked to consider their zodiac signs and horoscopes in Clare Gibson's "The Complete Book of Birthdays." Maddie Raih '26 (Capricorn)...

Campbell is a student that writes by hand for all of his classes, and according to him, he “[finds] it easier to remember stuff if [he] writes it down.”

Students’ Preferences Differ Between Handwriting or Typing Notes

Tara Reddy, Contributing Writer December 2, 2022

Taking notes during class is one of the most commonly used study techniques practiced by students in ranging courses, being required in a significant number of classes at Blake. Students are asked to take...

Three Fan Favorite Foods You’ll Go Wild For at the Next Game

Three Fan Favorite Foods You’ll Go Wild For at the Next Game

Payton Smith, Staff Writer December 2, 2022

You can’t go wrong with the classic cheese curds. Although they may not meet the near-impossible state fair standards, Xcel Energy Center’s cheese curds are one of the best food items available during...

Untraditional Foods Create New Culture Around Thanksgiving

Untraditional Foods Create New Culture Around Thanksgiving

Sam Tomczik, News Editior December 2, 2022

“My favorite Thanksgiving dish is always the mandazi,” says Rania Abdullahi ‘25. Though many may not be expecting the traditional Somali sweet bread to be served during their Thanksgiving meal, Abdullahi...

Josiah March 24 desperately trying to be let in the long line of cars after cutting through the Parade Ice Arena parking lot. Instead of saving time by cutting through, it actually took longer to get to the parking lot since no one would let him in.

Feared Line Tests Patience

Charlotte Opp, Creative Director November 15, 2022

Have you ever found yourself stuck in the line to turn left onto Kenwood Parkway and all of the sudden you see a huge black GLE 350 Mercedes-Benz budge in front of you by cutting through the Parade Ice...

Teachers Return to Pre-COVID Rigor, Still Strive For Fairness

Zoey Ueland, Managing Editor November 13, 2022

COVID-19 changed a lot regarding school. Two years later, schools across the country have begun to revert back to pre-COVID habits in addition to creating new ones. As a whole, inflated grading practices...

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