The Spectrum

Loaves and Fishes was created in 1981 as a temporary solution to hunger in Minnesota but it is still around today serving anyone who needs a meal around the cities.

Politics and power

Accessing political power as a low-income individual
Chapel Puckett, Co-Editor-in-Chief April 29, 2017

Walking into the St. Stephen’s Community Center, a “Welcome” sign hangs on a column directly in front of the cafeteria where the Hennepin Elementary School students have lunch every day. Ironically,...

Students watch the inauguration of Donald Trump live in the Julliet Nelson Auditorium while some students chose to leave and accept the consequences. The students who peacefully protested left after the new president was sworn in.

Inauguration prompts processing

Bennett Hawley and Gwyn Alexander February 9, 2017

The polarization of the 2016 presidential election was almost indisputable and is still being carried into today’s political climate. Despite the divide, the Upper School held a school wide viewing...

An estimated 100,000 people marched on January 21 to the Capitol in St. Paul.

Women’s March renews a spirit of protest

Protestors show up for women's rights around the world
Maya Chadda and Allison Ahern February 9, 2017

The streets of St. Paul were filled with pink hats, posters, and protesters for the Women’s March on January 21. The crowd marched to the Capital shouting chants ranging in intensity from the call and...

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Defining protest in 2017

Both nationally and at school, protesting endures
Chapel, Editor-in-Chief February 9, 2017

With The New York Times estimating 470,000 people who marched in Washington for the Women’s March, and a reported 3.3 million nationally, the spirit of protest is incredibly ingrained in today’s generation...

A sister march to the Women's March on Washington, the Women's March in Minnesota contributed to an estimated 3.3 million protesters globally on January 21.

Photos from Women’s March

100,000 protesters gathered in St. Paul to stand up for women's rights
Miki Rierson, News Editor February 7, 2017

Hazel DeHarpporte '19 adds her contribution to the

School watches inauguration, discussion and art follows

Students engage in many forms of processing the address
Chapel Puckett and Bennett Hawley January 20, 2017

The Blake Upper School students, faculty, and staff watched the 45th Presidential Inauguration live in the Juliet Nelson Auditorium in between morning and afternoon classes. Some students decided to...

Fire trucks lined up outside the main entrance to the building after students and faculty funneled back into the building.

Second pipe break in two months interrupts math final

Sprinkler pipe breaks in lunchroom, sends students to sidewalk
Chapel Puckett, Editor-in-Chief December 16, 2016

In the middle of a math problem, the sirens blare, the lights flash, and the fire doors close. Math teachers yell, "leave the tests in the rooms!" Students, in disbelief, flood out into the streets, freezing...

According to Lee, hipers tend to elude talking in person and resort to technological communcation, preventing empathetic connection.

Search on Facebook: Empathy

Hipsterism linked to empathy and distance
Chapel Puckett, Editor-in-Chief December 8, 2016

Hipsterism is, in one light, a subset of popular culture defined by polaroid cameras, cold brew coffee from local coffee shops, skinny jeans, and beards. In another light, though, hipsterism is a dangerous...

Friends and parents utilize tracking devices to locate others in order to both ensure safety and increase socialization.

Parents depend on tracking devices

Technology used to ensure safety
Bennett Hawley, Managing Editor December 8, 2016

Beep, beep. Beep, beep. A common phone sound when receiving a text message or a phone call, but now a new form of communication is causing these constant notifications to grow. This new type of cellular...

Lauren Sabes ‘18: “It’s super fun. It’s a good opportunity to hang out with your friends and do something different and especially if you have a little sibling in the middle school it can be a lot of fun.”

Sensationalizing fear

"Fear for fun" attracts crowds
Morgan Sabes, Staff Writer November 3, 2016

Is a horror movie and popcorn your version of a great Saturday night? Do haunted houses make you excited and exhilarated? Do you follow @ClownSightings on Twitter? The these scary things excited a large...

Fight or flight fear

The brain's primitive response to stimuli
Penelope Winton, Front Page Editor November 3, 2016

Fear stems from the most primitive parts of our being; nestled in the temporal lobe of the brain, the concept of fear traces back all the way back to the earliest of hominids. This instinctive--almost...

The hole dug by construction workers on Tuesday for water main repares flooded with water from the domestic pipeline.

UPDATING STORY: Water line breaks, no classes for two and a half days

Check here for updates on the situation at the Upper School
Chapel Puckett, Editor-in-Chief October 25, 2016

UPDATING STORY: more information is being added throughout the week. 10/ 25: The Upper School lost power around 11 a.m. on Tuesday the 25 of October. There was no running water and no internet, so students...

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