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Virtual Concerts Disappoint Fans

Virtual Concerts Disappoint Fans

COVID-19 regulations ban large gatherings, artists create new ways for concerts
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, streaming services, and...

COVID-19 Rules, Museums Adapt, Provide Safe Space to View Art

COVID-19 Rules, Museums Adapt, Provide Safe Space to View Art

Limited attendance spurs change
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 had to close down for prolonged...

Decoding Taylor Swift, True Meaning Behind Her New Albums

Swift’s multiple new albums reveal secrets
Maggie Seidel, Managing Editor January 27, 2021

Not many 21st century artists can claim as many accomplishments as Taylor Swift, and her release of two complete albums--"folklore" and "evermore"--amidst a global pandemic is certainly no exception. Her...

Students Share Virtual Art Struggles

Students Share Virtual Art Struggles

Online school challenges art classes to adapt
Ava Gilbert, Contributing Writer January 27, 2021

Many things have changed during online learning (RTLP) due to the pandemic. Nearly all classes have had to make a lot of changes to the activities they do in class, especially the arts. Classes such as...

Advisories Strengthen Bonds Creatively

Advisories Strengthen Bonds Creatively

Despite schedule changes, time remains special, filled with activities
Emily Rotenberg, News Editor December 15, 2020

With the new hybrid and online school models, many aspects of our school days have been changed to accommodate COVID-19 protocols, including advisory. Students meet with their advisories two days a week...

Close the Computer, Read a Book!

Teacher recommendations provide a way to stay entertained while stuck indoors
Amelia Bush, Contributing Writer December 15, 2020

Reading has numerous benefits. It creates an opportunity for people to see different perspectives and allows them to enjoy multiple stories. Books are also great for passing time, as well as learning new...

Snowy Activity's Return For Winter Season

Snowy Activity’s Return For Winter Season

New opportunities snowball as temperatures chill
Molly Seidel, Contributing Writer December 15, 2020

With the recent closure of the school and snowfall, it is imperative that students find ways to stay active in the cold to maintain physical and mental health. It is becoming increasingly chilly as the...

Virtual Senior Speeches Mark a Loss in Blake Upper School Community

New virtual senior speech format causes for lost tradition
Nina Bush, Contributing Writter November 2, 2020

Despite any aspects of senior year changing or being removed, Blake has tried to maintain the same level of importance in senior speeches by moving them online. This shift has resulted in mixed emotions,...

Students, Teachers, Staff Welcome CJ as the new Senior Grade Dean

Jones Eckhardt excited to take on new position in Upper School
Nya Manneh, Staff Writer October 1, 2020

We have all experienced so many changes in the past six months, from COVID-19 to widespread Black Lives Matter movements, so it is understandable that any more change could throw some of us off the deep...

Students Gain New Form of Self Expression

Now that students are required to wear masks, they obtain a new way to express themselves
Mackenzie Higgins and Zoey Ueland October 1, 2020

In dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, maintain a healthy distance and  wearing a mask have become the norm for health reasons. While masks make communicating more difficult, they also provide another...

New Enforcement's From The Minnesota Department of Health Causes Social Distance Rules in Lounges

New Enforcement’s From The Minnesota Department of Health Causes Social Distance Rules in Lounges

Dylan Gainsley, News Editor September 3, 2020

Both the junior and senior lounges no longer have couches, but instead have been replaced with socially distant desks.

Carter Puckett delivers her senior speech from home rather than from the podium in the Juliet Nelson Auditorium.

Online Schooling Brings Change to Long-standing Speech Tradition

Senior speeches take new form online as community is unable to congregate in the building
Betsy Fries, Photography Editor April 20, 2020

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...

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