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Cantrell shares how he enjoys spending his time: “Cooking, biking, cooking, more cooking, especially Japanese food. Japanese food in Japan is actually very different from Japanese food in the U.S., and so we get lots of stuff sent from Japan. You can’t get fresh fish sent from Japan, but you can get lots of dried ingredients and stuff.”

Dr. Cantrell Chronicles Unusual Journey to Teaching

From an early interest in mathematics to astronomy research, living in Japan, to teaching math at Blake, Dr. Cantrell presents his unique road to teaching mathematics at the Upper School
Noor Naseer, Co-Editor-in-Chief January 27, 2021

Andy Cantrell’s path to teaching math at the Blake Upper School was nothing short of extraordinary. Initially, Cantrell planned to study mathematics at Yale University; however, he had a change...

Seniors Tyler May, Lorna Kruesel, and Clara Lee Molina (left to right) pictured in popular videos and their profile pages

Students Go Viral

Three seniors develop new niches through popular social media platform
Betsy Fries, Creative Director January 27, 2021

It’s no surprise that TikTok has been consuming the lives of students, while simultaneously devouring their attention span. For every user the experience on the app is different. For three Blake seniors...

In the late 1990s, the papaya ringspot virus almost wiped out the entire crop, until Cornell University scientists created the virus-resistant Rainbow papaya. The fruit is still enjoyed today because of genetic modification.

CRISPR-Cas9 Sequences Spark Debate Despite Potential Positive Effects for Food Industry

Food labels proudly promote non-GMO products, however unclear definition, continual production prevails
Sage Marmet, Co-Editor-in-Chief January 14, 2021

In an era of continual scientific advancement, we are constantly being faced with questions regarding the morality and ethicality of altering the very building blocks that comprise our lives. Clustered...

Engineering Provides Brighter Future

Engineering Provides Brighter Future

New technology paves way for eliminating un- curable diseases, improves quality of life
Grace Homan, Contributing Writer January 14, 2021

In recent years, genetic engineering—alongside technology—has been steadily increasing. Dating back to the 1970s, humans genetically modified animals and plants to create genetically modified organisms,...

Human Modification Creates Risks

Human Modification Creates Risks

Abundance of unknown factors, outcomes outweigh potential benefits
Will Rosenblum, Managing Editor January 14, 2021

Each year, more than three billion dollars is spent on genetic research. As genetic modification technology advances and that number continues to rise with genetic modification becoming a normalized topic,...

Staff Editorial

Staff Editorial

What Spectrum staff learns from challenges of COVID-19
Maggie Seidel, Business Manager December 7, 2020

Despite the many hardships that 2020 has posed, this year has simultaneously offered new perspectives about human interaction, societal issues, and personal health. No community has been immune to the...

The battle of reproductive rights in the United States has become politicized and increasingly polarized

Reproductive Rights Battle Lingers

Pro-life versus pro-choice arguments distract from root causes of higher abortion rates
Betsy Fries, Photography Editor December 7, 2020

There is no doubt in my mind that reproductive rights have been under attack for decades. It saddens me that this controversial subject has become as fueled by politics as it is today, and has...

Mental Health Needs Rise

Mental Health Needs Rise

COVID-19 pandemic, added stress necessitate focus on mental illness
Bernadette Whitely, Arts & Culture Editor December 7, 2020

As personal, professional, and global stressors continue to compile, it becomes more difficult to prioritize well-being, as mental and emotional health are often pushed to the side. It is easy to convince...

Diwali, Hindu Lunar Solar Month Kartika Cooking: Recipes

Diwali, Hindu Lunar Solar Month Kartika Cooking: Recipes

Food from Hindu homes around the world
Sage Marmet and Betsy Fries November 10, 2020

Main dish: Aloo Tamatar Ki Sabji (Potato Tomato Curry) Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 30 mins  4 servings Ingredients: 2 tbsp oil 1 bay leaf 1 inch cinnamon 2 pods cardamom pinch...

Diwali, Hindu Lunisolar Month Kartika Cooking: Our Experiences

Diwali, Hindu Lunisolar Month Kartika Cooking: Our Experiences

Our takeaways from preparing and cooking food common in Hindu kitchens around the world
Sage Marmet and Betsy Fries November 10, 2020

Sage: Cooking dishes commonly made during Diwali and the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika helped me to better understand some cultural aspects of Diwali and have an opportunity to experience a little snippet...

College Admissions Foster Competition, Inequality

College Admissions Foster Competition, Inequality

Early decision, early action institutionalize universities’ capital wealth
Sara Richardson, Managing Editor November 6, 2020

An increasing number of students, especially seniors, are exhausted, stressed, panicked, and worried about their futures. No, I’m not talking about the upcoming election and the future of this...

New Locations Swing Voters

New Locations Swing Voters

Voters fleeing urban areas may change political parties
Chad Woerner, Staff Writer November 6, 2020

Current headlines dominating the presidential race often cover mail-in voting, healthcare, the economy, climate change, the Supreme Court, and President Trump’s response to COVID-19. However, changes...

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