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Staff Editorial: COVID-19 Closures and Openings Elicit Conversations About the Balance Between Economic Security and Health

Staff Editorial: COVID-19 Closures and Openings Elicit Conversations About the Balance Between Economic Security and Health

Varying responses to government policies increase tension in communities
Maggie Seidel, Features Editor May 20, 2020

Since the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting states differently, the stay-at-home orders mandated by individual state governors are enacted on a state-by- state basis. These differing responses, closures,...

“This is my desk I set up here at home.”

Blake Alums Reflect on Their Returns From College and Graduate School

Nya Manneh, Staff Writer May 14, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected each person globally in a unique way. Blake alums who are in college or graduate school has returned home due to college and university closures around the nation and...

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Art Classes Rely on Creativity in Online Classes

Despite meeting virtually, art does not halt
Caroline Hardy May 8, 2020

At a time where isolation has become the necessary norm, many have lauded the connective power of art. Musical benefits, art shows, and crafts adorn social media, the majority with the primary purpose...

The recent plunging stock market has sparked new conversations at Blake Asset Management's online meetings.

Blake Asset Management Struggles Are Representative of Erratic U.S. Markets

Club tries to maintain normalcy despite meeting virtually
Chad Woerner, Contributing Writer May 1, 2020

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...

According to, watching Netflix for long periods of time can act as a stress-reliever and induce feelings of positivity.

10 Easy Self-care Tips

Practice self-care while in quarantine
Sonia Baig, Contributing Writer April 24, 2020

Quarantine Self-care Tips: 1. Create a routine With more flexibility in our schedules, it can be easy for us to fall into mindless activities, like scrolling through social media and lose track of...

Dua Lipa performed “Don’t Start Now” with her dancers and bandmates through video chat on The Late Late Show with James Corden.

Online Concerts Allow Artists, Fans to Stay Connected

Musicians build community through online platforms
Bernadette Whitely, Staff Writer April 24, 2020

The COVID-19 outbreak has caused mass cancelations of tours, concerts, and festivals, negatively affecting artists, big or small. However, by continuing to connect with their fans through online concerts...

The unprecedented COVID-19 has greatly affected the stock market.

Stock Market Crash Reveals New Strategy for Investors

Jack Prince, Managing Editor, Online Editor April 24, 2020

For about the last 11 years, investors in the stock market have grown accustomed to high returns and a booming economy that presents itself with new jobs and companies. However, that streak has come to...

College Board Cancels, Reschedules, Reformats: ACT, SAT, SAT Subject, AP Exams

College Board Cancels, Reschedules, Reformats: ACT, SAT, SAT Subject, AP Exams

Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, annual and monthly standardized tests are being revised
Emma Martinez Sutton, Editor-in-Chief April 21, 2020

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....

Lady Bird Holds Important Life Lessons

Lady Bird Holds Important Life Lessons

Coming of age film speaks to teenagers
Jenna Thrasher, Staff Writer April 17, 2020

The movie, Lady Bird, changed my life when it first came out two years ago, and it feels even more relevant today. This coming of age film addresses a lot of topics that we might all be dealing with right...

Is Online School Effective?

Is Online School Effective?

Students and teachers share their insight on RTLP and Zoom classes
Noor Naseer, Sports Editor April 17, 2020

“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...

Mythos Creations features unique graphic tee shirts.

Junior Elle McCarthy Combines the Pursuit of Entrepreneurship and Design

Nora Fox, Arts & Culture April 17, 2020

When walking through the halls, it’s common to see students wearing clothing created by student run companies such as Buzz or Sadmon. Mythos Creations, created by Elle McCarthy ‘21, probably won’t...

Stand Up Speak Out

Dharani Persaud '13, Contributing Writer October 6, 2011

Justice League is a group of students started last year that is dedicated to social justice of all kinds, they deal with racism, homophobia, sexism, ageism, ableism or any other oppression created in our...

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