The Spectrum

Student summer influenced by power of a pen and paper

Student summer influenced by power of a pen and paper

C.C. Lucas, Creative Director

August 25, 2015


Filed under ARTS & CULTURE, STUDENT LIFE, TOP STORIES

Minjae Lee ‘17 may just have had the epitome of creative summers. If her summer were to be represented in a series of snapshots, the series would consist of blooming New York City skylines, awe-inspiring encounters with esteemed metropolitan journalists, and infinite drawings churned out during the summer...

Required reading: a burden or an inspiration?

Chapel Puckett, Front Editor

May 28, 2015


Filed under ARTS & CULTURE

Too much to handle? An inescapable burden? As the summer comes to a spiraling end, Blake students reach towards the dusty cover of their mandatory summer reading books, beginning the recognition of literary concepts and the endless annotating. Fast forward to the start of the school year, sitting in ...

Summer sports reads

Summer sports reads

Will Kaback, Sports Editor

May 28, 2015


Filed under ARTS & CULTURE, SPORTS

Sports books are a great way to fulfill the necessity of a solid summer book. They come in both nonfiction and fiction form, and encompass an area as wide as the sports they cover. During long summer days, when mid-season baseball is the most exciting event on TV, a good sports book acts as a porta...

What’s Blooming in Fashion (Spring 2015) – “Bloom Board”

What’s Blooming in Fashion (Spring 2015)  –  “Bloom Board”

Annie O'Connell, Staff Writer

May 7, 2015


Filed under FASHION

Spring, known as the season of pastels and pinks, has updated its trademark.   This year, with the help of influential fashion houses such as Chanel and Valentino, spring fashion draws emphasis to delicate embroidery, something ordinarily exclusive to the aesthetes of couture.  With a fresh lens ...

Sicus con Dicus

Sicus con Dicus

John Miller, Sci-Tech Editor

May 1, 2015


Filed under ARTS & CULTURE, TOP STORIES

On late morning starts and during tutorials, room 244 seems to belong to another country. From behind the doors of Jon Dicus’s classroom come the emanate sounds of the panpipes - a pillar in South American music. A further inspection shows an energetic Dicus, leading eager students through collect...

Mastering a spoken art

Mastering a spoken art

Rachel Hertzberg, Staff Writer

March 19, 2015


Filed under ARTS & CULTURE

  “The spoken word brings a whole different dimension to discovery of levels of meaning in a poem,” says English teacher Patty Strandquist, describing the form of art known as Poetry Out Loud. On Tuesday March 10, two Blake students, Ruby McCallum ’17 and Cameron Downey ’17 advanced t...

Am I ____ enough?

Am I ____ enough?

Chapel Puckett, Opinions Editor

March 19, 2015


Filed under ARTS & CULTURE

By being immersed in our school’s competitive atmosphere for five days a week, other aspects of our lives are subject to the same pressure we often place on ourselves, including the food we eat. Although there are different pressures for different groups of people, the same stress of what and how much...

Movies: Kingsman: The Secret Service

Movies: Kingsman: The Secret Service

Bennett Mattson, News Editor

March 19, 2015


Filed under ARTS & CULTURE

Kingsman: The Secret Service does everything a film should do. It entertains and inspires. On one side, it delivers immense comic relief. From hilarious car chases to intriguing “fireworks,” the makers of Kingsman generate laughs abound. Yet, the light raucous is touchingly complemented by a won...

Gluten-free craze is guided by falsified notions

Gluten-free craze is guided by falsified notions

Jessie Kang, Staff Writer

March 19, 2015


Filed under ARTS & CULTURE, TOP STORIES

Most of us have either heard about going gluten-free or seen the gluten-free labels on food items, but many of us don’t actually know anything about either of these topics, let alone what the words “gluten” and “gluten-free” even mean. Gluten is a protein found in grains, such as wheat,...

Social Media or Real Life?

Social Media or Real Life?

Emily Hykes, Staff Writer

March 19, 2015


Filed under ARTS & CULTURE

Social media has become a huge part of the 21st century. It’s a part of our everyday lives, and has probably even wound its way into your daily schedule. Chances are you don’t even think twice before tapping and scrolling. It’s true, social media offers plenty of benefits, provides many opportunities,...

Movies: Fifty Shades of Nay

Movies: Fifty Shades of Nay

Maxine Whitely, Editor-in-Chief

March 9, 2015


Filed under ARTS & CULTURE, TOP STORIES

Fifty Shades of Grey is a book series turned movie that has taken the romantic drama genre with force. In fact, everything about Fifty Shades seemed a little too forceful: the cheesy lines, the Bella-Edward love story, and most of all, the overtly abusive relationship between the two main characters, A...

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