The Spectrum

The value of political compromise

Yeukai Zimbwa, Copyeditor

November 5, 2018


Filed under INDEPTH

When asked “what side I take” on x or y political issue, I like to start what often turns into an emotional, patriotic rant about Mark Lila’s The Once and Future Liberal with, “Well I like to consider myself a moderate… “ Yes, it is annoying to both diehard Liberals and diehard Conservatives, ...

Understanding defensiveness

William Lyman, Features Editor

November 5, 2018


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We exist in a community and a political landscape that relies on competition. Small margins of victory for political candidates in presidential and congressional elections have heightened the struggle for power within our government. In other words, the aggressive fight between political parties perpe...

Sharing opinions on political dialogue

Sharing opinions on political dialogue

Averi Sullivan, News Editor

November 5, 2018


Filed under INDEPTH

As students, personal political beliefs seem to be trapped in our conscious. The self-righteous ideals that were sprawled on scrolls across the wooden tables of our country’s founding or even the passionate values and words to live by etched in the plaques of our institution. With all of this history in pure word vomit of never-ending principles, we live in a moment in time where the student body is crippled by their own ideas to start a conversation. Why is it so hard for us to talk about politics?

Starbucks eliminating plastic straws

Starbucks eliminating plastic straws

Sarina Dev, InDepth Editor

November 2, 2018


Filed under INDEPTH, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & HEALTH

On Monday, October 8, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned that the world has twelve years to drastically change its environmental impact before an almost irreversible climate change catastrophe. While the Paris Agreement from 2016 pledged to keep global temperatu...

Learning from the Outdoors

Learning from the Outdoors

Louise Ba, Contributing Writer

October 3, 2018


Filed under FEATURES, INDEPTH

“Alright guys, I need all the bolts taken out of these picnic tables. It shouldn’t take you that long!” I looked up at the source of this strange suggestion, our project sponsor at Afton State Park, Gene. I couldn’t help but think that this project would never get done with our handsaws, ...

Understanding purpose of advisory

Understanding purpose of advisory

Zach Marmet, Staff Writer

September 28, 2018


Filed under INDEPTH, TOP STORIES

An often overlooked part of our daily routine is advisory. While some students consider it a waste of time that could be spent doing homework, many teachers and students would argue that it is an integral part of the day. Senior advisor Kate Nichols has been an advisor for nine years and therefore ...

Teaching together

Sara Richardson and Emma Martinez Sutton

September 28, 2018


Filed under INDEPTH, TOP STORIES

As students trudge through the hallways, the amount of energy, thought, and creativity teachers put into classes is often forgotten. Not only do they have to narrow down textbooks, reading material, units, and assignments for multiple courses, but it is an expectation for teachers to collaborate and i...

Spending a day with Anne Stavney

Eva Berezovsky, Co-Editor in Chief

September 28, 2018


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As Head of School, Anne Stavney endeavors to pilot each campus in the direction of success, in a sense both individual and reputational. Stavney describes an archetypical Head of School workday ìlooking like a whole bunch of meetings with different people who are helping [her] run the school. Stavney spec...

Uncovering forces behind Blake brand

William Lyman, Features Editor

September 28, 2018


Filed under INDEPTH

While both the Communications team and Legal Team are such integral parts of the operations of the school, little is known about how they operate. The communications department is responsible for the operation of Blake website, Cyrus magazine, Life at Blake video series, Family Directory, Bear Essentia...

Neglecting to tell stories

Brent Florine, Contributing Writer

November 5, 2017


Filed under INDEPTH

photo credit: Ashlyn Kehoe | illustration credit: Eva Berezovsky Repressing current events as a result of  over-politicization Our school fosters a community of bright, visionary thinkers, each of whom are continually developing their own personal beliefs. As students, these beliefs are based on ex...

Singing state pride: Hippo Campus

Singing state pride: Hippo Campus

Yeukai Zimbwa, Contributing Writer

October 17, 2017


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At their two free State Fair shows, Hippo Campus fans showed up as indie rock lovers and Minnesotans to support the small, local band that brought them all together.      Lake lovers, winter sports enthusiasts, driveway salt connoisseurs, and all other brands of Minnesotans have the unique ability t...

The irony of volunteering for credit

The irony of volunteering for credit

Elizabeth Opp, Opinions Editor

April 28, 2017


Filed under INDEPTH, TOP STORIES

Volunteering is no foreign concept to students of our community. Whether it comes from a college counselor, parent, or even a friend, the pressure to give back to the community is omnipresent. The 100 hour recognition was created to epitomize high school volunteering, but lately it is being seen as ...

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