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Politics Create Uncertain Supreme Court Future, Usher Potential Changes

Politicians debate new restrictions, landmark cases
November 5, 2020

As the third branch of government in the United States, the Supreme Court has held tremendous power for most of the countryís history. Originally, the judicial branch was by far the weakest sector of...

Answering Student, Faculty Questions about State of Supreme Court

November 5, 2020

“WHAT SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT THE SUPREME COURT?”  - CJ Jones Eckhardt The Supreme Court is made up of nine members: one Chief Justice and eight Associate Justices. Because of the Certiorari Act of 1925,...

Barrett Swiftly Confirmed to Supreme Court

Barrett Swiftly Confirmed to Supreme Court
Republicans rush to fill seat during election despite past objections
November 5, 2020

On Monday, Oct. 26, one week from the Presidential Election, Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed to the Supreme Court. The confirmation of Justice Barret was not only unjust, due to the halt of Obama's attempted...

World Mourns Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Oversimplifies Her Complex Legacy

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's legacy has been oversimplified, erasing her nuances
RBG touted as liberal icon, feminist symbol, bipartisan leader
November 5, 2020

According to Social Studies Chair Beth Calderone, "In modern American history, there is no greater champion of women's rights" than late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. While serving on the...

Reading Recommendations for Self-Education, Anti-Racism, and Empathy

From baby books to essay collections, senior recommends tools for education
October 7, 2020

One of the most powerful tools to fight racism is education. People in places of privilege must take it upon themselves to educate themselves and become anti-racist instead of complacent. Here are five...

Social Media Activism Spreads, Ignites Change

Social Media Activism Spreads, Ignites Change
Pandemic fuels online activism
October 7, 2020

In the wake of the killing of George Floyd, the world collectively erupted in justified protest. One of the most popular mediums of protest was (and still is) social mediaóparticularly Instagram. As...

Teachers Engage in Anti-Racist Teaching, Grapple with How to Improve Curriculum

Reading, discussions aid progress
October 7, 2020

Recent racial injustice and political unrest have led teachers to change their perspectives on educating and emphasized conversations about police brutality, equity, and race among faculty and staff.  Tyneeta...

More than a Moment

October 2, 2020

This summer, the country went through underwent immense changes as the COVID-19 pandemic upended lives and calls for racial justice and police reform echoed across the nation. Protests and marches were...

Students Aid Protests

Food and household supply donations at Greater Mount Vernon Church.
Students raise money, awareness
October 2, 2020

As Minneapolis became the center of the Black Lives Matter Movement, Blake students aided in the fight for racial justice in a variety of ways. Nikki Stabno ’21, Rachel Winkey ’21, Kate...

Stop Trying to Maximize Productivity during Quarantine

Stop Trying to Maximize Productivity during Quarantine
Staying inside and focusing on yourself is perfectly okay during this stressful time
May 17, 2020

As we all adjust to our new daily lives during the pandemic, you are probably feeling the pressure to be productive all day at home. Not only do students have to figure out how to learn from home, but...

Art Classes Rely on Creativity in Online Classes

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Despite meeting virtually, art does not halt
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...

Corona Companions Comfort Cohabitants

Corona Companions Comfort Cohabitants
Furry friends enjoy spending time with their owners during quarantine
May 6, 2020

Meet Murphy, who is reaching for his toy. Little does he know he can’t have it because when he’s given it he barks too much. (photos 1 and 2) Reggie, the Cavipoo, recently picked...

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