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Students Seek Clarifying Communication of Definition, Consequences

Students Seek Clarifying Communication of Definition, Consequences

Sara Richardson, Arts and Culture Editor

November 8, 2019

On paper, academic honesty has a similar definition for most students. Amaka Nwokocha '21 describes the definition of academic honesty as "[j]ust not cheating. Doing your own work." But, while the meaning of academic honesty seems simple, there is abundant confusion and issues between students and t...

A PERSPECTIVE FROM THE EDITORS: Restructuring Policies Paramount to Clarification

A PERSPECTIVE FROM THE EDITORS: Restructuring Policies Paramount to Clarification

Drew Rosenblum, Co-Editor-in-Chief

November 8, 2019

While there are many different mechanisms for discipline at Blake, perhaps the most well known is the community judiciary board or CJB. The eight-member committee hears cases on a variety of issues, a common one being academic honesty. While the number of cases per year has remained about the same f...

Honestly Confusing

Honestly Confusing

November 8, 2019

  “I, _______, acknowledge that academic honesty and integrity are core values at Blake and core components of a Blake School education. I understand that I am expected  to abide by all policies regarding academic honesty and integrity, and I recognize that should I break the trust invested in m...

Teachers Work to Find Teaching Moments in Instances of Academic Dishonesty

Teachers Work to Find Teaching Moments in Instances of Academic Dishonesty

Noor Naseer, News Editor

November 8, 2019

When asked about what academic honesty means to her, math teacher Christin Winkler shares, "I think academic honesty is presenting something that reflects what you know without copying from someone else or receiving assistance from someone else." This idea generally summarizes the role of academic ho...

Hinduism Finds Minimal Involvement in Classes

Hinduism Finds Minimal Involvement in Classes

Rishab Haldar, Contributing Writer

October 14, 2019

There isn’t an emphasis on religion at Blake and as a result, there really isn’t any interaction with Hinduism at Blake. For being a minority for the majority of my time at Blake, and with there being about two or three devout Hindu students per grade, it didn’t make sense to bring up my relig...

Fear of Stigma Suffocates Religious Expression

Fear of Stigma Suffocates Religious Expression

Louise Ba, Contributing Writer

October 14, 2019

I remember sitting in a circle made of chairs in advisory during my sophomore year. Hearing about everyone’s different faith and backgrounds after Eboo Patel’s visit was intriguing, but nerve-wracking. We went around the room and shared our religious affiliation, and as the attention was drawn to m...

Existing Religious Accommodations Ease Holiday Stress, Wish for More

Existing Religious Accommodations Ease Holiday Stress, Wish for More

Sage Marmet, Food Features Editor

October 14, 2019

As a Jew, I observe and miss school for two major holidays: Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. I really enjoy these holidays as it brings my family together and encourages reflection on the previous year. It’s challenging is to miss two days of school just ten days apart. As Jews are a small minor...

Christianity Top of “Religious Food Chain”

Christianity Top of “Religious Food Chain”

Everett Honour, Contributing Writer

October 14, 2019

“Pluralism”: the acknowledgment and practice of several different beliefs, and, more specifically, several different religions in one space. Blake is a culmination of people, both students and faculty, from many different backgrounds and religions; in this sense, Blake is a pluralistic institution, b...

Contextualizing Religious Pluralism

Contextualizing Religious Pluralism

October 14, 2019

PLURALISM: “A state of society in which members of diverse ethnic, racial, religious, or social groups maintain and develop their traditional culture or special interest within the confines of a common civilization”- Merriam Webster Dictionary “The Blake Sch...

Diverse Student Body Juxtaposes Religious Calendar

Will Rosenblum, News Editor

October 13, 2019

The Academic School year consists of two large breaks, typically with minimal homework, that occur directly after first semester during Christmas, and after the third quarter during Easter, religious holidays of the Christian religion. While this system does accommodate for a lot of the student b...

Changing Traditions Emphasize Transient Community

Changing Traditions Emphasize Transient Community

Emma Martinez Sutton, Managing Editor

September 21, 2019

“Human beings crave an understanding of where we come from and I think that’s the benefit and power of tradition... [it’s] the way in which we reconnect with the past,” explains English teacher Cory Tao. “There’s this continuity between us here and the way things have been done in our comm...

Traditions Create Identity, Strong Communities

Traditions Create Identity, Strong Communities

Maggie Seidel, Student Life Editor

September 21, 2019

Many institutions value tradition’s communal aspects and properties that interweave with both daily and habitual activities as well as special moments, Blake being no exception. Traditions, at the core, are designed to unite the community.  David Zalk ‘66, Social Studies Teacher, shares, “Traditions at ...

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