The Spectrum

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

Eliot Mitchell, Contributing Writer

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 of my top recommendations for books that will leave you feeling educated and empowered. Audre Lor...

Social Media Activism Spreads, Ignites Change

Social Media Activism Spreads, Ignites Change

Clara Lee Molina, Contributing Writer

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 with any means of demonstration, social media activism encounters praise as well as harsh criticism, ...

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

Noor Naseer, Managing Editor

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 Canonge, Director of the Office of Equity and Community Engagement (OECE), shares the emotional...

More than a Moment

Evan Vezmar, Contributing Writer

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 commonplace as people stood up to the racial inequalities that occur daily in the United States. ...

Students Aid Protests

Food and household supply donations at Greater Mount Vernon Church.

Will Rosenblum, Multi-Media Editor

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 Willoughby ’21, Cate Moe ’21, Sonia Baig ’21, and Sara Richardson ‘21 saw a rising need for basic...

Stop Trying to Maximize Productivity during Quarantine

Stop Trying to Maximize Productivity during Quarantine

Emma Martinez Sutton, Editor-in-Chief

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 also how to fill the rest of their day with valuable activities.  Everywhere I look, someone is telling me I h...

Art Classes Rely on Creativity in Online Classes

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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 of helping all of us to remember that while we may be distancing, we are not alone. However, for many,...

Corona Companions Comfort Cohabitants

Corona Companions Comfort Cohabitants

Betsy Fries, Photography Editor

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 up at just 8 weeks old. Reggie is a friendly and playful puppy who is excited to be a new member of the Gainsley household during quarantine. (photo 3) An...

Student Government Continues Functioning Despite Online Barriers

Forum meets via Zoom to continue their roles for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year

Noor Naseer, Sports Editor

May 6, 2020

“Forum’s just open for business as per usual,” says Student Body President Joe Gustaferro ‘20. The group meets weekly through Zoom, as they normally would during school. Gustaferro shares, “conversation doesn’t flow as easily over Zoom as it does in person, which makes things a little bit difficult, but we’re...

Abrupt End to Senior Year Allows Opportunity to Reflect

Assembly Moderators Lauren Smith'20 and Mathew Krelitz'20 prepare to announce senior speeches. 
 Students can still view senior speeches every Monday and Wednesday.

Drew Rosenblum, Editor Emeritus

May 6, 2020

     I don’t think anyone expected the year to end like this. Between the last day of school before spring break and the day we found out school for the foreseeable future would be online, the world slowly descended into isolation. While uncertainty had plagued our last real day of school, nothin...

5 Healthy Snack Options To Satisfy Your Cravings at Home

Avocado toast is one of the many healthier snack ideas that is perfect for quarantine.

Jackie Weyerhaeuser, Staff Writer

May 6, 2020

While stuck in quarantine, many of us have found ourselves with lots of free time and with free time comes snacking! It’s easy to turn to unhealthy and processed foods so here are a few simple and quick ideas for snacks to make. Avocado toast is a delicious and healthy option. I like mine on whole wheat to...

Martha Bennett Gallery Goes Online

“A Melting Future” by Alexa Hatcher ‘23. Acrylic on canvas.

Bernadette Whitely, Staff Writer

May 6, 2020

Since the governor’s social distancing order, the Martha Bennett Gallery Curatorial Team has experienced unexpected cancelations of their exhibits and shows; in spite of these complications, they have found creative new ways to share their exhibits through social media.  Due to COVID-19 changes, the Curatorial Team...

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