The Spectrum

Novels offer a plethora of after death interpretations that spur introspection and self-reflection while reading.

Novels, Written Texts Read in English, Literature Classes Assert Various Ideas

Blake's literature selection teaches differing beliefs, ideas on what happens after death
Sage Marmet, Co-Editor-in-Chief February 24, 2021

Sophocles' "Antigone": "I have longer to please the dead than please the living here: in the kingdom down below I'll lie forever." Elie Wiesel’s “Night": "To no longer exist. To no longer feel the...

Death is rarely addressed directly in daily conversations throughout the halls of high school. However, thoughts about after death remains omnipresent for many students, no matter what terminologies are used to describe death.

In Students’ Minds: What Comes After Death

Conversations offer range of perspectives on what happens after death, beliefs
Sara Richardson, Editor Emerita February 24, 2021

From "Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achebe to "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Macbeth by William Shakespeare, it sometimes seems like any great classic ends with death. Although students talk...

The graphic above follows the journey of life, the obstacles it entails, and the reality of death. Through time’s passage, people encounter various perspectives and ideas which ultimately inspire thoughts of what happens after death. The “the end” imagery highlights that, for many, death is the conclusion of life. The tree imagery displays that death, for some, marks a return to nature in the Earth’s realm. For others, death might be a continuation of a journey. Destinations vary according to traditions and beliefs, such as becoming stars, flying home to Africa, reinarcation, and heaven. These varying interpretations serve as a reminder that the after death is personal, nuanced, and ever changing.

Lived Experiences Inform After Death Perspectives, Evaluation of Community’s Stance

Noor Naseer, Co-Editor-in-Chief February 24, 2021

What happens after you die? It's an age old question to which people have a wide range of responses. World Religions teacher, Maggie Bowman, explains the connection between afterlife and religion saying,...

Democracy and democratic processes were tested at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 as the country continues to widen its political divide

The Capitol Shatters: A Conversation with A Congressman

Representative Dean Phillips unpacks the events at the Capitol on Jan. 6, imparts wisdom about future of divided nation
Sage Marmet and Maggie Seidel January 28, 2021

“[U.S. Capitol Security] promised us that ‘it is the US Capitol, it is secure and safe, and it is the hardest building in the world to get into,’” Minnesota’s Third Congressional District Representative...

Echoes of Capitol Attacks Reverberate

World leaders discuss America's position of influence
Jacob Sahar, Contributing Writer January 27, 2021

Jan. 6, 2021 will become a historic date for United States history. On this date, over 2000 people stormed the capitol with intentions of overturning President Trump's 2020 presidential loss. These rioters...

Trump’s Presidency, Leadership Prioritizes Personal Success Above Nation’s Ideals

Values of democracy crumble during Trump’s four years
January 27, 2021

For most of the 20th century and into the 21st century, America has served as the world's foremost promoter of democracy, and we as Americans prided ourselves on a democratic tradition the likes of which...

Pursuit of Democracy Remains in America Today,  Exemplified in 2020 Election

Pursuit of Democracy Remains in America Today, Exemplified in 2020 Election

Foundational ideals of government endure, despite hardships
Jack Prince, Editor Emeritus January 27, 2021

Not only is freedom fundamental to understanding why democracy is so important, but it is one of the founding principles of the United States. When the Pilgrims sailed to the New World, they were looking...

Democracy and democratic processes were tested at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 as the country continues to widen its political divide

Future Government Administration, Congress Offer Glimmers of Hope

Lucy Wolfe, Staff Writer January 26, 2021

On Wednesday Jan. 6, 2021, the world watched in horror as a mob of Trump supporters attacked our nation’s capital and the democracy that it was built upon. The attempted coup was horrifying and disgraceful,...

Politics Create Uncertain Supreme Court Future, Usher Potential Changes

Politicians debate new restrictions, landmark cases
Will Rosenblum, Multi-Media Editor 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

Noor Naseer and Sara Richardson 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
Lucy Wolfe, Staff Writer 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...

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's legacy has been oversimplified, erasing her nuances

World Mourns Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Oversimplifies Her Complex Legacy

RBG touted as liberal icon, feminist symbol, bipartisan leader
Nora Fox, Features Editor 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...

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