The Spectrum

Coffee culture defined by creativity and conversation

Coffee culture defined by creativity and conversation

Minjae Lee, Fashion Editor

May 24, 2016


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At 6:30 a.m. in the morning, on the way to Northrop, the wheels of many students’ cars gravitate towards Caribou drive-ins. Whether they’re alarmed by final exams or simply indulging in caffeinated drinks like me, it’s nearly impossible to imagine a day without a cup of coffee. “When the ...

Coffee linked to extensive history

Zoe Wellik, Arts & Culture Editor

May 24, 2016


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The Twin Cities is a hot pot of coffee. Literally. The metro has a strong Scandinavian heritage and identity as well as a large East African immigrant population; coincidentally, these two regions are connected by the one thing our city or, rather, nation, relies on most: coffee. But besides the drink...

Coffee & tea intersect

Coffee & tea intersect

Eva Berezovsky, Staff Writer

May 24, 2016


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It seems like humanity’s never-ending necessity for a daily cup of coffee has risen to a new high, while at the same time, Sencha Tea Bar, which Lindsay Kaback ‘19 describes as “a life changing selection of tea,” is everyone’s new destination. Our glasses filled with either coffee or tea of...

Politics fuel cynicism

Politics fuel cynicism

Zoe Wellik, Arts & Culture Editor

April 28, 2016


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For such a polarized system like politics, it is easy when supporting a candidate to  reduce other candidate’s views to being trivial or unqualified, purely to shield your own views from being debated.  But at the core, candidates bully themselves in this way; through debates, focus can be turned aw...

Gotcha! culture promotes cynicism

Eva Berezovsky, Staff Writer

April 28, 2016


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Many of us are subconscious detectives and cops, disguised in the personalities of average personas. Although we roam through the world without a magnifying glass in hand or high-tech trackers of any sort, we naturally tend to catch the wrongs that pass through our paths. We don’t receive payment for ...

Cynicism stakes spot at school

Zach Marmet, Staff Writer

April 28, 2016


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While cynicism may seem like a new, complex idea, in reality it is not. Cynicism is all over Blake, and the more it’s looked for, the more it can be found. At Blake and especially the high school, there is so much emphasis on analytical and critical thinking skills. In Social Studies and English c...

Tipping the scales

Tipping the scales

February 4, 2016


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The Blake Blueprint

The Blake Blueprint

Deniz Ercan-Fang, Online Editor

December 3, 2015


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The smiling faces of students pop from the pages of our school’s royal blue handbook. From a lower school student playing tic-tac-toe to a high schooler graphing functions on a Smart Board, the booklet portrays the school as a diverse, intellectual community, composed of students who love what they do,...

Student voices: We have a race problem.

Student voices: We have a race problem.

Alexis Reaves, Staff Writer

December 3, 2015


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I recently read an article in the New Yorker about the hotbeds that are Mizzou and Yale. If you happened to miss those screaming headlines, they tell the story of college campuses consumed by debates about political correctness. The author of the New Yorker article proposed that these conversations w...

Cornerstone on the diversity camera

Cornerstone on the diversity camera

Toyin Edison Edebor, Copy Editor

December 3, 2015


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aspirational or tokenizing?

Zahir Shaikh ’16 ends silence with speech

Zahir Shaikh ’16 ends silence with speech

Zahir Shaikh, Contributing Writer

October 29, 2015


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Mental illness. It’s such a prevalent issue, yet it’s one that never seems to get the recognition it deserves. The reason behind this is problematic – it’s because, as a community, we are too reticent and scared to discuss issues of mental illness.  I gave my speech to drive this issue into the for...

Defeating stigma: Counselors weigh in

Defeating stigma: Counselors weigh in

Deniz Ercan-Fang, Online Editor

October 29, 2015


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The second floor of the school is home to many resources. If a student faces the NAR, behind them is the library, to the left is the social studies department, and to the right is the language wing. If a student walks all the way down the language wing, they’ll reach the section of the school where ...

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