The Spectrum

Science of mental illness

Science of mental illness

Sean Ericson, Copy Editor

October 29, 2015


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Mental illness directly affects one in five teenagers, and many more have family members or friends who struggle with it.      One-half of all cases of mental illness develop by age fourteen and three-fourths appear by age 24. But how, and why, does it occur?      There are many different fac...

Thoughtful language around mental health fosters dialogue

CC Lucas and Melina Donnelly, Managing Editor and Staff Writer

October 29, 2015


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“Oh my god, that’s so depressing!” For some, these words whiz in one ear and out the other. For others, these words accumulate into a larger discomfort, or even a suppressed shout, “No, it’s not!”     While there is some visibility, many of us still don’t understand how to talk about mental hea...

Prevalence of mental illness

Prevalence of mental illness

Minjae Lee, Opinions Editor

October 29, 2015


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You wake up in the morning after getting five hours of sleep and you meet your reflection in the mirror.  Skin breakouts appear from lack of sleep, and the argument with your parents is fresh on your mind. Whether you are a lifer or a new student at Blake, everyone goes through these phases as a Hig...

The science of mental illness

The science of mental illness

Sean Ericson, Managing Copy Editor

October 28, 2015


Filed under INDEPTH, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & HEALTH

We’ve heard a lot about mental illness, from health class to senior speeches. It's a widespread problem, particularly for high schoolers: it affects one in five teenagers, and many more have family members or friends who live with with it. Half of all cases of mental illness develop by age 14 and three-quarters...

Spirit: Redefined

Spirit: Redefined

Toyin Edison-Edebor, Copy Editor

October 1, 2015


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Seniors! Seniors! The lively class of 2016 chants to mark the beginning of yet another assembly. I buckle down in my seat ready to listen to announcement after announcement. Two students walk up to the post and begin talking about this week’s sports events usually ending with an “It would be awesome...

The Individuality of spirit

The Individuality of spirit

CC Lucas, Features Editor

October 1, 2015


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The front bar at the Aamoth Stadium appears to be more a privilege than a right. If you’ve ever been to a home game, it’s clear the unspoken rule for leaning against that rail with your arms whipped out at full wingspan in a get-up of blue and green has less to do with who you are and more with how ...

Senior class steps up to the spirit challenge

Senior class steps up to the spirit challenge

October 1, 2015


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"BON-DE-LEI-LEI” yells Will Kaback ‘16 at the top of his lungs during the Wolfpack football game. Kaback, alongside many seniors, has worked to keep up old spirit traditions and embed new ones. After a multi-year spirit slump, the Class of 2016 is trying to revive student participation and morale.  ...

Substantial school spirit manifests positively and negatively

Substantial school spirit manifests positively and negatively

Hazel DeHarpporte, Contributing Writer

October 1, 2015


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From Homecoming Week to the Senior Run, spirit is a substantial part of the community. Our school cares a lot about school spirit. Some people say because it brings our community closer together, it unifies the school, it makes school fun. Caitlin Kearney ‘16 says, “It makes school a more fun environment be...

Defend the Den spikes showings

Defend the Den spikes showings

Sarina Dev, Kai Sovell, and Alyssa Story

September 29, 2015


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On most Fridays, empty stands pack full with supportive students on their phones. The routine snapping, tweeting, and texting is now accompanied by verifying game attendance on the Defend the Den app.      Defend the Den is a new application created by Lindsay Youngdahl and SuperFanU Inc. to encoura...

Numbers and letters really don’t mean much

Numbers and letters really don’t mean much

Shannon Ellis, Contributing Writer

May 1, 2015


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“Where are you going to college?” is a frequently asked question these days. Since the acceptance or rejection letters have finally arrived, we can now compare the results of this year’s acceptance rates with those of previous years. In 2005, the acceptance rate of the University of Southern...

Ethical questions fog global warming perception

Ethical questions fog global warming perception

Sam Gittleman, Opinions Editor

March 19, 2015


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Science. It’s real, or it’s not. What is so abstract? When ethics leak into research, the clear lines of science become blurred and blotted. Wei-Hock Soon was a successful man by most standards. A scientist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, he has received the Petr Beckmann...

Proposal for Keystone pipeline gets cut off

Proposal for Keystone pipeline gets cut off

Chapel Puckett, Opinions Editor

March 19, 2015


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President Obama has recently vetoed a bill that would have established the Keystone XL pipeline. The 1,179-mile-long oil pipeline would pump 800,000 barrels of petroleum per day from Alberta, Canada to the refineries on the Gulf Coast. This bill was one of the first big challenges the new Congress has...

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