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Rap’s lack of lyrical significance

Gavin McDonough, Contributing Writer

December 7, 2017


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      Mumble rap has grown on me as a over the years with artists such as 21 Savage and Desiigner stumbling their way both into relative coherence and into my heart.      These artists may not be deep or insightful, but the men can make songs, and damn catchy ones at that. But you see, there’s a s...

Kodak Black, defining a generation

Noah Ragan, Contributing Writer

December 7, 2017


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       Mumble rap is a new genre of music that has surfaced in recent years and has been defined as “incoherent, absolute garbage for an entire album/track, destroying rap as a genre” (via Urban Dictionary).       The notion of “mumble rap” as a genre that  lacks  lyrical originality...

Religion: An Opportunity For Learning

December 7, 2017


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As a college preparatory school that is not affiliated with any religion, Blake prides itself on pluralism and academic excellence. Although Blake is indeed not a religious institution, many students, teachers, and faculty members alike practice a wide variety of religions. Dialogue tends to be evaded mor...

Swearing culture, in hallways, in classrooms

Maya Chadda and Josh Enebo

November 3, 2017


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Swearing has the ability to unify teens due it being something we all, more or less, have gotten in trouble for, be it from parents, teachers, or friends. At school specifically, the comments from students who choose to swear can be dismissed due to others perceiving their ideas as undeveloped. Swearing ...

“Senior Chant”- Should it be Permitted?

Amanda Ward, Contributing Writer

October 16, 2017


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Senior Senior (clap clap, clap clap clap!)... is this really a chant or just an arrhythmic shout lacking in originality? The “Senior Chant” is a long held tradition since the mid-90’s in the Blake community. However, it has come to question whether the chant should be permitted in terms of inclus...

What’s new in School

Will Lyman, Staff Writer

October 4, 2017


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As fall sets upon Blake, the opening of the school year drives forward an enthusiasm to discover new experiences and relationships. Among the excitement of the first week, came many shocks to the student body. Big Cups A dramatic increase in the size of the lunchroom cups sent many students into a spiral of fas...

Push for middle schoolers on varsity

Push for middle schoolers on varsity

Payton Crosby, Ava Olson, and Sonia Baig

October 3, 2017


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You have just finished your first high school tryout. Though you’re just a seventh grader, you left your heart and soul on the field. Now it’s the waiting game: will that email pop up into your inbox saying you’ve made the varsity team? It can go two ways. You make varsity as a middle schooler, o...

Best shows on TV

Penelope Winton, Editor in Chief

October 3, 2017


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Comedy Central’s Broad City follows the lives of eclectic roommates Abbi and Ilana as they navigate their hectic lives in New York City. Dealing with seemingly trivial problems that range from fixing the AC to dropping bike locks down the sewer grate, executive producer Amy Poehler expertly grapples...

Bringing Back Books for Fun

Bringing Back Books for Fun

Gwyn Alexander, Student Life Editor

April 28, 2017


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Reading has been a big part of my life for as long as I can remember. With two parents who are involved with education and national literacy, my house is filled top to bottom with any book you could possibly imagine. From lower to middle school, my parents’ voracious appetite for books rubbed of...

Replacing Taher: Will it solve the problem?

Replacing Taher: Will it solve the problem?

Jacob Blum, Contributing Writer

April 28, 2017


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A classmate turns to you and asks, “Hey, what’s for lunch?” As you eagerly open up the daily news bulletin to discover what today’s delicious lunch options are, you read those two dreaded words, Chipper fish. An inedible concoction of a meat that resembles fish and myriad indiscernible condiments, C...

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