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“Senior Chant”- Should it be Permitted?

Amanda Ward, Contributing Writer

October 16, 2017


Filed under Opinions

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


Filed under Comedy

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


Filed under Opinions, Top Stories

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


Filed under Comedy

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


Filed under Opinions, Top Stories

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


Filed under Opinions

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...

What your font says about you

What your font says about you

Maya Chadda, Staff Writer

April 28, 2017


Filed under Comedy

Times New Roman – You are a classic. You’re on top of your school life and a late assignment is a foreign topic. You strive for excellence in all that you do. Arial – You’re a step below Times New Roman. Always in reaching distance of perfection but never to Times New Roman standards. Wingding...

Isaac’s Input: Posture

Isaac Gittleman, Columnist

March 24, 2017


Filed under Column, Opinions

Do your parents ever heckle you about your bad posture? Do you subsequently work to improve your posture or watch it deteriorate? In fact, our generation has staggeringly horrible posture and a large percentage of teenagers suffer from this problem. Good posture helps maintain the natural distribution of pressure...

Extensions

Extensions

Ben Gelb, Staff Writer

March 24, 2017


Filed under Opinions

Extensions are a prevalent tool for students to push back deadlines for major projects and essays in the Blake community. Extension policies range from two extensions no questions asked per semester to no extensions. Department Policies The English policy grants each student two, no questions asked, days of...

Dear Barack

Dear Barack

Frieda Liston, Contributing Writer

March 22, 2017


Filed under Comedy

Dear Barack Obama,   Please come back to us.   There is much we must discuss Like national security And all the other obscurity.   We are sorry for what we might have done That could have possibly made you run, But we hope you are doing fine So you can come bac...

Students journal to remember and de-stress

Students journal to remember and de-stress

Eva Berezovsky, Creative Director

March 20, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Top Stories

The common portrayal of journals being coping mechanisms for the overly-emotional is apparent in the media and in everyday conversations. The power of journaling is often minimized, but it yields many benefits in reality.                           “Journaling” holds a unique definition f...

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