The Spectrum

Plastic Surgery Popularity Rises

Plastic  Surgery Popularity Rises

Christina Chekerdjieva, Staff Writer

November 8, 2019

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President’s Desire for Greenland is Dangerous

James Prince, Contributing Writer

October 15, 2019

In recent political news, the overwhelming wrath of “partisan politicized scrutiny” has been focused on the Trump-Ukraine Scandal, which, I am sure, many readers are familiar with. But let’s think back to another one of the president’s more recent gaffes: Trump and Greenland. Greenland is...

Advisory Activities Spark Opposition

October 15, 2019

Advisories are supposed to be fun, relaxing environments where students can build connections with one another. However, many students feel as though forced advisory activities ruin the fun.  This year, advisories are doing forced activities every week, and students are not happy about it. Melanie Su...

Staff Editorial: School Dances Continue to Lack Enjoyment, Transparency

Caroline Hardy, Co-Editor-in-Chief

October 12, 2019

Intended to be fun, community-inducing events, school dances have become sources of contention between students and administrators. Increased security, restrictions on the music played, and increased chaperone supervision leaves students feeling guiltyóbut of what, they arenít sure. Increased tr...

Anderson’s Input: Iranian conflict on verge of war

Anderson’s Input: Iranian conflict on verge of war

Anderson Blum, Columnist

October 12, 2019

The recent escalation of tensions between the governments of Iran and the United States is worrisome, considering Iranís nuclear potential and Donald Trumpís unpredictability. It is in the best interests of the United States to avoid direct conflict with Iran and instead focus on stabilizing the rest o...

Anderson’s Input

Anderson’s Input

Anderson Blum, Columnist

September 25, 2019

For decades while China has been achieving incredible economic growth, observers have been wearily expecting the nation to reach its full potential and come head-to-head with the United States in the global struggle for power. This year in Hong Kong, we are seeing the first major proxy confrontation...

Summer Jobs you Should Try

Summer Jobs you Should Try

Catherine Barry, Contributing Writer

May 19, 2019

Summer jobs are a great way to step out of your comfort zone, take on more responsibility and earn your own money. Though finding the time during the summer to work can be a difficult task for many students who participate in other activities, these five ideas will guide you in finding a job that fits ...

Finals Advice

Brooke Lee, Staff Writer

May 13, 2019

As finals approach, many are feeling the stress and chaos that comes with them. Teachers give out recommended preparation for these tests and many acknowledging that it would be beneficial to start studying; however, nobody wants to. Although studying can be quite unbearable for most, there are some strate...

Cafeteria Should try Meatless Days

Cafeteria Should try Meatless Days

Lexi Dietz, Columnist

May 13, 2019

Recently, many Senior Speeches have highlighted the positive effects of going vegetarian, or even “vegetarian-ish”. From the many health benefits that come with starting a plant-based diet, the negative effects of the livestock industry, and the ethical reasoning behind not eating animals, the argumen...

Review: Senior Seminar Fails to Impress

Miki Rierson, Editor Emeritus

May 13, 2019

Senior Seminar. Say the word to any senior and you’ll receive an amalgamation of groans, sighs, and an immediate rant regarding the string of assignments due. Complaints have been made, senior meetings with Stavney are filled with grievance after grievance, and speeches critiquing Senior Seminar unite...

Nothing Rhymes With Orange

Nothing Rhymes With Orange

Isaac Gittleman, Columnist

May 13, 2019

In my 14 years at Blake, the community is what has supported me through ups and downs, given me perspective, and helped me to start giving back. In listen to Ben Lee’s recent senior speech and reflecting on it, I called into question this community that has supported me for so long, and that’s im...

Avengers: Endgame provides satisfying ending for expansive franchise

Avengers: Endgame provides satisfying ending for expansive franchise

Amaka Nwokocha, Staff Writer

April 29, 2019

Avengers: Endgame has been one of the most anticipated films of all time. After I first watched the original Avengers 6 years ago, it sucked me into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), which includes the Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor trilogies, the Guardians of the Galaxy films, and others...

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