The Spectrum

Defining American

Defining American

Supposed American ideals contradict current political, social climate
Siena Pradhan, Contributing Writer February 24, 2021

What does it mean to be American? To be living the "American Dream" in what we call the “land of the free and home of the brave?” As kids, we were repeatedly told that America is it; it is the place...

Do Ghosts, Spirits Exist?

Do Ghosts, Spirits Exist?

Understanding the supernatural and mysterious
Betsy Fries, Creative Director February 24, 2021

The mystery surrounding ghosts has been around for a long time. Teenagers all over the world sit around bonfires and tell stories of possible spirits and ghosts. However, these stories seem that the idea...

ACT, SAT Reveal Education Gaps

ACT, SAT Reveal Education Gaps

Standardized tests are complicated, unfair
Jenna Thrasher, Staff Writer February 24, 2021

It’s no secret that the ACT and SAT are tied to one’s socioeconomic status. These standardized tests often feel more like they are testing how much you can pay for tutoring, rather than your intelligence....

Social Media Influences Body Image, Health

Social Media Influences Body Image, Health

Social media negatively impacts young people’s confidence
Mallika Malaviya, Staff Writer February 24, 2021

Every morning, I scroll through TikTok and Instagram and find myself looking at another girl who I aspire to be. Her body is amazing, and her life seems so perfect, making mine seem dull in comparison....

Vice President Kamala Harris Makes History, Faces Great Challenges

Vice President Kamala Harris Makes History, Faces Great Challenges

Harris’ historic win as first woman of color
Anushka Srivastava, Staff Writer February 24, 2021

Kamala Harris’ newfound vice-presidential status has not only made history; it has given courage, representation, and visibility to millions of people both in the United States and around the world....

Similarities, Differences Between Roaring 20s, Post-COVID-19 World

Similarities, Differences Between Roaring 20s, Post-COVID-19 World

Aftermath of 1918 pandemic, COVID-19 mirror each other
Zoey Ueland, Staff Writer February 24, 2021

The year 2020 was expected to be full of extravagance and fun, similar to the "roaring twenties" 100 years before. Yet, three months after January 1st, we were trading in party dresses for masks, locked...

Staff Editorial: Anti-Racism Work at Blake Proves to be Insufficient, Lacking Student Efforts

Staff Editorial: Anti-Racism Work at Blake Proves to be Insufficient, Lacking Student Efforts

Will Rosenblum, Managing Editor February 24, 2021

During Black History Month, we as Americans and as a Blake community continue our conversations regarding racial inequity and Black history. We are simultaneously reminded of the problems that face our...

Harry Styles Changes Fashion Standards

Harry Styles Changes Fashion Standards

Stars challenge image of masculinity, gendered fashion through self-expression
Christina Chekerdjieva, Editor Emerita February 24, 2021

The Dec. 2020 cover of Vogue Magazine features Harry Styles in a mesh, baby blue dress with black lace trim, covered by a black sheen blazer. Intricate but chunky gold rings adorn each of his hands. In...

2020 Brings Reflections, Learning Opportunities, 2021 Yields Hope

Moving forward into the new year with more hope
Nya Manneh, Staff Writer January 27, 2021

It’s easy to say that 2020 wasn’t like anyone imagined. Australia caught on fire, police failed to serve and protect black Americans, many beloved celebrities and history makers died, and, of course,...

Staff Editorial: Media Complicates Freedom of Speech Rights

Staff Editorial: Media Complicates Freedom of Speech Rights

Noor Naseer, Co-Editor-in-Chief January 27, 2021

Throughout his presidency, Donald Trump’s tweets have made headlines for their brazen and controversial claims. That all came to a halt on Jan. 8 when Twitter permanently suspended his account “due...

Activities Offer COVID-19 Safety

Alternatives to classic fun while staying safe
Kate Rekas, Staff Writer January 27, 2021

Since COVID-19 made a debut last spring, everything has since looked different, and seasonal activities are no exception. While in the spring, summer, and fall, it was easy to safely gather outdoors, the...

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