The Spectrum

Why was the 2020 Election so Close?

Disconnect between Democrats and voters led to a close race
November 28, 2020

With the 2020 election decided apart from two runoff elections in Georgia and a last ditch (but inevitably futile) effort by the Trump Administration to contest the results of the presidential election,...

College Admissions Foster Competition, Inequality

College Admissions Foster Competition, Inequality
Early decision, early action institutionalize universities’ capital wealth
November 6, 2020

An increasing number of students, especially seniors, are exhausted, stressed, panicked, and worried about their futures. No, I’m not talking about the upcoming election and the future of this...

New Locations Swing Voters

New Locations Swing Voters
Voters fleeing urban areas may change political parties
November 6, 2020

Current headlines dominating the presidential race often cover mail-in voting, healthcare, the economy, climate change, the Supreme Court, and President Trump’s response to COVID-19. However, changes...

Election Challenges Political Discourse

Election Challenges Political Discourse
How polarization has altered conversation between parties
November 6, 2020

Today’s political climate is dominated by polarized opinions surrounding everything from foreign policy to minority rights, making it essential for people to understand how to respectfully discuss...

Seniors Struggle to Navigate, Balance College Application Process

Students may turn to books and other resources to perfect their college essays.
New schedule leaves little time to fill out college applications
November 4, 2020

During the normal school year, we would have had 3-5 hours of homework each night, but now that number is closer to 8 with both Homework and At-Home Work due to hybrid. Assignments are sometimes due on...

3 p.m. Due Dates Cause Anxiety

3 p.m. Due Dates Cause Anxiety
Despite structured at-home days, 3 p.m. due dates cause unnecessary pressure
November 4, 2020

With a fair amount of students doing hybrid and some doing completely remote, asynchronous days happen at least two times a week, which means that instead of more class time, we have more assignments....

Staff Editorial: Check In On Your Homies

Staff Editorial: Check In On Your Homies
November 4, 2020

As a cold, dark, and potentially isolating winter draws near, there are growing concerns regarding mental health during a COVID-19 pandemic-ridden winter. While Minnesota boasts copious social distance-friendly...

Third Floor Provides Best Options when Finding Study Areas

Often in use during times like TASC and tutorial, this table is a popular study spot because of its lack of proximity to others, view of the Otis Courtyard, and easy access to English teachers. Here, Lydia Lee ‘23 spends her tutorial at the table.
Plethora of single tables in quiet corners allows for focused work
November 4, 2020

If you’re not going to a teacher’s classroom, TASC and tutorial often feel like a rush to secure a study spot before they’re all gone or overrun with noisy freshmen. Although it’s a trek to get...

Students Acknowledge, Stress Importance of Voting in Upcoming Election

Students Acknowledge, Stress Importance of Voting in Upcoming Election
Despite voter exclusion attempts, young people must turn out to ballots
October 31, 2020

This past month I cast my first ballot and while in reality I simply marked dots on a piece of paper, I truly felt very empowered; I felt like my voice was being heard, and I encourage my peers to do the...

Asian American Experience Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

Asian American Experience Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic
Anti-Asian sentiments rise due to COVID-19 pandemic
October 19, 2020

In the wake of a global pandemic, civil justice movement, and upcoming presidential election, I find it hard to fathom the obscene insensitivity and nativism staggering numbers of Americans continue to...

Hybrid Model Creates Difficulty for Clubs

Infrequent meeting times often lead to confusion
October 6, 2020

At the beginning of last school year, no student would have predicted the extent to which the backbone of student extracurriculars, clubs, have undergone change. Clubs are a place where students can not...

Hybrid School Proves Far Superior than Remote Learning

After quarantining, student is more grateful for hybrid learning
October 3, 2020

     Returning to school with only the demanding academics and none of the fun stuff was unappealing to all of us. However, after experiencing both fully remote and hybrid learning, I decided being...

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