The Spectrum

Emotional honesty

Fatiya Kedir, Staff Writer

September 29, 2016


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“Be a man!” Everyone has heard this phrase, whether it was from their teachers, parents, coaches, or fellow classmates. But outside being a noun to describe an identity, why does this phrase hold a great amount of emotional and social meaning? Integrity, sincerity, and truth were all frequently repeated wor...

Polyglots unite

Bennet Mattson, Staff Writer

September 29, 2016


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¡Hola! Hello! Bonjour! Hallo! Salam! I just greeted you in Spanish, English, French, Dutch, and Azerbaijani. Why? To emphasize the fact that learning a second, third, fourth, or even fifth language is immensely beneficial to your standing in the world around you. Sure, you’ll probably only speak Az...

Emily’s Eyes on Summer Jobs

Emily’s Eyes on Summer Jobs

Emily Hykes, Opinions Columnist

September 29, 2016


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Finishing up my sophomore year, my parents made it clear that they wanted me to get a summer job. I was reluctant at first… I didn’t want to give up any of my long-awaited, precious free time to any extra work. After toiling with the idea for a few weeks I submitted an application to Sebastian J...

Student body holds peanut revolution

Student body holds peanut revolution

William Lyman, Contributing Writer

September 29, 2016


Filed under Comedy

Following the announcement that Blake would go nut free this year, some students have started an illegal nut smuggling organization to fulfill their nutty needs and get the sustenance they desire. Many students sneak peanut butter bars in their backpacks or hide trail mix in their pockets for a snack later...

High school isn’t all sunshine and rainbows… or musicals

Sarina Dev, Staff Writer

September 28, 2016


Filed under Comedy

Dear Freshmen, Welcome to the Upper School. I’m sure a solid 50% of you were expecting something along the lines of High School Musical. But, no. I mean, sure,  at one point your stress level will be equivalent or even higher than Troy Bolton during his senior year trying to decide between baske...

Polyglots Unite

Polyglots Unite

Bennett Mattson, Staff Writer

September 28, 2016


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¡Hola! Hello! Bonjour! Hallo! Salam! I just greeted you in Spanish, English, French, Dutch, and Azerbaijani. Why? To emphasize the fact that learning a second, third, fourth, or even fifth language is immensely beneficial to your standing in the world around you. Sure, you’ll probably only speak Az...

The case for Assassins

Will Kaback, Editor Emeritus

April 28, 2016


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This spring will not be defined by flowers, showers, and fresh starts. Nary a buzzing bee or warm dewy morning will hold our attention. Gone is any fixation on the departure of snow or approaching summer months. No, this spring will be, and has been, about stalking, scheming, and paranoia. An invitation to ...

Exotic vacations wear on Blake students

Exotic vacations wear on Blake students

Stuart Patterson, Editor Emeritus

April 28, 2016


Filed under Comedy

With the recent conclusion of spring break, an outbreak of exhaust from taking expensive and exotic vacations afflicted many Blake students according to recent sources. “I really just could not handle the like, 12 hour flight from here to London,” says Macy Andrews ‘17. The apparent lack of fo...

The problem with our lunchroom

The problem with our lunchroom

Chapel Puckett, Co-Editor-in-Chief

April 28, 2016


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Healthy eating behavior is one of the most important habits that people must form at a young age. The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition states, “Dietary habits established in childhood often carry into adulthood, so teaching children how to eat healthy at a young age will hel...

Leave the stress at home

Leave the stress at home

Penelope Winton, Opinions Editor

March 20, 2016


Filed under Comedy, OPINIONS, STUDENT LIFE

Spring break is meant to be a time of relaxation: a time to set back the clocks in your brain before fourth quarter puts them into double time. So why is it that every time I lounge on the couch watching Netflix, or tan by the pool, I find myself pondering third quarter grades and how I did on my last...

The math wing to the third floor, an arduous journey

The math wing to the third floor, an arduous journey

Chapel Puckett, Co-Editor-in-Chief

March 19, 2016


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I see sun rays peak above the summit as I take a deep breath before continuing to climb. With every step my pulse gets faster, my heartbeat quickens, and I grasp for more air. Okay, sure, I wasn’t tackling a “real” mountain, but the walk from the math wing to the third floor is basically Everes...

Escapism: Our unwitting superpower

Escapism: Our unwitting superpower

Eva Berezovsky, Staff Writer

March 19, 2016


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Sometimes you don't even need to get out of your seat to escape school.

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