The Spectrum

The modern study group

The modern study group

Chapel Puckett, Managing Editor

December 3, 2015


Filed under OPINIONS

You start to study for your math test when you realize that you completely forgot what function notation is. The numbers and letters on your page are gibberish, and it’s too late to email your teacher. What now? You can’t drive to your friend’s house this late, so you ask them to Skype with yo...

Cynicism at Blake

Matt Martinez Sutton, Staff Writer

December 3, 2015


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Everyone has heard somebody complain about Blake. Whether it’s in class or in the hallways, complaints about teachers, tests, projects, papers, homework, and classwork are prevalent. If something happens at school, someone’s probably complaining about it. And I get it, complaining is fun. It make...

Student voices: We have a race problem.

Student voices: We have a race problem.

Alexis Reaves, Staff Writer

December 3, 2015


Filed under INDEPTH, OPINIONS

I recently read an article in the New Yorker about the hotbeds that are Mizzou and Yale. If you happened to miss those screaming headlines, they tell the story of college campuses consumed by debates about political correctness. The author of the New Yorker article proposed that these conversations w...

Applying to College is too Stressful

Applying to College is too Stressful

Anneliese Moore, Arts and Culture Editor

December 3, 2015


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Every year,  seniors complain about high stress levels as they manage their heavy class schedules while applying to colleges. Only until this year, as a first semester senior, did I actually understand and personally feel this stress. My stress has consistently been at a high during the past thr...

Evaluating Accomplishments and Shortcomings of Government Spending

Evaluating Accomplishments and Shortcomings of Government Spending

Sean Ericson, Copy Editor

December 3, 2015


Filed under OPINIONS, TOP STORIES

“This process stinks.” That’s how Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan described the constant flirting with the ledge of shutdown or default that has plagued political debates about the U.S. budget over the past few years. “This is not how we should be doing the people’s business,...

Embellishing on College Applications

Embellishing on College Applications

Katya Tobak, Copy Editor

November 20, 2015


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“Reporting activities can help a college better understand your life outside of the classroom. Your activities may include arts, athletics, clubs, employment, personal commitments, and other pursuits. Do you have any activities that you wish to report?” So reads the activities section listed on ...

Seniors hastily gift Wii to school

Allen Wang, contributing writer

November 19, 2015


Filed under Comedy

After months of painstaking deliberation, the Senior Gift Committee chanced upon an epiphany: the gift would be a “lightly to medium-lightly” used Wii, placed in Blake’s intellectual hub – the weight room. During the final Committee meeting, when asked for his two cents on the proposal, vis...

Rejected Halloween Costumes

Rejected Halloween Costumes

Zoe Nyberg-Powell and Jack Frazee, Arts & Culture Editor and Contributing Writer

October 31, 2015


Filed under Comedy

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AP classes weigh heavily on students

Brendan Barrow, Staff Writer

October 30, 2015


Filed under OPINIONS

AP Classes: the pinnacle of education at Blake. They are often the highest level of any particular subject offered, yet some students have been known to shove anywhere from three to five AP classes into their schedule, especially during junior year. As this trend becomes more prominent, it is vital to ...

Staff Editorial: Overworked and stressed

Staff Editorial: Overworked and stressed

Sam Gittleman, Opinions Editor

October 30, 2015


Filed under OPINIONS

Posted up in the new English wing lounge, a group of ninth graders, merely ankle-deep in the maelstrom of high school, illustrates the heaviness of a Blake student’s course load; there is evidence of long nights, limited time for extracurriculars, and minimal time to breathe. “I have had no sleep....

Students’ free-time consumed by TV

Students’ free-time consumed by TV

Helen Hunsicker, Staff Writer

October 29, 2015


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Netflix is a beautiful and terrible thing. Let’s be real, whether it’s providing means of ignoring your family or school work, Netflix is the best friend that everyone wants and a black hole, sucking in social advancement and educational accomplishments. As a proud owner of a Netflix account, I can tell yo...

The cost of charging for public college

The cost of charging for public college

Sean Ericson, Managing Copy Editor

October 29, 2015


Filed under OPINIONS, TOP STORIES

The U.S. government can afford to make public colleges and universities tuition-free, so why doesn't it?

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