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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...

J Jolton Works To Publish Economic Management Video Game

J Jolton Works To Publish Economic Management Video Game

Lachen Reid, Staff Writer

April 22, 2019

Deep in the library, across from the Dan Danielson study room, is where J Jolton, a Blake teacher and alumnus, teaches Game Development and Animation Mr. Jolton has a beard that inspires both wonder and astonishment, but what is most impressive about the teacher is what he does outside of the school. ...

How to get rid of the Winter Blues

How to get rid of the Winter Blues

Brooke Lee, Contributing Writer

February 27, 2019

  As the long, Minnesota winter drags on, many are falling into a cycle of continuous tiredness and sadness due to the brutal weather outside. From the sun rarely shining and windshields dropping to -20 degrees Fahrenheit, it is hard to work through the piles of homework and not wrap yourself in a blan...

Protein Shakes Provide Quick Nutrition

Protein Shakes Provide Quick Nutrition

Lachen Reid, Staff Writer

February 1, 2019

 Protein powder: a meathead staple, a useless scam, or a healthy and convenient option? The mention of protein powder evokes the image of a roided-up and overly muscular man aggressively shaking a blender bottle for his sixth meal of the day.  While some are turned away from the product due to that image,...

Early bird gets the worm

Early bird gets the worm

Emily Anderson, Staff Writer

December 18, 2018

There are many benefits of being an early bird, especially for students. Many of these benefits stem from the high supply of homework. Wyatt Dayhoff’ 22 comments “ Let's say you didn’t have enough time to finish every part of your homework the night before, well then you get to school early eno...

Showering in the morning vs. the night

Showering in the morning vs. the night

Shira Aronow, Staff Writer

December 18, 2018

Showering in the morning versus the night or vice versa can be a decision with many reasons behind it, or on the other hand, it can be a decision purely based upon convenience. Ultimately, there are positives and negatives to whichever shower lifestyle you choose. Maia Chavez ‘21 has reasons beyond convenien...

Predicting the future of Rockstar Games

Predicting the future of Rockstar Games

Josh Power, Sports Editor

November 30, 2018

People are familiar with the major video game corporations – Activision, EA, Nintendo – that have become name brands among gamers. Quietly, Rockstar Games has emerged as a successful studio, largely because of two unique franchises: Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption. Each new ins...

Scooters on the move

Scooters on the move

Jonah Halper, Contributing Writer

November 2, 2018

Bird along with Lime, Skip, and Spin, are some of the leading companies for scooter rental. Bird, on their mobile app, describes the scooters as something that you can use for "your work commute, across college campuses, with friends, or simply just to spread your wings and get some fresh air!" All of ...

Starbucks eliminating plastic straws

Starbucks eliminating plastic straws

Sarina Dev, InDepth Editor

November 2, 2018

On Monday, October 8, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned that the world has twelve years to drastically change its environmental impact before an almost irreversible climate change catastrophe. While the Paris Agreement from 2016 pledged to keep global temperatu...

Venmo and Apple pay gain popularity among teenagers

Venmo and Apple pay gain popularity among teenagers

Caroline Hardy, Student Life Editor

September 28, 2018

Walking down to the depths of school, a student whips out her phone. Opening her mobile wallet, she types in the vending machine code and quickly scans her phone screen. Her Pop-Tarts fall out and she walks away with breakfast without having to dig for loose change.     This streamlined breakfast purchase...

Changes in technology at Blake remodel learning environment

Changes in technology at Blake remodel learning environment

Emily Hykes, Steven Nye, and Isaac Gittleman

March 15, 2018

With the click of a few keys on our laptops or phones, the world awaits us at our fingertips. Over the past few decades, advancements in technology have not only allowed for major educational milestones at Blake, but have provided a platform for equal engagement. Karen Phillips, Physics teacher of 30 years, re...

iPhone X’s facial recognition feature poses questions

iPhone X’s facial recognition feature poses questions

Shira Aronow and Anna Johns

March 7, 2018

     There has been a lot of talk surrounding the new facial recognition technology on the new iPhone X that came out early November of 2017. With the new technology, there is debate over the positives and negatives this feature.      Safaa Roba ‘19 brings up many points of the feature that a...

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