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Ad Astra Defies its Genre

Ad Astra Defies its Genre

Amaka Nwokocha, Staff Writer

October 15, 2019

Ad Astra, directed by James Gray and starring Brad Pitt, is a science fiction film that lacks science. It flies all the way to Neptune and back, but it seemed to me that Outer Space was only a tiny piece of the central plot. The film was actually about family, relationships, and humanness, and just ha...

Drone Cons Outweighs Pros

Drone Cons Outweighs Pros

Jack Prince, Opinions Editor

October 11, 2019

World War One produced technology that has increased international tensions over 100 years later. In WWI, the United States began developing technology that allowed them to operate crewless aerial vehicles. This was a revolutionary idea, and as has time passed, that idea has evolved. UAVs (Unmanned...

Getting Creative in the Lunchroom

Getting Creative in the Lunchroom

Lachen Reid, Staff Writer

October 9, 2019

Ask a Blake student to tell a joke about Blake, and most students will make fun of the lunches they eat every day in the Blake Café. While occasionally funny, jokes claiming that Blake does not have enough options for lunch or the food is poor quality, are almost always based on false ideas.  Whil...

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...

The uncertain future of Tesla

The uncertain future of Tesla

Ben Lim, Contributing Writer

November 30, 2018

Elon Musk started Tesla in San Carlos, CA in 2003. Tesla is a tech company but is known for making cars, especially their recent self-driving ones. Self-driving cars are not a car on their own; the self-driving abilities are features in only some of their cars. A Tesla can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph...

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 ...

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