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A (blood) type of hero

A (blood) type of hero

Samantha Monahan and Arden Shannon

December 3, 2015


Filed under NEWS, STUDENT LIFE

Every two seconds someone is in need of a blood donation, according to Memorial Blood Centers (MBC). From premature infants and organ transplant receivers to cancer patients and accident survivors, there is never a shortage of blood recipients. Knowing that, by donating blood, up to three people’s lives can be...

Where music and physics align

Where music and physics align

Minjae Lee, Opinions Editor

December 3, 2015


Filed under SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & HEALTH, STUDENT LIFE

TASC is a time for some students to settle into practice rooms, hidden away from the obvious eye all around school. Passing the art department, musicians like April Wang ’16 can be heard playing the piano in a practice room. In fact, there are numerous students like Wang who have the musicality behin...

STUDENT ACTIVISTS @ BLAKE

STUDENT ACTIVISTS @ BLAKE

Will Kaback, Student Life Editor

December 3, 2015


Filed under FEATURES, NEWS, STUDENT LIFE

For Reece Sanders ‘17, all it took was a moment. As he changed the radio station—something he’d done countless times before—he took his eyes off the road for a split second. That was all it took to cause what Sanders calls “a bad crash.” In the aftermath, he was left with a changed persp...

Learning lunch creates space for education and reflection

Learning lunch creates space for education and reflection

Chapel Puckett, Managing Editor

November 24, 2015


Filed under NEWS, STUDENT LIFE, TOP STORIES

“For those of us who live at the shoreline / standing upon the constant edges of decision / crucial and alone,” Marie Michael recited. The learning lunch began with a recitation of Audre Lorde’s poem “A Litany for Survival.” Lorde’s poem encapsulates the emotional events in recent weeks regarding th...

The spooky season

Kate Jolly, Roshnee Tarafder, Eesha Nagwani, and Mehek Bapna, Contributing Writers

November 2, 2015


Filed under STUDENT LIFE

The clock strikes midnight on September 30 and the date changes to October 1. A whole new month of scary costumes, haunted houses and, of course, candy is about to begin. The celebration of Halloween is generally associated with young children, and, as a result, it’s not common to see high schooler...

First quarter qualities

Martha Lucas and Kaja Bingam, Contributing Writers

November 2, 2015


Filed under STUDENT LIFE

Amid a bluster of sports events, dropping temperatures, and falling leaves, students are settling into the new school year.  Every student has a different mentality going into the first quarter, and the resulting ups and downs of the school  year can vary. When asked about this year’s homework loa...

Leaping into fall

Leaping into fall

Kai Sovell, Alyssa Story, and Sarina Dev, Contributing Writers

November 2, 2015


Filed under STUDENT LIFE

Fall means something different to each person. For some, it’s a favorite season, a time for bonfires and flannels and taking advantage of the last warm days. For others, the imepnding doom that is winter colors everything gray. Within the school, trends  start to appear during fall that aim to make the ...

Science Spotlight: Culture of Coding

Science Spotlight: Culture of Coding

Emmet Whitely, Contributing Writer

October 29, 2015


Filed under SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & HEALTH, STUDENT LIFE

Technology is all around us, in our backpacks, in our pockets, on our wrists, it’s almost impossible to do anything without the use of technology. But every piece of technology is useless without the underlying set of commands - known as code - that tell the technology how to operate. When the wor...

Return to Sender

Return to Sender

Jack Barker, Contributing Writer

October 29, 2015


Filed under NEWS, STUDENT LIFE, TOP STORIES

An email a day. Maybe two. Who knew that such an ostensibly trivial issue would snowball into a major controversy? Kali Olson’s emails regarding new developments in the library have raised questions about not only the relevance of the emails themselves but also Blake’s communication systems as a whole ...

Defining drones

Defining drones

Steven Nye, Contributing Writer

October 29, 2015


Filed under SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & HEALTH, STUDENT LIFE

Flying high in the sky, drones are evolving to become more and more popular. The official definition of a drone is an unmanned aircraft that can navigate autonomously, but even this definition is expanding to include more consumer-demanded products. All of today’s drones fit into two main categories: U...

Press Release: Forum’s Forum

Mark Gustaferro, Contributing Writer

October 27, 2015


Filed under NEWS, STUDENT LIFE

When Franklin Delano Roosevelt was inaugurated as the United States’ thirty-second president, he took the office in one of the worst crises the nation had ever experienced. The Great Depression had devastated the American economy and put around 25% of the national population out of work. Despite the daunti...

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