The Spectrum

Blake Alums Reflect on Their Returns From College and Graduate School

“This is my desk I set up here at home.”

Nya Manneh, Staff Writer

May 14, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected each person globally in a unique way. Blake alums who are in college or graduate school has returned home due to college and university closures around the nation and worldwide. The adjustment has been significant for many, but they are continuing to study virtually...

Photo Challenge #2

Photo Challenge #2

Betsy Fries, Photography Editor

May 14, 2020

Description: Photo challenges are a fun way to inspire and challenge photographers to take unique and amazing photos. These weekly challenges allow photographers to try new techniques and skills, while having fun to pass the time during quarantine. Below are the photographers submissions for the second...

Should Stay at Home Orders Be Enacted by State or Federal Governments?

Should Stay at Home Orders Be Enacted by State or Federal Governments?

James Prince, Contributing Writer

May 13, 2020

During this COVID-19 pandemic, stay-at-home orders across many states have affected almost every aspect of daily life. But, with everything involving at least a little bit of politics, it comes with some controversy. The big question on political pundit’s minds is whether these stay at home orders shoul...

Art Classes Rely on Creativity in Online Classes

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Caroline Hardy

May 8, 2020

At a time where isolation has become the necessary norm, many have lauded the connective power of art. Musical benefits, art shows, and crafts adorn social media, the majority with the primary purpose of helping all of us to remember that while we may be distancing, we are not alone. However, for many,...

Abrupt End to Senior Year Allows Opportunity to Reflect

Assembly Moderators Lauren Smith'20 and Mathew Krelitz'20 prepare to announce senior speeches. 
 Students can still view senior speeches every Monday and Wednesday.

Drew Rosenblum, Editor Emeritus

May 4, 2020

     I don’t think anyone expected the year to end like this. Between the last day of school before spring break and the day we found out school for the foreseeable future would be online, the world slowly descended into isolation. While uncertainty had plagued our last real day of school, nothin...

Blake Asset Management Struggles Are Representative of Erratic U.S. Markets

The recent plunging stock market has sparked new conversations at Blake Asset Management's online meetings.

Chad Woerner, Contributing Writer

May 1, 2020

As a recession looms, Blake Upper School’s BAM (Blake Asset Management) have made serious adaptations in the transition to online learning. The open schedule on Fridays has allowed the club to continue its practice of weekly meetings by way of Zoom. But one drawback of the club is that during times...

Spectrum Explores the Great Outdoors

Will Rosenblum, Kunga Shidhe-Chokra, and Hank Bernhardt

April 27, 2020

Stock Market Crash Reveals New Strategy for Investors

The unprecedented COVID-19 has greatly affected the stock market.

Jack Prince, Managing Editor, Online Editor

April 24, 2020

For about the last 11 years, investors in the stock market have grown accustomed to high returns and a booming economy that presents itself with new jobs and companies. However, that streak has come to an end with COVID-19. The last time the stock market has undergone a recession was during 2008-2009....

Online Schooling Brings Change to Long-standing Speech Tradition

Carter Puckett delivers her senior speech from home rather than from the podium in the Juliet Nelson Auditorium.

Betsy Fries, Photography Editor

April 20, 2020

In the midst of a transition into uncharted territory, senior speeches have still found a way to create a sense of community, thrive, and stay beneficial to audience members. At first glance, changing from in-person to online speeches seemed saddening for many seniors. However, Sandy Berkowitz and th...

Junior Elle McCarthy Combines the Pursuit of Entrepreneurship and Design

Mythos Creations features unique graphic tee shirts.

Nora Fox, Arts & Culture

April 17, 2020

When walking through the halls, it’s common to see students wearing clothing created by student run companies such as Buzz or Sadmon. Mythos Creations, created by Elle McCarthy ‘21, probably won’t be in the mix. Mythos is not any less successful or popular, but rather, this student run clothing...

Richie and Joe’s April Crossword

Richie Pihlstrom & Joe Gustaferro, Contributing Writers

April 3, 2020


Quarantine Reading List

Quarantine Reading List

Emma Martinez Sutton, Editor-in-Chief

April 2, 2020

As students, it's really easy for reading to feel like a chore you do for school and not something you keep up with in your free time. Being stuck inside while you socially distance yourself provides the perfect opportunity to finally get back into the habit of reading for fun or to read the books yo...

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