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Teachers, Students Acknowledge Necessity of Paper Use

Teachers, Students Acknowledge Necessity of Paper Use

Kate Rekas, Contributing Writer

December 9, 2019

Every day at Blake the printers are constantly pumping out essays, pictures, worksheets, diagrams, handouts, schedules, and more. Students and staff go through hundreds, if not thousands of pieces of paper per day. Paper waste is incredibly common at Blake, and all over the world. However, paper is al...

Blake Working to Address Climate Change in Programs, Institutional Advancement

Blake Working to Address Climate Change in Programs, Institutional Advancement

Maggie Seidel, Student Life Editor

December 9, 2019

The topic of climate change is incredibly pertinent today, and the school is engaging with it inside and outside classes. Dr. Anne Graybeal, Associate Head of School, says, “We want all of our students to think critically and debate about current policy, current events, and topics of interest. We let the ...

Teachers Work Climate Change Conversations into Classes

Teachers Work Climate Change Conversations into Classes

Noor Naseer, News Editor

December 9, 2019

Climate change is a constant topic of conversation ringing through the halls, but these conversations take many different forms. According to science teacher Will Bohrnsen, in freshman biology, conversations about climate change might look like a nonchalant passing comment about how the “balance betwe...

Impeachment Destructive

Impeachment Destructive

Jack Johnson, Contributing Writer

December 9, 2019

While it’s unquestionable that Trump has taken condemnable actions in office, impeachment is the wrong forum to address them. Ultimately, the current push to impeach Trump will prove to be a divisive waste of time.  The impeachment efforts are guaranteed to die in the Senate. For impeachment to be suc...

Impeachment Critical

Impeachment Critical

Morgan Swigert, Staff Writer

December 9, 2019

The integrity of the office of the presidency is undeniably a critical component to our functioning democracy and thus must always be maintained, which is why Article II of the US Constitution provides a mechanism by which Congress can do so: impeachment. Congress should impeach Donald Trump to set the...

Independent Schools Deserve Protections For Journalistic Freedom

Independent Schools Deserve Protections For Journalistic Freedom

Drew Rosenblum, Co-Editor-In-Chief

November 12, 2019

This story was originally published on February 1, 2019   “A student shall have the same right to exercise his or her right to free speech on campus as he or she enjoys when off campus.” While this is a seemingly desultory quote, it is the single most powerful tool of a private school j...

Students Seek Clarifying Communication of Definition, Consequences

Students Seek Clarifying Communication of Definition, Consequences

Sara Richardson, Arts and Culture Editor

November 8, 2019

On paper, academic honesty has a similar definition for most students. Amaka Nwokocha '21 describes the definition of academic honesty as "[j]ust not cheating. Doing your own work." But, while the meaning of academic honesty seems simple, there is abundant confusion and issues between students and t...

Solutions to October Games

October 15, 2019

View the slideshow to see a larger digital version of the crossword as well as a solved version. The clue for 24 Down is "Potato pancakes eaten on Hannukah." Don't forget to check your word search answers as well!

Staff Editorial: School Dances Continue to Lack Enjoyment, Transparency

Caroline Hardy, Co-Editor-in-Chief

October 12, 2019

Intended to be fun, community-inducing events, school dances have become sources of contention between students and administrators. Increased security, restrictions on the music played, and increased chaperone supervision leaves students feeling guiltyóbut of what, they arenít sure. Increased tr...

Proposed Gun Control Measures Flawed

Proposed Gun Control Measures Flawed

Morgan Swigert, Contributing Writer

October 9, 2019

One look at the news over the last several weeks will tell you that mass shootings in the United States are becoming more and more frequent. As a result, millions of Americans are calling for immediate action citing the country’s lack of proper gun control laws. Recently, gun control advocates have been...

Gun Control Performs Well Abroad

Gun Control Performs Well Abroad

Cole Matthews, Contributing Writer

October 9, 2019

  Current United States gun laws are sorely out of date and ineffective. The US makes up under 5% of the global population, yet according to a 2012 study by Adam Lankford, they make up 31% of mass shootings. In addition, the Mother Jones Organization has found that nearly 75% of those shoote...

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