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Staff Editorial: Community Struggles to Connect Through Lack of Dances, Mandatory Fun

Staff Editorial: Community Struggles to Connect Through Lack of Dances, Mandatory Fun

Betsy Fries, Creative Director May 28, 2021

Students would like to think that the adults, namely the administration in the building, prioritize a sense of community among the student body. We acknowledge and fully understand that they are humans...

Frederick Loew ‘22 hangs an ENO Hammock at Hidden Beach Park near Lake of the Isles. Even in colder weather, mocking can be fun if you bring blankets and warm clothes. It’s also possible to hang hammocks above  one another to create a “stack” of sorts. Although slightly dangerous, it is helpful if you are in a location that isn’t densley forested.

Warmer Weather Calls for Outdoor Activities: A Guide to Mocking

Best hammock brands, how to tie them, and what to bring to ensure a fun day
Betsy Fries , Creative Director April 30, 2021

1. Acquire a portable hammock I highly recommend Eagles Nest Outfitters (ENO) brand or a knockoff from Amazon. The straps are sold separately (do not forget to buy those!) 2. Find two trees ideally...

Hawaiian Poke Bowls and Poi: Recipes

Hawaiian Poke Bowls and Poi: Recipes

Food from Hawaiian homes around the world
Sage Marmet and Betsy Fries April 12, 2021

Poke is a traditional native Hawaiian dish consisting of raw chopped fish, rice, vegetables, seaweed, and different seasonings (such as furikake, shoyu, and spicy sauce). The word “poke” means “to...

Hawaiian Poke Bowls and Poi: Our Experiences

Hawaiian Poke Bowls and Poi: Our Experiences

Our takeaways from preparing and cooking food common in Hawaiian kitchens around the world
Sage Marmet and Betsy Fries April 12, 2021

Sage: I really enjoyed making Poke Bowls and Poi, especially because I haven’t tried many traditional Hawaiian dishes. I love fish--ahi tuna is one of my favorites--so I was super excited to make Poke....

Chinese New Year Cooking: Recipe

Chinese New Year Cooking: Recipe

Food from Chinese homes around the world
Sage Marmet and Betsy Fries March 16, 2021

Steamed Chicken Dumplings (w/ Pork or Vegetarian option)  Dumplings are a famous traditional northern Chinese food. They are half-moon-shaped, soft, stuffed pasta - like ravioli. Dumplings are named...

Chinese New Year Cooking: Our Experiences

Chinese New Year Cooking: Our Experiences

Our takeaways from preparing and cooking food common in Chinese kitchens around the world
Sage Marmet and Betsy Fries March 16, 2021

Sage: I’ve made fried potstickers before, but I thought that the experience making these steamed dumplings was much more immersive. Since Betsy has made them before, she taught me all of the techniques...

Fries before she was adopted from an orphanage in Guangzhou, China

Chinese Adoptee Betsy Fries ’22 Reconciles Adoption Experience

Fries unpacks adoption system complications, contemplates emotions
Betsy Fries, Creative Director February 25, 2021

I was adopted from Guangzhou, China on Dec. 3, 2004. While my family took many videos of the experience and I enjoy looking back on them, there are many things that I may never know like where I come from,...

Do Ghosts, Spirits Exist?

Do Ghosts, Spirits Exist?

Understanding the supernatural and mysterious
Betsy Fries, Creative Director February 24, 2021

The mystery surrounding ghosts has been around for a long time. Teenagers all over the world sit around bonfires and tell stories of possible spirits and ghosts. However, these stories seem that the idea...

Seniors Tyler May, Lorna Kruesel, and Clara Lee Molina (left to right) pictured in popular videos and their profile pages

Students Go Viral

Three seniors develop new niches through popular social media platform
Betsy Fries, Creative Director January 27, 2021

It’s no surprise that TikTok has been consuming the lives of students, while simultaneously devouring their attention span. For every user the experience on the app is different. For three Blake seniors...

French teacher Pachao Yajcherthao shares, “I think it is more stable ... you know exactly what to expect ... [and] the seventy-minute classes are nice because we get a lot done ... but I think that one of consequences [is] that we don’t see each other as much.”

Reactions to HTLP 2.0

January 27, 2021

The battle of reproductive rights in the United States has become politicized and increasingly polarized

Reproductive Rights Battle Lingers

Pro-life versus pro-choice arguments distract from root causes of higher abortion rates
Betsy Fries, Photography Editor December 7, 2020

There is no doubt in my mind that reproductive rights have been under attack for decades. It saddens me that this controversial subject has become as fueled by politics as it is today, and has...

Diwali, Hindu Lunar Solar Month Kartika Cooking: Recipes

Diwali, Hindu Lunar Solar Month Kartika Cooking: Recipes

Food from Hindu homes around the world
Sage Marmet and Betsy Fries November 10, 2020

Main dish: Aloo Tamatar Ki Sabji (Potato Tomato Curry) Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 30 mins  4 servings Ingredients: 2 tbsp oil 1 bay leaf 1 inch cinnamon 2 pods cardamom pinch...

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