The Spectrum

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...

Vance Keeps Ninth Grade Fresh

Vance Keeps Ninth Grade Fresh

Noor Naseer, Contributing Writer

November 2, 2018

With her role as the freshmen dean, Jen Vance has made new connections with freshmen while also strengthening those connections as students become upperclassmen. Before her current position, she was the junior and senior dean for the class of 2004 and then the freshman and sophomore dean for th...

Assassins accidents cause rules to change

Assassins accidents cause rules to change

Josh Power, Reviews Editor

May 7, 2018

Assassins, a Nerf battle royale in which students compete for glory and prizes among their fellow classmates, is a unique, highly competitive game played at high schools across the country. The premise is that students form teams and pay a fee to play, "killing" other participants by shooting them w...

Seniors’ tattoos expressing the important motivations, realities of life

Seniors’ tattoos expressing the important motivations, realities of life

Josie Lagerstrom, Co-Editor-in-Cheif

April 30, 2018

For seniors Zac Johnson ‘18, Lucy Graham ‘18, Max Owens ‘18, and Abbie Nelson ‘18, getting “inked” was not a decision made lightly. Tattoos, legal at the age of 18, and the more recent minimalist tattoos have started trending among young adults. Johnson has two tattoos, one of the Great Se...

The Pope brothers

The Pope brothers

Zoe Zellmer, Staff Writer

March 18, 2016

“Compared to other siblings we are very close. We live together, work together… our lives, I would say, are very paralleled to each other’s.”

Learning lunch creates space for education and reflection

Learning lunch creates space for education and reflection

Chapel Puckett, Managing Editor

November 24, 2015

“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...

Return to Sender

Return to Sender

Jack Barker, Contributing Writer

October 29, 2015

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 ...

Press Release: Forum’s Forum

Mark Gustaferro, Contributing Writer

October 27, 2015

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...

Race at Blake

Race at Blake

Conor McDonough

March 19, 2015

Despite what many white people would like to believe, race is still a prominent influence on America and at Blake. In our lives where overt racism on the individual level is not as visibly present, white students question why they are having “race shoved down their throats” when they can’t see...

What happened to Blake’s signature logo?

What happened to Blake’s signature logo?

Deniz Ercan-Fang, News Editor

November 6, 2014

For years the Blake wordmark with ‘The Blake School 1900’ in blue font with a green circle partially encompassing the letters has been one of the iconic symbols of The Blake School. However, this iconic symbol, adopted 15 years ago, has recently been changed to the letters ‘BLAKE’ in blue as...

A Season of the Ages Sadly Comes to an End

A Season of the Ages Sadly Comes to an End

Jackson Kelner, Online Sports Editor

March 20, 2013

Wednesday, the Bears took on the #2 seed, Austin Packers, in an unforgettable game. JR Bascom '14 led the way for the Bears with 17 points and 9 rebounds, while John Veil '14 and Blaine Crawford '13 each contributed with 11 points. Unfortunately, that wasn't enough. Despite the Bears' 31-24 lead at halftime,...

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