The Spectrum

Politics and power

Politics and power

Chapel Puckett, Co-Editor-in-Chief

April 29, 2017

Walking into the St. Stephen’s Community Center, a “Welcome” sign hangs on a column directly in front of the cafeteria where the Hennepin Elementary School students have lunch every day. Ironically, though, this message seems to be the opposite of how many low-income Minnesotans feel about their go...

New players, new coach, new season

New players, new coach,  new season

Blake Brazner, Staff Writer

March 13, 2017

Grab your peanuts and cracker jacks--it’s time for some baseball. Coming off an 11-12 season, Boys’ Baseball looks to push the envelope in 2017. Led by captains Will Bean ‘17, Will Leadholm ‘17, and Jackson Lee ‘18, the Bears have high aspirations for the season, which will be the first und...

Inauguration prompts processing

Inauguration prompts processing

Bennett Hawley and Gwyn Alexander

February 9, 2017

The polarization of the 2016 presidential election was almost indisputable and is still being carried into today’s political climate. Despite the divide, the Upper School held a school wide viewing of the Presidential Inauguration in the Juliet Nelson Auditorium in effort to educate and inform our fa...

Defining protest in 2017

Defining protest in 2017

Chapel, Editor-in-Chief

February 9, 2017

With The New York Times estimating 470,000 people who marched in Washington for the Women’s March, and a reported 3.3 million nationally, the spirit of protest is incredibly ingrained in today’s generation despite critiques of an apathetic pop culture. But a single word, “protest,” does not de...

School watches inauguration, discussion and art follows

School watches inauguration, discussion and art follows

Chapel Puckett and Bennett Hawley

January 20, 2017

The Blake Upper School students, faculty, and staff watched the 45th Presidential Inauguration live in the Juliet Nelson Auditorium in between morning and afternoon classes. Some students decided to exercise their right to walk out of the assembly, writing a letter to the administration beforehand...

Second pipe break in two months interrupts math final

Second pipe break in two months interrupts math final

Chapel Puckett, Editor-in-Chief

December 16, 2016

In the middle of a math problem, the sirens blare, the lights flash, and the fire doors close. Math teachers yell, "leave the tests in the rooms!" Students, in disbelief, flood out into the streets, freezing cold and awaiting directions. All products of a sprinkler pipe break, the school had to evacuate...

Search on Facebook: Empathy

Search on Facebook: Empathy

Chapel Puckett, Editor-in-Chief

December 8, 2016

Hipsterism is, in one light, a subset of popular culture defined by polaroid cameras, cold brew coffee from local coffee shops, skinny jeans, and beards. In another light, though, hipsterism is a dangerous influence on young adults in their navigation of how to be empathic. It creates distance and polariz...

Setting the Record Straight

Setting the Record Straight

Chapel Puckett and Additional reporting by: Josie Lagerstrom, Eva Berezovsky, Zoe Wellik

November 3, 2016

The hole dug by construction workers on Tuesday for water main repares flooded with water from the domestic pipeline.

Setting the record straight

Setting the record straight

Chapel Puckett, Editor-in-Chief

November 3, 2016

Students sitting in the dark, Elizabeth Ben-Ozilio stuck in the elevator, and no access to running water were all products of a complication with repairs of the main sewer line in front of the school on Tuesday, October 25.      These problems caused classes to be relocated for the rest of the T...

Blake Debate goes abroad

Blake Debate goes abroad

Chapel Puckett, Editor-in-Chief

September 29, 2016

It seems as though Blake Debate is constantly bringing home new trophies and accolades due to the exceptional work of its team members and coaches; now, though, Blake Debate is going abroad. Ellie Grossman ‘17 has been named one of the 9 members of the 2016 National Debate Team. Grossman applied for th...

The Gap Year

The Gap Year

Chapel Puckett and additional reporting by: Bennett Hawley, C.C. Lucas, Minjae Lee, and Penelope Winton

May 24, 2016

As a college preparatory school, students are clearly pushed to pursue a specific path after graduation. But many are choosing to stray from that path to create new experiences for themselves while trailblazing for other students. Often these new paths are coming in the form of gap years either to wo...

The problem with our lunchroom

The problem with our lunchroom

Chapel Puckett, Co-Editor-in-Chief

April 28, 2016

Healthy eating behavior is one of the most important habits that people must form at a young age. The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition states, “Dietary habits established in childhood often carry into adulthood, so teaching children how to eat healthy at a young age will hel...

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