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Ben Lee ’19 ends year as National Student Poet representative, starts new chapter

Ben Lee '19 ends year as National Student Poet representative, starts new chapter

Maya Chadda, Editor-in-Chief | Opinions Editor

September 9, 2018

On August 30, Ben Lee '19, the 2017 National Student Poet representative for the Midwest region, traveled to Washington D.C to welcome the incoming National Student Poets for 2018 at the National Library of Congress. The National Student Poets Program receives over 20,500 works and from the initial subm...

Newly structured arts courses

Newly structured arts courses

Josie Lagerstrom, Co-Editor-in-Chief

May 1, 2018

Following this school year, all visual arts classes’ curriculum will be restructured to create more variety. Next year, the art department will offer a beginning level course for Drawing, Painting, Filmmaking, Ceramics, Game Development, Design, Printmaking, Photography, and Art History, and then ad...

Martha Bennett Gallery displays new prints

Bethke’s art portraying South African culture hung in the Martha Bennett Gallery spanning from February 21 to March 14.

Josie Lagerstrom, Co-Editor-In-Chief

March 16, 2018

The current Martha Bennett Gallery exhibit features work personal to art teacher Brian Sago. Karl Bethke, with his exhibit entitled “A Visual History of Rorke’s Drift,” was Sago’s printmaking and color theory teacher in college and now serves as his artistry and printmaking mentor. Sago, ten y...

D.I.Y. Applying Henna

Sonia Baig applies free-styled henna design.

Sonia Baig and Amelia Reyes

March 14, 2018

Whether you’ve seen artsy henna pictures on social media, or your family has been applying it for religious celebrations for as long as you can remember, it's common to know about henna from some place or another. While often called henna in America, it’s often called mehndi in other parts of t...

Cheryl Minde ’20 prevails at Poetry Out Loud

Cheryl Minde '20 prevails at Poetry Out Loud

Maya Chadda, Co-Editor-In-Chief

March 13, 2018

With an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC, and $200 in hand Cheryl Minde ‘20 left the Minnesota’s state competition for Poetry Out Loud held at The Loft Literary Center Open Book. Minde competed and prevailed amongst five other young poets in the semifinals. Her success in the semifinals a...

Cast, crew of Once on This Island provide insight on musical’s uniqueness

Cast, crew of Once on This Island provide insight on musical's uniqueness

Shira Aronow and Anna Johns

March 10, 2018

The Blake School musical Once on This Island opens Friday, March 9, and the cast and crew agree their hard work has come together to make a great show. Members of the cast have loved participating in this musical on and off the stage during rehearsal and speak to how it was as a commitment. Anika Hahn ‘2...

Rap’s lack of lyrical significance

Gavin McDonough, Contributing Writer

December 7, 2017

Mumble rap has grown on me as a over the years with artists such as 21 Savage and Desiigner stumbling their way both into relative coherence and into my heart. These artists may not be deep or insightful, but the men can make songs, and damn catchy ones at that. But you see, there’s a slight flaw i...

Kodak Black, defining a generation

Noah Ragan, Contributing Writer

December 7, 2017

Mumble rap is a new genre of music that has surfaced in recent years and has been defined as “incoherent, absolute garbage for an entire album/track, destroying rap as a genre” (via Urban Dictionary). The notion of “mumble rap” as a genre that  lacks  lyrical originality is flawed. The harsh cr...

Swearing culture, in hallways, in classrooms

Maya Chadda and Josh Enebo

November 3, 2017

Swearing has the ability to unify teens due it being something we all, more or less, have gotten in trouble for, be it from parents, teachers, or friends. At school specifically, the comments from students who choose to swear can be dismissed due to others perceiving their ideas as undeveloped. Swearing ...

Women’s March renews a spirit of protest

An estimated 100,000 people marched on January 21 to the Capitol in St. Paul.

Maya Chadda and Allison Ahern

February 9, 2017

The streets of St. Paul were filled with pink hats, posters, and protesters for the Women’s March on January 21. The crowd marched to the Capital shouting chants ranging in intensity from the call and response, “Tell me what democracy looks like. This is what democracy looks like” to “Hands too...

Forum’s Forum

Forum's Forum

Maya Chadda, Staff Writer

December 10, 2016

Blood Drive: The blood drive was a success and met the goal of receiving 31 donations.If the student body keeps donating by april Forum will be eligible to receive $500 for reaching the requirements for blood donations.  The $500 would significantly increase the current funds Forum has: $0. Tah...

Summer, A Social Construct

Maya Chadda, Staff Writer

December 8, 2016

Show off those pale ashy legs with some timeless “Jorts” or classic Nike Athletic shorts. Shorts aren’t just for summer, and with Blake’s bipolar heating there is no reason not to take off those “leg prisons” (pants) and bring the summer to school.  Leis and Hawaiian shirts don’t...

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