The Spectrum

New Locations Swing Voters

New Locations Swing Voters
Voters fleeing urban areas may change political parties
November 6, 2020

Current headlines dominating the presidential race often cover mail-in voting, healthcare, the economy, climate change, the Supreme Court, and President Trump’s response to COVID-19. However, changes...

Online Students Combat Disconnection, Fatigue

Remote Student Christina Chekerdjieva's at-home work space
Remote learning widens gap between in person and online students
October 1, 2020

While the whole community prepared for the Hybrid Teaching and Learning Plan, a few students chose to stay inside and learn through Zoom remotely. My decision to stay online was quite obvious because I...

Coronavirus opens new opportunities to get outside

Lake Harriet (pictured) is a great place to take advantage of the closed streets and get outside.
Ways to experience the outdoors while Quarantined
April 17, 2020

It is hard to tell if the Coronavirus has made it easier or harder to get outside every day. On one hand, we need exercise and mental stimuli other than Netflix and schoolwork. On the other hand, going...

Tiger King Generates Zoo Ethicality Conversations

Tiger King Generates Zoo Ethicality Conversations
Netflix’s true-crime docuseries delves into the lives of exotic animal owners, breeders, zoo keepers
April 1, 2020

Netflix has been known to distribute exhilarating documentaries in the past, but its newest release, Tiger King, may top the charts as one of the best Netflix original docuseries to be produced. Tiger...

Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Don't Worry, Be Happy
Make time to do things that bring you joy
April 1, 2020

In the midst of these stressful, uncertain times it is imperative to make time for things that you enjoy, love and that will make you happier.  As avid dog lovers, my family made the decision to adopt...

Plastic Surgery Popularity Rises

November 8, 2019
Social media influencing trend

Advisory Activities Spark Opposition

October 15, 2019

Advisories are supposed to be fun, relaxing environments where students can build connections with one another. However, many students feel as though forced advisory activities ruin the fun.  This...

Youtube Trumps Netflix

Youtube Trumps Netflix
In the debate between video streaming platforms, Youtube exceedes in diversity, affordability
March 11, 2019

In the debate over which streaming service is better, Youtube or Netflix, the answer is clear: Youtube is superior. It is the superior platform mainly due its ability to keep viewers engaged with shorter...

Ninth graders recognize premature college anxiety

Prioritizing personal interests
November 28, 2018

The common desire of many Blake students to receive admission to a top-tier college creates stress that begins much earlier than the college application process. Underclassmen are already focused on the...

The value of political compromise

Unifying polarized political parties
November 5, 2018

When asked “what side I take” on x or y political issue, I like to start what often turns into an emotional, patriotic rant about Mark Lila’s The Once and Future Liberal with, “Well I like to consider...

Understanding defensiveness

Examining the limitations of seeing the other perspectives
November 5, 2018

We exist in a community and a political landscape that relies on competition. Small margins of victory for political candidates in presidential and congressional elections have heightened the struggle...

Decoding Brett Kavanaugh hearing verdict

Decoding Brett Kavanaugh hearing verdict
Combatting rape culture
November 1, 2018

When Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a research psychologist in Northern California,  accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in high school, his likely approval became uncertain....

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