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Plastic Surgery Popularity Rises

Plastic  Surgery Popularity Rises

Christina Chekerdjieva, Staff Writer

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 year, advisories are doing forced activities every week, and students are not happy about it. Melanie Su...

Youtube Trumps Netflix

Youtube Trumps Netflix

Julia Blum, Staff Writer

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 video times and millions of hours of new content a day. Youtube has a wide variety of videos on ...

Ninth graders recognize premature college anxiety

Maia Schifman and Maggie Seidel, Staff Writers

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 formal college process and preparation for a college resume. The objective of achieving at the ...

The value of political compromise

Yeukai Zimbwa, Copyeditor

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 myself a moderate… “ Yes, it is annoying to both diehard Liberals and diehard Conservatives, ...

Understanding defensiveness

William Lyman, Features Editor

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 for power within our government. In other words, the aggressive fight between political parties perpe...

Decoding Brett Kavanaugh hearing verdict

Decoding Brett Kavanaugh hearing verdict

Caroline Hardy, Student Life Editor

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. The accusation came in the middle of a tumultuous shift in American society, where sexual assault...

Confronting food delivery habits

Confronting food delivery habits

William Lyman, Features Editor

October 1, 2018

There is a certain pride in being able to order outside food and brag about it to others, whether intentionally or not.

Journalism contributes to idolization of school shooters

Journalism contributes to idolization of school shooters

Drew Rosenblum, News Editor

March 14, 2018

There’s a serious issue with school shootings in America, and part of that stems from an ancillary subject no one is talking about. Aside from the gun control debate, there is a serious problem with the journalism covering it. Every shooting sets off a clickstorm of searches of the shooters’ name and...

Push for middle schoolers on varsity

Push for middle schoolers on varsity

Payton Crosby, Ava Olson, and Sonia Baig

October 3, 2017

You have just finished your first high school tryout. Though you’re just a seventh grader, you left your heart and soul on the field. Now it’s the waiting game: will that email pop up into your inbox saying you’ve made the varsity team? It can go two ways. You make varsity as a middle schooler, o...

Isaac’s Input: Stubborness

Isaac’s Input: Stubborness

Isaac Gittleman, Columnist

April 28, 2017

You’re in a heated argument with someone that has been going on for fifteen minutes. You realized five minutes ago that you are wrong, but something urges you to keep going and try to win this argument even though you know that you’re wrong. This urge is stubbornness and it permeates our school and has af...

Isaac’s Input: Posture

Isaac Gittleman, Columnist

March 24, 2017

Do your parents ever heckle you about your bad posture? Do you subsequently work to improve your posture or watch it deteriorate? In fact, our generation has staggeringly horrible posture and a large percentage of teenagers suffer from this problem. Good posture helps maintain the natural distribution of pressure...

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