The Spectrum

Coronavirus opens new opportunities to get outside

Lake Harriet (pictured) is a great place to take advantage of the closed streets and get outside.

Linnea Krig, Contributing Writer

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 outside and coming into close contact with others puts us at risk. Recently, in the Twin Cities an...

Tiger King Generates Zoo Ethicality Conversations

Tiger King Generates Zoo Ethicality Conversations

Dylan Gainsley, News Editor

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 King narrates the story about large, exotic cat enthusiasts highlighting the feuds between them. The...

Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Don't Worry, Be Happy

Sage Marmet, Creative Director

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 a puppy in April. After our travel plans were suddenly cancelled, we found ourselves wanting to pi...

Plastic Surgery Popularity Rises

Christina Chekerdjieva, Staff Writer

November 8, 2019

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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

Graphic credit: Eva Berezovsky

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...

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