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Senior Summer Reading Recommendations

Senior Summer Reading Recommendations

Sarina Dev, Editor Emeritus

May 10, 2019

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel Don’t thank me, thank Mr. Barry. I read this book first semester in my Utopian and Dystopian Literature class and it completely blew me out of the water. Mandel tells the story of humanity before, during, and after its collapse. Following five characters...

If Walls Could Talk

A student studies in front of the main fireplace of Northrop, circa 1951

Sarina Dev, Editor Emeriti

February 3, 2019

Studying at the Carlson Commons, going to the English wing for class, meeting up with friends in the "Junior Lounge". The current spaces of the Northrop campus are so integral to students' and faculties' daily routines and experience that itís difficult to remember that the building is over 100 ye...

Employment Opportunities At Edina Assisted Living Community Attract Students

Kaja Bingham and Paige Bernstein with a Waters resident

Sarina Dev, Creative Director

December 17, 2018

The Waters on 50th, an assisted living community located in Edina near 50th and France, currently employs five Blake juniors and seniors. Joely Gendler ‘19, Paige Bernstein ‘19, Olivia Paulek ‘19, Kai Sovell ‘19, and Mason Wordelman ‘21 all currently work as servers at the Waters Restaurant and Café. ...

Libraries offer multiple resources

Libraries offer multiple resources

Sarina Dev, Creative Director

December 2, 2018

The Hennepin County Libraries provide great resources for both academic and leisure reading. Library cards are free for Hennepin County residents, and the library has an automatic renewal system to help avoid fees for late books.  In addition, the Hennepin Country Libraries offer a huge selection of young...

Humans at Blake: Kai Sovell

Humans at Blake: Kai Sovell

Sarina Dev, Creative Director

November 30, 2018

“I want to be somebody who does everything,” explains Kai Sovell ‘19.  Both an aspiring artist and scientist, she is strongly influenced by her mixed heritage: her mother Jaye Lee, a music major and pianist, immigrated from Seoul, South Korea when she was 30 years old and her father Chase Sovell g...

Starbucks eliminating plastic straws

Starbucks eliminating plastic straws

Sarina Dev, InDepth Editor

November 2, 2018

On Monday, October 8, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned that the world has twelve years to drastically change its environmental impact before an almost irreversible climate change catastrophe. While the Paris Agreement from 2016 pledged to keep global temperatu...

Cram and Caffeinate

This Vicinity Coffee also has many comfy leather chairs and serves Sebastian Joe's Ice Cream.

Allie Miller and Julia Abraham

March 5, 2018

Peace Coffee - 3262 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406   It opens at 6:30 a.m. and closes at 8.00 p.m. on weekdays. Peace coffee is super bright and colorful with a lot of natural sunlight, making it a very fun and lively place. They had a great BOGO deal on the espresso drinks and they...

Warming Winter Beverages

Peppermint Tea from Rustica.

Sarina Dev, Staff Writer

February 9, 2017

Hot Chocolate - Caribou If you’re looking for an inexpensive warm winter drink on-the-go, Caribou hot chocolate is the way to go. Super creamy and chocolaty, you can even individualize your hot cocoa by adding different flavors of whipped cream and choose from a variety of chocolate. And while Starbucks may be good for frappucino...

High school isn’t all sunshine and rainbows… or musicals

Sarina Dev, Staff Writer

September 28, 2016

Dear Freshmen, Welcome to the Upper School. I’m sure a solid 50% of you were expecting something along the lines of High School Musical. But, no. I mean, sure,  at one point your stress level will be equivalent or even higher than Troy Bolton during his senior year trying to decide between baske...

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