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Ad Astra Defies its Genre

Ad Astra Defies its Genre

Amaka Nwokocha, Staff Writer

October 15, 2019

Ad Astra, directed by James Gray and starring Brad Pitt, is a science fiction film that lacks science. It flies all the way to Neptune and back, but it seemed to me that Outer Space was only a tiny piece of the central plot. The film was actually about family, relationships, and humanness, and just ha...

Drone Cons Outweighs Pros

Drone Cons Outweighs Pros

Jack Prince, Opinions Editor

October 11, 2019

World War One produced technology that has increased international tensions over 100 years later. In WWI, the United States began developing technology that allowed them to operate crewless aerial vehicles. This was a revolutionary idea, and as has time passed, that idea has evolved. UAVs (Unmanned...

Shift Towards Privacy in Social Media Ensures Healthy Future

Shift Towards Privacy in Social Media Ensures Healthy Future

Anderson Blum, Science, Technology & Health Editor

March 14, 2019

In little over a decade, social media has gone from a group of various technological experiments to domination of the United States and many other countries. Modern children live in a completely different social structure than the norm had been for generations. Frankly, different does not mean bad. Wh...

Social Media Alienates, Harms Mental Health

Social Media Alienates, Harms Mental Health

Yeukai Zimbwa, Contributing Writer

March 14, 2019

Hello! Good Morning! How are you? I’m fine. For human beings, performing is a part of life: automated responses, scripted small-talk, pseudo-conversations about the weather while passing in the hallways. Teenagers born and raised in the 21st century know intimately the pressures that come with the su...

Background

Background

Nadia Lee, News Editor

March 14, 2019

The ubiquity of personal smartphones raises growing concerns, specifically amongst young people. According to a Common Sense Media (CSM) study, since 2011, the amount of time spent on cell phones has increased dramatically. For example, the study found that on average, 13 to 18 year olds spend up to ...

Protein Shakes Provide Quick Nutrition

Protein Shakes Provide Quick Nutrition

Lachen Reid, Staff Writer

February 1, 2019

 Protein powder: a meathead staple, a useless scam, or a healthy and convenient option? The mention of protein powder evokes the image of a roided-up and overly muscular man aggressively shaking a blender bottle for his sixth meal of the day.  While some are turned away from the product due to that image,...

Eurocentrism in mapping

Alyssa Story, Opinions Editor

April 28, 2017

It’s no secret that Social Studies in America is biased and Eurocentric. However, some schools have worked to combat this issue.      Recently, The Boston school system has commited to remove the use of Mercator Projection Maps from their public schools.      Mercator maps, proposed by Ge...

Science Spotlight: Science of Food

Sophie Skallerud, Staff Writer

March 13, 2017

From an outside perspective, the new Science of Food course seems like a breeze, consumed with baking and eating.      Paige Robichaud ‘17 and Sarah Juang ‘17 agree that, “it doesn’t seem like a very rigorous course.”      This block four class has had cookie and cake tastings that th...

Science Spotlight: Tech Requirement

Minjae Lee, Editor Emeritus

February 9, 2017

Despite living in a digital age, the core curriculum of private liberal arts institutions often lacks a distinctive technology requirement.                However, in recent years, higher education institutions such as Barnard College are gaining national attention due to their technology re...

Hydrate or die-drate

Hydrate or die-drate

Elizabeth Opp, Opinions Editor

February 9, 2017

The warnings are endless: your grades will go down if you stop drinking water, dehydration putting your vigilance and motor skills at odds. Regardless, Blake students largely disregard drinking throughout the day.      The most widely recommended daily water intake is two litres, or, in Blake te...

Teachers embrace Canvas

Teachers embrace Canvas

Allison Ahern, News Editor

September 28, 2016

This year, as students are getting acclimated to the new format of Canvas, most teachers are adjusting alongside students. “I hated Moodle,” Margi Youmans exclaimed noting that “Canvas is less clunky and I think more importantly it’s student friendly.” Youmans adds that the change from Moodle t...

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