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Learning from the Outdoors

Learning from the Outdoors

Louise Ba, Contributing Writer

October 3, 2018


Filed under FEATURES, INDEPTH

“Alright guys, I need all the bolts taken out of these picnic tables. It shouldn’t take you that long!” I looked up at the source of this strange suggestion, our project sponsor at Afton State Park, Gene. I couldn’t help but think that this project would never get done with our handsaws, ...

Students reminisce on global immersion trips to Cuba, Vietnam

Drew Rosenblum, Opinions Editor

October 16, 2017


Filed under STUDENT LIFE

From June 11- July 3, 2017, a group of Blake students traveled to the bustling city of Hanoi, the lively city of Saigon, and the peaceful and quiet rural areas of both sides of the country. Julia Abraham ‘19, a student on the trip, gives a summary of what they did on the Vietnam trip.  She says...

Summer, A Social Construct

Maya Chadda, Staff Writer

December 8, 2016


Filed under Comedy

Show off those pale ashy legs with some timeless “Jorts” or classic Nike Athletic shorts. Shorts aren’t just for summer, and with Blake’s bipolar heating there is no reason not to take off those “leg prisons” (pants) and bring the summer to school.  Leis and Hawaiian shirts don’t...

Polyglots Unite

Polyglots Unite

Bennett Mattson, Staff Writer

September 28, 2016


Filed under OPINIONS, TOP STORIES

¡Hola! Hello! Bonjour! Hallo! Salam! I just greeted you in Spanish, English, French, Dutch, and Azerbaijani. Why? To emphasize the fact that learning a second, third, fourth, or even fifth language is immensely beneficial to your standing in the world around you. Sure, you’ll probably only speak Az...

Juggling leisure and work alters summer structure

Juggling leisure and work alters summer structure

Louis Cosentino and Matthew Martinez-Sutton, Contributing Writers

September 29, 2015


Filed under OPINIONS

Matt: I essentially did nothing this summer. I had no job. Each day I would float between the country club and my house, with the occasional time with friends in between tennis lessons and rounds of golf. It was fantastic Of course it would have been nice to have a little bit of extra money to waste ...

Review: Culinary Tour of State Fair

Review: Culinary Tour of State Fair

Eva Berezovsky, Contributing Writer

September 29, 2015


Filed under ARTS & CULTURE

The State Fair may be the only week where Minnesotans gather in one setting, sharing warm smiles and even warmer cheese curds. Absolutely nothing compares to flavors at the Fair. It’s as if every past opinion regarding calories and dieting vanishes for these seven days – we can’t help to think th...

Review: Summer Festivals

Review: Summer Festivals

Emma Burke, Staff Writer

September 29, 2015


Filed under ARTS & CULTURE

Throughout summer break, students, at Blake and other schools, take part in many fun outdoor activities. Many students attended outdoor music festivals, a common topic of conversation during the warm summer days. In Minnesota alone, there were many music festivals that were popular in the Blake commu...

Summer sports reads

Summer sports reads

Will Kaback, Sports Editor

May 28, 2015


Filed under ARTS & CULTURE, SPORTS

Sports books are a great way to fulfill the necessity of a solid summer book. They come in both nonfiction and fiction form, and encompass an area as wide as the sports they cover. During long summer days, when mid-season baseball is the most exciting event on TV, a good sports book acts as a porta...

Evaluating the merit of summer work

Evaluating the merit of summer work

Emma Burke, Staff Writer

May 28, 2015


Filed under OPINIONS

Forcing yourself into a job or internship might seem like a waste of time, but actually, it’s a hidden gem. Summer is intended to be a “break” from life, but a job is a necessity to a student’s understanding of how to encounter “the real world” after high school. A job can be a crucial lea...

I, Too, Sing America

Dominic Leblanc

October 1, 2012


Filed under INDEPTH

Stumbling Blindly   “No way,” They say “Not possible” As I try Try harder than I ever have Getting better Faster Stronger   Someday, I’ll be there Up at the top Where the best lie In wait For the newcomer   I’ll be...

White Earth

Carolyn Patterson, Photographer

October 1, 2012


Filed under INDEPTH

The road was tired and gray, winding its way past various houses, also tired and gray. The hours moved slowly, the people there moving even slower. With little help and support from the outside world, the life and color of the Native Americans on the White Earth Indian Reservation was slowly being sucked...

El Centro

Laine Higgins, Editor-in-Chief

October 1, 2012


Filed under INDEPTH

This summer I volunteered for the Siembra pre-school program at El Centro, a Hispanic community center on Chicago Avenue.  I walked into the lobby on my first day expecting to say “hola” to the receptionist, but instead I was greeted with a “hello.” Throughout my first week the same thing...

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