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t is once again the time of year when we have all merrily come back to greet the hallowed halls of the Blake Upper School. Clubs are starting up and fall sports are already well under way. We have new classes, new students, and new laptops. One thing we can count on to be consistent in this flurry of excitement, though, is Convocation and Legacy Day. On Legacy Day, the upper, middle, and lower schools will gather on the 24th of September to participate in a day dedicated fostering school unity among students of all ages and to instilling a sense of community and generosity in everyone involved with Blake. Jack Schnettler ‘11 describes Legacy Day as “a great chance for Blake
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Girls & Boys Soccer: Headed For State?
students to take a day of from school and focus on other things like community service and school unity.” Marc Bogursky has told us that the theme this year is Go Green! (And Blue!) because the school “is making significant commitments to be more environmentally conscious.” He also added that we will “cut landfill bound waste significantly, by 70%.” There will also be a variety of different speakers this year, including Austin Gromatsky ’11, the senior class president, John Gulla, the head of school, and lower school teacher, Cynthia Hector, who will MC the event. We all then split into small Legacy Day groups, consisting of students from 3 different grades, with 4-year intervals in between each. Mr. Bogursky said we will do similar service projects as last year, including the fleece blanket activity, the global hunger food
packaging activity, along with a new activity, where we will build bird houses for various park systems in Minnesota. Many of the upper school students enjoy seeing their younger legacy day group members grow from the year before and helping them to have fun in the organized activities. Lucia Sandberg ‘12 explains that “what makes [Legacy Day] fun is being able to spend time with the middle and lower school kids who we don’t see on a daily basis.”
Congratulations To This Year’s Forum & Community Judiciary Board Winners! Forum (9th Grade): Hirsh Shekhar & Margaret Graham
CJB (10th Grade): Adam Johnson & Patrick Lelich
CJB (11th Grade): Bennett Winton & Marae Pelton-Lipson
CJB (12th Grade): TBD (no one ran)
Congratulations to the 12 seniors who are National Merit Scholars!
China at Blake:
Read the stories from students and faculty about their adventures in China.
Are athletic team names the source of gender inequality at Blake?
School News Sept 10
An Upward Trend of Car Break-Ins at Blake Patrick Dunphy Staff Writer
Bailey Dunning Editor In-Chief
Hannah Page Editor In-Chief
Hannah Falvey News
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Staff Writers Patrick Dunphy Annie Peterson Mason Hinke Alex Feldman Chance Lillehei Jack Mortell Andrew Kahn Kimmer Potuznik Perrin Burke Hannah Tieszen Frieda Yeung Hannah Rice Natalie Lee
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new Blake school year brings to mind sports practices, friends, and challenging classes, but not normally car break-ins. Unfortunately, two Blake students’ vehicles were vandalized during the first week of school. One student had a window broken and a GPS-unit stolen, while another had their license plates removed. Two other cars were also vandalized that same day, and neither belonged to Blake students. “I think that it was just one person, going through the lots, looking in cars, seeing something of value… [and] grabbing it, “ says Steve Haugh, a security officer at the Upper School. However, don’t think that Blake does nothing to protect students’ cars from thieves. Blake security doesn’t just keep track of suspicious activity within the school. It also keeps track of the City of Minneapolis parking lots around the school.
A security van patrols the Parade Stadium and Sculpture Garden parking lots during school hours and the driver looks for suspicious activity. Perhaps because of this security measure, break-ins are rare around the Upper School despite the school’s location near downtown Minneapolis. Only one breakin occurred last school year, and no break-ins occurred during the 200809 school year. Mr. Haugh thinks that the security van is a good system for checking suspicious activity, and he does not expect a change in security procedures because of the incidents. These incidents were “just a one-time fluke,” he explained. When asked if the parking lots were safe for Blake students, Mr. Haugh replied that the lots were “probably more [safe] than other parking lots in the area.” However, the lots are not guaranteed to be secure. “We do as best we can to make it safe,” Mr. Haugh assured, “but understand,”
he warned, “it’s still a parking lot… [near]… downtown Minneapolis.” Any parking lot, especially one in an urban environment, is subject to crime. To keep valuables safe, put them in the trunk of your car or store them in a dean’s office. Mr. Haugh stressed that the Blake security office will store valuables as well. Robberies are an unfortunate possibility when parking in any lot, a possibility that the Blake security office is working hard to prevent. Robbieries do not only take away material goods but also one’s sense of security, and Mr. Haugh understands that: “You feel like such a victim,” he explained, “and I don’t want anyone to have that feeling. It’s scary.” Above all, Mr. Haugh gave the following words of advice to students and faculty at Blake: “Don’t give the thieves a reason to smash your window. Put everything away. Keep everything hidden, out of sight.”
quickly dismissed as unqualified.) For the last two years, one AP science class and one AP math class, both of which require computers, testran bags as well. “We thought about it for a long time, and there was a lot of energy put into finding the best bag possible,” says technology guru Dan
like the one Mr. Hill uses, designed to carry a laptop and a book or two. The administration wants to be fair to the students and take their opinions into account, but there must be some restrictions since a broken computer costs a student’s family $500 and the school $700. “Many schools just stop kids and take their computers, but we’re trying to be less restrictive,” explains Mr. Trockman. “Punishment shouldn’t be stopping students from doing their schoolwork. We’re trying to allow students to be responsible. “ To the students who are still moaning and groaning about the required laptop bags, Mr. Trockman has some advice: “Get used to it!”
Laptop Bags Overload Students
Annie Peterson Staff Writer s the new school year rolled in, old friends gathered in the hallways and students eased into the familiar routine of school. One thing, however, particularly stood out in these familiar hallways: In addition to backpacks, each student lugged a black bag not much larger than a textbook. Halfway between a briefcase and a pack one might use for camping, these bags were immediately met with resistance. Blake students are traditionally tough critics, and we showed these bags no mercy, deeming them cumbersome and unfashionable. One student even referred to their new satchel as “the ugliest thing I’ve ever seen.” Others simply refuse to use them. As tough as Blake students are on their new luggage, the administration is equally tough right back at them. Much to the surprise of some students, a significant effort went into selecting these bags for their durability. Last year, students and faculty with their own laptops tested a total of sixteen different bags in a quest for the most protective laptop bag. (The case recommended by Breck was
Trockman. For students who remain unconvinced and still want to replace their cases, the procedure is as follows: Before you buy the case, you must explain to Mr. Trockman and other faculty why you need change, and it must be a “good reason,” such as a health issue or because you ride a bike. The new bag proposed must be at least as protective as the school’s. He recommends a Timbuktu messenger bag
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School News Sept 10 Expectations & Anxieties for the New Year Kalpit Modi Contributing Writer brand new school year is a year loaded with opportunity, excitement, and fresh experiences uninfluenced by the year before. Since no two years are alike, you are bound to meet new people and attend different classes. However, on the not-so-bright side, there are always issues of anxiety, stress and worry for the upcoming school year. For the incoming class 0f 2014, it is the start of an Upper School career. As many of the 10th, 11th, and 12th graders remember it is a year that is loaded with unfamiliarity. In a typical first day of Upper School: you walk through the front gates staring at the older people already making themselves at home on the couches and benches. You are scared to be late to a class because it create a bad first impression, but you aren’t one hundred percent sure where every class is. You fumble around the school and eventually find your class. After that first trip to your first block, everything gets easier, you start to get the hang of things and hopefully, relax. For an Upper Schooler, high school is full of new opportunities. As Hirsh Shekhar ’14 and Ryan Stocking ‘14 explained, “There are many more op-
portunities [at the Upper School] than Middle school. There are a lot more clubs to join, for example you have Debate, Math Team, Quiz Bowl etc.” However there is a downside to all of these opportunities – there isn’t enough time to do them all with the amount of work assigned in each
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ing men’s or women’s] was a conflict” until complaints were brought to him attention four years ago. “Some parents were very concerned about putting the label of women on what are in some cases 13-15 year old young girls. They felt it was very inappropriate.” These concerns sparked a meeting between Lindsay and various female coaches. “We decided, let’s be consistent and call ourselves what we really are – boys and girls.” The department decided to use only “boy’s” and “girl’s” in official references to Blake sports team from that moment on – both in announcements and literature as well as on team apparel. Mr. Lindsay asserts that the athletic department enforces this policy as efficiently and equally as possible, but they “can’t control everything that goes on. What we can – and do – control is how we are officially represented.” Official representation was what instigated the minor conflict over the girls’ soccer team
you are bombarded with tests: AP’s, SAT’s, ACT’s etc. On top of that, you have the constant homework load. For seniors a different stress factor is prevalent – college decisions as Audrey Greene ’11 and Grant Laco ‘11 stated, “[Students] are very nervous about College Decisions and [the process] of getting into college.” A senior in high school has to write many applications for colleges. However, Tyler Leslie ’11 mentioned, “Being a senior you get off-campus privileges. Also you get to choose pretty much all of your classes.” For teachers a new school year means a new batch of students to teach. However this year, they have one additional means of teaching, Laptops. Every upper school student has one laptop, which they Hannah Falvey can use during class and at home. Therefore, the teachers have a special class. Almost all freshmen intertask of using the laptops as a teachviewed worried about the homework ing aid for their classes. Enunciating load and the amount of time it will her own excitements for the school take to finish the homework. Howyear, English teacher, Kate Sullivan ever, sophomores, Anders Ekholm enunciated, “One source of excite’13, Babs Laco ’13 and Kylan Duff ment [for teachers] is putting the ’13 explain, “You hear stories about technology to the best use [in class].” how much work there is in freshmen So, for this 2010-2011 year, but [it] isn’t as bad as it seems.” school year, be sure to take the For the upperclassmen, a new numerous opportunities, face stress factor arises: Tests and College. the challenges, enjoy the exciteIn your junior year of high school, ments and remember don’t worry.
Girls and Boys or Women and Men?
he recent resurgence of conflict between students and the athletic department over using “women’s” or “men’s” versus “boy’s” and “girl’s” has the student body abuzz. I sat down with athletic director, Jim Lindsay to find out the reason word choice has become a hot topic in the Blake community. There are two main reasons the athletic department has banned the use of qualifiers other than “boys’” and “girls’” when referring to Blake sports. The first reason, says Lindsay, is a matter of official policy. “At the most fundamental level, the Minnesota State High School League sponsors girls’ programs and boys’ programs.” It is important for the athletic department to be consistent with labels, particularly in official apparel or literature. However, Lindsay “never thought [us-
shirts, says Lindsay. The captains of the team came to the athletic department to inquire about using “women’s” on their shirts, were told no and given the rationale explained above. However, due to misunderstanding between the two parties, the shirts were ordered with the word “ladies’” on them which, while not “women’s” was still not the required “girls’.” The shirts were called back and new versions without a modifier ordered. Mr. Lindsay emphasized that conflict was not intended; “I said this shouldn’t be a distraction, it never was meant to be a controversy, let’s just move on.”
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Homecoming Logo Alex Herkert Contributing Writer
ith homecoming near, you must be wondering, what’s the slogan and the design on the t-shirt? This year, to sort of coincide with the release of the first part of the seventh Harry Potter movie, the image will be Bearry Potter. It depicts a bear with a cape and a lightening scar. Creators include Cole S p e n c e r, Romy Ackburg, Michael Lima, and Sydney Armstrong and many Hannah Falvey other contributors. When getting reactions from students, Caroline Hunsicker ‘13 said, “I’m so exited. The bears will be the team that lived after our homecoming game. We are unbeatable!”. Also, the pins that you can buy during the homecoming week say “Go green, Go blue”, for Blake spirit. The shirts are very exiting, and they will help bring a lot of spirit to Blake during this upcoming week and the weekend following. So bring your money, its worth stopping by to get one.
Opinions Sept 10
My True Colors:
A Response to the Mpls/St. Paul Magazine Article “Blake’s True Colors” Hannah Tieszen
Editors’ Report Card
midst the pages of the September Mpls./St. Paul Magazine, a profile of our own Blake School spawned over a seven-page centerfold. The article focused on the profiles of Blake students, past and present, and Blake’s initiative to promote diversity and pluralism. If you read between the lines, however, this article may be neglecting the positive attributes and diversity every Blake student brings to the table. It is apparent that Blake’s recent progressive initiative is admirable; the use of tuition and endowment is used to make Blake’s resources and education more accessible to student from all backgrounds. Programs like Learning Works have taken off in the right direction, working to make Blake more ethnically and socio-economically diverse. While this article did fully acknowledge Blake’s roots as an Ivy League college breeding ground, it went on to criticize a large portion of Blake’s student body. The cover picture clearly mocks our “rich kid” mentality and asserts that this attitude must be erased. It also mentioned offhanded comments from past alumni and students, as well as families who left the school because they were not on board with the new pluralism campaign. Woooahh, back up there. This does not seem like the school I have attended since kindergarten, one that decides to separate and call out members of the community, of any race. The article makes pluralism, diversity, and widespread acceptance seem like a revolution as opposed to an evolution. It is fair to say that
our school is evolving to encompass more aspects of plurality, but it is unfair to jump to Blake’s past for only negative stories and opinions. I want to see Blake move forward in the right direction. This means that everyone feels welcome, respected, and included—all of which have been core values of the school since the founding. This means that
Danger of a Single Story.” Adichie says not to generalize one culture, or to assume that a lone person can represent an entire race, socio economic class, or gender. As I look at the opening picture of the article, it tells me “not to think like a rich kid.” The word rich in this picture not only has a negative connotation, but also implies that the wealthy faction of Blake student body
students should be taught to be caring and honest to their peers and teachers every time they walk through the doors to the Blake School. By saying Blake has to revamp the way it works entirely, including its curriculum and attitude of its student body, is insinuating that the school was fostering solely negative attitudes before. While in reality, many have already embraced the proactive approach that Blake has taken on. As I finished reading the Mpls/ St. Paul article, I pondered the mention of Chiamamanda Adichie’s, “The
is the only source of Blake’s problems. To generalize a socio-economic class is to paint a single story; just because a family is considered upper class does not mean they foster negative views towards other races or families with less money than them. Here is my take: The article painted a great picture of one part of Blake’s future, but it was incomplete. What about the student body as a whole? Aren’t we all supposed to be one big community, united by green and blue? Disregard the race and class differences of Blake students for
just one moment. How about profiling Blake as one school, with all different factors included? Why not include interviews from kids that are intelligent, creative, and driven by a love of learning, regardless of where they came from or what they look like? Blake is filled with students of every ethnicity, religion and race, but it is also overflowing with different types of diversity. There are kids who have different learning styles, different ideologies, different political views, singing talent, sports talent and so much more. I am not trying to put Blake on a high horse; obviously no school is perfect, but why not an article celebrating the strides Blake has made with pluralism and their commitment to ALL types of diversity? Students at Blake are more active than ever before in expanding their world perspectives. What the Mpls/ St. Paul article neglects to mention are the multitude of service trips Blake students take each year, and the work CSB does to focus on community outreach, and so much more. Blake students are already reaching out of the Blake community to experience something more. So, lets consider this initiative: Working together as a whole, without generalizing or isolating anyone. In order to move forward as a school, the whole student body, faculty, and parents should acknowledge the parts of the school that need work, but also the parts that deserve praise. The core values still stand: respect, courage, integrity, and love of learning. By sticking to these, we can move forward, each individual working to create a united community.
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the well-being of your student body?
get Blake fans into the stands.
want to have more than five minutes to sit down and eat.
DPlaya’s to the massive overreaction to the C to the traffic in the lunchroom. Club. All they are trying to do is Something has got to change if we
Opinions Sept 10
Team Titles: A Source of Gender Inequality Perrin Burke Staff Writer
n August, the Blake Girls’ soccer team made fifty-four scrimmage tshirts. While seeking consent from Blake athletic director, Jim Lindsay, to wear the shirts, the soccer team was denied approval. Why? Because the shirts said, “Blake Women’s Soccer.” When I first heard that Blake female athletic teams were no longer allowed to call ourselves “Blake Women’s (sport)” or “Blake Ladies’ (sport)”, I must admit I was upset. Not surprisingly, so were many of my fellow female athletes. My teammates and I began to discuss almost daily how unfair the new statute was and how we should be able to determine whether or not we are, or are not, women. Personally, I felt as though the denotation from “Women” to “Girls” was demoralizing in a sense, as if ‘Women’ was too strong of a label for
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high school level female sports, or that we weren’t powerful enough to have that title on the field. Additionally, when the Playa’s Club made an announcement in assembly about Blake Men’s Soccer, the fire beneath us only grew. However, after speaking with Mr. Lindsay, my views on the matter have changed. Mr. Lindsay explains that, for a number of different reasons, Blake must refer to its athletics as boys and girls divisions. To begin, “the national federation of high schools sponsor boys and girls athletic programs…at the college level, departments support women and men’s athletics” and therefore Blake must follow the MSHSL’s example. Secondly, a few years ago, a group of parents were concerned that the label “women” for female athletes who are in some cases only thirteen, fourteen, or fifteen years old was inappropriate. Further, they believed that it was one more pressure from society telling these girls to “grow up and mature a little
bit faster.” While in a high school division the reasoning was absolutely sound, I still didn’t understand why a team’s apparel choice had to adjust to the change, espe- cially since tee shirts and sweatshirts have nothing to do with MSHSL rules. This made me think about many of the warm- u p s made over the previous years for girls’ sports. “Blake Women’s Tennis,” “Blake Women’s Soccer,” “Blake Girls Hockey.” The boys’ warm ups, however, have been plain and simple, “Blake Lacrosse,” “Blake Hockey,” “Blake Soccer.” Why is it that the girls’ teams included the modifier, but the boys didn’t? Mr. Lindsay explained that, “if you look at all the state championship trophies, up until last year the boys’ trophies boasted, ‘Soccer Class A Champions,’ and the girls’ said, “Girls Soccer Class A Champions.’
Why do we even need that modifier?” Thinking about the label in these terms made me realize that the stronger statement, for both boys’ and girls’ sports, is simply Blake Tennis or Blake Soccer. The ‘Girls’ in front of the ‘Soccer’ insinuates that it’s not quite Blake Soccer, but just a taga-long. While obviously the modifier is needed when differentiating between the boys’ and the girls’ teams, Mr. L i n d s ay encourages “that you don’t have to call yourselves girls or boys, just call yourselves Blake Soccer or Blake Lacrosse.”
sport is not about clapping and kicking, but instead dynamic, gymnastictype routines that involve flipping and dancing and lots of strength. In fact, because of this, I don’t think cheerleading needs to be at other games. Routines would distract from the hard working players on the field, and the game would distract from the meticulous routines cheerleaders have practiced. If cheerleaders do perform at a sports game, they should, at the very least, be half time entertainment and get the attention they deserve. Back when many of our parents were in high school, cheerleading was one of the few options for girls to do a school-sponsored sport. Until Title IX was passed in 1972, there was no law requiring gender equality in educational activities. After the act was passed and as other sports became more popular, cheerleading was no longer the only option for girls. Gender stereotypes have always been associated with the word “cheerleader.” They are seen in nearly every big screen portrayal of high schools ever, and the CW even has a new show coming out this fall all about competitive cheerleading. Cheerleaders are often depicted as the popular girls who are airheaded,
catty, and mean. They stand on the sidelines to support the guys, and are expected to look pretty like Barbie dolls. Cheerleading on the sidelines is more about the idea of “sex sells” than an actual sport. In addition, boys who want to be cheerleaders sometimes have their sexual orientation questioned. By not having a cheerleading squad, Blake avoids much of the drama we often see in the movies. Cheerleading is evolving and the stereotypes are beginning to dissolve, but they are likely to linger for a long time. In the end, here at Blake we have plenty of school spirit without a cheerleading squad. I’ve seen the cheerleaders that other schools have at games and, lets be honest, sometimes they’re a drag. If Blake were to have a cheerleading team, it shouldn’t be for the purpose of getting fans motivated in the stands. Blake students are excellent at supporting one another without being prompted by a cheering squad. With or without cheerleaders, I know Blake students have had and will always have enough spirit to fill the Metrodome with excitement when that time comes.
Blake Spirit: Do We Need Pom-Poms to Hear It?
Staff Writer hile many students love to complain about school lunches, you must admit that the chicken strips, mac and cheese and smores bars aren’t half bad. Especially when at most schools, enjoying a school lunch is virtually unheard of. I do have to say, though, that my appetite vanishes when teriyaki chicken and rice are served. Nothing against teriyaki, but the big hunks of chicken are just, well, way too hunky for me. And plus, I have to take a stand for the neglected minority of high school students who still have braces (we might be older than middle schoolers, but we’ve still got the scars of eating mashed potatoes, ice cream, and soup for a week). That minor teriyaki detail aside, if we compare our lunch to that of many other schools, we really have a lot to be thankful for. Take a look at the lunch food stereotyped in movies and t.v. shows alike: Mystery meat and hotdogs that bounce. Sounds pretty bad to me. While my condolences goes out to those individuals with a mouth full of jewelry every time that teriyaki chicken is served up, school lunch at the Blake School of Excellence really is, well, excellent.
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s homecoming approaches and fall sports are in full swing, it’s clear that there is no shortage of school spirit here at Blake. The 2011 Playas club have new videos out, students are out going to games, and everyone is dressing up for spirit week. However, one group of people that has forever been associated with spirit is missing here at Blake: cheerleaders. But are they really missed? Blake has always had plenty of spirit, and cheerleading is no longer about pom-poms and cute uniforms; in a time when more girls high school sports are developing, cheerleading has developed into its own sport. Cheerleading, in the traditional sense, has become outdated and isn’t necessary out on the fields anymore. To begin with, cheerleading has developed into its own highly athletic sport. It used to exist for the sole purpose of getting fans excited for other sports teams, and because of its history, there is now much debate over whether or not cheerleading can really be considered a sport. I am a member of the “cheerleading should be considered a sport” camp, and I have great respect for what cheerleaders are able to do. This
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Where is Lulu Now? Natalie Lee Staff Writer s the class of 2010 left our halls last May, so did another integral member of our community. Lulu Ouyang came to Blake to join the class of 2011 in their junior year from her hometown of Beijing, China. While here she joined more activities than many do in their entire high school career. She was an important member of the Blake Girls Swim Team, MUN, Math Team, Stepps, and the Spring Musical, Suessical the Musical, to name a few. This year, after a summer of meeting lots of friends and spending a month volunteering for the Shanghai Expo, Lulu returned to the United States to spend her senior year at Miss Porter’s, a girl’s school in Connecticut before she heads off to college somewhere in the US. At Miss Porter’s, she con-
tinues find new things she enjoys, and this semester she’s having fun with Economics and English, two of her favorite classes. Lulu continues to add new extracurriculars to her plate and has begun horseback riding, learning how to brush and tack the horse; she’s looking forward to starting to walk soon. The Lacrosse team can also look forward to her enthusiasm and dedication, as she plans to try out this spring. As if all that isn’t enough, Lulu continues to do it all and has become a valuable contributor to Miss Porter’s Math and MUN teams. Although Lulu is having a great time out East, she misses her friends, teachers, host families, and “Pepper the kitty.” Lulu will be coming back to Minnesota for the Thanksgiving holidays and can’t wait to meet up with all her friends; if you can’t make it to see her then, she’d love to see you out East!
Blake Welcomes Chinese Exchange Student Hannah Rice
vorite thing about small class sizes is that “there are fewer distractions” Staff Writer from unruly students. Despite the difome of you may have noticed a ferences in student-teacher ratio, Stabright, new face smiling in the cey is no stranger to a heavy course hallways. The class load. “Chinese of 2012 welcomes students do Stacey Ni, an exthe same tochange student tal amount of from Shang’hai, to h o m e w o r k ,” the Blake School. Stacey exAn enthusiastic plains “But we learner and an opdo more phystimistic personaliics and math. ty, Stacey describes You write a Blake as “the best ton of essays!” part about being in These difthe United States.” ferences in Stacey’s Chinese and courses include American AP Physics, BC Caleducation do culus and United not phase her States history, and as she goes she fondly explains to every class that AP English is with a smile. “very interesting” Excited to exSutton Higgins and enjoyable. Alperience a Exchange student Stacey Ni has jumped though many Blake into year in Amerlife at Blake with enthusiasm. Students take the ica, Stacey small class sizes occasionally for granted, Stacey marvels at the in- laughs that she “never wants to go dividual attention available to Blake back!” because she loves Blake so Students. At her old school, “there are much. Next time you see Stacey Ni fifty people in a class that take all of in the halls, be sure to welcome the same subjects together.” Her fa- her with a wave and a big smile.
Christopher Hofstadter Contributing Writer
hina is a country of many wonders, between the Great Wall and the delicious food. However, high school education does not often cross one’s mind as such a feat. A vast majority of Americans believe China is ahead of us in many arenas, but what about education? How do the United States and China compare when it comes to teaching our future leaders? After researching the topic I found the biggest difference was the way the students were taught. For example, China teaches their students formulas to memorize and is focused mostly on tests and memorization, while schools in the U.S focus on “outside the box” thinking. A study conducted by The Atlantic Magazine put an American teacher in a Chinese school to teach and a Chinese teacher in the States to teach at an American college. In China, the American teacher taught English to a group of students in the equivalent of a third level class at Blake. For one assignment, the teacher asked them to write a fake radio show that was dialogue intensive. Some students came up with unique and creative shows, but the majority just used dialogue taken straight from their textbooks. Would you get a good grade if your project was word for word from the school textbook? Not likely. The researchers also noted that Chinese students receive much more homework than their American counterparts and there is a much greater emphasis on standardized testing. In general, Chinese school systems focus most-
ly on what is inside the textbooks. Now what about the U.S? Teaching at a top public university, the Chinese teacher made a frightening observation. Most of his students had math skills so poor that they wouldn’t have graduated from a Chinese high school. While he was impressed that the students could solve problems that applied real world knowledge, he was surprised about how little motivation the kids had to learn. After asking for his students to turn in a paper that was assigned previously for no grade he noticed the work was much poorer than that in a paper for a grade; the U.S school system is so result driven that without a specific incentive, students did not feel the need to put in any effort. Another study conducted by Jim Stigler, professor at UCLA, evaluated differences in teaching styles in various countries. The conclusion? American students, especially in the area of mathematics, “spend most of their time in mathematics classrooms practicing procedures. They rarely spend time engaged in the serious study of mathematical concepts.” Essentially, students know how to do something in one particular situation or type of problem, but lack the ability to connect concepts and apply their knowledge to other types. The study cites the massive number of subjects covered in American curriculums as the cause: where Chinese students cover six or seven topics a year, their American counterparts may cover up to 75. Instruction goes a mile wide, but only an inch deep, leaving little
86% literacy rate
230 school days per year x 8.5 hours per school day = 1955 hours of school per year
Quick Look: 12.97% of government expenditures go towards education
Average math score of 8th graders on standardized TIMSS test = 605
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A Chinese classroom
The Great Adventures of Khyle Khyle Eastin
Page Editor room for true comprehension. Accordingly, American students did not perform as well as Chinese students on the standardized TIMSS math exam administered to students in fourth and eighth grades worldwide. So what does this mean for us at Blake? In general, Blake students are highly motivated, driven people; after all, a core value of the school we attend is love of learning. However, most of the motivation to do well in high school comes from a desire to do well on the ultimate assignment: college. The stress to do well in order to get into a good college and therefore succeed is not unique to students at Blake or even in America. If anything, this pressure is magnified in China due to the sheer volume of people vying for the limited number of university places. The solution in China? Students spend more time in school and use summer vacations for academic pursuits to get ahead, according to chinadaily. com. Summer break is fun, but the extra time away from school puts us at a disadvantage. Over the course of a student’s lower, middle and high school career, Chinese students receive an average of 756 more days of teaching, not including outside classes that many students in China take. That is the equivalent of about four school years. How good do you think your chances would be applying to college as an eight grader competing against high school seniors? Blake teaches us how to write well, problem solve in the real world and be creative, all of which are advantages in both the college process
180 school days per year x 6.5 hours per school day = 1170 hours of school per year
and the job market. It is the mentality of American students towards school, at Blake and elsewhere, that is a major source of any disadvantages we may have. We long for breaks and dread returning to school. We resent entire subject areas if we struggle with them. Take physics. Physics is complex and often difficult, but because students expect to struggle with it, they do. When gaps in understanding are reached, students accept their ignorance as “normal” and maybe don’t even bother to try to grasp the concept. If the subject were approached with an open mind and eagerness to learn, students would be more likely to work at it and eventually succeed. Neither the United States nor China has a perfect educational system. However, if there is anything we can learn from the Chinese, it is to approach school with a positive attitude and dig deeper. Students who love to learn and are genuinely interested in what they are studying do the best and learn the most. When we don’t fully understand concepts, we should try to deepen our understanding rather than glossing it over and moving on to the next topic. Ultimately, we don’t have to spend eight hours a day in school to get into college or lead happy, worthwhile lives. However, putting extra effort into our education and even grade-less assignments will benefit us in the long run – if we invest ourselves in everything we do now, we will be engaged in careers or extracurricular activities that don’t give out grades in the future. Learning to be curious is the biggest tool we are given at Blake and it is this that will lead to success.
99% literacy rate
5.70% of government expenditures go towards education
Sutton Higgins A typical Blake classroom
Average math score of 8th graders on standardized TIMSS test = 504
or the first three days in China I stayed in the countryside with my new classmates for orientation. Village life was pretty boring, but it was a nice way to be introduced to China for the first time. During orientation, we played TV tetris, hiked a mountain, and learned more about each other. After orientation, we drove into the city to meet our families for the next 9 months at the school we would be attending. From that point on, my time has been spent at school or hanging out with my host family or with friends, just like back in the States. My life in Beijing has been an
adventure. I’ve gotten lost for more than 2 hours, been mistaken for an African, been told all Black people can fly, picked up a new sport (varsity jump rope), gone to the Buddhist lama temple and the Confucius temple, discussed the definition of human rights and who decides what’s morally just, and nearly passed out from the mental strain of attempting to have a conversation entirely in Mandarin. It’s an experience I can’t adequately describe beyond saying it’s eye opening. I firmly believe that this is what learning is all about; going out into the world and experiencing and embracing differences. Everything has been a great experience so far, but I miss everyone in Minnesota, too!
An Educator’s Experience Two Blake faculty members teach in China
of text to memory. In general she saw little student participation in classes; Contributing Writer students learned by absorption rathhis past summer two of our Blake er than active engagement. A major faculty members traveled to Chi- advantage she saw in the curriculum na to do service work and teach stu- was that every student at the school began study dents. 10th grade of English at a science teacher young age and Ms. Williams and continued all Chinese teacher the way through Ms. Johnson parhigh school – ticipated in a proby the end of gram called “Pertheir schooling spectives: China” they had a very which works with good grasp on migrant children the language. in Shanghai. “In Most of the 7th China everyone has graders Ms. Wila right to an educataught Janet Williams liams tion,” Ms. Williams Ms. Williams and Ms. Johnson pose for a took classes says, “but if you picture in the Souzho garden. not only durmove from proving the school week but also on Satince to province, you don’t have as urday and Sunday and felt very presgood of rights as Chinese students”. The students that Ms. Williams and sured to do well in school, especially Ms. Johnson worked with not only on tests and exams. “The pressure an came from China but from all around exam in China [places on students] is the world to study Chinese and do very much more than what any single community service work around the exam does here,” she says. Students city. Ms. Williams says the program also do not participate in any extra “tries to help them in a lot of ways, curriculars – “just a lot of studying.” “China is a fascinating counsocially and academically”. try because it’s changing so much,” Ms. Williams first traveled Ms. Williams says. “It’s an interestto China in 2001 as a tourist and returned in 2003 to take a year long ing place to watch change and go sabbatical teaching English to 7th through development.” She says China graders. She observed that Chinese is one of the most amazing and inclasses were very oriented towards triguig places she has ever been, and note taking and memorization; often her experiences visiting the country students would commit full bodies have only deepeened her interest. Jonah Sandy
Sports Sept 10 Homecoming Preview
Mason Hinke Staff Writer omecoming is an entire Blake Community get together, filled with great athletic events. It is an amazing two-day event started off with on Friday with Legacy day and the football game Friday night, and then highlighted with numerous athletic events throughout the day on Saturday. The football team will begin the athletic festivities by facing St. Paul Central Minutemen at 6:00. Newly aquired to the football team is
“Jared Allen” of the class of 2011, or at least that’s who most people think he is, no one is quite sure. Nevertheless, the rest of the football team and him will put on quite a show for all fans. The girl’s volleyball team starts things off Saturday with a game against St. Agnes at noon. Expect Misty May quality spikes from outside hitter Senior captain Annie Demane ‘11, and lovely sets from other captains Nicole Cade ’11 and McCall Bliss ’11 and Evalina Bond ’12. The girl’s soccer team also plays St. Agnes at noon
at Aamoth Stadium. Senior captain Hillary Crowe ’11 stated, “St. Agnes won’t even know what hit them.” The boy’s soccer team wraps things up with the final game at 2:30. Needless to say, it will be a fine presentation of dribbling, passing, shooting, and inspirational cele-ing. Both futbol games will be a showcase of the beautiful game at its finest. Overall, homecoming shall be a fine example of all Blake sports at all levels, middle school through varsity. Simply put, it’s gonna be a rough day for the Aggies.
Expect The Best From Blake Football Alex Feldman
tough losses to both St. Croix Lutheran and Brooklyn Center, hopes and Staff Writer expectations for this season still run hen football coach Eric Swenson high. Coach Coatta has been stressstepped down as head coach ing the importance of ever player last year, many people wondered just doing “their job,” nothing more who would fill the void and what the and nothing less. “If you do your job future held for Blake Football. Enter and eleven guys do their job well, the football coach John C. Coatta, a vetother team will have to be very, very eran coach of Brigham Young good to beat us.” Player University and Florida State. morale and hopes at the Thus, he is not your ordinary end of last season were high school football coach. certainly not high. HowCoatta brings charisma, exever, with Coach Coatta at perience, vast football knowlthe helm of Blake’s footedge, and a legendary passion ball program, it’s hard not for the game. Coach Coatta is to be excited about what’s fired up and ready to play evpossible. When asked what ery day he comes to practice. he believes in applicable He repeatedly comments that from football coaching he “would do anything to be to life, Coatta said, “Have back in football pads again” passion. Whatever you Lucas Simmons ’12 running the ball up the field Bennett Winton and brings an energy to the do, try your best and have team’s practices and games that is “There is no reason that we as a foot- passion.” With this in mind, the footundeniable. On his expectations of ball team cannot be competitive this ball program works hard everday this and future seasons, Coatta said, year or in future years,” he said. While to help their dreams become reality. “this is not a rebuilding year for the the football team has started 0-2 with
Girls Tennis by Steve Carlson
Season Record: 1st, 6-1
“Powerhouse doubles teams and skilled singles players will allow us to have a really solid rest of the season.” -Abra Owens ’11
Bears because that is completely unfair to the seniors.” Rather, he believes that the Bears can be competitive this year in a conference still reeling from the surprise defeat of Minnehaha. As for the future, Coach Coatta believes that with a lot of hard work and passion, the Bears will have a chance to really compete in their conference.
Cross Country by Noah Abramovitz
Season Record: Girls: 1st , 2nd, 5th Boys: 2nd, 2nd, 9th
“This year, we were expecting a rebuilding year, but we’ve got a lot of young talent and we plan on making a strong run at state. Expect challenge cup points from our squad this year.” –Brett Szalapski ‘11
Volleyball by Sanjana Srivastava
Season Record: 1-5
“We’re looking to improve upon last season’s Tri Metro finish and compete at a consistently higher level this season. A solid core of veterans return and exciting newcomers abound in the young program looking to improve.” --Coach Raina Green
Sports Haikus Sam Gibson Contributing Writer
Poetry inspired by athletics Purple & Gold: Vikings versus Saints What a total waste of time Brett, go mow your lawn Purple & Gold 2: Vikings versus Saints J.A.’s mullet is no more He broke Rev Ev’s heart
October Baseball: Twins are on a roll Wish Thome was my uncle He’d take me fishing Blake Spirit: Spirit has come back The Challenge Cup is ours Mustangs are smelly Spirit (continued): Speaking of Spirit We all know it is Gerso He’s got a nice butt
Homecoming: As homecoming nears Tez emerges from his hole He’s like a groundhog
Bigfoot Sighting: Saw Bigfoot last night No wait, that was just Mortell He forgot to shave Thank You, Spectrum: I am quite lazy Spectrum let me write haikus Articles too hard
Sports Sept 10
BLAKE SOCCER 2010
Both Girls and Boys Teams Expect the Best
f all the fall sports teams at Blake, none have higher expectations than the Blake Girls soccer squad. With fourteen returning letter-winners from the 2009 Minnesota State Runner-Up team, it’s obvious these girls are primed to make a state championship run. However, the members of the team have a different mindset. “We’re just going to take it one game at a time,” said Head Coach Paul Menge. So far, they are off to a great start. The girls have a record of 5-1-1 including an impressive 2-1 win over 2009 State champion Orono in the Challenge Cup soccer tournament. But the Bears still have work to do. Assistant Coach Chris Mitchell said, “We’ve had success against
tough teams, but we aren’t there yet. We’re still trying to find our ‘groove’.” The team is lead by Captains Claire Wilson ’11, Korleki Akiti ’11, Hillary Crowe ’11, and Addie Adams ’11. A strong core of upperclassmen and young guns like Nicole Kozlak ’13 and Lydia Sutton ’14 add depth to the team. “ Our work ethic is good,” said Mitchell, “We’ve played some teams that gave us valuable experience for later in the season.” The team’s only loss has come to Wayzata, a class 2A school. But according to Coach Mitchell, “We really learned a lot playing against a team of that caliber.” When talking to Adams about team goals for the season, winning state was never mentioned, “Our first goal is to win our conference,” said Adams, the teams starting goalkeeper. “We aren’t going to worry about anything until we accomplish that.” Either way, the Blake community is excited to see how far the team will go. Hopefully the Bears will return to the Metrodome to take care of some unfinished business. “We’ve set high goals for ourselves, but are confident that we will reach them,” Menge says. Expect great things from the Bears this season.
Chance Lillehei Staff Writer
ne of the perennially strongest sports team is the Boys Varsity soccer team. Just two years removed from being state champions, they are looking to continue their success for fall 2010. Jack Mortell ‘11, George Ordway ‘11 and Charlie Velie ‘11 captain this year’s team. This year’s team is deep in experience with 16 upperclassmen on the roster, but it also includes five freshmen, Korle Akiti, Coleman Dressen, Rahim Omar, Karl Lovaas and JR Bascom. Senier captain Jack Mortell commented on the change in teams over the years, “This team is much younger than the past teams I’ve been on. Yet, with all the young players comes a lot of talent and promise. We look to capitalize on important games this season but not get too ahead of ourselves. The team looks to build off our recent success and carry our momentum into section play and hopefully into the state tournament.” After starting the season off with a tie against Holy Family, the team won their next two games, in-
Coleman Dressen ‘14 steals the ball from an opponent Bailey Dunning
cluding a 1-0 win over the number one team in section 1a, Simley. After the game, Pat Swearingen’11 described it: “A surprising accomplishment that is credited to lots of first half energy and second half passion to hold onto the victory. We are looking to build on this performance in future games.” The boys soccer team looks to have a very promising season. Afterall, they do have pro-dangler Daniel “Messi” Mauer ‘12 out on the pitch. Expect the boys to put forth their best effort and dominate out on the field this fall.
September Mystery Athlete
nce upon a time, this issue’s Mystery Athlete entered the hallowed halls of the Blake School of Excellence…(The rest of that story is still being written). This issue’s mystery athlete is a man (or a boy, depending on if he is affiliated with the athletic department) of fine taste and even finer athletic ability. In his time at the storied facilities of the Blake School of Higher Learning, Mystery Athlete has racked up a total of eight varsity letters on three separate sports teams. Now, being a three-sport athlete (and a two sport captain), you may wonder when Mystery Athlete has time to do school work. When asked whether he was a student-athlete, or the controversial athlete-student, Mystery Athlete coolly responded, “You know, when I’m on official recruiting visits at Ivy League schools, I make sure
they know I’m a student-athlete. However, at the D-1 programs, I tell the coaches I’m dedicated to going pro.” You may think Mystery Athlete is being cocky, but no, he is just confident in his superior abilities. When asked about his favorite part of playing sports, Mystery Athlete responded, “I like fans. I like ‘em a lot.” Brief, yet abundantly eloquent. Furthermore, although Mystery Athlete loves the ladies, he is no longer single nor ready to mingle. When asked about his preferences for his soul-mate, Mystery Athlete replied, “No comment. I’ve already got the perfect lady friend.” How cute. Back to sports. Many have compared this week’s Mystery Athlete to a combination of “The Most Interesting Man in the World,” Roger Federer, and the former lead singer of Matchbox
Twenty Rob Thomas. (Mystery Athlete is known for being a singer of the finest caliber). When asked about his proudest moment in a Blake School of Integrity Jersey, Mystery Athlete told the saga of the Boys’ Soccer Team
victory over Breck last year. He said, “that win was life-altering, although I’ve participated in several state tournaments in tennis, nothing will ever compare to the air on the pitch on that fall evening. Life-altering.” Besides
being a master on the soccer pitch, a fulltime dangler on the hockey rink and a straight-up ball-ripper on the tennis court, you can find Mystery Athlete driving around town in his Jeep Wrangler misquoting lines from Plies songs, or enjoying a nice nap in the senior lounge. Finally, when asked about his plans for the future, Mystery Athlete added some final words, saying, “you know, it’s hard to say where I’ll be in four years, college, maybe— the NFL, likely—playing in the Brazil for the next World Cup, undoubtedly.” Words like “legend,” “prodigy,” and “phenomenon” are seldom used in a community with so many highly successful individuals; however, it is safe to say that when Mystery Athlete’s time at the Blake School of Distinction is over, those words still will not be apt to describe him.
Variety Sep 10
New Faculty Inner Weirds Andrew Kahn Staff Writer The 2010-2011 school year brings many new faces to Blake. As a welcome ritual, some of the new faculty were interviewed for Inner Weirds. New faculty members not pictured are math teacher, Mrs. Geitsfield; spanish teacher, Ms. Duronio; and social studies teacher Ms. Graham.
“I like that my kids would rather eat sushi than french fries. I love vinegar. I can sit down and eat a whole jar of saurkraut. I woke up at 4:00 a.m. today to bake chocolate muffins for my boys. Is that weird?” -Ms. Reid
“During high school I worked for a photography studio (think Glamor Shots). If I found someone’s portrait particularly, um, compelling, I printed myself a copy. I now have Laine Higgins a pretty magical collection of senior photos taken “I’m not ashamed to both in New Hampshire in the watch and enjoy Jersey early nineties. Mullets, Shore and the Real Houseyou ask? Oh, yes.” wives of New Jersey. My -Ms. Sullivan cats have more accumulated frequent flyer miles than most people.” -Ms. Graybeal
“I can walk on my hands. I like to cook my own Indian food.” -Mr. Mahoney
It’s All in Your Jeans
Kimmer Potuznik Staff Writer
even’s, True Religion, Rock and Republic, Paige, Hudson, Citizens of Humanity, Levi’s, and Joe’s. We have all heard the names, but what is so great about designer jeans? There is a wide variety of opinions on designer jeans within the Blake community. Responses ranged from “they rock!” to “Am I suppose to think they’re special?” says Casey Colby ‘11. Designer jeans differ from other jeans due to their fabric and their fit. Elinor Mitchell ‘11 states, “They’re durable.” Simple, and true. Designer jeans are made with premium denim, a higher quality material that is softer and hand finished. Due to the stretch fibers and uniqueness of the cut, the jeans can last for years without showing wear. And according to Annie Peterson ’11, “they just fit better.” Gretchen Hoff ’11 agrees
Pockets on designer jeans show the brand
that the premium denim is specifically tailored to mold to fit the customers body because “they are much more comfortable.” But what about normal jeans? Taylor Rondestvedt ‘11 has “worn the same pair of Abercrombie skinnies since seventh grade” and Ben Pobuda ‘11 “can buy like ten pairs of
normal jeans for the price of one designer one.” Rafael Abramovitz ‘11 commented, “They probably aren’t worth the amount of money.” Designer jeans are obscenely expensive. They range from $120 to $850 a pair, whereas jeans from Gap or American Eagle are about $30. So why do people feel like they need to
Movie Talk Natcher Pruett Contributing Writer
aven’t seen a movie recently? Don’t worry, there’s plenty coming up in October, ranging from action flicks to Halloween horror movies. The Social Network (PG-13) hits theatres on the first of October. This highly anticipated movie’s cast includes Justin Timberlake and Jessie Eisenberg. The Social Network tells the story of Facebook’s controversial creator, a Harvard computer genius, and the site’s 2003 origin. The film is expected to be a top contender for February’s Academy Awards. Early reviews have called the movie nearperfect. Expect a sharp script, laughs and strong performances. Red (PG-13) comes to theatres on October 15. It boasts an all-star cast including Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman and Bruce Willis. Based on a graphic novel, the actioncomedy is about a group of retired CIA agents trying to survive the day. Opening in time for Halloween, two horror franchises are back with new installments. Paranormal Activity 2 (Not Yet Rated), the sequel to last year’s demon-haunting hit, debuts October 22. The newest film in the Saw series, Saw VII 3D (R), opens in theatres on October 29.
buy name brand jeans? Mason Hinke ’11 answers this question: “It’s all about the little design on the butt.” Jen Burdick ‘12 agrees that, “they have cute pocket designs.” Eliza Coogan ‘11 believes that designer jeans “look cooler than other jeans.” However, contrary to popular belief, Sydney Armstrong ‘11 states that “you can rip and bleach your own jeans.” Although the denim used in designer jeans is better, it doesn’t explain why students are shelling out hundreds of dollars for a pair of jeans? Tim Dooley ‘13 stated, “It’s a status thing. People see you have nice jeans and say, ‘Them some nice jeans! They must have some ca$h.’” Status and popularity drive the consumer market, as well as the halls of our very own school. I’m not saying that designer jeans are good or bad, but think about why people are buying them. Is it for the quality of the jeans or the status of the wearer?
Variety Sept 10
A Slice of the Twin Cities
izza Lucé is a great restaurant with satisfying food selections and an inviting atmosphere. When I first went to the Pizza Lucé location in Hopkins, conveniently located near the Hopkins campus, I was surprised at how crowded it was. The restaurant was buzzing with life, from the private back area to booths and regular tables. Pizza Lucé’s outdoor eating area is more suitable to warmer weather. Because Pizza Lucé is always teeming with hungry customers, the wait staff is preoccupied. I’d recommend keeping questions short so the waiters have time to answer your inquiries about the menu. Pizza Lucé has a plethora of pizzas, as well as many other choices that accommodate meat lovers and vegetarians alike. They offer a variety of appetizers, a list of both vegetarian
and meat-filled hoagies, and an extensive dessert menu. The prices are pretty manageable (About $11.00 for a small pizza, $20.00 for a large, and about $7.00 for the sandwiches.) I ordered the Mock Chicken Dijon hoagie and a Margherita pizza. I liked how they placed my pan of pizza on a huge can of sweet red peppers because it added a nice touch to the meal’s presentation. My sandwich was excellent and I highly recommend the mock chicken. The margherita pizza had a delicious flavor, but it was heavy on the garlic. Then again, Pizza Lucé is known for their garlic. Just make sure to take one of their sweet after meal mints when you’re done. I had a great time at Pizza Lucé, and I especially enjoyed the vibrant atmosphere. Even though the food was not exactly what I was expecting, there are so many options that it would be hard to run out of new plates to try.
Black Sheep Pizza offers coal-fired pizza in the heart of Minneapolis
A mouthwatering cheese pizza from Pizza Lucé
Black Sheep Pizza Jonah Sandy Contributing Writer
lack Sheep Pizza isn’t much of a sight from the outside, and if it weren’t for it’s electric sign and amusing scribbled sheep symbol, you might drive right by it. It’s a plain looking brick building, It’s a humble show, but they make some of the best pizza in the Twin Cities. Black Sheep Pizza is a cozy little nook of a restaurant. The staff members at Black Sheep were exceedingly friendly as well as efficient, keeping the tables turning despite the long list of parties waiting to be seated. Black Sheep attracts young people from all around the Metro because of its affordable prices (all pizzas under $22), chill atmosphere and delicious coal-fired pizza. According to the restaurant, early pizza-makers in the United States used coal burning ovens to Jonah Sandy make pizza, and today these restau-
rants continue to use this method to make “some of the best pizza in the world.” Black Sheep Pizza strives to create this experience by using clean burning, virtually emission-free coal and the finest ingredients. The restaurant offers ten different kinds of original pizzas. You can also mix and match from their list of over twenty savory toppings to create a personal pie. The pizzas are made with such care and finesse that they could almost be called gourmet. Brought fresh out from the oven, the pizzas are gorgeous – culinary works of art. Although Black Sheep doesn’t offer much besides pizza, the appetizers they do have are excellent. I would recommend the Meatball, Ricotta & Garlic pizza and the Chicken & Pickled Pepper pizza for a bolder, spicier taste. Order some Mexican Coca Cola or maybe some 1919 Draft Root Beer to go with. If you come on the weekend be prepared for quite a wait, but know that it’s well worth it!
Summer Showcase: A Close-Up of the Martha Bennett Gallery Laine Higgins
he exhibit in the Martha Bennett Gallery is full of student and faculty artwork that was created over the summer. The show includes drawings, photography, paintings and sculptures galore. Make sure you stop by to check out all of your classmates’ talent.
From left: “Summer on a Schooner” by Emily Wells ‘11; “Wish” by Katie McElrath ‘11; “Untitled” by Sammi Cohen ‘12; “Live the Art Series” by Zoe Kosieradzki ‘12
Back Page Sept 10
Kate Plus Eight Emily Wells Contributing Writer
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Keeping Up With the Kardashians
reviously known as Jon and Kate Plus Eight, this revised reality show follows the daily life of now-single mother Kate Gosselin as she raises eight children. After her highly publicized breakup from Jon Gosselin, many people wondered whether a family with eight young children should be exposed to so much limelight. Despite the controversy, the show returned for its fifth season this summer. During the first episode of the season both Jon and Kate stated their continuing devotion to their children and denied the cheating allegations. Who knows where the show – and their relationship – will lead? *Source: Wikipedia
Top 10 Reality Shows Blake Students Watch
Masha Berman Contributing Writer
urrently in its fifth season, Keeping up with the Kardashians follows the Kardashian/Jenner family as they navigate their way through family, relationships and careers. Centered around the three Kardashian sisters, Khloe, Kourtney, and Kim, the show documents their lives as they search for love, try to find common ground with their mom, and open their own clothing boutique, D-A-S-H. The fifth season brings new love interests for Kim and a possible new living situation for Kourtney, as well as a few surprises for the entire Kardashian/Jenner clan. Tune in to watch all the exciting drama on Sundays at 10/9c on E!.
The Real Housewives of D.C.
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Emily Wells Contributing Writer
erhaps most famous for stars Michaele and Tereq Salahis’ controversial party-crashing debut at the White House, the Real Housewives of D.C. follows five women living the high life in the nation’s capital. In a city where political power is everything and guest lists can include anyone from senators to secretaries of state, tensions are sure to run high. Conflicts between the women can be caused by anything from political scandal to personal grudges. While some people have argued that the show has become centered on the Salahis and their high-profile scandal, the housewives claim that this is not the case. “We have five women that have stories that are really interesting and dynamic,” said housewife Mary Amons during an interview on The View. It remains to be seen, however, if a show that began in nationwide scandal can live up to viewers’ expectations for drama. *Source: Wikipedia
Jersey Shore Masha Berman Contributing Writer
ne of the most popular shows in reality T.V. (and a favorite of both the Blake student body - see above poll - and our own Upper School Director, Ms. Graybeal), Jersey Shore chronicles the lives of eight housemates living in Seaside Heights, New Jersey where they work, play, and party all summer long. In its second season, the cast of Jersey Shore moves to Miami, where more drama ensues between Snooki, The Situation, JWoww, and others as new love interests arise and fights break out between the roommates. Filled with catfights, hookups, and overly tanned bodies, Jersey Shore remains the number one watched reality show. Watch the season unfold Thursdays at 10/9c on MTV.
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