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Poppin’ Trending in popularity, Adderall and other “study drugs” replace the need to sleep, eat and even socialize
Student Life 4 News 5-7 Opinions 8-9 In-Depth 10 A&E 11 Taste 12-13 Sci/Tech 14 Features 15-16 Sports
Hard to Study: The library is too loud
Bailey Dunning Editor-In-Chief
dderall, along with similar medications like Ritalin, Concerta and Dexedrine, is a psycho-stimulant drug prescribed to treat ADHD and is an amphetamine comprised of several different amphetamine salts that increase focus and concentration. As the pressure on students to succeed increases, Adderall and similar medications are being used illicitly in high schools and colleges across the country as a study aid, a party drug and even a weight loss pill. Students may feel inclined to take Adderall simply because it seems impossible to keep up without it. While it doesn’t make you smarter, Adderall creates the drive to always need to be doing something. A Blake student who admitted to taking Ritalin without a prescription stated, “Whenever I take it, it’s so nice because I can just sit at home and write an essay for 5 hours straight without going on Facebook.” Similar to coffee and caffeine, it will keep you awake and focused. And in a high-pressure environment like Blake, where grades and GPA determine colleges and career paths, a drug that allows the user to study for extended periods of time without sleep is becoming increasingly abused.
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At Blake, we pride ourselves in being so academically prestigious. It’s common for a student to stay up late to write a paper, or even skip out on lunch to finish up the English reading. Moreover, when drugs like Adderall are so easily accessible, the urge to resist a small pill encompassing focus, drive and energy is difficult, especially as this Minnesota winter drags dreadfully on. With school, sports, theater, debate, math team and the countless other activities students are involved in, who has the time--let alone the energy--to do homework when they’re not getting home until 8 or 9 o’clock anyway? But don’t be fooled: while the pros of Adderall and other study drugs may sound appealing, the cons supersede any “A” you might receive due to taking these drugs.
What Adderall does is stimulate the central nervous system by increasing the amount of certain chemicals, such as dopamine and norepinephrine, in the brain. These chemicals, or neurotransmitters, help the brain send signals between nerve cells. Adderall helps restore the balance of these neurotransmitters to the parts of the brain that control the ability to focus and pay attention. So, when people without ADHD take these medications, they could run into many severe risks such as insomnia, psychosis and addiction. Aside from the medical risks, taking unprescribed medication is also a form of cheating. These medications were created to level the playing field for people with ADHD who have trouble focusing. But, if everyone uses it, aren’t the kids who were struggling before still inferior compared to their classmates?
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The tendency for the body to continuously build up a tolerance to the drug is another dangerous aspect of Adderall. As some students grow accustomed to their daily dosage, it may seem natural to double, or even triple it. And continually upping the dosage increases both the side effects and the likelihood of developing an addiction. A Blake junior claims, “I take Adderall everyday because I have ADHD. If I know I have a lot of work to do, I can just take another [pill] around noon or even right after school. One time, I needed to write a huge essay in one night so I took three and didn’t go to bed at all… I barely blinked that night.” If you think you may be abusing “study drugs”, talk to your dean or school counselor, Erin Adams. There are healthier ways to combat stress rather than taking drugs.
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Blake family visits Egypt, takes in cultural differences
January 20, 2011
Grace Nolan ‘12 vacations just days before attack sparked by religious intolerance
since the women in my family were not wearing headscarves or any traditional Muslim or race Nolan ‘12 didn’t expect Middle Eastern clothing,” says to be treated like a second- Nolan. An extreme difference class citizen when she stepped that Nolan noticed between off the plane into the sweltering Egypt and the United States heat of Egypt. When Nolan, her was the contrasting amounts of family and twenty-five of her respect for women in the two relatives traveled to Egypt for countries. “It was clear from the two weeks over winter break, moment we got off the plane she didn’t know quite what to that women were often disregarded in this culture. It was uncommon to see women walking around on the streets [because they] were at home preparing for the meals. It had nothing to do with a lack of respect for the women, it was photo credit: Grace Nolan simply a cultural Grace Nolan ‘12 riding on a camel in Egypt thing,” she recalls. expect. She wasn’t an expert on Historical practices the history or politics of Egypt, such as veiling and gender segbut she was looking forward to regation at schools and work sightseeing and celebrating her are common in Egypt. Furthergrandmother’s 80th birthday. more, girls in lower-class fami As Nolan listened to lies are often withdrawn from the tour guide narrate histories school as they reach puberty in of the wonders around her, her order to reduce their interaction family would often get strange with males. looks from the locals. “It was not On January 1st, as the uncommon for people to stare, Nolan family travelled back
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home to Minnesota, reports of a bombing at the al-Quiddissine Coptic Christian church in the city of Alexandria, Egypt made international news. The bombing occurred just after a New Year’s Eve mass and was the result of a longstanding conflict and rivalry between Muslims and Christians in the country. According to Saraya Sarhaddi Nelson for National Public Radio, Coptic Christians are “Egyptian Christians who never converted when Islam came to Egypt.” Today, one in ten Egyptians are members of the Coptic Church, an orthodox rite that originated in the first century. Christians in Egypt have long faced discrimination at home, living up against a “builtin bias in the state” as they are rejected from jobs and positions in government in addition to laws preventing conversion to Christianity in Egypt. Nolan noted that during her trip “there wasn’t any visible tension amongst Muslim and Christian Egyptians, but it was clear that the majority of people were Muslim.” The bombing of the church was presumably “the work of homegrown Muslim extremists, perhaps inspired by Al-Qaeda,” says Nelson. At least 21 people were killed, while 70
were injured. Although the attack came about presumably by Muslims seeking to make a statement against Coptic Christians, many Muslims do seek to protect the rights of Christians in Egypt. In a way, the attack united the two groups, as Christians and Muslims alike are finally willing to take a stand against the discrimination. Following the bombing, protesters rallied for two nights, armed with rocks and bottles against police officers with batons who made countless arrests. The authorities’ attempts to suppress these protests without seeking justice were not accepted by the Coptic Christians. Nelson explains, “[the Coptics] will no longer tolerate incidents like this being swept under the rug. They want a stronger response from the government.” The president of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak, responded promptly to the attack, stating that the attack was “of foreign hands” and that “all of Egypt is targeted. This blind terrorism does not differentiate between Copts and Muslims.“
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Having been in the country just days earlier, Nolan and her family processed the news of the recent bombing. “I couldn’t help but think how lucky my family was to have been able to experience Egypt without coming across any danger,” she recalls. “But it was yet another reminder of how prominent violence is for a majority of the world.” Reflecting upon her trip, she says that it was an amazing experience overall. “I really enjoyed [experiencing] another culture, although now that I am back home I am grateful, especially as a woman, to be living in the United States.”
Vikings stadium collapse leads to questions about lease renewal Could Minnesota Vikings become Los Angeles Vikings? Christopher Hofstadter Staff Writer
n case you’ve been hiding under a rock (or stranded someplace with no Internet connection) and haven’t heard, the roof of the Metrodome recently collapsed, causing a few problems for the Minnesota Vikings. The roof gave in after a large snowstorm, and only added fuel to the ongoing to debate here in Minnesota: should the Vikings get a new stadium? The Vikings’ lease with the Metrodome is set to expire, meaning one of three things can happen: the Vikings can get a new stadium, they can move to Los Angeles, or they can stay in the Dome. The latter option is one the Vikings have no inter-
est in pursuing, so currently the Minnesota State Senate is working on what to do. The problem with the Metrodome is one of revenue. New stadiums in the NFL have newer amenit ies and more luxury boxes, meaning more money is graphic credit: Bailey Dunning generated for the team. Newer stadiums are more expensive for fans in many ways, from tickets to concessions, so the Vikings would definitely make more money.
Currently the Vikings rank fourth in the NFL in spending, and 29th out of 32 in revenue generated. However, the reason that a stadium hasn’t been built is because of public funding. The Vikings want the public, a.k.a Minnesota taxpayers, to contribute to building the stadium. With Minnesota facing a $6.2 billion budget shortfall, some are arguing that taxpayer money should be spent another way. The Vikings argue that the Twins and Gophers got new stadiums using public funding, so why shouldn’t they? Those who follow the NFL know that Los Angeles doesn’t have a football team. Recently, serious plans have been brought forth to bring a team
to L.A. Candidates for moving there include the teams from Jacksonville, San Diego, Buffalo, and Oakland, as well as the Minnesota Vikings. Minnesota State Senator, Julie Rosen, said, “I am convinced they will move if there is not a sincere and concentrated effort on this stadium.” Some take the opposite stance: NFL analysts say that the commissioner, Roger Goodell, is set on keeping the Vikings in Minnesota because of how large the market is for the Vikings, encompassing all of South and North Dakota. The NFL is able to give money to teams to help build a new stadium if required. Earlier this year, right after the Metrodome fell, the Vikings were the odds-on fa-
vorites to move to L.A. But today they are not, so the stadium situation is not as dire and is not being made a priority. From the looks of it, the Vikings will stay in Minnesota and will not move to L.A. When it comes to a new stadium, though, only time will tell. The Spectrum staff acknowledges these mistakes in the November issue:
Mr. Jim Arnold was incorrectly referred to as “Bill” Tom Commers ‘12 and Perrin Burke ‘11 were referred to as captains of their sports teams when they are not.
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January 20, 2011
Quiz Bowl Predictions: Did they match up to the outcome? Kalpit Modi Staff Writer
esterday, the Blake School had its annual student-teacher quiz bowl competition, where the knowledge of the students from their years of schooling is pitted against the experience and wisdom of the teachers. Quiz Bowl is a competition, where two teams compete against each other by answering general knowledge questions.
broad spectrum of knowledge,” but Zalk is not willing to make any predictions on the outcome of the student-teacher quiz bowl competition. However, the students at Blake have already decided. Maddy Hall ’13 articulated the thoughts of the majority of the school by saying, “The students are going to win.” As Cassie Ali ’11 further explained, “[It’s because] Rafael is in it and he’s boss.”
Mr. Osters does the “John Wall”
After last year’s win against the teachers – the first in approximately 13 years – the Student Quiz Bowl team this year has the full support of the student body. According to one of the quiz bowl advisors, David Zalk, the strengths of the student quiz bowl team is that they have “a
Adding on, Ellie Rudd ’13 explained that the students’ victory is assured because this year we have “Alex Gersovitz.” From the perspective of the students, the student Quiz Bowl team is going to win a decisive victory headed by the team captains, Rafael Abramovitz ‘11 and Marielle Foster ‘11.
However, Spirits are still running high on the teachers’ side. Though the final roster has not been decided, math teacher Jonathan Osters is assured that the “Teachers are going to win in a rout. From the first question onwards, it will not be close.” As science teacher Janet Williams explained, “The teachers have seen more history, [they have] more life experience and more exposure.” In addition each teacher has been to college and they have been exposed to a broader range of subjects. However, as Williams stated, “[This means] there are more things to forget.” Though both sides are confident that they are going to win, the final outcome will be decided at the tournament. Weighing the two sides, Abramovitz explained, “our team is nearly good as last year so there is some hope, but on the other hand Williams is the
Patrick Dunphy Staff Writer
Friday lunch periods every other week. Spanish Table meets every other Wednesday, including February 2nd and 16th. French Table meets every other Friday, including January 28th and February 11th and 25th. “The language tables... [bring] together people from various grades and social groups to just talk,” says Hannah Rice ‘12, founder of Language Tables. Indeed, the focus of the two lunch tables is not necessarily practicing language skills, just conversation. There is no set topic for discussion and no specific skill to practice. As in a normal lunch period, students spontaneously discuss topics that interest them. Students could speak often, or not at all; they only need to speak when they feel ready. The interesting topics and fluid conversations create a supportive and relaxed environment differing from the pressure of an academic class. There is also no real
pressure to have perfect grammar. “Error [when speaking] is just a part of the process,” says Rice. The focus of Language Table discussions is not to speak perfectly, but rather to make an effort when speaking. If students express themselves while discussing interesting topics and have fun while doing so, the actual grammar and vocabulary becomes unimportant. The culturally appropriate food at the Language Tables also creates a fun and authentic environment for discussion. In past sessions, French Table enjoyed cheese, croissants, scones, and Orangina while the Spanish Table has dined on chips and salsa from Chipotle. During second semester, the Spanish Table hopes to try food from a different Spanish-speaking country each session. Students fighting the tedium and constant pressure of academic language classes can find a relaxed home to practice language skills during lunch in
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The students that competed in this year’s Quiz Bowl competition: Rafael Abramovitz, Alison Mcmanus, Marielle Foster, Patrick Dunphy, Alex Gersovitz, Taylor Rondesvedt, Malcolm Kelner, Andrew Kahn, Blake Woodworth, Leon Lee and Ariel O’Neill
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biggest boss in Blake Quiz Bowl history.” The victor will be decided at the end of the tournament, but until then, we ask that the students of the Blake School to continue supporting their peers as they attempt to win the student-teacher quiz bowl two years in a row.
A textbook performance by Rafael Abramovitz! The score was tied at one point, and tension filled the JNA. But in the end, despite a good fight from the students, the teachers still ended up winning by a narrow margin.
Alyssa Veil ‘11 awarded the Paul A. Anderson Youth Leadership Award
Ellie Alldredge Page-Editor
n February 5th, 2011, Alyssa Veil ’11 will be awarded the Paul A. Anderson Youth Leadership Award at the National Lesbian/Gay/ Bisexual/Transgender (LGBT) Creating Change Conference. Veil was nominated for this award by J.J. Kahle for the contributions she has made to the LGBT community. Veil has been an active participant in the Gay-Strait Alliance and Justice League at Blake, created the first LGBT and ally student group at Shattuck St. Mary’s in Faribault, Minnesota, and gave a standing ovation speech in the Juliet Nelson auditorium last semester
Students learn while eating at the Language Table
Blake students looking to practice foreign language skills in a fun and relaxing community can attend the Language Tables during lunch on Wednesdays or Fridays.
o many Blake students, the study of a foreign language is boring, tedious, and difficult. Knowing how to express and comprehend ideas is exciting, but practicing a new verb tense through mindless worksheets and vocabulary drills is not quite as enjoyable. Fortunately, one Blake club, the Language Tables, helps students practice their foreign language during lunch in a more dynamic way. The two Language Tables, Spanish Table and French Table, alternate Wednesday and
Attend the Language Table: Looking ahead... January 28: French
February 2: Spanish February 11: French
February 16: Spanish February 25: French
the Language Tables. With interesting and relevant topics, delicious food, and good friends, language students can have fun while practicing skills they have learned in the classroom. Every week, students in the Spanish or French Tables do not just find a forum in which to practice language skills, but also a supportive community filled with delicious food, engaging people, and interesting discussions.
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Alyssa Veil ‘11 smiles for the camera
about her experience as a member of the LGBT community. Because of this work and more, Veil will be awarded $5,000.00 in front of an audience of over 2,000 people in February.
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The Spectrum Newspaper January 20, 2011
Blake student explores Peruvian fascinations Fossils in Peru spur curiosity
Race to Nowhere Screening
February 2nd in the MPAC from 7 PM to 9:30 PM
Perspectives on Food & Sustainability: From Local to Global Event Thursday, January 20th in the JNA from 6 PM to 8 PM
Service Saturday: Feed My Starving Children
Chanhassen FMSC at 8:45 AM. Sign up on the Blake website.
February 12th at the Upper School from 8:30 PM to 11:30 PM
Yassaman Moazami Staff Writer
eru is well known for it’s archaeological and paleontological sites, which triggered one Blake student’s fascination for exploration. Junior, Vasiliki Papanikolopoulos ‘12 travelled with her family to Peru over winter break. On her vacation, Papanikolopoulos visited Cusco and Lima, the largest city in Peru. She also traveled to Inca ruins at Macchu Picchu and the Sacred Valley, and saw the Moray Ruins and the Maras Valley. She journeyed from the Andean highlands of Peru to the base of the Amazon river at Puerto Maldonado, the Heath River and Sonene. Papanikolopoulos was able to wander through Ollantaytambo, the home of Emperor Pachacuti’s royal estate.
During her trip, Papanikolopoulos went hiking, piranha fishing, bird watching, site seeing, and caiman spotting at night. She also observed the Macaw Clay Licks, and she took day and night boat rides along Peruvian rivers. Papanikolopoulos was filled with curiosity for the country over the course of her trip; she wanted to learn more about the ancient cities of the Incas. She was even able to see many fossils and ancient Incan artifacts during her stay in Peru. Curiosities about the past have led many famous scientists to discover the unknown. Recently, marine fossils have been discovered in the Ocucaje Desert of Peru. The desert’s harsh winds have exposed a prehistoric graveyard where sea monsters came to rest 40 million
years ago. Some of the discoveries include the gigantic fossilized teeth from the legendary 50foot shark called the megalodon, the bones of a huge penguin with colorful feathers and the fossils of the Leviathan Melvillei, a whale with teeth longer that those of the T-rex. Peru’s fossils are grabbing attention from countries around the world. Last year a mining company controlled by Australian and Swiss investors discovered more than 100 dinosaur footprints embedded in walls of stone. However, these discoveries have attracted the attention of smugglers. There has been an upward trend in seizure of illegally collected fossils. Such criminal activity is a loss of national treasures to collectors
both domestically and abroad. For now the Ocucaje Desert remains open to anyone who wants to search for fossils. Although Peruvian law states that the fossils found in Peru must remain in Peru, unless special permission is granted, visitors of nearby desert towns can purchase fossils from local vendors. Merchants sell fossilized shark teeth, about the size of a man’s hand, at prices from $60 to $100 apiece. Fossils can run for even more expensive prices depending on their size. Although there are conflicts over the removal of fossils in Peru, another conflict has caught the eye of paleontologists: erosion. Paleontologists say that if the fossils are left in the desert, they will be destroyed. The Peruvian government is trying to create a solution for this situation.
In regards to poetry in general, Majumdar spoke about how his reason for poetry over informational writing is the option to be subjective – to be able to let go of objectivity, factuality, and formula, and let emotion take over. Considering his inspiration for poetry writing, Majumdar said, “Really, it just sort of clicks. Before, I wrote informationally. It kills me. This is bulls*#t. Anyone can see something informational, there’s nothing to it. The way [my English teachers,] Mike Bazzett, Patrick Barry, and Anna Reid showed me that you can be subjective, that there is another option, was so much better. “You can only find this in your own lines. Considering poetry, what got me inspired to write was an overflow of emotion – where you realize that a blank piece of paper can mean more than someone just saying words.” Majumdar’s final thoughts on the poem are: “The poem is just important to me. It’s sad that people think something needs to come with the poem. I think it was Billy Rae who said don’t beat it over the head. If you find something good in my poem, it’s for you. I shouldn’t have to tell you what is impor-
tant – I contradict myself, I know, but that’s because I got excited. Remember, this was all my point, not anyone else’s. To the readers, just realize that there’s a problem in separating math, art, and science. I don’t know who will fix it, but that’s what it is.” Majumdar has a message, but – as goes with any piece of creative or subjective writing – interpretation is up to
each individual, not only to one. In regards to finding the book, Majumdar simply retorted, “It’s somewhere on some website. I have to go to Bemidji State University in the middle of April for a reception where I recite my poem and talk to people. I’ll buy a copy and give it to Blake if they want to keep it, but they better not put it in the English section.”
Blake junior wins poetry prize for New Voices Sanjana Srivastava Staff Writer
nder Majumdar ’12 recently won a prize for his poem, “Christophori’s Metamorphical Run Through Arpicembalo”. It will be printed in an anthology called New Voices that releases in March. Majumdar explains the title – “The implications are
say something is just a math, an art, or a science. That’s why there are people who are polymaths, polyscientists, and still like art. His message is intriguing: that the curricular method of taking a science class, an art class, a math class and a music class, each their own separate course with different teachers, isn’t the most efficient or fruitful
“You can only find this in your own lines. Considering poetry, what got me inspired to write was an overflow of emotion – where you realize that a blank piece of paper can mean more than someone just saying words.” -- Inder Majumdar ‘12
metamorphoses, run, and Christophori was the man who invented the piano in 1965.” The poem argues that arts, math, and science can together achieve more and culminate in more true knowledge than they every can separately. Unfortunately, it says, this separation is the institutionalized method of teaching the three subjects, especially in the case of the arts. Majumdar himself says, “The poem basically discusses the fusion between math, art, and science. It’s impossible to
way to learn. The poem conveys that subjects are fluid, connected and intertwining; and they don’t fit or contain themselves inside the predetermined labels we have set for them. “I really love music. But I also really like math. And social studies. So, I guess, saying that once you become obsessed with all sorts of subjects like that, you can’t not wonder how they are connected.” His motivation for the poem comes not only from an abstract idea, but his own belief in the concept as well.
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Inder Majumdar ‘12 smiles for the camera.
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January 20, 2011
Too much technology is not a good thing Laptop program at Blake is not going in the right direction Leon Lee Staff Writer
t seems that there is some confusion over what a laptop environment at Blake should be like. Many students are more concerned with maintaining their Facebook profiles, surfing StumbleUpon, and watching YouTube videos than using class time productively. Some teachers still have trouble using technology in their classrooms, and Blake still doesn’t have any computer science courses. The current laptop program at Blake is seriously limiting every student’s potential.
For many students, their laptop is nearly invaluable to their education. They are able to take notes and use Moodle to keep track of assignments. Emails can be sent in an instant to whomever you please. The answer to that question of yours is just one Wikipedia search away. Don’t know a word? No problem. You can find any definition in a few seconds. Instead of viewing our laptops as a tool to complete tasks faster, we need to think of it as a technology to enable us to learn differently. We need to use our laptops to approach our education from another angle. Before everyone had a laptop, everybody had to tediously copy the teacher’s words into their notebooks. But, I know from personal experience that when you copy things word-for-word, you become absorbed into the process and skip the very task of distilling the information that is being thrown
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at you. The words you copy down onto paper or the computer screen do not mean anything until you put them all together. Charles Mooney, a law professor at the University of Pennsylvania, banned laptops from his classes a few years ago because he felt that typing notes was a waste of time. He felt that class time could have been better spent on dialogue and discussion. While serving as an expert witness in a lawsuit, he remembered asking the court reporter about her thoughts on the case. Having simply copied everything word for word, she replied that she couldn’t remember anything that she had typed. She never put those words together, so they never meant anything to her. Without actively participating in class and analyzing what we hear and see, we learn nothing; we gain nothing. We might as well just photocopy our textbooks instead of attending class. The beauty of distributing laptops to everyone is that the technology allows knowledge to be communicated more quickly. Instead of worrying about notes, ask your teacher if they can email digital versions to you. If they agree, you’re
free to concentrate more on the lecture and joining a discussion rather than scrambling for notes. Students that are sick can stay updated even if they aren’t at school. Students also need to fight the urge to browse the internet during class. Computers can be distractions, no doubt about it. After an entire article in a previous Spectrum issue about students’ use of the game Marbleblast, we know there is a problem. The option to type notes in the classroom has evolved into an excuse to pull out a computer and drift off onto the internet. If you really want to take advantage of the opportunities this school has to offer, then use your laptops productively. Ask your teachers to supply you with notes so you can actively participate in the classroom. Petition your teachers for modern courses and fight that urge to open up Firefox. The student laptop program is a huge step forward, but we need to make sure that they are integrated as part of a better educational system, not just another shiny new tool. graphic credit: Kevin Hayes
In the midst of an Arizona tragedy, Obama challenges the U.S. to expect Audrey Greene Contributing Writer
All of us—we should do everything we can to make sure this country lives up to our children’s expectations.” In his address to the University of Arizona on January 12th, President Obama spoke about the tragic Tuscon shootings last week, and his hopes for the future. What, exactly, does he mean by “our children’s expectations?” I suppose that’s up for interpretation. I won’t presume to understand the expectations of an entire generation, but I will make a few educated guesses, informed primarily by my own hopes. I expect a nation where political discourse is safe. I expect a country that is tolerant of all religions and intolerant of planned Qur’an burnings. I expect a media that makes money from accuracy and neutrality. Do we deserve the realization of our expectations? After all, generations have been inheriting their parents’ problems—debt, wars, unrest—for thousands of years. What can our generation offer in exchange for a better world? Nothing, it turns out. At least, not right now. There exists, in the United States, an intergenerational contract. In this agreement, generations say to one another, “I’ll give you a better future because my parents gave me a better future”. This contract is often an unbalanced exchange. For a time, the generation in power struggles to enact reforms that reap no short-term benefits. It is even more difficult for elected officials to engage in this contract when their re-election demands that they produce immediate results. Say what you will about Democrats and Republicans—President Obama ought to be applauded for honoring “our children’s expectations”.
The Staff EDITORS-IN-CHIEF Bailey Dunning Hannah Page
Ellie Alldredge: Opinions Sutton Higgins: In-Depth Laine Higgins: A&E / Taste Bailey Dunning :Sci/Tech Bennett Winton: Sports
STAFF WRITERS Jonah Sandy Christopher Hofstadter Kalpit Modi Patrick Dunphy Leon Lee Karl Lovaas Jack Mortell Hannah Tieszen Clare Flanagan Katie Emory Mason Hinke Noah Abramovitz Alex Feldman Yassaman Moazami Fawaz Mohuiddin Emily Moore Taylor Rondesvedt Lucia Sandberg Sanjana Srivastana Emily Wells
PHOTOGRAPHER Sarah Legried
GRAPHIC DESIGNER Kevin Hayes
BUSINESS MANAGER Annie DeMane
ADVISER Anna Reid
Mission Statement The primary purpose of the Blake School Spectrum is to report news and to explain its meaning and significance to our readers and the community. We hope to inform, entertain and provide a school forum for the unrestricted exchange of ideas and opinions. Letters to the Editor Disagree with something that’s been printed in the paper? Have an opinion you want to share? Can you draw editorial cartoons? You write it, we put it in print. Take a stand and speak out. Email letters to spectrum@ blakeschool.org or drop off anonymously in room 351. Please limit letters to 400 words. Join Spectrum Spectrum meets every Tuesday in room 351 during both lunches. Come if you’d like to write, draw, design or take pictures for our newspaper.
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Staff Editorial: The Organization Kid
veryone knows this kid. He works hard to get the grades necessary to be admitted to a “good” college. This kid has every single minute of his life scheduled into activities. He strives to make the teachers and the adults in his life proud. He never questions authority. Most importantly, he says he wants to “make a difference,” to “change the world,” but he is either unaware of or unwilling to pursue the risks he must take to truly change anything. A concept first introduced by David Brooks, the “Organization Kid” is everywhere at Blake. He is perpetuated by everyone: by the students who strive to embody him; by the teachers who push us to succeed; by the parents who want what is best for their child. As Blake students, everything we do is an effort to achieve something, to add another notch to our belt of accomplishments. Of course, all of these efforts are directed at the ultimate end goal: college. College does not refer to just any institution of higher learning. No, by college we mean a well-known, elite school. Community college is something of a joke at Blake, mostly because it does not fit our criteria of a “real” college. One member of our staff says, “I was afraid that people would
judge me and think I was stupid because someone I am related to went to community college and then, even worse, flunked out of it.” Our generation’s fear of failure has more widespread effects at Blake than a stigma against flunking out. We try so hard to get good grades and achieve “success” that we will start to lose sight of our most fundamental values, our creativity, and ability to take risks. The Spectrum is guilty of submitting to authority and refusing to take a risk. Last year, the Blake administration informed the staff that it was unacceptable for statistics on the rising class sizes at Blake to be printed in the newspaper. Rather than fighting to publish the truth in the article, the staff allowed the administration to censor the information that they believed was too controversial. The problem with submitting to authority in order to avoid conflict is that it perpetuates a status quo that may be flawed. The only way to make a difference or to change a situation for the better is to risk some conflict. Michele Rhee, former Chancellor of the D.C. school system, effected sweeping changes across the entire school district in a very short amount of time. All of the D.C. schools led the na-
January 20, 2011
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tion in improvement on 4th and 8th grade level reading and math tests because of the reforms she implemented. However, she caused massive controversy among parents and lawmakers and eventually stepped down from her position, but she still changed the D.C. school system for the better. Previous generations marched in the streets and held protests to make their voices heard. We live in a different time, one in which all we need to do to spread our opinions is create a blog on the Internet. Our generation is one of quieter revolution. We say we want to change the world, to do something with our
lives, but if we are unwilling to confront injustices or take the time to do things we are passionate about rather than things we must do to be “successful,” nothing will ever be improved. We must step outside of the achievement-driven atmosphere at Blake and elsewhere in society and ask ourselves if we truly like the world we live in. The Spectrum will do its part to publish the truth, to inform the Blake community of injustices it sees and to suggest ways to combat these problems. The Spectrum will tell you what needs to be changed, but it is up to you to change it.
Everyone deserves a second chance, even Michael Vick Jack Mortell Staff Writer
n August 24th, 2007, Michael Vick pleaded guilty to financing a dog-fighting ring, participating in several dogfights, and being involved in the killing of six to eight pit-bulls that did not perform well. How could an athlete with everything, skill, millions of dollars, and thousands of fans, throw his career away like this? I thought I had seen the last of Vick when he entered Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary in January of 2008. Surprisingly, the Philadelphia Eagles signed him to a two-year contract in August of 2009. Head Coach Andy Reid knew the value of a second chance. “I know what it’s like to have young people who make mistakes and feel they’ve
After being arrested, will Vick’s newfound maturity give him another shot? changed, and no one gives them a chance,” Reid said in a Sports Illustrated article. “If that guy has changed and is looking for a second chance, I want to do it.” After a disappointing 2009 season as a third string quarterback, Vick was thrown into action during the first week of the 2010 season. Vick soon took over the starting position and has led the Eagles to the playoffs and is a contender for the NFL’s Most Valuable Player award. With the national showcase of his talents, the debate has surfaced. Can someone really forgive Vick’s actions? Does he really deserve a second chance? The “old” Vick did not. He was known for being a “last in, first out” kind of player who relied only on his talent.
He threw a 30th birthday party for himself this summer, during which he received a phone call informing him that his good friend had been shot in the leg. Vick was already risking a lot by going to the party because it broke his parole rules. This was his breaking point. “Right then and there I told myself, I am changing my life. I’m going to do everything they ask me to do. I’m getting myself away from this madness,” Vick said of that night.
Vick’s maturity has come through in football. And his game perfectly parallels this change in attitude. Now, Vick will calmly look for an open receiver downfield and deliver him the ball. Vick deserves a second chance because he has proved his maturity. The point of our criminal justice system is rehabilitation. Vick saw what life would be without football and decided to change his habits and turn his life around. Criminals are humans too. They make mistakes, albeit much bigger ones, but each deserves the chance to live life anew. Michael Vick has proved to all that hard work and dedication can really turn your life around.
The Spectrum Newspaper January 20, 2011
Turn the volume down, and the studying up
Student questions the purpose of the library Tim Zellmer Contributing Writer
t seems as though I have been hearing phrases along the lines of, “I was supposed to be doing work this free period,” all too often recently. For many Blake students, school is paradoxically the worst place to be if work needs to be done. It’s not that we simply become too lazy to work or because we have lost incentive, it is because we do not have enough quiet spaces where we can focus. A library is universally known as a quiet work-space. The only words that should be exchanged are, “shhh.” The Blake library, however, is filled with fraternizing freshman study halls and students who place their unquenchable thirst for socializing over the academic needs of others by maintaining a high decibel level at all times. Needless to say, being productive in uncomfortable environments is a life skill nec-
essary for success that students should develop to some capacity by the time they graduate. But, why do we make it so hard to get work done for those who need a quiet place to focus? Something needs to be done about this problem and another failed bureaucratic initiative will not suffice. In the past there have been multiple attempts to make the library a more suitable work environment. Some say that it would be best to make the va-
“A library is universally known as a quiet work-space. The only words that should be exchanged are, ‘shhh.’”
cant labs and rooms surrounding the library “quiet zones”, while others say we should make those spaces “group work zones” where talking would be
accepted and the ridiculous volume level could be contained. Visionary legend Alex “Live the Dream” Gersovitz ‘11 has even proposed to change the name of the library to “Raging Media Center” in hopes of subliminally forcing students to be quiet where and when it is appropriate. Any of these propositions would change the working environment in the library for the better. Such changes would initiate a wave of productivity that would carry over to other areas of the school because students would finally have a place to spend their free time as they please, whether that be socializing or doing school work. The library has become far too loud for many to complete schoolwork and focus effectively. However, if any of the changes mentioned above are implemented, the noise level in our school’s main work place will restore themselves to appropriate levels.
Sense of seniority at Blake has disappeared
Underclassmen challenge seniors and lack respect for their ‘elders’ Hannah Tieszen & Perrin Burke Staff Writer & Contributing Writer
here has been something missing from the halls of the Blake School this year, and its not heat. What is missing is respect for your elders, the senior class of 2011. After grinding out four years of intensive academia, capturing athletic state championship titles, participating in and leading a plethora of clubs, and making other positive contributions to the Blake com-
munity, we deserve to be treated with more respect from the underclassman. As freshmen, we endured teasing everywhere we went; from sporting events, to the hallways, to the bonfire. Although it may have been overdone on certain occasions, it instilled an undeniable sense of respect for our upperclassmen, if not a little fear. Although certain senior traditions have been removed from the senior to-do list (Senior skip day, Senior run, senior prank), we have remained tenacious in our drive to be the best senior class that Blake has ever seen. Due to our immense contributions to the school’s comcartoon by: Bailey Dunning munity and
the respect we’ve earned from the school administration, we won’t continue this year without demanding a little more respect from our underclassmen. Our judgments are more out of concern than anything. We believe that we display
Pay your dues. We started earning our respect from day one our freshman year in August, 2007. As freshmen, we looked up to the seniors as captains, Playas Club leaders and all around cool, intelligent people. So, here is a proposal:
strong leadership skills to command a presence, yet that power is looked down upon. Furthermore, we respect our peers and ourselves and believe that it is essential to the betterment of this community that the underclassmen follow suit. In order to be respected, you have to earn it by proving to the school that you care about each other, your education, and the community as a whole. You can’t expect respect when you’re a senior if you didn’t pay it up as underclassmen.
work hard to treat us with respect and give us the seniority we believe we have earned, and we will continue to work to be young adults that everyone wants to emulate. In the wise words of Anne Graybeal, the class of 2011 needs to push themselves to “cultivate a community of confidence.” She believes that everyone should feel accomplished and confident as they work their way through the Blake Upper School.
“In order to be respected, you have to earn it by proving to the school that you care about each other, your education, and the community as a whole.”
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The Spectrum staff asks you to please recognize that this article does not reflect the viewpoints of our staff or the senior grade as a whole. We are aware of the biased nature of this article, and our intention for printing it is not to offend any members in our community, but rather to express the opinions of the writers. If you personally do not agree with this article, we encourage you to write a letter to the editor at spectrum@blakeschool. org. Please limit letters to 400 words.
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The First Amendment right to freedom of speech fundamental to American ideals can be found in the pocket Constitution Mr. Sachs carries everywhere.
We the People
When the First Amendment right to freedom of speech should be employed Lucia Sandberg Staff Writer
e the students of The Blake School sit down twice a week to hear examples of our First Amendment rights at work—senior speeches. I’ve always believed that free speech is encouraged at Blake, whether it is the speeches of our peers that we listen to, articles like this in The Spectrum, or even complaining to teachers about too much homework in one night. Recent events in world news like the WikiLeaks scandal have brought the First Amendment into the spotlight and forced us to ask ourselves: when is freedom of speech, expression and the press appropriate, and more importantly, when is it not? For me, an issue closer to home raises this question.
Free Speech: A History The 11th state, Virginia, ratifies the Constitution and the Bill of Rights thereby putting Freedom of Speech into effect.
Last week, I was approached by someone regarding an article for this issue of The Spectrum. They expressed their desire that it not appear in the paper and initially, I agreed with them. However, the response of a Spectrum editor to this request – “if it’s a good article, we’re going to print it” – made me question when articles should or should not be printed from a moral standpoint. I got the impression from the editor that if it’s news, it should be printed no matter what, while the student seemed to feel that maybe things should not be printed if the subjects feel uncomfortable. According to The News Writer’s Handbook, the “Four Tenets of Journalism” are to Seek Truth, Act Independently, Minimize Harm, and Be Accountable. I believe
that anything that follows these four tenets is an appropriate use of free speech. A good journalist seeks the truth and reports it so that others can be informed. The muckrakers of the early 20th century proved how vital exposing the truth through journalism could be. Keeping a true story away from the public is doing more harm than good. Acting independently means that an article is written without bias and gets to the heart of what the editor said: the content and publication of an article should not be decided by anyone besides the author and the editor. Allowing outside influences to determine whether a story is published would be a breach of the first amendment. Most relevant to this story is the idea of minimizing harm. Though there is nothing in the First Amendment
John Adams signs the Alien and Sedition Acts into effect in an atSedition Act expires. tempt to protect the U.S. from en- Thomas Jefferson pardons emy powers. These acts severly every person who was restrict citizens’ free speech. convicted under the act.
about being moral when saying something or publishing a piece of writing, there is still a place for ethics in journalism. In the case of the Spectrum article, excluding names so that those quoted in the article would feel more comfortable about its publication could minimize harm. Though it is true that we work to make Blake a safe place where everyone feels comfortable, the goal of this tenet is only to minimize harm, not censor the truth. However, each Spectrum writer, senior speechgiver, and student at this school must be held accountable for what they say. Free speech is a right, but that does not mean we should abuse it. Words, whether they are written or spoken, should be grounded in the truth. Though slander should never be published in order to keep Blake a safe place, prevent-
ing students from speaking the truth would also remove Blake from the category of a “safe zone” as it would silence certain points of view. Censorship implies an atmosphere of distrust. Additionally, the censorship of articles, papers, or speeches because of their controversial subject matter limits our ability to expand our own knowledge and opinions. The act of censoring one opinion is imposes or at least endorsing the opposite opinion. The “Four Tenets of Journalism” are not solely applicable to Spectrum articles. Though we should all be mindful of what we say try to speak the truth, we must not hold back the truth because of any potential damage it may cause. In the end, keeping the truth out of Spectrum, out of speeches and out of the halls will hurt us.
14th Constitutional Amendment ratified; this amendment states that U.S. adopts gag no U.S. citizen may be deprived of rule that prohibits life, liberty or property unless certain antislavery speech. Gag rule is repealed. measures have been taken.
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Secrets, secrets are no fun Phelps family sued for expressing WikiLeaks uses freedom of speech, hateful views releases sensitive U.S. documents Noah Abramovitz Staff Writer
veryone loves the guy who knows secrets. But what about the guy who spills them? Bradley Manning, an American Army intelligence analyst, leaked thousands of classified government documents to the now infamous website, WikiLeaks, and as a result is facing up to 52 years in prison. The website was created by Julian Assange, an Australian journalist and publisher who is a huge activist for freedom of speech and investigative journalism. WikiLeaks has released Embassy Diplomatic Cables, Iraq War Logs, Afghanistan War Logs, and many other confidential documents detailing secret military operations. Since the release of these documents, many things pertaining to the website have been censored such as the removal of the
WikiLeaks app from Apple’s app store. In addition, it was recently announced that all of WikiLeaks’ followers on Twitter are being subpoenaed. After this, the U.S government delivered a court order to Twitter, demanding that information about a number of people connected to WikiLeaks be given up. Some groups, such as the New York Times, have raved about the website saying that it “could become as important a journalistic tool as the Freedom of Information Act”. Other groups maintain that while we are guaranteed the right of freedom of speech, it should not be used at the expense of our country’s safety. Amid all this controversy, and despite many setbacks, WikiLeaks is still running strong. Right now, the organization’s future is uncertain, but there is no doubt that the debate it has generated will continue for a while.
At a Glance:
When censorship is legal Can high school papers be censored? Yes. See 1988 Hazelwood decision on timeline.
What about college papers?
No. Hazelwood only applies to high school publications.
What does school-sponsored mean?
A publication is school-sponsored and can be cesored if it is: - supervised by a faculty member, - aimed at student audiences, or - uses a school’s name and/or resources Information from: http://journalism.about.com/od/schoolsinternships/a/studentpresslaw.htm
Schneck v. U.S. - A citizen’s age Act is passed shortly freedom of speech can be the U.S. enters World restricted if it presents a This law‘s intent was to “clear and present danger” to nt interference with the the U.S. The Espionage Act tary during wartime. is ruled constitutional.
Katie Emory Staff Writer
n 2006, the Phelps family, a radical, anti-homosexual group operating under a sect of Christianity, stood outside a young Marine’s
funeral holding picket signs saying ‘God Hates You,’ ‘Fag Troops,’ and ‘Thank God For Dead Soldiers,’ among others. The soldier’s family sued church leader Fred Phelps for defamation, invasion of privacy, and intentional infliction of emotional dis-
tress, and on October 6th, 2010, the Supreme Court awarded Snyder 10.9 million dollars in damages. However, the Phelps argue that they are acting within their first amendment right to freedom of speech in protesting.
the comment section. Consequently, the administration decided to remove the two articles entirely. The purpose of the two articles was to create a discussion about the Church’s stance on Gay marriage. Although some students do not agree with the
the legal right to censor the student newspaper, even if the students do not agree. Although some view anonymous online comments as destructive, censorship of such comments raises a journalist ethics question. Jane Kirtley, Media Ethics Professor at the Uni-
Catholic school censors articles, comments on gay marriage rights Fawaz Mohiuddin Staff Writer
fter two articles were pulled from the Benilde Saint Margaret’s student paper’s website, students at Benilde began to fight back, claiming that their voices were not being heard. Two debates have ignited as a result: the first, on free speech in regards to online commenting sections; the second, on the Catholic Church’s stance on gay marriage. The issue erupted when an editorial on the Church’s stance on gay marriage and an accompanying opinion piece written by an openly gay student were pulled off the Benilde St. Margaret’s student paper’s website, The Knight Errant. Benilde St. Margaret’s administration says that they removed the pieces because they were ‘growing concerned’ with some of the comments posted, which they deemed to be disrespectful, if not ‘incorrect’. When asked by the administration, the editors of the paper refused to remove
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A BSM student protested the school’s censorship by writing “censored” on a piece of duct tape covering his mouth. He was asked to leave class.
school’s decision to remove the articles, an even larger discussion about the legitimacy of the censorship was created, with many students turning to Facebook to express their opinions. Since Benilde is a private institution, they do have
versity of Minnesota, said in an interview with FOX News, “Any kind of school, like a religious school, that basically flourishes because of first amendment rights should think long and hard about abridging the expressive rights of their students.”
Tinker v. Des Moines - SuHazelwood School District v. Roth v. U.S. - Supreme Court defines obscene material to be any material preme Court rules that students Kuhlmeier - Supreme Court rules that schools have the right to Gitlow v. New York - 1st in which the “dominant theme taken have the constitutional right, under the 1st Amendment, to censor student speech that is “inAmendment rights apply to as a whole appeals to the prurient wear armbands to school in consistent with the shared values state governments because interest” of the average person. Obprotest of the Vietnam War. of a civilized social order.” scene speech is made illegal. of the 14th Amendment.
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January 20, 2011
Student Directed Plays Show Off Blake’s Talent
Not your average dance flick
Black Swan reveals the darker side of ballet Taylor Rondestvedt Staff Writer
photo credit: Brooke Sabes
Above: Tim Dooley ‘13 stars in Delia Bloom’s ‘11 play, Unbearable.
Interview with a Director Alex Feldman Staff Writer
acked to full capacity, the Black Box was abuzz with anticipation for the Student Directed Plays three Friday nights ago. Luckily, I was able to get a beautiful view of the stage from my seat in the tech crew box, the only free space left. The much-heralded Student Directed Plays took place on January 6 and 7, featuring directing talents Kate Abram ’12, Delia Bloom ‘11, Dafina Bobo ‘11 Thomas Engel ‘11, Marielle Foster ‘11, Alex Gersovitz ‘11, Max Johnson ‘11, Helen Kyle ‘12, Kimmer Potuznik ‘11, Keenon Werling ‘12 and Amelia Williams ‘12. The evening was packed with comedy, intrigue, and fresh young talent. I found time to sit down with Max Johnson to ask him about his directing experience.
Q: What was your play and what
inspired you to pick this play? A: [The] Pyramid Effect and the entire thing took place in human pyramid. We chose the play for its peculiarity and for the humor. We knew that it was something
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we could make it really good with a lot of work.
Q: Since you played a character at the bottom of the pyramid for all the rehearsals, how much can you bench press now? A: I can bench press Casey Colby ’11, Janhawi Kelkar ‘13, and Ryann Whitely ‘13. Q: Aside from your own, what was the best performance?
A: I’m going to have to go with
Delia’s play UnBearable. Delia’s writing is so superb, witty and dark. Her actors were prime!
Q: What was your favorite moment as a director?
A: My favorite moment was fi-
nally getting through our entire play in pyramid a couple days before the performance. It was euphoric.
Q: Would you recommend this
experience to a friend? A: Definitely. It’s really rewarding to see something you directed and started from the beginning come to light and see people appreciate it. It’s really gratifying to see your art translated by other people and everything coming together.
photo credit: Brooke Sabes
Left: Zoey Gold ‘11 and Brooke Sabes ‘14 fool around backstage before performing in Legally Blonde: The Musical directed by Kimmer Potuznik ‘11. Right: Adam Denoyer ‘13 and Emily Kahn ‘13 share a tender moment in Kate Abram’s ‘12 Freckle Music.
lack Swan, starring Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis, is an intense look at every artist’s search for absolute perfection. What movie-goers will find when they enter this film, is that Black Swan is not just a dance movie. Gone are the happy ballerinas overcoming bad turn-out and poor technique to dance the solo in the final performance. In their place is the story of a disturbed and sheltered young woman and her undying and insane need to be “perfect.” Director Darren Aronofsky, known for his gritty movies like Requiem for a Dream and The Wrestler, really had no idea what he signed up for when he decided to do the film. Unlike most movies, a “dance flick” requires actors and actresses to not only get in shape, but to learn complicated steps, rehearse for hours at a time and, if they’re lucky enough, wear pointe shoes. Natalie Portman, star of Black Swan, began her training a year before production even began. Gradually as production for the film approached, Portman was reported to be rehearsing up to six hours a day. Both Portman and Mila Kunis, the other
dancer in the film, lost up to 20 pounds to fit the body type that the film called for, causing controversy about the eating disorders and body stereotypes that have plagued the ballet world for decades. The story centers around Nina, Portman’s character, who is a graceful but technical dancer in a New York company. Surrounded by aging ballet stars, a rather nasty director and one of the worst “hover-mothers” ever to be seen on screen, all she wants to do is perform the lead role of Odette/ Odile in Swan Lake. The ballet calls for the ballerina to dance two opposite roles. Odette, the white swan, fits Nina perfectly. Odile, the black swan, proves to be a challenge. The audiences are drawn in as Nina transforms herself from a “sweet girl” to the dancer she needs to become to dance both roles perfectly. Unfortunately for her, Lily (played by Mila Kunis), seems to be the embodiment of the black swan (she’s even got wings tattooed on her back to prove it). Aronofsky tries hard to show the ballet world behind the curtain. The cutthroat atmosphere when the cast list goes up, the way the dancers’ feet look at the end of a long
day of dancing en pointe and the near impossible task of chasing perfection have all led to comparisons to Aronofsky’s other famous award-winner, the Wrestler. The movie opened to rave reviews and it is so popular in fact, that a recent episode of Saturday Night Live featured Jim Carrey in a spoof of the audition scene from the film. Blake students who’ve seen the film have lots to say as well. “Psycho” and “the craziest film I’ve ever seen” seemed to be the most used responses. When anyone thinks of a ballet movie, they don’t see jealous and possessive dancers stabbing one another or going crazy. The film is frightening at times and down-right disturbing at others, but it’s worth every heart-pounding second. Just be warned: the film is rated R for explicit content, but expect to be more shocked by the actors than anything else. A story about dangers of chasing perfection, Black Swan takes the audience for a ride. Delving into the darker side of a classical ballet, Black Swan is worth all 108 minutes and more. Watch in horror and amazement as it morphs into a “dance flick” like nothing you’ve ever seen. Black Swan is worth every second and more.
STUDIO 12 Steals the Spotlight Emily Wells Staff Writer
or students who frequent Blake’s art wing, it’s no surprise to hear David Bowie’s choruses and Bach’s concertos streaming from the painting studio’s doors. During block four, you will also hear the voices of fourteen students as they create their way through Studio 12. Studio 12 is a yearlong exploration of visual art. Students explore a variety of mediums, from traditional paint to more unconventional, such as henna and sand art. “It’s cool to explore your creative boundaries,” says Annabel Cater ’11, a current member of Studio 12. Six Studio 12 artists have recently won prestigious visual art awards. McCall Bliss ‘11, Romy Ackerberg ‘11 and Sydney Armstrong ‘11 won gold keys. Lydia O’Callaghan
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The student artists of Studio 12 pose outside the steps of the school.
Morrison ‘11, Emily Wells ‘11 and Stasio Ramirez ‘11 received silver keys. Students are currently creating personal interpretations of a small block print they designed earlier in the year. “We can [use] whatever medium we want,” says Armstrong. There is a special community among the students. “You can make friends easily in this class,” Cater added. Studio 12 is only open to seniors who have completed two introduc-
tory and one advanced visual art course at Blake. The class is unique because of students’ artistic backgrounds. According to Jim Spector, a Studio 12 teacher, “Kids in this class have a certain foundation of experiences that allow them to go beyond the basics.” If you enjoy visual art, consider taking Studio 12. It’s never too late to broaden your artistic horizons, and Studio 12 is the place to pursue your creative passions.
The Spectrum Newspaper January 20, 2011
ISLES BUN & COFFEE
The Yummiest Pastries in Uptown
Blake favorite, Isles Bun & Coffee is a perfect for finding homeroom treats and a comforting study spot due to its proximity to the Upper School and yummy baked goods.
Isles Bun & Coffee, located on West 28th Street, in Minneapolis, provides a homey environment where you’re sure to run into your neighbor, coworker, or teacher.
Crumble Coffee Cake
Upon entering the intimate coffee house, a stack of the Star Tribune and an enormous bowl of newly whipped frosting greets you. Customers perch beside the tables, and the candied,
cinnamon infused scents wafting through the snug café compel you to taste a sticky bun or explore the vast beverage menu. Although known for their puppy dog tails, Isles Bun
& Coffee offers an extensive selection of breakfast treats. Here, a smidgen of frosting cures a bad day, piping-hot lattes warm chilly fingertips, and the aromas soothe the senses.
Puppy Dog Tails
Emily Moore Staff Writer
he crumble coffee cake is served with a thick layer of mixed berry compôte, often called ‘fruits of the forest.’ On top, whole berries, including blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries add color to the otherwise brown cake. Besides the sweet compôte, the coffee cake tasted dry and customary. While the coffee shop strived to offer a more distinctive and unique item in their crumb coffee cake, the familiar sticky bun or cookphoto credit: Emily Moore ie trumps this pastry. From a scale of zero to five, Isles Bun & Coffee’s The cake is drizzled in a blackberry, crumble coffee cake fell at a three. The blueberry and raspberry compôte. rating was due to the bare cake component, despite the original compôte and berry mix.
he puppy dog tail is the most infamous treat from Isles Bun & Coffee. The puppy dog tail, a Blake favorite as well, adds a sweet flavor to any time of day. “Puppy dog tails” consist of a breaded base, which is then twisted and coated with freshly made icing. Most of the countertop at Isles Bun & Coffee is filled with an oversized bowl of frosting, which one can apply to the puppy dog tail to cure a sugar craving or just for fun. This Isles Bun favorite makes great homeroom photo credit: Laine Higgins snacks and satisfies those in need of Puppy Dog Tails from Isles Bun & Coffee a quick fix before school. The puppy come with complementary icing. dog tail is one of Isles Bun & Coffee’s most iconic and delicious pastries, and it deserves a five out of five. Yum!
Orange Bittersweet Chocolate Cookie
Caramel Sticky Buns
Emily Moore Staff Writer
Emily Moore Staff Writer
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The Orange Bittersweet Chocolate Cookie is one of many award winning cookies from Isles Bun & Coffee.
he bakery offers an ample selection of cookies, including chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, peanut butter, sugar, ginger, and double chocolate walnut. Isles Bun has won awards for their Chocolate Chip, Grandma’s Oatmeal Raisin, Peanut Butter, Orange Bittersweet Chocolate, Sugar, Ginger, and Mary Anne cookies. The orange bittersweet chocolate cookie proved to be thicker than the average cookie. Dispersed throughout the cookie, the cubes of chocolate followed muted tangs of orange. The cookie resembled a scone more than a cookie. The Cookie was tough instead of supple and moist like typical cookies. Due to this, the cookie received a four.
Emily Moore Staff Writer
he caramel sticky bun was presented in a large silver tin beneath the glass countertop. Still warm, the sizable bun came with the choice of nuts. The doughy center of the sticky bun and gooey cinnamon paste dripped on top served as the quintessential quick bread for a quiet and wintry brunch. The caramel sticky bun, an Isles Bun & Coffee specialty, sweetens early mornings. Because of it’s classic and yummy nature, the sticky bun deserves a five. If you are looking for a great place to go to on a photo credit: Emily Moore Isles’ Caramel Sticky Buns are doused late start day, or food to bring to your in rich and smooth caramel sauce. homeroom, look no further than Isles Bun & Coffee. Your homeroom and your stomach will thank you.
Patisserie 46: fresh bakery makes commute worthwhile Taylor Rondestvedt Staff Writer
ext time you’re looking for a place to study, read or just fill up on delicious pastries, breads and cakes, look no further than Patisserie 46. Located at 46th and Grand ave, this south Minneapolis bakery is full of unusually tasty creations. 46 opened this past summer and it has been bustling ever since. If you
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The entrance of Patisserie 46 welcomes its customers. Above:
are ever in need of some pain au chocolat, croissants, waffles, cinnamon rolls, cookies, cakes or baguettes, wander down to Patisserie 46. Always crowded and friendly, 46 is affordable and has some of the best chocolate chip cookies in Minnesota. If you aren’t in the mood for dessert, I would recommend trying their soups and sandwiches. If you are looking for some sweets, try the “Ugly but Good”, a meringue
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Delicious tarts in the display window taunt clients.
creation, or even some homemade gelato. For breakfast, try their waffles or rolls. For a quick snack, grab a cookie, macaroon or chocolate creation. Just a quick drive from the Upper school, it’s worth a free period to try Patisserie 46. A great place to meet and chat or sit and work, you’ll never go hungry. Everything is scrumptious. Indulge in your sweet tooth and take a trip to Patisserie 46. You won’t be disappointed.
Comparing the iPad and the Galaxy Tab Coleman Dressen Contributing Writer
ith the release of the Apple iPad in 2010, many people began to wonder, how was PC going to match this innovative invention? The sleek, yet powerful design of the Apple iPad has increased its popularity with its remarkable 10 inch LED MultiTouch display that compliments desire of consumers. Whether it is simply watching a movie, TV
show, or even playing a video game, the iPad’s lustrous style makes it perfect for mobile use. Pricing starts at $499, and also offers the ability to run on AT&T 3g network, (for a monthly fee). By late December 2010, PC had released their own portable device deemed the Galaxy tab. Created and designed by Samsung, the Galaxy tab uses a similar design as the iPad. Beginning at $499, it is currently running on the An-
droid software 2.2 and offers many features such as an App market place, full HD video player and an EDGE network capability. With a screen size of only 7.0-inches, its 3.0 MP LED flash camera located on the back distinguishes this device from the iPad. Whether you love PC or Apple, both companies have created the next best thing. The only decision you have to make is which one you like more.
The Spectrum Newspaper January 20, 2011
Noah Abramovitz Staff Writer
Baseball Superstars ’11: This
unorthodox baseball game is fun and addicting, and perfect for the casual gamers. Among it’s many features are season mode, in which you control 9/10 your own team and guide it to it’s successes, or it’s failstars ures (in my case). Also, another one of my favorites is My League, in which you can train, build, and navigate your own player through a mix life and baseball. While not staying totally true to sport as we know it, the app is a perfect mix of challenge and fun.
WolframAlpha: This app provides
a handy-know it all computational engine, right at your own fingertips. Want 8.5/10 to know the population of Enid, Oklahoma was in stars 1956? This app will figure it out for you. Say goodbye to calculators and encyclopedias, this is going to revolutionize the way we learn.
ESPN ScoreCenter: This is for the
sports nut whose cable is broken or who can’t be there to watch the big game. This convenient little app lets you pick your favorite sports, and 8/10 your favorite teams, and gives you live update on how the stars game is going, the stats, and shows you who’s coming up next on your team’s schedule. It also gives you a home page in which you can keep track of the Top Events going at the moment. Say goodbye to ESPN, you won’t need it any more with this app in your hands.
iBooks: While an eReader won’t necessar-
ily replace tangible books, it certainly is very convenient for portable, and efficient reading. 8.5/10 The bookstore features many current novels and short stostars ries that are sure to entertain for small costs. It also features timeless classics for no cost at all. This is a brilliant concept for an app, that is both useful, and enjoyable.
remoteMouse: This is actually
the coolest, and most pointless app I have ever seen. It gives you track pad that works just as well as the one on your computer. You 7.5/10 can do common track pad motions such as the two-finger stars scroll, and it even lets you type onto the computer. In order to operate this app, you must download a free server from the Internet, and it only works when you are in a location with Wi-Fi.
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Get involved! Blake has so many clubs that anyone can join. Clubs provide ample opportunities for students to find what interests them. Here are some clubs pertaining to science and technology:
Make Your Own
Design robot prototypes, manipulators and drive systems. Build electronic and pneumatic manipulators. Talk to Mr. Hill if you are interested
Love the many joys of science? Talk to Dr. Weiss if you want to compete and put your science knowledge to the test.
If you have an interest that isn’t tailored by any of the clubs at Blake, talk to Mr. Graham about creating your own club.
Science and Technology is a new addition to Spectrum this issue! While the staff is very excited, we are short an editor. If you have block 3 as either a study hall or free period and would like to be an editor for this page, please speak with either Bailey Dunning or Ms. Reid.
s p i T Tr ic ks from the ISS department
App Store: The Library Technology Center agrees with many of you that the new Mac App Store photo courtesy of apple.com is cool. Hopefully soon we will be able to offer updates that include this, but at this point, we cannot. The upgrade that is currently required for the App Store (10.6.6) ruins the ability to use an external display, like a projector. We will continue testing released updates, and hope to be able to offer this in the future.
If you are looking for a fun thing to add to your next in-class presentation (or just a fun thing to do) check out Blabberize. In just three steps, you can make any photo photo courtesy of Blabberize.com talk. Upload the photo, define the mouth, record audio and presto-chango you made a movie. Check out the library’s Moodle page to see an example.
Many of the laptops in for repair have damage on the corner where the mag safe port is. There are a couple of ways to avoid having this happen to you. First, make sure you are not dropping your computer into its case. Second, when you put your computer into the case, put them in DVD player first. We have a feeling that this will reduce both the cosmetic damage everyone can see, and provide some extra protection for the logic board located in the same corner.
graphic credit: Kevin Hayes
JOIN Blake’s Environmental Club and help save the planet! All are welcome to join. Talk to Mr. Trinh if you are interested.
Take a tour of the
FISH TANK Iman Pakzad Contributing Writer
y now, you should have noticed the existence of the 165-gallon saltwater ecosystem that is teeming with life in the science wing. Not only does the aquarium provide a little relaxation in our busy lives, and anyone particularly passionate about science can participate in the chemical testing for calcium, magnesium and pH of the thriving system. The fish tank is just an example of how some of the things you learn in science class are applicable in the real world. Lots of amazing organisms can be seen from fish to coral and crabs to starfish. Enjoy the creature feature below!
Six-line wrasse near some frogspawn coral
Yellow tang and surgeonfish, two other big algae eaters that keep the tank looking clean. That is a grape coral in the background.
5. Australian Elegence Coral
Some green Star Polyps
Blue Chromis, a nice peaceful fish, a good addition to any saltwater tank.
A Percula Clownfish, the real star of Finding Nemo, unlike the False Percula. It is near a trumpet Coral.
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Poppy Harlow: Hannah Page Editor-in-Chief
ome might say The Blake School has had more than its share of notable alumni, but in a group of graduates that includes senators, authors, CEOs and a governor, Poppy Harlow still manages to stand out. Having graduated from Blake just ten years ago in 2001, Harlow went on to attend and graduate from Columbia University and got her start in news at Forbes.com Video Network and NY1 Local News Edition. Her name may be most familiar today in the context of her work as host of CNNMoney.com. She also reports on CNN, HLN and CNN International. Even with all her success, Harlow was extremely gracious—eager, even—when asked to reconnect with the high school newspaper that was one of her first forays into reporting. In her time at Blake, Harlow served as writer and Front Page Editor for Spectrum. She also ran cross-country for one season and competed in figure skating all the way through high school. She recounts how she would practice at five in the
morning and then again after school, at the Parade Ice Garden, across the street from the Blake Upper School. “That took a lot of time,” Harlow says with a small laugh. But she persisted.
photo credit: Blake 2001 Yearbook
Harlow’s senior picture
In fact, Harlow says persistence is “the best bit of advice…[she] can give” to current Blake students. “There’s always going to be someone smarter than you,” she says. “There’s always going to be someone more connected than you, there’s always going to be someone that wants it just as much as you do. But if you’re persistent, then you will get where you want to be.”
With all her enthusiasm for the news industry – her favorite part of the job, she says, is “getting to sit down with people who I could have never dreamed of sitting down with before, and talking to them…and hearing exactly what they think…Every day I get to hear someone’s story” – it might come as a surprise that Harlow didn’t expect to ever become a reporter. “I thought I was going to be a lawyer because that’s what I thought I should do,” she says, “and it was a safe career and I’d make a decent living…but it wasn’t what I loved, and what I love is the news, and what I love is reporting, and what I love is asking questions. So do what you love, don’t do what you think you’re supposed to do.” Harlow thinks, however, that with her work on Spectrum she might have known “subconsciously” that she would end up in the news industry, though her interest in news really developed during a college internship at CBS Market Watch. “That’s when I really realized how much I love the news and the news business,” she says. Harlow cites her biology teacher Paul Menge and college counselor Frank Sachs
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CNN Anchor 2001 Alumnus
as people who helped to shape her into the successful news correspondent she is today. The latter was “very integral in helping
photo courtesy of: CNN.com
Harlow’s CNN headshot
me see what I wanted…and why I should really…shoot for the stars,” she says. She also recalls Blake classes in general, and AP European History in particular, as having prepared her well for a career where “sifting through tons and tons of information” and “asking people tons and tons of questions [is necessary] to get
to the bottom of a story.” However, like a true Blake student, even with all her success Harlow still has aspirations. She thinks she still might like to try her hand at being a war correspondent, though in the last few years she’s been kept busy “trying to cover the crazy, roller-coaster ride of the economy.” Harlow started her freshman year at Columbia just nine days before the tragedy of 9/11, which she says greatly influenced her desire to understand more of “the culture, and biases…the reality versus what was being talked about in the media.” She’d “love to report from the Middle East someday.” During the interview, Harlow mentions she just received a notification about the upcoming ten-year reunion for the class of 2001. This is “unbelievable to me,” she jokes, “because that means that I’m close to thirty, which is terrifying.” But for a woman not yet thirty, Harlow has certainly succeeded in following the advice of her late father, who told her, “do what you love, and everything else will follow.” Success has certainly followed this passionate Blake alumnus.
His music, his band, and how performing live is a little bit like teaching
Molly Apple Staff Writer
e grades papers, he advises students, and he covers the Rolling Stones. 11th grade dean, English teacher and Blake parent Jim Mahoney caught up with the Spectrum about his surprising musical talents.
Spectrum: What is the name of your band?
Check out Mr. Mahoney’s music on iTunes. Search: “The Mahoneys”
Jim Mahoney: Right now it’s honeys, and a later version was called the Grimesmen, which is with some people on the street I live on.
S: What instrument do you play in the band?
S: How often do you perform? JM: I play bass and sing, and JM: We play a couple times a sometimes the electric guitar. year. One is a big pig roast with about 300 people, and then we’ll do friends’ birthday parties and garages or backyards.
S: How close is your band? JM: Well, everyone in my band
plays music in other bands, so it’s pretty low key. I’ve always been in another band with my brother, we’ve never officially broken up. That was my “real” band: we had a record, we used to tour and play for colleges and clubs back in New Hampshire.
S: What was that band called? JM: We were called The Ma-
S: Have you ever performed for
the Blake audience? JM: I haven’t. I’d like to, though. I’ve done a couple open mic nights, just myself. It might be fun to play at part of the dance! I support good music by always having a guitar in my office. But I’d like to do more.
S: How do you balance work and
music? JM: I balance it by not playing as much! But I’d like to start some sort of music society here at Blake, writing songs and having concerts and such.
S: What kind of
music do you play in your band? JM: We play fun rock music. The Mahoneys was all originally-written music, but the Grimesmen is mostly covers and we have fun with it. Sometimes we play photo credit: Jim Mahoney Rolling Stones, Jim Mahoney (center) performing with ‘The mostly exciting Mahoneys’ stuff to get peoexhilarating, but once the show ple dancing. gets going I get comforatable with the crowd. I’m usually the S: What do you enjoy most about one who interacts with the audibeing in the band? ence, usually upbraiding them JM: I love performing. The en- to dance. ergy from the audience is oddly similar to teaching. All eyes are on you, it’s nerve-racking and
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JV girls’ hockey coach charged with sexual abuse Players react to allegations and their impact Clare Flanagan Staff Writer
he Blake Girls’ hockey community was recently stunned by a set of allegations that shattered the image of the JV team’s head coach. Within a day, the news of James Brent Vandusartz’s shocking accusal had quickly filtered through the halls of our school. It was one of those lurid anecdotes, those grim details, that can captivate a bystander for a moment, serving as perfect fodder for a week’s hearsay. For the girls involved, however, it will take a lot longer than a week to come to terms with what they have heard. In the early hours of December 2, 2010, the Burnsville police arrested the coach on suspicion of thirddegree sexual misconduct. In an alleged November 28 incident that took place at his home, he had digitally penetrated a female student, who does not go to Blake. Following the crime, the victim, aged between 16 and 17 years, collaborated with authorities to arrange a phone call with Vandusartz, in which she agreed
to meet him at his home the following morning. Instead, he encountered the police. The same day, the school was notified of his arrest, and immediately sacked him, providing instructions that he was not to have any contact with Blake students or families. According to charges filed on December 3, he admitted to having sexual contact with the student. However, as of December 7, he is out of custody. The trial is expected to take place this month or the next. According to an anonymous player, the news “was kind of out of nowhere.” Indeed, it makes sense that a team who remarked on his enthusiasm, knowledge, and friendly demeanor would be shocked by the allegations. Captain Kaylyn Graiziger ’11 said, “He brought a lot of new players to the game and taught us all to play hockey… He taught everyone through example.” However, the news was not quite as astounding to some players. “Well, I was not very surprised,” remarked Claudia Chute ’14. But what could ex-
is supposed “toAbecoach someone you can
trust and someone you can look up to
Know your facts Nordic trivia Katie Emory Staff Writer
Nordic races at the high school level are around 2 to 5 kilometers long. Nordic skis are smaller than alpine skis and don’t have metal edges. Norway holds the most gold medals for Nordic skiing in the winter Olympics, 122. There are only 3 boys on the Blake Nordic team.
plain this response? Accord- can trust and someone you can now we’re much better friends ing to many of the players, Mr. look up to… when this comes than we would have been.” VanDusartz’s behavior had along, you evaluate all the oth- The anonymous player changed markedly from the er coaches and male figures in noted that there had been an past season to the present. your life, and wonder whether exciting new addition to the This season, he coaching staff: “… Mebegan to make some playgan Waldren, the ers uncomfortable, spurAthletic trainer, has ring them to make plans to come to help coach, speak with assistant coach because Gene is Gene Billadeau about his coaching solo now.” conduct. “This year, the vibe Finally, Captain he gave off was a little bit Graiziger concluded: different… it’s hard to ex“We’re doing really plain,” said Chute. “He was well as a team… we do getting really touchy-feely… a lot of team-bonding we definitely all felt pretty things. The older girls uncomfortable around really took over… we all him. Nobody would ever credit: Dakota County Sheriff’s Office kind of stuck together go into his office alone. We James Brent Vandusartz, former Girls JV and came through it.” Hockey Coach always sent two at a time.” Events such Carolyn Patyou should trust them, too.” as this do not often happen, terson ’14 added, “He was re- It is evident that Van- especially at a school such as ally friendly, but it was kind of dusartz’s questionable be- Blake. When they do, it may take over-the-top… creepy-friend- havior was not isolated to the months, even years, to repair the ly, versus normal friendly… world outside Blake. In real- damage done. Luckily, no Blake he would say things where it ity, this school is not always student has been harmed, and would be like, oh wow. That’s the bastion of security that the Girls’ JV Hockey Team has really uncomfortable.” Most we expect it to be. But despite weathered the situation remarkplayers would not elaborate be- the disturbing charges levied ably. They are now stronger and yond statements such as these. against their coach, the Blake closer than ever, on and off the ice. Indeed, there was an JV Girls’ squad is moving on. If you wish to support evident consensus that the situ- “We talked to the school this resilient group of girls, please ation had affected them deeply, counselor and stuff like that... attend one of their games. It will especially in their ability to now it’s fine. We’re all kind of surely be a privilege to watch trust adults and authority fig- over it,” said Patterson. Added them complete a rocky season ures. Patterson said, “It’s kind Chute, “Our practices have been with success, class, and style. of conflicting because a coach a lot more productive… We beis supposed to be someone you came a lot closer as a team, and
The first Nordic Skis were made out of wood. Blue wax is not just for spirit, but is meant to be used in cold temperatures. Different colors of wax work best in different conditions. There are two types of Nordic skis: classic and skating. Nordic skiing predates downhill skiing. The oldest Nordic ski was dated to around 4500 years ago from Sweden.
Mason Hinke Staff Writer
Saucer: A pass with a parabolic path in
Dusty: A duster, one who collects dust from
tual action. Example: Ford Traff ‘11, before brain trauma.
hat with the expansive vocabulary of hockey players, it is no wonder that everyday pedestrians misuse their terms. Scholars maintain that nobody actually understands what hockey players are talking about. Make sure to study up these vocab words before the next game. sitting on the bench.
Cele: The act of joyous celebration after a
dangle, or top cheddar goal. This sacred ceremony is a highlight of all hockey games.
Chirp: To induce the mind-set of being rattled. Waffle: The Devon Johnson ‘12 specialty. The term is derived from older goalie blocker with holes for aeration, giving them a similar resemblance to a waffle iron.
which the bottom of the puck is parallel to the ice achieving the maximum amount of rotational kinetic energy possible. If the pass is completed for an assist, it is commonly referred to as apple sauce.
Dangle: It’s more of a lifestyle than an acBender: One who bends at the ankle from
loose skates or from being profusely dangled.
The Ryan Hayes ‘11 Specialty: To kick the net off of the crease while under heavy offensive pressure.
Top Cheddar: The action of slapping the puck into the top corner of the goal. See also: high cheese.
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photo credit: Eleanor Alldredge
caption and photo credit: Karl Lovaas
Timmy Zellmer ‘11 faces captain Chris Thompson from Edina, Zellmer’s old almamater. The tension filled game brought full crowds from both schools. Blake lost the game 35-52.
#7 Hillary Crowe ‘11 and #19 Kate Fraley ‘13 celebrate a goal in their game against Crookston. Unfortunately, the girls lost the game 6-3. The team started the season strong, ripping nets all the way to a stunning victory in the Annual Cake Eaters Tournament. They built on that strong start with a 10-1 win-loss record up until Christmas break. Then the wheels started to come off. In the Kaposia Tournament (pictured above) BGH came up short with a disappointing 7th place finish. The recent 2-2 tie with SPA sealed their slump. The team has been plagued with a series of setbacks from mono to injuries, and the somewhat reduced team has struggled to put the puck in the net. 9th grade forward, Alex Lovaas said, “In the end, we are going to be a stronger team coming into the Sectionals.”
Hannah Waldfogel ‘12 Katie Emory Staff Writer
Who are your idols/role models? Sports or otherwise?
My younger sister, because she’s taller than me. I literally have to look up to her. Otherwise, I don’t have any specific role models.
What advice would you give to aspiring basketball players? If it’s something you enjoy, stick with it, because it will be worth it. Practice a lot and work hard.
How do athletics at Blake compare to those at your old school in Philadelphia?
The intensity level is pretty much the same. Winter sports involving snow were pretty much non-existent, though. There was one hockey team for two high schools and no one ever went to the games. Basketball was the main focus during the winter.
When did you first get involved in Basketball and why?
I first got involved in 2nd grade, because my mom was the coach and she wanted me to play. I thought it was great. The league wasn’t intense so it was a fun way to learn the sport without having too much pressure.
How do you and your sister (Sarah Waldfogel ‘14) compare?
We’re on the same wavelength. We’ve played with each other for a long time so we know where the other is on the court all the time. It’s weird because basketball is pretty much the only time we’re not fighting. We usually get along on the court.
Friday, January 21
What is a typical pregame meal?
Girls Alpine Skiing Meet 4:30 pm Buck Hill
Boys Alpine Skiing Meet
Well, before home games, we usually go to Noodles as a team, and I get pesto cavatappi, and apple juice. That’s usually what I have.
4:30 pm Buck Hill
Boys Swimming vs Edina 5:00 pm Breck School
Boys Basketball vs St. Anthony
7:00 pm St Anthony Village High School
Girls Basketball vs St Anthony 7:00 pm Home
Saturday, January 22
Boys Swim and Dive vs Richfield 12:30 pm Richfield Middle School
Thursday, January 20 What songs get you pumped up?
[The team has] a CD to listen to during warmups but otherwise I don’t really listen to music to get pumped up.
Boys Diving vs Edina
Girls Hockey vs Breck
1:00 pm Breck School Anderson Arena
Boys Hockey vs St Paul Como Park
5:00 pm Art Downey Aquatic Center 1:30 pm St Paul Como Park
Girls Nordic Skiing meet
Girls Basketball vs SPA
Boys Nordic Skiing meet
Boys Basketball vs SPA
5:30 pm Battle Creek 5:30 pm Battle Creek
4:00 pm Home 6:00 pm Home