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< Feature Students bring Dr. Seuss’s stories to life in this year’s spring musical.

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Variety Homecoming:

March 2010

Upper School Welcomes New Director Hannah Page Editor-In-Chief

Believing that “the work of the classroom lies at the heart of any great independent school,” Graybeal hopes to “champion” the work of the ecently, the Upper School comBlake faculty who regularly touch munity learned that long-time the lives of the young people who Director Mark Bogursky will step go here. “Ten or fifteen years after down from his post at the end of you graduate high school,” she says, this year. But who will take his “you probably won’t remember the place? That was the question. Nuintricacies of metaphysical poetry merous candidates have been or the particulars of the quadratic through our halls, but only one equation, but you will remember the will fill the shoes Bogursky leaves teachers who guided you to a deepbehind. Meet Anne Graybeal. er understanding of those ideas.” Graybeal has always known Outside of her work in edushe wanted to work in education. cation, Graybeal enjoys taking care She calls her K – 12 years at the allof her cats (“yes, I am that teachgirls Kent Place School in Summit, er”), hiking and backpacking in the NJ a “truly transformative intellecSan Gabriel Mountains, reading tual experience,” recalling that alnoir fiction from the ‘40s and ‘50s, though “some of my teachers were and golfing. She also loves listenterrifying, some were gregarious, ing to A Prairie Home Companion, [and] many were crazy,” all of them and plans to be an audience regu“were skilled and passionate eduHannah Page lar when she moves to Minnesota. Ms. Graybeal visited the Upper School on March 8th and 9th Coming from a boarding school, Graybeal “wanted to make sure that I landed in a place with a says there “may have been several door to a girls’ dorm and less than a incidents” in which she snuck into minute’s walk from my classroom.” deeply vested sense of community neighbors’ yards during her middle She is English department chair and and connection; I feel that way about school years. “All I ever found,” she recently became an academic dean Blake,” she explains. “Blake’s publicasays, “were squirrels and tulips.” at the Johns Hopkins Center for Tal- tions feature more pictures of people Graybeal will be leaving her ented Youth summer program after hugging than I have seen at any other ten-year post at the Webb board- having worked nearly ten summers independent school; how could I not ing schools in Claremont, CA, where as an instructor. Although she has feel at home?” Graybeal looks forward she also attended Pomona College, received several teaching awards, to “the slow and deliberate process of graduating cum laude with a bach- her favorite titles are the Faculty getting to know the school and the elor of arts in French and English Superlatives she regularly earns in community before we begin charting a cators who pushed me as a writer before earning her master’s degree the yearbook: “Uses the Most Hand collective course in the coming years.” and a critical thinker.” She admits, in English Literature at Georgetown Gestures” and “Most Caffeinated.”


“I wanted to make sure that I landed in a place with a deeply vested sense of community and connection.”

however, to an early desire to be a private investigator – “think Harriet the Spy or Veronica Mars” – and

University. At Webb she currently teaches AP English Literature and lives in a “ramshackle cottage next

School News Mar 10



Musical Brings Tales of Dr. Seuss to Life

Spectrum Staff

Annie Demane Contributing Writer

Hannah Page Editor In-Chief

Hannah Falvey Student Life/News

Sutton Higgins Feature

Bailey Dunning Editor In-Chief

Perrin Burke Opinions

Bennett Winton Sports


hroughout the years, the Spring Musical has been one of the most anticipated events of the school year. From Urinetown’s lively tunes to Once on This Island‘s phenomenal choreography, the spring musical has consistently held true to the Blake School motto and reached, and even exceeded, a quality level of “excellence.” The spring musical has served as a much-needed, feel-good experience for Blake students during the mid-year slump, and an escape into the Blake theater seems to be all it takes to put a smile on each of our weary faces. This spring’s upcoming theater production will be no exception to the rule, as the drama department brightens the stage with tales from the beloved Dr. Seuss in the spring 2010

Seussical. The production is a compilation of Dr. Seuss’s most famous and revered stories, pieced together

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to create the story of Horton (from Horton Hears a Who!) as he struggles to protect a microscopic community from his disbelieving neighbors. The play features crowd fa-

vorites such as the Cat in the Hat (Michael Carter ’10), Sour Kangaroo (Devon Dennis ’10), Horton (Max Johnson ’11), and many more of Seuss’s lively characters. The Seussical welcomes all ages, and is a “bright, fun, and family-friendly” musical with “spectacular choreography and catchy tunes,” says Kimmer Potuznik ’11. To compliment the bubbly and enthusiastic nature of the production, the drama department prepped the theater with everything Seussical; bright-colored props and wacky costumes scatter the stage from scene to scene, while Seuss’s catchy rhymes fill the theater to tell Horton’s story. In short, the Seussical is a spectacular, colorful blend of song, dance, and a whole lot of Seuss, a Blake production certainly not to be missed. In the words of Dr. Seuss, “If you never did, you should. These things are fun, and fun is good.“

Twins Reclaim the Outdoors With New Stadium

Laine Higgins Variety / A&E

Lucy Hartwell Staff Writer

Ellie Alldredge Variety/ A&E

Staff Writers Lucy Hartwell Alex Feldman Barbara Laco Kalpit Modi Chance Lillehei Emily Moore Malcolm Kelner Danny Smith Kimi Goldstein Taylor Rondesvedt Hannah Tieszen Andrew Kahn

Contributing Writers Annie Demane Masha Berman Javi Reyes Kristin Siegert Claire Carpenter Evan Oncay Emily Wells Advisers Jennifer Arnott Christina Colvin


inally, after 27 years, Twins baseball is back outside! Gone are dome dogs, artificial turf, climate control and balls blending into the backdrop of a bleach white roof. This season fans will be able to experience baseball the way some would say it was meant to be played, with sunglasses and sunscreen, rain delays, and homeruns that actually leave the park - all with the backdrop of the beautiful Minneapolis skyline. This season promises to be one fans will never forget! The Twins have had undoubtedly the most active offseason of any team in the major leagues. Though the team dealt away fan favorite Carlos Gomez to the Milwaukee Brewers, they built a team steeped with power, awards and experience. First off, there are the returning M&M boys, Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau. Both are All-Stars who have been awarded the American League MVP title. Morneau was the winner of the Homerun Derby in 2008 and Mauer is the first catcher in the history of baseball to win three batting

titles. New this year is J.J. Hardy, a Gold Glove-winning shortstop with a career .262 batting average, who the Twins acquired in the Gomez trade. Another new addition is second baseman Orlando Hudson, an All-Star and four-time Gold Glove winner. Finally, there is former White Sox slugger Jim

Young is looking to remain in left field. The Twins bullpen looks better this year with the extension of starting pitcher Carl Pavano’s contract. Reliever Pat Neshak and starter Kevin Slowey are returning after injuries last season. The unknown is whether Francisco Liriano will return to his All-Star form, which he lost after shoulder surgery two years ago. The team is ready to go (and looks like the team to beat in the A.L. Central) in the most highly anticipated Twins season in recent history. With an award-winning lineup, a fantastic manager (Ron Gardenhire), a new ballpark, and devoted fans, this season is sure to be an exciting one. Target field will open on April 2nd and 3rd for the last spring training games before the reguThome bringing his 564 homeruns lar season starts on April 5th with a (12th all-time most) to Target Field. game against the Los Angeles Angels. Returning to the team is right fielder Pitcher Scott Baker is expected to Michael Cuddyer who is coming off a start in this match. The first regular career season where he led the team season game at Target Field will be with 32 homeruns. Also returning is on April 12th versus the Boston Red backup outfielder and designated hit- Sox with veteran pitcher Carl Pavano ter Jason Kubel who had a .300 batting scheduled to start. So grab your rally average and 28 homeruns in the 2009 caps, homer hankies, foam fingers season. Denard Span will be replac- and sunscreen and head out to Target ing Gomez in center field and Delmon Field this season, You’re in for a treat!

Student Life Mar 10 Kimi’s Kitchen:

Freshman Dance Report Danny Smith Staff Writer


icture this: a mass of glowing purple-ish bodies in a dark room, jumping, sliding, and in some cases jerking to loud music in Mr. Colburn’s Painting/Drawing Studio, all just for a small fee of five dollars. This year’s Freshman Dance was given the theme of Discoteca: Whiteout with Black Lights. The majority of attendees were decked out in varying styles of white clothing, some wearing summer apparel, others in winter gear. Calder Sutton ’12 took the winter side to the extreme by wearing a large puffy (black) jacket. Although he was wearing a couple more layers then the rest of the crowd, he made up for it with some great dancing skills. The opinions on the event were very mixed. Some, like Mashal Sherzad ’13 and Alex Smith ’13,

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thought that “it was weird. Not enough people. Too much toilet paper,” while Maddy Crawford ’13 believed “it was great. People danced, and the black light was cool.” While most everyone agreed that the black lights had a great effect on the dance, the streamers (or “toilet paper”) created mixed opinions as well. Some simply looked at them while others preferred the approach of pulling them from the ceiling, and by the time the dance was over not a single streamer hung from the skies. Hubbard Velie ‘13 said, “I get to clean this up,” with a slight sense of disbelief. But whatever the appearance, the third dance of the freshman class’s high school careers was a part of their Blake School experience, and most students left with smiles and hugging their friends, with a consenus that the night wasn’t half bad.

What if... by Hannah Falvey

If you could have gone to the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, what run, game, or event would you have liked to have watched?

“I would say either watching Ovechkin and Malkin play on the Russian hockey team, or Shaun White’s run in the half pipe.” -Jack DeVries ’12

“I would have loved to see Torah Bright [pro Snowboarder] from Australia do her goldwinning halfpipe run!” -Zeynep Tuzcu ’10



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If you could have dinner with anyone, even if deceased now, whom would you choose? “Billy Jean King because she was such a great role model and leader for women’s rights on and off the tennis court.” -Maddy Hall ’13

“My great-grandpa. I was never able to meet him because he died before I was born, but I hear so many memorable family stories about him.” -Timmy Zellmer ’11

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If you had a time machine, what event or time period would you want to go back to? “I would go back to when dinosaurs roamed the earth, because no human has ever seen a live dinosaur. That would be pretty cool to see.” -Winnie Vaughan’10

“I’m torn between the American Revolution; Star Wars (a long long time ago in a galaxy far far away); the peak of the Roman Empire; and dinosaurs... Oh and I’d also have to go back and meet my homie Jesus.” -Lowell Fluke ’10

Opinions Mar 10



Living In The Blake Bubble Hannah Tieszen Staff Writer


small, closed community has its obvious benefits. Having been here since kindergarten, I feel like what I have experienced here is invaluable to my education and who I am as a person. Class sizes of less than 200? Where else can you find that? When I talk to my friends in public school, I hear about grades of over 1000 kids. The lack of personal attention, I feel, would lead to a lack of motivation in students to succeed. If you didn’t understand something, could you approach a teacher individually? Would that teacher have time? It’s one thing to know your student’s name, it’s another to understand how they learn and who they are as people. I find when visiting colleges that I am attracted to that small school atmosphere because that is how I best learn. Another thing that is unique to the Blake community is that sense of community. You know everyone, because you’ve known most of your class since kindergarten. You’ve

seen your classmates through awkward phases with braces and growth spurts, through changing friendships and sports accomplishments. Your social circle has remained similar, so you know these people like they’re your own family. We all hope to keep in touch with our friends here forever, hoping the relationships will last

a lifetime. I love flipping through the bulletin, seeing the high school sweethearts who became married and even the amazing accomplishments alumni have made. Whether it is climbing mountains, being politically active, or traveling the world, Blake students make a difference. That drive that they gain through the Blake educational experience goes with them to push them to reach their goals. I strongly believe that this is possible because

of the small, personal community Blake fosters for its students. This personal attention makes students feel cared for because they know they can depend on their teachers and administrators as not only their authority, but also as their mentors. I think about my Blake experience: twelve years, three campuses, same core class with new additions that come and go. Twelve years is a long time, and while I have loved my experience as a Blake student, I feel as if sometimes I’m missing something. Being in one place for that long makes me question if maybe I should’ve left for a semester abroad and explored a little bit, seen the world around me. While the small class size is a benefit, it also means that we all know everything about each other. What you did on the weekend, your grade on that test, what college you chose, it’s all known (or so it seems). Can anyone keep a secret around here?! Sometimes we may find ourself wishing we had a broader social circle, or more people to get to know. A closed community could have potentially

negative affects, for students are just that: closed off. While we are bred to live by a schedule, succeed, and push ourselves, do we ever really take a step back to look at our surroundings? While Blake is like my second home, I also know that it is not everything. There is more beyond the walls of the Upper School, beyond Kenwood Parkway, beyond Minneapolis. We live in these quarters and maybe sometimes forget that there is life after and there are more important things than the school work we slave over. It is up to us to discover, explore and push ourselves out of our comfort zones, and out of Blake’s walls, in order to find something different. Blake has defined all of us in some way or another, and it will always remain with us in our journeys past college, past first jobs, past families. It is important, though, to let other experiences, places and people affect you and teach you something new. Break through the closed community once in a while, and seek out something that will stretch your comfort zone.

movement in the hairstyle industry. But as time passed and the 90’s arrived, the mullet’s popularity dropped. Since then, many people have ques-

of life, but as time passes it unfortunately loses these traits. This loss can be caused by balding, which makes a mullet lose its energy, making it seem-

pletely bald on the top of the head, but believes it’s still a good idea to have long hair on the sides and in back. A prime example of this would be Hulk Hogan. His mullet loss has caused him to deteriorate and his constant injuries now keep him from wrestling. So why is this happening? Well, when a mullet loses its energy, the person attached will slowly die. So, why does the mullet have to lose its popularity? I believe mullets are giving off the wrong impression. They are a choice picked to show whom someone really is and to intimidate all who see it. In the front, it is all business, but in the back “It’s a party…with two R’s,” explains Jared Allen, in an interview on his mullet. People are scared of getting a mullet because of the lack of support. But getting a mullet shows that you are willing to step out of your comfort zone and that you are a badass. I beg of you, grow a mullet! Ordway and Bennett will clearly support you; when asked if he regretted it, Ordway responded, “I’ll cut my hair... when I die!”

Do we ever really take a step back to look at our surroundings?

The Mystery of The Mullet

Evan Oncay Contributing Writer


rom the beginning of time, we have seen some of the most outrageous hairstyles. Some examples include the Mohawk, the afro, the skullet, but most importantly the mullet. The

“I’ll cut my hair... when I die! - George Ordway ‘11

mullet is more than just a hair-cut, it’s a “lifestyle”, says Jared Allen. Recently, George Ordway ’11 and Ben Bennett ’11 have been seen sporting mullets. “The girls love it!” said Ordway, and Bennett explained that “[they] wanted a lifestyle change, and Jared Allen was [their] inspiration.” The mullet became popular during the 1970’s and 80’s. I believe it was a combination of great music and badass people that made this great

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Ben Bennett ‘11 and George Ordway ‘11 show off their mullets.

tioned how the mullet lost this popularity across the nation. Well I have a theory. As time goes on, a person’s mullet decreases in coolness. When a mullet is first born, it is thick and full

ingly less intimidating. The final stage of the mullet is the dreaded ‘Skullet’; a hideous mutation of the mullet. This occurs when someone becomes com-

Opinions Mar 10



CBS Ignores GLBTs for Superbowl 2010 Pet Peeves Alex Feldman Staff Writer


ight before the Super Bowl, CBS, the network responsible for airing the “big game”, announced that it would not play a commercial, which advertised an online dating website designed for gay men, called Many people protested CBS’s refusal, especially since CBS agreed to air Tim Tebow’s controversial pro-life commercial. CBS issued their official comment on the matter which stated, “After reviewing the

“It’s completely unfair that CBS would deny the rights of homosexuals when we live in a world that’s supposed to be equal.”


Meghan Bauer ‘12 and Erin Hoeg ‘12

ad--which is entirely commercial in nature--our Standards and Practices Department decided not to accept

this particular one. As always, we are open to working with the client on alternative submissions.” While

this response may seem to devoid of any real explanation, the truth is that CBS wanted to reject this advertisement without backlash. It is said that CBS rejected the advertisement because they believe that many people do not want to be “confronted with these issues” while watching television to “rela[x].” If you’re a corporate television giant, however, are you really relaxing during the Super Bowl, or stressing about ratings and customer satisfaction? Dominic Friesen a co-creator of was seen on Larry King Live, looking shocked that his ad was not accepted. Friesen said, “We produced it very conservatively.” Students at Blake have also responded to this issue. When I solicited an opinion from one of my classmates, they responded, “It is unfair because [CBS] should express both sides of Bailey Dunning the issue.” Even if the network was able to reject this ad with no repercussions, who is to say what is appropriate for television and what is not? Regardless of sexual orientation, everyone should be treated fairly and CBS should be held responsible for oppressing this right; everyone should be included.

Doodle and Distract

Kalpit Modi


Staff Writer

‘doodle’ is an artistic portrayal of an unfocused mind. Doodles promote inattention, which negatively affects a person’s ability to succeed. Many people doodle in class while the teacher is talking because it can provide an escape from a “boring” lecture or conversation, but what they don’t realize is that their focus is on their paper instead of the board. Therefore, taking notes becomes impossible and preparing for tests becomes more difficult. As Ned Hartfiel ’13 mentioned, “Doodling [creates] a distraction…you’ll get bad grades.” A lot of students are fond of ‘group doodling’, multiple people drawing a single picture, which creates another diversion from class. Alex Gersovitz ’11 admits, “I draw on other people’s papers, which could negatively affect their learning.” Choosing to doodle with friends results in damaged learning and makes it difficult for teachers to give

proper directions. Mr. McKeand questioned, “Are [the students] lying to themselves that they can multitask? Most of us mortals struggle to pay attention.” Many doodlers

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feel similar emotions in all of their classes because these multi-tasking habits get in the way of their comprehension skills. An educational study, conducted by Stanford University, showed that heavy multi-taskers had more trouble organizing class information because of their inattentiveness. When attention wavers between two or more activities

Barbara Laco Staff Writer


e all have things that really piss us off. Sometimes we talk about it, sometimes we just silently flinch in pain whenever we see these things occur. Here are my most hated pet peeves. These really grind my gears!

Double Negatives – “not uncommon,” is probably the most annoying double negative ever. Who says that? You could save so much time and energy by just saying “common.” But no, people go and attempt to make themselves look more intelligent. We know it’s a lie. “One Size Fits All” – No matter what situation this ‘size’ is in, it will never be completely true. It may be able to be worn by all people, but it will not necessarily fit all. – We don’t care if you are “Best Friendz Forever <333,” but we REALLY don’t care if it is plastered in giant pink words over a picture of you sticking your tongue out. Seriously, I can’t think of a better way to ruin a picture. In 30 years, you’ll be looking back at your high school days. You’ll just want a decent picture of you and your friends, but all you’ll be able to find is a picture of you being obnoxious with the words “best I eva had” plastered all over the picture. You’ll hate yourself.

short-term memory loss is caused. Again, resulting in increased problems both academically. So, when doodling, stick to the advice of Harry Mitchell ’13, “If you’re in Geometry Class and drawing cubes... “I could care less” – This phrase is That’s ok!” flawed. Have you ever looked at it? When people say “I could care less,” it is implying that they DO care, and that it IS possible for them to care less. However, people use it as if it had the meaning of “I couldn’t care less.” This is a pet peeve of mine where I am forced to confront whoever says it and correct them.

Bailey Dunning John Daniels ‘12 takes a break from studying to doodle in his textbook

Whenn girlz type lyke thiss ! - It’s not cute. Quite honestly, it makes you look really stupid, too. If your English teachers could see your facebook, they would cry.

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A Chemist

opportunities, Sam has made con- his work can be used beyond the nections with different scientists laboratory. When asked why he Contributing Writer from all over the nation, includ- enjoys the subject he said, “I guess ne summer, Sam Levi ‘10 de- ing a Nobel Prize-winning chem- the reason behind my attraction to cided to sign up for a chem- ist. Though it is a far cry from his chemistry really comes from the possibility of knowing istry class at the U of M how to make just about and from there an interanything. For example, I est in the subject quickly can tell you how to make grew. “One thing led to a blue die from a certain another,” he said, “my azide, or Aspirin from Organic Chemistry prowillow bark.” And while fessor offered to let me he still knits for fun, he work in his lab, and I’ve now prefers to spend been spending my Friday his time experimentnights and Saturdays doing in the laboratory. As ing chemistry ever since.” he explains, “There’s re Currently Sam ally no feeling that comworks at a lab at the U of pares to taking simple M where he does research compounds and reacting Sutton Higgins in organic chemistry, them to make complex mainly developing new methods to childhood dream of “knitting promolecules. Knowing how to precreate compounds using reactive fessionally,” Sam is considering a metals, in addition to taking eve- future career in chemistry. He says dict the products of hundreds of ning classes at the U of M through that he would like to work in an in- thousands of different reactions a PSEO program. Through these dustrial or military setting where makes me feel pretty powerful.” Emily Wells


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Dreams and Accomp Students - Pas

Students Share:

Leon Lee ‘11

Evalina Bond ‘12

Marielle Foster ‘11

Sarah Hines ‘10

Sky Bork ‘13

Erik Mueller ‘10

“A market strategist... something in business”

“A nomad”

“A soccer mom”

“An astronaut”


“A writer”

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A Foreign Services Officer Sutton Higgins

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ike many current Blake students, Nate Jensen ’90, had no idea as to what career he wanted to pursue following his graduation from Blake in 1990 and Carleton College in 1994. While working for an insurance firm after the summer following his graduation, Jensen paid a visit on a whim to the Peace Corps recruiting office in Saint Louis Park. “When I went in, the recruiter said ‘you have a great background, we can send you to Eretria on Monday,’ and I decided I wanted to do it.” As chance would have it, Jensen was laid off that afternoon, and despite being informed he was set up for two years in Estonia instead of Eretria when he called the Peace Corps office that afternoon, Jensen accepted. While working as a volunteer English teacher in a small country high school, Jensen had the opportunity to read a lot as well as spend extensive time at the Estonian embassy where he developed an interest in Foreign Affairs. He received a Master’s degree in international relations from Boston University in 1999 and then took and passed the difficult and extensive

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nery and other similar products. Of his career, Kahn says, en Kahn ’73 graduated Blake “I think today many people start with a hobby of photography in one career and wind up havand excellent study skills. After ing two or three,” he says. “Even attending Northwestern Univer- though you think you might be sity and the University of Michigan heading down one road, you make Business School, where his study strategic turns down others and skills came in handy, he worked as it’s exciting. I think there will be a retailing executive for Dayton’s even more of that in the future as Hudson’s and Field’s. Later, Kahn the economy and technology constarted a company that helped tinue to change.” About why he emerging Internet businesses, in- does photography now, he says, cluding AOL and Microsoft, devel- “I enjoy it and I wanted to see op their strategies for online com- if I could build a market for it.” Kahn’s Blake education merce and advertising. Currently, Kahn is fortunate enough to be able provided him with the foundato combine his lifelong hobby with tion for a successful career. “Blake his career, running a photography taught me to use my imagination company that publishes his art pho- and that has always been a key to tography as greeting cards, statio- my success in all of my different


e Markusen and Max Meyers contemeir futures

nia in 2009 and now lives in New Hampshire working for the Raytheon Company, a defense contractor. To Jensen this, too, is an adventure. “I’ve been to 52, 53 countries, worked all over the world and now for the first time I’ve put some roots down and I’m very happy with my family.” To current Blake students figuring out where their lives will take them, Jensen advises, “Try to be adventurous when you can because when you get older you have to start making decisions that affect other people and it gets hard to do it.” Jensen cites his favorite class at Blake as an interdisciplinary course co-taught by Mr. Anderson and Dan Danielson, the headmaster at the time. He says, “Ever since this class, I’ve thought about how everything has a Nate Jensen wide array of perspectives… to do some very cool things and the context of the way you look at be a part of history. It’s been very something changes the way you interesting.” However, after eight see it.” This perspective has aidyears, Jensen and his wife decided ed Jensen throughout his career. to create a more stable lifestyle in He encourages students to keep order to raise a family. He received an open mind because like him, a Master’s degree in business from you never know where you may the University of Southern Califor- end up or how you may get there. foreign services exam. Jensen then began an eight-year career for the State Department serving in Syria, Washington D.C., Iraq and Vietnam. For Jensen, the most rewarding aspect of a career in foreign services was the variety and adventure. “I had the opportunity

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business careers.” Kahn also attributes his strong work ethic and curiosity to learn to Blake, both aspects that he says have greatly aided him throughout his career. Kahn’s current career is a far cry from his childhood dream of being an actuary. By way of explanation, he says “One of my parents’ friends was an accountant and I thought an actuary was the next step up. When I figured out how boring it really was, I went back to the drawing board.” Kahn’s final advice to Blake students is. “Be interested and participate in as many academic, artistic and athletic opportunities as you can. The interests and skills you create now will follow you throughout your career.”



Sports Mar 10 Where is the Lax?

Mason Hinke Staff Writer


acrosse has always been a huge sport for many students at Blake. With around 130 students trying out each year, the competition gets very tough, but as a result, the boys,’ girls,’ varsity and junior varsity teams are all extremely talented and feared throughout the state. This year’s boy’s team will be led by head coach Rob Horn, a young man who has a vast knowledge of the game. Senior captains, midfielders Jack Markusen’10 and Kolten Fisher’10, attack-man Robby Barnhart’10, and goalie Lowell Fluke’10 will assist him. Last year the team lost six graduating seniors, including two defenders. On the brightside, there are many capable athletes to fill the shoes of the graduated defenders, and other

positions. Robbie Barnhart believes that Jack Mortell’11 will do a great job due to the fact that he “sleeps on nails, and eats shards of glass... when he’s feeling sick.” The girls’ team will be led by seniors Kimi Goldstein’10 and Ashley Cathcart’11. After losing many seniors including some Division I recruits, many new team members will be stepping up into new roles. According to ju-

nior Abbie Lund ‘11, “there’s a lot of young talent out there, so I expect we will do pretty well this season.” A s with any team, no matter how dominant they may be, there will always be games that are highlighted in the schedule. For the boy’s team, evPatrick Lelich e r y o n e will be looking forward to the BSM and Eden Prairie games. Both of those teams have been tough in the past, however,

the boys’ varsity team defeated BSM during their run to the state tournament. The Bears went on to crush the Eagles in the championship 164. The girls’ team also defeated Eden Prairie that year in the state championship, with a thrilling overtime victory. Unfortunately, they lost to Eden Prairie in a repeat of the finals the following year. Abbie Lund’11 continued to say, “I believe our whole team will be looking forward to playing EP again after they beat us in state last year. Time for some revenge!” The lacrosse season for both boys and girls, even though it will be started with new players and new plays, shall hopefully be one filled with domination. In the words of slightly renowned philosopher Grant Dressen 11’, “tradition never graduates. The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.”

letes using steroids. Bonds currently holds the record for most homeruns in a season and for a career. Bonds was considered one of the greatest baseball players ever until his trainer Greg Anderson was indicted and charged with supplying his athletes with anabolic steroids. Bonds denied the allegations at first, but then later admitted to using the substances, however claiming they had no effect on him. The issue is not just that he lied to all his fans, but the fact that he said that the steroids had not impacted his performance. Bonds, in his first 8 seasons with the Giants, averaged 41 homeruns per season. In 2001, eight years older at 36, his season total of homeruns jumped to 73. It is suspicious to say that there was no improvement with the use of anabolic steroids while the facts show an improvement with age, which is very unlikely without the help of these substances. Some claim that he should not be considered one of the great players like Hank Aaron or Babe Ruth, because he had an advan-

tage by using steroids, whereas they didn’t and were still great. Recently, three-time American League MVP and twelve-time all-star Alex Rodriguez admitted to using steroids. Rodriguez did not admit it willingly but was pressured into the situation by former baseball player Jose Canseco. Canseco, an admitted steroid user, has exposed many professional athletes on their own usage and was about to do the same to Rodriguez. Rodriguez and Bonds would most likely not have admitted their usage unless pressured into it. This also takes away from the sympathy that they may be seeking because it isn’t always their idea to come clean. They may not always have good intentions when admitting to the use of steroids. Baseball players, though, are not the only offenders of steroid use. It has also impacted other sports athletes such as football star Shawne Merriman and sprinter Marion Jones. Jones had to forfeit all five of her Olympic gold medals. Steroid users are cheat-

ers, admittedly or not, according to the rules of their leagues and sports. Many believe that giving them pity and letting them get away with it is unfair to the clean athletes that they compete with. Is it really worth ruining your career just to have an illegal edge in a game? Once you get caught. it’s over. There is no going back. Although steroids grow your muscles, they also weaken the tendons that connect them to your bones. The muscle becomes too large for the tendons to support, and athletes’ bodies suffer. The use of steroids can ruin a career, not just make it. The harmful effects of steroids are real. Should convicted steroid users be accepted and pitied? Everyone has differents views, but the reality is that these athletes have to live with their decision and its long lasting effects on their bodies and reputations for the rest of their lives.

‘Roid Rage: Athletes Popping Pills

Chance Lillehei

Staff Writer


here is one topic that is constantly present in sports news. No, it’s not the championship victories, or the individual awards that athletes win. It’s one of the most controversial topics in sports. It is steroids use. Steroids have been present in many professional athletes’ careers for years and have been responsible for ruining many of them as well. Steroids were not a pervasive problem within professional athletics for most of the 20th century. In 1958, the first anabolic steroids were invented. This meant that steroids could be taken simply by swallowing a pill instead of having to inject one’s self with a needle. Steroids had historically been used by weight lifters in the Olympics, but with invention of the pill form they eventually made their way into other professional sports.. Barry Bonds has won the honor of “poster boy’ for ath-

Sports Mar 10 Racing to the Finish Emily Moore Staff Writer


he warmer weather of spring brings an end for sports like alpine skiing. Overall, although met with success and failure, the season had been successful and many new skiers were welcomed to the Blake team. Ski team captains for this year were Caroline Gagne ’10, Hayden Broberg ’10, Suzie Marshall ’10, Parker Smith ’10, Mason Hinke ’11, and Tyler Leslie ’11. Four of the six had partaken in their final year of the ski team after many years of participation. Their encouragement and commitment are two of the very many things that will be missed next year! Boys’ Varsity finished first in their conference this year. Unfortunately, Sam Foster ’13 experienced a serious injury early in training and could not participate for the remainder of the season. However, the team remained positive and performed well in their events.

Girls Varsity ended their season in third for their conference. The team was joined by two new members this year, Allison Bye ’12 and Samantha Boardman ’15, who completed the team of twelve skiers. Although a smaller team in comparison to the boys, in general the girls’ sea-

son was met with much improvement. Maisie Ide ’11 placing first for girls and Tessa Ide ’13 placing third resulting in the girls’ team receiving third overall. For the boys, Jack McNeil ’13

placed fourth and boys came in fifth. Three skiers moved on to state, which took place Wednesday, February 10th at Giants Ridge; however, it served as the first time in eleven years that the whole team had not advanced to state. The meet had a total of 88 boys and 88 girls. Maisie Ide ranked third and Tessa Ide ranked thirtyfirst. Jack McNeil placed fourteenth. Hopefully next year will see much improvement from another new group of skiers. Skiiers now begin their offseason, which will probably contain a lot of skiing outside of the gates. Mr. Teslow remarks, “FindEmily Moore ing a balance is important in life as well as on race and training venues.” Time runs rapidly, especially on the ski team. However, that serves as the essence of a skier’s winter; therefore, ski fast!



Mystery Athletes Revealed

Boys’ Mystery Athlete: Kasey Boyd’11 (dangling above)

Girls’ Mystery Athlete: Eva Najarro Smith’11 (high-kicking above)

Ready for the Diamond

Malcolm Kelner Staff Writer


he days are getting longer and warmer, and spring is in the air. For many at this school, that can only mean one thing: baseball season is nearly upon us! Shortly after the Twins open up their brand new Target Field - just a stone’s throw away from the Upper School - the Bears baseball team will take the field at Gordy Aamoth Stadium. However, this is far from just any other year for the team. If you happened to be in or around the middle school on any given Sunday afternoon for nearly this entire school year, you would have heard the constant cracking of wood and pinging of metal, as a flurry of bats struck thousands of baseballs, in addition to that one-and-only popping sound of the ball entering the glove. These, as you might be able to guess, were the sounds of the baseball team get-

ting ready for the upcoming season. The varsity team will have a smaller number of returning upperclassmen than in most years, but what the team lacks in experience, it is making up for with hard work at captain’s

“We’re going to be ready to smack some hits around the diamond and make some big plays defensively.” - Brett Szalapski ‘11

practice and in the weight room. A sizeable group of players started attending voluntary practices in the summer, and as soon as MSHSL rules allowed, started picking up the practices again in October, and are still doing them every week. Returning starting catcher Brett Szalapski ’11 has liked what he’s seen. “I don’t know where the team is going this year, but

we’re putting in a lot of work in the offseason and coming this spring, we’re going to be ready to smack some hits around the diamond and make some big plays defensively.” The team will also return with a chip on their shoulder this year, following a very disappointing loss to St. Paul Humboldt in the first round of last year’s section tournament, falling well short of the expectations they had for themselves. Don’t be surprised if they do indeed cash in on that chip this season. The team will be primed and ready to take on the competition this year for more reasons than one. The second week of spring break, a group of returning and potential Varsity players will be getting a little taste of the Major League experience, flying down to Tampa Bay, Florida for a week of training, scrimmaging, and instruction. “Nothing like a trip to the beach to get us back into baseball shape,” said pitching staff ace Stu Martin ‘10.

“But in all seriousness, we’ve all been working hard this winter to have a good spring and the other three seniors and I are definitely looking to end our Blake sports careers with a great baseball season.” After not being able to take a pre-season trip last season, Martin and the other players are very excited to have the opportunity to do so this year. The trip will surely be very rewarding, not just in terms of enjoyment but also in the way it will prepare them even more for the season that is fast approaching. Head coach George Blackwell is as eager to get back on the diamond as the players. “We have a young team, but a talented team,” he stated. “The players have been training year-round and it will definitely pay major dividends come season time.” Hopefully his statement will prove to be correct. But whether it does or not, everyone can rest assured that when the first pitch is thrown, the Bears will be ready.

Variety Mar 10



Quiz Bowl Inner Weirds Emily Moore

“I have the weirdest dreams when I’m sick; I once dreamt that I was a line with a slope of 3/4.”

Staff Writer

“I once found a two-foot long earthworm and named him “Whopper.” I brought him to my third grade class for two weeks. Eventually, I put too much water in Whopper’s jar, so he got really bloated and I had to put him outside.”

-Rafael Abramovitz ‘11

“I once dreamt that I was a line with a slope of -4/3, and I was glad to see that Rafael and I were finally perpendicular.” -Jeffrey Schroeder

-Allison McManus ‘12 -Mariel Foster ‘11

“I have a secret fear of ladybugs. The flurry of black wings and beady red-orange bodies haunts my nightmares.”

-Susie Marshall ‘10

“I like the Timberwolves. Really.”

“I’m ridiculously afraid of zombies...” “I can sneeze on command.”

-Leon Lee ‘11

“I still play Farmville.” -Danielle Clausnitzer ‘10

Laine Higgins

Living with Art

SOUNDTRACK TO MY LIFE Javi Reyes Contributing Writer

Italy. Maybe a bar fight loaded with tons of inanimate objects used for self-defense during the plucking solo

My Head In Front Of Your Head - Best Friends Forever Did I Step On Your TrumThis is a love song about Abraham pet? - Danielson Lincoln. You know you’re curious.

The Tussin - mc chris

He tears it up! A call to all mainstreamers: mc chris is a blacksmith of linguistics. Why is he not on Rhymesayers?

3 Birds - The Dead Weather

This song is reserved for the James Bond portion of my life. It’s very dark, minor, and instrumental which would be perfect for the long, dancing female silhouette optical illusion opening credits. Jack White really does it for me on the drum throne; he seems to just understand.

Skin Is, My - Andrew Bird

Andrew Bird has mastered the art of being tastefully spooky. I feel like this could be my chase scene on a vespa through the narrow streets of

This song is an absolute riot. Prime vocals and subject matter. But seriously, did I step on your trumpet?

Raised on Robbery - Joni Mitchell

At that point in my life when I take Leno’s position (for Conan), this will be my introductory music. Then again, it could be a stolen RV road trip jam too. Possibly some combination of those two, or neither. Either way, her voice is creamy. Give Joni a listen.

Graze - Animal Collective

I can’t help but think of the Goonies. The ambient, reverby introduction has this Disney feel, as if a bunch of goons are looking around at some unseen land, possibly on a river. Then there’s a hi-hat rhythm that you’d think was going to lead you into Rocky, but no.

-Malcom Kelner ‘11

Taylor Rondestvedt Staff Writer


lake students, past and present, young and old, proudly showcase their talents in the halls, studios, galleries and auditoriums throughout the Blake School. In the gallery, past exhibits have featured drawings, paintings, photographs and sculptures created by Blake students, almuni and teachers. But the new exhibit isn’t showing works from Mr. Colburn’s studio, Mr. Spector’s ceramics room, or Mr. Teslow’s darkroom. Instead, the exhibit in the Martha Bennet Gallery features art from the homes of members of the Blake community.

Checking out the new show is “a great way to establish a greater sense of community,” says Meredith Burns ’11. The didactic statements for each piece contains anecdotes and information about the artwork. “The variety was incredible. There’s a Matisse!” says Romy Ackerberg ’11. The gallery, which opened on Tuesday, March 2, brought a big crowd. You can read what they had to say in a comment book right outside the gallery. “It illustrates the Blake community in a really cool way! I love it!” says Charlie HaakenLaine Higgins son ’13. So go upstairs and check out what the Blake community has to offer. With art this exceptional, you won’t be disapponted.

Variety Mar 10



March Madness Laine Higgins Page Editor


arch - what a wonderful month! Its 31 days bring Minnesota the first official days of spring, although it never really feels like it. Snow has historically fallen every day in March in Minnesota. Here are some facts and ideas to keep your spirits bright. The birthstones for March are aquamarine and bloodstone. The violet is the month’s flower. The Romans and Anglo-Saxons formerly called March Martius and Hraed Monath, respectively. However, March gets its current name from the Roman god of war, Mars. The zodiac signs of the third month of the year are Pisces (February 20th – March 19th) and Aries (March 20th – April 19th). March is also home to the NCAA Basketball Tournament, nicknamed March Madness, which features over 60 games starting on March 16th and ending on April 5th. Blake’s spring break starts on March 19th and goes until April 5th. Numerous historical events have occurred in March. On March 1st, Ohio and Nebraska became states in 1803 and 1867, respectively. The 2nd is the birthday of your favorite

children’s book author, Theodore “Dr. Seuss” Geisel. March 3rd is the birthday of Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone. Joseph Stalin, dictator of Russia from 1922 to 1953, died on March 5th, 1953. Michelangelo, painter of the Sistine Chapel, was born on March 6th, 1475, and the famous Battle of the Alamo took place on the 6th as well. Albert Einstein was born on Pi Day (March 14th) in 1879. The city of Chicago celebrates St. Patrick’s day, on March 17th, by dying the Chicago River green. Grover Cleveland, the 22nd and 24th President of the United States, was born on March 18th, 1837. The composer Johann Sebastian Bach was born on the 21st of March in 1685. The United States purchased Alaska from the Russians on the 30th of March, 1867. Lastyly, the first daylight savings time in the U.S. began on March 31st, 1918. Whether it’s jumping in puddles, taking a walk, celebrating your idol’s birthday or just watching basketball, you will never be bored in the month of March. For starters, you can fill out this crossword puzzle to test your knowledge of March-related events. Happy Spring!


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ACROSS 1. Romans’ former name for March 3. 3.1415926..... 4. Russian dictator who died in 1953 5. This has fallen every day in March 7. This state after North Dakota in the song “Fifty Nifty” 8. The red birthstone for March 9. March Madness sport 12. The color of the Chicago River on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th) 13. Sarah Palin can see Russia from her house in this state

14. A famous battle fought in Texas 15. Alexander Graham Bell invented this device 16. Creator of the equation E=mc2


1. Painter of the Sistine Chapel 2. A purple flower; also a girl’s name 4. The auther of “Green Eggs and Ham,” Dr. _____ 6. The Cornhusker State 10. The first zodiac sign in March 11. This season begins in March

Cuisine You’ll “Crave” A Movie Lover’s Delight

such a wide selection you might think that the food does not taste good. HowContributing Writer ever, this assumption is proven wrong rave is a family restaurant, but not when you take a bite. Their food never any ordinary family restaurant. disappoints; each bite is better than When you walk in you see a vibrant the last. Crave is perfect for a large group or atmosphere, even just for which intwo. Each cludes funky person will hand-made be able to chandeliers, find at least a bar that one thing on is great for the menu sports lovthat they ers, and a will love, state-of-the and maybe art wine celeven crave! lar. But the The owner of Crave has been so fun starts when you open the menu. There is a wonderful selec- successful in Minneapolis that he is tion of food featuring wood-oven piz- expanding outside the realm of the zas, roasted meats, sushi, pastas and Twin Cities to places like Las Vesalads. Their Grilled Caesar Salad is gas and New York. The locations in a sure pleaser for salad lovers, and Minnesota include the Galleria, the the list goes on and on. All of Crave’s Mall of America, and the West End dishes are seasonally remastered, uti- Shoppes. Crave creates a familiar lizing the freshest ingredients. With yet unforgettable dining experience.

Claire Carpenter Contributing Writer

Kristyn Siegert



he month of new movies, and the bad weather provides us with ample opportunity to head to the theaters and enjoy them. Here are some of the highly anticipated films of March 2010:

Lance Gross) learn that the path to a happy wedding can be chaotic. They each have egotistical fathers and the March offers great insults fly and tensions run high between families throughout the movie. The couple learns the true meaning of love and family. This movie is a sure pleaser for fans of Guess Who (2005) and Made of The stars of the film Alice and Wonderland Honor (2009)

Alice in Wonderland (March 5th): Renown Director, Tim Burton brings a twist to this classic fantasy tale, featuring Mia Wasikowska as Alice. In this unique sequel, Alice returns to Wonderland to find her destiny and save Wonderland. Our Family Wedding (March 12th): In this comedy, a newly engaged couple (played by America Ferrera and

The Last Song (March 31th):

In this drama, Ronnie Miller (played by Miley Cyrus) reluctantly spends the summer in a small Georgia town with her estranged father. She and her father reconnect through their mutual love of music. Ronnie learns the importance of love and second chances. This movie is a great follow-up to Dear John (2010).

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