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Spectrum THURSDAY,  OCTOBER  31,  2013

“Your  Voice  in   Print� The  Blake  School

Issue  III




Raine Robichaud ‡6WDII:ULWHU


ver  the   past   spring   break,   17   Blake   students   and   three   chaperones   travelled   to   India,   where   they   participated   in   an   ex-­� change  with  The  Lawrence  School,   Sanawar  for  7  days.  The  Lawrence   School   is   a   prestigious   private   school  that  enrolls  about  700  high   school   students,   much   like   Blake.           Unlike   Blake,   The   Lawrence   School   is   a   boarding   school,   so   during   the   exchange   Blake   stu-­� dents   were   able   to   see   what   it   was  like  to  live  on  school  grounds.             While   in   Sanawar,   each   Blake   student  was  paired  with  a  Sanawar   student   to   shadow,   with   whom   they  attended  school,  participated   in   fun   activities   such   as   cooking  


classes,  and   observed   the   inner   workings   of   The   Lawrence   School.            As  part  of  the  experience,  Blake  stu-­â€? †‡Â?–••ƒ™Ď?‹”•–ŠƒÂ?††‹ˆˆ‡”‹Â?‰Š‘—•‡-­â€? hold   and   educational   structures,   and   were   able   to   build   friendships   with   their   hosts.   Ethan   Graham   ’17 …‘Â?Ď?‹”Â?• –Šƒ– –Š‡ –”‹’ ƒŽŽ‘™‡† him   to   compare   and   contrast   two   cultures,   remembering   that   he   “loved   Indiaâ€?   because   he   was   able   to  “learn  more  about  how  people  do   things  in  India  relative  to  how  peo-­â€? ple   do   things   in   the   United   States.â€?               This   October   25,   the   exchange   was   reciprocated,   and   20   Sanawar   students   arrived   in   Minneapolis   to   spend   eight   days   living   in   the   homes  of  their  Blake  exchange  part-­â€?


ners.  The   eight   days   that   Sanawar   students   are   spending   in   Minne-­� apolis   are   scheduled   with   a   vari-­� ety   of   opportunities   to   both   spend   time   with   their   host   families,   and   immerse   themselves   into   the   cul-­� tural   highlights   of   Minnesota.             The   students   will   tour   land-­� marks   like   the   Guthrie   Theater,   the   Walker   Art   Center,   University   of   Minnesota,   and   the   state   capitol.             Balancing  the   formal   sightseeing   are   recreational   events   planned   for   Sanawar   students   to   enjoy   certain   activities   that   they   might   not   have   at   home,  including   trick-­�or-­�treating   on   Halloween,   a   Blake   Open   Mic   Night,   and   bowling.   In   order   to   fully   understand   the   life   at   Blake,  

Sanawar  students   attended   a   day   of   school   on   Monday,   October   28,   though  it  was  cut  short  by  the  girls’   soccer   game   at   the   Metrodome.           To   the   Minnesotans   in   India,   it   seemed   that   the   education   system   was   where   the   biggest   differenc-­� es   manifested   themselves.   Siona   Dev   ’14   noted   that   the   Lawrence   School   “very   different   than   ours   in   terms   of   the   structure   and   how   they   learn.�   Kelsey   Swing   ’15   was   surprised   that   there   “were   zero   discussions   [in   class]   and   very   few   questions   asked/answered.�             Sanawar   students   can   observe   the   reverse   qualities   in   Blake   classrooms,   as   well   as   that,   as   Dev   adds,   “we’re   all   learning   the  



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same  material,   halfway   across   the   world  and  in  such  a  different  way!â€?             Those   who   have   had   the   ben-­â€? ‡Ď?‹– ‘ˆ ’ƒ”–‹…‹’ƒ–‹Â?‰ ‹Â? –Š‡ ‡š-­â€? change   understand   that   educa-­â€? tion,  while  often  similar  in  content,   can   mean   a   completely   different   school   day   experience   depend-­â€? ing   on   the   region   and   culture.             Even   those   who   are   not   host-­â€? ing   a   student   will   be   impacted   by   the  exchange  in  some  way,  perhaps   from   hearing   a   new   perspective   ‹Â? Â…ÂŽÂƒÂ•Â•ÇĄ ‰”‡‡–‹Â?‰ •‘Â?‡ Ď?‹”•–nj–‹Â?‡ trick-­â€?or-­â€?treaters,   or   hearing   the   students  from  the  Lawrence  School   students   give   a   presentation   to   as-­â€? sembly   on   Thursday,   October   31.  


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Escaping  the  procrastination  trap Katya Tobak ‡&RQWULEXWLQJ:ULWHU

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hat  is   the   first   thing   that   a   stu-­� dent   will   do   on   a   typi-­� cal   Friday   night?   Rare-­� ly   will   a   student   come   home,   sit   down,   and   work  o n  a ll  t heir  h ome-­� work.   The   most   com-­� mon   scenario   is   a   stu-­� dent  leaving  all  of  their   school   work   for   a   late   Sunday   night.   Why   do   students   do   this?   Even   if   we   have   some   time   before   Sunday   night,   we   don’t   unzip   our   backpacks  a nd  i mmedi-­� ately   start   working.   In   short,   why   do   students   procrastinate?           According   to   dic-­�,   procrasti-­� nation   means   to   delay   or   postpone   action,   or   to   put   off   something.   At   Blake,   this   seems   to   be   a   very   common   oc-­� currence.   Whether   it   is   an   everyday   habit   or   a   rare   incident,   all   stu-­� dents   have   procrasti-­� nated   at   least   once   or   twice.             Each   student   has   his   or   her   own   way   of  

procrastinating.  “I   sit   in   my   room,   texting   people,   or   watching   Netflix,  or  go  to  games.   I’m   very   good   at   it   so   I   do   it   all   the   time,�   says   Gus   Austin   ’15.   Other   students  describe  their   procrastinating   as   be-­� ing   continuously   con-­� nected   to   Facebook,   Twitter,   Instagram,   Tumblr,  and  other  pop-­� ular   social   networking   sites.   Students   do   this   primarily   because   they   don’t   feel   like   working   anymore,   especially   having  just  spent  seven   hours   in   school,   and   possibly   a   couple   more   hours  because  of  extra-­� curricular  activities.             “I   procrastinate   mainly   because   I’m   bored   with   homework   and   I   don’t   want   to   do   it.  I ’m  t ired  f rom  s chool   when   I   get   home   and   I   really   don’t   want   to   do   anything,�   says   Sita   Dandiker   ’15.   Stu-­� dents   are   also   say   that   this   problem   is   becom-­� ing   larger   and   increas-­�

ing  e ven   m ore   t hrough-­� out   the   years.   “I   think   people  a re  g etting  m ore   and  more  distracted  by   phones   and   comput-­� ers   and   the   new   social   world.   Procrastination   is   d efinitely   i ncreasing,   especially  w ith  t he  n ew   iPhone   coming   out,   “   says   Myles   Cunning-­� ham  ’16.         According   to   web-­� h o m e . i n d i r e c t . c o m ,   procrastination   is   pri-­� marily   caused   by   dis-­� organization,   fear,   and   perfectionism.   So   what   can  students  do  to  stop   themselves   from   pro-­� crastinating?   It   is   im-­� portant   to   break   away   from   these   thoughts   of   perfectionism   and   fear  in  order  to  control   procrastination  and  di-­� minish  it.            A  s uper  e ffective  w ay   of  doing  this  is  to  make   a   “To-­�do�   list.   That’s   right,   a   list   with   little   check   boxes   and   things   to   do,   numbered   in   or-­� der   of   what   is   most   important.   This   little  

list  can   help   students   to   become   better   orga-­� nized   in   schoolwork,   extracurricular   activi-­� ties,   and   social/per-­� sonal   life.   Focus   on   the   most   important   goals/ hardest   stuff   and   finish   them   first.   Give   your-­� self   enough   time   and   pace   yourself,   don’t   rush   your   work   but   don’t   let   perfectionism   keep   you   working   on   one   math   problem   for   forty  minutes.           Remember   to   re-­� move   all   distractions,   focus   on   the   end   goal,   and   always   remember   that  perfection  is  never   necessary.   Help,   either   from  f riends  a nd  f amily,   or   teachers,   is   always   an  aid  to  your  work.       Motivate   yourself   to   do   your   best,   try   your   hardest,   and   in   return,   reward   yourself.   The   action   you   take   to   de-­� crease   procrastination   will  only  make  your  life   feel   more   organized   and  well-­�managed.

“JV  Soccer.  Sports  in  gen-­� eral!�  –Molly  Mahoney   ‘15

“When  my  dad  came   home  from  his  hunting   trip!�  –Eric  Elftmann   ‘17

“They  had  soy  sauce  out   for  the  rice!�  -­�Emma   Wellik  ’16

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he  grade   lounges,   the   library,   the   couches   outside   of   college   coun-­� seling  a re  a ll  m eant  t o  b e  p laces  w here   students  can  get  work  done.  But  with   many   loud   conversations   going   on   in   all   o f   t hese   h otspots,   i t   c an   b e   h ard   t o   focus.  H ere  a re  s ome  q uieter  p laces  t o   maximize   p roductivity. 1.   The   Pendulum:   This   unique   spot   is   q uiet   for  s tudying  a nd  relaxing.  B e-­� cause   t he   p endulum   a rea   i s   fairly   p ri-­�

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vate,  t here   a re   few   d isturbances   a nd   i nterruptions. 2.   Mr.   Teslow’s   photography   area:   This   secretive   area  wouldn’t  be  the  first  place  one  might  think  of   as  a  good  place  to  study.  Since  a  couch  exists  in  the   photography  hallway,  studying  down  here  could  be   an   option   for   you.   The   quiet   and   bare   surround-­� ings  o ffer  a  d istraction-­�free  s pace  t o  s pread  o ut  a nd   quickly   f inish   h omework!   3.   The   third   floor   mural:   Now,   with   the   new   mu-­� ral,   the   third   floor   is   finally   bright   and   offers   an   interesting   experience   when   walking   through   the   hallway!  W ith  t he  exciting  a rtwork  o n  o ne  s ide,  a nd   bare   wall   on   the   other,   studying   in   this   space   pro-­� vides  t wo  d ifferent  o ptions:  e ither  face  t he  m ural  t o   lighten  your  m ood,  o r  l ook  a t  t he  b lank  wall  t o  focus   and   g et   work   d one.   4.   L ockers   o n   t hird   f loor:   A lthough   n ot   m any   p eo-­� ple   actually   use   their   lockers   to   store   belongings,   they    a re  a  p erfect  l ocation  t o  s tudy!  Weave  yourself   into  t he  m aze  o f  l ockers  t o  f ind  a  q uiet  s pot  t o  s leep  

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or  s tudy.   5.   The   choir   room:   Although   you   might   think   that   the   choir   room   is   loud   due   to   the   piano   and   singers,   this   spot   is   almost   always   quiet   and   empty.   It   has   comfortable   chairs   for   studying   and   resting   after   a   long   day   of   school.   Mrs.   Enstad,   the   choir   teacher,   is   very   nice   and   always   wel-­� come   to   new   guests   to   silently   study   in   h er   room.  

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n  a   M onday   m orning,   students   are   waking   up   early   to   slip   through   the   doors   by   7:50   a.m.   We  g o  f rom  c lass  to  c lass,   then  to  sports,  then  back   to   more   homework.   We   finish   the   day   late   at   night,   continuing   this   cycle   daily.   The   fact   is,   Blake   students   are   tired.   We  a ren’t  g etting  e nough   time   each   day   to   simply   sleep,   and   this   puts   a   dent   in   how   full   we   can   be   a s   p eople.             The   results   from   the   Challenge   Success   sur-­� vey   taken   by   Blake   high-­� schoolers   last   spring   reveal   that   on   an   aver-­� age   school   night,   stu-­� dents   are   only   getting   6.5   hours   of   sleep.   That   is   3   hours   less   than   the   recommended  9.5  by  the   National   Sleep   Founda-­� tion.   According   to   t he   I n-­� dependent  S chool  Health   Check  a lso  t aken  by  B lake  

students  last   year,   79%   of   students   said   they   went  to  b ed  a fter  1 1  p .m.   every   night   and   only   8%   of  s tudents  reported  t hat   their   sleep   habits   didn’t   interfere  with  their  daily   functioning.   That   means   that  n early  every  s tudent   at   our   school   deals   with   the   frustrating   effects   of   not   receiving   vital   s leep.        Every  s tudent  m ay  h ave     a  d ifferent  reason  for  n ot   finding   enough   time   to   sleep   from   over   involve-­� ment  in  clubs  and  sports   to   procrastination   but   a   common  t hread  s eems  to   be   pressure   to   perform   well   combined   with   the   modern   day   catastrophe   of   over   s cheduling.             E llie   B urton   ’16   s ays,   “At   Blake   you   have   a   lot   of   pressure   to   get   good   grades,  and  between  lots   of   h ome   work   a nd   l ots   o f   sports,   kids   aren’t   put-­� ting   sleep   as   a   priority.�  

Students  are   becoming   so  caught  up  in  the  pres-­� sure   to   succeed   from   teachers,   parents,   and   themselves   that   they   are   forgetting   the   most   important   thing:   taking   care   o f   themselves.           As   teenagers   receive   less   and   less   sleep,   it   can   deteriorate   their   ability   to   focus,   solve   problems   and   remember   lessons.   It   can   also   cause   aggres-­� sive   behavior   and   lead   to   illness.   Natalie   Norberg   ’15   said   that   when   she   doesn’t  get  enough  sleep   it  feels  “like  the  world  is   going   to   end.   Basically   like   there   is   going   to   be   an   apocalypse   if   I   don’t   sleep.�   Niki   Anderson   ’17   says   he   feels   “tired   and   like   it’s   much   harder   to  focus.�  These  students   also   claimed   that   it   was   harder   to   p articipate   f ul-­� ly   in   extracurricular   ac-­� tivities   with   little   s leep.

         By   adding   more   and   more   to   our   daily   lives,   causing   us   to   be   much   more   tired,   we   are   actu-­� ally  taking  away  from  the   experiences   we   could   be   having.             Sleep   is   as   vital   as   the   oxygen   you   breathe   and   the   food   you   eat,   so   making   sleep   a   priority   is   essential.   If   you   find   yourself   struggling   to   get   in   those   9.5   hours,   just  start  with  something   simple  like  finding  a  new   way  to  manage  your  time   or   even   just   sneaking   in   a   twenty   minute   nap.   To   be   the   best   people   we   can   be,   we   need   to   un-­� derstand  that  taking  care   of   ourselves   is   the   real   success.   For more information RQVOHHSà LSWRSDJH

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Students  win  chocolate  milk Forum-­Taher  negotiations  succesful Julia Rock ‡6WDII:ULWHU


very  spring,   members   of   the   sophomore   and   junior   classes   partici-­â€? pate   in   elections   for   class   president.   Students   give   speeches   during   grade   meetings,   often   times   promising   a   fun   class   re-­â€? treat   and   discussing   their   plans  for  better  homework   policies,   or   telling   us   that   this  year,  Forum  is  going  to   “do   something.â€?   This   year,   junior   and   senior   class   presidents   Charlie   Levitt   ‘15   and   Margaret   Gra-­â€? ham  ‘14  along  with  Forum   co-­â€?chair   Clare   Flanagan   ‘14   delivered.   Starting   on   Monday   October   7,   one   carton   of   chocolate   milk   has  been  available  to  each   Upper   School   student   on   Monday  during  lunch.                        Students  at  the  upper   school   have   been   press-­â€? ing   for   chocolate   milk   for   about   5   years.   What   did   ‘”—Â? †‘ –‘ Ď?‹Â?ƒŽŽ› „”‹Â?‰ Taher   and   the   adminis-­â€? tration   around?   First   and   foremost,   Nicolle   Thom-­â€? as,   Food   Service   Director  

for  Taher,   said   that   Forum   brought  her  a  formal  pro-­â€? ’‘•ƒŽˆ‘”–Š‡Ď?‹”•––‹Â?‡Ǥƒ-­â€? her  has  resisted  chocolate   milk   in   the   past   because   it   has   more   sugar   than   white   milk,   and   Thomas   hopes   that   students   will   get   into   the   healthy   habit   of   drinking   milk   even   when   it   is   not   supple-­â€? mented   with   chocolate.   However,  she  commented,   “...I   was   willing   to   listen   to   what   they   had   to   say   as   we   are   always   trying   to   balance   what   the   kids   want  with  what  the  adults   want.â€?  Levitt  and  Flanagan   met   with   Thomas   early   this  school  year,  and  “dur-­â€? ing   that   chocolate   milk   meeting   Taher   and   Forum   came   to   an   agreement...â€?   Thomas   reminded   stu-­â€? dents,   “We   hope   to   offer   [chocolate   milk]   as   a   re-­â€? ward   for   behavior,   which   has   been   very   good   this   year.  If  there  are  occasions   when  behavior  is  not  up  to   par...   we   might   take   away   chocolate  milk  for  a  Mon-­â€?

day.�         Although  it  might  seem   like   the   entire   student   body   has   been   eager   for   chocolate   milk,   a   surpris-­� ing   number   of   students   admitted   their   indiffer-­� ence  to  the  change.  A  past   forum   representative,   Greg   Lim   ‘15,   said   that   “Chocolate   milk   is   not   something   I   really   worry   about  as  a  junior...It’s  nice   and   convenient,   but   not   at   the   top   of   my   priority   list   for   things   to   be   done   by   Forum.�   Other   students   interviewed   commented   that   they   would   rather   have   dessert   than   choco-­� late  milk.           Of   course,   many   stu-­� dents  are  looking  forward   to   having   chocolate   milk   with   lunch   on   Mondays.   Shruti  Gupta  ’17  is  eager   for   the   change:     “I’m   excit-­� ed.  We  had  chocolate  milk   in  middle  school  but  it  was   every  other  Friday.�            This  new  development   has   caused   the   student   body   to   think   a   little   bit  

differently  about   Fo-­� rum   and   its   role   at   the   Upper   School.   Graham   remarked   that   “I   hope   the   student   body   knows   that   we   are   persistent   and   dedicated   to   getting   the   work   done.�   Some   students   see   chocolate   milk  in  the  lunchroom  as   evidence   that   Forum   lis-­� tens  to   the   student   body.   Jake   Meyers   ’14   noted,   “People   think   they   [Fo-­� rum]   don’t   really   do   that   much,   at   least   I   do,   but   now  it  shows  they’re  do-­� ing   stuff.�   Rachel   Hertz-­� berg   ‘15,   when   asked   if   the  addition  of  chocolate   milk   changed   the   way   she   thought   about   Fo-­� rum,   responded   “It   does   to   some   extent,   because   I   have  never  been  aware  of   Forum   doing   something   that   affects   daily   life.   Fo-­� rum   usually   doesn’t   do   things   that   actually   af-­� fect   me.�   Or,   as   freshman   Connor   Sabers   put   it,   “I   think  it  shows  that  Forum   actually  does  do  things.�

oes  anyone  remember   Harald?   Harald   Eik-­â€? en   went   to   Blake   for   the   2011-­â€?12   school   year.   He   was   from   Lund,   Sweden   and  was  a  part  of  the  Class   of  2013.  During  his  time  at   Blake,  he  gained  academic   skills  that  he  says  still  have   a  huge  impact  on  his  edu-­â€? cation   today.   His   year   in   Minnesota   naturally   im-­â€? proved  his  English  as  well,   which  he  said  is  a  great  ad-­â€? vantage.            Eiken  is  still  in  contact   with   most   of   his   close   friends   from   Blake;   he   •–ƒ–‡†Š‡‹•…‘Â?Ď?‹†‡Â?––Š‡› will   remain   his   lifelong   friends.   In   fact,   He   spent   most  of  this  summer  trav-­â€? eling   around   Europe   with   former   Blake   students   Caroline   Hunsicker   ’13,   Aileen   Ugurbil   ’13   and   Alex  Herkert  ’13.  He   said   the   transition   back   to   life   in   Sweden   was   not   too   bad   because   he   remained   in   contact   with   his   close   friends.   Right   now,   he   is   in   his   senior   year   of   high   school   in   Lund   (Enskilda   Gymnasiet)  and  will  grad-­â€? uate  this  spring.   ucy   Wu   came   to   Blake   last   school   year.   She   immersed   herself   in   the  


community  by   creating   her   own   paper-­�cutting   club   and   was   also   a   part   of   Community   Service   Board.  While  at  Blake,  she   was   in   the   Class   of   2014   and   had   three   different   host   families—the   Boat-­� mans,   the   Frenkels   and   the   Clarks.   At   Blake,   she   credits   her   English   and   History  teachers  for  being   able   to   think   below   the   surface  of  texts  and  all  the   teachers   and   students   for   welcoming   her   to   Blake’s   community.   Her   fondest   memory   of   Blake   was   be-­� ing  a  part  of  the  band  tour   in  Chicago.  She  had  never   been  a  member  of  a  band   before   and   this   tour   made   her   feel   that   she   was   a   part   of   the   group.   Right   now,   she   is   in   a   special   program  in  school  for  stu-­� dents   applying   to   college   abroad.  She  only  has  to  go   to  school  two  days  a  week   because  she  does  not  have   to   take   the   China’s   col-­� lege   admission   test,   the   Gaokao.  She  is  not  able  to   communicate  with  friends   very   easily   because   Face-­� book   is   illegal   in   China,   so   she  would  like  her  friends   from   Blake   to   e-­�mail   her   at   weitongwu_lucy@163.



Re-­examining  the  gender-­neutral  bathroom  controversy Annelise Ellingboe ‡&RQWULEXWLQJ:ULWHU


ccording  to   Ellie   Walker   ‘16,   “People   have   a   right   to   pee   in   peace,â€?   while   an   anony-­â€? mous  member  of  the  Class   of   2016   said,   “I   don’t   un-­â€? derstand   the   need   for   them‌  If  [you’re  a  boy]  use   the   men’s   and   if   [you’re   a   girl]  use  the  women’s.â€?

        These  comments  were   made   in   reference   to   the   proposed   gender-­�neutral   bathrooms   in   the   science   wing,   which   were   sup-­� posed  to  be  installed  along   with   the   recent   renova-­� tion.   However,   there   are   no   gender-­�neutral   bath-­� rooms   in   the   school,   and  

the  science  wing  restrooms   are   still   labeled   “Women�   and  “Men.�             The   actual   change   to   gender-­�neutral   bathrooms   is   simple;   all   that   would   happen   is   the   signs   on   the   wall   next   to   the   restroom  

would  not   read   “Men�   and   “Women,�   but   in-­� stead   “Gender   Neutral.�   That’s   it.   The   facilities   wouldn’t   be   changed   at   all.   The   goal   is   simply   to   make   a   safe,   essentially   un-­�labeled   space   for   any  

student  who  enters  it.  Ac-­� cording   to   Anne   Gray-­� beal,   the   school   is   in   full   support  of  the  change  but   feels   that   no   student   has   owned  it  as  their  cause.  As   Graybeal   said,   “having   a   building  in  which  all  of  the  

bathrooms  are  gendered   ‹Â?’Ž‹‡• Â–ÂŠÂƒÂ–ÇĄ „› †‡Ď?‹Â?‹-­â€? tion,   we   believe   that   ev-­â€? ery   single   person   in   the   building   must   or   should   identify  as  one  gender.â€?                Are  we  ready  for  gen-­â€? der-­â€?neutral  bathrooms?

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Staff  Editorial:  stop  sign   needed  on  Kenwood  Parkway


ccording  to   Security   Offi-­� cer  Steve  Haugh,  the  Min-­� neapolis   Park   and   Recreation   Board   has   denied   Blake’s   re-­� quest   to   open   the   gate   linking   the   Sculpture   Garden   parking   lot   to   the   intersection   of   Dun-­� woody   Boulevard   and   Stadium   Parkway  in  the  morning  as  it  is   in  the  afternoon.            Now  that  all  drivers  trying   to  get  to  school  in  the  morning   have   been   routed   through   the   intersection   of   Stadium   Park-­� way   and   Kenwood   Parkway   (right   by   the   visitors’   parking   lot),   students   are   often   met   with   a   frustrating   traffic   jam   as  they  wait  for  a  break  in  the   traffic   on   Kenwood.   The   back-­� up   makes   many   late   to   school   and  encourages  drivers  to  take   faster  left  turns  onto  Kenwood   as  they  try  to  “beat�  cars  com-­�

ing  from   both   the   left   and   right.            This  intersection  could  eas-­� ily  be  made  both  safer  and  less   odious   for   the   drivers   who   have   to   use   it   if   people   driv-­� ing   on   Kenwood   had   to   stop   just  like  people  driving  on  Sta-­� dium.   That   way,   the   less-­�used   road   could   essentially   absorb   some  of  the  more  heavily-­�used   road’s  backup.             The   best   way   to   eliminate   some   of   the   morning   traffic   now  centered  on  the  intersec-­� tion   of   Stadium   and   Kenwood   Parkways   is   to   install   a   stop   sign   facing   Kenwood   Parkway   traffic   at   that   intersection.   The   Spectrum   recommends   the  school  administration  and   student   leaders   immediately   contact   the   Park   Board   about   such  a  fix  to  our  traffic  woes.


A  much  needed  nap:  snoozing  in  study  hall John Miller ‡6WDII:ULWHU




’ve  noticed   that   many   Blake   students  sacrifice  sleep  every   night   to   get   ahead   in   school.   I   believe   that   sacrificing   sleep   is   necessary   for   getting   good   grades   while   living   very   busy   lives.   While   staying   up   late   may   help   with   your   workload,   odds  are  that  you’ll  be  tired  in   school   if   you   do   stay   up   late.   You   may   face   some   school   nights   with   seemingly   insur-­� mountable  loads  of  homework,   and   you   being   the   brave   soul   that   you   are,   will   tackle   the   mound   of   homework   over   the   course  of  the  night.             However   the   morning   af-­� ter,   you’ll   be   drowsy,   inatten-­� tive   and   you   might   even   find   yourself   drifting   off   to   sleep   in   slow   classes   or   assemblies.   Olivia   Adams   ’16   said   that,  

“Right  now   I’m   so   tired   that   I   feel   like   I’m   dying,�   if   you   walk   around   Blake   for   a   little   bit,   you’ll   probably   see   someone   nodding   off   or   taking   a   quick   power   nap.   Sleep   is   arguably   the   most   desired   commod-­� ity   in   the   Blake   community.   As   put   by   Eric   Stolt   ’16,   “I’d   do   almost   anything   for   an   ex-­� tra   hour   of   sleep,�   so   why   not   turn   study   halls   into   official   nap   times?   In   my   experience,   many   people   spend   most   of   their   study   halls   playing   games   or   surfing   the   web,   so   why  not  use  that  time  to  catch   up   on   some   Zs?   Think   about   it:   imagine   that   when   enter-­� ing   your   study   hall/free   block   you   could   spend   that   block   in   a  “sleepy  hall�!  Rooms  around   school  could  be  converted  into  

sleepy  hall   locations   if   some   comfortable   chairs   were   add-­� ed,   but   really   the   only   things   that  would  be  needed  would  be   pillows,   then   the   lights   would   be   turned   off   and   you’d   have   yourself   a   fully   functioning   sleepy  hall!  A  proctor  wouldn’t   really   be   needed   although   a   designated   teacher   could   make   checks   every   20   minutes   to   make   sure   that   everything   is   quiet.  These  sleepy  halls  would   have  to  be  taken  seriously,  and   if   anyone   were   to   be   caught   infringing   on   the   no-­�talk   pol-­� icy   several   times,   the   student   would   consequently   receive   a   sleepy   hall   ban.   Sleepy   halls   and   the   rest   they   could   pro-­� vide   would   help   enliven   some   lethargic   students,   give   rest   to   academic   workhorses   and   would   alleviate   much   of   the   pressure   Blake   students   face   daily.   When   asked   about   this   sleep   halls   idea,   Austin   Rae   ’14   said,   “Nap   time   in   school?   A-­�Rae  would  be  cool  with  that,   I   always   need   more   sleep,�   ba-­� sically  this  sleepy  hall  plan  en-­� dorses   an   official   naptime   just   like   in   lower   school,   so   if   you   want   more   sleep,   supporting   this  idea  is  a  no-­�brainer.

Trick-­or-­treating  teens  not  too  old  for  Halloween  fun Sammy Wagner ‡&RQWULEXWLQJ:ULWHU


s  the   end   of   October   looms,  my  m ind  c an’t  h elp   but  s hift  to  t houghts  o f  ghouls,   goblins   and   five   year   olds   in   fairy   princess   costumes.   Hal-­� loween   is   truly   the   only   day   when   you   can   go   knock   on   stranger’s   doors   and   ask   for   candy.            B ut  when  d oes  t rick  o r  t reat-­� ing  g o  f rom  c ute  to  c reepy?  A s   high   school   students   we   are   starting   to   reach   that   limit,   but   many   teenagers   will   still   be  going  trick  or  treating  this   year.        If  you  want  to  trick  or  treat   you   can,   and   although   you   might   get   some   weird   looks,   Madison   Ethan   ’15   puts   it,   “[You   can   go   trick   or   treat-­� ing]   as   long   as   people   give   you   candy.�   Will   Watkins   ‘17   agreed,   “You   can   go   until   you   stop   getting   candy.�     Many   people   will   continue   to   trick   or  treat  well  into  high  school.   It   makes   sense   because   who   doesn’t   l ike   f ree   c andy?          Gary  Spencer  said,  “I  went  

when  I   was   eighteen.�   Each   family  h as  t heir  own  l imits  for   when   their   kids   are   no   lon-­� ger   encouraged   to   go   trick   or   treating.   For   me,   I   was   urged   to   stay   home   and   hand   out   candy   starting   last   year.   The   obvious   loophole   that   I   found   was   going   trick   or   treating   with   my   l ittle   s ister.            A  l ot  o f  h igh  s chool  s tudents   are   able   to   extend   their   years   of   trick   or   treating   using   this   method.   It   suddenly   becomes   acceptable  to  g o  t rick  o r  t reat-­� ing   if   you   are   walking   around   with  a  little  kid,  and  if  you  do,   make   sure   to   wear   a   costume   to  get  more  candy.  Even  if  you   are   just   handing   out   candy   you   c an   s till   d ress   u p.             No   one   can   stop   you   from   going   trick   or   treating   and   no   one   can   force   you   to.   High   school   is   when   you   might   get   weird   looks   from   trick   or   treating,   but   there   is   no   set   age   for   when   you   are   too   old   to   t rick   o r   t reat. SKRWR&UHGLW6DJH%HUJHUVRQ


6 opinions Goldilocks  has  found  her  class  size


Blake  provides  classroom  enviroments  not  too  big  and  not  too  small




y  class   sizes   range   from   3   to   15   students   so   far   at   Blake.   Coming   from   a   charter   school   with   class   sizes   similar   to   Blake’s,   I   always   took   small   classes  sizes  for  granted.          Many  of  us  have  heard  about   the   philosophy   that   class   sizes   are  a  major  factor  of  a  student’s   education.   And   most   of   us   have   heard   that   big   class   sizes   are     Ç˛Â„ÂƒÂ†Ç¤Çł Š‹• ‹• —Â?†‡”•–ƒÂ?†ƒ„Ž‡Ǥ Big  classes  means  lack  of  teacher   and  student  1:1  dialogue,  mean-­â€? ing   those   students   can’t   get   the  

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help  they  need,  making  it  harder   to  learn.          If  large  class  sizes  aren’t  good,   then   by   that   logic   small   class   sizes   should   be   amazing.   Sadly   many  things,  including  class  siz-­â€? es,  aren’t  like  that. –Š‡”–ŠƒÂ?–Š‡Ď?‹Â?ƒÂ?…‹ƒŽ„—”-­â€? den  of  creating  more  classrooms   and   hiring   more   teachers,   small   class  sizes  can  also  have  a  nega-­â€? tive  effect  on  a  student’s  educa-­â€? tion   regarding   social   communi-­â€? ties  and  discussions.          With  a  good  amount  of  people  

in  each  class,  you  may  be  able  to   learn  something  knew  about  the   topic  of  study  or  your  classmates   you  might  not  have  otherwise.           It   relates   more   to   the   real   world.  You’re  not  going  to  work   with  the  same  couple  people  ev-­� eryday,   so   you   should   get   used   to   diverse   types   of   people   with   different  types  of  thinking  at  an   early  stage.           Even   though   familiarity   is   enjoyable,   learning   new   things   from  different  classmates  every-­� day  can  be  just  as  nice.

Š‹•‰‘Ž†‹Ž‘…Â?•Â‡ÂˆÂˆÂ‡Â…–ǥ™Š‡”‡ too  much   is   too   much   and   too   little   is   too   little,   can   create   dif-­â€? Ď?‹…—Ž–‹‡• ™Š‡Â? †‡…‹†‹Â?‰ Š‘™ „‹‰ or  small  classes  should  be.          Maybe  there  is  a  happy  medi-­â€? um?   Biology   teacher   Jen   Vance   said   “[a   medium   class   size]   works  well  for  biology  because  it   allows  me  to  have  students  work   with   many   different   people   in   lab  groups  over  the  course  of  the   year,   and   there   are   enough   stu-­â€? dents   to   provide   different   per-­â€? spectives  in  discussion.â€?

        Will  it  ever  be  perfect?  As  mu-­� sician   Matthew   Good   said   “Per-­� sonal   perception   of   perfection   is   like   that.   You   see   what   you   want   to   see.   After   a   while   you   just   see   what  you  need  to.�           You   can’t   make   class   size   an   excuse  to  not  do  your  homework   or   try   you   best   in   class.   If   you   make   it   your   best   it   will   be   the   best.          I  agree  with  Michelle  Atwood   ‘15,  who  said  “I  think  the  classes   at  Blake  have  the  right  amount  of   students   in   them.�   Not   too   little   and  not  too  big:  just  right.

Telling  on  peers  for  out-­of-­school  behavior  not  always  right   Isabel Graham ‡&RQWULEXWLQJ:ULWHU


magine  the   situation:   Your   friend   is   the   MVP   of   her   fall   sports  team,  and  her  teammates   are  counting  on  her  to  help  lead   them   to   the   state   championship   this   season.   But   there’s   a   prob-­â€? lem.          Last  night  was  homecoming,   and   at   your   group’s   after   party,   he   or   she   got   completely   drunk.   You   know   there’s   a   rule   in   the   MSHSL   guidelines   that   states   strictly  against  the  use  or  abuse   of   alcohol   and   drugs—and   all   athletes   are   required   to   sign   a   form   saying   that   they   are   to   stay   substance-­â€?free.           Do   you   tell   a   teacher   or   her   coach?  Or  do  you  stay  out  of  the   situation?          In  my  opinion,  you  should  not   go  to  the  adult  just  yet.    As  a  sup-­â€? porter  of  your  friend,  you  should   –ƒŽÂ?–‘Š‹Â?‘”Š‡”Ď?‹”•–Ǥ”›–‘—Â?-­â€? derstand  why  he  or  she  did  what   they   did—and   take   action   from   there.          You  have  several  options—you   could  let  it  be,  you  could  have  him   or   her   talk   to   a   counselor,   you   could  tell  a  teacher  or  you  could   tell  his  or  her  coach.  Korlekuor   Akiti   ‘15   says,   “I   would   bring   it  

up  with  my  friend,  but  it’s   their   responsibility   to  tell  the  coach.�   Š‹�� ƒ„‘—– the   sever-­� ity   of   the   s i t u a -­�

tion— of  course   b r e a k i n g   a   contract   is   a   big   deal,   but   based   on   what   your  friend  said,  do  you   think  it  will  happen  again?    If   ‹–•‡‡Â?•–‘„‡ƒÇŽÂ?‹•–ƒÂ?‡ǯƒÂ?††‡Ď?‹-­â€?

nitely  won’t  happen  again,   talking   to   a   counselor   may   be   your   best   option.           Upper   s c h o o l   counsel-­� or  Erin   A d -­�

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ams,  s a i d ,   “ W e   r e a l l y   regard   the   school   coun-­â€? •‡Ž‘”ǯ• ‘ˆĎ?‹…‡ ĥ a   place   that   can   ’”‘–‡…– …‘Â?Ď?‹†‡Â?–‹ƒŽ-­â€? ity.     Certainly   (drinking   and   drugs)   are   illegal,   and   certainly   it’s   against   school  

rules,  but  we  also  recognize  that   it’s  a  complex  social  issue.�          If  your  friend  acts  as  if  he  or   she  wants  to  use  drugs  or  drink   again,  it  might  be  time  for  you  to   talk  to  a  teacher,  coach  or  admin-­� istrator—and   allow   him   or   her   to  get  the  help  they  need.           However,   if   your   friend   is   not   playing   a   sport   (or   is   not   in-­� volved   in   another,   non-­�athletic   activity   such   as   theater—those   activities   require   you   to   sign   a   form   and   abide   by   the   MSHSL   rules   too!),   the   situation   is   dif-­� ferent.          I  don’t  feel  it’s  necessary  to  tell   anyone  who  works  at  the  school   unless   you   feel   that   your   friend   is   in   danger.   It   is   the   school’s   role   to   make   sure   you   stay   safe   even  when  not  in  school,  but  ul-­� timately,   each   of   us   makes   our   own   decisions   and   no   person’s   interference   will   necessarily   change  that.           So   next   time   you’re   in   this   situation,   think   about   it:   is   my   friend  in  danger?    Who  else  is  he   or  she  affecting?  And  from  there,   I  trust  that  each  of  you  can  take   the  necessary   steps   to   deal  with   the  problem.




editorial  cartoon  by  Kira  Leadholm

Not  too  lenient,  not  too  tough

Teachers  strike  impressive  balance  between  pampering  and  over  criticizing CC Lucas ‡&RQWULEXWLQJ:ULWHU


ake  yourself   back   to   that   jam-­â€?packed   night   when   you   pulled   into   your   driveway   at   11:00  p.m.  and  crawled  into  bed   without   doing   any   homework.   You  knew  that  the  following  day   you   would   have   a   bulletproof   excuse  tucked  under  your  belt:  I   had  a  really  busy  night.          But  the  next  day,  when  your   teachers   wouldn’t   have   it,   you   wondered,  where  is  the  sympa-­â€? thy?          Blake  students  sometimes  feel   aggravation  with  their  teachers’   policies.  On  top  of  a  lack  of  sym-­â€? pathy,   students   mention   seeing   regular  favoritism.           Phoebe   Warner   ‘16   said,   DzŠ‡”‡ Šƒ˜‡ †‡Ď?‹Â?‹–‡Ž› „‡‡Â? ‹Â?-­â€? stances  where  I  think,  okay,   this   teacher   is   going   way   too   easy   on   this   kid.â€?   Watching   a   single   classmate   get   away   with   slack-­â€? ing   time   after   time   can   make   kids   feel   that   their  teacher  isn’t   treating   them   with   a   just   ap-­â€? proach.          Another  complaint  that  sur-­â€? faced   among   students   is   that   retakes   should   be   allowed   more   often–I   think   getting   a   second   shot   provides   a   boost   of   con-­â€? Ď?‹†‡Â?…‡ ƒÂ?† ƒÂ? Dz  …ƒÂ? †‘ –Š‹•dz mindset.           Raine   Robichaud   ’14   said   that   when   someone   does   poor-­â€? ly   on   assessments,   “Teachers   should  at  least  help  you  make  up   points   or   get   back   credit   if   you  


put  the  effort  in.�            However,  students  also  experi-­� ence  problems  when  pampered.   Robichaud   pointed   to   teachers   being   too   easygoing,   “If   they  

don’t  drill  you  enough,  then  you   don’t   become   better.�   Very   little   is  nice  about  that.           Though   having   loose,   relaxed   teachers   may   be   nice   in   class,  


having  them  go  easy  on  you  isn’t   „‡Â?‡Ď?‹…‹ƒŽ‹Â?–Š‡Ž‘Â?‰”—Â?ÇŁĥŽ‹ˆ‡ accelerates  and  takes  off  beyond   high  school,  leniency  isn’t  a  lux-­â€? ury  that  lasts.

         Michael   Smith   ‘17   agreed   without   a   doubt   that   having   a   tough   teacher   can   be   construc-­â€? tive,   explaining   that   getting   grades   lower   than   expected   ac-­â€? tually  motivates  him  to  improve. Â?‹Ž‹Â?‰ǥŠ‡Â•ÂƒÂ‹Â†ÇĄDz –Šƒ•†‡Ď?‹-­â€? nitely   helped   me   out   more   than   it   has   hurt   me.“   The   trouble   for   –‡ƒ…Š‡”• ‹• Ď?‹Â?†‹Â?‰ –Š‡ Â?‹††Ž‡ ground   where   they   are   neither   too  severe  nor  lenient  with  their   students.          Luckily,  Blake  teachers  gener-­â€? ally  have  an  acute  sense  for  this   balance.  Warner  recognizes  this:   “Teachers   are   really   consider-­â€? ate–their   policies   are   dependent   on   how   the   class   is   doing   as   a   whole.â€?           I   think   the   teachers   here   at   ŽƒÂ?‡ †‡Ď?‹Â?‹–‡Ž› †‡•‡”˜‡ …”‡†‹– for   adjusting   well   to   students   and   making   the   environment   well-­â€?suited  to  their  needs.          Robichaud  added,  “I  think  that   they   are   fair   but   they   still   chal-­â€? lenge   you.â€?   Blake   teachers   care   about   the   students,   and   almost   any   criticism   or   challenge   I’ve   ever  faced  was  hurled  at  me  with   the  intent  to  help  me  grow. ‡•’‹–‡–Š‡†‹ˆĎ?‹…—Ž–›‘ˆ•—…Š obstacles,   “You   just   accept   that   there   will   be   times   where   you   succeed   and   times   where   you   don’t.   That   is   what   we   sign   up   for,â€?  according  to  Robichaud.

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re  you  baked?â€?  the  boy  asks,   red   cup   in   hand.   “Like   a   cake,â€?   his   friend   responds.   This   •…‡Â?‡ ‘……—””‡† ™‹–Š‹Â? –Š‡ Ď?‹”•– half   hour   of   last   year’s   enor-­â€? Â?‘—•Ž› ’‘’—Žƒ” –‡‡Â? Ď?‹ŽÂ? The   ‡”Â?•‘ˆ‡‹Â?‰ƒÂƒÂŽÂŽĎ”Ž‘™‡”.  One   of   several   “party   scenesâ€?   in   the   Ď?‹ŽÂ?ÇĄ –Š‹• •…‡Â?ƒ”‹‘ ‹• …‘Â?Â?‘Â? in  what  constitutes  our  teen  en-­â€? –‡”–ƒ‹Â?Â?‡Â?–Ǥ Š‹Ž‡ –Š‹• †‡Ď?‹Â?‡• teen   entertainment,   does   this   parallel  what  happens  at  Blake’s   own   post-­â€?Homecoming   game   parties?   Depends   on   who   you   ask.           “If   you   watch   any   TV   show   about   like   a   high   school,   [high   school]   is   portrayed   as:   that’s   what   people   do   on   weekendsâ€?-­â€? -­â€?drink,   do   drugs,   and   have   sex,  

says  Topher   Hunnewell   ’14,   sitting   with   a   group   of   friends   in  the  senior  lounge.  These  por-­â€? trayals   send   the   message   that   “there  [are]  no  alternatives.â€?           Why   is   the   teenage   identity   inseparably   linked   with   drug   and   alcohol   use?   Why   does   the   mythos   of   the   American   teen-­â€? ager   involve   such   a   devotion   to   pursuit   of   risky   business,   the   rebel   status,   the   pot-­â€?smoking   breakfast  club?      Š‡ ’‡”…‡’–‹‘Â? Šƒ• †‡Ď?‹Â?‡† teenage   America   on   the   big   screen   for   over   half   a   centu-­â€? ry,   from   the   opening   scene   of   1959’s  Rebel  Without  a  Cause  in   which   protagonist   Jim   Stark   is   hauled   to   the   police   station   for   public   drunkenness   to   the   all-­â€?

out,  balls-­â€?to-­â€?the-­â€?wall   insanity   of   last   year’s   party-­â€?of-­â€?the-­â€?mil-­â€? lenium   Project   X—replete   with   marijuana,   ecstasy,   and   gallons   of  alcohol.      Dz  –Š‹Â?Â? †‡Ď?‹Â?‹–‡Ž› –Š‡ Â?‡-­â€? dia   [has   an   impact],â€?   says   Nina   Lillehei   ‘14.   “[In]   every   movie   that   you   ever   watch   about   high   schoolers,   they   have   the   party   scene.â€?   Through   social   media,   teenagers   are  able  to  shape  oth-­â€? ers’   perceptions   of   them,   no   matter  the  extent  to  which  their   online   images   align   with   the   reality   of   what   they   are   doing.   “With  things  like  Instagram  and   Twitter,  people  love  to  post  pic-­â€? tures  of  themselves  that  are  kind   of   cryptic   but   you   know   what’s   going   on...   because   they   think  

that’s  cool,â€?  says  Lillehei.            “I’m  usually  more  surprised   at   the   amount   of   kids   who   ac-­â€? tually   do   [use   alcohol   and   oth-­â€? er   drugs],â€?   says   Hunnnewel.   “There’s   a   lot   of   kids   I   wouldn’t   ‡š’‡…–‹–ˆ”‘Â?ÇĄ„—––Š‡Â? Ď?‹Â?†‘—– that   they   drink   and   smoke   and   stuff.â€?           The   Independent   School   Health   Check   survey   revealed   that   in   reality,   Blake   students   thought   that   51%   of   Blake   stu-­â€? dents   were   drinking   when   the   reality  was  that  only  21%  were.   This   elevated   perception   com-­â€? pared   to   the   reality   was   the   same   for   marijuana   useage   and   sexual  activity.        Lillehei  weighed  in  on  this  dis-­â€? connect,   saying,   “I   think   when  

we  were   in   younger   grades   peo-­â€? ple   thought   that   everyone   was   like  more  experienced  than  they   were  and  that  everyone  was  “do-­â€? ing  itâ€?  but  I  think  that  girls  have   a   better   idea   than   guys   do   for   some   reason   because   I   feel   like   girls   like   talk   to   their   friends   about   it   than   guys—guys   more   ƒ••—Â?‡ –Šƒ– –Š‡‹” Ď?‹”‹‡Â?†• Šƒ˜‡ or  haven’t.â€?           Whether   it   be   relating   to   sex-­â€? ual  activity  or  drug  use,  Lillehei   says,   “I   think   people   just   tend   to   assume   that   either   they’ve   done  more  than  everyone  else  or   that   they   haven’t   done   enough.   I   think  people  are  always  insecure   about  things  that  they  have  done   because   they   feel   like   they’re   alone  in  that  sense.â€?

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Amy Juang’s  Dose  of  D.I.Y. Amy Juang‡&RQWULEXWLQJ:ULWHU


‘™–Šƒ–‹–ǯ•ˆƒŽŽƒ†™‹–‡”ǡ‹ϐ‹‹–›•…ƒ”˜‡• ƒ”‡ –Š‡ ’‡”ˆ‡…– ƒ……‡••‘”› –‘ ‡‡’ ›‘— ™ƒ”ǤŠ‹••—‡”ǡ „‘—‰Š–ƒ‰”‡›‘‡ˆ”‘ Ƭˆ‘”ƒ„‘—–̈́ͳ͵ǡƒ†–Š”‘—‰Šˆ—”–Š‡”‡šƒ-­‐ ‹ƒ–‹‘  ”‡ƒŽ‹œ‡†  …‘—Ž† ’”‘„ƒ„Ž› ƒ‡ –Š‹• •…ƒ”ˆ‹ƒ„‘—–ͳͲ‹—–‡•ˆ‘”Ž‡••‘‡›Ǥ  Š‡ •‡…‘† ‘‡  ƒ†‡ ™ƒ• ƒ„‘—– ̈́ͺǡ ƒ†ƒŽ–Š‘—‰Š–Šƒ–ƒ›•‡‡Ž‹‡‘–ƒ„‹‰†‹ˆ-­‐ ˆ‡”‡…‡‹’”‹…‡ǡ›‘—…ƒƒ‡‹–™‹–Šƒ„‹‰‰‡” •‡Ž‡…–‹‘ ‘ˆ ˆƒ„”‹…•Ǥ Šƒ– ‡ƒ• ‘”‡ …‘Ž‘”•ǡ ‡š–ǡ–Š”‡ƒ†›‘—”ƒ…Š‹‡‘”›‘—”‡‡†Ž‡Ǥ ˆ›‘—‡‡† Š‡Ž’ǡ”‡ƒ†–Š‡ƒ—ƒŽŽ‹‡ †‹†™Š‡ ‰‘–ƒ‡™•‡™‹‰ ƒ††‹ˆˆ‡”‡–ȋ„‡––‡”ƒ†–Š‹…‡”Ȍ“—ƒŽ‹–›ˆƒ„-­‐ ƒ…Š‹‡ǡ™ƒ–…Š•‘‡›‘—–—„‡˜‹†‡‘•ǡ‘”ƒ•ƒ’ƒ”‡–Ǩ ”‹…ˆ‘”…Š‡ƒ’Ǥ‘–‘Ž›–Šƒ–ǡ–Š‹•‹•ƒ‰”‡ƒ– –‘ •–ƒ”–‘—–™‹–Š„‡…ƒ—•‡‘ˆŠ‘™‡ƒ•›ƒ†•‹’Ž‡ ‹–‹•Ǥ‘‡–‹‡•–Š‹‰•ƒ”‡‡ƒ•‹‡”–‘ƒ‡–Šƒ –‘™ƒ‹–ƒ”‘—†ƒ†Ž‘‘ˆ‘”–Š‡’‡”ˆ‡…–•…ƒ”ˆ–‘ „—›Ǥ —•–ƒ‡‘‡Ǩ


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1 ‘ ‘™ ›‘— •Š‘—Ž† Šƒ˜‡ ƒ ˆ‘Ž†‡† ’‹‡…‡ ‘ˆ ˆƒ„”‹…Ǥ ‘— •‹’Ž›™ƒ––‘•‡™–Š‡‡†‘’’‘•‹–‡‘ˆ–Š‡ˆ‘Ž†™‹–Šƒ •–”ƒ‹‰Š–•–‹–…Šǡ•‘–Šƒ–›‘—ǯ”‡•‡™‹‰ƒ–—„‡Ǥ

‘”›‘—”ƒ–‡”‹ƒŽ•ǡ›‘—•Š‘—Ž†Šƒ˜‡•‹‹Žƒ”…‘Ž‘”–Š”‡ƒ† –‘›‘—”ˆƒ„”‹…ǡƒ†ƒ•‡™‹‰ƒ…Š‹‡Ǥ ˆ›‘—†‘ǯ–Šƒ˜‡ ‘‡ ‘” †‘ǯ– ‘™ Š‘™ –‘ —•‡ ‘‡ǡ –Š‡ –Š‹• –—–‘”‹ƒŽ ™‘—Ž† „‡ –Š‡ ’‡”ˆ‡…– ͳ•– ’”‘Œ‡…–Ǥ –Š‡”™‹•‡ǡ Œ—•– —•‡ ƒ ‡‡†Ž‡ ƒ† –Š”‡ƒ†Ǥ Š‡ ›‘— „—› ›‘—” ˆƒ„”‹…ǡ ‰‡– ʹ ‘ˆ•‘‡•‘”–‘ˆ‹–‘”…‘––‘Ǥ

5 …‡ ›‘—ǯ”‡ †‘‡ǡ ˆ‘Ž† ›‘—” –—„‡ ‹•‹†‡ ‘—– ƒ† –Š‡ •‡ƒ•Š‘—Ž†Ž‘‘Ž‹‡–Š‹•Ǥ

6 —›ʹ›ƒ”†•‘ˆ•‘‡•‘”–‘ˆ‹–‘”…‘––‘ǤŠ‡‘‡ˆ”‘ Ƭ ™ƒ• ƒ –Š‹ ͳͲͲΨ …‘––‘ ˆƒ„”‹…ǡ „—– –Š‹• ‘‡ ™ƒ• –Š‹…‡”ƒ†•‘–Š‡†‹‡•‹‘•‘ˆ‹–ƒ”‡•Ž‹‰Š–Ž›†‹ˆˆ‡”‡–Ǥ ˆ–‡”ǡ…—–›‘—”ˆƒ„”‹…‹–‘͸Ͳ‹…Š‡•„›Ͷ͸‹…Š‡•’‹‡…‡Ǥ ‘—…ƒƒŽ™ƒ›•ƒ††‘”‡‘”–ƒ‡ƒ™ƒ›‹…Š‡•ǡ†‡’‡†-­‐ ‹‰–Š‡–Š‹…‡••‘ˆ›‘—”ˆƒ„”‹…Ǥ‡š–ǡˆ‘Ž†›‘—”’‹‡…‡‘ˆ ˆƒ„”‹… ‘ –Š‡ ͸Ͳ ‹…Š •‹†‡ǡ •‘ –Šƒ– –Š‡ †‹‡•‹‘• ƒ”‡ ‘™͵Ͳ‹…Š„›Ͷ͸‹…ŠǤ

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3) Fitzpleasure  by  Alt  J  

Sullivan Whitely‡(GLWRULQ&KLHI

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1) Time  by  Pink  Floyd  

4) I  Wonder  by          Rodriguez  

             Recommended  by  Austin  Rae  ‘14

2) Arabella  by  the  Arctic        Monkeys

     Recommended  by  Sebastian  Moeller  ‘15

Dz ‘– Ž‘™‡”•™‹–Š ”ƒ’‡•dz Unknown

Check out  the  new  art  in  the  Martha   Bennett  Gallery  by  artists  from  PRI   (Partnership  Resources  Inc.),  which  is   a  service  for  adults  with  developmen-­‐ tal  disabilities.

6) Moon  and  Sky  by  Sade                    Recommended  by  Lea  Porter  ‘16

7) Commisioning  a                Recommended  by  Charlie  Adams  ‘15      Symphony  in  C  by 5)  Tom  Ford  by  Jay  Z                          Cake                  Recommended  by  Pheobe  Warner  ‘16

   Recommended  by  Riley  Weinman  ‘17

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Rory Taylor‡6SRUWV(GLWRU s  I   walk   into   the   tiny   restaurant   on   the  North  side  of  Lake  Street,  I  see  a   sign  reading  “CASH  ONLY.â€?          I  immediately  regret  my   decision  to   ‡Â?–‡”ĥ ‘Â?Ž›Šƒ˜‡Ď?‹˜‡†‘ŽŽƒ”•„—– †‡-­â€? cide  to  make  a  go  of  it,  nonetheless.            As  I  step  up  to  order,  I  hear  the  woman   behind  me  curse  as  she  realizes  the  same   fate   I   did   previously,   I   am   not   the   only   one  short  of  cash.            While  I  make  due  and  order  a  small   Â?‡ƒŽ‘ˆ–Š‡Dz‘Â?ƒĎ?‹†‡Š‹…Â?‡Â?Çł…‘Â?’Ž‡–‡ with   Cajun   style   fries,   I   begin   to   notice   the   atmosphere   around.   Devyn   Nevels   ‘14  comments  “The  atmosphere  is  great.   I  love  going  and  just  hanging  out.â€?          Although,  Popeye’s  is  a  national  chain   and   there   are   closer   locations   to   my   home,   I   notice   how   Popeye’s   has   inte-­â€? grated  itself  into  the  fabric  of  Lake  Street.   ‘–‘Â?Ž›‹•–Š‡”‡ƒÂ?—Ž–‹‡–ŠÂ?‹…Â?‹š of  people  but  also  an  appreciation  of  the   eccentricity  of  the  people  around  me.          I  see  families,  friends  and  others  gath-­â€? ering  for  a  weekly  meal  or  a  celebration,   a  change  from  the  typical  home  fare.            When  the  meal  comes  I  am  reminded   why   so   many   people   come   to   Popeye’s   ‡˜‡Â? ™‹–Š –Š‡ ƒ††‡† †‹ˆĎ?‹…—Ž–› ‘ˆ ’—”-­â€? chasing.          The  food  is  delectable  as  the  chicken  is   …”‹•’ƒÂ?†Ď?Ž—ˆˆ›ƒÂ?†–Š‡ˆ”‹‡Â?†•Ž‹‰Š–ƒÂ?† spiced  well.  Marcus  Berg  ‘14  said  “I  love   the  biscuits.â€?            Although  there  are  other  options  such  


ave  you   ever   had   that   momentary   shock   when   you   realize   that   you’ve   watched  4  consecutive  hours  of  “Orange   is  The  New  Blackâ€?,  and  it’s  midnight?               If   so,   this   is   prob-­â€? ably   because   you’ve   just   “binge-­â€?watchedâ€?   ‡–Ď?Ž‹š ˆ‘” –Š‡ „‡–-­â€? ter   part   of   your   night.   ‹Â?Â‰Â‡ÇŚÂ™ÂƒÂ–Â…ÂŠÂ‹Â?‰‡–Ď?Ž‹š …ƒÂ? „‡ †‡Ď?‹Â?‡† ĥ –Š‡ act   of   watching   a   cer-­â€? tain   television   series   or   string   of   movies   in   succession   for   a   large   duration   of   time,   on   ‡–Ď?Ž‹šǤ           If   you   think   you’re   the  only  one  who’s  en-­â€? grossed   in   this   habit,   –Š‹Â?Â?–™‹…‡Ǥ‡–Ď?Ž‹š‹•ƒ highly   used   streaming   service,   which   draws   in   an   outrageous   amount  of  viewers,          Blake  students  included.  This  service   has   become   so   popular,   and   in   some   ways   addicting,   that   many   people   pro-­â€? claim  themselves  “binge-­â€?watchers.â€?             When   asked   about  his   usage   of   Netf-­â€? Ž‹šǥConner  Sabers  ‘17  said,  “Whenever  I   watch,  I  usually  get  sucked  in,  and  watch   three   or   four   episodes.â€?   He   also   men-­â€? –‹‘Â?‡†ǥ ™Š‡Â? ĥÂ?‡† ‹ˆ Š‡ Ž‘˜‡† ‡–Ď?Ž‹šǥ that,  “I  wouldn’t  say  I’m  in  a  relationship  

™‹–Š‡–Ď?Ž‹šǥ„—–ǼǤÂ›Â‡ÂƒÂŠÇ¤Çł            Nia   Harris   ‘17,   when   asked   about   –Š‡ ‡ˆĎ?‹…‹‡Â?…› ‘ˆ ‡–Ď?Ž‹šǥ Â•ÂƒÂ‹Â†ÇĄ Dz‹–ǯ• ˜‡”› accessible   if   you   have   the   Internet.â€?   This   straightforward   answer   shows   the   simplicity   of   —•‹Â?‰‡–Ď?Ž‹šǤ          Binge-­â€?watching  isn’t   limited   to   the   under-­â€? classmen,   either.   Ali   Naseer  ‘15  says,  “I’m  an   avid   watcher   of   Break-­â€? ing   Bad,   Archer,   and   How  I  Met  Your  Motherâ€?.   He   also   added,   “I’ll   just   open  the  computer  and  

ÇŻÂ? ‘Â? ‡–Ď?Ž‹šdzǤ Š‹• availability  supports   –Š‡Â?‘–‹‘Â?–Šƒ–‡Ď?Ž‹š‹• always  by  your  side  .               On   the   other   hand,   ‡–Ď?Ž‹š‹•Â?ǯ–—Â?ƒÂ?‹Â?‘—•-­â€? Ž›’‘’—Žƒ”Ǥ ‘”‡šƒÂ?’Ž‡ǥ Blake   teacher   David   Zalk   says   he   watches   ‡–Ď?Ž‹šƒÂ?ƒš‹Â?—Â?‘ˆ–™‘–‹Â?‡•ƒÂ?‘Â?–Šǥ and  “takes  the  cheapest  route  possible.â€?   ‡ „‡Ž‹‡˜‡• ‡–Ď?Ž‹š …ƒÂ? „‡ ƒ Ç˛Â™ÂƒÂ•Â–Â‡ ‘ˆ time.â€?             These   contrasting   views   leave   us   stu-­â€? dents  wondering  if  binge-­â€?watching  Netf-­â€? Ž‹š‹•”‡ƒŽŽ›–‹Â?‡™‡ŽŽ•’‡Â?–Ǥ              Over  this  school  year,  it  will  be  in-­â€? triguing   to   see   how   students   viewership   changes  as  the  rigors  of  school  intensify.




as  fried  seafood  or  wraps,  the  appeal  of   the  chicken  stands  on  its  own.   • Ď?‹Â?‹•ŠÂ?›Â?Â‡ÂƒÂŽÇĄ „‡‰‹Â?–‘ƒ’’”‡…‹-­â€? ate  the  cultural  background  of  Popeye’s,   the  main  draw  of  the  chicken  and  even   the   “CASH   ONLYâ€?   sign,   knowing   I   will   return   for   another   meal   in   Lake   Street’s   Louisiana  Kitchen.

Trick-­Or-­Tremble:  Keeping  warm  on  Halloween Maxine Whitely‡6WXGHQW/LIH(GLWRU



s  Halloween   night   and   the   winter   months   come   crawling   towards   Minnesotans,   one   question   nags   the   prospective   bumblebees,   ghosts,   and   ballerinas:   how   to   dress   in   a   dream   costume   while   simultaneously   keeping   ˆ‡‡Ž‹Â?‰‹Â?ƒŽŽ–™‡Â?–›–‘‡•ƒÂ?†Ď?‹Â?‰‡”•Ǎ   According   to,   the   average  high  for  Halloween  night  is  50   degrees   Fahrenheit   while   the   low   is   a   bone-­â€?chilling  30  degrees  Fahrenheit.             Although   Austin   Rae   ’14   states   that   he  “won’t  let  the  weather  stop  him  from   wearing  what  he  wants  to  wear,â€?  many   others   don’t   have   the   same   stoic   atti-­â€? tude  around  the  frigid  temperatures.              Callahan  Vertin  ’15  will  be  dress-­â€? ing   up   as   an   angel   and   plans   to   keep   the  chill  out  at  all  costs,  even  if  it  means   no   traditional   trick-­â€?or-­â€?treating.   “I   will   probably  layer  or  stay  inside,â€?  she  says.   For  all  of  those  who  don’t  want  to  miss  a   night  that  is  commonly  spent  outdoors   no  matter  the  weather,  there  are  a  few   options  to  keep  warm.   1. ”› –‘ Ď?‹Â?† …‘•–—Â?‡• ™‹–Š thicker   material.   The   more   fabric,   the   more   layers   keeping   you   warm.   If   there   are   options   that   have   twenty   layers,   use  those!  You  will  thank  yourself  later   when  you  come  home  sans  frostbite.

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Think  about   what   your   charac-­â€? –‡”™‘—Ž††‘Ǥ ‘”‡šƒÂ?’Ž‡ǥ‹ˆ›‘—ǯ”‡’ŽƒÂ?-­â€? ning  on  dressing  up  as  Napoleon  Dyna-­â€? mite,   wear   those   old   dorky   sneakers   with  mismatched  socks  instead  of  those   not-­â€?too-­â€?warm  leather  boots.  And  a  “Vote   for  Pedroâ€?  t-­â€?shirt  is  cool,  but  a  crewneck   sweatshirt   with   the   same   lettering   and   maybe   even   Pedro’s   face   on   the   back   is   even  cooler. 3.   Take  advantage  of  every  haunt-­â€? ed   house   in   your   trick-­â€?or-­â€?treating   area.   Yes,  you  might  cry  a  little  bit  with  every   scary   ghoul   that   pops   out   at   you,   but   chances   are,   it’s   inside   someone’s   house   and   indoors=warm.   Take   your   time   walking   through   the   hallowed   hallways   and   maybe   stop   to   make   conversation   with  the  nicest-­â€?looking  creature. 4.   Wear   a   skin-­â€?colored   unitard   under  your  costume.  Not  only  are  these   a   staple   in   everyone’s   closet,   they   will   keep  you  warm!  Morph  suits  provide  the   same  service,  but  try  to  wear  layers  over   them.            Overall,  the  importance  of  a  fantastic   costume  does  not  trump  the  importance   of   your   small   toe.   Stay   warm,   stay   safe,   and  stay  spooky!

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THE SCIENCE BEHIND SPORTS INJURIES I NATIONAL STATS Quinn Ellis ‡&RQWULEXWLQJ:ULWHU t  is   not   surprising  news   that   injuries   are   ex-­â€? tremely   common   in   any   sport.   According   to   the   U.S.   Centers   for   Disease   Control,   over   2   million   high-­â€?school   athletes   suf-­â€? fer  a  sports  induced  injury   every   year.   These   inju-­â€? ries   account   for   500,000   doctor   visits   and   30,000   hospitalizations   annually.   Though   these   previously   mentioned   injuries   range   in  severity,  type  and  cause,   Blake  has  seen  3  different   shoulder   injuries   in   only   2  months.  What  is  behind   /HDGLQJWKHFKDUJHDZD\IURPLQMXULHVZHKRSH this  trend? ever   pressure   was   ap-­â€? on   the   tip   of   his   shoulder          Shoulder  injuries  were   plied   to   the   area   it   was   while   being   tackled.   This   common   amongst   Blake   very  painful  and  took  two   injury   did   not   require   sur-­â€? football   players   this   year.   gery,  but  put  him  out  of  the   weeks  to  heal.   These   injuries   ranged           James   Ring   ‘14   and   season  for  6-­â€?8  weeks.   from   season-­â€?enders   to   John   Veil   ‘14   suffered           As   evident   from   Blake   temporary   pain.   Blake   more   serious   shoulder   in-­â€? student’s   own   experi-­â€? senior,   Tom   Mahoney   juries.   Ring   broke   his   col-­â€? ences,   collarbone   injuries   ’14   suffered   a   sprained   larbone   during   a   tackle,   almost   always   occur   from   AC   joint   when   his   shoul-­â€? but  instead  the  bone  didn’t   a   direct   blow   to   the   shoul-­â€? der   was   driven   into   the   just   split,   one   part   of   his   der   or   falling   on   an   out-­â€? ground   during   a   tackle   collarbone   went   under   stretched  arm.   during   the   Homecoming   another  and  required  sur-­â€?        These  injuries  are  very   game.   common  in  contact  sports   ‰‡”›–‘Ď?‹šǤ         The   AC   joint   connects          In  the  same  game  Ring   like  football  because  there   the   tip   of   the   shoulder   to   was   injured,   Veil   had   his   is  so  much  falling.  After  an   the   collarbone.   Though   collarbone   broken   right   injury   to   the   shoulder,   an   Mahoney   continued   to   down  the  middle  during  a   athlete  may  experience  an   play   that   game,   and   the   tackle.   This   resulted   from   inability  to  lift  the  injured   rest   of   the   season,   when-­â€? all  of  his  weight  being  put   arm,   a   bump   over   the  


Based  on   a   study   done   at   the   University   of   North   Carolina,   12   injuries   oc-­� cur   for   every   1,000   ado-­� lescent  football  players.  It   is  consistently  crowned  as   the  most  dangerous  sport.


break,  and/or   a   grinding   sensation   if   an   attempt   is   made  to  raise  the  arm.           Treating   these   types   of   injuries   in   a   nonsurgical   manner   often   includes   wearing  an  arm  support  or   sling,  pain  medication,  and   physical   therapy.   If   surgi-­� cal   treatment   is   required,   plates  and  screws  are  used   to   realign   the   collarbone   or   the   damaged   parts   of   shoulder  area.               Moving   forward,   it’s   crucial  to  protect  our  ath-­� letes   from   these   injuries   when  preventable.  Stretch   out,   wear   your   gear   and   hey,  try  not  to  get  tackled.  

In  2007-­�2008,   The   Na-­� tional  High  School  Sports-­� Related   Injury   Surveil-­� lance   Study   calculated   an   injury  rate  of  2.35  injuries   per  1,000  soccer  players. Medical   News   Today   re-­� ports   that   44.3%   of   all   traumatic   brain   injuries   in  children  are  caused  by   impact  experienced  in  ice     hockey.   The   National   Athletic   Trainers’   Association   found   that   22%   of   high   school   basketball   players   suffer   at   least   one   time-­� loss  injury  each  year.  The   most  common  of  these  in-­� juries?  Sprains.  

Code  @  Blake



ith  elective   classes   such   as   Intro   to   Computer   Science   and   Game   Design,   technologi-­â€? cal   advances   are   making   their   way   further   into   Blake   classrooms   than   just   the   introduction   of   promethean   boards   a   few   years  ago.             With   the   addition   of   a   code-­â€?writing   curriculum,   Blake   students   have   the   opportunity   to   enter   the   “new   ageâ€?   of   the   com-­â€? puter   world   before   they   even  get  to  college  or  start   their   professions.   Henry   Warren  ‘14  and  Geoffroy   Guillaume   ’14   both   in   J   Jolton’s  Game  Design  class,   spoke   with   Spectrum   about   their   code   fascina-­â€? tion  and  prep  for  the  21st   century. Spectrum:  Why  and  when   did  you  start  writing  code? Warren:   I   started   my   freshman,  because  I  want-­â€? ed  to  design  games.   Guillaume:   I   started   last   year   because   there   has   been   a   huge   increase   in   Ď?‹‡Ž†Ǥ ‡ǯ”‡ Â?‘˜‹Â?‰ –‘-­â€? wards  a  technological  age.

Molly Apple ‡,Q'HSWK(GLWRU

Spectrum:  What   do   you   hope   to   do   with   coding   in   the  future? Warren:   I   want   to   study   computer   science   in   col-­� lege,  and  I  hope  to  get  a  job   in  digital  media. Guillaume:   I   wasn’t   plan-­� ning   on   using   coding   nec-­� essarily   as   the   main   focus   for   a   career,   but   it’s   im-­� portant   to   know   how   to   code   because   of   the   way   that  our  world  is  evolving,   it   would   keep   my   options   open  for  later  in  life



Spectrum:  What   kind   of   advice  do  you  give  to  peo-­� ple   who   don’t   know   much   about  code? Warren:   Code   is   really   great   if   you   like   problem   solving.  You  can  even  start   on   a   website   called   Code   Academy,   I   highly   recom-­� mend  it.   Guillaume:  Yeah,  it  teach-­� es   you   basic   information,   such   as   what   a   “function�   is. Spectrum:   What   is   a   func-­� tion? Warren:   In   order   for   the   game   to   run,   something   has   to   be   in   a   “function.�   It’s   basically   a   task   that’s   executed.  The  language  we   code  in  is  called  JavaScript   and   the   program   is   called   Unity.  

Spectrum:  Have  you  make   games   with   what   you’ve   learned  from  coding? Warren:   I   made   a   game   called  ZomBears  my  soph-­� omore  year.  But  I  am  work-­� ing  on  a  new  version  of  it. Guillaume:   Last   year   I   made   a   basic   side   scroller   Mario-­�style  game.  

Spectrum:  Why   do   you   think   that   code   is   impor-­� tant  for  the  future  of  tech-­� nology? Guillaume:   Well   we’re   moving   into   a   technologi-­� cal   world,   and   computer   science  is  the  future  of  it.   $QH[DPSOHRIZKDWFRGLQJORRNVOLNHRQVFUHHQ

Science  in  the  News  

Three  trendy  things  in  science  this  month Michael Hofstadter ‡&RQWULEXWLQJ:ULWHU

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hought  the   3-­â€?D   printer   at   school   was   cool?   How   about   a   3-­â€?D   printer   that   prints   SKIN.     Scientists   at   Wake   Forest   University   have   developed   a   printer   that   can  print  human  skin  onto  burn  wounds.   ÂŠÂ‡Â›ÇŻÂ˜Â‡†‹•…‘˜‡”‡†–Šƒ––Š‡Â?‡–Š‘†‹•ˆƒ”Â?‘”‡‡ˆĎ?‹-­â€? cient  and  effective  than  regular  skin  grafts.  So,  how  does   it  work?              The  3-­â€?D  printer  scans  the  burn  wound  with  a  laser.   The  information  that  the  laser  collects  is  then  processed   into  a  computer  and  printer  starts  printing  the  skin  cells.   The  printer  will  even  print  different  layers  of  skin  spe-­â€? …‹Ď?‹…–‘–Š‡™‘—Â?†Ǥ  


cientists  at  a  university  in  Hawaii  have  found  a  way   to  make  rabbits  GLOW-­â€?IN-­â€?THE-­â€?DARK.  They  injected   ƒÂ?ƒ–—”ƒŽ’”‘–‡‹Â?ˆ‘—Â?†‹Â?Œ‡ŽŽ›Ď?‹•Š‹Â?–‘ƒ’”‡‰Â?ƒÂ?–”ƒ„-­â€? bits’  embryos  to  see  if  the  gene  could  be  transferred  to   the  offspring  of  the  rabbit.             It   turned   out   that   two   of   the   rabbits   born   had   the   gene,  which  proved  the  gene  could  be  transferred  to  the   rabbits.  However,  the  experiment  conducted  was  not  all   for  show.   Š‡•…‹‡Â?–‹•–•’ŽƒÂ?–‘‹Â?Œ‡…–ƒ„‡Â?‡Ď?‹…‹ƒŽ‰‡Â?‡‹Â?–‘–Š‡ rabbits   so   they   can   produce   a   protein   in   their   milk   that   can  be  collected  and  create  medicine.


s  you  may  know,  scientists  and  technicians  are  con-­â€? stantly   developing   new   ways   to   make   electronic   devices   perform   actions.   Apple   recently   released   the   ‹Š‘Â?‡ ͡• ™‹–Š –Š‡ Ď?‹Â?‰‡” ’”‹Â?– •‡Â?•‘” –‘ —Â?Ž‘…Â? –Š‡ device.  How  about  unlocking,  your  phone,  tablet,  com-­â€? puter  and  car  with  your  heartbeat?        Ž‘Â?‰ ™‹–Š –Š‡ Ď?‹Â?‰‡”’”‹Â?– ‘ˆ ƒ Š—Â?ƒÂ?ÇĄ Š‡ƒ”–„‡ƒ–• are   also   unique.     Scientists   have   known   this   since   the   1960s,  but  not  until  recently  developed  a  wristband  to   utilize   this   characteristic   of   humans.   The   device’s   name   is  “Nymiâ€?.              Besides  unlocking  your  devices,  it  can  also  perform   actions  with  gestures.  An  example  of  a  gesture  would  be   ‘’‡Â?‹Â?‰–Š‡–”—Â?Â?‘ˆ›‘—”…ƒ”™‹–ŠƒĎ?Ž‹…Â?‘ˆ–Š‡™”‹•–Ǥ The  Nymi  wristband  will  be  available  in  2014.

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Laying down the law Meet the man who secures the school Anastacia Markoe ‡6WDII Writer


ere  it  is,  the  article  you  have  all  been  waiting  for:  a  tell-­â€?all  of  the  deep,  dark  secrets  of  the   man  affectionately  dubbed  Safari  Steve.  What’s  really  hidden  beneath  that  seeming-­â€? ly  innocuous  cowboy  hat?  At  the  risk  of  disillusioning  our  student  population,  Steve   Haugh  is  not,  in  fact,  some  sort  of  undercover  desperado.  Rather,  he  is  a  Minnesota   native  and  sports  enthusiast.   Born  and  raised  right  here  in  Minneapolis,  Haugh  grew  up  in  the  1960s,   and,  in  his  own  words,  “[A]  part  of  me  is  still  there.â€?  A  history  buff  since   high   school,   he   is   particularly   interested   in,   “The   United   States   War   of   Rebellion   1860-­â€?65,â€?   and   reads   as   much   as   he   can   on   the   subject.   This   passion  for  history  apparently  runs  in  his  family.  He  has  three  sisters   and  a  brother,  with  whom  he  has  traced  his  family  tree  back  to  the   1750s.     When   asked   about   more   recent   history,   his   adolescence   compared   to   ours,  he  replied,  “The  kids  of  today  are  much  more  PC,  MUCH  MORE,  (and)   in  my  opinion  that’s  a  good  thing.  Kids  today  are  much  more  informed  about   the  world.  In  my  day,  it  took  days  or  weeks  for  some  news  to  get  out,  today  ev-­â€? erything  gets  out  at  the   speed   of   someone’s   phone.â€?  However,  he  added,  “Sports   were  a  large  part  of  high  school  in  my  day,  I  am  glad  to  see  that  they  still  are  today.â€?  In   true  sports  devotee  form,  with  the  words  of  Sachel  Paige,  a  legendary  American  baseball   player,  Haugh  stated,  “How  old  would  you  be  if  you  didn’t  know  how  old  you  were?â€?     As  they  say,  the  more  things  change,  the  more  they  stay  the  same.  In  that  vein  of  continuity,  Mr.   Haugh  has  an  impressive  ability  to  foster  longevity  in  relationships.  He  stays  in  contact  with  a  large   Â?—Â?„‡”‘ˆŠ‹•Š‹‰Š•…Š‘‘ŽƒÂ?†‡˜‡Â?‰”ƒ†‡•…Š‘‘Žˆ”‹‡Â?†•ǥÂ?ƒÂ?›‘ˆ™Š‘Â?Š‡Šƒ•Â?Â?‘™Â?ˆ‘”Ď?‹ˆ–›’Ž—• years.    He  has  also  worked  at  Blake  for  more  than  ten  years,  and  this  is  his  eighth  year  at  the  Northrop   campus.  

Steve Haugh’s advice for Blake students: 1. 2. 3. 4.

If you don’t like what you’re doing, do something else. Keep your answers short, but accurate. Trust but verify. Life is short, live all you can.

It  would   be   remiss   not   to   mention   Steve’s   musical   inclinations.   His   home   boasts   an   impressive   set   of   four  sound  systems,  of  which,  he  assures  us,  “ALL  use  vacuum  tubes.â€?  His  favorites  range  from,  “classical:   Beethoven,  Mahler,  Haydn,  Handel,  etc.â€?  to  jazz,  “I  listen  to  big  band  swing  jazz,  Tommy  Dorsey,  Glenn  Miller,   The   Duke,   and   Latin/Cuban   jazz,   think   Desi   Arnaz,   Xavier   Cugat,   Tito   Puente,   etc‌The   Blues,   my   list   is   so   long‌from  Robert  Johnson  to  Son  House  to  Leadbelly  to  Sonny  and  Brownie  to  Howlin’  Wolf  to  Muddy  Waters.â€?   Mixed  in  is,  “Irish  music  from  the  Clancy  Brothers,  the  Irish  Rovers,  Simple  Minds  (and  )  Black  47.â€?  As  was  men-­â€? tioned  earlier,  “I  am  stuck  in  the  late  1960s  and  I  don’t  mind  one  bit!...Bob  Dylan,  the  Grateful  Dead,  Jefferson  Air-­â€? plane,  Big  Brother  and  the  holding  Company,  the  Doors,  Rolling  Stones,  Moby  Grape,  Jimi,  and,  of  course,  JANIS.â€? So,  if  you  are  ever  struggling  with  a  history  test,  or  just  need  some  advice  on  a  soundtrack  to  jam  to,  stop  by  and   visit  Safari  Steve.  If  you  don’t  have  time,  simply  remember  his  4  points  of  advice  for  all  Blake  students  and  you   should  be  all  set  and  ready  to  go.




More  middle  schoolers  on  varsity  teams


Mystery  Athlete

A  sophomore  and  an  eighth  grader  weigh  in

Guess  this  sporty  fellow




his  month’s   mystery   athlete   is   a   current   member   of   the   Boy’s   Var-­� sity   Soccer   Team.   This   is   his   second   year   playing   on  the  squad,  and  9th  year   overall.            He  says  his  favorite  ac-­� complishment  in  the  sport   was   going   to   Regionals   this   past   summer.   He   has   a   pregame   ritual   of   put-­� ting  on  his  right  shinguard  



n  past   years,   seeing   a   middle   school   athlete   participating  in  a  varsity sport   was   a   rare   sig ht.                                                                            Now   as   it   is   becoming   more   and  more  common  to  see   this   happen   as   numbers   of   middle   school   athletes   on   varsity   teams   are   in-­� creasing.           This   fall,   upwards   of   ten   middle   school-­� ers   made   varsity   teams,   which  is  higher  than    last   year’s   total.   While   surely   the   talent   is   increasing,   some   people   believe   that   middle  school

athletes  do   not   belong   in   varsity   sports   with   rea-­� sons   being   that   they   are   too   small,   too   young   and   will   miss   out   on   great   op-­� portunities   for   friendship   with   peers   their   age   that   would  be  on  their  middle   school  team.        The  injury  concerns  are   more   focused   towards   high-­�contact   sports   such   as   hockey,   lacrosse   or   football,   which   all   war-­� rant  these  fears.       While   their   concerns   are   understandable,   high   school  and  middle  school   athletes   seem   to   both  

enjoy  being   on   teams   to-­â€? gether.             It   builds   friendships   with   older   students   that   ™‹ŽŽ „‡Â?‡Ď?‹– –Š‡Â? ™Š‡Â? they   eventually   reach   the   Š‹‰Š •…Š‘‘Ž ƒÂ?† „‡Â?‡Ď?‹–• the   team   in   that   they   gain   a  high-­â€?quality  athlete.                Most  importantly,  play-­â€? ing   against   the   tougher   competition   provides   the   middle   school   athletes   with   a   great   opportunity   to   improve   upon   their   skills   and   become   better   players.              John  Mullan  ‘16  com-­â€? mented,   “I   thought   [hav-­â€?

ƒÂ?† …Ž‡ƒ– Ď?‹”•– „‡ˆ‘”‡ ‡˜-­â€? ‡”›‰ƒÂ?‡ǥ™‹–Š‘—–•’‡…‹Ď?‹… reasoning  behind  it.             If   he   could   meet   any   athlete,  he  said  it  would  be   soccer   players   Christiano   Ronaldo  or  Alex  Morgan.           Besides   playing   soc-­â€? cer   year-­â€?round,   this   Bear   joined  the  Track  and  Field   Team  last  spring.  


ing  middle   schoolers   on   the   team]   was   a   very,   very  fun  experience.â€?          As  Mulan  said,  it  is  very   „‡Â?‡Ď?‹…‹ƒŽ –‘ Â?‘– ‘Â?Ž› the   younger   kids   from   the   middle   school   but   to     high   school   students   as   well.  Football  and  basket-­â€? ball   player  Jack   Moe   ‘18   remarked,   “It’s   a   lot   of   fun  to  experience  playing   with  older  kids  and  expe-­â€? riencing   the   leadership   from  older  kids  and  show   what   kind   of   an   example   you  can  be  when  you  play   sports  with  kids  your  age   or  even  older  kids.â€?



Cricket  is  back  with  a  roar: A  new  sport  at  Blake? Rahul Dev ‡&RQWULEXWLQJZULWHU


ricket  is   a   worldwide   sport   that   has   been   played  since  1844.Cricket   is   popular   in   countries   such   as   India,   Australia   and   England,   though   one   place   where   cricket   has   not  become  popular  is  the   USA.           Is   this   one   of   the   rea-­� sons   Blake   doesn’t   have   a   cricket   team?   A   cricket   team   at   Blake   has   always   been   an   idea.   It   has   been   talked   about   quite   a   bit   over   the   past   few   years,   and   might   have   a   possi-­� bility   of   becoming   a   new   sport  at  Blake.            David  Graham  has  a   passion  for  cricket  and  re-­� ally  wants  to  start  a  team   at   Blake.   He   says   “I   think   it   would   be   fun.   I   mean   people   are   always   look-­�

ing  for  something  unique.   Many   people   in   the   past   have   been   interested   in   it.   Something   they   look   forward  to  doing  is  trying   cricket.�           Graham     talked   about   why   this   community   would   be   good   for   the   sport,   he   said,   “People   here   are   generally   pretty   excited   to   try   new   things   and   I   think   it   would   be   a   great  experience.           Also,   since   there   is   a   league   in   the   city,   we   would   be   able   to   connect   with  the  city.�           He   also   added   that  vis-­� iting   India   and   watching   the   national   sport   being   played  made  him  feel  like   he   was   missing   out   on   something   amazing.   He   says   “I   remember   going  

to  a   park   and   seeing   a   mother  bowling  a  cricket   ball  to  her  three  year  old   son  and  it  just  seemed  be   something  special.�                Nick  Rathmann,  the   athletic   director   talked   about  the  process  of  new   sports   being   started   at   Blake.   He   said   “We   offer   all   that   we   can,   and   there   are  a  few  things  out  there   that  we  simply  don’t  have   the   facilities   for   it,   or   the   has   come  up  before.�             But   then   how   did   ul-­� timate   frisbee   turn   into   a   varsity   sport   at   Blake?   He   answered   “People   found   an   advisor   or   teacher   here   who   would   let   them   use   their   class-­� room   or   help   give   an-­� nouncements...   and   went  

over  to   a   park   and   they   eventually   came   to   me,   and   we   looked   for   con-­� sistent   numbers   for   years   and   years   again.�   How   many  students  are  needed   each  year  to  get  the  sport   started?  About  40,  accord-­� ing   to   Rathmann!   He   also   added  that  for  a  club  to  be-­� come  a  sport  offered  here,   there  had  to  be   more  than   one   group   of   people   who   wanted  to  play  the  sport.           “If   there   was   a   group   of   9th   graders   who   re-­� ally   liked   a   sport,   would   it   still   be   something   that   we   would   sponsor   after   they   left?   Is   it   a   tempo-­� rary  sport  or  a  permanent   sport?�  When  asked  about   starting   a   cricket   team   at   Blake,   Rathmann   said,   “I   am  in  huge  favor  of  it.�  




BGV  recovers  from  two  year  losing  streak


A  new  squad  helps  volleyball  “set�  itself  up  for  victory



lake  Girls’   Volleyball   beat   Minneapolis-­â€? Henry  3-­â€?2  in  an  exciting  5   game  match  on  September   23rd  this  year.          For  many  people  read-­â€? ing  that  opening  sentence,   it   would   appear   that   a   single   win   isn’t   really   de-­â€? serving   of   its   own   article   in   Spectrum.   However,   this   win  meant  more  than   the  world  to  the  volleyball   program,  since  it  was  their   Ď?‹”•– ˜ƒ”•‹–› ™‹Â? •‹Â?…‡ –Š‡ 2011-­â€?2012  season.          Loss  after  loss,  the  pro-­â€? gram   was   looking   at   a   35   match  losing  streak.            The  volleyball  team  is    led   by  captains  Ali  Cohen  ‘14,   Isabella   del   Castillo   ‘14,     and   Ki’tana   Everett   ‘15.   These   girls   have   all   been   a   part   of   the   program   for   multiple   years,   and   have   seen   the   program’s   highs  


and  lows.  Everett,  starting   outside   hitter,   said   of   the   Ď?‹Â?ƒŽ Â?ƒ–…Š ’‘‹Â?– ƒ‰ƒ‹Â?•– Henry,  “That  one  point  had   gotten  this  program  out  of   our  streak  and  [I  and]  the  

team  feel  renewed.�             By   the   numbers,   the   team   also   looked   great,   with  career  highs  for  some,   including   middle   blocker   Hodan   Ahmed   ’15,   with  

a  career   high   19   points   scored   on   serving,   and   another   career   high   of   10   serving  aces.  Senior  Sarah   Waldfogel   ’14,   rookie   to   the   varsity   team,   was   an  

Lemke  ’17  performed  ex-­â€? cellent   at   the   libero   posi-­â€? tion,   successfully   passing   25   off   of   serve   with   only   two   errors,   and   14   digs   against  Henry.        With  the  team  losing  4   seniors   this   year,   much   of   the  starting  lineup  will  be   returning  for  next  season,   a  great  prospect  for  the  fu-­â€? ture  of  the  program.  Rook-­â€? ies   like   Lemke   and   Wald-­â€? fogel   have   made   a   huge   difference  to  the  team.          While  Waldfogel  won’t   be   returning,   underclass-­â€? men   Lemke,   Hannah   and   Kate  Korslund,  Ellie  Walk-­â€? er   and   Sophia   Kurkowski   photo credit: Nefertiti Johnson are   all   players   who   will   ‡š–”‡Â?‡Ž› ‡ˆĎ?‹…‹‡Â?– Š‹––‡”ǥ help   to   reinforce   a   newer   and  had  a  60%  kill  average   and   stronger   Blake   Girls   in  the  game.       Volleyball   program   look-­â€?         Ahmed   and   Waldfogel   ing  towards  next  season. each  got  two  blocks  for  the   night.  Another  rookie,  Ella  

Girls’  swimming  in  a  lane  of  its  own

What  do  you  know  about  the  sport  with  the  longest  fall  season? Brandon Boyd and Tyler Jackson ‡&RQWULEXWLQJ:ULWHUV


hen  asked   why   she   swims,   Elea-­� nor   Burton   ‘16   ,   Varsity   swimmer   said,“I   swim   because  it  is  a  really  good   sport   because   it   works   your   entire   body,   and   racing   in   itself   is   one   of   the   most   rewarding   ex-­� periences   in   the   world   especially  if  you  beat  the   girl  next  to  you  and  espe-­� cially   especially   if   she’s   from  Breck!�          The  Blake  Girls  Swim-­� ming   Team,   led   by   head   coach   Kris   Rosenberg,   has   had   a   fairly   success-­� ful   season,   placing   2nd   in   the   invitational   at   Minneapolis   South,   and   3rd   in   the   invitational   at   Hutchinson.   Lauren   Rondestvedt   ‘14   cap-­� tain   of   the   team   says,   “The   team   is   looking   re-­� ally  strong.  We  have  a  lot   of  depth  to  our  team  and   a   lot   of   younger   swim-­� mers.�            Although  the  competi-­� tion   can   get   pretty   fierce,   swimming   can   be   some-­� thing   in   which   an   ath-­� lete   can   take   pleasure.     Rondestvedt,   who   in-­� jured   her   back   last   year  

said,    “It   has   been   a   lot   to   kind   of   get   back   into   it   but...really   fun...not   re-­� ally   stepping   down   from   that  competitive  side,  but   like   watching   as   a   lot   of   the   younger   girls   drop   time.�             Swimming   is   also   an   extremely   gratifying   sport  due  to  the  fact  that   you  are  always  seeing  di-­� rect   proof   of   your   hard   work   because   swimming   is   a   sport   based   off   of   timing.    Rondestvedt  says   “It’s  really  fun  to  get  into   that   competitive   mind-­� set,  and  watch  your  times   drop   and   see   you’ve   im-­� proved.�   The   time   you   receive   after   you   swim   is   evidence   of   your   hard   work  or  lack  thereof.             This   is   kind   of   spe-­� cific   verification   of   your   hard   work   is   something   athletes   who   play   other   sports   don’t   get.     What   sets   swimming   apart   from   most   other   sports,   is   the   fact   that   you   com-­� pete  individually.             This   aspect   of   swim-­� ming   is   very   unique   and   allows   you   to   push   your-­� self   in   a   distinct   way.    

Burton  says,   “It’s   not   like   pretty   much   any   other   sport   in   the   way   that   like   you   have   to   work   as   a   team  with  the  other  sport   and   as   a   team   you   are   competitive   when   you   swim   you   get   to   be   com-­� petitive   as   an   individual,   which   really   heightens   the   competition   in   my   opinion   because   it’s   re-­� ally   really   intense   and   I   love  it  for  that  reason.�            The  Blake  Swim  Team   staff   contributes   a   lot   to   the   competitive   nature   of   the   sport.     Super   Fan   Will   Sweatt   ‘16   spoke   about  the  group,  “Just  all   around,  just  great  staff,  a   lot   of   soulful   individuals   with  passion  for  the  water.�             The   Swim   Team   Staff   may   have   a   great   “pas-­� sion�   for   the   sport,   but   there  seems  to  be  a  much   different   understanding   outside  of  the  team.           The   Blake   public   may   perceive   swimming   dif-­� ferently   than   the   Blake   swimmers  themselves,  “I   don’t  think  they  [average   student]   really   knows   too  much  about  it�,  said Rondestvedt.



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