Freshman Peyton Melin organizes Lenten common basket

The Melin family visited with a family during their travels to Flores De Villa, Peru, last summer. Their trip included aiding their church in building homes for struggling Peruvians. (courtesy of Peyton Melin)

Freshman Peyton Melin organizes Lenten common basket

April 15, 2014

With the help of the BSM World Language Department, freshman Peyton Melin spent the week of April 1 raising awareness to the community of BSM about a small city in Peru, Flores de Villa, located about 30 minutes from the capital, Lima. “Lima is a modern city with a casino,... Continue Reading

Junior establishes self as premier softball player

Junior establishes self as premier softball player

April 15, 2014

Junior captain Maddie Houlihan has come along way since first stepping up to the tee-ball plate as a young six year old. With her college future already mapped out and two years remaining as a Red Knight still to play, the University... Continue Reading

The importance of feminism can’t be ignored

The iconic Rosie the Riveter image has been a symbol of feminism since World War 2. (Ryan Applehof)

The importance of feminism can’t be ignored

April 17, 2014

I grew up with a stay at home dad. Every morning, he brushed my hair, made my lunch, and sent me off to school. In the evenings, he made dinner and folded laundry. My mom has always been the breadwinner, and I never questioned this situation––it was just how we did things. I think it is the responsibility... Continue Reading

Aloe Blacc makes a name for himself in latest record

The album takes influence from the sounds of the 60's and 70's, while still remain modern and fresh. (Aloe Blacc press image)

Aloe Blacc makes a name for himself in latest record

April 9, 2014

Aloe Blacc makes a name for himself in the music business with “Lift Your Spirit,” a soulful and creative album with a classy feel. His vintage sound made it more difficult for him to produce hits, but his... Continue Reading

The AP Euro Review: a journey in procrastination

Staff writer Emily Pirkl struggles through the perils of her AP Euro assignments. (Shannon O'Connor)

The AP Euro Review: a journey in procrastination

February 25, 2014

It’s 11:09 p.m. (nine minutes after my self-imposed bedtime) and I’m far from snuggling under my flannel bed sheets. By the looks of it, I will be violating my own rule for the fifth night in a row, and, judging by my track record, this won’t be the last time. I’m on Tumblr, of course. Or, at least, I was. Then I clicked on link for a YouTube... Continue Reading

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Political experience isn’t everything

Experience? Plenty of people on Capitol Hill have experience. Ted Kennedy’s been passing legislation since the 1960s, John Kerry’s been involved in his anti-war activism since the 70s, and Karl Rove’s been the brainchild of the Republican party for decades.

All politicians have experience. Otherwise they would not have been elected by their state or nation. That’s why Hillary Clinton’s endless claim of experience has not gripped the American people as a whole.

No doubt, Clinton has a hefty record in Washington and would be an excellent president, nothing new or extraordinary, just business as usual.

But many people fear that once Obama is in office, he will be clueless and will only worsen situations in our country.

Let us not forget that Obama has a fair amount of experience as well. Not only was he elected by the people of Illinois to the Senate, Obama has also worked at a grassroots level with people in the streets of Chicago as the Director of the Developing Communities Project. While in Chicago, Obama also served as an attorney with Miner, Barnhill & Galland from 1993 to 1996, representing community organizers, discrimination claims, and voting rights cases.

Later on he lectured constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School, a highly competitive and prestigious institution. Working at a grassroots level and serving as an attorney and a senator exhibits Obama’s adeptness as both a politician and a social worker.

And yet Clinton still scrutinizes his record and speaks so highly of her own. Yet if we look through the piles of pages of her political past, Clinton also has experience in shrewd politics.

In the 1990s, when the Clinton administration tried to create a plan for universal healthcare, Hillary and her husband refused to negotiate with Congress and conjured up the plan behind closed doors. Experience in politics can also lead to the influence of such stubborn negotiation.

Although Clinton cites a lengthy career in international diplomacy, Obama has in fact made official trips to Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa in his seven years within the Senate.

And if that’s not enough, let us also remember that a president is not alone in the White House. Obama will have an entire cabinet of advisers, a Congress that can hold him steady, and a wife to whom he can relate.

Evan Bakker, staff writer

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