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Knight Errant : Please do stop the music
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BSM alum succeeds in journalism industry as TIME reporter

July 10, 2014


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As Benilde-St. Margaret’s seniors endured their final days of high school before graduation, they prepare to move one step closer to getting jobs and becoming successful. Benilde-St. Margaret’s class of 2008 alum, Alexandra Sifferlin, is an example of this success; she has turned what was once a childhood ambition into an exciting reality. Sifferlin is now a health reporter for TIME Magazine, and has spent the last few years reporting on an assortment of health related issues. “I love being a health reporter because I like to think I’m doing a service. Health, medicine, and science impact everyone, and I get the most touching emails from readers,” said Sifferlin. At the age of... Continue Reading


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Baseball team falls short to Armstrong in vital section game

June 4, 2014


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The Benilde-St. Margaret’s baseball team made the trek to Siebert Field at the University of Minnesota to take on the Wayzata Trojans in a section playoff showdown. According to junior Connor Day, “Our team played well and with a lot of chemistry. We rebounded well from our loss last week.” The Trojans scored first with one player crossing the plate in the top half of the first inning; the Red Knights answered by scoring two runs in the bottom of the second. BSM senior Michael Kaminski threw a complete game, allowing only two runs over the course of seven innings as well as recording one RBI. Junior Tyler Wyvell along with seniors Keaton Studsrud and Christopher Racchini also contributed... Continue Reading


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Tremendous Twelve

June 4, 2014


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10 Things To Do Around Lake Calhoun

Going to the beach is one of the most popular pastimes of Lake Calhoun goers. Bring a towel and your sun block and head to either one of the two beaches of Lake Calhoun. (Keenan Schember, Megan Ortizcazarin)

10 Things To Do Around Lake Calhoun

June 5, 2014


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The definitive ranking of BSM water fountains

Sophamore Gunnar Lundberg stops for a cool refreshing drink (Emily Larson)

The definitive ranking of BSM water fountains

June 3, 2014


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As the days become longer and the heat index spikes, students often seek the comfort of a cool sip of water from one of the many selections of drinking fountains offered at BSM. But with so many to choose from, not all can claim the title of Most Popular Water Fountain. From dirty drains, leaky fountains, horrible locations and warm, iron-laced water,... Continue Reading


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SportDateTimeOpponentLocation
Boys SoccerTue, Sep 02 7 p.m.OronoHome
Girls SoccerTue, Sep 02 5 p.m.OronoOrono HS
Boys SoccerThu, Sep 04 5 p.m.RochesterHome
FootballFri, Sep 05 7 p.m.ChaskaChaska HS
Boys SoccerTue, Sep 09 4:45 p.m.Bloomington JeffersonBloomington Jefferson HS
Girls SoccerTue, Sep 09 7 p.m.Bloomington JeffersonBloomington Stadium
Boys SoccerThu, Sep 11 7 p.m.ChaskaHome
Girls SoccerThu, Sep 11 5 p.m.ChaskaHome
FootballFri, Sep 12 7 p.m.Robbinsdale CooperHome
Boys SoccerMon, Sep 15 7 p.m.EdinaKuhlman Field
Mon, Sep 15 5 p.m.EdinaKuhlman Field
Boys SoccerTue, Sep 16 5 p.m.RichfieldRichfield HS
Click on any sport above to see a full schedule for that sport.
SportDateOpponentResultW/L
Click on any sport above to see a full schedule for that sport.

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Please do stop the music


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Jumping into my car after a long day of school, I excitedly flipped on the radio hoping to sing along to some upbeat, catchy music. However, what blared from the speakers immediately had me reaching for the dial.

A lot of the popular music that comes out nowadays tries to cram as many double entendres into three minutes and fifty-nine seconds as possible. Some songs bypass the wordplay altogether and make the lyrics as direct as possible.

For example, the clean version of Enrique Iglesias’s new song is titled “Tonight I’m Loving You.” The actual name replaces “loving” with a much more explicit word. With songs like this populating the radio, it’s difficult to find a catchy song that doesn’t sound like it was ripped from a 900 call.

Men receive the brunt of the complaints for objectifying women in song lyrics. However, Rihanna’s recent songs like “S&M” and “Rude Boy” help to glorify abusive relationships. Hearing Rihanna sing about liking abusive actions after the Chris Brown incident makes me feel especially uncomfortable.

I don’t want to be singing blithely along to songs that put these offensive statements in a good light. These songs creep me out whenever I hear them. Pop songs don’t necessarily have the wittiest or the smartest lyrics, but they don’t need to be completely inane either. Nor do they need to be about drinking to the point of oblivion or one-night stands.

People like to believe that we’re not influenced by songs, but in actuality song lyrics remain in a person’s subconscious long after they’ve heard them. By releasing music that encourages offensive behavior, it perpetuates it.

Singers, as a rule, need to stop trying to beat each other in a race to be the most offensive singer out there. Right now, the songs are trying their hardest to appeal to so many people that they fall short. The music industry needs to realize that we are more intelligent than they make us out to be.

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