BSM alum succeeds in journalism industry as TIME reporter

July 10, 2014

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

Baseball team falls short to Armstrong in vital section game

June 4, 2014

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

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

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

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

Boys SoccerTue, Aug 26 7 p.m.Eden PraireHome
FootballThu, Aug 28 7 p.m.Holy AngelsHoly Angels
Boys SoccerThu, Aug 28 4:30 p.m.St Paul AcademySt Paul Academy
Girls SoccerThu, Aug 28 7:30 p.m.MinnetonkaHome
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
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Click on any sport above to see a full schedule for that sport.

The thin line between ignorance and racism

Going to a school where the majority of students are a different race is not a easy feat to overcome. There are every day trials and tribulations that press the students to their limits both with tolerance and patience. “Being black there are assumptions made based on the color of my skin, where I live, what I do in my spare time, mainly stereotypes,” said junior Khadijah Shumpert.

Not only students are to blame for creating these stereotypes. “Most teachers try and put on blinders so they don’t have to address it, because they feel like if they didn’t see it or hear it they don’t have to deal with it,” said Shumpert.

Students often throw out racists ‘jokes’ when in reality these comments are hurting the kids at the receiving end. “A lot of the time it’s just ignorance. They don’t understand that what they’re saying is offensive, so I just try and brush it off and try and make it seem like it’s not as big a deal as it is,” said Shumpert.

The old saying “ignorance is bliss” has gotten out of hand, and is creating a divide between ethnicities. “It’s a very thin line between ignorance and racism, like the stereotypes about chicken and watermelon and ebonics,” said Shumpert.

Increasing diversity and breaking down barriers is no easy task. “I would like to see more integrated groups and less stereotypes but that’s really hard to change because it’s human nature. And that’s my part too, I have to give more people a chance,” said sophomore Chris Bell.

Coming from Northeast middle school, with a very diverse population, the change to BSM was a shocking one to say the least. “My first year here, it really tested my ability to check my emotions, because every time I heard something I didn’t like, I would want to speak out,” said Bell.

A common argument for a typical white students at BSM is that the black kids self impose this segregation, which can be seen in things like the ‘black table’ at lunch. “If you just stand in the middle of the lunch table you can pick out all the groups: you can say there’s the soccer team, there’s the theater kids, there’s the hockey team. And the fact that we’re just the black table goes to show that they don’t really know us,” said Bell, “They never extend a hand, they never ask us about us, we’re always expected to.”

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