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

SportDateTimeOpponentLocation
Boys LacrosseSat, Apr 19 5 p.m.EaganAway
BaseballMon, Apr 21 4:30 p.m.WayzataHome
Boys GolfMon, Apr 21 9 a.m.Chanhassen Invite Deer Run Golf Club
BaseballTue, Apr 22 4:15 p.m.IrondaleAway
Boys GolfTue, Apr 22 1 p.m.NSC OpponentsVictory Links Golf Course
Girls GolfTue, Apr 22 3 p.m.NSC OpponentsMajestic Oaks Golf Course
Boys LacrosseTue, Apr 22 7 p.m.St. Thomas AcademyHome
Boys TennisTue, Apr 22 4:00 p.m.FridleyFridley High School
Boys TennisWed, Apr 23 4:00 p.m.WayzataWayzata High School
BaseballThu, Apr 24 4:15 p.m.Spring Lake ParkHome
Girls GolfThu, Apr 24 3 p.m.NSC OpponentsMajestic Oaks Golf Course
Boys LacrosseThu, Apr 24 7 p.m.Blake Away
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SportDateOpponentResultW/L
Boys TennisTue, Apr 08 Columbia Heights7-0W
Boys TrackTue, Apr 08 Multiple Opponents46
Tue, Apr 08 Multiple Opponents83
Girls TrackTue, Apr 08 Multiple Opponents83
Boys TennisMon, Apr 07 Blake 3-4L
Girls BasketballSat, Mar 08 Holy Family Catholic61-66L
Girls BasketballTue, Mar 04 Mound-Westonka85-60W
Boys BasketballSat, Mar 01 Waconia60-69L
Girls BasketballFri, Feb 28 Columbia Heights84-46W
Boys HockeyWed, Feb 26 Eden Prairie2-3 2OTL
Boys BasketballTue, Feb 25 Mound-Westonka50-47W
Girls BasketballTue, Feb 25 St. Louis Park71-47W
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Recycling staff observes lack of concern, yet hopes for change

Every day the BSM community is presented with a simple choice: do I throw my plastic bottle into the trash bin or the recycling bin directly two feet behind it? The recycling staff has found that many will choose the latter. Despite the opportunities offered by BSM to become green, its community carries out its days unconcerned by the environmental issues.

BSM’s recycling staff (made up of Chris Ryehle, Karanja Kihanja, David Leedham, Suzanne Miller, Maureen Terrell, David Hochstatter, and their advisor Janet Virnig) works tirelessly every day to ensure a greener community. “What we do is when we come in the morning, there’ll be paper here on the table, and we’ll process that. We’ll go around the school and collect paper in the hallways, the classrooms, and in the faculty places, and then we’ll pick up the bags of cans and dump them into a separate bag that we’ve got,” said Miller.

Looking solely at the statistics, BSM’s efforts to create a more environmental friendly community have in fact made a difference. Just last year, the BSM community recycled 22,260 lbs saving approximately 189.2 trees. “This is my third year here, and I know that prior to my coming here they did not collect cans and bottles; they just collected paper and only in classrooms, and I do believe the volume has gone up,” said Virnig.

However, most of this progress is solely due to the determination of the recycling staff as many students disregard recycling entirely. Although statistics have improved, a majority of the BSM community remains unaffected by the school’s green initiative. “We’ll go into trash cans, and we’ll pick out maybe 10 to 20 [bottles and cans] from kids who actually put them in the trash when there’s a recycle bin right there. And then sometimes we have to take out clean paper that’s already in the trash, and then at the end there will be giant piles of notebooks that are unused that kids have just tossed,” said Miller.

Students aren’t the only culprits. Teachers contribute to the increasing amounts of bottles and cans found in the trash just as much or even more than students. “One time we went in [the teacher’s lounge], and we found uneaten food and open packages of food that were just dumped in there. It was just plain disgusting,” said Miller.

To the recycling staff, this half-heated effort shown by the teachers will only hinder the students’ abilities to integrate into the new green initiative. “The teachers should basically be role models for the students. They should be setting an example,” said Miller.

At the same time, by asking the right questions and adapting the program, the staff displays hope that this care and awareness for the environment can be cultivated. “I think what we need is to ask people to be more aware of where they’re placing things. The problem also is that the maintenance staff decided to pull the recycle bins for all the cans and bottles out of all the classrooms, so this year I think we’re noticing more bottles and cans in the trash in the classrooms and in the trash in the halls,” said Virnig.

Though for now, continuing to disregard the environment not only burdens the recycling staff with more duties, but provokes the question: do people really care? “I think there are a few people. I think there are some kids that because at home they have been taught about recycling they’re conscientious about it, but I really think that probably about fifty percent of the kids really aren’t that concerned,” said Virnig.

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