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

Senior looks to continue acting at prestigious institute

Since his first performance in the BSM eighth grade production of "Annie," Faber has dedicated his life to singing, dancing, and acting, which ultimately landed him at Tisch School of Arts. (Dasia Davenport)

Senior looks to continue acting at prestigious institute

April 14, 2014

After refreshing his web page for hours, senior Danny Faber spotted a green box in the corner of his screen, informing him of his acceptance into the musical theater program at Tisch School of the Arts. “For a moment I didn’t know what had happened and my whole body started shaking, it was emotionally... 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
BaseballWed, Apr 16 4:15 p.m.Totino-GraceHome
Boys GolfWed, Apr 16 12 p.m.Prior Lake InviteThe Wilds Golf Course
Girls GolfWed, Apr 16 3 p.m.NSC OpponentsMajestic Oaks Golf Course
Boys TennisWed, Apr 16 4:15 p.m.OronoOrono High School
Boys LacrosseThu, Apr 17 7 p.m.Spring Lake ParkAway
Girls LacrosseThu, Apr 17 7 p.m.Spring Lake ParkHome
Boys TennisThu, Apr 17 4:00 p.m.Robbinsdale ArmstrongArmstrong High School
Boys TrackThu, Apr 17 4:00 p.m.Multiple OpponentsFridely
Girls TrackThu, Apr 17 4:00 p.m.Multiple OpponentsFridely
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
Click on any sport above to see a full schedule for that sport.
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
Click on any sport above to see a full schedule for that sport.

Construction of fields and stadium delayed

After two years of laborious planning and months of promotion by the Benilde-St. Margaret’s administration, new athletic fields will not be built this year, for many obstacles have hindered the process.

One of the school’s main problems has been with funding.   “It’s challenging,” said BSM President Dr. Bob Tift, “if you talk to any school or nonprofit agency it’s difficult to make money right now.  There are a lot of people who want to support this and are willing to support this, but “this is not the right time.”

Despite the nation’s dreary economic climate, the McQuinn family has offered a matching donation that could account for $2 million of the project, only if the school can find more donors to provide the other $2 million dollars needed to fund the fields.

The administration’s ambitious plan includes building a new football/soccer stadium closer to the school than the current one –– the current stadium will be left as it is, but will not be used for premier events.  In addition, the current varsity baseball field will be cut down to the size of a softball field, creating room to build a new baseball field behind the theater, much closer to the school.  A small practice field will be placed south of the main stadium as well.

If the plans are enacted, Benilde- St. Margaret’s will have four brand new fields and five total for games and practices, vastly increasing the size and quality of the facilities.   Such is welcome news to Athletic Director Jerry Pettinger.  “In 1996, 17 teams used the fields,” said Mr. Pettinger; “today, we have 36.”  Along with wearing down the fields’ conditions, the influx of students cramming into the current space “makes it hard to practice and hard to schedule games,” he said.

BSM President Dr. Bob Tift echoed Mr. Pettinger’s strong wish for new facilities.  “The one thing alumni and other visitors come up to me about is the fields,” he said; the new plans would presumably quell their concerns.

BSM’s neighbors have different concerns, however, for in January, the St. Louis Park City Council approved of the administration’s plans 6-1, against the neighbors’ adamant opposition.  They are worried about various issues, including water purity, noise level, tree loss, light, flooding, vulgar pre-game music, law enforcement, wetland removal, and most of all, respect.  Among the neighbors’ criticisms during the January 20 City Council hearing were that BSM does not listen to their concerns and that they disregard the law, prompting one neighbor to say, “BSM needs to apply to the law, and they currently don’t comply.”

Dr. Tift defended BSM in this regard; “ We’re trying to be real transparent,” he said, “we’re showing them exactly what we’re doing.”  He also added, “we have concerns with them too… it’s a two-way street.”

Despite the City Council’s initial approval of the plans, BSM cannot go through with them.  Since the school resides around wetlands, the administration has to worry about wetland displacement as well as water storage and drainage.  The original plans called for storing water under the parking lot, but legal and financial issues caused the administration to add holding ponds to their plans in place of underground storage.

The change is drastic enough that BSM has to go through the entire process all over again.  School president Dr. Bob Tift and other school advisers will go back to the St. Louis Park City Council on May 4.  Therefore, according to Dr. Tift, in an ideal world, the soonest the fields can be ready is “the fall of 2010.”

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