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, 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.
Click on any sport above to see a full schedule for that sport.

BSM helps environment through composting

As the lunch bell rings and students rush to leave the lunch room, they now take care to separate their lunch into trash and food, instead of simply throwing it all away, as was done in past years. These eco friendly habits began last year when the Benilde-St. Margaret’s composting program started.

Each day around thirty to forty pounds of composted material, such as paper, milk cartons and food, are collected. “It’s going pretty well, but we could do better,” said Mr. Lex who initiated the composting program.

As the program continues, Mr. Lex hopes to keep expanding, as there is still more BSM can do. Students need to work a bit harder to separate their lunches into the appropriate bins, said Mr. Lex. He also wants to move into composting kitchen waste.

The environmental club works on the process, promoting and expanding the program. “We’re thinking of ways to reward people for composting,” said a member of the environmental club, junior Anna Landis.

By separating organic materials such as foods and paper from the trash, BSM decreases the school’s waste and puts the extra scraps to good use. Compost then stays out of landfills, and the material can be a great fertilizer and soil for gardening. This is in keeping with Mr. Lex’s belief that a Catholic school should act as a steward of the earth.

After the various pieces of students’ lunch are separated into trash and composting bins, the maintenance staffsees that they go to different places. “The regular garbage people pick it up and bring it to a compost factory,” said Mr. Lex.

The two special metal garbage separators that BSM had to purchase cost $2,000 each. On top of that, the $200 fee for biweekly trash pick up and the cost of the 60 cent apiece biodegradable bags add up to make this an expensive operation. BSM received a grant from Hennepin County to cover part of the cost initially, but now the school is on its own. “It cost us money to do this, but it’s the right thing to do,” said Mr. John Troesch, head of the maintenance staff.

Students have mixed feelings regarding the process of separating their trash. Some think it is easy and worthwhile and see the benefits to composting. “It’s pretty easy. All you have to do is scrape your plate,” said junior John Worley.

Still other students, like junior Ben Grunewald, disagree and find composting to be a hassle. “I think it’s annoying. I don’t want to have to think about my trash,” said Grunewald.

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