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
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
Girls LacrosseThu, Apr 24 7 p.m.EdinaHome
Click on any sport above to see a full schedule for that sport.
SportDateOpponentResultW/L
BaseballSat, Apr 19 Totino-Grace2-1W
Boys LacrosseSat, Apr 19 Eagan14-15L
Boys LacrosseThu, Apr 17 Spring Lake Park17-4W
Girls LacrosseThu, Apr 17 Spring Lake Park17-3W
Boys TrackThu, Apr 17 Multiple OpponentsCANCEL
Girls TrackThu, Apr 17 Multiple OpponentsCANCEL
BaseballTue, Apr 15 Fridley5-1W
Boys GolfTue, Apr 15 NSC Opponents2nd Place
Boys LacrosseTue, Apr 15 Eden Prairie8-7W
Girls LacrosseTue, Apr 15 Columbia Heights15-1W
Boys TennisTue, Apr 15 Totino-Grace7-0W
Girls GolfMon, Apr 14 BSM/Red Knight InviteCANCEL
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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