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 perfect guy body

With no makeup, not much hair to do (usually), and no reason to wear carefully considered outfits everyday, boys would seem to have the whole body image issue a lot easier than girls. However, being masculine has its own implications, namely not caring about body image.

“No one’s going to answer honestly if they really care that much about it.” This is how nearly every interview began with most guys when discussing body image. Because having been born a guy means you either don’t care at all, or you only care to get big and keep in shape. “Anyone that answers this question really seriously is honestly going to get ridiculed,” said junior Sam Conley.

It seemed the only acceptable topic regarding a boy’s body image had to do with working out and staying in shape. “Guys are definitely concerned about their physical shape. If guys are overweight or too skinny they tend to be self-conscious,” said junior Paul Sonsalla. This usually results in a congregation of high-school boys at their nearest Lifetime. “[I lift] six days a week probably. It does make you look better,” said junior Will Satre.

However behind the buff arms and loaded abs, other less obvious and more personal body critiques hide from fellow peers. “The flow image—I got pressured a lot from both genders about my hair,” said freshman Danny Tift.

At the same time there exists those pressures that can really only be understood within the minds of teenage boys. “Guys are most self-conscious of their ‘sock swag.’ If you don’t have the proper ‘scrunch game’ or you’re rockin’ off brand socks, you can be extremely vulnerable to criticism,” said sophomore Luke Musech.

For many guys, this self-consciousness and dedication to always looking good stems more from girls than their fellow guys, despite a lack of ability to articulate why. “Pressure from girls is definitely higher than pressure from guys. We gotta look good in front of the ladies. We say we don’t do anything specifically for it, but we still want to look good,” said Conley.

This pressure can be understood seeing that most girls agree that more athletic and active jocks and athletes appeal more. “There is a certain attractiveness about a guy who is athletic and buff,” said freshman Zoe Cave. And not only that, but girls could continually keep adding on additional traits and characteristics to their ideal guy: “tall, dark, handsome, strong features, athletic, smart, up-to-date on current events, family-oriented, and involved in school,” said junior Afua Paintsil.

All these expectations are viewed as ridiculous and unreasonable optimism by most of the male gender. “I think some girls expect too much out of guys. I think they expect us to be perfect all the time and we aren’t. We are gosh darn humans,” said junior Brendan Schember.

Despite girls’ reputation for having the most problematic and acute issues with body image, the pressure towards guys still exists; it just takes a different form. “I feel like guys are more comfortable about commenting on another guy’s image than a girl would be. Guys tend to just say what they think with the assumption that the other person doesn’t take it personally. The pressure to keep image up for girls is still there, it’s just much more subtle,” said Sonsalla.


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