Partnership with PRI gives greater meaning to recycling

A recycler does her work in the area between the cafeteria and the loading dock. The work done by these individuals is crucial to the operations of the school. (Celia Smithmier)

Partnership with PRI gives greater meaning to recycling

April 23, 2014

They can be found carting dishes in the cafeteria, collecting paper from classroom recycling bins throughout the school, or hanging out in their nook between the cafeteria and loading dock, removing the lids from each individual Gatorade bottle disposed of at lunchtime. Led by Kate Thersleff, these workers come from Partnership... Continue Reading

Both boys and girls golf teams look forward to a solid season

Due to cold weather, the golf team has been forced to practice inside. (Taya Rettler)

Both boys and girls golf teams look forward to a solid season

April 22, 2014

After practicing indoors due to the weather for the past two months hitting balls and getting their form down, the girls’ and boys’ golf teams are ready to start their seasons. When the teams began playing outside, they played nine holes while focusing on putting and driving. “I believe that we have a lot of strong and talented players on the... Continue Reading

Bowling prodigy: junior achieves perfect score for second time

Bowling a perfect 300 requires pristine physical talent and an unbreakable mindset. (Madeline Rockhold)

Bowling prodigy: junior achieves perfect score for second time

April 22, 2014

The no hitter, the hat trick, and the triple-double are what every athlete strives to accomplish. They require pristine physical talent and an unbreakable mindset, but one achievement is often left off of the list: bowling a perfect 300. For BSM junior Joe Kleven, this dream has become... Continue Reading

Craft making options abound in the Twin Cities

Craft making options abound in the Twin Cities

April 22, 2014

Fired Up Tucked away in a spacious warehouse near the University of Minnesota, Fired Up, the pottery creation shop, provides a sculpting experience unlike any other. Potters of all skill levels, including newcomers,... Continue Reading

Paint your plate provides a fun and colorful environment for guest to realease their creativity and enjoy painting a unique pottery piece. (Taylor Blad)

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
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
Boys TennisThu, Apr 24 4:00 p.m.Spring Lake ParkAquilla Park (St. Louis Park)
Boys GolfFri, Apr 25 TBDTBDEdinburgh USA
Boys TennisFri, Apr 25 4:15 p.m.Holy AngelsValley View Playfield (Bloomington)
Boys TrackFri, Apr 25 3:30 p.m.Moore RelaysBenilde-St. Margaret's
Girls GolfFri, Apr 25 3:30 p.m.Moore RelaysBenilde-St. Margaret's
BaseballSat, Apr 26 12 p.m.EdinaAway
BaseballMon, Apr 28 6:30 p.m.St. Louis ParkAway
Boys GolfMon, Apr 28 11 a.m.NSC OpponentsBunker Hills Golf Course
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.

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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