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

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North Suburban Conference to be disbanded after departure of two more schools

Ava Azadegan

With some schools leaving the NSC and some schools going independent in certain sports, next year will see the conference severely reduced in size.

Earlier this year, it was announced that the North Suburban Conference (NSC) would lose three schools to the Mississippi-8 Conference––Chisago Lakes, North Branch, and St. Francis. This past month, two more schools––Robbinsdale-Cooper and St. Louis Park––made public their decision to part ways with the NSC and join the newly formed Metro West at the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year. This leaves Benilde-St. Margaret’s with no conference affiliation for the moment for the 2014-2015 school year for academic and athletic competitions.

With the departure of an additional two members, along with the three northern schools, the NSC would be left with only six schools: Benilde-St. Margaret’s, Columbia Heights, Fridley, Irondale, Spring Lake Park, and Totino-Grace, and the decision was made to disband the NSC after the 2013-2014 school year. “For the last couple years we thought about adding members if there were potential schools to add, but once there were only six member schools left and of those six a presence of diverse programming, we decided it was not in the best interest moving forward,” BSM Athletic Director Mr. Jerry Pettinger said.

Robbinsdale-Cooper decided to withdraw from the NSC this past month due to the uncertainty of the conference, as well as for competitive reasons. “The first reason for us moving was the three northern schools leaving. They were good matches for us from a competitive standpoint. And second was the conversations with the schools in the new conference and how well they continued to develop, along with the uncertainty of the North Suburban Conference beyond next year,” Cooper activities director John Oelfke said.

St. Louis Park’s departure also swayed the decision for Robbinsdale-Cooper to leave. “Knowing that St. Louis Park had a strong interest in the Metro West Conference was a factor because we knew it would again cause more uncertainty in the North Suburban, and also we would lose another school that fits us really well,” Oelfke said.

St. Louis Park is Benilde-St. Margaret’s main rival for athletic competitions and would wish to continue that rivalry if they were able to join the Metro West Conference. The Metro West Conference was formed by a collection of schools leaving from their conferences including Chanhassen and Chaska from the Missota conference, Bloomington Kennedy and Jefferson from the South Suburban, and Richfield from the Classic Suburban.

Oelfke is excited for Robbinsdale-Cooper not only from an athletic standpoint, but also the fine arts in the newly-formed Metro West conference. “I think this will be a competitive conference for us as several of the schools are very close to the make-up of Cooper which is what we were looking for. Also, the Metro West will have strong Fine Arts which is another area that we wanted to continue,” Oelfke said.

The disbandment leaves a somewhat difficult situation for BSM. “The Metro West hasn’t offered an invitation, and no conference has offered us an invitation, and I don’t expect to get one,” Mr. Pettinger said.

It will be difficult for BSM to find a new conference as a result of our recent success in sports and activities. “We will go through an application process to the Metro West Conference and see what happens,” Mr. Pettinger said.

Some factors that BSM will be looking for when applying to a new conference will be the level of play, programming, competitiveness, enrollment, and geography, according to Mr. Pettinger. Despite the challenges, BSM will not become fully independent, as boys hockey is.

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