Accreditation team visits to evaluate BSM

BSM's Principal Dr. Sue Skinner visits with one of the members of the accreditation team as they evaluate the school. Accreditation happens on a five year basis in order to ensure BSM is focused on creating an environment that lives up to the best practice in education. (Taya Rettler)

Accreditation team visits to evaluate BSM

April 24, 2014

On Wednesday April 23, a team of Accreditation members visited BSM to perform an evaluation that takes place every five years. The evaluation's purpose is to make sure that BSM is continuously focused on creating an environment that lives up to the best practice in education. The accreditation process takes place after BSM fills out a self report... 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

Senior engages in his passion for cinematography

Nevells has been quickly earning a reputation as a skilled filmmaker at BSM. (Keenan Schember)

Senior engages in his passion for cinematography

April 24, 2014

On March 30th, BSM senior Mack Nevells won the award for best high school director in the midwest. The award was given by NATAS, or the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the same group that hosts the Emmy... 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
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
Girls GolfMon, Apr 28 11 a.m.NSC OpponentsBunker Hills Golf Course
Boys TennisMon, Apr 28 4:00 p.m.Robbinsdale ArmstrongArmstrong High School
Tue, Apr 29 12 p.m.Elk River InviteElk River Country Club
Boys TennisTue, Apr 29 4:00 p.m.IrondaleIrondale High School
BaseballWed, Apr 30 4:15 p.m.Robbinsdale CooperAway
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.

Kanye West deserves to be arrogant

Kanye West has always shown an under-the-table attraction to singing. In creating one of the most atypical mainstream albums of the year, West, acting on impulse, decided to drop the rapping and sing every track accompanied by the voice-enhancing Auto-tune (T-Pain’s best friend). Do not doubt West, however, for the man has just the right amount of audacity and egotism to accomplish such a feat of creative spontaneity.

West claims he’s the greatest rapper in the universe and even though on 808’s and Heartbreaks he, for the most part, doesn’t rap, the talent of Kanye West is immeasurable.

808’s and Heartbreaks is essentially a break-up album, but it transcends above the stereotypical cliches and sappiness that usually accompany the genre. West lets his emotions run rampant with biting lyricism.

We are shown his own vulnerability as a person in the wake of disheartening events such as the death of his mother, his breakup with his fiance, and the public scorn over his distasteful, egocentric personality. “Welcome to Heartbreak” is a dark Clint Mansell-like scored confession on his regrets of material indulgence, an endearing realization.

On the hit track, “Heartless,” we listen to West’s own self-wallowing and possible contempt over the unexpected split with his fiance. Although West’s singing voice teeters on almost amateur, its rawness translates into his own gritty emotions.

On 808’s and Heartbreaks, West has developed an attraction to the 808 drum machine so much that he dedicated half of the album’s title to its frequent use on practically every track. On “Love Lockdown,” the 808 is used to reflect a heartbeat, escalating at various intervals as West warns of love gone dry, something he obviously experienced.

Immediately after comes “Paranoid” where the 808 is warped to create a pop-infused Chariots of Fire beat with West touching on the subject of the inevitable trust issues between couples.

When the album concludes with “Coldest Winter,” a song of sorrow for his deceased mother, you can’t help but feel sorry for the guy.

West’s 4th studio album is a departure from the norm. Many fans have turned a cold shoulder, but I stay dedicated. 808’s and Heartbreaks emphasizes West’s multi-faceted talents.

He may not be the most likable person, but what Andy Warhol did for Pop Art, Kanye has done for the music scene. In Late Registration, West created a masterpiece of multi-layered sounds and lyrical poetry.

With Graduation, West brought pure aestheticism to the ears with heavy sampling and synthetics while still retaining his lyrical skill. And now, with 808’s, West has reached far and beyond, solidifying his place as one of the greatest mainstream artists of our time.

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