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

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
FootballFri, Sep 12 7 p.m.Robbinsdale CooperHome
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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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