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, 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
Boys SoccerMon, Sep 15 7 p.m.EdinaKuhlman Field
Mon, Sep 15 5 p.m.EdinaKuhlman Field
Boys SoccerTue, Sep 16 5 p.m.RichfieldRichfield HS
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Click on any sport above to see a full schedule for that sport.

Big D and the Kids Table create a new form of musical style on their latest album, “Fluent in Stroll”

Ever since ska music fell from the radio waves in the late nineties, once-great bands began dropping their horn sections and focusing more on the punk side of punk-ska, often with disastrous results (just listen to Less than Jake’s 2006 album “In With the Out Crowd”).

However, starting with Big D and the Kids Table’s 2007 release, “Strictly Rude,” and continuing on this summer’s  “Fluent in Stroll,” the band has taken a step in the other direction––focusing less on distorted, crunchy guitar and more on smooth, jazz-influenced horn lines and clean vocal harmonies.  The results are beyond sublime (no pun intended) and Big D may have just released the best record of their 14-year career.

The new record, produced by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones’ Joe Gittleman, sees Big D tints their album with overwhelming optimism and adds a whole new set of sounds to their style, including four backup singers who perform collectively as the Doped Up Dollies.

The band wastes no time blasting into their new style, which they have christened “stroll”––a mix of hopscotch, doubledutch, soul, ska, and reggae.  On the the opening track, “Doped Up Dollies On A One Way Ticket to Blood” the first sounds to greet listeners are the Dollies themselves singing “Boom goes the dynamite, dynamite, dynamite/ Boom goes the dynamite dynamite boom!”

In addition to the impressive harmonies that the Dollies lay down, their greatest strength lies in knowing when to drop out and let the band shine.  Although their presence is instrumental in almost every single song on the record and certainly played a vital role in making the record what it is, the Dollies do a great job in remembering that they are backing vocals.  This knowledge allows them to be a force on the record without cluttering it up.

In addition to the new sound, the record is thematically tied together by a topic generally left untouched by ska bands––love.  Throughout the new record, lead singer Dave McWane does everything: reassure his lady of his fidelity (“Where Did All the Woman Go?”), encourage friends to not give up in their own searches for love (“Chin Up, Boy!”), and remind all of his listeners that Boston is the best place to live (“Down Around Here.”)

Unlike most love-song based recordings, “Fluent In Stroll” keeps from getting obnoxious both through its sheer sincerity and the fact that it never takes itself too seriously; in one particularly charming line, McWane sates that if his ex were to show up, he would spray her away with insect repellent.

With the new record, Big D and the Kids Table took a risk, and it paid off with a CD that is destined to be at the top of listener’s play-lists for months to come.  It’s also worth remembering that Big D hasn’t lost all of their roots; punk favorites “LAX” and “Steady Riot” still made it onto their set list for this summer’s tour.

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