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.

The Phantom Menace returns in 3D

“A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” Finally, for all the Star Wars geeks out there, George Lucas has deepened the meaning of life and also, the depth perception of his masterpieces, and given us what we have only dreamed of. (Dramatic pause) Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace 3D. The storyline may still lack anything a film-maker would deem decent, yet Lucas has not left his young Padawans discontent.

By updating the visuals of this film to 3D, it was much easier to watch and enjoy. The scenes that were especially enhanced were the Jedis’ journey to and from the underwater Gungan city of Otoh Gunga (sea monsters included), Anakin’s podrace with an excess of spectacular explosions, and the final epic side-by-side battle scene against the droids and Darth Maul.

But unfortunately, for those who don’t understand the power of the Force and have not yet seen any of these movies, the plot-line of Episode I is rather weak. There are inadequate character developments throughout the movie and little redemption in the end. Basically, we’re left with this afraid little boy who’s believed to be the “Chosen One,” but the only person who believed in his amount of midi-chlorians was killed.

The plot also isn’t the only thing that turned to the dark side. Lucas also forgot that with high-definition 3D, every flaw is exposed, including that bobby pin sticking out of Anakin’s mother’s hairdo. Also, the members of the Trade Federation still look fake, especially when their lips didn’t exactly match up with what they were saying. And Lucas also didn’t make an important alteration to the script; he forgot to kill off Jar Jar Binks in some freak accident including lots of fire, light sabers, and landspeeders.

But, many of the flaws of this movie are already recognized by the Jedi masters of these films. All in all, the 3D greatly improves the impact of the film, and the criticism is not meant to disenchant you Force Fans out there. So, for those Star Wars veterans who haven’t headed to the theatres yet, make sure to see Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace 3D. Trust me, the force is strong with this one.

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