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

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Tom Ardnt photo exhibit captures local communities

A glimpse into Minnesota’s past is available for viewers of “Tom Ardnt’s Minnesota,” a free, current photography display at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. The earliest photographs in the exhibit date back to the 1970s––the time period from which most of his pictures are dated––and from there each consecutive decade is represented in various photographs until the viewer reaches contemporary photographs from 2008.

Tom Ardnt’s pictures capture the normal, everyday life of Minnesotans, in both metropolitan and rural communities. Festivals such as county fairs or the “Great Minnesota Get Together” are captured with such humor and humility that the viewers of Tom Ardnt’s photographs can’t help but smile at the subject and feel as though they too were just outside the camera’s range.

“Tom Ardnt’s Minnesota” is entertaining for a broad demographic; children will enjoy the simplicity of the photos and the entertaining facial expressions of the subjects. Others will appreciate the artistry with which Ardnt captures the expressions and feelings of his subjects in just one black and white photograph.

Among the many entertaining aspects of this exhibit is the real-life glimpse into the past that these pictures provide. Ardnt’s photograph. titled “Fourth of July, Mpls, 1976″ shows groups of people sitting on a hillside in anticipation for the fireworks, several pairs of go-go boots are visible, and ultra tight pants seemed to be the norm for men of all ages.

Likewise, a picture simply titled, “Cab Driver, 1974″ captures a cabby, his car, and, in the background, the Renaissance hotel in all of its 1970′s splendor.

The more contemporary photos, for example, “Young People on their Front Porch, North Mpls, 2008,” captures urban life as it happens, there is no posing and the viewer honestly feels as though the people photographed are the same people who frequent the neighborhood grocery store.

Seldom do art exhibits really connect with their audience, and, if this were a show in Europe, this show’s significance might be minimal, but for a exhibition right here in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, “Tom Ardnt’s Minnesota” is truly an entertaining exhibition.

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  1. Philip Anderson on January 20th, 2010 2:33 pm

    Tom’s work is truely fantastic. He is a great photographer and printer. He worked hard with local printer Shapco Printing to get the best possible book and have it made locally.


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