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
BaseballThu, Apr 24 4:15 p.m.Spring Lake ParkHome
Girls GolfThu, Apr 24 3 p.m.NSC OpponentsMajestic Oaks Golf Course
Boys LacrosseThu, Apr 24 7 p.m.Blake Away
Girls LacrosseThu, Apr 24 7 p.m.EdinaHome
Boys TennisThu, Apr 24 4:00 p.m.Spring Lake ParkAquilla Park (St. Louis Park)
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
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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
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Union cut is a step in the wrong direction

Wisconsin, like every other state in the union, is broke. And, like every other state in the union, it’s looking at cutting services. As per usual, things like health and education are taking a hit in the budget; but, Wisconsin is gaining some national notoriety thanks to Republican governor, Scott Walker’s plan to not only cut benefits for unionized workers in the public sector, but strip the unions of their collective bargaining rights.

While Walker claims that this isn’t an issue of Union busting, to paraphrase Jon Stewart, if you take away a union’s collective bargaining rights, you’re just left with a bunch of people wearing matching t-shirts. While this may be a bit of an exaggeration, it is true that once you take away a union’s power to stand united, all that’s left is a glorified lobby––a lobby that will quickly lose members if the original purpose for its foundation is lost. So really, while this has been painted as an economic issue, it’s really just an excuse to strip the unions of any power they have left.

And the workers of Wisconsin are not taking this lying down. Although this attempt at breaking down the Union will only affect unionized workers in the public sector (not including: firefighters, cops, and state troopers), all kinds of Wisconsinites (including the non-affected firefighter’s union) are making their way to Madison to voice their opposition to this robbery of worker’s rights.

We could be making a point about the importance of participation in democracy, but as 2009’s Tea Party protests showed us, just because citizens turn out for a march, it doesn’t mean they’re right. So no, the point is not that people are mobilizing themselves, the point is that this time, the people are right. Unions have been instrumental in bringing about things like the eight hour work day, maternity leave, and the minimum wage––taking away their power to collectively bargain, takes away their power to officiate change; and, this is exactly what the Republican leadership wants.

Walker has refused to even talk about changing his budget proposal because, “[Wisconsin is] broke.” But if Wisconsin is so broke it feels the need to strip the working class of their rights to band together against injustice, how can he afford the $117 million he is giving to corporations in tax breaks? Why, when the median teacher’s income is already $3,000 bellow that of the average Wisconsin worker are they being asked to tighten their belts?

The truth is, Wisconsin’s Republican leadership is just using the economic downturn to finally destroy one of their longest-standing opponents––the unions that fund their Democratic opponents––while strengthening the corporations that tend to fund their own campaigns. Sneaky, Walker. But it seems that 70,000 protesters have taken notice, and it doesn’t look like the leadership will be able to pull this one over on the people.

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2 Responses to “Union cut is a step in the wrong direction”

  1. John on March 1st, 2011 9:27 pm

    Wow! What a fantastic article! I’d love to see where you discovered all of these facts about “cutting benefits for unionized workers”! Because I can’t find any…it’s called research Knight Errant. Scott Walker isn’t trying to cut anything- he’s asking for these workers to help pay for some benefits. Huge difference, my friends. There are so many facts that are skewed in this article that it made me chuckle.

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  2. Michael on March 1st, 2011 9:38 pm

    Great article guys! Unions are so important in America, and we can’t have them taken away!

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