Freshman Peyton Melin organizes Lenten common basket

The Melin family visited with a family during their travels to Flores De Villa, Peru, last summer. Their trip included aiding their church in building homes for struggling Peruvians. (courtesy of Peyton Melin)

Freshman Peyton Melin organizes Lenten common basket

April 15, 2014

With the help of the BSM World Language Department, freshman Peyton Melin spent the week of April 1 raising awareness to the community of BSM about a small city in Peru, Flores de Villa, located about 30 minutes from the capital, Lima. “Lima is a modern city with a casino,... Continue Reading

Junior establishes self as premier softball player

Junior establishes self as premier softball player

April 15, 2014

Junior captain Maddie Houlihan has come along way since first stepping up to the tee-ball plate as a young six year old. With her college future already mapped out and two years remaining as a Red Knight still to play, the University... Continue Reading

The importance of feminism can’t be ignored

The iconic Rosie the Riveter image has been a symbol of feminism since World War 2. (Ryan Applehof)

The importance of feminism can’t be ignored

April 17, 2014

I grew up with a stay at home dad. Every morning, he brushed my hair, made my lunch, and sent me off to school. In the evenings, he made dinner and folded laundry. My mom has always been the breadwinner, and I never questioned this situation––it was just how we did things. I think it is the responsibility... Continue Reading

Aloe Blacc makes a name for himself in latest record

The album takes influence from the sounds of the 60's and 70's, while still remain modern and fresh. (Aloe Blacc press image)

Aloe Blacc makes a name for himself in latest record

April 9, 2014

Aloe Blacc makes a name for himself in the music business with “Lift Your Spirit,” a soulful and creative album with a classy feel. His vintage sound made it more difficult for him to produce hits, but his... Continue Reading

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
BaseballMon, Apr 21 4:30 p.m.WayzataHome
Boys GolfMon, Apr 21 9 a.m.Chanhassen Invite Deer Run Golf Club
BaseballTue, Apr 22 4:15 p.m.IrondaleAway
Boys GolfTue, Apr 22 1 p.m.NSC OpponentsVictory Links Golf Course
Girls GolfTue, Apr 22 3 p.m.NSC OpponentsMajestic Oaks Golf Course
Boys LacrosseTue, Apr 22 7 p.m.St. Thomas AcademyHome
Boys TennisTue, Apr 22 4:00 p.m.FridleyFridley High School
Boys TennisWed, Apr 23 4:00 p.m.WayzataWayzata High School
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
Click on any sport above to see a full schedule for that sport.
SportDateOpponentResultW/L
Boys TennisTue, Apr 08 Columbia Heights7-0W
Boys TrackTue, Apr 08 Multiple Opponents46
Tue, Apr 08 Multiple Opponents83
Girls TrackTue, Apr 08 Multiple Opponents83
Boys TennisMon, Apr 07 Blake 3-4L
Girls BasketballSat, Mar 08 Holy Family Catholic61-66L
Girls BasketballTue, Mar 04 Mound-Westonka85-60W
Boys BasketballSat, Mar 01 Waconia60-69L
Girls BasketballFri, Feb 28 Columbia Heights84-46W
Boys HockeyWed, Feb 26 Eden Prairie2-3 2OTL
Boys BasketballTue, Feb 25 Mound-Westonka50-47W
Girls BasketballTue, Feb 25 St. Louis Park71-47W
Click on any sport above to see a full schedule for that sport.

Irena Cich

Irena Cich

Sean Simonson, activities editor
May 24, 2011
Filed under Tremendous Twelve

For senior Irena Cich, the sciences are more than just a normal passion. Not only does she love physics, but she also enjoys advanced competitive science and AP Biology. From a very early age, Cich has loved engineering. “I went to a hippie school [for 1st grade]. During recess they would give... Read More »

Safe schools for All Bill should be passed

Sean Simonson, Activities editor
March 16, 2011
Filed under Opinions

I would like to think that the protection of all students regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, and gender is universally desirable. However, after the state legislature passed the Safe Schools for All Bill in a bipartisan vote in 2009, our then-governor Tim Pawlenty decided that it wasn’t.... Read More »

2010 debate season starts

Sean Simonson
September 7, 2010
Filed under Activities

Headed by a new coach, social studies teacher Ms. Kathy Green, the debate team will be seeing many changes this year. The season will kick off on September 8, with a meeting and a practice open to anyone who is interested. The debate team plans to start moving away from BSM’s traditional Lincoln-Douglas... Read More »

College Fair

Sean SImonson
May 5, 2010
Filed under News

As the school year enters its final months, college fever enters the junior class with the college fair. Almost 120 schools were present at this year's fair which took place on April 20, and Benilde-St. Margaret's students visited representatives from schools from around the nation. This year, many... Read More »

Internet textbooks

Sean Simonson
April 19, 2010
Filed under News

With the introduction of laptops in the senior high next year, technology will change many standard tools of education, most namely, textbooks. Only a few classes in each department will shift entirely to online textbooks, but teachers are optimistic that more will make the change in the future. The... Read More »

Prom Coronation 2010

Sean Simonson
April 19, 2010
Filed under News, Student Life

As the end of April approaches, the upperclassmen are all buzzing about one thing: prom. This year’s prom is happening on April 24, 2010, with Grand March starting at 6:00 p.m. and, keeping with tradition, the buses returning students to Benilde- St. Margaret’s at midnight. Families and other guests... Read More »

Think you know your Facebook friends?

Katie McClurg, Addie Reine, and Sean Simonson, Katie McClurg, Addie Reine, and Sean Simonson
March 11, 2010
Filed under Features, Top Stories

The Facebook Experiment Are you friends with Claire Simmons or Ben Erickson on Facebook? Well guess what? They don't exist. The Knight Errant created two fake profiles as an experiment about students' online interactions with social networking. The two profiles had info about themselves,... Read More »

Pawlenty’s budget too stingy

Sean Simonson
March 9, 2010
Filed under Opinions

Facing a Minnesota budget deficit of almost $1.2 billion, Governor Tim Pawlenty's first reaction is to cut, cut, and cut some more. While on the surface a cut-spending-and-taxes tactic might appear to be beneficial, those who are hardest hit by the recession are also receiving the brunt of the program... Read More »

Winter Olympics

Sean Simonson
February 25, 2010
Filed under Opinions

Too few people take the time to support the men and women representing our county. No, I'm not talking about the soldiers in Iraq and Afganistan, though they don't receive proper recognition from the American people either, but rather those proud athletes in the winter Olympic games. The winter Olympics... Read More »

Valentine’s Day: depressing and shameless

Sean Simonson
February 3, 2010
Filed under Opinions

Every year, at the end of January, as chocolate roses take their annual place next to every cash register, I dread the start of the worst holiday season of all: Valentine's Day. Yet another example of a Christian tradition, originating from the martyr St. Valentine, gone secular (and not in a good way)... Read More »

Comic books in English class?

Sean Simonson
January 18, 2010
Filed under News

English classes typically force students to read books filled to the brim with text, not pictures. But this year, the graphic novel Maus by Art Spiegelman joins literary classics like Lord of the Flies and Macbeth in the 10th grade English curriculum, much to the enjoyment of teachers and students alike.... Read More »

One-to-one laptop program to begin next year

Sean Simonson
January 5, 2010
Filed under News

Many thought that it would never happen, but starting next year, every student at Benilde-St. Margaret's will be given a school-owned Apple laptop computer. The one-to-one laptop program will imitate the current junior high program and is designed to prepare students for technology that they will encounter... Read More »

Living the rockstar life at NCYC

Sean Simonson
December 11, 2009
Filed under News, Student Life

As everyone in the stadium lifted their cell phones into the air and swayed back and forth, the crowd of 21,000 people at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri focused all their attention on a group of 12 BSM students. From November 18 to November 22, this group of BSM students led the 2009 National... Read More »

New internet access for students

Sean Simonson
November 29, 2009
Filed under News

Starting in November, students will be able to access BSM's wireless Internet with their own laptops brought from home. The idea is to arm every student with their own username and password, giving them access to the Internet, while outsiders would be denied. But the technology department only wants... Read More »

Future Problem Solvers

Sean Simonson
November 28, 2009
Filed under Activities, Student Life

A new activity has been added to the Benilde-St. Margaret's roster this year: Future Problem Solvers. Headed by Ms. Kathryn Green, FPS is intended to prepare students for 21st century problems by teaching them how how to think, not what to think. Participants work by themselves or on teams of three... Read More »

BSM’s unhealthy habits

Emily Busch, Meredith Cannon, Dann Fry, and Sean Simonson, Emily Busch, Meredith Cannon, Dann Fry, and Sean Simonson
November 23, 2009
Filed under Features, Student Life, Top Stories

Too Many Activities Spending an average of almost 13 hours on activities every week while still maintaining her high GPA, junior Francesca Sifferlin participates in 16 different activities this semester. On a normal day many students like Sifferlin run from one activity to the next,... Read More »

Masses of students too sick to go to school

Sean Simonson
November 2, 2009
Filed under News

With only the healthy students remaining at school, the reduced traffic in the hallways is one of the major indicators of the H1N1 pandemic at Benilde-St. Margaret's. The student body was hit hard this last week, with a peak of about 250 students out sick on Tuesday, October 27. Such a high number has... Read More »

America’s absurd obsession with lawns

Sean Simonson
October 26, 2009
Filed under Opinions

As the settlers began moving West, they reportedly encountered purple mountain majesties and amber waves of grain instead of immaculate, ankle-high, waste-of-two-hours-of-my-Saturday that is often referred to as a lawn. But the problem is not just my lawn; it’s the 23 million acres of lawns in... Read More »

Bruce Willis’s latest action-thriller “Surrogates”; a lot of flare, little substance

Sean Simonson
October 22, 2009
Filed under Movie Reviews

Experiencing life from the comfort of one's own living room without having to risk injury or disease––all while having the body of your dreams––is a fantasy often dreamed about. The latest sci-fi thriller "Surrogates" takes place in a world where everyone lives safely in their bedrooms when the... Read More »

English department parts with tradition

Sean Simonson
October 6, 2009
Filed under News

Returning students may be shocked to hear of a change beyond imagination: Mr. Wallestad is teaching regular freshman English. More shockingly, he's not the only teacher participating in the English Department's attempts to shuffle things up; others are also dabbling in some new courses. Many Benilde-St.... Read More »