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Knight Errant

People should drink more coffee

Annie Paulison, Staff Writer
May 24, 2017
Filed under OPINIONS, TOP STORIES

The amount of benefits one can gain from simply adding a cup or two of coffee to their daily diet are endless. Coffee is a part of my everyday life, so I most definitely can advocate for all of the amazing advantages we as coffee drinkers have upon the rest of the world. It is essential for us to sprea...

A carbon tax is the best option for addressing climate change.

Gus Beringer, Opinions Editor
May 22, 2017
Filed under OPINIONS, TOP STORIES

There is overwhelming evidence of anthropogenic climate change. However, there is some disagreement over what if anything, needs to be done to combat it. Simply knowing that 97% of climate scientists support the view that “human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mi...

BSM should have a May term for seniors

Elsa Beise, Staff Writer
May 21, 2017
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At some other schools, seniors are given the opportunity to job shadow, volunteer, and pursue some of their passions for the entire month of May. I think that this program would enhance the educations of the seniors of Benilde-St. Margaret’s and prepare us for life after graduation. Job shadowing wo...

Attendance, not grades, spells doom for senior skip-a-final

Cici Fortney, Staff Writer
May 18, 2017
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The BSM administration has offered second-semester seniors an ultimatum: if seniors uphold good behavior and maintain a C average or higher in each class without having more than four absences per class, they are allowed to skip their finals. If seniors aren’t able to keep above a C in their classes...

Life, Liberty, and Minor Complaints: Benefits of Hemp

Drew Torrance, Staff Writer
May 16, 2017
Filed under Column: Life, Liberty, & Minor Complaints, OPINIONS

Hemp is a little-known gem in the agricultural world, but it has unfortunately left the scene in the United States despite its diverse array of uses. These uses include, but are not limited to nutrition, fuel, textiles, building materials, and even certain medical treatments. Most people are unfamiliar...

Staff Ed: Curriculum needs to include current events

May 12, 2017
Filed under Staff Editorial

The ultimate goal of Benilde-St. Margaret’s and most high schools is to guide students to be thoughtful and compassionate adults so that we are effective in the world. Much of high school is learning how to learn, building life skills, and creating a foundation for career-relevant knowledge we will...

Group projects should limit their scope and divide their work

Gus Beringer, Staff Writer
May 11, 2017
Filed under OPINIONS, TOP STORIES

Almost nobody likes group projects; they’re often huge assignments that take a large amount of work. However, they are a necessary part of a high school education; according to the 2006 National Survey of Student Engagement report, positive experiences with group projects contribute to overall college success. Despite these benefits, there are ways to impro...

Life, Liberty, and Minor Complaints: Foreign Aid

Drew Torrance, Staff Writer
May 9, 2017
Filed under Column: Life, Liberty, & Minor Complaints, TOP STORIES

The global foreign aid system is largely founded on the good intentions of many affluent people in developed nations who seek to end poverty in nations that struggle to develop. The problem is that we spend billions of dollars per year attempting to alleviate the struggles of those in developing nations, yet the countries continually receiving aid f...

BSM should integrate trade-focused classes into its curriculum

Gabe Trout, Staff Writer
May 9, 2017
Filed under OPINIONS, TOP STORIES

When students graduate from BSM, most attend a four-year college. As a college-prep school, BSM vocally focuses on preparing students for higher education, but what about the minority of students who choose to attend a two-year institution, trade school or don’t go to college at all? What does Benil...

Don’t forget the St. Margaret’s

Josie Ross, Managing Editor
May 8, 2017
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The name of any institution holds immense significance to its history and culture. The namesake of Benilde-St. Margaret’s School, for example, demonstrates how two schools, Benilde High School and St. Margaret’s Academy, joined together in 1974. These two former high schools were named after the rel...

The problem with basketball section alignment

Will Whitmore, Staff Writer
May 4, 2017
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In the mind of every high school basketball player, there is one common goal: experience the joy and pressure of playing in the State Tournament. But the hopes of that desire dwindle, for some teams, on their section placement. The attempts by the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) of assigning ...

Defeating ISIS shouldn’t be the only focus of the US

Gus Beringer, Staff Writer
April 24, 2017
Filed under OPINIONS

This past week, the U.S. dropped the MOAB—the largest non-nuclear bomb—on ISIS fighters in Afghanistan. The attack is part of the U.S. strategy to focus on defeating ISIS first.  Further, a major operation conducted by Iraqi Security Forces to take back the city of Mosul is currently underway. Reta...

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