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Cyber profiles morph into alternative online egos

Cyber profiles morph into alternative online egos

Mikayla Coulombe, Features Editor
October 13, 2011
Filed under FEATURES, TOP STORIES

The Internet has given people the power to craft their own identities. Through pictures, posts, tweets, blogs, and other personal accounts, the world has essentially created an alternative life on the web; one which can be both deceiving and represent a completely modified version of one’s true self. When...

BSM alum launches Afia, sustainable African fashion line

Katie Cashman, Opinions Editor
May 24, 2011
Filed under FEATURES

A BSM alum of 2003, Meghan Sebold, voted “best dressed” by her senior class, has discovered a way to merge her interest in clothing and design with an international development project through Afia, her recently launched fashion line that mixes West African prints with American trends. Afia uses...

The perfect girl body

Mikayla Coloumbe, staff writer
May 18, 2011
Filed under FEATURES, NEWS, News in Full

Tight pants, cleavage, tan skin, lipstick, eyeliner, mascara, no acne, long legs, mini skirts; the “perfect” image of women has morphed into something more appropriate for a stripper than a high school student, yet most teenage girls still feel the pressure to succumb to these traits. When asked,...

The perfect guy body

Mikayla Coloumbe, staff writer
May 18, 2011
Filed under FEATURES, NEWS, News in Full

With no makeup, not much hair to do (usually), and no reason to wear carefully considered outfits everyday, boys would seem to have the whole body image issue a lot easier than girls. However, being masculine has its own implications, namely not caring about body image. “No one’s going to answer...

Society’s effects on teens

Sam Thomas, Features Editor
May 18, 2011
Filed under FEATURES

Girls and boys alike have been subjected to the pressures put on by society today to look a certain way. Through the media, peers, and family, teens have suffered body image issues on many different levels, and Dr. Steffenson explains how this strive to perfection is not necessary when so many different...

Not actually as “green” as we’d like to think

Sam Thomas, Features editor
May 2, 2011
Filed under FEATURES

It seems that everybody from companies, to schools, to individuals have joined in the trend of being “green,” but its questionable how much progress is actually being made. Ecology teacher, John Porisch, looks into the past, present, and future of the way we live in correlation with the world around...

Recycling staff observes lack of concern, yet hopes for change

Mikayla Coulombe, staff writer
May 1, 2011
Filed under FEATURES

Every day the BSM community is presented with a simple choice: do I throw my plastic bottle into the trash bin or the recycling bin directly two feet behind it? The recycling staff has found that many will choose the latter. Despite the opportunities offered by BSM to become green, its community carries...

Senior adjusts her lifestyle to help environment

Meredith Cannon, Opinions editor
April 30, 2011
Filed under FEATURES

Many people have been modifying their daily activities to “go green” the past few years, but senior Madileine Grodnick has altered her entire lifestyle in order to reduce her environmental footprint. “The reason I began my interest in caring for the environment isn’t just because I love nature;...

Taher makes efforts to be eco-friendly

Taher makes efforts to be eco-friendly

Sam Thomas, Features editor
April 29, 2011
Filed under FEATURES

Despite the slow transition to a more green environment at BSM, one area that has made a wholehearted effort to be more eco-friendly is Taher. From the food being prepared, to the storage method used, the kitchen staff at Taher has done many things to change the everyday habits of students at BSM, and...

Taking education to a different place: learning through experience

Sam Thomas, Features editor
April 12, 2011
Filed under FEATURES

Thinking about diversity for many is simply a chance to talk about what makes us different from one another. But the word diversity runs much deeper for junior high teacher Mr. James Cave, as it is both a chance to live out experiences around the world and to change the course of the future. Cave...

The thin line between ignorance and racism

Morgan Rogers, Online Editor-in-Chief
March 21, 2011
Filed under FEATURES

Going to a school where the majority of students are a different race is not a easy feat to overcome. There are every day trials and tribulations that press the students to their limits both with tolerance and patience. “Being black there are assumptions made based on the color of my skin, where I...

A lack of exposure to diversity may be the reason for ignorance

Sam Thomas and Morgan Rogers
March 20, 2011
Filed under FEATURES

Generalizations based on race and culture are often times what make people feel set apart from others. “It’s definitely teachers that don’t want to cross that line. They always want to use the correct terms. People throw around so many terms like “Asian American” or “east Asian.” I’m...

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