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Staff Ed: Theology classes should mature as students mature

June 24, 2017
Filed under OPINIONS, Staff Editorial

Over the course of history, religious groups have spread their customs and traditions throughout the world. Here at Benilde-St. Margaret’s, we are built on three religious orders: the Benedictines, the Christian Brothers, and the Sisters of St. Joseph. Our Catholic roots run deep. However, many student...

The Problem With Basketball Section Realignment

Will Whitmore, Staff Writer
June 2, 2017
Filed under OPINIONS

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...

Ricky’s Rants (and Raves)

Ricky Floyd, Staff Writer
May 30, 2017

TV Shows What's wrong with kids’ shows nowadays? When we were little kids our cartoons and TV shows were always lit. We had “Ed,” “Edd and Eddy,” “Corey in the House,” “iCarly,” “Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends,” “Zack and Cody,” “Billy and Mandy,” “Drake and Josh,...

The gender pay gap is really an earnings gap

Olivia Rossman, Staff Writer
May 30, 2017

The Equal Pay Act was passed to prevent pay-based discrimination in the workplace based on sex. Passed in 1963, it outlawed men being paid more than women for the same job, however, many argue that gender discrimination is still alive and well in modern America and that it is nearly impossible for wom...

People should drink more coffee

Annie Paulison, Staff Writer
May 24, 2017

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

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
Filed under OPINIONS

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

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

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...

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