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Knight Errant

Standardized testing is not an accurate measure of intelligence

Andy Hudlow, Staff Writer

January 14, 2014


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You’re crammed in a room, that is most likely too hot or too cold. You’re surrounded by people you probably don’t know, and you’re taking a test you have never, or rarely, taken before. This mammoth five hour test you’re worrying about, be it SAT or ACT,will play a large part in determining t...

An anti-cut policy would benefit all students

Parker Breza, Staff Writer

January 8, 2014


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You played your hardest, struggled to find time to do schoolwork, and ached throughout the night for a week or more. Every effort was made to secure a spot on the team, yet at the end of tryouts, your name embarrassingly does not appear on the list unlike everyone else around you. This scenario i...

Cuts are necessary to maintain a competitive, hard-working team

Rachel Lyons, Staff Writer

January 8, 2014


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Highly valued by many students, athletics and the surronding sports culture take top priority in their lives. Due in part to this intensity, making cuts on sports teams is necessary to mantain the competition in high school sports. I’m not a diehard sports fanatic or the most competitive athlete; in ...

Staff Editorial: Monetary demands disregard students’ backrounds

December 23, 2013


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“We’ll just charge it to your tuition.” It’s how we pay for sweatshirts, field trips, extra IDs. We may have probably grown numb to this phrase relentlessly thrown around by teachers, coaches, and staff. But when that tuition statement comes in the mail, $5 here and $50 there makes a mu...

Senior pictures encourage superficiality

Senior pictures encourage superficiality

Jack Youngblut, Staff Writer

December 18, 2013


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If you’ve been on Facebook in the past five months, you may have noticed that some of your senior friends have gotten ridiculously hotter. And not just the pedestrian growing-into-themselves type of hot; I mean country star in a cornfield, psychedelic jeans commercials, and Italian cologne hot. Welcome to th...

There is no such thing as the “war on Christmas”

Sarah Karels, Staff Writer

December 12, 2013


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I’m going to put it flat out. There is no “War on Christmas.” No one perpetuates mass-bombings of Churches, Christians aren’t murdered in cold blood around the holidays, and authorities aren’t trying to prohibit the right to celebrate Christ’s birth. Most of all, being asked to say “H...

“Happy Holidays” disregards rights to religious freedom

Joe Kleven, Staff Writer

December 12, 2013


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I’ve been brought up in a Catholic household and in Catholic schools my whole life, including BSM. Like the 72% of students at BSM who are Catholic and also go to this Catholic school, in addition to those who practice other Christian religions, we’re going to wish our neighbor a “Merry Chris...

Media needs to appreciate all body types

Mary Kate Paulison, Staff Writer

December 2, 2013


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From Victoria’s Secret ads that idealize the skinny body to Dove ads which idolize a fuller figure, women are often bombarded with images of body polarization: a prevalent and harmful issue in society. Even though these companies might be well-intentioned in trying to promote higher self esteem, body...

ENDA’s necessary to support basic human right

Parker Breza, Staff Writer

November 24, 2013


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Ever since the last election cycle, America matured quickly on issues related to sexuality. The passing of marriage equality in Fifteen states and counting, repeal of the federal statute DOMA, and the first election of an openly gay Senator, shows the country is undoubtedly moving in the direction of equality based on sexual orientation and gender identity. But like other minority...

Republican extremism shows its detrimental effects on the party

Jack Youngblut, Staff Writer

November 17, 2013


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Although Minnesotans didn’t have to hear any political ads for the Senate, the House, or the Presidency, the results of last week’s elections sent waves through the nation’s political atmosphere. What has become evident in 2012 and again in 2013 is how damaged the Republican brand has become. ...

Staff Editorial: Participation grades unfairly reward extroverts

November 14, 2013


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“Everyone should be contributing to our discussion,” the teacher says loudly over the quiet hum of the classroom. “Participation will be a very noteworthy part of your grade.” While some students have never even considered the implications of this type of assessment, others are left with mediocre...

Despite being lauded as a moderate, Chris Christie is anything but

Parker Breza, Staff Writer

November 9, 2013


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An elusive anomaly in American politics, the so-called “moderate” is a rare specimen among the politically savvy in Washington. Due in part to the increasing polarization, many politicians feel as though the only way to get things done is by critiquing the opposing side, and thus, moving the political pendulum violently t...

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