High kicks and high achievements

High kicks and high achievements

By Megan Dierberger
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After placing in the top half of teams in the Open Pom and Open Jazz National Semifinals, the St. Ben’s Dance Team advanced to the finals on Sunday Jan. 14 at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex in
Orlando, Fla. The CSB dance team finished third in pom and sixth in jazz to cap off a successful season. It was a big improvement from their showing just a year ago, as CSB placed ninth in open pom and 14th in open jazz.
The strong performance at Nationals checked off every preseason goal.
“You literally have the two minutes and you control what you do out on the stage,” head coach Anne Sumangil ’99 said. “And then you have to walk off and hope that the dance and the content will score higher than the other teams.” (more…)

Custodian by day, musician by night

Custodian by day, musician by night

By Brigid Mark
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Mike Kreitzer has been making a quiet difference at our school for 16 years as a member of the custodial staff. While his work might often go unnoticed, it does not lack in dignity or value.
One of his jobs is to empty the trash cans in every classroom. Kreitzer often takes it upon himself to pick out recyclables carelessly tossed in the trash and puts them in the proper container. He chooses to make the world a better place even when no one is watching, a testament to his character. (more…)

Growing inclusion concerns on campus

Growing inclusion concerns on campus

By Meredith Jarchow
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Part way through the open forum of the St. John’s Senate meeting Monday night Senator Owyn Ferguson approached the podium.
“By a show of hands, please indicate that you are an out-of-state student and this school isn’t as diverse and inclusive as admissions made it seem,” Ferguson said.
The majority of the people in Brother Willie’s pub that night raised their hands. (more…)

CSB splashes toward MIAC Championships

CSB splashes toward MIAC Championships

By Drew Schoenbauer
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PHOTO COURTESY OF CSB ATHLETIC MEDIA RELATIONS
Senior Kenzie Young, CSB Athlete of the Week, takes on Carleton in the butterfly on Saturday, Jan. 20. The CSB team has one meet until the MIAC Championships in Minneapolis from Feb. 15-17.

The CSB Swim and Dive team look towards the finish line of the season with great hope. In the last five years, the Blazers have placed top-five in the MIAC three times. The team is currently sitting at a 2-2 duel record with two more first place finishes at invites. Head Coach Daniel Eckberg, who is in his fifth year of coaching at CSB, had some positive things to say about the 2017-2018 season.
“This season has progressed much like other seasons. We have a shift in leadership each year and this year our captains worked really hard in the off-season to prepare themselves to be strong leaders,” Eckberg said via email. Overall I am impressed with everyone on the team, they have welcomed challenges and really have grown into a strong united team.” (more…)

Stewart, HMML featured on 60 Minutes

Stewart, HMML featured on 60 Minutes

By Samuel Butterfass
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The ongoing war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is closer to Collegeville than some may realize.
In a segment of 60 Minutes, the investigative reporting series on CBS, Fr. Columba Stewart, O.S.B. of St. John’s Abbey and the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library (HMML) was featured on Christmas Eve.
It was called “The Men Saving History from ISIS,” and it overviewed Stewart’s work in the preservation of ancient and modern manuscripts (documents written by hand). (more…)