The Rubicon

August Blues makes the most of their time together

August Blues performs a song at the Spirit of the St. Croix Art Festival which took place on Sept. 28-29. “You have to keep the crowd engaged and happy,“ senior Dylan White, the band’s drummer, said. The band’s second album, Crossing the Blue, was released om Sept. 27.

Lucy Li, Managing Editor/Online Editor in Chief

October 28, 2013

August Blues singer McKenna Selissen’s voice floats across the white tents of the Spirit of the St. Croix Art Festival, soothing visitors who sit on soft bales of hay to watch the mellow acoustic band. The music is confident, despite the shy introduction Selissen gives for the song, and the tapping...

Music Seminar offers a unique learning experience

Upper School Choral Activities teacher Anne Klus teaches the Music Seminar class. “Each student brings their own expertise and musical insight into the class,“ Klus said.

Thomas Toghramadjian, Opinion Editor

October 25, 2013

Today’s lesson involves rules for conversion between major and minor scales, but in a matter of minutes, several students make it clear that they don’t understand the notes written on the whiteboard. “Excuse me, may I?” Director of Choral Activities Anne Klus asks a student watching from the...

Cast of fall play continue rehearsing for The Caucasian Chalk Circle

From left to right, freshman Henry Ziemer, senior Emily Ross, sophomore Anna Biggs, sophomore Maggie Vlietstra and Upper School theater director Eric Severson work on blocking for the fall play. “The play requires a very large cast… Some actors are cast in multiple roles,” Severson said.

Thomas Toghramadjian, Opinions Editor

October 23, 2013

“The biggest part is not to get too nervous,” senior Charlotte Hughes said of auditioning for an Upper School production. “The director wants you to be "the one" that can do the part perfectly, and so do you!” Hughes followed her own advice during the audition for the fall play, The Caucasian Cha...

Student musicians comment on use of tutorial times for sectionals

String players rehearse for the upcoming Pops Concert. “I like having the second half of sectionals free, so I can practice the oboe or do homework,” junior Kevin Patterson, who plays the oboe in the winds section, said.

Thomas Toghramadjian, Opinions Editor

October 15, 2013

While tutorial  generally belongs to students for catching up on homework and meeting with their teachers, a significant subset of the Upper School population does not always have that option. During one tutorial every week, band students meet for sectional practices. “I think it is useful to have a...

Gallery: Students attend We Day Minnesota to see Jonas Brothers, Spencer West, and more

Sophomores Emily Olson and Vanessa Miller pose for a picture at We Day Minnesota.

Boraan Abdulkarim, Cover Story Editor

October 12, 2013

Several Upper School students went to We Day Minnesota, which was held on Oct. 8. To read and see more from The Rubicon about We Day, click here. Also check out We Day Minnesota's website here....

Playlist: Junior Maddie Flom-Staab shares her favorite music

Juniors Maddie Flom-Staab and Laura Viksnins listen to music side by side on the junior benches. One of Flom-Staab's favorite songs is

Katie Braman, Sports Co-Editor

October 11, 2013

Junior Maddie Flom-Staab describes some of her favorite songs. Flom-Staab enjoys listening to all of these songs because she can sing along with them. 1. Gold - Steve Kazee from Once the Musical She found this song when she went to New York city and saw Once the Musical, which is now her fav...

August Blues performs at Spirit of the St. Croix Art Festival

August Blues performs at Spirit of the St. Croix Art Festival

Lucy Li, Online Editor in Chief and Print Managing Editor

October 3, 2013

The band August Blues, consisting of senior Dylan White on drum, Cavan Denning on guitar, and McKenna Selissen on vocals, performed at the Spirit of the St. Croix Art Festival on Sept. 28-29. Here, they invited guest guitarist and vocalist Ben Tresselt on stage with them. The band's second CD, Crossing...

Film Club features originals of well-known movie remakes as this year’s theme

This year's Film Club movie series will showcase several originals of movies that have been remade. “We have a great lineup of movies,” co-president of Film Club senior Christian Koch said.

John Wilhelm, Staff Writer

September 30, 2013

What do a disfigured and murderous Tom Cruise, a Beyonce Knowles that flirts with Steve Martin, and an gigantic mutant dinosaur that has been reincarnated an innumerable amount of times all have in common? They all belong in movie remakes! But the suave antics of George Clooney, Matt Damon, or Brad Pitt...

Playlist: Several songs are must-haves for a house party

All Time Low will be releasing an extended cut titled Don’t Panic: It’s Longer Now on Sept. 30.

Laura Slade, A&E Editor

September 27, 2013

The next time you're the DJ for a party with friends and can't find the right music, here are some bands to try: A Day to Remember Originating in Ocala, Florida A Day to Remember is a five piece band. Led by frontman Jeremy McKinnon they have released four albums, and will be releasing their fifth, tit...

Theater plans coming to fruition

Theater plans coming to fruition

Boraan Abdulkarim, Cover Story Editor

September 26, 2013

“Chaotic, cramped, complicated:” these are words that St. Paul Academy and Summit School sophomores Claire Walsh and Alice Tibbetts used to describe the current setup for drama and music rehearsals and performances. For years, fine arts performances and rehearsals have taken place in the Lower School’s...

Students anticipate fall play The Caucasian Chalk Circle

Eva Perez-Greene, In-Depth Editor

September 26, 2013

“I like to do things that people don’t expect -- things that challenge me.” This is how Upper School Theater Director Eric Severson explained his selection of Brecht's "The Caucasian Chalk Circle" for this year's annual fall play. Severson performed in Bertolt Brecht’s "The Caucasian Chalk...

Gallery: A zoo of animal prints permeates students’ outfits

Freshman Mackenzie Kuller shows off her shirt with bird patterns.

Boraan Abdulkarim, Cover Story Editor

September 24, 2013

An emerging trend within the St. Paul Academy and Summit School community is animal print, and that doesn’t refer to a pattern mimicking the coat of an animal’s fur. This latest trend is exemplified by shorts with elephants, shirts with chickens, cardigans with bunnies, and dresses with horses.