Controversy and Cultural Appropriation

Fun in the Sun Friday was the final day of Spirit Week for the 2016-2017 school year, but it didn’t end up being very fun for many people. Quite a few students came in that day wearing “traditional” Hawaiian apparel, such as leis, luaus, and grass hula skirts. In response, plain posters with text on…

#noDAPL

If you happen to own social media, you might have come across the hashtag NoDAPL. At that point, you either did one of two things- you clicked on the hashtag, to see what “DAPL” happened to be, or you kept scrolling, as it is so easy to do. Regardless, there’s a large chance you aren’t…

A Run-Through of Ramadan

Aside from just another Monday to get through, there’s nothing particularly special about June 6 for most people. But for Muslims, it marks the start of a month-long holiday known as Ramadan. During these 30 days, Muslims fast (go without food or drink) from the break of dawn to sunset. This year, that means fasting…

BSGE Hosts Visiting Artists Maymanah Farhat and Athir Shayota

The BSGE Art Department often hosts visiting artists who can share their ideas and work with students of all grades, and on Thursday, October 29, Maymanah Farhat and Athir Shayota visited our school. Maymanah is a writer and art historian as well as a curator, while Athir is a painter. Both are long-time friends of…

Fall To-Do List!

Apple Picking Apple picking is a wonderful way to kick off your fall season. It’s a great opportunity to enjoy nature and spend some time away from all the homework and technology. Getting to hang out with family and friends in a relaxing environment is a ton of fun and much healthier than sitting around…

Ramadan what?

Thursday, June 18 is the day of the Integrated Algebra Regents Exam for eighth graders at BSGE. For students in other grades, it’ll be just another day. But June 18th is a special day for Muslims. Those following the scientific calculations of moon positions, at least. For these people, the 18th will be the start…

Extra Day Off! Hooray! (Or, Not So Much?)

A few weeks ago, Mayor de Blasio announced that New York City public schools would be closed for Eid holidays, starting in the 2015-2016 school year. This year, we’ll be having September 26th off. After years of fighting for this, many Muslims across the city rejoiced.  “When these holidays are recognized, it’s a sign that…

Opinion: Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie

If you were to look up the phrase “Je Suis Charlie,” I am Charlie in French, you would find all types of products supporting the cause such as t-shirts, pins and caps. As with most political trends, many people don’t even really understand the true meaning behind the phrase – they just like the idea…

Thai Protestors Detained for Using Hunger Games Salute

If you take the subway, there’s a good chance you’ve seen posters with Jennifer Lawrence splashed across the front, and “Mockingjay Part 1” written in big letters. These posters advertise the first part of the Hunger Games finale, Mockingjay, based on Suzanne Collin’s novels. The movie continues its predecessors with Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) being…

Halloween Costumes? Halloween Costumes.

It’s that time of year again – the leaves are changing color, the temperature is gradually dropping, Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts have started offering Pumpkin flavored items, and big packages of candy are on sale; it’s fall, and Halloween is right around the corner. The Problem: Finding costumes for Halloween. If you’ve ever flipped through…

Advice for New Bees

1. Appreciate seventh grade. Appreciate your teachers, appreciate Music, appreciate the amount of homework you get. Before you know it, time will fly, it’ll be June 26th and you’ll be looking back and wondering where the year went. 2. LEARN TIME MANAGEMENT SKILLS This is probably the most important thing you’ll need in BSGE, and just…