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by Kristen S '11

Melissa Hinson Returns to Work at BSGE

Melissa Hinson, a very valued member of our school community, has come back to work at BSGE. She is not only a key player in the school’s technology, but Melissa is also close friends with many students and often spends lunch chatting with them. Working three days a week, she is once again contributing to our school and putting smiles on our faces.  She has recently been through some hardships health wise.
A little over 3 years ago, Hinson became aware that her kidneys weren’t functioning as they should be. And now has kidney disease, which means that her body isn’t getting rid of wastes properly.  A person’s kidneys are

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by Kristen S '11

Breast Cancer Month, October: Ms. Mahaney’s Bout With Breast Cancer

Unlike most kids his age, Ms. Mahaney’s 4 year old son Quinn couldn’t wait to climb into the doctor’s chair.  Why did his mom get to go all the time? Well, truth was his mother had breast cancer.  In his mind, mommy has a “boo-boo,” one that had her going to the doctor’s every day.  This meant as much to him as it would any 4 year old boy, but to his mother it meant much more.  It meant her life and knowing her baby boy will have a mother.
Although it may come as a shock to most of us that one of our teachers has

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by Kristen S '11

Toilets Closed Because of BSGE Bathroom Bandits

It was found the week of May 12th; all throughout the boys bathrooms were broken faucets and vandalism.  In the small high school that we go to, we assume there to be a level of some maturity and respect for the place that we spend so much time in; that these types of acts will not occur, but we are proven wrong.  We have had slight vandalism in our school before, but “nothing to this degree,” said Assistant Principal Yvette Rivera.
Although we do not yet understand the motives of these actions, the outcome is not one to

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by Kristen S '11

Let’s Go Sting

To my surprise,
BSGE’s small
population
didn’t quash the
amount of girls
that were truly
dedicated to
playing softball.
Although not
all of us have a
sports orientated
background, the

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by Kristen S '11

Does Teaching Sex Promote Teenage Pregnancy?

People have been wondering whether birth control and condom advertisements are promot­ing teenagers to have sex sooner.  Some argue that it helps reassure teens that if they do wish to engage in sexual activity, they can do so without half as much worry about getting pregnant.  Many are also arguing that compared to the generations before us, teenagers today feel much more comfortable speak­ing of and participating in sexual engagements due to the persistent educa­tion about sex and comfort being encouraged for children to be able to talk about such things with others.  With this in

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by Kristen S '11

Editorial: The New Detention Policy

The detention policy that was recently re-implemented from last year has many students rolling their eyes and shaking their heads. Although the faculty may be find it necessary for the students to be punished for their irresponsibility, the inconvenience that this lateness policy inflicts upon the students outweighs its benefits completely.
The consequence for being late is having to attend detention for 15-30 minutes after 6th period, regardless of how late you are. We are expected to be in the school building at 7:50, 10 minutes before school starts. The staff is a little lenient with having to come to school that early, but it is still strongly encouraged.
Of course, it should be a student’s responsibility to be on time to school and

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by Kristen S '11

Bipolar Children

Is it okay for a two year old child to be taking incredibly powerful psychiatric drugs?  There is worldwide controversy on whether or not it is ethical to diagnose children as bipolar when they show symptoms, such as anxiety or “hyper activeness”.  Many believe that medications will help children deal with a mental disorder they are facing.  Others feel as if it is an excuse to give kids drugs in order to calm them down and resist wild behavior, being used more as a sedative rather than for its actual purpose.  More than 6 million children in America are currently diagnosed as bipolar.  These kids are all being prescribed incredibly strong medicines, especially for the ages that they are amongst.  An overdose of any of these drugs can be extremely dangerous, and has been the cause of numerous deaths of “bipolar” children.
Some symptoms of a bipolar child are extreme irritability, mood swings, depressed moods, and aggressive behaviors.  There is no exact way of proving that a person has bipolar disorder, which makes it

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by Kristen S '11

Gross Subway Cars

Almost everyday, more than half of BSGE’s students take public transportation, whether it be the bus or train (at times both), to and from school.  By it becoming a part of our daily routine, we at times neglect the filth that we are riding in.  Yet, when a person is asked how dirty the subways are, a look of disgust comes across their face.  Many people take such precautions as to not touching the bar to help hold them up during the ride.  In reality, we take a lot of these things to extremes, whereas we ignore the bacteria that live in the sponges we use to clean our kitchens.  Actually, the

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by Kristen S '11

Got Rice?

Do you know what the mean­ing of the word commode is? It’s actually a synonym for the toilet. Freerice.com is a website that really helps you brush up on your vocabulary, and helps the world one word at a time.  The concept of the website is not only to help Americans find ways to use new words in the English language, but also feeds the hungry at the same time.  The people that go to the website are given a word, with four possible synonyms.  Every time a person chooses a cor­rect word, 20 grains of rice is donated to those of who are starving in the world.  20 grains of rice may seem like almost nothing, but it really helps.

Free Rice vocabulary program adjusts to your level of vocabulary, and the words get

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by Kristen S '11

Editorial: Are Girls Smarter Than Boys?

“Boys go to Jupiter to get more stupider, girls go to college to get more knowledge.”

That’s just the way of life, at least it is now.  The guys may not actually be going to Jupiter, but they are letting girls pass them academically.  Academics aren’t the only thing.  Men also go out of their way to do things that don’t actually make sense much more often than women do.
Years ago, girls were looked down upon, and weren’t given a fair chance when it came to schooling.  They were only given chances to do specific jobs with men ocupying the superior roles in society.  Since women

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by Kristen S '11

Tricks in Treats

Trick or treat, smell my feet; give me something good to eat!  For many kids, Hal­loween is a time of year that they look forward to.  All of the scary stories that you hear, and all of the decora­tions that make the neigh­borhood seem like a haunted trail just get you physced up for the great day.  You get to dress up like your favorite character or monster, and you get to walk around the neighborhood and get free candy.  What’s better than that?

Well, to some concerned parents, Halloween is defi­nitely not the holiday that they are looking forward to.  It is a time where a lot of strangers lurk the neighbor­hood, and children are very vulnerable to danger.  With every

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by Kristen S '11

Boys vs Girls: Is it all a matter of strength?

Many of us are aware that even though girls were able to beat up the boys in 2nd grade, these High School years are the time that the boys are definitely getting stronger than us girls, as much as we all hate to admit it.  This is pretty much hu­man nature; men are born with more strength than women.  Well, at least most men (you know who I’m talking about).  The strength issue is something that should be taken into account for some different situations.  A lot of these particular situ­ations are issues that many people really don’t agree on.

Seriously, one much high­lighted issue is whether or not boys can hit girls.  To many, it is