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by Ricardo A '13

Students Transferring From BSGE During High School

Recently, a number of students in the 11th grade were questioning their being in BSGE, and tried, some successfully, to leave the school. To understand better what may cause students to leave the school, students from each grade were interviewed and asked their opinions of BSGE. Julian Benayoun ’12 said that what frustrated him was “The magnitude of the homework that we get on a daily basis. I don’t like when these assignments interfere with one another and when these homework assignments count so much towards your grades in school.” Alejandra Cruz ’13 said she is frustrated with “the amount of work that is being consistently piled on. For example, when there is a big paper due, and at the same time, many homework assignments that need to be done. The pressure that we get for IB tests and Extended Essay is also a lot.” Five other students interviewed had similar opinions as Alejandra and Julian and felt the most frustrating aspect was the workload. Overall, the work involved in school continued to surface as the most difficult aspect of the school.
Alejandra Cruz ’13 said “at the beginning, I did want to leave, but now, I feel like

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by Chris B '15 by Ricardo A '13

Virtual Exchange in French Class at BSGE

BSGE is among many schools in New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey who are partnering up with schools in Montpelier, France. Why? Because it is all part of an effort by the French Consulate in New York and the schools from the east coast and France to help foster communication and mutual understanding between students in both countries. Monsieur Mahajan, BSGE’s French teacher, believes that “this interaction will be beneficial to both schools. It will promote an exchange between the two cultures in which the students from BSGE will learn more about French culture while the students in France

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by Ricardo A '13

Six Years of the French Language

Imagine walking into a classroom full of faces that you have seen for nearly six consecutive school years. This is a scenario Mr. Rajiv Mahajan, the current French teacher at BSGE, has dealt with before. As the French teacher, educates some BSGE students on the French language and culture, which he has been doing in BSGE since 2006. Currently, he teaches classes in the 7th, 9th, 11th and 12th grade. He has a different view of students than that of other teachers in BSGE who may see students for only two or three years. He is tasked with teaching the students for all the years that they are in BSGE, preparing them to receive the IB diploma. This may amount to six years in the end, so he sees

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by Ricardo A '13

Juniors Visit the Emily Fisher Landau Art Center

On, November 11th, the 11th grade went to visit the Emily Fisher Landau Art Center, located in Astoria. There, students were exposed to various art pieces to help expand their knowledge of art, mediums on which to make art and, BSGE’s Art teacher Mr. Sheridan put it, to define what art can be. The students would then choose a piece of art where they would complete a critical research paper on it. Ms. McCabe, another art teacher in BGSE, really liked that “the gallery contained a large variety of contemporary art” and hoped that a piece there captured the student’s attention. She believes that since students usually view art on a computer screen it diminishes the way to view the art pieces because that is not how the artist

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by Jan W '13 by Ricardo A '13

A Word on Science: Neutrinos

Until recently, it was a widely accepted notion that the fastest possible speed was the speed of light at 299,792,458 m/s. But new information about neutrinos, subatomic particles, has surfaced revealing that its own speed may be faster than the speed of light. These tiny particles whose mass is close to 0 penetrate all mass in the known universe, including the sun.
Neutrinos were first postulated in 1930 by Wolfgang Pauli, known for his contributions to the field of electron configurations. The first image of a neutrino was taken with the aid of a