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by Samantha V '18

New Police Brutality Subcommittee

Recently, police brutality has been a major issue throughout New York City and the United States. These cases and many others involving police brutality caused protests all over America, as most recently seen from the riots in Baltimore. There was a mixture of violent and peaceful protesting against the death of Freddie Gray at the hands of the police.  Being such a significant and controversial topic, BSGE’s Helping Hands decided that students should be allowed to take a stand. A police brutality subcommittee was created to help BSGE students be better informed on what is actually happening.

Members of this new subcommittee feel very strongly about this topic and are willing to do as much as possible to get people to understand how serious of a topic this is. After watching the movie Fruitvale Station, Natalia Blagic ‘18 was deeply affected. She noticed how it related to current cases such as the Eric Garner. After seeing all of this unfairness, she decided to join the police brutality subcommittee. Ramisa Bashar ‘18 joined because she wanted to help advertise how police brutality doesn’t just affect specific races, it affects all people whether they be minorities or not. Another member I talked to, Rayna Barua ‘18, said, “I wanted to join the police brutality committee because there were many recent cases such as the Michael Brown case and the Eric Garner case. It just really intrigued me how police were abusing their power and authority”.

This committee has many plans for the future and they are all looking really well. A future plan is to sell buttons relating to recent, controversial police brutality cases. This will raise awareness towards police brutality and will also help raise money for different charities that help families who have been affected by police brutality. This committee has a lot of potential and we must do our best to help support it. This subcommittee is open to all members of Helping Hands, so if you feel very strongly about this topic, it would be a great idea to join. Be on the look out for new events that will be hosted by the Police Brutality Subcommittee.

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by Annie C '18 by Samantha V '18

Hair Dye Obsessions in BSGE

Brightly colored hair has been a trending look amongst BSGE students. Luckily in our school, hair dye is greatly accepted both by our peers and the staff. In many other schools, “unnatural hair colors” is considered to be distracting and inappropriate. In schools such as ours, dyeing one’s hair is considered to just be another way of expressing yourself. Gabi Prostko ’18 finds it “unfair” that some schools band dyeing hair because “its a form of self-expression and its not fair to stop kids from expressing themselves.”

As fun as dyeing hair may be, it takes a good amount of thinking about whether or not you should do it and if you will, what would be the best way to go about doing it. Some people dye their hair to express their uniqueness and individuality while others do it purely for fun. There are definitely many pros and cons to dyeing your hair, but it really depends on the specific head of hair. For example, some may be afraid to dye their hair because of the damage it could do their natural locks. Others may not care as much because their hair will continually grow, so it is not a big deal to cut off the damaged parts. It is recommended that you weigh your pros and cons and figure out if dyeing is really for you.

If you are definitely sure that you want to dye your hair, you must discover the most efficient and least damaging way of doing so. It is known that bleach can be harmful to your hair, but if it is done right, the effects can be limited. “As someone who has bleached there hair, I really don’t see it as damaging. As long as you take care of your hair, you can keep it just as healthy as the rest of you hair,” says Portia V. 18’.

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by Samantha V '18

Successful Turnout for BSGE’s Mardi Gras

On Friday, March 20th from 6:30 to 10 p.m., the French Club and Senior Council hosted BSGE’s first party of the 2014-15 school year: Mardi Gras. The themed party is a tradition in BSGE, and brought a variety of students from 7th to 12th grade from both BSGE and other middle and high schools throughout New York City.

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The two school clubs had been preparing for the party for weeks in advance, dealing with the pressure of selling tickets, making posters, marketing and organizing while counting down the days to the party. Because there was very short notice of when the actual event was approved by BSGE administration, it was stressful for the party hosts.

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by Samantha V '18

A Stress-Free Guide to Christmas Presents

It’s that time of year again. Every store and house is covered in Christmas lights and the smell of Christmas trees fills the air. The majority of BSGE students cannot wait to get a break from the schoolwork, but just because we aren’t stressing over homework doesn’t mean we aren’t stressing at all. Christmas means spending time with family, celebrating and relaxing, but it also means buying presents. Many kids stress over what to get their friends. Some people forget  to even buy presents for some of their friends. Luckily, you have this article. This article is jam-packed with bunches of ideas for presents based on what kind of a person you are exchanging gifts with.

First up, we have the photo geeks. Recently, taking artsy photos and taking pictures that are Instagram-worthy has been very popular. Pretty much anyone can call themselves a photographer if they have a smartphone, but there are actually people out there who want to be professional photographers. Many people also have photography as their main hobby.

If your friend is a photo geek, then two gifts to consider are Jelly Lenses, and the Photo FX Kit. Jelly Lenses are super fun and are perfect for the on-the-go iPhone photographer. Jelly Lenses are little lens that you can easily attach to your iPhone camera to give your pictures a fun filter. To attach A Jelly Lens to your iPhone camera, just stick it on to the camera lens with the built in re-usable gummy ring adhesive. Each Jelly Lens is about $8. There are 12 different types of Jelly Lenses, giving you a wide variety to choose from.

If your friend uses a regular camera more than their iPhone camera, then you should consider getting them the Photo FX Kit. Buying presents for your photo geek best friend is hard, but with this kit, it’s as easy as taking a selfie. This kit contains the perfect tools for an experimental photographer, such as colored flour, glass prisms, and LED lights. This kit is a bit more on the expensive side, costing $25, but it is definitely worth it if your friend’s true passion is photography.

The next category is the fangirls and boys. Fandom followers of bands and singers definitely want band/singer merchandise. The best gift ideas include getting them a t-shirt, rubber bracelet, or any band merchandise that you can find. Sometimes band merchandise can get a bit pricey, but if you’re lucky, you could even get your friend tickets to see their favorite band/singer. Bands that aren’t that famous yet usually have really cheap tickets that range around $20-$30.

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by Samantha V '18

Helping Hands: Canned Food Drive

From December 9th, 2014, to January 28th, 2015, Helping Hands will be having their annual Canned Food Drive. This year, for the very first time, both the Domestic Violence Committee and the NYC Poverty Committee are combining their efforts to collect cans for the NYC Food Bank. The NYC Food Bank provides food not only for families who can’t afford to buy food, but for domestic violence shelters, too. Many different items can be donated to help support the Canned Food Drive: water, proteins, cereal, crackers, etc. Items can be donated as long as they aren’t expired or opened, or in a soft case, plastic bag, or glass container. To see the full list of items that you could donate, just consult any Helping Hands member or check out the fliers around the entire building. After the drive is over, the number of cans that each advisory donated will be counted and the advisory that donated the largest number of cans will win a pizza party.

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by Samantha V '18

What’s a 5SOS?

5 Seconds of Summer, otherwise known as 5SOS (pronounced five-sauce) began as a group of boys posting covers to songs on YouTube, but has now risen up music charts around the world. Formed in 2011 in Sydney, the Australian pop-rock/“punk rock” band has come out of nowhere, winning 7 of the 23 awards they were nominated for and performing at two major awards shows. The band’s Twitter account has reached 4.66 million followers and is already starting their ninth tour, “Rock Out With Your Socks Out” on May 4, 2015.

The group consists of four members: lead vocalist and guitarist Luke Hemmings, bassist Calum Hood, drummer Ashton Irwin, and other guitarist Michael Clifford. But what seems to be catching people’s eyes more than the band, is their fandom. You may have seen members of this fandom on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram feeds, posting photos and statuses filled with exclamation points and heart emojis.

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An original member of this fandom, Janielle Dumapit ’19, spoke about how she first heard of the band. Janielle had “first saw their covers on YouTube in really late 2011 or early 2012 and [she] was instantly hooked.”

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by Annie C '18 by Samantha V '18

Update on CVS’ Cigarette Ban

On February 5, 2014, CVS made a big move by deciding to stop selling tobacco products as soon as October 1, 2014. The main product that everyone is fussing about is cigarettes. Being a large chain of retail stores, CVS is taking away the supply of cigarettes for many individuals. For some smokers, this means that it is time to find a new source for cigarettes. For other smokers, it means that it is time to quit.

By taking away cigarettes, CVS is encouraging Americans to end their addictions to smoking. More than 480,000 deaths in America are caused by smoking every year. The reduced amount of cigarettes being sold could lead to a great decrease in the amount of smokers. By making this big move, CVS is also encouraging other retailers to stop selling tobacco products to help save lives. Little by little, if retailers stopped selling cigarettes, smoking-related deaths would decrease, permanently.

Recently, there have been advertisements suggesting that other drugstore chains should follow suit.  None have announced any changes in their sales yet besides CVS, but this is sure to affect the sales of cigarettes greatly.  This step forward could not only encourage other retailers from selling tobacco products, but also discourage smokers from smoking.

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by Samantha V '18

Divergent: Book vs. Movie

Divergent has been a popular topic ever since the books came out. Being the first book out of the Divergent trilogy, Divergent introduces a dystopian future in which the only city left after a horrible war is split into five groups, otherwise known as factions. The five factions are Abnegation, Dauntless, Candor, Erudite, and Amity. These factions group people based on their most apparent quality. Abnegation represents selflessness, Dauntless represents bravery and courage, Candor represents honesty, Erudite represents intelligence, and Amity represents peace.

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The book revolves around a 16-year old girl named Beatrice Prior. The plot of the book starts on the day of her aptitude test. In this society, once a child turned 16, they had to take an aptitude test that determined which faction they would live in for the rest of their lives. Beatrice was feeling very anxious, but she felt ready. After waiting a bit at her school, she was called in by a test distributor named Tori. Tori told Beatrice that she would go through a series of simulations in which she must make decisions that would best fit the situation. After the simulations were over, Tori nervously told Beatrice that she was Divergent. Tori explained that people who were Divergent were rare because they had an aptitude for more than one faction. Beatrice’s test showed results in aptitude for Abnegation, Dauntless, and Erudite. Tori said she must hide her Divergence and that she should just pretend that her results were inconclusive. The rest of the book goes into

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by Samantha V '18

Battle of the Social Networks

Being a student at BSGE means a busy schedule and no social life on school days. Each day often consists of waking up early to finish homework from the previous night, going to school, and staying up late to make an attempt at completing the homework due the next day. Students follow this routine from Monday to Friday and might even spill into the weekend. After all that work, students do need to relax, and they do this through social networking.

Facebook is the most popular social network that currently exists in the world. Approximately, there are 1,310,000,000 active users on Facebook. Facebook is an easy way to interact with family members, and for the students, their friends. A Facebook user can post basically anything including what he or she is doing at any moment to pictures of where the user is or what the person is eating. The Facebook mobile app makes the website portable for quick and easy posts.

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by Samantha V '18

Catching Fire: Book VS. Movie

The Catching Fire book came out on September 1, 2009. The book starts out with Katniss and Peeta’s new lives in the Victor’s Village a year after they won their Hunger Games. Katniss and Peeta no longer have to worry about death lurking at their sides. Or at least that is what they believe. The second book of the series describes the 75th year of the annual Hunger Games, meaning it was time for the 3rd  Quarter Quell. Since the Quarter Quell only came every 25 years, President Snow and

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New York’s Mayor-Elect Plans for Future

The 2013 New York mayoral election took place on the 5th of November. The two main candidates were Bill de Blasio (Democratic) and Joe Lhota (Republican). After leading the polls throughout the majority of the race, Bill de Blasio was elected mayor of New York. Bill de Blasio isn’t our mayor yet, but his official inauguration will be on the January 1, 2014.

Bill de Blasio is no stranger to the politics and government of New York. Since 2009, he has been the Public Advocate of the City of New York. De Blasio’s job is to help give New Yorkers the opportunity to express their ideas about the current government. He wants New Yorkers to be able to have a say in their own government because they are the ones who get affected by it. New Yorkers are the ones who could say what they think needs improvement and what is already fully accomplished. De Blasio has been working on limiting the use of stop-and-frisk. Furthermore, he thinks that New Yorkers are unnecessarily spending money on

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by Alice A '18 by Samantha V '18

The Case of Avonte Oquendo

Avonte Oquendo is an autistic boy that was lost in Long Island City on October 4, 2013 at 12:38 pm after he left the Riverside School he attended. Avonte can not speak and is 14 years old, 5’ 3” tall and weighs 125 lbs. When last seen, Avonte was wearing a grey striped shirt, black jeans and black sneakers.
Avonte Oquendo has autism, which is an overlapping term for many disorders that result in abnormal brain functions, poor dexterity and other problems relating to mental and physical health. Tens of millions of children are diagnosed with autism. Autism shows mainly at two to three years old with the child’s slow developing rate. Research shows that