Queens HS Complex falls 14-2 at the hands of Lady Sting Reply

BSGE Lady Sting beat Queens Complex on Monday 14-2 at Big Bush Park in five innings.

Lady Sting scored five runs in the fourth on Lady Sting Softball scored in the fourth on a groundout by Nina Don, an RBI double by Claire Bergerson, a walk by Amanda Eng, and a wild pitch.

Jennifer Qu reached base four times and scored four runs with three walks and a single.

Bergerson handled Queens Complex ‘s lineup with ease, racking up eight strikeouts. Bergerson allowed one earned run on three hits and no walks over five innings.

Lady Sting Softball didn’t relinquish the lead after scoring two runs in the first inning when it scored on.

Lady Sting Softball tacked on another three runs in the third. A error scored Jennifer Qu for the inning’s first run. That was followed up by Bergerson’s single, bringing home Rakia Islam and Don.

BSGE is currently 4-0.

Click here for the game’s box score

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BSGE Mets Game 5/20 Reply

We did this last year, almost 200 people from BSGE came to the game. Teachers, students, friends and family members all came out. If you’re interested, submit your form before 4/22.

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mets order form


Claire Bergerson leads Lady Sting to 21-1 win over Long Island City Reply


Pitcher, Claire Bergerson on the mound

Claire Bergerson hit two home runs to carry Lady Sting to a 21-1 win over Long Island City at Long Island City in five innings. Bergerson racked up six RBIs on three hits and also pitched five innings while giving up only one run.

Fifteen runs in the opening three innings allowed Lady Sting to easily put away Long Island City.

Lady Sting Softball got its bats going early, scoring 12 runs in the first inning to pull ahead of Long Island City .

Third baseman, Jamie Carroll, also contributed offensively with four hits in five at bats driving in three runs.


Catcher, Rakia Islam at the plate.

Lady Sting Softball easily handled Long Island City pitching as eight hitters combined for 16 hits, 15 RBIs and 20 runs scored.

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10 Things I Learned When I Went to Buzzfeed Reply

A few weeks ago, I had the chance to visit Buzzfeed’s New York headquarters. Here’s a few things I discovered when I went to this virtual sanctuary.

  1. Each conference room is named after a celebrity, including each member of Destiny’s Child.
  2. Outside each conference/celebrity room is a cardboard cutout of the aforementioned celebrities. I got a picture taken next to 2-dimensional Harry Potter.
  3. On the structural pillars in the building are random celebrity heads, such as Ryan Gosling and Kanye West that watch you ominously.
  4. There are bagels every Friday. EVERY. FRIDAY. It would be the perfect place for Mr. Mehan.
  5. There is a cornucopia of food! There are seven types of cereal, and bins filled with pretzels, welch fruit snacks, etc. There are coffee and hot-chocolate machines. For free. The liquids are dispensed into large Buzzfeed mugs.
  6. There’s a British telephone booth that may or may not work. However it did not double as an elevator that went into the subway station (you go Arthur Weasley).
  7. The heating system in the building is apparently terrible, so all the Buzzfeeders(?) go around wearing hats and blankets.
  8. Everyone there is pretty much in their 20s, so kudos to Generation Y.
  9. The walls are decorated with huge circular “OMG” and “LOL” posters. Oh my god!
  10. They gave me free memorabilia in the form of Buzzfeed pens, stickers, notebooks, and notepads. The one time I actually support shameless promotion.
  11. Bonus: I got featured in a Buzzfeed article! It’s called 28 People Share Why They Love Their “Flaws”. I mentioned the itty bitty dot on my nose, that never fails to give me symmetry. Check it out here! www.buzzfeed.com/kirstenking/people-share-why-they-love-their-flaws

BSGE Computer Cart Olympics! After school today! Reply


The school purchased new computer carts for the competition to ensure the competitors had only the finest equipment.

BSGE will hold its first annual Computer Cart Olympics on Wednesday, April 1st, after school at 3pm. Teams will compete in various events to evaluate their skills in pushing computer carts around the building. There are three different events and winners will be crowned for each individual event and best overall team performance.

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7th graders practicing after school with their coach.

Speed: The first event will be a race that requires students to take a computer cart from room 416 to the conference room in the fastest time. There will be randomly placed obstacles of 50lb 7th grade backpacks that students must avoid. Teams that bump into the obstacles or the walls will be disqualified.

Grace: The second event will be a synchronized computer cart dance event in which two teams of two students have to perform a synchronized routine to ballet music in the cafeteria.

Strength: The final event will be a computer cart dead lift in which teams have to lift increasingly heavy computer carts weighed down by science textbooks.

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The look of intensity.

The competition is open to students in all grades though they have to get their parents to sign a waiver stating the school is not responsible for any computer cart injuries.

Sign up forms will be posted outside of room 316 on April 1st before the competition.

(This article is a joke. If you didn’t know that by now, please see us during one of our meetings about a bridge we have for sale. We are required to state that this is a joke because of the April Fools’ fiasco of 2011).

BSGE Mets Game 5/15 Reply

You will be getting a copy of this form next week. The school is organizing school outing to a Mets game on Friday, May 15th at 7:10pm. This is not a field trip but the school is organizing a group purchase of tickets. If you are interested, please complete the form below and submit it to the parent coordinator, Ms. Pasach, before April 27th and the sooner you complete it the better. Students, families, alumni, and friends are all welcome. If you have questions, please talk to Mr. Ramos, Mr. Lakhaney, or Ms. Pasach

mets order form copy

The Running Club: The Journey to 5k Reply

Running is a common form of exercise that many people around the world take part in either to lose weight or for personal enjoyment. The latter is seen in the case of Kohen Rahman 18’, who said: “BSGE really needed a running club. I decided to ask Tim about it because running is something I love to do. It’s a great way to let go with all the schoolwork we get in BSGE. I think BSGE’s Running Club is a great escape for all students, to just come and run.” After much persistence, Kohen had finally found a teacher that was interested in supervising the club. Timothy David-Lang, BSGE’s guidance counselor, enjoys running and has participated in several marathons in recent years. Mr. David-Lang realized that participating in the club would be a fun opportunity to help students learn how to run and also to help prepare for a race in May. Mr. David-Lang’s goal for the club is for them to be able to run a 5k, which is approximately 3.1 miles. In order for the members to accomplish this goal, Mr. David-Lang formulated a plan that would gradually increase the amount of activity over a 10 week period. The Running Club meets twice a week, stretching in the cafeteria before taking a jog through the streets of Astoria. Students as well as faculty members are still able to join the club at any time and can also follow the scheduled program advised by Mr. David-Lang if they don’t have the time to participate with the club.



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

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 Muslims have a role in the political and social fabric of America,” said Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy group. This is especially important because of the post-9/11 state of mind that many people still tend to hold tight to.

What is Eid, anyways?

There are two Eids, both at different times at the year and celebrated for different reasons. The first is Eid Al-Fitr, celebrated at the end of Ramadan, the holiest month of the year for Muslims, in which they fast for approximately 30 days in a row, from sunrise to sunset each day.  Eid Al-Fitr marks the end of the month, being the first day out of the past thirty that they’re allowed to eat and drink during the day. Muslims start the day off by praying, then tend to go join in festivities with family and friends. Depending on the culture, children may also receive money and or gifts from family members. More…

Bathroom Door Mystery Reply


Most BSGE girls of all grades have probably noticed that the bathroom door on the third floor was replaced with a wooden door last month. Many thought such a sudden replacement was strange and didn’t know the reason, but have assumed that the old door wasn’t stable enough.

“It’s strange, but I have no idea why,” one senior said with a shrug of her shoulders. “I guess it was the janitors. Maybe the old door was falling off its hinges and they thought it was a safety hazard. I don’t know, but I don’t think Ms. Johnson does either.”

The students interviewed all agreed that they don’t know why the door was replaced with a wooden one, but it is definitely strange. “I actually haven’t noticed it, no.” states one anonymous girl. “I’ve been in too much of a rush. That sounds kind of weird, though, and I don’t know why they did it.” When asked, another student, Rachel Z ’20, said “Nope. I don’t know why. Does anyone?” More…

Bake Sale Craze at BSGE

Bake sales.  This once-every-two-month, or maybe non-existent treat for most schools are pretty common events at BSGE.  Most students have taken advantage of these delicious events, going into the corridor  in search of a what more-than-likely is a tasty snack.  Others, however, groan in frustration because a) they don’t have enough cash b) they want food but don’t want to spend cash c) they’re just plain tired of the same food items being displayed over and over again in these sales d) some other reason.

Source: TomoNews US

Source: TomoNews US

There are many people who enjoy these bake sales, claiming that these dessert items are one of the things that they look forward to each day.  According to Sophia C ‘19, bake sales basically equals food, and, well, food is good.  Obviously, she has a point.  It’s basically common knowledge that for the most part, cafeteria food plain sucks.  If the bake sale has some partially substantial food such as donuts, dumplings, fried rice, or samosas, many students would be willing to pay the dollar or two instead of eating the mystery meat available for lunch that day.  Even if students bring in their own lunch, desserts such as brownies and carbonated soft drinks are usually not included.  Bake sales give these students a chance to purchase drinks and desserts of their choice.

However, not everyone views the sales as a good thing.  Some students, like Sunny J. ‘19, think that they cause us to spend too much money at once since many bake sales are literally back to back and then all of the sudden, there are none for a long time.  Others, like Matthew D. ‘19 are allergic to foods provided at bake sales and dislike them because they can’t eat anything that is being sold. More…

Throw BACC Thursdays: BSGE Votes; Obama Prevails Reply

The BACC Rag will repost an old article or interview (from our archive of almost a thousand stories!) each Thursday to help share great stories from the past that would still resound today. 

On Monday, November 3rd BSGE students cast their ballot for the President of the United States. For many it was a first, for some seniors it was practice for  the next day.
The  mock election was sponsored by The BACC Rag. Students voted during their lunch period. At the booth the student would sign next to their name and then fill in the oval corresponding to the candidate of their choice.
This first time event helped students better grasp the significance of the  election. It gave students a chance to voice their opinions and opened many disscusions about the nature of politics and the responsibility of voting.
Obama won at the election BSGE too but by a much larger margin then the national election. Obama won 78% of the school’s vote. This is even higher than in New York City where Obama won by 62%.

Patriots or Deflatriots? Reply

Tom Brady addresses deflated football claims before the Superbowl. Source: usmagazine.com

Tom Brady addresses deflated football claims before the Super Bowl.
Source: usmagazine.com

In the final game before Super Bowl XLIX, the AFC (American Football Conference) championship matchup consisted of the Indianapolis Colts and the New England Patriots. The veteran duo of quarterback Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick were well-prepared to face rising star quarterback Matthew Stafford and coach Chuck Pagano after coming off a strong 12-4 season. Most NFL analysts and sports fanatics knew that the Patriots had more experience and that they would most likely win and head to the biggest game of the year. After D’Qwell Jackson of the Indianapolis Colts intercepted one of Tom Brady’s passes, he gave the ball to the Colts’ equipment manager. The equipment manager of the Colts noticed that there was a large difference in the balls that he prepared and the ball that Jackson had given him. The ball seemed to have been deflated, and was then given to the referees officiating the game. If the ball was deflated it would be easier to catch in the rainy weather, giving the Patriots’ offense an unfair advantage over the Colts’. The game finished with a score of 45-7, and the Patriots moved on to the Super Bowl. Even though the game was finished, the NFL decided to investigate the situation further. More…

Throw BACC Thursdays: Chris Potter: Quite the Crusader Reply

The BACC Rag will repost an old article or interview (from our archive of almost a thousand stories!) each Thursday to help share great stories from the past that would still resound today. 

Mr. Chris Potter, current English and Theory of Knowledge teacher, is a former Holy Cross collegiate basketball player.

First things first: who offered you scholarships to come play for their schools?
No that many in the end . . . I whittled down the schools that I was not interested in and that were actively recruiting me . . . Holy Cross, Fordham, North Carolina.  I was recruited, although they don’t offer scholarships, by both Princeton and Brown.

A few of those names definitely stick out—so why Holy Cross?
I had an interest in going to Holy Cross before the whole recruiting process started.  When it came right down it, I thought I might as well use the scholarship opportunity to go to a school I really want to go to anyway.

You are certainly a tall man at 6’4”, but players today are even bigger. How do you think the game has changed over the years?
When I look at the current game, I just see, physically, the differences in terms of body building . . . When I played, the general body type was very tall and thin.  You have to be so much stronger today; in the 70s that wasn’t a requirement.

Today’s game is full of athleticism—ever had the privilege of dunking on somebody?
In college I only dunked the ball once, and that was on a fast break.  I wasn’t a great leaper to begin with . . . But I’ve never felt the humiliation of having someone dunk on me.

What was your most memorable moment in college?
When I was a junior, Holy Cross was in the More…

Halloween Costumes? Halloween Costumes. Reply

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 a teen costume catalogue, you’ll understand what I mean when I say that trying to find Halloween costumes can be a real struggle for both girls and guys, but it’s a lot worse for girls. First of all, getting a costume that is school-appropriate is close to impossible because the majority of costumes don’t cover a lot of skin.  The structure of teenage girl costumes is generally the same: mini-skirt and some form of a tank-top or short sleeve shirt. If you feel comfortable and you enjoy wearing those types of things, be my guest. I have nothing against it. In fact, if I could get away with wearing one of those kind of outfits, I might; but it’s hard to wear so little clothing this time of year when it is supposed to be 48 degrees this Halloween night. On top of that, many of these costumes break the school dress code. You don’t want to risk being the “sexy police officer” wearing gym shorts. More…