School Dress Codes

As you get older, you get more independent – most of the time. This means you don’t like being told what to do by your parents, you don’t like being nagged by your teach­ers to bring in your work, and you don’t like being told what to wear. Schools are now trying to push students…

But You Don’t Know Me Like That

Yes, they do. They know that you like Michael Jack­son, they know you are pregnant, and they know your boyfriend cheated on you with your mother. How do they know? Well, the truth is that if you’re a Gmail user, Google has the right to all of your e-mails, incoming and outgoing, your address, your…

Would You Like Some Marijuana With Those Fries?

Most if not all of us have heard the rumors: marijuana may become legal. Some kids joke about drugs, some kids do them, but it is a topic of conversation for everyone. Like most issues some people feel strongly against making it legal and some are crossing their fingers that it will. The best way…

Advil Can Give You Headachces

Headaches. Everyone has them. You failed a few tests and had a stressful day at school. Your brother insists on blasting heavy-metal music through the house. You just watched too much TV. There are hundreds of reasons for headaches. But I bet you never thought of adding Advil to the list of causes. Or Excedrin,…

2008 Presidential Campaign for Dummies

As many of us should know, the United States holds elections every four years. The president is chosen by the people and for the people through a process called voting. To vote you must be 18 or older and must be a U.S. citizen. However, it is significant for us to under­stand that what constitutes…

Movie Review: Pulp Fiction

With a cast headlined by John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson, Quentin Tarantino did not need much help in making a modern-day masterpiece. Originally known as “Black Mask”, Pulp Fiction provides a severe level of intensity and shock throughout the film, mixed in with the dark humor of its two main characters – Vincent Vega…

The SHATS

On the 27th and 28th of October, the 8th grade students of BSGE are taking the Specialized High School Admission Test if they wish to enter a specialized high school, such as Stuyvesant, Brooklyn Tech, Bronx Sci­ence, and 5 more. This test is very strenuous for many students, because it is dif­ficult, and proper training…

Sugar and Spice

School is in full swing, and we have almost completely gotten used to it. School is school, and we have to adjust to it, but there is one thing that still annoys me. What’s up with the locker situation??? We have been lugging books, binders and whiteboards (Chinese students) around for more than a week…

Book Review: Zig Zag

Ellen Wittlinger, author of many other teen books including Hard Love, awes us with a realistic-fiction novel of hardships, a long distance relationship, the struggle of two vulnerable kids who have just lost their father and one cousin who wants to fix it all. Robin and Chris have been a couple for two years now…

Students Are Growing…Growing…

Eating healthy has become old fashioned for many children and teens nowadays.  Veg­etables and fruits have been replaced by chips and candy bars.  Long hours of televi­sion, lack of exercise, and poor eating habits are some of the many factors contributing to the growing problem of child­hood obesity in the United States.  This rising epidemic…

Sugar and Spice

A column for girls by a girl, about how we should react to our classmates and teachers on the first day of school. The summer has passed and we are all back together. For some of us that is a great thing, seeing all our friends again and some of our favorite teachers. For

Exercises of the Month

Quad Strengthening Short-Arc Leg Extensions: Sit or lie on floor. Place a rolled up towel under your thigh for support. Keep you leg straight and raise your foot about six inches off the floor. Hold for 5 seconds. Slowly lower your foot, bending your knee. Do 10 repetitions. Switch

Girls With ACL Problems

A loud “pop!” a “snap”, a torn ACL and your out for the season. A torn ACL is the most common knee injury. The ACL or anterior cruciate ligament is a stabilizing ligament connecting the thighbone to the shinbone. Soccer, basketball and volleyball are the sports with the highest rates or ACL injuries. Both women…

How to write post its

Quick (but very detailed) Introduction So, you want to write a post-it! Want is probably not a good word. So, you have to write a post-it! Post-its are fun, spontaneous and make reading more interesting. Just kidding, Post-its are stiff and break up your reading. Unfortunately, you have to do them just like the

10 Ways to Annoy The Whole Train

Try every one of the ring tones on you phone and then ask the whole train which one they think is better. Gather a few friends and play human bowling. You can be the ball and then have your friends be the pins. Or you can be the ball and use the fellow commuters as…

IB What?

What is IB? I BE what? IB stands for International Baccalaureate, part of The International Baccalaureate Organization, or IBO. The IBO deals with education, government, and separate international organizations to create challenging curriculums of international education and intense review of children. It usually starts at a young age in a child’s life, and

Subway Safety Tips

1. Do not stare at anybody. 2. Try to take the subway with friends or a group. 3. While waiting for a train do not stand to close to the track. 4. Fooling around near the tracks is not funny, what if you slip and fall in. 5. Always keep an eye on your belongings….

The Grading System

The grading system in BSGE is quite complicated. It not A-F nor is it 0-4. It is 1-7, and in its unique way it makes sense. Whatever you get, remember that it can not be converted to a percentage. Getting a 6-7 is

10 Tips for Newbs

1. Stay away from Mr. Mac [ he bites] 2. Love adore, and worship the school newspaper 3. Do not forget to return library books because ms.Shen will hunt you down 4. Fighting is for wussies; go to the girls bathroom