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…


2009 Summer Movies Reply

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (June 24):
This sci-fi action flick is the sequel to the 2007 Transformers movie. In it, Sam Witwicky, portrayed by Shia LaBeouf discovers the history of the Transformer machines on Earth after receiving strange visions about them. The Transformers, as depicted by the movie, are somehow related to the beginning of civilization on Earth. They are said to have existed in the times of Ancient Egypt, where a lot of the movie actually takes place. It also deals with the government trying to More…

The Science of Love and Obsession Reply

There are so many different ways of defining love. Some would describe it as emotional attachment or undying affection. Some would say it’s the butterflies in your stomach or that fuzzy feeling inside. But, believe it or not, love can be scientifically explained.
to experiments at Rutgers University, being in love causes the chemical, dopamine to be released. Dopamine changes the activity of one’s nerve cells and is heavily linked to norepinephrine. Norepinephrine increases heart rate and is also known to intensify attention span, sleeplessness, and hyperactivity. Such symptoms are very common to what one More…

How to Meet Celebrities Reply

Living in New York, it’s not that difficult to spot a celebrity. My 10th grade personal project was to film a documentary about my quest to meet Nick Jonas. I had come very close before, I’ve even held Joe Jonas’ hand, but I’ve never really been able to speak to Nick. I got very close to getting to meet him, unfortunately the deadline came before I could complete the project. Recently, however, I spent a few hours with Jonathan Cook, Caleb Turman, and Austin Bello from the band Forever the Sickest Kids in Times Square.
I found out that they were going to stay at a hotel in Times Square (through Twitter) and that they were More…

Theater Review: Tartuffe Reply

Before you get your hopes up, this isn’t a food review. No, I will not be discussing the delicious Italian ice cream desert in a chocolate shell, tartuffo, but the renowned play, Tartuffe, by Moliere. Don’t be too let down, though, the production of Tartuffe held at The Pearl Theatre at St. Mark’s Place was just as delightful as the tasty dessert, from the plot to the actors.
Bradford Cover, who plays Tartuffe, doesn’t waste time with small performances. His rendition of More…

Seventh Graders Reflect on the HIV/Aids Curriculum Reply

Recently, students at BSGE learned about HIV/AIDS, but many feel that other people should have taught the curriculum, such as specialists instead of teachers. The DOE requires New York City public schools to teach their students about HIV/AIDS. According to, “many young people lack basic information about HIV and AIDS, and are unaware of the ways in which HIV infection can occur, and of the ways in which HIV can be prevented.” Students learned about the disease in advisory from their advisory teachers. Some seventh graders feel like their teachers did a good job, but they would have learned more from More…

Debate at BSGE Reply

A flurry of words, a drop of sweat and, when the dust settles, left standing are the “BSGE Beasts.” “It’s physically exhausting,” says Nathan Nikolic, first year debater, about the Saturday tournaments.
After only five years of competing, BSGE is the number one team in Brooklyn and Queens and, according to debate coach Mr. Mark Wolov, “as far as New York City is concerned we probably have the number three team after Bronx Science and Beacon.” “People all over NYC know the name Baccaluareate because they’ve competed against us,” adds Mr. Wolov proudly, in fact, just a few weeks ago, partners Shira Almeleh and Erika Tannor placed in the top 16 in the nation.”
Shira admits that her favorite thing about debat More…

Class of 2009 Reply

Remember when … Said …

Omar Noel- “Ms. Kumar said she would do the chicken noodle soup dance in the middle of class if I showed her how, and she actually did it?”

Angelica May- “Dr. H said we weren’t allowed to hug eachother?”

Malorie Mo- “Milena said ‘Malorie doesn’t count as a real Chinese person.’”?

Katie Schwartz- “Paul said his name was pronounced ‘Pa-ool’ to the substitute teach­er in ITGS to make fun of her for calling Jehan “Zehon”?

John Theotokas- “Angelica said that Bob Marley was still alive?”

remember in…

Joseph Rivera- “Adam Noor’s class when Amirah spazzed out and almost beat up the substi­tute because her doll was taken?”

Adrian Lliguichuzhca- “Dr. H’s class Neyla choked and Dr. H. went nuts trying to figure out what to do, and afterwards everyone clapped making it really awkward?”

Vincent Dillon- “Adam Noor’s class when I said a transvestite was the ‘entire’ package?”

Idan Menin- “Mac’s class Stamatis helped Paul imprint his face into the wooden hockey rink wall?”

Argemira Florez- “Ms.Ellman’s class when she threw a marker at Neyla by accident?”

Remember when…

Shamar Walters- “when Mr. Lattimore tried to square dance with Joseph?”

Yanni Stefanidis- “when Ms. Nikkolos sent me downstairs for getting in trouble and asking me to bring her a brownie from the bake sale on my way back up?”

Alejandro Cruz – “when Ms. Kumar was driving the wrong way down a one-way street?”

Eric Park- “when Josh and I accidentally locked Adam in one of the cages behind the music room?  We only found out the lock didn’t belong to any of us after we locked it!”

Shawntal Street– “I said remember that time Monae got stuck in the door – two minutes after it happened?”

Jonathan Touti– “we all went skinny dipping at 2 in the morning at Coney Island in the winter?”

Yocely Nava- “when we had no substitute teacher for math class and we maintained quiet so that nobody would find out?”

Argemira Florez- “when they put toilet water in my water bottle?”

Monae Dudley- “when Latisha threw a pancake in Kimber­ley’s face?  When Ms. Johnson spoke to her, Latisha said, ‘If I knew I would have gotten into trouble, I would have dipped it in syrup.’”

Teacher of the Month: Mr. Jim Napolitano Reply

So Jim, did you always want to be a high school math teacher?

J:I always wanted to be a teacher, from a very young age, and originally I thought I’d wind up being a physics teacher, physics was my favorite subject in high school. It turns out that when I went to become a teacher I discovered that because my undergraduate degree is electrical engi­neering that NYS did not recognize electrical engi­neering as either science or math  but it was more easily, (by getting copies of the catalogue and course description to get them to acknowledge the electri­cal engineering courses as) acknowledged as math courses rather than phys­ics courses even though it is really related to both. It is very heavy math, so electrical engineering is es­sentially math. I previously ended up going into indus­try because I got married young and I couldn’t earn enough money so I wanted to earn money and raise a family and do all that first and by then it was too late to go get a doctorate and do all that. So I love high school and I wouldn’t teach lower grades, I wouldn’t be good at it, it’s not my thing. I envisioned myself origi­nally as a college teacher, but I love working with older kids.


How many years have you been a math teacher? More…

Word from the Real World: Marcelo Triana Reply

Sitting at the tiny wood table, cups
of coffee littered the room. Towards
my right, five people slaved away
over their computers. With the hopefully
notion that my Spring Break
would be relaxing, I needed to finish
my political science paper on Mark
Andrejevic’s book about the manipulative
and harmful nature of modern
technology. Political science always
left me wanting for more, more
knowledge, more moments where I More…

Word from the Real World: Marisa Reichel Reply

So its one week until I have officially
completed my freshman year.
I know most kids on the verge of
leaving home for college can barely
contain their excitement. I was
absolutely not one of those kids. For
the most part I loved high school and
was not particularly eager to leave
and close that chapter of my life. It More…

Shamar Walters Reflects On His Time at BSGE Reply

Many new students
at BSGE believe that there
is too much work given.
But some of the older kids
think there is a good side of
the heavy workload. One
senior, Shamar Walters, believes
that to younger kids,
it may seem as if the assignments
are overwhelming,
but once you reach the end
of high school, you start to More…

Looking Back at the First Year of Memories Reply

The seventh graders in BSGE have almost completed their first year. They have been through many experiences, overcome various problems, made a ton of friends, and reflected on their first year at BSGE. When looking back on it, most seventh graders feel the workload has been stressful and close to an overload. At the same time, a lot of 7th graders have changed their feelings about BSGE and now consider it their second home.
When reflecting about their first year at BSGE the students will remember the amount and difficulty of the work they got. Compared to many schools, BSGE gives its students a lot of work that sometimes is quite stressful. Isabel Castro said that this year was, “hard, busy, stressful and preparing.” Ana Miljak, added, “All the work was really stressful and More…

Yearbook: The Circus Comes to BSGE Reply

Everyone was feeling Britney Spears’ hit “Circus”, so why not make it the theme of this years’ yearbook? The book is packed with memories and everything associated with the Circus including bright colors, originality, and mayhem.
With the table of contents as a world map, the creativity put into this yearbook was apparent immediately. The yearbook staff was devoted to this years’ theme, using clever headings such as “We are cirque D’IB”. Only a few pages stray from the circus theme, like the “Where have we gone?” page.
One of the most exciting pages is filled with baby photos. It was interesting to look at the old faces and match them with the new. The yearbook also brought back their original senior profile format, used in the first and second yearbook. Each senior has two pictures, one formal and one silly, and then a few lines about the senior. It’s a nice parallel but I found the index card layout for the senior profiles from the last year’s yearbook more appealing. However, looking at these couple of More…

BSGE Walks the AIDS walk Reply

Every year on the third Sunday of May, tens of thousands of people march from Central Park to Riverside Drive and back to raise money for people living with HIV/AIDS. Last year, they raised over $7 million dollars. According to, “Since 1986, AIDS Walk New York has raised more than $105 million for HIV programs and services in the tri-state area.” Most of the money raised goes to the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), and they use it to help people with the disease get public benefits, get people tested, and to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS.
The first thing you do is register online for the walk. You can join an existing team, or More…

How to Save the World Reply

My name is Nathan Nikolic and for my tenth grade personal project I chose the topic of global warming. In specific I created a plan to move the United States off of fossil fuels in 50 years. It took a lot of work and research, but on the upside I now know quite a bit about alternative energy and America’s consumption habits.
For those who are unaware of what global warming is or have some confusions to what it means, this article will clarify that. For those who are already informed about the topic, this article will provide more information and some tips on how you can reduce your impact on the environment.
Global warming describes the change in the earth’s climate and weather patterns. Since the More…

Editorial: Does BSGE Really Need a Gym? Reply

Due to the size of our school, BSGE students have lost the opportunity to have a gym, an indoor place to go and to play sev­eral kinds of sports. Having a gym would be best for the school because outside factors such as weather and the terrain wouldn’t af­fect the gym giving BSGE students more chances to play their favorite kind of sports. It would also give the stu­dents a chance to play more variety of sports other than just basketball or football out at the park.

Students have different reactions about whether having a gym would affect students’ ac­tiveness. “It makes the stu­dents a lot less active since we are in school all day, students can’t play their fa­vorite sports or play on their More…