Throw BACC Thursdays: Chris Potter: Quite the Crusader

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…

2009 Summer Movies

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…

The Science of Love and Obsession

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. According to experiments at Rutgers University, being in love causes the chemical,…

How to Meet Celebrities

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…

Theater Review: Tartuffe

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…

Seventh Graders Reflect on the HIV/Aids Curriculum

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 avert.org, “many young people lack basic information about HIV and AIDS, and are unaware of…

Debate at BSGE

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…

Class of 2009

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…

Teacher of the Month: Mr. Jim Napolitano

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…

Word from the Real World: Marcelo Triana

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…

Word from the Real World: Marisa Reichel

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…

Shamar Walters Reflects On His Time at BSGE

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…

Looking Back at the First Year of Memories

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…

Yearbook: The Circus Comes to BSGE

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…

BSGE Walks the AIDS walk

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 http://www.aidswalk.net/newyork, “Since 1986, AIDS Walk New York has raised more than $105 million for HIV…

How to Save the World

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…

Editorial: Does BSGE Really Need a Gym?

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…

Thank You Notes

S u m m e r ’ s quickly approaching, the school year’s almost over and this is our final issue in our 2008-2009 volume. This 16 page issue is packed tight, and includes senior goodbyes, a page for the entering diploma students and articles by our new, talented,