Video Games and Violence

It’s a cold Saturday morning and you are in your cozy room. Outside, snow is falling peacefully onto empty streets. Dim light floats through the window and onto your desk, where a warm cup of tea is waiting for you to drink. You feel like you’re in your own little bubble, playing a video game…

Reflecting on a Social Media-Free Month

From November 8th to December 8th, I decided to try a little social media experiment. I decided to cut myself off from all social media that I had to see what effect it would have on my grades and my daily life. The three main social media apps I used the most were Instagram, Twitter,…

Editorial: Students Preparing for College; too Busy to Prepare for Life

Throughout this school year college applications have loomed ominously over our heads. We Juniors are told we need to start thinking about how appealing we will be to colleges which means not only worrying about our grades and our SAT scores but also partaking in extracurricular activities (for CAS hours). One scenario we are presented…

Dr. Helfenbein On Movies: Science Fiction of the 1950s

Dr. Helfenbein is an avid film watcher (or, as some would say, cinephile) and will be writing a semi-regular column for the BACC Rag in which he recommends older movies students might be interested in watching.  The first two decades of the sound era (the 30s and 40s) saw few science fiction movies (notable exceptions…

Opinion: Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie

If you were to look up the phrase “Je Suis Charlie,” I am Charlie in French, you would find all types of products supporting the cause such as t-shirts, pins and caps. As with most political trends, many people don’t even really understand the true meaning behind the phrase – they just like the idea…

Opinion Piece: Statewide Exams

Ugh! was the exclamation that crossed my lips when I realized the statewide exams were this April. It’s a tedious thing. No one sane would be willing to sit through three days of ELA and math examinations and read the most boring passages ever written or spend ninety minutes crunching numbers. This terrible thing is not…

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…

Is it Time to Change the Rules on Cell Phone Usage?

It has been in the rulebook so long that it has become one of the most typical bans in classrooms. No chewing gum, no cheating on tests, no cell phones. Teachers hate the sudden sound of a phone ringing in class, or the downward gaze of a student texting under the table. But it might…

Teachers Should Not be Allowed to Carry Guns

Educators should not be allowed to carry guns because although their job may be to secure their children, carrying a gun is not the most efficient and effective way to accomplish this. When asked about her opinion towards this topic, Lauren Ouaknine’ 14 said, “Teachers shouldn’t carry guns because their job is not to shoot…

Do the SATs Really Matter?

The SATs, who doesn’t know about them? We all know that millions of high school students take these tests each year in order to impress top universities. Many students take SAT prep, spending up to thousands of dollars for SAT instruction, not including the costs of SAT prep books. The average SAT scores (25th/75thpercentiles) for…

Reevaluating BSGE’s Summer Homework

Summer homework: The most dreaded assignment for students everywhere. Although it’s supposed to prevent your brain from melting, who wants to work during time off from school? But with no Mathematics, Science or Language subjects assigned, book choices not everyone enjoys, and students rushing to finish it the last two weeks (and sometimes two hours)…

Thank You Notes

The Bacc Rag experienced its first taste of controversy in April. Our right to free speech (and our right to make a joke) was ignored when the issues were collected. But I am grateful it happened because it gave me a moment to reflect on the amazing opportunity that I have had working on this…

EDITORIAL: THIS YEAR SHOULD END WITH REPORT CARDS FOR TEACHERS

Every year students are issued two report cards and two periodic assessments. These evaluations tell us, our parents and the colleges we apply to, how well we do our jobs as students. When the evaluations are positive, the rewards are great but when they are negative, the consequences can be dire. The same should be…

Editorial: Obama’s First Year in Office

I began writing this article with the full intention of providing an unbiased, objective review of Obama’s first year in the White House.  As I began doing research and once my brain started functioning normally from whatever state it had been operating in before, I realized that this would be impossible.  This is because different…

“I left BSGE and wanted back in”

It’s that one inescapable choice every high school student must face: to transfer or to not transfer? Are there greater opportunities awaiting me elsewhere? Is transferring going to benefit me, or will I end up sobbing in regret? Decisions, decisions, decisions. For those of you who think it an easy process or an advantageous experience,…

Editorial: Beyond Partisan Conflict

Work hard.  Stay in school.  Go to college.  All sound advice coming from a parent, a friend, or a teacher.  But from the President of the United States?  Barack Obama’s address delivered these messages to the students of America, and was broadcast, live, in classrooms nationwide.  Despite the speech holding “no political influence”, according to…

Editorial: School Spirit

It is obvious that BSGE’s students are not the best with school spirit. During previous school years, there has been a serious lack of enthusiasm and pride for our school. Evidently, school events that used to be well-received have drastically lost their popularity. For instance, a couple of years ago, BSGE’s Annual Boat Dance was…

The Health Care Debate

Health Care is the major issue of our time.  During the antebellum period the great problem was slavery.  During the sixties it was human rights and foreign policy.  Each generation has its calling, and though we should never stop pushing forward on all fronts we must recognize that health care is our calling.  For a…

Editorial: Scare Tactics

June of last year, I was in the cafeteria with the rest of BSGE’s class of  ’11 and our parents and our teachers. We were at our middle years program (MYP) certificate ceremony, the “graduation” at the end of tenth grade. A few speeches were made, awards were handed out and then Ms. Johnson began…