by Lydia S '15

Some BSGE Flour Babies Met With Unfortunate End

On January 20th, the sidewalks surrounding BSGE were painted white with flour; obvious evidence that the BSGE’s 9th grade flour babies had been disposed of gruesomely. Flour trailed in front of the building to the deli and all the way down to the 36th Street subway station. What started out as a fun Health class project turned into careless acts of vandalism. In the past years, flour babies had been

by Simran V '11

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.
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

by Erin C '14

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, “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

by Jessi H '11

To Teach Safe Sex? Or No Sex at All?

Sex. A simple idea but is somehow hard to teach. All around America different methods are being used to teach kids about sex. States have free reign to decide their own ways. Some choose to preach purely abstinence while others broaden students’ education with ways to practice safe sex.
Teaching abstinence can have advantages as well as disadvantages that go along with it.  Cynthia Soto, tenth grade, says,  “It might remind kids that they have other options besides sex.”  However, tenth grader, Jackie Florio, brings up the point that, “kids are going to do it anyway, so teachers really should try to make it safe.” In many states, including

by Stephanie A '11

‘lol noodz 4 u plz 4wrd’

Who knew sending text messages could get you in trouble? Well, when you’re sending explicit pictures, videos or messages relating to sex, your right to speech becomes complicated. Teenagers have started this new trend known as “Sexting”. Today’s technology has opened up a whole new medium for typical adolescent “experimentation” which may be more dangerous than many teens comprehend.
Eleventh grader, Alex Gutu has yet to send or receive a “sext” message.  Even so, he thinks people who send these dirty text messages are “stupid”.
Most students who were caught had their phones on during school and

by Pamela R '11


According to Planned Parenthood, the definition of abstinence varies per person.  Some people believe that abstinence means not to have genital-to-genital intercourse while others think that to practice abstinence, one must have absolutely no sexual intercourse.
The motives to practice abstinence vary per person as well.  In some cases, authoritative people, like parents, guardians, or older siblings, force the practice upon individuals.
Others are bound by their religion. One BSGE student admitted that the Bible and her devotion influence her abstinence.
Yet others practice abstinence for the sole purpose of protection from STDs and pregnancy.  Ninth grader, Elisavet Makridis said, “We should stay abstinent because your life can be completely changed” and that people should be “careful of HIV/AIDS.”
However you define the term abstinence and it’s motives, it is always a practice that should be considered.

by Sarah D '11

Protection Clarification

For sexually active students, protection during sexual intercourse is essential. Things like STIs (sexually transmitting infection), commonly referred to as STDs, and pregnancies can result from not using protection.
Although it is the most common, condoms are not the only form of protection. Other forms of birth control include cervical cap, diaphragm, female condom, spermicide, and sterilization for both males and females. Of course the only 100% guaranteed form of protection is abstinence.
Some people are unaware that multiple forms of protection only shield from pregnancies, but do not include protection from STIs. Both male and female condoms reduce your risk of infection. Condoms breaking should always be taken into account because this can lead to pregnancies or infections. Any other kind of barrier protection defends against sexually transmitted infections.
Sex play is one of the safest kinds of sex. Using protection, of course makes any kind of sex safer sex.  And don’t forget, use a condom even with oral sex.

by Jolijt T '11 by Simran V '11

HIV/AIDS Curriculum Comes to BSGE

Advisory at BSGE has been dedicated to the New York City DOE curriculum for HIV/AIDS for parts of March and April. This is BSGE’s first year teaching the curriculum. All six grades follow age appropriate lessons about the virus and various methods of prevention. Using worksheets, lectures and role-playing, advisors dove into the curriculum during everyone’s daily 45-minute advisory period.
NYC Department of Education required all students to take part in the HIV/AIDS Curriculum.  According to the DOE website, this curriculum was designed specifically by New York City to “help children and adolescents understand the nature of HIV/AIDS, methods of transmission and prevention, and ways to support friends or loved ones who may be living with HIV/AIDS.”
New York City is dubbed “the epicenter of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.” According to the CDC about

by Amalia C '11

About Colon Cancer: From the Series: ‘My father’s battle with colon cancer.’

My father died of
colon cancer 3 years ago
and now, for my 10 grade
personal project, I’m rasing
money and awarness
for the disease.
Your colon is a
big last part of the digestive
system, and is also
known as the large intestine.
Our colon’s job is to

by Amalia C '11

My Father’s Battle With Colon Cancer

As you may know, once you reach the 10th grade in BSGE, you have to do a personal project. For my project, I chose the topic of colon cancer. I chose this topic because my dad died from colon cancer 3 years ago. Also, colon cancer is a serious issue that isn’t as addressed as often the other types of cancer. Part of my project is to have a series of articles in the BaccRag talking about colon cancer and my experiences with it, so keep reading!
In December 2004, right after I turned 11 in October, my dad starting feeling different than he usually did. He started feeling nauseous, weak, tired, and sometimes even dizzy. When my parents decided to go to the doctor, the doctors ran many different exams on my dad because they couldn’t find what was wrong with him. After a few weeks, my dad’s

by Jolijt T '11

Avoid The BSGE Junior Weight Gain

Though sometimes it seems like an inevitable consequence, you should never need to sacrifice your physical or mental health. At BSGE, some students report gaining up to 20 pounds in their one year as a junior. Junior year can be very stressful and stress turns into headaches, sick days, overeating, panic attacks, sleepless nights and weight gain. Juniors experience a sudden jump from relatively challenging work to pull your hair IB diploma program work. The work tends to turn into all night munch sessions behind a computer. Below are some ways you can get the work done, stay healthy, manage stress (you can’t really get rid of it) and type on a full stomach.

1. Stay active; hardest rule first. When it comes down to basketball practice or the 7 on

by Kristen S '11

Breast Cancer Month, October: Ms. Mahaney’s Bout With Breast Cancer

Unlike most kids his age, Ms. Mahaney’s 4 year old son Quinn couldn’t wait to climb into the doctor’s chair.  Why did his mom get to go all the time? Well, truth was his mother had breast cancer.  In his mind, mommy has a “boo-boo,” one that had her going to the doctor’s every day.  This meant as much to him as it would any 4 year old boy, but to his mother it meant much more.  It meant her life and knowing her baby boy will have a mother.
Although it may come as a shock to most of us that one of our teachers has