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by Jolijt T '11

Free Rubbers for BSGE

School is only truly safe if its students are having safe sex.  Today, BSGE is one step closer. As of October 20th, our high school students, whose parents have not chosen to opt-out, will have confidential access to free condoms and counseling.
Many students speak highly of BSGE’s effort, “It’s good that [our school] is taking a more active role. We spend a lot of time here and should be able to get help here if we need it,” says 10th grader, Kristin O’Connor.
In the Guidance Office, room 109 and the Dance/Yoga Studio room 214, students will be able to talk to trained staff members, request condoms and information on condom use, HIV/AIDS and

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by Jolijt T '11

I Got Tested for HIV

The short women in the orange hoodie slapped a sticker onto my chart and asked me, “what’s your birthday and zip code?” I confirmed what was written on the triage card I’d filled out in the waiting room.
My chart said very little about me. I had chosen to do the “anonymous HIV test” which meant the only information I had to give was my birthday, zip code, race and gender.
They had also handed me an STD consent form that asked for the patient name and date but I ignored the name slot and without hesitation; the women filled it in as “anonymous.”
She continued writing on my chart and I looked over at the wall. I tilted

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by Emily D '11

Cyber Bullying

Cyber bullying is a form of harassment, embarrassment, or torment using a website like Facebook or instant messenger. Unlike other forms of harassment, cyber bullying is not illegal in the state of New York, cyber bullies can just walk away. The thing that makes cyber bullying a major problem is that the bully can do it secretly. So even if there were laws to stop them, you might never find the person to stop.
People might do it to stand up for themselves or their friends, that’s why Argina Girsang a ninth grader at BSGE did it to a girl who was harassing her friend. Other times it is meant as a joke, sometimes kids sign on

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by Jessi H '11

Spring Break Attacks!

Spring break:
a time of relaxation
for some, and a time
to cut loose for others.
Those who choose the
wilder spring break
vacation may being
putting more of an
emphasis on fun than
sensibility. Spring
break can be a great
time to let out all that
stress or annoyance
you normally feel
during the school year.
However, that does

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by Paulina C '13

Pucker Up and Get Some Mono

It’s a summer day,
one of the hottest recorded
in years. There is no water
being sold in the vending
machine or at the deli
near the school. Luckily
you are safe, because the
only one person with a
full water bottle is your
best friend. You are most

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by Kristen S '11

Does Teaching Sex Promote Teenage Pregnancy?

People have been wondering whether birth control and condom advertisements are promot­ing teenagers to have sex sooner.  Some argue that it helps reassure teens that if they do wish to engage in sexual activity, they can do so without half as much worry about getting pregnant.  Many are also arguing that compared to the generations before us, teenagers today feel much more comfortable speak­ing of and participating in sexual engagements due to the persistent educa­tion about sex and comfort being encouraged for children to be able to talk about such things with others.  With this in

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by Kristen S '11

Bipolar Children

Is it okay for a two year old child to be taking incredibly powerful psychiatric drugs?  There is worldwide controversy on whether or not it is ethical to diagnose children as bipolar when they show symptoms, such as anxiety or “hyper activeness”.  Many believe that medications will help children deal with a mental disorder they are facing.  Others feel as if it is an excuse to give kids drugs in order to calm them down and resist wild behavior, being used more as a sedative rather than for its actual purpose.  More than 6 million children in America are currently diagnosed as bipolar.  These kids are all being prescribed incredibly strong medicines, especially for the ages that they are amongst.  An overdose of any of these drugs can be extremely dangerous, and has been the cause of numerous deaths of “bipolar” children.
Some symptoms of a bipolar child are extreme irritability, mood swings, depressed moods, and aggressive behaviors.  There is no exact way of proving that a person has bipolar disorder, which makes it

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by Daniel F '10

Drink to This

Though it may not be relevant to middle school students, high school kids are slowly developing a national plea to lower the drinking age down to 18, rather than the age of 21 which it is right now.
Though this argument of lowering the drinking age by 3 years hasn’t been heard very loudly as of now, expect to feel some commotion as time passes on through 2008, with much of this movement coming from the west coast and advancing to us quite rapidly.
With several major news groups already covering this story, the news is

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by Jolijt T '11

Does This Paper Make My Hips Look Fat: TMI About BMI

Legislators in New York have proposed passing a law that would require schools to include a student’s body mass index (BMI) on their report card. A person’s BMI indicates body fatness, which is calculated with the person’s height and weight. Legislators argue that the high rates of childhood obesity in the United States indicate a serious necessity for preventative measures.
9 million 6-18 year olds are overweight and another 9 million are at risk for becoming overweight. In fact for the first time is history the number of worldwide overweight people, 1.1 billion, is equal to

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by Paulina C '13

Are You Pretty?

“In a world of extreme beauty, anyone normal is ugly”.  In the book Uglies, it is established that until 16, kids are repulsive looking. That is why when they turn 16 years old, instead of celebrating their birthday the teenagers get operations that turn them stunningly beautiful. Sound like a fantasy world? Not so fast. This popular teenage novel is not far from reality. A considerable part of the present generation of teenagers go to great extents to obtain better looks, that includs going under the knife of the surgeon. Today’s medical technology allow people to reach high standards of beauty but not

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by Jessi H '11

“Are those real?”

“Are those real?”

This is becoming a more common question when viewing celebrities’ or an average person’s body. It used to be rare to ask if a person’s breasts were fake, now it is almost a shocker when a celebrity’s chest is not. “Plastic Surgery is a medical specialty that uses a number of surgical and nonsurgical techniques to change the appearance and function of a person’s body,” says Wikipedia. But people have only recently de­veloped this craving to

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by Jolijt T '11

6,000 Teens Dead

If a teenager came to school with a gun and murdered 6,000 innocent classmates the whole world would stop with pain. Tragedy would ripple through every heart, people would mourn, blame would be sought, the mental health system would be questioned, and the public would scream, “gun control!”   If 6,000 teens were killed like that every year, life, school, the constitution and teenagers would have to change.

Every year, though,  cars kill 5,000-6,000 teens.  Let me rephrase that, every year, 5,000-6,000 teens in cars accidentally kill them­selves and their friends.  The car is the gun and your gas pedal is the trigger. Cars are