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by Jolijt T '11

Free MetroCards still in danger

Students, teachers, parents, and apparently Mayor Bloomberg have spent the past few months fighting to keep the free student metrocards.  It is still, however, hard to predict whether or not they will exist next school year. The MTA has proposed that next year all students get half-fare metrocards and that then, in September of 2011, students no longer receive any metrocards.
Students who take the subway or bus, both to and from school, will end up paying about $900 a year for transportation. That’s $3,600 for four years of high school.
New York State has been hit hard by the current economic recession and

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by Michelle N '15

Two Days In One Year, Snow Kidding?

As winter arrives and snow begins to fall, most students are thrilled with the prospects of a snow day. This year, New York City schools got two snow days, a first for most students. Last Friday’s day off left New York City students with a blissful three-day weekend. It was a late decision, announced early Friday morning.
February 25th’s storm accumulated a total of 20 inches in New York City, making it the fourth largest storm in NYC history. The storm also caused the coining of the term “snowicane” by the weather service AccuWeather, used to describe the dangerous hurricane-like dangers associated with the storm. The day before,

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by Simran V '11

Student Metrocards in Danger

With the start of the new semester, New York City students were issued what could be their last student MetroCards. As New York City students, we have always had the privilege of receiving student MetroCards, which allot three rides per day Monday through Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m, only for days when school is in session. By September, however, there will be about 584,000 NYC students sans student MetroCards every weekday, according to the MTA website, http://www.mta.info. The MTA has recently been hit with budget cuts that have forced them to consider taking away these student MetroCards—affecting NYC students who get either free or half-fare MetroCards. Getting rid of

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by Olivia W '14

NYC Blood shortage

New York’s blood banks have seen a large drop in their blood supplies this year.  The large amounts of snow and harsh weather have caused many blood drives to be canceled and many people have not been volunteering. The Red Cross is desperately in need of blood types O negative and B negative, and is asking people to donate as soon as possible.  Hospitals need these types of blood in order for doctors to perform certain types of surgery.  Hospitals are now asking the public for help which they have never had to do it the past.  Many people getting the flu at this time of the year also contributes to the decline of blood donation. You are not eligible to give blood if you are not 100% healthy, and this affects the amount of blood the Red Cross has been receiving.
Hospitals save blood for future years just in

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by Olivia W '14

Mayor Bloomberg says, “Let them eat cake…not!!!”

At the end of last school year, on June 29th, Mayor Bloomberg issued a new decree that stated that there would be no more bake sales in New York City public schools. His main intention was to try to lower the obesity rates of students, but his actions are still getting negative feedback from many students and teachers. Not only did students lose their favorite way of getting their weekly sweets, but also schools are losing money that they usually can count on from sales. Bloomberg’s efforts to control student weight issues have resulted with mixed feelings from New Yorkers.
Bloomberg also made the regulation be put into action near the end of school last year. That way, no one would really fight for their right to have bake sales over the summer. As students made their way back to school

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by Erin C '14

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 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

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by Jolijt T '11

Teens in NYC: Time Warner Center

Things you can do here: eat, shop

Rating (out of five): 4 stars

Cost: $0, if all you want to do is walk around and look, about $10 if you want lunch.

Location: Columbus Circle, southwest corner of

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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 Nathan N '11

Budget Cuts Lead to Protest

On Thursday, January 31st New York City schools experienced major budget cuts, ranging from 9,000 dollars to over 450,000 dollars per school (according to the New York Times).  This means each school loses around 1.75 percent of its budget.  The entire City Education system is loosing $180 million.  Principals and teachers are

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by Kristen S '11

Gross Subway Cars

Almost everyday, more than half of BSGE’s students take public transportation, whether it be the bus or train (at times both), to and from school.  By it becoming a part of our daily routine, we at times neglect the filth that we are riding in.  Yet, when a person is asked how dirty the subways are, a look of disgust comes across their face.  Many people take such precautions as to not touching the bar to help hold them up during the ride.  In reality, we take a lot of these things to extremes, whereas we ignore the bacteria that live in the sponges we use to clean our kitchens.  Actually, the

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by BACC Rag staff

Subway Safety Tips

1. Do not stare at anybody.
2. Try to take the subway with
friends or a group.
3. While waiting for a train do
not stand to close to the track.
4. Fooling around near the
tracks is not funny, what if you
slip and fall in.
5. Always keep an eye on your
belongings. Keep bags on your

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by BACC Rag staff

Things in NYC

New York City has many things to offer. There are hundreds of shopping areas, restaurants,shows etc. For everyone who has nothing to do over the summer, here are some places to hang out and explore. If you like strolling around by yourself or with friends, then you can go to Times Square. There you will be able to find fun stores and mini malls, restaurants, some strange people (like the Naked Cowboy), and Broadway plays. The streets are always busy and youʼll never get bored. There are places like The Hard Rock Café, designer stores, fun little shops with collectables and more. Going with friends will