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by Jolijt T '11

Throw BACC Thursdays: 30 Minutes With BSGE’s Founder, Bill Stroud

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. 


   Bill Stroud walks the halls of BSGE with the swagger of a man come home. He’s stopped every few feet by people excited to see him, much like Nick Jones walking through a horde of love struck tweens. After a quick conversation about his two sons, Bill moves on to the next colleague desperate for a “hello.”

“[I’m] undeserving of the attention I get,” the founder and former principal of BSGE humbly admits. BSGE however, doesn’t agree. “If it wasn’t for Bill you and I wouldn’t be having this conversation,” college counselor and community organizer, Peter Wilson rightfully notes.
And not only former colleagues idolize Bill. When asked what she thinks of him, senior Monae Dudley, who still remembers the school’s early days at Wagner High, says, “I love Bill, [he] was the greatest.” Monae adds, “His dream was

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Throw BACC Thursdays: BSGE Votes; Obama Prevails

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. 

On Monday, November 3rd BSGE students cast their ballot for the President of the United States. For many it was a first, for some seniors it was practice for  the next day.
The  mock election was sponsored by The BACC Rag. Students voted during their lunch period. At the booth the student would sign next to their name and then fill in the oval corresponding to the candidate of their choice.
This first time event helped students better grasp the significance of the  election. It gave students a chance to voice their opinions and opened many disscusions about the nature of politics and the responsibility of voting.
Obama won at the election BSGE too but by a much larger margin then the national election. Obama won 78% of the school’s vote. This is even higher than in New York City where Obama won by 62%.

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Throw BACC Thursdays: BSGE’s New Mascot

The votes are in and Sting the IB is the new school mascot! His motto? “I think therefore IB.” Congratulations to the Student Council, John Milan (the artist), and the BSGE community.
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by Simran V '11

Throw BACC Thursdays: Lounge Night: BSGE’s Most Successful Event Yet

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. 

As the lights went down and the spotlight hit the ‘stage,’ the crowd screamed in anticipation for the different performers to come out. People pushed each other to get to the front  to see Lenny Herrera, who hosted the event. After Lenny did a comedy skit mocking a few lucky (or unlucky) BSGE students, Oliver Ponce and Jimmy Turturo came out and got the crowd riled up by playing ‘Dialogue with the Star’ by In Flames. They played the metal song flawlessly on the guitars and dedicated the song to all the girls in the crowd with braces.
Next came Dominique Coticchio and Tiffany Callegari who sang covers of two songs by Alanis Morissette. Their amazing vocals along with the acoustic guitar got the crowd really pumped. After an introduction by Lenny, Sammy Levine’s band, Heroes came out and did a great cover of ‘Buddy Holly’ by Weezer. Then was Rajiv Mahajan, BSGE’s French teacher who played his acoustic guitar while he sang two original and extremely soulful pieces—the latter of which was aptly dedicated to the people of Haiti.
The night got more and more exciting as other performers performed different genres of music, which definitely reached out to