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by Anokha V '19

Nepal’s Earthquake: The Aftermath and Relief Efforts

On April 25th, at 11:56 PM, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 claimed thousands of lives in Nepal. As of Friday, May 1st, around 6,300 people were proclaimed dead, and 14,000 people injured. This earthquake claimed 8,836 lives in total (including outside of Nepal), with 21,952 injuries. It took quite long to account for the thousands of people missing, perhaps under rubble and in distant villages. On May 12th, there was an aftershock of 7.3 magnitude, which killed 218 people and injured more than 3,500 people.  The original earthquake had an effect all around Nepal, including Mount Everest. Studies show that the earthquake shrank the the 29,000-foot mountain by at least 3 feet. Due to the earthquake, avalanches occurred on the mountain, killing at least 19 people, and injuring at least 61. This disaster has been the deadliest in Everest history. The effect of the earthquake on Nepal’s tourist industry is also very detrimental. Nepal, a developing country, relies on its historical attractions, such as the Dharahara Tower, which after the earthquake went from 100 feet to a 30 foot pile of rubble. Additionally, due to the fact that many men in Nepal often go far to find decent paying jobs, many women were left to fend entirely for their families after the earthquake. They lost their homes, their animals, and many other things precious to them. However, the most precious things were the children. After the earthquake, an even larger part of these women’s lives was protecting their childrens’ lives.

In order to raise money for Nepal, several advisories have been having bake sales, and Helping Hands has been doing a lot too. Ramisa Bashar ’18 said “Helping Hands has taken the initiative to help Nepal. So we’ve placed boxes in advisories in order to gather money to donate through one of Mr. Lakhaney’s acquaintances stationed in Nepal to work with people there. It’s a very one-on-one sort of thing. We’re also collecting necessities that they may require such as, soap, warm clothing, etc.” 

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by Samantha V '18

New Police Brutality Subcommittee

Recently, police brutality has been a major issue throughout New York City and the United States. These cases and many others involving police brutality caused protests all over America, as most recently seen from the riots in Baltimore. There was a mixture of violent and peaceful protesting against the death of Freddie Gray at the hands of the police.  Being such a significant and controversial topic, BSGE’s Helping Hands decided that students should be allowed to take a stand. A police brutality subcommittee was created to help BSGE students be better informed on what is actually happening.

Members of this new subcommittee feel very strongly about this topic and are willing to do as much as possible to get people to understand how serious of a topic this is. After watching the movie Fruitvale Station, Natalia Blagic ‘18 was deeply affected. She noticed how it related to current cases such as the Eric Garner. After seeing all of this unfairness, she decided to join the police brutality subcommittee. Ramisa Bashar ‘18 joined because she wanted to help advertise how police brutality doesn’t just affect specific races, it affects all people whether they be minorities or not. Another member I talked to, Rayna Barua ‘18, said, “I wanted to join the police brutality committee because there were many recent cases such as the Michael Brown case and the Eric Garner case. It just really intrigued me how police were abusing their power and authority”.

This committee has many plans for the future and they are all looking really well. A future plan is to sell buttons relating to recent, controversial police brutality cases. This will raise awareness towards police brutality and will also help raise money for different charities that help families who have been affected by police brutality. This committee has a lot of potential and we must do our best to help support it. This subcommittee is open to all members of Helping Hands, so if you feel very strongly about this topic, it would be a great idea to join. Be on the look out for new events that will be hosted by the Police Brutality Subcommittee.

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by Faiza T '19

The Job Market Within Social Media

As time progresses, people have found more new and creative ways to make a living. Over the past couple of decades, the internet has become one of the most essential parts of our society. Social media in turn has become one of the fastest and most popular ways to communicate with those not only who are near us, but people who are on the opposite side of the world. One of the most creative “internet jobs” are making videos and uploading them to social media.

Source: SocialTimes
Source: SocialTimes

One person with a great following, Nash Grier, who is the most followed on Vine with an overwhelming number of 13.7 million fans on his combined accounts, posts 6 second videos which receives on average 9 million loops (or views) each and gets payed about $10,000 for every video he makes. Another popular video playing site in which the creators get paid for is YouTube. Pewdiepie, the most subscribed YouTuber with over 36 million subscribers, uploads videos almost everyday, making over $4 million only on ad sales. Other sites that include making money off of video uploads are Snapchat and the live streaming platform, YouNow. Advertising on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter also leads to what is called “internet famous people” who have a vast number of followers and gets paid if they advertise products and companies on their accounts. Social media doesn’t only allow people to make money off of videos or posts, it also inspired many people, such as YouTubers including but not limited to Connor Franta, Shane Dawson, Tanya Burr, Zoe Sugg, Alfie Deyes, Joe Sugg, and Joey Graceffa to write books about their lives and experiences. Social media creates an amazing platform in which people can express themselves, share it with others and create an actual profession out of.

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by Camilla K '18

Gender Gaps In BSGE and Other NYC Public Schools

The number of female students versus male students in high schools varies over New York City. BSGE’s population consists of more female students than male students. Like BSGE, Townsend Harris High School and Forest Hills High School also have a majority of girls attending these schools. On the other hand, Specialized High Schools like Bronx Science and Stuyvesant High School have a majority of boys attending the school.

School Name Female Students (%) Male Students (%)
Baccalaureate School for Global Education 56.49 43.51
Townsend Harris High School 70.57 29.43
Forest Hills High School 52.01 47.99
Bronx Science High School 43.46 56.54
Stuyvesant High School 41.13 58.87 

Why is this? Males score higher on the SHSAT, the test required for attending Specialized High Schools. Along with this, there are more adolescent males in New York City than females. In the US, the ratio of males to females is 105:100. This could obviously contribute to having more boys than girls in high schools.

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by Justin H '17

The Straight Word on Posture

A regular school day in BSGE includes around 285 minutes of sitting, not including a gym or yoga class. Within that time, how we sit in our navy blue with a slight tint of green chairs is a topic that is very much overlooked. So, just what does a “good posture” look like, and why is it so important?

According to the American Chiropractic Association, posture is defined as “the position in which we hold our bodies while standing, sitting, or lying down.” Good posture, also called “neutral spine,” is when the back has three natural curves. The neck and lower back should curve slightly inwards, while the upper back should turn outwards. When your back curves properly, your muscles are more efficient and less likely to be strained, your bones and joints maintain their proper alignment, and your ligaments become less stressed and less prone to damage. However, when these curves are too slight, too exaggerated, or in the wrong direction entirely, your posture is poor and can have negative consequences on your health, causing back injuries and pain.

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http://www.ihpra.com

Good posture looks slightly different depending on if you are sitting, standing, or lying down. Sitting, it involves uncrossed legs, flat feet, knees below hips, a straight back, and forearms parallel to the ground. Good posture when standing is knees slightly bent, legs shoulder-width apart, arms hanging naturally, shoulders pulled backwards, and a straight neck. If you are lying down, the way to keep good posture is to be on your side or back, rather than on your stomach.

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by Abdullah S '20

The Overlooked Part of Your Routine Fruit

Bananas rank amongst some of the most popular fruits in the supermarket. During this last year, the retail giant Walmart reported that bananas sold more than any other item available within the store.

Despite its popularity, not many people know about the history of the banana and contrary to popular belief the scientific findings are eye-opening. Bananas are good for your health, and are packed with vitamins, and nutrients. They are low in calories and contain high amounts of potassium.

That’s the key to the banana’s radioactivity: Potassium. Potassium is essential to the human body, and other complex life forms. It is used to transmit nerve signals and it is commonly found in the membranes of our cells. Potassium comes in 3 different isotopes, one of which possesses radioactive qualities. This isotope is found in almost all fruits that are rich in potassium, and is one of the biggest sources of radioactive exposure on the human body second only to exposure to sunlight. The radioactivity of one banana represents about 1/100 of the radioactive exposure we encounter throughout the

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by Luke M '18

Knicks: Setting Records

The Knicks? Setting records? Most basketball fans are well aware of the Knicks’ inability to win games and rise through NBA standings. So how are they setting records? The Knicks have set a team record for most consecutive losses. Outdoing their previous 12 loss streak in 1984-85, the Knicks suffered their 13th loss recently to the Wizards. Although this was just a small part of the NBA season, it is still quite clear that the Knicks are unable to secure any significant amount of wins. Many Knicks fans wonder how this could possibly be happening with their current roster. But analysis from different experts as well as stats, attribute the Knicks’ lack of success to major flaws in their defense.

Another one of the Knicks most damaging attributes include their abysmal free throw stats. Their current 18.8 and previously 15.4 free throw attempts (FTA) average per game nears some of the worst averages in NBA history. Coach Derek Fisher comments on his teams’ lackluster FTA average by saying, “If we can do a better job of defending without fouling, which would put us into the open floor more, into more transition situations, now we can get some guys that are really good for us in those moments to the front of the basket. And also just as they get more comfortable understanding within the offense where the opportunities are to attack and get downhill and be aggressive as opposed to thinking, ‘OK, let’s just stay in the offense.’” He is clearly singling out the Knicks defense as their main setback, linking it to fatal offensive problems as well.

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by Alexandra C '19

Avengers: Age of Ultron Preview

Avengers: Age of Ultron is a superhero film based on the Avengers team from Marvel Comics. The comics are produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. The movie is the sequel to Marvel’s The Avengers from 2012 and the eleventh movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The movie was created and directed by Joss Whedon and has a cast that includes Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk, Chris Evans as Captain America, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye (Clint Barton), Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver, and Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch. The movie also has James Spader as Ultron, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Paul Bettany as Vision, Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Stellan Skarsgård as Erik Selvig, and Don Cheadle as Colonel James Rhodes. In Avengers: Age of Ultron, the Avengers must work together to defeat Ultron, a technological enemy wanting human extinction.

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After the successful release of the first Avengers movie in May 2012, the sequel was announced. By the time Whedon had completed the first draft of the script, it was April 2013. In June, casting began to take place starting with the re-signing of Downey. Some filming started in February 2014 in South Africa with principal photography taking place between March and August 2014. The film was mostly shot at Shepperton Studios in Surrey, with some scenes filmed in Italy, South Korea, Bangladesh, New York, and various locations around England.

Matthew Olfino ’19, a comic book lover said that the trailer “was very ominous and looked like a horror film because of how the music’s tone was a bit creepy.” He liked the villain’s entrance within the trailer, and how “it has his deep voice being the narrator that becomes more human as the trailer goes on.” Olfino added, “I’m most excited about the X-Men and the Hulk Buster, which is something that I’ve been waiting for to be revealed sometime.

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by Yue Z '19 Uncategorized

Bake Sale Craze at BSGE

Bake sales.  This once-every-two-month, or maybe non-existent treat for most schools are pretty common events at BSGE.  Most students have taken advantage of these delicious events, going into the corridor  in search of a what more-than-likely is a tasty snack.  Others, however, groan in frustration because a) they don’t have enough cash b) they want food but don’t want to spend cash c) they’re just plain tired of the same food items being displayed over and over again in these sales d) some other reason.

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Source: TomoNews US

There are many people who enjoy these bake sales, claiming that these dessert items are one of the things that they look forward to each day.  According to Sophia C ‘19, bake sales basically equals food, and, well, food is good.  Obviously, she has a point.  It’s basically common knowledge that for the most part, cafeteria food plain sucks.  If the bake sale has some partially substantial food such as donuts, dumplings, fried rice, or samosas, many students would be willing to pay the dollar or two instead of eating the mystery meat available for lunch that day.  Even if students bring in their own lunch, desserts such as brownies and carbonated soft drinks are usually not included.  Bake sales give these students a chance to purchase drinks and desserts of their choice.

However, not everyone views the sales as a good thing.  Some students, like Sunny J. ‘19, think that they cause us to spend too much money at once since many bake sales are literally back to back and then all of the sudden, there are none for a long time.  Others, like Matthew D. ‘19 are allergic to foods provided at bake sales and dislike them because they can’t eat anything that is being sold.

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by Annie C '18

Time Magazine’s Person of the Year

Time Magazine’s annual “Person of the Year” article awards and recognizes the most influential person from the previous year.  It began in 1927, and there have been many people nominated for this award since then. There have been some controversies in the past over who won.  For example, in 1938, Adolf Hitler won the title.

The important thing to remember is that the title is for the most influential person, which means this influence could be for good or bad.  There have also been other interesting winners, like in 2006. Time Magazine stated that everyone was person of the year, for contributing to internet websites, such as Wikipedia, YouTube, or Facebook.

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This year, the Ebola fighters were the winners of Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year.” Many are familiar with the epidemic from the news, but these people have experienced it first hand.  The Ebola fighters have risked their lives to save others, even when there was no cure.  Many nurses,

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by Moshan G '17

Brian Williams: Forgive and Forget?

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Source: nbcnews.com

The recent scandal involving Brian Williams, an all-time favorite anchor of the “NBC Nightly News,” has attracted the attention of millions of viewers worldwide. Williams has been under scrutiny after recanting a story he has told for years about being on a helicopter in Iraq that was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG). His exaggerated tale of combat has proven to be detrimental to his career in NBC. “We have decided today to suspend Brian Williams as managing editor and anchor of ‘NBC Nightly News’ for six months,” NBC News President Deborah Turness said in a statement on Tuesday, February 10th. “The suspension will be without pay and is effective immediately. We let Brian know of our decision earlier today. Lester Holt will continue to substitute anchor the ‘NBC Nightly News.’”

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by Hana M '18

iPhones Cause Separation Anxiety

Have you ever felt like you can’t live without your phone? Have you ever felt less like yourself when you’re grounded and don’t have your phone with you? Well, you have a reason to feel this way.

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Source: pixelvulture.com

Recent studies at the University of Missouri show that being away from your iPhone actually causes separation anxiety. People were put in a room and given a crossword puzzle but were told that they could not keep their phones with them due to bluetooth interruptions. The subjects’ heart rates increased and so did their blood pressures. After their phones were taken away, the subjects experienced symptoms of anxiety and their puzzle completion accuracy and speed were very poor.

To further test this, the experimenters called the subjects’ phones and saw their reaction. Since they could not do anything about the ringing phone, they sat there helplessly and felt anxious and disturbed. Doctor Russell Clayton, who was the leader of the experiment says,