by Anokha V '19

Opinion: Dear Media, young people are more capable than taking selfies.

Is the media trying too hard to get the attention of our generation?

Selfie is a new show starring Karen Gillan, a former actor on Britain’s Doctor Who, who portrays Eliza Dooley, a twenty-something with the world of social media dominating her life.


Many shows like Selfie are attempting to gain a wider audience by relating to young people as well. It seems that marketers working for these shows believe that in order to get teens to watch their material, there has to be references to social media within the script. Why are teenagers always seen as technology-obsessed, narcissistic people?  In an an article from the British news site, The Independent, Jonathan Birdwell, head of the citizenship program at Demos and author of the report, commented: “People think of teenagers as apathetic, lazy and self-centered,

by Moshan G '17

Tragedy Strikes Flushing Family

On Tuesday morning, September 9th, a Queens resident murdered his wife and son in their Flushing apartment, then set their apartment on fire and committed suicide. This double murder-suicide was later discovered by firefighters and police who responded to the flames.

The bodies of Lee Jong-hoon, 50, Lee Sung-hae, 54, and their son, Brian Lee, 16, were found stacked on top of each other in the 6th floor apartment living room at the Blair House at 143-40 Roosevelt Avenue. The bodies were already burned to the point in which none could be identified. It was later discovered that the elder Mr.Lee had left a note –  in Korean – for his relative. In the note, Lee described the family’s financial troubles and about being unable to pay the rent. A 2005 bankruptcy filing showed that the family had $100,000 in debt. According to an official from Flushing City Council Member Peter Koo’s office, the father was severely injured from a 2011 car accident that led to his deteriorating health which threatened his life: “If I die myself, it will cause too many problems for my child and wife,” Mr. Lee said in the note.

Mother, Lee Sung-hae and son, Brian Lee were victims to the Flushing murder on September 9th, just a day after NYC public school began.
Mother, Lee Sung-hae and son, Brian Lee were victims to the Flushing murder on September 9th.

The bodies were found at roughly 5:30 a.m., after police and firefighters had responded to a neighbor’s call about smoke coming out of the 6th floor apartment window. Stab wounds were found on the bodies of all three people. A knife that was wet with

by Jonathan Z '18

Farina Takes Office and Implements New Changes to School System

With the arrival of New York City’s newest mayor, Bill de Blasio, new policies are starting to take effect in NYC public schools.  At the start of his term and even during his mayoral campaign, de Blasio promised to bring major reforms to education in New York City. De Blasio started this off by replacing many held government positions in citywide agencies, which were previously appointed by former mayor Michael Bloomberg. De Blasio makes it clear that he intends to replace many of his predecessor’s policies.


Replacing Dennis Walcott as school chancellor is Carmen Farina, a former New York City schoolteacher. With Farina in charge of the nation’s largest education system, policies consistent with Bloomberg’s administration were generally dismissed. In a press conference, she described her plan through “five C’s and an E.” Through this breakdown she called for collaboration, communication, capacity building, curriculum enhancement, celebration and efficiency within the city’s schools. Farina, following de Blasio’s agenda, opposed the sole use of standardized testing to check student performance.

A decade prior to today, schools based many of their student promotion policies on testing, most notably on state and regents exams taken every year by students. Instead of this

by Samantha V '18

Battle of the Social Networks

Being a student at BSGE means a busy schedule and no social life on school days. Each day often consists of waking up early to finish homework from the previous night, going to school, and staying up late to make an attempt at completing the homework due the next day. Students follow this routine from Monday to Friday and might even spill into the weekend. After all that work, students do need to relax, and they do this through social networking.

Facebook is the most popular social network that currently exists in the world. Approximately, there are 1,310,000,000 active users on Facebook. Facebook is an easy way to interact with family members, and for the students, their friends. A Facebook user can post basically anything including what he or she is doing at any moment to pictures of where the user is or what the person is eating. The Facebook mobile app makes the website portable for quick and easy posts.

battle of social networks


by Ausra P '18

Tough Relations Between Ukraine and Russia

The world has been watching Ukraine’s crisis that has been going on since Autumn of 2013. If you haven’t been keeping up with the news, Ukrainians have debated whether their country should agree to join the European Union (also known as E.U) or continue to hold strong ties with Russia. The country has been literally split in half.


The western part of the country mainly supports the idea of merging with the E.U. Their explanations are that joining with the E.U promotes free movement of people, goods, and services. If under the E.U., Ukraine would operate as a state of a country rather than an actual country. The eastern part of Ukraine mainly supports stronger ties with Russia. This would involve not joining the E.U. Russians don’t want to lose Ukraine because they do not want to share resources.

Disputes between Ukrainians have become so tense that in March, Crimea seceded from Ukraine to join Russia. Tuesday, March 18, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a treaty that announced Crimea would be part of Russia. Many Ukrainian officials and the Ukrainian president criticized the treaty. They stated that it was illegal by the Ukrainian constitution for Crimea to secede. Russian officials and President Putin on the other hand stated it was legal according to the first article of the U.N. charter.

by Annie C '18

BSGE’s Rubik’s Cube Sensation

Different types of Rubik’s contraptions

In 1974, Erno Rubiks created the first Rubiks Cube. Born on July 13, 1944 in Hungary, Erno became a professor in the Academy of Applied Arts and Design in Budapest. His passion for 3-D objects led him to envision a three dimensional cube that would have moving pieces on each face. In 1974, he constructed the first wooden Rubiks Cube.

In a twist of irony, the creator realized that he couldn’t “fix” the cube. He puzzled over the cube for many days, but could never return the cube to its solved state. It took him more than a month before his first solve. Enthralled by his creation, he shared it with the students, his town, and eventually the world. No one could figure it out. In 1975, Rubiks established a deal that would mass produce his Rubiks cubes, and in 1977, they began to appear in stores in Budapest. It wasn’t until 1980, that the first rubiks cubes appeared in the western markets. By 1982, over 100 million rubiks cubes were sold, making it one of the most popular toys to date. People worldwide went wild over this new product, and were completely awestruck when they realized they couldn’t solve the rubiks cube.

The rubiks cube has exactly 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 different configurations. In the mid 1980s, several books were published showing people how to solve the rubiks cube. The first official rubiks cube tournament was held in Budapest in 1982. People were drawn into the world of speed solving. Today, the rubiks cube is no longer a secret, as people have figured out multiple methods of solving the cube.

by Lydia S '15

Astoria Hospital Mount Sinai Announces Reconstruction Project

The Mount Sinai Queens Hospital located twenty minutes away walking distance from BSGE is known for being shabby-looking and not very inviting when looking for a remedy to your injury. But recently the hospital on 30th Avenue formally announced their $125 million building expansion project that will add medical departments open for local residents.

A new building will be added to the hospital which will include an expanded emergency department, more operating rooms, new medical practice offering primary care, specialty care, and urgent care and more diagnostic and laboratory services. Patients will be immediately attended to now that the hospital has not only more space but more equipment and money as well.

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney was one of the many

by Michael X '18

NYSED Makes New Common Core Learning Standards

Common Core Learning Standards are a set of new benchmarks created by the New York State Education Department to push students academically. The goal of these new standards are to provide students with a more solid education. There are Common Core Learning Standards in English and Math. An example of one of these Common Core Learning Standards was posted on the NYSED website saying, “In English, when drawing evidence from literary and informational texts, students will demonstrate their comprehension skill in relation to specific standards”. Students will also need to use appropriate evidence to support claims and counterclaims. In Mathematics, students must delve more deeply in fewer and more specific topics rather than

by Jolijt T '11

Word from the Real World: Jolijt Tamanaha

Towards the end of my senior year at BSGE, one of my friends, Kristopher Kesoglides said: “college is what you make it.” Now that it is the end of my freshman year at Washington University in St. Louis, I can confidently say that he couldn’t have been more right.
Seniors, you can spend the next four years hating where you are. It’s easy, I’ll tell you how: arrive knowing you’re going to hate the school, judge your classmates immediately, and blame everyone else for everything that goes wrong.
Or you can spend the next four years indifferent to where you are. It’s even easier: don’t sign up for activities, only talk to people who talk to you, and take classes you know you’ll do well in.
Or you can spend the next four years loving where you are. That’s a lot harder and I can’t tell you how. But I can tell you that I love it at Wash U.
Some people are unbearably strange and others are unbearably annoying. Some classes are so boring and others are so difficult. I’ve spent many weekends doing nothing but trying desperately to catch up on work.  Yet, I absolutely love it. I avoid the annoying people, entertain myself by staring at the strange people, drop the boring classes, and work through the difficult ones. I’ve made friends who are fascinating, loving, and fun. I’ve had amazing experiences. And I still get three more years.
It’s not always sunshine and butterflies. Sometimes I love it less. Right now, I’m sick of studying for finals, sick of writing essays, and sick of my tiny dorm room. But it’s still only partially cloudy (please excuse my nauseatingly corny extended metaphor).
So Seniors, please don’t stress about where you’re going. You’ll love it if you let yourself love it. Have a great summer everyone. And congratulations to the Seniors!

by Adam P '09

Word From the Real World: Adam Popper

Hello and greetings from Boston College. It’s starting to get chilly up here in Massachusetts, so I find myself invigorated into talking about my experiences at college. For all those seniors dreading the end of the college application process and all those juniors who are dreading the beginning, let me assure you all of something very important: there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Just two months ago I was terrified of coming here and to be faced with having to have to meet new people and adapt to an entirely new way of life. But don’t deduce that college is in any way overwhelming, because for those of you are preparing yourselves now, the transition will be a piece of cake.
But I feel I need to say that for me college got off to a rather bumpy start. I arrived here

by Marcelo T '08

Word from the Real World: Marcelo Triana

Sitting at the tiny wood table, cups
of coffee littered the room. Towards
my right, five people slaved away
over their computers. With the hopefully
notion that my Spring Break
would be relaxing, I needed to finish
my political science paper on Mark
Andrejevic’s book about the manipulative
and harmful nature of modern
technology. Political science always
left me wanting for more, more
knowledge, more moments where I

by Marissa R '08

Word from the Real World: Marisa Reichel

So its one week until I have officially
completed my freshman year.
I know most kids on the verge of
leaving home for college can barely
contain their excitement. I was
absolutely not one of those kids. For
the most part I loved high school and
was not particularly eager to leave
and close that chapter of my life. It