Academy Chronicle


VBCA Series Part 2: Commentary, Opinions, and Pass/Fail

Emily Hashem, Writer

April 28, 2020

  Part 2 - Looking Forward-Pass/Fail LOOKING FORWARD: OPINIONS AND SURVEYS BCA vs Other Schools In a way, the current situation is a massive trial run for the feasibility of virtual schooling. The online school could be implemented for students on sick days, students with long-term illn...

VBCA Series Part 1: VBCA is Good, but How Do We Make it Better?

Emily Hashem

April 1, 2020

This article is part of a series.  Contents:  Part 1  Preface and methods  Survey results and analysis  Updates from student council  Helpful links and resources Part 2  Looking forward Part 3  Repeat survey and updates  PREFACE It’s been a huge adjust...

How Much is Higher Education Worth?

Michelle Kim

December 23, 2019

“It tends to be ingrained from a very young age that we have to go to college and we have to go into a good school to get anywhere in life, and that a college degree is all that matters,” says one anonymous BCA student. “We’re told this by our parents and teachers, and pretty much every adult a...

Fast Fashion: A Global Epidemic

Ming-Jing Qin, Writer

December 8, 2019

  Hidden beneath layers upon layers of beauty and acclaim lies the dark side of the fashion industry; a market that victimizes the poor, feeds off the wealthy, and forces creativity inside a narrow box. The radical shift in our modern culture to fast fashion is a recent global trend that many a...

Late Night Talk Shows and Politics

Rochelle Xavier, Writer

November 14, 2019

  Stephen Colbert on The Late Shows with Stephen Colbert            Across the board, late-night television hosts have been presenting political skits since the early 2000s, but they have only recently caught the public’s attention. The American political climate is the current ho...

Book Review: The Relevance of “Meeting with My Brother” Today

Book Review: The Relevance of “Meeting with My Brother

Michelle Kim

April 25, 2019

When we open up a book, we, as readers, usuallyfollow along, sometimes passively, with the writer’s imagination. Nevertheless, there is writing that sometimes forces an ordinarily acquiescent reader to seriously contemplate what role he or she would play in that story’s imagined reality. In South Kore...

A Look into Watson’s Views on Race and Intelligence

American geneticist James Dewey Watson in front of a drawing of DNA, which he aided in the discovery of.

Michelle Kim

February 12, 2019

James Dewey Watson is known to the BCA community as one of the pioneers in describing the double-helix structure of DNA, but he is also known for his white supremacist sentiments. Due to his controversial statements that imply that black people are biologically less intelligent than whites, Watson is often sh...

The Outlook on Outlook

The Outlook on Outlook

Grace Tan, Assistant Design Editor

November 25, 2017

“Bergen Email Migration”, read the subject line from system admin. Even before the school year started, the August 18th announcement seemed to foreshadow the big changes to come to BCA in 2017. After the migration of student Webapp accounts to Office 365, the biggest changes are the Microsoft services...

The Dangers of Virtual Reality

Su Min Kim, School News Editor

June 14, 2017

I jerk the steering wheel to the left and narrowly avoid a beam of light. Alarm bells go off as an enemy spacecraft clips the wing of my starship. I don’t have much time. Checking my ammunition, I push the gas and – “So, how do you like the game?” the salesman asks. Disoriented, I...

Opinion: On the Bergdahl Prisoner Swap

Matthew Binder

June 19, 2014

The Obama Administration has recently come under flak for a recent prisoner exchange. The prisoner exchange, which exchanged Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five high ranking Taliban officers held at Guantanamo Bay is unpopular among many within the United States. However, I opine that the prisoner exchange w...

The Ideal College

Meena Raman

April 13, 2013

What are the makings of the ideal college? A tranquil environment? An active social scene? Large lecture halls? Small, hands-on courses? Factors in the perfect university seem to differ from person to person. And is there one sole aspect that students look for or dislike in a college? To inve...