Academy Chronicle

VBCA Series Part 1: VBCA is Good, but is it Good Enough?

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 Opinions, comparisons, and a breakdown of the pass/fail initiative Part 3...

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” Today

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

A Look into Watson’s Views on Race and Intelligence

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...

Happiness With Academy Choice

Happiness With Academy Choice

Jamie Yun Lee and Ashley Kim

May 29, 2018

When we were 8th graders applying to BCA, we all had, at one point, stared at this school's list of academies on our computer screens. Some of us knew which academy to apply to immediately, some were indecisive until the last minute, and still others fell somewhere in between. No matter where on tha...

SUCCESS: The Hopeful Seven-Letter Word

SUCCESS: The Hopeful Seven-Letter Word

Hannah Noh, School News Editor

April 18, 2018

What does the word "success" mean to students here at BCA?

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...

The Roots of Rap and Ignore Fetty Wap

Brian Kehoe

December 9, 2015

"Rich white man rule the nation still/ Only difference is we all slaves now, the chains concealed/ In our thoughts, if I follow my heart to save myself/ Could I run away from 50 mill like Dave Chappelle?" -J.Cole Rap Music: What your grandparents haven't heard and your parents just don't und...

Flying Syringes Deliver Ethical Questions

Flying Syringes Deliver Ethical Questions

David Yang

November 11, 2015

  Reviewing the list of the electives offered for the upcoming trimester, I noticed an interesting class, Entrepreneurial Science Biotech Research & Development, in which students run a virtual biotechnology company. The project the students promote in the class is called the “Flying Syringe,” wh...