May I Ask, Who is this Shirley?

By Maddy Albert

Do you have a burning question that is just too difficult to ask in person? Well never fear, Shirley is here. Ask Shirley is a classic school newspaper advice column, first created for this exact reason: to assist those inquiring minds that may shy away from asking their burning questions to someone they know. Ask Shirley first began a few years ago with an Ask Shirley question box kept in the Maresca to be answered in the monthly Bulletin issues. This year, Ask Shirley was brought online to, in the words of Bulletin editor Molly Charney, “keep it flowing and hopefully more popular.” This hope was brought to fruition as the Shirley column was revitalized as an account. Shirley still remains anonymous as do the inquirers and questions are answered both publicly and in confidence, as well as in a witty and entertaining fashion. Continue reading

Teacher Nicknames

By David Kaminsky

“Ms. Alfonso” is a phrase rarely heard here at Briarcliff High School. Instead of abiding by tradition and referring to all teachers by formal titles and surnames, the custom of a more casual nickname has gradually spread, fostering a more comfortable atmosphere in which students feel at ease to converse with their teachers during class and approach them for help. This practice has diffused from one or two teachers to several of the faculty, perhaps most notably with Ms. Alfonso and Mr. Sandomenico.  Though occasionally to the teachers’ chagrin, these nicknames are almost unanimously cherished by the students and are considered an important addition to the Briarcliff community.

Arguably the most used moniker, especially among the seniors, is “B,” for Mr. Bordonaro. This is also one of the fastest to have caught on, from “my first day teaching” B elaborates. He continues on the iconic shortening, from the full “Bordonaro” to “Mr. B” to simply “B.” The name, which spawned roughly six years ago, has endured at school and is still in frequent use, if one were to ask nearly any senior or upperclassman.



Mr. Sandomenico, or Sandy, is perhaps just as common a nickname as “B.” Sandy, who is known for teaching earth science and physics, among other classes at Briarcliff, has perpetuated as a replacement for “Sandomenico” both in and out of the classroom. As to the origins of Sandy, Mr. Sandomenico expounds “My name is intimidating, a little long: five syllables, so people shortened it to Sandy.” He adds that given that he taught earth science, “sand” and “Sandy” went together too. Like Mr. Bordonaro, it was also established within his first year teaching. Mr. Sandomenico notes that the nickname can also be useful, as students can sense his mood and determine when the time is to revert to his full name.

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March Madness Recap 2014


UConn Wins the National Championship

UConn Wins the National Championship

By Owen Lynch

Every March, sports fans and people across the country strive to make the perfect bracket. This year, one of the wealthiest men in America, Warren Buffett, said that he would give anyone who could make a perfect bracket one billion dollars. Despite the life-changing money that one could earn for doing so, no one was able to make the perfect bracket. In fact, after the first twenty-five games (of 63 in the tourney) only three of the 11 million brackets created on ESPN remained flawless, to put into perspective how many upsets occurred early on. Continue reading

#Insta Days of the Week

By Jasmine Bar

Instagram is an online photo sharing, video-sharing and social networking service that enables its users to take pictures and videos, apply digital filters to them, and share them. Users are also able to record and share short videos lasting for up to 15 seconds. The Instagram app was created by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger and launched in October 2010. The app rapidly gained popularity, with over 150 million active users as of 2014.



A distinctive feature of Instagram is its hashtags. A hashtag is a word or phrase prefixed with the hash symbol (#). On Instagram, pictures with the same hashtags are grouped together. When you search for the hashtag, you can view all the pictures that contain it.

A new form of social networking creativity, typically known as the “Insta days of the week” has arisen on Instagram, and it is made possible by the world of hashtagging. Each day of the week, there is a word or phrase that begins with the same letter of that day’s name. On these particular days, many photos go along with the theme of the weekly Instagram hashtag.

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Spin-A-Thon for Pediatric Cancer

By Lauren Koenig

Pediatric Cancer Club

Pediatric Cancer Club

On Saturday, March 22, the Briarcliff community came together and “spun” for a cause. Organized by BHS sophomore Jordana Cohen, this year’s annual “Spin-A-Thon for Pediatric Cancer” raised $17,500 for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation. “It was a tremendous success,” gushes Cohen. “We raised $2,500 more than last year, which is really great.”

The spin-a-thon took place at SpinSational, the local spin studio, and consisted of 8, half-hour sessions of 35 people each. “It felt like the whole community was there, either spinning or just helping out!” Jordana tells The Bulletin. “Even kids from the middle school were there!” Continue reading

Senior Internships

By Rachel Reisman

As the smell of freshly cut grass floods the halls of BHS, seniors will say goodbye to their familiar school day routine and set off to their respective internship positions. Over the years, the BHS internship program, currently headed by Mrs. Comblo, has provided seniors with opportunities to further their education outside of the classroom. These internships have served as an antidote to the infamous “senioritis epidemic” in the latter months of the year, while also reflecting our student body’s wide array of interests. Continue reading

Pet Spotlight: Furrari McGlew

By Elizabeth Terilli

Furrari McGlew

Furrari McGlew

Furrari, a ten year old German Shepard Terrier, is a unique dog. Her favorite events consist of long walks with her best friend, Scoshi (who lives just a few houses down), running around in the snow, and eating any sweets that were left out unattended (even though dogs shouldn’t eat chocolate). Furrari only is required to eat one meal a day, according to owner of Furrari, freshman Sophia McGlew. In addition, this protective dog barks every time the doorbell rings in fear of an intruder. “The neighbors called the cops because Furrari was barking so loudly,” says Sophia McGlew. Furrari also has a special trick that is quite unusual. Instead of the normal sit down trick, Furrari does a jump and a twirl in hopes of a yummy treat. She was also the smartest dog in her puppy dog training class, as she learned everything before the other canines.