Middle School Power Outage Leads to Largest Game of Hide-and-Seek in District History

By Feroze Mohideen On Friday, December 11th, the power supply to Briarcliff Middle School was cut, while that of the high school remained functional. As you probably know, much to the chagrin of older siblings, middle-schoolers were not required to attend classes that day, yet high-schoolers had a normal school schedule. What you may not be aware of, however – especially if you aren’t blessed … Continue reading Middle School Power Outage Leads to Largest Game of Hide-and-Seek in District History

I Sold My Soul to the Cloud – and You May Have Too

By Feroze Mohideen Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz probably said it best in a conversation from a hit movie of this year: Jay: “It went up! It went up to the cloud!” Annie: “And you can’t get it down from the cloud?” Jay: “Nobody understands the cloud! It’s a [expletive] mystery!” Jay was right; the “cloud” can be a riddle, wrapped in a [expletive] mystery, inside an … Continue reading I Sold My Soul to the Cloud – and You May Have Too

Out With the Old, In With the Old

By Josh Gottlieb As we approach the New Year, one of the biggest stories here at Briarcliff High School is the administration’s decision to eliminate midterm week. Let me be clear – I am all for teachers testing students on the entire curriculum learned up to the half-way point of the year. This school needs to test its students at this time. However, midterms were … Continue reading Out With the Old, In With the Old

Aspiring Prom Queen Disappointed No Such Title Exists

By Tamar Honig

As the calendar crept closer to May 30, students here at Briarcliff High School were in a frenzy finding the perfect gown, devising the ultimate proposal, matching cummerbunds and dresses down to the exact hue, and devoting hours of careful deliberation to selecting the most flattering hairstyle, shoes, and accessories. Some went more all-out than others. And then there were those who would stop at nothing to ensure that they would be the social rulers of this once in a lifetime event. Continue reading “Aspiring Prom Queen Disappointed No Such Title Exists”

Substitute Teachers for Dummies

By Brandon Fuhr

Everyone dreads it, no one does it, and it’s never graded. No, not math homework. I’m talking about busy work you have to do when your teacher is out.

It’s that time of year again. You are stuck in class with substitute teachers and busy work. So before you draw your next T-chart, read this: your one-stop guide to substitute teachers. Continue reading “Substitute Teachers for Dummies”

The Benefits of Procrastination

By Diana Wexler

I am a procrastinator. And despite negative connotations associated with procrastination, I am a great advocate of the practice. Forget the type A personalities, the typical go-getters of the world and throw away the mantra of “don’t leave everything for the last minute.” Because inactivity is not just relaxing; it is also productive and effective under the right guidance. Continue reading “The Benefits of Procrastination”

Averting Prom Disaster

By Diana Wexler

“OMG he is wearing the same tuxedo as me! This is a disaster!” is something that will never be said at the Briarcliff High School Senior Prom. Neither is “OMG, she is wearing the same dress as me! This is a disaster!” but for an entirely different reason. The former is due to a combination of facts that include 1) nobody notices which tuxedos look the same, 2) nobody cares and 3) no really, nobody cares. However, the latter is the sole result of the Facebook group “Prom Dresses 2013”, specifically designed to eliminate the horror, confrontations, and ultimately tears that result from wearing the same outfit as someone else on the most important day of a girl’s high school career. Continue reading “Averting Prom Disaster”

Slurping & Animal Noises: Greatest Senior Fad of All Time

By Sydney Hoff

Spanish teacher Mr. Muranelli refers to them as mating calls: “There are going to be some pretty excited Canadian Geese around here.”

This winter, BHS did not experience a swine flu or strep throat epidemic but instead, a prolonged, rampant case of senioritis that has not subsided with the onset of spring. Symptoms of the disease? Animal noises, throat clearing, slurping and clapping. The afflicted? The senior class, mostly its male population. The cure? Unknown.

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