The Science Survey

The Loopholes of the Plastic Bag Ban

Artist Inphltrate depicts a plastic bag that reads “no thank you” on the streets of Brooklyn, contradicting the trademark takeout bags that read, “thank you.”

Darlene Park, Staff Reporter

April 7, 2020

From harming all marine life to creating environmental problems, plastic bags are hazardous to human beings and the environment. Today, the vast majority of our bags end up in landfills, incinerators, or waterways and the oceans. When plastic interacts with water, hazardous chemicals form, degrading...

Arming America’s Teachers: A Deeply Flawed Argument

Bronx Science History teacher Ms. Sagalchik believes that “We need to be pushing for schools to feel more like an extension of our communities and less like places of regimented control”, and agrees that introducing guns into schools is not the way to accomplish this.

Michael Toscano, Staff Reporter

April 7, 2020

Can you imagine your teacher carrying a gun in class? Just the thought would make most students feel uncomfortable. While it may sound absurd, states such as Texas and Florida are now permitting school teachers to carry weapons in the classroom.  In response to the recent increase in gun violence in the United...

Sinophobia Escalates as the Coronavirus Spreads

Rachel Koon ’21, right, hands a face mask to her friend, Ummol Fatema ’21, who has a cold. “I really think everyone should do their part to take care of themselves and not endanger others. However, that doesn’t mean we should be fearful of stereotypes and be racist,” said Fatema.

Montana Lee and Byul Sak

April 6, 2020

The response to COVID-19 has been anything but uniform. State governments scramble to contain the pandemic as the president who “takes no responsibility” falsely asserts his “complete authority.” While unscientific coronavirus skeptics and trolls continue to tweet about the “Chinese virus,” ...

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Ria Cha, Staff Reporter

March 18, 2020

You’re Cancelled! Cancel Culture as a Tool For Bullying and Harassment

Raisa Barshai ‘22 believes that it is irresponsible for people to cancel individuals based on minor, personal and non harmful incidents.

Victoria Diaz, Staff Reporter

March 18, 2020

With the introduction of social media, everyday people now have individual platforms to share their ideas and voice their opinions. Preceding various social media movements such as #MeToo, the cancel culture movement was introduced. When someone, especially a public figure, is “canceled," that person is...

The Bolivian Crisis: Why We Should Care

Evan Rothstein ’21 mentions both the upsides and downsides of Evo Morales’ rule, showing this situation is not just right or wrong.

Scott Ernsberger, Staff Reporter

March 18, 2020

Evo Morales has been the leader of Bolivia for over a decade, and has recently stepped down from his position. However, the circumstances in which he has resigned are murky. Morales calls it a coup with foreign involvement, while defenders of the change in power call it a result of natural domestic pr...

Social Media Has Polarized Our World

Adiba Aishi ’21 gets most of her news from various different online platforms and predicts that many others will follow as social media’s presence continues to grow.

Ruhika Ponda, Staff Reporter

March 18, 2020

Over the course of the last decade, one of the biggest changes has been the rise of the internet and social media. Facebook, founded in 2004, essentially kickstarted the use of online social platforms. Since then, other outlets, such as Instagram and Twitter, have become a source of news and entertainm...

Fee Waivers Should Be Provided on a Case-by-Case Basis

Janice Liu ’20 acknowledges the alleviation that financial aid systems have granted her, but also strongly contemplates the disparity between her outlook on the college application process and the outlook of peers who may not have such support.

Pamela Li, Staff Reporter

March 18, 2020

It’s no question that a college education is becoming more and more of a staple in the lives of young people in the United States today. With everything ranging from application fees to standardized testing, however, nearly every factor of the college application process comes at a cost— a very high ...

Loud and Proud?

Emma Tierstan-Nyman ’20 in her “söderböna” shirt, which loosely translates to “a girl from Söder” in Swedish.

Leann Goldberg, Staff Reporter

March 18, 2020

With the growth of media and the internet, political involvement and knowledge have grown more widespread and complex. Younger generations have been getting increasingly involved in politics as a result of this growing accessibility. However, this involvement is often still heavily influenced by the...

SAT Prep: Practice Makes Perfect!

Yasin Karim ’21 believes that self studying for the SAT is an effective strategy because he values the freedom that it provides for him.

Jaymie Paredes, Staff Reporter

March 18, 2020

In an academically rigorous environment such as Bronx Science, it’s no doubt that many students place a heavy emphasis on grades. An even heavier emphasis, however, is placed on the Scholastic Aptitude Test, more commonly known as the SAT, because of the large role that it plays in college admissions....

Death of the Oeuvre

“I believe it's okay for students to keep reading famous authors who are known to be racist as long as [the work] is acknowledged and read for literary technique as opposed to hateful content,” said Sophia Korono ’20, president of the Jewish Student Union, pictured here reading Sylvia Plath's 'The Bell Jar.'

Sylvie Koenigsberg, Staff Reporter

March 17, 2020

The issue of whether to separate an artist from their art is certainly not a new one, especially when it comes to individuals who were, even for their time, far from politically correct.  Sylvia Plath (1932-1963)  is mostly known today as a feminist poet, hailed and taught worldwide. Bu...

An Epidemic of Anti-Transgender Violence Calls For A System Change

Emilia Lord ’20 participates in a discussion in the Gender Sexuality Alliance club; she believes that everyone—even and especially cis-allies—should actively participate in ending the anti-trans epidemic.

Edie Fine, Staff Reporter

March 17, 2020

The last reported murder of a trans individual in 2019  was on December 19th. Yahira Nesby, a black trans woman, was gunned down in her apartment in Brooklyn. According to her friends, “every time [Nesby was] around [she] put a smile on my face and others.” An active member of the New York Bal...

To Have a Home

With homelessness rapidly rising in New York, students like Subha Laskar ’20 take initiative in finding ways to combat the issue. “After researching the homelessness problem, I realized that we need to do something about it. If we put in enough work and resources, more people will have homes,” said Laskar.

Arona Islam, Staff Reporter

March 17, 2020

What does it mean to have a home? Is it a place to sleep every night? Is it a place to spend time with family and friends? Is it a place to eat and care for oneself? While the meaning of a home varies per individual, we can all agree that every person deserves a place to call home. For over 114,00...

Could You Stand in Judgement of Another’s Life?

“It’s difficult to both remedy the root cause of institutionalized racism and ingrained stereotypes and to ensure that the people chosen to enforce criminal punishment are suitably conditioned to disregard any societal bias against people of color,” said Max Schrader ’21.

Julia Sperling, Staff Reporter

March 17, 2020

In 1989, Carlos DeLuna was executed for a crime he did not commit. He was accused of stabbing Wanda Lopez six years prior in Corpus Christi, Texas. Since his arrest and through the totality of his imprisonment, DeLuna asserted not only that he did not murder Lopez, but that he knew who did- his “to...

How To Get Away With Murder

Congressional Debate Captains Arjun Mazumdar '19 and Jonathan Bar-On '20, respectively, both agree that Trump’s presidential pardons have gone too far. “Trump’s pardons set a dangerous precedent that future administrations need not be beholden to the law, but rather can use the law as a tool to shape society as they wish,” Mazumdar ’19 said.

Benjamin Oestericher, Staff Reporter

March 16, 2020

In July of 2012, nearly two dozen American soldiers were on patrol in a valley in Southern Afghanistan when a motorcycle sped toward the Taliban stronghold they were in. American commanders ordered the motorcycle to stop, but it continued to speed along. When the motorcycle neared 200 yards away from the ...

The Problem with the MTA’s Plan to Combat Fare Evasion

“This proposal is clearly a ruse to aggressively police low-income and homeless New Yorkers,” Michael Sisitzky, the lead policy counsel at New York Civil Liberties Union, said of the MTA’s plan to increase police officers. “The city would be better served diverting resources toward solutions that would address poverty, not criminalize it.”

Yona Litwin, Staff Reporter

March 6, 2020

This summer the MTA implemented a series of policies to combat fare evasion, including spending $249 million over the next four years to hire 500 new police officers and increasing the fine for tax evasion to $100. Surrounding these new policies have been a large amount of controversy amid viral video...

Safety in Rideshare Companies

Chloe Luk ’20 discusses her concerns about safety in Uber rides and how the new release of statistics could be beneficial.

Pinkey Lam, Staff Reporter

March 6, 2020

The New York City MTA is often characterized as a dangerous mode of transportation at night. Thus, many of us who do not drive use an alternative method of transportation: rideshare apps. The use of apps like Uber and Lyft has increased considerably since 2015 as technology is making it easier for more co...

Hidden Likes: A Toxic Feature or Depressurizing Amendment?

One of the ways Enza Jonas Giugni '21 shows love and support for her friends is by contributing ‘likes’ on their Instagram posts.

Samama Moontaha, Staff Reporter

March 5, 2020

With endless hashtags, fun filters, and hour-long videos on IGTV, Instagram has become a hub for sharing memories with friends, family and even strangers. Instagram has made a space for itself as a standout amongst the most utilized online networking platforms. Instagram is one of the most vital platfo...

Is “Boomer” a Slur?

Scott Ernsberger ’21 has strong opinions regarding the ‘Okay Boomer’ slur.

Alisha Wang, Staff Reporter

March 5, 2020

The older and younger generations have always been at each other’s throats, quarrelling with current events and the changes in culture over the decades. Generational debates have been sprawled throughout various social media platforms, particularly Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and even the highly sc...

Is a Shorter School Week Worth a Great Compromise?

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Michael Toscano, Staff Reporter

March 5, 2020

Do you hate Mondays? Who doesn't? Ask any student and they will agree that after a hectic five day school week, weekends never feel long enough to fully de-stress. This also holds true for many Bronx Science students, to whom the weekend can seem like a short pause in the never-ending marathon that ...

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