The 2015 Collab (Volume 43) is HERE!

The 2015 edition of Collab is here – and this is the earliest we’ve ever been able to announce that!

If you are interested in purchasing a copy, the cost is $10. Between now and April 15, if you bring in a receipt from Out of Print Clothing of at least $25, you will receive a $5 discount for Volume 43.

To buy a copy, please visit our sales table at lunch, or see Mr. Lally in the English hall. You can also ask our head editing staff of: Havanah Becker, Neil Ford, Kavya Sebastian, and Jill Sullivan, who will be able to get you a copy as well.

You can also click on the link in the header of this page, where you can purchase a copy with your credit card (no charge for shipping).

And most important, congratulations to the staff for turning out another excellent magazine, and to the students whose work makes this magazine what it is!

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Sales for Collab Vol. 43 Start Monday

Starting Monday, 3/30, we’ll have a sales table in the cafeteria lobby during lunch for the latest edition of Collab, which is scheduled to arrive either this week or next. The magazine costs $10 and features the original fiction, poetry, artwork and essays of BHS students, selected by our staff of student editors.

If you cannot pick up a copy at lunch, you can see Mr. Lally to purchase one.

In the past 2 years, Collab has been one of the top high school literary magazines in the US according to the the 2013 NCTE literary magazine competition, and received First Place recognition in the 2014 ASPA contest. The 2015 edition looks to be equally strong! Order yours today!

Volume 43 Has Gone Out to the Printers

Due to the hard work of the editing staff today after school, Volume 43 of Collab is now completed, and has been sent out to the printers. We expect that we will receive the magazine in approximately 2 weeks. Pre-orders will begin at the BHS Open House, and will continue until the magazines arrive. See Mr. Lally or our head editors (Havanah Becker, Neil Ford, Kavya Sebastian, and Jillian Sullivan) if you are interested in ordering an advance copy.

Support Collab With the Out of Print Clothing Fundraiser

The 2015 edition of Collab is very close to being sent to the printers, and as we await the arrival of our latest edition, we would like to announce the opening of our annual Out of Print Clothing fundraiser. Out of Print is an online store that sells literary-themed clothing and accessories for the bibliophile in your life. If you click on the above link, you will be taken to the Out of Print Clothing website, where you can pick from a large selection of t-shirts (men’s, women’s, kids’ and even onesies), as well as jewelry, tote bags, phone cases, and notebooks that allow you to show off your literary preferences. As a reminder of some of the items up for sale, check out the display case in the English hallway, or browse through the slideshow below.

From March 15 to April 15, 30% of all purchases that use the link on this page will be donated to Collab. Shipping is free for all orders above $60, and if anyone brings in a receipt for any purchase of $25 or more to Mr. Lally, you will receive a $5 discount off of the next volume of Collab (regular price: $10). And this time around, as long as you use the link on this page, you don’t have to type in a code of any sort – your purchase will automatically go toward the Collab fundraiser.

The proceeds from this fundraiser will allow us to purchase prizes for our 2015-16 literary contests, and will let us pay for the entry fees for the NCTE and ASPA literary magazine contests.

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2015 Final Thoughts Winner – Unlimited by Michael Seleman

by Michael Seleman

I’ve always been the son, the student, and the brother. Three primary and definitive roles, accompanied by many more, have determined my being through a long list of social guidelines and expectations. All that I was, I was relative to others, i.e. parents, siblings, other students. Report cards, academic awards, and extracurricular achievements gave me the validation needed to fuel my complacency. The person I was beyond these primary roles, mattered not, because this was all I needed to be, or so I was told, and “success” always seemed so readily accessible.

That is, until I dared to commit likely the most drastic act of teenage rebellion humanly possibly; I grew out my hair.

For most of my life I’ve been neatly groomed, per my parents’ request. Never was I permitted to set foot out of the house without my hair, a lofty centimeter in length, combed “presentably.” And for a while, I was perfectly content with this; I’m sure I looked quite spiffy with my conservative haircut, one that proved immutable even in the face of the most powerful gusts of wind Mother Nature might throw my way.

But suddenly, and rather inexplicably, I felt restricted, contained within the metric boundary of my hair. I wasn’t one to express myself through a risqué hairdo, but it irked me that I had never satisfied my curiosity to experiment. Cutting my hair seemed to be inhibiting something more than just hair growth.

Months passed, and having now refused three appointments at Ray’s Barber Shop, my hair had grown to an unprecedented length. Though they dared not force my hand, my parents and friends alike were adamant that a haircut was long overdue. Yet every time I stole a glance at my bedroom mirror, I was surprisingly pleased. The miniature Afro (Egyptian genes at work) was here to stay.

But why bother maintaining something so trivial? Admittedly, it wasn’t the hair that captivated me as I looked briefly into the mirror. It was the man, barely recognizable, that stared back at me. His physical appearance hadn’t notably changed (a haircut, or lack thereof, only goes so far). But for once, he didn’t seem the poster-boy student, son, or brother that he had previously been. For once, he seemed something more, an entity in himself, something dynamic and thus undefined. And he stood with a self-assurance uncharacteristic of the young man who had previously fulfilled these roles. The significance of so trivial a change in my appearance was by no means correlated to its scale.

In growing out my hair, I had exercised my autonomy ever so slightly, thereby altering my self-perception in a manner that I wouldn’t understand immediately. I had seen previously through eyes not my own, through those of my community, my parents, etc. But now, I looked with my own eyes as an individual in the truest sense of the word, one that need not be classified as one thing or another to find purpose. I was, rather, I am my own.

I no longer define myself as solely the son, the student, the brother. Who I am, who every human being is, is more than a list of positions, relations, and achievements. Accordingly, the individual, dynamic in nature, has the capacity to distinguish himself, and often strives to do so through the pursuit of a passion, ironically with its own roles or titles. It is when the individual allows these roles to define his essence that they become limiting factors of his identity, rather than those which empower him to thrive in the relationships and opportunities allowed him daily. I want to study biochemistry, maybe even pursue a career in medicine, but I don’t want my concentration or any title that I may achieve to limit my perception of myself. I am unlimited, and that affords with it a passion that no titular pursuit can ever bring.

Out of Print Fundraiser and Pre-Sale of Volume 43: March 15-April 15

Once again, Out of Print Clothing, the top online vendor of literary-themed t-shirts and cool gear, has offered to help Collab with a fundraiser. From March 15 to April 15, if you use the code that we post on this website (and on Twitter & Facebook), then 30% of your purchase will benefit Collab. Also, any purchase of $25 or more will also earn you a $5 discount off of the Volume 43 edition of Collab.

Coinciding with the March 15 fundraiser, we will begin our pre-sales on March 15 as well. As we approach April Vacation, we’ll have a table set up during lunch in the cafeteria lobby. Before then, you can always see Mr. Lally to order your copy in advance. the price is $10, and we expect the magazine to arrive in April, possibly before the vacation.

Also on March 15 (it’s a literary bonanza!) Out of Print starts its fifth-annual Book Madness tournament, where people vote on their favorite books in a NCAA-style bracket of 64 titles. Sign up and vote!

Check below for an updated image of our display case, as well as a selection of t-shirts that you can pick up from Out of Print.

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