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Opinion: It’s Time for Devotions to Go

Peter Ryan March 18, 2021

In a typical Upper School devotions at Friends Select during hybrid-learning, the first page of Zoom squares is filled with active listeners, primarily teachers. Similarly, the second page displays...

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Should Media Coverage of Criminal Cases be Restricted Before Jury Selection and Trial?

Margot Schneider, Editor: Nard News & Sports March 17, 2021

The Bill of Rights promises Americans a unique list of freedoms; two of these, outlined in the First and Sixth Amendments, clash in the face of the US judiciary. The First Amendment promises freedom of...

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March 13th 2020 at Friends Select School: a Retrospective

Peter Ryan March 12, 2021

On Thursday, March 12th, 2020, a handful of juniors periodically exited the Upper School STEAM lab with drained faces and pale eyes. Inside was the single most scary thing a teenager could encounter during...

This illustration by photographer Annie Rupertus '21 represents the 2020 Presidential Election. The color-coded states show the Electoral College results. This image was made using Autodesk Sketchbook.

How Has Social Media Transformed American Politics?

Margot Schneider, Editor: Hard News & Sports March 8, 2021

Since the turn of the 21st century, social media has become a hub for entertainment, communication, and pop culture. More recently and controversially, it has also become a forum for politics. Former...

Opinion: Is It Acceptable to Mock the Deaths of Evil People?

Opinion: Is It Acceptable to Mock the Deaths of Evil People?

Peter Ryan February 24, 2021

The death of prominent radical conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh on Wednesday, February 17th drew polarized responses across the United States. People and organizations affiliated with the alt-right...

Ranking Philly Sledding Spots

Ranking Philly Sledding Spots

C.C. Servon February 18, 2021

Is there any better way to spend a snow day than sledding? The thrills, chills, and spills that a good sledding spot brings have fostered friendships and memories for centuries of children and adults...

Opinion: Marjorie Taylor Greene Controversy Marks Inflection Point for GOP

Opinion: Marjorie Taylor Greene Controversy Marks Inflection Point for GOP

Peter Ryan February 5, 2021

On Thursday night, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to remove Marjorie Taylor Greene, a first-term congresswoman from Georgia, from all congressional committees. Greene has previously supported...

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Two Opinions: Did Gatsby Love Daisy?

Margot Schneider and Peter Ryan February 5, 2021

Yes - Peter In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the mysterious and nouveau riche Jay Gatsby desperately attempts to rekindle his past romance with Daisy Buchanan, a beautiful and charming...

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Opinion: Sports Can Wait for Now

Peter Ryan January 21, 2021

As many Friends Select students eagerly await their return to hybrid-learning in two weeks, some student-athletes have already come back to the school building for practice. Beginning this week, members...

You're Used to Getting Grades-- What if You Could Grade Your Teachers?

You’re Used to Getting Grades– What if You Could Grade Your Teachers?

Jessie Littman January 15, 2021

We all know the nervous feeling of opening our report cards. Maybe there was a grade or incident that you know didn’t feel fair but will still have an effect on you and your grade. What if there was...

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Opinion: Students Should Change Attitudes Around Annotations

Peter Ryan January 14, 2021

In Upper School English classes at Friends Select, even the slightest mention of required annotations generates exasperated moans from many students. The laborious task of meticulously underlining significant...

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If You Are a Fitness Person, Try These Three Pieces of Equipment

Aaron Li January 13, 2021

With the outbreak of COVID-19, almost all gyms were closed. Switching to a home workout routine isn’t easy, especially for those used to the gym’s motivating environment. So for those gym-rats (like...

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