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The Importance of Being a Poll Worker this Election

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Annie Rupertus, Co-Editor in Chief

September 23, 2020

The United States is experiencing a poll worker shortage. Election officials across the country are scrambling to find enough people to work the polls on Election Day on November 3rd so that polling locations can remain open. Poll working has been drastically affected by the coronavirus pandemic, a...

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dies at 87: Remembrance and Ramifications

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Peter Ryan, Co-Editor in Chief

September 22, 2020

Supreme Court justice and modern feminist icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away from cancer on Friday at the age of 87. Born Joan Ruth Bader in New York City in 1933, Justice Ginsburg was raised in a conservative Jewish family in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn. Justice Ginsburg’s mother Cel...

Opinion: The Accountability Election

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Peter Ryan, Editor-in-Chief

September 17, 2020

In Brian Kors’ eleventh grade history class, every Friends Select student is taught that “the government is an umbrella.” Brian asserts that it is up to the American people to hold their peers and politicians accountable; the canopy of the law does not exist unless we open the umbrella. After a d...

Opinion: The Party of Broken Promises

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Peter Ryan, Editor-in-Chief

September 4, 2020

The Republican Party opened their convention last week by painting itself as the only remaining defender of “The Land of Promise”: This tagline was also used to praise President Donald Trump as a leader who has fulfilled his original campaign promises. The idea that President Trump has honored his w...

Opinion: Boycott– A Better Way to Enact Change in America

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Peter Ryan

June 3, 2020

As civil unrest unfolds across the country, conservative pundits are successfully shifting the national narrative away from racist police brutality and toward looting and the destruction of small businesses. This attitude has augmented a long-known truth about the GOP: they prioritize white financial prosperity over social justice and human rights. If it is more evid...

Steps to Productive Antiracist Allyship in the Wake of George Floyd’s Murder

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Annie Rupertus

June 3, 2020

If you’re anything like me, you are filled with grief and rage over the racist events in our country this past week (and the chain of events beginning long before that). In processing my emotions, I’ve been doing some thinking and researching about what I can do as a white person to use my ...

Opinion: Coronavirus Concerns During Black Lives Matter Protests

Opinion: Coronavirus Concerns During Black Lives Matter Protests

Izzy Ebede

May 31, 2020

Over the past few days, thousands of Americans have gathered in cities across the country to protest the death of George Floyd. Although these protests are absolutely necessary in the fight against police brutality towards black and brown people, the continued spread of the novel coronavirus is als...

Opinion: The Understandable Path from Injustice to Riot

Opinion: The Understandable Path from Injustice to Riot

Peter Ryan

May 31, 2020

Violent civilian demonstrations in Minneapolis protesting the police murder of George Floyd have dominated national headlines over the last few days. Over the weekend, many cities across the country (including Philadelphia) joined in demanding equitable treatment from police officers. These protest...

Opinion: Sidewalk Etiquette During COVID-19

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Izzy Ebede

May 26, 2020

Over the last two months, everyone has repeatedly heard the term “Social Distancing.” In a nutshell, to socially distance means to stay at least six feet away from others in public, and to wear a face mask if possible. While some Philadelphians are following these necessary guidelines, others are not...

Opinion: A Path to Equal Pay in Sports

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Peter Ryan

May 20, 2020

The sports world, largely dormant amidst the Coronavirus pandemic, received a major jolt on Friday, May 1st, when a federal judge in California cast several rulings that greatly hamper the United States’ women's National Soccer Team’s gender-discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation. ...

Friends Select Should Add Modern Chinese History to Core Curriculum

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Peter Ryan

May 4, 2020

Every upper school student at Friends Select is required to take a standard grade-wide history class in 9th, 10th, and 11th grade. These three classes build upon each other to give students a comprehensive view of world history from the ancient and medieval world (9th grade) to the 19th and 20th ce...

Opinion: Quarantine Can Help Mental Health

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Karolina Vainshtein

April 27, 2020

The spring semester started stressfully for students around the world. Many students experienced anxiety due to the pandemic and unclarity of the future. However, now that students know that the quarantine will remain until the end of the school year, they can focus on their mental health and see h...