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Why Meeting for Business Is Right for Friends Select

Peter Ryan

November 22, 2019

Friends Select students have long had a breadth of complaints: complaints about social developments, complaints about the administration, complaints about the actions of school committees, and complaints about Meeting for Worship, among others. In a way, our interactions with each other create a social...

Where Should You Eat?

Where Should You Eat?

Chloe Zhang

November 21, 2019

This infographic is a map of restaurants recommended by Friends Select students, based on an online survey completed by 31 students in grades 9-12. The recommended restaurants’ locations are restricted to the area south of Vine street, north of Locust street, east of 21st street, and west of 9th street. This in...

You Only Know What The Reporter Wants You To Know: Media Bias in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Tal Lesnik

November 17, 2019

In the United States, the media is our only tool when trying to learn about a geographically distant issue such as the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Though the media is a useful source, bias is almost unavoidable. The way to get around it as readers is to understand where it is coming from. Biased re...

As College Deadlines Approach, Seniors Say Homework is Increasing

As College Deadlines Approach, Seniors Say Homework is Increasing

Zoe Tzanis

November 5, 2019

High school seniors are under an unparalleled amount of stress. Not only are they working on college applications, but they’re also managing rigorous course loads, preparing portfolios, playing sports, acting in plays, leading clubs, and handling out-of-school commitments.  With so much work on their plate, morale is ...

Should Uninformed Voters Vote?

Should Uninformed Voters Vote?

Annie Rupertus

November 5, 2019

If you’re an FSS student or faculty member who will be eligible to vote in the next election, you may be wondering whether or not you should expend the effort to get to a polling place on November 5th. This isn’t a presidential election, so chances are, you aren’t familiar with some of the candi...

Elijah Cummings, Modern Patriot

Elijah Cummings, Modern Patriot

Peter Ryan

October 19, 2019

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), an 11-term congressman who chaired the House Oversight and Reform Committee and Congressional Black Caucus, died on October 17th, 2019 at the age of 68. As a ranking democrat in congress, Cummings helped to lead the liberal and moderate resistance to an authoritarian Trump ...

SEPTA Fails to Accommodate Philadelphia Students

SEPTA Fails to Accommodate Philadelphia Students

Peter Ryan

October 17, 2019

A SEPTA Weekday Student TransPass, meant to be “affordable” for K-12 students in the Philadelphia School District, costs $3.84 per school day or $19.20 per week. If a student travels via SEPTA on each of the 180 days of attendance mandated by the PhilaSD, their total travel bill will come out to $6...

Reactions to Dress Code Enforcement

October 16, 2019

Dress codes were originally enforced to assure that boys would not be distracted by girls’ bodies. The continued enforcement of these policies is a way of telling us that women’s bodies are inherently sexual and that we are responsible for the way men react to our bodies. Friends Select prides i...

Why School Start Times Should Be Later!

Why School Start Times Should Be Later!

Carlos Eckert, Staff Writer

April 2, 2019

        It’s 5:59 in the morning, the sun is beginning to rise, and you are in a deep sleep. The night before you got home at 9:00 from work and started your homework while you ate spaghetti. Upon finishing your homework you checked your watch and it read 12:13 A.M. You immediately went to sleep. ...

How Important Is Student Voice?

Alex Ding

January 8, 2019

“I think students’ voices are important,” Upper School Director Chris Singler said. However, student voice matters only if students’ voices are heard. Now there is a chance for everyone's voice to be heard! The Falcon is looking for insightful thinkers to write opinion and commentary for the school's ne...