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Opinion: Swing-and-Miss: Childish Gambino’s 3.15.20

Opinion: Swing-and-Miss: Childish Gambino’s 3.15.20

Peter Ryan

March 27, 2020

Last Sunday, a mysterious 58 minute tape dropped on Donald Glover’s website, donaldgloverpresents.com. Fans of Glover and his musical alter-ego Childish Gambino immediately labeled the audio as Gambino’s long-awaited new album. The reclusive Gambino, whose releases Because the Internet (2013), Kauai (2014),...

Opinion: Rock N Roll Suicide- On the Death of Ziggy Stardust

Opinion: Rock N Roll Suicide- On the Death of Ziggy Stardust

C.C. Servon

March 27, 2020

Our last major pre-quarantine Friends Select gathering was our annual World Cafe Live performance. To cap off the night, the orchestra and choir teamed up to perform a 15 minute David Bowie medley. Each of the five songs that made up Heather Fortune’s arrangement (“Starman,” “Changes,” “Space Oddity,...

Coronavirus Will Not Knock Us Down

Coronavirus Will Not Knock Us Down

Chloe Zhang

March 4, 2020

Note: This article was written on 2/10.  No updates have been made regarding facts surrounding the Coronavirus.  After being away for three years, I finally had the chance to go back to China to celebrate the Chinese New Year with my family. Initially, I was excited for the special reunion. However...

Opinion: Are College Visits Beneficial?

Opinion: Are College Visits Beneficial?

Peter Ryan

February 27, 2020

There are dozens of extraordinary colleges and universities across the country. Each boasts world class classrooms, research labs, athletic facilities, and other spaces. If these schools have so much to flaunt, why are their tours so uninformative and boring? A typical college tour has two components: a...

Opinion: Improving FSS Assemblies

Opinion: Improving FSS Assemblies

Silas Mohr

February 25, 2020

It’s a common scene at Friends Select; a speaker on stage, students whispering to their neighbors, some with hoods on, others nodding off. It doesn’t have to be this way. Our assemblies could be so much better.  Friends Select has had more assemblies this year compared to last, but the student bo...

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series: The Review

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series: The Review

Annie Rupertus

February 21, 2020

High School Musical. A classic hated by some and treasured by others. I am proudly one of the latter, and even I’ll admit that when I first heard that Disney was doing a reboot, I was very, very skeptical.  HSM, a Disney Channel original movie that premiered in 2006 (with two sequels following in 2007 and 2008...

Opinion: FSS Needs More Community Service

Opinion: FSS Needs More Community Service

Tal Lesnik

February 20, 2020

Unlike many schools in the US and abroad, Friends Select doesn’t obligate students to engage in community service. In fact, in the four years of upper school, students are not mandated to undertake any volunteer work. A simple way to incorporate service into the framework of the school would be through ...

Top 10 albums of the 2010’s

Top 10 albums of the 2010’s

Matt D'Annunzio

January 17, 2020

The 2010’s have been marked by many ups and downs, but all throughout there has been a constant stream of incredible music to make everything better. Every genre has had its standouts. While it is impossible to summarize a decade of music in just ten albums, and there are so many remarkable pieces...

A Whole New World: The Experience of International Students in Regular English Class

A Whole New World: The Experience of International Students in Regular English Class

Tal Lesnik

January 16, 2020

The Scarlet Letter was the first book I read in regular English class, and let’s just say that the translator and I spent a considerable amount of time together. I would read at break, on the bus from tennis practice, before I went to sleep, and right when I opened my eyes in the morning. The book was...

The Best and Worst Books in the FSS English Curriculum

The Best and Worst Books in the FSS English Curriculum

Zoe Tzanis and Annie Rupertus

January 16, 2020

With a set English curriculum for all students in ninth through eleventh grade, there are bound to be a variety of opinions on which books are good and which ones aren’t. We’ll be sharing reviews of some of our favorite—and least favorite—novels that we’ve read for English class at FSS. &...