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FSS Community Members Reflect on the Past Year

FSS Community Members Reflect on the Past Year

Miriam Rock The pandemic systematically removed so much fun from our lives. We lost casual social interactions, meals at restaurants with friends and family, and the ability to move through the world...

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The White House: America’s Answer to Disinformation

Alex Piven June 3, 2021

Many believe that big tech companies should be regulated by the federal government in order to reduce the spread of misinformation online. It is no surprise that big social media platforms played a role...

Opinion: Friends Select Should Discontinue Its Awards Ceremony

Opinion: Friends Select Should Discontinue Its Awards Ceremony

Peter Ryan, Editor-in-Chief May 19, 2021

On Wednesday night, Friends Select will hold its annual Upper School Awards Ceremony via Zoom. Such academic awards ceremonies are frequent subjects of criticism and consideration at high schools across...

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Opinion: Liberal White Boys, It’s Time to Stop Stanning

Olivia Shuman May 11, 2021

Trigger warning for mentions of: s*x*al ass**lt, r*pe, homophobic and misogynistic slurs, homophobia, misogyny, lesbophobia, hate crimes, violence, murder, sexual harassment, l*nch*ng, child ab*se, dom*stic...

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Opinion: It’s Time for Devotions to Go

Peter Ryan, Editor-in-Chief 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-in-Chief 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, Editor-in-Chief 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...

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How Has Social Media Transformed American Politics?

Margot Schneider, Editor-in-Chief 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, Editor-in-Chief 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, Assistant Editor: Opinion & Arts & Culture 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, Editor-in-Chief 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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