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Opinion: 9th Grade Students Should Have Building Leave


Patrick Ryan '24

October 26, 2020

This year, students do not have access to the dining hall. This is how I, along with many others, have purchased food for years, but now, 9th graders must bring in their own lunch each day. Giving 9th grade students building leave privileges would make lunch more convenient and safe. Can 9th grader...

Opinion: Trump’s Tree Plan Debunked

Opinion: Trump’s Tree Plan Debunked

Elena Milliken and Alessandra Yang

October 25, 2020

During Thursday night’s presidential debate, President Donald Trump responded to criticism of his inaction on climate change by pointing to the Trillion Trees Program, a WWF backed tree protection program. Planting and protecting trees to combat climate change is not a novel idea: organizations lik...

Student Opinions on the Fishbowl

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Hayden Wiltshire ‘24, Izzy Ebede '21, Peter Ryan '21, Rosie Taranta '23, and Jakob Miller '23

October 23, 2020

Hayden Wiltshire ‘24 As a participant in Wednesday's Fishbowl, my thoughts on the activity are pretty conflicted. While I had fun participating, I’m unsure of the Fishbowl’s purpose and effectiveness. The activity had a lot of in-depth questions that were cool to think about and discuss, bu...

Opinion – Counter Opinion: Should School be Cancelled on Election Day?

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Peter Ryan and Margot Schneider

October 20, 2020

Yes Margot Schneider '22 The presidential election on November 3rd will be a turning point for the United States. The stigma around this election is augmented by increasingly polarized and partisan American politics. Fear of election manipulation and intimidation may discourage some eligibl...

Opinion: VP Debate Drenched in Misogyny

Opinion: VP Debate Drenched in Misogyny

Lily Brin '23 and Henry Planet '23

October 12, 2020

While the first and only vice presidential debate between Kamala Harris and Mike Pence (featuring “the fly”) left us considerably less furious than the presidential debate on September 29, there were running themes throughout the night that struck a chord with women across America. From the classr...

Fontaines D.C.’ s A Hero’s Death is a Listless Let Down

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C.C. Servon

October 7, 2020

The British Isles have been overtaken by post-punk music in the past few years. Bands like IDLES, Girl Band, and Heavy Lungs have found critical and commercial success by carrying the effects-laden mantle of Joy Division and The Cure into the new decade. Irish poets ‘Fontaines D.C.’ became the scen...

Two Opinions: Should Homework be Graded for Accuracy?

Two Opinions: Should Homework be Graded for Accuracy?

Margot Schneider and Peter Ryan

October 7, 2020

Why Graded Homework is Beneficial During iSelectLearning and Hybrid Learning by Margot Schneider '22 Teachers use homework as a resource to push students’ understanding of the material that is covered in class. It is a space for students to practice and demonstrate their mastery of a skill, p...

Opinion: Stop Laughing at Trump and Start Voting!

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Henry Planet '23 and Lily Brin '23

October 4, 2020

Tuesday’s presidential debate has already been regarded by many as a representation of how our country becomes more and more of an international laughing stock every day. Amidst President Donald Trump’s personal attacks, interruptions, and egregious violations of debate rules, a much darker realit...

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...