The Falcon

Opinion: It’s Time to Cut the SAT for the Class of 2021

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Peter Ryan

April 16, 2020

“Right now, public health officials have made it clear it’s not safe to gather students in one place… As such, we won’t be able to administer the SAT and SAT Subject Tests as planned on June 6th, 2020,” stated a letter from the College Board on Wednesday afternoon.  Rather than risking fairness,...

Opinion: Why FSS Should Go Pass/Fail

Opinion: Why FSS Should Go Pass/Fail

Jessie Littman

April 16, 2020

Should the fourth quarter be pass or fail? In my opinion, yes, it should be. This is an easy question to answer: desperate times call for desperate measures, and this is a desperate time. The Coronavirus pandemic is something so unpredictable and so out of the ordinary that there is no “if this happen...

Opinion: The New Normal

Peter Ryan

April 14, 2020

In my first three weeks hosting Quakers in Quarantine on the FSS Falcon Instagram (@fssfalconnews), many of my classmates have talked about “the new normal.” They reflect on their simpler lifestyles, their slower pace, their deepened appreciation for the Friends Select community. Amidst the tra...

FSS Students on Best Pizza in Philly

FSS Students on Best Pizza in Philly

Hannah Sieg

April 14, 2020

Order delivery or pickup to support local pizza shops during Covid-19! ...

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

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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

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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

Illustration of doctors treating Coronavirus, created on an iPad by Kevin Zhang '21

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?

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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

Blauvelt Theater

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

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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 ...