Spring Concert Preview

Authors: ballen and Charlie Szwartz. May is here – and that means it’s time for the Middle School Instrumental and Choral Concert this Friday at 7 pm! These students have been giving up advisories and working tirelessly for over 4 months to showcase their musical talent through their musical instruments, voices, and even iPads. Plus, performers and viewers can end the night with cookies and lemonade. So, what should you expect? The evening will begin with performances from the orchestra. The first piece that will be played is the overture from “The Magic Flute,” an opera written by the famous W.A. Mozart. We will then move to another overture, a waltz-like piece known as “The Beautiful Galatea” by Franz von Suppé. The third piece that we will play is unique in the way that three students of Friends’ Central composed it; two of us are writing this article. Ben Allen,…

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LeGarrette Blount to the Eagles

Authors: ykrontiris and jmiller. LeGarrette Blount, the Super Bowl 51 Champion running back, has now signed with the Eagles. He signed a one-year deal for $2.8 million. Blount has 5,459 yards in his career, 50 touchdowns, a 4.4 yard average, and he has 261 first downs. He is 30 years old, he has Super Bowl experience that the Eagles lack, and he has won two Super Bowls. He helped the Patriots come back in their Super Bowl 51 win. Right now the Eagles have 5 running backs, including Blount. Darren Sproles is about to retire at 34 years old, Ryan Mathews gets hurt every year, and we have 2 young stars with capability (Donnel Pumphrey and Wendell Smallwood). Here are some of his highlights. As you saw in the highlights, Blount was able to take on the most elite defenders in the league. Since the Eagles have a weapon like Blount, then we…


Top 5 Most Unique Directors

What does it mean to be a unique director? Unique directors put their own personal stamp on any project they touch, and all unique directors have very distinct styles in every aspect of their films. These are my top 5 favorite unique and one of a kind directors. Yorgos Lanthimos — The Lobster, Dogtooth, Alps Yorgos Lanthimos is a Greek film writer/director who has made such films as “Dogtooth”, “Alps”, and most recently “The Lobster”. His films use strange plots and intriguing cinematography to draw audiences in and show them something that they’ve definitely never seen before. This man defies the notion that there are no original ideas anymore, thinking of movies like “The Lobster” which takes place in a world where people stay in a hotel and have 45 days to find love with someone else in the establishment. If they can not find a partner, they are turned…


7 Tips on How to Begin to Make a Video Game

So you want to make a video game? Well of course you do if you clicked this article! Well, here are a couple quick tips to get you started. 1. Have a Bit of Background Knowledge Though some programs don’t need it, it is always best to learn how to code. For video games, probably the best coding language to learn is C Sharp, but you can be fine with JavaScript. Codecademy is a great place to start. Also, play your favorite video games! Most people get inspired by playing other people’s games. You’re way more likely to have an idea for a video game if you play one. 2. Think of the Mechanics of the Game Before you think about story, characters, level design, power-ups, and more, try to think about the main mechanic you want to convey and base the other things around that. The Portal series is…


Balancing Fat Acceptance and the Health Craze

In the media, we are seeing more and more of people with varying shapes and sizes. The fat acceptance movement¹ is an ongoing movement trying to decrease the anti-fat bias held by much of society, as well as by many media companies. While it is a very criticized campaign, it is also widely praised; it is supposed to decrease stress around body image, and, because stress is a prominent factor in obesity, has proven effective. Even with this happening, we are also seeing a lot of “healthier” food and dieting options aimed towards losing weight. The contradicting developments both seem very positive in all senses, but in actuality neither are improving things. Instead, they have created two completely opposite poles while simultaneously focusing on exactly the wrong topics. Fat acceptance and “health” promotions are both about weight, when in actuality they should simply be about health. Health is a complicated topic….


Five Tips for Editing Scenes

Editing! The vast world of editing is fun to explore! However, when you have no experience, it’s tough. That’s why I’m here to tell all my Romeo and Juliet editors out there 10 tips for editing an effective and flowing scene. Camera Angles While camera angles aren’t done while editing in post, they’re the most important thing to editing. If your shots aren’t intriguing or creative, you will lose your viewers’ attention immediately. If you have a small frame with five people jammed into it, your audience doesn’t know where to look. For shots with a lot of people, you need to get either a wide shot or put your shot at a large angle. For shots where you want to focus on one person, to POV shots of another person in the scene. If your scenes are boring or average, you lose eyes. Music MUSIC MUSIC MUSIC! Music is…



Request for Submissions

Hello! The poetry submissions we received for National Poetry Month were magnificent, and so the newspaper has decided to continue accepting submissions. We’re also expanding our borders and accepting short stories as well. The length of the short stories may range from 500 words to 2000 words (small exceptions within 30 words may be made). The directions are the same as the National Poetry Month article. Please write and edit your piece, and email it to msnews@friendscentral.org. You must include the following:   Your name Your grade Genre (short stories) Anonymous or not   If you would like your piece to be completely anonymous, you may drop it in a paper format in Ms. Kenealy’s room. However, we will not reveal your identity if you choose for it to be anonymous in your email. Once we have five submissions, we will publish the collection. Thank you!



Trump Approval Survey Results

Before the 2016 election, I sent out a survey asking the Friends’ Central community for their opinions on certain political and social issues. Now that we’ve elected a new president who has been in office for roughly five months, I felt that I needed to create a new survey specifically about our president. This survey had a turnout of 25 responses. That’s not a large number, but it’s a good enough sample of our community. The questions asked during the survey are as follows: Overall, do you approve of President Trump? How much do you approve of Trump? How much do you approve of VP Mike Pence? How much do you approve of Trump’s cabinet? Do you agree with Trump’s border wall proposal? Do you think that Trump is doing enough to address terrorism? Do you think that Trump is doing enough to address prejudice and hate crimes? Do you…


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