Mega Man 11 Review

Includes Spoilers Mega Man 11 is the latest instalment in the Mega Man series. It features the new mechanic, and really, the coolest feature in a Mega Man game to date: the “double gear system”. This allows you to either “Speed up”(which is really slowing time), or “Power up” which makes your attacks stronger. There is a third mode after you’re down to around 4 bars of health you unlock Overdrive which activates both Power and Speed and gives a strong attack but after the timer ends everything is disabled for a long time. This game has several difficulty levels: Newcomer for noobs like me or people who have never played a Mega man game, Casual for players who want a small challenge, Normal for a real challenge, and Superhero in the game’s own words “only the truest, most hardcore fans need apply.  That is scary hard. The robot bosses…

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Staying Healthy This Fall and Winter!

The change in weather usually brings on an increase of colds and sickness. FCS is no exception. Our Middle School has been experiencing a sudden wave of sickness ranging from a mild cough to the flu. Alex Rice ‘23 was recently sick and he said it affected his athletic performance.   Sickness has a lot of impact. It causes school absences, missed sports games not to mention the just feeling awful part. And then there is all of the work you have to make up once you get back to school. Lucky for us there are some things we can do to help prevent getting sick this fall. You can try to get a flu shot to prevent sickness before it even happens, Try to avoid coming in contact with sick people because the flu and colds spread really easily, If you are sick you should stay at home to…


Brick-and-Mortar Bankruptcies

Recently we have been seeing a lot of companies and stores who specialize in brick and mortar locations have come to a close. Just recently we have seen this take the profits out of another chain, Sears. Before Sears it was another chain franchise that was making millions back in its prime, “Toys R Us”. This is all due to the rise of online shopping. And it’s not just big brands like “Sears” and “Toys R Us”. Over time I’ve seen a lot of stores in my town close down because it’s just a lot easier for customers to buy their products online from big brands. Because of this rise big brands like “Kmart” have gone completely bankrupt. But why has online shopping caused so many stores to go bankrupt? Well “Supply and Diamond Chain Executive” wrote an article stating reasons such as, 24/7 shopping, World Shipping, Greater Choice and…


Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha Visits FCS!

We as a full FCS community had the honor of hosting Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, whose research helped expose the Flint water crisis. She was here for the public on Tuesday, October 30th at 6:30 pm at Friends Central School, Shallcross Hall at the City Avenue campus. But the students were lucky enough to meet her in person. She will met with the Lower School, Middle School, and the Upper School during their assembly periods. Dr. Hanna-Attisha also wrote a well-reviewed book called What the Eyes Don’t See about helping discover the Flint water crisis. The Flint crisis started when the city of Flint was losing money. So Flint switched from Detroit water to water from the Flint river. But river water is harder to treat than lake water and this treatment was being done by a water plant that had not been operational for 40 or 50 years. The problem…


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Stream Data: An Ad for 8th Graders

Stream Data: Ad for 8th Graders Something you should know about the stream data project due on 11/16/18 8th graders. I know many of you are stressed about the stream data website project due 11/16. If you are interested in extra credit on the project, you can get “Up to 10 points for publishing some aspect of your project in FCS Just the Facts or the Phoenix Inquirer (the middle school newspaper)”. If you would like to add an aspect of your project to the newspaper for 10 points (almost 2 pages worth of points) Please email me at kbrady@friendscentral.org. Some things that might be a good idea to add could be a video on how to conduct a water quality test, Some nice photos that you took at the stream site, one or more of the environmental problem paragraphs, or a special project. Please notify me (Kyle Brady) by…


Middle School Water Polo: Embracing the Loss

It is fair to say that until recently the middle school water polo team was not having a great season. Game after game we lost. There was only one place to go and that was up. It would have been easy to give up, and it was tempting on the bus ride home after our third, fourth, fifth loss in a row. But amazingly enough the losses didn’t make us miserable. As a team we may not have been winning but we were still having fun. Coach Anderson brought us donuts after a rough game against Penn Charter.  Even when losing we laughed a lot. Like the day Avner Schwartz ‘25 pulled a snack size ziplock bag out of his swim locker with his speedo easily folder inside and said, “we shouldn’t be forced to wear something that can fit inside a potato chip snack bag.” and we all burst…


Eagles/76ers Update

The Philadelphia 76ers and the Philadelphia Eagles have both started their seasons. The Sixers have not played many games yet, but I have a review of the Sixers’ preseason. I also have a review of the Eagles’ season start so let’s get into it. The 76ers’ first game of the season was a loss to the Boston Celtics. I watched the entire game and from my perspective the Sixers seem to be rusty. The Sixers’ passing game was great, accumulating 18 assists with 8 coming from Ben SImmons. Last season’s Rookie of the Year showed that he had great court vision. The bond of the team was very high, but the SIxers turned the ball over 16 times. However, it is only the first game of the season, I think the Sixers can work their way out of the sloppy play. As for the preseason, the Sixers won three games…


What is Cardlife?

Cardlife is a game based on the idea of a world made of cardboard. The grass, the trees, the monsters, even the player’s character is made out of cardboard. Cardlife is a survival game with dryads, goblins, bears, wolves, dinosaurs, robots and even more. The game is still in early access so many things are still missing or glitchy, but even so, what the game currently has is amazing. The crafting system is especially unique, if you want to craft a sword, you get the materials and draw your sword in the cardboard. 100 people could have completely different, custom swords, and–guess what?–everything is like this. You can even draw your bed and armor, your doors and signs, everything is custom made by the character. This allows for a whole new level of creativity. Cardlife has been released to steam on September 4th, 2018, meaning everyone can play the game…


Friends’ Central Sound-Off: Kavanaugh Confirmation

On October 6, 2018, Justice Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court with a very partisan vote. Mr. Brett Michael Kavanagh was born in February of 1965 making him 53 years of age. Before being nominated, Justice Kavanaugh was a United States Circuit Judge. Kavanaugh´s confirmation started in early September and, towards the end, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford stepped forward with assault allegations that happened thirty-six years prior. At Friends’ Central there are very strong feelings. When asking the Rosemont Village Service group for their opinions there were many strong ones. Magistra (Latin teacher) said, ¨it was incredibly distressing to watch the hearing and to see the obvious pain of the women who had been violated and sidelined. When someone comes to me and expresses their pain I do not doubt them. I believe them.¨ Allison Whellan ´23 stated,¨It was really upsetting especially as a girl to watch a…


Chromebooks vs. iPads

Today I’m going to be talking about Chromebooks and iPads, Which one is better? Well I asked 35 people  at FCS and here are the results.  Chromebooks: 9         iPads: 26 So as you can see most people prefer iPads. According to the people who answered the question, here are the pros and cons of each device. iPads: Pros: notability, faster, better camera, easier to use (meant for kids), more variety of apps Cons: keyboards, break easier, no chrome extensions, less storage, no USB ports,   Chromebooks: Pros: Battery life,  Keyboard, Chrome extensions, More storage, Comes with stylus, Cons: Slower than iPads, Not as easy to use camera, Unreliable, Worse photo storage   Victoria Schwoebel (Pro Chromebook) Middle And Upper School Tech:  It was an administrative decision, we felt that the Chromebooks suited all the needs of the Middle School. When this came out, it seemed suited for…


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