Calling All Poets! It’s National Poetry Month

Established in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, National Poetry Month takes place every April and has become one of the largest celebration of literature in the world. In recognition of this month, our newspaper is accepting submissions of poetry. They will all be published collectively in an article that will come the first week of May. If you are interested or know someone who may be interested, please consider submitting some of your work. Please note, we will not publish offensive or inappropriate poetry. The poems can be published anonymously, but only at request of the author. In order to submit, email us at msnews@friendscentral.org. Please include your name, grade, poem(s) and whether or not you would like the poem to be anonymous. This is not a contest and anyone can participate, even Upper Schoolers. Submissions will be limited to April 25th in order to release the article on…


Commonly Written: Four Poems

Poems by Audrey Blinman Photography by Blake Riesenfeld COMMONLY WRITTEN Poetry is so commonly written by the victim. The bystander. The bullied. The pained. And yet I wonder how many were written   by the perpetrator? By the bully? By the torturer? By the heartbreaker? The liar? The deranged?   What if every time I see your name create a glow on the screen and still fail to acknowledge it for fear of having to acknowledge it, every time I complain to my allies about your desperation   I’m still not the one feeling the most pain. But what if I know that and still I do nothing?   What does that make me? How do I write then? Am I a villain? Are my words written by a true criminal? By a bully? A torturer? A heartbreaker, a liar?   Do I lie when I say, “Thank you,” When…


Top 10 Common Misconceptions

I’ve been thinking there are a ton of misconceptions that are just believed to be facts… So, here is a list of the top 10 most common misconceptions. The misconceptions are in bold and the truth follows. Ostriches bury their heads in the sand when they are scared. Most people believe it but it is not true. Ostriches eat rocks to ease their digestive system so they bend down and briefly stick their heads in the sand to collect the pebbles. Tomatoes are a vegetable. They are fruits. Peanuts are nuts. They are actually in the same family as beans and peas: Leguminosae. Coffee is made from beans. It isn’t, they are made from seeds. Chameleons change color to match their surroundings. They actually change color as a response to mood, temperature, communication and light instead of the object they are touching You can see the Great Wall of China…


Film Review: The Shining

Made in 1980 Directed by Stanley Kubrick Novel by Stephen King Jack Torrence  volunteers to be the caretaker to The Overlook hotel over the course of five months and makes a long vacation out of it, bringing his family. But the isolation of the hotel along with other things send him into a state of insanity. Movie Details The Overlook Hotel — Setting The hotel that the Torrence family was taking care of and staying at was extremely unsettling. The silence of the hotel made even small noises much more impactful and the echoing element of the sounds gave viewers an idea as to how vast the space is. Also, it really reflects the reputation that different characters set up throughout the film. Camerawork The continuous tracking shots build a lot of tension and makes the audience feel more grounded in the situation that the family is in. There are…



The Elite Corners: Richard Sherman or Joe Haden?

Would you rather have Richard Sherman or Joe Haden on your NFL team? One of the biggest questions in the NFL’s free agency period right now is the Richard Sherman trade. The Seahawks have been willing to give up Sherman of late. He is one of the best cornerbacks in the league right now, and the Eagles biggest need is a cornerback. So you might be thinking that this is a win-win situation for the Eagles right. Well, not so much. Sherman is 29 years old, turning 30 next March. Sherman is a restricted free agent after this coming season. Well, who else could the Eagles trade for? Why not Joe Haden from the Browns? He’s only 27 years old, and he is a shutdown corner as well. Here are some of both of these players’ major stats: Haden has 19 interceptions since he was drafted, 4 forced fumbles, 4 fumble…


Simple Photo Manipulation with Apps

If you aren’t already familiar with the term “photoshop” and you are living under a rock, it is basically editing photos to make them look surreal or just flat-out unrealistic. In this tutorial, I would like to show how to do a simple photo manipulation! All you need is an app that can mask out layers and maybe a photo editor to make your photo look better. Picsart is free and works fine, but I like Superimpose because it is more precise. It is up to you if you want the photo to be of yourself or a friend. The steps will be for people who are using a friend. I would also like to add that this requires a puddle… Steps: Ask your friend to stand behind a puddle. Make sure their reflection looks like a human outline. Be sure to keep a portion of their legs in the…



Thespians On: Character

Tips for Developing a Character So, you got cast in a musical, a movie, or whatever. How are you going to play your character? How do they behave? How do they respond to the other characters, the situations, the sets? What steps do you take to figure this out? Well, you need to figure out their motives. Figure out what makes them tick and how they feel. What are their relationships with the other characters? Think about these tips and you can find your character’s “voice.” (I mean, not their voice literally. That will just be your voice. But their…reasons for the things that they do and how they do them. See, voice is easier.) 1. What is your character’s motive in the story? This is about identifying why your character does what they do, why they say what they say, and how they say it. A line or an…


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