News & Features

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…



SpaceX SES-10 Launch

SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket on March 30 successfully carrying the SES-10 satellite to space. It was a typical launch, using the Falcon 9 FT booster. The only difference, and it’s a big one, is that this particular Falcon 9 was already used. That’s right. As you may know, SpaceX has been landing and saving their Falcon 9 boosters for a while now, but this is the first time one has been reused. Not only did the payload get to GTO successfully, but the booster landed again on SpaceX’s barge drone ship, Of Course I Still Love You. This marks a huge step in rocket reusability. Typical launches cost around $62 million. Musk estimated that around 70% of that cost was in the booster, and about 1% of the booster’s cost is the fuel. Eventually, the customer would only need to pay of the upper stage and the fuel,…


Welcome Yianni!

Written Anonymously On April 5, 2017, a new student appeared on campus grounds. His name is Yianni Krontiris, and he comes from a middle school in his small town that he lives in. His old school, Strath Haven Middle, was not the best fit for him. He had visited various schools, but Friends’ Central was his top choice. On the day he first visited FCS, he had shadowed a student named Jared Miller. “He was really kind to me,” Yianni stated. “He showed me around the school, and gave me the best hospitality FCS had to offer. I was also impressed with the way how all the students were friendly, and it made me feel that this was the best school for me.” This past Wednesday was Yianni‘s first day, and he was really excited to see all the friends he made when he first visited. He was shadowing Elijah Lee on…


Play Preview: Sally Cotter and the Censored Stone

Hi! This is Tucker, Kyle, Jacob, Dev, and Charlie, and we are writing about Sally Cotter and the Censored Stone! This play will be performed this Friday at 7pm, and Sunday at 2pm. Following the Sunday performance will be an ice cream social! Plot This is a parody of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s/Philosopher’s Stone with some parts from The Chamber of Secrets. Sally falls asleep after reading Harry Potter and in her dream she shows up at her first day at Frogbull Academy of Sorcery and Sorceressness. (No not Hogwarts School of Wizardry and Witchcraft, “because satires are completely protected from copyright infringement”.) Along the way she meets Dave and Harmonica. They become best of friends. They also meet some not so nice people such as Ursa and Shiftia Shape. As Sally struggles throughout the school year, she discovers the Censored Stone, a magical rock that grants the user…


Rachel Maddow Releases Trump’s Tax Return

It’s finally happened. Donald Trump’s tax returns have been released. Well, at least one of them. President Trump did not release it himself, however. Rachel Maddow of the left-leaning news network MSNBC got ahold of the leaked tax return from 2005. Maddow received the return from investigative reporter David Cay Johnston, a tax expert. It is unknown who sent it to Johnston in the mail, but it’s thought by some that it was sent by the president himself. People were excited to know about the leak before the show, when Maddow tweeted about it two hours prior. The tweet was shared 68,000 times before the show started at 9 pm. This excitement was helpful to her ratings, as well. The Rachel Maddow Show had the highest viewer count in eight years, an average of 2.62 million viewers. The White House made a statement following Rachel Maddow’s tweet, stating that President Trump…


What’s Happening in the White House?: Weeks 6 and 7

Hi again, Dylan and Riley here, and this is our sixth and seventh week working on “What’s Happening in the White House?”. Thank you for all your support; we will be continuing this regular column until the end of the year. In the past two weeks, Mr. Trump has signed the new travel ban, ACA /“Trumpcare.” Last Tuesday, President Trump signed his most recent executive order, the new travel ban. It is a lot like the last one but Iraq is off the list. It is in effect for 90 days again. It is still receiving a TON of backlash. It will not come into effect until March 19. The populace is referring to the Affordable Care Act replacement as “Trumpcare.” The White House has been trying to suppress this name, and they are calling it “the ACA replacement.” This bill is being used to replace the ACA, more commonly…


Farewell, Mrs. McDonald!

As you may know, this Friday is Mrs. McDonald’s last day before she departs for maternity leave. We are very happy for her, but she will be missed! Below is a tribute to Mrs. McDonald filmed by Calvin and Marcus.


Anti-Semitism On the Rise

Disclaimer: If you are sensitive to recent events of anti-Semitism, be mindful of that while reading this article. I’m sure you are well aware of the this week’s acts of anti-Semitism which include bomb threats, knocking over headstones, and defending Pewdiepie and anti-Semitic memes. These past two weeks, eleven bomb threats have been targeted at Jewish community centers, or JCCs, and during January, sixty bomb threats were made targeting forty-eight JCCs. In the past week, over one hundred headstones were knocked over at Mount Carmel Cemetery. Pewdiepie recently made a video where he paid two men to hold up signs saying “Death to all Jews” which he called a social experiment. If you look up “anti-Semitic memes,” you might feel like breaking your device in half. This has been an ongoing problem for decades, but many anti-Semitic people feel more empowered since President Trump’s election. People online have been saying, “Hitler did nothing wrong”…


What’s Happening in the White House?: Weeks 4 and 5

Hi, I’m Dylan with Riley here and this is our fourth and fifth week following “What’s Happening in the White House?”. Thank you for all your support; we will be continuing this regular column until the end of the year. In the past two weeks, President Trump has accused Sweden of terrorism and is costing the American people more is security than Obama did in his first term. We will also cover his speeches at CPAC and to Congress. According to CNN and ABC, the New York Police Department says it spends $500,000 a day just to protect the President’s residence at Trump Tower. President Trump’s travel to Mar-a-Lago have cost $10 million in travel and security. Eric and Don Jr. are in Dubai, Melania and Barron are in New York, Ivanka is traveling, and the President is in D.C. They all receive a security detail, costing the American people millions of tax dollars.       President Trump…


Skip to toolbar