Week 33: Asian American Hate Crimes

March 23, 2021

Up until the start of the Coronavirus outbreak, the predominant stereotype surrounding Asian Americans was that of the model minority. This narrative emerged after World War II as the economic success of many Asian Americans led them to be viewed as the “ideal immigrant of color”. This being said, there is a long history in the United States of exclusionary white-only immigration policies as racist stereotypes of Asians as unclean and uncivilized were promulgated. These xenophobic ideas have had both legislative and cultural consequences throughout history and have been exacerbated in the past year due to Coronavirus.

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Week 32: Voting Rights in the Wake of the 2020 Election

March 8, 2021

The issue of voting rights was easily one of the most important and publicized aspects of the 2020 election, with politicians arguing ardently in support of or against provisions expanding mail-in voting and laws that add additional barriers (voter ID laws, signature check, etc).

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Week 31: Farmer Protests in India

March 4, 2021

On August 9, 2020, one of the largest protests in world history began in New Delhi, India. Tens of thousands of farmers took the streets, forming blockades to five major highways leading into the capital and setting up camps outside the city limits to protest new agricultural regulations. To show their solidarity, over 250 million Indian citizens participated in a 24-hour strike.

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Week 30: The Texas Power Grid

February 24, 2021

This past week, national attention has shifted to the state of Texas, which has been suffering from a deadly mismanagement of winter storms. The crisis began on February 10th and has continued throughout the month. While the extremely cold temperatures experienced this month are uncommon in Texas, what has been more shocking is the dismal government response and the underlying concerns that have allowed the situation to escalate.

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Week 29: Stacey Abrams

February 9, 2021

Stacey Abrams has been at the forefront of public attention and praise for her work during the 2020 campaign to combat voter suppression, and many argue that her grassroots organizing in Georgia secured Biden’s presidency and the Democratic control of the Senate. However, Abrams’ work extends far beyond this election; she is also a small business owner, celebrated author (even writing romance novels under the pen name Selena Montgomery), and fighter of voter suppression and systemic inequality in Georgia for decades.

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Week 27: Biden’s Executive Order for LGBTQ+ Protection

January 24, 2021

Biden started his presidency purposefully, with 17 executive orders signed on the first day. During the long campaign for presidency, Biden made many promises for change to which we must now hold him accountable. Among those 17 executive orders was an order that “Prevent[s] and Combat[s] Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation.” We will discuss Biden’s history concerning the LGBTQ+ community, the promises he made during his campaign, and what this executive order means for the United States.

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Week 26: Moving Forward: How to Address Homelessness in Philly

January 19, 2021

Over the past two weeks we’ve written about the structures of homelessness in Philadelphia — what they are, who they affect, and what government policies and social pressures have brought us to this point. Today, we look at the ways in which we can address the homelessness epidemic, looking at prevention, rehousing, and rehabilitation.

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Staying Motivated Amid Uncertainty: The Winter Track Team’s Unique Training Approach

January 15, 2021

As COVID-19 cases rose and GFS transitioned to remote school, many winter sports teams were forced to switch to all-virtual, individualized training. However, the winter track team took on a different training approach to preserve a sense of community: Head coach Conrad Haber designed a hybrid winter training program to allow for a balance of both safe, in-person practices and structured virtual practices.

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Week 25: The Structures of Homelessness in Philly

January 11, 2021

With the winter in full swing, the city’s frigid temperatures can be a health hazard due to the risk of hypothermia. It is during months of extreme weather such as these that shelters and housing infrastructure become even more vital for a community’s homeless population. However, even in austere conditions, many individuals choose to stay out of shelters for various reasons.

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Week 24: Homelessness in Philadelphia: How We Got Here

December 20, 2020

With the holidays coming up and the temperatures dropping, many of us are looking forward to spending the next few weeks inside with family and food. However, this week we want to focus on a group of people who might not be able to have that experience. During the COVID-19 pandemic, homelessness has skyrocketed in Philadelphia, leaving many people on the streets to form new camps and fill up already overcrowded shelters. As winter weather approaches, there is one overarching question: How did we get here?

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Have Yourself a Merry Little Zoom Call … and Other Socially-Distanced Activities to Enjoy Over the Holidays

December 20, 2020

Despite frost in the air and streets lined with lights, rising COVID-19 cases have made it very difficult for families to gather together as they normally do this time of year. Usually, in my family, our Thanksgiving dinner includes over 75 people. This year, we decided to find a new way to uphold our traditions and make the best out of our situation.

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Week 23: Inequities of the Pandemic for People with Disabilities:

December 6, 2020

This past Thursday, December 3rd, was International Day for People with Disabilities. First introduced in 1992 by the UN General Assembly, the day aims to recognize and further promote the rights and well-being of people with disabilities on an international level by increasing the awareness of their situations in political, social, economic, and cultural life.

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Diversity Dialogue Day: Meaningful or Performative?

December 5, 2020

Diversity Dialogue Day on October 22, 2020, was a day the entire Upper School dedicated to meaningful dialogue, inspiring speakers, and interesting workshops.

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COVID-19’s Effect on Fall Sports

November 28, 2020

Sports this fall season have been far from usual. Because of the collective decision of the Friends School League (FSL), all competition for the foreseeable future is postponed.

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Week 22: The History of Indigenous People of Philadelphia

November 22, 2020

It is Thanksgiving week and November is Native American Heritage Month, so we wanted to bring a focus to the indigenous people in and around our community this week within our work. As you may know, we stand on the land of the Lenni-Lenape tribe; we hope to amplify their voices in sharing the history, their struggles, where they are today, and what we can do as individuals and as a community to help them and undo the damage of the past.

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Practical Zillowing

November 20, 2020

Yesterday, I came across my dream home. I was browsing on Zillow through a slew of Washington Heights two bed, one bath, 500-to-700 square foot, 4th floor walkup apartments for rent in the $800 to $1500 price range, when I found the perfect fit.

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Week 21: Racial Inequity in Healthcare

November 16, 2020

This week we are talking about racism and discrimination within the healthcare system, with a particular focus on how it impacts Black people.The complex, vast, and numerous systems of inequality in U.S. healthcare demonstrate the tangible impacts of discrimination within our society.

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Week 20: Campaign Financing/Advertising

November 8, 2020

With the 2020 election wrapping up, we thought it would be important to talk about campaign financing, what it is, who it affects, and why we need to change the system.

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Can’t Vote? Phone Bank!

October 12, 2020

Theoretically, phone banking seems simple and straightforward: you call up prospective voters, tell them how important it is to vote, and convince them that they should cast their ballot for a particular candidate. How hard could it be?

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Talk, Donate, and Act: Five Student-Led Initiatives Fighting Racial Inequality

June 5, 2020

Earthquake has highlighted five student-led initiatives that continue to serve as spaces for conversation, donation opportunities, and courses of action for all friends of GFS.

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Nine Semi-Productive Things to Do Instead of Wasting Your Time

May 29, 2020

As someone who is prone to overthinking and stress, it’s no surprise that quarantine gives me an adequate amount of anxiety. At first, I spent my quarantine lying in bed and enjoying the fact that I had nothing to do. But for me, like for most people, not having anything to do got old pretty quickly. So, I decided to develop ways to cope with the monotony of everyday life.

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There’s Always Room for One More Dish

May 27, 2020

My mother stormed up to her room one night, almost in tears. My brother and I don’t help enough with the dishes, with the laundry, with anything, really. It’s totally our fault. No, honestly. I’m not trying to come off as sarcastic. We don’t do enough. But we do try.

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On Balance: The Somersaults of Motherhood

May 22, 2020

This piece was originally written as a personal essay for a Junior English class assignment. I fell off of a balance beam once. I was at my friend’s birthday party at a gymnastics gym.

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Seeing Screen to Screen: Quarantine Technology Reviewed for High Schoolers

May 20, 2020

With social distancing guidelines extended indefinitely, we could all use some outlets to stay in touch. Here are three great social distancing apps that will make you feel closer to one another during isolation.

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Art and Social Change

May 13, 2020

When shopping at Urban Outfitters, Uniqlo, or Pacsun, it’s rare to consider the meaning of the art on a piece of clothing. Art and Social Change, a J-Term course I took taught by Megan Culp and Robin Friedman, made me actually think about the designs on a T-shirt and the artists behind them.

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When in France…

May 8, 2020

Wandering through a French cathedral on your way to get a hot chocolate at an outdoor café with your best friends is the solution to all of life’s problems. I’m not religious, but I’ll admit there’s something special about Cathedrale St. Gatien in Tours, France.

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May 6, 2020

People either love or hate pickles; there’s no in between. No matter your feelings toward them, pickles seem to have always been around and we don’t often think about the process that it takes to make them.

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Going with the Mountain Elevation: How to Stay Calm and Cool on Four Scenic Bike Routes Just Outside the City

May 1, 2020

I first started mountain biking over two years ago when my dad’s friend, Mahesh, took me on my first ride on Thanksgiving day. And boy, am I thankful for that ride, because mountain biking has become an integral part of me.

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2022 Vision: Prescription Change

April 29, 2020

What makes the sophomore perspective on college unique is our lack of knowledge. Most of our knowledge of college is what seeps down from older siblings and upperclassmen, little of it based in fact. This deficiency adds a level of stress and panic to many minds in the 10th grade.

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April 24, 2020

All my life, I’ve been told by my friends, “you’re so lucky to have no siblings” and “I wish I was an only child like you.” Although I understand where they are coming from, I truly believe that being an only child is over-glorified.

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Never-Ending Curiosities

April 22, 2020

With so much information in so many subjects being pushed my way in school, it is rare that I am curious about something. However, over this spring break, I felt the curiosity to learn more about something on my own for the first time in many years.

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Call it Wonderful: New Yorker Stories

April 17, 2020

Wonderful Town, a collection of essays from The New Yorker magazine, assembled by the current editor David Remnick, was nothing short of wonderful.

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Tigers Travel To Gator Country: GFS Basketball at the KSA Invitational

April 15, 2020

A day after Christmas 2019, the GFS varsity basketball team set out on a five day trip to Orlando. In the days to come, the team would play three games in the KSA Invitational, and see if they could bring home the coveted trophy.

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Board Games and Bike Rides and Tigers, Oh My!

April 10, 2020

After weeks of guessing whether school would be canceled or not, I was pleasantly surprised when it was announced that we would get three days off, a reaction that I’m sure was shared by many of my classmates. As days turned into weeks of quarantine, my attitude changed dramatically.

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April 8, 2020

Art and writing by Sadie Hammarhead on her life while social distancing.

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Playwriting in Quarantine

April 8, 2020

I was able to team up with an organization I love called Philly Young Playwrights (PYP) to mount the “PYP Quarantine Challenge,” which solicited submissions from Philadelphia students, and culminated in a livestream of three winning plays performed by professional actors.

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The Daily Bulletin

March 30, 2020

Read all your past, present, and future school reminders right here on EQ! This page is curated by GFS receptionist, Neeta McCulloch.

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Big Leagues Lecturer: Ryan Howard Speaks at GFS

December 22, 2019

Howard talked about how his childhood experiences led him to the big leagues.

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Eastern State Penitentiary

January 28, 2019

The Eastern State Penitentiary (ESP) has been a national historic landmark since 1965, but in recent years, the institution has been making a concerted effort to include issues in contemporary prisons as a part of their tours and guided programming. Their updated mission reflects this, stating, “Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site interprets the legacy of […]

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Why They Didn’t Walk

October 30, 2018

The clock strikes ten. At the front of the room Biology teacher Gen Nelson is answering a question from the thermochemistry review packet. Behind her, students exchange furtive glances, waiting for someone to stand up, to leave class. Someone stands up and is quickly followed by a shuffling stream of students. It’s March 14, and […]

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Junior Project Reflections: A Life of Restlessness

February 27, 2022

Editor’s note: The following article is part of our series ‘Junior Project Reflections’. We invited members of the Junior Class to share their reflections on their Junior Projects – a month-long internship that takes place during January of a student’s junior year at GFS. For his project, author William Lines ’23 underwent an independent project […]

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From Counselee to Counselor: The Nick Dillman Story

December 13, 2021

Nicolas Dillman, the associate director of college counseling at Germantown Friends School, was once in the shoes of the kids he works with now. I chatted with Nick about cranberry sauce, the University of Toronto, and going through the college process in 2001. Tell me about where you grew up. I grew up just outside […]

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Apple Juice: The Apple of My Eye

December 13, 2021

Apple Juice has always been and always will be a fan favorite of the juice industry. Although it is stereotypically geared towards young children, apple juice can–and should be–enjoyed by anyone, regardless of size, age, and ego. The apple juice world is overpopulated with options, leaving consumers faced with impossible decisions. I have been in […]

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Review: Every Brilliant Thing

December 13, 2021

“I think we really do operate as a team of collaborators and creative people,” says Jake Miller, director of Germantown Friends School’s fall play and the head of the school’s theater department. “We are educators and we are artists, and we definitely approach our work as both educators and artists.” GFS’s fall play, Every Brilliant […]

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The Aeneid: History’s Most Epic Poem

December 13, 2021

Despite being slightly outdated, Virgil’s The Aeneid is a classic must-read in the world of Latin poetry. In his epic exploration of violence, perseverance, and discovery, Virgil attacks controversial topics, such as man-eating, two-headed serpents and large-scale feuds caused by golden apples. Following the famed hero Aeneas on his journey to found Troy, The Aeneid […]

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