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One Step Away and The Phoenix Inquirer

One Step Away is an organization that raises awareness of the significant problem of homelessness in the Philadelphia area. One Step Away publishes a newspaper written by homeless individuals; members of this population buy copies of the paper for $0.25 each. In order to make a living, they sell One Step Away for $1.00 per copy on the streets of downtown Philadelphia. According to One Step Away’s website, “One Step Away has a twofold purpose: One, to offer those without shelter meaningful income opportunities and personal growth, and, two, to backlight the scourge of homelessness and lack of affordable housing in the Philadelphia area to bring forward solutions and changes so that everyone enjoys the shelter they deserve.” The Phoenix Inquirer staff decided to partner with One Step Away to raise money for the organization and to raise awareness of the problem of homelessness in our area. On January 17, the staff held…


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New in 2014

Politics: Trying to educate America’s future generation, Rhonda Fink Whitman is urging the government to mandate Holocaust education in public schools. Whitman interviewed college students regarding very basic facts, not only about the Holocaust but about World War Two, and found that they knew little. Holocaust education has already been made mandatory in California, New York, New Jersey, Florida and Illinois. Why not Pennsylvania?    This year every seat in the United States House of Representatives will be up for reelection. Science: NASA is sending a new spacecraft, the Orion, to the moon, the asteroid belt and Mars. Also involving space: celebrities, including Katy Perry, will be launched into space sometime this year. In Shanghai, China, construction of an underground hotel is underway. It will eventually be the “world’s lowest hotel.” This five-star hotel will go seventeen stories below ground level. If everything goes according to plan, the hotel’s first…



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Divergent: The Book and the Movie

All of us Divergent fans are extremely excited for the release of its movie. Divergent, by Veronica Roth, was definitely one of the best books I have ever read. There are two sequels: Insurgent and Allegiant. I think that everybody should read Divergent. It is filled with adventure, action and suspense.  Once you pick it up, you won’t be able to put it down, even after you finish. You will fall in love with all the characters and want to reread it again and again. The book is very well-written. The series is about a girl named Tris in a dystopian version of Chicago where the citizens are separated by factions. There are five factions: Abnegation, the selfless; Candor, the honest; Dauntless, the brave; Erudite, the smart; and Amity, the peaceful.  When a citizens turns 16, they must choose a faction in which they will spend the rest of their…


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Profile: Gabby Wilkinson, Class of 2018

Gabrielle Wilkinson, an eighth grade student at Friends’ Central and Junior Olympic Champion, recently shared a few insights on her athletic accomplishments with the staff of The Phoenix Inquirer. Holding a record for the Girl’s Youth 800m in Track and Field, Gabby answered questions on her running experience and her goals for competing. Gabby participated in a number of track and field events during December, one of which was the Colgate Women’s Games. She placed first in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:13.8, remaining undefeated in this event, as well as bringing home the 1500-meter. In the Junior Olympics in 2012, Gabby also won a gold medal in the 800m. She placed second in the 1500m and her team won a gold in the 4×8. In 2013, she finished in second place in her main event but her team scored a gold in the 4×8 once again. “I learned…


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2014 Movie Previews

In the New Year, there are many new books, video games, and other media that we’ve been waiting for but, of course, there will also be new movies. I’m going to discuss my opinions on five trailers and rumors of upcoming movies. I’ll start with what the one that does not impress me too much and move on to the movie I look forward to the most. Don’t worry: since these movies have not come out yet, there won’t be any spoilers included! If you are interested in learning more about these movies, I included links for trailers for and footage of the movies. Movie #5: Star Wars Episode VII In case anyone doesn’t know, I am a huge Star Wars fan! Though when I heard that Disney bought Lucasarts, I was depressed. However, at least they might be making a seventh movie to the series. Now that Disney has announced that…


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2014 Photography Contest Results

Congratulations to these four photographers and thank you to all those who submitted. The photography contest committee was thoroughly impressed by all of the photos they received. Stay tuned for a profile of Kristen Johnson in the coming weeks!



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Save Temple University Men’s Gymnastics

Do you know what happened at Temple University recently? The Temple Athletics Program is eliminating seven sports: baseball, softball, men’s rowing, women’s rowing, men’s gymnastics and men’s indoor and outdoor track and field. I go to Temple for gymnastics and my coach, Alex Tighe, just finished his final year there. Alex said at my last gymnastics meet, “On Friday, the gymnasts got the news that their program had been cut, and to see them go into the gym with this news is the most heartbreaking thing ever.” Misha, one of Temple’s gymnasts, is in his first year at the school. Imagine how he feels about his program being cut. Many students are too far into their programs to switch to another school, so their lives are gravely affected. My brother was a potential recruit for the gymnastics program and, if it is cut, there will only be fifteen schools in…


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Welcome Dr. Wendy Simkin!

We would like to introduce the Middle School to our new school psychologist, Dr. Wendy Simkin. Dr. Simkin said in response to our request for an interview, “I am very honored to have the chance to be interviewed by the Phoenix Inquirer!” We were glad to talk to her. She is here to help, so do not be afraid to reach out to her. PI: What is your job at Friends Central? WS: “My job at FCS is to be available to students, parents, faculty and staff around aspects of student well-being, socially and emotionally. It is my pleasure and my privilege to meet members of the school community both in times of wellness and routine situations, as well as in times of challenge.” PI: What do you love most about your job? WS: “The thing that I love most about my job is that I get the chance to do what I…


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