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Senior Maeve Reichert, head of the literary magazine Mock Turtle, talks to potential 9th grade recruits during the 2023 clubs fair.
Highlights From Upper School Clubs Fair [Brief]
Dozens of clubs showed their stuff and courted new members at the high-energy, candy-fueled gathering on the quad.
Seniors line up in the heat to have their final yearbook photos taken.
Seniors Say (Melted) Cheese? [Brief]
This year's senior yearbook portraits fell during a record heat wave.
Lunch & M? Try Lunch & Melting [Brief]
Lunch & M? Try Lunch & Melting [Brief]
Heat broke records this month at Friends School of Baltimore.
After a soggy sunrise, pink-clad seniors headed to Senior Hall to decorate it.
Seniors Rise for Senior Sunrise [Brief]
Friends School's class of 2024 arrived early on the first day of school to watch the “sunrise.”
Seniors and senate co-presidents Macy Goldberg, Noah Ripke, and Harrison Fribush kicked off the school years first collection with a gripping video.
Commencing Collection [Brief]
From Neighborly Notes to the Upper School’s first Collection, Friends School welcomes students back to start the year!
In their first game of the season, the varsity womens field hockey team scored a decisive win against Pikesville High School.
Quakes Beat Panthers 6-1 [Brief]
The varsity women's field hockey team started its season with an exhilarating win.
MIAA Varsity Volleyball kicked off its season last week with a win - the teams first since 2021.
Exciting Comeback for Varsity Volleyball [Brief]
Last week, in a nail-biting first game of the season, the team scored its first win in two years!
The class of 23 took over the faculty room and converted it to a club as part of the annual senior prank.
Seniors Celebrate Their Last Two Days at Friends [Brief]
The class of 2023 spent their final days of classes making mischief, singing, and reminiscing.
The Ultimate First Game [Brief]
The Ultimate First Game [Brief]
Friends School's new frisbee team had wide support and a narrow win at their first game of the season.
Newly admitted Friends students and families arrive for Festival of Friends.
School Welcomes New Families [Brief]
At the "Festival of Friends" celebration yesterday, dozens of admitted students and families visited campus and enjoyed a morning of performances and conversations.

Traffic Jams, Accidents, and Hanger [Humor]

The daily turmoil of the Friends Dining Hall line
Photo by Robin Pierre on Unsplash
If only the Friends Dining Hall traffic moved this fast, and accident-free!

Since the beginning of the year, the line heading into the Dining Hall has grown longer and more dangerous.

With the lives and property of Friends School increasingly under threat, the Quaker Quill decided to investigate this pressing issue. These are our shocking findings:

Beginning at the weight room entrance, the Dining Hall line leaves people waiting for their food for as long as two hours. The wait has left many in the line quick to anger. Witness the shouts and screams echoing up and down the stairwell.

The combination of student apathy and the length of the line has led to accidents all across the Dining Hall. Recently, after standing in line for around an hour, junior Sam Gerardi was forced off the line by two hotheaded students. He swiftly crashed into a nearby table.

Though no one was hurt in the accident, such scenes of destruction are quite common in The Line.

While these accidents are prevalent in the Dining Hall, the problems with student traffic congestion extend to the rest of school as well. Though Friends recently approved a decision to widen school hallways to allow more students and teachers to pass through with ease, the Quill estimates that it still takes around 74 minutes to get from one Upper School class to another.

But all hope is not lost! The school has recently created the Friends Student Walking Association (FSWA),  dedicated to teaching students how to walk in the hallways.

“As a person who has recently gotten into a walking accident, I hope my students can come out of my class doing the right thing from day one,” said Robert Travieso, sporting a gash above one eyebrow.

Though change is slowly making its way to the hallways of Friends, nobody knows when the chaos will end. Only time will tell whether the efforts of people like Mr. Travieso succeed, or if more of us will end up like Sam Gerardi.

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Thomas Hazlehurst, Staff Writer
Thomas, class of '24, mainly focuses on satirical writing for the Quaker Quill. He is a fan of all things history, and loves to conjure up new stories, no matter how abstract they are.
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