National Sports Briefs

Top headlines from the sports world in the past month

2018 NFL Draft

The 2018 NFL draft has come and gone and now it’s time to take a look at teams that are sitting the best after 256 picks. One of the teams that performed the best in the draft was the New York Giants. GM Dave Gettleman picked up Penn State RB Saquon Barkley who will have a major impact on the team along with G Will Hernandez and an OLB Lorenzo Carter, combined will make for an impressive offensive line. The Atlanta Falcons were looking to double down on an already impressive roster with GM Thomas Dimitroff picking up WR Calvin Ridley and CB Isaiah Oliver will both have significant impacts on the team’s future. The Chicago Bears picked up some very talented players which includes possibly one of the draft’s best linebackers, Georgia’s Roquan Smith. Also nabbing a great center, Iowa’s James Daniels. All three of these teams are going to have great seasons next year and compete for a chance to play in Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta.

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Is University Worth It?

By Bailey Welshans

The future has a lot to hold but going to college doesn’t have to be one of those things. In the society we live in today, however, it seems that everyone thinks you need a college degree to be successful.

That is a completely false statement. Attending a college like a community college is not only more financially responsible, but for many it’s the best choice.

For many students, a university may be the best choice and I understand that. There are some career paths that require a university degree, such as engineering, nursing, business, or law. I realize that many also believe the “college experience” is the right next step. The parties, relationships, and moving out of your parents’ house are also among the appeals to college.
However, if you don’t know exactly what you want to do for a career, why spend all the money just to possibly change majors halfway through college?

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Out of School Suspension: More Harmful Than Helpful

This outdated discplinary practice damages students’ futures

Imagine if the prize for winning Senior Survivor was a free week of excused absences from school. The number of people that would sign up to participate would skyrocket, and the amount of money fundraised would double.

This would be a great incentive because this is something almost any student at Dexter High School would like to receive. So, why is this same “prize” commonly used as a means of discipline in schooling systems across America?

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Movie Reviews April 2018

The beginning of the summer movie season
provides some big hits and catastrophic flops

By Jimmy Fortuna-Peak

While cheesy, this teen comedy provides laughs and a heartfelt story that many will enjoy. Blockers follows three parents as they try to prevent their teenage daughters from having sex on prom night. This plot is absolutely ridiculous and has you questioning the logic and the behavior of the characters from start to finish. However, the film’s comedic elements and the stellar chemistry from the cast provide a very enjoyable experience. Most of the jokes were clever, and the non-stop pacing keeps you engaged throughout. Additionally, there are some very moving moments that both parents and students can relate to. The biggest surprise is the strong social commentary presented about how girls lose their virginity vs how guys do. John Cena proves to be a future star in Hollywood and is the film’s crowning star. The biggest flaw is the choppy editing in some scenes. In the end, Blockers is a fun theater experience that will enjoyed for years to come.

Rating: 3.5/5

This unique sci-fi horror provides one of the most unique films of 2018 thus far. A Quiet Place follows the Abbott family, and the struggles they face while trying to hide from sound sensitive monsters in a post-apocalyptic rural landscape. John Krasinski does a fantastic job at building suspense in his directorial debut, as well as acting alongside his co-star and real life wife Emily Blunt. The child actors are great as well, and provide a great sense of family. The film is a non-stop thrill ride with very few breaks,  and fits perfectly with the short runtime. The film’s only flaw is its lack of development. There are only subtle hints as to how the world becomes this way and leaves a lot to the imagination. Overall, A Quiet Place is a scary, yet intriguing film that will go down as one of the best films of 2018.

Rating: 4.5/5

The 19th entry into the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) is a change of form for the franchise and is its darkest film yet. Avengers: Infinity War follows the Avengers and their impossible task of defeating the powerful Thanos before he can conduct a universe wide genocide. The standout of the film is Josh Brolin’s portrayal of Thanos, giving fans easily one of the best MCU villains to date. The actions scenes are epic, and the set designs are mesmerizing. The characters work well with each other, and the chemistry built throughout the previous films become apparent. However, the big cast does not come without its flaws with many of the characters taking sideline roles rather than being front and center. The ending, while controversial, is a gamble that paid off for Marvel and will be talked about for years to come.

Infinity War is a great film, but should and will not receive an official rating until part two comes out next year.

Not even Dwayne Johnson can make this abysmal video game adaptation into a fun blockbuster hit. Rampage follows primatologist Davis Okoye (Dwayne Johnson), and his attempts at stopping three genetically mutated animals from destroying Chicago. Right off the bat, this film can barely be called an action film as the only action happens in the last 20 minutes of the film. The characters all act cartoonish and provide no sense of realism whatsoever. The plot is extremely predictable and relies too much on too many improbable results all happening perfectly. Dwayne Johnson is always enjoyable to watch and the final action scene does have some moments, but the film provides little more than that. Rampage is a B-rated monster film that is taking away valuable ticket sales from better low budget films.

Rating: 1.5/5

News Briefs

The biggest local, national, and international news stories that happened over the past month

By Finn Bell

Saltwater Surprise Shocks Students

DHS students recently noticed something strange about the water in the drinking fountains: it was salty. On May 10, the school readjusted its water softener system. This readjustment left some salt in the plumbing, leading to the water in the drinking fountains and bottle refillers tasting awful and salty. While this surprise didn’t last long, it certainly left a bad taste in many student’s mouths.

North and South Korea seek Peace

For the first time in over six decades, a north Korean Leader has set foot in South Korea. This has come as part of new peace negotiations between the two nations. These negotiations are likely to see an official end to the Korean war, after a 60 year armistice. They would also involve both countries recognizing each other as legitimate nations for the first time, as opposed to both sides claiming ownership of both sides of the Korean peninsula.

Cambridge Analytica Scandal

Facebook is in hot water after news broke that it allowed Cambridge Analytica, a data collecting firm, to access the personal information of over 50 million individuals using the social network. Cambridge Analytica, who at the time was working with the Trump Campaign, gathered information on potential voters all across the nation in order to make psychological profiles for the Trump campaign. This has spurred public outcry across the nation over what many view as Facebook violating their privacy, leading to boycotts and investigations of Facebook, which included the companies CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifying before Congress.

Bill Cosby Found Guilty

After a long and grueling legal battle, comedian Bill Cosby has been found guilty of 3 accounts of indecent aggravated assault after a jury convicted him on April 26. The conviction — which has come after nearly 60 women have come forth and said Cosby sexually assaulted them — will land him a minimum of 30 years in prison. As Cosby is already 80 years old, this is likely to be a life sentence.

NASA Launches Planet Hunting Satellite

Coasting off of the recent momentum in the field of space flight, NASA has launched a new satellite aboard a Space-X rocket. Starting in June, the satellite, named TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Surveying Satellite), is designed to find planets orbiting around distant stars. It will do this by measuring the difference in lighting created when a planet passes between the star and the satellite. While limited in scope, this satellite is expected to find thousands of planets, some of which may be habitable.

Saskatchewan Bus Crash

Tragedy struck the Canadian town of Humboldt, Saskatchewan on April 6, when a semi-truck collided with a bus transporting a junior hockey team. The accident — which occurred as the bus was on its way to the town of Nipawin for a hockey game — left 15 dead and 14 more injured, when the bus collided with the side of the semi-truck at an intersection. There has been a public outpour of support for the small town after the tragedy, as numerous politicians and celebrities have made visits to the town, including a presentation of the Stanley Cup to the recovering survivors.

Town Hall for Our Lives

In April, current and former DHS students organized a Town Hall over the hotly debated topic of gun control

By Finn Bell

For many, it may seem as though the March for Our Lives movement is dead, but this couldn’t be any further from the truth. While there hasn’t been any million-person marches lately, all across the country, the movement is alive and well in the form of town halls. These small, local events serve as platforms for members of communities to speak to their representatives. And as the 2018 midterm elections grow nearer,  Town Halls are excellent opportunities for people to find out where candidates stand on issues such as gun control. One such town hall event took place here, in Dexter.

The Dexter Town Hall for Our Lives was hosted in the Dexter Public Library on April 8. The event — which was organized by DHS alumni Julia Bell and Gianna Eisele — had four planned speakers: 7th Congressional District Candidate Steven Friday, 7th Congressional District Candidate Gretchen Driskell, State Representative Donna Lasinski, and 7th District Congressman Tim Walberg. However, of those four Walberg did not attend, and Driskell only had time to make opening remarks before having to leave. This was unfortunate, as Walberg was the only anti-gun-regulation planned to be there, leaving the even very one-sided.

The event started with short speeches from Bell and Eisele, focusing on the importance of students in the blossoming movement.

“The heart of the most powerful movement in the country are students no older than ourselves,” said Bell. “But while our generation is the soul of this movement, we can’t accomplish any of our goals alone. We need our parents, we need our teachers, we need our neighbors”

“For too long students have been kept out of political discussion” said Eisele, “We have been told that we are too young, that we don’t understand, but really that’s not true.”

The majority of the event consisted of a traditional town hall format, with Friday and Lasinski answering questions. Lasinski focused on the importance of gun safety.

“Responsible gun owners want other gun owners to be responsible as well,” Lasinski said. 

Friday, meanwhile, devoted a large portion of his time to speaking against gun-lobbyist groups such as the NRA and lobbyist groups in general. The town hall also included speeches from DHS students, including Seniors Georgia Frost, Evelyn Hawley, and Sabina Carty. One of the most powerful moments of the event happened during Carty’s speech.

“Who remembers being shocked, saddened, surprised or horrified of the Columbine shooting,” Carty asked and was met with almost every hand raised. “And who remembers being saddened or horrified by the Parkland shooting?” Almost no one raised their hand.

The town hall concluded with audience questions, and a plea to attendees to get out and vote this November.