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.

News Briefs

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

By Finn Bell

DHS to receive new Drinking Fountains and Faucets

Dexter High School is going to be receiving new drinking fountains and faucets over the summer as part of the latest bond. Superintendent Timmis announced this in a tweet on February 27, alongside an image of the new drinking fountains. They will be a combination of a drinking fountain and water bottle refiller. This is welcome news, as DHS currently has very few working faucets and drinking fountains, which is a real nuisance for teachers and students alike.

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