Our View: Experience Should Trump Celebrity Status

by the squall staff

Mount Rushmore, 2020

When Oprah Winfrey gave a commendable speech on the #MeToo movement at the Golden Globes, the nation was understandably ecstatic. In attacking sexual abuse and warning abusers that “their time was up,” she tied us all together at a time when we’re quite far apart.

Whether you were a Hollywood superstar, average joe, office worker, or just a procrastinating high school student, it resonated with you. On social media, feeds lit up with yells of Winfrey 2020, while the talking heads on cable news spent hours salivating over the possibility of a Trump vs. Winfrey election. In an amazing twist, celebrities with zero legislative experience are now being seriously contended as presidential candidates, a reality that seems unsurprising when one lives under the Celebrity-in-Chief himself.

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The Bark Behind Mental Health

Tank, Mill Creek’s service dog, helps a variety of students with things such as anxiety and depression

By Bailey Welshans

If you’ve ever owned a pet, you know the amount of love and affection they can bring to you and your family. However, dogs also have some powerful mental health benefits, according to HelpGuide.org.

Dogs can help reduce anxiety and depression, encourage exercise, and ease stress for their owners. Any dog is capable of being trained as a full-time service dog for more therapy-focused purposes.

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Winter Sports Updates

A quick snapshot into the forecast of teams

By Ryan Lotz, Michael Waltz, Jillian Chesney, Mitchell Sterlitz

Women’s Basketball

The Dexter Women’s Basketball team has won 7 games this season and lost 6 as of Thursday, February 1. In a very close, low-scoring game against Tecumseh, the Women’s Basketball team won 26-22.

“We had to shoot a lot and they played a zone the whole game,” junior Kendall Rosevelt said.

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Shamrock Shakes

Are they a sham, or do they rock?

By mitchell Sterlitz

Shamrock Shakes are a seasonal beverage offered at McDonald’s, and, like any other subject on the planet, have more than one side to their story. According to an employee, the Zeeb Road McDonald’s will start selling Shamrock Shakes at the end of this month and they are available until St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, the holiday that inspired them.  Continue reading “Shamrock Shakes”

National Sports Briefs

Top headlines from the sports world in the past month

By Michael Waltz

Eagles Defeat Patriots in Thrilling Super Bowl LII

 

The New England Patriots faced off against Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII. The game got off to an even start with both teams scoring a field goal on their first possession. The offense was the main story of the game with both teams racking up points early. In the end, the Eagles defense was the one that stood tall at the end of the game by stepping up and getting a huge stop with two minutes left in the game. Tom Brady and the seemingly unstoppable Patriots were finally taken down with Eagles coming out on top 41-33. This is the Eagles’ first Super Bowl win in franchise history and, unsurprisingly, Nick Foles was named MVP after throwing for 373 yards and three touchdowns while also becoming the first quarterback to catch a touchdown pass in Super Bowl history. History was made by Philadelphia the night of February 4, 2018, and it will go down as one of the exhilarating Super Bowls ever.

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The Power of Iron Dread

The arrival of Coach Jacobs and Coach Whittaker breathes new life into Dexter athletics

By Jimmy Fortuna-Peak

 

The beginning of the new football season brought two new faces to DHS, Head Coach Phil Jacobs and assistant coach Chris Whittaker, who took roles as coaches and DHS faculty members. Their initial goal was to rebuild the football program by getting the players in shape and making them physically stronger. Now, they’re expanding this weight room mentality to the rest of Dexter athletics.

While Jacobs and Whittaker are both primarily football coaches, their goal is to create better athletes throughout the school with the Iron Dread program. The four main factors are strength, speed, size, and weight. Both coaches noticed an overall lack in strength when they first arrived at the school.

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Vape Life

What you need to know about e-cigs in student life

By Mitchell sterlitz

“I vape whenever I feel like it, because it’s fun to do. I do it both socially and alone, it doesn’t really matter to me, but I prefer doing it when I’m with other people. Sometimes, depending on my mood, I’ll use some juice with higher nicotine content to give me a little buzz.”

These are the words from a junior who provided an insight into the Dexter High School subculture of vaping.

The use of e-cigarettes, commonly known as vaping, is a trend that has become part of the culture at DHS.  Continue reading “Vape Life”

November/December Movie Reviews

The end of 2017 provides excitement in an otherwise bland year for movies

By Jimmy Fortuna-PeaK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The fifth entry into the DCEU (DC Extended Universe) provides fun action and witty humor, but fails to provide a memorable story. Justice League follows Batman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, The Flash, Aquaman, and Superman as they team up to keep the evil Steppenwolf from destroying the world. In one word, this movie is a mess; however, there is a lot of fun to be had. Seeing all these iconic characters together on screen for the first time is an extremely satisfying feeling and the cast chemistry is, for the most part, solid. The film’s original length was three hours, but was cut down to two hours for the theaters. Because of this, the film feels like it’s constantly rushed, and lacks the proper development needed to give characters motivation. By the end of the film, there are many unresolved plot holes and loose ends. Justice League failed to live up to the hype, but its ending provides excitement for what the future of the DCEU has to hold.

Rating: 3/5

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News Briefs

The biggest local, national, and international news stories from the past month

by Isabella Franklin

Hollywood Sexual Assault Allegations

#MeToo

Harvey Weinstein and other public figures, such as Bill O’Reilly, Louis C.K., George Takei, and Kevin Spacey, have come under fire due to many accusations of sexual assault recently. An equal, if not larger, number of celebrities, including Jennifer Lawrence, Gwyneth Paltrow, Terry Crews, and Anthony Rapp, have publicly opened up about their personal experience with sexual harassment and abuse. A movement called “#MeToo” has sprung up across social media as a platform for assault victims to share their stories and show how common these horrible experiences may be.

Amazon Announces New Service

Amazon has announced a new service called “Amazon Key,” in which customers may sign up to allow Amazon mail couriers to come into their homes to drop off packages. The concept is intended to reduce the number of packages stolen outside homes, but Amazon buyers are concerned about the irony of the product; allowing a stranger into your home so you can avoid theft has raised many questions about this product. In addition, many customers have brought up safety concerns about Amazon Key.

Catalonia Separates from Spain

Catalonia, a region of Spain whose capital is Barcelona, has declared independence from the country of Spain by an illegal referendum from the Catalan people. The parliament in Catalonia passed a motion to officially declare independence on October 27. The Catalan government and people believe that they deserve to be their own country as they are financially independent from Spain, culturally separate from Spain, and speak Catalan, an entirely different language than the majority of Spain speaks. The Spanish government is not letting Catalonia go without a fight, bringing police forces to keep protests for Catalan independence at bay.

Shield Road Re-Opens

Shield Road, which has been closed since June 12 of this year, re-opened on October 31, 2017 for public use. Between Parker Road and Baker Road, the road had a very high amount of daily traffic by students coming to and from Dexter High School, along with Dexter residents who live nearby who use it to cut through town. The road’s closure resulted in an inconvenience for many people due to traffic backups and having to take detours through town, so the bridge’s upgrade and re-opening has been a source of relief for Dexter’s residents.

Vehicular Attack in Lower Manhattan

 

There was a violent attack in Manhattan by a 29-year-old man on October 31, 2017. The attacker, Sayfullo Saipov, drove his pickup truck on a Hudson River bike path, killing eight people and injuring 11 more. Of the victims who died, five were Argentine tourists celebrating a school reunion, and another victim was identified as Belgian. Saipov was shot by police when he left his car after crashing into a school bus. He is currently alive in custody.

Michigan Considers Bill for Concealed Carry in Schools

On November 8, Michigan’s Senate passed a bill that allows concealed carry of firearms in former gun-free zones, such as schools, churches, hospitals, and daycares. Gun owners who take 8 hours of extra training will be allowed to carry concealed pistols in these areas. The bill still needs to go through the House of Representatives to determine if it will be enacted, which will happen after Thanksgiving. Many people were shocked and upset by the Senate’s decision, as the bill’s approval came only three days after a mass shooting in a Texas church that left 26 dead.