Porter’s College Football Playoff Top 10

By Kellen Porter

In 1950 the AP poll was created to determine the rankings of the top 25 college football teams in the nation.The AP poll stands for the Associated Press poll. The way the poll works is because writers from around the country vote for who should be the number one team in the nation.

For the team that gets the most votes they become the number one team in the country the amount of votes each team gets from the associated press determines their place in the rankings. But there is one major problem with the Associated Press ranking teams in college football. The people in the company are loyal to their alma mater, resulting in their judgement being slightly biased and not accurate to rank the top 25 teams in the nation.

Therefore, since I have not gone to college yet and have no bias, I will give my honest opinion and rank the top 5 teams in college football. Continue reading “Porter’s College Football Playoff Top 10”

Movie Reviews (October 13, 2017)

Here’s a look at some of the most notable films that came out in the past month

By Jimmy Fortuna-Peak

This unique murder mystery provides an intriguing story that gives light to some of the forgotten social issues plaguing America today. Wind River follows Corey Lambert (Jeremy Renner), a veterantracker, as he investigates the murder of a young Native American girl in a Wyoming Indian reservation. Make no mistake, this is a dark film. Both the script and cinematography contribute to the terror and discomfort of this realistic situation.  Jeremy Renner is stellar as the main protagonist, and gives one of the best performances of his career. The true star of the film, however, is the script, which could be looking at a Best Original Screenplay nomination at the Oscars next year. The social injustice the Native American community goes through on a daily basis is touched upon as well, shedding light on an otherwise overlooked issue. Wind River is, unfortunately, very slow and it takes awhile for the story to fall into motion. Around 10 to 20 minutes of the film could have easily been cut to improve this. While in the midst of a very unoriginal year in film, Wind River provides a breath of fresh air and originality to the theater.

Rating: 3.5/5 

 

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Positive Social Media App Sweeps DHS

By tess alekseev

This August, the anonymous messaging app TBH launched in Georgia. Since then, it has gained traction in other states, including Michigan.

It works like this: you enter your name, grade, gender, and school, then you add people from your suggested list. When you go leave comments on people’s profiles, it allows you to pick from a group of four people, and to pick the person that a superlative applies to. Examples include “looks stunning without even trying” and “has the guts to steal a car and drive to Vegas.”

It follows in the steps of other anonymous messaging apps, such as Sarahah, which was popular last summer. However, Sarahah, like many of its predecessors, allowed users to type up anything and send it. Problems arose when comments turned sour – which is what TBH is trying to avoid.

TBH only offers kind or funny superlatives – you can’t say anything that isn’t prompted by the app. This has been both a pro and a con in the eyes of the student body: it’s great, because you can’t get anything mean, but it’s not as fun because the whole allure to anonymity is being able to say anything you want without consequence. Despite this, TBH has become the number one free app on the Apple app store, with nearly everyone at DHS having it on their phone.

Another problem with the superlatives is that they can be pointless, and the group of people you’re prompted to pick from is either full of people you don’t know, or it’s too hard to pick just one person that the title applies to.

Despite its shortcomings, TBH is a new form of social media – one that has no room for harassment or cyberbullying. It definitely has room to improve, but it tells us that social media can be popular even without the option to hurt others.

Dexter Drama Presents…Disney’s Lion King Junior

By Evelyn Maxey

Dexter High School Drama presents… Disney’s Lion King Junior! Showcasing the quirky characters we grew to love as children and beautiful renditions of our favorite songs, such as Hakuna Matata and Grasslands Chant, this musical has it all. With love, laughter, vengeance, melancholy, and so much more, this musical guarantees your emotions a seat on the theatrical roller coaster.

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The Bell Jar Book Review

By tess Alekseev

Sylvia Plath’s semi-autobiographical book The Bell Jar is a difficult topic. It’s the poet’s only novel, published in England just a month before her suicide in 1963, and posthumously in America in 1971.

On one hand, many argue that it’s a classic, and that it should be compulsory in high school literature courses: it’s witty, it’s heartbreaking, and it reaches to impossible depths of the human psyche. On the other, it’s criticized for being too depressing, too graphic, and try-hard.

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News Briefs

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

Excellence for Dexter Students

by Isabella Franklin

An individual group named “Excellence 4 Dexter Students,” or E4DS, is trying to raise $100,000 in donations this school year to improve Dexter Community Schools. Their current goals are to send all 6th graders to Eastern Michigan University’s Explorer Camp, expand the math and science departments, and, most prominently for high school students, hire a part-time internship coordinator. An internship coordinator at the high school would give students more opportunities to learn outside of school and gain valuable experience in the workforce.

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Club Sport Struggles

The difference between school and club sports is unfair

By JIllian Chesney

Here at Dexter High School, there are many sports that are not recognized by the school, and subsequently are categorized as club sports. Field hockey, lacrosse, freshmen baseball, water polo, and equestrian are the club sports at DHS. These sports are only given a varstiy letter if they meet the set requirements. Continue reading “Club Sport Struggles”

Our View: Homecoming is Outdated and Needs to Change

By the Squall Staff

The homecoming dance at Dexter High School is an unfortunate casualty of the times. Something once so revered with a central spot in high school life has become little more than a reason to throw a party anywhere but the school. Year after year, without relief, the dance itself has been watered down into something that barely constitutes a dance, let alone something meaningful or worthwhile to attend. The mobilization of dozens of chaperones, the acquisition of a DJ without a Spotify account, and the brilliant idea of turning on the cafeteria lights during a dance are all now parts of our Homecoming traditions.

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