Policymakers seek to eliminate summer break for Michigan students

The traditional three-month summer for Michigan schools may be nearing it’s end, as the state legislature and the governor want to give schools the ability to go to what they call a balanced schedule or what many people call year-round school. Gov. Rick Snyder and many policymakers say such a change could help eventually lead to more college graduates. Principal Kit Moran has read such studies and said the research bears them out. “Studies have shown, that students have a starting point at the beginning of each school year to…

You smell that?

A large chemical filtration system beneath the science classrooms, unknown to current administrators until January, has become clogged by an unknown substance.  The obstruction was first detected because of an odor produced by the chemical backup. “I’m not quite sure why somebody didn’t know that,” Principal Kit Moran said.  “It’s amazing to me that nobody ever mentioned that.” The tanks were installed 12 years ago during construction of the high school when Moran wasn’t principal. The mechanism is made up of two large tanks connected by a tube.  Waste flows…

Filling with vapor

The vapor spiraled upward, dissipating into the air around him. He lifted the electronic cigarette, or e-cigarette, back up to his mouth, took another puff, then carefully tucked it back into his left front pants pocket. The bell rang and he walked back out of the bathroom. Back to high school. Back to class. This senior, who agreed to be interviewed only if we didn’t use his name, said he has been using e-cigarettes for over five months. “In my experience, e-cigarettes are a very relaxing practice,” he said. “They…

International Baccalaureate program gives students a tougher challenge than previously imagined

As the class of 2014 approaches graduation, 16 seniors are left wondering if they will graduate with more than a high school diploma. These International Baccalaureate diploma candidates who are on track for an IB diploma have to wait until the end of July to find out if they qualified for the IB diploma. Students striving for the full IB diploma have to write an extended essay, complete a Theory of Knowledge class which includes a TOK presentation and essay and complete a Creativity Action Service project on top of…

Minimum wage change would affect students

Senior Abbi Kemperman works a part-time job at Classic Pizza.  In addition to the time she spends at school, equivalent to a full-time job in itself, she said she spends between 16 and 32 hours a week working to make money to pay for her car insurance, gas and other expenses. “I have time to work, go to school, and do homework, but that’s about it,” Kemperman said. Like many high school students, Kemperman makes minimum wage, currently $7.40 an hour. Working three or four days in an average week,…

Childish Gambino's 'Because the Internet' not as good as his first effort

Donald Glover has established himself as a comedian, writer, actor and rapper. He has writeen for such shows and “30 Rock” and acted in the show “Community” in addition to a handful of stand up routines. Despite all of the other titles, Glover a.k.a. Childish Gambino, may be most widely known for his rapping. With four mixtapes and a overly successful debut album, “Camp,” under his belt, it looks like his second album, “Because the Internet,” doesn’t live up to “Camp.” The album is split into two and a half…

Ocean Bowl squad heads to national tournament in Seattle

The dull hum of the buzzers drones as 10 high school students conjure oceanic knowledge accumulated after hours of poring over books, maps, graphs, bills, virtually anything ocean related. This is Ocean Bowl. Or at least it is for the DHS National Ocean Science Bowl team, which is gearing up for the national competition in Seattle, Wash. after leveling Greenhills, the defending national champions, 83-21 in the regional final on Saturday, Feb. 1 at the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment building. Senior Captain Graham Northrup along…

The Ukrainian people deserve better than Putin

In a country that is starving, one man was living large, almost like a king in his palace.  While the people in the Ukraine ar stuck in poverty and making approximately $4,000 a year, their former president Viktor Yanukovych was sentencing his people to ultimate poverty.  He was money laundering from his own people and lying about everything.  At first the president fled to his “friends” in Russia who he initially thought would help him take back power in his country. Hearing this on the news when I woke up…

Evacuate the dance floor

Junior Spencer Vollmers was waiting in the hallway for his cue.  As the dance team started their routine during halftime, Vollmers several of his male classmates ran out to join them. “I was nervous,”  Vollmers said.  “I couldn’t  breathe for about half of it.” This stress was the result of Vollmers and 15 other junior and senior men joining  the all-female dance team during halftime of the Valentine’s Day men’s basketball game between Dexter and Ypsilanti. This idea was the brainchild of dance coach Erin Shaver, who said she jumped…