Holiday meals can be a huge health problem

Families gather. Sleigh bells ring. Chestnuts roast over open fires.  But is there something not-so jolly about this holiday season? How about the excessive eating habit that is somehow always associated with this time of year? The excessive overindulgence is even pictured in the symbolic images of the holidays we celebrate this time of year: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and every other religious holidays.  For Halloween the tradition is to go from house to house with the purpose of  acquiring as much candy as possible. For Thanksgiving, we celebrate by literally…

asking.for trouble

Being called “slut,” “whore,” and pregnant have lead senior Eden Krull to completely delete all posts off her ask.fm wall. She has now been off of the site for over a month. “I think it’s dumb,” she said of ask.fm. “But I don’t give a crap about (the things that were said about me) because it was anonymous. It was probably just one or two people who don’t like me.” Ask.fm, a social media website which was launched on June 16, 2010, allows people to ask anonymous questions to each…

Find it in your heart to love Miley like I do

I was in bed, eating my peanut butter Pop Tart and a glass of cold milk when I checked my Twitter feed late on Aug. 25. And then I saw them. Tweets that I couldn’t handle. Everybody hatin’ on Miley. “LOL WTF MILEY WTF.” “Ew Miley WTF.” “Miley you have no booty WTF ew.” Well you know what? I don’t hate Miley. Miley may be on a bit of a roller coaster at the moment but she’s fantastic. So stop hating. I’ve loved Miley since her first season of “Hannah…

Review of Eminem's newly released album MMLP2

To understand Eminem’s eighth studio album, “The Marshall Mather LP 2,” you must first travel back to 2000 and listen to Eminem’s raw, emotional and controversial effort “The Marshall Mathers LP.” The fastest selling hip-hop album of all time upon release, “The Marshall Mathers LP” was insulting, loud and extremely explicit. And it’s a classic.  Tracks such as “Kim” and “Amittyville” showcase an inner anger and passion that are prominent in what is one of the most honest and cutting rap albums ever made. The album also contained some of…

New concussion regulations impact athletes

Cam Winston went in for tackle against Fowlerville on Aug. 29.  After the play, a Fowlerville player hit Winston in the head, and Winston fell to the ground.  He laid there unconscious and knocked out for several minutes with a concussion. “I felt confused and dizzy and had to remember what happened,” Winston said. Concussions like the one Winston received can result in severe long term effects on a teen’s brain and affect their everyday life. The Michigan Sports Concussion law enacted on June 30 requires all high school personnel…

Dreadstrong campaign hopes to provide community identity

The Purpose of “Dread Strong” New Superintendent Chris Timmis said he didn’t want to wait to settle in. He didn’t want to take a year or two to figure out the system to see if he liked where he had ended up. Instead he decided it was time to take charge and make a change by kicking off a district-wide marketing campaign using one central theme: “Dread Strong.” He said the goal of the campaign is to get the community involved with the schools and give them an opportunity to…

Swoverland steps down

WHAT HAPPENED: After a coaching career that spanned more than 20 years in Dexter, varsity basketball coach Randy Swoverland quit his coaching job on Monday, Oct. 28. He officially announced he was stepping down after a week of isolating himself from interactions with his students and players. Swoverland declined to be interviewed about his resignation or the incident, but the following account was confirmed by multiple sources who were present at various times throughout the situation. THE INITIAL INCIDENT: Senior captain Derek Seidl had just finished stretching. Two days previously,…

Weight room remodeled to the tune of $140 thousand

Using $120,000 in bond money and $20,000 from the Athletic Booster Club of Dexter, a $140,000 weight room remodelling had begun at Dexter High School. “I think it was long overdue,” ABCD member Brad Hochrein said. “The size of our old weight room compared to the other schools in our district showed that we needed to expand it.” The new weight room now includes all-new equipment including medicine balls, squat racks and enhanced air compression machines, which use compressed air in place of metal free-weights. The renovation is an attempt…