The DAMN. Tour

Kendrick Lamar’s performance worth every dollar

By Jillian Chesney

Kendrick Lamar’s “The DAMN. Tour” opened with D.R.A.M and Travis Scott. D.R.A.M. is an artist whose acronym stands for “Does. Real. Ass. Music” and he sang many of his top hits followed by his biggest hit: “Broccoli.” He is a hip-hop nonconformist with a love of soul and has a bass as the backbone to his music. Travis Scott performed most of his concert on a black bird hanging from the ceiling. There was a spotlight attached to the bottom of the bird that shined on various areas of the crowd. The bird symbolized his album Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight.

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Spring Break Horoscopes

Predicting your spring break with the characteristics of your zodiac sign

By Julia Bell and Megan Sarns

Aries: Aries are spontaneous and love to take risks. You may find yourself packing your bags on Friday night and hitting the road on Saturday morning.  While spontaneous trips are often the most fun, it is important that you find yourself in good company. You tend to be impatient and short-tempered and hours in the car with the wrong people is a recipe for disaster.

Taurus: Tauruses are a grounded sign that prefer familiarity and routine, so this spring break, you’ll mostly likely enjoy spending time at home. But you don’t have to take a lavish holiday to have a great time! In fact, there a plenty of fun things you can do without leaving the comfort of your house: binge-watching a show on Netflix, spending quality time with your family, studying the Communist Manifesto, or doing arts and crafts projects. Get creative!

Gemini: Gemini are indecisive and struggle to make plans; we’ll help you out. As a social sign, you love crowds. Set your sights on the biggest party destinations. This break you’ll meet a lot of new people and return to Dexter with many new friends. Buy a new bathing suit, pack your sunscreen, and make this break one to…remember.

Cancer: Spring break is the perfect opportunity to channel your imaginative mind into a creative project. You’ve been putting your artistic pursuits on the back burner this month, and it’s about time you roll up your sleeves! Whether it’s dusting off that guitar you haven’t played since last summer or painting an impressionist portrait of the family pet, work on improving your talents. Do it now, for soon it may be too late…

Leo: You’re a natural leader and you don’t like following the crowds.  This break avoid Panama City and Daytona Beach and lead the way to an exciting new destination. Take the road less traveled and discover a place that nobody has thought to explore. Since Leos like to be the center of attention, it may seem like a good idea to update your Snapchat story every 10 minutes. It’s not.

Virgo: You’ve been studying hard all semester, and now it’s time to relax. Whether you indulge in a luxurious spa getaway or, just pamper yourself at home, you favor a calm spring break to a wild adventure. But beware: amidst all the rest and relaxation, a new challenge will arise this month that will put your reserved and cynical nature to the test. I mean, we can’t tell you what it is or anything, but just take our word for it.

Libra: Libras love the outdoors. Pull out your Eno, grab a good book, and spend your days in the shade of your favorite tree. When the weather doesn’t permit peaceful hammocking, head to Quality 16 to catch that movie you’ve been waiting to see, or make some popcorn and cozy up on the couch with your siblings.

Scorpio: Scorpio’s are a notoriously passionate sign, and your spring break is going to be all about the romance. The relationship between you and your significant other may have been tested last month, but this month, you’ll be stronger than ever. For the single Scorpios, keep your eyes peeled for a handsome stranger while you’re at the beach. Spoiler alert: their name starts with a letter.

Sagittarius: As a Sagittarius you have been looking forward to spring break since school started this fall. You can’t wait to pack your bags and leave Dexter behind. Sagittariuses love traveling, and you have big plans for the coming weeks.  Whether you’re heading to the beach to catch some rays or the mountains to catch hypothermia, this break is sure to be the best one yet!

Capricorn: Capricorns are a smart and studious sign, but unfortunately that means bad news for spring break. In the days before break, one of your teachers is going to assign a massive project that will ruin your plans of a relaxing week off. But don’t worry, all your hard work will pay off in the end when you’re rewarded with an A. Feel free to show this horoscope to your teacher as evidence.

Aquarius: Aquarians are a humanitarian sign and tend to love others. This spring break is full of opportunity to lend a hand to those in need. Volunteer at an animal shelter, carry groceries for your elderly neighbor, or clean out your closet and donate your clothes to Purple Heart. However, don’t become so involved in helping others that you forget to take care of yourself.

Pisces: This spring break has you feeling like a fish out of water. You’ve been lonely and ignored by your friends this month, which may make spring break a difficult time for you. But your compassionate and adaptable personality means new friendships are on the horizon. You won’t be feeling like a lone wolf for long.

The Hidden Gem Reviews

By Heather Brouwer

Knight’s Steakhouse, conveniently located on Dexter-Ann Arbor Road, has a wonderful ambiance. The lights are slightly dimmer than many restaurants, and the tables are small enough that in the slightly noisy atmosphere you can still hear the person sitting next to you, which gives off a more intimate feel.

There were options of booths and tables. The tables had extremely comfortable rolling chairs that are nice when you want to look someone in the face but don’t want to go through the trouble of making a ruckus by moving an ordinary chair.

Knight’s does, however, have a slightly older clientele base of middle-aged people. But it had a large variety of food options that are enjoyable to everyone as well.

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Valentine’s Day Horoscopes

Predicting your February love life with the characteristics of your zodiac sign

By Julia Bell and Megan Sarns

Aries: Communication is your key to relationship success this month, or it could be your downfall. If you’re in a relationship, a misunderstanding is on the horizon, so word your thoughts carefully (and make sure your spellcheck is on!) If you’re single this month, the relationship you’ve been pursuing may not be as out of reach as you think, but subtlety will prove unsuccessful. We’re talking grand gestures. Blimps are probably the way to go. Most compatible sign: Libra

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Squall Blind Date 2017

Through complicated Squall compatibility tests, two lucky
students were paired to participate in the annual Blind Date

By: Andy Dolen & Joe Ramey

OVERVIEW: The day started off like any other day. The sun rose in the morning and the birds called, but what awaited was much more intriguing. It was on that day, the 29th of January 2017, that the Squall’s annual blind date took place, and it couldn’t have gone more beautifully.

The two contestants were picked up in a beautiful chariot (a Dodge truck), and they were calmly escorted to their lovely meal in an equally as lovely location. (Actually, we just picked them up, forced them to wear blindfolds and not talk to one another. We then dropped them off at a restaurant with some cash and left to feed ourselves elsewhere).

The two love birds proceeded to consume their food and converse over it. Some of the topics consisted of swimming and school, as well as swimming IN school. The two contestants were constantly surveyed throughout the date (via Instagram live stream), only adding to the weight on both of their shoulders. The impending fear of disappointing the 27 viewers watching the stream accumulated over time. With all of that racing through the female’s mind, she took matters into her own hands in an attempt to create some alone time. She discontinued the stream.

Finally, when the date came to a close, we arrived and scooped up the two pretties, taking them back to their abodes, but not before closely interrogating them about the date.

All in all, it was a beautiful gathering an amazing outcome.

 

POST DATE QUESTIONS:

Rate the date from 1-10? 

Grace: 7

Stephen: 8

Were you happy when you saw who the date was?

Grace: “Yes. I was relieved.”

Stephen: “Yes!”

Do you see a future in the relationship? (2nd date?)

Grace: “Probably just friends… He’s funny and smart.”

Stephen: “Maybe…more yes than no.”

Did the date go as expected? Bad or good?

Grace: “It went well. I had a lot of fun  getting to know him.”

Stephen: “It went well.”

For Grace: What did you like most about your date? For Stephen: Will this impact your other relationship?

Grace: “He was really nice and outgoing.”

Stephen: “The other relationship wasn’t really official, so I dont think so…?”

Valentine’s Day Blind Date

The day started off like any other day. The sun rose in the morning and the birds called, but what awaited was much more intriguing. It was on that day, the 29th of January 2017, the Squalls annual blind date took place and it couldn’t have gone more beautifully.

The two contestants were picked up in a beautiful chariot (a Dodge truck), and they were calmly escorted to their lovely meal in an equally as lovely location. (Actually, we just picked them up, forced them to wear blindfolds and not talk to one another. We then dropped them off at restaurant with some cash and left to feed ourselves elsewhere).

The two love birds proceeded to consume their food and converse over it. Some of the topics consisted of swimming and school as well as swimming IN school. The two contestants were constantly surveyed throughout the date (via Instagram live stream), only adding the weight on both of their shoulders. The impending fear of disappointing the 27 viewers watching the stream garnered. With all of that racing through the female’s mind, she took matters into her own hands in an attempt to create some alone time, time away from 27 other eyes. She discontinued the stream.

Finally, when the date came to a close, we arrived and scooped up the two pretties, taking them back to their abodes, but not before closely interrogating them about the date.

All in all, it was a beautiful gathering  with an amazing outcome.

Top Five Christmas Movies and Music

By Alex Strang and Nick LeBlanc

Right after Thanksgiving dinner is all cleaned up and you’re on the way to go Black Friday shopping, you start to hear songs that have become all too familiar: Christmas songs.  Without missing a beat, the Christmas tunes are released into the airwaves right as the conversation with Grandma on how you need a boyfriend/girlfriend has ended and you begin to leave your creepy Uncle’s house that you barely even know.

Every year, we listen to the same Christmas music and watch the same Christmas movies, but why do we listen to same songs and watch the same movies every December? Well it’s simple; they get us in the Christmas spirit. They make us want to down some eggnog, go spend an unnecessary amount of money on our family and friends, and go chop down a tree and haul it home. So, by the time December 25 rolls around, everyone is in the holly-jolly Christmas spirit.

As a staff, we have created a list of our favorite movies and songs.

Movies

5. A Christmas Story

Released over 30 years ago, A Christmas Story continues to be watched by millions of families each year. The movie follows Ralphie, a young boy who only wants one thing from Santa: A Red Ryder BB Gun. Despite everyone telling him “you’ll shoot your eye out,” he doesn’t give up hope. You will be able to find this on TV everyday in December on many channels.

4. Polar Express

Polar Express This is the most kid-friendly movie on the list. It is a Christmas fantasy where a train picks up children and takes them to the North Pole. Compared to the other movies on the list, this movie lacks the comedy.

3. Elf

Elf has been the most overplayed Christmas movie in the past decade as well as the most popular. As every teacher’s go-to Christmas movie, you might watch it five times the day before you go on Christmas Break. Popular comedian Will Ferrell plays a human elf that embarks on a journey from the North Pole in search of an important person in his life.

2. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is the funniest Christmas movie on our list. Chevy Chase plays Clark Griswold, the father of a dysfunctional family in this holiday season comedy. Although it is a family movie, we would not say it is family friendly. Despite only a PG-13 rating, this movie is full of crude humour and it may not be suitable for little cousin Jimmy, so parents and relatives alike make sure you have a blanket ready to cover the TV at various parts of the movie unless you want 20 questions afterwards.

1. Home Alone 1

Home Alone follows a boy’s adventures during the holiday season when his large family accidentally leaves without him when they go on vacation.  As an all-time Christmas favorite, this action-packed comedy does not disappoint. What makes this movie so great is that, when we were younger, we all had that fantasy of feeling all powerful, which is exactly how the protagonist, Kevin, acts.  Due to Kevin’s nature and our young age, Kevin was a Hero to us.  The combination of being a Christmas thriller and being filled with nostalgia means if you are going to watch one movie this December, make it Home Alone.

Music

5. It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas by Michael Bublé

This Bublé classic gets the listener hype about snow that is related to Christmas. The reason why this song is not higher on our list is because more often than not, the weather feels like Easter on Christmas; thus, the song is rather misleading.

4. Little Saint Nick by the Beach Boys

Similar to the song in the five spot, “Little Saint Nick” is a Christmas classic.  However, this song also has a major downfall to it: Saint Nick is not little. While the song provides a good tune, as a staff it was difficult to rank this song higher due to the misinterpretation of the most important character related to the Christmas season.

3. Santa Claus is Coming to Town by Michael Bublé

Being one of the most iconic christmas songs means that it has been featured in hit Christmas movies like the Polar Express. The major downfall of the song is that it highlights the downfalls of a seemingly jolly holiday.  For example, the song says “he sees you when you’re sleeping.” While the staff recognizes that the fact that Santa stalks us in our sleep is a part of the holiday, we feel the negative, creepy aspects of the holiday could’ve been left out.  In addition, you shouldn’t need to threaten the kids within the song to get them to behave. If it is needed, maybe the kids need better parents.

2. A Wonderful Christmas Time by the Beatles

What happens when you mix one of the greatest bands of all time and one of the most celebrated holidays in the United States? A subpar album.  Nevertheless, within the album is a song that has been welcomed during the Christmas time from 95-year-old Grandma Gertrude to five-year-old little Timmy. The Beatles have managed to create a popular Christmas song that goes along with the sound of ‘70s that has actually lasted, which makes this song even better.

1. All I Want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey

The Squall chose Mariah Carey’s song to take the number one spot because of the heavenly tune alongside the modern, pop style. While the old fashion songs are welcomed, having your ears blessed by Ms. Carey’s voice is a good shake up from the typical Christmas tune. We also feel that when she says “All I want for Christmas is you,” she is talking to the audience, and more specifically us.  The loving gesture that Mariah extended to us during the love-filled holiday is appreciated. As a staff, we would like to thank you Ms. Carey; we feel less lonely now.

Holiday Horoscopes

Predicting your near future with the characteristics of your zodiac sign with a holiday twist

By: Andy Dolen

Aries: Being very self driven and thirsty for competition, you attempt to be the best present giver in the family. You will find yourself panicking over what the best present will be for each family member that you will lose sense of what Christmas is really all about.

Taurus: You have the brightest Christmas spirit of the  m all. Everything about the holidays is special for the Taurus, especially the winter weather and the seasonal songs making Christmas the best time of the year. However, Taurus’s love money, and are easily distracted from the essence of the holidays, and become caught up in the buying and receiving trend that go hand in hand with this time of year.

Gemini: Gemini are among the most thoughtful of people and this truly shows during the winter holidays. However, you can be indecisive. You over think the party planning and gifts that come with the holidays. This is also one of the busiest time of the year in school. You will become conflicted with yourself and have trouble balancing time for family and school.

Cancer: You are among the most emotional and most difficult to read. The cold of winter creates a hard sense of cabin fever and the feeling of having no escape to let go of all the problems and stresses in your life. It will be difficult to contain all this emotion, although your determination will allow you to get outdoors and let out steam by building a dope snowman or something.

Leo: Leo. Lion? Detroit Lions will win the Super Bowl. Facts.     Oh and you will have a decent couple months probably. Your energeticness and optimism will push you through the tough winter season and you will find happiness in the holidays.

Virgo: After feeling lost and without focus for a while, December will finally provide you with the necessary clarity and grounding to improve your work ethic. Unfortunately, this also means that you won’t enjoy the holidays as much as you’d like to. After finally finding this motivation, your extreme devotion to school work will cause you to lose touch with the fun and happiness of the holidays.

Libra: You are at your best in groups. December is a time where everyone comes together to celebrate, which couldn’t be better news for the Libra. You thrive in social situations and it will be the best December yet; however, opposite of the Virgo, you will lose focus with school work and motivation for other important things. Don’t get too wrapped up in the Christmas feel; you still have to go back to school soon.

Scorpio: There seems to be a never-ending emotional roller coaster in your life lately and you fall on your face every time you try to find stability. Instead of pushing certain outcomes to other people, or yourself, try to enjoy the unpredictable nature of things and surprises that come your way. Use the start of the holidays to sense the magic of the moment, ask yourself about your direction in life, and make some New Year’s resolutions you are willing to follow.

Sagittarius: You like to be alone. You dislike being constantly surrounded by people and feelings, so during the holidays, instead of spending time with family you will separate yourself as much and possible. You will actually have a lot of fun away from your relatives, although you’ll feel guilty for ditching them for the sake of your own happiness.

Capricorn: Your good managing skills have helped you get all of your Christmas shopping done on time, allowing your family to actually love you this year. Also, your hyper responsibility has caused some annoyance within your friend group, giving them the opportunity to pick on you this time rather than the other weird Sagittarius dude who is always saying weird things.

Aquarius: The sense of obligation will start to wear off and you’ll finally feel like yourself once again.The first couple of weeks in December are for the rise of energy and you will be conflicted about many issues at this time. As the end of the month approaches and the holiday rush sets in, you will feel the anger wear off and finally be able to let go and enjoy everything and everyone around you.

Pisces: This time of year is for giving back and helping others which is where you thrive. The feeling of giving makes you so happy you decide to donate a large amount of money to a charity for the homeless; however, you can sometimes be overly trusting. This causes you to be scammed by some sketchy charity you had never heard of, and now you’ll be left with no money to buy a present for you mom.

When Christmas Changed Forever

DHS students and teachers share their stories on how they found out the man coming down the chimney wasn’t real

By Tyler Woelfel

Griffin Fletcher (Senior): 

Griffin loves Christmas. He can’t wait for the holidays because of one simple reason: countless gifts. He doesn’t care whether it was Santa or his parents delivering the gifts, he just wanted to embrace the joy of endless mounds of torn wrapping paper. He never listened to his friends when they told him Santa wasn’t real because he loved the holiday so much. He believed Santa was real, despite the misguidance of his peers. Unfortunately, he found out from me. I asked him how he found out santa wasn’t real and this is when he went into shock. He asked me if I was joking, but I had to break the news to him. Hopefully his Christmas isn’t ruined this year.

Jacob Kapusansky (Freshman):

Jacob found out that jolly Saint Nick isn’t real in a very interesting way. He used an iPod he received from a past Christmas to solve the mystery. Jacob was very curious and wanted to figure out if this man that comes down your chimney and put presents under your tree was real. On the night before Christmas, Jacob created a plan. He would place his iPod downstairs and record the whole night. In the morning, he was the first up. He ran downstairs, didn’t even stop to look at the presents, and checked the footage. He was in shock. The big man dressed in red wasn’t real. His mom and dad worked together putting each present down one by one. Although Santa wasn’t real, he wasn’t fazed. No matter what, he knew he would get presents this year and many more to come.

Mrs. Spence (DHS Staff):

Mrs. Spence found out the hard way, but she made sure someone else in the family could enjoy it as long as possible. Growing up, she noticed that she wasn’t getting some of the things she asked for, even though some of her friends did. A major item on one of her lists growing up was a bicycle. When she didn’t get it, she knew Santa wasn’t real. Although she was obviously upset, Mrs. Spence and her older siblings made sure the youngest in the family wouldn’t find out. They did everything the could to make her believe he was real. They would look up in the sky outside and claim they saw Santa sleigh flying around. With her effort, she was able to keep her youngest sister a believer under she was around 11.

Ms. Melinsky (DHS Staff):

Ms. Melinsky never truly understood Christmas as a kid. She grew up in New York where she attended a school with a Jewish majority population. Also, she had attended a Seneca camp. These reasons led her to believe that Christmas wasn’t really a holiday in her religion. Because of this, Melinsky was never really a believer in santa even though her family celebrated Christmas and she, in fact, wasn’t Jewish.