Death By Name, Death By Nature

Autumn mushrooms to watch out for

by tess alekseev

If you’ve ever gone on a walk in autumn, you’ve almost definitely seen a mushroom or two popping up from the ground. You were also probably told that you were not to pick, and certainly not to eat, any of the mushrooms you found — they’re poisonous! But what if they weren’t?

While, yes, some mushrooms are poisonous, they make up a small percentage of the species, and they’re relatively easy to identify.

Whether you’re interested in mycology (the study of mushrooms) or just a curious adventurer, knowing how to identify common poisonous mushrooms is a skill that could save your life in a pinch! Continue reading “Death By Name, Death By Nature”

Save the Women

The real problem with the ‘Save The Boobs’ slogan

By tess alekseev

This month, you’re likely to see slogans like: “I Stare Because I Care” and “Save The Boobs!” While, yes, the messages are well-intentioned and (seemingly) very pro-feminist, the harsh reality is that these slogans only serve to make women affected by breast cancer feel even more isolated.

Why do the slogans have to focus so much on the breast, and not the woman? The fact is, most affected women have to undergo mastectomies, or breast removals, to get rid of the cancer. In order to save the woman herself from cancer, the breasts have to be sacrificed.

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New Year, Same Football?

After another 0-9 season did Coach Jacobs really make any changes to the football program?

By Kellen Porter

Last year, Coach Koenig was let go after going 1-35 in four years giving Dexter football the worst losing streak of all of the high school football programs in Michigan.

Coach Phil Jacobs was hired to be a motivator and rebuild Dexter to its former glory, he was working the kids extra hard in the weight room and on the field, making sure that the team would be ready for those close games in the fourth quarter and have the energy to pull out the win. Unfortunately, there were no close fourth quarters as the team went 0-9 for the fourth season in a row.

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Little Caesars Arena: How Does it Compare?

The new Little Caesars Arena vs Joe Louis Arena

By Michael Waltz 

Little Caesars Arena in Detroit is the newest and second largest ice hockey arena in the world. It will not only be the new home for the Detroit Red Wings but also for the Pistons basketball team.

So how will it compare to Joe Louis Arena? Will it have the same feeling of excitement and intensity? Will we still be Hockeytown? These are questions many people are asking themselves.

Here’s my take on the new arena.

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Growing Pains

A look at freshmen growing into their high school lives

By Mitchell Sterlitz

Everyone’s gone through it at least once. The unfortunate few, a couple of times. Most people can agree that freshman year of high school is usually an ugly duckling phase.

Transitioning from being the big fish at the middle school pond to bottom feeders clinging to the walls in high school, just hoping to make it to their sophomore year.

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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”

Take A Knee

If you’re worried about the flag, you’re missing the point

By Tessa Kipke

Michael Brown was just 18 years old when he was gunned down by a white police officer. He was unarmed. Eric Garner was strangled to death in public while repeating “I can’t breathe” over and over again. The police officer who killed him went unpunished. Kendra James was 21 and the mother of two. Philando Castile was 32, and his girlfriend and her young daughter were in the car with him.

These stories of unjust and tragic police brutality against black Americans are disgustingly common and horrifyingly repetitive; they show up constantly in ours news cycle, and the debates that follow are always the same. Continue reading “Take A Knee”

Utimate Disrespect

Peacefully protesting is every American’s right, but doing so during the anthem is misguided

By Jacoby Haley

The athletes of America have been protesting social issues more than ever. In response to wrong doings in America, athletes have taken it upon themselves to kneel as a form of dissatisfaction with the country.

A protest about social issues is more than acceptable and often deserving, but it’s the way that said protest is carried out that makes the difference. The actions that are being taken to perform this protest are completely misguided and misdirected. Continue reading “Utimate Disrespect”

Our View: Homecoming is outdated and needs to change

Old Man Warner, by Elaina Dunn
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. Continue reading “Our View: Homecoming is outdated and needs to change”

Clash of the Ages: Netflix Versus Cable

A major shift in the entertainment industry

By Mitchell Sterlitz

Since its origin in 1948, cable has been the premier source of entertainment for most Americans with a television. What could possibly be more popular than hours and hours of entertainment just a click of a button away, and with only a few advertisements here or there in the programming?

Well, there might actually be an answer to this question, in the form of Netflix and other streaming services. Continue reading “Clash of the Ages: Netflix Versus Cable”