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…

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…

Halloween change isn't all good

During my childhood I looked forward to dressing up like my favorite movie character and walking around my neighborhood in search of delicious treats.  Halloween in the past, though spooky, was a holiday of pure intentions.  Trick or treating and apple bobbing offered fun for the whole family.  In the past few years however, something has begun to happen, and not necessarily in a positive way. Oct. 31: the day is here.  Teenage girls everywhere begin to emerge from the depths of their Justin Bieber-plastered bedrooms. They are dressed up…

Our top 10 Halloween costumes of 2013

10. Thor. I had to include at least one superhero on this list, and this Avenger, Thor, gets more popular by the minute, especially with the release of Thor 2 on Oct. 30. The Thor costume, with the signature armour, red cape and hammer, can be found on almost every Halloween costume site and will be very popular with the trick or treaters. 9. Duck Dynasty. Now, I don’t watch “Duck Dynasty,” but I’m familiar enough with social media to know that it’s one of the hottest TV shows around.…

Everyone should stand and say the Pledge

Before starting this column, we would first like to recite the Pledge of Allegiance to demonstrate our formal appreciation toward this beautiful fatherland that we call home. Gentlemen, please remove your caps. Ladies, please pay attention for the time being. “I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” It’s only 31 words, not a problem. But getting students to actually say the Pledge of Allegiance, now that…

You know what's awkward? The middle urinal

The middle urinal is so awkward. Ever since childhood, it has been an unspoken law not to go in the middle urinal. Even if someone is in dire pain, most of the time he will wait, shaking in unspoken agony instead of going to the middle. Every once in a while, while I’m in the bathroom either to the left or the right urinal, some weird freshman walks in and doesn’t know the unspoken law of the middle urinal. When I’m finished and zipped up, I generally turn around with…

School lunch actually makes me sick of pizza

School lunches are the worst.  My first year I loved the variety that they had and how they changed it up every day. However, by senior year, I am completely sick of the food that I have pretty much eaten every day for four years. My freshman year I loved the cookies, but now they seem like greasy, disgusting, undercooked pieces of fat that taste delicious. I am disgusted by them, but I continue to eat at least one every two weeks.  And I don’t understand why. Also I don’t…

Arming teachers is not the answer to school safety

Teachers should not have the right to bear arms in school.  Guns were designed for one reason and one reason only: to kill. Since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut, people have debated whether or not teachers should carry weapons to make sure something like that never happens again. I understand the idea that if a bad person comes to the school, the teacher could shoot him or her and prevent a tragedy. However, I don’t think it’s that simple. Even prison guards are not allowed to have…

Freshmen, read our advice (and do the exact opposite)

Welcome, incoming freshmen. Being seniors, we have already put in three years of hard work at Dexter High School. When we were freshmen, the seniors gave us some great advice and we are here to give you the same advice — and maybe even better. We came up with this advice while we were giving Miley Cyrus her twerking lessons. As soon as you walk into those front doors, you have to remember that there are a few unwritten rules that you have to follow in order to have the…

It's 2013 and we still can't …

There’s gotta be some sort of demographic out there, of unemployed Ph.Ds who aren’t quite smart enough to work on the cure for cancer, yet too smart to settle for assistant brain surgeon or something. Instead of reading Intelligent Life or Mental Floss, maybe they should look at the inconveniences we’re dealing with as members of the middle class. There are so many smart people out there (so I’m told).  They can’t be doing anything that important to let these dark times go on for much longer. Thank you, unemployed…