Phone Off!

Phone use in the movie theater is out of control

By Jimmy Fortuna-Peak

You’re sitting in the theater, as the lights dim down and the film starts. It cost $10 to get into the show, but that’s okay. The big screen, the atmosphere, and the surround sound makes it worth the price. Just when things are all set to begin, someone in the front row pulls out their phone and starts scrolling through their Facebook and Twitter feed, completely distracting you from what’s being shown on the big screen.

In recent years, cell phone use in the theater has grown significantly, and it seems to still be rising. Whether before or during the show, you are almost always guaranteed to see a phone screen light up at one point or another.

The price of a night out at the movies has skyrocketed in recent years. The cost of tickets along with concessions can add up to about $20-$25 per person in some situations. This price alone has caused fewer and fewer people to go to the theater, and having someone make the movie unwatchable by using their phone makes people avoid the theater all together. 

Theater attendance in 2017 was the lowest it’s been in 25 years. To counteract this, some theater chains have tried to improve the theater experience by implementing reclining seats and gourmet food. However, this solution misses the root of the problem.

Some critics claim declining theater attendance to be an effect of the lower quality films that have been coming out in recent years, while others believe it is because of newer, better home video options. Both contribute to theater attendance, however, I believe the biggest reason is the inability of people to be able to stay off their phones for two hours. People go to the theater to get the most immersive movie experience possible. Phones tamper with and downgrade this experience, causing people to be less likely to go to the show. That is why theaters should start focusing on ways to prevent phone use rather than better seating and food.

Some theater chains in London have talked about creating phone detecting devices that would shine a laser in the face of someone using their phone during the show. Others have talked about distorting cell phone connection inside the theater’s premise. However, both methods have serious flaws such as eye damage and the inability to contact help in an emergency. Both are just in discussion and shouldn’t be anticipated any time soon.

If cell phone use is to be stopped, it needs to be enforced by the movie-going public. Using your phone before the show and during the opening previews is acceptable, but once the lights dim and the logos appear, the phone needs to be silenced and put into the pocket. If you absolutely need to use your phone during the theater, walk out, do what you need to do, then re-enter the theater. If you see someone on their phone during the show, don’t be afraid to tell them to turn it off. Everyone else in the theater will thank you for it.

Going to the movies is supposed to be fun. It’s supposed to be two hours of pure escapism where you can laugh and/or cry at the story in front of you. Phones have ruined this experience.If you can’t stay off your phone for two hours, then you have a serious addiction and should seek help immediately. It is up to us to stop this and make the theater an escape once again. Just sit back, relax, enjoy the film, and turn your phone off!

JV Strikes Out

Dexter softball starts the 2018 season with only a varsity team, making the program’s future a bit murky

By Evelyn Maxey and Bailey Welshans

More than two months after tryouts and as the season is winding down, people are still talking about the controversy surrounding the softball team.

Based on a variety of factors, softball Head Coach Tim Kimball’s decision to eliminate the junior varsity team for the 2018 season created quite the storm.

Having one softball team was not on the initial agenda, but as tryouts played out, it seemed that would end up being the result. Despite Athletic Director Mike Bavineau and Kimball’s efforts to recruit new players — even going as far as to ask students that play other spring sports to fill in if there was a player shortage — they did not end up with the results they wished for.

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Dexter Women’s Water Polo Seeding Tournament

Last weekend the Dexter women’s water polo team competed in the District 4 Seeding Tournament at Saline High School. Their first game was on Friday the 27th and they played against Walled Lake. The Dreads won this game with a score of  17-3. The next day the Dreads played Ann Arbor Huron and lost with a score of 5-11. Later in the day, Dexter competed against the Skyline eagles and suffered a tough loss of 2-12. This brought their record to 8 wins and 10 losses. “We put up a tough fight, but we just weren’t really on our game Saturday,” said junior Allison Wyka, one of the team’s main scorers. Dexter will next face Ann Arbor Pioneer tonight at home for another seeding game.

Dexter Women’s Water Polo Suffers a Loss to Pioneer

On May 3rd, The Dexter Women’s Water Polo team competed against Ann Arbor Pioneer at home. The Dreads put up a good fight, but they ended up losing to Pioneer with a score of 6-7 in a District seeding game. This brought the Dread’s record to 8 wins and 11 losses. “It was a really close game, we just couldn’t pull out the win,” said senior Hannah Quist. The team will next face off against Birmingham Seaholm at home next Tuesday. This will not be a district seeding game.

Senior Survivor 4/26

Senior Survivor competitors push through the last competitions of the week.

Thursday night, the competitions included hide & seek, putting a puzzle together blindfolded, and baking a cake with no recipe. The seniors were competitive and they had a lot of fun during the games.

The most popular game of the night was a simplified version of Food Network’s CHOPPED. The task: baking a cake with no recipe and presenting it in front of a panel of four judges. The categories that were judged included presentation, taste, and texture. Each cake was judged hard, and the judges ( Mr. Heuser, Mrs. Dunn, Nicole Tuzinowski, and Elisabeth Johanson) seemed to enjoy them.

This week of competitions has worn out the teams, and they are all ready to go home.

Video & Picture credit: Bailey Welshans

Sunday Night Senior Survivor

Senior Survivor: 4-22-18

BY MITCHELL STERLITZ AND KELLEN PORTER

Senior Survivor started Sunday night as all of the participants moved into for the whole week. Teams entered promptly into the school at 7 pm, and the first event of the night was poster making that would be hung up in the auditorium later that week. The teams then migrated outside for a series of tasks that would test their team chemistry and perseverance. The first challenge of the evening involved throwing cheese puffs on the head of their partner. The Orange Team successfully threw the most cheese puffs on each others heads to take the first challenge. The second and final challenge of the night involved the teams escaping a knot and then each member had to drink either a mixed up happy meal or a vegetable surprise. The Green Team was able to down the concoction the fastest to take the second challenge. To end the night the group participated in a Kahoot and the orange team won yet again. After this action-packed day the boys and girls went to their respective dorms, preparing for the next day of challenges.

The Garden Review

On Friday, April 13th, the relatively niche indie rock band The Garden found its way to The Shelter in Detroit. It’s small, dirty, and dark — exactly the kind of place a band like The Garden would play in.

I arrived late, and I missed the first opener (Cowgirl Clue), but judging by her music available online, she’s an ideal complement to The Garden: not only does her music sound just similar enough to them without being a copy of it, she’s openly inspired by The Garden, occasionally quoting them in songs.

I did arrive in time for the second opener, Tijuana Panthers. While their style is less similar to The Garden than Cowgirl Clue’s is (it’s more smooth and quiet), their overall mood was great and got the crowd excited for the main act. Continue reading “The Garden Review”

Baseball sits at .500 despite playing in frigid temps

The Dexter Men’s baseball team is 2-2 over its first four games, braving the rough weather and surviving four or five cancellations.

In the season opener on April 5, Dexter split a doubleheader at Canton. The Dreads lost the first game 9-1 before winning the second game 8-2.

“In the first game, we just couldn’t hit or field at all,” junior infielder David Kreske said. “In the second game, we jumped on them early and got two runs quick and just continued from there.”

On Tuesday, Dexter split a doubleheader against Bedford. The Dreads took the opening game 2-0 but lost the second game 8-6.

“[Ryan Schoch] threw a lot of strikes and kept the ball down in the zone in the first game,” Kreske said. “They didn’t get many hits. In the second game, we just didn’t do well pitching-wise. They got a bunch of dinkers and we had a bunch of errors. We gave it to them.”

Up Next: The Dreads have a doubleheader against Milford tonight beginning at 4 p.m.

Women’s Soccer outscores Lincoln and Chelsea by a combined score of 14-0

In the beginning of the week, the Dexter women’s soccer team played Lincoln. They won the first half by a mercy by scoring 8 goals – the other team scored zero. It was clear who was the better team, considering they only played one half. The girls stayed on their level and didn’t drop to the level of the other team.

On Wednesday, the Dreads played Chelsea, Dexter’s biggest rival. Dexter scored early in the game, which made they energetic — their morale was high. Through great teamwork, the girls beat Chelsea 6-0. Senior Sammy Corcoran had a hat trick, scoring half of the goals.

Next Up: Dexter (2-0) hosts Tecumseh at noon on Saturday.