People in Limbo

How our under the bed approach to refugees is in drastic need of repair

By Tate Evans

We live in interesting times, a point in history where almost 20 million people are given the label of refugee. They crossed borders not because they wanted to but because they were forced to by persecution and violence.However, we are woefully failing in responding to their needs, and many of us simply don’t know it even if they have the best of intentions. The average response many of us would think to respond to refugees is to go out and donate to the United Nations humanitarian system, where they would go build camps for the refugees until they could go home. But instead of waiting a few years, these people end up waiting decades in inhumane conditions, effectively condemned to waste their lives outside of society

However, we are woefully failing in responding to their needs, and many of us simply don’t know it even if they have the best of intentions. The average response many of us would think to respond to refugees is to go out and donate to the United Nations humanitarian system, where they would go build camps for the refugees until they could go home. But instead of waiting a few years, these people end up waiting decades in inhumane conditions, effectively condemned to waste their lives outside of society

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Summer Concert Review: Red Hot Chili Peppers

By Joe Ramey

On June 25th, the Red Hot Chili Peppers paid a visit to lead drummer Chad Smith’s hometown of Grand Rapids. The performance was varied, ranging from softer deep cuts to their loud and catchy hits like “Can’t Stop” and “Californication” The band was accompanied by synchronized lights dangling from the Van Andel Arena rafters, that moved according to volume and pitch of the songs. Fans hands were raised throughout the concert, holding both their lighters and their cell phones.

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Athletes in the Crowd

A look at a few athletes trying to bounce back from injury for the coming school year

By Jillian Chesney and Mitchell Sterlitz

Stephen Sterlitz: As one of the three captains of the boys water polo team, senior Stephen Sterlitz is “very optimistic about our team this year and I’m excited to be able to play with a great group of guys for my final year as a Dreadnaught.” Sterlitz is a diehard water polo player and has a true passion for the sport, a trait that helped the team finish fifth in the state last season. Continue reading “Athletes in the Crowd”

Expedition Baja

A new culture experience makes the author think twice about what Americans could be like

By Bailey Welshans

 

Flying over Californian mountains on our way to San Diego. The picture doesn’t do the justice.

On July 30, 2017, I embarked on a week-long adventure to the poorest part of Baja California, Mexico. After a 4 a.m. wakeup call, six hours of flying, two hours of waiting in the airport, and more than four hours of driving, my team and I arrived in Vicente Guerrero – the place where we would stay that week.

Our host then proceeded to tell us that we couldn’t drink the water, and we could only take two-minute showers. Although we were surprised, we were troopers and followed that two-minute shower rule. That night, we tried the best, and most authentic, tacos I’ve ever had. Our hosts helped us translate, and the locals were giggling. I have no doubt it was probably because a group of 30 foreigners were terrible at speaking Spanish. Continue reading “Expedition Baja”

Teams and Dreams

A quick look at the start of the girls’ volleyball season to come

By Mitchell Sterlitz

The Dexter girls volleyball team is looking formidable going into the 2017 season, and hoping to build on last year’s loss in the first round of districts to Huron.

It was a bitter defeat to be knocked out so early, but the Dreads are using that loss as fuel to burn for this season. The Dreads had hoped to go much farther and make a run in the playoff due to their first place seeding in the SEC white division.  Continue reading “Teams and Dreams”

Our Generation’s Taste

The problem with music today and how our generation glorifies the seemingly untalented

By Joe Ramey

In a world of classics and musical talents, this generation of teenagers seems to take a liking to overly edited, and somewhat untalented artists who are just as uncreative as the last. With exceptions too few, the last decade is riddled with artists and songs that are shameful in some regards when put up against its predecessors.

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Teams And Dreams

A quick look at the start of the boys’ water polo season to come.

By Mitchell Sterlitz

The Dexter boys water polo team is hoping for another successful season leading into the 2017-18 year. Last year the Dreads placed fifth in the state, a feat accomplished by its heavy senior class and a couple of talented juniors.

Those juniors, now seniors, have their goals set even higher despite their significantly smaller senior class. The drop from nine seniors to two this year won’t deter these two driven players, however. Seniors Andrew Golin and Stephen Sterlitz are confident about their team’s ability and potential for growth.

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Royal Blood

Royal Blood joined The Beach Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kendrick Lamar and others to thrill Michigan crowds over the summer

by michael bergamo

The night was here. The night that I’d been waiting in anticipation for three years ever since my brother had shown me the British rock-duo, Royal Blood’s self-titled album.

The album that made me believe that rock wasn’t dead. My friend and I arrived at 6 p.m., to a sold out show at St. Andrews Music Hall in Detroit. I and my confidant stood in the gigantic line, got our tickets ripped, successfully passed security and got into the venue around seven.

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Adrian 41, Dexter 14

A late Adrian push seals loss in competitive contest

By Kellen Porter

Dexter faced Adrian in its season opener this year. Hopes were high as there was a new coach in town and returning stars from last year’s team.

But going up against Adrian was no easy task as the Maples’ high-powered run game has proven extremely difficult for Dexter to stop in recent years. The reason Adrian’s running game is so effective? The team has strong running backs that pick defenses apart with shiftiness and field vision.

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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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