Despite murderous rampages, GTA V is captivating

Upon its release Rockstar Games “Grand Theft Auto V” sales broke $800 million globally within 24 hours.

Divide that number by 60, the average price of the game, and you get the number of people who jumped at their first chance to virtually assume the role of a hardened gangster.

Virtual gangster and senior Tim Ewen said, “The whole GTA series makes up some of my favorite games. I really like the upgrades from IV to V.  The graphics are better and the gameplay is more intuitive.”

Countless people gave the game such great reviews that I had to give it a try for myself.

Upon putting the game into my console I was greeted by a hooker on the load screen, followed by flashing photos of sketchy looking people.  To some one not seasoned by the cold hard streets of GTA I, II, III, and IV, this might seem inappropriate or even offensive.  I wasn’t too surprised.

The game started with some captivating and high-action missions intended to give the player a feel for certain new controls and give a little back story.  After completing the setup to the story mode, I got to dig into what I really enjoy: wreaking havoc on the city of Los Santos.

I noticed while playing that the driving is a lot more sensitive than previous Grand Theft Auto games which gives you more control over the things you can do.

Like the previous games, there are five stars in the upper in right hand corner of the screen.  A star illuminates for every level of how wanted you are by law enforcement.  I started my rampage by stealing some cars and plowing down people.

The fuzz came after me with full force.  My streak ended in a bloody shoot out with the police.  It sounds terrible, but there is definitely an addictive element to this game.  The release of the game caused many absences in school for a day or two to come.

“I didn’t sleep any more than five hours for the first three days,” Ewen reported, “It’s too addicting.”  The game takes about three days to complete if you’re a go hard like Ewen.

The game play is captivating, and the story is great.  We all owe Rockstar Games a thank you, for once again allowing kids and young adults to let out their murderous rampages virtually. My overall rating:  five out of five.

Students wish they could go elsewhere for lunch

He would escape if he could, but he’s stuck there like he is every other day. Just dreaming of what it would be like if he were allowed to leave.

Chicken sandwich, some fries and a milk all make it onto the tray. Same options as every other day of the week.

Still thinking of all the other foods out there that he could have, junior Scott VandenHeuvel carries his food out to his table where he can sit and talk to his friends.

“There’s more stuff out in town than the school can provide,” Scott said. “The school needs more variety.”

One way to provide this variety would be to have an open-campus lunch. Supports say this system would allow students more options to choose what they want to eat and give them more freedom, but some feel the safety risks outweigh the benefits.

Math teacher Brian Baird said, “We have to be careful with protecting young adults. That’s our job: safety and security.”

There’s always the option on putting limits on who can leave, such as basing it off of grade point average, but for Baird it’s all or nothing.

“Teenagers don’t make the best decisions, even with a longer time frame. Ten percent would ruin it for the other 90 percent,” he said.

Baird also said when leaving the school, students are faced with the risks and pressures of drinking or smoking, car troubles and accidents.

“As a teacher I couldn’t live with that,” he said.

Senior Amelia Sadler agrees that an open-campus lunch would cause problems. But sshe sees it as more of an educational issue.

Sadler said, “I don’t think it’s a good idea at all. A longer lunch results in a longer school day, and it’s also environmentally negligent.”

Allowing students to go out for lunch, she said, would give them the opportunity to skip classes after. It’d be easy for a student to go out and not come back for the afternoon.

“A majority would not bother to get back in time,” she said.

But junior Brian Darr disagrees. “Eventually it wouldn’t be a problem,” he said.

But for Baird, the safety of students should be a priority in school along with their education. An open campus could jeopardize both of these.

“Maybe we have to offer more (food) options in the building,” he said.

But for Scott, it’d be easier to just go out into town for his lunch. But until then he’s stuck in the same lunch room every day knowing that there’s only so much the school can do.

Zac Sharp

My name is Zac Sharp, and I am a junior. I play both basketball and baseball. I am Native American from the BlackFoot Tribe and the Cherokee Tribe. I have two siblings who graduated from Dexter High School who now attend Central Michigan University. After high school I hope to go to college to play baseball.

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 understand why Classic Pizza is offered four days a week.  Tuesday they’re fresh.  Wednesday they’re leftovers. Thursday they’re fresh.  And Friday they’re leftovers.

I don’t even enjoy pizza anymore.  The cafeteria has completely ruined pizza for me.

I also don’t understand why lunch is so expensive.  On Tuesday if I was to buy two pieces of pizza and an Arnold Palmer, that would be $6.  That’s ridiculous,  considering the school probably pays about $5 for an entire pizza, which is 12 pieces.  They are making an absurd amount of profit for every pizza bought.

School lunches are bad quality and overpriced.  I don’t understand why some kids would rather pay for overpriced garbage than just bring a lunch from home.  A lunch from home is healthier, cheaper and honestly better tasting.

Cornerstone gym closes, others provide alternate

As Dexter grows it gains more businesses that allow it to transform from a village to a city. And as the demand for exercise grows the exercise businesses in town do too. Many citizens in Dexter have memberships to SNAP fitness and the Dexter Wellness Center, both of which have their own positives and negatives said frequent members.

The newest of the three is the Dexter Wellness Center. The Wellness Center which opened June 1 has many forms of fitness to offer.

In the gym there is an indoor walking/running track, ellipticals, treadmills, bikes, and other cardiovascular machines, free-weight training equipment, a lap swimming pool, warm water therapy pool, a basketball court, an outdoor sand volleyball court and locker rooms with showers and saunas.

Along with the new equipment, the Dexter Wellness Center offers classes for those who prefer to work in groups. Some of the classes it offers include aquatics, yoga and pilates, private swim lessons and group exercises. It also offers massage therapy.

Another benefit to the Dexter Wellness Center is the childcare they offer for those parents who need someone to take care of their kid while they focus on a strong workout for themselves. The gym offers a variety of memberships for individuals, seniors, couples and families.

Although the gym has a lot to offer, it can be pricey and not everyone can afford the luxury of the new Wellness center says senior Evan Morrison who was a member at the Wellness Center.

“I love how extravagant the Wellness Center is, but I just didn’t use my membership enough for the cost. Maybe if I went more it would have been worth it,” he said.

Another facility for working out is Snap Fitness. Located in the heart of Dexter,  it’s open 24/7 so a person can access the gym when it suits them best. With similar workout equipment to the Wellness Center, Snap also has its positives and negatives says senior Garret Weng a member at Snap.

Snap Fitness always being open is convenient, but that’s not always a good thing. During late hours there isn’t a consultant or trainer there to help Weng said.

Senior Katherine D’Angelo said sees both places as having their niche.

She said, “They’re both good because Snap is open all the time, and The Wellness Center has a lot of options. They’re both convenient depending on your situation.”

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 guns, in case there is a riot and one of the prisoners took the gun and used it. While we don’t have a bunch of convicts in Dexter, I am certain in other areas around the country they have some kids who might find or take a teacher’s gun and use it in a bad way.

It is always a good idea to keep guns and other weapons away and out of reach from children.  I’ve heard of cases on the news where some kid finds his dad’s gun and while playing with it, accidentally pulls the trigger and shoots himself.  If we allowed teachers to bear arms, kids wouldn’t necessarily get their hands on them.  But why even take that chance?

If everyone is so uncertain of public safety in our schools, perhaps its time to invest more in school security.  And what if, instead of using guns which were designed to kill, we give the teachers Tazers or stun guns which are designed to stun instead of kill?

If we allowed teachers to carry guns that would be the most irresponsible thing we could do for school safety.  Guns and safety are two words you don’t see together often.

Noah Mellifont

Hi. Noah Mellifont here, current Co-Editor-in-Chief.  We Squall out here.  I play sports on the side but in my free time I write poetry, I dream vividly, and think mentally.  My spirit animal is a Sun Bear.  I splash threes and wear tight t’s…….for the ladies.  You might question, “Why is this guy in charge?” well, joke’s on you, I’m Co-in charge.  My view on baby momma’s is that I’m indifferent.  If you’re an interesting story hiding out there, I guarantee, we’ll find you.

Mens soccer hopes to return to states

The mens soccer team is coming off a season in which they went to states and finished in the final four. Currently ranked sixth in the state with an 8-3-1 record, the possibility of returning to states isn’t out of the question according to Coach Scott Forester who thinks it’s hard to consider the postseason yet.

Forester said, “With three weeks left in the regular season, it’s hard to think that far ahead.”

Senior Owen Brooks agrees.

“It’s hard not to look ahead, but that’s definitely a mindset we have to have.We still have a lot of games left before the playoffs and those are what we need to focus on right now.”
Even though districts are a distance away, Forester thinks there will be strong teams that can compete well with Dexter.

Forester said, “Our district draw hasn’t occurred yet however, strong teams like Mason and Chelsea are in there, which will it make it difficult to win at that level of the tournament.”

The tough challenges moving forward may prove a test for Dexter, but they’ve beaten tough teams before and know how to play against tough opponents. This gives them an advantage over other teams because of that experience that is valuable to the teams success according to Forester.

Forester said, “The team has shown an ability to take on the best and compete well with them.”
The team is experienced too as eight out of the 11 starters from last year return the two captains, seniors Levi Kipke and Tony Pisto. Forester said they bring leadership and an understanding on how to return to states and what it takes to get back.

Forester said, “Having them for another year, knowing what it takes to compete at the highest level, they are able to share that with their teammates.”
With the leadership of their captains, Brooks said the team knows how to return to states and know that they can.

He said, “Having been to to states once was an awesome experience, but it makes us want to work even harder this year to go all the way.”
Being to states before, the dreadnaughts know what to expect from the other teams that made it that far and how to prepare for them.

Brooks said, “We know what to expect and the types of teams we will be up against.”

The experience of Kipke and Pisto, trickle down to the new players too including junior Jake Rayer.

“Their experience really helps us out and helps us to achieve our goal,” Rayer said. They give constructive criticism and when we’re struggling, they help us get over our struggles and get better. This helps us get ready for the postseason and help us go to return to states.”

Sydney Swigart

My name is Sydney Swigart and this is my 3rd year being a part of the Squall and my biggest inspiration is Lauren Kimmel.  My dog, Juno, is my best fried, and I like to lax for fun.  I love Chipotle and G-Eazy.  I aspire to be Michael Scott, and I can often be found watching The Office.  I hope you enjoyed this factual and entertaining bio about myself.  See you later. – Squid