Declination release strong new album, Human Blood

The stage lights dim, the monitors hum and tension builds as Joe West prepares to take the stage. He tunes his guitar and checks over his setlist, as he has hundreds of times before. West has been at it for years now, playing rock/metal shows, self-recording and releasing albums under the project name “Declination.” However tonight is special. For the first time he will be playing songs of his newly released album “Human Blood.” Following the lead of his first E.P. “Abyss” (2012), “Human Blood” contains brutal, invigorating riffs, with…

Scheduling problems lead to angry students

Senior Margaret Bussineau wanted to take Humanities. And she wanted to take IB French as well. But because Humanities is only offered during a first and second hour block and because IB French is only offered first hour, Bussineau had to settle with a Upper Class Seminar, or UCS, an English class for juniors and seniors. Like many students, Bussineau is the victim of a master schedule that leaves teachers, students, counselors and administrators stressed and often hampers students who want to take multiple, academically-challenging courses. “I really don’t enjoy…

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…

Local car wash makes its return

When Dexter was hit by a tornado on March 12, 2012, hundreds of homes and businesses were left damaged, and the town was scarred by the disaster but ultimately thankful for minimal injuries and no casualties. A little more than a year later, much of the damage has been restored as many businesses and families have gotten back on their feet. One of the testimonies to this recovery is the reconstruction of the village car wash. At the corner of Second Street and Central Street, the Village Car Wash and…

Returning to the top

They’ve been sixth in the state for two years running and the mens water polo team hopes to continue the tradition. However, according to Assistant Coach Andrew Leonard, the loss of graduated players and the lack of a big senior class, the team’s position in the state will be more difficult to maintain. Last year, co-captains Max Merriman and Michael Garcia brought the team to states with a win against the higher-ranked Skyline team. This year, the varsity team consisted of seniors, juniors and sophomores; however, there are fewer seniors…

Sophomore with Down syndrome named class homecoming queen

Meet sophomore homecoming queen Alana Schwartz.  She is 17 years old and a sophomore.  She has Down syndrome, a mild case, which means that while she has a learning disability, she doesn’t have any of the heart problems associated with the condition. One day Alana was sitting in front of sophomore Sam Bremmer on the bus.  Alana was singing and having fun as usual. “I wondered how she would react if she were homecoming queen,” Bremmer said. This is why Bremmer decided to do something special for Alana. Bremmer emailed…

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…