The Santa Lie is a Necessary Evil

Despite knowing the sad truth, Christmas can still be a magical time

By: Ben Daugherty

Almost every person I’ve talked to has believed or still believes in Santa Claus. Parents everywhere perpetuate this lie in order to achieve the “holiday spirit”. The same parents that teach their kids to never lie, are lying to their kids’ faces to get them to look forward to Christmas. Santa seems all fine and dandy until one day: the day you find out Santa isn’t real. The day you find out that you’ve sat on some random dude’s lap at the mall for nine straight years.

I found out Santa wasn’t real when I was eight, and Christmas has been gradually worse ever since. Finding out about the lie that is Santa was devastating.

I vividly remember the day it happened. I was at my grandparents house waiting for the “real Santa” to arrive, as I always did. That particular year, I realized that Santa was either my brother or he was fake.

After sitting on his pillow-stuffed lap, I realized my brother definitely wasn’t Santa. It then hit me; my brother’s below-average Santa costume was as real as it would get, and that magically fat man would not be coming down my chimney that year. I was devastated.

Deliberately lying to your children is wrong on so many levels, but the Christmas lie seems to be a special case where lying is acceptable. Without it, the magic of Christmas would be lost.

You can say that you’re looking forward to giving, but you’re truly either looking forward to getting gifts or seeing Santa. The magic of Christmas isn’t lost when you find out Santa isn’t real. Sure, you spend a few weeks, months, or years wondering if you can ever trust again; however, once you get over that, you begin to pass the magic on to younger generations.

The same goes for the Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, Great Pumpkin, and others. Just because you don’t believe anymore, doesn’t mean the magic is lost.

For people with younger siblings or kids, the Christmas spirit lives on through them. Some of my fondest memories have revolved around Christmas. Whether it was seeing family members I don’t normally see or sitting on Santa’s lap at my grandparents house, Christmas has been nothing but good times.

Christmas is all about family. It is a holiday that brings families together.

Seeing my younger cousins’ faces light up when “Santa Claus” walks through the door of my grandparents’ house, puts a smile on everyone’s face. If all it takes is one white lie to bring an entire family together, I’m in.

Everyone dreams of a white Christmas anyway.

Thanksgetting

Is Thanksgiving weekend about spending time with family or saving money on gifts?

Black Friday has earned its reputation for bringing all of the crazy people out of their homes for one night. There are two types of people that go out on Black Friday: crazy people and people watchers.
The crazy people mark this day on their calendars as the day they will buy all the items they’ve had their eyes on all year. Within the crazy people there are several different groups.
The first group is the gamers. These are the people setting up camp outside Best Buy hoping to get the new Xbox and walking out bruised and broken inside.
After the gamers, we have the Walmart shoppers. This group is by far the craziest one. This group is made up of determined soccer moms looking to get gifts for their “happy accidents.”
Walmart on Black Friday is not for the weak. These people look like they’re lined up to race for their lives. When the doors open, people are trampled, mace is almost always sprayed by the one mom who doesn’t know when to stop, and every year people walk out of the store disappointed and, in some cases, felons.
Try to put yourself in the shoes of the kid whose mom got hauled out of the store in handcuffs. Probably wouldn’t be the best. Rather than spending Christmas with your whole family, your mom is spending it behind bars because she couldn’t keep her mace in her purse.
I had the chance to interview Seamus McCurren about his Black Friday experiences. McCurren happens to be the unfortunate child of a Black Friday macer.
His mother was dragged out of Walmart in cuffs, after dusting a crowd with mace in hopes to bring an Xbox home to her loving son.
McCurren saw this as an act of selflessness and has developed a Black Friday strategy or “mindset” that can’t fail.  He claims that he is “not afraid to throw a few punches to get to the tip top.”
His techniques, although dirty, have gotten him results.  McCurren was the first shopper to bring home a plasma screen TV in three consecutive years. Instead of spending Thanksgiving with his family, McCurren spends his day getting into “that killer mindset.”
McCurren is a perfect, living example of the downward spiral created by Black Friday. I urge you to avoid this downward spiral at all costs.

Hidden Gem Reviews: Rod’s Place & The Session Room

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By Joe Ramey

Whether you’re looking screen-shot-2016-10-11-at-11-40-50-amfor a snack or a sit down meal that doesn’t bust your budget, Rod’s Diner in Ann Arbor is the place for you. Highly recommended by students and Ann Arbor natives, Rod’s diner is a place to hang with friends and have a variety of different foods.

For our visit, we tried what is widely known as “Bipimbob” or the most notable entrée on the menu. This dish was a plethora of oriental goodness, with its rice base being accompanied by a variety of assorted vegetables topped of with your choice of meat and a sunny side-up egg. This particular dish was a standout amongst others because of its value and the overall enjoyability. Also, it was a very fun thing to eat because of the egg.

The dish was amazing, but wouldn’t have been complete without the pairing of a cup of fro yo labeled a “collider.” This frozen yogurt is nothing special compared to what other yogurt places provide, it’s just the manner the frozen yogurt is presented to you that makes this so special.

The inaugural reception of a yogurt cup from Rod himself is the initiator of the whole process. The rest is on you. The cup has multiple toppings on it, including different fruits, candies and cereals.

screen-shot-2016-10-11-at-11-41-33-amNowadays, the going rate for frozen yogurt is flatout outrageous, but the prices at Rod’s are pretty similar to what you’d see anywhere else; $6 dollars for a plastic cup of fro yo and you’re set. This is what put this diner on the map.

 

All together, the slight flare of asian cuisine plus the overall atmosphere is what makes this eating experience a fun one. You can never go to Rod’s only once.

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By Ben Daugherty

screen-shot-2016-10-11-at-11-41-12-amWhen we walked into The Session Room, its log cabin-esque interior made us feel at home. Although the parking lot was packed full of cars, we were promptly seated and greeted by our server, Ashley. She offered us a drink menu even though we are clearly not of age, which isn’t unusual since the restauranthas more of a pub-like feel. This is a place that you could go to with your family or to visit when you’re returning from college, but this is not a likely place to go get dinner with friends.

To start, we orderedtheir guacamole. It was incredibly bland. If you’re looking to enjoy a mouth-watering bowl of guac, you should definitely avoid The Session Room. The guac was so unappetizing that it remained untouched; our server returned to offer a box which we subsequently turned down.

We ordered the Mississippi – a pulled pork sandwich – with the hope that it would make up for the unfortunately awful appetizer. We were disappointed to find that french fries did not come with the entre and had to settle for mediocre chips instead. The sandwich was delicious until we reached the middle to take a bite full of fatscreen-shot-2016-10-11-at-11-41-49-am. The fat filled mess of a sandwich paired with it’s lack of fries left me with a bad taste in my mouth and $11 missing from my wallet.

Next, we ordered the Kale Salad, which, to our dismay, contained few ingredients other than chopped kale, making it impossible to achieve a perfectly balanced bite. The food you will find is most easily compared to bar food: it’s not terrible, but you won’t ever crave it. If you’re under the age of 21, The Session Room will likely leave you wondering why you just spent $30 on a dinner full of
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State Championship or Bust?

With a more experienced and talented team than the 2014 Division II title squad, the Dreads have lofty expectations

By: Ben Daugherty

The whistle blew and the Dexter Varsity Field Hockey team took the field for their first game of the 2016 season.

Freshman goalkeeper, Maggie Jones, arrived with something to prove as this was her first game in a Dexter uniform.

If I’m thinking about being nervous, then it’s hard to focus on the game and the shots that are coming at me,” Jones said. “…my teammates have made it really easy to not feel nervous.”

This was also the first game that Trish Machemer took the field as Dexter’s head coach after being an assistant coach for several years.

Machemer was joined by assistant coach Tori Westhead, a recent graduate of Saint Louis University where she was the goalkeeper for four years. Growing up in Ann Arbor and playing field hockey at Huron High School, Westhead was excited to find a coaching position near home where she could continue to work with the field hockey community.

Dexter took control of the game from the start and showcased their talent with a commanding 6-0 win over East Grand Rapids, proving that their freshman keeper and new coaches had earned their spots on the team.

I feel a lot of pressure when I’m playing,” Jones said. “I remind myself I’m just here to play because I love it and I’m going to do my absolute best in goal.”

Expectations for the season are very high.  The coaches and players feel that they have an even stronger and more experienced team than the 2014 Division II state champion team. With such a veteran team, they’re dead set on winning another state championship.

“We’re looking forward to the season,” senior midfielder Sam Labadie said. “We have a lot of talent and coaches that know how to win.”

Labadie and the rest of the team have their minds set on winning a Division I State Championship.  The veteran team is almost entirely made up of upperclassmen with the exception of its freshman goalkeeper.

Led by 11 seniors, the varsity team understands what it takes to be victorious after winning the Division II State Championship two seasons ago.

“We are looking to capitalize on the fact that we have such an experienced group, and are eager to end our last season at DHS on a high note,” Labadie said.