You smell that?

A large chemical filtration system beneath the science classrooms, unknown to current administrators until January, has become clogged by an unknown substance.  The obstruction was first detected because of an odor produced by the chemical backup. “I’m not quite sure why somebody didn’t know that,” Principal Kit Moran said.  “It’s amazing to me that nobody ever mentioned that.” The tanks were installed 12 years ago during construction of the high school when Moran wasn’t principal. The mechanism is made up of two large tanks connected by a tube.  Waste flows…

Evacuate the dance floor

Junior Spencer Vollmers was waiting in the hallway for his cue.  As the dance team started their routine during halftime, Vollmers several of his male classmates ran out to join them. “I was nervous,”  Vollmers said.  “I couldn’t  breathe for about half of it.” This stress was the result of Vollmers and 15 other junior and senior men joining  the all-female dance team during halftime of the Valentine’s Day men’s basketball game between Dexter and Ypsilanti. This idea was the brainchild of dance coach Erin Shaver, who said she jumped…

New concussion regulations impact athletes

Cam Winston went in for tackle against Fowlerville on Aug. 29.  After the play, a Fowlerville player hit Winston in the head, and Winston fell to the ground.  He laid there unconscious and knocked out for several minutes with a concussion. “I felt confused and dizzy and had to remember what happened,” Winston said. Concussions like the one Winston received can result in severe long term effects on a teen’s brain and affect their everyday life. The Michigan Sports Concussion law enacted on June 30 requires all high school personnel…

Dreadstrong campaign hopes to provide community identity

The Purpose of “Dread Strong” New Superintendent Chris Timmis said he didn’t want to wait to settle in. He didn’t want to take a year or two to figure out the system to see if he liked where he had ended up. Instead he decided it was time to take charge and make a change by kicking off a district-wide marketing campaign using one central theme: “Dread Strong.” He said the goal of the campaign is to get the community involved with the schools and give them an opportunity to…

Swoverland steps down

WHAT HAPPENED: After a coaching career that spanned more than 20 years in Dexter, varsity basketball coach Randy Swoverland quit his coaching job on Monday, Oct. 28. He officially announced he was stepping down after a week of isolating himself from interactions with his students and players. Swoverland declined to be interviewed about his resignation or the incident, but the following account was confirmed by multiple sources who were present at various times throughout the situation. THE INITIAL INCIDENT: Senior captain Derek Seidl had just finished stretching. Two days previously,…

Weight room remodeled to the tune of $140 thousand

Using $120,000 in bond money and $20,000 from the Athletic Booster Club of Dexter, a $140,000 weight room remodelling had begun at Dexter High School. “I think it was long overdue,” ABCD member Brad Hochrein said. “The size of our old weight room compared to the other schools in our district showed that we needed to expand it.” The new weight room now includes all-new equipment including medicine balls, squat racks and enhanced air compression machines, which use compressed air in place of metal free-weights. The renovation is an attempt…

Murals cause controversy

Senior Maitreya Menge stood in the hall, paintbrush in hand.  She got ready to pour herself out, expressing the subjects nearest to her heart.  With the first stroke of her paint brush, Menge started a conflict that she couldn’t have seen coming. “I was told to paint a mural that meant something to me, something that I cared about, and that’s just what I did,” Menge said. Murals have lined the walls of the school for years.  They are created as a part of the “Drawing and Painting” class taught…

Bump, set, sign

Before hitting the court, all players in the volleyball program have to sign a social media contract prohibiting them from posting hurtful comments about the team, fellow players and opponents. The contract is a replica of the contract the University of Michigan uses for its women’s volleyball team. “At the old school I coached, people would write untrue things about their teammates to get them kicked off,” Days said. “I just don’t want to see that again. I wanted to put guidelines in place for the team to follow.” Day…