April Fools’ Rules

By Gigi Saadeldin

It is no joke that April Fools’ Day is a silly holiday, but it is a holiday that should be praised.

Historians speculate April Fools’ Day dates back to 1582, when France switched from the Julian calendar, which was centered around Easter, to the Gregorian calendar, the one we use today. The people who failed to recognize the start of the new year had moved to January first, and continued to celebrate it during the last week of March through April first, became the butt of jokes and hoaxes.

April Fools’ Day is great.

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Flint Water Crisis

By Lucas Bell & Gigi Saadeldin

When the average American opens their tap, the water which comes out can be described as clean, refreshing, or clear; ever since April of 2014, the water in Flint has been anything but.

The first thing citizens of Flint noticed was the color, ranging from blues to brown. The second thing they noticed was the pungent odor.

In the mid 1980s, Flint fell into a deep economic depression after the closing of a General Motors plant, still affecting the city’s population today. In an attempt for the city to save money, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder changed Flint’s water source from treated Detroit Water and Sewerage (sourced from Lake Huron as well as the Detroit River) to the Flint River in order to save money. The corrosive river water caused lead from aging pipes to seep into the water supply – inducing extremely elevated levels of lead.

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The Anatomy of Finals

The three main components of finals at Dexter High School

By Caden Koenig, Truman Stovall, Gigi Saadeldin & Nick LeBlanc

Test-Taking

Test-taking is hard enough, especially with all of the pressure of final exams; nevertheless, being confident in an answer should be all it takes for you to fill in the bubble “A”, “B”, “C”, “D”, or even that unsavory “E.” Sadly, this is not the reality students are met with during tests due to individual thought processes, especially on finals week.

Too many consecutive answers have been a problem with multiple choice tests since their creation. Every time you fill in the same letter, your brain begins to think that the chances of the next one being that letter diminish exponentially.

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Rape Culture

It is a disease affecting the nation. Everyday, thousands of rape cases go unnoticed and hundreds of rapists go unprosecuted. With an American citizen sexually assaulted every 107 seconds, Rape Culture has stepped into the light as a serious problem.
By Claire Ward & Gigi Saadeldin
“No one is asking to be violated. There should be a ‘yes’ before anything happens.”

In Transforming a Rape Culture by Emilie Buchwald, Rape Culture is defined as “a society where violence is seen as sexy and sexuality as violent. In Rape Culture, [people] perceive a continuum of threatened violence that ranges from sexual remarks to sexual touching to rape itself. A Rape Culture condones physical and emotional terrorism [as the norm].”

Sexual assault can be classified as any sexual activity performed on a person who has not given consent. Giving consent means saying the word “yes.” Consent can not be given if the victim is unconscious, severely under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or in a forced situation. Sexual assault ranges from an inappropriate touch to unconsented intercourse. Merriam-Webster defines rape as: “[forcing] (someone) to have sex with you by using violence or the threat of violence” with the archaic definition of “to seize and take away by force.” It is sexual intercourse between two or more people when one person does not agree or want it to happen.

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