A School Divided

A look inside Dexter High School’s policies and opinions surrounding the Confederate flag

By Joe Ramey

“It doesn’t mean anything bad to me. It’s just a flag. A flag that represents the South and the U.S.’s history,” DHS junior Cam Revill said. “I’m not afraid to wear it.”

Students like Revill are allowed to display the Confederate flag however they want. You can see it on t-shirts, backpacks, and the back of cars. Why can they do this? Dexter Community Schools does not have an explicit policy surrounding the advocation for or the displaying of the Confederate flag.

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Summer Concert Review: Red Hot Chili Peppers

By Joe Ramey

On June 25th, the Red Hot Chili Peppers paid a visit to lead drummer Chad Smith’s hometown of Grand Rapids. The performance was varied, ranging from softer deep cuts to their loud and catchy hits like “Can’t Stop” and “Californication” The band was accompanied by synchronized lights dangling from the Van Andel Arena rafters, that moved according to volume and pitch of the songs. Fans hands were raised throughout the concert, holding both their lighters and their cell phones.

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Our Generation’s Taste

The problem with music today and how our generation glorifies the seemingly untalented

By Joe Ramey

In a world of classics and musical talents, this generation of teenagers seems to take a liking to overly edited, and somewhat untalented artists who are just as uncreative as the last. With exceptions too few, the last decade is riddled with artists and songs that are shameful in some regards when put up against its predecessors.

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Rated R

The Dexter community makes an effort to eliminate a harmful word through the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign

By Joe Ramey

 

“I used to use it – the word retard. It was just normal,” explains a Dexter High School student. “It was just a social saying. Older kids said it, so I had some influences.”

When this student used the term retard, he was not only using someone’s disability as a comparative adjective to something else, he was desensitizing the word, allowing for it to become popularized and a working facet of people’s vocabulary.

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BREAKING: Phil Jacobs Named DHS Football Coach

Jacobs comes to DHS from Siena Heights University

By Joe Ramey

With no usurp needed, Dexter’s former varsity football coach Garrett Chapel (who held the job for 22 days), resigned, calling for a new search to begin and a new spot to be filled.

Within a month of his resignation, the spot has been filled and it been filled heftily. Phil Jacobs, a former varsity coach at Adrian High School and current outside linebackers coach at Siena Heights, was named head coach on Thursday.

Jacobs plans to make an appearance next week to talk to student athletes about his decision to move to Dexter as both a coach and a teacher.

“I feel very privileged to be the head football coach at one of the top school districts in the state,” Jacobs said in a statement. “I am very eager to begin work at Dexter as soon as possible, to spend time with our student-athletes, and to get to work. We will work hard to bring a brand of football that the Dexter community will be proud of.”

His philosophy is one of strength and integrity. Literally. His plan has always been to better a program in the weight room and ensure his team is the “strongest pound for pound” in whatever league they play in.

With a career record of 67-45, Jacobs intends on bringing a winning record from his previous positions to Dexter. His former position included a head coach position at Adrian with five SEC titles and two district titles under his belt. Along with his head coaching position at Adrian was his involvement in the Siena Heights program, most recently as an outside linebackers coach. Of his 25 years of coaching, 11 came at the collegiate level, garnering praise nationwide.

His name was recognized as one of the top 20 turn around coaches in the state and in 2010, and he was recognized as the National Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by American Football Monthly.

“We promised our kids we would find a successful coach and teacher to lead the program,” Superintendent Chris Timmis said in a statement. “Phil Jacobs was at the top of our list. Not only is he an incredible coach, but he is also a gifted teacher and tremendous role model for our student-athletes. We could not be more excited to have Coach Jacobs leading the DHS football program and teaching our students.”

Squall Blind Date 2017

Through complicated Squall compatibility tests, two lucky
students were paired to participate in the annual Blind Date

By: Andy Dolen & Joe Ramey

OVERVIEW: The day started off like any other day. The sun rose in the morning and the birds called, but what awaited was much more intriguing. It was on that day, the 29th of January 2017, that the Squall’s annual blind date took place, and it couldn’t have gone more beautifully.

The two contestants were picked up in a beautiful chariot (a Dodge truck), and they were calmly escorted to their lovely meal in an equally as lovely location. (Actually, we just picked them up, forced them to wear blindfolds and not talk to one another. We then dropped them off at a restaurant with some cash and left to feed ourselves elsewhere).

The two love birds proceeded to consume their food and converse over it. Some of the topics consisted of swimming and school, as well as swimming IN school. The two contestants were constantly surveyed throughout the date (via Instagram live stream), only adding to the weight on both of their shoulders. The impending fear of disappointing the 27 viewers watching the stream accumulated over time. With all of that racing through the female’s mind, she took matters into her own hands in an attempt to create some alone time. She discontinued the stream.

Finally, when the date came to a close, we arrived and scooped up the two pretties, taking them back to their abodes, but not before closely interrogating them about the date.

All in all, it was a beautiful gathering an amazing outcome.

 

POST DATE QUESTIONS:

Rate the date from 1-10? 

Grace: 7

Stephen: 8

Were you happy when you saw who the date was?

Grace: “Yes. I was relieved.”

Stephen: “Yes!”

Do you see a future in the relationship? (2nd date?)

Grace: “Probably just friends… He’s funny and smart.”

Stephen: “Maybe…more yes than no.”

Did the date go as expected? Bad or good?

Grace: “It went well. I had a lot of fun  getting to know him.”

Stephen: “It went well.”

For Grace: What did you like most about your date? For Stephen: Will this impact your other relationship?

Grace: “He was really nice and outgoing.”

Stephen: “The other relationship wasn’t really official, so I dont think so…?”

Holiday Horoscopes

Predicting your near future with the characteristics of your zodiac sign with a holiday twist

By: Andy Dolen

Aries: Being very self driven and thirsty for competition, you attempt to be the best present giver in the family. You will find yourself panicking over what the best present will be for each family member that you will lose sense of what Christmas is really all about.

Taurus: You have the brightest Christmas spirit of the  m all. Everything about the holidays is special for the Taurus, especially the winter weather and the seasonal songs making Christmas the best time of the year. However, Taurus’s love money, and are easily distracted from the essence of the holidays, and become caught up in the buying and receiving trend that go hand in hand with this time of year.

Gemini: Gemini are among the most thoughtful of people and this truly shows during the winter holidays. However, you can be indecisive. You over think the party planning and gifts that come with the holidays. This is also one of the busiest time of the year in school. You will become conflicted with yourself and have trouble balancing time for family and school.

Cancer: You are among the most emotional and most difficult to read. The cold of winter creates a hard sense of cabin fever and the feeling of having no escape to let go of all the problems and stresses in your life. It will be difficult to contain all this emotion, although your determination will allow you to get outdoors and let out steam by building a dope snowman or something.

Leo: Leo. Lion? Detroit Lions will win the Super Bowl. Facts.     Oh and you will have a decent couple months probably. Your energeticness and optimism will push you through the tough winter season and you will find happiness in the holidays.

Virgo: After feeling lost and without focus for a while, December will finally provide you with the necessary clarity and grounding to improve your work ethic. Unfortunately, this also means that you won’t enjoy the holidays as much as you’d like to. After finally finding this motivation, your extreme devotion to school work will cause you to lose touch with the fun and happiness of the holidays.

Libra: You are at your best in groups. December is a time where everyone comes together to celebrate, which couldn’t be better news for the Libra. You thrive in social situations and it will be the best December yet; however, opposite of the Virgo, you will lose focus with school work and motivation for other important things. Don’t get too wrapped up in the Christmas feel; you still have to go back to school soon.

Scorpio: There seems to be a never-ending emotional roller coaster in your life lately and you fall on your face every time you try to find stability. Instead of pushing certain outcomes to other people, or yourself, try to enjoy the unpredictable nature of things and surprises that come your way. Use the start of the holidays to sense the magic of the moment, ask yourself about your direction in life, and make some New Year’s resolutions you are willing to follow.

Sagittarius: You like to be alone. You dislike being constantly surrounded by people and feelings, so during the holidays, instead of spending time with family you will separate yourself as much and possible. You will actually have a lot of fun away from your relatives, although you’ll feel guilty for ditching them for the sake of your own happiness.

Capricorn: Your good managing skills have helped you get all of your Christmas shopping done on time, allowing your family to actually love you this year. Also, your hyper responsibility has caused some annoyance within your friend group, giving them the opportunity to pick on you this time rather than the other weird Sagittarius dude who is always saying weird things.

Aquarius: The sense of obligation will start to wear off and you’ll finally feel like yourself once again.The first couple of weeks in December are for the rise of energy and you will be conflicted about many issues at this time. As the end of the month approaches and the holiday rush sets in, you will feel the anger wear off and finally be able to let go and enjoy everything and everyone around you.

Pisces: This time of year is for giving back and helping others which is where you thrive. The feeling of giving makes you so happy you decide to donate a large amount of money to a charity for the homeless; however, you can sometimes be overly trusting. This causes you to be scammed by some sketchy charity you had never heard of, and now you’ll be left with no money to buy a present for you mom.

Horoscopes

Predicting your near future with the characteristics of your zodiac sign

By: Andy Dolen & Joe Ramey
Aries: As Aries tend to be more on the adventurous side and always full of confidence, it may lead you to find yourself in self-inflicted circumstances in the near future. By the time the next Squall has arrived, you will find a time where you were so involved in your own ego that you missed the LITest DHS Christmas party of the year, costumes and everything. 
TaurusA Taurus is constantly diligent with their work. Although typically generous, they also can be among the most stubborn of people. One day in class, a fellow classmate will kindly approach you to ask to borrow last night’s homework; you, being the Taurus you are, brutally shut them down. The next day, on the rarest of occasions, you forget to do your homework. The only person in the class with who you feel comfortable asking for their homework is the same person who you left hanging the day before. Unsurprisingly, they laugh in your face.
GeminiEveryone loves a Gemini. You are progressive, outgoing, and one of the most popular kids in school.  However, you can and will negate this by the time you’re finished reading this sentence. Geminis often drive themselves into situations that are difficult to get out of. Thinking you’re somewhat invincible, your self-centeredness will cause you to get into a fender bender with an old lady who you were tailgating for driving 20 mph under the speed limit.
CancerCancers are some of the hardest workers when it involves helping others, but when it comes to themself, it’s a different story. Cancers are among the best professional procrastinators. Midterms are coming up soon, but it’s that point when they believe they’re too far way to actually start studying, so they turn their focus elsewhere. Let’s just say, one thing leads to another, and you could be in danger of failing all of your finals.
LeoLeos like to be in the limelight. Although they can be very warm hearted, your  self-centered tendencies have allowed you to dig yourself an imaginary hole that can only be explained as a taste of your own medicine. Specifically, your tendencies will cause you to miss a whole lesson because you were too busy attempting to impress the three girls behind you (with seemingly no positive reaction from them), and you fail a test because of it. Congrats.
VirgoYour critical outlook on most everything in life has caused you to be a person who is constantly in search of friends. Your ideal friends cannot be found because of your compulsive problem of being overly picky and selective. Forcefulness will cause isolation from others, but with the calmness and patience of the Virgo, people will notice your great personality and modesty. Hopefully.
LibraYour constant search for justice and a balanced life within all facets has caused you to try too hard, and in turn, you miss what’s going on around you. You have focused too much on school, and how you can attempt to balance it, and not enough time on a balanced social life.These incessant checkups of everyone else but yourself have caused you to lack self awareness and become a recluse. On the other hand, this search for balance has caused you to do well in school. You speak up about your views in an attempt to create justice between differing demographics or social groups. 
ScorpioYour constant search for information about everyone has caused you to become a bit of a stalker, causing negative connotations to formulate. You have to try and quell your drive to learn more about others, and focus more on what really matters: yourself. This drive has also affected you positively because you don’t stop until you get the correct answers, or at least the answers you want. This helps you academically.
SagittariusYour unparalleled drive to find answers about seemingly meaningless topics has caused you to wander off. Not quite a “meaningless” wander, but one with reason. Confusing, I know, but you will have to take yourself and find your path to newfound success. Whether in school or other activities, stay on your path and do not quit your search for answers.
CapricornYour “know-it-all” tendencies have led you to the believe in your own lies. You were underprepared for your science test and absolutely bombed it. My condolences. Try better next time. These “know-it-all” habits have also lead you to drive your friends away without return. On the bright side, your impeccable managing skills allowed you to produce a solid routine that propels you to academic success more often than not.
AquariusAquarians defy all logic and reason.  They’re not from our world, and on the rare occasion they do decide to visit the rest of us here, their minds are still stuck somewhere we’ve never been nor really care to go. You will find yourself daydreaming in class and absolutely freaking out when the teacher comes and taps you on the shoulder, and incidentally giving them a big shiner.
PiscesPisces are extremely selfless and always willing to help others. However, Pisces find it difficult to say no (which in high school can become a problem). Stacks and stacks of responsibilities and promises build up on your already-packed schedule, and you feel the need to accomplish every one of them or else you will feel guilty. This causes you to become extremely overwhelmed and to begin to fail some of your classes, which is normally very uncommon for you. 

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
disappointment.