Former Technology Director Sentenced In Embezzlement Case

By Kyle Doyle & Lucas Bell

Brian Tungl, the former Technology Director for Dexter Community Schools, was found guilty of embezzling more than $50,000 in iPads, Macbooks,cell phones, cameras, batteries, hard drives, and other pieces of technology from the district on May 23, 2016,

School officials have stated that Tungl stole somewhere close to $300,000 over the course of  four years.

The legal battle that started following the 2014 investigation into Tungl’s actions was drawn out over the course of two years, finally ending yesterday. Judge David S. Swartz, of the Washtenaw County Trial Court, sentenced Tungl to six months jail time, 500 hours of community service, two years of probation, and restitution to the district. The amount of restitution will be officially decided within the next 60 days.

“We are saddened at DHS and Dexter Schools that a former employee took advantage of their position to purchase items for their personal use,” DHS Principal Kit Moran said. “Schools are already strapped for cash and knowing this a school employee knowingly embezzled school money… That hurts. And it really hurts kids!”

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Hidden Gem Reviews: Breakfast

Who doesn’t love a good breakfast? Three Squallers set out to find the hidden breakfast spots in the Dexter/Ann Arbor area. Here’s what they found.
By Lucas Bell, Kyle Doyle & Christopher Gaskin

Nicks

A delightful haven of breakfast delicacies that is hidden off Ann Arbor-Saline road was our first breakfast place to indulge. However, indulgence did not come immediately.

Saturday mornings are the best time to get breakfast, but try to get there early. After 30 minutes of waiting, we were seated. The atmosphere of Nick’s calls to mind a more modern diner, with it’s combination of incredibly comfortable booths and tables, paired with a rusty tan tile.

image1The ambiance feels diner, the business occurs like a formal restaurant.

A huge arrangement of hits from across the decades (From “What’s Going On?” by Marvin Gaye to “3AM” by Matchbox 20) played over the radio at a good volume; Not overbearing, but loud enough to hear. The waitress that took our order was obviously stressed with a full section, but she remained calm. However, she was forgetful, as it took her until midway through the meal for one of our coffees to come. Another  waitress spilled some coffee on the table and just walked away without a word.

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Vaping: Blowin’ Clouds at DHS

By Lucas Bell

We are all familiar with walking into the bathroom and being greeted with the faint aroma of French vanilla, bubble gum, or even a  field of strawberries.  At first one might think the administration has decided to furnish the  restrooms with Yankee Candles to enhance the experience. Unfortunately, this is not the case. What we are dealing with is vaping.

“I vape because it is a way to get nicotine that’s definitely safer than smoking,” The Squall’s anonymous vape insider said.

The popularity of vaping has grown immensely nationwide over the last few years. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention  reported in April of 2015 that numbers of students vaping or using e-cigarettes more than doubled in a single year, rising from approximately 660,000 to 2 million students from 2013 to 2014.

At DHS, students have noticed a similar trend. “I have definitely noticed an increase of people vaping at the school, especially in the bathrooms since I was a freshman,” senior Alex Schwartz said.

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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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