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Detroit Dialogue is published by Crain Michigan State University Detroit High School Journalism to showcase the work of student journalists in the city of Detroit. Dialogue has been established as a forum for student expression and as a voice in the uninhibited, robust, free and open discussion of issues.

All content is prepared by students at participating Detroit high schools. Students receive advice and training from program staff and professional journalists from Crain Communications Inc. throughout the publication process. Michigan State University, Crain Communications and participating schools assume no liability for the content of Dialogue, and urge all student journalists to recognize that with editorial control comes responsibility, including the responsibility to follow professional journalism standards. Opinions expressed in Dialogue are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect those of participating schools, Michigan State University or Crain Communications.

About Crain MSU Detroit High School Journalism Crain MSU Detroit High School Journalism enriches the educational experiences of students in the city of Detroit. Our work brings high school students together with professional journalists, Michigan State University faculty members and MSU journalism students to produce a newspaper and news website about the issues affecting students’ schools and their peers. The program is coordinated by the faculty of the School of Journalism at MSU with the support of Detroitbased Crain Communications Inc..

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When the Detroit High School Journalism Program started more than 30 years ago, one of its main goals was to give students a platform to write articles about their schools. But something I am extremely proud of is how the students in this program now tell stories that reach beyond the walls of their individual schools. The students who work on Dialogue are a team and take our motto to heart: Dialogue is “The Student Voice of Detroit’s High Schools.” The pages of Dialogue are filled with articles that matter. Of course, there are stories about academics, student groups and sports. But our student journalists also write about gentrification and the future of Detroit. They write opinion columns about timely topics such as the Black Lives Matter movement and the current political

climate in the U.S. This year, we welcome three schools – and dozens of new voices – to Dialogue. Henry Ford and Mumford return to the program, and Detroit School of the Arts joins for the first time. Dialogue has room for more. Any public, private or charter high school is welcome to join our program. All a school needs is a teacher or adviser and a journalism class or club for students. The program provides support and resources to help make every voice heard. Dialogue is here to tell the stories of Detroit and its young people. So, what’s your story, Benjamin Carson? What going on, Cass Tech? What do we need to know, CMA? What’s your biggest concern, Cristo Rey? Who should we write about, Detroit School

of the Arts? Tell us something interesting, Detroit Douglass? What do you care about, Henry Ford? What are students talking about in your halls, King? What’s happening, Mumford? How can we help you, Renaissance? What’s newsworthy, West Side? We want to know your story. Use the hashtag #DetroitVoice and tweet at us @DialogueDetroit. Maybe someone will tell your story in a future issue of Dialogue. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy the first issue of Dialogue for the 2017-18 school year. — Joy Visconti, Director, Crain MSU Detroit High School Journalism


Student leaders meet with new superintendent Vitti outlines 'Blueprint 2020,' gets suggestions from students By Demarco Carridine Trojan Messenger Senior Ameer Harris represented Henry Ford High School in a special session with Detroit Public School Community District’s Superintendent Nikkoli Vitti on Oct. 24. Student leaders were selected from various schools throughout the district to attend as Vitti shared “Blueprint 2020” — a strategic plan for rebuilding Detroit’s Public Schools. Harris and other students engaged in a meaningful dialogue with Vitti to share thoughts and concerns about DPSCD. Students Henry collaborated and discussed important issues surrounding DPSCD, as well as suggestions to improve the quality of learning. Students highlighted their individual concerns regarding schools, discussing the pros and cons. Harris proposed that all schools have dual enrollment courses, Advanced Placement courses, and IBM or business courses. “Through these courses, students can be better prepared for their next phase of learning,” Harris said.

“Through these courses, students can be better prepared for their next phase of learning.” — Ameer Harris, senior

Harris said he appreciates seminar classes and finds them essential. “Seminar classes provide students with additional study time and time to complete homework,” he said. Most importantly, seminar classes provide enrichment opportunities and techniques to Ford raise scores on standardized test. Harris has a 3.8 GPA and will graduate class of 2018 salutatorian. He is undecided about the college he will attend in the fall, but plans to major in mechanical engineering and minor in business. After college, Harris plans to be an entrepreneur and a community leader. In his spare time, Harris enjoys playing basketball. Harris has played basketball on several teams since age 7. Harris plays small forward and captain of Henry Ford’s boys basketball team.

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Superintendent Nikkoli Vitti and Henry Ford’s Senior Ameer Harris pictured during a student leader meeting on Oct. 24. Harris was selected to attend a special meeting with Vitti as he shared “Blueprint 2020,” a strategic plan for rebuilding Detroit Public Schools.

2017-2018 Crain msu detroit high school Journalism participating Schools Benjamin Carson School for Science & Medicine Principal Charles Todd Cass Technical High School Principal Lisa Phillips Communication & Media Arts High School Principal Donya Odom

Detroit Cristo Rey High School Principal Susan Rowe

Henry Ford High School Principal Michael Mokdad

Renaissance High School Principal Anita Williams

Detroit School of the Arts Principal Delois Spryszak

Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School Principal Deborah Jenkins

West Side Academy Principal Andrea Ford-Ayler

Frederick Douglass Academy for Young Men Principal Berry Greer

Mumford High School Principal Angela Prince

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Students respond to Rohingya crisis By fariha Saira and Thamin Hussain The diagnostic The Rohingya crisis in Myanmar is “the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis,” according to the BBC’s news website. Myanmar, a majority Buddhist nation in Asia, denies the citizenship of the Muslim Rohingyas and has forced them to leave the country. The BBC reports that Myanmar military groups have killed Rohingya civilians. Many Muslim students from Detroit and Hamtramck attend Benjamin Carson High School. They feel the crisis in Myanmar has an impact on them. “I’ve seen people protest in Hamtramck and Dearborn,” said

Benjamin Carson junior Osama Al-Dahan. Ruma Taher, a junior, learned about the problem through social media. “I first heard about it through a post on Instagram and it really caught my attention, so I researched,” said Taher, “This is a nightmare that I can wake up from, but those in Myanmar can’t.” Two hundred or more villages in Rakhine state, the area where the Rohingya people live, were destroyed with fire after August 2017, according to the BBC. They report that at least 800,000 Rohingya refugees have fled to nearby Bangladesh. “It’s not right,” said Al-Dahan.

“and it’s surprising how there is still this kind of stuff going on.” “ It doesn’t make sense to have hate towards one religion for no good reason,” said junior Zahra Cham. Some students want to take action to help raise awareness. “As a Muslim, this crisis brings tears in my eyes and it breaks my heart, it truly does,” said Taher. “But at the same time it doesn’t matter whether or not you’re Muslim. Everyone should feel something towards this inhuman cruelty.” “I protested and contributed money. Protesting felt supportive and empowering. It felt like we were being impactful and making a difference,” said Al-Dahan.

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A multilingual sign in Hamtramck protests treatment of rohingyas.

“This needs attention and needs the nations’ help.” “First and foremost, we need to educate ourselves,” said Taher. “Then we must educate and spread awareness to those around us, whether it be through Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. Fortunately for us,




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Some teachers support the idea of phone usage in class, while others differ. Where do you stand? By mustafizur Rahman, Shawn messer, mohammed Kahaer and Osama alDahan The diagnostic Phone usage in class is a controversial topic throughout Benjamin Carson High School. Some students use them to get information or gather facts about a topic in class. Others use phones to go on social media, text people, or listen to music and are distracted from their work. Teachers have different ways of teaching. Some let students use phones in class while other classes don’t allow them at all. Although students may be distracted sometimes, there has been some positive feedback on phone usage from several teachers. Sarah Murphy, a chemistry teacher at Benjamin Carson, claims that phone usage isn’t too much of a complaint in her classroom. She believes phones have much more to offer, and she rarely sees them as a disruption in class. “It’s pretty low, maybe one incident per day,” said Murphy. Another supporter of cellphones is the head of the Math department, Michelle Schwendemann. “I think it’s fantastic,” said Schwendemann. “Phones allow you to use resources globally.” On the other hand, some teachers dis-

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Students in Ms. Schwendemann's class demonstrate the phones they use for kahoot, an online learning game. in this class, smartphones become another school supply.

agree with the idea of phone usage. Shannan Lockhart, history teacher at Benjamin Carson, collects phones before the start of class. “It’s a distraction,” said Lockhart. English teacher Shannon Waite believes phones can have benefits, but are mostly a distraction. “I think that while phones have pros and can be used to find information, often times they are mostly distractions to students and


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we all have a platform where we can broadcast this news and help spread awareness so that officials can take the measures they need in order to help the people in Myanmar.” Readers who wish to donate may contribute to the cause by visiting

keep them from being on task, working, and learning,” said Waite. Cellphone usage in class has many different perspectives. Some believe it has more benefits, while others say it is a total distraction and prevents students from focusing. Both sides have reasons and evidence to support their argument. It is up to individual teachers to make their choice about cellphones.

By India flournoy and nataysha Owens The diagnostic On Sept. 5, Detroit made a new addition to the downtown area: Little Caesars Arena. Used as a combination of Detroit’s own NBA team, the Pistons, and the NHL Red Wings, the new arena has all sorts of new attractions like concerts featuring favorite artists. “I’m absolutely sure that Little Caesars Arena will bring more revenue back to the city of Detroit because of what we have to offer here,” said Kyle Kujawa, public relations coordinator of the Detroit Red Wings.“We don’t just provide seats to watch the basketball game or the hockey game. We also have a variety of restaurants you can go to while you wait for the game to start. Anything you could imagine doing, you could it here at Little Caesars Arena.” Scheduling games with two different teams using the same space could get complicated. Kujawa said: “We have everything under control, with all of our events. I personally make sure all of our hockey games are scheduled to be on different days so they don’t interfere with our basketball games or concerts. I think the idea of combining two different sports together was great. It allows hockey and See LCA on page 20 »

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TECHNICALLy SPEAKING A public forum for the community of Cass Technical High School | OpInIOn

STEM education offers promise By aja Edwards CT Visionary On Sept. 26, Ivanka Trump, Quicken Loans Chairman Dan Gilbert, and tech experts held a panel in Detroit on the importance of STEM education and coding in the U.S. According to an article published by Fox 2 News Detroit, Trump feels there is a lack of STEM presence in the U.S. education system. However, is that true? Cass Tech Vice Principal Velma Snow agreed with Trump. Snow said: “We are lacking in two major areas in STEM education. ... We also lack adequate and reliable funding to support the resource needs of STEM classrooms.” According to the article by Fox 2 News Detroit, the U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos steered $200 million in funding toward STEM education. Also, a $300 million commitment from private sector will go towards the expansion of computer science classes including more than $15,000 classes for Detroit students. Research shows that the U.S. is ranked 25th in mathematics and 17th in science among other industrialized nations, this is why STEM education matters. According to a U.S. News article, engineering was the most popular field among international students

in 2015-2016. While careers in the STEM field thrive, international students are jumping at the opportunity to pursue those high paying jobs. Besides the issue of funding STEM education, the encouragement and promotion of STEM education is severely lacking. As stated by former President Barack Obama and Snow, the pipeline of inadequate teachers skilled in stem programs and subjects is another reason the U.S. lack as a nation. It’s important that the government has its new found funding to properly prepare teachers to adequately teach students science, technology, engineering and math. It’s crucial that not only the U.S. do it’s part in promoting STEM education, but the citizens of the U.S. as a whole, and more specifically Detroit. Detroit offers a copious amount of STEM programs ranging from Detroit Area Pre College Engineering Program (DAPCEP), to the Video Game club at Cass Tech. Parents and students of Detroit should reach out and join these organizations to help advance the future of the U.S. Teachers and parents need to work together to encourage and expose kids to stem programs early in order to encourage a new generation of bright minds.


Students have lots of scholarship options By Chloe moore CT Visionary As many may know, college is expensive. On average, college can be $40,000+ for one year. On the bright side, there are multiple scholarship options, partial and full. There are so many varieties of scholarships. For Detroit Public School students there are a handful of scholarships available. Unfortunately, some scholarships are lesser known,

but they are available for various kinds of students. Students that have unique qualities about themselves, like being left handed, ambidextrous, in foster care, or come from harsh conditions have specific scholarships available for them. Not many people know of that. Cass Tech freshman Kameela said she didn’t realize

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Cass tech l is one of the top schools of its district with eight merit finalists in the last six years. it also is an MDe reward School ranked in the top 5 percent of all high schools in the state of Michigan.

CT students focus on success By Kennedy Robinson CT Visionary According to the Irish Time, the Keys to Being a Successful Student are as follows: good time management, organization, realistic schedule, having a “study timetable” and lots of reminders. Cass Technical High School is one of the top schools of its district. CT achievements include having had eight merit finalists in the last six years, having DPSCD’s largest Wayne County Community College Dual Enrollment Program, and CT is an MDE Reward School ranked in the top 5 percent of all high schools in the state of Michigan. So the question is: How do

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the students handle all the tasks that come with being a Cass Tech student and maintain high GPAs at the same time?! Xavier Goldsmith, 2019 student athlete with a 3.5 GPA and offers from a number of division one schools including Mississippi, Michigan State, Cincinnati, Temple, Colorado, and many more had a lot to say on the matter. “Just going home, turning your phone off for a couple hours, and staying focused can really make a difference,” said Goldsmith. “Playing sports takes out a lot of my time, so I feel time management is also very important.”

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Nicholas Daniel, who is ranked 11th in his 2019 class with a consecutive 4.0 throughout the course of his three years spent in high school thus far. He had much to say on his success with grades. “I don’t like anything other than 4.0s,” Daniel said. “Helping my peers with their work has helped me review what we go over in class, I play a lot of educational video games and try to take the concepts used in the games and relate them to my schoolwork. “Just make sure if you don’t know exactly what you’re doing, don’t assume anything, and if you need help, ask for it.”

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Detroit battles reputation as unsafe community By Halima Begum CT Visionary The city of Detroit is known as the most dangerous city America. According to the FBI data collected recently, Detroit saw a 15 percent increase in crime in 2016. However, Police chief James Craig disagrees and says it actually went down 5%. In an article in the Detroit Free Press, Craig said: “Just because it’s coming out of the FBI doesn’t mean it’s accurate.” A survey collected from the

people of Detroit tells us what they have to say about matter. According to the Detroit Free Press, Detroit saw 579 rapes, 9,882 aggravated assaults, and 2,941 robberies. Therefore, whether Detroit is known as the most violent city or not, it is still considered very dangerous. In order to create a safe community, programs/organizations have been around to promote peace and safety and provide resources to communities. In a recent survey, 21 out of

Cass Tech 30 residents of Detroit admitted that they do not feel safe in their community. Five citizens chose the option of ‘safe’ on the survey while the remaining few responded to ‘not sure.’ When asked how to prevent violence and encourage safety, a student at Cass Tech replied, “joining programs and organizations seems like the best option.” A great example of one of these programs includes Neigh-

borhood Service Organization’s Youth Initiatives Project (YIP), which encourages the prevention of celebratory gunfire as well as substance abuse. This program has done great work in the environment and allowed youths to bring about positive changes to their community. YIP’s peer educator says, “Every year, we conduct a press conference pertaining to our campaign called Hugs, Not Bullets around December. Last year, I spoke at the press conference with the support of youths from

different schools, and also met a lot of important individuals, such as Chief James Craig.” In order for us to keep our communities and neighborhoods safe, it is imperative that we work together and join life-changing programs/organizations. Not only that, but residents also have the opportunity to be a part in changing their community for the better. Together, the residents of Detroit may strive for success and create a safe and healthy city for its citizens.


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Freshmen can start early and look for college scholarships now from page 4

“I’ve thought about college and I know that I have to always keep my grades up for when I do start applying for scholarships, but I didn’t know I could apply this early.” — Kameela, Cass Tech freshman

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Teachers recommend Advance Placement classes at Cass Tech around the end of students 10th grade year and beginning of 11th grade year.

AP or GE?

Students decide between Advanced Placement, general education By Janae Arnold CT Visionary General education is a program of education intended to develop students as personalities rather than trained specialists and to transmit a common cultural heritage. Most high school students take general education classes. What is this advanced placement that teachers so highly recommend? Advance placement is the placement of a student in a high school course that offers college credit if successfully completed. Teachers recommend these classes at Cass Tech around the end of students 10th grade year

and beginning of 11th grade year. Now you may be thinking what is the real difference between AP and GE classes. And why do teacher promote AP classes so much? Most of the AP students say that the only real difference is the extra point in the grading scale and more work. Aja Edwards, a 12th grader at Cass Tech, said “ I choose AP because I thought that the extra point was cool.” Most GE students say there is no real difference than more work and more stress. Vanessa Buggs, a 12th grader at Cass Tech, said “I choose not to

Cass Tech take AP classes because I did not want the extra stress.” Cass Tech senior India Burgess said: “I found out about the AP classes later in the year plus being a Cass Tech student is already stressful, so why add the extra stress.” In the opinion of Dorothea Williams-Arnold, an AP teacher, taking AP classes can help prepare you for college courses but can sometimes take away that creativity in learning and teaching an AP course.

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Some students say AP classes can add more work and more stress.

she could start applying for scholarships now. She stated, “I’ve thought about college and I know that I have to always keep my grades up for when I do start applying for scholarships, but I didn’t know I could apply this early,” she said. There are multiple websites that DPS students can visit to find scholarships. For example, there is the, detroitchamber. com and To sign up for these scholarships takes very little effort. First you need to make sure you are eligible. Most scholarships require a 2.0, a determined income, a Michigan residency, and you have to be planning on attending a Michigan college. If you are interested in be granted a scholarship you can simply visit those websites and follow the steps to completion, or you can always see your counselor to help you in gaining scholarship money. “We usually send information out on Remind stating that scholarships have come in, or we send a scholarship monthly newsletter,” Cass Tech counselor Rogers said. With that, it tells what type of scholarship it is and when the deadline is. From there you can sign up and follow the guidelines required on that site.

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A public forum for the students and community of Communication and Media Arts High School | aCaDEmICS


Count us in! Count us up! nearly all CMA students show up for count day By Janelle moses The Communicator Communication and Media Arts High School had one of its most successful state count days with an overall 99.9 percent of students in attendance on Oct. 4. Count day is when all public schools in Michigan tally the number of students attending their schools. Count information is critical to districts as each student translates into state funding. The freshman, sophomore and senior classes at CMA each had 99.9 percent of students present on count day, while 100 percent of juniors were in attendance. Principal Donya Odom said: “I was elated, but not surprised, because once I put the challenge on the students to compete with one another, I knew the seniors were definitely going to rise to the top. “They’re so competitive, and the 11th-graders are always trying to get a one-up on the seniors.” Senior class president Noah Cravens said, “Competition is always good when it affects the educational experience.” To get students excited and ready to participate, Odom held a drawing. Prizes were given out, including homecoming tickets and T-shirts. The big prize was a VIP homecoming experience that included red-carpet treatment for one student. Odom also offered incentives to the winning class, which were the juniors. Juniors were allowed to kick off their own spirit week, have their hallway fully furnished for Olympiad in their class color, receive homecoming tickets, and get a pass out of detention. Students at CMA celebrated the successful count day with a concert presented by 105.9 Kiss-FM with performances by AllStar JR and others.

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CMA underclassmen explore the world of technology through a smartphone.


Sprint puts smartphones in hands of CMA students By niya Cox The Communicator With the goal of eliminating the “Homework Gap” for low-income students, Sprint and the Sprint Foundation partnered to support 1 million high school students by offering them free smartphones, tablets, or hotspot devices. On Sept. 22, Sprint awarded Communication and Media Arts High School’s freshman class with Samsung Galaxy J3 Emerge smartphones. Faces were lit as the students met in the media center with school board members, Detroit Public Schools Community District Superintendent Nikolai Vitti and representatives from Sprint. The goal of the 1Million Project is to connect a million high school students to the internet during the course of the five-year program. Sprint and the Sprint Foundation believe that students with no access to the internet are at a major disadvantage because they don’t have ready access to the web needed for completing homework, communicating with teachers, or applying for jobs, scholarships or college. Their research has shown that home connectivity is especially important for schools that promote one-to-one computing programs, such as Khan Academy. They also


believe that students are being prohibited from reaching their full potential without the necessary connections. CMA freshman Dajanae Smith has an iPhone and now a Samsung phone. She uses both phones wisely for leisure purposes and for staying on track in school. She understands that even though this a great opportunity, the school’s cell phone policies are still applicable. “This is the only phone we can pull out in school,” Smith said. “We can use it for homework or classwork … but if we bring out any other phone it will be taken.” The Samsung Galaxy J3 Emerge provides three gigabytes per month, free hotspots for students to access homework anywhere, and a content solution to keep students focused. To receive the smartphone, parents were instructed to fill out and complete a consent form. Freshman Antonaiy Whitley also received the Samsung phone from Sprint. Whitley wasn’t able to keep up with homework assignments because of the lack of internet access. When noticing her grades were not to her standards, she became stressed and embarrassed. She did not want to communicate with her peers or staff that she wasn’t able to participate in her school work. Sprint

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CMA freshmen Antonaiy Whitley, Dajanae Smith and Harrison Willis test their new Sprint phones.

giving her the access she needed, has been a blessing for Whitley. “I have so many new apps on my phone,” Whitley said. “Class Dojo, DetroitK12, and Mathematics have helped me so far. I am so excited to bring my grades up.”

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The ‘stand’ for justice By Ashley Taylor The Communicator From the NFL Football players to celebrities to activists all over, people are taking a stand against racial injustices by kneeling or sitting during the national anthem. Minorities across the country are shot and killed by police brutality every day and no one hears about it. No one does anything about it. The activists and football players are making sure people are aware of what is happening by not participating during the national anthem. “Liberty and justice for all but that’s not the case right now,” senior Jordan Jones said when asked about kneeling during the national anthem. As a result, from not participating during the national anthem, players have been receiving hate for their actions. Some players are even being suspended for participating in

the “sit out.” People are saying that they are unpatriotic and disrespectful towards the soldiers who fought for the country. The players and activists are responding by stating that change comes with actions. “They’re obligated to do what they feel is right,” said senior Caleb Finch. It has recently been announced that The NFL for now will continue to let players kneel or sit during the national anthem without a penalty, capitulating to demands by the athletes for free expression but potentially further alienating fans who object to the protests and feel they are disrespectful to the flag and the military. Although everyone still do not agree with that method. President Donald Trump has noted that letting players kneel or sit during the national anthem without penalty is total disrespect to our great country. The stand for justice is not about whether players are right or wrong but about making a change locally and nationally.

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Detroit’s rappers have contributed to genre’s popularity By Atorria Simon The Communicator Detroit is full of talent. We range from rappers to singers to dancers — all on the come up. “So far I believe I have almost fully captured the city’s attention, in addition I have views in other countries and states,” said senior Detroit rapper Duane Crawford. Rap music has taken the world by storm and Detroit rappers has contributed a lot. It seems that Detroit music connects to Detroiters, they can relate to it on an emotional and soulful level. Rap here, in Detroit, appeals to every mood you may be in. Whether you are happy, sad or want to reminisce, which is something rappers here is known for, you can count on the Detroit’s local artist. “I listen to music to escape

from the harsh reality,” said senior Alexus Senior. “With everyone reaching for a spotlight trying to become the next Big Sean or Dej Loaf the pressure is tough. “ Despite the bad stereotypical reputation Detroit has, it is not a horrible place and the music is the It is not easy for outsiders to connect to Detroit music because they don’t live here. What the artist say doesn’t have an impact on them as it does on Detroit residents that were born and raised here. Also, they are not able to relate as easily. Everyone knows “Joy Rd (bleep) but the money long as six mile ...” from Tee Grizzly, but they don’t know how long driving down Six Mile is. What people don’t understand is that Detroit rappers have a very unique and different sound that can’t be copied or Imitated, that’s what make the sound so pure and raw that is next to break out.

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CMA’s Tyerra Miles thinks Donald Trump could destroy Obamacare, which could impact students who use the Affordable Care Act for their benefits.

Changes to Obamacare could impact students By Tyerra Miles The Communicator President Donald Trump is setting out to destroy Obamacare

slowly, but surely. “There is no such thing as Obamacare anymore,” Trump said during a recent cabinet meeting at the White House. The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare or ACA, was put in place by former president Barack Obama in 2010. The healthcare bill is designed to help reduce out-of-pocket medical expenses for lower-income Americans. And while the ACA remains in effect, the Trump administration has taken steps to dismantle Obamacare.

Communication & Media Arts On Oct.12, Trump signed an executive order that led federal agencies to search for ways to increase enrollment in health insurance plans that don’t meet minimum standards set by the law. Meantime, House and Senate Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer voiced their opposition of the move. “Make no mistake about it, Trump will try to blame the Affordable Care Act, but this will fall on his back and he will pay the price for it,” they said in a joint statement. Trump, also said: “Obamacare is “finished, its dead, its gone.” However, Senate Republicans have repeatedly failed to replace

and repeal Obamacare. According to a recent Kaiser Health Tracking poll 7 out of 10 Americans believe Trump should encourage Obamacare to work instead of removing it all together. As of Oct. 16, cost-sharing reductions or CSRs, have been knocked out. Those are payments made directly to insurance companies to help cover healthcare costs for enrollees. Trump says he is no longer going to engage in paying those payments. This, despite more than 6 million people qualifying for CSR payments in 2017. Senior Alethia Odham says she’s been impacted by the changes. “Before school had begun, I tried to get glasses and braces under Obamacare, but I couldn’t because they didn’t accept that insurance anymore,” she said.

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Mallory wants to rule fashion world By Ariel Lake The Communicator In the ancient civilizations, pharaohs were considered Gods and Kings. Here at Communication and Media Arts High School, we are considered pharaohs; not only because of academics, but because of our dreams, talents, and goals. Senior Kayla Mallory took the fashion world by storm by starting her own clothing line, which she created during her junior year at CMA. “I’ve always wanted to be a fashion designer since I was in fifth grade, and 11th grade was the year

Communication & Media Arts I decided to take action,” she said. “I always said I didn’t want to work for anybody, I’m a very independent individual and Mallory I want to be a leader.” She has two clothing lines and another one launching in December. The first line, “Detroit Heavy

Hitters,” stands for an important or powerful person. “This line represents the strength the people in Detroit possess, how we can overcome any and everything through our hard work, dedication and perseverance,” said Mallory. Her first clothing line did so well that she decided in August to work on her second line, “Self Made Hustle,” which means becoming successful by one’s own effort. “The ‘Hustle’ part is supposed to have a positive denotation. It’s about being a go-getter and hungry for success,” Mallory said.

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Can new businesses help reinvent city? By Oluwaseyi Akintoroye CT Visionary When you go downtown, do you feel like you were 10 years ago? Any person who lives around the Detroit metro area can confess that the city has been changing economically. New businesses have been opening up and are quickly changing where we live. Among the hundreds of businesses, “Detroit Vs. Everybody” is one of them. Founded by Tommy Walker Jr., the store has inspired many aspir-

ing business owners to open up in their own city. Cass The “Detroit Vs. Everybody” brand was established in 2012. The main store lies in the heart of Detroit owned by Tommey Walker, a self-professed commission artist, brand manager, and creative problem solver. The Detroit Vs. Everybody company boasts that he envisioned a brand that could “rebuild Detroit’s image, through the restored pride of

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Renusch said. Aneesa Woods, 14, and a freshman at Cass Technical High School said: “New companies can offer new opportunities, new jobs, and new skill sets for the city.” She said believes that businesses can offer experience to youth which can then lead them to inspiration. “Businesses can help the productivity in kids, and can help them become efficient in their workplace,” she said.

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Twitter finger: Has Trump gone too far? By Jourdin Robinson CT Visionary So 140 characters are seemingly not enough for President Donald Trump. President Trump takes First Amendment rights too far with his addictive Twitter rants. Twitter is an online app that provides social service and news outreach. It is not an app for our president or anyone to attack others. High school students use Twitter on every day to communicate and express their thoughts and opinions. Trump Now we have a president who uses it the same way. But many have reported on Trump’s reckless tweets. Amari Young, a junior at Grosse Pointe North High School said: “I believe Trump’s tweets are reckless and too much. He tweets unconscious of the citizens’ emotions and feelings.” Crysercia Jeter, a Detroit resident and junior at University of Michigan said: “Yes, I believe his tweets are reckless, he needs to grow up and handle situations like a true businessman would.” For example, on Oct 4, Trump tweets: “A great day in Puerto Rico yesterday. While some of the news coverage is fake, must show great warmth and friendship." Trump seems more focused and concerned about “fake news” and him than the hundreds of people struggling in Puerto Rico. He goes on to say “it’s a great trip. Your weather is second to none but every once in a while you get hit. And you really got hit.”

Detroiters universally.” A citizen of Detroit, Shea Renusch, 23, works at one of the “Detroit vs Everybody” locations in the Eastern Market area. She works here because she believes that Tommey Walker has brought a positive image of Detroit, and it offers a lot to the city by just being a popular Detroit owned business. “A lot of people are inspired by Tommey Walker and the movement he has created,”


Cass Tech Joking on a matter that physically and emotionally affected people’s lives is unconscionable. Trump is not one to bit his tongue and hold back how he feels about something, for example being his response to NFL players kneeling during the national anthem. He then goes on to say “calling for all team owner should fire any ‘son of a b’ who disrespects our flag. Does Trump not know about our rights to freedom of speech? He uses freedom of speech all the time, when he decides to make comments on Twitter and social media about anything he wants. Many have different opinions about Trump and his behavior. Damion Todd, junior at U of D said: “In my opinion, Trump skillfully tweets, but his tweeting to others is seen excessive, he has a businessman mindset he knows how to skillfully get his word to every generation.” But how will his tweets and actions affect the younger generation. Young said: “I believe Trumps behavior and actions will affect youth by bringing them together. Because he is targeting all of us in a different ways throughout society.” Some say we “cut him some slack" the others says “he knows right from wrong.” Mark Kornblau, NBC News senior vice president of communications said he “never imagined a day when I would think to myself, it is beneath my dignity to respond to the president of the U.S?” What if it was you? Would you lash back or cut him some slack? By Joseph Terry III CT Visionary David Meade, a self-published author, claimed that on Sept. 23, a rogue planet called Nibiru would collide with Earth, destroying it. This conspiracy, called the Nibiru/ Planet X Conspiracy, dates back to the 1970s. This planet was supposed to collide with the Earth in 2012 as well as 2003, but both times were

New class takes charge at CMA By Anthony Leapheart and Jelani Stowers The Communicator Every school has a group of senior officers, and every senior in the school is excited to see what the union of senior officers has to offer for the school year. The CMA Communicator interviewed the senior officers to see what they

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2018 “Some things that we need for this year are more fun events, because all we did last year were tests.”

had in store for the school year. After each interview, a common theme came across: harmony among classmates, more fundraisers, more trips, and more

fond memories. It is also mentionable that the officers all possess leadership experience in other affiliations, such as church, organized sports, internships, and even (in Kayla Mallory’s case) run their own business. Some words of wisdom from the senior council are the following:

“It takes a student to know a student.”

“I’d like to see harmony among the students.”

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“As much as we want fun, we need order.”

“Nothing will be able to happen this year without a sense of unity among the students.”

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K ay l a M a l l o r y debunked by Cass NASA, proving that it wasn’t a real planet. Rather than an end to this world, Jews believe that after a time of intense turmoil and chaos, the world will be bathed in peace and righteousness until the actual end of time. Religions have different points

Cortez Rouse of view on the ending world, even those who have stemmed from previous religions and have similar ways of life. In Islam, signs of the end include The Creature being created by us, The Smoke being given off by us, and the splitting of the moon shortly before the end of the world. The Creature we created, according to


the Qur’an, was the computer. The Smoke that factories let out into the world is pollution. After the splitting of the moon, “Earth and all its mountains and valleys and lands will be lifted and crushed with a single blow.” In the Vedas, the holy literature of Hinduism, “naimittka” (death) See end on page 23 »

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Is Puerto Rico ‘really’ part of the U.S.? By Estefany Gonzalez CT Visionary Can the President find motivation to help those in need? In September, Puerto Rico was hit by Hurricane Irma, a category 5 storm, and hit by Hurricane Maria, a category 4 storm. Puerto Rico was left without electricity and many were left with destroyed homes. According to USA Today, “Access to drinking water has been restored to 45 percent of Puerto Rico - but more than half of the U.S. territory of 3.4 million is still going without.” Helping restore Puerto Rico should be Presidents Trump first priority, right? Wrong! According to, “President Donald Trump’s dawdling response to the hurricane - he did not hold a situation room meeting on the disaster until six days after landfill.” “Donald Trump is doing everything he wants to do, and a little bit of what he is being persuaded to do, he is not even close to doing what he can do.” - Mr. Lenk Cass Tech Teacher. President Trump has been offering/showing his “help” through twitter, he tweeted ““massive” amounts of food and water has been delivered” “While social media has its place, it is really not the place to announce policy.” - Mr. Diskin Cass Tech Teacher. How much is a “massive” amount and Is it enough to feed 3.4 million people? President Donald Trump has gone far enough from not helping Puerto Rico enough to tweeting about how the mayor of San Juan has poor leadership. It sounds hypocritical due to him not leading this country, and

Cass Tech doing so little to help one of the states he represents. According to, “Donald Trump blames Puerto Rico for not being able to get their workers to help after Hurricane Maria.” President Trump was spending his weekend at his private golf club, while firing angry tweets complaining about the suffering and how it is unfair, aiming it toward San Juan’s Mayor. “The President should of pulled the army to work faster, help is not getting to Puerto Rico.” - Pastor Guillermina Garcia. Instead of playing golf and spending time in New Jersey, President Trump should be working with the army and different organizations that are willing to help the 3.4 million people in Puerto Rico. Most help should be getting there within 4-5 days of the storm. Not months or weeks later. Not realizing all the diseases, and breakthrough of bugs, and many injuries can happen without the proper help of trained professionals. How would you feel if you could not contact your family, not through social media, not through phone? Millions of people are suffering, because they are worried about their loved ones, not knowing if they are alive or if they are dead. Pastor Guillermina Garcia resident of Detroit, and pastor of Iglesia Cristiana Carismática - Oásis de Bendición, still has family members in Puerto Rico who have no roof over their heads, and have lost everything due to flooding. Not being able to contact anyone for two weeks or more straight. “The Hurricane

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People in the community of Miñi Miñi, Puerto Rico, wait for the water to reced in this Sept. 21 Federal Emergency Management Agency photo. The municipality of Loíza, as well as the rest of Puerto Rico was severely affected by Hurricane Maria.

has impacted me in a very hard and painful way because my family and friends live in Puerto Rico. Watching my people lose hope, crying for help. Nothing is happening hard enough. There is nothing I can do about it, by distance and no communication, not being able to send money” Pastor Guillermina Garcia. President Trump does not realize that not only is Puerto Rico suffering but many people in every state who have family members in Puerto Rico are suffering as well. President Trump is not giving us a reliable source to send money, food, and resources to Puerto Rico. President Trump needs to focus on the humanity and how helping will impact the society.


A zip line was build to get commodities to the community in Utuado, Puerto Rico, after the bridge was washed out by Hurricane Maria

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Does Detroit growth create socioeconomic inequality? By Venesa Buggs CT Visionary While long-term resident’s fears of gentrification grow, tensions continue to bloom. In recent years, we have seen massive amounts of construction in Detroit’s downtown and midtown areas. The newest addition to the downtown Detroit area being the Little Caesar’s Arena; right down the street from Cass Technical High School . So, what does this mean for those of us who have lived here for years? As parts of Detroit are transforming, more people are moving in and housing prices are increasing. However, our employment and economy are not growing at the same rate. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Detroit’s unemployment rate is 8.4% as of April of 2017, only down .9% from 2016. Meanwhile the median house value is priced at $45,600 and has gone up by 26.7% in the last year, according to Zillow, an online real estate database company. These are factors that begin dis-

placement – long time citizens can no longer Cass afford the increase in housing prices and are forced to move out. At the same time, many neighborhoods in the city of Detroit aren’t getting the same improvements as Downtown. These neighborhoods face extremely harsh conditions and face obvious unequal treatment compared to others. In December of 2011, M-1 Rail announced plans for a streetcar that connected the People Mover to The Amtrak station in New Center. On July 28, 2014 construction officially began on the M-1 rail -and in March of 2016 it was renamed the QLine by Quicken Loans. In total, the QLine cost almost $150 million. While new transportation is always beneficial, many residents feel the money would have been better suited to improve our bus system. Many riders complain about efficiency, bus routes, the pollution caused by these outdated buses, and even cleanli-

ness, with many buses having insects such as Tech roaches and even bed bugs on board. Many low income, minority areas are still in poverty with no sign of improvement. Some residential blocks only contain a few occupied houses, with the majority being abandoned and stripped of its valuable assets. Weeds and grass on vacant lots grow with little to no upkeep from the city. These areas aren’t just unattractive, but they are also a breeding ground for criminal activity. Vacant buildings attract large amounts of crime. Including arson, kidnapping, murder and rape. Among the abandoned buildings all over the city, many of them are burned down. However, because these incidents occur mostly in impoverished, low income areas, the city has little concern and often leave debris and no justice is brought about. Overgrown lots and empty houses also pose a huge risk to kidnappings.

Kidnappers can easily hide in the tall grasses of a vacant lot, or an empty house. Making it extremely easy for them to pick out their next target. With an alarming growth in human trafficking right here in the city, and little effort being put into finding missing persons, this strikes fear in those who must walk to and from their destinations each day. These neighborhoods are also prone to homicide. There have been incidents where bodies have been dumped and found in empty buildings with no leads on where to look for the guilty party. With these things happening right in our city, it’s extremely disheartening to see no improvement on these matters while downtown and middle class areas receive major upgrades. There is an apparent difference in how areas with differing socioeconomic status are treated in our city. Many people are standing up for the residents of Detroit, but their cries are left unheard.

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Detroit Cristo Rey excited for new work partnerships By alexys Lebron The Howler Since it opened in 2008, Detroit Cristo Rey High School has provided each of its students with valuable work experience and a quality Catholic education. The school has established positive reputations with partners like General Motors, DTE Energy, and Beaumont Health Systems, and has attracted many more. This year, DCR is celebrating the addition of ten new work partners, including Continental Automotive Systems, the Detroit Public Library, and Delta Airlines. “I feel great that we’ve added OpInIOn

some new industries and that our Corporate Work Study Program is growing,” said Fred Lumpkin, director of Detroit Cristo Rey’s Corporate Work Study Program. “Ten new companies have joined the Cristo Rey family this year. We’ve had existing companies like General Motors and Detroit Edison grow their existing student teams. We’re seeing more and more companies in Detroit hiring our students.” The income generated through the work partnerships helps pay for student tuition and operational costs of the school. The additional partnerships are not only a financial benefit for

the school, but are also an excellent way for students to experience diverse work environments. “It’s a really good transition to have different jobs,” said Landon Borrego, a senior working at Motor City Industrial. “I feel that it enhances us by giving us more skill-sets. Having four different jobs all four years of my high school career, I can say that it’s a very great experience to have.” Students aren’t the only ones who gain from these work partnerships. “It has been a pleasure working with the Cristo Rey students,” said Gerald Dacin, a supervisor from Continental

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landon borrego, far right, with work partners at the 2017 Corporate Work Study partner Appreciation breakfast.

Automotive Systems. “They have been very helpful and picked up tasks and processes very quickly.” According to Lumpkin, the effort students expend is what



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Aspirations are vital By Jackelyn Gildo The Howler “Make sure you visualize what you really want, not what someone else wants for you.” — Jerry Gillies Reading this quote reminds me of how people are used to following others’ ambitions for them rather than their own. We want to make someone/some people proud of us and not let them down, so we pretend to be someone we’re not just to please them. A perfect example of a situation that models this idea is career choices. A couple years ago, while I was watching videos on my computer, I clicked on a Pep-talk that was titled something like ‘How to find your purpose in 10 minutes’. The title was indeed an attention grabber, so I clicked on it and found out that many American workers and young adults aren’t happy with the choices they made in college. They chose to study something that can get them a well-paid job, but they weren’t passionate about what they were doing. These young adults’ parents were probably happy that their children were making good money. But what about their children’s happiness? The talk went on to describe a topic of having a successful life, but I couldn’t get over all the questions I had. Did they do this to make the parents proud? To prove to them or others that they are capable of See VITAL on page 12 »

makes the work study program a success. “Our students are doing really great work,” he said, “so I am excited about the future of the Corporate Work Study Program.”

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the interior of the D Store, located in eastern Market.

Healing through music eastern Market store aims to bring people together By nicolas perales The Howler When The D String opened in Eastern Market on Thanksgiving Day 2016, it was still undergoing the finishing touches of remodeling. Nevertheless, co-owners and married couple, Maureen Kearns-Steele and Keith Steele opened the doors early because they knew the city needed what they had created, and they wanted the people to have it as soon as possible. Since its opening, The D String has been a home to musicians both young and old


and a beacon of hope for the city of Detroit. Kearns-Steele and Steele initially saw a practical need for a music store. “Keith was complaining that there was no store in the city for music supplies, even though we’re such a music city,” Kearns-Steele said. Business was slow at the start, as is the case for most new businesses, but stabilized over the course of a year. For many, The D String is more than just a business. While the store has provided needed musical equipment for artists, it has also had an ef-

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fect on its employees, including Detroit Cristo Rey sophomore Nicolas Perales, who has been inspired by meeting many musical artists. Kearns-Steele and Steele value music to their hearts, and this is apparent in their business. “Our purpose here, is to support local music in our city,” Kearns-Steele said. “Music is healing, and we aim to create a more cohesive city through music, music brings people together. We want people to go to live shows, listen to the music, and feel it, and let it make them happy.”

By Isabel Gonzalez The Howler Latinx adj/n Adjective - An all-inclusive term used to describe those of Latin American descent. Noun - The group of people who descend from Latin America This fall, Detroit Cristo Rey High School celebrated Latinx heritage with food, stories of prominent Latinx people, and cultural celebrations. What does it mean to be Latinx? Is it the color of your skin, or the way you roll your r’s? Is it the gender you were born as but now choose not to identify with? Could it perhaps be the languages you speak, or the places where you’ve been? The answer to all of these questions is simple: no. As a redhaired, pale-skinned Mexican girl, I can confidently say that you do not have to fall into a certain category of looks or qualities in order to be deemed a true Latinx person. To be Latinx is to be a person of Latin American descent, and that is simply all that you have to be. Forget the stereotypical appearances, the gender-specific roles, and overall, forget the discrimination. We are becoming much more welcoming, and closer-knit, like the scarves made by our abuelas. See LATInX on page 12 »

Staff Writers: Jackelyn Gildo, Isabel Gonzalez, Jessica Gutierrez, Alexys Lebron Nicolas Perales

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DSA students produce, host variety of radio programs

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DSA students discuss topics on the teen talk show, "Can u relate," on the school's WrCJ radio station. leFt: Senior kevin giles is a radio board engineer. top: Senior Jasmine Stewart and junior taylor o’neal talk on air. AboVe: Senior Destin Hampton sits in the radio studio.

By miracle Craft and Jasmine Stewart The dSA Midtown Tea he Detroit School of Arts is a Performing Arts High School with many opportunities for students, including performing in Canada with the marching band to winning first place in debate. The school also offer the opportunity to be a part of the broadcast team. While many schools have broadcast teams, the terms is


literal at Detroit School of Arts. The broadcast team director Beverly Morrison-Green helps students to reach their full potential. She has worked at DSA for 10 years. In that time, she has helped bring DSA’s students and programs to the next level. Along with DPS commercials, partnering with various organizations for hosting gigs, The broadcast team at DSA has its very own radio shows. Through the guidance of Morrison-Green, there are cur-

rently six student-run radio shows that air every month on 90.9 WRCJ Radio station. Right now DSA is the only Detroit school with its own radio show that is studenthosted and produced. The first radio show that airs is called “SIS”, an acronym for “Sisters Inspiring Sisters.” This show was produced as a non-profit organization by Nakesha Woods, who is an alumni student in 1992-1996. This was one of the first radio shows at DSA. “SIS” airs on the first Wednesday of

each month at 7 p.m. SIS is produced by seniors Kennedi Carter, Randi Winters and Nicole Baker. “Even though I’m a vocal major, I’ve always had a passion for broadcasting,” Baker said. The show’s topics range from women’s health to women in the performing industry. They’ve also have had guests come on the show to share their story and to also See rAdIo on page 12 »


DSa students make headlines in arts world By Seavion Jones The dSA Midtown Tea While Detroit School of Arts, also known as DSA, is new to Detroit Dialogue, the legacy of the allarts school has existed since 1992. DSA was the brain-child the first principal, Dr. Denise Davis Cotton. Today, Principal Delois Spryszak continues the legacy. DSA is Detroit Public Schools

Community District’s only arts school with full academic and arts where students major in dance, radio/television, theater, vocal, instrumental band, orchestra, and visual arts. Many great ensembles, vocalists, song writers, visual artists, and dancers have cut their teeth on DSA’s arts programs and are now living their dreams. Though DSA is most well-known for one of their


international alumni, Aaliyah, one of hiphop and R&B’s pop stars of the late 90’s, there are several former and current students who are making great strides in the arts world. Re’Lxuise Re’Lxuise, a Dreamloud Artist, is an up and coming vocalist and song writer, working with artist like Musiq Soul Child, Ke Ke Wyatt,

Editor-in-Chief: Seavion Jones Managing Editor: Miracle Craft

K.Michelle, and many more, graduated from DSA in 2013. Re’Lxuise, also known as Ra’Vana Stanfield, has hit the R&B circuit with a unique musical style and lyrics which makes her one of the most sought-after new artist. Re’Lxuise’s musical background is the result of her family including her father, Rudolph Stanfield, Jr., who played keyboard for the legendary Aretha

Adviser: Beverly Morrison-Green Mentor: Joy Visconti

Franklin, has worked closely with gospel great Kirk Franklin, has written numerous hit gospel songs and started an award-winning choir in Detroit. Quentin Dennard Grammy Award winner, Quentin Dennard graduated from DSA in 1999 as an instrumental major, See ArTS on page 18 »

Copy Editor: Jasmine Stewart Photographer: Alyssa Richards Staff Writers: Ariel Brown, Kennedi Carter

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Diversity sets EMU apart, Cristo Rey students say By Jessica Gutierrez The Howler One of the most difficult and important decisions high school students must make is choosing a college or university. Even with the help of college counselors, students may feel overwhelmed by the many choices. When the time came for them to choose, Detroit Cristo Rey alumni Mayra Garcia and Daniela Garcia found their right fit at Eastern Michigan University because of its diversity. For Mayra Garcia, a 2017 graduate who is now a freshman at Eastern Michigan University, the cost, distance from home and Eastern’s small size convinced

her that Eastern was the right choice at first. But when she actually stepped on campus, the diversity factor hooked her. “Eastern celebrates diversity,” said Mayra. “When you enter the campus, there are long posts with flags that shows a student and where they’re from.” Part of these diversity efforts include supporting students who are affected by the Trump administration’s rescinding of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. Mayra explained that Eastern has a concrete wall that is covered with writing from students in protest

Detroit Cristo Rey of the Trump administration’s actions. “Diversity is what they mainly preach about,” said Mayra. “If I’m going to this school, I want to feel comfortable, especially since I’m a minority.” At first, Mayra had not considered Eastern because she was focused on bigger schools. “I was never exposed to smaller schools, like Eastern,” said Mayra. “I was told about University of Michigan, Michigan State, Wayne State, the local schools. But I feel like if you’re

someone who prefers a smaller campus and somewhere close enough to go home, but far enough to stay there to become independent, then Eastern is a good choice.” Daniela Garcia, Mayra’s older sister, who graduated from Detroit Cristo Rey in 2016, agrees that Eastern is a great choice that is often dismissed by people who aren’t familiar with the school. “Don’t listen to what others say because the majority of people who say that the school is this and the school is that, they haven’t even visited the campus,” said Daniela. Mayra said once she actually

visited campus, she realized it could be a good choice for her. “When I visited Eastern, I’d thought I’d hate it and that it would be an ugly school, but it’s not,” she said. “I love it there. I love walking around. It’s peaceful and I feel safe.” Feeling comfortable and finding the college that’s best for them is key for high school students, Mayra and Daniela said. College is much more than just academics, Daniela said, so students should find a school culture that they like. “Don’t just go to school for school,” she said. “Have fun, be part of clubs, have a social life.”


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We are a people of warmth, but also of deeply implemented rules, so to be accepting of one another despite our differences would be the start of something amazing. But remember, the term Latinx is not only for the use of the Latinx people themselves. All of us seeking equality must remember what the word is truly being used for, and that is to be fair, and to be human. The word itself is a sign of equality, and of not putting one group before the other, but instead, being one as a people.

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Senior Jasmine Stewart junior Taylor O’Neal and senior Destin Hampton work in the WRCJ radio studio.


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give advice to our young women. The second radio show that airs is called “MO.MEN.TUM” which stands for “Moving Our MEN Toward Upward Mobility.” "MOMENTUM" is the creation of Morrison-Green. “I saw a vision for young men to empower one another and to have a platform to discuss their issues and discover resolution,” she said. "MOMENTUM" airs on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. and is hosted by junior Kamaree Williams and senior Ca’mar Leonard. Originally "MOMENTUM" was called "Man to Man" but with an epiphany and a concept, Morrison-Green created an acronym that motivates and encourages positive change. “MOMENTUM gives young guys a place to be heard and understood,” said Seavion Jones,

a senior at Detroit School of Arts. “Some adults don’t take into consideration what teens go through.” DSA also produces and hosts Detroit’s only teen talk show, "Can U Relate?" Can U Relate focuses on teen problems and solutions given by certified psychologist Dr. Brandi Prichet-Johnson of Need To Talk, Inc. This year’s topics include teen depression, the struggles of being a senior, scholarship opportunities, STEAM, teen violence, technology careers. The current hosts are senior Seavion Jones and junior Kandi Alexander. Segment producers and reporters are Miracle Craft, Kennedi Carter, LaShawn Young and Jasmine Stewart. Another radio show, Uniquely Gifted, was created two years ago by DPS teacher Michelle Parizon, her daughter Ericka Fletcher and Morrison-Green. Uniquely Gifted is a show that raises awareness about autism and other special needs. Along with being one of the creators of Uniquely Gifted, Fletcher is

also the host, which is significant since she was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum at the age of 27. Uniquely Gifted airs every second Wednesday at 7 p.m. only on 90.9, WRCJ. One of the shows new producers and segment report is sophomore Casey Kurney, who is also autistic. Detroit’s only literary arts radio show, Literature, Lyrics, & Lines, is another show created by Morrison-Green. It features authors, filmmakers, rappers, spoken word artists, lyricists, and other literary artists. Literature, Lyrics, and Lines, is currently hosted by DSA Juniors, Martinee Williams and Diamond Russell. Originally, the was called DPS Book Club, where students from different DPS elementary to high schools would read the same book and come together to discuss it on the radio show. Literature, Lyrics, and Lines was created to inspire students to become more invested in reading, writing, visual arts, and expression. Musical Inspiration was created by DSA alum Jesse Boyd Williams in an effort to explore

the great instrumental and vocal artists who live in or who were originally from Detroit. The Musical Inspiration, formerly known as Lyrical Inspiration, allows artists to communicate challenges they experienced and overcame. Musical Inspiration is hosted by DSA junior Kamaree Williams, an avid musician and a member of DSA male ensemble Vision. Musical Inspiration showcases versatile artwork and parts of music such including composing, producing, managing an artist or yourself, and the entire process of a music career. Every fourth Wednesday of the month an introspective talk show airs on 90.9 WRCJ. Need To Talk shines a spotlight on Detroit’s emotional wellbeing. Need To Talk is hosted by executive producer and creator Dr. Deborah Johnson Spence, and produced by Morrison-Green. The topics include how to deal with depression, human trafficking, women’s emotional health, overcoming road blocks. Need To Talk is engineered and edited by DSA students.


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working hard for something? Why couldn’t they just stick to what they desired, instead of what others wanted for them? If these kids would have followed their dreams and worked hard as they did for someone else’s, they probably would’ve been happy, not just content because they pleased another person. I learned that you can’t always do something for someone else if you don’t want to, especially if it means having to deal with it for the rest of your life. I hope not to fall into the intimidating preferences of my parents and really pursue something that will grant me a successful life. So a lesson that can be taken from this is an idea to really think about your ambitions, your aspirations, your passions; to have a successful life. Not just for others; rather, for your personal achievement. Then it’ll matter.

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EyE OF THE HURRICANE Frederick Douglass Academy for Young Men |



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leFt: Anita Colter, FDA teacher, works with student Deon Waters. Colter teaches Algebra as part of the promise program. beloW: Student David oates participates in yoga during physical education. yoga is one of the extra programs in the Frederick Douglass promise program.

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Demond Washington, 34, is a student intern at Frederick Douglass Academy. He teaches a middle school social studies class.

Student teacher fills racial gap By Bret Davis-miller eye of the Hurricane Demond Washington is completing his student teaching assignment at Frederick Douglass Academy this semester. It is his ideal assignment since he plans on becoming a teacher in an urban school district. That will make him something rare in America, a black male public school teacher. Washington, 34, a Wayne State University senior, will join a profession of which black men make up only 2 percent Washington nationwide, according to a study done by the U.S. Department of Education. “All students should have teachers who look like them and reflect them,” Washington said. He feels that a greater impact can be made on the students, by teachers who share the same background and culture as they do.

Washington was born and raised in Detroit and attended Detroit Public Schools. He is enrolled in a program called Morris Hood Scholars. The program was created by the Michigan Legislature in 1998, whose intent is to place educators in urban schools, providing students with positive black male role models. “Our program is unique because it gives men of color the opportunity to take their place within the educational setting,” said Kevin Williams, coordinator of the Morris Hood Scholars Program. He said the program selects 53 black male college students each year and more than 80 percent of students who join, remain in the program, completing their degrees. “The program is like a brotherhood, and I like that it gives assistance with tuition,” said Washington. Washington was interviewed about the program Sept. 13 at Douglass, by Channel 7 Action News Anchor Carolyn Clifford.


LIVING HISTORy douglass students meet and talk with former prisoner of war By Dant'e Lowery and anthony Thomas eye of the Hurricane U.S. Army Air Corps Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Jefferson, with tears in his eyes, raised his fist in the air, the ninth grade students at Frederick Douglass Academy for Young

Men said the creed. In unison, the students recited “[…] honorable young men of integrity filled with potential and endless possibilities […] we will meet and exceed the expectations of those See HISTory on page 23 »


new program aims to help 9th graders By Jalen Roberts eye of the Hurricane The Frederick Douglass Promise Program is making a major impact on the ninth graders at Frederick Douglass Academy. Months in the planning, the program is designed to ease the transition of freshmen to high school and encourages them to excel academically and socially by offering support from administrators, school counselors, parents, teachers, upper-classmen and community leaders. Unlike existing bridge programs, which run 4-6 weeks and focus on brushing up academics for incoming ninth graders, the Promise Program supports students year-round. Freshmen are constantly reminded to take pride in themselves and their surroundings. An additional hour was added to the school day for enrichment activities such as art, wrestling, debating, music, rocketry and library study-time. Yoga is offered once a week in the morning. The program is the result

of a collaborative effort by Principal Berry Greer, Assistant Principal Monique McMurtry, community stakeholders and teachers Quan Neloms, ninth grade Social Studies, and Major (R) Ayanna Morales-Kaley,

Editor-in-Chief: Jalen Roberts Advisers: Katrena F. Rimmer and Corinne Lyons Crain Mentor: Victor Galvan

Senior Army Instructor. Impressively, the Promise Program, has yielded some positive results since school has started. See ProMISe on page 23 »

Staff Writers: Brett Davis-Miller, David Dyer, Anthony Thomas, Dante Lowery, De’ontea Owens

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TROJAN MESSENGER Henry Ford High School | SpORTS


Like father, like son

Students need to be aware

McKinney follows dad’s footsteps into football By marques Tate and Demarcus Williams Trojan Messenger Senior Jaylen McKinney, a Henry Ford defensive and offensive lineman, is a team leader. McKinney followed in his father’s footsteps by attending Henry Ford and by playing football like his father. Before attending Ford in the ninth grade, McKinney never played football. “I still remember the day when Coach Fenton approached me to ask if I wanted to play football. It was one of the best decisions I made to this day,” said McKinney. He has played

for Ford since his ninth grade year and continues to excel as a lineman. According to Henry Ford head football coach Ken Fenton: “McKinney has a hard work ethic and is able to stay focus.” Presently, McKinney has multiple college offers, but he has yet to commit to a school. One of McKinney’s goal is to make it to the NFL. He said believes as long as he stays on task and continues to work hard, his goal will come to past. Although he is unsure what university he’ll call home, he plans to major in sports business management.

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Henry Ford High senior and lineman Jaylen Mckinney poses with his long-time coach, ken Fenton.


Senior executive board sets goals

“As president, my goal is to increase assistance with college and scholarship applications. Other goals are to work closely with the parent group and assist with fundraising activities.” aV i a F r e s h l e y, presiDenT

“One of my goals is to create engaging activities for seniors, both socially and academically. Through these activities, I hope the class of 2018 will be family oriented and supportive of one another.”

“My goals are to keep the president on track, be a voice for all the seniors, accurate record keeping, and ensuring efficiency." Deajah johnson, s e C r e Ta r y

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“Some of my goals are to manage the school’s bookstore and record keeping, assist with fundraising, and provide support where needed." j e r M ya B r o w n , Treasurer

By avia freshley Trojan Messenger When your parents tell you to watch your surroundings, you should. You never know who is watching or planning to hurt you. Whether you are out with friends, shopping or going to the store, pay attention to people around you and possible issues that can happen. There are predators out, just waiting and scouting on vulnerable prey. If you’re not ready and armed with necessary tools, you may fall victim. Awareness is vital and key when you are traveling away from home. Everyone is not your friend. With that being said, it is important to keep in mind and pay attention to your surroundings. With so many things happening, from human trafficking, to being murdered amongst “so-called” friends at a party, it is important to be aware and remain aware of your surroundings at all times. Here’s several ways to prevent from being a victim of potential danger: ■ Tell someone (preferably a responsible adult) where you are going and when you will be expected back. ■ Don’t walk and talk. Keep expensive devices in a purse, backpack, etc. until you arrive at your destination. ■ Stay in a group if you will be out late. Walk in a group to cars, then drive home immediately instead of spending time texting or making calls. ■ Always listened to your gut or instinct. If something feels wrong, don’t ignore that feeling. Get out of the situation immediately.


TROJAN SPOTLIGHT: Basketball coach Kenneth Flowers


By nyla Wright Trojan Messenger Coach Kenneth Flowers is a man with many titles at Henry Ford High School. He serves as the Dean of Students, head boys basketball coach and athletics director. “I appreciate Coach Flowers coach-


ing technique. He definitely helped me improve my basketball skills”, states Demarco Carridine, a senior at Henry Ford. Senior Anthony Daniels said: “Coach Flowers is the best. He holds me accountable and steadily works with me to help improve my game.”

Editor-in-Chief: Avia Freshley Co-Editor: Nylah Wright Adviser: April D. McDaniel Crain Mentor: Michael Wayland

Flowers’ varsity basketball team placed second in 2015 and won the state championship in 2016. 2016 was a momentous victory for Ford and its first state championship. Flowers holds an Associates of Arts degree from Cerro Cosco Community College in Ridgecrest, California. He

also holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Wayne State University. Flowers has been at Henry Ford for 11 years and enjoys working with the students, as well as the community. He continually strives to provide better options for students and encourages them to avoid bad influences.

Staff Writers: LeTrell Anderson, Raven Bailey, Janae Brown, Kenadie Burns, Karren Burroughs, Demarco Carrdie, Travis Crawford, Trevon Glen, Errol Hall, Jada Harris, Elaisha Hill, Marshon Hollins, De’Zhon Jackson, Takayla Jones, Dezirae Mack, Frank Michauz, Dominikue Neal, Jaylin Redding, Jessica Smith, MarQuis Tate, Andre Weir, Kayellin Welch, DeMarcus Williams, Haleem Williams, and Aaron Wilson.

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CRUSADERS’ CHRONICLE A public forum for the students and community of Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School | aCaDEmICS

Senior sharpens skills at Princeton By Shantee murry Crusaders' Chronicle King senior Alana Burke was the only student from Michigan accepted into Princeton’s Summer Journalism Program, which brought together high school students from across the country. After going through the strenuous application process, Burke was admitted into the 10-day program. “There were three rounds of applications. The first one was basic but you had to write two articles


and an extra written response,” said Burke. “The second round was submitting articles you have written before to boost your application status. Then once you got past that, it was pretty much the over the phone interview that we had to schedule and they told you whether you got in or not.” The high school journalists were exposed to a lot of different places while they were at Princeton and learned about different kinds of reporting. The young writers had

workshops on how to write different kinds of articles, and also had chances to listen to different wellknown journalists speak. “We went to New York one day and went to Bloomberg News, The New York Times and Cosmopolitan,” said Burke. “As far as workshops, Richard Lui, an American journalist and news anchor for NBC News, talked to us.” This all-expense paid, on-the-job CrusaDers' ChroniCle

See SKILLS on page 21 »

Senior Alana burke was one of 39 high school students accepted from across the u.S. into princeton’s Summer Journalism program.


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king social studies teacher Dan Wolford started lC as a way for students to express themselves.

Lyrical Crusaders use the arts for expression By Katirra alston, asia Jeter and Rebecca Smith Crusaders' Chronicle Lyrical Crusaders (LC) is a new club that was initiated last school year by social studies teacher Dan Wolford. LC allows teens to express themselves through the love of hip-hop, poetry, singing, and dance. Many get the chance to learn what hiphop really is. “Hip-hop has been one of the most, if not the most, important cultures in my life. So, I wanted See LyrICAL on page 16 »


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Junior Del’Janae Williams has to attend regular scheduled doctor’s appointments after surgery to get clearance to begin physical therapy.

ACL injury sidelines athletes By Denaysia Johnson Crusaders' Chronicle Injuries are a part of any sport and sometimes athletes tear their Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) in sports such as football, basketball and track. According to, this injury happens when a ligament in the knee crosses from the underside of the femur to the top of the tibia. Even if the athlete is initially in pain, the seriousness of this injury can go unrecognized. “I didn’t understand what was going Adviser: Veronica Hollis Crain Mentor: Jim Treece

on,” said hurdler and senior Olivia Logan. “I did not think my injury was that bad. I actually started dancing on it two weeks later.” Athletes often have questions regarding an ACL injury: how they got the injury, how to prevent it, how to treat it, how long it takes to heal, and what is the best way to heal after diagnosis. Here are some answers. “It takes about 6-8 months for a full recovery, hip stabilizer,” said Innovative Training Solutions trainer Anna

Napolitano. The treatment involves a hip stabilizer, the hamstrings and gluteus, a name shared by the three muscles in the hip, she said. ACL injuries can lead to confusion, depression, and fear because athletes can’t participate in the sport they love. “When I found out, I talked to my coaches and other people that it happened to. I didn’t really feel anything because I was on good pain meds. Once I realized how imporSee ACL on page 16 »

Staff Writers: Katirra Alston, Damyah Bowers, Kayla Burgess, Janae Fuller, Christina Gordon, DeNaysia Johnson, Shantee Murry, Z’hia Powell, Taymil Pritchett, Ke’Aire Smith, Rebecca Smith, Iyana Watts, Madison Wood, Tez Wright

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

16 Nov. 1, 2017 STUDENT LIFE


King brings back a classic for Spirit Week

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Teen HYPE participants brainstorm creative ways to change Detroit’s West Riverfront.

Teen HYPE gives students choices By Madison Wood Crusaders' Chronicle Teens should have an outlet where they can express themselves freely. One such place is the organization Teen HYPE (Helping Youth by Providing Education), which focuses on empowering students. It offers many programs and services, including sometimes theater for expression. “Build the Hype Tour” gives participants all the information needed to choose which program is the best fit for them. “I developed partnerships with pretty much all of DPS as well as charter schools. I make sure that we have in-school programing for pure education programs that we do in school,” said Laron Evans, Teen HYPE’s senior manager of in-school initiative. The organization has individuals to assist teens from age 13 to 18 through personal issues that may hold them back.


Athletes can reduce risk of ACL injuries from page 15

tant I was to my team and how much they really needed me, my comeback was more serious than I thought,” said basketball player and junior Del’Janae Williams. When an athlete tears or injures their ACL, they have to stop doing a lot of things and cannot play the sport like they used to. They have to deal with the fact of having surgery and a

“I help teens to connect to the mission of building bridges and confronting barriers,” said Matthew Schmitt, manager of mission advancement. Every year Teen HYPE puts on a stage play composed by teens for their peers. In April, there was the performance 12th Street that taught the history of the 1967 riots in Detroit. This youth group spreads across the city by going to schools and informing students about their health and participating in fun activities that deal with personal issues that affect them today. “Teen HYPE came to my school for my health class. We had a whole health segment for about two weeks and that’s how I learned about Teen HYPE,” said senior D’Avionne Hill at King. Besides the fun, Teen HYPE

also helps their communities in different ways from thinking of ideas to making a difference. “They have been exposing me to new things that I didn’t know about and providing activities that work on our inner self,” said junior Joia Fanning at Fitzgerald High School. “It encouraged me to do community service. Students affiliated with Teen HYPE are more encouraged to be themselves than they are in some other school activities. Teen HYPE directly impacts students and helps them learn how to deal with situations on a day-to-day basis. “It has benefited me because it taught me how to communicate with people more and not let things get to me so easily,” said sophomore Jada Bonney at Cass Tech. If interested in Teen HYPE, go to, click on the “Get Involved” tab, then go to “Join Peer Education” to enter personal contact information.

remaining scar on their leg for the rest of their life. “The fact that my scar will be here forever is agonizing to me,” said Logan. There is nothing that an athlete can do to prevent this injury; however, there are measures that can possibly lessen the possibility of harm. “Athletes can decrease their risk for non-contact injuries by completing exercises that focus on strengthening their posterior chain (hamstrings and gluteus muscles), neuromuscular training, jump training including

training in proper jump landings and core training,” said Napolitano. “Athletes should be able to perform push, pull, hinge and carry movements with ease. Finally, when developing an exercise program there should be a 2:1 ratio of posterior exercises to front exercises. So for every one front loaded exercise (squat) the athlete should be performing two posterior exercises (dead lift, RDL, reverse lunges, etc.) to create an overall stronger athletic body that will be able to produce force and accelerate and decelerate with no issues.”


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Senior Diamond Cannon hangouts with the Tinman and Dorothy down the yellow brick road. King’s theme for Spirit Week, held the week of Oct. 2, was “There’s no place like King,” a remix from The Wizard of Oz. See a Photo Gallery at >>

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Lyrical Crusaders is a way to bring hip-hop into King High School.


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to find a way to bring hip-hop into school,” said Wolford. Because of this group, students who once felt as if they didn’t fit in now have a place to feel like they belong. “It’s been absolutely amazing. I’ve never been a part of something so it’s actually my family,” said sophomore Devin Chisholm. “I feel like hip-hop is an important part of history. It tells stories in an entertaining way. It helps people swallow serious subjects.” Senior Tia Smith, one of the group’s leaders, will graduate this school year but wants the group to continue going strong. “I would only recommend it if you are serious about learning hip-hop,” said Smith. “It’s not just a class that you can just go in and play around in. It’s a class where you actually get to learn the elements of hip hop.” Principal Deborah Jenkins

chose to let LC become a club at King because she could see the passion Wolford has for the subject and because of the passion she has to let her students express their talents. “I never know what my students’ gifts really are and if it’s going to lead you on your path to help you become who you truly were put on this earth to be, I want to give you every opportunity to explore those options,” said Jenkins. In December 2016, Wolford’s Lyrical Crusaders received funding and the Game Changers Award from the Detroit Pistons. In April 2017, he was featured on Channel 7 as Person of the Week. With continued hard work and dedication, Wolford has very high expectations for this group of high school students. “I would like Lyrical Crusaders to get to the point where they’re having regular performances in which the students are in charge of their own music,” said Wolford. “I want to elevate the stage for the students as high as I possibly can.”

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MUSTANG VOICE Mumford High School | aCaDEmICS



DaVion hayes / MusTang VoiCe

Mumford opens for academic, extra-curricular activities

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Detroit piston Andre Drummond poses with Mumford senior ebony norwood and principal Angela prince on oct. 24.

Piston visits school

By Davion Hayes and angie Hughes Mustang Voice Walk through Mumford High School on a Saturday and you will see children eating chocolate covered strawberries in their survival cooking class, 8-year-olds hovered over chess boards, and high school scholars prepping for the SAT. While other schools are closed for the weekend, Mumford is a busy place. UAW-Ford sponsors Saturday Schoolhouse in the D, offering free academic and extra-curricular classes to kids ages 8-18. Classes offered include academic games, theatre, hip hop dance, STEM, fashion, swimming, and more. Saturday Schoolhouse in the D was happening on the East side, but UAW-Ford was interested in a See SATUrdAy on page 18 »

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this student adds rhinestones to a broach she made in sewing class. AboVe: Mumford marching band otis ray Wynn, iii leads percussion and woodwind players in the band room on oct. 21.


Same school, different district Mumford returns to detroit school district after state dissolves eAA By adrian Coats and ataia Templeton Mustang Voice Mumford High School is one of 13 schools that returned to DPSCD this fall after being part of the Education Achievement Authority (EAA) for the past six years, and that has meant some changes for students and staff. According to a Mumford Times story from May 2012, Gov. Rick Snyder and DPS created the EAA to reconstruct failing schools. 15 low-performing DPS schools were taken over and placed in the new state-run school district. That experiment ended last June. Science teacher Andrew Lapetina, PhD, said one of the hardest things about moving to DPSCD has been that many teachers didn’t make the transition with the school.


“It’s hard for me to have worked with so many teachers and then just have them gone. But it’s been really great to get to know lots of new people and we have a lot of really wonderful new staff,” Lapetina said. Eighty percent of the Mumford staff are new to the school. Senior Jaylen Elliot and many other students have talked about having a hard time adjusting to the large staff turnover. “I wish I had my old teachers,” Elliot said. Mumford Academy, a separate school on the Mumford campus, didn’t have as many staff changes. Principal Nir Saar said his school has one of the highest retention rates of teachers from EAA schools that made the switch. His school has had some challenges adjusting to new systems, but he said, based

Adviser: Sara Hennes Crain mentor: Michael D. Martinez

on the history he knows, DPSCD is more student-focused now than they have been in the past. “I think the superintendant has come in with a mindset that the most important people in all this are the students, and the most important people after that are the teachers working directly with the students,” Saar said. “I think the district has made a special effort to support teachers and students.” Curriculum leader Jann Palmer has had experience in both systems. She said that DPSCD has had its challenges but feels the new administration is taking things in the right direction, and she knows there are opportunities that come from being in a bigger school system. “I really feel it doesn’t matter which school system we’re in. Mumford is on an upward

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Science teacher Andrew lapetina, phD, works with senior Christopher Wilson on oct. 3. lapetina has been at Mumford longer than anyone else on staff.

trend,” Palmer said.

By Remi League Mustang Voice Detroit Piston Andre Drummond came to Mumford on Oct. 24 to surprise the school, present the boys' and girls' basketball teams with $5,000 and share his love of milk. Mumford submitted the winning video in a contest sponsored by Drummond and the United Dairy Industry of Michigan. Schools were asked to show school lunch spirit in a video featuring students enjoying dairy at school. Senior Ebony Norwood’s winning entry was a mix of videos and still-shots of students around the school enjoying milk. Video production teacher Zack McCullough said he thinks the video did well because it was funny. At the assembly, Drummond talked to students about the importance of good nutrition. “As an athlete, I’m very careful about what I put into my body,” Drummond said. This is the second win in two months for Norwood, who also produced the winning video for a Wireless Vision and T-Mobile contest to give schools “a chance to show off their students, their culture and their spirit.” In an assembly Sept. 27, students found out about the win and heard from motivational speaker Inky Johnson. The school also won $2,000 in supplies, a $100 Staples gift card and 15 Samsung tablets. “I just wanted to do what I could for the school to be noticed,” Norwood said. Norwood is planning a career in broadcast journalism.

Staff Writers: Michelle Bradham, Adrian Coats, Divine Crawford, Davion Hayes, Angie Hughes, Remi League, Ataia Templeton

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8 to 3 or 9 to 4? How long should the school day be? By Andre Smith, David Hodge and Saaheim Rivera The Diagnostic Some kids and some teachers feel that the school day should be adjusted. There are many debates on whether being at school early is best for students. There has been a lot of feedback from the students and staff members of Benjamin Carson High school on whether school should

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Use your memory for learning Douglass By David Dyer Eye of the Hurricane Did you know that success in school is often measured by how well you can recall facts, formulas, definitions, and concepts on quizzes and tests? Having a method of memory for learning is important. For example, in an English class, you may be required to remember vocabulary words and their definitions. Similarly, in an Algebra class you would be required to memorize the order of operations. Research done by the Egyptian Society of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, has proven that using memory techniques, INCREASES test scores by 77 percent. Believe it or not, you may already use techniques to memorize and may not know it. Well, now all of that can change! By studying the four techniques below, you can improve your memory and grades in no time! The following is adapted from the book “Learning and Using Study Skills” by Barbara L. Marrs. Visualization Visualization is simply seeing pictures in your mind that help you recall information. For example, repeatedly looking at a word and associating it with its definition, over and over, helps to get a visual of that word and definition. In the process, the brain snaps a shot of what you visualize and it is then stored into the memory. Memory cards Memory cards are flash cards that you make to help you retain and recall what you have selected to learn. To study effectively with your memory cards, place the word or topic of each on the front of the card, and the important information that needs to be reSee Memory on page 23 »

start later. “It would be better,” said biology teacher Kwesi Matthews. “Because there are scientific studies that show your brain is more active later in the day.” Junior Jordan Bowers said: “It starts too early and some people like to sleep in. I function better later in the day.” Students, if given a later start time, will be given the chance to

Benjamin Carson better themselves for learning by sleeping the recommended 8.5 to 9.5 hours a night. This not only improves academic achievements but also physical health and well being because students wouldn’t be tired and instead would be aware. According to The Atlantic. com, “at least 75 percent of public

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Fresh faces at Ben Carson By Diana Wimberly and Diamond Yancey The Diagnostic The start of the 2017-2018 school year at Benjamin Carson High School brought in new students and teachers. Bringing in new people means new faces, new attitudes, and

new people to get used to. While we don’t want to forget about the old ones, we decided to hear what the new students and teachers had to say.

“I feel as if this is a really good school. To me , it seems as if the teachers really do care about us and are willing to help me and others succeed.”

“I feel as if BCHS is a good amount of students, which is a very good thing for me. It’s not too crowded and I can be able to focus more.”

Fa dy A l d o u i s e , New Freshman

Kenneth Long, New Freshman

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schools start earlier than 8:30 a.m.” This means that a large percentage of America’s kids are not getting a healthy amount of sleep. People thoroughly debate whether school days should be longer. For example, on a poll on, 67 percent of people say no, rather than yes. “I don’t think it’s necessary because it gives students time to lose attention,” said Benjamin Car-


DSA students find success in arts community from page 11

drums which was his first love, comes naturally because his father plays them professionally. His mother, also a musician, guided him towards the producing aspect of music. In addition, she taught him how to sing. His mother sang on the soul train theme song. His uncle Brazil Dennard his a legend himself around Detroit. Since the fifth grade Quentin loved producing music. His parents constantly gave him new music to discover, this helped to train his ear. Ever since he was a child, picking apart songs came natural to him. He went to Spain elementary, a performing arts middle school. He decided to continue his passion at the Detroit School of Arts in 1995. At this time the Detroit School of Arts was still developing it’s brand. Ackeem Salmon Ackeem Salmon graduated from Detroit School of Arts in 2015 but even prior to graduation, he was creating and selling his art work to people from all over Michigan. Originally from Jamaica, Ackeem came to the United States in search of new opportunities but what he discovered was far beyond his wildest dreams. Detroit’s rich art community embraced this young artist with opened arms not just because of his unique visual artistic abilities, but because of his drive and determination to excel. Cheryl Heading, former Art

son Counselor LaReesa Weathers. “Students need to learn to come to school on time.” In the earlier 8 o’clock to 3 o’clock school day, students have more time to do after-school activities and time at home for homework and family. However, even though there are benefits, there are consequences. For example, school starts earlier, but students are tired more often. teacher at Detroit School of Arts, actually began submitting Ackeem’s work in art competitions, which of course he won. According to Ackeem, he has won approximately 15 awards and competitions, including winning the gold medal in the NAACP ACT-SO competition in Philadelphia for photography in 2015. “I enter every single competition I can get my hands on,” Salmon said. Last year, Salmon was the featured artist at the largest African American museum in the country, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. The theme of Salmon’s art work, The Heart of Identity, explores his selfidentity and all the people his met from around the world. Salmon has been featured in The Detroit News and on Detroit Public Television’s, Detroit Performs while still in high school. In fact, energy drink company, Cintron, hired Salmon to design artwork to be used at their Pink Polo event, an annual fundraiser to benefit breast cancer research, in Cape Town, South Africa. Salmon attends The College for Creative Studies, and has received a one year internship in France at the Paris College of Art, where he fits right in; he studied French for six years, at the Alliance Française de la Jamaïque, the French embassy in Jamaica. Salmon’s ultimate dream is to become a world-renowned artist and to work with young urban artists who aspire to display their art work in some of the same venues as he has.

SATURDAY from page 17

“I encourage others to come here if they would like to be in the medical field.” Jameer Mason, New Sophomore

“I like the fact that this school gives opportunities.” Ms. Brooke Borwell, New Te acher

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Talisa Edwards helps her cooking class make chocolate covered strawberries on Oct. 21 during Saturday Schoolhouse in the D at Mumford High School.

West side location when Mumford principal Angela Prince reached out to them about offering the program at Mumford. “On the first day there were parents in lawn chairs across the grass waiting to enroll because they wanted that enrichment opportunity for their children,” Prince said. Classes are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and run until May 5, 2018. Children receive free breakfast and lunch. Parents can continue to register their children until Nov. 4 by coming up to the school and registering in person.


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A public forum for the students and community of Renaissance High School | STuDEnT LIfE

JRoTC cadet promoted By Toinu Rodgers rHS Stentor Cadet Lauryen Smith was promoted on Oct. 6 to the rank of colonel. This is an honor that only one cadet holds in the entire district. Smith is now in charge of all JROTC programs in the district.


Kneeling during anthem not rude By Taylor Gribble rHS Stentor Kneeling during the National Anthem is not a form of disrespect, but rather a simple First Amendment gesture. Football players now commonly kneel to show that they can no longer stand for the brutalization of racial minorities. Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeled during the National Anthem in 2016, but this form of protest has more recently received attention. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media after a game. This ignited controversy on what the flag represents. Some believe the flag represents cherished freedom for which soldiers fight, while others believe the flag represents freedoms that are not. The flag should represent freedom and equality for all who hope to attain the “American dream,” and the possibility to reach success and prosper through hard work. But the flag does not and has never symbolized freedom and equality for all. America is a country that was built on racism, and kneeling during the national anthem is an appropriate way to protest an unequal system.


“The promotion was very special to me. It was even more of an honor to have two people who had watched me grow in this program,” said Smith. “I’m glad they were able to see their hard work and encouragement matriculate in JROTC.”

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Corps Commander lawrence Shepherd (right) honors lauryen Smith alongside Colonel george pettigrew (left), Director of Army instruction in Detroit public Schools


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leFt: Students debate protagonists' dilemma, whether to continue operating a "blind pig" or open an actual bar. beloW: Junior Avian Smith (right) shares what she would do if she were one of the protagonists (portrayed by actress left).

detroit Public Theater leads lessons at renaissance By Halia Davis rHS Stentor Detroit Public Theater engaged Renaissance High School early October in a series of classroom workshops and two full productions of Dominique Morisseau’s “Detroit ’67,” in an opportunity to reflect and reexamine the city’s conditions. In English and African American studies classes, directors Sarah Winkler and Courtney Burkett informed students of conflicts that led to the uprising of 1967 in Detroit.

Adviser: Kyle Goodall Crain Mentor: Omari Gardner

“I thought it would be a terrific opportunity to look deeper at the 50th commemoration of the events that took place here in Detroit… we all can learn more about where we live and about the people in our communities,” said social studies teacher Charlene Highsaw, who organized the school events. DPT performed a public showing of “Detroit ‘67” on Oct. 4 and one exclusively for students on Oct. 5. See THeATer on page 23 »

Staff Writers: Chaise Anderson, Shaniya Amour, Dwight Bailey, Jr., Timothy Boyd, Jr., Halia Davis, Heaven Davis, Chandra Fleming, Amaya Gilbert, Duron Grant, Taylor Gribble, Lauren Hardiman, Imani Harris, Clarice Hollenquest, Quentin Lott, Elise Love, Destanie Madison, Mikahi McClaine, Theodore Mcgee, Jr., Renee Mitchell, Lamarea Moore, Jameelah Muhsin, Kayla Ricumstricht, Celeste Salazar, Erika Spivey, Jessica Taylor, Mariah Tucker, Jaila Williams

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RHS band to perform in Santa Parades

In the 13th congressional district, political leaders are trying to mobilize the


By Renee Mitchell RHS Stentor Renaissance High School band plans to head to Canada this fall to perform in the Santa Claus Parade. RHS is participating in the parade for its third year. The parades take place in cities such as Windsor, Amherstburg, Kingsville and Essex. The Santa Parades are run by the nonprofit, volunteer organization The Winsor Organization, which includes many high school bands from Michigan and Ohio.



MoReno Taylor II discusses "people power" with a young man from the Osborn Neighborhood. ABOVE RIGHT: Esmat Ishag-Osman explains the political system to youth at the Matrix Center.

Democrats work to foster young voices By Imani Harris RHS Stentor With upcoming November elections and the primaries about a year away, the 13th Congressional District is reaching out to potential voters. On Sept. 30, in partnership with the Osborn Neighborhood Alliance, the 13th hosted a “Youth Mobilization Summit,” its first political workshop dedicated to youth. The workshop held at the Matrix Center opened with general lessons about Michigan political power structure, evolving into conversations about precinct-level organizing and the role of youth in creating and sustaining political power in the neighborhoods. “Young folks are too often dismissed because of their age, and aren’t given a real opportunity to bring their experiences to the table,” said workshop host MaReno Taylor II, regional political organizer for

“Before the Michigan he became Democratic Renaissance chairman, Party. there was “We want no structo bridge that “In a democracy, ture, and no divide and knowledge is presence of give youth an the congresopportunity to everything ... to be able to make sional district take a leaderin neighship role in any change in your reshaping our community, you have borhoods,” Ishag-Osman communities,” said. said long-term to know not only the issues that are going The 13th organizer Taylor. on, but (also) how you District doesn’t want Estmat can work within the the workshop Ishag-Osman, system to fix them.” to be its only another connection workshop or— Estmat Ishag-Osman, ganizer, who political workshop organizer to youth. The 13th is curhas worked rently planwith the 13th ning a town Congressional hall for youth to voice their District since February, said thoughts and ideas. the district started these train“In a democracy, knowlings to “make politics more edge is everything ... to be able accessible to the community.” to make any change in your Ishag-Osman believes that community, you have to know Chairman Jonathan Kinloch’s not only the issues that are re-election in February is also going on, but (also) how you to thank.

can work within the system to fix them,” says the 27-year-old Michigan State graduate. Co-facilitator Taylor agreed. During the training, Taylor stressed the importance of community-based organizing, telling the students that “the issues you see in the world are ones you’ll eventually have to fix, and it starts with working in your community.” In one of his explanations, Taylor made sure to mention that youth involvement was the most important. “It’s important to reach out to youth to make sure they’re educated and aware of the decisions being made on their behalf without their input, that could directly affect their futures,” the Detroit native stated. But Taylor also states frankly that there is more to grassroots organizing than speaking out. He wants Detroit’s youth to know that there are careers for those who want to be engaged in the community.

Despite cold winter weather, the RHS band of about 100 students practices three times a week until the performance. Band member Arezionna Andrews says the trip is worth the effort. “It was very encouraging to see all the smiles on everyone’s faces when we played all of our songs,” said Andrews. In the parade, students play a handful of songs to entertain the crowd, with festive floats flying around them. “We play songs like ‘Hotline Bling,’ and older songs like ‘Ring my Bell’ or ‘Crazy and Love,’” said flute player Jamal MacNear. MacNear said he has fun every year. “We get to be with our friends and meet other types of people. It’s a great experience.” The parades last from November to December, with 6 p.m. call times.


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basketball fans to come together.” Before Little Caesars Arena, there were others like the Palace of Auburn Hills and Joe Louis Arena. In fact, they were very popular places in Detroit. Kujawa hopes to continue this trend. “When you see it catches your attention,” Kujawa said. “Therefore, you are most likely to come in and indulge in the what we have to offer to the public. Little Caesars Arena was created to lure people in from the Metro Detroit area. “If you want somewhere to hangout you can come down to Kid Rock’s Made in Detroit restaurant and you could grab a bite to eat. Of course, we have a Little Caesars inside of Little Caesars Arena because it wouldn’t be Little Caesars Arena without it. Anything you could imagining doing you could it here at Little Caesars Arena.”

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Boys soccer team finishes 4-1-2 By Elise Love RHS Stentor Despite an apparent lack of fan support, Renaissance High School’s boys’ soccer team managed a 4-1-2 season, after winning district and losing division games. After the Oct. 17 district victory, less than 20 RHS staff and students (not including the team and coaches) attended the boys’ division game on Oct. 18. Junior team co-captain Oscar Sanchez said, aside from economics teacher Kevin Smith and a few peers, Renaissance is “not really”

Renaissance supportive of the team. According to Smith, who doubles as a supervisor for the team, soccer does not have a budget, since DPS deemed the sport “non integral.” “They’re saying the sport does not draw in enough revenue to be funded by the district,” said Smith. Any money the team needs must come from individual fundraising efforts. Junior Moteniola Ogundipe said the team “never gives up.”

Every win can be attributed to teamwork. “Since the school didn’t give us buses, we just carpool to our games,” said senior and field team captain Maurice Umejiego. He believes more people should attend games. “We put on a show for ‘em, we love soccer, and it would be good – great if somebody could come see us, and maybe even find out they like soccer.” The RHS soccer team beat Alex Manoogian Southfield, 5-2, in a home game Oct. 23, in the seniors’ final game.

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Despite a lack of school support and resources, the Renaissance boys soccer team ‘put on a show’ for those who did attend games.

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S.A.L.T members gather around table to discuss topics regarding race, politics and religion.

Christian students have judgement-free space By Chandra Fleming RHS Stentor Every Tuesday after school in the Renaissance High School media center, six students discuss Bible scriptures and politics in a Christian faith group. During the Seeking a Life of Truth club meetings, or S.A.L.T., students have the opportunity to discuss their opinions about social and current events, and get feedback from other self-identified Christian students. “This club creates a safe haven for teenagers who are into expressing their views on God


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training was for students from low income households to give them a chance to be involved in journalism. The program is not only for teens who want to pursue a career in journalism but for anyone who is up

and want to express themselves in that manner,” said co-vice president Halia Davis, who has been a member since the 9th grade, when she joined the group to further her beliefs. But fewer students participate than when Davis started in the club. This year S.A.L.T. only has six members, all seniors. Previous years had at least 10 members, with students from all grade levels. “I would love to see more kids join S.A.L.T, especially under-

classmen,” said senior vice president Kennedy Paul. Paul hopes to see S.A.L.T expand into a city or even state club, saying that young people in the church feel outcast. Senior Neo Pauling joined S.A.L.T. this year for a different reason. “I joined S.A.L.T so I can further my belief in the word and have a positive place to be,” Pauling said. RHS chemistry teacher Dr. Cynthia Bridges created S.A.L.T. for Christian students to have a outlet to express their beliefs in a judgementfree zone.

for the challenge. “I think any student, whether they’re interested in journalism or not, should go to the program because you meet different people like professors at Princeton, admissions officers, and you get to talk to people who are journalists for a living,” said Burke. Burke was the only student from Michigan to attend and wanted to prove that Detroit has outstanding

high school writers. “I was definitely challenged by the other students because I didn’t want people to feel like ‘That’s the girl from Detroit. She doesn’t know anything.’ I wanted to make sure my writing was excellent,” said Burke. Burke’s article “Black Americans aren’t appropriating African culture,” written as part of the program, was published in the Aug. 14 edition of The Princeton Summer Journal.


By Kayla Ricumstricht RHS Stentor Detroit businessman Dan Gilbert proposed in 2016 a $1 billion plan to build a soccer stadium in Detroit. Now it has the potential to become a reality. Earlier this month, Wayne County Land Bank and the City of Detroit reached a deal, which includes the exchange of the former Motors Corporation, originally in the possession of Wayne County, for land where Gilbert’s Rock Ventures company plans to build a new jail complex and a criminal courthouse. The land where the unfinished Wayne County jail sits downtown will be given in return to build the soccer stadium. Initially, Wayne County executive Warren Evans denied that there would be any possibility of a stadium. But Evans said to the Detroit Free Press that his team was working to reach a deal with Rock Ventures. Gilbert’s plan estimates that during construction, $52 million could be generated in tax revenue annually. Some of that revenue is set to be reinvested back into the stadium. According to Rock Ventures, the completion the new soccer stadium would create around 2,000 permanent jobs, as well as $6.4 million annually in tax revenue. Matt Cullen, the principal at Rock Ventures, states that the stadium will be of “mixed use,” not simply a soccer stadium, but inclusive of hotel rooms and restaurants. “We are more confident than ever that this project represents a great opportunity for Wayne County, its residents,

and our entire community,” Cullen told Detroit Free Press. Some of Renaissance High School’s soccer team is excited about the plan. “I would appreciate it if the stadium was made, and I know many others would,” said junior player Oscar Sanchez. “It’s one of those underrated—or just unrecognized sports here, but everywhere else in the world it isn’t.” However, the plan is still being negotiated. Evans stated that there are “many issues to resolve with Rock Ventures” before he could recommend the approval of a contract to the county commission and the Building Authority. Before the building of the stadium can begin, several other organizations must approve the plan, including the Wayne County Bank Board and the Detroit City Council. The creation of a major league soccer franchise in Detroit has yet to be approved by Major League Soccer as well. If the plan is approved, taxpayers are expected to help with the $1 billion cost. How much of that cost will be covered by taxpayers is unclear. Still, some RHS students are hoping for a soccer stadium coming to Detroit soon. “A soccer stadium is something that Detroit needs because there are people here that have a love for the sport and that are willing to watch it at any location,” says RHS junior soccer player Moteniola Ogundipe. Detroit is one of around 12 cities to recently apply to join MLS. However, only 2 cities out of the 12 will be chosen. Could Detroit be one of those cities?

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Renaissance girls place 2nd in cross country city championship King Crusaders finish 1st for 2nd year By Taylor Gribble RHS Stentor Renaissance High School’s girls cross country team placed second behind the King Crusaders in the city championship at Bell Isle against eight other teams, one week before regional competition. Two RHS athletes placed first and second in the 3.1 mile race, finishing in the top 20, earning All-City titles. Freshman Kynnedee Cowles ran cross country for the first time this year and placed first in all PSL meets. Cowles is a distance runner for the Motor City track club outside of school and said her strategy this season has been “to remain relaxed.”


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TOP: Runners take their marks seconds before the starting gun goes off. IMMEDIATELY ABOVE: Athletes take off for the 3.1 mile race.

RIGHT: Coach Calvin Johnson encourages athlete Na'ima Beasley minutes before meet. FAR RIGHT: IMG 8806: RHS freshman Kynnedee Cowles and RHS senior Shania Shepard run for the lead position. BELOW: Members of the RHS cross country team celebrate second place at the City Championship meet.

After the first loop at city championship, Cowles and RHS senior Shania Shepard ran through the start line side-byside. By the second loop, Cowles passed her teammate, finishing at 21.36 minutes, followed by Shepard with 21.56 minutes. “I (hoped for) other results... but I can only take this as a learning experience and put forth more effort during the track season,” said Shepard. The two athletes placed first and second, but the rest of the girl runners placed in the top 20, ensuring Renaissance an All-City title despite the team’s third fastest not running in the city championship. Coach Darnell Hall said he wants to restore the legacy of distance running at the school. This is the second time in the past two years that the girls’ cross country team has placed second against the Crusaders, after a first place win in 2015. Junior Na’ima Beasley is excited for the season’s end. “I feel prepared for regionals and the next track season. I’m proud of myself for making it this far,” Beasley said. RHS competed against 17 other teams at regionals on Oct. 28 in Willow Metro Park in New Boston.

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The play portrays social struggles lived out by siblings. Senior Kennedy Paul said, “It taught me that we as Black people will continue to have go out and fight for what we love.” Renaissance parent Trazet Mccaa said of Wednesday’s performance, “It conveyed all essential components of Detroit during that era. From basement parties and 45’s, the Detroit ’67 play portrayed it all.” The 90-minute play by the hit-series “Shameless” writer and playwright Dominique Morisseau is featured among two other plays in a cycle entitled “The Detroit Projects.” Detroit Public Theater received a grant from The John S. and The James L. Knight Foundation to hold a city-wide tour of the play. Detroit ’67 and other Detroit Public Theater plays and show times are available on

DPT artistic directors and actors walked RHS classes through broad social ideas of 1967.



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Ninth graders are dressed in uniform and arriving to class on time. They are focused on learning and the halls are much cleaner than prior years. Established routines and consistent rules and expectations throughout the program seems to be the key to its success. Each morning, ninth graders report to their wing of the building and prepare for community time in the hallway with their teachers. Community time focuses on creating a positive, nurturing and upbeat climate that inspires the students to be their best. It is used for announcements, shout outs to students for positive behavior and academic achievement, words of encouragement and empowerment by a speaker from a community program or local company. Finally, a declaration is made by reciting the following creed: We, the young men of Frederick Douglass Academy, are honorable young men of integrity, filled with potential and endless possibility. We seek to embody the values of: Manhood, Altruism, Courage and Scholarship We will meet and exceed the hopes and dreams of those who came before us. This is our mission. This is our promise. It is the beginning of a new culture and climate at Frederick Douglass Academy.

who came before us. This is our mission. This is our promise.” At 95, LTC not only inspired the students but were inspired by the students. The retired U.S. Army veteran visited the school in October to regale students with his memories as a member of the historic Tuskegee Airmen in the 332nd Fighter Air Corps during World War II. Bringing his book, “Red Tail Captured, Red Tail Free: Memoirs of a Tuskegee Airman and POW,” and pictures of his military days, he told students about his life as a Tuskegee Airman, including his time as a prisoner of par during World War II, when his plane was shot down. LTC. Jefferson, 95, was born in Detroit as the oldest child of Alexander and Jane (White) Jefferson. He attended Detroit Public Schools graduating from Chadsey High School in 1938; He was the only African-American student in the graduating class. Later, LTC. Jefferson attended Clark Atlanta University, a Historically Black College and University, in Atlanta graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry and Biology. He returned to Detroit and received his master’s degree from Wayne State University.

tained on the back of the card. Then, divide your cards for each class into groups of no more than 7, shuffle the cards and begin quizzing yourself. Remember, always carry your cards with you so you can review them whenever you find yourself with a few moments to spare. Mnemonics Mnemonics is creating memory devices or tricks to help you remember new information. It can be a song, rhyme, acronyms or word expressions. By far, the two most popularly used mnemonics are acronyms and expression or word mnemonics. For example: Acronyms Words that are made up by taking the first letter from each word that you want to remember and making a new word from all those letters. Examples: To learn the Great Lakes, you would remember the acronym HOMES, which stands for Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie and Superior. To learn the 7 Coordinating Conjunctions, you would learn the acronym FANBOYS, which stands for For, And, Nor, But, Or, Yet, So. Expressions In science, the expression “Mother Velma eats many jumbo sandwiches, unlike nephew Phil,”could be used to remember the order of the planets from the sun outward: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. In Social Studies, the expression “Large elephants jump slowly and sink rapidly,” can be used to remember the Seven Articles of The United States Constitution: Legislative, Executive, Judicial, Supremacy, Amendment, Statehood and Ratification. Classifying or Grouping Once you have Selected what it is you want to memorize, you need to organize the information. The material should be arranged or grouped according to the order easiest for you to recall. One of the best ways to organize information for memorization is classification. Classification is dividing information into groups or types, to which other information like it is assigned. Remember, no matter what methods of memorization you use when learning new material, the key is reviewing the information in the first 24 hours, If you want to store that information in your long-term memory. If you do not review, you most likely forget the information.

Four techniques can improve memory

Workshop helped students reflect on ‘67

Program helps freshmen adjust

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POW inspired by Douglass students


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concerns all living beings on Earth. Prakrikta, or natural destruction, concerns the universe as a whole.

Eye of the Hurricane

Freshmen Malik Smith, Damond Jackson, De’Ontea Owens, Hezekiah Green, and Jaisean Griffin applauding after reciting the Frederick Douglass creed with LTC Jefferson raising his fist in support.

At this time, matter, space, and time itself will cease to exist. The final stage of the End of the World is atayantika, or liberation, which gives moksha (release from all pain and suffering) to the people for whom the visual world (Earth) no longer exists. According to Buddhism, the end

of life on this world and the end of the world itself will not be at the same time. Buddha said that the world will end in six billion years, when seven suns surround the Earth and burn all its life to a crisp. Then, there being no physical places for our individual souls to live, they will be transported to the Phro-

malok until a new world is created. Scientists say that the world will end in about 1.2 billion years from now, when the Earth swallowed and burned by our slowly expanding sun. So, are any actually right? How will the world end? Only time will tell (and a lot of it, it seems).

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brian Williams has been a member of Mumford High School's team and the Detroit recreation Swim team.

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A SPLASH By a’Chanae King West Side Times West Side Academy student Brian Williams had an untraditional start to his now successful swimming career. When he was around 5, he almost drowned. It happened again soon afterward while he was at a hotel for a family reunion. Williams realized then that he needed to learn how to swim. “My dad was laughing because he thought I was playing around,” said Williams. “Even my mom had trouble getting to me because she wasn’t a strong swimmer.” From the that time until he was 11, Williams focused on recreational swimming until be became a competitive swimmer. Since West Side does not have a swim team, Williams has been a member of Mumford High School’s team and the Detroit Recreation Swim Team. Some of his greatest accomplishments are when he won the summer 2017 State Championships B final in the 200 meter breaststroke. The race was one of his fastest recorded times for that distance. He had the sixth fastest time in the meet; however, since he was in the B final, the lowest place he could earn was ninth. Another accomplishment for Williams was when he competed in the 100 meter backstroke at the Division 3 state meet, despite developing a viral infection. In that meet, he matched his personal record of 54.87 seconds, which


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earned him 16th place overall. When asked how many races he has won in his lifetime, Williams smiled and humbly said that he doesn’t count them. He uses each win to focus on his next goal. Although Williams does not have a swimming idol, he has looked up to many competitors who have beaten him over the course of his swimming career. “It is impressive to see athletes compete so well, and I try to analyze their races to see how to beat them,” said Williams. His advice to those wondering if swimming is right for them is short and sweet. “Try to start early in life, but even if you are older, you don’t have to go straight into competing,” Williams said. “Swimming helps you stay in shape. It’s not a lot of weight on your joints, and you’re moving all of your muscles at once. It is a great lifetime sport for anyone interested in staying fit.” Editor-in-Chief: A’chanae King Adviser: Suzanne Olsen Crain Mentor: Krishnan Anantharaman

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Wilbert riser is an avid artist who can often be seen sitting at a chair at the entryway of the school drawing as he greets students coming down the hall.

Wilbert riser continues to inspire WSA students By a’Chanae King West Side Times On any given day, you may find West Side Academy students in class snacking on Cinnamon Toast Crunch or granola bars. These snacks are brought in by one of WSA’s own community leaders, Wilbert Riser, and students can often be found sitting with him listening to his life lessons and stories. Riser’s grandson, Marcus Moore, is a WSA graduate who is a member the U.S. Air Force. While most parents and grandparents stop participating in their children’s schools after graduation, Riser has made it his mission to

remain visible and available to the youth of today. Riser, 83, was born and raised in the city of Detroit and he worked his way through the educational system by attending Southeastern High School and then the College for Creative Studies. He is an avid artist who can often be seen sitting at a chair at the entryway of the school drawing as he greets students coming down the hall. Art has been important to him his whole life. “I saw some drawings that my older brother had done while he was in high school,” said Riser. “I started drawing when I was 8 and I have always enjoyed the challenge of drawing.” While Riser enjoys showcasing his art to the students, he also enjoys being an inspirational speaker to all who pull up a chair next to him, especially many of the young people who occasionally get caught

off track behaviorally in school. “I come back here every day for the students,” Riser said. “I wish to infuse in the students the truth about their future. There’s nothing outside of helping the youth see that they are the future. Life is the most precious gift that any individual can have, and leaders develop from young people.” Although it all starts with students asking for a snack, Riser turns the encounters with students into lessons on communication, respect and treating other as they wish to be treated. Riser also speaks to parents and other community members about the importance of building up the community around us. “We should come to realize that we need to make our communities better and beautiful,” Riser said. “This should be our job as a people. If the minds of the people do not change, there will be no change.”

Staff Writers: Da’Mya Morris, Eric Catlin, Talisa Causey, Veronica Cornelius, Tania Eaton

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Vol. 2, No. 4 of Detroit Dialogue, the student voice of Detroit's high schools.