The Huron Emery Volume 8 Issue 2

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NEWS PAGE 2 How Michigan’s Gubernatorial Election could impact Ann Arbor

FEATURE PAGE 6 Facts about the birth order stereotype

The Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) of athletes is profitable, creating many new possibilities for athletes. PHOTO AND PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY SANDRA FU

The new extension to sports: Name, Image, Likeness OPINION PAGE 8+9 Today in Sports



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ny student-athlete can make money through Name, Image, Likeness, from the stars to walk-ons, and there is no limit as to how much athletes can make under NIL. “It gave me opportunities to do deals with different companies, which could help me later in life after my athletic career ends,” senior and kicker for Huron’s football team, Adam Samaha said. Samaha is a five

star student athlete committed to University of Michigan, where he will attend school in the fall of 2023. “I found out about NIL when I was getting recruited by colleges,” Samaha said. “They told me that I could be earning money based on my performance.” Nowadays, the profession of “athlete” — even just at the college level — extends far beyond the act of the sport itself. It encompasses the athlete’s image and how they perpetuate that presence on social media. In fact, being on cam-

ETHICS BOWL GIVES UNIQUE OPPORTUNITIES TO ITS MEMBERS Every year in February, an epic gathering of schools across Ann Arbor forms to debate the different perspectives of various puzzling ethical and philosophical dilemmas. This Ethics Bowl is the reward of several months of hard work by Huron’s Ethics Club. “We look at certain cases, ethical dilemmas basically,” junior Teyin Kim said. “We consider what all the aspects of them are,

An example is former Michigan State University linebacker, Darien Harris, who works with the football program in Servant Leadership for recurrent student-athletes and Director of Player Relations and Program Advancement. Harris guides student-athletes in the football program through the NIL programs. This includes social media branding, reaching out, talking to businesses and podcasting. He wants to make student-athletes’ lives better than he experienced, and NIL provides a new addition




era before, during, and after games is not an odd appearance for today’s athletes. Through Instagram reels, photoshoots, hype videos and more, athletes now have the ability to make a name for themselves. It’s as easy as a post. As of July 1, 2021, college athletes have the opportunity to make money off of their name, image and likeness (NIL). With many new athletes beginning to build their brands and this lucrative sector of sports rapidly expanding, there are increasingly more people to help them along the way.

how ethical each option is.” The group studies a wide range of ethics and philosophy spanning thousands of years of teachings, from the greatest philosophers of old, up until the ideas of the present day. There are plenty of reasons the club is alluring to its members. “The idea of, you know, it’s not a debate club, but at the same time, there’s a debate element to it,” Kim said. “Public speaking too, I wanted to improve at.” The classwork examines famous ethical dilemmas

Huron Players take on Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility” RIDHIMA KODALI ANNABELLE YE PRINT EDITOR-IN-CHIEF & DESIGN EDITOR Ethics Bowl members, junior Anita Gaenko and senior Sarah Kim, present to and persuade prospective members to join the club. PHOTO BY RIDHIMA KODALI

and theories, different philosophical modes of thought, and prepares the team for the Bowl. Last year’s Bowl has made expectations high for this year’s, and the group is excited to participate. “The bowl itself is super fun,” Kim said. “All the studying with the cases leading up to it, you get to know everybody.”

On Oct. 27, the Huron Players (HP) gathered their brightly colored dresses and wheeled out their hand-crafted pianoforte in Huron’s Ingram theater for their fall show’s opening night. Jane Austen’s typical narrative of ‘falling victim to love’ was challenged by the players in their fall show: “Sense and Sensibility.” “It’s put a bit of a feminist spin on it in that we’re empowering the female characters to make some decisions and choices for them-

selves,” Huron Players Director Claire Federhofer said. “As the title suggests, sometimes we need to be more sensible and other times we need to be a little less cautious and have some fun.” The two month process began with auditions




How Michigan’s Gubernatorial Election could affect Ann Arbor SAMUEL KEREKES STAFF WRITER

have a 12 percent chance. These numbers could change after the primary debates happening before the election, which On Nov. 8, citizens will outline each candidates’ of Michigan gathered in political plans in more detail. polling locations to vote for Each of the candidates’ their next governor. Their websites show what their plans options are incumbent are for Michigan. Whitmer Democrat candidate Gretchen emphasizes her funding Whitmer, and Whitmer’s accomplishments in economic challenger, Republican and educational areas. candidate Tudor Dixon. Dixon focuses on Many are looking parental rights in educational forward to settings, as well seeing the as economic results of the r e f o r m . election, here State funding Gretchen Whitmer in Michigan for schools and abroad affects Huron will win probably. She in other in the most has more popular states. Junior basic way T e r r a n c e possible, by standpoints than her Springer, who deciding how opponent.” is trained much money to work at we receive. the polls Whitmer plans TERRANCE SPRINGER this coming to support November, programs explained the situation, offering tuition-free “I know Gretchen community college, as well Whitmer is the Democratic as all around investment candidate and Tudor in k-12 education. Dixon is the Republican Dixon is focusing candidate,” Springer said. on funding one-on-one “Gretchen Whitmer will reading and math tutoring win, probably. She has for children affected by Covid more popular standpoints lockdowns that closed schools. than her opponent.” Both candidates have According to school funding in mind, but poll prediction website their ideas on what should, Whitmer be taught differ greatly. is predicted to have a 89 Whitmer has overseen percent chance of winning, increases in school funding, while Dixon is predicted to and has not focused too

NIL | FROM PAGE ONE to the world of college sports. “Just seeing all these opportunities that these young folks are getting that I didn’t have, it’s exciting for me,” Harris said. Another member of the Huron community who has partaken in NIL is Senior Torrence Greene, a receiver and defensive back for the Huron football team. “[NIL] is pretty helpful for high school recruits that go to big schools like Michigan, Michigan State, or Ohio State,” said Green, who committed to Wayne State University for the fall of 2023. “They usually automatically make money once they go there.” Although there are pressures around deals and image, for Samaha there are additional pressures for playing at the collegiate level. “There’s a whole bunch of fans screaming your name, and when you go to other stadiums and they’re all booing you, and then zoning in through that, that’s the biggest challenge,” he said.

NIL deals can be presented differently depending on where athletes play and what sport they play. The help that athletes get can go from none to a huge amount. In fact, the more money a program or team brings in, the more money their players will get in deals. This makes it so bigger programs athletes make more than smaller programs athletes. “But it also comes with consequences for these kids fresh out of high school,” Harris said. “These schools make promises for deals that they can’t necessarily keep. The kids fall helplessly into it.” Samaha admits that NIL can be a distraction to athletes. “It can make them be-

deeply on school policy and curriculum. Dixon, on the other hand, is proposing several changes in these areas. She is pushing for easier parental observation of school curricula, as she fears kindergarten through third graders are being taught “sex and gender theory” secretly behind their parents’ backs. Dixon also envisions a civics curriculum which would focus more on America’s founding principles, and the responsibilities of the government, as envisioned by the founding fathers. Dixon has also made her opinions clear regarding According to FiveThirtyEight, as of Nov.4 Whitmer holds the lead transgender students in the race with 49.9 percent and Dixon with 45.0 percent from competing in school sports. polls and surveys. (left)”Gretchen Whitmer” by University of Michigan’s Outlined by her website, she Ford School is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0. (right) “Tudor Dixon on Wayne wishes to protect young girls Dupree Podcast” by Wayne Dupree Podcast is licensed under CC BY 3.0. from being forced to compete to outlaw it,” Springer said. about that if it were to happen.” with biologically affiliated Intimidation or males in school-sanctioned, Whitmer has stated that she gender specific sports. will protect the right to abortion violence is not likely in a The most important in Michigan, and has filed a place such as Ann Arbor. Overall, the outcome issue of the election is preliminary injunction to halt undoubtedly the debate on Michigan’s 1931 abortion ban. of this election will decide the Dixon has declared fate of where school funding abortion, which could effect the people of Ann Arbor in person and on her website is sent, and how school greatly depending on if it is that she is pro life, and she curricula is presented to restricted or banned. Whoever wants to make Michigan students and teachers alike. It becomes the governor will a “life affirming” state. will also have a major impact election contro- on abortion protections and be able to make big decisions After the regarding abortion’s legality, versies of 2020 and the the future of school sports. with Whitmer trying to keep capitol riots of 2021, some abortion legal, and Dixon poll workers are on edge. “I guess there’s always being staunchly pro-life. the possibility of people “On abortion, I know Gretchen wants to protect getting out of hand there,” that right for women. It’s Springer said. “But we have not so for Dixon. She wants a bunch of procedures to go

come selfish,” Samaha said. “Luckily for me, my priorities are to get a good education and degree, and do whatever it takes to help the team win. If NIL presents itself, I have a team of people to support me and help me make the best decisions.”


EDITORAL BOARD: Ridhima Kodali Allison Mi Tarik Fermin ADVISER Sara-Beth Badalamente


Anna Esper & Maya Fu Website Editors-In-Chief Satvika Ramanathan Website Managing Editor Daniel Lee News Editor Gina Ko Feature Editor Zain Charania & Quinn Newhouse Sports Editors Anita Gaenko Opinion Editor Elliot Dimcheff Copy Editor Jackson Pollard Photo Editor Annabelle Ye & Samantha Goldstein Design Editors Sandra Fu Social Media Editor-In-Chief Samuel Kerekes Staff Writer Melinda Mei Staff Writer Anjali Nadarajah Staff Writer Rachel Overgaard Staff Writer Jamie Tang Staff Writer




William Epps: Student representation on the rise JAMIE TANG STAFF WRITER While most students join school clubs or sports, sophomore William Epps had something else in mind. Starting last May, Epps has served as the student representative of the Ann Arbor Huron Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO), responsible for raising funds and bolstering engagement in the school community. At the time, Epps was the only student representative to serve on the PTSO. His commitment to communicating the student body to the PTSO has helped adjust the school lunches, receiving pos-

itive feedback from students. “In terms of representation, students are enemies to themselves,” Epps said. “We like to talk about things we want to change, but we do not take the time to take action.” Although Epps is one of the few student representatives of the PTSO, he is optimistic about seeing more student representatives. Epps encourages interested students to see him or Principal Che Carter. “Student representatives are the voice for many students,” Epps said. “Students must run the school, so we can get the things we need as young people.”


Photo of William Epps. Epps is the student representative for the PTSO (left) and PTSO Co-Treasurer Smita Malpani and President Margaret Baker discuss upcoming plans they have in store (Top) COURTESY OF WILLIAM EPPS




An unforgettable drag race victory MELINDA MEI STAFF WRITER

their goal for the actual race. When racing, competitors try to get as close as possiAfter the race, junior ble to the goal time. People Gabriella, “Gabby,” Mayrend are also disqualified if they was asked if her first place go faster than that time. drag race trophy was bigger “Drag racing is about than auto teacher Vincent consistency,” Mayrend said. Snyder’s second place one. “For me, it was about pressShe responded with “No, ing the gas all the way down, but mine says winner on it.” making sure the car was goOn Saturday, Oct. ing smooth and straight, and 1, Mayrend competed in her focusing on getting as fast first ever drag race — the of a straight shot as I can.” Washtenaw County Battle of There were three age the Schools groups in the race at Mirace: instruclan Dragway. tors, college “ I students and had a little bit high school stuof interest in dents. Mayrend [drag racing] competed in but I didn’t bracket two, really know the “slower” but how to do it biggest brackWatch Gabby or how to get et, which conMayrend’s winning involved,” sisted of people race Mayrend said. driving street That is, until cars, which she heard Snywere not speder mention cifically tuned it in fourth hour auto class. up for drag racing. At the Milan Drag“Peoway race, competitors race ple bring in against their own time rather t h e i r than directly against others in speed. They practice beforehand to come up with an average time, and give that average to the judges. T h i s time becomes

trucks, people bring in their dodges and their jeeps,” said Mayrend, who brought in her neighbor’s 2002 Mercury Sable. “People race [in] everything, because it doesn’t matter what you race, as long as you’re able to get that consistency.” To prepare Mayrend referred to Youtube videos, Snyder and the neighbor whom she had borrowed the black Mercury Sable from. In fact, the morning of the race, Mayrend beat Snyder when coming up with her average time. Mayrend prepares herself as the drag race for her bracket be“So I was already over- gins. PHOTO BY COURTESY OF TAMMY MAYREND ly confident,” Mayrend said. “I was like ‘oh yeah, to drag race because not only the bracket. Throughout the I’m smoking everybody.’ was I inexperienced, I was day, Mayrend successfully Despite her morn- literally driving a 30-year- completed about eight runs, ing success, Mayrend was old car,” Mayrend said. winning the first place title. a little nervous when it was Though she wasn’t “It was pretty exciting time for the race. Since it was optimistic about placing, to keep winning,” Mayrend her first race, she didn’t have Mayrend came into the race said. “When it got down to high hopes for her placement. knowing she would have a good me and the last two people, I “I came in expecting time, especially when Snyder ran over to all the other Huto flat out lose and just get the mentioned that he would grill ron students and was like, ‘Oh experience of learning how food for the Huron students my God guys, no matter what, who showed up therace. we’re taking home at least Each race, two people third’ and then they were like race, and one car ‘No, no that’s not acceptable. is eliminated You gotta take home the gold.’” f r o m And she did.

Mercury Sable 2002 Mayrend drove during the drag race. PHOTO BY CAITY HEFFERNAN


Audrey Hargett: Huron sophomore and emerging model ALLISON MI PRINT EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Sophomore Audrey Hargett admits could get an email tonight saying she needs to be in Chicago in less than 24 hours. “It’s very fastpaced,” Hargett said. “It’s very chaotic. You never know what you’re going to do.” For Hargett, who delved into the modeling industry a year ago, this is the new normal. In August of 2021, Hargett was scouted through social media by her now mother agency, DMM Management, which helps her get signed as a model. After a meeting with her agent at Starbucks, they learned

they lived just five minutes away from each other. “It’s fate,” Hargett amusingly thought. She started doing photoshoots to build her book, a model’s portfolio. Then, in March 2022, she signed with Select Models, a wellknown agency in Chicago. When it comes to her job, Hargett loves the diverse people she gets to meet, and when in front of the camera, she loves how she can become anyone, depending on her outfit. “One day I could be a ‘90s dance and the next I could be something completely different,” Hargett said. “The feeling being in front of a camera, it’s my favorite

thing in the world. I love it.” However, Hargett admits there are many downsides to the industry. “I’m 15 and my job is my body,” Hargett said. “That’s hard because your body image is getting messed up, and you look at yourself in a different way. I am told I can always look better, and that can decrease my confidence.” Additionally, a frustrating

element is when Hargett is offered a multitude of opportunities — many for big brands — that she has to turn down because o f commitments to school. But Hargett is very grateful that she has supportive parents who are able to pay

for a hotel at the last minute. “My mom says she likes to live vicariously through me,” said Hargett, who used to binge watch Project Runway with her. Through it all, Hargett finds it to be a balancing act: school, Huron Players — Huron’s theater program, modeling and keeping a healthy lifestyle all on top of it. “I know it’s hard but I also know I’m trying my best,” Hargett said.


Sri Jayakumar: Miss Teen India Pageant Queen MAYA FU WEBSITE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF In her free time, Sri Tharika Jothipuram Jayakumar casually wins beauty pageants. Recently, she was named Miss Teen India Michigan 2nd Runner-Up in the Miss India Michigan Pageant, which she discovered through the Detroit Indian Women’s Association. “Funny story - I registered for the pageant exactly five minutes before the deadline, at 11:54 PM,” said Jayakumar. There are three categories - Miss Teen India Michigan (which is the one Jayakumar participated in), Miss India Michigan, and Mrs. India Michigan. Miss Teen India Michigan consisted of the talent round, evening gown and introduction round. Delegates introduce themselves in less than two minutes, and each contestant’s personality is judged. Finally, the

Indian outfit round and final Q&A is where the contestants have the opportunity to show what they’re passionate about. The participants also fundraise for a different non-profit each year (this year being The Sanctum House), in order to win sub-contest titles like Miss Beautiful Smile and Miss Photogenic. “A huge misconception that people have about pageants is that only your

physical appearance matters,”Jayakumar said. According to Jayakumar, confidence, poise, your personality, your goals in life, and philanthropic background are all factors that go into judging a pageant. “No one I know from my family or family friends has even considered participating in a pageant before, so this was all new for me,” said Jayakumar. “I didn’t really know what to expect and I didn’t know anyone there. I remember I kept praying to try to calm down, but it didn’t really help.” Luckily for Jayakumar, her nerves relaxed over time. “After the

first two rounds, I kind of knew what was going on and what I was doing,” she said. “We were just all talking to each other and it was fun.” But balancing schoolwork, other extracurriculars, and her pageants proved to be no easy feat for Jayakumar. “I was hesitant to participate at first because this particular pageant was a month before my SAT,” said Jayakumar. “I knew deep down that I wanted to do it, so I would practice at 12 AM after I finished everything else. It all boils down to how well you manage your time. I’ve actually had to quit a couple of extracurriculars in order to continue doing what I enjoy.” Despite this, participating in pageants has opened a whole new world of opportunities in Jayakumar’s life. “From modeling to giving presentations on menstrual health at various schools, this experience has allowed me to connect


with organizations that have the same vision as me, which is to advocate for menstrual equity,” she said. According to Jayakumar, the pageant as a whole was an incredibly memorable experience. “It was something that had been on my bucket list for a very long time,” she said. “So it was shocking to hear my name being announced as the second runner up. When I got there for the first time, I felt like a stranger. But now I’m close to everyone. I can go to them for advice at any time.” This experience offered her many personal takeaways. “It’s important to step out of your comfort zone and explore new things and make sure you don’t have any regrets in life. Pageantry is not just about an elegant crown and a sparkly sash; it’s a platform that enables you to use your voice to make a difference.”

THE HURON EMERY | ISSUE 2: NOVEMBER 5 | FEATURE THEATER | FROM PAGE ONE which then led to a sequence of rehearsals. While actors polished their lines individually, the majority of the rehearsals consisted of “blocking,” an operation that only involves the actors. Without the finished scenes, props and other technical factors, the focus was mostly on the different bodies moving in the space and playing with the interactions between characters. Meanwhile, the buzz of the power tools and the smell of paint filled the Huron Players’ shop as the realm of technical t h e a t e r gathered to create the pieces t h a t would

frame the actors’ performance. After a key individual in the tech sphere had retired, the players had to start fresh, from reorganizing costumes to designing sets. Filling in for the former tech supervisor Pete Goodman is Ty Santos, Scarlett Middle School’s co-band director. “It's big shoes to fill for sure,” Santos said. “We're finding ways to work more efficiently and we're getting there. A lot of people have stepped up to fill those shoes, so we're really thankful for that. It's a learning process, so this has been an adventure but it's been a fun one.”

Santos has been working with HP since “The Addams Family” play in February 2020. In fact, he has been involved in theater since high school, playing in the pit orchestra as a trombone player and building sets during college. “Theater tends to be a place where anybody can find a home,” Santos said. “It's kind of like the Island of Misfit Toys, but for everybody.” With Goodman’s retirement, this was his first time designing a set alone. “So far it's going really well,” Santos said three weeks prior to the show's opening. “But it takes a little bit longer when you're teaching yourself how to do it as you go. That’s been a challenge but not an unwelcome one.” Santos said that the main difficulty he encountered with Goodman’s departure was the organization, in terms of where things are and what materials they have.

“In show business, we have what I call “white knuckle shows” where we work really hard all the way up to the end and then somehow we make it, and this is feeling like one of those,” Santos said during the preparation of the show.“There's a lot to do and we don't have a lot of time, but things are going really well. It's really funny, there’s subtle humor in it, but it is truly an enjoyable experience.” And a truly enjoyable experience was delivered, according to senior Audrey Zhao, who watched the play on Oct. 28. “It was really fun to watch them bring the characters to life,” Zhao said. “The cast did a fantastic job with this show.” Junior Marisa Randall, who played Marianne Dashwood, one of the leads, felt “pretty good” about her performance. “Opening night for actors and the tech

crew in general is very exciting,” Randall said. “The environment there is like nothing else. We’re all feeling the anxiety of the first show together and it just really brings us together.” For Federhofer, doing these shows is about sparking thoughtful conversations. “Theatre is such an important way for us to influence the way in which people think about things,” Federhofer said. “So we have those conversations in HP, like when I choose a show, the students will often ask me “why?” And we'll have conversations about that. But I think we need to figure out how we make that a broader community conversation.”

(Bottom left) Elinor Dashwood, played by senior Sofia Piper, writes a letter. (Top right) The Gossips peek through the Dashwoods' window to witness the drama unfold

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The backstage bustled with high school talents for The Huron Player’s performance of Sense and Sensibility. The crew head worked on fitting measurements and selecting costumes. Meanwhile, Twig Brecken and Ella Yip, two dedicated freshmen, altered dozens of costumes to suit the Georgian P e r i o d (1714-1830). Brecken and Yip

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4 1. A member of the ensemble cheers with glee 2. The characters gather around the ever so talkative Mrs. Jennings, played by sophomore Audrey Hargett 3. Edward Ferrars (left), played by junior Alex Harris, and Marianne Dashwood (right), played by junior Marisa Randall 4. Marianne Dashwood, played by junior Marisa Randall, grieves her lost love, John Willoughby, after learning about his scandalous entanglements 5. Colonel Brandon (left), played by senior Jacob Wing and Mrs. Jennings (right), played by sophomore Audrey Hargett 6. The Gossips listen in on the scandalous lives of the Dashwood sisters PHOTOS BY SANDRA FU

fashion, admiring the high waist, small puffed sleeves, flowing silk and light-weighted cotton that replaced the elaborate hoop skirts and ruffles before the French Revolution (1789-1799). “The modern art community can learn from how simplicity is all about elegance,” Brecken said. “Fashion is not about sharp edges, weird shapes and fabrics to make it look like someone put a lot of thought into their work.” Brecken and Yip also see connections between the costumes and the mood of Sense and Sensibility. Both of their favorite costumes — the velvet-green dress worn by one of the Gossips — sheds light on the character. “[The dress] is kind of elaborate,” Yip said. “The green shows her untrustworthy nature, and the velvet radiates her elegance.” Brecken and Yip have a long history of honing their craft. Currently, people commission



The fact and fiction about birth order sterotypes GINA KO & MAYA FU FEATURE EDITOR & WEBSITE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

The oldest is responsible, the middle is a peacemaker, the youngest is outgoing, and the only child is selfish. Although the famous Adler’s theory claims that the order in which a child is born shapes their development and personality, there is more than just birth order that influences an individual’s character, according to Huron students and staff.


Wroblewski (second to right) is oldest amongst one younger sister and two younger brothers COURTESY OF WRO-

Many people think that the oldest should always be second parents for younger siblings. Sarah Wroblewski, world language teacher, agrees with the responsibility that she has to take from a young age for her three younger siblings. “[When I tell people I’m the oldest] sometimes people say, ‘Oh, that’s why you’re so responsible or conscientious,’” Wroblewski said. “That’s probably the biggest reaction because there’s a stereotype toward the oldest that they have to be responsible and hardworking.” However, these stereotypical characteristics of the oldest child are not

always the determinant factor in shaping one’s personality. According to the research by Northern Michigan University, participants’ evaluations of children were not affected by the implied birth order of the child. Rather, the interaction and relationship between younger siblings is what Wroblewski thinks heavily influences an individual’s personality. “It’s nice to have younger siblings because you always have somebody that you can reach out to for help as a companion,” Wroblewski said. “You are also able to support them. It’s always nice to be able to spend time together as a family.”


Middle When it comes to the middle children, the stereotype known as “middle child syndrome” depicts them as often forgotten, ignored or excluded by the younger and older siblings. Senior Ava Chinnukroh, who has an older and younger brother, agrees with some aspects of this stereotype. “I feel like my younger brother gets more attention and compliments,” Chinnukroh said. “If I got an award in middle school, it wasn’t that big of a deal.” As a middle child and the only girl surrounded by two brothers, Chinnukroh is a peacemaker among her siblings. “When my siblings were fighting, my grandparents used to tell me that I’m supposed to keep peace and everything.”

Throughout these relationships and experiences as a middle child, Chinnukroh has developed her own way to take care of herself. “I think being a middle child definitely has shaped my personality,” Chinnukroh said. “I’m being more independent. I try to take care of myself first before anything or anyone.” Chinnukroh still thinks the relationship and interactions with her siblings is a big part of who she is. “Having an older brother is good because I can get some advice or help for homework,” Chinnukroh said. “Having a younger brother is iffy. Sometimes he annoys me but he’s nice. I can also help him with most stuff.” Chinnukroh (right) with her older brother and younger brother COURTESY OF CHINNUKROH

Only Child

the fun activity they did with their siblings over the weekend,” Kalikin said. “There was nothing to hide behind. I had to do all the chores, Sophomore Liv Kalikin, an only and if I did anything wrong, it was all on me.” child, describes a much different childhood. Being an only child has also “I’ve gotten sympathetic reactions when tremendously shaped Kalikin’s personality. I tell people I’m an only child, as though I need “I am also very good at being alone siblings to have a good childhood,” Kalikin said. and being enthused with being alone, They explained how there were because my mom was very busy,” they said. both positives and negatives to their To go along with this, Kalikin has upbringing, similarly to other interviewees. to deal with the many false stereotypes “I never had to share anything, whether that go along with being an only child. it be time or toys,” Kalikin said. “I could do what “A lot of people think that only children I wanted whenever I wanted without having to be are selfish and only think about themselves,” they concerned about how a sibling felt about doing said. “But that is wholly untrue because they that activity.” have had to think about themselves for most of However, there were downsides. their lives, and are very happy to talk to others.” “I got very good at entertaining myself but I still felt sad when friends with siblings would describe Kalikin with their mom COURTESY OF KALIKIN

Youngest Then there’s the youngest child — commonly the most stereotyped sibling. They’re often believed to be coddled, lazy and babied. But sophomore Wilhelmine Guenther believes the very opposite. “My parents never really ‘babied’ me all that much in comparison to my siblings, and I was always expected to have good behavior along with the rest of them,” said Guenther, youngest of four older sisters. “In my family, being the youngest always meant I had to do all the annoying tasks and menial labor because of the ‘hierarchy’ that was in place.” Guenther then went on to describe how she does feel pressure


her parents and older siblings. “I feel as though a lot of my accomplishments were just expectations that they already had in place,” Guenther said. “And I know that my siblings just want me to be as successful as possible, but sometimes it feels like they are expecting me to do a lot with myself that I just am not capable of.” Through her interactions with her sisters, Guenther became observational in nature. “Being the youngest child has caused me to become much more of an observer than a participant,” Guenther said. “Seeing how my siblings were always succeeding motivated me a lot to work hard as well.”

Guenther (right) with her four older sisters COURTESY OF GUENTHER



Extra time on testsImmoral or imperative? ANJALI NADARAJAH STAFF WRITER You walk into your math class, ready for today’s test. You’ve been studying every day for the past week, and you know the material like the back of your hand. The teacher hands out tests, and you start solving. After finishing the first question, your teacher makes an alarming announcement- “10 minutes left, class!” There’s no way you spent that long on the first question, right? But there’s no time to dwell on this fact. You scramble to finish the rest of the questions, but it’s no use. The teacher collects your test while your fingers are still scribbling the arbitrary answers you wrote. Does this nightmare sound familiar to you? It happened to me just last Friday, and I was left with feelings of regret, frustration, but mostly the dread of finding out my grade. Extra test time given to all students doesn’t harm anyone. If anything, it alleviates pressure on students who are finishedknowing they have even more time to review or finish other classwork. I can’t be the only person who feels this way, right? Is it even my fault? Shouldn’t we all just get extra test time? Allison Schwartz from the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity saw an improvement from extra test time. “Extra time wasn’t the entire solution, but with it I saw my confidence improve, and with that, so did my grades.” But should only students who have a learning disability get extra time, or would all students show improved grades with it? “Research has found that having more time can raise scores for students who

have a decent grasp of the test material, whether or not they have a disability,” The New York Times reported. “Some experts called into question the assumption that speed is an important element of intelligence or ability and have argued that admissions tests would be fairer if all students were given the option of more time.” Yet, timed tests are so common — why do teachers continue to bother with them? Some may say that a student’s testing speed reflects their intelligence, and that it’s not a teacher’s job to care if a student can eventually finish a test. I believe that is simply not true. Teachers teach all kinds of students, each with different learning speeds. Should they not attempt to understand their students’ abilities? “Typically, in less supportive circumstances (anxiety over a high-stakes test, being asked to tackle an unfamiliar problem), the skill collapses (regresses) and must be rebuilt,” Education Week said. The reality of tests is that students face a lot more than just the questions. With more time, I could have finished every question with time and care. Instead, I landed with a grade similar to that of a someone who was not in my class doing a calculus test. Many students have the potential to excel, but are restricted by inadequate time limits. If you’re a teacher who’s collecting unfinished tests, I urge you to understand your students’ capabilities, and consider allocating more time for tests. Whether that be after school, before school or during lunch, students should at least have the opportunity to finish their tests.

When the bell rings after the last class and before lunch, students can be seen speed walking and pushing through people to get to the lunchroom. I definitely do this everyday, but why is this happening? Students at Huron are simply not given enough time to eat, socialize, and take a break from learning during the lunch period. According to the CDC, students should have about minutes to eat lunch, with a 20 minute seated time. Huron definitely does not meet that standard. Students are given twenty-six minutes to eat. The problem is though, we don’t actually have that much time. By the time I get down to the lunchroom from the third floor and get my lunch out, it’s already five minutes into lunch. Now my time is cut down to 21 minutes. Still not too bad though, right? Wrong. My friends and I eat and talk, and all of sudden we’re being told to pack up and head to class. You’d think that we’d be told to pack up at the end of lunch, but that’s not the case. Early lunch ends

at 11:11 a.m., yet we’re told everyday like clockwork to leave at 11:06 a.m. Why do we have to leave five minutes early? After factoring in that lost time, students have about 16 minutes for lunch. Lunch isn’t just important for eating. It gives us a break from thinking, staring at computer screens, writing, reading, and more academic activities. If we had a longer lunch period, we might be more focused on our afternoon classes since we wouldn’t be thinking about the things we didn’t have time to talk about or do. The issue doesn’t stop there. Students might get 16 minutes when bringing a lunch to school, but what about students who buy school lunch? The lunch line takes way too long to get through. Last week, I got school lunch and I didn’t sit down to eat until we were already ten minutes into lunch, meaning I only had about 11 minutes to eat. Some think we have enough time to eat, but the fact of the matter is that we don’t — especially

when we have to leave five minutes before lunch actually ends. At the end of the day, Huron’s students would benefit from a longer lunch period and I, along with a bunch of other students, think that change needs to happen. A few ideas for how this could happen is to first, shorten the amount of time it takes to get lunch from the school. We could add an extra line to pay for our food or find a more efficient way to actually receive the food so it isn’t backed up. Another thing the school could do is simply extend the lunch period. This could be done by extending the school day by a few minutes. If that isn’t an option then a possible solution is to get rid of the seven class schedule and switch to six or even a block schedule. We could take that time and add it to lunch and use the other part for an advisory class of sorts. A final idea if we can’t change the time for lunch is to make sure we do have the full 26 minutes to eat. It’s important to let students take inthe allotted amount of time to make sure our lunch is fully consumed.

FROM THE CDC Schools should ensure that students have at least 20 minutes seated for lunch.

Having enough time to eat seated is linked to more consumption of fruit, vegetables, milk, and less food waste.





Drew Harding: Meet Huron’s quarterback ZAIN CHARANIA SPORTS EDITOR “I felt like there was an expectation, being a transfer as well as the starting quarterback,” junior Andrew Harding said. Harding was a former backup quarterback for the cross-conference rival Saline Hornets, headed by nationally ranked Notre Dame commit CJ Carr. “CJ had nothing to do with me transferring,” Harding said. “I just had to move and felt like Ann Arbor Huron

was the right place for me.” There was no correlation between Harding’s backup position at Saline and his transfer but you could feel the animosity between Harding and Saline during their Week 1 matchup at Huron on Sep. 1. In the defining game, Harding did not shy away from the spotlight. He threw and rushed for 212 combined yards with two passing touchdowns and only one interception against Saline’s strong defense. The Huron quar-

terback room has been beyond helpful in facilitating Drew’s growth as a player. “The [other QBs] have helped me learn the playbook and pick up the Huron culture,” he said. “Everybody has welcomed me though, made me feel part of something more than me.” Although the start of the season was a little shaky the Huron football team -starting out 0-2 with a deflating loss to Lapeer and the close nail-biter between

the Rats and the Hornets -- Harding was able to help turn Huron’s season around for the River

Rats going 2-0 in the next t w o games with a

commanding 57-0 win over crosstown rival Pioneer, for over 200 cumulative yards and three passing touchdowns. Harding and the River Rats then came back to River Bank Stadium to win against Temperance Bedford. The football team hopes to play at the Ford Field for the state championship. “I feel loved and appreciated by the coaching staff and my teammates,” Harding said. “I think we can do something special with this team.”


LUIS GOMEZ: more than a coach


Saline CRUSHES THE RATS’ PLAYOFF DREAMS ZACH PHELPS STAFF WRITER Huron’s football season ended Friday night at Hornet Stadium, losing to Saline 10-7 and exiting the playoffs in the first round for the second year in a row. The Rats fought hard in this lowscoring affair, with the defense playing stelar all night. The offense didn’t however, only putting up seven points and having few productive drives. RECAP: Saline got out to an early 7-0 lead after a pass interference penalty on fourth and 13 put them in position for a 16 yard CJ Carr touchdown pass. The Huron defense got Saline to a fourth and 8, and after a false start penalty made it fourth and 13 the crucial penalty led directly to Saline’s only touchdown on the night. Similar mistakes at inopportune times played a huge role throughout the rest of the game, as penalties could very well be looked at as a culprit for this loss. It didn’t take long for Huron to strike back with its best offensive drive of the night, 90 percent of which can be credited to Sophomore Star Kameron Flowers. Flowers took a slant route over the middle and showed

off his combo agility and burner speed as he weaved through the Saline defense taking it 70 yards inside the Hornet 10 yard line. Although it took the rats four plays, they did cash in and tied the game at seven with a two yard touchdown run. Notably, Huron had to use back to back timeouts before the touchdown run. Senior lineman Camerone Brown’s helmet came off on third down, causing him to have to sit out the fourth down play. Huron called a timeout before the ensuing fourth down attempt, but coming out of the timeout the Rats were confused whether or not Brown could be in the game. Huron couldn’t get the proper personnel in as a result, and they had to use their second straight timeout without running a play. Huron put together another solid drive right before halftime, and the rats converted a 4th and 2 opportunity from the Saline 36 with 50 seconds to go in the half. After Huron used its final timeout, a Donel Green catch seemingly got the rats deeper into field goal range, but a 15 yard personal foul penalty on Huron pushed them back close midfield. Huron got the ball into position for a field goal attempt, but Senior Kicker Adam Samaha missed the

54 yarder to keep the game tied at seven. The penalty combined with the earlier mix up that left Huron with only one timeout prevented a more makeable field goal attempt. A f t e r forcing a Saline punt o n their first drive of the second half, Huron got the ball on its own nine yard line. The r a t s ’ offense put together a nice drive with a combination of two Andrew Harding passes as he was dragged to the ground and a 4th and one pickup on their own 40. After two Donel Green runs for a total of 20 more yards, he got another carry and put the ball on the ground. Saline recovered to put an end to the drive. After the teams traded punts in the late third and early fourth quarters, Saline drove the ball down inside the Huron 40 yard line with eight minutes to go. The first of two decisive penalties was a facemask by the Huron defense on a third down that moved Saline down to the Huron 24. Three plays later the Huron defense forced a 4th and one attempt for the Hornets, which the rats jumped offsides on, giving away yet another first down. Even though Huron


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r e d z o n e stop, Saline made a 24 yard field goal, which proved to be the game winning kick after the Rat’s offense couldn’t put anything together on its final possession. TURNING POINT: Senior Running Back Donel Green’s fumble in the third quarter. Aside from the earlier touchdown drive, this was Huron’s best offensive possession of the game. The defense had a great series and forced a punt to get the ball back, and to have the offense put together a nice drive, getting the ball inside the Saline 40 and fumbling it was crushing. The offense couldn’t get anything going after that and this proved to be a huge momentum shifting play even though Saline didn’t score on the ensuing possession. WHY HURON LOST: Ill-timed penalties– some of them questionable calls– and a lack of productive drives on offense were the biggest reasons for the season ending loss. Multiple offside

and neutral z o n e infraction penalties on third and fourth downs, more than one questionable defensive pass interference call and the biggest penalty being the personal foul near the end of the first half that ultimately resulted in a long field goal attempt. This coupled with the fact that the offense just wasn’t productive enough, is why Huron’s season is over. Huron was also missing key players across the offensive line was definitely a factor in the offense’s struggles. Starters, senior Laith Samaha and junior Sam Mungar were both out due to injuries in this game, and were sorely missed on the offensive line. Because of these injuries, the Rats had to play musical chairs along the line. Camerone Brown and Bruce Williams both played snaps at guard and because of Mungar’s absence, READ THE FULL STORY ON THEHURONEMERY.COM

Pioneer High School alum, Luis Gomez, is a River Rat — through and through. “I joke with my players that I’ve been at Huron almost twice as long as I was at Pioneer,” the men’s soccer coach said. “So I really do feel like a River Rat.” Gomez immigrated from Mexico City at the age of nine and began playing soccer in high school after a friend introduced it to him. “The great thing about it is that even if I didn’t know the language, I was able to make friends because I could play and I wanted to play,” Gomez said. He even went on to play as a semi-pro for a season and a half, after attending Madonna University and has been a coach at Huron for seven years so far. “I enjoy the competitive aspect,” Gomez said. “It’s a great outlet. I work a full-time job and coaching is a fun activity that I get to do with my staff and the players that we work with. The cool thing is, we are all on the same boat, working towards the same goal.” That goal is winning the district championship. “The women’s program has done an awesome job showing us that winning the district championship is possible,” he said. “The boys have wanted it for the

past two or three years. So it lights a fire under the boys to match those accomplishments and go out there and do their best.” Each season, Gomez lays out a team plan and ensures that the players understand the rules and reactions to specific situations. Currently, the varsity team practices six days a week and has two to three games on top of that. On a day to day basis, the players work on their weaknesses. “At the moment we’re pressuring the ball, making sure we get the ball back as soon as possible,” Gomez said. “As a first-year or second-year varsity coach, I was focusing more on the X’s and O’s, but I started to change my mentality where personal relationships and interactions off the field matter as much as what we’re doing on the field, supporting each other.” When it comes to coaching, becoming a father 16 months ago changed Gomez’s mindset towards his players. He also saw a change in perspective that came with the pandemic. “I see the players differently,” Gomez said. “I think of my daughter and little things like how I would want her to be treated, how I would want somebody to try to coach her and relate to her. A big shift when it came to my mentality and my philosophy as a coach was caring more about the person first

and then dealing with the player afterward.” Gomez had met some of the players on his team when they visited Huron as eighth grade students. “I still remember meeting them for the first time and seeing them grow from little freshmen who come up to my shoulder to kids being taller than me,” he said. “It is really special and I care for them. We have a very good relationship where if they need to improve in something they know I’m going to tell them exactly what they need to do to get more playing time.” Gomez enjoys seeing the upperclassmen embracing the underclassmen, such as how the older kids make sure the younger kids have rides to activities or having kids tutor each other. “The general atmosphere [in the Huron soccer program] is very good compared to some of the other atmospheres,” Gomez said. The community aspect of the sport is very valuable to the team and Gomez, even though they haven’t had much success in the playoffs. “Seeing how the players take that last moment is very memorable,” Gomez said. “You see how much they care for the program, how much they love the sport. Their last game at the end of the season is emotional and they really put in their best effort. Some of those games are the most memorable because a lot of

times those are the last moments that we as a group are ever together.” But Gomez still feels a connection to each and every player, no matter what because he is a River Rat through and through. “You get a special experience going to Huron because you get to meet people from different backgrounds and different cultures,” Gomez said. “That’s a great thing about living in Ann Arbor. We have that diversity and it enriches the players’ experience. And whether they go to a big school or a small school, it does them well to have that.” Having a large immigrant community at Huron, Gomez guides his students with scholarships, exploring colleges and participation fees, just like how he was guided when he first started playing soccer. “I was very fortunate that there were coaches that looked to support me and my family since we couldn’t afford club soccer,” Gomez said. “That really drives my passion to provide an option for players to play at an affordable level just because I was one of those players who couldn’t afford it and I got really good people around me.”

Right now the program boasts four teams: freshman, two JV squads and varsity. Gomez wants everyone to have an opportunity to grow in the program. He encourages more students to come and watch the games. “We have a very fun team that attacks a lot,” Gomez said. “We try to make soccer look fun and cool. It’d be awesome to get more students out there to see what the soccer team is doing on the field. Most team sports are focused on just winning and we want to win but we also want to do it together.”



Why space travel matters ANITA GAENKO OPINION EDITOR

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Lateness over learning Staff Editorial: The lack of enforcement on tardiness leads to more tardiness Every morning around 8 a.m. at Huron, a crowd of students run frantically through the arch, trying to catch the side doors from closing. Luckily, students catch the closing door at 8:02 a.m., in relief of being on time. However, did the students really arrive at school on time? Many students believe that they are not late if they enter the school building by 8 a.m. when the class bell rings. The tardy policy at

Huron states that students have to be “in their first hour class” by 8 a.m., not just in the school building, in order to be marked on-time. Aside from the students that are not aware of the policy, part of the problem belongs to the enforcement posed on regulating tardiness from students. From late busses, to traffic, to long lunch lines, how can tardiness be properly excused and defined? While most students who arrive at school around 8 a.m. tend to get to class

minutes after the bell rings, they are not always marked as tardy when they look at their attendance from that day. In effect, students start to realize that arriving a couple minutes late to class is essentially arriving on time, which leads them to think of the tardy policy as ignorable. In the following classes after the first hour, there are many more occasions where students tend to arrive late to class. By the time lunch

ends, students in the library are expected to head to their fourth or fifth hour right away. However, it is not difficult to spot a number of students who stay in the library until the class bell rings, knowing that classes after lunch tend to be more lenient towards tardiness. This tolerance towards tardiness not only allows late students to continue arriving late, but also encourages other students who were on time to forget the need to get to class on time.

School policies at Huron are equally applied for every student. Policies against tardiness should be enforced properly all throughout the day in order for every student to receive the same treatment. And students need to respect that. In high school, time is an obligated commitment for every student. As the loose regulation against tardiness continues and students take advantage of it, it is not far to see teachers taking attendance in an empty classroom.


Media’s glorification of historically horrible people needs to stop TARIK FERMIN PRINT MANAGING EDITOR With just a little research, anyone can educate themselves on the true atrocities that Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer committed against predominantly Black gay men throughout the late 1900s. Yet, Netflix’s newly produced biopic on Dahmer’s life, “Dahmer - Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” has taken both the Netflix queues of the world and the internet by storm. Netflix often romanticizes and badly frames horrible figures in history such as Dahmer, and it needs to stop. One could expect a TV show about a monstrous serial killer to bring more insight into the court cases, or how Dahmer was brought to justice, or even or even how Dahmer managed to evade being caught for so long.

Instead, Dahmer is over-sexualized through various scenes of him exercising shirtless. Additionally, while showing Dahmer’s childhood, the show emphasizes how Dahmer was picked on by his peers and verbally abused by his parents. Dahmer’s crimes are rarely shown after the first episode of the show, subtly weakening the idea that Dahmer is the villain of the show. Portraying overly-sexualized shirtless work out scenes, Netflix romanticizes a man who even they admit in their title was a monster. Netflix also contributes to the notion that Dahmer’s crimes were due to his adverse childhood through the show’s framing of his relationship with his parents and his peers—taking away accountability from the terrible acts he committed against the Black community. This isn’t the only time where a popular Netflix show romanticized a

historically terrible person. “Narcos” ran three seasons and was about the rise of the infamous Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, and how the U.S. government managed to stop him. The show’s general storyline frames Escobar as a “rags to riches” story of a poor Colombian kid who became the world’s most feared cartel leader, but also a compassionate man who loved his family and community; while the FBI agent assigned to catch him is outdone time and time again by this drug lord’s creativity and quick thinking. In reality, Pablo Escobar was a monster with little to no conscience who ravaged, killed, and devastated countless innocent Colombian lives. But the way Netflix chose to portray Pablo Escobar casts him as a daring and clever criminal who escapes the police countless times.


Returning to the topic of serial killers, Netflix casted Zac Efron in a biopic on Ted Bundy’s court case in their 2019 film, “The Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.” Netflix not only cast an actor who was widely regarded as conventionally attractive to play a deranged serial killer, but also, unlike Jeffrey Dahmer’s TV series, never showed Bundy committing any crimes until the last five minutes of the movie — when he had already been proven guilty in the film. In fact, most of the movie puts Bundy on display as a man, falsely accused of his crimes and just trying to free himself to return to his girlfriend. A movie with a plot framed towards the possibility of a psychopathic murder being innocent and casting a generally handsome male lead as that said murderer, is an easy way to give viewers the wrong impression of the film’s plot.

Though the events that Netflix displays in their shows may be true, the messages behind them, how the stories are told, how the scripts are written, and how the sequences unfold, glorifies these objectively horrible people one way or another. Among the 17 counts of first degree murder, and the numerous other counts of sexual assault and harrassment of young men that Jeffrey Dahmer was convicted for, it’s disgusting to even attempt to bring sexual appeal to him or his image; there’s no reason to glorify the legacy of a monster. Netflix and other media outlets need to acknowledge how impressionable their viewers are when producing media about historically awful people and stop romanticizing and glorifying the true monsters of history through dramatic reenactments.

Midnights: THE ALBUM REVIEW ANITA GAENKO & ANNA ESPER OPINION EDITOR & WEBSITE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF With the release of “Midnights”, Taylor Swift has officially returned to the pop music scene. Swift refers to the periods of time around her album releases as her “eras”-- and from the opening beats of “Lavender Haze”, it’s clear that the “Midnights” era is going to be different from “Folklore” and “Evermore”. As a whole, though, it’s hard to pinpoint the mood of “Midnights.” There are lively, upbeat songs such as “Karma,” “Bejeweled” and “Lavender Haze.” But Swift shines the most on the songs about her insecurities as a public figure, a woman and a person in love. The era started off with the lead single “Anti-Hero”, the third track off

the album. The song starts off with a simple beat and Swift’s vulnerable lyrics: “I have this thing where I get older, but just never wiser.” Swift then continues on sharing her insecurities throughout the rest of the song. Each verse starts with a broad insecurity that is analyzed as the verse continues. By the end, we essentially get a look into Swift’s brain — a clear demonstration that this is one of Swift’s strongest leading singles in her career. “You’re On Your Own, Kid” shines as an instant favorite from the album. It’s a relatable song with lyrics that a younger Swift’s insecurities about her goals: “I search the party who’ve better bodies/Just to learn that my dreams aren’t rare.” She then ends with an uplifting message to her young fanbase: “You’re on

your own, kid/Yeah, you can face this/You’re on your own, kid/You always have been.” However, not every song on the album has met the high expectations set by the extensive promotion campaign. The highly-anticipated fourth track collaboration with Lana Del Rey, “Snow on the Beach,” has Del Rey singing less than 20 words. Instead of having a full verse, Del Rey sings backing vocals for Swift at several points throughout the song. As a surprise, Swift released seven extra songs titled “Midnights (3am Edition).” Two of the standout songs include “The Great War” and “Would’ve, Could’ve, Should’ve.” The seven vulnerable songs reflect on love, heartbreak, and general emotions from Swift’s past.

“Midnights” is a huge success, breaking records and topping charts. It’s clear to see that Taylor Swift put everything she could into this album, her tenth studio album, especially after she’s previously expressed that she believed “Lover” would be her last commercial hit. Jack Antonoff’s production on the

album is a blend of Swift’s previous hits, “1989” and “Reputation,” combined with her expert lyricism, “Midnights” is a solid 9/10. You can listen to it on Spotify, Apple Music, and anywhere else you get your music.



Ryan Coogler: Changing the film industry one movie at a time JACKSON POLLARD PHOTO EDITOR Ryan Coogler is a director, producer, and screenwriter who has tallied four NAACP Image Awards, four Black Reel Awards, an Academy Award nomination, and was a runner-up for Time Magazine’s Person of the Year Award in 2018. What’s even more important than the awards he’s won is his capability to tell stories about black life. Whether it’s a fictional, comic-based story or a real-life story of social and racial injustice, Coogler’s work has consistently shaken film and this country to its core. Coogler wrote his first feature film, Fruitvale Station (2013) and co-wrote and directed Creed (2015) and Black Panther (2018) featuring Michael B. Jordan, who became a very close working partner and went on to have large roles in all three films. Coogler’s discographic impact is indisputable in black history and film history in general. Coggler plans on continuing this impactful run as the Director of the second installment of the Black Panther series, Black Panther : Wakanda Forever (2022). Fruitvale Station tells the story of Oscar Grant III’s final day of life before he was fatally shot in a train station by a police officer. With Fruitvale Station, Coogler personified Oscar Grant beyond just the victim of a police shooting. He showed a black man who was a father, a son and a partner who

wanted to better his life because of nections that can be made to these movhow it affected those around him, just ies and “Black Panther” is that instead like so many other black men across of showing realistic examples of Black the country. This personification is so life, it showcases Black representation important because of how desensitized through a lens of power and royalty-we’ve become in the general public something black people in America when it comes to these highly reported aren’t used to seeing or typically able to police shooting cases. We hear names, show their children. Coogler’s all Black not people. We hear situations, not cast in “Black Panther” finally gave experiences. Fruitevery black child a chance vale Station shows to idolize a superhero that a personality and looks like them. forces the closest As I watched my own thing to a personal little sister’s eyes light up experiecne between as a black woman saved you and Grant King T’Challa, I felt an impossible. mense sense of pride just In Creed, knowing she’ll have posiCoogler took the tive examples in media as Rocky story and she grows up. Then at the made it new again. end of the movie, T’Challa Without straying created an outreach center too far away from in the same place his father the story’s classic made an impactful deciboxing roots, Creed sion in an effort to contold the story of a nect with the people and young black man grants M’Baku a seat in the finding his way national council unlike his JACKSON POLLARD after a troubled father, showing a form of childhood with no generational reparing infather-figure, a common theme in black stead of allowing his father’s choices to coming of age stories. continue to damage Wakanda’s reputaCreed follows the classic “get tion. knocked down and get back up stron“Black Panther” stands as the ger” motif featured in boxing movies, highest grossing film of all time by a but not just in the flesh and violence of Black director by approximately a $350 boxing. The protagonist Adonis gains million margin, Ryan Coogler’s massive a fatherlike relationship with Rocky footprints in the film industry pave the and boxing becomes similar to another way for the future of the Black commuparent thoughout the film with how nity and creators to continue to inspire much it taught him about himself and each other to write their own narrative. life itself. Adonis tries to fight his way His instertion to the world of film is truthrough life but boxing behind to ly an inspiration, Ryan Kyle Coogler’s teach him patience and gives him form of storytelling is absolutely crucial true purpose though his father to the future of the way black people are and his relationship with Rocky. percieved in film and the rest of history. The difference between the con-


Whether it’s a fictional, comic-based story of a real-life story of social and racial injustice, Coogler’s work has consistently shaken film and this country to its core.”

“Luckiest Girl Alive”: A disappointment RIDHIMA KODALI PRINT-EDITOR-IN-CHIEF “Luckiest Girl Alive,” based on a book by Jessica Knoll, follows TifAni “Ani” Fanelli (Mila Kunis), who has a picture perfect life, a-- rich-fiance, well-settled job as New York Magazine editor, but just as everything starts to set in place, a filmmaker approaches her about the devastating events she was involved in high school. Ani cannot escape the past, from the very first scene of the film to the ending, and the fil cannot escape from falling flat. Chiara Aurelia (Ani in the past) and Mila Kunis keep “Luckiest Girl Alive,” alive. The film starts off with a banger life from Ani, “Snap out of it psycho.” This was as she went knife shopping with her fiance. Though starting off with enticing scenes of Ani’s self-hatred and desperation to keep her picture-perfect life, the film loses its edge because of characters with barely any substance. For instance, Ani’s fiance, Luke (Finn Wittrock), is shown as a wealthy, supporting husband and buisnessman. A character with potential. But director Mike Barker fails to explore the complexities of his relationship with Ani. Wittrock tries to do the best he can with his role, but his blank, occasionally smiling face only enhances his flatness as a character. Barker fails to address the complexities between all of the relationships that Ani has in her life, with her mother, the people in the events she faced. All of which can explain more avout why Ani is the way she is, instead of streamlining the entire plot. With not reading the book, I did not have many expectations for “Luckiest Girl Alive.” But being a fan of Kunis and Aurelia (from “Cruel Summer”), I was excited and the screenplay did go downhill as it dragged on, but they held the story together. During the flashback scenes Aurelia portrays sophistication and poise more than what I have seen from any other actress her age. She molds into the character of Ani with the same ease she displayed with her performance in “Cruel Summer.” Her maturity shows on screen. Kunis, on the other hand, is a chameleon. She can play any role that comes her way. She discovers and brings out Ani’s pure struggle and eagerness to not be “TifAni” anymore. However, towards the end of the film, I was disappointed. There were fake, faulty tears from Kunis. Well I say to that: “Snap out of it psycho.”




Huron’s Multi-Cultural performance returns DANIEL LEE NEWS EDITOR

“I can’t believe we are actually performing this year,” Jayakumar said. “I watched Every year, right be- so many YouTube videos of fore winter break, all students the previous performances and families are invited to from ISA and they looked rethe grand cultural celebration ally cool, so I am really happy at Huron. The multicultur- that we get to be on stage and al show, referred to as “Multi perform in front of the whole Culti,” is an annual cultural school.” performance that showcases The Indian Student the talent and cultural back- Association primarily focuses grounds of individual students on learning and practicing the and clubs at Huron. traditional dances and songs This year, the show from various parts of India will take place on Dec.22 in the like Bhangra (Punjabi dance), Meyers auditorium, and try- South Indian songs, and Hinouts for clubs to qualify for the di film music, which are their Multi Culti production were main performances at Multi held on Oct.18. Culti. While Multi Culti “It is very important has been passed down as one that students are experiencof the most beloved traditions ing all the different cultures at Huron, the show has not around the world and educatbeen held for over two ing themselves on years since the outlearning the diverbreak of COVID-19. sity within our stu“I was actualdent body,” Jayaly really upset when I kumar said. heard we were not goAs much as ing to have Multi Culti the ISA is delighted the past two years,” to perform at Multi Scan to view junior and Co-CapCulti, APEX, one of tain of the Indian Stu- past Multi Culti the biggest culturdent Association (ISA) al clubs at Huron, Sri Jayakumar said. “Multi is also working hard towards Culti is ISA’s main event and preparing their performances. even though I have been part Senior and President of the club since ninth grade, I of APEX, Nicholas “Nick” Jiactually never got to see Multi ang hopes all the four branches Culti myself.” of APEX, hip hop dance, yoyo, Though Jayakumar glowsticking and staffing, will has not yet gotten to experi- perform this year. ence Multi Culti, she is more The four branches in than excited to be a part of it. APEX often work as four sep-

Huron’s Indian Student Association began practices and preparing for auditions on Sept. 18. RIDHIMA KODALI arate teams. While they all work together preparing for the show, most of their practices and activities are done within their own branch. “Within our club, we do not really get to see what other branches are working on most of the time,” Jiang said. “As much as we are excited to see other clubs perform, we are also excited to see what other branches in our club will come up with their performance.” Online school and the pandemic has not only inter-

rupted students’ social lives but also the school spirit. In fact, current seniors at Huron are the only students who have experienced Multi Culti. “I am excited that we are passing that down to the underclassmen because they have not experienced one yet,” Jiang said. Along with the stunning performances that APEX is preparing for Multi Culti, Jiang also hopes that their performance encourages underclassmen on further par-

ticipation for the show in the future. For Jayakumar, Jiang, and many others, Multi Culti is more than just a performance. It allows them to represent and showcase a portion of their culture to their peers and community, and to reflect and strengthen their own personal connection to their culture. “It is that time of the year when everyone comes together,” Jayakumar said.

SAV Club says cheers to soymilk JAMIE TANG STAFF WRITER The Sustainability and Vegan Club (SAV): Rooting for Soymilk in School Lunches Vegan lifestyles are associated with reduced heart diseases, high blood pressure, and lower cholesterol levels while offering environmental benefits. Despite these findings, only six percent of American consumers are vegan. The Sustainability and Vegan Club (SAV), founded in 2020 by

junior Zoe Zhang, is on a mission to uproot this reality. This year, the SAV Club is excited to collaborate with Mike Devries, the Chartwells Assistant Manager, to introduce soy milk into Ann Arbor Public School lunches, which would also support lactose-intolerant students. “We can’t change everything, so we want to change one small thing,” Zhang said. Besides expanding vegan options in lunches, the SAV Club strives to raise $800 to fund a vertical garden and

other sustainable projects. The SAV Club meets after school every other Friday from 3-3:45 p.m. in the Huron library. “One of the biggest benefits is knowing your impact on the planet and environment,” Zhang said. “Before I became vegan, I never considered the process — I used to love meat — but now I realize I could directly impact the environment and animals.”

(Left)The SAV Club volunteered at Starry Skies, a non-profit organization in Washtenaw County that rescues horses from slaughter. The SAV Club helped refill water, cleaned horse stalls, scooped poop, and fed snacks to the rescued horses. (Right) Mike Devries visits the SAV Club in the library to discuss plans to improve the labeling of plant-based options and introduce vegan options in AAPS lunches. From left to right, Arav Bhojani, Mike Devries, Max Samaha, Zoe Zhang, and Serena Chang. PHOTOS COURTESY OF SAV CLUB

Senior Lucy Schneidewind hands out candy to a group of trick-or-treaters canoeing in Gallup PHOTO BY ANJALI NADARAJAH

Trick or treat on the river - an Ann Arbor Halloween tradition ANJALI NADARAJAH STAFF WRITER Last Sunday, Gallup Pond was packed with families lining up to participate in the annual Trick or Treat on the River. Parents and children rented canoes and traveled all across the water, stopping at about 20 different stations. Each station was set on a dock, with volunteers dressed in costume and handed out candy. Freshman Emma Schneidewind, at Huron High School, volunteered to hand out candy dressed as a swamp monster. The only difference between normal volunteers and her, was that she was stationed in the water.

“It was really fun,” Schneidewind said. “I’ve loved doing this since I was little. It was pretty cold by the end, but it was really rewarding to see all of the happy kids.” Schneidewind has been attending the event every year since she was a toddler, but back then, she was the one in the canoe. Now being older, Schneidewind’s volunteering evokes a lot of nostalgia. “It’s weird, really,” she said. “My favorite part was seeing the swamp monster costumes, and now I get to be one.”


It’s time to BeReal.

In REAL time The notification goes off..she has two minutes to post the best BeReal she could think of. Senior Rachel Overgaard posts herself and sophomore Jaya Shah at the Steve Lacy concert in Detroit. “It was a little bit of a wait, but it was worth it because the concert was super upbeat and super exciting.,” Overgaard said. “This guy was crying nect to me. I think he realy

liked the concert or something.” The BeReal went off at perfect timing as Lacy took the stage, “I promise I didn’t wait to take it,” fortunately for Overgaard, she got the notification on time and was able to capture this exhilirating experience for all of her friends on BeReal to see!

1. Seniors Royce Smith and Emily Ma pose together at The Weeknd concert. 2. Seniors Rebecca Carlson and Abigail Meggison prepring for a UofM kickoff. 3. Seniors Sonora Manthey, Abigail Cullen, Hannah Glover, Aashna Nadajarah, Teresa Moyer, and Kimarah Orr cheer in the football student section. 4. Seniors Emily Ma and Sonora Manthey 5. Sophomores Ethan Lyu, Aditya Muli, Sunny Kernahan, Toby Mayo, and Aidan Dooley.

Make sure you don’t post too late After the sudden rise of popular app “BeReal”, students share their most spontaneous moments

Sophia Fatchett, Aashna Nadarajah, Lauren Dubin, Robert Lynn, Connor Chiddick, Alex Sabel, Samantha Ketslakh, Peter Fazekas, Sylana Campbell, La’Nia Wells, Joyia Keith, Zyrah Ruff, Sheri Horwitz, Kendall Stacy, Natalie Scarlett, Maryam Fasina, Sonora Manthey, Hannah Glover, Julia Gray, Cody Delp, Lacy Delp,,, Kylie Gibbs, Ava Michaels, Nora Hagan, Leela Rama, Emily Ma, Mia Solomon, Sara Beth-Badalamente, Anna Esper, Catherine Li, Jackson, Daniel Lee, Robert Ash and Huron Band

Design by Natalie Scarlett and Lauren Dubin



Ann Arbor Farmers Market While walking through the Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning, the scent of the pumpkins and bakery attracted me to the delicious pastries arranged on the Proven’s Pastry table. Proven Pastry is a locally-owned bakery. I ordered the Pumpkin Pecan muffin, and although it was not warm, the inside of the muffin was so moist and soft that it easily cracked. Inside the muffin was filled with pecans and pumpkin bread, giving a great fall flavor. The outside layer of muffin is crunchy, and sugar icing on the top of the muffin adds a unique texture and sweet flavor. Proven Pastry’s Pumpkin Pecan Muffin was a great way to have a little taste of fall. Visit the farmer market and find Proven Pastry to try amazing local-made pastries - Gina Ko

Dixboro General Store Dixboro General store, located in the heart of the Dixboro Village, has been my longstanding go-to place for all things pretty, creatively dainty, and festive. They have everything: antique couches, door decor, jewelry, hand soap, shelf figurines — all thoughtfully curated to the current season. In the spirit of autumn and October, the store had well-balanced and prolific goods from fall rustic core, pumpkin spice everything to spooky Halloween decor and funky mini witches. The cozy feel of decor packed into the house-store keeps me coming back - Allison Mi

Sweetwaters Sweetwaters is offering two seasonal drinks this year: the Great Pumpkin Latte and Spiced Caramel Apple. I tried the latter one, which is a unique combination of hot apple cider and chai tea. As someone who’s pretty sensitive to caffeine, I would highly recommend this drink. It was served at the perfect temperature to drink immediately, and even before I tasted it, it smelled warm and comforting and perfect for fall. The apple cider flavor is quite strong, and the chai spices on top of it fit perfectly. While there is supposed to be caramel in the drink as well, it’s barely noticeable compared to those main notes. However, the caramel on top of the optional whipped cream adds extra flavor and sweetness as you sip. I would definitely recommend getting whipped cream on this drink, as it makes the flavor milder and sweeter. While I was unsure about how cider and cream might clash, the combined flavors reminded me of milk tea, especially with the familiar chai spices. The only issue with this drink is the price, which runs a little high - I paid $5.45 for the smallest size. Overall, if you’re searching for a soothing, fall-themed drink that won’t give you insomnia, you need look no further than your favorite Sweetwaters location this season - Anita Gaenko