The Huron Emery Volume 8 Issue 1

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NEWS PAGE 2 Here’s what to know about the mask mandate

The large amount of staff leaving Huron High School is but a piece of a national phenomenon. GRAPHIC BY KELLY PARK

Post-pandemic staff shortage: Why is it happening ANITA GAENKO OPINION EDITOR


othing compares to the strong community of working in a school, according to former Huron High School counselor Emily Herzog. So why is it that Huron and other schools across the nation are losing unprecedented amounts of staff? In Ann Arbor the answer may be straightforward: there were better offers. “A new opportunity presented itself to me that was too good to pass up,” Herzog said. “Though I truly loved the work I was doing at Huron, I needed to do what was best for my professional growth and my family.”

Herzog originally came to work at Huron after working in college admissions and youth development. “I heard great things about AAPS, so I was eager to join the community,” Herzog said. Despite our school district’s reputation as one of the top three in the nation, according to Niche, many teachers and staff members have recently made the decision to move on to either new positions or retirement. In Herzog’s case, she has accepted a position at the University of Michigan. She plans to continue her work with young people, especially those who have been marginalized historically. Ann Arbor is not alone.

There are 300,000 vacancies in teaching and staff positions across the U.S., according to the National Education Association. Rural districts in Texas are planning to drop to four-day weeks, while Florida scrambles to fill vacancies with military veterans with no prior teaching experience. Administrators across the country are calling this the toughest teacher recruiting season they can remember. The issue lies in the entire teacher pipeline. Over the last 10 years, teacher education enrollment has dropped by 35 percent. Some states have even seen drops of more than 70 percent. Students who might have been interested in becoming educators see their own teach-


ANNA ESPER WEBSITE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF From Aug. 16-22, the river rats from band, orchestra, and choirs went up-north to the Interlochen Center for the Arts, where students participate in everything music. At the week-long camp, students stay in cabins where they get the opportunity to see old friends or make new ones. Ann Arbor Public School students perform what they learned

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Waleed Samaha leaves: The future of Huron Basketball



ers get better opportunities elsewhere, making the profession seem a lot less desirable. While these statistics may imply that the teacher shortage has been inevitable for the past decade, the effect of COVID-19 cannot be ignored. Fifty five percent of teachers in the National Education Association said that the pandemic drove them to plan to leave their profession earlier than expected in a February poll. Surveys conducted by RAND Corp. show that the pandemic made teachers feel burned out, stressed and three times as likely as other adults to experience depression. Additionally, new controversial legislation has turned schools

FEATURE PAGE 4 The long journey to school

Left: Orchestra during the Sunday performance at Kresge Auditorium. Right: Cabin 2 campers compete in field activities against other cabins. COURTESY OF UNFENG BIAN AND KYLA ZHAO

throughout the camp, at the Kresge Auditorium, at the end of the week. Sophomore Selah Dowell attended Interlochen to develop her musical school and make connections with people in the orchestra community. “Besides learning new repertoire in chamber groups and orchestra, the week-long camp teaches us the values of responsibili-

ty, friendship and community,” Dowell said. The students followed an extremely rigorous schedule with four hour rehearsals everyday. But the day never ended without activities like an ice cream social or a talent show. Dowell particularly enjoyed the campfire, where the campers sang songs until midnight.

JACKSON POLLARD PHOTO EDITOR With over 300 total wins, two state runner-up finishes, two regional titles, seven district championships and 11 conference titles, Waleed Samaha, former head coach of the men’s basketball team, leaves behind a lasting legacy at Huron High School, earning the respect of many in the basketball community as a coach and a leader. “I was present this summer, but I was not leading,” Samaha said. “It was a difficult personal decision.

But I just think professionally, it was the right time for me and the right time for the program and I think the right time for the kids too. I think they’re excited.” The men’s basketball program operates in a way so unique and so special it has been coined “The Huron Way”, and is referred to as that by many. The culture built within the program extends way beyond the court and it’s shown by not just players, but coaches who also work in the building and around the district display it.

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Masks off: AAPS COVID-19 policy change for 2022-2023 TARIK FERMIN MANAGING EDITOR After a full year of everyone’s faces being hidden by masks, Ann Arbor Public Schools has made the decision to lift the mask mandate and make masks entirely optional for all students in the upcoming 2022-2023 school year. “It is in alignment with the mitigation measures being made in all the other areas of Ann Arbor, where individual choice is trusted to meet unique needs,” said Ann Arbor City Council trustee candidate Emily Fanelli in reaction to the AAPS’ mask mandate being lifted. At the recent Ann Arbor Board of Education Meeting, held on August 24, AAPS Superintendent Jeanice Swift laid out the new plan that will be used to prioritize both the safety and individual comfort for students attending Ann Arbor Public Schools with the change in mask mitigation. AAPS will still be following CDC’s recommendations, COVID-19 statistics and is tracking any possibly dangerous spikes or increases in case

numbers in Ann Arbor. being as responsive as school Superintendent Swift cases emerge, focused on also made it clear that though high risk situations, and masks will be entirely optional adaptable as circumstances in schools, the encouragement change. We’ll continue to and recommendation of use and perfect systems masks in schools will increase that were developed in the congruently depending on the 2021-22 school year.” state of case numbers in Ann Swift also made Arbor; and if case numbers it clear that any possible increase to a certain point, outlying students who may be AAPS may reinstate the mask especially at risk to COVID-19 mandate if necessary. will receive ample and “We have followed the specialized attention. CDC guidance, and we strongly “We are working recommend very closely masks when with parents we are at a of children high level who are imon CDC munocompro[levels].” mised, and we will continue Swift was to offer supalso quick port; much to reassure like we have people who in the past may be still with allergies skeptical of and other the safety of s i t u a t i ons, Scan the QR code for more an optional info on Fall AAPS COVID and we are always m a s k going to do Health Guidance. mandate. everything Swift emphasized to we can to support the community the fluidity [students].” and the prioritization of “What we can all do COVID-19 safety measures to keep our students in school that AAPS is taking during the this year—stay up to date with upcoming school year. our vaccinations and boosters, “Our focus is on stay home when sick or

Florida’s Stop WOKE Act would allow parents to sue into political battlefields. schools if they suspected Texas’s Senate Bill 3, which children were learning about states that “a teacher may critical race theory. not be compelled to discuss Many teachers feel a widely t h a t debated and political currently figures controversial are charissue of acterizing public policy teachers or social a s affairs,” was threats to passed last students December a n d and caused parents a massive by passing u p r o a r l a w s a m o n g with this Becky Pringle teachers, language. staff and W h i l e parents. s o m e More recently, school staff have gone public new Florida laws limit about this being the main what educators are allowed reason for quitting their jobs, to say about issues like it is unclear exactly how many sexual orientation, gender resignations can be attributed identity and race. to teacher censorship. “ C l a s s r o o m Some debate instruction by school that there actually is no personnel or third parties on national teacher shortage. sexual orientation or gender A recent article in The identity may not occur in Atlantic reported that the kindergarten through grade media narrative is pushing 3,” reads the “Parental far past the data. Rights in Education” bill, “America’s national signed into law by Florida teacher shortage is dubious, Gov. Ron DeSantis. It is but America’s educationcalled the “Don’t Say Gay” data shortage is dire,” said bill by political opponents Derek Thompson, the author and condemned by LGBTQ+ of “There Is No National rights organizations like The Teacher Shortage.” Trevor Project. Meanwhile, Thompson claims

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The pandemic made it worse, as it did with everything else. But we know we have an educator shortage crisis”

that, while there are many districts struggling with vacancies, these issues have been around for a long time. There isn’t enough data, he says, to determine whether these local shortages are indicative of a new problem, or simply an age-old endemic thrown into stark relief by COVID-19. Since Thompson’s article, however, numerous news outlets, both national and local, have run stories about school staff shortages severely harming their respective communities. Regardless of whether the issue is a new one, it remains an issue, according to Becky Pringle, the president of the largest teachers’ union in the country. “And by the way, it’s a chronic crisis,” she said. “It’s not new. The pandemic made it worse, as it did with everything else. But we know we have an educator shortage crisis.” Pringle responded directly to Thompson’s article, agreeing that it was a longterm issue, but criticizing his overall argument. “I invite you to go into the school districts all over this country who are being challenged by the reality that they don’t have enough education professionals to meet the individual needs of our students,” she said.

symptomatic, know when to mask, be ready to test at home, and know what to do when you receive a positive result or exposure.” said Swift in a final statement assuring the Ann Arbor community that AAPS is doing everything in their power to protect students and staff against the spread of COVID-19. Due to the significant drop in COVID-19 cases, AAPS will now relocate efforts to other issues within the community. “Quite often our staffing challenges, meaning that the adults are not able to be at school, our clusters, our outbreaks, do not necessarily occur with the change in CDC level..” Swift said. “We often have those [staffing] challenges occur when we’re in green, or yellow, or red.” “We’re very optimistic that it’s going to be a great year, we’ve learned a lot and we can manage our way through this year.”

When Washtenaw County COVID Status COMMUNITY LEVEL is


Masks are welcome inside our schools


Masks are encouraged inside our schools


Masks are strongly recommended inside our schools GRAPHIC BY SANDRA FU AND GINA KO

As the school staff shortage continues to cast a dark shadow over school districts across the country, however, new staff members are still stepping up to the job. Between a lack of teacher education enrollment, the pandemic and censorship issues, it may seem like a lot of pressure for new hires. But Herzog has some advice.

“Take the time to get to know people, both staff and students, especially those you don’t naturally cross paths with in a typical day,” she said. “We often spend more time with each other than our own families, and what we’re all doing together — learning, growing, taking risks — is special.”

THE EMERY STAFF EDITORAL BOARD: Allison Mi Ridhima Kodali Tarik Fermin ADVISER Sara-Beth Badalamente Anna Esper & Maya Fu Website Editors-In-Chief Daniel Lee News Editor Gina Ko Feature Editor Zain Charania & Quinn Newhouse Sports Editors Anita Gaenko Opinion Editor Elliot Dimcheff Copy Editor Sandra Fu & Jackson Pollard Photo Editors Annabelle Ye & Samantha Goldstein Design Editors




What does the overturn

What is Roe v. Wade? According to Cornell Law School, Roe v. Wade is a 1970 Supreme Court case and lawsuit which ruled and allowed people to have a constitutional right to have an abortion. 22-year-old Norma McCorvey, or as she went by Jane Roe — to maintain anonymity — filed a lawsuit against Henry Wade, District Attorney for the Dallas County, wanted to fight for abortion in Texas, as she got pregnant with her third-child. At this time Texas had a neartotal ban on abortions, with the exception of if the fetus is endangering the mother’s life. Before Roe v Wade, many people would have abortions illegally and unsafely. With Roe v Wade, abortions have become legalized and can be safely done, without states regulating the pregnancy. The supreme court case acknowledged the right to privacy of the Due Process Clause of the 14th Abortion in Michigan is legal for now. Since April amendment. Governor Gretchen Whitmer has been protecting reproductive freedom with a lawsuit in April and also filed a motion on June 24, after the Dobbs decision with a follow-up, “urging the court to consider her lawsuit.” On Aug. 1, the Michigan of Appeals court ruled that Michigan county prosecutors can follow the

On June 24, 2022, in the ruling for the recent court case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Roe v Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court, as well as Planned Parenthood v Casey, which upheld Roe v Wade.

Now What? According to the New York Times and Gutt Macher Institute, the ruling gives the states the power to decide the legality of abortions. Currently, several states have abortion bans that date decades back before Roe v Wade, including Michigan’s law that dates back to 1931. Additionally, there are 13 states that have “trigger bans,” which are more recent laws that have gone through the state legislatures and are made effective immediately after Supreme 1931 abortion ban. With that there is no exceptions the Court overwith rape or incest, and nurses and dcotors can get t u r n ing. prosecuted for providing reproductive health care. This led Whitmer to file for a restraining order. This led Whitmer to file for a restraining order and as of Aug. 19, Michigan’s abortion ban has been blocked.

How is Michigan affected by the decision?

The legality of abortions across the United States



The long route to school: navigating for better education GINA KO FEATURE EDITOR Senior Rachel Henderson stood in front of her classmates in AP United States history class on May 31, 2022, just about to start the presentation on The Fate of African American Education in the Courtroom. After going through historical court cases related to Education for African Americans, she concluded: “With the lack of funding, safety, and impact of low-income areas, African American students are heavily impacted with disadvantages that are out of their control. African American students from this economic background are forced to look out and make on their own.” Then she acknowledged, with a calm yet strong voice, “I am one of those students.” Henderson drives 40 minutes every day to attend Huron High School. Living in Detroit, early alarms, heavy traffic, and long commutes are simply part of her daily routine since she was in the sixth grade. There has always been a reason behind this routine: to find a better educational place. From Kindergarten to fifth grade, Henderson went to two elementary schools—Voyager Academy and Chandler Park Academy— each located on the south and

east side of Detroit. From her early memories, outdoor activities and school field trips were extremely rare events where abandoned buildings and factories, disordered traffics, and continuous lockdowns were common learning environments for students. “It was a dangerous bubble,” Henderson said. “It was very much like a child dealing with adult issues. We all had to react emotionally. I remember all the fights and things.” So, when she first attended Ann Arbor Learning Community—a charter school located in Ypsilanti— she immediately noticed the differences. There were big and new houses on the street, fancy BMWs calmly driving down the road, and friends’ parents working as professors or doctors at the University of Michigan. “They just all look different from mine,” Henderson said. “And that’s when I started to notice that there were totally different neighborhoods and totally different opportunities here.” Henderson at Chandler Park Academy elementary school, where she went from second to fifth grade.COURTESY OF HENDERSON

Undoubtedly, there were struggles in adopting the new learning environment. From the letter “D” on the report card for math class and the reading lists in English class, Henderson experienced a difference in education. “I had a hard time adapting to the level of education

More than 20 percent of students in disadvantaged areas attended open enrollment schools


Graduation day at Voyager Academy, where Henderson (third to left in the second row) went from Kindergarten to first grade. COURTESY OF HENDERSON there,” Henderson said. “I noticed that the education I had before didn’t necessarily prepare me for the type of competitive atmosphere that Ann Arbor consisted of.” When Henderson was in the eighth grade, her parents had a discussion on what high school she should attend. Knowing that Huron has great programs and more opportunities than Detroit Public Schools, she decided to be a River Rat for the next four years. “The curriculum at Huron is literally a whole bouquet you can choose from,” Henderson said. “You can pick your classes and challenge yourself and be challenging with your peers to become better and to advance your mind.” In addition to this availability in the curriculum, Henderson realized the importance of community for students. “The community has to be great,” Henderson said. “It has to be emotionally

Student in a disadvantaged neighborhood was 35 percent more likely to be the only person from their neighborhood at school

stable. It has to have all these attributes that contribute to the child’s well-being. That’s what I believe that a child should have when it comes to education in the community.” However, many areas in Detroit lack this sense of community, especially for education. According to Wayne State University’s College of Education, Detroit students have among the highest rates of chronic absenteeism in the nation due to asthma, poverty, segregation, and plummeting city population. “If you were in my neighborhood, there’s a higher chance that you will fall into the wrong things,” Henderson said. “You hang out with the wrong crowd. It’s very much like you would want to miss school and go to somebody else or do something adult-like. It’s a setting for failure.” Henderson observed another scenario that set many children into failure. “Children here have to be

22 percent of 9th grade living in Detroit attend high school outside of Detroit

parents or caretakers because parents have had several children,” Henderson said. “That’s the type of environment you’re around and you think that’s the only thing for you. Those struggles and stressors really shoot down the kids’ competence.” Throughout her journey, Henderson learns that it’s always people who make a change. She believes that she and her siblings should be the first ones to lead children in lowincome neighborhoods and educational disadvantages to a better path. And she urges people to do the same thing, keeping in mind that “Everything is not the same for all people.” “This is real life,” Henderson said. “This is what these kids have to go through. I’m not saying that you got to drop everything and help these kids. But give recognition, show support, and look at other ways to get involved. It’s not just where your kid goes to school. Every child deserves an equal chance.”

29 percent of black ninth graders in Detroit attended a school where they were the only student from their prior school Historically underrepresented minority students tend to travel longer—approximately 8 to 11 minutes, a half-minute to two minutes longer than their white and Asian counterparts—to school Stastics from Johns Hopkins School of Education and Urban Institute


Sunkissed or sunburned: our complex bond with our star ANITA GAENKO NEWS EDITOR On the surface, modern science seems to have decided exactly where it stands when it comes to the sun. Wear sunscreen. Wear fullcoverage clothing. Wear wide-brimmed hats. Do whatever you can to avoid the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation (UVR). At the same time, however, we hear about the importance of vitamin D to our lives — a chemical Sunscreen has long been considered a necessary protection against UVR, making it a vital component for skin protecthat is synthesized when tion against sunlight. AUGUSTIN VAI the body is exposed to sunlight. Having a tan scientists discovered the the link between the sun Vitamin D insufficiency avoidance campaigns is is seen as a “healthier” rapid destruction of the and cancer may not be so may be connected to that a person’s ability to cardiovascular disease, synthesize vitamin D from appearance than being ozone layer and theorized black-and-white. this diminishing “People don’t the leading cause of death the sun varies greatly with pale. So how do we decide that their skin tone. People exactly how much sun is protection would lead to realize this because several globally. even higher skin cancer different diseases are A 1998 study by the with more melanin, and good for you? worldwide. In lumped together under the Free University of Berlin therefore darker skin, In the 1930s, the rates U.S. Public Health Service response, health organi- term skin cancer. The most Department of Natural need six times more sun z a t i o n s common by far are basal cell Medicine showed that sun exposure to produce the started a r o u n d carcinomas and squamous exposure helps adults with same amount of vitamin to take the world cell carcinomas, which hypertension decrease D as people who are paler. a stand created IN- are almost never fatal,” their blood pressure to People with less melanin against When I diagnose a T E R S U N , said Dr. Richard Weller normal levels. While many are much more likely to s u n dermatologists develop skin cancers from related basal cell carcinoma which would in an article go on to for Reader's argue that vi- UVR exposure. Campaigns h e a l t h in a patient, the first develop the Digest. “When I tamin D sup- advocating for protection risks by thing I say is congrat- i n t e r n a - diagnose a basal plements are just from sunlight, geared advising tionally re- cell carcinoma as effective as towards majority-white people to ulations, because c o g n i z e d in a patient, the sunlight, studies populations, could leave avoid the you're walking out of UV index first thing I say is have shown that behind large groups of mid-day my office with a longer and push for congratulations, the vitamin D minorities who simply sun. For large public because you’re synthesized by need much more time in the next life expectancy than c a m p a i g n s walking out of my the body under the sun to get the same 40 years, when you walked in." to warn office with a longer the sun stays amount of vitamin D. scientists people of life expectancy active longer than The world has worked on DR. RICHARD WELLER the dangers than when you its supplemented gone from a culture of unraveling of direct walked in." counterpart. Some sun worship to one of sun the conOther cancers scientists are beginning avoidance. Science says it's nection between UVR sunlight. INTERSUN was seem to be linked to having to worry that aggressive time for a middle ground, exposure and skin cancer. They found a clear link successful in helping to too little UVR exposure. In sun-avoidance messaging where we can protect our between excessive UVR plateau the rates of skin fact, skin cancers caused by has hidden the even skin but still get enough exposure and the three cancer in Australia, New excessive sun exposure are deadlier issues caused by a sunlight to keep the rest of Canada and much rarer than diseases lack of sun exposure. our body running. main forms of skin Zealand, An issue with sun- GRAPHIC BY SANDRA FU cancer. In the early 1970s, Northern Europe. But connected to lack of sun.

Social Media: The Real Impact Staff Editorial: What you see isn't always what's real In a rapidly emerging digital age, we are the first generation to traverse the challenges of growing up with social media. No doubt to it, there are many positives to social media: now, connectedness is at a new level.. With just a couple of clicks or taps, within just a few seconds, we can contact people from across the world. However, in many ways, the convenience

of social media has also seemed to exacerbate disconnectedness in society, where the world on our screens seems to have hogged more of our attention than the real world awaiting for us if we just looked up. Not to mention, convenience seems to have come at the cost of comparison. All Instagram users — especially influencers — have the ability of posting content that simply emphasizes the

ups of their life and hides the downs. For the rest of us, especially the youth who are still trying to find their place in this overwhelming world, it can be incredibly damaging to see the world praise a certain definition of beauty and success and neglect those who don’t exactly fit that box of expectations. As we all know, you can’t just turn off your insecurities. Despite the many growing uses and benefits

of social media platforms, our generation knows all too well all the negative effects of social media, as well. At the end of the day, we all are human, so why do we all still feel so jealous of one another? If the answer was simple, we wouldn’t still be facing these problems. What is crucial to remember is that no one is perfect, no matter how flawless it may look on your screen. We all have vices.

Behind that image they put up, they are the exact same as all of us. They feel the same emotions, struggle with the same obstacles, climb the same mountains as the rest of us. It is important to understand that we all have the same feelings, despite how they may seem on social media.


The Summer I Deleted Instagram ALLISON MI PRINT EDITOR-IN-CHIEF It was always about the photos. Family dinners, trips to the zoo, hangouts with friends, they all came with an unspoken ulterior motive: pictures. But not just any pictures. Instagramworthy pictures — the perfect concoction of attractive angles, stunning settings, and charismatic expressions. Soon enough, my satisfaction with any outing was a reflection of how the pictures turned out. And after some postproduction — a push on the saturation and jut on the highlights — and a clever caption, my photos would be ready to post. As the likes and comments would flood onto my screen, so would a generous dose of serotonin. From the seventh to eighth grade, this was my life and I loved it. I never stopped to question its dystopian nature because everyone around me was also feeding into this game of who could create the best highlight reel of their life through squashed four by four images. But after having had my head buried in Instagram for the majority of my middle school years, I was exhausted by the same old formula of “picture, post, compare, repeat.” This is not to say my screen time went down. In fact, I kept finding myself mindlessly swiping back to the bright pink app whenever I opened my phone, getting trapped by catchy headlines and aesthetic posts I wanted to emulate. Even though my time on this app would rack up to hours each day, the time spent on it felt void. When away from the app, I had no desire to waste hours on end scrolling through the depths of my feed, but after being lured back to Instagram, it’s as if the exit is blocked by dozens of distractors and detours you

trick yourself into taking. But there was one roadblock that intimidated me so much, it pushed me to delete the app from my phone: high school. I was aware of my addiction to Instagram, that the moment I saw the gradient icon blow up on my screen and my thumbs comfortably traversed from stories to my homepage that a sense of relief washed over me. But I was scared of high school. Big time. I knew that Instagram would be competing for my homework time. And as any worried freshman, the knowledge of that sent me running for the hills and knocked me out of the Instagram daze. But I was not ready to delete my account. Just the app. One step at a time, I told myself. Because let’s be honest, if I deleted the app, how would I be able to talk to my friends? How would I make friends at all? Or stay updated on their cool travel plans and embarrassing stories on their spam accounts? I was facing a bad case of FOMO (fear of missing out). Then sophomore year rolled around and my incessant worries over school knocked some reason into me, once again. After seeing my schedule, I was scared. I realized this was a leap from freshman year, and suddenly, FOMO was the least of my problems. So the day before my first day of sophomore year, I had a mini funeral with my mother at our breakfast table, where I deleted my account. The profile I had spent hundreds of hours crafting, the direct messages I had with all my friends — old and new — and groupchats with the oddest of themes and

spam accounts that never failed to make me laugh and all my highly coveted comments of genuine “Slay queen” and “Pop off girlie” — all just gone. And the sun still rose the next morning and my life went on. I was anticipating withdrawal symptoms, a taste of the five stages of grief, or even just a sliver of denial. But by the weekend, I had forgotten about it completely. Over the weeks, I noticed that my FOMO was unnecessary. Whenever someone wanted to talk to me, make plans, or just say “Hi,” they would find a way to reach me. My friends would give me exclusive recaps of their life, since they knew I couldn’t read it off of their spam accounts anymore. And turns out in-person comments about your character hit a sweeter spot than “go off bae <3.” Not to mention, my mental health was better, which I did not anticipate as I never knew Instagram engagement was suppressing me so much. But following the weeks of my account’s demise, I felt a weight lifted from my chest. I felt lighter, having escaped the shackles of a game I once enjoyed so much. But now out of the Instagram ditch, everything feels more real, more genuine, more like what a life should be. Imagine going somewhere, anywhere, and you don’t spend a fraction of your time worrying about how you look through the lens of your camera, how the scenery translates onto your screen, or if the

lighting is “good.” What if for one moment, there were no pictures? And all you have to do is look and see.






The Cost of Social Media RIDHIMA KODALI PRINT EDITOR-IN-CHIEF I’ve always thought it was somewhat intriguing how social media knows exactly what we want to see, scrolling through a myriad of TikToks and obsessively checking our Instagram feeds. The answer is simple; they’re always watching. It’s no surprise that living in a digital, social media is — arguably — a majority of our lives. From TikTok, the for you page has become too much of a “for you” page and the Instagram feeds match quite exactly based on our searches. The wound is much deeper than what consumers see from the naked eye. Every social media app has the footprint and your user inputted data. However, General Data

Protection Regulation (GDPR) and California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) laws require companies to give information they have on the user, to the user. Still, TikTok, Instagram and Facebook are feeding off of user inputted data for an increase in audience engagement. Shadow profiles are also still present. Though you may not have given all your information to Facebook or Instagram, for instance, and are considered a “cautious social media consumer,” they still collect data on you — which you did not provide — without consent, from looking at your contacts to even finding out your email address, known as shadow profiles,a term infamously created due to Facebook. So at the end of the day, how much privacy do social media consumers

ALLISON MI PRINT EDITOR-IN-CHIEF How has social media helped your business? Sweetwaters manager: Social media for businesses is a means to stay relevant. When people see us posting regularly in their daily hustle and bustle, it reminds them that we exist and who we are. Our posts are also a form of entertainment for people scrolling through social media, which also helps keeps us relevant with the culture. We also use social media to advertise events

really have? How safe are social media platforms for the public? Last September, “The Facebook Files,” a “Wall Street Journal” investigation revealed documents and reports of the effects Facebook found on social media. From the documents it was also proven that Facebook was more upset with losing audience engagement, not due to the misinformation that was present on the platform or the harmful effects it has. For instance, the files include how Instagram affects teenage girls and makes body issues become worse. The “Wall Street Journal’s” a seven-part podcast series regarding “The Facebook Files.” According to the fourth part of the podcast, “The Outrage Algorithm,” Facebook’s algorithm showed a decline in 2017,

ANNA ESPER WEBSITE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF since most people these days use one of the digital platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Google) to find activities.

— Brian Kung

Moonwinks Cafe coowner: What I have seen on the social media side has been a viewpoint from the original owners of Moonwinks using social media to communicate the business side. There weren’t a lot of hits from the previous posts. But yesterday I posted the grand opening and those hits have gone up 200,000% or

so Facebook “overhauled the algorithm” and people would see posts that are more connected. As people would see posts that they are more connected with, Facebook would use or still uses this to their advantage and hand out negative posts and misinformation so they could see an increase with their engagement metrics. The algorithm continues to collect data from the users IP address to how many times they’ve been on the site and what content they “like’’ to see. Now, with shadow profiles, the dagger digs deeper to the wound, than just finding out your email address. With algorithms it first starts off with breadcrumbs of information about you and then they gain more and more

breadcrumbs in a way that they can push content to influence you more. Not only that, many are also outed as part of the LGBTQ community or as pregnant with personalized ads or on the “TikTok for you page.” According to the LA Times, after she found out she was pregnant, her for you page was flooded with aimless pregnancy videos. So what can social media consumers do, to ensure a hundred percent privacy? — Nothing much. We cannot control technology or social media platforms. But what we can control is how policies are being instituted in our world and limit the access that many apps have to our photos and camera apps. Because after all, they’re always watching.

The Benefits of Social Media 2,000%. And just one post got people excited. This outreach has hit from several hundred followers that have right now, So we’ve been actually hitting new followers and have been able to reach people but just because it’s me or my business partner, my wife, people who are never following the page are now following the page. And that was just overnight.

— Kevin Cox

Arbonne consultant: Social media was a space that I already used to connect with so many people all over the world. Since the pandemic, E-commerce has become a 5 trillion dollar industry and

health and wellness has also become a near 5 trillion dollar industry. Arbonne sits in the middle of a 10 trillion dollar industry. Utilizing the number of people that you can connect with online in an authentic way, while building real relationships and sharing a business and products that have made a huge impact in your life was a super attractive way of doing business.

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“NOPE”: A horror movie that’s full of yawns DANIEL LEE NEWS EDITOR We all wonder what exists beyond our knowledge of the universe: a three-headed alien, UFO the size of a small city or maybe another planet with existent life identical to the humans we have on earth. Not much being discovered yet, people often perceive these speculations as a myth or a story that simply cannot be true. The movie “NOPE” captures this peculiar concept of UFO appearance on Earth, presenting the fear of the unknown. Tired of typical scary movies with expectable topics, I was fascinated by “NOPE” and its concept of alien invasions, expecting it to deliver a new style of apocalyptic horror. Despite having high expectations from the teaser, the movie left me with nothing but disappointments. “NOPE,” a hybrid genre of science fiction and horror, follows two horse ranchers’ journey of capturing a photo of a mysterious UFOlooking creature in the sky as life-threatening attacks were made against them. With such an interesting plot, I expected to have a realistic experience of what it feels like to encounter a monstrous creature from space and the sense of Lovecraftian horror (a subgenre of horror fiction that emphasizes the fear of the unknowable and

incomprehensible) that follows it. However, the movie was a lot different from what I had expected. Jordan Peele, writer, director and producer of the film describes it as “a spectrum of moods,” as it includes multiple genres such as horror, mystery, science fiction, thriller and even comedy, which is a GRAPHIC BY rare concept KELLY PARK in most horror films. Despite the intention from Peele to showcase a horror movie in a unique delivery with a sense of humor, the overall mood of the film felt quite unorganized and all over the place since the “scary mood” did not remain in power throughout the rising action. Multiple lines of jokes and humor from the characters, especially from Emerald Haywood (Keke Palmer) disrupted the rising tension and often lost me throughout the movie. I was particularly disappointed at this approach from Peele because compared to his past movies that had a clear sense of rising spookiness and spinechilling interpretations on noticeable details, such as the concept of

brain transplant in “Get Out”, “NOPE” felt like the film focused too much on unrelated elements that it lost its primary focus as a horror movie. Another reason why “NOPE” failed its job as a horror movie belonged to its weirdly structured storyline. Throughout the two hour-long movie, it felt like the opening scenes and background introductions took more than half of the total run time, having much less time for the actual actions to take place. Instead of having a story that has a plot that

flows naturally through the movie, “NOPE” had a weird time shift and frequent changes in the setting. For example, the movie places multiple different time settings, one with the UFO appearance, one with the story of Gordy the chimpanzee, and one with OJ Haywood’s (Daniel Kaluuya) father’s death. Whenever a scene in one setting seems to raise its tension, the movie immediately shifts the setting to a different story that does not necessarily connect or explain the previous scene. Because of this, I felt like the movie had a chronologically tangled order of events that made it harder to understand the transition of the storyline. The film also utilizes a lot of visual display of symbols (horses, the floating shoe, coins falling from the sky, eyes, cameras and antennas, to name a few) and their hidden meanings to the overall message of the movie. However, none of these symbols are directly addressed or explained throughout the film, rather leading me to make an interpretation of my own, which made me doubt if I was interpreting the symbol in the way the writer intended. Even though Peele enjoys having symbolic objects in his movies, such as the scissor in “Us”, too many symbols were thrown out to the audience without direct connection

to the storyline. It left me with difficulties in understanding the movie. “NOPE” is an experimental movie that marked its freshness for being one of the few hybrid genre horror films that centers around the scientific fiction topic. It also delivered impressive camera work and visual effects that elevated the realness of every shot of the movie, such as the movie’s use of shots that had a first-person point of view and its production quality of visualizing an imaginative design of a UFO. However, for me, in order for a movie to leave a lasting impression, it is better to have a central theme that leads the film from start to end. While “NOPE” succeeded in carrying multiple aspects of what makes a movie well-rounded, as a horror film, it lost its core purpose and aim: to scare the audience. If you like movies that do not directly reveal its message or meaning behind the film and slowly lets you be the one to interpret the scariness of the storyline, “NOPE” is a great source of whiteboard that accepts multiple perspectives and understandings. However, for people like me, who love the jumpscares, the tensions and the noticeable meanings from the writer, “NOPE” is nothing more than a movie that leads you to fall asleep.




1 The Sandman

1 Top Gun:

1 Music For a Su-

1 As It Was - Harry Styles

2 Better Call Saul

2 Doctor Strange

2 Hotel (Sped Up)

2 About Damn Time - Lizzo

3 Stranger Things

3 Dominion

3 Sunroof - Nicky

3 First Class - Jack Harlow

4 She-Hulk: At-

4 Minions: The

4 As It Was


5 Running Up That

5 Running Up That Hill - Kate

torney at Law

5 Black Bird


Jurassic World:

Rise of Gru 5 Thor: Love and Thunder

shi Restaurant - Lawsy

Youre, dazy

- Harry Styles Hill (Drill Remix)

Wait For U - Future ft. Drake and Tems Bush



What’s new with crew: Senior rowers weigh in SANDRA FU PHOTO EDITOR What’s your favorite part about rowing? I think my favorite part about rowing is winning a race and feeling like my hard work everyday at practice was worth it. — Abby Meggison, 12

What are you looking forward to this season? I am really excited to get to know so many new teammates. I think about half of the varsity girls are in their first varsity season so it’s exciting to get the opportunity to get to know more people. — Eliza VanEve, 12 I’m looking forward to see how competitive we can be this season, because in years past we haven’t finished as well as we hoped, so I’m looking forward to seeing if we can do well as it is a final ride for me and all the other seniors. — Simon Shavit, 12

Samaha | FROM PAGE ONE There’s no plans on changing the principles of The Huron Way without Samaha, just led in a new way. Zach Desprez, boys Freshman coach and a former Huron student and Varsity basketball player is just one example of what “The Huron Way” represents. “It has been a dream of mine going back to when I played for Huron to come back and give back to the community and program that helped me grow to be the man I am today. I have so much love, pride and respect for what Coach Samaha, the rest of the staff, and incredible young men that have put on a Huron jersey have built this program into. One of the most competitive and high character programs in the State on a year to year basis. It’s almost impossible for me to put into words how much I value and appreciate all the time, love

My favorite part about rowing is definitely the people. In my first few seasons, I kind of just didn’t talk to anyone, came to practice, and left, which made me dread coming to practice. Now, I’ve made friends with the other rowers and have fun messing around with them or having inside jokes at practice. — Simon Shavit, 12

and mentorship I have been lucky enough to receive from the entire coaching staff. I have so much gratitude for all the lessons, resilience, and grit that being a member of this program and coaching staff has brought me.” said Desprez. Samaha taking a step back this summer allowed the program’s transition plan to take place after it was communicated to the team that Samaha would not be returning as head coach and allowing coach Mo Kasham to be the voice for the team to hear. “Leading into the future Coach Mo and myself have done what we do best, help our current players get better,” Desprez said. “The day to day grind of working out, building the culture for next year, and developing the leadership of the guys that are going into their senior year this season is what I live for. I walk into the gym every day with the intent of helping out young men

What is your favorite crew memory? What’s the hardest part about rowing? The hardest part about rowing is definitely the erg pieces. Especially when you don’t PR. — Leylan Kazi, 12 The hardest part about rowing is the amount of time and effort you have to put into it in order to succeed. Two hour practices all week and whole day regattas every Saturday mean you have to sacrifice lots of free time to be on the team. People who take on this challenging sport have so much love and passion for it that it makes everything worth it. — Eliza VanEe, 12

During my novice season at states, we had to stop half way through the race because of a kayaker in the course. We were in first place and all super upset because we would have to re-race it later in the day when it was extremely hot. We ended up re-racing it and getting second place. We had a ton of support from the whole team and it was nice to know that we had that many people who really cared about us! — Abby Meggison, 12

Samaha watches a play unfold in a home game against Bedford in February 2022 PHOTO BY JACKSON POLLARD

become the best versions of themselves. The future is so bright for the incredible young men that will have the privilege to carry the torch for this program this season.” Samaha will now be the head coach of the basketball team at LEAD Prep Academy in Brighton, MI. “Coach Samaha has left an impact on the program entirely,” senior varsity

basketball player Bruce Williams said. “Even without him being in the program, his teachings and philosophies are carried by the new coaches and team as well as the past athletes and staff. We will expect to continue being one of the best programs in the state, year in and out using the principles and values that Coach has instilled within the program. He has built a

special culture here where we are family and play for each other and handle ourselves.” “The coaching world is kind of taking me in a different direction,” Samaha said. “But I love the work that I do at school and I love the people I’ve worked with and serving our students is definitely a priority in my life.”


MEET THE NEW STAFF Hello! My name is Ms. Lizzie Williamson and I am thrilled to join the Huron English Department. This past May, I graduated from my family’s alma mater, the University of Michigan. During my time in the School of Education, I worked at Community High School and Pioneer High School in the English Departments.

What job will you have at Huron/what classes will you teach?

What are you excited about as a new member of Huron?

This year I will be teaching 9th grade English, African American Literature, and Academic Literacy. I will also help facilitate Huron’s Book Club and wish to be involved with many other clubs/organizations throughout the year.

For me, becoming a part of the community extends beyond the walls of my classroom and I am excited to be ensconced in the Huron experience and all of the wonderful opportunities for staff and students.

Hi everyone, my name is Joys Kapali. I graduated from the University of Michigan and I was a teaching intern at Scarlett, Huron, and Skyline. I was born and raised in Dhaka, Bangladesh but moved to Niles, MI during 6th grade. So if you hear me mispronounce a word here and there, you’ll know it’s because English is my 2nd language.

I grew up in Ann Arbor, graduated from Gabriel Richard, then went to Arizona State for college where I graduated with a Political Science degree. What job will you have at Huron/what classes will you teach? I’ll be working in the General Office.

How did you get into the education system? Is this something you have always thought of doing? I was fortunate to be home with my kids for the majority of their childhood. When I started thinking about going back to work, I knew I needed something that would still

My first teaching job was in a town near Madison, Wisconsin. When I moved home to Michigan, I taught at Ypsilanti High School. After that I worked

What job will you have at Huron/what classes will you teach?

What are you excited about as a new member of Huron?

I will be teaching Psychology, Psychology DP SL, and Applied Psychology. I will also be facilitating a section of MYP Personal Project this fall!

I am really excited for getting to know all of the students! They’re pretty funny and say unhinged things (especially in the psychology classroom) so we have fun talking about everything related to human behavior.

have missed the high school environment, and I am very interested in learning more about IB World Schools.

IB and about all the other amazing opportunities that Huron offers to students as a provider of free, public education.

What job will you have at Huron/what classes will you teach?

What are you excited about as a new member of Huron?

I’m the 9th Grade Dean. I’ll be helping to support 9th graders, and helping 9th graders learn about the

There are so many talented and creative educators and students to learn from.

allow me to be present for all their activities. Working at a school was perfect. Why did you choose to work at Huron? When I started working for AAPS, I had worked at Burns Park, then Tappan so I figured I’d add a high school to my resume.

in Plymouth Canton Community Schools as the curriculum coordinator for visual and performing arts, and then as an building administrator. When I started in Ann Arbor, I was the Assistant Dean at Community High School followed by Principal at Ann Arbor Open. Why did you choose to work at Huron? I am excited about joining the Huron team because I