“Don’t sweat the petty stuff, and don’t pet the sweaty stuff.” - George Carlin Dexter High School - 2200 N. Parker Road Dexter, Mi 48130
October 21, 2005 Volume XVI, Issue 2
Depression leads to student's death Hilary McCown copy editor
His parents said he was caring. His mentor called him kind. His schoolmates remember him as fun. If there is one thing all of these people have in common, it is that they all have nothing but positive things to say about Spencer Saunders, a Dexter senior who took his own life on Sept. 28. “The best word to describe (Spencer) is caring,” math teacher Brian Baird said. Baird, who like Spencer has chronic depression, acted as Spencer’s mentor since his sophomore year. Baird, who has struggled with depression since college, wants to emphasize to students that depression is a disease, not just a mood. According to those who knew him best, Spencer was not just a sad teen who killed himself out of self-pity. He had an illness that he couldn’t compete with anymore. His counselor, Gerry Holmes, said Spencer came to DHS as a sophomore and found it difﬁcult to ﬁt in. Because of this he developed a lot of ideas for about how to treat people. “He wanted us, particularly students, to be more supportive and understanding toward one another,”
Holmes said in the speech she gave at the memorial service for Spencer on Oct. 2. In fact, it was Spencer who came up with the idea of a buddy system for new students which has been implemented the past couple of years. Together, he and Holmes also came up with an analogy to ﬁt Dexter High School. “(It) is like a 1,100 piece jigsaw puzzle,” Holmes said in her speech, “ in which each of us represents one piece of the puzzle, each piece having its own characteristics. “Some pieces are easy to ﬁt into place and others are not. You have to rotate some pieces to see them from all angles. And if you think you have it, don’t force it into place. If it feels forced, it isn’t in the correct placement, and you keep hunting until you ﬁnd its proper ﬁt. “When each piece is comfortable and the puzzle is complete, it brings joy and contentment. If even one piece is missing though, it changes the complexion of the puzzle.” For Baird, Spencer’s death emphasizes the importance of students understanding the seriousness of illnesses like depression. “Someone can’t just walk up to you and make you feel better just by saying, ‘Feel better’,” Baird said.
“There’s no magic bullet to solve depression.” However, like any disease, Baird said there are medications that can help. Antidepressants such as Zoloft, Celexa, Prozac and others can help to even out the chemical imbalances in the brain that cause depression in the ﬁrst place. “(Medication) helps tremendously,” Baird said. “It helps me ﬁght my battle ... (but) it’s not for everyone.” Baird compares depression to other serious illnesses such as cancer or diabetes. “Why would a diabetic not take his medication?” Baird asked. For students who think they may have depression, there are ways to tell. According to the National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center, changes in eating and sleeping habits, withdrawal from family and friends, marked personality changes and drug and alcohol use are just a few of the symptoms most commonly associated with depression. “(Students) with depression need to talk to people,” Baird said. “(They need to) share their concerns and their troubles.” According to Baird talking to parents, teachers, counselors or professionals are the best options for depressed teens. “The biggest thing is
that if your depressed (you need to) talk to more than just your friends,” he said. Baird also said that any student who ﬁnds out a friend is seriously depressed needs to tell and adult immediately. “It’d be wrong not to tell someone,” Baird said. “Being quiet hurts more than helping.” If a student is unsure about talking to a teacher or parent, they can contact a help line such as the Covenant House “Nine line,” the Community Crisis Center or General Crisis Counseling. Regardless of the situation, Baird said it is crucial to realize that there is a healthy way out. “Depression doesn’t mean suicide,” he said. Holmes agrees. She paraphrased Spencer in her speech as saying, “You are in control of your destiny, and you can make a difference in anything you choose to do. Your happiness doesn’t depend on someone else. It depends on you and whether you’re willing to accept the situations you’ve been given. “You may have stress and some complications here and there to deal with, but smile to yourself, knowing that you’re in charge. You can handle your life and that you’re going to make it the best you can.”
Dialing in the tunes
By the numbers Classes over the contractual maximum for this semester: 71 Classes at contractual maximum this semester: 30 Classes under the contractual maximum this semester: 119 Amount paid in overloads this marking period: $18,700 source: teacher overload forms, Jim Bannan
on the inside
•Major depression strikes about one in 12 adolescents •Teenage girls are twice as likely as boys to develop depression •Teens with a family history of depression are at greater risk of depression •Depressed teens frequently also have problems with alcohol or other drugs •Among teens who develop major depression, as many as seven percent (or one in 14) will commit suicide as young adults •For every two homicides in the United States there are three suicides To get help for depression: 1-800-999-9999 1-800-SUICIDE 1-800-7858111 Information from: www.aacap.org
•Memory card slot that holds up to 1 GB of pictures, movies and music
Kim Wiesner staff writer
The newest thing in cell phone technology in the 90s was caller ID. Next came the ﬂip phone with the address book. Today we have color LCD screens, cameras and the Internet all in one object, conveniently located in a purse or pocket. But the newest cell phone feature is a built in MP3 player which, for freshman Natalie Rutherford, makes no sense. “If you want music you should just buy an iPod,” Rutherford said. “The phone doesn’t hold very many songs for what it’s worth.” For example, the Samsung p735 holds 1,000 songs while the iPod holds approximately 10 times that many. And the cell phone is also considerably more expensive. At prices around $200, most students would prefer an iPod. “I think (an MP3 player on a cell phone) is frivolous,” senior Greg Smith said. “You can ﬁnd better speakers.” Others, however, think a built in jukebox is the best thing since real ring tones. “I like it,” freshman Taylor Verna said. “If you don’t have an iPod or a phone, you can just get one thing and have both.” The Samsung p735 also includes a megapixel camera with a zoom, a video camera and a currency converter. “I guess it’s a good thing,” senior Candice Marrin said. “It’s like two things in one.” The cell phone is smaller than most iPods which can be an advantage, and if you misplace it, you can call the phone to ﬁnd it, which may be the greatest perk. Will the p735 actually replace iPods? “iPods can hold a lot more songs that the phone,” Marrin said. “I doubt they will (replace iPods). When I’m listening to music, I like to listen to music, not take phone calls.” Even if the cell phone doesn’t replace iPods, adding an MP3 player makes some people wonder what will be next in the expanding world of technology. “What can’t cell phones do now?” Marrin said. “Maybe they’ll have Gigapets or something.” Although many phones can record action, there is one thing they’re missing. “I have a great idea,” Verna said. “Phones should have DVD players.”
Facts about depression
•Headphone jack for the built in MP3 player
•Volume controls for music and video
•Wireless communication to other phones to send contacts and music
•Charges when plugged into a computer
State says no to teacher aides Ryan Yuenger staff writer
Prior to this year, many seniors took teacher aide as a class to ease stress as their high school years wound down. But this year the Michigan Department of Education decided to more strictly enforce a rule that was already in place, which may eliminate students from being teacher aides after this semester. Each year, the district receives $6875 from the state per student. The state requirement for a student to count as full time is that each student receives 1080 hours of instruction per school year. If students fail to meet this requirement, the district will not receive the full amount of money for that student. “The Governor wants more bang for the buck when it comes to students,” Principal Jim Bannan said. “They want what the teacher aides do to be relevant or related to what they want to do as a career.” However, the “Library Sciences” and “Lab Assistant” classes are not effected by this rule because they require some initial training before the students actually start their work. This newly enforced rule doesn’t sit well with senior Jacob Lavalli. “I think this is a stupid reason for explaining being a teacher aide, because no one really knows what they want to do for a career right now,” he said. “But if that’s the way we have to explain it to the state, then we might as well say that the school is full of future teachers. “I think it’s the Democrats in Lansing looking for a way to make up for their shortcomings by regulating schools in Michigan,” he said. “If the teacher and ofﬁce aiding positions are in fact taken away, I think the teachers will realize how much they do rely on aides, especially in the ofﬁce.” Bannan said he is currently working with some teachers to develop a curriculum for the teacher aides which might allow students to remain as aides for second semester. English teacher Deb Marsh is helping Bannan with this proposal. “Right now I am trying to create a hybrid between (the teacher aiding position) we have now and the one the state wants us to have,” Marsh said. “I have not completed it yet, but I hope to have something out by the ﬁrst Tuesday of November.” She added, “I think having our teacher aides more accountable is a good thing, otherwise the school wouldn’t run as well. “But the state also should have told us about this earlier so we wouldn’t be in the situation we are currently in.”
Overcrowded classes cost district money Austin Shapiro staff writer
Walking through the halls is a little tight, especially in the middle stairwell. But nothing compares to the crowds many students meet when they step into their classrooms. In fact, almost every class this semester is within ﬁve students of the maximum number allowed by the teachers’ contract. In addition, 93 of the 222 classes offered are either over or at the maximum number of students contractually allowed in the class. Sixty six of these classes are over the maximum. Some classes even have 10 students over the maximum number. English teacher Andrew Parker teaches three classes that are over or at the maximum number of students allowed by contract. He said he ﬁnds it harder to work with students when there is an excess number of them. “I don’t get to work one-on-one as much as I’d like. Sometimes
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you get less work done because there are so many kids you can’t be as thorough as you would be with a smaller class,” he said. Students also feel at a disadvantage with large class sizes. “Sometimes when we’re checking something over you can’t ask a question you want because there are too many kids with questions in the class,” sophomore Natalie Fluent said. “It’s a lot harder to understand what you’re doing because the teacher can’t go back over something if you need them to.” Principal Jim Bannan said that teachers are paid $79 for each extra students they have in classes over the contracted maximum. This sum is paid four times a year. Last year teachers were paid more than $50,000 for extra students in their classes. Bannan said that this semester overload pay will exceed $18,700. Teacher union president Joe Romeo said overages aren’t the fault of any one person but are caused by a variable unbeknownst to administrators: new students.
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“When Vicki Glowacki (Assistant Supervisor of Technology, in charge of district scheduling) schedules students at the end of the previous year, the classes aren’t over the maximum,” Romeo said. “But when new students come, we have to put them somewhere. This year I believe we had something like 100 new students in the high school.” Romeo added that a lot of high school overloading comes from large class sizes in ninth and tenth grade. “There are a couple classes in eighth grade that have too many, and a lot of freshman and sophomore classes are too. The most overcrowded classes are the freshman science classes, IPS and ESS, American Studies and Spanish I and II. “I’ve made a request to the board and Mrs. Shirk that we hire sufﬁcient people for next year.” “I hope we can get this under control,” Romeo said. “(Teachers) would rather have manageable class sizes where they can actually teach than the extra money.”
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Friday, October 21 , 2005
The Squall Out with the old in with the new
District considers new tech system Katie Fricke staff writer
Photo by Spencer Ryan
Who’s Hiring? Quality 16 3686 Jackson Rd. Ann Arbor, 48103 827-2863 Who do you talk to: Anna
1. How many positions are available? All positions.
2. What hours/how many hours do you offer? Minors: only up to 18 hours a week, need to work Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 18+: no more than 25 hours per week.
3. What is the hourly pay/salary for each position?
Starters make $6.00 per house, pay raise available.
4. Are there any special skills/background you needed to be hired, if so, what? No special skills needed.
5. What are some qualities you look for in your employees? Friendliness towards customers and ablility to handle cash properly.
6. How old must you be to be hired? 16 7. How does one get hired? Fill out an application, they will review it and call you back to set up an interview.
District administrators are considering changing the current 12year- old grading and attendance system and replacing it with a new system they say would be more practical for teachers and students. “The current Mac School system has served us well for 12 years, but with new reporting requirements and need for better online communication we need to make a change,” Supervisor of technology, Richard Weaver, said. Weaver said they new system would allow students and parents to access grades, attendance and class announcements online by signing on the web and using a password. Weaver added the new system would not only improve communication between parents and teachers by allowing parents to see how their child
was doing at school, it would also be more efﬁcient for creating student reports. “The requirements of No Child Left Behind federal legislation and state of Michigan reporting require student data to be easily tabulated for creating numerous reports,” He said. “The new program would do this more efﬁciently.” According to Weaver, the new system would also make it much easier for teachers to enter grades, attendance and other needed information. This would be a welcome change for math teacher Paige Lumpiesz. “I think a new system would be a good change for the district,” Lumpiesz said. “A lot of times I can’t even get on the server to do attendance. It would also be more practical for the administrators.” The new system’s name and cost will be presented by Superintendent Evelyn Shirk to the Board of Educa-
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tion for approval. “I have not determined a time for the presentation,” Shirk said. “But it is my understanding the new system would cost approximately $125,000.” Weaver said the new system’s other improvements include: student demographics, graduation requirements and veriﬁcation, course history maintenance and better security. “The new system would enhance school to home communication,” Shirk said. “Parents can monitor student progress on a daily basis if they choose. Lesson plans can be aligned to standards. It will also enhance the District’s ability to access data and to provide the data required for No Child Left Behind mandates as well as education.” According to Weaver, members of the teach team have put a lot of effort in to ﬁnding a new system that ﬁts
The new system would enhance school to home communication” • Evelyn Shirk superintendent Dexter’s needs. “Over the last years various groups have been evaluated systems and attended presentations,” Weaver said. “Members of the teach team have a lot of experience with student information systems programs and monitor what is available. All data was evaluated in ﬁnd programs that would best meet the districts changing needs.”
New restaurants and buildings bring diversity to area Raleigh Holmes sport editor
The Dexter area has seen a rash of new buildings, many of the restaurants. Here’s the scoop on the latest buildings and what they have in store. Jet’s Pizza Located in the new building behind the Mobil, Jet’s Pizza has made its way to town. “We came to Dexter because of the growing population,” manager Branden Marvalis said. “We have actually gotten a lot more business than we were expecting, so it was a good idea to come here.” Jet’s offers a variety of food ranging from pizza, subs, salads, cinnamon sticks, original Jet’s sticks, wings, chicken tenders and more. Their food already has a good ranking with students. “Their pizza is so good,” senior Justin Maksym said. “I like their crust on the deep dish and their pepperonis are really crispy so they taste really good.” Not only does their food rank highly with students, but their prices do too. They have deals such as a large pizza and an order of original Jet’s sticks for only #9.80. Jet’s pizza is open Monday-Thursday from 11
a.m.-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m. and Sunday from 12-10 p.m. To order pickup or delivery call 424-9810. 2. Monument Park Building The recent addition of the towering brick building next to the Dairy Queen downtown seems a little bit out of place. The building is just being ﬁnished and is still looking for tenants, “The exterior and the windows are all ﬁnished,” Dave Genbernalik, a representative from the building company A. R. Brower said. “We can’t ﬁnish the inside until we know what business is going to be residing in the building.” There have been many rumors about what businesses will go in the building says no one knows for sure, “We have been advertising for companies to buy the space, but we haven’t gotten any replies yet,” he said. “We would ideally like to see the top ﬂoor to have two ofﬁces in it and the bottom ﬂoor to have one or two restaurants.” The building is empty, but any business wanting to move in should call the contractor A. R. Brower at 426-9980. 3. Americano The past summer a building has been built in
front of the Quality 16 manager Bob Bailey said. “The grand opening is going to be on Nov. 1.” The owner of the building didn’t return phone calls seeking information about the new restaurant. “We think that it will bring both the restaurant and our theater a lot of business,” Bailey said. “Because lots of people enjoy going to dinner and a movie, and this makes it really convenient to do that.” 4. Terry B’s Three different people have owned the white house that was turned into a restaurant located at 7594 Dexter-Ann Arbor Road just outside of down town Dexter. First it was Cousin’s, then The Tuscan House and now Terry B’s. Terry B’s is going to be a restaurant and bar great for family and friends to enjoy each other’s company, according to an answering machine message a reporter heard. The owner did not return phone calls seeking information about the restaurant. The new owners are remodeling the restaurant and putting in a bar but have yet to open their doors. However, they are catering events and gatherings. 426-3663 for more information.
Squall survey reveals things aren't always as they seem Christina Field education editor
The process of stereotyping is very simple really. A person can walk down the hallway, glance at someone, and somehow know everything about them. Sounds amazing and mystical, but it happens all the time. A girl is in the top of her class, which as most know means she rarely, if ever, gets in trouble at school, she plays a sport in which she excels and has never taken a sip or hit of anything illegal. But if someone happens to have lower grades, a whole other biography is created about them within seconds. However, things are not always as they seem, as a recent Squall survey of 200 shows. Parents Teenagers often complain about their parents. But 72 percent consider their parents to be very supportive. Of those that state their parents are somewhat supportive (22 percent of the school according to the survey) it makes little difference whether or not their parents are divorced. The same percentage of students whose parents are married say their parents are somewhat supportive as those who say their divorced parents are somewhat supportive. Money Almost half of the students surveyed don’t know what
their parents annual income is. Parents may not trust their kids with this information for safety reasons, parents might think their children would take advantage of them if they make a lot of money or parents could be embarrassed if they didn’t make as much as they wanted. Also, some people could buy expensive items to make them appear rich when they really do not have a lot of spare income. If their kids revealed this, it could ruin the reputation. Twenty-seven percent of Dexter’s 6,609 households make over $100,000 a year. The median income is $79,855 and the median home value is $218,739, twice as high as the state average.
Depression One of four students say someone in their household has been diagnosed with depression. Of those with someone depressed, 44 percent have depression themselves. Depression may be dependent on how someone is raised, and if a student is raised by a depressive parent this negative attitude could be adopted by the child. Politics Thirty-six percent of the students say they are more liberal, 22 percent feel they are more conservative and the 43 percent consider themselves to be moderate. The majority of freshmen consider themselves more conservative or moderate. Older students say they are more liberal.
Senior Keith Bado says that as students grow up they learn a variety of things academically as well as more about themselves as a person that carries on into college. “They want to ﬁnd a new idea, a new concept,” Bado said. “I think most kids tend to be what their parents are but more extreme. They become more moderate as they get older because they see extremes don’t work.”
Sports About 83 percent of the freshmen, sophomore, and junior classes are involved in sports, either through school and/or clubs. However, 67 percent of the senior class say the same thing. Seventy-ﬁve percent of the seniors that are involved in sports also partake in substance abuse. Setting Although there are numerous subdivisions in Dexter, 47 percent consider themselves to live in a rural setting, while 38 percent feel they live in a subdivision. The other ﬁve percent live in a condominium, trailer park, or other. The difﬁculty comes in deﬁning these areas. A subdivision could be built between large farms, or a farm could be surrounded by high population density areas, making it harder to distinguish. Sophomore Karen Hill deﬁned subdivisions as where “people live close to each other, like they could speak to their neighbor through a window.” She then went on to
News analysis, an editor’s note: This is a news analysis piece. This is a developing form of journalism where the writer presents the facts and then analyzes them and gives them context. It is not, nor is it meant to be, an entirely objective piece deﬁne rural as “country with a lot a lot of trees.” “If there’s a sign in front of it, it’s a subdivision,” senior Michael Speigel said, giving the example of his subdivision Loch Alpine. Other offered distinctions of subdivisions are that people would not usually take the road, usually drives and courts, to get anywhere other than to a certain house and they have designated entrances and possibly exits. Subdivisions also have regulations such as on fences, pools, trees, etc. that other residential areas may not. We may like walking down the hallways and “knowing” everything about a person within a glance, but remember that the nerdy girl with high grades very well may be involved in substance usage, sports, and not really enthusiastic about her schoolwork. And the guy with the lower grades may be very different from how you assumed him to be too. In the next issue, results from the survey regarding substance abuse and school related issues will be explored more in depth.
Friday, October 21, 2005
What you need to know: Truly unacceptable fashion
Jennifer Allen business manager
Every generation has a fashion trend that they regret. The kind of thing your Mom cringes at in her own pictures from high school. Whether it be tight 80’s spandex, paisley, tight leather jeans or cutoffs, every generation has it’s fashion faux pas. In hopes of avoiding the painful question of “What were we thinking?” I’ve composed a list of fashion trends that should stay in the closet.
It’s been a one-sided argument for years. Seriously. It’s a hopeless cause. No matter how much you tell people to stay away from mullets, it just doesn’t matter. There are always going to be people who can’t accept the fact that mullets aren’t, and weren’t ever really, in fashion.
6. Ugg boots:
Those shirts that say things like “If you’re talking, then I’m not listening” or “The voices in my head don’t like you either.” Seriously. You’re not clever just because you wear a clever shirt. (Or semi-clever)
Really. Furry boots? Not only are Ugg boots impractical, but they are distracting. Not to mention way too expensive.
7. Straight leg jeans
(i.e. Mom jeans):
2. Popped collars
(also “collar ﬂipping”):
I can think of only three possible reasons why someone would have their collar ﬂipped. One would be because they forgot to put their collar down. This is understandable and can be corrected rather quickly. The second reason would be if it’s cold. But, of course, there are things like scarves designed speciﬁcally to keep you warm. The third reason, and most popular at our school, I believe, is to look edgy, tough or cool. But I assure you, you don’t look like any of those things. You look as though you don’t know how to dress yourself properly.
3. Ludicrous nail designs: There is nothing more terrifying than trying to shake hands with someone with horribly long and brightly decorated nails. This happens when I work more than I want to think about. I’ve got scars. Painted, ﬁne. Even short, under control fake nails are ﬁne. But the red ones with airbrushed birds on them with rhinestones? Forget about it.
These high-waisted jeans are long and tight around the ankles. Moms, please take note. Leave these in the 80’s.
8. Trucker hats: All right. So these took off when Ashton Kutcher and Justin Timberlake started wearing them. But they don’t really look good, especially the ones with the fake companies on them.
9. Useless belts: Belts that are decorative that serve no purpose whatsoever. The problem that today’s youth encounters is that the guys don’t feel like they need belts when they actually do, and girls feel like they need to wear gaudy belts around their stomach over their shirts, which doesn’t make any sense. Belts are there to hold up your pants. Any other use is unnecessary.
10. Distressed jeans: All right. So I’ll admit, I have a few pairs of jeans with holes in them. They are my favorite, old, well-worn jeans. However, I did not pay extra to have some machine tear holes in them and sew them up to look properly worn in. It’s ridiculous how much these jeans cost when they have holes in them on purpose, especially the ones with large holes or holes on the butt.
These shoes, although admittedly comfortable, are obnoxiously designed and awkward looking with almost any outﬁt.
with Peter Jebson
Q: If you could change one law in our country, what would it be and why? A: Personally I’m not a big fan of the laws against streaking. It would certainly be a lot more entertaining at sporting events if people could just hang loose. Q: Given the opportunity, name one place you would visit. A: All exotic locations aside I wouldn’t mind visiting the Mall of America. It seems like it would be a good time just living there for a week. I’m pretty sure I still wouldn’t be able to go to all the stores. Q: In the wake of several natural disasters,
illustration by Kendall Goode
what do you feel America’s role should be in the support of these countries? A: I deﬁnitely think we should lend as much help as we can, not necessarily because we have to but more because we are able to. A lot of good can be done with our donations and lots of that money would have been wasted otherwise. Q: If possible, what is one way that you would improve Dexter High School in order to make it more enjoyable? A: Hard to say. It would take a whole lot in order to make school truly enjoyable. I would personally like to see less school in general, but I suppose if we have to be here I wouldn’t mind a good long nap time. They might as well throw in some cookies and milk while they’re at it.
troubles. Q: When do you think kids become too old to participate in of trick or treating? A: The only time people are too old to trick or treat is when they are turned down at the doors. Honestly, an opportunity for free candy, costumes and good wholesome fun? You’d be hard pressed to ﬁnd a more enjoyable activity. Q: Who do you feel is the most underrated musical artist? A: That’s an easy one. The artist formerly know as Prince. Tight purple pants, slick guitar rifts. Pound for pound, he is one of the most talented men I can think of. Besides, do you know anyone else who is too cool for a name?
Q: How do you feel about the no headQ: Israel has recently agreed to pull out of phone rule at school? the Gaza Strip. Do you see light at the end A: That’s one rule that I’m not too pleased about. I listen to my headphones whenof the tunnel for this conﬂict? A: Really? I hadn’t heard that. Well, that ever I can, and I don’t see how it can be is good news. In my opinion, any strides detrimental to the school day at all. In fact, towards peace are positive, but in the long it can only help. T he halls would be less run I think they have a lot more work to noisy, kids would be more focused. There do over there until they can truly end the is really no downside to the whole act.
Friday, October 21, 2005
The Squall Did I remember to record The OC?
Love at ﬁrst sight? Follow Rademacher and Thompson through their Blind Date
Nervously awaiting her blind date in the high school parking lot, junior Sarah Rademaker quietly talked with her Mom about the plans for the night. After a few minutes of waiting, senior Kyle Thompson pulled into the parking lot. Unsure of what to expect, Rademaker stood quietly until Thompson got out of his car. “I had no clue who he was or what was going to happen on the date,” Rademaker said. “I was just hoping nothing would be awkward.” Luckily Thompson calmed her nerves by jumping out of his car and embracing her with a hug as he introduced himself. “When I ﬁrst got out of my car, I saw this pretty blonde girl standing there waiting for me,” Thompson said. “She greeted me with a great smile, and I knew the date would go well.” After a few mo-
“ I t ments was funny,” of awkward Sara Newell Rademaker said. conversation, features editor “Neither of us had the pair climbed into ever been (to Noodles Thompson’s Cougar and and Co.) before, so we were on their way to Nooboth just got what sounded dles and Co, an Ann Arbor good.” restaurant. After a dinner of laughing “I was nervous driving with and getting to know each other Sarah,” Thompson said. “I was just hoping we wouldn’t run out of the pair decided to fare the cold weather and head to “Putterz” for things to talk about.” Rademaker was also worried a round of miniature golf. “It was about keeping the conversation go- really cold, and I hadn’t played putt putt in a really long time,” Radeing. “After we ﬁrst met we didn’t maker said. “But it seemed like have much to say to each other,” something laid back that we could have fun doing.” she said. However, not everything on the “I got really nervous about the car ride to Ann Arbor after that. date was running smoothly. “I was But once we were in the car, every- trying to change a CD and wasn’t completely paying attention and thing was a lot easier.” In the 20 minute drive the two almost rear-ended the car in front managed to talk about just about of me,” Thompson said. “I was so everything, from school and col- embarrassed. She just laughed, but she must have thought I was lege, to family and friends. “Kyle is really easy to talk to,” such a bad driver.” After about a half hour of shivRademaker said. “So the conversation ﬂowed re- ering together in 45 degree weathally well, and there was hardly any er, the two opted for a Starbucks run to warm themselves up. “It was silence.” Thompson agreed. “We’re inter- so cold, and I thought Starbucks ested in a lot of the different things, would be a good way to end our so we had a lot to learn about each date.” Thompson said. Rademaker agreed and said that other,” he said. “Talking to Sarah Starbucks was her favorite part of was really easy.” By the time the couple reached the whole night. “We really got a dinner they were acting more as chance to talk to each other,” she old friends and less like they said. “And by that point I felt rewere on an awkward blind ally comfortable talking to Kyle date as they had both about anything, so it was just anticipated. The two really fun.” With the conclusion even laughed as they ordered of the night quickly the same approaching, the dinner. two shared just one regret. “ I
A growing number of students decide sex can wait Sitting in her fourth hour class senior Kelsey Wilson overheard another classroom gossip session about who was sleeping with whom this weekend. Turning her head slightly, she saw a fellow senior wearing an “Everything’s Bigger in Texas” Tshirt. Wilson is not the only person to observe so many things relating to sex in school. In many ways society has become obsessed with sex and is using it to sell products including music and videos. Despite all the sex education programs, government advertisements and parent conversations to the contrary, many teenagers have made the choice to be sexually active. However, not every teenager has made the decision to have sex, and Wilson is one of many who has decided to remain a virgin while they are in high school. “I think that as a high school student there’s enough drama involved between guys and girls that bringing sex in to the equation is too much of an emotional involvement for a 14 to 17-year-old,” Wilson said. Wilson said her decision to remain a virgin was inﬂuenced by many different elements such as the risk of pregnancy, AIDS and STD’s. “When you make a decision with that many consequences, you need to think through all of them,” she said. Science teacher Cheryl Wells also advises students to think through all consequences and possibilities before having sex. “A guy learning that he is going to be a parent, that’s a big decision,” Wells said. Wells is a member of Dexter’s reproductive health committee, which
decides the reproductive curriculum that is included in such classes as Biology and Introduction to Anatomy. In teaching these classes, Wells said she hopes to help direct students in the right direction when it comes to sex and be as safe as possible, avoiding things such as an infectious disease or pregnancy. “There are too many other important things, and students are dealing with all types of problems,” Wells said. “Students are worried about college and busy with academics and sports.” Being constantly busy is another reason Wilson gives for not having sex. “I have too much to do right now,” she said. “I don’t have time to worry about sex and if I might be pregnant or not. I want to focus on graduating and getting in to college.” Wilson also said staying determined and focused has allowed her to stick to her morals and say no to sex. “Having sex is not going to make you feel better about yourself,” she said. “You have to wait until it’s the right time.” It’s not that Wilson hasn’t been in love, however. “I think it’s possible you can meet someone wonderful in high school That’s always a possibility,” she said. “I have been in love. I just chose not to have sex.” In love or not, having sex is a big decision and there are major consequences to it. Wells advises students to think over their decision thoroughly. “In order to have sex you need to know your partner, know their history, contacts, both of you need to be tested and know all of your sexual partners,” she said. “You have to do all that research to be safe, and how many kids are willing to do that much for sex?”
wished the night could have lasted longer,” Rademaker said. “We were just getting to know each other, and be comfortable together, and then it was done.” Nevertheless, both Rademaker and Thompson said they had a great time. “Kyle’s a really nice guy,” Rademaker said. “We have some of the same friends so I will deﬁnitely hang out with him again.” Thompson is already making plans for date number two. “Maybe I’ll talk her to Mongolian BBQ sometime,” he said. “We talked about how much we loved that food a lot.” Both said they enjoyed each other’s company and loved making a new friend. “Sarah is a really funny, smart and cute girl,” Thompson said. “I had a lot of fun getting to know her. I’m sure we’ll hang out again, and maybe this time it won’t end so soon.”
“If (girls) are willing to sacriﬁce their own integrity and sense of worth with someone who’s been unfaithful to the relationship, then they need to ﬁnd what’s really important to them and reevaluate.
Some students put off sex Kelsey Schultz morale manager
• Gerry Holmes counselor
Response to cheating survey shows views of relationships Nicole St. Peirre staff writer
Cheating in relationships is everywhere. It is present in magazines with the latest Hollywood scandal. It occurs on television in countless reality shows. And it affects 21 percent of Dexter High School students according to a Squall survey of 200 people. “Although I have more students coming to me about dramatic breakups, there are a signiﬁcant number of students that want to talk about cheating (in their relationships),” guidance counselor Gerry Holmes said. Out of the 21 percent who say they have been cheated on, 16 percent stayed with their signiﬁcant other after a cheat occurred. Sue*, a senior, experienced cheating ﬁrsthand when her boyfriend was unfaithful last year. She decided to stay with him. “I always thought, ‘I will never get cheated on. This will never happen to me. I will never stay with them,’” she said. “But when it actually happens to you, it really makes you think.” So if your boyfriend or girlfriend cheated on you, would you give them a second chance? The answer for 14 percent of students is that it depends. Survey Response #1: “It depends on who they cheated with.”
“My boyfriend was honest with me and told me that he had cheated,” Sue said. “It was with a girl I’ve never met before.” But not knowing the girl didn’t make it any less painful for her. “It still made me feel like nothing,” she said. Sue added that being cheated on is terrible no matter who is involved. However, she imagines that it might have been more difﬁcult and complicated if her boyfriend had cheated with her best friend instead of a stranger. Survey Response #2: “It depends on how big the cheat was.” According to senior Ally Melinsky, if the cheater has no feelings attached to the person they cheated with, the issues of the relationship can be worked out. “If they physically cheated on you, it’s not a big deal,” Melinsky said. “It’s when they’re emotionally involved with another person. That’s when there’s a problem.” Melinsky said there are certain levels of cheating, where a drunken hookup is forgivable but there is no excuse for a complex relationship with another person. However, Holmes views cheating in a much stricter sense. She said, “Cheating is cheating.” Survey Response #3: “It depends
on if it was repeated or not.”
Holmes also doesn’t think that a couple should stay together just because the cheater says that it won’t happen again. “I hear girls all the time say, ‘Oh, he’s not going to do it again,’” she said. “But they’re back here a while later and guess what? He did it again.”
Survey Response #5: “It depends on if they change.”
Survey Response #4: “It depends on if they have a really good reason.” Senior Natalie Pont found herself in a sticky situation when she became the other woman. “I was over at this guy’s house and we were out of it,” she said. “We’d been really good friends for awhile, and we randomly made out.” Add in the guy’s girlfriend and the innocent hookup turned into a big problem. The cheater didn’t have a valid explanation or a good reason to offer his girlfriend. “He was all for it because he was talking about breaking up with her and how annoying she way,” Pont said. “I thought it would be OK.” But the boy and his girlfriend stayed together, even without a reason for his cheat, leaving Pont alone with a guilty conscience. “He didn’t care about it at all, and I didn’t care about it back then, but I really feel bad about it now because I’d never want to be in her situation,”
Sue said if a cheater is really sorry, they’ll change their behavior. “He became extraordinary to show me that he’d never cheat again.” she said. Not only did her boyfriend show her that he changed through grand gestures, he showed her through refusing to get drunk again. “He knows that he can’t let himself get drunk,” she said. “And he doesn’t.” Survey Response #6: “It depends on if I still love them.” According to Melinsky, students need to look at their relationships simply: do you still love your boyfriend or girlfriend or not? “What it comes down to is if you’re going to be happier with or without them,” Melinsky said. Holmes disagrees and thinks that a relationship shouldn’t continue after someone has cheated. “If they’re willing to sacriﬁce their own integrity and sense of worth with someone who’s been unfaithful to the relationship,” Holmes said, “then they need to ﬁnd what’s really important to them and reevaluate.” * Name changed to protect identity
Friday, October 21, 2005
Local pizzerias get ranked Derek Ager staff writer
Walking through downtown Dexter is quite uneventful. The Dexter Pub is the hot spot. The line at the Dairy Queen is backed to the edge of the road, nothing too exciting. But amongst the quiet night in Dexter a war is being fought. Not a war of guns and violence, but a war of toppings. There is a pizza war in Dexter. Currently, there are ﬁve places in Dexter where someone with a little bit of cash, can buy Pizza; there is Argiero’s, Classic, Cottage Inn, Wings and Things, and the new Jets pizza. With all these choices to get pizza, how does the common person know where to get the best? That is where I come in. I have given each of the pizza places a report card to help you ﬁnd the pizza place that is right for you.
Name: Jet’s Pizza 7200 Dan Hoey Rd. Taste: ....................... Accessibility: ........... Price: ....................... Variety: .................... Service: ....................
AB B+ B A
Overall Grade: B+ .
Comments: The new kid on the block is making a statement.
Name: Cottage Inn 7890 Ann Arbor St.
Taste: ....................... Accessibility: ........... Price: ....................... Variety: .................... Service: ....................
Taste: ....................... Accessibility: ........... Price: ....................... Variety: .................... Service: ....................
A+ A BB+ A
Overall Grade: A
Comments: Price is a downfall, but it’s well worth it.
Name: Wings and Things 3220 Broad St.
Name: Classic Pizza 8015 Huron St. Taste: ....................... Accessibility: ........... Price: ....................... Variety: .................... Service: ....................
Name: Argerios 7049 Dexter Ann Arbor Rd.
A B B+ B A
Overall Grade: A-
Comments: Great pizza, but no real variety.
Taste: ....................... Accessibility: ........... Price: ....................... Variety: .................... Service: ....................
B+ B A A B+
B+ A+ AB B+
Overall Grade: B+
Comments: The easiest place in town to get pizza.
Key: Taste- The joy of each bite Accessibility: Convenient location Price - Reasonable cost Variety - Range of pizza choices Service - How well you are treated
Illustration by Kendall Goode
Night of Fright Samantha Harris entertainment editor
I’ve always been the one to drag my friends to scary locations such as abandoned insane asylums and real haunted houses. Once in awhile, however, I’ll favor them and attend a haunted house attraction. For many years friends and family have gone to Wiard’s to ﬁnd somewhat of a scare, but what happens once you’re no longer afraid of creepy crawly spiders and fat men in costumes that growl at you? You go to an abandoned insane asylum. But that’s illegal if you get caught (or not), so what can you do that is legal? You can go to Pinckney’s Terriﬁed Forest. If you’re looking for a haunted house within reasonable distance you should deﬁnitely consider The Terriﬁed Forest as an option. It is about 20 minutes away from Dexter and is reasonably priced. A lot of the attractions broadcasted on the radio that are located in Detroit and Ypsilanti are usually over $40, minimum. There is a good deal everyone should take advantage of: $20 combo for the two main attractions at The Terriﬁed Forest: The Mansion and The Forest. Normally they cost $15 each so two for $20 is better than any deal Mr. Allan could throw your way. Men with real chain saws come running after you through the woods as you travel down a eerie, dim lit path. The Forest attraction is about a half mile in total but there are over 30 some ghouls waiting to make you soil your pants. If you are terriﬁed by clowns there is a whole clown section for you to indulge in. You will probably have to crawl through. There is an eight foot tall clown guy in a suit that sits there waiting for you to approach him. With some of the ﬁgures you never know if there is a human inside them or just some straw, it messes with the mind. In spite of all the gross, scary and gory sites such as a woman being sawed in half that sprays you simultaneously (disgusting to experience them at the same time), there are two major highlights for the adventure through the woods. There are two trippy black light tunnels that spin around you as you walk through on a straight platform. It is very disorienting, I had to cling onto the railing. All in all it is a great experience. I highly recommend arriving around 9 p.m. before the line starts to grow. Have fun and bring a small group of friends.
Overall Grade: A-
Comments: The great variety makes up for the OK taste.
24 things in 24 hours at Meijer Hilary McCown copy editor
Life in Dexter can be pretty boring, especially now that summer is over and school is back in session. In fact, it gets kind of frustrating trying to ﬁnd new things to do. So in an attempt to free myself of some of the boredom cold weather and school can bring, I went to Meijer in hopes of ﬁnding something interesting to occupy my time. It was upon entering and seeing a skeleton dancing by the door that I realized how much fun one could really have in a place like Meijer. I decided to spend 24 hours there and compile a list of things I found to do. Hour One- Fill a cart with suggestive items: Noticing the personal items when we ﬁrst walked in, my friends and I decided it would be fun to ﬁll a shopping cart with sexual items and leave it somewhere in the store to get people’s reactions. Twelve boxes of condoms, ﬁve cans of whipped cream, a bottle of chocolate syrup and some suggestive magazines later, we were hysterical with laughter, watching people’s disgusted, amused and curiously jealous expressions at the sight of a cart ﬁlled to the brim with inappropriate goods. Hour two- Ask to play with the lobsters: While touring the food aisles we got the strange urge to play with a
lobster. We sought out a Meijer employee and asked (very politely) if we could play with the lobsters. Kayla Larson said that we wanted to make them battle, stick our hands in the tank and create a ﬁght. When he told us “no” we tried another approach. “Well, can we race them?” senior Erin O’Brien asked. Answered in the negative, again, O’Brien expressed her anger saying that she couldn’t buy one until she knew which one was the fastest and wouldn’t be purchasing a lobster from Meijer again.
inanimate objects, for most shoppers simply maneuvered their carts around the foot without a second glance.
Hour three- Move “Wet Floor” signs to carpeted areas: After our lobster rejection we picked up a wet ﬂoor sign we saw sitting in a puddle of water (no doubt left over from the last people who tried to race the lobsters on the ﬂoor) and moved it to a strategic point located on the carpet in the junior’s department. It was then (while we were hiding) that we realized we were in trouble, as a manager came and stole the sign, saying in his angry voice on his walkie-talkie, “I have a bunch of kids fooling around in here.”
Hour six- Drive cart around making car noises We then ran into sophomores Zach McCown and Rowan Beck, who were “driving” around the store. With Zach in the cart and Beck doing the pushing, they maneuvered themselves through the aisles, in and out of groups of people and into large objects, making “vroom,” “screech,” and “crash” noises all the time.
Hour four- Hide in a box of pillows with only your foot sticking out: We thought we would get some interesting reactions from people, seeing as all you could see when a person walked by was a foot sticking out of a box. It seems however, that Meijer shoppers are accustomed to seeing random body parts coming out of
Hour ﬁve- Play football I was joined at this point by varsity football player junior Peter Klien, who thought it would be a good idea to use our time at Meijer to teach me how to play football. Creating a practice ﬁeld in the golf/tennis aisle, we perfected my throw and even improved Klien’s catching skills.
Hour seven- Cart races This stunt was somewhat dangerous, seeing as we had to race in the parking lot to prevent our selves from getting kicked out of the store. The trick is simply not to hit any cars and to not let any cars hit you. In teams of two, Klien, Zach, Beck and I zoomed about the parking lot having more fun than we thought possible on an asphalt covered lawn ﬁlled with cars. Hour eight- Pitchfork chases Being so close to Halloween there was
a plethora of costumes lying around just waiting to be used. We found a devil’s pitchfork and decided what better to do with it than chase each other down the aisles in the housewares department with it, screaming at the person running away. This event caused some interesting reactions, including that of the loud speaker talking in code to the employees saying “61 to house wares.” We could only assume that “61” meant Meijer military team and we quickly split up and evacuated the area. Hour nine- Ride the dinosaur We were worried that Zach’s size would in some way hurt the purple dino and were hesitant to let him on. However, the dino proved to be stronger than predicted and once we were sure it would not break, Zach rode it like there was no tomorrow. Hour ten- Teach parrots to talk Hour 11- Story time Hour 12- Play “I spy” Hour 13- Make friends with the greeters Hour 14- Sing songs that relate to your surroundings Hour 15- Camouﬂage Hour 16- Play “Hide and Seek” Hour 17- Watch TV Hour 18- Relax on couches Hour 19- Play “Follow the Leader” Hour 20- Gallop Hour 21- Follow people Hour 22- Have a staring contest Hour 23- Read a magazine Hour 24- Go to the gas station
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Friday, October 21, 2005
Restaurant: The Quarter Bistro Seinfeld 4th season: TV Taking the place of the late Rio Bravo, The Quarter Bistro has chosen to brave the vacated premise of restaurants that have met their demise. Pulling up to the Bistro the exterior, apart from the basic cosmetics, looks the same. There is still plenty of parking and it’s located in an area with a lack of quality restaurants. Upon entering the lobby patrons are greeted by a friendly looking waitress who will escort them off to their table. The Bistro features an open room design that is complemented by several smaller rooms, making the atmosphere open but maintaining a sense of privacy. Quality music plays softly in the background adding to the overall ambiance of the room. The waiter was fast and friendly, a trait which only helps to lighten the mood. The menu features typical entrees such as steak, ribs, quality pasta and salads. Costumers dress in a casual but neat attire and ranged anywhere from full families to the occasional bachelor sitting at the bar. The food service was timely even with a full house and the food was quite nice. The waiter recommended their ribs and was helpful enough to point to some of the more interesting items on the menu. The Bistro offers a wide range of food items and houses a fully functional bar. They also play host to live music on occasion. They recently held a special fund raising night for the victims of the hurricane Katrina disaster. They will be hosting several more beneﬁts throughout the upcoming months in order to help the victims and establish themselves as a reputable restaurant. This is the third attempt at a restaurant in this lo-
ryan yuenger staff writer
“The white boy is back/ and you know that he could never be whack.” These are the ﬁrst words on Everlast’s second LP, “Whitey Ford Sings The Blues.” Although the lyrics may sound corny, they are true and stay true throughout this masterpiece of a sophomore album. Saying that Everlast showed a great deal of artistic growth between his ﬁrst and second solo albums would be an understatement. Everlast’s second solo album is an amazingly eclectic gem that ﬁnds him really pushing himself creatively. Between his two albums Everlast joined and left the Irish white-boy group House of Pain which evolved into one of the most distinctive rap groups of the 1990s. While Pain’s album thrived on wildness for its own sake, “Whitey Ford” has a much more introspective and serious tone. Everlast had started working on his album when he suffered from a massive cardiac arrest stemming from a birth defect. After his recovery from heart bypass surgery and an artiﬁcial valve implant, he completed this album. Everlast’s second solo album --or his ﬁrst for those who have intelligently chosen to forget “Forever Everlasting”---not only offers some intelligent, introspective and distinctive rap, but deﬁes genres by infusing hip-hop with elements of folk and blues. It’s not like Everlast’s second album is Limp Bizkit-style rap-rock, God forbid. Actually, when Everlast breaks out his acoustic guitar and starts singing, it really works for him. “Ends,” the albums second single, is a cautionary crime tale and “What It’s Like” looks down at the judgmental. That’s what most of this album is full of: introspective and cautionary ruminations on many social subjects. Tales warning against greed, lust and drugs are woven throughout the album’s 18 tracks. “Painkillers,” which is one of the rap tracks on the
cation in three years, making some customers wary that the Bistro might fall under hardships, but with a solid menu and the right advertising they might be able to stand the test of time and break the unfortunate streak. With prices in the mid range for weekend dining, the Bistro presents good value with a warm atmosphere for your money.
frank dufek staff writer
The fourth season of the show about nothing is certainly something. The four-disc DVD set is loaded with special features sure to satisfy even the largest “Seinfeld” cravings. It contains all 24 original episodes from the critically acclaimed, Emmy-award winning fourth season. It wasn’t until this season that “Seinfeld” truly began to become a big hit for NBC. The show surprisingly only won one Emmy in the “Best Comedy Series” category, and it was awarded to this season. Many of “Seinfeld’s” most memorable and quoted episodes were a part of this landmark season. The capricious quartet of Jerry, Elaine,
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album, is an anti-drug tale which ﬁnds Everlast assuming the identity of a multimillionaire stoner musician who attempts to be heroic while high. “I got bold and I fronted/ and like Slick Rick said, I know I shouldn’t have done it/ ‘cause now they’re stand-in’ over me, watchin’ me bleed/ damn, I got to stop smokin’ all this weed.” “Today (Watch Me Shine),” another introspective acoustic track, may well be the best song on the album. The background vocals from Bronx Style Bob add an extra dimension to this haunting song. As this CD is a combination of rap, blues, folk and rock, a fan of any or all of these genres will enjoy this CD thoroughly. Everlast’s innovative style is hopefully a sign of things to come -- a new breed of introspective, socially relevant rap. And some more of that blues and folk rock fusion wouldn’t hurt either.
sam harris entertainment editor
Sonio Choquette’s “Diary of a Psychic” is an amazing book. If you’re not a believer of the paranormal or religious ideals such as “spirit guides,” it will open your mind to new aspects. I’d have to say death and the paranormal are one of my passions. No, I’m not a Gothic Satanist, but I do ﬁnd that department extremely interesting. As human beings we know little about the life afterward. Making it hard to speculate. For example, what is the 21 grams that leaves our body at the exact moment of death? Our spirits? Choquette begins with her life story and how she knew that she had an ability that other children didn’t possess. Being able to call out what color and model of the car that would be seen next at the trafﬁc light was just one of the games she’d play with her friends.
Kramer and George got themselves wound up in a seemingly never-ending series of absurd yet hilarious predicaments. This season moved “Seinfeld” into the world of creating story arcs that extended over multiple episodes. In “The Pitch” NBC executives approach Jerry to write a sitcom, and George joins him in the endeavor and pitches the idea of creating a show about nothing. The following episode, “The Ticket,” revolves around Jerry and George’s struggles creating the sitcom, while intertwining the story of Newman’s, Jerry’s arch-nemesis, desperate plea to get out of paying for a trafﬁc ticket with the assistance of Kramer. This aspect of creating a show within a show is part of what made season four so ingenious. Many phrases still used today were made popular in the show’s fourth season. The classic phrase “double-dipping” (when someone takes a bite of a chip and then dips it back into the respective sauce) was coined during “The Implant”. The often-repeated phrase, “Not that there’s anything wrong with that” was a product of the episode titled “The Outing,” where Jerry and George are falsely outed by a reporter. “Not that there’s anything wrong with that.” In “The Pick” Jerry tries to convince his girlfriend that he did not pick his nose while Elaine suffers the consequences of sending a nipple-exposing Christmas card. In what is perhaps the single most deﬁnitive episode of the season, “The Junior Mint”, Kramer drops a Junior Mint into the surgical cavity of Elaine’s boyfriend during an operation. This episode helped the show’s producers realize that they could literally take the show anywhere they wanted and viewers would tag along for the entire ride.
Soon her friends left because they became frightened by her abilities. This book isn’t about a crazy young girl who causes a massacre like Steve King’s “Fire Starter”. Choquette simply talks about her experiences in developing her skills with a guru psychic man. She began to use a person’s personal belonging to receive images in her mind. When Choquette was about 16 the police asked for her help in solving a murder mystery because they couldn’t ﬁnd any leads. Arriving at the scene, she met the family and entered the house where their father and sibling had been brutally murdered. As if a movie were playing before her eyes, she saw the whole scene happen: the child running before being stabbed, the father falling down the stairs backwards and the murderer’s face. It was a family friend who was greedy about money and decided to kill the family members. Although Choquette was 16 and had been practicing her psychic abilities, she wasn’t prepared for what she’d see at the house, even though her mother had warned her of the horrors she’d see in her mind. Throughout the rest of her life Choquette helped others and began teaching classes in exchange with God that she would ﬁnd the love of her life. Many years passes until she had a very detailed dream about a man who she’d meet the next day and eventually marry. Choquette still teaches and exercises her unique abilities. There are a lot of crazy experiences she writes about including talking with her spirit guides and actually hearing their “voices”. The guides helped save her life. Although I’m not a big book reader, this book in particular got me on a reading binge.
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Whitey Ford Sings the Blues
Q: How much work do you put into the Battle of the Bands? A: I do a lot for the Battle. I have to make arrangements in advance to use the
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space for Battle. I have to make sure there is food to sell, people to work, and people to evaluate the bands.
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SPACE adviser Deb Marsh
Jiving to Battle Katie Fricke staff writer
They could have asked someone more musically talented, but instead they forced friends to join their band. “It was way back in seventh grade,” junior Alex Krausman said. “I played the guitar, and Kevin (Monteith) played the drums. We basically forced a few friends into playing instruments and joining what soon to become our band.” Since Krausman’s band, Jive Fest, is a group of friends, he said it makes it easier for the band to get along and focus on making music. “We could have got a group of the best musicians in the school,” he said. “Instead our band is just a group of close friends who love to make music. That’s what makes our band a good one. We all get along pretty well, and whether we are performing together, jamming or just hanging out, we always have a good time.” Jive Fest consists of four members: Krausman, who plays the guitar and has recently been trying out vocals; Montieth, a junior, who plays the drums; junior Zach Stanislovaitis who plays the guitar and junior Eric Devries who plays the bass. “It has not always been us four in the band,” Krausman said. “Eric has been in the band for around two years now. We have had a lot of trouble keeping a singer
we like and have gone through many different singers over the years. It can be hard kicking friends out of the band, but for the most part, they understand. That’s why I am trying out vocals for the Battle of the Bands.” Jive Fest has been in Dexter’s Battle for four years, and Krausman said it’s a great experience. “The Battle of the Bands is probably the best gig you can get in Dexter, and it’s a good opportunity to play in front of your peers,” he said. “Our ﬁrst time in the battle was when I was in eighth grade. We were all pretty nervous, but we have come a long way since then.” And even though Jive Fest has not yet won a Battle, band members have not given up hope. “We have a pretty good shot at winning the next battle,” Devries said. “There are always a lot of graduates who come back to play, and they are always pretty good, so we’ll see. It’s not about winning or loosing to us. It’s just about having a good time, and that’s something we always do.” And Jive Fest always ﬁnds time in their busy schedules to jam together. “We are all so busy, but we always ﬁnd time for jamming,” Krausman said. “When the Battle comes around, we try to get together a few times a week. We have our own music we make, but grunge, metal and funk are more or less the type of band we are.” Krausman also added that the band has a wide variety of musical inﬂuences. “We all have our own taste in music. For the most part we like the same genre of music,” Krausman said. “Sound Garden, 311, O.A.R., and Incubus are all bands that I am inﬂuenced by.” Jive Fest has been together for ﬁve years, and Krausman said he does not see that changing. “I can’t imagine my band without all my friends,” he said. “We have come so far since middle school and have so many more opportunities in the future together. So
A re you a groupie? 1. How many Battles have you missed? a.) None. I’ve been to every single one. b.) A few here and there c.) What’s the Battle? 2. Can you name the Battle’s ﬁrst, second and third place winners? a.) Of course, how could I forget? b.) Maybe ﬁrst, deﬁnitely not all three. c.) Um ... no. 3. Do you wear T-shirts or anything clothes related to support your favorite band? a.) Yeah! I even make my OWN T-shirts. b.) I will if my other friends are doing it. c.) No, I don’t have time. 4. Do you know the lyrics to the ﬁrst place band’s song? a.) Are you kidding? I know them word for word. b.) Somewhat. I’m a little shaky, but I’ve got the chorus down pat. c.) I couldn’t even tell you what the song is called. 5. Do you hang out with the bands or the people in them on a daily basis? a.) Yes, we are all in the same group of friends. b.) I’ll say “hey” to them every so often, but we don’t hang out on the weekends.
c.) No, but sometimes I stalk them to see what they are doing. 6. Do you dance to the music that is being played at the Battle? a.) Always! I dance my heart out. b.) Sometimes. If other people are dancing. c.) No way. You’ll never catch me dancing there Total up your points. Every A is worth 5 points, every B is worth 3 points and every C is worth 1 point 30-25 points: You’re a total groupie. You wouldn’t miss a Battle for anything and you love every band that plays. 24-19 points: You’re a Band-Aid. You can miss a Battle or two, but that doesn’t mean that you still don’t love the bands. 18-6 points: You’re Battle of the Band-less. You dont go to Battles, and you don’t really know anything about them.
photos by Brandon Mayotte
Dancing to Daily Values Sydney Ross morale manager
Daily Values, a band which plays a mix of reggae, funk and rock is one of the bands that is playing in this month’s Battle of the Bands. Daily Values, a band made up of junior Dan Seiling, and seniors, Nick Dodson and Ben Stark has been together for almost a year and a half and have been in many Battles. Dodson, who sings and plays guitar, is the newest member of the band. He joined Daily Values in June. “It was weird joining the band,” he said. “We had all been friends for a long time, and someone had dropped out of the band, so they needed someone to take his place, and I was there. Stark sings for the band and plays drums, while Seiling plays bass. Practicing for the Battle coming up is intense and according to Seiling, “We usually practice about once or twice a week. But when Battle is coming up, we usually have three or four practices a week for about an hour and a half.” And being in the battle is nothing new for this band. “We’ve been in four battles before, and we’ve placed in two,” Seiling said. “We got second place one time and third once.” Dodson and Seiling both said that they think they have a good chance of placing. Seiling said, “I think that we have a really good chance of placing in this battle, we have been practicing hard and are ready,” Seiling said.
It’s “Six Miles to Empty” Sydney Ross morale manager
In order for members of the band Six Miles to Empty to get reader for Battle, juniors Zach Abbott and Sean Wallace begin to increase their practice schedule. “We usually practice about once a month, but during the Battle we usually practice at least twice,” Abbott said. And being in the Battle of the Bands isn’t new for this band. “We have been in a couple Battles before and have been battling against some really good bands,” Abbott said. “We have never placed, but it is just fun for us to perform at the battle in front of people and
just jam out.” The band consists of only Wallace and Abbott with Abott on the guitar and Wallace on the drums. What kind of music does Six Miles to Empty play? Well, Abbott said, “We don’t really have one main type of music. We play some of everything, like rock, some classics and sometimes a little bit of jazz. It’s always fun and we just like playing together.” Abbott said he hopes to do well at this battle. “We aren’t too worried about placing,” he said. “I mean, it would be nice, but if we don’t, that’s OK too. We have been practicing, and I think that we will do pretty well this time around.”
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Friday, October 21, 2005
The Squall By Jared Myers EDITOR-IN-CHIEF:
Michelle Svetkoff MANAGING EDITOR:
FEATURES: Sara Newell ENTERTAINMENT: Samantha Harris NEWS: Kyle Muse EDUCATION: Christina Field OPINIONS: Raleigh Holmes PHOTO: Brandon Mayotte & Spencer Ryan SPORTS: Molly Brewster DESIGN: Kendall Goode COPY: Hilary McCown
BUSINESS: Jennifer Allen MORALE: Sydney Ross & Kelsey Schultz CIRCULATION: Maggie Craft
Derek Ager, Scott Campbell, Nick Dodson, Frank Dufek, Katie Fricke, Kevin McLaughlin, Austin Shapiro, Robyn Shepard, Nicole St.Pierre, Kim Wiesner, Ian Williamson, Jon Williamson, Ryan Yuenger AD DESIGNERS: Brandon Mayotte &
CARTOONIST: Jared Myers
Rod Satterthwaite POLICY:
Teacher aides give school a valuable service Last spring the Michigan Department of Education
teacher Deb Marsh agrees this new ruling is absurd.
para-professionals cannot do it all.
“I think that having expectations for teacher aides to
But the state is not the only one in the wrong here. It
do each day is necessary,” Marsh said. “So forcing us to
is unreasonable for the school district to make students
Because of the Department of Education ruling, ad-
look at how they function in the school is beneﬁcial. How-
switch in to classes they did not initially schedule and as
ministrators and teachers are considering ideas such as
ever I believe that we should still have aides, but with an
a result, create more crowded classrooms.
placing teacher aides in actresses, reducing schedules of
approved curriculum of expectations that meet the Mich-
aides to ﬁve hours per day, or attempting to develop a
igan Employability standards. It will be good for both the
class that every teacher aide could take to count as aca-
teachers and the students.”
decided non-career pathway schools, such as Dexter, could not count teacher aides as full time students.
demic credit for second semester.
A better solution would be the one Marsh is working on, a curriculum f or teacher aides.
ing. Under Marsh’s plan, which would require adminis-
Principal Jim Bannan said, “(The new ruling) has been
rule was passed because teacher aides don’t get enough
trator and school board approval, students who sign up
part of the regulation. It isn’t that it’s something new. The
out of being a cadet. They want to force students to take
for teacher aide next semester will be able to do what they
governor wants a high education. If the students want a
other, more academic classes.
want and teachers, counselors and ofﬁce personnel will
The problem with this is that most classes are already overcrowded. There are 65 students who are teacher aides
“I think this is a win-win situation,” Marsh said. “The
leeway to continue in their position for this semester,
next semester and these 65 students added to already full
teachers get to have the help they need, and students will
second semester teacher aide schedules will change. We
classes means even more overcrowding.
be able to have an educational experience instead of just
wrong in its potential solutions.
Also, teachers and secretaries just plain need the help. What if counselor and ofﬁce aides can’t deliver the no-
And we are not alone. Even teachers such as English
tices and passes? The current number of secretaries and
a blow off hour.” We agree and urge the district to adapt Marsh’s plan for second semester.
Dear editor, I was outraged and concerned when I heard of the new dress code enforcements from current students and just recently from the Ann Arbor News. An issue was raised in the article about boys being
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be able to get the help they count on.
Although the state granted ﬁrst semester aides some
believe the state is wrong in its ruling and the school is
This is the ideal solution to the state’s ridiculous rul-
According to the Department of Education, the new
credit, it has to ﬁt in with what they want to do.”
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distracted by the dress of the female classmates, but the administration should be thanking the cleavage showing young ladies because had it not been for them, I probably would have skipped a lot more than I did before. Had there been no breasts to welcome me at my ﬁrst class, I may have missed count-day and cost the school lots of money. On a second point, to leave these future doctors and senators unprepared for college would be threatening to their collegiate career. In college there is no dress code and to leave these
children unprepared for large chests and large backsides would hurt them even more. We prepare our kids for college with knowledge and tools to succeed. To not let them ease their way into the scantily dressed life of college would be a mistake.
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Dreads in the hall How have overcrowded classrooms affected you?
“I think that you don’t get as much one on one attention, so it affects how well you do in the class.”
“The more the people the more I talk, but I don’t think it really affects that much.”
Kelly Hughes, senior
Theresa Guenther, junior
“It’s horrible. In general it is just the noise level. I mean there are just so many different side conversations. There is no one on one.”
“You can never get the teachers’ attention and it is a lot harder to concentrate.”
“It is kind of harder to learn because there are so many people asking stupid questions and so there are a lot of distractions.”
Holden Alee, sophomore Angela Chea, social studies teacher
Alyssa Thompson, freshman
Friday, October 21, 2005
Football makes history Rob Kuzon managing editor
Dexter football hasn’t had a winning season in 21 years, hasn’t ever made the playoffs and hasn’t ever won the SEC White division title. But they are working to change all that. After losing the ﬁrst two games of the season to Melvindale and Pioneer, the team went on a three game winning streak. They beat Lincoln, Bedford and Tecumseh. They hadn’t won three straight games since 1992. The streak ended with a 34-24 loss to Adrian, currently ranked sixth in division three. D e x t e r dropped the SEC white division title game to Chelsea. But the 36 points was the most points the team has ever • scored against Chelsea. even And with the loss in the title game, second is the highest Dexter has ever ﬁnished in the SEC white. “We are in the middle of trying to make history,” coach Tom Barbieri said. “We have already accomplished a lot, and if we can win the next two games we still have a shot at the playoffs.” According to Barbieri the key games of the season have been Tecumseh and Bedford. “Before this year we had never beaten a Red Division team, and it has been 15-20 years since the last time we have won two straight homecoming games,” he said.
If Dexter can pull out two more wins, they will have a chance to break .500 and move on to the postseason. To make the playoffs teams need at least a 5-4 record which means that they will have to beat both Saline and Willow Run, their last two games, to make it happen. “One of our team goals was to make history, and that’s what we’re doing,” junior Colin McAweeney said. And it’s not just the team that appears to be changing. Al Ritt ﬁeld will be changing as well. With support from fans, family and the booster club; the team is looking to add 1000 new seats to the stadium. And also build a ﬁeld house beside the stadium with locker rooms. the “With support from Colin McAweeney our fans we are junior able to buy a new equipment every year,” McAweeny said. Also Dexter has started a little league football program that lets kids play tackle football starting in ﬁfth grade. According to Barbieri, 100 second and third graders play ﬂag football; 25 third, fourth and ﬁfth graders play upper division ﬂag football; 125 fourth, ﬁfth and sixth graders play tackle football and 80 seventh and eighth graders play. Barbieri said he is also working to expand the community education program to allow the ﬁrst graders to participate in the ﬂag football games.
“One of our team goals was to make history, and that’s what we’re doing”
Athlete Proﬁle Name: Danny Jackson Age: 16 Year: Junior Height: 5’6 Weight: 125 Sport(s): Cross country, track and rock climbing Highlights of cross country career: Winning the team state title in 2003 and placing 1st, 3rd, and 4th at states in the 3200 with graduates Tony Nali and Lex Williams.
Arms: Used for rock climbing at Planet Rock in Ann Arbor
Other facts: Cross country team was state champs 2002, 2003 and 2004. Jackson was 3rd in state in the 3200 at track. Jackson holds the sophomore school record in the 3200. Other stuff on Danny: Loves Halo and competing in rock climbing competitions on weekends. Also he spends 3-5 nights per week climbing and Planet Rock in Ann Arbor. Since sixth grade Jackson has been running cross country, ﬁrst with a middle school club team and then in high school. “Running is just something I enjoy,” he said. “Running itself isn’t fun, for anyone, but it’s the feeling of accomplishment after a good workout or winning a race that makes it worth it.” Jackson is in his third year of running with the three time state championship cross country team. He said he hopes to continue the winning tradition. “This year I hope that our team will win another state title,” Jackson said. “I would also like to win an individual state title.” And according to cross country coach Jamie Dudash, Jackson’s hopes aren’t out of reach. “Danny is among the top three in the state,” he said. “He is a hard worker and a great teammate. He has had many great accomplishments and there will be many more to come.” Dudash also honors Jackson’s leadership and care for the team. “Danny cares a lot about the younger guys on the team,” he said. “He cares a lot about the team’s success as a whole, not just his individual achievements. He is a fun kid. He’s a good time, but he also knows how to work.”
Fingers: Used for perfecting halo moves like the “melee”
Legs: used for winning three cross country state championships.
Photo by Brandon Mayotte
Field hockey competes at local level Molly Brewster sports editor
photo by Brandon Mayotte
Rough and tough: Junior Courtney Layton ﬁghts an opponent to get the ball. Layton and junior Jacqueline McNally play on a local ﬁeld hockey team.
Cleats didn’t seem like a necessity to junior Courtney Layton at her ﬁrst ﬁeld hockey practice. Until, on a breakaway during a drill, her feet slid out from underneath her, and she fell in the opposing team’s goal. Layton along with junior Jacqueline McNally are members of the community club ﬁeld hockey team, The Washtenaw Whippets, made up of girls from Chelsea, Saline, Gabriel Richard and Dexter. Although she had no prior experience in the sport, McNally signed up thinking that it
sounded like fun. “Last spring I was debating whether or not I would want to play basketball this fall,” she said. “Some representatives from the team came to our school, and they made it sound like fun. I ﬁgured I knew enough about it from watching my brothers play ice hockey.” Layton said she found the sport easy to pick up without prior experience. “The idea of the sport is easy to understand, but there are a lot of weird rules that take awhile to get,” she said. “It was hard to remember that you can only hit the ball with one side of the stick. You also aren’t al-
lowed to obstruct the ball from your opponent by getting in their way. I get in trouble for that a lot. “The ﬁrst weeks of practice were ﬁlled with funny moments as most girls on the team learned how to play for the ﬁrst time. “Every time we would go to hit the ball we would whiff and leave a huge divot in the ground,” McNally said. “Courtney would go to hit the ball, spin around after she would whiff, it was pretty funny.” The team’s inexperience doesn’t mean that they aren’t able to compete with experienced area teams such as Pioneer, Huron and Ladywood. “The highlight of the season
was tying to Pioneer 0-0,” McNally said. “Every time we step onto the ﬁeld, I know that we have a chance to win. We are competitive because most the girls are athletic and willing to work hard.” According to athletic director John Robinson, the district doesn’t have the funding to create a club ﬁeld hockey team of their own right now, but both girls say they plan to play for the Saline High School club team next fall. “I don’t mind that it isn’t a school sport yet because that is what I’m used to,” Layton said. “A lot of my friends wish they had done it this year and plan to do it next.”
Holmes retires after family sickness Sydney Ross morale manager
more time with her daughters Alison, Whitney and Raleigh, but because she said she loved When men and women ten- tennis. “When I started coaching, it nis coach Wendy Holmes found out about the seriousness of her just kind of clicked and fell into place corfather’s illrectly,” she ness, she said. decided it The tenwas time to “Coaching has always nis team retire from coaching been something that I is trying to make it in order have enjoyed doing” to states to spend this year to more time • Wendy Holmes help Holwith him. tennis coach mes leave “I want on a good to spend note. time visit“ W e ing him would like and taking to make it care of him to states as much as this year for our coach, but also a I can,” she said. Holmes began coaching sev- because it’s the seniors last year en years ago, not only to spend and that would be a good idea
not to leave on as well,” captain Raleigh Holmes, Wendy’s daughter, said. The girls team did win the SEC white division and placed fourth out of 10 teams at regionals. But they didn’t make it to states. Junior Rosie Lee said she thinks that her team played well and did a good job either way. “I think that even though we didn’t make it to states,” she said. “We all played well together any ways.” Holmes, who is a certiﬁed tennis coach said she has always liked coaching. “Coaching has always been something that I have enjoyed doing,” she said. “Not only to be able to spend more time with my daughters, but also because I like coaching
and watching the sport as well.” Holmes has led both the men and womens tennis teams to states a number of times before. The men have made it to states the last two years in a row. Also the womens team has made it to states two times in the past four years under Holmes. She said she will miss coaching, but she knows that this is the right choice in choosing to retire considering her father’s illness. “I think that my choice to retire was for the best,” she said. “I need to spend as much time with my father as I can, and visit him as often as possible. “Coaching was my thing for a while, but now I need to support my father and be there for him as much as possible.”
photo by Emily Fischer
The secrets of a winner: Sharing personal advice, Wendy Holmes directs juniors Laren Spears and Monica Sachdev for their upcoming regional matches. Although they placed fourth at the regional match, their over all record was 3-4-3.
Friday, October 21, 2005
The Squall Sports Calender
Mens soccer regionals through the ﬁfth
Freshmen, JV and varsity womens basketball home VS Monroe Jefferson @ 5:30
Women’s basketball districts through the 19th.
Women’s basketball regionals through the 23rd.
Ian Williamson staff writer
Here's the cool football teams Football Season is one of the only things all male-dom can unite behind because it provides us with a grand opportunity for our most cherished of all activities: ranting about stuff we know nothing about. During football season every man is an expert, every man a head coach, every man a number one fan. In keeping with this grand male tradition, I have prepared this awesome list of the top ﬁve NFL teams, using nothing but stuff I caught on late night sports shows and barbecues. I guarantee it to be 100% accurate. 5. The Lion’s : I have heard from many reputable sources (my uncle and some dude with a bow tie at Meijer) that the Lions have greatly improved this year. I can, without a doubt, guarantee that they will win many bowls or trophies or what ever it is that football teams win. At the very least they will get some ribbons. 4. The Bengal’s : Any team with the shear power of tigers on their side is essentially a shoe in for the Super Bowl. I did not know what a Bengal was a tiger until I wrote this. 3. Whatever team Randy Moss is on: “ I saw him doing situps on TV. Also He is the only pro football player I can name off the top of my head, thus he must be very famous, and therefore the best. 2. The Dolphins: They are from Florida. They gotta’ be tough. Also dolphin magics are the only known counter to the Bengal tiger magics. It’s proven. 1. Green Bay, Green Day? Whatever their name is: Though I ﬁnd it hard to believe that three young men can comprise an entire football team, I ﬁrmly believe that if they are capable of winning Grammys they are capable of wining football games. I am sure that Billy Armstrong’s lyrical sensibility and guitar skills will translate perfectly to skill on the ﬁeld. So there you have it. Don your plastic helmets, your ﬂesh-irritating body, your tie-dyed cotton briefs, and get ready for this year’s exciting season of the sport your wished your grandma wised you played, football.
Men and women cross country State ﬁnals
Football regionals start
Football finals start
Mens soccer State ﬁnals start
6 13 20
*This calendar is not all inclusive
Teachers play sports outside of school hours Jennifer Allen business manager
Ian’s Happy hour
Freshmen, JV and varsity womens Basketball Home VS Tecumseh @ 5:30.
In the heat of a mid-July afternoon, a 60 mph squall hit the small cove where science teacher Amanda McLenon had her sailboat docked. “The storm was following us in,” McLenon said. “It was a rough storm.” As McLenon lowered the anchor in an attempt to save her sailboat from the storm, she dropped the 50 pound anchor locker on her foot. “It really felt broken,” McLenon said. “But I couldn’t stop to check.” After she knew that her foot was not broken, McLenon took to the water once more. “I try to go sailing once a week,” she said. “And then on the weekends.” McLenon, who has a 40 foot sailboat “Catalyst”, said she usually sails on Lake Erie. In July she took a four week sailing trip on Lake Erie up to the north channel in Canada.
Besides sailing, McLenon said she also snow boards with fellow teachers Zach Lindke and Beau Kimmey. “I love snowboarding,” Lindke said. “I go as often as I can, which is probably about 30 times a year.” Lindke said he also enjoys playing indoor soccer. “I didn’t get to play soccer in high school or college,” Lindke said. “But I like to now. I also played golf for awhile and ﬂy-ﬁshing.” It seems that many of the teachers are active. “I like playing tag football on Sundays,” art teacher Autumn Campbell said. “It’s a coed pickup team in Ann Arbor.” Campbell, who said that she has always been involved in some kind of sport, was also an exhibitionist leader during past summers. “I would take high school students through expeditions all summer,” Campbell said. “It’s funny because a lot of people wouldn’t consider rock climbing, kayaking or hiking sports. But
they are.” Campbell said she enjoyed taking students on expedition trips. “I loved being able to share my passion for those sports with others.” Campbell said. “It’s about being able to succeed with nothing more than a backpack on your back.” In addition, Campbell said that she coaches girls ﬁeld hockey for Wines Elementary school in Ann Arbor. “I love ﬁeld hockey,” Campbell said. “It’s such an intense game.” Campbell, who played for Pioneer’s ﬁeld hockey team during her high school career, said she likes coaching ﬁeld hockey. “We have a really good time.” she said. “It’s great to see such good teamwork.” Campbell believes it’s important to be involved in school sports. “For my family, it was never, ‘Are you going to play a sport?’ it was always, ‘What sport are you going to play?’,” Campbell said. “It’s really great to be a part of a team and feel accomplished at something.”
Photo courtesy of Zach Lindke
Hook line and sinker: History teacher Zach Lindke enjoys going ﬁshing during his free time.
College ball an option for some players
Derek Ager staff writer
The cars ﬂow out of Creekside’s parking lot like a leak in a dam. The bleachers are covered with trash and empty cans. One by one the giant lights that once lit the eventful battle ﬁeld of Al Ritt Stadium fade away. Everything is empty except the air, which is full of good memories for the seniors on the Dexter football team. Dexter had their last regular season home game Sept. 30 against Adrian. It was very emotional in the locker room for the seniors that night. “I cried,” senior Jeff Ziegler said. “I couldn’t hold it in.” Ziegler wasn’t alone “If you
walked into that locker room, you wouldn’t have been able to ﬁnd a single dry eye,” senior Jared Westwood said. Similar to the football team’s last home game was their last Homecoming. Except they won. “I still cried,” Westwood said. “I was pumped we won, but I knew that this was my last Homecoming at Dexter forever, and some of the other seniors knew it too.” Football has been a part of these young men’s lives for a long time. “I have been playing with the same kids since eighth grade,” Westwood said. “It is a chilling feeling to think that this might be the last time I wear my pads.” And this might be the last time
for pads. For most of the kids on the team, but a few of them are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to play college ball. Ziegler has already decided he will play college ball. And hopes to play at Iowa. “Football is my life. It is what I do,” he said. “And if I do play, I will get all the girls.” For some, the decision to play is a lot more difﬁcult. Colleges like Toledo, Saginaw Valley and Grand Valley have taken an interest in Westwood. But he doesn’t know if he will play. “If I play, it will be because of scholarship money,” he said. “The reason why I wouldn’t play would be because I would want my own life. Once you’re on a college team, they own you.”
dren ages 4-11, contains very high levels of caffeine and various other stimulants. But do energy drinks really give a person energy or are they merely a $2 beverage? Principal Jim Bannan, a former marathon runner, said there are other ways athletes can get their energy. ”I used energy bars when I ran marathons,” he said. Yet he acknowledged, “With today’s teenage lifestyle, so many kids have jobs and are hangin’ with their peeps and running with their homies that they need some source of energy.” “If you take Mountain Dew out
of the school, I think we’ll see more narcoleptic students.” While Bannan’s views on students’ laziness may be debatable, he believes one thing ﬁrmly. “Energy drinks are something students have come to rely on.” Senior Mike Sayre, who runs cross country, doesn’t necessarily agree. “I don’t generally use energy drinks,” he said. “I’m awake for ﬁve minutes after drinking one, and then I pass out.” However, junior Sean King likes his energy drinks. “They’re cute and scrumptious,” King, who plays varsity soccer, said.
Another player who is limbo in this situation is senior Erik Boren. “My real worry is regret,” he said. “I don’t want football to end, and if I do have a chance to play more, I don’t want to not take that chance and regret it all.” However, Boren wants to concentrate on his studies too. This decision will dictate where he will go to school. Boren said he is grateful for this opportunity. And a big part of the opportunities for these kids are their coach, Tom Barberi. “I recommend my players to as many colleges I can,” Barberi said. “But the biggest thing that help these kids was the camps they went to over the summer, especially Michigan camp.
Coaches come from all over Michigan to scout there.” Barberi has some Westwood experience in college ball. He can clearly recollect the time he decided to play. “My last home game in high school football was an emotional one,” he said. “After the game I didn’t want to leave the ﬁeld. Right then I knew I had to play college ball.”
He added not many soccer players use energy drinks, instead opting for common sideline refreshments such as Gatorade and water. And many coaches, like football coach Brian Baird, would like to see students stick with these sideline basics. “Energy drinks are an incredible marketing ploy,” he said. “You might as well hook up a caffeine IV. Energy drinks are not a good substitute for sleep.” The latest slew of commercials feature rather interesting ways of conveying the appeal of these drinks. In the case of Fat Joe’s endorsed beverage, YJ Stinger, the commer-
cial depicts what seems to be two rival gangs meeting in an alley for a Chicago-style street ﬁght. The gangs approach each other with leery eyes, all preparing for the seemingly inevitable brawl. Finally the two leaders, one of them being Fat Joe, meet in the center and embrace like old brothers. Fat Joe then pulls out his energy drink and all is good in the land of thugs and gangstas. “People are going to drink what they want to drink,” King said. “If they want to drink liquid caffeine, they will, and if they want to drink clam juice you can bet that they will most certainly do that as well.”
Energy drinks give a buzz but not much else Nick Dodson staff writer
Red Bull may give you wings, but it’s not the only energy drink on the market. It seems as if there are more energy drinks than ever and even rappers Fat Joe, Nelly and Lil Jon have their own, respectively titled YJ Stinger, Pimp Juice and Crunk Juice. Energy drink marketers target audiences ranging from extreme sports to rap culture and these stamina boosting beverages are getting ever more competitive. In fact, a new controversial drink called Spark, marketed towards chil-
Friday, October 21, 2005
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Stopping the ball: Senior Jenny Cowen and Maegan Michalik go for the block on Chelsea. Backing up, Cowen avoids getting a foul. Cowen did eventually foul out.
She got soul: Sophomore Cecelia Kuzon dribbles around the competition as she gets in position to shoot. The junior varsity team lost to Chelsea by 11 points.
Holding hands: The basketball team reﬂects on their game after their loss against the Chelsea Bulldogs. Dexter plays Chelsea one more time in Chelsea.
Jumping up for the free throw: Senior Amy Roberts gets a free throw after a foul on her. Roberts made the free throw.
scott campbell staff writer
To junior Chantel Jennings, it’s the story of Troy vs. Sparta, the colonies vs. England, the Allies vs. the Axis, maybe even Heaven against Hell. But on a much smaller scale. It’s the rivalry between the Dexter Dreadnaughts and their nemeses, the Chelsea Bulldogs. In the most recent clash of Chelsea and Dexter’s womens basketball teams, however, the Bulldogs nabbed the win, 43-36. “It was disappointing because it was such a big game,” Jennings said. “We wanted to beat Chelsea twice. We did it last year, and it was sort of a big goal for this year. We missed easy shots, but it was the team’s fault. It wasn’t any one person.” That’s the sort of attitude - games being about the team - both the varsity and JV teams took into the game, and it’s the same attitude they plan to take into the next meeting. Speaking of JV, they too lost photos by Spencer Ryan and Bradon Mayotte
their match, 34-23. Sophomore captain Sherri Gamble knew what went wrong, citing problems throughout the game. “We had too many turnovers,” she said. “We couldn’t break their (offensive drive). We had problems executing plays. It got pretty intense.” Whether or not those problems will carry over into the Dreads’ next game against Chelsea on Nov. 11 remains to be seen. But self-conﬁdence is running high on both squads. Or so it appears that way from talking to varsity captain, senior Jenny Cowen. “We’re deﬁnitely going to be more prepared,” she said. “It’s the last regular season game, so we’re going to go out on a good note.” Gamble had much the same to say about her team’s away game with the Bulldogs, only with much more conﬁdence. “Lose in our house, win in theirs,” she said, grinning from ear to ear.