March 23, 2020
Vol. 33 Issue 5
CONTENTS MARCH 23, 2020 8
News 6 Loved Ones Separated by the Coronavirus 7 Grocery Store Chaos 8 Senior Year in Quarantine 10 DECA States Fosters Champions 11 Yaa Gyasi Speaks in Detroit
12 Merging the Middle Schools
13 Updates on the ACT and SAT 14 Primary Election 2020
Feature 16 St Patrickâ€™s Day Celebrations 17 Shamrock Shake Turns 50
The Pinnacle of Greed: Posthumous Albums 18 Music & Show Reviews 19
Weinstein Was Found Guilty, But He Didnâ€™t Lose 22 Killer Culture: Are We At Fault 24
Serial Killers of the Past 25
Girls Basketball Wins Big 26 Boys Basketball Plays Competitive Last Game 27
Senior Spotlight: Payton Harvey 28 The Final Dance for Seniors on WB Poms Team 29
FROM THE EDITOR MARCH 23, 2020
Editors-in-Chief: Jenna Anderson Deepa Jha Editors: Ashley Allen Ilana Schwartz Writers: Sarah Long Sydney MacNaughton Lea McDaniel Isaac Mintz Elizabeth Schanz Adviser: Jennifer Williamson Staff Policy: The purpose of Spectrum is to serve as an open forum for the entire school community. News, Feature, and Sports articles will be written ethically and responsibly. All Editorials will express and represent the views of the columnist, not the faculty or administration of West Bloomfield High School or the West Bloomfield School District. Letters to the Editor Policy: Spectrum encourages letters to the editors. They can be emailed to email@example.com, dropped off in room 511, or given to staff members of Spectrum. Letters may be edited for length and unprotected speech. Requests to withhold a writer’s name will be considered by the editorial board. Letters should be 300 words or fewer. Mailing Address: Spectrum Newsmagazine 4925 Orchard Lake Rd. West Bloomfield, MI 48323 (248) 865-6766
LETTER From the Editor To the reader,
The staff of Spectrum welcome you to this edition of Spectrum. Jenna Anderson and I decided to make this an online edition as COVID-19 has been spreading throughout Michigan. We do not want anyone to be at risk of the virus as a paper copy would be distributed. As a result, welcome to the first online edition of Spectrum this year. In a short sentence, these are trying times. The COVID-19 outbreak has stopped the world. Schools are closed, the stock market has plummeted and many are feeling the effects of the global pandemic. It reminds me of when I used to work at a grocery store. I had to be in constant contact with others, many of whom may not adhere to general hygiene rules. Even in “normal” circumstances, there is a lot of danger of contracting (or passing) an illness. These risks are only heightened with this highly contagious, airborne illness. We have to remember that we must be safe. Not just for ourselves, but for those who have to be on the frontlines like grocery workers, sanitation workers, medical teams and many more who work at “essential” businesses. We owe it to them to flatten the curve so that they don’t have to constantly put their health at risk. Because of this, I urge everyone to practice social distancing. I get it- it’s hard to be isolated. Even I have been having a rough time not leaving the house. But, it’s needed in order to eventually see the light at the end of the tunnel. Please (and I say this with a cherry on top) follow the social distancing rules- only leave when absolutely needed and when done, stay six feet apart from others. With that being said, this will be my last letter to you as editor-in-chief. As I write this, I pause. I honestly don’t know what I want my last words to be. It’s hard leaving behind something that you were a part of for four years. I see Spectrum as my baby, an entity that continually grows. I can only hope that it improves in content, design and reach. I have been dreading writing this letter. Nostalgia and sadness are consuming me. I have made friends that I love to see. I have made content that I am proud to call mine. I have grown into who I am today- a mature and informed young adult. I can’t help but thank everyone I have met along the way including those I have interviewed, distributed copies to and whoever has read my work. I have to thank Mrs. Noel McHardy, Ms. Robin Nadler and Mrs. Jennifer Williamson- three advisors who taught me all that I know about writing journalism today. I have to thank Joanne Fogarasi and Jenna Anderson, my past and current co editor-in-chiefs. Without the teamwork they provide, I don’t know how I would be a leader. I now have to think about what I want to impart on you for the last time. I hope that as you grow, you stay informed. There are too many people today who speak without knowing. Who force uninformed ideas on those who don’t know any better. Don’t be on either end of that. Continue watching the news, continue learning for your life. Know that I won’t stop writing and that I won’t stop informing. And most importantly, stay safe! Here’s to the future, Deepa Jha
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MARCH 23, 2020
LOVED ONES SEPARATED BY THE CORONAVIRUS A ban on visitors at hospitals keeps a family apart WRITER
Senior Marisa Silver can’t see her father, Steve Silver. He is currently recovering from a stroke in St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, a medical facility. Hospitals, nursing homes and senior living centers have closed their doors from visitors across the country to protect patients and residents from the Coronavirus. The CDC reported those over 65 years old were at the highest risk for the virus. Those who have underlying medical complications are also at a high risk. “I don’t even feel bad for myself, I feel bad for him,” Silver said. “He has no visitors and he’s just laying there. All day, every day.” Silver was the one who found her father, 63, unconscious on Feb. 12 in his home. She called 911 and an ambulance took him to Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital. “It felt like a dream,” she said. “It was really scary and overwhelming. We were expecting the worst.” Doctors told Silver that an arteriovenous malformation (AVM), a tangle of blood vessels, had burst in her father’s brain. The bleeding caused the stroke. When the bleeding didn’t stop, Silver’s dad went into surgery. A part of his skull was removed to
Courtyard at Henry Ford WB Hospital
Silver and her father when she was a child. Photo courtesy of Marisa Silver
give his brain room to swell. After surgery, doctors prepared Silver’s family. They said it was unlikely he would ever be able to walk or carry a full conversation ever again. “He’s been improving more than they thought he would,” said Silver, happy her father is beating the odds. “He’s only getting better. I don’t think he’ll walk, but he can talk.” Silver said, despite the improvements, he will likely need care for the rest of his life. Since her parents are divorced, Silver and her older brother have been staying with their mother during this time. When her father was in the hospital, Silver was able to visit him every day. Now, the most she gets is a daily FaceTime call facilitated by the nurses. They’ve been separated for weeks, and Silver doesn’t expect visitors to be allowed anytime soon. “He doesn’t really know what’s
going on at all,” she said. Her father had the stroke before the spread of the Coronavirus. Silver said he’s been told what’s happening and why he can’t see his family, but he doesn’t really understand. Luckily, Silver’s brother was able to see his father before the facility stopped allowing visitors. He is a junior at Michigan State University. When his father had the stroke, he came home to see him. “He’s been home for a while,” Silver said. “He still got to spend a lot of time with him.” The siblings are supporting each other while they can’t see their father. “It’s hard on him. He’s had anxiety,” Silver said about her brother. “I’ve accepted it now. I can’t be upset about what happened. I have to move on and hope for the best in the future.”
GROCERY STORE CHAOS
Cattleman’s struggles to keep up with the demand for meat during fear of a lockdown WRITER
Full stocked shelves at Cattleman’s before the spread of the Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Brian Synoweic from Cattleman’s FaceBook
Senior, Brian Synoweic’s primary job at his father’s grocery store, Cattleman’s, is packing meat bundles. He puts together various meats for a total of about 35 pounds. Before the Coronavirus, he would make 15 bundles a day that would gradually sell throughout the week. Now, those 15 bundles sell out in the first 30 minutes of opening. “People are definitely hoarding. You don’t eat that much meat in one day,” Synoweic said of the customers buying three or four of these bundles. “It’s hard to keep up.” Since the spread of the virus, grocery stores have been overrun. People are planning for a possible lockdown, so they have stocked up. “It’s unnecessary,” Synoweic said. “In most countries, they’re not closing grocery stores. Even if we go on lockdown, they’re not going to close grocery stores.” Synoweic’s father, Peter, has already talked to his employees about this possibility. He said they would simply get passes to show to law enforcement as they drove to work.
Cattleman’s has never seen this much business. The market in Taylor, MI is small, specializing in meat and produce. When customers fled to the shops, Synoweic said you could barely move in the store. They had to kick people out. His father hired a security guard to manage a line to get in. “People were pissed they had to wait in line,” Synoweic noted. “Everybody’s thinking about themselves right now.” Synoweic also noticed how supermarkets like Kroger and Walmart are not keeping up with the demand for meat. He said he received calls from frustrated customers asking if Cattleman’s had any meat because the supermarkets were out. “Those stores don’t care. They have small meat departments,” Synoweic said. “They’re not going to buy more meat than they normally do because they only have three guys working their meat department.” Synoweic estimated Cattleman’s has 37 employees, nearly all having something to do with meat.
“At our store, everything’s about meat,” he added. “My dad also has to hire a ton of outside help and every one of his workers is working overtime.” Synoweic often works 10 to 12 hour shifts, like all of the employees. He mentioned finishing his online assignments for school has been a struggle. They are also ordering more meat from suppliers to keep up with the demand. Up to $10,000 orders used to occur once or twice a week. Now, Synoweic’s father is calling in those orders every day. “It’s all gone within the day,” Synoweic said. “He has to buy stuff constantly.” With the added employees and
“IT’S ALL GONE WITHIN THE DAY.”
meat orders, Synoweic is not so sure the added business is actually generating a profit. He’s more worried about his father. Now, his normal duties of ordering shipments, making sure customers are happy and storing produce are much more daunting. “It’s a lot of stress for him,” he said. “He has to be doing 10 things at once. It’s really not good.”
MARCH 23, 2020
SENIORS DEVASTATED BY QUARANTINE Second semester plans have been derailed as a result of the Coronavirus WRITER
Governor Gretchen Whitmer or- tions regarding spring plans. dered a complete closure of all “I’m mostly worried about graduaK-12 school districts until April 6 tion and prom,” said senior Samanin a press conference on Thurs- tha Scott. “There are so many plans day, March 12. This is unprece- we were looking forward to that are dented for parents, students and being taken away from us.” These staff everywhere. The rest of the other plans involve spring break, school year is going to look dif- which was to start on March 27. ferent than what was anticipated. Many students from the class of The Corona Virus reached the 2020 had made special plans for U.S. at the end of January. This their senior spring break. Unforresulted in WHO declaring a glob- tunately, the virus severely affects al health emergency shortly af- international travel. To stop the ter. Life in America was cautious spread of the virus, precautionary but remained relatively normal principles must go into place, and for the following weeks. Howev- that has ruined trips for seniors. er, the disease began to spread “I was really looking forward and cases grew exponentially. to my spring break, everybody Michigan saw its first cases of has been talking about it since the virus on Wednesday, March we were kids,” said senior Chloe 10. Two citizens, one from Wayne and one from Oakland county, tested positive for the CVOID-19. WBHS decided to close down school on Friday to plan for the virus, as the problem was only just beginning. It was only one day later after the declaration of the case in Michigan Staff planning online courses. when Whitmer announced that all Barnthouse. “It’s the one thing K-12 schools would be closed as we have all been talking about the world continues to work on for years and now we can’t do it.” slowing the growth of this virus. Barnthouse was planning on going “This is a necessary step to protect to Punta Cana in the Dominican Reour kids, our families, and our overall public, and just weeks before the public health,” said Whitmer at the long awaited trip, it was canceled. news conference on Thursday night. “I was going to go to Mexico for my With the closure of Michigan spring break, but that was canschools, a lot of questions have celed shortly after the outbreak been arising from students and got so bad,” said senior Sarstaff at WBHS. This pandemic has ah Long. “It’s just so weird. We altered second semester plans. spent so long talking about this From sports, to spring break va- and it was canceled just like that.” cations and even to graduation, Not only was spring break ruthe students have many ques- ined, but the spring sport sea-
Whitmer’s tweet announcing school closure
son was severely affected. Barnthouse is planning on playing soccer in college, but this would have been her last high school s e a s o n . “I am most looking forward to my senior season of soccer,” she said. “it’s the last time I get to play with all my friends before I go off to play for college and won’t see them for a long time.” Many of these events were the last time the class of 2020 would be all together, and all these plans were completely altered. Although things are looking bleak for seniors, and all grades and staff members, this quarantine is for the best. By minimizing social contact and staying healthy, the spread will slow down and everyone can go back to their normal lives sooner rather than later. “I hope things go back to normal soon,” Barnthouse said, “All the things I was excited about no longer can happen. The year we wanted to remember for the rest of our lives won’t be one to remember. I’ll have to say goodbye to my home in a few months, and I won’t even get a real ending.”
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DECA STATES FOSTERS CHAMPIONS
Future business professionals compete for a chance to move on to international competition WRITER
Students left for the 2020 DECA tition and my team and I worked on State Conference in Detroit on our project almost every day since Thursday, March 5. Hundreds of stu- September. We worked really hard dents from all over the state gath- and it was fun too.” said Uppal. ered to compete in their respective “Deca states is a really fun trip evcategories with hopes of taking ery year. It’s cool to be able to go to home some downtown b e l o v e d Detroit and DECA Glass, compete a trophy that against would send other kids them to the in Mich2020 DECA igan and International also hangCareer Deout with velopment new peoConference ple. Deca (ICDC). This always year, ICDC gives great would be 2020 ICDC Qualifiers; Photo by Julie Zalla entertaintaking place m e n t . ” in Nashville, Following Te n n e s s e e . competi“DECA pretion time, pares emergD E C A ing leaders s e r v e d and entreup some preneurs in entertainmarketing, ment: a finance, hoshypnotist. pitality and Sunday managemorning’s m e n t , ” award cerreads the e m o n y Michigan DECA website. was a huge success, with 33 WBHS DECA has been a part of West students qualifying for ICDC. Bloomfield for nearly 50 years. “Learning I qualified for ICDC was a “DECA States was one of the best great moment. It was a huge weight experiences of my high school ca- lifted off our shoulders as all of our reer,.” said senior Aryan Kamath. “It hard work paid off.” said junior Max was a lot of fun to spend time in De- Goldstein, DECA board member. troit with my close friends and, to top Concerns arose the week folit off, me and my group received the lowing the state competition, as State Champion title at states and qualifiers were asked to place received first place in our flight.” a deposit on the trip amidst Senior Ayushi Uppal, president the spreading Coronavirus. of the WBHS DECA chapter, parOn Thursday, March 12, students ticipated in the Business Ser- and teachers began questioning the vices Operations Research Event. fate of ICDC. Unfortunately, one day “I was very invested in the compe- later, ICDC qualifiers were informed
that the trip had been canceled. In an email from Jacqueline Evola, WBHS business teacher and DECA advisor, she said, “We were so excited to go this year. You know that Nashville is my favorite trip. Most of all, I am so sorry that you cannot compete and show how truly wonderful you are.” “I am disappointed that our students who worked so hard this year will be unable to attend ICDC,” said WBHS DECA advisor, Julie Zalla. “I stand behind DECA’s decision and the health and safety of our students is most important.” “There were many late nights and after school work sessions to get our paper finished and ready for certification.” said Goldstein. “I was very invested with my competition, as countless hours were spent in order to succeed,” said senior and ICDC qualifier Sam Carlin. “I felt sad when I heard that ICDC was cancelled because of the hard work that took into making it and because our advisors and students have really been looking forward to it.” Students were eager to line dance and sing karaoke with their classmates and teachers, especially with Mrs. Evola. “I loved hanging out with Mrs. Jacqueline Evola, the queen,” said junior Sophie Sampson. “I feel bad for everyone that was going to ICDC I know that everyone worked so hard. I feel bad that Jackie won’t be able to line dance. She was looking forward to it.” At the end of the day, students were enthused to share such an incredible experience with their classmates. “As a senior, I am bittersweet that DECA is over in this manner,” said Carlin. “It was a great run we had over these past couple years, I’m forever grateful for the relationships I’ve made.”
AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR YAA GYASI SPEAKS IN DETROIT The best-selling African American, read by World Literature classes, speaks at the DIA WRITER
Yaa Gyasi, author of Homegoing, spoke at the DIA on Feb. 28 for a Black History Month program.Her presentation started with a discussion moderated by Scheherazade Washington Parrish, 45, and ended with a Q&A from the audience. After its publication in 2016, Homegoing has become part of the Honors World Literature Curriculum. Homegoing tells the story of one mother’s lineage from eighteenth-century African to present day America. Maame, the first member of the family, has two daughters who never know about each other. Effia, born into the Fante tribe, marries a colonizer and stays in Africa in the infamous Cape Coast Castle. Her Asante half sister, Esi, is captured by a waring tribe and traded into slavery. She spends weeks in the sickening dungeons of the Castle before making the voyage to America. Effia’s line remains in Africa until the end of the novel, 300 years later, when her last descent meets the newest member of Esi’s bloodline in America. Though she was raised in Alabama, Gyasi, 31, drew inspiration from a trip to her country of origin and the first setting of the story: Ghana. When she was a sophomore at Stanford University, Gyasi was awarded a fellowship for a research project. She knew she wanted to write a novel, so she traveled to her mother’s home village, Abakrampa. But nothing inspired her. Feeling defeated, a friend encouraged her to visit the Cape Coast Castle, which is now a museum. The tour started in the gorgeous upper levels of the Castle. The guide said the British colonists would often marry the local women. “I started to imagine these women walking around,” Gyasi added. Then they went to the dungeons.
Gyasi and Parrish speaking on stage at the DIA. Photo by Jenna Anderson
Gyasi said hundreds of men and women were packed into rooms no bigger than the stage she was sitting on, and it still smelled. “I was standing there and thinking about the fact that there were free women up above married to these soldiers,” Gyasi said. “How much did the two sides know about each other, if anything? How could you stomach it if you did know?” These questions were the basis of Homegoing, Gyasi’s debut novel that took seven years to write. “I think about writing as a way of working through various questions that I have,” Gyasi added. When it was time for the audience to speak, they asked thoughtful questions and shared heartfelt appreciation. Many described the experience of reading the book as a “homegoing” for themselves. One woman even traveled to Ghana after reading Gyasi’s work. “Your book inspired me to go home,” she told the author. “It was a truly an amazing and eye-opening book that taught me about African culture,” said Leah Morton, a senior who read Homegoing in Honors World Literature. “Most people think that slavery is all there is to African cul-
ture, yet there is so much more.” “Being an American-born black woman, there were so many points in Homegoing where I felt so understood,” Parrish added. While speaking with Gyasi about Homegoing, Parrish often brought up the new book, Transcendent Kingdom, which comes out in September. The new story follows a Ghanaian family living in Alabama, similar to Gyasi’s upbringing. The daughter in the story studies depression and addiction at Stanford after her brother’s death. Once a gifted high school basketball player, he overdosed on heroin after becoming addicted to OxyContin following a knee injury. This tragedy left their mother suicidal. A Good Reads review said Transcendent Kingdom explores themes of faith, science and love. Gyasi said the core question of her new book is, “How do we make sense of our lives when senseless things happen?” “I want my books to read like life,” Gyasi added. “Just getting to watch people move through the fullness and richness of their own lives. I don’t think there’s anyone in this world who isn’t living a big, full, complicated life.”
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MERGING THE MIDDLE SCHOOLS Abbott and OLMS are coming together as one middle school
Building of the new, and soonto-be only, middle school in West Bloomfield is underway on Orchard Lake Middle School property. It is scheduled to open in 2022 under the leadership of Principal Amy Hughes, the current principal of Abbott. “I am excited about the merging of our WB middle schools both in terms of the amazing space that we will have and the opportunities that our innovative middle school staff will have to create and facilitate student learning,” Hughes said. Abbott Middle School and OLMS are the two middle schools in the West Bloomfield School District. A bond proposal to build the new middle school passed in 2017. They will be building it behind OLMS. OLMS will continue to be open until the end of this school year. Next year, they will be moving all of sixth graders to Abbott. Seventh and Eighth graders will remain at OLMS. This helps the sixth graders to be exposed to the combined middle school experience. This also helps with closing off certain areas of OLMS. In the 2021-22 school year, all middle school students will be moved to Abbott. Abbott can hold
about 900 students. Once they do so, they will tear down OLMS and start the complete construction. The new middle school will have a capacity of 1,200 students and will combine current and further staff. The physical spaces will be designed in a way to support smaller learning communities. The new school will give extended co-curricular space to sports and fine/ performing expressions in an effort to open doors for all students.
aged students that will house kids in grade level ‘families’ and allow for team teaching,” said School Board President Stacy Brickman on the WBSD website. “We are also continuing to invest in our fine arts, visual arts, performing arts, STEAM labs, athletics and more. We are also looking forward to outdoor learning environments that include school gardens and research areas. There are a lot of possibilities for our students to have hands-on learning opportunities so we are keeping that at the forefront as the school campus is being designed.” OLMS will continue to be open until the end of this school year. Next year, they will be moving all of sixth graders to Abbott. Seventh and Eighth graders will remain at OLMS. This helps the sixth graders to be exposed to the combined middle school experience. This also helps with closing off certain areas of OLMS. In the 2021-22 school year, all middle school students will be Amy Hughes, Principal of Abbott. moved to Abbott. Abbott can hold Courtesy of WBSD about 900 students. Once they do “The building is being designed so, they will tear down OLMS and around our 21st-century instructionstart the complete construction. al priorities that are grounded in research and best for middle school-
Consutruction site at OLMS. Photos by Jenna Anderson
Consutruction site at OLMS. Photos by Jenna Anderson
UPDATES ON THE SAT AND ACT Everything you need to know about the upcoming tests WRITER
It is that time of year for students taking the SAT and ACT to start preparing. As of now, on April 14, sophomores will take a PSAT, and juniors will take a SAT to see where they stand in these standardized tests. On this day, freshmen and seniors will stay home and complete online learning for
“Have a goal of what score you want to receive on your ACT or SAT by looking at the average scores for what college(s) you want to attend,” said Sarah Goldman, a senior who took standardized tests last year. “Use that score to motivate you to study and get better.” A big part of standardized tests
The Official SAT Study Guide from CollegeBoard. Photo by Sarah Long
second hour classes. On April 15, freshmen will take a PSAT and juniors will take the ACT WorkKeys. Sophomores and seniors get a delayed start on this day and in the afternoon all students will attend fourth and sixth hour classes. It is important that all students testing on these days take them seriously to know what/how to improve and demonstrate their knowledge and capabilities they have gained through their years of school. Standardized tests are a big part in applying to college and it is important that students are aware of that. Standardized testing can be very stressful and overwhelming but it helps to hear advice from others and to know how to get in the right mindset.
are to prepare and learn how to time manage. One piece of advice is to have a goal and work towards it. Luckily, students can take these tests multiple times, but the first one is important to see where people stand. “Stay as calm as you can. It feels like it is never ending, but I promise it will,” said senior Ashley Krauthamar. “I dedicated over a year to the test and I know howhard it is to see the light at the end of the tunnel but push through.” In addition to staying calm and having a goal in mind, it is helpful to practice time management and test taking skills in order to improve scores on tests. There are online practice quizzes and practice books that help students and give them an idea on how much time to spend on each question and help students to look for the right information throughout passages. While the tests are important, if students are not satisfied with their scores, they can retake them and improve.
Here’s a map of the preferred test in each state in 2018, courtesy of Wikipedia Commons. In Michigan, there are more senior SAT test takers.
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THE MICHIGAN PRIMARY MATTERS An overview of the Michigan primary and why it was important WRITER
ISAAC MINTZ & SYDNEY MACNAUGHTON
Americans all over the country looked to Iowa in early February as the first polls opened and citizens were able to begin the voting process for the 2020 primary elections. After a fumble counting the votes at the Iowa Caucuses, the result was a narrow win in the Democratic primary by Pete Buttigieg, followed closely by Bernie Sanders. Sanders went on to take the lead in the New Hampshire Democratic primary, then Joe Biden overwhelmingly won the Democratic primary in South Carolina. Super Tuesday, the day with the most states casting their votes at the same time, was a big win for Biden after garnering the majority of votes from ten of the fourteen states. The other four went to Sanders, leaving him to trail Biden, who held a 70-80 delegate lead. The primaries have significantly reduced the number of Democratic candidates in the race, leaving just Sanders and Biden. Michigan voters turned out to the polls in their Presidential Primaries to determine who would appear on their presidential ballot this upcoming November.
West Bloomfield precinct 6 on March 10, 2020 The main two contestants, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, had since led impressive campaigns, garnering attention across the globe. However, as the final votes were counted in Michigan, Biden garnered 56% of the vote and Sanders only received 34% of the vote. After narrowly winning Michigan in the 2016 presidential race, these results came to much disappoint-
One of the stickers handed out at Michigan polling locations on voting day.
ment from Bernie supporters. Former Vice President Biden’s lead expanded in the overall primary race. He is beating Sanders by 154 delegates. Biden supporters called for Sanders to drop out following the Tuesday Primaries, also known as “Mini-Tuesday.” A reference to Super Tuesday, Mini-Tuesday is not as big but still attracts much attention - especially to Michigan, an important swing-state with 147 delegates. Sanders was a presidential hopeful back in the 2016 election and ran against Hillary Clinton in the primaries. The race between Clinton and Sanders was a close one, and Sanders won the Michigan primary by a slim margin. The win was momentous for Sanders and devastating for Clinton. The results changed the outlook of the race and gave Sanders a fighting chance for the White House. Despite the results of the 2016 Michigan Democratic primary, the nomination ultimately went to Hillary Clinton.
MICHIGAN PRIMARY AND FUTURE VOTERS The results of the Michigan primary and why they are important WRITER
Michigan is an important state in the primary elections because of the number of delegates granted to candidates. The state has a long history of switching parties, which is a reason why there is a Democrat ballot and a Republican ballot, and why voters must ask for the ballot in accordance with the party of the candidate they intend to vote for. This election is particularly unique because the presence of someone like Donald Trump is unprecedented in the history of American politics. With the Republican party at an interesting divide, Republican Michiganders were torn between parties. Last week, Laker Media put out a Mock Election Ballot, which was able to gauge students’ feelings towards the election. With 315 responses from students approximately 70% of the responses were from the Democratic party, 20% from the Republican party, and 10% voted non-partisan. Sanders took the lead on the Democratic ballot, winning 41.6% of the vote, on top of Biden who received 33.9% of the vote. This is consistent with a voter survey conducted by the Associated Press, 57% of voters aged 18-44 voted for Sanders, with Biden receiving 35% of the vote. As first time voters take to the polls, Democratic voters want a candidate who, in their eyes, can authentically represent the American Democracy. “I was looking for a candidate who would change the current status quo of this country,” said firsttime voter Ishan Biswas. “Everyday we stem further away from democracy in my eyes, and the president is heavily responsible for it.” “The state of the American democracy is at a low right now in my opinion,” said senior Aanya Belsare. “The president reflects the exact opposite of what
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West Bloomfield High School Primary Results Republican
American democracy should be.” “There’s been so many corrupt instances throughout his presidency including, but not limited to, sexual harassment, racist and xenophobic remarks and ridding the policies that are put in place to keep our earth up and running,” she added. “A lot of people don’t like Trump because of his morals,” said senior Jacob Nafso. “But as a president, I don’t think he’s doing anything wrong.” This is consistent with senior Cole DeStefano, a proponent of Donald Trump’s reelection. “I believe Trump has done well
as a president but not a role model,” he said. “He is rather egotistical and harshly opinionated causing his symbolic reputation and role model stance to fade and become hated and obsolete. But, as for execution I genuinely believe he sincerely cares for this country as he shows to follow through on as many promises as possible.” Students will continue to measure each candidates’ approach on topics that matter to the individual, including Health Care, Climate Change, and the wealth gap. The 2020 Presidential Election will take place on Tuesday, November 3.
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SAINT PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATIONS HISTORY AND TRADITIONS OF ST. PATRICK’ DAY
St. Patrick’s Day rolls around every year on Mar. 17 and is primarily known for the color green, leprechauns, the Irish and alcohol. In the United States, the holiday has become an Americanized celebration of Irish culture and their celebration of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. As is the case with most major events this year, St. Patrick’s Day has certainly been one for the books given how much COVID-19 has affected every aspect of life. The Center for Disease Control has asked for no more than 50 people in one gathering, preventing all St. Patrick’s Day parades around the world from taking place. The band Dropkick Murphys even canceled their concert and live streamed a concert for free. Despite the world-wide quarantine, many late night hosts were still able to give a happy St. Patrick’s Day to their viewers from their homes, where many of them have been continuing to film their shows. Jimmy Kimmel, host of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, was cooped up inside his home office as he addressed the holiday. “This is an especially tough day to stay home obviously because it’s Saint Patrick’s Day, and I do want to say happy Saint Patrick’s
Day not just to our Irish friends and the Irish Americans watching, but to all alcoholics everywhere,” Kimmel joked. Aside from the heavy drinking, concerts and parades, St. Patrick’s Day is abundant with traditions. Irish foods such as corned beef, corned cabbage, coffee, soda bread, potatoes and shepherd’s pie are eaten in many households. The shamrock is perhaps the most popular symbol of the holiday and of Ireland. It dates back to around the 17th century and was used in secret schools called ‘hedge schools” by Irish teachers to explain to their students the Holy Trinity in Christianity. The color green became associated with St. Patrick’s Day over time, as well as with Ireland itself. Originally leprechauns, creatures of Irish folklore, were known to wear red but were depicted in green once it became the typical color of Ireland. They are said to go around pinching anyone not wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day, as anyone wearing green is invisible to them. St. Patrick’s Day is named after Saint Patrick, a British teen captured and kidnapped by the Irish sometime in the fifth century. He was taken to Ireland and held there for six years until he escaped,
something he claimed God had told him it was time to do. Soon after, he had a dream where an angel visited him and told him to go back to Ireland to convert the people to Christianity. Upon his return as a priest, he began mixing Christianity with Irish culture and beliefs to get people better accustomed to his religion. He invented the Celtic cross and used bonfires to celebrate Easter. According to lore, St. Patrick bravely faced the King of Ireland at the time to get his blessing to spread Christianity throughout the island. At first, the King had doubts and wanted Patrick gone, but Patrick assured him he was there peacefully. Druids, high ranking religious leaders, saw Patrick as a threat and tried to trick him by asking him to make snow fall from the sky. Patrick told them he wouldn’t because only God possessed the power to do such a thing. Right away, snow began to fall and impressed the king so much that he allowed Patrick to safely spread Christianity across Ireland. St. Patrick died on Mar. 17, 461, forever marking the day as St. Patrick’s Day.
A St. Patrick’s Day parade in Moscow, Russia in 2012. Courtesy Wikipedia
The Chicago River on St. Patrick’s Day after being turned green, an annual tradition. Courtesy Wikimedia
Stained glass window depicting St. Patrick. Courtesy Wikimedia Commons
SHAMROCK SHAKE TURNS 50
The Shamrock Shake is back at McDonald’s for its 50th year in celebratig St. Patrick’s Day WRITER
Love the Shamrock Shake? This is how you can make it at home.
• 3 large scoops vanilla ice cream (about 1/4 cup each) • 1/4 cup heavy cream • 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract • 6 drops green food coloring • Whipped cream, for topping • Maraschino cherry, for topping The Shamrock Shake from McDonald’s. Courtesy of Wikipedia Commons
McDonald’s Shamrock Shake returned on Feb. 19 to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, marking its 50 year anniversary. The much anticipated shake were available nationwide and will be joined with an Oreo Shamrock McFlurry for a limited time. The treats will be available through St. Patrick’s Day and will appear again next year. According to Fox News, more than 60 million Shamrock Shakes have been sold since 1970, over the span of the 50 years the shake has existed. The shake was first introduced in 1970 when it was a lemon/ lime flavored milkshake, by 1973. It was simply a green vanilla milkshake and not until 1983 was the Shamrock Shake mint flavored. It was solidified as the classic February/March treat. Every year, once the shake is available, thousands of people run to Mcdonald’s to get their hands on it. There are not many signature St. Patrick’s Day specials so access to the green treat is special. It is the sign of the beginning of spring, as it is colorful and refreshing. The shake, although filled with calories, is delicious. It contains vanilla ice cream, Shamrock Shake syrup and is topped with whipped cream. A small size contains 460 calories and a large size contains 790 calories. The new Oreo Shamrock Mcflurry is almost the same recipe as the shake, but it is blended with oreo cookies. The smaller size has 370 calories and the regular size has 560 calories inside. The McDonald’s treats are definitely indulgent. However, since they are only available once a year, everyone should get theirs while they can, and if they miss out, there’s always next year!
• In a blender, mix vanilla ice cream, heavy cream, peppermint extract, and food coloring until completely smooth, then pour into a glass. • Top with whipped cream and a cherry before serving.
18 MARCH 23, 2020
THE PINNACLE OF GREED: POSTHUMOUS ALBUMS Many view posthumous albums as a way to carry on an artist’s legacy. Although I agree, there are other things to consider WRITER
One of my most favorite artists is the late and great Amy Winehouse. Her soulful voice could move me to tears even if she was singing about puppies and rainbows. I first found her music in 2018 after watching the documentary Amy on Netflix. Her music was like nothing I had heard before. Something I had been craving. It wasn’t until I consumed Back to Black, her second and most acclaimed album, that I began looking for more of her music. That’s when I found Lioness: Hidden Treasures. This was her first and only posthumous album. Her untimely death left fans wanting more of her, as if the want the world had hadn’t brought her to her demise. Songs such as “Rehab” told of someone refusing treatment for an addiction, “Back to Black” spoke of a depression so consuming it was as if she had died over and over again and “Addicted” had content deserving of its name. It was as if us, the fans, had only cared about the song and not the help that she had needed. After devouring her, we were left wanting even more- new music I won’t ramble on about Amy Winehouse for much longer. But one has to look at her case to truly understand why posthumous albums may not be as
great as we think. As fans, we only care about the album so we get more of the music. But there are many factors going into the release. The song’s essence could easily be changed after the artist’s death and turn into something that the artist would not have put out. Many say that it should be released to carry on the artist’s legacy. So much so that artists like Tupac have seven posthumous albums. Tupac’s The Don Kilumanati: The 7 Day Theory, his first posthumous album, has been named as one of the top selling hip-hop albums of all time. Tupac has had seven posthumous albums- each with varying reviews. Biggie’s posthumous album, Life After Death, was critically acclaimed, many saying it felt like what Biggie would put out. While these were smash hits, albums like Made In Heaven, from Queen, and Lioness: Hidden Treasures show what can happen when these types of albums aren’t done right. Queen’s album felt rushed and lackluster, while Lioness: Hidden Treasure felt like it did not showcase what Winehouse could do. Also, in my opinion, a second rendition of “Valerie” seemed almost redundant. There’s a gross morbidity that goes along with posthumous albums. Some-
thing that just doesn’t sit right with me. Nobody will ever know if Tupac’s or Biggie’s albums would have received the acclaim they did without their death. But I believe that their posthumous albums will always have a lingering sense of macabre fascination. It’s greedy to want
their music just because they died. I’ll admit that I used to feel that way about Amy Winehouse, but I’d rather enjoy what she decided was perfect rather than someone else.
Amy Winehouse’s posthumous album: Lioness: Hidden Treasures was released after Winehouse died from alcohol intoxication in 2011. The album was did not showcase the gigantic vocals Winehouse was capable of.
The band Queen released their posthumous album, Made in Heaven, after Freddie Mercury died from A.I.D.S. When Mercury was diagnosed with A.I.D.S., he pulled the band together to record as much music as possiblesomething that can be heard in the final product.
Tupac Shakur’s posthumous album: The Don Kiluminati: The 7 Day Theory. The album was released after Tupac was gunned down in a Las Vegas drive-by shooting. Due to some of the lyrics in the album, many believe Tupac is still alive and merely faked his death.
The Notorious B.I.G’s album, Life After Death, was released after Biggie was shot in a drive-by shooting in 1997.
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THE SLOW RUSH - ALBUM REVIEW
Tame Impala’s latest album proves to satisfy longtime listeners WRITER
With his first album in five years, Tame Impala’s The Slow Rush comes out with a bang: ethereal synths, juicy bass lines and that signature punchy snare. Kevin Parker, also known as Tame Impala, draws on themes that each human experiences. Complete with exposition, rise, peak and fall, the tracks carefully paint a portrait of the effects of time and what it means to mature into a new era of your life. Following the release of 2015 album, Currents, Parker blew up, becoming synonymous with rock, indie and electronic fans alike. He soon began global performances and became a sought after artist for studio sessions with artists including Travis Scott, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Mark Ronson and Lady Gaga. “Lost in Yesterday” ‘If they call you, embrace them, If they hold you, erase them.’
leading Parker to confront a false reality that lay within his childhood. Split into two parts, “Posthumous Forgiveness” represents a duality of love and resentment. At the end of the song, Parker acknowledges that his father didn’t intend to harm him - that his father was dealing with demons of his own. Parker described the second part of the song as “the sunshine after the rain.”
“It Might be Time” ‘You ain’t as young as you used to be. It might be time to face it.’
You might enjoy “Lost in YesterA song that addresses the day” solely because of the bass realities of growing up. Equally riff’s similar take from “The Less I impressive is the soundstage on know the Better,” this track. The keys paired with the one of Tame Impadrums on this track are incredibly la’s most popular tasty. songs. Underlying on the track are My favorite track sounds of wailing guitar and synth, on the album, “Lost like a wake-up call for Parker, as in Yesterday” is an the social constructs of age catch “Breathe Deeper” ode to memories of up to him. the past, memories ‘If you think I couldn’t hold “One More Hour” we can’t let go of. my own, I can. Believe me.’ Kevin Parker, aka Tame Impala “It is about nostalgia as a drug,” ‘All your voices said you Parker described. “It’s about A sonic rush wouldn’t last a minute, over-romanticizing the past, and splashes the babe also the opposite - being conlisteners face, a One more hour and you sumed with regret.” refreshing, powerknow your life is one to ful sip of allusions share‘ “Posthumous Forgiveness” straight out of the 80s. Parker stated To a listener solely ‘Did you think I’d never know? in an interview with focused on the instruNever wise up as I grow?’ Zane Lowe that he mentals of a song, got high in public Kevin Parker with his wife, Sophie this doesn’t strike any A letter to his late father, Parker in order to spur discomfort as a chords. But listen closer, it’s all demonstrates the unconditional means of finding inspiration. Addabout the lyrics in this closing love he had for his father, exalting another layer to the track, the track. Parker looks at what it ing him at every step growing up. signature looping with electric guitar means to put his past behind him However, once his father died, a soloing laid over is everything. and focus on his new found love. wretched mistake was uncovered, The album comes full circle.
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JONAS BROTHERS: BETTER THAN EVER
As of 2019, the Jonas Brother Documentary, “Chasing Happiness,” available on Amazon Prime, shows the reality of childhood fame and working with family WRITER
The Jonas Brothers documentary “Chasing Happiness”’ was released on June 4, 2019. The Amazon Prime original follows Nick, Joe and Kevin Jonas as they grow up and how their brother band got started. The documentary gave a new perspective on the Jonas Brothers’ journey as they rose to the top, fell apart and are currently continuing their journey together. The documentary follows the brothers growing up in New Jersey with not many resources besides each other, their community and their love for music and the arts. The Jonas Brothers started their band playing in malls and small venues and eventually grew their fan base to perform in large venues for millions of fans. It also shows the hardships the three teenagers endured as they were becoming famous. The brothers started from nothing and, when they were thrown in the performance industry, they were forced to grow up quickly and miss out on a big part of their childhood. They experienced troubles with the amount of pressure being placed on them to be perfect along with health issues, judgement and expectations from everyone around them. The band eventually split up leaving Nick to pursue a solo career,
Joe to join DNCE, an American rock band consisting of three other band members, and Kevin to live a somewhat normal life with his wife and two daughters. It was 2019 when the three brothers decided to see what the Jonas Brothers could be again. “Chasing Happiness” shows the emotional journey their family has encountered and ultimately how the brothers found themselves again. They found the bond they needed to move forward. The hour and a half documentary shows how each of the brothers forgave themselves and each other for decisions they made when they were young and reveals their reunion of friends and the band itself. The documentary was heartfelt and made me think about the Jonas Brothers in a new light. It shows how much work and heart they put into their music. The Jonas Brothers began when they were kids and now as adults, each of them married, they begin another journey that I am excited to see play out.
YES, I HATED TAYLOR SWIFT
“Miss Americana”, Taylor Swift’s new Netflix documentary, showcases her life over the course of her career
I’ll admit it: I hated Taylor Swift. Maybe it was 2012, but I fell under the spell of the media and found reasons to hate her. Fast-forward two years later, I saw her on the 1989 tour. After that show, I began hating her again. After watching her documentary, “Miss Americana”, I felt guilty for being a part of those who had hated her - even if it was for different reasons than the majority. It made me respect her in a way I never had before. She opened up about various aspects of her life. One of the most shocking things revealed was her sexual assault experience in 2013. She opened up about the implications of her assault and how the court system is truly draining. This experience only made Swift want to advocate for women who weren’t believed. This only grew respect for her. For the first time ever, Swift exposed her political views. She passionately fought against the election of Tennessee senator Marsha Blackburn. Swift’s father was against her showcasing her
political views due to the reaction the Dixie Chicks received after making a political comment at one of their shows. She was already hated enough, he didn’t want another reason added onto the growing list. But she ignored her father and spoke her mind. Swift’s passion and ability to stick up for what she believed in only made me love her more. “Miss Americana” is a genuine glimpse into Taylor Swift’s life. Throughout her time in the spotlight, she never got a say in what was said about her. Miss Americana gives her the ability to showcase her true self and growth in the past four years. Now, I can proudly say that I’m a Swiftie.
HUNTERS: IS IT WORTH THE PROMOTION The new amazon-prime series, Hunters, was not what I expected WRITER
The new amazon-prime series, Hunters, follows a group of people hunting high-ranked Nazi officials post World War II in 1977 New York City. The show was heavily promoted, which sparked my interest. Jordan Peele, famously known for Get Out and Us, is the executive producer, and the leads Logan Lerman and Al Pacino only added to my excitement. Being Jewish, I was intrigued on how this plot idea would work out. Sadly, I was disappointed. The show’s first episode showcases Jonah Heidelbaum’s (Logan Lerman) grandmother Ruth, a survior of the holocaust, being murdered by an unknown man. Throughout the entirety of this
episode, he searches for the man that killed his grandmother, whom turns out to be a Nazi. Meyer Offerman (Al Pacino) saves his life and reveals what Jonah failed to notice: his grandmother was a part of a group that hunts Nazis. Offerman takes Jonah under his wing for the entirety of the season. He fills his grandmother’s place in the Hunters and begins tracking down Nazis who have relocated to NYC. Even though the show was full of beautiful shots and action-packed scenes, it was hard to watch. There are 10 episodes in this season, each about 90 minutes. For some reason, it was difficult for me to sit down and digest a whole episode. A lot happened within each epi-
sode and it was hard to follow at some points. Another criticism that various outlets touched on is the depiction of the Holocaust. Many believe it is insensitive and largely fictionalized to a point of absurdity. At times, it fictionalized and dramaticized experiences during the Holocaust in an insensitive way. It felt as if each character didn’t serve an enormous purpose to the plot and a lot of holes were left unresolved. I was hoping for a lot more from Peele, but Lerman’s and Pacino’s performances made up for what the show was lacking. Still, I don’t think I’ll be watching the next season.
ON MY BLOCK IS BACK On My Block is out and it’s been intense WRITER
On My Block is about four teenagers, Cesar, Jamal, Ruby and Monse, who try to navigate their way through high school with pressure from gangs and friends turning into romance. In season one, the four friends start high school. Ruby meets a girl named Oliva who now lives with him. Ruby falls for Oliva and he does everything to make sure she feels like part of the family. In the end of the season, Oliva and Ruby are at Oliva’s Quinceañera and are both shot by a gang member. Oliva ended up dying and Ruby got shot in the shoulder and lived. The second season starts off with Ruby coming out of the hospital one month after her death. Monse,
Jasmin, Jamal and Ruby come back to clean the money Jamal found on the football field. At the end of the season Cesar, Jamal and Ruby get kidnapped and put into a van. Mona’s also gets kidnapped and put into the van. In season three, the four friends are kidnapped by a woman named Cuchillo. She is the leader of the Santos gangs. She tells them she has a mission for them to find Lil Ricky. Through the season they go through challenges. By the end they don’t know where Lil Ricky is and Cuchillo dies. With only eight episodes you would think it would end on a good note. In the last two minutes, they fast forward to two years later.
Everything changes. Monse is at school and the pictures she has on her night stand are her new friends and family. Jamal is a football player. Ruby and Jasmine are together but they both dress to impress. Now they look sad and are not standing out. Cesar on the other hand has tattoos, shaved his head and is the leader of the Santos. This ending left me upset. Monse brings them together and without her they are all lost. The third season left us on a cliffhanger and now have to wait at least two months to announce if there is a new season or not.
MARCH 23, 2020
WEINSTEIN WAS FOUND GUILTY, BUT HE DIDN’T LOSE Weinstein’s money and power will allow his all-star defense team to appeal his conviction WRITER
Harvey Weinstein, 67, was found guilty of rape and a federal sex crime by a New York jury on Monday, Feb. 24. He was sentenced to 23 years in prison on March 11, but he will be appealing the ruling. When over 80 women said Weinstein sexually assaulted them, the global #MeToo movement took off. Many looked to Weinstein’s trial for justice. “This is a big day. This is a new day,” said Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. to CNN. “This is the new landscape for survivors of sexual assault in America, I believe, and this is a new day.” While some see Weinstein’s trial as a win, I see it as a loss. He got off easy because of his wealth and status. Six women testified with horrific stories, but the prosecution’s case was based on only two: Miriam Haley and Jessica Mann. Haley was a production assistant on “Project Runway” when she met Weinstein, one of the show’s producers. She agreed to meet him at her apartment to avoid damaging their relationship, Haley said. She testified that Weinstein, who was 300 pounds at the time, cornered her and forcibly performed oral sex as she repeatedly said, “No.” Mann’s three-day testimony described an abusive relationship with Weinstein. The actress said some of their encounters were consensual, but she was raped on two separate occasions. In a New York hotel, Weinstein physically prevented her from leaving, so she “gave up” and had sex against her will. She further testified that when she tried to break ties from Weinstein in Beverly Hills, he became angry and raped her. These are only two of the stories from the long list of reputable
Weinstein accusers. “For the women who testified in this case, and walked through traumatic hell, you did a public service to girls and women everywhere, thank you,” Ashely Judd tweeted. She was one of the first celebrities to share her experience of Weinstein’s sexual misconduct. I want to hear all of their voices. Not just on Twitter, but in court. They deserve the chance to face their abuser. Victims of another well-known criminal were given this chance. After Larry Nassar was convicted of numerous sex crimes, 156 women came to court. They shared their stories to the world while looking Nassar in the eyes. Nassar was once a renowned sports physician for young, female gymnasts, including the Olympic team. He gained the trust of these girls. After difficult practices, with coaches barking at them, the athletes turned to Nassar for relief. He was described as kind, charming and welcoming.
Nassar took advantage of his position. The seven women who testified in his trial said his fingers penatrated their vaginas under the guise of medical treatment. Similar stories, or worse, were heard from the other 150 women who came forward with impact statements. His manipulation was so strong that numerous girls were abused with a parent in the room, and no one suspected a thing. Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in federal prison. “I’ve just signed your death warrant,” said Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, the compassionate judge who allowed the many victims to speak. She even offered comments of sympathy to the women, remarking on their courage and their abuser’s disgrace.
Sketch of Aquilina from Nassar’s trial. Courtesy of Wikipedia Commons
American Olympic gymist and gold-medalst Aly Raisman was awarded for speaking out against Nassar. Courtesy of Wikipedia Commons
This was a satisfying trial. Finally, the women were believed. Finally, a female judge took charge. Finally, justice was served. I didn’t get the same feeling with Weinstein’s trial. He arguably committed a lesser crime, but the number of abused women is still
THE WOMEN WHO CAME FORWARD
Here are several of the most influencial women who spoke out with stories of sexual assalt or harrasment
Angelina Jolie, 44, actress
Cara Delevingne, 27, model incredibly large. His defense team was stronger than Nassar’s, and they treated the victims harshly. “The defense insisted that the women were not victims, but opportunists seeking connections and acting roles,” reported the Los Angeles Times. The judge, James Burke, was male. While he remained impartial, there is no way for him to understand the abuse of the women. He was unable to show the same compassion as Aquilina. The worst part is Weinstein feels no remorse at all. In a ten minute
Lupita Nyong’o, 37, actress
Ashely Judd, 51, actress speech to the court, Weinstein addressed the women by expressing remorse but never apologized. He then went on to compare the #MeToo movement to the Red Scare of the 1950s. His words of empathy were contrived, aimed at receiving a shorter sentence. If he was truly remorseful, he wouldn’t have hired Donna Rotunno, the woman who defends accused abusers. She called his sentence of 23 years “obnoxious,” worried he could potentially die in prison. Weinstein’s sentencing is more
Gwyneth Paltrow, 47, actress
Cate Blanchett, 50, actress than the five-year minimum, but still less than the 29-year maximum. His team of all-star lawyers is planning on appealing the ruling. I suspect he will appeal the charges until he dies. Money and status allows another despicable criminal to work the system. Weinstein deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison. I believe the women. Weinstein abused his power as a free man. He doesn’t deserve to live a free life and hurt anyone else, ever again.
MARCH 23, 2020
KILLER CULTURE: ARE WE AT FAULT
How viewers are fueling the actions of killers WRITER
Serial killers are in your home everyday. Lurking in your bedroom, your living room and even at school. Their stories, their evils, their fame, encroaches on all we see, hear and view. The presence of serial killers within pop culture is something that we as the viewers are thrilled by. These morbid acts, that we could never commit, entrigue us. We are drawn into the twisted minds of an individual, channelling what drives them, their habits, their style. But what happens when a viewer sees these acts as a guideline rather than a lesson? A way to quick fame and infamy rather than a warning? The killers feed off this attention, always trying to outdo the last to have their name broadcasted, posted, documented. The way we idealize these individuals glamourizes them and ignores the victims creating this predicament: to what extent are we really warning the public or heroically displaying the capabilities of serial killers? Without an answer to this balance within our culture, the amount of these stories will continue to increase while the lives destroyed continue to go unrecognized. The media lives off the motto: if it bleeds, it leads. We see these acts
Two out of about 30 of Ted Bundy’s victims: Lisa Levy and Margaret Bowman. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Our strength lies in our intensive attacks and our barbarity… After all, who today remembers the genocide of the Armenians.
up front, and it is the media’s duty to make the public aware of the dangers that are posed to them. The attention is pointed to traditional serial killers, mass shooters, genocides, abusers and countless other actions against humanity. But it is when we stop giving light to the victims, but rather shine the spotlight on the perpetrators, we perpetuate the evils at hand. Hitler once said, “Our strength lies in our intensive attacks and our barbarity. After all, who today remembers the genocide of the Armenians.” And we seldom remember them. It is chilling to think that right now you can think of a killer’s name but not one of their victims. We know of Hitler’s actions and tactics that brutally killed over six million people, but we lack the knowledge and reverence to those
Netflix streams many serial killer documentaries. Courtesy of Netflix
millions of lives. So how do we stop this cycle? The answer comes in two steps: hold society accountable and stop viewing them as heroes. It is true that serial killers may have childhood trauma or behaviors that can be a driving factor, but that cannot be used as a scapegoat for the terror they create. After a mass shooting you learn a shooter’s entire life story - what they were like, what their home life was like, how they were bullied taking away his or her accountability. These issues need to be curbed early on in attempts to create a better atmosphere. That way, highrisk individuals will be able to find the help they need, not follow that path to destruction. Secondly, we place killers on a platform in many ways from who they inflict pain on, how they do it and their numbers. By focusing less on how they commit their acts but rather bringing the true devastation and humanity back to the viewers everywhere, we might be able to stop the superior image that individuals crave. On the widest scale, our society has been a catalyst to the epidemic of the serial killer image, and it is time to change for the better.
Chart of victims from the Woodward Corridor killer. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
SERIAL KILLERS OF THE PAST
The stories of history’s most infamous killers and their impact on pop culture WRITER
Stories, myths and legends of serial killers have permeated the general interest for as long as humans have been able to tell tales. These monsters have drifted in and out of history leaving a trail of devastation and tragedy grabbing the ineluctable fascination of the world. Their stories are told over and over, cementing their place in history. Horror movies are some of the earliest films ever made, but a boom came for the industry in the ‘70s. Movies like Halloween, Carrie and Psycho displayed violence in a way the public had never seen on screen before. The infamous Manson family, responsible for the deaths of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and four others at her home, the Zodiac Killer, a mysterious man who enjoyed playing games with police as he dropped bodies and Jim Jones, a cult leader who forced his following of approximately 900 people to drink KoolAid laced with cyanide, were leaving their dark stain on the decade. Born in 1793, Lavinia Fisher is considered one of America’s first serial killers. She and her husband lived in Charleston, South Carolina where they ran a hotel, The Six Mile Wayfarer House. Lavinia would use her charm and beauty to help her husband kill men that stayed at the hotel. Rumors spread through town of the strange disappearances that plagued the Wayfarer, but it wasn’t until a man named John Peeples escaped the Fishers’ attempt to kill him that they were arrested. On the day she was sentenced to hang, Lavinia wore her wedding dress. She called out to the crowd, “If you have a message you want to send to hell, give it to me - I’ll carry it,” then she ran off the scaf-
fold before her executioners could push her. Lavinia Fisher is not too well known, Jack the Ripper is arguably the most infamous serial killer in all of history. He brought terror to the streets of London in the late 1880s by leaving the bodies of eviscerated prostitutes all over the district of Whitechapel. He played games with police by writing them taunting letters and even went as far as sending them half a kidney from one of the victims. In a letter marked “From hell” he explained that he had eaten the other half of the organ. Jack the Ripper was never caught and his identity is still unknown to this day. There are still more than a hundred possible suspects to who he really was. Around the same time, a man named H. H. Holmes was constructing a hotel in Chicago in preparation for the World’s Fair of 1893. His hotel was built with secret tunnels, trapdoors, body chutes and a basement making it easier for him to dispose of the bodies of his guests. With the World’s Fair in town, he had an abundance of visitors. Holmes obtained a partner, Benjamin Pitezel, who he met in prison to help aid him in his swindling schemes. Together, they agreed to fake Pitezel’s death, but Holmes ended up genuinely killing him and cashing in on his life insurance. Holmes was arrested in 1894 for horse theft. While in jail, police began to uncover the bodies of his victims. In his defense, he was noted saying, “I was born with the devil in me. I could not help the fact that I was a murderer, no more than the poet can help the inspiration to sing — I was born with the ‘Evil
SYDNEY MACNAUGHTON The cover of The Penny Illustrated Paper, a paper published Sept. 8, 1888, illustrating a policeman finding a victim of Jack the Ripper. Courtesy Wikimedia Commons
One’ standing as my sponsor beside the bed where I was ushered into the world, and he has been with me since.” Holmes was hanged in 1896. Many serial killers are remembered in movies and shows inspired by them. Jeffery Dahmer sexually assaulted and killed at least 17 boys from 1978 to 1991. In 2017, My Friend Dahmer was released starring Ross Lynch as the infamous killer. Ed Gein, arrested in 1957, is recognized by his careful mutilation and repurposing of human bodies. He inspired some of the biggest horror movies to ever come out of Hollywood such as Psycho, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Silence of the Lambs. Ted Bundy was a master manipulator who is known for kidnapping, assaulting and murdering young women by taking advantage of them from 1974 to 1978. His actions are immortalized in the popular Netflix drama, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, starring Zac Efron. Serial killers likely date back to the beginning of mankind. Death and mystery has always intrigued society and always will. Their stories have appeared through oral tellings, art, TV shows, music and movies. And as long as people are alive, they will continue to be intrigued by the darkest parts of themselves and others.
26 MARCH 23, 2020
GIRLS BASKETBALL WINS BIG Another amazing season for Girls Basketball WRITER
Girls basketball, coached by Bert Mosely, went far this season. They became district champions for the second year in a row, tied for league champions and advanced to the first round of regionals. This was the first year the girls played in OAA red, which is the highest league in Michigan. Their overall record was 15-6. “We are constantly underlooked. But, we have beat almost every team in our league,” said senior Grace Yaldoo. They had a strong four month season with players from every grade. A majority of the team were seniors and juniors, with one sophomore and freshman that both started. The team proved they deserve to be in the highest league. “We have a lot of people doubting us and they still will next year, but we know we are one of the
best teams in the state.” Yaldoo said. This season was one to remember. With multiple comebacks during crunch times, the Lakers always played their heart out in order to secure a win. “My favorite part of the season was making big comebacks when we were down, we all got really excited,” said Junior Jade Goodloe. Winning district finals was a highlight for the players. They played Avondale, a team they beat three times last season. After the first half, WB was down by eight points. In the third quarter, the players brought the game back into their control and gained nine points. A notable player during the district final game was sophomore Myonna Hooper. She had multiple lay-up’s and foul shots during the
The basketball team after they won district finals. Courtesy Grace Yaldoo
game. As soon as WB started to lead the game, Avondale fell apart. They couldn’t keep up with the players. “I loved playing Bloomfield Hills because we beat them each time we played them and they’re our biggest rivals. They showed up to our district game just to boo us,” added Yaldoo.
Coach Mosely holding their trophy. Courtesy Grace Yaldoo
BOYS BASKETBALL PLAYS A COMPETITIVE LAST GAME Boys Basketball wraps up their season with an outstanding final game WRITER
Courtesy Shamar Matthews
Boys varsity basketball ended their season after losing to Waterford Mott in the district Semi-Finals 53-60. Their final record was 8-11. The season started back in December with the lakers winning their first game against Southfield Christian High School, 88-66. The rest of the season had its ups and downs, but each game brought a lot of student participation in the stands and in the school. Waterford Mott was a highly competitive game. The team was full of many players that really pushed the Lakers to play hard. “Going up against one of the top teams in the state with a Kentucky commit really tested us,” Mathews said. The Lakers played their last game of the regular season on Friday,
March 9 against Ferndale High School. It was a close game with the Lakers in lead for the majority. In the last three minutes, the Ferndale Eagles closed the game on an 8-0 run. The loss was unfortunate, but several players stood out during this competition. The team was led by senior Shammar Mathews with 17 points, three assists, three rebounds and two steals. “My favorite part of the season was easily our last game,” said Mathews, “The energy from the crowd was great.” The Ferndale Eagles are one of the top teams in the state with a 12-9 record. The rest of the team put up a fight. Junior Rishard Weaver made 11 points and freshman Mitchel Seay had a team high of six rebounds. The Lakers lost the game 53-60, bringing an end to their 2019-2020 season. “I feel as if we really proved ourselves, even if we didn’t get the win,” said Mathews.
“I feel as if we really proved ourselves, even if we didn’t get the win.” --Shamar Matthews, Senior
Courtesy Shamar Matthews
28 MARCH 23, 2020
Senior Spotlight: Payton Harvey An insight into how cheer has shaped senior Payton Harvey
Cheer is a two season sport here at WBHS: sideline and competition. It begins in the fall with sideline. They cheer at every single football game - home and away. Following the sideline, competition season kicks in. This is a winter sport, which consists of preparing for numerous competitions during the week and weekends. In addition, they occasionally cheer at basketball games. Senior Payton Havery has participated in every cheer season since freshman year. With her seven-year gymnastics experience, she was ready to try something new: cheer. “I first joined because a friend of mine said I should. I used to do gymnastics so cheer is pretty similar,” Harvey said. Cheer has had a huge impact on Harvey’s life. Over the four years, cheer has helped her grow into the person she is now. “I used to be very shy but because of the team, I have come out of my shell,” she said. “I’ve made new friends and learned how to become a leader.” With every sport, there are
strengths and weaknesses. No matter what they are, knowing them will only help a player grow while helping them learn more about themselves. “My biggest strength [physically] is tumbling. Also, I think being able to listen to others and learn when I’m wrong is another strength I possess,” Harvey said. “A weakness of mine is not speaking up very much but cheer has taught me to be more vocal,” she added. Payton is widely known for her addition to the team. During football games or pep assemblies, her show-stopping flips and skills are present. Students, teachers and parents go crazy during her parts. “It feels really great when people cheer me on,” she said. “I get a lot of compliments afterwards and I love that I get a chance to show off my skills while having many people watch and enjoy it.” Harvey plans to continue her cheer career at either Xavier University or the University of Michigan. She’s hoping the future cheerleaders at WBHS will keep the spirit. “Speak up and branch out,” Harvey
WBHS cheer team seniors. Courtesy Paton Harvey
advised. “Cherish all the memories: every football game and competition. Before you know it, it’ll be over.” Harvey’s career here at WB has come to an end, but she will always be remembered for her dedication and passion for the sport. “Cheer has had a huge impact on me and who I became during my high school years,” Harvey said. “I wish it got more recognition from the school and students.”
Payton Harvey during senior night. Courtesy Payton Harvey
The Final Dance for Seniors on WB Poms Team Senior Jaela Rose discusses the fall and winter seasons of Poms WRITER
The WBHS poms team wrapped up their season as winter sports drew to a close. This was several students’ last time dancing at WBHS, and the team gave it their all. Senior Jaela Rose discusses her favorite parts of the season, and what being a Laker means to her. “My favorite memory of poms would probably be performing at the homecoming pep assembly,” she said. “The screams and cheers from the crowd and the overall energy from the whole school was amazing and it made performing the routine a great experience.” The poms team is always hyping the crowd up, whether it be at a pep assembly or during a sports game. This team adds a lot of school spirit and energy. Although some of the team were first years, a lot of the team has been dancing for a few seasons. Rose has been on the team for the past two seasons.
“I joined my junior year of high school,” she added. “I did it because my friend convinced me to, and I had quit dancing a few years ago and was really missing the sport.” The seasons are split into two, one for football season and the other for basketball. There are tryouts for both fall and winter seasons. If a student isn’t involved in football season, they could always try out and dance for the next season. Tryouts for the fall season start in May. This, like many seniors, was Rose’s final sport during her high school athletic career. “I will miss the kicklines the most,” Rose said. “It is a tradition to put a kickline in each routine. Even though they can sometimes be a pain to learn, that’s the part of the dance that gets the most recognition and hype from the crowd.” A lot of work goes into these dance routines. It takes a couple days to learn the dance routine
The WB Poms team. Courtesy Jaela Rose
and at least one extra day to perfect it. Practices are about 2 hours long and happen 3 times a week. “Sometimes we learn a new dance a week, but if we’re in a time crunch we will recycle dances from previous routines,” Rose said. “Extra practices are sometimes thrown in if we need more time to perfect them before a game.” The girls have worked tirelessly for two sports seasons and have wrapped the season up for the year. Rose encourages underclassmen to join the team and parts with some advice. “My advice for any future or potential poms team members is to find balance,” she said. “Never wear yourself too thin with a lot of clubs and sports. Have a few things and stick to them or you won’t find joy in the things you are passionate about.”
Senior Jaela Rose during team photos. Courtesy Jaela Rose
This is a rendering of the new West Bloomfield Middle School. The groundbreaking ceremony was held on Oct. 17, 2019. The merger of schools is scheduled to begin in the 20-21 school year and be fully merged by the 21-22 school year. The building is slated to be open to students for the 2223 school year.