Awareness saves lives by wuzhenguang


									                                                                 “Custer should have been a lawyer. He would have had a better chance when he got Siouxed.”

                                                                                                              Blood Drive: They made their donations.
                                                                                                              Will you make yours? pg. 12

                                                                                                              Vegan for the holidays: A nice warm turkey
                                                                                                              on the table. Wait, what if you donʼt eat it? pg.3

                    November 19, 2004            Dexter High School                                           JD and NYC: Jarrod Dillen reflects on his trip to
                    Volume XVI, Issue 4          2200N. Parker Road Dexter, MI 48130
                                                                                                              the city that never sleeps. pg.6

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    trip to Atlanta
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    doesn’t go as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sarah Craft
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    editor in chief

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Seventeen students from the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    newspaper and yearbook classes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    traveled to Atlanta, on Nov. 18 with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    advisor Rod Satterthwaite, video
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    production teacher Matt Martello
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and principal Glen Stevenson for the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Journalism Education Association’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    fall convention.
                  Photo by Kendall Goode
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        At the convention, The Squall won
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    sixth place for the Best of Show for
Administrator: Social Studies teacher                                                                                                                                                                               the 12-16 page category. And accord-
Ken Koenig will become new assis-                                                                                                                                                                                   ing to Satterthwaite, that was one of
tant principal, spending part of his                                                                                                                                                                                the largest categories.
week at the high school and part of                                                                                                                                                                                     “I heard there were 80 to 90 en-
it at Mill Creek.                                                                                                                                                                                                   tries nationwide for that category,”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    he said. “We have a really great
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    newspaper, especially compared to
Koenig becomes                                                                                                                                                        Photo by Mike Vickers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    other schools, although, I am a little
administrator                                                  Spreading the word: Dan Leonard speaks to students about his experiences with HIV/AIDS during AIDS Awareness
                                                               Week. The G.L.O.W. club sponsored the event, trying to teach students AIDS awareness.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        However, Satterthwaite said the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    trip didn’t end up being as successful

                                                               Awareness saves lives
Sarah Craft                                                                                                                                                                                                         as he had initially thought. Once the
editor-in-chief                                                                                                                                                                                                     group got back, Satterthwaite said he
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    heard rumors about some of the ac-
   Social studies teacher Ken Koe-                                                                                                                                                                                  tivities that went on during the trip.
nig was notifoied that he will be the                                                                                                                                                                                   “Some of the students were brag-
new assistant principal taking place                                                                                                                                                                                ging (in other classes) about drinking
of current assistant principal An-                             Hilary McCown                           to school,” Leonard said.                 that come along with HIV,” he said.                                in Atlanta,” he said.
drea Glynn.                                                    copy editor                                 But in Indiana, where the boy         “Once your immuse sysetem starts to                                    After Satterthwaite notified ad-
   Although Koenig said he loves                                                                       lived, he was told that he couldn’t go    become depressed, the other forms                                  ministrators about the rumors, he
teaching, he wanted to see what                                                                        to school because he “could give it to    of disease are pretty much what take                               spoke with the students who attend-
education was like from a different                            Dan Leonard, a member of the            the other students.”                      over.”                                                             ed the trip.
point of view.                                             Washtenaw Rainbow Action Project,               The case went to court and ul-            Skin cancer, dementia (a disease                                   Five students confessed to drink-
   “If there’s a way to make a change,                     was 24 years old when he received           timatly made its way through the          similar to Alzheimer’s), and CMB                                   ing alcohol and were suspended for
I’m the type of person who wants                           the worst news of his life.                 system until it reached the Supreme       which can cause overnight blindness                                three days.
to be in on the change,” he said. “I                           “I remember the exact date and          Court, who finally told the school that    are all illnesses that come along with                                 However, Satterthwaite said he
want to help get things done for the                       time,” he said. “I remember the             White was allowed to attend.              HIV.                                                               believes there are still students who
best of the students.”                                     doctor comming in and saying, ‘Mr               “That was probably about the              Along with these diseases, which                               haven’t come foreword.
                                                           Leonard, I’m sorry to have to tell you      first point when the Regan Admin-          are all deadly, AIDS patients also                                     “Mr. Stevenson and I are in the

   Since he will be replacing Glynn’s
position, Koenig will also be split-                       this, you are HIV positive.’”               istration started to talk about AIDS,”    have more common ailments such as                                  process of investigating exactly what
ting his time at the high school with                                                 Leonard,         Leonard said.                             diarrhea and vomiting.                                             happened,” he said. “We found out
time at Mill Creek.                                                                who was invit-          He also said the world ignored the        “It’s really hard to contol when                               that some students wrote about what
                                                                                   ed to speak to      epidemic when it was first discovered      both ends are going at the same                                    happened in their (online) Xanga
   This, he said, will be a very new             HIV is not all                    students by the     in gay men.                               time,” Leonard said.                                               journals but were deleted once the
   “I’ve never really had to deal with           about dying. Life                 GLOW club for           They ignored it when it was found
                                                                                                       in HIV drug users. And they ignored
                                                                                                                                                     Though students laughed at this
                                                                                                                                                 remark, Leonard made it clear that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    administration found out about the
                                                                                   AIDS     Aware-                                                                                                                  activity.

any kids at that age level, and it will
be challenging having to adjust,” he             still goes on.                    ness Week, was      it when it was discovered in African-     even though it may sound amusing,                                      Satterthwaite and Stevenson are
said. “In a week, I’ll be dealing with                                             strongly affect-    American women.                           it is not a laughing matter.                                       working to contact the Xenga com-
kids as young as 12 or 13 and as old                                               ed by this piece        According to Leonard, it wasn’t           “When you’re an adult and you                                  pany to find out if they have access to
as 18.”                                                                            of news.            until an innocent white child and a       cannot control your bodily functions                               the deleted pages and use the pages
   Although it will be a change from                                                  Within      a    rich white female named Marry Fish-       due to your illness or the fact that                               as evidence.
what he’s used to, Koenig said he’s                      -Dan Leonard year, he was                     er that “people started realizing that    you’re taking some really costly med-                                  Additionally, Satterthwaite said he
excited to take on the challange for                                               fired from his       HIV can affect any of us.                 ications,” he said. “It’s really kind of                           and Stevenson are trying to discover
the upcoming semester.                                                             job because of          “It’s not just a disease that you     embarrasing.”                                                      where the alcohol was purchased and
   “I’m nervous but excited,” he                           the HIV, a common but illegal ac-           catch and someday you might get               While Leonard said he still suffers                            if possible, see the surveillance cam-
said. “I know the staff will be there                      tion.                                       sick,” Leonard said.                      daily from issues related to his HIV,                              eras in the store.
to help me through the transition,                             He then entered a state of depres-          “There’s also red tape, paper work,   he seems optimistic about his future.                                  Satterthwaite said he was very up-
                                                           sion.                                       dealing with the government, dealing          This is due to                                                 set when he found out his students
and I hope it will go well.”
                                                               Never believing he would live to        with your employer, being sick.”          new technologies                                                   were participating in an illegal activ-
                                                           see his 30th birthday, Leonard never            Leonard’s employer doesn’t offer      that can raise the                                                 ity at a school event.
                                                           went to college or got a degree.            health insurance, which he said is ex-    life expectancy                                                        “All through the trip, we got noth-
   Enviromental Club sells                                     He contemplated suicide, and it         ceptionaly discouraging for someone       of an infected                                                     ing but praise about our behavior,”
                                                           took a positive attitude and therapy        with HIV.                                 person by about                                                    he said. “But then once we get back I
   In order to make donations to                           from his friends to overcome his ini-           Consequently, Leonard is forced       half.                                                              find out what really went on, and it’s
   save the rainforest, the Envi-                          tial shock.                                 to ask the government for money to            As for his re-                                                 really upsetting.
   ronmental Club is selling fair                              Through talking with other in-          pay his bills.                            maining 10 or                                                          “I also think it’s really unfortunate
                                                           fected people, he said he was able to           “Three doctors visits over the        so years, he said                                                  that the people who were honest and
   trade chocolate and decorat-
                                                           realize that “living life would be bet-     course of the last four months, that      he plans to go                                                     confessed right away were punished,
   ing the chocolate with recy-
                                                           ter than not living it.”                    cost me $900. That’s not cheap,” he       to college and is                                                  which they should be, when the peo-
   cled holiday cards. According                                                                       said.                                     hopeful that sci-                                                  ple who weren’t honest are getting
                                                               For the past 10 years, Leonard has
   to club advisor and science                             dedicated the majority of his time to           Leonard also recalled a time when     ence will uncover                                                  away with it. To me, that’s the worst
   teacher Amanda McLenon,                                 helping people with HIV/AIDS.               he was taking 30 pills a day, three       a possible way                                                     part.”
   buying these chocolate bars                                 And though he’s spent a great           times a day.                              to extend his life                           Drawn at-
   helps to preserve the rainfor-                          deal of time teaching and re-telling            Fortunately for him, there is a       even further.                                tention: Staring
   est trees the coco beans are                            his story, it is still a very emotional     program in the state of Michigan that         “HIV is not all about dying,” he         at the speaker,
   grown under. “If the coco                               topic for him.                              pays for HIV medications for those        said. “Life still goes on.”                  senior Kevin
   bean farmers were not paid
   a fair wage for the beans,”
                                                               While informing students of the
                                                           history of HIV/AIDS he had to pause
                                                                                                       who can’t afford them.
                                                                                                           “That’s most of us,” Leonard said.
                                                                                                                                                     And though he still struggles from
                                                                                                                                                 day-to-day, feeling like a “leper” and
                                                                                                                                                                                              Vlasney sits             Student’s car
                                                                                                                                                                                              with his friends
   McLennon said, “they would
   sell the rainforest trees to be
                                                           to collect himself before telling the
                                                           story of a little boy named Ryan
                                                                                                       “One pill can cost about $1000.”
                                                                                                           It’s not just because of the HIV
                                                                                                                                                 suffering the discrimination received
                                                                                                                                                 by many infected with HIV, he is able        and learns               stolen from
                                                                                                                                                                                              about the risks
   cut down instead.” The cho-
   cloate bars will be sold at
                                                           White who aquired HIV though a
                                                           blood transfusion in 1988.
                                                                                                       though that infectees are required to
                                                                                                       buy so many expensive medications.
                                                                                                                                                 to maintain a positive attitude.
                                                                                                                                                     “I’ve got (HIV),” he said. “But I’m      involved in sex          parking lot
                                                                                                                                                                                              and sharing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       during school
                                                               “All he really wanted to do was go          “It’s all those other ugly diseases   not going to let it get me.”
   lunch for $3.                                                                                                                                                                              needles.

Fifteen Pioneer flood the parking lot during school
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       When she walked to the park-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ing lot after school on Nov. 15,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       junior Cherie Durham noticed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       her car was missing. Accord-

Students attempt to start fight with junior Corey Beneke during A lunch hour                                                                                                                                            ing to Durham her car was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       stolen by her former boyfriend,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Gary Fritz, also a former DHS .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       “The day I found out he (Fritz)
Kyle Muse                                                                                                                                                                                                              took my car, he was found on
news editor                                Beneke never met, it was apparent       their cars and left.”                        “We are still trying to get to the                                Prepared:
                                                                                                                                                                                                  After Pioneer        Strawberry Lake Rd, but I later
                                           why the Pioneer students were here.         Thompson said that on her way        bottom of the situation,” Mobbs
                                                                                                                                                                                                  students came        found out he has done this be-
                                              Even though Beneke attended          back from getting her stuff, “There      said.                                                                 to Dexter,
                                           Pioneer his freshman year, “It start-   were a bunch of police that had a car        This seemed like the end to the                                                        fore and usually went to Ypsi,”
                                                                                                                                                                                                  junior Corey
    As a large group of Ann Arbor Pi-      ed about a week or so ago,” he said.    blocked in that I had talked to before   story, but it was far from it.                                        Beneke said he
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Durham said. Although Dur-
oneer students headed toward DHS           “They wanted to fight.”                  I left.”                                     When the schools got wind of this                                 was expecting        ham got her car back, she said
from the parking lot on their half            School liaison officer Paul Mobbs         Stevenson said, “The police caught   encounter, DHS immediately called                                     his former           it wasn’t in the shape that she
                                                                                                                                                                                                  classmates.          left it. She said her car came
day, senior Cassie Thompson hap-           said the group of students told him     a car full of kids, spinned them         the parents of the student they be-
                                                                                                                                                                                                  “They said they
pened to be heading out to pick up         they were visiting a friend who at-     around a little bit and sent them on     lieve was involved.                                                   were coming to       back with less gas in it and
her cap and gown.                          tends DHS.                              their way.”                                  As for Beneke, he gave up and                                     the school to        had cigarette burn holes in the
    “I was leaving to get my cap and          Unfortunately for them, superin-         Senior Max Harris also ran into      went inside, but talked to the main                                   fight,” he said.      seats along with bent rims.
gown and saw a group of kids talking       tendent Evelynn Shirk walked into       the Pioneer group as he was leaving      Pioneer student later that day.                                                            “I just want people to know
to (senior) Sarah Simmons, so I went       the school the same time the group      to go home for the day. He stopped           “He said that he got in trouble                                                        the truth. People think that I
over and talked with them,” Thomp-         of Ann Arbor students began to con-     and rolled his window down.              with the school and that they want us                                                      knew he took it, but I didn’t,”
son said.                                  gregate.                                    “When I stopped to ask who they      to talk together with an administra-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Durham said. Fritz refused
    “They asked me if I knew Corey            “When Mrs. Shirk walked in, she      were,” Harris said, “they immedi-        tor,” Beneke said.                        get in trouble with his school and
Beneke, and I told them yes. They          saw the group and asked me if they      ately started talking trash about            “I guess people told him they                                                          comment and school liaison
                                                                                                                                                                      this student and Beneke might meet
told me to get him.                        were ours,” principal Glen Stevenson    how they wanted to find trouble, so       heard he pushed me into a locker and                                                       officer Paul Mobbs has yet to
                                                                                                                                                                      to discuss their problems with each
    “When I told them to get him           said.                                   I looked at them and said, ‘You just     ripped my shirt off.”                     other, adding this meeting is still in           finish the police report about
theirselves, they told me if I didn’t         “She asked me if they were our       found trouble.’                              Stevenson said he wasn’t allowed      negotiation and planning process,                the incident.
get him they would kick my a--,”           kids grouped outside. We went and            “As I was about to drive away,      to comment in detail on the situa-           “The rumors are ridiculous,”
Thompson added.                            checked. “We walked outside, and        two of the kids came over and kicked     tion, but he did confirm that the Pio-     Beneke said. “I just hope we fight
    Although the two groups and            when they saw us, they walked to        my car, and I just left.”                neer student who was the leader did       and get it over with.”
2  news
Theives hit it
                                                                                                             the Squall                    Friday, December 17, 2004

big at school
Michelle Svetkoff
managing editor

    Slowly opening the classroom
door, a person creeps along the car-
peted floor of English teacher Deb
Marsh’s classroom. Jerking the                                                                                                                                                                                           Stevenson named
locked top drawer open, the person                                                                                                                                                                                       Assistant Superintendent
finds a set of extra keys inside. With
the keys, the person opens a cabinet                                                                                                                                                                                      Principal Glen Stevenson accepted
containing the speech activities mon-                                                                                                                                                                                   the position of Assistant Superinten-
ey box and takes $50 in ones, $50 in                                                                                                                                                                                    dent and will move to the Copeland
fives and $40 in quarters.                                                                                                                                                                                               administration building starting Jan.
    Although this scenario is only one                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Stevenson said he accepted the of-
of the many possible ways the theft of                                                                                                                                                                                  fer to extend a helping hand to Su-
Nov. 5 could have happened, Marsh                                                                                                                                                                                       perintendent Evelynn Shirk.
said this is most likely the way it was                                                                                                                                                                                   “We have a great staff and a great
    “When I got to school on Monday,                                                                                                                                                                                    bunch of kids, but I just thought I
I noticed that the top drawer where I                                                                                                                                                                                   could do more for the district and
keep my extra set of cabinet keys was                                                                                                                                                                                   help out in some other areas,” Ste-
forced open,” she said. “The lock was                                                                                                                                                                                   venson said about accepting the job.
still in the locked position, but the                                                                                                                                                                                     Filling Stevenson’s shoes, current
drawer was open.”                                                                                                                                                                                                       assistant principal Patrick Little will
    On Nov. 11 Marsh went into the                                                                                                                                                                                      take over as interim principal. As-
cabinet where she keeps the speech                                                                                                                                                                                      sisting Little will be Andrea Glynn.
activities money boxes and noticed                                                                                                                                                                                      The German teacher who turned as-
the missing money.                                                                                                                                                                                                      sistant principal for both the high
    “The drawer was obviously opened                                                                                                                                                                                    school and Mill Creek, will no longer
to get the keys out to steal the money                                                                                                                                                                                  be doing double-duty but will focus
without me realizing it,” she said.                                                                                                                                                                                     her attention on DHS.
    When Marsh realized what had                                                                                                                                                                                         “On the one hand, I’m excited about
happened, she was very upset. “I try                                                                                                                       Photo Illustration: Brandon Mayotte, Photo: by Sara Newell   (the new job) and happy to focus my
to be fair and up front with kids,” she    Caught in the Headlights: A deer tries a quick get away across the road. “I screamed at first but once I hit it, I started laughing,” junior Kim Sullivan said.               attention on the high school,” Glynn
said. “So stealing from me is like a                                                                                                                                                                                    said. “On the other hand, Mr. Ste-

                                          Deer destroy students’ cars
double slap in the face.”                                                                                                                                                                                               venson is a great guy, and we’ll miss
    And this wasn’t the first time                                                                                                                                                                                       him.”
Marsh had something stolen from
her. She also had $100 stolen from
her wallet during the school day
which upset her even more than the                                                      “I was sad the ‘red bullet’ (her their cars after a run in with a deer.
                                          Sara Newell                                                                                                                   much more cautious and attentive
theft from her cabinet because she
                                          staff writer                              mini van) was gone, but I felt even “I don’t think I’m going to get my car          when I drive now.
was going to use the money to go
                                                                                    worse about the deer,” she said.     fixed,” junior Kim Sullivan said.                  “I’m always scanning the road and
shopping with her daughters.                  It was 5 a.m. and senior Christina        The cost for a new car ran Sar-     “I slowed down enough so that               second guessing myself.
    “The day that the money was           Sarnecki was on her way to swim           necki’s insurance company $3,500.    the impact wasn’t that bad. The front             “When I called my parents, I was
stolen right from my purse was the        practice.

                                                                                        However that seems small                                  bumper       is       sobbing so they just tried to comfort
worst,” she said. “Honestly, I wanted         “It was dark out still,” she said.    c o m -                                                       just a little         me. They knew it wasn’t my fault, so
to call for a lock down and search ev-    “I was still in my half awake state,      pared                                                         dented.”              we we’re just going to talk about it
ery student for my money.”                listening to music and preparing for      to junior                                                     Though Sul-           later.” For Schultz, however, being in
    But Marsh isn’t the only teacher      practice.                                 M i k e            It was really gray out                     livan     was         the car while Sarnecki hit the deer,
who has experienced robberies.                “As I turned off my brights for an
    English teacher Andrew Parker         oncoming car, a deer seemed to ap-
                                                                                    e x -
                                                                                                    and a deer jumping out                         lucky    that
                                                                                                                                                   the damage
                                                                                                                                                                        has prepared her for when she drives
                                                                                                                                                                        alone.                                          Garage Sale Gallery offers
had a cord for his laptop and the re-
mote to his projector system stolen.
                                          pear in the road, five yards in front of   pense of        into the road is just not                      wasn’t ma-              “I always look around to help look           cheap Christmas Gifts
                                          me. I was in a state of shock from the    $4,500                                                         jor, a run in        for deer,” she said. “I looked away
At first, Parker thought it was a joke
but soon realized it wasn’t.
                                          time I saw it, hit it and pulled over     in dam-         something I was expecting                      with a deer          for one second, and there it was in
                                          until I stopped screaming and called      age be-                                                        was an un-           front of our car. Since then I’ve been              Thats right kids, Christmas is just

    “At first I thought it was just a      my mom.”                                                                                                                                                                      around the corner and once again it’s
                                                                                    cause of                                                       expected             a lot more aware of whats going on
prank,” he said. “So I questioned all         Sophomore Kelsey Schultz was in                                                                                                                                           time to start thinking about presents.
                                                                                    his recent                                                      shock.              around the road as I drive.”
my classes, and I said if it was just a   the passengers seat.                                                                                                                                                          For mom and dad, brothers and sis-
                                                                                    deer inci-                                                         “It was             According to school liason officer
prank to just bring it back (no con-          “We were driving on Dexter-Ann                                -junior Kim Sullivan                                                                                        ter friends and aunts and uncles. The
                                                                                    dent.                                                           really gray         Paul Mobbs, more people hit deer in
sequence).” After no one brought the      Arbor Rd, and I looked away for a                                                                                                                                             list is so long you might wonder how
                                                                                        “The                                                        out and a           the fall than any other time of year.
cord or the remote back, Parker filed      second.                                                                                                                                                                       you will be able to mange this finical
                                                                                    d e e r                                                         deer jump-             “People get distracted and forget
an incident report. The items have            “When I looked back, there was a                                                                      ing out into                                                        and time consuming task.
not been returned, and the remote                                                                                                                                       to scan the whole road. That’s when
                                          deer in the road,” Schultz said. The      smashed my front bumper, shattered the road is just not something I was             accidents happen,” he said.                         The answer my friends, isn’t far
alone is valued at $250.                  damage done to Sarnecki’s car was                                                                                                                                             off. In fact its on Jackson Rd. and its
                                                                                    both the headlights and cracked the expecting,” she said. “It really scared             “And a lot of times those people
    Math teacher Jason Miller had         irreversible. Because of the impact,                                                                                                                                          name is Garage Sale Gallery. Imag-
                                                                                    hood and pushed it up,” he said.     me.” Sarnecki feels the same way. “It          are teenagers or inexperienced driv-
something stolen of even a higher         her car was totaled.                          Some students choose not to fix really shook me up,” she said “I’m so                                                            ine, if you will, the largest garage sale
value, a projector unit. In room 403,                                                                                                                                                                                   you’ve been to, Full of used furni-

                                          Cheating becomes easier year to year
a projector unit was stolen about a                                                                                                                                                                                     ture, CD’s, records and anything else
month ago. According to Miller the                                                                                                                                                                                      you could fantasize over. Not only
projector unit is valued at $1000.                                                                                                                                                                                      do they have used merchandice, but
    At first, Miller was unsure wheth-                                                                                                                                                                                   other amazing thrift items. Yes but
er or not the unit was stolen or just     Teachers crack down on                        “Teachers have really been step-     and do community service for the            their students from cheating.                  the amout of enjoyment you can get
being worked on by the technology                                                   ping up.                                 whole school day.”                             “I make sure to change all my               for such a cheap price is unriveld.
department. But when he spoke with        cheating as technology                        “They are more aware and are us-         Scott said his cheating policy is       tests and quizzes,” Scott said “And I               Sound to good to be true? Well
the tech workers, they told him they      advances for both students                ing tools like”            simple. “If I catch students cheating,      always lock my file cabinets.”                  it’s not. This relatively unknown trea-
had not taken the projector.                                                   is a site on the In-    I give them a zero on the assignment            “It’s tempting when I am taking a
    Although Miller has not filled out     and teachers                              ternet that teachers can access for a    whether it’s a quiz, homework or a          hard test to glance at someone else’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        sure chest of merchandise is ready
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        and waiting to help you through all
an incident report, he plans to do so     Jenny Heldt                               set fee to prevent plagiarism.           test,” he said.                             paper,” Riehle said.                           of your christmas plights. You may
very soon.                                feature editor                                However, not all methods of              “Then I write a referral to the ad-        “The real test is whether or not            ask “How have I missed it though all
    Incident reports are usually han-                                               cheating involve the Internet.           ministration and let them do what           you can stand up to (the pressure),”           these years?” The real issue is how
dled by school liason deputy Paul            Sitting at the lunch table, senior         They can be as simple as stealing    they see fit.”                               she said.                                      can you make up for all this time
Mobbs. But Mobbs said that when           Bridgett Riehle’s friends were laugh-     the exam out of a teacher’s file cabi-        Scott wasn’t only angry when he            “I feel bad for kids who have to            lost. Simple, get over there buy your
thefts occur, there is only so much       ing and joking around when she no-        net.                                     found out the exam was stolen, he           cheat, because it always shows up in           mom an interesting new gift and save
that can be done.                         ticed two of them shouting back and           Last year a group of students got    was disappointed.                           the long run.”                                 some money on top of it all.
    “How much time and effort is rea-     forth across the table.                   caught cheating after their teachers         “The kids who got caught were
sonable?” he said. “We can talk to           She stopped talking, and tried to      noticed that some of the answers on      students I considered trustworthy,”
people, look at cameras. It all takes     hear what they were talking about.        their exam matched answers from          he said.
a lot of time.”                              They were cheating, shouting an-       their peers’ exams and exams from            “If they got caught cheating, who
    He added that when common             swers to each other for their English     year’s past.                             am I supposed to trust?”
items like i Pods or money is stolen,     homework that was due in 15 min-              As it turns out, the exam was sto-       With more and more pressure to
the time it takes to figure out who        utes.                                     len right out of math teach Randy        do well in school, some people con-
stole the items is even longer. And          “(The kids at the lunch table) frus-   Swoverland’s file cabinet.                sider the pressure kids feel these
according to Mobbs, one to two thefts     trate me,” Riehle said.                       Senior Jen Hill, one of the stu-     days are overwhelming.
occur in a day at school.                    “I spent time on my homework           dents caught stealing the exam, said,         “I think that technology allows
    Mobbs said that the main reason       when I could’ve watched TV.               “If I would’ve known what the con-       more cheating, like graphing calcula-
for the high number of thefts is that        “I could do what they do. It would     sequences would be, I wouldn’t have      tors and cell phones,” Scott said.
people are too trusting.                  save hours of work.”                      done it.                                     “Kids are also feeling more pres-
    “People aren’t going to (necessari-      The staff has been working to pre-         “I got suspended for 10 days, but    sures to improve their grades for col-
ly) take care of each other in Dexter,”   vent cheating                             there was only nine days of school       leges and things,” he said.
he said, “People will bull face you and      Assistant principal Patrick Little     left.                                        Although math teachers don’t use
say you’re wearing a pink tutu. They      said, “Cheating has become more so-           “So the 10th day (senior) Erika      such tools as, they have
have no qualm about it.”                  phisticated along with technology.        Johnson and I had to come to school      taken their own measures to prevent

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                                                                                                                                                            JD in NYC
                                                                                                                                     While most students spent their Thanksgiving break eating
                                                                                                                                     turkey, members of the drama club toured New York City
                                                                                                                                     Mike Vickers
                                                                                                                                     design editor

                                                                                                                                         With two tooth picks hanging
                                                                                                                                     from the side of his mouth, senior
                                                                                                                                     Jarrod Dillen spent his Graph X time
                                                                                                                                     diligently scraping red paint out of a
                                                                                                                                     white plastic tray. He didn’t hesitate
                                                                                                                                     to pause his work in order to recap
                                                                                                                                     the previous weekend, a weekend he
                                                                                                                                     called an adventure.
                                                                                                                                         Dillen went to New York City.
                                                                                                                                         “Yeah, it was an adventure,” he
                                                                                                                                     said. “Or maybe more of a quest.”
                                                                                                                                         Dillen went to New York with a
                                                                                                                                     group of drama students guided by
                                                                                                                                     French and drama teacher Harry
                                                                                                                                     Wilcox and video production teacher                                                                  Photo by Harry Wilcox
                                                                                                                                     Matt Martello.
                                                                                                                                                                               Fun in New York: Posing in Hotel Edison, drama students enjoy NYC.
                                                                                                                                         “Well, I’m in (Wilcox’s) drama
                                                                                                                                     class, and I had the opportunity to       (From left) seniors Mike Vickers, Jarrod Dillen, sophomore Andrea Wol-
                                                                                                                                     go,” Dillen said.                         verton, junior Erin Cable, sophomore Amanda Forrester, junior Sebastion
                                                                                                                                         “(After being there once), I really   Gerstner, senior Emily Pheils and sophomore Kelsey Schultz get ready for
                                                                                                                                     wanted to go to New York again and        their first Broadway show.
                                                                                                                                     see Broadway shows.”
                                                                                                                                         The group saw three Broadway             “Walking through Central Park
                                                                                                                                     shows, “Hair Spray,” “La Cage aux         was fun, but then it started to rain
                                                                                                                                     Folles” and “Fiddler on the Roof.”        and we had to wait for the girls to      Where to be in NYC
                                                                                                                                         “I have to say, a lot of prepara-     catch up,” he said. “Then we took a
                                                                                                                                     tion goes into that stuff,” he said.      cab back to the hotel. The cab part       • Empire State
                                                                                                                                     “(There’s) a lot of good acting and       was fun but getting wet sucked.”
                                                                                                                                     singing.”                                    Even after the unfortunate Central
                                                                                                                                         Along with the three shows, the       Park incident, Dillen still found New
                                                                                                                                     group also saw the Macy’s Day Pa-         York to be a very pleasant place.
                                                                                                                                     rade that marches down Broadway              “There’s a lot more of a variety       • The Statue of Liberty
                                                                                                                                     Avenue Thanksgiving morning.              of people,” he said. “And there’s a
                                                                                                                                         At seven o’clock, the group woke      lot more to do and see. It would be       • Broadway Avenue
                                                                                                                                     up to join the thousands of people        sweet to live in New York, just way
                                                                                                                                     who were waiting for the parade to        too expensive.”
                                                                                                                                     begin.                                       Dillen’s trip to New York for him      • The NBC Building
                                                                                                                                         “The Macy’s Day Parade was            was just another visit to a city he
                                                                                                                                     pretty kick a--,” Dillen said. “But the   loves.                                    • Central Park
                                                                                                                                     waiting before kinda sucked.”                “We checked out some of the old
                                                                                                                                         The group also took a trip to Cen-    buildings and stuff I’ve seen before.
                                                                                                                                     tral Park, which, according to Dillen     (We) just got a feel for what New
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         • MTV Studio
                                                                                                Photo Illustration by Mike Vickers   was a little less than pleasant.          York was like.”

Dying to be thin: the reality of society
A student’s guilt causes unhealthy mind-set, sickly body                                                                                                                       Students weigh in on their body image
                                                                                                                                        Hidden Realities
Sarah Craft
                                           One girl came in and blurted out to        ice and salt on her skin. After repeat-                                                  problems and discuss at forum
editor in chief
                                           everyone that I was anorexic and she       edly doing the process on one spot,
    She carefully inserted pictures        could see my bones sticking out.           Smith said the spot was almost as                                                            As more thatn 40 girls filtered trying to increase student aware-
of painfully thin runway models,               “That was one of the worst days of     bad as a third degree burn.                       • One third of girls and               into the CPA on Nov. 16. Forum or- ness.
with their bones sticking out of their     my life,” she said. “I know she prob-          At the end of her eighth grade                one sixth of boys have                 ganizers, seniors Whitney Holmes          “It seems like body image and
sides, into her journals for inspira-      ably didn’t do it to hurt me, but it re-   year, she was so sick, her parents                                                       and Jessie Priestly, were shocked eating disorders are a really big
                                           ally did; I was so embarrassed and         sent her to the hospital for help.
                                                                                                                                        significant eating disor-               whey they saw the outcome of their problem for a lot of high schoolers,
tionShe scribbled nutritional facts
and her weekly consumption of food         angry with her. That’s not something           “I was required to go to one group            der symptoms.                          Body Image forum.                      especially girls,” Priestly said. “With
on the pages.                              to share with everyone if I don’t want     which actually ended up helping me                                                           “Okay, umm, how about everyone the Forum, students can have a bet-
    She spent countless hours search-      them to know.”                             a lot,” Smith said. “There were peo-                                                     comes up to the stage so we can all ter understanding of how others see
ing the Internet for pro-anorexia sites        Her parents were noticing too;         ple there who didn’t necessarily have                                                    sit in a circle,” Holmes said to the themselves to know that they’re not
so she could get more tips on how to       they started to do what they could         the same problem as me, but it was                • 12 percent of girls and
                                                                                                                                                                               group. Slowly the girls started mov- the only ones.”
eat the bare minimum without any-          to ensure their daughter got enough        nice to know that other people have               three percent of boys                  ing to the stage and formed a lopsid-     According to a psychiatrist at the
one noticing. She was consuming            nutrients.                                 problems too. I felt pretty comfort-              reported vomiting in
                                               “My parents would watch me eat         able in the group, and I started to                                                      ed circle that took up the majority of Therapy Center of Ann Arbor’s Amy
fewer than 500 calories a day.
    “It was really bad for a long time,”   dinner, and when I was at school           open up a lot more and not keep so                the last three months to               the stage.                             Pershing eating disorders such as
sophomore Amy Smith (whose name            they arranged for me to eat with the       much stuff inside.”                               control their weight                       “Yep, come on you guys; this is anorexia commonly start during the
has been changed for privacy) said.        counselor so they would know I was             Even though she has been through                                                     supposed to be a discussion,” she pre-teen ages.

“My whole life was dedicated to-           eating,” she said. “It was horrible. At    discussion groups, psychiatrists and                                                     said.                                     “A lot of times girls get really
wards being thin.”                         the end of the day, my mom would           medication, Smith thinks only parts                                                          Nervous                                                    upset      with
    However, it wasn’t always like         sometimes make me stand in front of        of her condition have gotten better.              • Seven percent of girls               side conversa-                                                 the way their
                                           her when I was just wearing under-             And although she no longer keeps                                                                              It seems like body
that. Smith said her eating disorder                                                                                                    and six percent of boys                tions    trailed                                               bodies change
began as a fear of eating.                 wear so she could see how thin I was       her journals filled with anorexic
                                                                                                                                        reported binge-eating at               throughout the        image and eating                         during their
    “When I was nine, it was the first
time I had gotten really sick from
                                           and if I was gaining any weight.”
                                               But her parents monitoring her
                                                                                      ideas, being thin, she said, is always
                                                                                      on her mind.                                      least once a week
                                                                                                                                                                               group. No one         disorders are a re-                      adolescense,”

food poisoning, and I had a constant       weight wasn’t helping her either.              “I still feel the same way I felt
                                                                                                                                                                               knew exactly
                                                                                                                                                                               what was go-
                                                                                                                                                                                                     ally big problem ...                     she said. “Run-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ning parallel
fear of eating after that; it wasn’t       Smith said whenever she felt like she      when I was younger,” she said. “I
                                                                                                                                                                               ing to happen,                   -Jessie Priestly,             with that time
necessarily to lose weight,” she said.     had eaten too much, she punished           constantly think about it. I don’t cut
                                                                                                                                        • 30 percent of girls                  including the                                                  is where the
   When puberty hit, though, Smith         herself by cutting her lower stomach       myself anymore, and it’s easier to                                                                                        senior
                                                                                                                                                                               directors.                                                     early stages of
said she didn’t take her body’s chang-     and chest as self-mutilation.              deal with the eating disorder some-               and 16 percent of boys                     “There were so many people there most eating disorders begin.”
es very well. That’s when her eating           “I can’t remember exactly when I       times because there are people to
disorder became a bigger problem.          started cutting,” she said. “After I got   support me, but I still feel the same             displayed eating dis-                  we weren’t sure how we were go-           Aware of the threat of eating dis-
   Her parents noticed she was los-        yelled at one night, I was feeling re-     way.”                                             order symptoms which                   ing to make the discussion work,” orders in high school girls, Priestly
ing a lot of weight in a short amount      ally bad about myself, and I guess I            “I just take it one day at a time,”          were severe enough to                  Priestly said. “It was really great and Holmes began planning the fo-
of time and quickly took Smith to a        started scratching myself as punish-       she said. “It’s been going on for so                                                     that everyone had something to say rum.
psychiatrist to get her help.              ing myself for things I thought I did      long. For so many years it has been               investigate.                           and questions for the group, but we       “Whitney and I were both doing
   After seeing five psychiatrists, she     wrong. It started as scratching, then      the main focus in my life, and I don’t                                                   didn’t cover everything we wanted our big research papers for Advanced
said none of them seemed to help.          cutting with scissors, then razors. I      think it’s really easy to overcome it.                                                   to because there were so many com- Comp. on a related subject and
   By eighth grade, her condition          didn’t cut my wrists like some people      There’s always something, a voice                                                        ments. We really were only prepared learned a lot about the topic,” Priestly
                                                                                                                                        All information from www.mental-
was getting more serious.                  do. I was really ashamed of it so I        in the back of my head, I guess,
                                                                                                                                                  for about 20 people.”                  said. “Being girls, we know what it’s
   “In gym class we had a free day         would cut in places people couldn’t        that’s telling me not to eat. I’ve gone
                                           see.”                                      through lots of treatment, and I’ve                                                          Priestly and Holmes knew they like to have trouble with body image
and could do whatever we wanted,”
Smith said. “I went into the back              But it got even worse; she contin-     had a lot of support, but I don’t think                                                  wouldn’t change anyone’s attitude and we wanted to let girls have the
room and did curls the entire hour.        ued to punish herself by combining         I’ll ever fully get rid of it.”                                                          towards body image; they were just chance to talk about it.”
4          features                                                                                          the Squall                              Friday, December 17, 2004

Friend of the
Court not                                                                                                                                                    Waiting for the call
family friendly                                                                                                                                              Local Marines hold their breath unsure of their final fate
                                                                                                                                                             Thomas Leonard                                        Christmas. That isn’t the worst part though.
                                                                                                                                                             co-sports editor                                      “I’m ready, and I joined to serve my country.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   As far as not knowing when or where, that’s
                                                                                                                                                                  Sitting in front of TV and watching the eve-     disappointing.”
                                                                                                                                                             ning news isn’t usually suspenseful. Unless
Teri Chiado                                                                                                                                                  you’re a soldier waiting for duty to call.
photo editor                                                                                                                                                     “Watching troops getting called up on CNN
                                                                                                                                                             I kinda got the feeling my time would come,”             Ready to enter the war zone
                                                                                                                                                             Dexter parent Steve Haas said. “I heard that
Happy Tree Friends                                                                                                                                           we were one of two air units from Michigan                  Steve Haas may be unique
                                                                                                                                                             that hadn’t been called up.
    Sitting patiently in the lobby of                                                                                                                            “I was told that we were supposed to replace         among Dexter parents for his
the court house, I waited for our case                                                                                                                       the guys who have been there since the start, so         deployment to Iraq, but vari-
worker to take me back into her of-                                                                                                                          they can be home for the holidays.”                      ous Dexter graduates have al-
fice where we could talk. In a way,                                                                                                                               “There was talk in the news that you have 12         ready served there. 2003 grad-
I was terrified of her, but in another                                                                                                                        to 18 hours when called up,” Haas said, expect-
way, I loved her; I knew the power
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      uate Ben Howison currently
                                                                                                                                                             ing a similar fate. Part of the uncertainty with
she had in the system.                                                                                                                                       his holiday plans makes Haas think twice.                serves in Iraq and 2001 gradu-
    My family is currently in a cus-                                                                                                                             Communicating with his family, especially            ate Nate Alford will serve soon.
tody battle for my younger brother,                                                                                                                          if he gets called up before Christmas, concerns             Haas and Alford may both
John.                                                                                                                                                        him because of a deployment he said “could be            deploy overseas in the next
    I figured it would be just a little                                                                                                                       a year or more.”
argument over John; Mom pulling
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      year and will be participating
                                                                                                                                                                 Luckily for Haas, talking with his family
his left arm as Dad pulled his right,                                                                                                                        won’t be a problem any more. Hearing about               in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
while Friend of the Court would be                                                                                                                           what Key Clubs have done for other soldiers,                The       life   of    a      com-
doing what’s best for John.                                                                                                                                  Haas contacted Dexter’s Key Club and in-                 bat Marine awaits Alford.
    But that’s not the way it hap-                                                                                                                           formed them of his predicament.                             “I’ll be deploying to Kuwait and
pened. It was more than just a little                                                                                                                            “The Army has cyber-cafes, with a charge,”
argument. My father and step mom
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      then to Fallujah, Iraq next August,”
                                                                                                                                                             Key Club adviser Amy Raus said, “so we wanted
have been fighting to get custody of                                                                                                                          to give (Haas) another way to communicate.”              Alford wrote, who is stationed
John for three years.                                                                                                                                            Although the Key Club was going to raise             at Camp Pendleton this winter.
    They pay more and more money                                                                                                                             money for a laptop, Raus said, “I got one do-               Alford and Haas both began as
and each time they try to fight harder,                                                                                                                       nated from a friend I went to high school with.”         enlisted men, but Alford’s short
but the courts keep returning John to                                                                                                                        She had sent an e-mail to her many contacts to
my mother, and Friend of the Court
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      tenure has been quite rocky.
                                                                                                                                                             find a match for Haas.
has not helped.                                                                                                                                                  Now Haas has his computer and is set to go.             “Since then I’ve been to
    Friend of the Court’s job is to help                                                                                                                     Haas said he appreciates the solution to what            various training commands,”
divorced parents settle visitation                                                                                                                           could’ve been a holiday of disappointment.               writes Alford said, “includ-
schedules and child support. When                                                                                                                                Haas, the father of two Dexter students, in-         ing Combat Training and two
parents cannot agree, the judge may                                                                                                                          cluding sophomore Jason Haas, says he will
direct Friend of the Court to conduct
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      tech schools to learn my job.”
                                                                                                                                                             stay busy loading and unloading aircraft at an
investigations. Friend of the Court is                                                                                                                       aircraft base in Kuwait or Germany.                         He is now stationed at Camp
supposed to help a family with their                                                                                                                             “We will be dealing with food, medical sup-          Pendleton in southern California.
tragedy and negotiate with parents                                                                                                                           plies, body bags and lots of humanitarian sup-              Alford has much more security
who have no ability to.                                                                                                                                      plies,” he said.                                         in his plans, “In Iraq we’ll mostly
    Well, that’s not the case anymore.                                                                                                                           He says specific positions will be doled out
Not in our situation at least. My fam-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      cruise around in Humvees and
                                                                                                                                                             on the base. “We will have different personnel
ily has had to deal with Friend of the                                                                                                                       that we will get,” He said. “We’ll see when we           gather intelligence, in support of
Court a plethora of times. We keep                                                                                                                           get there.”                                              infantry units,” he said of his role in
our hopes up that something will                                                                                                                                 Haas, who graduated from Chelsea in 1982             the Marine’s 1st Radio Battalion.
finally change. Although it never                                                                                                                             has settled in Dexter after 20 years in the ser-            “I honestly can’t tell you what
does.                                                                                                                                                        vice . “I’d always wanted to (be in the mili-
    The last time I went to Friend of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I expect to learn from seven
                                                                                                                                                             tary),” he said. “I spent four years in active duty
the Court, I thought I would get my                                                                                                                          out of high school.”                                     months in a combat zone. Only
wish and my father and step mom                                                                                                                                  Far removed from his active service days,            to expect the unexpected.”
would win custody of John. My                                                                                                                                Haas’ membership in the Air National Guard
brother is not a trophy or something                                                                           Photo courtesy of Valerie and Rodger Alford   was frozen recently, so he knows his deploy-
to win and show off; I just want to be       The few, the proud: After spending two years at Washtenaw Community College, 2001 Dexter                        ment is imminent. Haas’ voice dropped slight-           By Thomas Leonard
able to live with my only blood sib-         graduate Nate Alford joined the Marines. He is awaiting deployment to Iraq.                                     ly when he ventured that he might miss this
ling as well as my step-relatives.
    I waltzed into the courthouse with

                                           Holmesless for Christmas
high hopes because I knew the case
worker, Friend of the Court would
finally listen to me.
    When she and I went to talk, she
was on my side. She listened to me
and talked to me like an adult. I
knew that had to be good news.
    We conversed about everything
that I saw happen during the time
I lived with my mother and her
boyfriend. We talked about things
                                           All the Holmes family wants for Christmas is to have their dad home for the holidays
that were different between the two
households. She asked my opin-
ion as to what would be the better         Stehpanie Rushlow                        Christmas with just our family on a           whole life, so I’ve kind of gotten used
household to place my brother in,          business manager                         different day.”                               to it. And I kind of like having two
and I thought that had been obvious                                                    Every year the Holmes family sits          Christmas’. My dad calls a lot on
already.                                       The lights on the Christmas tree     down and decides their Christmas              Christmas too, so I don’t miss him as
    The message I got from her was         are warm to the touch, and outside       date so they can spend their holiday          much,” she said.
that my brother would not be return-       the snow falls like rain. The sound      with their dad. “We turn the phone                “ I know my mom wishes he was
ing to our mother and that he would        of reindeer bells fills the house, and    off and have our Christmas,” Bill ,           home with us because they used to
be leaving with my father as soon as       young Whitney Holmes sits in dis-        Whitney’s father, said. “That’s our           spend every Christmas together.”
we stepped out of the building.            belief. It’s Christmas Eve 1994 and      day to be together.”                               Even though being away from his
    I should’ve known this fantasy         reindeer have come to visit.                When Dec. 25 comes around,                 family on Christmas day can be dif-
was too good to be true. I felt that she       Upstairs, Whitney invisions her      Whitney and her family spend the              ficult, Bill tries not to dwell on it.
lead me to believe that my father and      father ringing bells as a reindeer       day with extended family, and Bill                “I don’t mind flying on Christ-
step mom would finally be able to get       and giving his three daughters a         spends the day with the airlines.             mas day too much.
custody of my brother.                     Christmas they won’t forget. But            “I don’t get lonely when I’m fly-               “When I am up there fly-
    But that’s just it. She lead me to      now, 10 years later, Christmas is       ing because there is always someone           ing, and am away from my
believe. I put my faith in the Friend       different.                              with me,” he said.                            family, I just think about
of the Court, thinking they were all            No more bells. No more rein-           “And typically the hotels that we          how someone else can
about helping kids, and I got nothing       deer. No more dad. Of the 13 years      have layovers at do nice things for us        be with their fam-
out of it. Due to Friend of the Court’s     Holmes’ father, Bill, has been a pi-    because they know that we don’t get           ily because I’m
reccomendations, the judge ended            lot for American Airlines, almost       to be with our families on that day.”         here.”
up ruling against my father and let-        half the time he hasn’t been able to       Although Whitney misses her fa-
ting my mother take John home with          be home for Christmas.                  ther on Christmas day, she enjoys
her.                                            “I still have Christmas with my     having two Christmases.
    Friend of the Court says they are       dad. It’s just not on Christmas            “Last year when my dad was home
here to help, but my family was left        day,” Holmes said.        “I’ve never   for Christmas, it was a little weird,
feeling more hopeless than they had          been upset he couldn’t be home         but not in a bad way,” she said.                                                                                                                     Illustration by Samantha Harris
been before the battle even started.         with us because we have our own           “ He has been a pilot for my

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                                                                          Friday, December 17, 2004              the Squall                                                                 entertainment                                       5

                                                                                                                                                                                                             Photo from
                                                                                                                                                                   Rockin’ out: Jim Adkins, the main vocalist from Jimmy Eat World, performs
                                                                                                                                                                   one of the songs from their set. Jimmy Eat world was one of the bands fea-
                                                                                                                                                                   tured in the 89X concert lineup the night they stole Christmas.
Photo taken by:

The night 89X stole Christmas ... again
The Used, the bad news, and the                                      There was a meet and greet with Taking Back Sunday         were no where to be found in this time of need.                     Finally security called in some kind and understanding
                                                                 in a private room where I got to take pictures of their           After several minutes of debating with the intern and        woman who didn’t have her head in her nether regions,
slightly abused - Sam’s story on                                 main Vocalists Adam Lazzara. It was refreshing seeing          “rent-a-cop” they threatened to call security and the           unlike the people we dealt with in the past few minutes.
The Night 89X Stole Christmas                                    them again after their last sold out show in October at        “rent-a-cop” shoved me against a wall out of his way,               “Here, let me see your pass and receipt and I’ll go talk
                                                                 The State Theater.                                             which is assault. We knew our rights.                           with the Production Manager. I’ll be back in about 10 or
Samantha Harris                                                      Lazzara is notorious for performing wicked acrobat            “Dude, don’t touch her!” Baskin said assertively.            15 minutes,” she said.
entertainment editor                                             moves with the microphone cord, hanging himself and               “It’s not duuuude, it’s sir!” The “rent-a-cop” yelled.           After about five minutes of obnoxiously breathing
                                                                 slowly raising his body from the stage by the cord. It’s          Finally other members of the crowd acknowledged              through the curtain at the “rent-a-cop”, I decided to take
   For the past seven years a rogue and bold rock station        always entertaining.                                           what was going on and began to hassle the “rent-a-cop.”         a seat and wait patiently.
has stolen Christmas. Also known as “89X”, this radical              While on our quest to find The Used backstage, we got          “Is this Old Man Smithers bother you?” A crowd mem-              The woman approached me with the verdict.
station released a plague of rock and roll fever on Dec. 1       to talk to Franz Ferdinand and greeted the main Vocalist       ber asked me. “Hey, look dude, you’re clearly upsetting             “It is legit but unfortunately not for tonight. There is
at Cobo Arena.                                                   from Jimmy Eat World. Although I’m not a huge fan of           the girl here.”                                                 only a meet and greet for 89X. I’m sorry. But it isn’t a
   Hundreds upon hundreds of fans packed into the are-           these bands, it was interesting to meet them in person.           The man proceeded to roll up Baskin’s sleeves indicat-       fake.”
na anticipating an amazing show. And that it was. Tak-               It would have been a perfect night until we ran into       ing he should strike the “rent-a-cop.”                              “Ha!” Baskin laughed in the “rent-a-cop’s” face. “It’s
ing Back Sunday, The Used, Franz Ferdinand, Jimmy                the two most arrogant beings I have ever met. One was             The “rent-a-cop” pulled out handcuffs and proceeded          legit! l-e-g-i-t! That’s fine, I understand. I just wanted to
Eat World and (unfortunately) Good Charlotte were the            a “rent-a-cop”, unsurprisingly on a power trip, and the        to ask us if we’d like to be arrested for possessing a coun-    prove that this wasn’t forged.”
featured bands.                                                  other was an intern working for 89X. Before I get into the     terfeit pass.                                                       “But it’s not legit for tonight.” The “rent-a-cop” had to
   Twenty minutes into the drive towards Cobo, my fa-            whole controversy we encountered, I must first explain a           There was no way in the world they were going to con-        get a last word in.
ther called to inform me that I had left my tickets behind.      couple of things.                                              fiscate the pass, especially since we paid for with our hard         “I’m sorry. I hope you’ll understand,” she said.
Like a mad chase scene, my friend, Junior Kyle Baskin,               Baskin and I purchased “The Used Nation” member-           earned money, and the fact that it was real.                        “All right, well thanks for all of your help,” I said and
sped through traffic and reached the destination where            ship package which includes a backstage pass for wher-            “Look, I need to talk to the band manager or some-           began to walk away.
we would swap the tickets; Country Market.                       ever The Used are playing and a one year membership            one of importance,” I said to the intern. ” Go talk to The          I wasn’t going to leave without giving the “rent-a-cop”
   We made a mad dash back to Detroit while making               for a certain fee. I brought my receipt with me for I hadn’t   Used, and they’ll verify exactly what this is.”                 a piece of my mind. A quick gesture and a mouthing of a
rude comments at all of the Good Charlotte fans. We              received mine personally yet and bringing some sort of            “No, I’m sorry. I can’t,” she replied.                       word, and we were heading home.
parked in the structure and made our way to the arena,           proof with me was a good idea.                                    The fact that the band was nearly 30 feet away drove             Although the night didn’t turn out as planned, it was
just in time to see the second band, The Used.                       Now, concerning the “rent-a-cop”, all of his cowork-       me crazy, and I began shouting.                                 still was an eventful one. Regarding the authorities, I
   Opening with a 25 minute set, The Used caught fire             ers are shown pictures of the valid “V.I.P” passes prior          “Bert! Jepha! We’re from the-” and I was cut off by the      have sent several letters to Cobo and The Used Nation re-
along with their fans and grabbed the bull by its repro-         to the concert to ensure an understanding among all of         intern with more threats bubbling from her mouth.               questing some sort of replacement for this inconvenience
ductive organs. “Take It Away”, “The Taste Of Ink” and           the “rent-a-cops” and to my amazement that was the last           The “rent-a-cop” violently pulled a black, see-through       and misunderstanding.
“I’m A Fake” released such an intense energy throughout          thing they accomplished. Only a few “rent-a-cops” actu-        curtain in front of my face. I was enraged.                         I crawled under my sheets and went to bed drenched
the crowd of the swaying bodies I nearly soiled myself.          ally knew what this pass was and the advantages of it but         “I can still see and here you,” I said sarcastically.        in sweat. Another night, another concert.

Authentic south of the border food defends its honor
David Ager
staff writer
                                           others embrace this simplicity and
                                           love Poncheros for it.                                                                                                           Zesty food, tasteful                         It is $5 for a regular, six for a de-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     luxe, and eight for a giant.
                                              The five items you can purchase
                                           are a burrito, quesadillas, tacos, faji-
                                                                                                                                                                            comments: Big Ten                            The giant is by far the best deal.

Poncheros: A whole                         tas and the El Gordo, the five basic                                                                                              Burrito tops ‘em all
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     This burrito is massive.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         On my first attempt to eat it, I
lotta spice and                            meals of any Mexican restaurant on
                                           the planet.                                                                                                                      according to burrito
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     shamefully dishonored myself.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         If you don’t eat a lot, then I would
everything nice                               Though the menu consists of five
                                           items to choose from it leaves me                                                                                                junkie David Ager                        suggest eating a deluxe. It is the per-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     fect size to fill you up right.
                                           wondering about the flexibility of the                                                                                                                                         What you get in these burritos is
                                           food.                                                                                                                                  My good friend, and fellow bur-    pretty standard. If you order a regu-
    Located on the south campus of            But little to my dismay, there are                                                                                            rito junkie senior Nick Bensinger,       lar, it comes with chicken or steak,
the University of Michigan, Panche-        hundreds maybe, just maybe, even                                                                                                 pointed out this Burrito joint to me     rice, beans, cheese and salsa.
ro’s, a cult classic Mexican joint, is a   thousands of combinations you can                                                                                                one day during a football practice.          If you order the deluxe you will
magazine cut out of a college campus       have created right in front of your                                                                                                  He said this place was better than   get additional sour cream and guaca-
restaurant.                                eyes.                                                                                                                            my favorite restaurant at the time,      mole. The giant is just an oversized
    The indoor design is laced with           The only reason why anybody                                                                                                   Poncheros.                               deluxe.
tacky Mexican apparel with south-          should go to this restaurant is be-                                                                                                  Well, of course, I had to find this       Though this seems standard, it is
western colors of burnt red and sand       cause of the El Gordo. This is a giant                                                                                           out for myself, to see if this bold      put together in a way that will satisfy
covering the walls in its faded glory.     burrito that is filled with rice, beans,                                                                                          statement was actually true.             any burrito lover’s taste buds.
    An over all feeling of authentic-      chicken and anything else you can                                                                                                    It was after a morning football          The best part is the chicken; mari-
ity is lost when the customer walks        imagine.                                                                                                                         practice when I decided to venture to    nated in a crazy mixture that tastes
through the door.                             Though the other options on the                                                                                               Ann Arbor to try this place out.         glorious.
    The Hispanics that work there are      menu are decent, the El Gordo tops                                                                                                   Located on State Street in down          All the ingredients are top notch
the only representation of anything        them off in taste. Also, the customer                                                                                            town Ann Arbor, Big Ten Burrito is       and tasty.
remotely Mexican.                          gets more food for his/her money.                                                                                                pretty small and discrete.                   You can also order a number of
    Oh yeah and the food.                  Plus, with the right combinations,                                                                                                   My first impression was bleak.        other meals here as well. They have
    Though this is a Hollywood por-        you can make this burrito the best                                                                                               The place was the size of a closet and   quesadillias, tacos, nachos, and faji-
trayal of something that is sold as        tasting thing you will ever have.                                                                                                only one table sat in the room.          tas. All of which are delicious.
Mexican, a warm feeling of ambiance           This is a truly great restaurant,                                                                                                 I had to assume this was mostly a        Overall, Big Ten Burrito is truly
is felt.                                   with very few things wrong with it. I                                                                                            takeout restaurant.                      the best burrito restaurant in town.
    This restaurant is all about the       like the attempt to make an authentic                                                                      photo by David Ager       Though it was small, the prices          Its only downfall is that it is lo-
food. The menu is based off five            looking Mexican joint, but it is a little   Small and zesty: Panchero’s is located on S. University St. in Ann Arbor.            were reasonable. You have your           cated in a small building, where you
meals and five meals alone. To some         to plastic for my taste. But the food       Although Panchero’s isn’t widely known, it’s a common favorite of the                choice between a regular, deluxe or      have little to no dining space.
this may seem to be a downfall, but        makes up for the flaw.                       locals.                                                                              giant burrito.                               But it sure is good.
6         entertainment                                                                      the Squall                      Friday, December 17, 2004

                                                                                           Cheap stuff to do
                                                                                                           John Willimson staff writer

                                                                                      As the snow falls it brings the un-    cream cone. Total price $3 plus tax.
                                                                                   deniable feel of Christmas with it. A         With your stomach satisfied (well
                                                                                   time of joy and love. A time that has a   sort of) it is now time to start enter-
                                                                                   rather harsh effect on the old pocket     taining yourself.
                                                                                   book.                                        My suggestion: head down to what
                                                                                       How are you to supposed to en-        some have termed. “The cheapest
                                                                                   tertain yourself during a season that     strip mall in town.”
                                                                                   grosses the most sales annually when          This strip mall plays host to such
                                                                                   you wallet regurgitates the least.        infamous stores as Value World, The
                                                                                      Well, I propose a cheaper solution.    Dollar Tree and the cheapest movie
                                                                                   One that will provide you with all the    theater in town Fox Village.
                                                                                   fun you can handle and for 7 dollars          These store provide enough sav-
                                                                                   or less.                                  ings to satisfy all your penny pinch-
                                                                                      Here is a well-coordinated day that    ing desires.
                                                                                   will not only indulge your imagina-            Any one of these stores can not
                                                                                   tion and let you live out your wild-      only fulfill your wildest dreams, but
                                                                                   est fantasies, but it will also leave     they will also save you money while
                                                                                   you with enough gas money to drive        you’re doing it.
                                                                                   yourself home.                                 Not enough you say. Then head
                                                                                        Start out the night at the inter-    over to Meijer where you can indulge
                                                                                   nationally famous high-class restau-      yourself in a world of cheap items
                                                                                   rant, McDonald’s.                         screaming to be purchased.
                                                                                       Hungry for a fine cut of steak or         So take your feeble, barren wallet,
                                                                                   a juicy rack of lamb? Well, you cant      throw it in your pocket and have no
                                                                                   have that.                                fear.
                                                                                      The first rule of living cheap is you       Because you don’t need to spend
                                                                                   have to make sacrifices. That being        10 bloody dollars on a movie or 30 on
                                                                                   said, order yourself a delectable plain   a dinner to have a good time. You
                                                                                   double cheeseburger, a steaming hot       can have a perfectly delightful eve-
                                                                                   medium fry and a cool refreshing ice      ning for a lot less then you think.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Photo Illistration by Mike Vickers

                                                                                                                                                                             Techno blows your
                                                                                                                                                                             ear drums with mind
                                                                                                                                                                             numbing beats
                                                                                                                                                                             Eric Wilkinson & TJ Larosa                   Today, programs cater to the be-
                                                                                                                                                                             staff writers                            ginner as well as the expert, with mix-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ing utilities such as Garageband(for
                                                                                                                                                                                 When one buys a ticket to Battle     mac) or AcidPro(for PC). Pierre, who
                                                                                                                                                                             of the Bands, he has in mind, a few      is an avid mac user, sad, “ I’ve been
                                                                                                                                                                             hours of rock ‘n roll, ska and the oc-   making (techno) music ever since
                                                                                                                                                                             casional freestyle rapping. But on       my dad got Garageband last spring,
                                                                                                                                                                             Nov. 11, students were exposed to a      I’ve had a lot of fun with it.”
                                                                                                                                                                             new type of audio entertainment.             Although Garageband is a popu-
                                                                                                                                     Photo from
                                                                                                                                                                                 As students felt the first blows of   lar and simple program, some skilled
The Band: Irish band U2 released their latest album “How to Dimantle an Atomic Bomb” on Nov. 23. It has made the top of                                                      repetitive bass and synthetic melo-      audio technicians venture out to op-
                                                                                                                                                                             dies, their heads turned to the tra-     erate more enhanced software, and
the charts in a few countries and sold 750,000 albums the first week after being released.
                                                                                                                                                                             ditional center of attention, only to    at times, hardware.

 U2 ignites with brand new album
                                                                                                                                                                             find an empty stage.                          “Recently I’ve been using a lot
                                                                                                                                                                                 “I had no idea how they would        programs like FruityLoops, Rebirth,
                                                                                                                                                                             react,” junior Adrienne Pierre said,     and some others,” junior Ian Wil-
                                                                                                                                                                             “I was nervous because this was the      liamson said.

 ‘How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb’
                                                                                                                                                                             first time my music had been pub-             For the people who don’t make
                                                                                                                                                                             licly exploited.”                        the music themselves, the enjoyment
                                                                                                                                                                                 Pierre, known to many as “DJ         is still there.
                                                                                                                                                                             Frenchie”, was the creator of the            “Techno music is good stuff, it’s
                                                                                                                                                                             techno music that was played off a       really the only kind of music I can

U2’s new album explodes the charts                                                                                              The Songs
                                                                                                                                                                             pre-recorded disc at the last Battle
                                                                                                                                                                             of the Bands.
                                                                                                                                                                                 Many may think that Peirre is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      listen to for hours straight, because
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I just like the way it feels.” Pierre

Dan Monson                                                                         they’re advertising in the skies”)                                                        a pioneer of this trade, but a deep          Although Pierre listens to techno
staff writer                                                                           Their last album, “All That You          1. Vertigo                                   investigation reveals the amount of      for personal enjoyment, others like
                                                                                   Can’t Leave Behind,” which was                                                            youth involved in orginal music cre-     it in a community environment. “I
                                                                                                                                                                             ation.                                   like hearing techno when I’m at a
    Great music. It’s what we listen to
in order to calm, excite, or entertain
                                              Yes, the most popu-                  released in 2000, had four or five
                                                                                   great songs, such as “Beautiful Day,”
                                                                                                                                2. Miracle Drug
                                                                                                                                                                                 A new wave of confidence has          club, it really gets me going,” senior
us.                                           lar rock band on the                 “Walk On,” and “Elevation.” But the          3. Somtime You Can’t
                                                                                                                                                                             come over many young composers           Max Harris said.
    It could also be defined as U2’s                                                rest of the tracks could not be consid-                                                   with the help of modern technol-             But why do they do it? Why spend
                                              planet has done it                                                                Make it on Your Own

new album, “How to Dismantle an                                                    ered among U2’s best. They lacked                                                         ogy. Here in our own environment,        so much tme making music? Accord-
Atomic Bomb.”                                 again.                               the original and inspiring lyrics that
                                                                                                                                4. Love and Peace or Else
                                                                                                                                                                             skilled music makers are not hard to
                                                                                                                                                                             come by.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ing to Kish, it isn’t about the fame
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and the glamour, but about bringing
    Yes, the most popular rock band                                                had been U2’s staple throughout the
on the planet has done it again. With                                              years.                                                                                        “I know a lot of kids who make       people together.
                                                                                                                                5. City of Blinding Lights                   techno music as a pass time,” junior         “Techno music is for everyone,
“Atomic Bomb,” U2 has surpassed                           -Dan Monson                  The new album is really more
                                                                                                                                                                             Andy Kish said.                          young or old, black or white,” Kish
even the wildest imaginations of how                                               about relationships than peace, al-
good an album can be.                         again to hear the consistency of     though there are several songs, in-                                                           “A lot of people don’t realize it,   said. “It brings people together, re-
                                                                                                                                6. All Because of You
    The foursome from Dublin              the music that is on the album. There    cluding “Love and Peace Or Else”                                                          but there are a lot of skilled music     gardless of other interests, and that’s
started making music as far back as       is not one song that could be consid-    that plays toward the title. One of                                                       makers here at DHS.”                     what true techno is really about;
                                                                                                                                7. Man and a Woman                                                                    unity.”
1979. Proclaimed the “Band of the         ered a weak or “filler song.”             the pleasant surprises of the album
Eighties,” by “Rolling Stone,” the            The best song? Pick one. On any      is its slower style. There are excep-
group continued their success both        given day, one song may sound like       tions, including “All Because of You,”       8. Crumbs From Your Table
in Europe and in the United States        the best on the album. “Sometimes        “Love and Peace Or Else,” “City of
throughout the 90’s.                      You Can’t Make It On Your Own” is        Blinding Lights,” and “Vertigo.” The         9. One Step Closer
    But what makes U2 so appealing        a sad yet beautifully-written song for   reflective and insightful tone of many
to so many? All four members are          Bono’s father, and was performed at      of the songs is unbelievable; it’s what      10. Original of the Species
in their mid-40’s, old considering        his funeral in 2001. The guitar echo     makes the album work.
today’s music industry. But there has     by guitarist “The Edge” after the            The bottom line is that this album       11. Yahweh
been one constant throughout the          memorable lyrics “sometimes you          is just music at its best. The album
years: great music.                       can’t make it on your own” really        lives up to the prerelease hype it
    Sure, most of us have heard “Ver-     makes this song stand out.               drew, even surpasses it. The consis-
tigo” on the radio or in the iPod com-        “City of Blinding Lights,” a song    tency and overall quality of the music       Opening week:
mercial in the past month, but the al-    written about New York City, makes       makes “How To Dismantle An Atom-             750,000 copies sold
bum goes a lot deeper than just that      the listener feel as though they’re      ic Bomb” a must-have for any music
one song. It’s astonishing again and      really there. (“A city lit by fireflies,   collection.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Illistration By Eric Wilkinson

  Movies                                  Cdʼs/ Music                              Games                                     Concerts                                        Sunday Dec. 19
                                                                                                                                                                             Dead To Fall, It Dies Today,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thursday, Jan. 6
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Diecast, Hatebreed,
                                                                                                                                                                             Most Precious Blood, Re-                 Love is Red, Autumn Of-
  Alexander                               Lakdi Ki Kathi                           NBA Live 2005                             Friday, Dec. 17                                                                          fering - Harpos
                                                                                                                                                                             membering Never - Alvinʼs
  Incredibles                             Genre:Children Songs                     Metroid Prime 2                           Bobaflex, Magna-Fi, Sev-                                                                  Saturday, Jan. 15
                                                                                                                                                                             Wednesday, Dec. 22
  Closer                                  Frequencia Extrema by                    (PC Game) Medal of                        endust - Harpoʼs                                                                         B.B. King, Bobby “Blue”
                                                                                                                                                                             George Winston - Sym-
  National Treasure                       Calzones                                 Honor: Pacific Assault                     Robbers On High Street,                                                                  Bland - Fox Theater
                                                                                                                                                                             phony Hall
  Blade Trinity                           Genre: New Wave/Rock/                                                              The Dears - Magic Stick                                                                  Saturday, Jan. 22
                                                                                                                                                                             Monday, Dec. 27
  Oceans 12                               Pop                                                                                John Heffron - Ann Arbor                                                                 Ron White - Fow Theater
                                                                                                                                                                             Skafest - Magic Stick
  Flight of the Phenix                    Eveningland by Hem                                                                 Comedy Showcase
                                                                                                                                                                             Thursday, Dec. 30
  The Aviater                             Genre: Alternative/Punk/                                                           Saturday, Dec. 18                                                                        Dec. 17 - 26: “Radio City
                                                                                                                                                                             Suicide Machines - Clutch
  Spanglish                               Rock                                                                               Spongs - Harpoʼs                                                                         Christmas Spectacular”
                                                                                                                             Barenaked Ladies - Ma-                                                                   Fox Theater
                                                                                                                             sonic Temple Theatre                                                                                 Information from
                                                                                                                                     Q: What do you find most interesting about art?
                                                                                                                                     A: That it is always changing and you can interrupt it your own way.

    a little more SQUALL                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Section   B

                                                                                                                         Brandon Mayotte                           “I mispell things when I print shirts   total of one create to make and a day
                                                                                                      Senior Tate        photo editor                            sometimes,” Stark said. “I have spent     to frame it.
                                                                                                                                                                 close to $100 in misprints. It was 36        Stark made the entire piece during
                                                                                                       Stark goes           Seeing her art work on exhibit at    shirts, including ink and screen,” she    school for a project.
                                                                                                        to the art      the Neutral Zone in Ann Arbor, Se-       said.                                         “We had to choose between three
                                                                                                      room every        nior Tate Stark realized she knows for      But making shirts is not her only      mediums oil painting, chalk or oil
                                                                                                                        sure what she wanted to do after high    problem. Sometimes she starts her         pastelles,” she said.
                                                                                                         morning.       school.                                  art absent mindedly.                        “I just tried chalk, and then I found
                                                                                                         Here she          Stark wants to go into graphic des-      With her chalk drawing, she start-     out I loved it.”
                                                                                                                        ignand said she found a new love for     ed with the border, making it difficult         Although Stark did not sell her
                                                                                                      creates art       art after joining Graph X.               to finish the rest without smudging        work at the gallery, she did show it.
                                                                                                     in her mind.           “The hands on part of (Graph X)      her work.                                      The show is a good opportunity
                                                                                                                        and the job opportunities are just so         The Neutral Zone in Ann Arbor        for students to make money for their
                                                                                                    To her, art is      big, I know I can pursue whatever I      supports the arts by holding a gal-       work.”
                                                                                                     more than a        want,” she said.                         lery of the works of local high school       “Artists don’t just show there work
                                                                                                                            However not everything has gone      kids.
                                                                                                      class, it’s a     smoothly for Stark this year. Her          “I wanted to get my art shown so I
                                                                                                                                                                                                           in galleries and shows but sell them
                                                                                                                                                                                                           too,” art teacher Autum Campell
                                                                                                         lifestyle.     main job or company job in Graph         could put that on my college applica-     said.
                                                                                                                        X is making screens and printing t-      tions,” Stark said.                          “It gets students ready for being
                                                                                                                        shirts.                                     The piece of work she made took a      artists in real life.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  photo illustration by Mike Vickers

                                                                                                                               No animal for me, thanks
                                                                                                                               Taking away meat was easy enough but junior Erin O’Brien wanted more

                                                                                                                               Molly Brewster
                                                                                                                                                                         couldn’t tell me that I wasn’t al-
                                                                                                                               morale manager                            lowed to do it because it was part of
                                                                                                                                                                         our religion.
                                                                                                                                                                            “My parents’ main concern about
                                                                                                                                    The smells of delicious holiday      my choice was that I wouldn’t get all
                                                                                                                               cooking welcomed junior Erin              the right nutrients with the gap cre-
                                                                                                                               O’Brien as she entered her grand-         ated by eliminating meat and dairy
                                                                                                                               ma’s house. Each year O’Brien looks       from my diet,” O’Brien said. “My
                                                                                                                               forward to her favorite holiday food,     dad is a doctor so he assessed my
                                                                                                                               stuffing, and sweet potatoes. But          diet for a week, and we figured out
                                                                                                                               while other students’ meals consist       I would get enough of the nutrients
                                                                                                                               of milk, eggs and butter, O’Brien re-     I needed. My parents are happy be-
                                                                                                                               fuses to eat meat or dairy products       cause I am happy. I feel good about
                                                                                                                               during the holidays or at any other       my choice, and am much more
                                                                                                                               time of the year.                         healthy as a vegan.”
                                                                                                                                   For nearly a year O’Brien has fol-       A common misconception is that
                                                                                                                               lowed a strict vegan diet. Not only       vegans lack protein, but that isn’t
                                                                                                                               does she eliminate meat and dairy         a problem for O’Brien because she
                                                                                                                                                                         uses peanut butter as a main staple

With the help of counseling one
                                                                                                                               products from her diet, she also
                                                                                                                               doesn’t wear clothing made from           in her diet. She also takes a multi-
                                                                                                                                animals, such as wool and leather.       vitamin to get the rest of her nutri-
                                                                                                                                   Becoming a vegetarian on her 13th     ents.

student gets his life on track
                                                                                                                                birthday was O’Brien’s first step to-        And although they didn’t like her
                                                                                                                                wards veganism. “I did a lot of re-      choice at first now on holidays and
                                                                                                                                search and was upset by the animal       non-holidays alike O’Brien’s family
                                                                                                                                                                         goes out of their way to make meals
After smoking pot since seventh grade, his addiction is finally over                                                             cruelty in the food industry,” she
                                                                                                                                said. “In the food industry animals      that she can enjoy.
                                                                                                                                                                            “For the holidays my mom and
and ‘Tommy’ has a life he didn’t think he would ever have again                                                                 are raised purely for profit. They
                                                                                                                                are raised in small spaces and no        grandma just substitute ingredients
                                                                                                                                thought goes into their comfort, or      I can’t eat with ingredients that I
Samantha Harris
entertainment editor
                                          searched my room. I was challenged          you’ve done wrong gave me a slight        that they are living beings.”            can,” she said.
                                          to stay sober for a month and nearly        sense of motivation.”                           But being a vegetarian wasn’t            “Most times it is as easy as re-
                                          drowned in problems. I couldn’t do             After several years of rehab and       enough for her. “The more I read         placing regular milk with soy milk
  Seventeen-year-old Tommy (whose         it. I couldn’t get out of bed. I’d lay      counseling Tommy has kept himself         and researched animal cruelty, the       or eggs with egg replacements.
name has been changed to protect          down and cry. I felt hopeless.”             on a somewhat cleaner route.              more I wanted to change,” she said.          Usually I am the only one that
his privacy) was born and raised in            Seasonal affective disorder, also           “I still party once in awhile but    “I also work with several vegans and     knows there is a difference.”The
Dexter with his mother and father.        known as S.A.D, is a disease where          nothing compared to what I used to        have friends in debate that influence     next step in her diet is to completely
    Like many other teenagers, Tom-       one’s mood is decreased, especially         be like. I learned my lesson and try      my decision. I learned that some         switch to organic products. “Last
my had a close relationship with his      during the winter months.                   to avoid ever going down that path        calves never see their mothers.          weekend I bought organic sugar and
parents but soon began to separate,          “It is most seen in the teenage and      again. You can’t learn a lesson by             “They are also forced to drink      made sugar cookies,” she said.
hoping to establish his indepen-          elder generation,” Dr. Bynum said.          being lectured. You have to experi-       blood to get protein instead of              “My parents think that is a little
dence. Habits and friends soon be-            Tommy said, “Depression kicked          ence life and trials to truly under-      milk,” O’Brien said. “Because com-       extreme, but once I am on my own I
gan to change, and Tommy found            in especially during the winter and         stand the lesson.”                         panies want all the milk possible to    plan to buy and use mostly organic
himself surrounded by a whole dif-        only added more of a struggle.                                                         go to the consumers to make more        products.
ferent crowd.                                “It got to the point of where I didn’t                                              money.”                                      I feel hypocritical because the
    “I first smoked pot when I was in      want to live anymore. I’d come home                                                          O’Brien finds the biggest chal-    more research I do the more I re-
eighth or seventh grade,” he said.        high and stumble into my room and                                                      lenge in following her diet comes       alize I am eating products that are
“After awhile it became a daily event.    wallow in self pity. I knew that every-                                                at school. “It is really hard when we   created at the expense of animals.
I didn’t see smoking pot as harm-         thing that I was doing was wrong but                                                   have parties at school and people       The first organic food I started to
ful to myself because it felt good. It    I wouldn’t let my loved ones try to                                                    bring in all kinds of food that looks   use was ketchup because if it isn’t
made me happy for the meantime.           help me-the drugs had control over                                                     really good,” she said. “Most of the    organic, it consists’ of crushed lady
I didn’t stop to look at what had be-     me. I did Coke, E, acid, PCP, vicidin,                                                 time I can’t have the food people       bugs as one of its ingredients.”
come of me, but my parents sensed         and tried overdosing on prescription                                                   bring because the flavoring or some          O’Brien isn’t bothered by others
something was wrong. My grades be-        drugs. I didn’t want to care. Every-                                                   of the products used.”                  eating meat.
gan to drop. I had no ambition, and       thing that was happening in my life                                                       Another challenge comes at home           “I just try not to pay attention
all I did was sleep and lay around.”      seemed to turn for the worse. I was                                                    as O’Brien has a separate grocery       because when I see people eating
    Tommy’s story is not uncommon         so selfish, I broke my mother’s heart.            Survey says...                                                                meat
                                                                                                                                 shopping list from the rest of her
among millions of teenagers. As a         I had the choice of turning myself                                                     family. “At first my family didn’t       I think of the cruelty behind it,” she
part of separating themselves from        around and getting help but instead                                                    encourage my choice because they        said.
                                                                                         Survey results
their parents, many teenagers exper-      I turned away.                                 ( 528 students)                         didn’t want to have to buy separate         “If people want to become edu-
iment with drugs and false illusions,         “Finally the law whipped me back                                                   groceries for me,” she said.            cated I will talk to them about being
according to psychologist Dr. Jason       into reality, and I was legally forced         12 students have                             “I first became a vegan for Lent    a vegan, but I am not going to force
Bynum of the University of Michigan       to stop. Although the substance                experimented with                       because I figured that my parents        my beliefs on anyone.”
Department of Child and Adolescent        abuse ended, I was suicidal. I was a           acid, coke, PCP and
Psychiatry.                               ticking bomb. Something as simple              heroin
     “My new friends seemed to care       as my mom looking at me would                                                          Food alternitives for a vegan lifestyle:                    • Milk alternatives: Silk products
about me but after awhile they just       set me off. I was hypersensitive to            87 percent say of the
became drug buddies,” he said.            the world. I was fighting an internal           students who have
                                                                                         tried drugs say they                    • Egg alternatives: Ener-G Egg replacer                     • Extra alternatives: Miso, nutritional yeast, aoy
  “That was their only concern: get-      war against myself. Kids have no               were peer pressured
ting high, and if I could help them get   idea what they risk. Drug addictions
                                                                                                                                                                                             margarinie, Tahini.
                                                                                         into it.                                • Meat altenatives: Smart bacon,deli
there. My money I was saving up for       sneak up on you.
college was wasting away and I didn’t          “During months of counseling I                                                    Slices, Gimme Lean (lightlife),
care. Finally my parents caught on        saw how drastically I had changed.                                                                                                                                                information from
and took me to a shrink after they had    Taking a step back and looking at all
8         opinions                                                                                            the Squall                    Friday, December 17, 2004

                                         Halo 2: It’s just not the same game
Letters to the editor

Magyar extends
gratitude to others for support

Dear Editor,                              Seth Porinsky
                                          staff writer
    I would like to thank the many
DHS freshmen, upperclassmen,
                                             As the final bell tolled signalling the end of sixth hour,
parents and teachers who were so
                                         senior Miles Hayes’ eyes narrowed.
strongly positive in response to my
                                           “You ready for this?” he asked.
marching band featured baton twirl-
                                             I nodded my approval, and we took off like bolts of
ing performance during one of the
                                         lightning through the cramped halls, dodging the shrill
2004 football games and during the
                                         pitch of the freshmen and informing everyone along the
Homecoming Pep Rally.
                                         way that Halo 2 was released today.
    There are many talented fresh-
                                             The thinnest of smiles reached my lips as I recalled
men and upperclassmen at DHS!
                                         my devious deed of the day: I had parked in the visitor
The cool thing is that we are able to
                                         lot in preparation of this after-school event. Connie and
pursue our own interests, hopefully
                                         Klein, awestricken by the black beauty of my tiny Escort,
finding areas in which each of us can
                                         thought nothing of the Kentucky license plate.
                                             We sped off for Electronics Boutique to pick up our
    The article, “Breaking Boundar-
                                         reserved copied of Halo 2, the most highly anticipated
ies,” in October’s Squall referenced
                                         game of 2004 and possibly ever.
labels, such as “gay” if you are purs-
                                             My first experience with Halo 2 was not as I foretold
ing something not traditionally dom-
                                         and even a bit frustrating. The interface is nothing like
inated by your sex (although his-
                                         the original’s, but one thing I quickly learned was that
torically baton twirling was a male
                                         Halo 2 is nothing like the original.
dominated sport, until 20 years ago)
                                             Arguments can be made that it is still the same char-
and the label “overachiever,” such
                                         acter, many of the weapons and vehicles are the same,
as when you excel in more than one
                                         but an outsider without knowledge of the series might as-
area of interest.
                                         sume that Halo and Halo 2 were made by two very differ-
    Using labels can be narrow-mind-
                                         ent companies.
ed and is often times wrong. Labels
                                             It is very evident that Bungie (The makers of Halo)
can be wrongly applied and don’t let
                                         wanted it to be so.
us see the person for who they really
                                             They made so many drastic changes because they
                                         wanted them to be two separate games. Many avid Halo-
    I hope we respect whatever any of
                                         gamers may not have wished Bungie to change the game
us choose to personally pursue as a
                                         so much. They wanted a “Halo 1.5”. In theory, Halo 1.5
positive interest and talent, without
                                         would have been Halo but with different levels.
resorting to labels or stereotypes.
                                             To say that I was originally dissapointed with Halo 2
There’s too much talent and energy
                                         would be an understatement. Halo 2 certainly leveled
at DHS to label someone because
                                         the playing field, and I found myself getting killed by such
of interests, sports, hobbies or even                                                                                                                                                                                               Photo by Seth Porinsky
                                         Halo 1 noobs as sophomore Danny Jackson; if you were
                                         good at the original, it didn’t matter.                         Taking him to school: Teaching sophomore Danny Jackson how to play Halo 2, senior David “Pedal Face” Ager barks out orders
    When someone is able to balance
                                             While the original Halo was about strategy, about           through his headset as senior Lex Williams looks on. “Halo 2 is much easier for noobs like Danny to pick up,” Williams said.
a lot of activities and do well, let’s
                                         thinking and making every bullet count, Halo 2 seemed
commend their efforts and accom-
                                         to be a contest to see who could spray more bullets the
plishments and encourage others to
do well too. DHS needs the talents
                                         fastest. However, after spending a significant amount                The online portion certainly gives Halo 2 a one-up             The pieces of the puzzle start to fit together and The         Halo sold
                                         of time playing Halo 2 online (as my parents will attest)       on the original, but comparing the two is like apples to        Arbitor and Masterchief, once bitter enemies, are forced
and commitment of everyone.
                                         over the long Thanksgiving weekend, I quickly adapted to        avacados. They certainly are two very different games           to work together. While the idea of pairing enemies to-          over five
                                         Halo 2’s fast-paced action and began to like it.                with their own strengths and weaknesses.                        gether seems cliche, which it probably is, it goes along         million cop-
                                             “It’s Halo 1. Only it’s Halo on fire, going 130 mph              Another strength of Halo 2 is its single player or cam-     nicely in this scenario. The queer ending draws com-
Nathan Magyar, freshman
                                         through a hospital zone, being chased by helicopters and        paign mode. Awhile back, Bungie spokespeople said               parisons to “Matrix: Reloaded” as it seems to leave more         ies
                                         ninjas, and the ninjas are on fire too,” said Jason Jones,       Halo 2 would focus more on single player, and it’s evident      questions than answers, making way for a third game in
People need to relax and have            director of Bungie Studios, of the game back in the latter      it does.                                                        the series.                                                      Halo 2 sold
more fun                                 portion of 2002.                                                    While a major complaint about Halo 1 was the re-               Halo 2 shines like its predecessor in two oft-overlooked
                                             In essence, that is is Halo 2. Halo 2 is thinking on        petitive levels and enemies, every new level in Halo 2 is       categories: sound and graphics. The already impressive           two mil-
Dear Editor,                             your feet; it is “Which weapons should I grab?” “Where          a completely different environment and battlefield. A
    Jolly juniors are what you could     is my opponent going to be next?” or “How can I call my         medal ceremony in your honor is cut short after you dis-
                                                                                                                                                                         graphics and sounds of Halo 1 are sharpened even more            lion copies
                                                                                                                                                                         as Halo 2 pushes the capabilities of the Xbox.
call my group of friends. We’re          opponent a noobasaurus-rex over my Xbox Live headset            cover the Covenant are attacking the space station where           Halo 2 cannot be compared to Halo 1. Its action-              before it
happy, we’re crazy and we’re noisy.
We’re definitely not afraid to have
                                         while I taunt his corpse and still remain oriented with the     you are currently residing, and you are put right back in       packed gameplay makes a new name for itself and cer-             was even
                                         game?”                                                          the action, already sweating your first day back on the          tainly establishes itself as one of the best multiplayer
fun. The only problem with our ex-           Which brings me to the best change about Halo 2: on-        job.                                                            games ever created. With the online play and ability of          released
treme joy in life is that other people   line play. Bungie heard the cries from fans about Halo not          “I need a weapon.” Masterchief’s deep voice breaks the      Bungie to release new material via Xbox Live, it certainly
often find us loud and annoying.          being supported by Xbox Live, Microsoft Xbox’s source of        tension like an icicle. Another excellent improvement in        has the ultimate in replay value.
    There have been many times           online gaming, and delivered Halo 2 with online capa-           Halo 2 is the story, and the talented voice acting adds to         Halo 2 easily deserves an 8.5/10 rating overall. De-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Halo 2
where we’ve been yelled at and given     bilities. Live’s system is pretty amazing, with the game        that quality.                                                                                                                    made $125
                                                                                                                                                                         spite this, I don’t think anyone will soon be forgetting the
scornful looks due to our raucous be-    experiencing less lag, an online ranking system and even            Most of the original cast is back, and Keith David at-
havior.                                  the ability to check stats online from previous games via       tributes his voice as The Arbitor, the Covenant Elite who
                                                                                                                                                                         original Halo: Combat Evolved. But for such a ground-
                                                                                                                                                                         breaking game, I would have expected more from its suc-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          million in
    Running into the theater to see                                                     you are oddly forced to play as throughout the game.            cessor.                                                          one day
the new Spongebob Squarepants
movie, my jolly junior friends and

                                         Religion being sold like kitchen knives
I were shrieking from sheer excite-
ment. Some high-schooler who
looked vaguely familiar and maybe
even younger than us looked at us in
a contemptuous manner and told us
very loudly to, “Just shut up.”                                                                                               eat cereal when I get up, not hear a       travel to other countries essentially     and rather than that, he preached to
    Being the wonderful people that                                                Bling blingin’ all the time                doorbell and stumble to the door to        scare people into giving their lives to   us.
we are, we took it in great fun and                                                                                                                                      an idea that is driven by fear.               It confuses me that so many peo-
told him, “No thanks.”                                                                                                        see a cute toddler in a bowtie and his
                                         Aaron McLean                              is no choice given to many kids.                                                          If I had my own religion, I would     ple complain about church. Not only
    This is not the first comment that                                                                                         two Morman parents ready to preach
                                         opinions editor                               Students in the high school are                                                   want people to join it because they       do kids complain, but it seems that
I’ve heard in regard to the present                                                                                           their religion to me.
                                                                                   predomenently Christians because                                                      have similar beliefs or a true passion    parents aren’t so into it either. Rath-
subject. It makes me wonder about                                                                                                 Like knife salesmen, they stand in
                                                                                   we have not been exposed to other                                                     for our beliefs. In my humanities         er, they seem to go out of habit. If re-
the quality of life of others around                                                                                          front of me and try to get me to buy
                                                                                   options. And who doesn’t love op-                                                     class we have been taught about two       ligion is so spiritual, it’d make more
me.                                                                                                                           into their religion. There is nothing
                                                                                   tions? But when it comes to religion,                                                 religions: Islam and Catholicism.         sense if people would act with more
    Do others really enjoy life? Sure,       With everything up for sale these                                                wrong with presenting a choice, but
life is hard. Everyone has bad days.                                               choice is negated.                                                                        The Muslims who came into our         enthusiasm when church comes
                                         days, it seems fitting that religion is                                               when the persuasion is mixed in with
But that is why we have friends.                                                       When I was little, I wondered                                                     class were very respectful and very       around.
                                         no exception.                                                                        sales tactics, things get messy.
They’re there to provide support, to                                               what religion is right. Was mine?                                                     open to other religions. The Catholic         If you aren’t leaving your church,
                                             The purpose of religion has                                                          Getting a person to join a religion
listen to you complain and whine.                                                  Was yours? Was his or hers?                                                           priest who came in had a preachy feel     synogogue, or mosque feeling spiritu-
                                         changed from being for spirituality                                                  by luring tactics is like stealing some-
    They are there to help you cram                                                    These questions have no answer,                                                   to him. He came in with cards that        al or somewhat inspired, you should
                                         and faith to being for other reasons                                                 one’s individuality by essentially
for your test next hour and to share                                               but they do have an answer for an                                                     would give us information on joining      re-evaluate your spiritual stance.
                                         such as profit and domination of the                                                  tricking them or luring them in with
their lunch with you when you for-                                                 individual if he has the chance to ex-                                                the church and the religion as well as        I am uneducated in religion and
got your lunch money at home. I’ve       religious worlds.                                                                    false hopes or persuasion.
                                                                                   perience other religions.People don’t                                                 some prayers.                             don’t pretend to be otherwise, but
found that at the end of the day, un-        Religion in Dexter is forced on                                                      People use fear to get people to
                                                                                   find their religion today. It is given to                                                  I found it really ackward that he     even I can see that we need to take a
less I’ve helped out another person, I   students from an early age, and there                                                join it. No one wants to burn in hell
                                                                                   them or sold to them.                                                                 was asked to come speak to our class      look at how we treat our faith.
feel like the whole day was a waste.                                                                                          for eternity, so missionaries who
                                                                                       On Saturday I like to sleep in and

                                          Tackling da buck pole: Not for the weak of stomach
    So you’ve got to remember, dear
students of Dexter High School,
you’ve got to dare to jump, dare to
achieve, (Dare I say it?) dare to have
fun! Don’t be scared to lean on God,
                                          Kendall Goode                                                                       day I spent thinking of the poor de-       “My dad has taken me ever since I         Disney, it’s that yes, they do have
your friends, and your family when
                                          photo manager                            Thoughts of an emo kid                     fensless animals and the horrible set
you’ve got it tough.                                                                                                                                                     was little. It’s so cool.” How could      children, and one day those deer will
    They’ll help you get through this                                                                                         up that appeared to be praised by so       someone enjoy something so weird,         grow up and avenge their father’s
jungle that grownups call Dexter                                                   which give permission to hunt and          many people.                               let alone joyfully do something like      death in a heartwarming animated
High School. These four years are                                                  kill innocent deer that fill the many          Even more disturbing was seeing         hunting?                                  film featuring well known actors do-
precious, and they’re not going to          As I began my regularly sched-         uninhabited areas of Michigan.             photos from a time my friend went              I could never spend the many          ing the voices.
happen again (unless you flunk).          uled drive to school on that cool No-         Deer hunting season is a semi-         hunting. The photos were OK until I        hours that it takes to hunt, kill and          But back to the real point. The
    Next time you see a group of loud    vember morning, I saw a sight that        controversial time of the year, and        came to one of him holding the deer’s      properly de-organ the moderately          buck pole is a disturbing display
and noisy, insane, crazy and yes,        I’d rather have missed: a mass of         the argument is often made that if we      heart in his hand.                         cute animal.                              of masculinity that needs to be re-
mostly female high school juniors,
                                         dangling deer bodies strung up from       didn’t kill these defenseless animals,        I have never seen an animal                 Any human being who has wit-          thought.
shout my name; it will probably be
                                         poles.                                    they would over populate.                  heart nor witnessed one of my clos-        nessed the Disney movie “Bambi”               I suggest that whoever is in charge
my friends and I.
                                            My mind slowly fell into a dis-            Of course, many say that it is all     est friends holding the bloody organ       surely knows the sadness that is see-     of the display move the display to be-
                                         turbed state as I thought about the       right to hunt, but do we really need       with a smile on his face.                  ing a deer losing its mother from an      hind the store, so it’s still there but
                                         horrid display for the rest of the        to string deer corpses on the main            As I began the difficult task of         evil hunter.                              not everybody has to see it.
Joan Wolfe, the jubilant junior
                                         day.                                      street for everyone to see?                writing this article, I was talking to         Who is to say that the bucks that         I see enough dead deer lying on
                                            November, as most know, is                 I myself was witness to the mor-       senior Stephanie McCartt about the         are strung up have no children that       the side of the road. They don’t be
                                         the month of hunting. Men are is-         bid set-up, and it was stuck in my         subject.                                   care about them?                          need to be dragged into one area and
Letters continued on page 9              sued forms of paper, called permits,      head for hours. The entire rest of my         “I love the buck pole,” she said,           If we have learned anything from      put on display.
                                                                          Friday, December 17, 2004                   the Squall                                                                                       opinions                      9
Gift giving mistakes NOT to make this year                                                                                                                                                                                  Letters to the editor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             A word from your
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             student council reps.
                                                                                        ment on the lameness of this?                 to see you take them off.”                  they do this kind of crap on that
                                           Does my picture in grayscale
                                                                                        Really saying:                                Replacement suggestion:                     show.”                                    Dear editor,
                                           make me look ghetto?                             “I think I’m pretty creative, and            Buy her a pair of granny panties         Replacement suggestion:                      Your student board members
                                                                                        you should think I’m adorable, al-            instead. Odds are she won’t wear               Make her a mix tape of cool songs      have been busy this fall attending
Eric Wilkinson                             unlike some star that is 93 million          though I didn’t spend anything on             either, so why pay $15 for a thong          from significant times in your rela-       meetings, listening to audit re-
staff writer                               miles away and is probably owned by          you for the occassion.”                       when you can pay $12 and get about          tionship. Not a CD. A CD is quick,        ports, and advocating for the stu-
                                           200 other people nationwide.                 Replacement suggestion: Take                  three times as much material?               easy and careless. Make a tape. Then
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            dents. Here are a few highlights:
                                                                                        a quarter, go to the Kroger on Sta-                                                       buy a cassette player to keep at your
    I’ve had a few relationships, most     Cliches                                      dium Blvd. and put it in those little         Writing/Performing a song                   house so any time she wants to lis-
                                                                                        machines by the shopping carts.               Trying to say:                              ten to it, she’s forced to come to your   Budget news
of which haven’t lasted very long, un-                                                                                                                                                                                          At the Nov 8 meeting, su-
til recently. So, as far as gift giving    Trying to say:                               Turn the knob and purchase yourself               “I love you, but it’s not good          house.
                                              In fifth grade a boy in my class           one of the sticky hands with the long         enough to say it. I have to sing it. Lis-                                             perintendent Evylyn Shirk pre-
goes, I’ve had several opportunities
                                           found a key on the ground one morn-          sticky string attached and give her           ten        to my beautiful voice sing       A framed picture of yourself:             sented a financial review of last
in years past to pay attention to gift
giving catastrophies, whether they         ing and put a necklace through it to         that, because at least it’s something                         along while I play my                                                 year’s budget surplus. The report
are mine or some other poor child’s.       give to his girlfriend who was also in       she can use and have fun with,                                  guitar.”                  Trying to say:                            included a timeline of budget-
Listen boys, girls are materialistic       my                   class. “What is         unlike a key you found to some                                    Really saying:          “I know you love me and enjoy look-       ary decisions made by the school
creatures. You screw up with just one                              this?”        she    guy’s 1986 Chevy Celebrity Club                                        “I like strum-     ing at me, so here’s a cute frame with    board, draft budgets made last
gift, and she won’t ever let you forget                              asked him.         Wagon.                                                             ming my guitar         a picture of me in it.”                   year and comparisons of budget-
it. I’ve comprised a list for you of the                                “It’s a key                                                                         more than I like                                                ary figures that would’ve helped
lamest things a guy can give to a girl.                                    ... to my    Thong underwear                                                     touching      you,    Really saying:                            indicate the variance. Overall,
                                                                             heart,”                                                                        plus I watch a             “I think I’m gorgeous, and you
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Shirk believes the problem was
Adopting a Star                                                               he re-    Trying to say:                                                      lot of “Friends”      should think so too. You should love
                                                                                          “I saw these on the rack in Vic-                                           reruns,      looking at me. All the time. Maybe I      our district’s financial reporting
                                                                                        toria’s Secret, thought that they                                                  and    should sign this for you.”                system. Nothing inappropriate
Trying to say:                                                                Need
                                                                             I com-     looked OK hanging there, but                                                              Replacement suggestion:                   took place in terms of financial
    “I do romantic, sweet things for                                                                                                                                                                                        mismanagement, but programs
you by buying you something few                                                         figured they’d look amaz-                                                                     Instead of giving her a framed pic-
                                                                                        ing on you.”                                                                                  ture of yourself, why not buy the     in the districts simply exceeded
other people have, something mysti-
cal and beautiful like a star.”                                                          Really saying:                                                                                latest “CosmoGirl” or “YM”, cut      the board’s expectations of sav-
Really saying:                                                                              “I’d like to see                                                                            out a picture of Brad Pitt and      ings. In her report, Shirk said, “It
    “I don’t know you very well,                                                           these on you                                                                                 frame that? At least then she       is time to congratulate the people
or otherwise pay little to no                                                               but would                                                                                  can have a picture of someone        who worked hard to live within
attention to your tastes and                                                                  love                                                                                      who is actually good looking. It    the budget and ... rebuild rela-
personality, so I figured if I got                                                                                                                                                       doesn’t even have to be Brad        tionships that have been dam-
you a star, I’d score brownie                                                                                                                                                           Pitt. Just anyone better looking
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ages by false accusations.
points with you and your girl-                                                                                                                                                          than you. Then be sure to forge
friends when they all hear                                                                                                                                                              the signature.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Parking fee reduced
about it and say, “Oh my God!                                                                                                                                                                                                   After taking into consideration
That’s soooo cute!!”                                                                                                                                                                      So be sure not to make a
                                                                                                                                                                                       mistake this holiday season.         the concerns of students over the
Replacement suggestion:
                                                                                                                                                                                       You may just come back from          parking fee, the board’s finance
Adopt her a section of high-
way instead. At least she                                                                                                                                                              winter break to a girl who no        committee discussed the issue
can actually                                                                                                                                                                           longer wants anything to do          and recommended it be reduced.
see and                                                                                                                                                                                with you. She’ll go off and date     The Board approved the amend-
touch                                                                                                                                                                                  Freddie, the boy who would’ve        ment, changing the parking fee
it,                                                                                                                                                                                    given her some crap from Bath        to $25 a year. People who have
                                                                                                                                                                                       and Body Works.                      not paid the fee will be expected
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            to do so and those who have paid
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            the full $50 will be refunded. The

The Media giants own your soul                                                                                                        Happy Birthday/Merry Christmas:                                                       administration is still figuring out
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            payment deadlines, but you can
                                                                                           THE FIVE GIANTS
                                                                                                                                      December birthdays get gyped                                                          expect that they will be around
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            the semester change. Thanks to
Christina Field                            Oreos rock my socks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            everyone who came to student
staff writer                                                                               AOL Time warner
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            forums to discuss this; the board
                                           year or so General Electric bought all                                                                                                 It’s sleepy time.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            values the opinions of the dis-
                                           of Vivendi’s enterainment assets.
                                                                                        thing otherover 85 differenty I
                                                                                           Owns than the regular pop,                                                                                                       trict’s students.
                                               The giants have immense power                                                                                                      ornament. I don’t share my birthday
                                                                                        seriously wish you the best of luck.
                                           over all sorts of media. When these             companies, 14 being in                     Jenny Heldt                                 with Jesus, so don’t combine the two
                                           corporations get their “cool” ideas,                                                       features editor
    I turned on the radio the other                                                                                                                                               celebrations.
                                           they can post them everywhere, and              the music industry.                                                                        However, there are two people
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Bridget Riehle, senior
day, and as I turned that tuning but-                                                                                                                                                                                       Josh Gardner, junior
                                           they can advertise their merchandise                                                                                                   who are lucky enough that I do let
ton, I quickly discovered that I was
                                           through their other media sources.                                                                                                     them share my birthday. Ever since
listening to a lot of the same crap on                                                     Viacom                                         Ever since I can remember, my
several radio stations.
                                               For example, AOL Time War-
                                                                                                                                      birthday has been my day.                   I can remember my mom has made            Food not good enough
                                           ner (the leading media honcho)                                                                                                         me send a birthday card to my friend      for some students
    “What is this?” I wondered.                                                                                                           I get presents, cake, friends, but
                                           could release a CD through Atlanta                                                                                                     Jeff.
    Little did I know that thousands                                                       Owns over 263 compa-                       most important I get all the atten-
                                           Group Records and advertise it on                                                                                                          We played hockey together when        Dear Editor,
of people all over the country were                                                                                                   tion. Recently, things have changed.
                                           – let’s say – HBO or any of their 27            nies, 180 of them being                                                                we were little. That’s how I found out        As the bell rings to end third
experiencing the very same thing at                                                                                                       As I get older, my presents get
                                           magazines or seven Internet sites                                                                                                      that he shared my birthday with me.       hour, students hustle to the lunch
that moment.                                                                               raido stations.                            more expensive, so I am receiving
                                           or through movies. And AOL Time                                                                                                        He is lucky that I shared my birthday     room. I don’t know how 100% of
    The explanation for this pattern                                                                                                  fewer presents in the mail from ex-
                                           Warner could switch that all around                                                                                                    with him, but he was never grateful,      the student body feels about the
in stations is the Clear Channel sys-                                                                                                 tended family members. They send
                                           to promote a particular magazine or                                                                                                    Not once did I get a card back.
tem. Clear Channel was made pos-                                                           Walt Disney Company                        me one present now instead of the                                                     subject, but personally, I think
                                           TV show … anything.                                                                                                                        I share my birthday with another
sible by the 1996 Telecommunica-                                                                                                      multiple presents I used to receive.                                                  the food in the cafeteria is down-
                                               With the “cool” provided by                                                                                                        hockey player, my boyfriend, Jon. I
tions Act, proposed by President Bill                                                                                                     But I am fine with that. It is the                                                 right pathetic.
                                           their teen guinea pigs, they create a                                                                                                  didn’t know this, but he did. I was
Clinton and passed by a Republican                                                         Owns five record lables                     quality not the quantity. However,                                                        As I walk through those gap-
                                           formula and sell and advertise it like                                                                                                 talking to him about my birthday
congress, and it controls over 1,200                                                                                                  something that really concerns me                                                     ing double doors that lead into a
                                           crazy.                                          and 30 raido stations                                                                  when he said, “We have the same
radio stations.                                                                                                                       is the increasing number of presents                                                  factory of toxic waste, my heart
                                               As wonderful as it is hear the                                                                                                     birthday, remember?”
They control more than 50 percent of                                                                                                  I am receiving in the mail that are
                                           same formatted music over and                                                                                                                                                    sinks and my stomach quivers as I
all pop music played.                                                                                                                 labeled “Happy Birthday/ Merry                  “No,” I said. “How did you know
                                           over, no one hears anything new or              News corporation                                                                       that?”                                    think about the totally unhealthy
    Corporations conduct something                                                                                                    Christmas.”
                                           original.                                                                                                                                  “Don’t you remember German            choices that await me.
called “Coolhunting.” Basically busi-                                                                                                     I am not a greedy person, I am
                                               Some have even tried to stray                                                                                                      class? We had to sing ‘happy birth-           I have eaten the same food for
nesses pay people to talk to teens and                                                                                                just concerned. My birthday is Dec.
                                           from these giants and promote for               Owns 10 TV networks                                                                    day’ to our classmates in german.” he     my four long years at DHS. I have
go through their belongings to get a                                                                                                  16, yesterday. Jesus’ birthday is Dec
                                           themselves, but usually there is not                                                                                                   said.                                     had my fair share of cold pizza,
sense of their everyday life and what                                                      and five sports teams                       25, Christmas. That is more than a
                                           much luck.                                                                                                                                 “Yes,” I said.                        congealed breadsticks and soggy,
kinds of things they’re in to.                                                                                                        week apart. What are people think-
                                               Small businesses have a very                                                                                                           “Well, last year i just remembered
    Todd Cunningham, a MTV senior                                                                                                     ing? How am I supposed to know                                                        sticky pasta. And it’s never, ever
                                           slight chance of surviving. The                                                                                                        that they sang to both of us on the
vice-president, said, “We go out and                                                       Sony                                       when to open it? On my birthday?                                                      getting better.
                                           media giants have so much power,                                                                                                       same day,” he said.
rifle through their closets.                                                                                                           On Christmas? Half and half? Some-                                                        In fact, I think it’s even gotten
                                           making competition with them                                                                                                               Birthdays are supposed to be spe-
We go through their music collec-                                                                                                     where in between?                                                                     worse. Sometimes I consider the
                                           extremely tough and if the small                                                                                                       cial days. For some reason I find it
tions. We go to nightclubs with them.                                                      Owns 18 music lables                           Even if it is a Christmas/Birthday                                                option of going hungry for the
                                           business is really successful, it will                                                                                                 considerably harder to make my day
We shut the door in their bedrooms                                                                                                    present, how come it isn’t wrapped                                                    lack of a better choice. Not to
                                           probably be bought by one of the                and 12 cable networks.                                                                 more special when I have to share
and talk to them about issues they                                                                                                    in Christmas/Birthday paper? It’s
                                           giants.                                                                                                                                all the attention with an increasing      mention, everything is a variation
feel are really important to them.”                                                                                                   always wrapped in one or the other.
                                               So basically, AOL Time Warner,                                                                                                     number of people.                         of pizza.
    The corporations get some ideas                                                                                                   Oh yeah, I know why, because they
                                           Vivendi Universal, Viacom, Walt                                                                                                            When I remembered that Jon and            Calzones, stromboli, Bosco
of what they think teens like. They                                                                                                   don’t make wrapping paper for such
                                           Disney Company, Sony and News                                                                                                          I shared the same birthday, I was an-     sticks, pizza bagels, pizza salad
then take that “cool” and sell it back                                                                                                a joke.
                                           Corporation control most of what                                                                                                       gry.                                      and pizza subs. Sometimes the
to teens and market the crap out of                                                                                                       It’s very simple. Send me a birth-
                                           American people read, see and hear                                                                                                         Now I have to share my day with       lunch ladies get creative and
it.                                                                                                                                   day present on December 16th and a
                                           – 90 percent of it in fact. Be aware                                                                                                   another person.
    Here’s where the big six corpora-                                                                                                 Christmas present on Dec. 25.                                                         throw in some tacos or nachos,
                                           of these giants and search for your                                                                                                          Not only that, but his family is
tions come in - AOL Time Warner,                                                         information from               Do people with June birthdays get                                                 but for the most part, it’s usually
                                           own music and movies.                                                                                                                  coming over to my house to eat my
Viacom, Walt Disney Company,                                                             pages/frontline/shows/cool/giants/aoltime-   birthday/Christmas presents? No,                                                      the same old garbage.
                                               Because the next time you are des-        warner.html                                                                              cake. So instead of my mom buying
Sony, News Corp and Vivendi Uni-                                                                                                      they get two. I should also get two.                                                      And what’s with the pasta on
                                           perately trying to search for some-                                                                                                    me the napkins that say, “It’s your
versal/General Electric. In the past                                                                                                      If you do decide to send me just                                                  Tuesday and Thursday? It was
                                           thing on the radio and want some-                                                                                                      day!” I had to settle for the Disney
                                                                                                                                      one present, make sure you know                                                       kind of nice at first, but now I’m
                                                                                                                                      which occasion you are sending for.         Princess’ instead.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            sick of pasta twice a week.
                                                                                                                                      Birthday presents should not have               Not only do I have to share my
                                                                                                                                                                                  Baskin Robins ice cream cake with             The amount of junk food at
                                                                                                                                      anything to do with Christmas. Not
                                                                                                                                      the paper you wrap them in and es-          him, I even have to give him a pres-      the check out line makes a person
                                                                                                                                      pecially not what’s inside.                 ent on my day.                            wonder why anyone would guess
                                                                                                                                          By far the worst birthday present             Hmm ... I wonder if Jon likes       the reason our generation is so
                                                                                                                                      I have ever received was a Christmas        Christmas ornaments.                      obese. Administration and cafe-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            teria staff stopped the sale of pop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            in the lunchroom because they
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            claimed it was a large contribut-

                                                                                                                                                                                         THE   Squall                       ing factor to overweight teens.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                But, Minute Maid Lemonade
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            and Tropicana Fruit Punch has
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            almost twice the calories of regu-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            lar Pepsi or Coke. Ritz Bitz, Twix
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            and Pop Tarts are all packed with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            calories and headed straight for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            your thighs, stomach and plump
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I know this is a lot of com-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            plaining, but maybe someone will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            read this and take and action to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            solve these problems and take
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            the initiate to ask the students on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            what they would like to eat.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                As for now, I’ll literally have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            to swallow my pride and be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            thankful I don’t have to eat my
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            way through another year of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            unhealthy, unappealing, unap-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            petizing crap.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Carley Burkett, senior
                                                                                                               the Squall                     Friday, December 17, 2004
                                                                                                                                                                                                   opinions                     10
  THE ALL SQUALL CALL                                                                                                                                                                                       THE SQUALL STAFF
 Thefts cause students, administra-
 tors to question vandals’ maturity                                                                                                                                                                         Sarah Craft

   Stolen projectors, missing money, robbed cars. It seems hard to                                                                                                                                          MANAGING EDITOR:
understand why these things are happening. With cameras through-                                                                                                                                            Michelle Svetkoff
out the parking lot and school, hall monitors and other staff mem-
bers, it seems as if someone should be able to catch those responsible.
   Advice from The Squall: lock your cars and protect your
bags and purses if they hold valuables. Thefts can happen in                                                                                                                                                EDITORS
a matter of seconds. It doesn’t take very long for someone
to snatch a small purse on a table when your back is turned.                                                                                                                                                FEATURES: Jenny Heldt
   Even though the district should increase security to try to                                                                                                                                              ENTERTAINMENT: Samantha Harris
prevent such events from happening, should they really have
to? It’s sad that people can’t trust each other. We shouldn’t                                                                                                                                               NEWS: Kyle Muse
have to lock everything up and practically chain our belong-                                                                                                                                                OPINIONS: Aaron McLean
ings to us and suspect everyone around us as a possible thief.                                                                                                                                              PHOTO: Brandon Mayotte and
   And some of the most ridiculous items have been stolen that no one                                                                                                                                       Teri Chiado
would even think a person would take. Card readers in yearbook and                                                                                                                                          SPORTS: Lee Hoggard and
newspaper and a projection unit? Some people just need to get a life.
   Thieves cause trouble for everyone else. In many cases they                                                                                                                                              Thomas Leonard
take freedoms away from those who don’t steal. Often times                                                                                                                                                  DESIGN: Mike Vickers
more rules and restrictions are implemented to stop thefts.                                                                                                                                                 COPY: Hilary McCown
   The Squall suggests that the parking lots be watched through
the use of cameras and para-professionals. Also, students as well
as staff members should keep important items locked in their                                                                                                                                                MANAGERS
lockers or cars and keep valuables near them. Although we wish
we could trust everyone, apparently we can’t and that’s just sad.                                                                                                                                           BUSINESS: Stephanie Rushlow
                                                                                                                                                                              Illustration by Jared Myers
                                                                                                                                                                                                            MORALE: Raleigh Holmes and
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Molly Brewster

   Letters To The Editor                                                                                                                                                                                    PHOTO: Christina Field and
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Kendall Goode
                                                                                                                                                                                                            CIRCULATION: Jennifer Allen and
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sara Newell
                                                   such activities. As allowed by the MDE. 2)         pulse? I have plenty of anecdotal evidence         past and refuse to bear the future, then
P.E. Proposal                                      Students would still need to fulfill the Life-
                                                   time Fitness component, but it could be done
                                                                                                      that there is a direct correlation between play-
                                                                                                      ing the game and exterminating gray cells.
                                                                                                                                                         we endanger the country as a whole.
                                                                                                                                                             As Benjamin Franklin said, “We must all
misunderstood by                                   either as currently scheduled or potentially
                                                   through testing developed by the teachers.
                                                                                                          Could it be that some of us are aware
                                                                                                      that we could easily have become hope-
                                                                                                                                                         hang together, or we will most assuredly hang
                                                                                                                                                         separately.” While it’s true that there may be
                                                                                                                                                                                                            STAFF WRITERS
many                                                  We hope everyone sees the benefit of
                                                   discussing options for students to meet
                                                                                                      lessly entangled, had Halo been available in
                                                                                                      the ‘60’s or ‘70’s, and looking back, we’d be
                                                                                                                                                         little or no immanent danger to our necks,
                                                                                                                                                         the fact still stands. Nothing would help the      David Ager,
                                                   P.E. requirements and that our proposal            thankful if someone had rescued us from the        terrorism so many people are fanatical about       TJ LaRosa,
                                                   is seriously considered. We look forward           habit, or at least placed serious limits on our    (with decent reason) than a divided America.
Dear Editor,                                                                                                                                                                                                Daniel Monson,
                                                   to working with the district to discuss and        play? Could it be that some of us recognize            As Abraham Lincoln said, “A house divided
                                                   eventually provide options for students            Halo as an addiction, which, like any addic-       against itself cannot stand.” It’s not only from   Seth Porinsky,
    Recently, my son Kirk Kumbier and I            to fulfill their P.E. requirements as is al-        tion, deprives the victim of rational judg-        without, but from within. If we can’t learn to     Jonathan Williamson
were interviewed for an article for The Squall     lowed by the MDE and is currently being            ment, as well as time for a productive life?       get over whatever happened during the elec-
about a proposal Deb Vincke and I made to          offered by several other schools in our area.          Oh well, as my wife and I say,                 tion and trust each other, then we’ll just edge
the Board of Education back in June of 2004.                                                                                                                                                                AD DESIGNER: Eric Wilkinson
                                                                                                      “At least when they’re playing Halo,               further apart. Not a good thing, overall. Just
While we appreciated this opportunity, I’m         Sincerely,                                                                                            remember: if you don’t want to be part of          CARTOONIST: Jared Myers
                                                                                                      they’re not running around with girls.”
concerned that our intentions were not made        Mary Kumbier, parent                                   Which brings up my final observation:           this country, then there’s always Canada.
clear in what was supposed to be an informa-                                                          Oddly, there is virtually an entire subspecies                                                        ADVISER:
tive article. I would like to explain the pro-                                                        of the human race who seem to be immune            Sincerely,
posal further in hopes of helping students,                                                                                                              Greg Smith, junior                                 Rod Satterthwaite
                                                                                                      to the allure. Although there are females who
staff and the administration understand it.
    First, it’s important to understand            ‘Halo 2’ review didn’t                             dabble in it, for the most part it’s as if they
                                                                                                      had been inoculated against it. Perhaps it’s                                                          POLICY:
that Mrs. Vincke and I agree with P.E.
teacher Angie Scott on the importance              address the big picture                            time to wake up and take warning, young            Squall fails to                                    The Squall is distributed monthly
                                                                                                      men: If women haven’t taken over the world
of physical education. We value physi-
cal activity and believe in health educa-
                                                                                                      yet, your succumbing to this Halo thing
                                                                                                      might just be the final step in their conquest.
                                                                                                                                                         convey student voice                               to 1,083 students and reaches
                                                                                                                                                                                                            an estimated 4,332 people with
tion for students throughout their careers.        Dear Editor,
                                                                                                          So, for the female group, Halo just might                                                         each issue. The Squall is printed
    We also agree with counselor Larry LeB-                                                           turn out to be “a gift from God,” as Mr. Ager
lanc and support maintaining physical edu-             In the video game review (“Halo: a gift from                                                      Dear Editor,                                       by The Owosso Argus in Owosso,
                                                                                                      calls it and not just a rival for their boy-                                                          MI, and produced by the third
cation in the curriculum. By their remarks it      God,” in the Octobuary issue of The Squall),
                                                                                                      friends’ time. Say ... could it be that Halo           When I was reading the last Squall, I
appears both Scott and LeBlanc did not un-         the esteemed Dave Ager spends most of the                                                                                                                hour newspaper class.
                                                                                                      was actually invented by a group of girls with     was furious and pissed off about how ri-
derstand that important fact during their in-      column praising the cosmetics of the game.
                                                                                                      the express goal of miring the male segment        diculous our school is. Sarah Craft’s ar-
terview. In addition, it appears they did not      Unfortunately the article does not address
                                                                                                      of the race in a position of mindlessness
have access to the proposal we presented to        the numerous sociological issues involved.
                                                                                                      from which they can easily be dominated?
                                                                                                                                                         ticle on “Too many penises” really annoyed         TALK BACK:
the school board and provided to The Squall.           I am no PS2 aficionado, nor a huge noob,                                                           me. Why would you waste a whole sec-               The Squall is an open forum for
                                                                                                          Dear editor, I mean no disrespect to           tion of the newspaper about something
    Our proposal was made based on the             simply a member of a subset of the hu-                                                                                                                   student expression. It accepts
                                                                                                      Mr. Ager and his loser friend Tiger (who-          as benign as a little penis on the wall. Oh
Michigan Department of Education’s rec-            man race called “parents.” And I write be-
                                                   cause I am less than excited about the Box
                                                                                                      ever he may be), but I think the topic calls       my goodness, seriously, is that a big deal?        letters to the editor from any and
ommendations which allow “a school                                                                    for a response. I also invite your staff to in-
district to provide physical education             called “X” and am struggling to protect my                                                                But what really sent me over the               all concerned parties. The Squall
                                                                                                      terview me on my one-man campaign to               edge was how she stated, “I was actu-              reserves the right to screen and/or
credit to a student for participation in ex-       family from too deep an infestation. Of-
                                                                                                      promote telephone etiquette among high             ally a little offended when I saw it.” Are
tracurricular athletics or other extracur-         ten I feel helpless to do much more than
                                                                                                      school students and others. But that might                                                            edit any and all letters for inap-
ricular activities (such as marching band).”       walk through the room shaking my head                                                                 you kidding me? Get a grip and lighten
                                                                                                      be too hot a topic for your publication.           up. It was a stupid drawing of a penis.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            propriate content and length. All
It’s of note that “This decision is left to        and muttering, “Mindless video games.”
                                                                                                                                                             Also, the “Kids in the Hall” question in       letters must be signed. Requests
the discretion of the local school district.”          But why would someone have such a neg-
    Mrs. Vincke and I firmly believe that           ative reaction to such a harmless pastime?
                                                                                                      Sincerely,                                         the last issue was preposterous. I can under-      to remain anonymous will be con-
                                                                                                      Mark Porinski, parent                              stand kids getting out of gym class because        sidered by the editorial board.
high school is the time to explore opportu-            Could it be the thought of large chunks
nities through electives. While we recog-          of young lives spent on a pursuit which                                                               they’re in a varsity sport, but band? Are you

                                                                                                      After election, unity
nize and appreciate all the opportunities          has very limited potential to advance those                                                           serious? Are the two even related? If you
that our district provides to students, it is      who indulge in it? Oh, admittedly, Halo                                                               say marching is enough exercise in the day,        ADVERTISING:
                                                                                                                                                         no wonder our society is so gosh darn fat.         Requests for advertisements
important to note that many are quite lim-
ited in taking advantage of such opportu-
                                                   had made the world much safer from alien
                                                   invasion than it was a few years ago-as-           needed in U.S.                                         If all band nerds think that marching
                                                                                                                                                         is so much work, maybe they should be in
                                                                                                                                                                                                            can be called into the Business
nities because of the six hour schedule and        suming the aliens function like those in                                                                                                                 Manager at 424-4240 x7407. Ads
current graduation requirements. Whether           the game and that the appropriate weap-                                                               an actual varsity sport. I bet varsity foot-
                                                                                                                                                         ball is a lot more painstaking and grueling        must be called in at least two
any change affects one or 1000 students,           ons are available when and where needed.           Dear Editor,
                                                       Could it be that some of us count the                                                             than marching band. Band is definitely not          weeks prior to the issue’s publica-
the curriculum should provide options.
    Our goal in presenting the proposal was        hours devoted to this pursuit, and calculate           Walking around the school after elec-          a sport, nor is it an excuse to not take gym.      tion, which is at the end of each
to open the door for the School Board, Cur-        that if a young man devoted even half those        tion day, I noticed both a lot of sorrow               I have been very disappointed in The           month.
riculum Committee, P.E. teachers and a             hours to other goals, he could easily learn        and a lot of rejoicing about the outcome,          Squall lately. The Squall is a student newspa-
parent group to explore options for stu-           a foreign language, learn to play a musical        and that’s all great. But one thing I no-          per and should be directed towards the stu-
dents to meet the current requirements as          instrument, develop a hidden talent, earn          ticed is that many people took this as an          dents. Very few times do I actually give a hoot    E-MAIL
                                                                                                                                                         about anything in The Squall, and it’s not just
many other schools in our area have done           some money, read good books or even devote         opportunity to either flaunt their victory
                                                                                                                                                         me. The Squall is what very little voice we stu-
and as is allowed by the State of Michigan.        a commendable amount of time to school-            or whine bitterly about their loss. And so,
    We do not see this proposal as a way to        work (what a novel idea)-or all of the above?      I would like to point out one thing that           dents have in this school. The Squall needs
avoid P.E. We welcome opportunities for op-            Could it be that some of us are convinced      both candidates made very clear, to me at          to stand up for the rights of the students in      WEB SITE
tions to meet those requirements and view          that too much of this activity (or rather in-      least: We, as a country, must remain unified.       the battle against the faculty and conformity.
the proposal as a way for two things to hap-       activity) can turn the human brain into a              We can’t let who we supported, vot-                                                     
pen: 1) Students who are already participat-       jelly-like substance that is no longer capable     ed for or thought looked better tear us            Sincerely,
ing in physical activities could earn credit for   of conducting brain waves with electrical im-      apart. If we separate ourselves over the           Sarah Simmons, senior

Dreads in the hall
 Given the recent spate of vandalism, do you trust the students in the school?

T.J. Fenske, freshman                         Courtney Layton, sopho-                                                                                             Alex LaForest, senior                       Robin Brewer, custodian
“I donʼt trust anyone at all. Not
                                              more                                                                                                                “Kids arenʼt very trustworthy,              “Yes, but you canʼt trust every-
even my friends.”                             “No, no one at all. Trust is some-                                                                                  especially in a school as big as            one. Kids these days donʼt have
                                              thing I donʼt have.”                          Rob Zalucki, junior                                                   this one is.”                               much respect. Itʼs hard to keep
                                                                                                                                                                                                              an eye on all of them.”
                                                                                            “Yes, for the most part, but some people donʼt
                                                                                            deserve it.”
Students take interest
                                                                         Friday, December 17, 2004               the Squall                                                                                  sports                 11
                                                                                              Women’s Varsity                  Women’s basketball bounces to
in college hockey due                                                                           Basketball

                                                                                                                               a third straight District victory

to NHL lockout
Dexter students find the best part
of UM games; the rowdy crowd
                                                                                            Pinckney                  L
Thomas Leonard
co-sports editor
                                                                                            Willow Run                W
                                                                                            Albion                    W
    If there’s one guy who knows Uni-                                                       Huron                     L
versity of Michigan hockey, it’s senior
Korey Waggoner. Players crashing                                                            Milan                     W
the boards with brutal checks and                                                           Bedford                   W
scoring the winning goal in overtime                                                        Jackson                   W
in front of a sold-out arena, the roar-
ing crowd heaping insults on an op-                                                         Adrian                    L
posing player who dutifully trots to                                                        Saline                    L
the box. Waggoner’s seen it all.                                                            Ida                       L
    He’s seen it for years too. “I went
when I was five months old,” Wag-                                                            Lincoln                   W
goner said. “That was my first game.                                                         Pioneer                   L
We won 4-3. I don’t remember it. I                                                          Tecumseh                  L
was told later.”
    Throwing around phrases like,                                                           Bedford                   W
“Yeah, Coach (UM hockey coach Red                                                           Chelsea                   W
Berenson) came over to my house the                                                         Adrian                    L
other day,” and “My dad canoes with
(Berenson) over the summers,” Wag-                                                          Lincoln                   W
goner could easily be confused with a                                                       Saline                    L                                                                                                            Photo by Mark Jennings
team manager or coach’s relative.                                                           Tecumseh                  L        “We a family”: The women’s basketball team holds hands before their game. According to junior Jenny Cowen, the
    Clad in a snug leather varsity jack-   Tearing up the ice: Brandon Kale-
et sporting the block M icon instead                                                        Chelsea                   W        team will find it harder to feel like a family next year without so many seniors.
                                           niecki draws crowds with his local
of Dexter’s D, Waggoner also tells         ties, graduating from Livonia                                                       Raleigh Holmes
tales of UM Hockey players.                                                                                                                                              down to the wire, but we pulled it        were moved up for our district games,
                                                                                                     Districts                 morale manager
                                                                                                                                                                         out with a 47-45 win. In the second       so they are somewhat experienced as
    Referring to UM grad Andy              fans” but admits that the crowd has
Burnes and UM sophomore T.J.                                                                                                       In the fourth quarter Dexter was      game, though, we were ready for           to what it’s going to be like to play at
                                           something to do with it. Proudly,
                                                                                            Bye                      --        up 42-41 with 4.2 seconds left in         them, and we knew we could beat           a varsity level,” she said.
Hensick as “Burnsey” and “T.J.” re-        Waggoner said “USA Hockey Maga-                                                     the women’s basketball district final      them.                                        Freshman Kelsey Johnson was
spectively, Waggoner speaks about          zine said (Yost) was the hardest place           Erie Mason               W         game against Ida. Dexter stepped             “The team really played up to          one of the JV players who got moved
the UM hockey community as a fam-          to play in the US”
ily. He takes the place of a younger           Junior Jon Carender, a Dexter
                                                                                            Ida                      W         out of bounds. Ida got the ball.          their potential; I thought we did real-   up for Districts and Regionals. “It
                                                                                                                                   It went up, nothing but rim and       ly well during the season. The teams      was fun to be a part of the team,”
brother. “(John) Madden (who plays         hockey player heard the same rank-                                                  Dexter won the district champion-         that we played helped us prepare for      Johnson said. “We got to practice
for the New Jersey Devils) gave me         ing, the crowd didn’t attract him. It’s                  Regionals                  ship title for the third year in a row.   districts.”                               with them which really improved my
the jacket,” Waggoner said. “It took       kept him going for eight years. “The                                                    According to junior Jenny Cowen          The team’s motto this year was         playing. We got to see was it was like
me a few years to get it, but I really     best part is the crowd,” he said. “It’s                                             the team’s 11-12 record doesn’t show      “We a Family” representing how            to play on a varsity level.”
wanted it.”                                definitely a rowdy place.”                        Detroit Ren.               L       its ability. Cowen said that the team’s   close they are. But Cowen said with          Being part of the team’s district
    Waggoner’s intensity doesn’t typ-          The crowd also gives UM hockey a                                                goals this year were to beat Chelsea      the seniors leaving it will be hard to    championship meant a lot to John-
ify most hockey fans, yet he says that     plus, junior Keith Bado said, but it’s                                              twice and win districts, which it did.    have that same family feeling. “They      son. “It was so much fun to be on the
he is seeing a growing attendance at       the fast action and the atmosphere                                                      Not only was it the first time Dex-    will definitely be missed, but we are      team for that, even though I didn’t
UM Games.                                                                                                                      ter beat Chelsea twice in one year        trying to stay optimistic for next        get to play it was still really exciting,”
                                           that he said reeled him in. “There’s
                                                                                                                               since 1998, but it was also the first      year,” Cowen said.                        she said.
    Seating 6,603 people, Yost Ice         no commercial breaks,” he said, a                                                   time they beat Chelsea in the new            According to Cowen, next years            Cowen can’t wait for next year.
Arena is not big by college standards,     testament to lack of TV intrusion in                                                gym.                                      line up looks pretty good; they have      “I’m really excited for my senior year
but it draws sell-out crowds most          a college-town atmosphere.                                                              “The first game against Chelsea        eight returning players and three re-     on the team,” she said. “I want to go
games. “Here’s the two reasons why,”           Bado has only attended a few                                                    was tough,” Cowen said. “It came          turning starters. “A lot of JV players    for a four peat at Districts.”
Waggoner said, explaining his theo-        games this year, but could rattle off a
ries for crowd growth. “There’s no         handful of Dexter students he’s seen
other hockey going on and the local        at Yost.
players.”                                      More than Dexter students are
    Waggoner knows the Red Wings           attracted to Michigan games. Wag-                                     “Winning Districts was                                  “ We had a great season, I                               “Our season went
fan base won’t wither during the           goner contributed the Ann Arbor Ice                                   big because not very                                    was really happy that we                                 really well, especial-
current lockout, but said, “The real       Cube’s US under-18 team to feeding                                    many people thought we                                  could finish my senior                                    ly beating bedford
hockey fans really need to find other       a steady flow of local players into                                    could do it.”                                           year the way we did.”                                    and Chelsea twice.”
games.”                                    UM’s program and raising aware-
    Waggoner is not the only one who                                                                             Chantel Jennings
                                           ness for hockey around the area. The                                                                                          Kristin Burrows                                          Julia Keinath
loves Michigan hockey. Senior Ma-                                                                                sophomore
                                           program boards 37 players at local                                                                                            senior                                                   junior
rissa Wojcinski shared Waggoner’s          homes and high schools.
sentiments. “You gotta support your            “It used to be 15 out of 25 came

                                                                                      What is wrong with athletes these days?
hometown team,” she said. Con-             out of Canada,” Waggoner said. “Now
tinuing, she said she has attended “a      there’s nine out of the US under-18
bunch of NHL games,” but recently          program on the team. Werner is from
became more interested in UM.              K-zoo, Burnesey is from Farmington                                                  Jermaine O’Neil’s body guards in the    The lasting image of the fight was           biggest high school brawl he had ever
    “I like how these guys aren’t high-    Hills or something like that.”                                                      head. Who throws a chair? I mean a South Carolina player running from               heard of happened at the state bas-
paid icons. They’re just people you            Bado testifies to the Yost crowd’s                                               people do a lot of dumb things, but the 50 yard line to the Clemson end
could see on the street.”                                                                                                                                                                                          ketball championships. It happened
                                           power and UM hockey’s tradition.                                                    who is about to throw a chair?       zone and getting laid out by about five         the same year former Michigan star
    Waggoner calls the recent influx of     “It’s always been a tradition,” he said.                                               In the end, Ron Artest was sus- Clemson football players. The next
                                                                                      Lee Hoggard                                                                                                                  LaVell Blanchard was a senior at
UM hockey supporters “fair-weather         “I don’t think it should change.”                                                   pended for the rest of the season. day both schools announced that                  Pioneer. Robinson said even though
                                                                                      co-sports editor

                                                                                                                               Jermaine O’Neil                                      neither school would           he did not attend the game he heard
                                                                                                                               and       Stephen                                    attend bowl games,             that it was a pretty bad incident with
                                                                                         About a week ago when I returned      Jackson are sus-                                     even though they are
                                                                                      home from my Friday night adven-                                                                                             kids running onto the court and get-
                                                                                                                               pended for a total                                   both bowl eligible.
                                                                                      tures, I turned on the TV to see Jer-    of 55 games. The         It is good that                All of these brawls
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ting involved in the fighting.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       But over all throughout the years
                                                                                      maine O’Neil of the Indiana Pacers
                                                                                      get a running start and drop a Pis-
                                                                                                                               pistons Ben Wal-
                                                                                                                               lace is out for six
                                                                                                                                                        Dexter can be               got me thinking,
                                                                                                                                                                                    “has anything like
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Dexter has received much praise for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   its good sportsmanship. During the
                                                                                      tons fan who was running across the
                                                                                                                               games, and the           known for win- this happened at the                        ‘03-‘04 school year Dexter received a
                                                                                                                               Pacers season as                                     high school level?”
                                                                                                                                                        ning and not                                               letter from the MHSAA commending

                                                                                           It took a while before I realized   they know it is                                      In 2002 at a varsity
                                                                                      how big this fight really was. Fans                                                                                           the sports program for receiving no
                                                                                      throwing beer at players, players
                                                                                                                               virtually over.
                                                                                                                                  Then if that
                                                                                                                                                        brawling.                   soccer game against
                                                                                                                                                                                    Tecumseh a fight
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   official reports of concern, ejections,
                                                                                      beating up the fans. It was crazy.                                                                                           or poor sportsmanship during the
                                                                                                                               wasn’t enough for                                    broke out between              past school year.
                                                                                         The brawl was finally broken up        the weekend, in                                      both benches. How-
                                                                                      and as the players were escorted off                                                                                             This shows how far Dexter’s
                                                                                                                               a rivalry football                                   ever, that never really        sports program has come, It is good
                                                                                      the court by body guards, all of Amer-   game between South Carolina and turned into a huge incident.
                                                                                      ica saw a chair thrown across the Pal-                                                                                       that Dexter can be known for win-
                                                                                                                               Clemson a fight broke out on the last    After talking to the Athletic Direc-        ning and not brawling.
                                                                                      ace of Auburn Hills that struck one of   play of the game.                    tor John Robinson I learned that the
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            NHS blood drive succeeds despite ending two hours early
           Sarah Craft                               than the sheets he was lying on.
           editor-in-chief                               “I’m feeling fine, but I think I’m
                                                     going to lie down again,” he said.
               “Ok. Everyone’s doing good. Ev-           Stewart wasn’t the only one to
           eryone’s alive,” senior Danny Farra       pass out after giving blood. After se-
           said right after senior Ryan Stewart      nior Whitney Holmes donated a pint
           passed out after giving blood at the      of her blood, she said she was feeling
           National Honors Society blood drive       fine so she quickly returned to class.
           on December 7.                                However, as Holmes sat in her
               “I thought he was faking it,”         Calculus class, she began to feel
           Farra said. “It was a pretty average      faint.
           method of passing out because he              “I stopped being able to pay at-
           started groaning and leaning over. I      tention to the notes,” she said. “I
           was like, ‘Dude, quit faking it.’ Then    thought that was normal though, be-
           he sort of collapsed.”                    cause sometimes it’s a little hard to
                “Dude, he was shaking on the         pay attention all the time.”
            ground,” senior Ryan Bruder said.            But then Holmes’ stomach started
                “Yeah, I know,” Farra said. “He      to hurt, and her vision began to blur.
            was having like a seizure or some-           “Apparently my eyes rolled back
            thing.”                                  and some kids caught me as I fell,”
                After senior Tate Stark rang the     she said.
            bell when Stewart collapsed, four           In fact, so many students were
            nurses ran towards Stewart and im-       feeling so ill after donating blood,
            mediately began to resesitate him.       the blood drive had to end two hours
                “I didn’t even know what hap-        early.
            pened to me,” Stewart said after he         According to blood drive chairper-
            recovered. “I just woke up on the        son senior Emily Prusakiewicz, too
            floor and was like, ‘Whoa, what’s         many students were passing out and
            going on?’”                              one was sent to the hospital because
                After the nurses transported         of a neck and head injury.
            Stewart to a bed and forced him to          Even though problems did occur
             drink one-and-a-half cups of or-        during the blood drive, Prusakiewicz
             ange juice and a half cup of water,     said there were 60 students who at-
             Stewart said he was feeling a little    tempted to donate blood at this year’s
             better.                                 blood drive, compared to last year’s
                       However, his black shirt      63. She also said she was happy with
                            and pants made his       the turn out.
                                   skin       look      “It shows that people do want to
                                             paler   donate blood,” she said. “There were
                                                     a lot of problems, but it’s for a good
                                                              cause, and that’s what really                                                                                                         Photo by Sarah Craft
                                                                                              At the bloodmobile: Seniors Casey Flowers and
                                                                                              Kyle Schebor work the blood drive. The
                                                                                              blood drive had to end early due
                                                                                              to many people passing

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                                                                                                                                                                                   thing: Senior Tara King
                                                                                                                                                                            had to drink more water be-
   to b
       y: B                                                                                                                                                            cause her veins were too small.
                                                                                                                                                            Comforting a student:
                                                                                                                                                        NHS member senior Josh Cebula talks to senior Lys-
                                                                                                                                                       sa Burke to calm the pain from giving blood. Accord-
                                                                                                                                                      ing to Burke, it felt great doing something for someone
                                                                                                                                                     else, but it hurt a bit afterward.

                                                                                                                                                                                                   Photo by: Sarah Craft

             Looking sexy: Senior Andrew Larmee was one of 60 students who gave or attempted to give blood during this year’s blood drive. The beds used for the students to crash on
             were donated by the Red Cross.

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