“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
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
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
“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,”
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.”
Theives hit it
the Squall Friday, December 17, 2004
big at school
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
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 turnitin.com.” simple. “If I catch students cheating, always lock my ﬁle cabinets.” it’s not. This relatively unknown trea-
had not taken the projector. Turnitin.com 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 turnitin.com, 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
pride in its
Friday, December 17, 2004 the Squall features 3
JD in NYC
While most students spent their Thanksgiving break eating
turkey, members of the drama club toured New York City
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
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
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
what was go-
ally big problem ... she said. “Run-
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,
healthscreening.org 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 massconcerts.com
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: massconcerts.com
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
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
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 www.music4u.ru/u2-wall.htm
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
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,
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George Winston - Sym-
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Monday, Dec. 27
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Barenaked Ladies - Ma- Fox Theater
sonic Temple Theatre Information from pullstar.com
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
couldn’t tell me that I wasn’t al-
morale manager lowed to do it because it was part of
“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
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.
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
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 Veganoutreach.com
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
gratitude to others for support
Dear Editor, Seth Porinsky
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-
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-
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-
Running into the theater to see Bungie.net. 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
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 www.pbs.org/wgbh/ 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-
Carley Burkett, senior
the Squall Friday, December 17, 2004
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
Letters To The Editor PHOTO: Christina Field and
CIRCULATION: Jennifer Allen and
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
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- www.thesquall.com
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
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
Willow Run 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
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
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
12 photostory the Squall Friday, December 17, 2004
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
thing: Senior Tara King
had to drink more water be-
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.