The Pioneer Press The Student News Site of Dearborn High School Tue, 14 Dec 2021 16:41:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Bathroom Blues Tue, 14 Dec 2021 16:25:07 +0000 The bathroom situation this school year at Dearborn High is a mess. Policies aim to limit lost class time, hallway traffic, and drug/nicotine use; students, meanwhile, still need to use the bathroom. Some teachers are strict, while others are very loose. Recently, all of the bathrooms have been locked during the lunch hour, save the bathroom right outside the cafeteria (D-hall) and sometimes another bathroom in B-hall, which has annoyed the student body. Additionally, bathrooms are often locked without warning or reason, which leads students to believe they are being punished, especially when teachers are equally in the dark about the situation. However, according to Principal Jebril, she doesn’t “believe in collective punishment” and bathrooms are only locked due to a shortage of security guards or for maintenance issues, so this seems like a case of miscommunication. Our administration should consider modifying the bathroom policy to help both students and staff, and should be more open about their intentions.

Instituting bathroom restrictions during lunchtime creates a choke point of sorts, where students can’t really use the bathroom at all during the fourth hour. The only people that can reasonably use the bathroom during that time are students at lunch, and even then, it’s only the students that are willing to wait in line. There would therefore be a larger volume of students trying to go during fifth hour classes. Shifting a large amount of bathroom use off of one class period puts it in another class period, which is especially troubling when many teachers only let one student out at a time or none at all during lectures. The other bathrooms should remain open during the lunch hour to eliminate this effect.

Another effect of locking bathrooms is the increased impact of any one bathroom’s failure. When a bathroom at DHS has a maintenance issue, it is locked until the issue is resolved. When combined with the lunchtime locking, the bathrooms become very vulnerable to problems. Just the other day, I went to use the bathroom during the fourth hour, but the boys’ bathroom by the cafeteria (which is supposed to remain open) was locked. If this was due to an issue that needed to be fixed, having other bathrooms open during that time would make a lot more sense. If nothing else, the other bathrooms should at least remain open when the D-hall bathroom is having problems.

Staff should also communicate with students so there are no misunderstandings about the bathrooms. When bathrooms are locked, students tend to think it is as a punishment for something, because we are so used to having the bathrooms treated as a privilege to be given and taken. According to Principal Jebril, however, bathrooms are not locked as collective punishment; they are only locked due to shortage of staff, for maintenance, or at regular times (like the lunchroom policy). The locking that seems random or punitive is likely due to the former two factors. This could be easily telegraphed with some kind of sign or announcement (“out of order”, “short-staffed”) instead of just locking the bathrooms and moving on. Communication goes a long way to show students that administrators don’t see their needs as trivial.

A better system to control traffic and student behavior would be to close bathrooms during passing time and keep them open and easy to use during class time. While this may seem strange, since it is the opposite of what is currently encouraged, it would make it a lot easier for all parties. If we can only use the bathroom during passing time, that is a lot of students all trying to use the bathroom within the same seven minutes, which makes it more difficult for students to use the bathroom and for staff to keep them controlled. If we could instead only use the bathroom during class periods, that opens up more time to use the bathroom, so there would be far fewer students in the halls at a given time than during passing periods. The low volume of students should make it easier for security or other staff members to police them. A possible issue with this strategy is that it takes time away from class, particularly when students purposefully take as long as possible. Since using the bathroom is not typically a very long activity, this problem could be mitigated by marking students tardy or absent after a generous period of time, around ten or fifteen minutes.

As many bathrooms should stay open as possible to avoid problems with maintenance and keep traffic flowing smoothly, and it should be encouraged during class time for the same reasons. Using the bathroom is an unavoidable part of daily life, so it should be made a lot easier. Bathrooms are not the enemy.

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Positive Impacts For DPS High Schools Through The Implementation Of Open Campuses Tue, 14 Dec 2021 00:46:02 +0000

An ongoing controversial topic that has constantly affected both staff and students at DHS this school year would be the fact that our high school is a closed campus that has been established by the district, Dearborn Public Schools. This essentially means that students are not permitted to leave the building for any matter, excluding empty class hours or parental requests. However, the possibility of becoming an open campus has definitely been a thought floating in many brains, mainly students. If the district were to establish an open campus for each of the three high schools, it would allow for a higher budget being implemented towards educational resources and would also force students to have a stronger sense of responsibility.

Implementing an open campus all through the three high schools would provide an opportunity to create a larger budget regarding educational purposes and resources. With only the 2021-2022 school year, Dearborn Public Schools had set an $11,399,478 budget in regards to food service as shown in the 2021-22 Budget Resolution Board Meeting. Having an open campus during lunch hours would allow for students to obtain lunch from other locations, which would allow for a lower budget in the food department. Lowering the budget in regards to food service would allow the board to implement a higher budget in other areas where deemed necessary, as stated by Executive Director of Business Services and Operations Thomas Wall. The additional funds being added to the budget could go towards academic supplies, athletics, salaries, or any other educational factor that has been disregarded or hasn’t been completely focused on in the eyes of the district.

An open campus policy would also create a stronger sense of responsibility for the students. According to a survey done by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, only 55% of high school students from the United States feel comfortable entering the ‘real world.’ Although that would apply to more than half of the students, every student should feel confident with leaving high school and moving on to the next chapter of their lives. School should prepare students for adult responsibilities that can come out of being a student at an open-campus school. By implementing an open-campus environment in DPS High Schools, these said schools are forcing students to perfect their time management skills. Students still need to be on time and in class in order to receive all class credits, which would give the students practice on time management skills.

Some would argue that the reason this policy could not be established is due to the responsibility the schools have on students who are minors. Regardless of it being lunchtime, if minors are outside of the school building during school time, they are still under the school’s authority. However, exceptions are made for students who take any classes at the Michael Berry Career Center or dual-enrollment classes at a nearby college. A large number of students who take these classes are both juniors and seniors. Many students have time gaps in between the transition of high school classes and classes in other buildings. High schools are aware of this interlude given to students and are remaining to give it to students, without the specific details of where students are during that time. This would be the same case, if not better, as high schools’ administration would know where specific students are at what time. Students who have classes in different buildings not only have shown that they’re responsible enough to be out of the school building during school hours, but also that they are able to do so safely. Changing the current campus policy would only impact juniors and seniors and would also abide by regulations that are already set in place and maintained.

Moving forward, it’s important to keep in mind both the wants and the safety of students if the district does truly stand behind the motto of “students first.” An open campus policy at the three high schools would allow for the continuation of both these things, along with more. The school board should consider carrying out these practices when they’re presented at meetings and discussions in order to achieve positive outcomes for the students, staff, and the school community.

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The One Win Season: How Much Of The Failure Falls On Dan Campbell? Sat, 11 Dec 2021 03:57:06 +0000 After passing the halfway mark of the season with a record of 1-10-1 (as of Dec. 6), there is some concern that first-year head coach Dan Campbell and first-year General Manager Brad Holmes are not the answer to the Lions’ deep-rooted failures as an organization. Fans are becoming extremely worried as Campbell and Holmes were expected to be the front office duo that would change the culture of the team. Meanwhile, the one win as a result of 12 games played this season has provided a logical reason for many Lions fans to give up on the new coaching staff altogether.

It is no secret to any Michigan native that the Lions have been nothing more than a disappointment for as long as generations of fans can remember. Since the Super Bowl era starting in 1966, the Lions have not won one Super Bowl. In fact, they haven’t even made it to that point. Through the 55 seasons that the Lions have played in the Super Bowl era, they have only made it to the playoff stage 12 times, even worse, only three times since 2000. Out of those 12 playoff appearances, they have only won one game, making their Super Bowl era playoff record an embarrassing 1-12. The Lions have the second-longest playoff win drought in the league, lasting 29 years when they were led by Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders.

Especially for older fans that have memories of getting their hopes up every year, Campbell and Holmes seem like every other coaching staff that has crushed the dreams of many fans. To the experienced fans, it seems like the usual cycle: fire your existing failing coaching staff, get a new set of staff, see the media hype them up, watch the team struggle, and repeat. Why does this seem to happen non-stop? The questions are tough but they need to be answered. Has Campbell improved the team in any significant way? What does he need to do to keep his job? What happens if they find a way to win some games?

When asked if Campbell has improved the team in any significant way, Lions fans who pay attention to the team should notice one thing. The NFL Draft is one area that Campbell and Holmes have had evident success in. It is extremely rare to see so many players contributing in just their first season in the NFL, and there is nobody to credit this to other than Campbell and Holmes.

Despite getting off to a tough start, the seventh overall pick and Dan Campbell’s first-ever draft selection, Penei Sewell, has been making his name known as a future star at the tackle position. Pro Football Focus, one of the most credible NFL analytics sites, has Sewell as a top 15 rookie in this draft class from their analysis of the games played so far. On November 14, 2021, Sewell let the country know of his talents after he pitched a shutout game against Steelers edge rusher T.J. Watt, one of the best players at his position. This means Sewell allowed no sacks, no QB hits, not even a hurry. With a talent as special as Sewell at the tackle position, Lions fans should be excited to see their quarterback have lots of time to get the ball down the field in the future.

On top of this, mid-round players drafted by Holmes and Campbell have been able to carve out vital roles throughout the season. Levi Onwuzurike, the Lions’ second-round draft pick, and Alim McNeill, the Lions’ third-round draft pick have been present on the field more often than expected. Onwuzurike has been in for 33 percent of defensive snaps while McNeill has played on 38 percent of defensive snaps so far this season. For playing a position on the defensive line where players are swapped out routinely, 33 and 38 percent suggests that the pair of players have played a viable part on the defense. Even fourth-round pick Amon-Ra St. Brown has been able to put up 438 receiving yards through nine games, this is incredible considering fourth-round picks are hardly supposed to see the field in their first season. St. Brown most recently recorded a last-second touchdown against the Vikings to give the Lions their first win. Special moments like that go a long way towards the confidence of rookies for the future. Altogether, Campbell and Holmes had a really solid draft from top to bottom. Lions fans should look forward to how the pair approaches future drafts and how new players will change the team.

Especially looking at the players brought in through the draft, fans should not jump to conclusions on Campbell and Holmes’ ability to bring in good players. After all, the team is still reeling from the Matt Patricia coaching era that lasted from 2018-2020. Together, former Lions coach Matt Patricia and former Lions general manager Bob Quinn lead the team to a record of 13-29-1 over the two and a half seasons they worked together.

The problem with the Matt Patricia era was not only that he was a flat-out bad coach, but he also did not appeal to the emotions of the players. Many players including three-time pro-bowl cornerback Darius Slay, on the Lions for seven years before being traded to the Eagles in 2020, spoke out about Patricia’s disregard for the respect and feelings of the players. According to Micheal Rothstein of ESPN, Slay recites an incident during training camp in 2018, Patricia’s first season, in which Patricia disrespected a social media post of his, using a vulgar term that upset Slay. “I’m like, ‘Hold up.’ Where I’m from, that don’t fly. Cause I wouldn’t say that to him,” Slay said. “If he wasn’t coaching me, I don’t want to hear too much on what you got to say. So if you’re not trying to help me build my game up to help me become a better player for this team, I don’t want to hear it.”

Slay’s comments about having a coach like Patricia that doesn’t appeal to players’ emotions display the limitations of a football team as a result. When a coaches’ behavior disgusts players to where they don’t want to talk to them outside of football, that is a problem. A coach can possess an advanced football mind, but in the end, if the team’s most important players are not invested in playing their hearts out for the team, it becomes extremely difficult to find any type of success in the competitive NFL. Patricia’s disaster of a team as a result of his negativity towards the players should highlight the upside of Dan Campbell’s coaching style and how it will change the culture of the Lions.

There have been numerous examples of Campbell’s charismatic nature and the fans seem to love it. Also, one could argue that Campbell is starting to make a positive impact on the whole organization. The urge to fight no matter how bad the score gets not only provides the chance for the Lions to come away with some unimaginable wins, but it also provides hope that this fight can take this team to new heights with a better roster. One early example of the Lions’ grit and grind mentality was displayed during the first game of Dan Campbell’s coaching in Detroit against the 49ers. After being down 38-10 in the third quarter, the Lions kept fighting and brought the final score to a more appealing 41-33. They even possessed the ball near the end, almost tying the game and making a 28 point comeback. The fight and soul of this football team was evident during the comeback and it seems to be very encouraging.

Despite these uplifting signs, we cannot ignore the blowout losses and the awful record on the season. So what does Campbell need to make happen in order to keep his job for next season? With the habit of losing for decades, when a Detroit Lions coach doesn’t cause any sort of noticeable improvement, more pressure starts falling on that regime compared to teams that have experience with winning. The Steelers, who are tied for the most Super Bowl wins with six of them, have only had three coaches since 1969. Meanwhile, the Lions have had three coaches since just 2017. This suggests a problem with the mindset of the Lions organization. Coaches need more time to build their vision of the team. At this point what do we have to lose as fans? Rod Marinelli coached for three years until 2008. Jim Schwartz coached for five years until 2013. Jim Caldwell coached for four years until 2017. Patricia coached for three years until 2020.

Do we want to continue this streak of firing coaches after inheriting a new team for a few years? This tactic is obviously not working, so why should we keep trying our luck? Many Detroit fans feel the same in their regret of firing Jim Caldwell, the coach of the Lions from 2014 to 2017. Caldwell had an overall record of 36-28 during those four years. The problem was that Caldwell never put together a great season, the Lions always seemed to just miss the playoffs besides his first year where the team went 11-5. But why is there a rush to fire a coach when they aren’t doing incredible? Caldwell had a winning record during his tenure as head coach, the Lions made the mistake of not riding his success into the future. Instead, the organization fired the one beacon of hope and settled for a string of failing coaches.

Maybe keeping coaches for a longer tenure should start with Campbell. Many coaches have struggled their first season. For some, not as much as Campbell, but they have gone from virtually nothing to leading their team to new heights. For example, Kyle Shanahan, 49ers head coach, went from having a 10-22 record during his first two seasons to leading his team to the Super Bowl in his third year. Current head coach of the Buffalo Bills, Sean McDermott, went 15-17 in his first two seasons compared to 23-9 in his next two seasons.

If the Lions finish the year with one win, criticism should fall on Campbell and Holmes, but let’s not jump to conclusions quite yet. It has been an awful year, but we have seen rookies that have made an impact, we have seen a fight from this team that has not been present in previous seasons, and overall we can tell that Dan Campbell truly cares. Campbell has the ability to pull out a couple more wins, which he would need to do in order to keep his job for the next season. But as for now, let’s give Campbell a chance. His success in other areas compared to previous Lions coaches suggests that there could be a change in the culture of this team. After all, we know Campbell loves the city that he played and now coaches for.

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New Mayor In Town Thu, 09 Dec 2021 16:35:09 +0000 Being the mayor is a classic staple of representing a community and making change in a city. Not only did this year’s election mean a change in office, but it was also a historic election because the city of Dearborn elected its first Arab mayor. On Nov. 4, 2021, Abdullah Hammoud was elected as the new mayor of Dearborn.

Hammoud identifies as part of the Democratic Party, and he has served in the Michigan House of Representatives from the 15th district since 2017. With this in mind, politics are nothing new to him. However, being mayor still has many differences.

Hammoud said he was quite emotional when he received the news of being elected to the position.

“It was hard to believe that it actually happened. My wife was just repeatedly telling me ‘You won! You won!’” Hammoud said.

When one is elected to any political position it is tradition that he or she makes a congratulatory speech and addresses the public. Hammoud said it took him a little bit to come to terms with the gravity of his victory.

“The reality is, it takes a while for it to set in and grasp what really just happened. Because in that moment that you find out you just go straight to your speech, go do congratulatory messages, thanking everyone that came out. It’s usually like a day later that you wake up and realize what happened,” Hammoud said.

City council mayors serve the city for a four year term. During those four years, mayors deal up close and personal with the public to improve the city.

DHS head principal Zeina Jebril is a Dearborn native just like Hammoud.

“I’m proud Abdullah Hammoud won the election because he’s from the community and Dearborn needed a change within their leadership. Abdullah Hammoud also went to school with my son so I know he is known to be a very respectful young man, so for that reason I’m excited,” Jebril said.

Hammoud was born and raised in Dearborn. Not only did he attend high school in the city but he also attended the University of Michigan–Dearborn from 2007-2010 for part of his college career.

“Dearborn is home, so for me running is just about giving back to the city that gave me everything,” Hammoud said.

Jebril said one of the main reasons she looks forward to Hammoud’s stint in office is due to the fact that he can now serve as a bigger voice for the Arab population.

“One of the first things he said is something I always think about. He said he’s doing it for the kids who get made fun of with their names because they have Arab names. He is basically telling people to be comfortable with who they are and to represent themselves well. A lot of times, even in my leadership, I think about that a lot too. We want to be role models and represent our community well and be there to give back to our community that we were raised in,” Jebril said.

Junior Abier Saad said her family felt that Hammoud’s appointment would have a positive impact on the city’s residents.

“For one, my parents were happy when Hammoud won because they wanted representation for the Arab community. I hope that an Arab mayor will be more proactive in helping such a large minority community,” Saad said.

Mayors usually stay in office for four years. Mayors can also be reelected for as many as three terms. Additionally, they can not serve if they are not a resident of the city they are presiding over. With this in mind, when the elected official first begins their term it is best they have a plan.

“First and foremost we have to build a team. There’s no single person that can do the work by themself. I want to build a team that is trusted by the community, that’s competent and skilled at the job, and does what they will set out to do. As far as the changes, there are many. One is we want to work to address the flooding issues. We want to work to improve the air quality largely in the South ends of the community. We want to work to preserve our community pools,” he said. “We want to improve relationships with the small businesses in the community. We want to work to improve the speed/reckless driving situation we had going on that impacts every neighborhood across the whole city, making it so our roads are a bit safer for children and families. So overall, the effects will be felt city wide.”

Hammoud is set to serve as mayor of Dearborn until 2024.

“The campaign isn’t the hard part, it is the work that we have begun. Now more than ever we are asking residents to chime in and help out. We have our transition website. It’s, and we are asking people as a community to take the survey on that website and if they would like to share their ideas, their visions, the issues they are facing, please go on there and share it. Because ultimately, it will take all of us to come together and roll up our sleeves to try to address these issues that are impacting our families all over the city,” Hammoud said.

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Girls Varsity Basketball Team Acquires a New Head Coach Thu, 09 Dec 2021 16:08:51 +0000 The Dearborn High School’s girls varsity basketball team recently appointed Dave Arnold as head coach for the 2021-2022 winter season.

Aside from being the head coach of the girls varsity basketball team, he is also the head coach of the girls varsity golf team. Arnold has been coaching high school basketball for 32 years, this year being his 33rd. This is his eighth season as a girls head basketball coach.

Arnold was picked for the position as head coach due to his great amount of experience coaching varsity basketball at DHS.

Arnold said that he has a more straightforward and practical approach when it comes to coaching.

“I know it doesn’t sound very complicated and it’s not, I just try and keep things real simple and see where it gets us.”

He said that the biggest thing he wants the team to make a habit of is improving everyday.

“The biggest thing that I stress with the kids is just really hard work on a daily basis, having constant and consistent good efforts and again like I said get better everyday,” Arnold said. “I think a lot of the time you can get caught looking down the road too far and I think that puts an unnecessary pressure, so I think the biggest thing we need to do is just make sure that individually and collectively we improve as much we can everyday, and if we do that I think we’ll be okay.”

Arnold said that a team player keeps the team’s interests in the forefront of their minds at all times rather than their own.

“You look for somebody who obviously, as I always say have some basketball in them. But then, the way I look at it with the San Antonio Spurs, the kind of question they ask themselves when they go to sign a free agent is: is this person over themselves? You know, are they capable of putting the team over their own interests?” he said. “It’s a hard thing for people sometimes you know, there’s only five guarding spots, and there’s only 160 minutes in a high school basketball game.”

Girls varsity assistant coach Zeinab Mroueh, a coach at Dearborn High School for an ongoing four years now, was hired as an assistant to coach alongside coach Arnold.

Mroueh said that Arnold’s sight for girls basketball is matchless.

“Coach Arnold has a vision of girls basketball like no other. He’s a great ‘old school’ coach. Tough, structured, and determined,” she said. “We have similar traits cause he is a friend of my high school coach, great times.”

Mroueh said that a successful player is someone who has a natural passion for basketball.

“A successful player is a player who is coachable and who has heart. You can’t teach that;That comes within you. We can teach skill, but you can’t teach heart,” Mroueh said.

She said that their goal this season is to win, and to most importantly build the team.

“Our goals and accomplishments would be winning districts, then off to regionals. Hopefully we’ll win both. But most of all, our goal is to build the program.”

Sophomore shooting guard Hala Chami, said that their team dynamic is efficient.

Dearborn High School’s girls varsity basketball team sits together during a scrimmage between DHS and the Livonia Stevenson team and discuss the referee’s call on a play they had made on Nov. 7, 2021. “The ref blew his whistle on something that he shouldn’t have blown his whistle on and I was talking about it to my teammates saying how unfair it was,” Hala Chami, DHS sophomore shooting guard, said. “But I remembered that my coach told me to focus on what I’m doing instead of what the refs are doing because we’re playing the game, not the refs.” (Alyssa O’sada)

“Honestly, we all know each other, and we communicate,” Chami said. “I think all of us are very optimistic about winning all of our games.”

Sophomore center guard Fatima Kabbani, said that coach Arnold has a good plan in store for them this season.

“I feel like he has a good system going for us, I think he knows what he’s doing, and I think he’s going to help us a lot,” Kabbani said.

Arnold said that his only goal for this year is for the players to improve.

“The only goal we talk about is getting better everyday, and then we’ll kind of figure out at the end of the season where that got us.”

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Halal Chicken Heats Up In Dearborn Tue, 07 Dec 2021 16:58:12 +0000 Dave’s Hot Chicken opened its doors to Michigan here in Dearborn on Oct. 29, 2021. The restaurant serves 100% halal (permitted by Islamic law) Nashville-style chicken, and with Dearborn having a rising Muslim population, it’s become the newest food craze in town.

Due to it being the only Michigan location so far and the news of the opening only seeming to spread further, the restaurant keeps busy with hour-long waits in line, sometimes even wrapping around the block! But this isn’t only the case in Dearborn; Dave’s has been making food headlines and receiving admiration nationwide.

Dave’s Hot Chicken CEO and Co-Founder of Wetzel’s Pretzels Bill Phelps has worked alongside founders Tommy and Gary Rubenyan, Dave Kopushyan, and Arman Oganesyan for the past three years and he’s no stranger to the marketing and restaurant industry. Phelps said he seconded the decision to open the first Michigan location in Dearborn by reason of its large Muslim population.

“Our franchisee picked the location and he did an amazing job,” Phelps said. “We also have a strong following among the Muslim community because our chicken is halal. One of the founders is a chef trained at Thomas Keller’s Bouchon restaurant, he always said halal chicken just tasted better.”

Phelps said Dave’s Hot Chicken’s skyrocket in popularity, despite their lack of advertisements, comes from a combination of word of mouth and large social media presence.

“Dave’s is a cult brand with an amazing following,” Phelps said. “We have a following on numerous social media platforms that give us an awareness that is incredible, given our size!”
Phelps also said that their base is unlikely to fizzle out anytime soon.

“One of the founders, Arman Oganesyan, is a marketing genius, and he’s also hysterical,” Phelps said. “He should be able to keep the brand edgy, cool, and really fun for a long time.”

Dave’s Hot Chicken has been gaining help from social media influencers and celebrities across the globe who promote and support their journey, and Abe Obeid, also known as Halal Food Junkie, is one of them. Obeid is a popular food blogger that is Dearborn-based, and on Oct. 27, 2021, he created a post about Dave’s on his Instagram which really brought the brand to the community’s attention and contributed to the hype surrounding the opening.

“Biggest post of all time for me,” Obeid said. “The most viewers ever on my page through the Dave’s Hot Chicken post in [Halal Food Junkie].[sic]”

Some of our fellow Pioneers work at Dave’s as well. DHS junior and former Dave’s Hot Chicken staff member, Brendan Cosgro, worked at the restaurant from Oct. 23 to Nov. 20. Cosgro said that he and the rest of the staff tried their best to keep up with the overwhelming number of customers.

“Don’t get me wrong, it can be stressful and it’s a lot. But the many folks that work there daily know what to do and are trained to handle large groups of customers, even the folks who wait outside wrapping around the building,” said Cosgro.

Dearborn resident Yousef Abdelsalam starts his first-ever meal at Dave’s Hot Chicken on Nov. 11, 2021. Abdelsalam said the long line was compensated by the flavor of the food. “I had been standing in the line from outside of the building,” Abdelsalam said. “The sandwich was very much worth the wait.” (Nasser Abdelsalam)

Cosgro also said he chose to work at Dave’s not only for the quality they offer to their customers but to their staff as well.

“Even if you aren’t a customer and aren’t excited, what they offer is quite incentivizing; $16 an hour with a maximum of most likely three shifts per week,” said Cosgro.

From parking lot pop-up to Drake’s investment in just four years, Dave’s Hot Chicken is undoubtedly a great addition to the Dearborn community. The franchise is currently contracted to open 15 new locations in Michigan within the near future, and 25 other new locations by the end of 2021. They also plan to expand internationally in the near future.

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School Identification Becomes Mandatory Wed, 17 Nov 2021 16:42:28 +0000 Attending football games under the Friday night lights has become somewhat of a right of passage at a large number of high schools across the country. Every football season, individuals gather to support their school; however, some people attend while not being from that school. Multiple incidents have occurred this season during DHS home football games, specifically at the pink out game; which was the last straw for administration to finalize the student ID mandate.

This month a new policy was put in place which requires all high school students to show their student ID cards in order to gain admittance into any DHS home football game. Before opinions can be made, we need to reflect on the reasons why this rule was created. DHS head principal, Adam Martin said that this policy was created because of capacity, safety, and security. It is an understatement to say that Dearborn High has a small student section. Sometimes the audience must stand near the concessions since there is no room. Safety and security are also reasonable since if an altercation were to ever occur with individuals who don’t attend DHS, they wouldn’t feel obligated to cooperate with administrators who don’t administrate them. Like I said, these reasons are reasonable. If I go to a DHS football game, I would hope to find seats that will allow me to watch the game in a comfortable manner. If everyone is welcome to our games, then the chances of watching and enjoying the game are very slim. Most individuals who come to our games that don’t go to our school come to see other people; unlike them, we go to support our school and spend time with those who attend DHS. Now the final reasons, safety and security. We all know how unsafe gatherings with a large number of people can be; not only because of covid but also the intentions of those entering. If there are even more people coming then it can be even more dangerous and personally I would rather it be a limited amount of people than more. Yes, the new rule can be tedious since there are people from other schools that I would love to see at the games but then again doesn’t everyone else? ‘What types of people will be there that I am unaware of and what are their intentions?’

Clearly this rule prohibits entry from all non-DHS students; however, there is an extent to that. Henry Ford Early College is a program for students of Wayne County and has roughly 150 students in the whole program combined. Since it is a very small program, it does not have a sports league. HFEC students then rely on the other high schools for sporting events. Administrators decided to continue on guaranteeing HFEC students adminence to DHS home football games as long as they show their early college ID. This addition to the policy is a relief since I am close with many HFEC students; nonetheless, if I am close to them or not, it still gives DHS students some of the same people they were surrounded by before the rule went into place. Clearly it is not the same thing, but it is still something.

DHS and FHS are both facing the same recurring issues in their student sections; which made them both share the same ID policy. At the end of the day, this policy is in effect to structure student behavior and hopefully one day it’ll be removed. Until then, we need to be mindful of our actions in order to obtain what we currently desire when it comes to games.

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New Year, New Rules, and New Faces! Wed, 17 Nov 2021 16:41:33 +0000 Many things change throughout time, so it only makes sense that after a year’s time not being in school in person, all of the students have gone through great physical and emotional changes. Walking around the school seeing all the new old faces for the first time back has been one of the highlights of many peoples’ years! We know that we all have changed, and had a few struggles last year, but how exactly? Well we spoke to students around school and got their interesting takes!

Sophomore Adam Rahal said, “For me before online learning I used to be really insecure of myself because I was very overweight,… I lost a lot recently and I got more fit which I am happy about.” .

Junior Shereen Wazne (Sadie Wojtowicz)

Sophomore Giselle Akouni said“A lot of people have told me I have changed a lot mentally, I was very insecure and self conscious, I don’t know I just hated the way that people perceived me as a weak individual…Now they know I will stand up for myself, I am self confident and I know my worth. And it’s a good feeling.”


Junior Shereen Wazne said that DHS has changed how they teach to make the students more comfortable. “I feel like a lot of teachers are taking the fact that we were in quarantine for over a year and they’re taking that into consideration while giving us our work. Also they’re teaching us even more because we missed a lot of our work while online, so they’re reviewing everything,” Wazne said.

Senior Bella Fisher (Malak Alayosh)

Senior Bella Fisher spoke on how virtual learning last year affected her family. She expressed her feelings on being a senior in person this year! “It’s our senior year, it’s cool, I was so relieved, my brother graduated online so that kind of sucked and he missed prom so I thought we were going to. But now we got our senior year back,” said Fisher.

Both boys Junior Hussien Alwashah and Abe Dabaja expressed how they changed and how the past year effected them.

Junior Hussien Alwashah (Sadie Wojtowicz)

Junior Hussien Alwashah “I changed a lot of my thoughts and how I feel about things. When I was a freshman I thought so differently.”

Senior Abe Dabaja “I changed a lot.. I stopped seeing my friends during Covid…”

Senior Abe Dabaja (Zahraa Kabbani)
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The Five Year Union Wed, 17 Nov 2021 16:41:05 +0000 To dedicate oneself to others, commit and serve others, and lastly, to support what is best for one another in order to improve and build on together are the characteristics of a unionized marriage.

After serving for almost six years with full dedication and leading by example, Dearborn High School’s Head Principal is now parting ways with DHS. During the August 2021 School Board meeting, Adam Martin, Head Principal of DHS, was announced Executive Director of Student Achievements.

Dearborn Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Glenn Maleyko, said Martin’s leadership and determination to work with the students and for the students is what qualified him for the position.

“He’s an outstanding administrator,” Maleyko said. “I would not be hiring him into one of the top positions in the district if I did not feel a highly outstanding person, leader, and he’s all about students first.”

Martin said taking on DHS was necessary for his growth as an administrator.

“I needed Dearborn High, and I think at the same time Dearborn High needed me, so it was like the perfect marriage,” he said. “The relationships and the work that I’ve done here with the kids and the parents, that’s a special time in my life for sure.”

Martin said that although leaving DHS is heartbreaking, he is looking forward to improving the building from a different position.

“It’s going to be hard to leave, but I’m also excited about what the next opportunity is. I get to still see and support Dearborn High in a different way,” he said. “I’m also looking forward to what impact I might be able to have at a different level as well.”

Martin will oversee Dearborn High School, Edsel Ford High School, Fordson High School, and the Fordson Feeder track (the elementary schools and middle schools that “feed into” FHS).

“My hope is that I’m going to be able to work with buildings and work with building administrators to collectively and collaboratively develop processes and develop a culture that leads to better opportunities for kids,” Martin said.

DHS Assistant Principal Kelly Dear has been working in the district for 10 years as assistant principal, this year being his eleventh. He joined DHS the same year Martin became the school’s head principal.

“He has been one of the best leaders I’ve worked with. He shows respect for everyone and allows everybody else to lead in their own way,” Dear said. “He does that by setting an example of what a leader should be and what the process should be, not mandating it, but demonstrating it by example.”

Dear said his admiration for his superior increased as Martin proved his honest intentions towards the staff and the students.

“I have the greatest respect for that man,” he said. “If he asks me to do something to help the school and help our students, I know it’s coming from his heart and it’s all about you guys, and I’m going to do it because I know it’s coming from a great place.”

Dear recalled a particularly funny incident during his time with Martin. The moment took place in Martin’s office, in which Martin unintentionally set off a pepper spray can which had been previously confiscated from a student.

“I can’t remember which assistant principal confiscated the pepper spray from a student, and I don’t remember whether or not he was just trying to figure out how the device worked, but he set it off in his office. All of a sudden, we just had this pepper spray smell through the entire office complex. It was totally accidental, but it was one of the funniest [moments]. I think I laughed for three days.”

DHS Assistant Principal Carol Cizek joined the administration team at the start of the 2018-2019 school year.

“When I moved here, I came from Stout. While I was very well connected with the staff, I may not have wanted to move, and so I came and told him point blank because I can be very blunt, and he was very compassionate. He said, `I understand, let’s just see how things go,’” Cizek said. “About eight weeks after I’ve been here, he walked up to me at a football game and he goes, ‘So, how are we?’ and I said ‘We are not that bad. I like it here.’”

Cizek said she has noticed Martin’s commitment to ingrain himself in the DHS community.

“In what I have seen, he has really worked on developing a compassionate relationship with the teachers, with students, and with the parents,” Cizek said. “He has a mindset that it’s not always top-down where he makes the decision. It’s a collective decision, he asks for opinions and wants feedback for the whole of the building to be better. He really cares what everyone thinks, and when push comes to shove if he needs to make that final decision he will, but he wants it to be a collective idea that everyone buys into.”

Cizek said that her expectations for him are to continuously make progress and improve the place he sets foot in.

“To improve wherever he goes like he has done when has been here,” Cizek said. “My grandfather was someone who’d say, ‘you leave a place better than when you came to it’ and I think he really does that. and I think that’s one of the reasons why I really respect him.”

Christopher Minor, Graduation Specialist at DHS, has known Martin since 1996-1997. They both used to attend the University of Michigan football games together.

“Mr. Martin trusts people, not every leader is like that. Some leaders trust authority, he is not like that he believes in people, so he tries to empower people,” he said. “He did a lot of changes in his first couple years that really [were] student driven because students sat with him and talked, and he trusts people, so he was willing to do somethings that hadn’t been done for a while. Pep rallies for example. Pep rallies did not exist for quite a while until Mr. Martin came, and Mr. Martin said, ‘Look I didn’t plan on doing pep rallies, but students came, and proposed ideas and I trust people and I felt like this is where the students want to go, and I was comfortable letting them lead the way. ́ ”

Breanne Martin, Martin’s wife, said she noticed that her husband was mostly influenced by the warm welcoming community.

“By far this is his favorite school he’s ever been in. The school, community, and the students have been by far the [best],” Breanne said. “I feel like it’s the community that has been the impact, when he made it to Dearborn high because like I said it is such a good community.”

Current Head Principal at O.L. Smith Middle School, Zeina Jebril, was appointed to the position of Head Principal of DHS when it was announced at the school board meeting on Oct. 11, 2021.

Jebril said she is looking forward to working with DHS staff and students once again, but this time it will be in a different capacity.

“I’m excited about this opportunity here at Dearborn High, “Jebril said. “I already know a lot of the families here because I was here five years ago, as Assistant Principal with Mr. Martin.”

Jebril worked as Assistant Principal of DHS the same year Martin was hired to join the administration team at DHS. She has served in the position of Head Principal of O.L. Smith from 2017 until the start of this current school year.

“I believe in being a public servant, leading by example, and being a role model to everybody that you lead, whether it’s students, teachers,” Jebril said. “I’m very supportive. I like to breed other leaders which means that I put people in situations where they’ll become successful leaders themselves and I support them through the process.”

Jebril said her ninety-day goal is to establish relationships with staff and students, and overall observe the environment to be able to expand on what DHS already has.

“There are excellent things happening here at Dearborn High, so I just want to build on what you guys already have,” she said. “I need to observe a lot of what’s going on to know exactly what it is that I want to focus on moving forward, but I think there’s an excellent foundation that’s in place right now.”

“He’s an excellent leader, and I feel like I learned a lot from him. He has a good sense and a good handle on the things that are happening in his building. He gets to know the different individuals that he is working with,” Jebril said. “He also gets to know the teacher’s as well because all of that is a key to moving the building forward. He leads by example, and I think he’s an excellent leader, and Dearborn High was very lucky to have Mr. Martin lead for the past six years here.”

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The Road Home Wed, 17 Nov 2021 16:40:42 +0000
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Alex Grignon gets the call for a job, something he has always wanted to do. A dream of his, a career he always wanted. A place he knows and grew up in. After the first conversation over the phone with the school, he knew that that job was suited for him.

“Getting the call from DHS was exciting. I was currently with Michigan Tech University and just left being the head coach at Walled Lake Western,” Grignon said. “I would not have left the college level at that time for any job aside from Dearborn High School. I have lived in Dearborn my whole life and coaching career and never had the opportunity to join the staff. I knew I wanted it from the first conversation.”

Grignon said that growing up his life revolved around football.

“Growing up with a father who was a head coach or coordinator at the high school level was very special,” Grignon said. “I spent my summers at football practice for as long as I can remember. The smells of the locker room, equipment rooms, weight rooms, wet grass during early practices, I can still smell them all. I woke up in the mornings on weekends and my father was hard at work with legal pads covering the kitchen table and old VHS’ stacked up for film; and all day he worked.”

Coach Grignon went to DHS as a kid and is excited to return and coach for a program that helped him grow.

“I am excited to be back. I was born and raised in Dearborn, went to Dearborn High, played here and had success here. I am looking forward to getting Dearborn Football to be competitive in our league and Metro Detroit, while at the same time giving our students the phenomenal experience I enjoyed being a Dearborn High Football Player.” Grignon said.

Coach Grignon thinks that all the players that his dad coached, he learned things from those players.

“Seeing all of my fathers players throughout my life, their leadership, their hard work, their passion, I wasn’t just watching it, I was learning it. Grignon said. “I saw what good players on good teams did and how they carried themselves, they were heroes to me. I saw how bad teams carried themselves and how players on those teams let opportunities go by the wayside.”

Grignon’s dad Jamie said that he loves coaching with his son, and it is a special moment.

“It is always special to be able to coach where you played in high school. Coaching with him now after having coached him here at Dearborn High is pretty cool for me as well. We’ve coached at three high schools together now, and being back home at Dearborn High together is by far the best experience we’ve had.” Jamie Grignon said.

Former head coach Johnathon Powell wanted Coach Grignon as a coach for the varsity football team.

“I did recommend Coach Grignon. I think he’s great, he’s hardworking, he knows football, he treats the kids well, and that’s why I think he should be the coach. I think they got lucky to have Coach G.” Powell said.

Powell resigned from head, so he can have more time with things outside of football, putting in 10 years of dedication and love for Dearborn High football.

“It was really hard and the main thing was just my overall health and my family. That’s a bigger priority to me than coaching,” Powell said.

Powell served as assistant coach for two years and then was promoted and served as head coach for the following eight years.

“I needed to find time for me and my family. My son is starting tackle football and I needed to find more time for myself and my family.” Powell said.

Mustafa Khaleefa is one of Grignons assistant and offensive line coaches. He said that he’s learned a lot from Grignon about coaching. “I’ve learned how to game plan and truly be a coach. It’s different when you are a player.” Khaleefa said.

Khaleefa also comes back to DHS after playing football for the pioneers for 3 years and is excited to come back.

“It feels awesome being able to give back to my community. Sharing what I’ve learned at the collegiate level is important.” Khaleefa said.

Coach Grignon, Jamie Grignon and Grignon’s son celebrate after their win against Fordson. Dearborn High beat Fordson Friday Oct. 15 with a close score of 13-10, snapping their four game losing streak. (Alex Muller)

DHS Athletic Director Jeff Conway said Grignon was a great fit for Powell’s successor with traits like loyalty to his team and respect for the players and other coaches.

“There isn’t a single point that stood out, but rather he was the top candidate since he stood out in all of those areas,” Conway said.

Conway also said that Grignon was highly wanted by DHS for his time there and his past experience at DHS.

“A Dearborn High alumni who played football here, played in college, had previous successful head coaching experience at the high school level. Had college coaching experience, already knew and had worked with many of our players in the past, well known and well respected within the community, an excellent teacher of the game”. Conway said.

Grignon is optimistic to be back at DHS and coach the pioneers and bring DHS back to its full potential.

“This position will positively impact me because I love Dearborn High. I love the city of Dearborn and look forward to helping our program grow to reach its potential,” Grignon said.

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