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Pier pressure

Pier pressure

Kevin Swain, Senior staff writer

February 22, 2016

Since its construction in the late 19th century, the south pier has been a centerpiece, perhaps even the main focal point, of the Grand Haven community. Its features include a heavily-cracked concrete base, a tall, bright red lighthouse, a smaller foghorn house, and an iron catwalk- the future of whi...

5 Things that happened this week

5 Things that happened this week

Kevin Swain, Senior staff writer

February 20, 2016

A Federal Magistrate judge granted a Department of Justice request on Tuesday for an order demanding that Apple assists the FBI in its investigation of the San Bernardino shooting. Apple CEO Tim Cook has called the demand “chilling” and “an unprecedented step which threatens the security of ou...

5 Things to do this weekend

5 Things to do this weekend

Kevin Swain, Senior staff writer

February 12, 2016

Need something to do this weekend? Here's a list of events happening this weekend in the local area. Rotary Snow Jam: A Friday night euchre tournament and Saturday ice skating, sledding, live music, hockey, and a dart tournament will make up this year’s Snow Jam Festival at Spring Lake Central Pa...

5 Things that happened last week

Kevin Swain, Senior staff writer

January 18, 2016

Two U.S. Navy boats carrying 10 sailors were within three miles of Iran’s Farsi Island when they were seized by Iranians. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said that a navigational error put the sailors off course, and that the Americans were freed after 16 hours. After President Obama’s fina...

Welcome (back) to the Pirate’s Pit

Welcome (back) to the Pirate’s Pit

Kevin Swain, Senior staff writer

January 15, 2016

“Yes that is the winning team!” thunders the student section, the sound reverberating through the small gym as a couple hundred of students point toward the Bucs’ bench. The year is 1995, and the Bucs are about to win their eighth straight game. The gymnasium is small and musty, yet electric and...

5 Things that happened this week

5 Things that happened this week

Kevin Swain, Senior staff writer

December 11, 2015

FBI Director James Comey said on Wednesday that the San Bernardino shooters were “homegrown violent extremists” that were inspired by foreign terrorist groups, but weren’t specifically directed by such groups or part of a terrorist network. Neither of the perpetrators, who killed 14 and inu...

Annual Holiday Spectacular takes place Dec. 11

Kevin Swain, Senior staff writer

December 8, 2015

The third annual Grand Haven High School Holiday Spectacular will take place on Friday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. Tickets, are $7 and on sale under the Seat Yourself icon on ghaps.org and will also be available at the door. The collage concert will feature the wind ensemble, symphony and chamber orchestras,...

Why the drinking age should be lowered

Kevin Swain, Senior staff writer

November 23, 2015

Near a heavily fortified North Vietnamese bunker in 1969, Gordon Ray Roberts committed a nearly unmatched act of bravery and maturity: risking his own life in the face of the enemy. Roberts, who was 19, though pinned down by enemy machine gun and grenade fire, charged and silenced a 2-man fortificat...

5 Things that happened this week

5 Things that happened this week

Kevin Swain, Senior staff writer

November 13, 2015

University President Tim Wolfe and Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin announced Monday they would step down from their jobs at the University of Missouri. The resignations come amid growing protests by black students and was triggered in part by a strike by members of Missouri’s football team, who say ...

5 Things that happened this week

5 Things that happened this week

Kevin Swain, Senior staff writer

October 25, 2015

The American Cancer Society (ACS) released mammogram guidelines on Tuesday, saying that women should begin annual breast cancer screening at age 45, up from the previous recommended age of 40. The recommendations, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, included research from a t...

Not just for wiping

Not just for wiping

Kevin Swain, Senior staff writer

October 17, 2015

For years, upperclassmen have clashed in a ruthless weeklong war. The battles, which take place in the middle of the night, typically include parties of students and guerilla-style warfare. Their weapon of choice? Toilet paper. TP-ing, as it’s called, is the act of covering an object (such as a t...

The high school zone

The high school zone

Kevin Swain, Senior staff writer

October 16, 2015

You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension: a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You're moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You've just crossed over into...The high school zone. Only enterable once ev...