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Leadership Under Pressure fights under pressure

by Jasprit Samra

 

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An underground club fights under pressure for survival. Leadership Under Pressure teaches students how to handle situations that need leadership. The players are put in hard situations, only with leadership, can they complete the mission.

 

Skyler Huang, the club’s creator, says, “The reason this club is called Leadership Under Pressure is because we put teams in unfair scenarios, and they must work and need each other to accomplish the mission.”

 

“Many of the leadership classes and lectures were boring, and I also se many teenagers out there cannot work with each other and collapse under pressure.”

 

Leadership Under Pressure is a club that helps people develop leadership skills by playing games such as airsoft, paintball, Nerf, and some other small games that require teamwork. The gamerule is to eliminate opponents by hitting each other with pellets launched with replica firearms; they paintball guns, airsoft guns, and Nerf guns.

 

LUP currently has 15 official members, but they invite people all over San Francisco to play.  One of the games they play is called “Humans vs. Zombies,” which has two groups, the humans and the zombies.  Gameplay lasts five rounds.  The first round has four to five zombies and about forty humans.  The humans must finish a certain mission under the time limit and have to survive the zombies.  The humans must be able to lead, make decisions under pressure and have relationship skills.  It is also physically demanding because of the running and climbing.

 

Henry Dinh, first year in the club, says, “I like it because the leader actually motivates teammates.  We always have activities to do with a group that will build leadership skills.”

 

LUP has a game twice a month.  They play all over the city, for example downtown and at Japantown and Bayview.  People who go to a game once will most likely come back.  If students want to join they should talk to Skyler Huang and participate in one of the meetings and games.  Meetings are every Friday at lunch in room 145.  

Tap water or bottled water, what should you drink?

by Alan Lew

 

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            About 60% of the human body is water. Does it matter where it comes from?  Tap water and bottled water are the two main choices for people.  Some say tap water is not clean.  Some say bottled water is even worse.

            At Lincoln High School, some students are reluctant to drink the water from the fountain.  “I don’t drink water from the fountain at school,” senior Kevin Lin said, “because I have no way to confirm the cleanliness of the water.”

            San Francisco water comes from Hetch Hetchy, a reservoir in Yosemite.  As snow from the mountains melts, the reservoir is filled, and the water travels through pipes to San Francisco.  The water is quality tested over 100,000 times a year according to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission website.

            Theoretically San Francisco tap water is great, but other factors can affect the quality.  Over time, pipes and fixtures may deteriorate and release particles into the water.

            At Lincoln, the pipes may be old, but the water fountains are constantly tested.  According to Lance Tagomori, assistant principal, the findings are always good.  In recent years Lincoln has passed every test with flying colors.

            However he added, “I recommend people run the water [for a few seconds] if it hasn’t been used in awhile.”  Running the water will flush out anything that accumulated while it wasn't being used.

            Hundreds of companies make bottled water.  Most of them get their water from springs.  Others just treat tap water.  The water is tested every month.

            The water is clean at production, but, once it leaves the factory, it is a different story.  Although sealed, water can still be contaminated by the plastic.  Several chemicals are used in the production of plastic bottles in order to give it its shape and durability.  These chemicals can leak into the water.

            A debater over what is better will continue.  Every city has different water systems.  Also, it just depends on individual tastes. 

            “I like to drink San Francisco water,” Tagomori remarked.  “It’s some of the best tasting in the country.”

Advice November 2013

   There's a girl I'm friends with who I'm in love with. I feel guilty that I'm somehow tricking her by hanging out with her under some guise of friendship. What should I do?

 

When you come into a situation like this, there is no universal answer for what you should do. Many variables must be taken into account before you come to a decision on whether to ask her out or not. With a few questions that you can ask yourself, you can determine whether or not your advances will go according to plan or not.

 

    First of all, you have to judge how much you like her in a romantic way versus how much you like her as a friend. If she’s not a major friend of yours, it’s probably safe to tell her, since she might not have a strong connection to you. If she is, however, it’s usually safe to keep it to yourself, since it might cause awkwardness and confusion that could lead to a much worse situation. You also have to ask how willing you are to change your friendship if she says yes to your advances. Some of the best relationships I've seen come from close friendships, but sometimes there's a feeling that it's better to just stay friends.

 

    Next, after you’ve determined how close you are, you have to think about how mature the person is, mostly in case they don’t return your feelings. If they are generally immature and don't have the same feelings, they’ll likely scream and run away, usually as a sort of mean-spirited joke, and this can put you off asking anyone else out anytime soon, which leads to dwelling on this one person for an unhealthy amount of time. But if they’re mature, they’ll take it better. They're more likely to seize the moment and respond if they return your feelings and possibly even explain why they don't return your feelings if they don't, which can help you in possible future endeavours.

 

    Lastly, you have to ask yourself whether your attraction to them is based around lust or genuine affection. If it’s based around lust, I wouldn’t recommend going through with it. When you have sex with someone that you’re close to, it’s hard to turn back to the way your friendship was before. And once you break up, it’s much more awkward if you did have sex then if you hadn’t. If you’re genuinely attracted to them for other reasons, it's a better foundation for a relationship, and it’ll generally end much better.

Senior strives to aid others

by Hans Oberschelp

 

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Every day hundreds of students arrive at school to the smiling face of Harold Zheng. Zheng arrives at 7:15 most mornings, and stands at the northwest entrance holding the door for arriving students and staff. 

 

    Zheng stated, “I enjoy helping other people. It makes me feel proud.”

 

    Susan Kenny, Zheng's English teacher and also user of the northwest doors every morning stated, “It's really nice to come in in the morning and have Harold hold the doors for us. It's a nice part of my morning.”

 

    At 7:50 Zheng heads into class, but he doesn't end his generosity there. He explained, “When I'm in class I like to help people with doing their work in groups.”

 

    Avery Johnson, Zheng's friend described, “Harold is a great role model, and a great guy. He really likes to help other people. He's persistent. He's amazing.”

 

    Zheng's favorite subject is English. Kenny expressed, “Harold gets really emotionally involved in the stories. It's really fun as a teacher. He's a joy to have.”

 

    In his free time, Zheng enjoys watching television, listening to music, playing video games or in other ways “goofing off.” His favorite show is “Spongebob Squarepants” and his favorite music genre is rock. He particularly likes the Mario Brothers series; two of his favorite games are “Super Mario 3D Land” for the 3DS and “Super Mario Sunshine” for the Gamecube.

 

    Next year, Zheng plans on going to City College. His dream is to someday become a movie star. Johnson mentioned, “He's compassionate about picking movies and knowing actors well.”

 

    In his English class Zheng wrote a book called “Harold's World Tour. In it, he sums up his passion for working with others, writing, “I understand how to do good work as long as I can count on people.”