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People in the Halls

by Liping Huang

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Joel Balzer - Dean

 Celebrity crush: Faye Dunaway

Weirdest/Grossest food eaten: Big mac

Guilty pleasure: don’t have any

What’s in your bag?: crossword puzzles, spare pens, and a notebook for my poetry

What’s your phone wallpaper?: picture of my daughters

 

Saul Delgado - Senior

Celebrity crush: Megan Massacre

Weirdest/Grossest food eaten: octopus

Guilty pleasure: Listening to “Every Time” by Britney Spears

What’s in your bag?: A Marilyn Manson book and a lyric book to write songs.

What’s your phone wallpaper?: Megan Massacre

 

 

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LeJon Price Jefferson - Junior

Celebrity Crush: Megan Fox

Weirdest/Grossest food eaten: Rattlesnake

Guilty pleasure: “Spongebob Squarepants”

What’s in your bag?: not books

What’s your phone wallpaper?: me playing football

 

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Cassandra Wong - Sophomore

Celebrity crush: Channing Tatum

Weirdest/Grossest food eaten: Balut (developing duck embryo)

What’s in your bag?: Arizona Tea, chapstick, tampons

What’s your phone wallpaper?: a picture of Kelsi Loo

 

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Emani Williams - Sophomore

Celebrity crush: Rapper YG (Young Gangsta)

Weirdest/Grossest food eaten: shrimp

Favorite video game: “Grand Theft Auto V”

What’s in your bag?: papers, Victoria Secret lotion, hygiene stuff

What’s your phone wallpaper?: me and my friend Brian Espinosa

The stamp system is a sham!

    The theory is simple. The teacher puts down a stamp for each completed assignment or participation on a stamp sheet, the student brings the sheet at the end of the quarter, the teacher counts all the stamps and bam! The student gets their grade. 

 

It’s neat and simple without the added fuss of actually grading anything and arguing over points, right? The stamp system of grading seems like a good idea, but put into effect it is one of the worse grading systems ever.

 

    In the stamp system, all stamps are usually worth the same amount of points. This reduces all assignments to a single 100%/0% grade, which means students can waste their time writing an elaborate essay and still earn the same score as another student who crapped out three paragraphs fifteen minutes before class started. 

 

    Homework could be to answer twenty questions in detail, but in the stamp system all that is required is writing enough that when the teacher glances at their students’ papers they see enough text to drop the all important stamp.  Stamps stress the importance of quantity, not quality, and since the only feedback a student gets is an ink mark on a piece of paper, actual comments from the teacher are basically nonexistent.

 

    The stamp system is also used by some teachers as a way to grade participation; each comment made by a student earns a stamp. This is exploited by students by splitting one comment into multiple parts to earn many stamps rather than say a single long, meaningful comment and earn just one stamp.

 

    The system is also too easy to cheat. If students are unable to just buy the stamp and give themselves two hundred stamps, then they can duplicate them by wetting their thumb, pressing into a stamp, and then making a thumbprint of the stamp on the stamp sheet.

 

    When every assignment is worth a single, replicatable, exploitable stamp, it kills creativity. Under the stamp system, school is not about learning and applying knowledge in interesting new ways, but trying to trick the teacher into giving you as many blobs of ink as possible.

Canada is right about thanksgiving.

by Alan Lew

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  For the past 150 years, Thanksgiving in the United States has taken place in the latter half of November.  I think it’s time for a change.  It might be a radical idea, but when Thanksgiving was first celebrated everyone probably thought it was crazy. 

            Thanksgiving originated in England as a harvest festival.  In North America, Thanksgiving was first celebrated when the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts and had a feast with the natives of the area. 

            After a pivotal Union Army victory in the Civil War, President Lincoln declared the final Thursday of November in 1863 and beyond Thanksgiving.  The only change to that was in 1939 when there were five Thursdays in November.  President Roosevelt made Thanksgiving the fourth Thursday of November to extend the Christmas shopping period.

            In my opinion, Thanksgiving should not take place in November.  Canada has its Thanksgiving Day on the second Monday of October to correspond with the harvest festivals in Europe.  Why can’t the United States have Thanksgiving in October?

            Thanksgiving is a mere five weeks before Christmas.  For individuals who don't celebrate Christmas, New Year's Day is only six weeks later.  That means three of the top four holidays happen in a two-month period.  So that makes the other months fairly irrelevant.           

            Christmas and Thanksgiving are times of family gatherings.  Family is family, but, to be honest, one might have a relative that they don’t want to see that often, whether it’s that pretentious cousin or anarchist uncle.  So seeing these people twice in six weeks?  Good luck.

            Black Friday is the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season.  It’s always the day after Thanksgiving.  Businesses might oppose the move because without Thanksgiving to start Black Friday, sales may be down.  Since people need to do their Christmas shopping eventually, it 's unlikely that an earlier Thanksgiving would affect their buying. 

            Retail workers on the other hand would benefit from Thanksgiving being moved.  Currently, employees are being forced to spend Thanksgiving at their store preparing for Black Friday.  Instead of spending time with their loved ones, they are out there stocking shelves. 

            The same goes for customers; some people camp outside of stores just to save a couple dollars on a blender.  If Thanksgiving were in October, Black Friday would have to be an independent day, and it wouldn’t get in the way of their celebration.

            No matter what day of the year Thanksgiving is, we should embrace it.  We should celebrate and be thankful for all we have.

Halloween is candy for children, freedom for teens

by Nathan Seidman    

 

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    Oh, Halloween! The day when french maids and sexy buzzing bees and nurses wearing about one quarter of a dress prowl the streets striking fear and terror deep into the soft hearts of the small children that go around trick or treating.

 

    This unconventional display begs the question: Is Halloween really just about dressing up in scary or sexy costumes, or is it a wild night of self expression? I believe it is the latter.

 

What we wear and how we look is the ultimate form of self expression, and Halloween is the night when constraints like school uniforms, dress codes and even the expectations of society no longer apply, and people, especially teens can dress however they want.

 

    For most of the year, students, especially girls, are subject to strict dress codes regarding the length of their clothes. Skirts and shorts must be longer than the fingertips, and shirts may not show the stomach at all. On Halloween night, all this pent up creative energy is released in the form of skimpy outfits that defy parental expectations and societal constraints.

 

    Lincoln High School seniors Melissa Wong and Sierra Stark (who are dressing up as a two person costume) agree that “some people might think our costume is slutty, but when else are we supposed to dress like this?” Halloween is the night on which people can do whatever they want, because for the other 364 days, people’s expression of themselves is limited, so all the creative, emotional, sexual energy of teenage culture culminates in the hours of darkness on October 31st.

 

    Dressing sexy is not just a female thing, it is male as well, making Halloween not a night of slutty nurses and french maids, but is a night where youths rebel against conservative customs and tradition and dress however they please. For example, Jacob Dobson, who now attends the University of Washington dressed as Robin Hood, and on Halloween night he paraded his legging­and­tunic clad body all around the city in a night of uncontained self expression.We can see this wild self expression even without looking at pictures of costumes. All we need to do is look at the question asked on Halloween besides “trick or treat,” and that is: “What are you going to be for halloween?” It is asking who you will be on that night, and who you are tonight. Who we are does not change, but on Halloween it is revealed. Some put on a great big wolf suit and scare the trick or treaters, others take it off to reveal what they truly are.