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"Join Journalism; it's jumpin'!"

By William Tien 

  We started with 12, soon after, 11, then 10, and finally 9. This year’s journalism class only consists of nine journalists, eight of whom are new to the class. A once popular elective class for Lincoln is shrinking by the year, and it shocks me greatly.
    I joined this class during my freshman year, and now I’m a junior. I noticed that during my first year in the class, there were around 15 people in the class. In my second year there were 12. It saddens me to see this decline in student enrollment because if this continues, a great legacy of Lincoln that has been here for almost 70 years, The Lincoln Log, will be no more.
    Although this year may be the last, it certainly isn’t the least. The journalism staff is very fun to work with and it is an exciting experience for us all. It’s also a great way to gain experience in the publishing world. We learn a new style of writing, and focus on this new writing structure for the first few weeks. Furthermore, we learn how to use certain web design/software programs such as Photoshop and In-Design.
    Journalism is often described as a fun or chill class. We publish a new edition of The Lincoln Log every grading period or so, allowing student journalists to have a great deal of time working on their article, interviewing different people, and working on the layout of the newspaper on In-Design.
    I am looking forward to this year as we come out with each edition, and I hope you guys are too! We have finally come out with our first edition of the year and hopefully you will enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed creating it.
    We always welcome students outside of journalism to submit their own articles and we will publish them either anonymously or with the author’s name depending on their preference. I hope this editorial gives you a little insight about our journalism class and convinces you to join in the coming year. Together we can keep this Lincoln legacy alive and run The Lincoln Log for many years to come.
 

"Using Profanity: Through Students' Eyes"

By Douglas Wong

    Profanity is heard daily inside and outside of school. For me, the context of the language being used is the key. Many people, specifically adults, are hung up on the fact that a person just used explicit language, while others people just do not care.
    Instead of worrying about a person saying to be quiet in an explicit manner, I would be worried about the fact that he/she is not respecting someone enough to hear what the have to say. Our attitudes towards one another have to change. In my eyes, bad behavior in language without profanity is at the same level as swearing to show bad behavior. There are many ways to be disrespectful without using explicit language.
    Many people choose to remove profanity from their vocabulary, which should be respected. I believe it depends on how they express themselves to the world. Some people may even sound unintelligent when using explicit language. An example would be if a person were to swear every other word, it makes them sound as if they have no idea what they are saying. Even using SAT language in a regular conversation can do this. There are even students that use the SAT words they just learned in the previous class incorrectly. Using swear words or high vocabulary makes a person sound awkward because their friends do not know what they are saying. If you truly listen while walking down the halls at Abraham Lincoln, all this can be heard.
    Adults today teach us not to be judgmental of a person, yet at the same time they judge students and their own peers because of the language they use. On the first day of school, students would greet their friends with a hug or would call each other explicit nicknames. My teachers would react by telling them not to use that language in their room and to sit down. From that point on teachers would treat these students with the lowest amount of respect. This makes them extremely hypocritical because teachers preach not to judge a person based on the language they use. Using language is a way to express ourselves, and a person should not be judged just on that. I do however know how difficult it is to not judge based upon the language they use.
    In a classroom, the use of explicit language depends on the teacher that a person has. Many of my teachers use swear jars, in case a person does use profanity they are forced to give up 25 cents to a dollar. The money that students pay supposedly goes to charity. Other teachers make students take time outside of the classroom to contemplate their way of expressing themselves. Both systems do not work, as students still continue the language.
    Students should also know that a teacher does or does not like the use of explicit language. English classes are generally the classes where profanity is looked down upon because most people see it as the place to use respectable language; students need to realize this. I respect teachers that just do not care whether or not a student swore because I believe that it is a way of expressing themselves. A major reason for not caring is probably because they do not want to be a hypocrite.
    With over 16 years of witnessing people use profanity, it all depends on the context of the language used. Many factors cannot be ignored since explicit language is used daily in the up coming generations.
    
 

People in the Hallway/Seen and Heard

By Maiya Wilson

 

People in the Hallway

Q: For lunch, what do you prefer Lincoln Market or Taraval?

A: “Taraval, because Taraval is more of a variety and it’s cheaper.” Jillaine Ridad

 

Q: Do you believe that the Lincoln bathrooms are haunted?

A: “No I do not believe that the Lincoln bathrooms are haunted because I’ve been in the bathrooms by myself and nothing has ever happened.” Alex Lopez

 

Q: How do you feel about couples at Lincoln?

A: “Uhm, I think it’s cute, but, like if you’re showing too much PDA in the halls that’s just gross. Like I don’t want to see you making out; that’s just nasty.” Brianna Caba

Seen and Heard

“I’m in great shape, and the only reason I am is because I’ve never exercised a day in my life.”
--Lincoln teacher explaining his recipe for long life

“Does your dog taste good?” --senior boy to other senior boy

“You know that show... Man Versus... on the Discovery Channel?” “Man Versus Discovery Channel? Is that a show?” --conversation between junior girl and senior boy

“The junior class song is a disgrace to Spongebob.”
--complaint of junior girl

"Hattitude: Should Hats be Allowed in School?"

By Saul Reyes

    Hats, head gear, and head coverings are illegal… Well at least at our school, Abraham Lincoln, they are. The hat issue here at Lincoln is a waste of time, if you ask me.  The rule is that hats, head gear, or head coverings, excluding religious head wear, are not allowed to be worn inside the building at any time. This just creates unnecessary conflict between students who wear hats and the Lincoln Staff that enforces the rule.
    I am against the hat rule.  If hats were allowed inside the building, I believe the hallways would be less hectic, since there would be less shouting back and forth between staff and students. I wear my hat on a daily basis at all times. I have been told countless times to take off my hat inside the building, and honestly it gets so annoying having to take it off every time. I just put it back on right after I pass the teacher as do many students, so I would think it gets annoying for the staff to continuously order students to take off their hats.        
    Confiscating hats creates larger conflict between the staff and students. Yes the main reason for the rule is to keep track of students or people that may not be enrolled in the school, and that is a valid reason to have the rule here at Lincoln.
 Realistically there are hardly any trespassers here at Lincoln, if all the time and effort put in enforcing the rule could be used to help solve any other problem, then we might have time that could be used more efficiently. The pestering of students wearing hats really is a bad use of time and energy. Staff should be making sure everyone gets to class on time rather than worrying about their hat.Identifying students is the ONLY valid reason to have the rule enforced except wearing a hat doesn’t make someone invisible or anything; sure it may cover their face a bit, but nevertheless, they are identifiable. Teachers might argue that hats cause gang related issues but they it is not the hat itself it is the color being worn if anything.

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Hats in this day and age are worn mainly for fashion and style. They have been etched into our cultural background as a people.  Hats can tell a lot about a person in some cases, my hats ARE MY IDENTITY.  For instance I wear my hat almost every day, the same San Francisco Orange brim hat, and I am told almost every day to take it off. But now they know it’s me every time, wearing a highlighter orange backpack should help too.  I know it is not the same for many others though because of the numerous hats students own.
 If you ask students that don’t wear hats I am pretty sure they don’t really mind or care at all about the students that do wear hats. In fact there probably isn’t even an overwhelming amount of students that wear hats compared to the amount that don’t wear them at all.  I think it is easy to keep track of the small amount of students that wear hats, making it easier to keep track of us all. Unfortunately some teachers and employees do not see it the same way I, as a frequent hat wearer, do.
    We should at least try for a couple days or week straight where hats are allowed. I wonder how much different it would be.
I wonder if a positive effect would be the outcome.  As I walk down the halls during passing period there are only few hot spots where there are “enforcers of the rule” on each floor, and at each of those hot spots it is the loudest and most clustered.  Stopping students to take their hats off causes traffic in an already crowded hallway which is NOT needed.  It causes the volume to amplify and tensions rise in some instances. The rule should be abandoned for a day or two and see the positive, negative, or neutral effect and go from there.
 Only a few teachers and other members of the staff are really uptight about the whole hat issue which is fine; it is their opinion on how things should be run, but the majority of students, if not all, would agree with me. Even other members of the Lincoln Staff would agree that the whole hat thing is a waste of our worker time.
Let the hat rule be lifted. Hats make us who we are they are a way of expressing ourselves. Taking that away from anyone is wrong and oppressive.