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"Prop 8 causes a wave of shaking heads"

 

by Kimberly Alvarado

 

Flip the pages of the calendar back to November of 2008. Our state and our country were having their fate being told through the election of our new president. This changed the world. This election was not the only election that had a dramatic impact on all of us Californians. Propositions 2,4,6,7 and 10 were some of the major propositions on our ballots in California. One of the ones that created the biggest impact and is still controversial was the banning of same-sex marriage when proposition 8 won by only 600,000 votes and revised the constitution of California’s amendments stating, “Only a marriage between a man and a woman” is acceptable and legal in our state. This was the first time in USA’s history where marriage rights had been taken from the people after being secured. 

In February of this year the proposition was ruled unconstitutional by a three-member panel of judges of the California Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. The group consisted of a “liberal, a conservative, and a moderate,” according to MSNBC, and declared the proposition unconstitutional on a 2-1 vote. The majority of the appeal stated that the proposition, “served no purpose, and had no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California.” They continue to conclude that banning same-sex marriage violates civil rights, which this country promises to its entire people, including the LGBTQ community. 

For now, the proposition has been set aside, but ‘backers’ or the opposition may take this case to the Supreme Court or the ninth circuit of California. It will be wise though, to get to the court of appeals first for more federal support before taking it to the Supreme Court, as stated by many newscast broadcasted around the nation. These actions have not been taken yet, but it can still be questioned that after they are taken the Supreme Court may not even take proposition 8 into their own hands because they are dealing with federal health care and the issue of immigration, which are two very big problems in our country also. There is still a chance though, that they may accept it in the next term. A gay-rights activist group in Los Angeles, California, will be asking for signatures in November during the election for proposition 8 to be on the next ballot for voters.

 

At Lincoln, the effect on students of this situation dealing with the banned and set aside law is mild and creates a bit of anger in many of our students. On the other hand, some, like junior Michael Okupnik believes that no matter what may happen, our school is a safe place to find support, “To be honest...it, (proposition 8) did not really affect me personally...I mean I got a little mad, but like it did not change my life that much. I think that Lincoln as a school and as a community supports anyone who is gay...and it’s not like a gay couple is getting married in high school...” 

Sophomore Maribel Sanchez said, “I wouldn’t exactly be affected, because I’m personally not gay, but I’d be mad. I don’t think its right for people to stop other people from marrying each other.” These students are representatives of Lincoln’s student body whose thoughts can be shared and compared with to many students’ thoughts, and will be found they are almost all similar. 

When it comes to homosexuality, many people see Lincoln as a very safe place to be. However many people in this country are not accepted by their communities, societies, and even by their families when they first step out of the closet. Last school year, the GSA club helped organize events such as Pink Tsunami and even ‘Out of the Closet day’ where a closet was put in the courtyard and students and staff would walk in and step out and express their support for people who struggle with being closeted every day… feeling too afraid of letting the world see who they really are. Pink Tsunami is an event that started in Canada after a boy arrived to school wearing a pink shirt and later that day, was beaten by his peers because they believed he was homoesexual and too feminine to be a man. The day after, when the peers who had beaten the boy had arrived to school, they saw people all around the school wearing pink shirts in support for the boy who was beaten. Abraham Lincoln is the one of the only schools in the SFUSD that continues this tradition. 

Junior Jacob Ortega said, “I am against the bill in its entirety. There is no purpose served by prop 8 other than to deny homosexuals the right of marriage. The worst part is that many proponents compared gay marriage to marrying animals. There’s a word for that: discrimination. There’s no other way to see it, no matter who you are or what you believe in: it’s the majority treating a minority like dirt”, says a junior, Jacob Ortega. 

This is a very similar take on the banning of same-sex marriage as the 2-1 of the three judges who declared it unconstitutional. Okupnik said, “I think people are people and that right should apply to anyone… the right to marry, and just in general, the right to live life…” 

It has truly surprised me the amount of support that Lincoln’s student body has for the supporters of the LGBTQ community. Of the many people I interviewed, they all stated that they support them because it is their freedom. They deserve to license a marriage that they wish to complete.

It is woeful though, that our school have students who find it pleasing and amusing to physically abuse those who they believe to be homosexual. Ms. Suzann Baldwin, a spanish teacher at our school, has a student who was a victim of this bullying by other students of her classroom. A boy, who will remain unnamed, had walked out of Ms. Baldwin’s classroom, and turned the corner in front of the library and behind his back two boys, who have not been fully identified, threw an egg at him and when he turned, he saw no one behind him. This situation has caused a great gap of trust and security in Ms. Baldwin’s classroom. “It was planned in my class without my knowledge… and I questioned my teaching. We were in the middle of a diversity unit and I thought I hadn’t done a good job to getting to the students.” The issue had a great, negative impact on the students of the classroom. It had broken the trust, and almost created an unsafe environment for them. Thankfully, now the classroom is coming together again, and the students are beginning to treat each other better.

Koichi Sano, the Japanese teacher at Lincoln High has felt degraded as a homosexual because of this proposition. Legally, he believes he would not be affected. “I wouldn’t get married either way… it’s all in here”, and he points to his heart. The love that binds two people together, in an everlasting relationship cannot be set through a piece of paper signed by a government, but what matters the most is the love that two people have for each other, and the commitment they pledge to each other personally. For people, like Mr. Sano, even though he would not take advantage of getting married to his partner, he is still affected through the discrimination, and the civil right that he and his partner lack. 

These thoughts, perspectives, mindsets, and opinions can be reflected in  our high school. People across our country, and our everyday lives  share these same thoughts. 

"A night at the museum is a sucess"

by Maiya Wilson

            “Keep calm and go to prom,” was the slogan for prom this year, and many seniors and juniors waited anxiously for the big day to come. April 28th, 2012 was a day that was marked in almost every upperclassmans’ calendars as this year’s prom was located at the Academy of Science.

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            This year’s prom theme came from the beloved Disney movie and Broadway play, “The Lion King” with the theme Hakuna Matata, which means “no worries.” But the question between many upperclassmen is, “Why Hakuna Matata?” Ms. Morris who is a senior sponsor and one of the coordinators for prom said, “The theme for prom came about because this year prom is located in the safari room at the Academy of Science and also Lincoln is the first High School and only school to have a prom at this location.”

           Prom tickets went on sale April 4th for students who have 90% attendance and April 5th for everyone else. With a school ID one was able to purchase a prom ticket for $65, without school ID $70 and guest $85. Prom will take place at the Academy of Science from 8pm to 12midnight. Bring receipt for entrance. 

         For every high school student that is experiencing prom, it is a memory that will forever be cherished and will be carried throughout adulthood.

 

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"Easy access to the most important meal of the day"

by Jessica Wong

 

Studies have shown that breakfast improves academic performance and behavior. Since many students have little access or no time for breakfast, the Grab n Go concept has flourished in schools all over the country and has recently made its way to the hallways of Lincoln. 

According to Grab N Go’s promotional material, breakfast improves health, resulting in fewer visits to the school nurse, improvements in children’s diets, healthier eating habits and maintenance of a healthy weight.

According to the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, students who eat breakfast are more likely to have a lower body mass index than students who don’t eat breakfast, especially among non-Hispanic and white students. They are less likely to have low magnesium, vitamin C, and folate levels.

The concept of Grab n Go Breakfast is to place the Grab n Go Breakfast Carts in high traffic areas in schools. If students want to get a breakfast, all they have to do is pay, grab a breakfast, and proceed to class. Students can either pay by cash or by punching in their cafeteria card number on the pin pad. Free or reduced meal qualifications also apply to the Grab N Go cart. Students who don’t qualify for free or reduced lunch pay $1.50. Because the intention of this cart is to ensure a quick breakfast, the foods are already set, so students don’t choose which foods they want or don’t want; they take the whole breakfast.

Many students and even teachers at Lincoln don’t go to the cafeteria simply because it’s inconvenient for them. Therefore, by having their breakfast carts in busy hallways, Grab N Go can attract and reach out to the students who don’t go to the cafeteria.

Senior Elvina Fan buys breakfast at the cart a couple times a week. She says, “I like that it’s easily accessible... The food’s good and it’s pretty healthy as well.” Like many students, Fan had never gone to the cafeteria to buy breakfast before, saying, “it wasn’t convenient for me.”

According to Catherine Johnston, Grab N Go Breakfast Consultant for the San Francisco Unified School District School Nutrition Services, Grab n Go is funded by a California Department of Education (CDE) Grant. “The idea is to provide funds for school districts to find ways to make breakfast more accessible to students in order to increase breakfast participation,” says Johnston.

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Grab n Go breakfast is healthy and all meals equal to 600 calories or less. Their breakfast cycle goes as follows:

Monday - Applesauce mini loaf, strawberry yogurt, banana, milk (549 cal)

Tuesday - Corn muffin, string cheese, orange, milk (600 cal)

Wednesday - Strawberry yogurt, granola packet, apple, milk (471 cal)

Thursday - Whole grain maple pancake, honey roasted sunflower seeds, pear, milk (573 cal)

Friday - Bagel with cream cheese, banana, milk (498 cal)

Johnston says, “The Grab n Go menu is designed to provide those essential food groups - with 16-18grams of protein in each complete breakfast.”

With its convenient location, the Grab n Go cart makes it easy and simple to get a good, healthy breakfast. It even stays open for a little while after 8:00 for the students who straggle in late. It only takes a minute and $1.50 to improve your health!

"Fundraising for every organization"

 

by Jessica Wong

 

Plenty of the clubs and organizations at Lincoln have spent numerous hours fundraising. It’s no secret that fundraising is difficult to do. At Lincoln, selling foods or snacks seems to be one of the most popular fundraising methods. To simplify your planning process, seeing Christine Eng is very much advised.

Eng has the “official” fundraising calendar, as she calls it. Contrary to what students tend to assume, Eng does not approve what can be sold. Rather, she simply tells the organization if there is an open space for them to sell their product. 

According to Eng, fundraisers are coordinated for fairness between organizations, and to avoid sticky situations such as a product being sold by more than one club.

After receiving approval to sell during a certain time, the organization has to receive approval from school administrators. Then, they would return to Eng so she could mark their fundraiser on the calendar.

When the Healthy Food Initiative was set, students were limited to sell food on campus during school hours. In addition, no unhealthy food could be sold. One of the results was the removal of soda machines from the JROTC room. 

The school district allows our school to have two fundraisers a year - Spring Fest and Fall Fest. The reason for this is to minimize competition with the cafeteria. When planning for the Spring Fest and Fall Fest, the cafeteria is notified early, so they know to order less food those days.

Since the rules only restrict food being sold during school hours, fundraisers such as the Class of 2015’s milk tea fundraiser are acceptable, as they sell their product after school. If any of the rules are broken, Eng notifies principle Barnaby Payne, and he immediately speaks to the sponsor club and shuts down their sales.

As (fundraiser coordinator?), Eng constantly has to turn down organizations. “I think the hardest thing about fundraising is, kids, clubs, teachers, sponsors, they need to remember that they have to check in with me for the dates and then admin... Sometimes people just feel like, ‘Oh, we need money. Let’s start selling wrapping paper!’ and they just do it and then it gets really uncomfortable because I have to say ‘Oh, Global Glimpse is selling wrapping paper.’ Then people get upset because they spend all this time planning this fundraiser and then they get shut down.”

Eng emphasizes the need to contact her early if an organization wishes to fundraise, saying, “I hope they understand that when I say, ‘Sorry, there’s another group that already has it,’ that they’re not going to get mad, [and] that they realize that I’m just trying to make it fair for everybody.” 

Fundraising is complicated and has to be carefully planned out. According to Eng, money can only be made if a product is sold at the right time regarding all school fundraising. She says, “Sometimes it’s hard to explain it to kids, and sometimes I think kids don’t communicate to the adults what the rules are, and so the adults just go, ‘Oh, ok!’ and I think that’s where we run in to a lot of troubles.”

"Serra Bowl finally closes its doors"

 

By Dennis Chang

 

On Wednesday February 29th, Serra Bowl, one of the few bowling alleys in the San Francisco/ Daly City area, announced via Facebook that it was closing.  

On Saturday, March 10, the bowling center had a peaceful gathering to sign a petition and try to prevent the closing; unfortunately for Serra, after all these years, their landowner “no longer wishes to have a bowling alley on his property”, said General Manager Mike Leong. Serra Bowl ultimately closed its doors on April 15. 

Serra Bowl has been around since 1961, serving customers from the San Francisco and Daly City areas for over fifty years. The bowling center, an easy ten-minute walk from Daly City Bart, is a common site to find both professional league bowlers and families looking for fun. According to Leong, Serra Bowl serves about 30,000 customers each year. 

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Over the years, Serra Bowl provided for customers a space for community enrichment and fun. The bowling alley has hosted countless professional tournaments as well as amateur leagues, and also hosts programs that allow students to bowl free, most prominently with the Kids Bowl Free program that allows kids to bowl two free games every day in the summer. “We host a Kops N Kids program that introduces safety officials such as police, firefighters, paramedic, etc to thousands of children in a relaxing atmosphere by allowing everyone to bowl together for free,” said Leong. “We ran a Turkeybowl every Thanksgiving where we donated a turkey…for every strike thrown that day.  It has been over 120,000 turkeys that we donated in the past 10 years.”

Overall, there didn’t seem to be any ways to prevent Serra Bowl from closing, besides petitioning to the landowner. “Where will people go for recreation? [Serra Bowl] keeps people off the streets and out of trouble,” said Leong. With the close, many students will have to find a new place to play, whether bowling or not at all.