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Smash tournament heats up the library

by Jasprit Samra

At Abraham Lincoln high school a tournament took over the library. Gamer’s club hosted it on March 10- 12, the game was Nintendo’s “Super Smash Bros Brawl”.

Gamer’s club is a group of people who all enjoy games, particularly on video games. They interact and play to- gether competitively. The club is still fairly new and was created a couple years ago.

“Super Smash Bros Brawl” is a very popular fighting game from Nintendo, which features their most popular characters such Mario, Fox, Link, Kirby, Pikachu, and more. The goal is to knock opponents out of the stage, and whoever has the least amounts of knockouts wins.

“We had a tournament be- cause it is the best method of being able to get a large number of people to play in a competitive tournament,” says senior member, Gavin Doe.

In the grand finale; senior Jeffrey Ramirez faced junior Amelia, who was the winner of the the losers bracket, in a final showdown.

The crowd transitioned from talking to watching intensely as the match began. Both play- ers played diligently, trying to discover each other’s weak- nesses and patterns. When- ever a player’s life was lost the crowd would boo or cheer.

Ramirez won the first round of a two out of three round. The crowd was encouraging Ame- lia to win as the second round started. They both used the same characters as they did in the last round; Ramirez used Sheik and Amelia used Peach.

It started off rather even, but Ramirez began getting the upper hand. He caught on to Ame- lias’ play style and counter acted it. The crowd rooted for Amelia but to no avail. Ramirez was able to close the game on his last life and won the tournament.

Ramirez says,” I felt somewhat dissatisfied because there weren’t that many people participating. There were only 18 participants, and I only had the chance to play four of them. If there were more people would feel more ac- complished with my victory.”

Gamer’s club has approximately twenty-five members. Around eighteen people partic- ipated in the tournament. The club hosted a “Super Smash Bros Brawl” tournament last year. They are hoping to hold simi- lar events in the near future.

Gilbert Chan, the librarian and sponsor of the Gamer’s club says, “I supervise and oversee the club. I give them ideas about events and pro- mote/advertising the club.”

“[the tournament] was a three day tournament, and we wrapped up with a pot- luck to share our enjoyment for gaming,” Chan concluded.

The Advice Column from the Log!

by Brandon Yuen

 

Hey! My name is Brandon and I’m a senior. I’ll be writing the advice column for this issue’s Lincoln Log! You’re welcome to submit questions for the Lincoln Log and we’ll do our best to answer them! Anyways, onto this issue’s question.

Q: How do I balance school and sports?

A:

Balancing school and sports may seem like a difficult situation, but it’s actually not as bad as it seems! Being part of a sports team can give you an in- credible experience by allowing you to step out of your comfort zone, make friends, and stay fit!

If you choose to pick up a sport, good for you! It’ll look great on college applications and resumes. In order to balance the scale of school and sports you’re going to need to cut down on your other activities you do for leisure such as video games or

hanging out with friends. As antisocial as it seems, you’re going to have to make these changes if you’re going to become dedicated to the sport. You also have to be sure to free up your days or let your coach know otherwise so you can set up a schedule with them so that schoolwork can be done. Be sure you’re on the same page with your team.

For example, try to use a planner and list out your entire semester if possible! Write in your planner on a day to day basis to keep up with your schoolwork and sports. Keep on top of your game. Say you have a big game and a test coming up, write both of them down and prepare to work around that schedule. It may not seem like a lot, but writing down your activities and events for the semester may actually allow you to better schedule time for your academics and sports. It may be easier to physically look at your schedule than

just thinking about it. Prioritize! Social and relaxation time are just as important as sports and school. Mental health is important, too. Re- member to find a healthy balance.

From personal experience, I didn’t have much trouble balancing sports and school be- cause practice only occurred three times a week. I know some other sports ask for practice at least five or six times a week, but don’t let the amount of prac- tices prevent you from joining a sport you know you want to join. You can always try your best to make adjustments with your coach! If you can’t, just remem- ber to equally balance the two by writing your schedule out and talking to your coach, other- wise your scale gets thrown out of equilibrium and you’ll most likely end up stressed.

Leadership Club leads up to beach clean up

by Henry Monteiro

In Leadership Club, a main goal for the students is to spread a sense of leadership in stu- dents, so that they may serve as examples for other students. On the last day of February, they expanded this sense of leading by example, as this year’s BSA slogan goes, by performing some extra-curricular work by clean- ing up at Ocean Beach.

“Every semester, everyone in leadership comes up with a volunteer idea on what they can do,” says senior Emily Phan, “and then Ms Eng and Ms Kamkar selects a few ideas that they like, and the class votes on it.”

According to the leadership club, the trip was a complete success.

“I think this was pretty good, because there was another school that came as well, so we cleaned for about two hours.”

The sentiment is shared by Christine Eng,the host of the leadership club.

“Most of the students had never done it before, and we were lucky. It was a sunny day, with nice weather, which made it very enjoyable,” says Eng.

In addition to serving as a good deed, Eng also hopes that the experience will serve as a form of advertising for the lead- ership club.

“I think what happens is that kid’s schedules are so full, they don’t have time to take electives,” explains Eng. “I want kids to know that this class is available, since I’m competing with other electives for those kids.”

Eng also expresses thankful- ness in what she perceives as the genuine care of her students, in contrast to what she has heard from administrators at some of the locations that the leadership club has assisted at.

“Last year we worked at The Family House for kids with cancer, and the coordinator there commented that Lincoln students really seemed to care, unlike other students who had volunteered there, who went there just trying to beef up their resumés,” she states.

“Most kids go to community services to beef up their resume, so I like how this shows people that Lincoln has good teenagers.”

The “Tiger Lady” is going out... With a story

by Brandon Yuen

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With her legacy of 21 years running through the veins of Abraham Lincoln High School, Yvonne Kawasaki, the attendance secretary, has finally announced that she will be retiring as the attendance secretary at Lincoln on April 11th, 2015.

Kawasaki, 64, enjoys plants, mahjong, Scrabble, theatrical musicals, symphonies, dancing, reading, and writing. She has been coined the nickname, “Dragon Lady”, but prefers to be called, “Tiger Lady”, because she was born in the year of the Tiger. She has one son and two-grand- daughters, six and a half years old and ten years old, who currently reside in Las Vegas

If people want to call me a name, at least let them call me the right name,” says Kawasaki. Her room, 121, is decorated with mementos from her time here at Lincoln such as postcards from various countries that were given to her from teachers, students, and friends. She also has cut up posters on her front desk from Norman Rockwell, a 20th century American painter and

illustrator. Kawasaki has been working

at Lincoln since January 3rd, 1994. “I was hired by Gwen Chan [one of Lincoln’s previous principals]in1994....When I was first hired I was just taking care of the bookroom. They gave me a six month probation period to clean up the bookroom. It was a mess,” says Kawasaki.

After ten years of helping out as the bookroom keeper, she moved onto being an attendance secretary.

“The school needed a reason to justify having two librarians. The librarian at the time was Ann Dalton. Since they only needed one librarian, they put the bookroom [Kawasaki’s former role] under their [Librarian] umbrella and I was routed down here, to the attendance office.” Says Kawasaki.

Kawasaki is intending to leave for retirement in July when she turns 65 years old. After retirement she plans to get a lot of rest and throw a party at a restaurant with live music.

“I told Mr. Scott to supply the guys and I’ll supply the girls,” says Kawasaki in reference to the party.

Kawasaki’s office, full of vibrant plants, posters, ceramics, and dolls, poses an aroma of a living room that makes you feel at home more so than an office.

“I wanted to make it so that it would be calming when people walk into this room,” says Kawasaki. “My most memorable moment

at Lincoln would have to be the students. It may not seem like it, but I really do care about them. It’s great to see them grow,” says Kawasaki.

“Out of the 21 years I’ve spent here, no. I do not regret anything at all. It’s been a good 21 years, my self-confidence has soared,” says Kawasaki.

Despite Kawasaki being a hard working attendance secretary, there has undoubtedly been controversy amongst students concerning how “mean” Kawasaki is.

“I have no ill-will, there’s a difference between being mean and tough. Being mean comes with ill-will; I love the students. I’m tough, but I’m helping them. I’m setting boundaries.” Says Kawasaki.

Students were also asked to give their opinions about Kawasaki retiring.

“I feel that she’s actually nice, at least that’s what I’ve heard,” says senior Edmund Gan.

“She’s a scary person and I hope she survives in the real world,” says senior Matthew Chen.

The Power of Productivity Loves You

by Penelope Kim

Procrastination gets the best of everybody, even the most stu­ dious students. It usually starts out slowly. You start missing one assignment, then two, then a bunch...it feels like you can’t get out of this cycle, but don’t fret or give up! This abyss usu­ ally starts out in your Junior to Senior year of high school and it can hinder your success detrimentally. Official diagno­ sis:”Junioritis.” Out of the many ways to be productive, it can vary from person to person, or situation. These are the scien­ tifically proven methods to being productive so you can have more time for Netflix binging during the weekend and still exceed in all your classes! The best part is you don’t need to buy overpriced applications that don’t work at all.

The first step is starting a scientific effect to success.The “Zeigarnik effect” compels humans to complete tasks once they’ve started, whereas you’d probably feel no obligation to finish the tasks you have if you never started it at all. This ef­ fect shows when we don’t finish a task we experience discomfort. So you’d better get to it!

Pomodoro Method is the perfect task timer. What is the Po­ modoro Technique? It is a sim­ ple philosophy to get things done without exhausting yourself. Twenty-five minutes of work followed by a glorious 5 minute break, and then repeat until the job gets done! This works very well for those times you get as­ signed a bunch of homework and it gives you a rhythmic cadence of when to stop and go in frac­ tions of time. So finish that es­ say, or, those pages of bookwork you need to get through! Pomo­ doro Timer($1.99) by Nasa Mon­ keys is simply the best app to get the most effectiveness out of The Pomodoro Technique on Apple devices. The interface of the app is simple and it gives you alerts when your Pomodoro is finished. The Android equivalent is Po­ modroido: A Pomodoro Timer by Flying Signals(FREE!). If tech­ nology is too tempting for you, a simple watch or kitchen timer will do the trick.

You ever heard the phrase practice makes perfect? The phrase should be: Practice de­ liberately if you want perfection! Instead of exhausting a whole day of practice into your lab re­ port or cram session, you should focus on your hardest tasks, work then take a break. Some of the best classical musicians swear by this method. You can apply this to your guitar playing or that upcoming test on Angio­ genesis.

The key is discipline to your task, desire to complete your objective or goal, and dedication to make it happen, whether on your math test or your next lab report. Willpower alone cannot get you through every task you have to finish.

Plenty people in Lincoln find ways to be successful. In Coach Doherty’s Junior AVID class there are many students who are productive. But how do they define productivity in their ev­ eryday life? Saul Cortez is a vibrant, well­rounded junior in AVID academy who has recent­ ly achieved a 3.83 GPA for the grading period.

Cortez tells me his secrets to being a successful student: “Know your goals, focus on them, and manage your time so you can still have the time to do what you want when you want to.”

Kevin Doherty aka “Coach D” believes in the classic mot­ to,”Dedication, Discipline, and Desire. Dedication to meet your goals, Discipline to get them finished, and Desire for more.” Many of the Lincoln football players are reminded by that motto when they put that into action on the field, and at school.

Those are words to truly emu­ late and if you follow at least two out of three you’re bound to get something out of it.

If you want to get something done, start doing it and pace time wisely. With Zeigarnik ef­ fect, Pomodoro technique, and your own judgment we can all be successful people and achieve productivity!

Wall of Fame Adds A New Member

by Junhui Lei

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Richard Serra, minimalist sculptor and video artist, is a graduate of Lincoln High School and an inductee onto the Wall of Fame. Mark Di Suvero, abstract expressionist sculptor, was a student at Lincoln but was not a graduate. Serra created “Ballast” and it was installed at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Mission Bay. Di Suvero’s “Dreamcatcher” is displayed in the UCSF Mission Bay’S Koret Quad.

Serra was born in San Fran­ cisco and studied art in the University of California, Santa Barbara. Later, he studied painting in the M.F.A. program at Yale University School of Art and Architecture.

Di Suvero was born in Shang­hai, China, and emigrated to San Francisco, California during World War II. After graduating from college, he pursued a ca­reer in sculpting art.

“Both men create monumental sculptures out of iron and steel,” says Jack Alter, art teacher at Lincoln. Alter believes that what is special about the sculp­ tures at UCSF is that they are enormous in size and are made out of iron and steel.

“The artwork is spectacular,” Alter says, “it’s a nice addition to the building around them.” The sculptures are stood outside the UCSF’s buildings.

According to the UCSF, “[Serra’s “Ballast”] It consists of two separate plates of steel – each nearly 50 feet high and 15 feet wide – tilting in opposite directions.” The two pieces of “Bal­last” are not only massive in size, but also made out of Cor­-Ten steel, which changes col­ or to a warm brown due to the weather. Di Suvero’s works are “are distinctive for their huge, yet gracefully balanced pieces of steel, which while anchored to the ground seem to reach for the sky.”

The Wall of Fame awardees are Abraham Lincoln High School alumni who are outstanding member of their profession.

“I think all of the members of the Wall of Fame are Lincoln graduates,” says Barnaby Payne, Principal at Lincoln.

“I’m trying to get the Alumni Association to put Mark Di Suvero on the Wall of Fame,” Di Suvero is not a graduate of Lincoln, therefore, he would not be put on the Wall of Fame, but Alter is trying to speak with the Alumni Association to hope if Di Suvero could be awarded for his achievement.

The two sculptors’ achievements have led to the recognition by the school. Al­ though Di Suvero may or may not become an inductee onto the Wall of Fame, his sculpture draws the attention and appreciation from one of Lincoln art teachers.

In this can, student sees the kernel of truth

by Henry Monteiro

I’m a man of simple pleasures. More specifically, I’m the kind of person who will grab things that no one else will take. So far, my collection includes a cou­ ple paintings left on the street, CDs in the furthest reaches of the clearance section, and a lot of outdated action figures. How­ ever, one piece of my collection holds a special place in my heart for its sheer age and outlandish­ ness. That object is an unopened can of popcorn from 1988.

The story on how this popcorn came to be in my grasps is a fair­ly simple one. One day, roughly two years ago, I was in Lincoln Market waiting for a sandwich, when something on the near­ by shelf happened to catch my eye. Reaching to grab it, I saw that it was a can of Jolly Time, faded over time to a light or­ ange hue. I picked it up, and as I ran my eyes over the label for a date, the only number I could find was a copyright date from 1988. Excited with owning a can of food that’s older than some of

the teachers of Lincoln High, I grabbed it, paid the three dol­lars for it, and ran out of the es­tablishment.

On the surface, the popcorn is a mere quirky object, some­ thing that I’d buy because it was “funny” at some point, but then quickly is reduced to nothing but an object that now, I have to ex­ plain to guests every time they come over to my house. But to me, it’s more than that.

Over these two years, I’ve developed a sense of connection with this can, likely filled with

dusty, long forgotten kernels that will never see the outside world. To me, it’s a reflection on why we should always let ourselves be as we are, without forcing ourselves to be confined. If we stay confined, we will like­ ly end up like that little can of kernels, knowing nothing but the cold, metallic tin we were forced into decades ago. And it’s important to know more than that. I don’t want to end up like this can, forever sheltered from outside forces. I wanna live and be free.