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Thieves break into Gerek’s classroom at midnight

By:Benjamin Sheh

 

“Rebecca Gerek’s window was smashed at midnight of January 11th by thieves who were aiming to steal her iMac.

 

In the early hours of Thursday morning, January 11th, thieves shattered the glass next to math teacher Rebecca Gerek’s classroom door and slipped in by unlocking the door from the inside. English teacher Edmond J. Sullivan’s room was also targeted, with the glass on the door itself having been cracked open.

Vice principal Lance Tagomori arrived at school at about 5:30 a.m., and didn’t see anything at first because the sky was still dark. A few minutes later, he received a radio message from a security guard.

“I ran over there as fast as I could, and found a gaping hole in the glass,” said Tagomori. Stepping in, he saw that things were strewn all over the ground, and that a laptop seemed to be missing. “I went around the classroom, it seemed like everything else was intact.”

Tagomori then contacted Gerek and the police before proceeding to block off the area. Security camera footage confirmed that four people committed the break-in, who have yet to be identified at the time of publishing.

“Upon further investigation, we found that they had actually broken into the South Gym first. But because everything was locked, they couldn’t take anything,” said Tagomori.

When Gerek arrived at the scene, janitor Trudy Harris *verify name* was dealing with broken glass that was scattered everywhere. An iMac was near the stop of the stairs, and was smashed. Besides a few desk drawers that had been opened, all other cabinets and objects were not moved.

“Well, they took the iMac and that iMac is now history,” said Gerek. “It really didn’t disrupt my day too much.”

    According to Sullivan, the monitor was still attached to its security cable when it was smashed. The thieves likely dropped it when the alarm sounded to make their escape.

While Sullivan’s room was also targeted, the thieves didn’t manage to get into the room.

“I have an old and completely outdated computer and DVD player, which is visible through the door. That’s the only reason I figured my room was targeted,” says Sullivan.

SFUSD security had been dispatched to the scene after the alarm went off around midnight, and later contacted Lincoln High at 9:00 a.m. Lincoln High’s security was able to clear the area for use after homeroom that Thursday morning.

What happened to the Lincoln K-con?

By: Wendy Zhu

 


Contestants sing in the 2017 Chinese Club Karaoke contest

 

Each year the Chinese Club has its annual karaoke contest where students have a chance to show their singing talent. The 20th annual karaoke contest would have been happening in the middle of February, 2018. This year the karaoke contest was cancelled because there’s no student willing to plan the event.

Ever since 2015, fewer and fewer members stay in the chinese club. Even during lunch meetings, members were not actively to paying attention or to be immersing themselves in events.

“It’s more like a place for us to chill instead of a place for meeting,” said Emily Cai, a former member of the Chinese Club. “As a member, our job is to help out on the big day, and set up for the contest.”

The Chinese Club’s main focus is on the this big event, their annual Karaoke contest, or K-Con. Members recruit students to try out for auditions Along with planning out the event. This includes contacting MCs, and performers for the show.

The karaoke contest is a singing contest for all students. All contestants must sing Chinese songs in order to participate in the contest.

There are three rounds of the contest. First, students have to audition, and if the judges like them, then they can enter for the contest. There are 12 contestants that can enter the first round. After they sing, the audience will vote. The top 6 contestant will enter the second round. Then the final decision will be made by the judges.

 

We should be prepared for the next big Earthquake

By: Donna Li

 


These are the few of the many items that you will need to pack in preparation of an earthquake.

 

    It has been quite a few years since the last big earthquake hit San Francisco, 29 years ago to be exact. In 1989, an earthquake struck the coast of San Francisco on October 17, with the magnitude of 6.9. Knowing that it has been quite some time since a major earthquake hit, doesn’t it make you feel nervous that soon, sometime in the near future, another big earthquake will hit us?

    “Although we may not know when the next earthquake will hit, it’s always best to be prepared for it,” says Anson Lin, a senior at Lincoln. “You don’t want to regret not preparing for it when the time actually comes.”

    Experts predict that somewhere in the next 30 years, an earthquake about the magnitude of 7.4 will hit San Francisco. We have been having many small earthquakes here and there in the bay area and people are starting to worry.

     Now many of you might be wondering, how do I start preparing for an earthquake? Not everyone will have knowledge of earthquake preparation and that’s okay. To help those who have no idea where to start, here are a few safety measures to take.

    Always have a first aid kit at home. Inside the first aid kit you should have, bandages, gauze, adhesive tapes, antiseptic wipes, scissors, tweezers, pocket knife, cotton swabs, and any prescription medicine anyone in the family is currently taking (always remember to keep these medicines updated). In addition to those, you also need food, water, clothes, blankets, flashlight, radio, and batteries.

    Between you and your family members, figure out what is the best place to for each of you to “duck, cover and hold”. Do you have a table big enough for everyone to go under? Or do some need to go against a wall or under a desk? In the case of an earthquake hitting during daytime and all family members are at various places away from home, make sure you all have a list of each family member’s phone number to stay in contact and also a list of places you all can meet at afterwards.  

    At Abraham Lincoln High School, Lance Tagomori is in charge of the whole school’s emergency evacuation plans.

    “[In the event of an earthquake], first thing for the student and the staff of Lincoln is to duck cover and hold,” says Tagomori “If you’re in the hallway, duck, cover and hold against a nearby wall and stay away from windows or anything with glass. If you’re outside, stay outside.”

    After the shaking, we’ll find out the severity and damage from the earthquake.

    “If it’s a minor one,” says Tagomori, “we’ll just evacuate and then access the building and come back in. If it’s a big one, then we’ll evacuate, but there could be blocked entrances and people stuck, trapped and hurt so we’ll have a search and rescue team, [formed by the Lincoln staff] to check the building and act as first aid.”

    In the event of a minor earthquake there is a holding down at the football fields after we evacuate. We are high school students so the school isn’t required to keep us. Our parents are notified that they can come get us and/or we are allowed to leave.

   If this was a big and damaging earthquake, our school has a storage where we keep food and supplies in case of a long term holding. There is one bottled water per person and granola bars.

Overall our school is prepared and does have a evacuation plan ready, so in the event of an earthquake, we will be prepared.  

Students plan to reconcile Osaka and San Francisco’s relationship

By: Savinie Lin

 


The “comfort women” statue in San Francisco is a memorial for the thousands of women forced into sexual slavery.

 

Students in Lincoln’s Japanese classes are working to reconcile a relationship between the sister cities, Osaka, Japan and San Francisco after the controversial statue in downtown commemorating the “comfort women” of World War II was erected by Mayor Ed Lee in 2016. The three women in the statue hold hands and symbolize the thousands of women who were detained and raped by Japanese soldiers before and during World War II.

“Comfort women” were women and girls who were forced into sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army before and during World War II. A majority of the women are from Korea, China, the Philippines, and even Japan. The controversy behind the statue is that it seems to be shaming and criticizing Japan over “comfort women.”

The San Francisco and Osaka sister-city has a history of almost six decades and Osaka’s Mayor Hirofumi Yoshimura said that by the end of 2017 he is going to end ties.

“When the sister-city relations was created, I think there was a lot, still a lot, of mistrust. And we came a long way to build a bridge and exchange people and ideas between the two cities, contributing to world peace as a large,” said Japanese teacher Koichi Sano. “The whole notion of sister-cities in the world was created on the foundation of world peace. We want the world to be a peaceful place.”

One of the benefits that came with the sister-city relationship was sending students from both San Francisco and Osaka to the other city where they were able to exchange ideas and teach about one’s culture. Another benefit was to help promote culture and commercial ties.

“To be a sister-city means that the two [cities] could have relations with each other, they could build a bridge over understanding, and create a community through that,” said senior Celine Thach, co-president of the Japanese Culture club.

“The sister-city relationship was a bridge between us and it helped us understand each other’s culture,” added senior, Connie Yu.

Students from Abraham Lincoln High School’s Japanese Culture club are trying to solve the problem.

“The project we’re doing is a video project which includes a sort of letter. Basically the video will try to have the mayor reconsider our relationship and see the benefits rather than the negative parts,” said Thach.

The project was proposed right after news was announced of Mayor Yoshimura’s decision to cut ties and the decision to cut relations won’t be official until around June, but the club plans to finish the project around February.

“More than anything we want to kind of rekindle that friendship we’ve had for 60 years because we feel that this whole future of opportunity was lost because of one situation and it feels like a waste and kind of a disappointment,” explained senior Sabrina Chung, co-president of the Japanese Culture club.

“Regardless of the outcome, whether the mayor of Osaka changes his mind or not, at least we know at the end of this process we’ve done what we could. There’s a difference between ‘Oh he did not change his mind, but we didn’t do anything about it,’ as opposed to ‘Oh he didn’t change his mind after all, but we did what we could do,’” said Sano.