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A five minute grace period might not be the solution

By Charlotte Hamm



Students rush minutes before first period officially begins to get to class on time.


Photo taken by : Charlotte Hamm





        Many studies have shown that if teenagers get the right amount of sleep they need to function properly, the outcome of their school days are better, and their attention spans are longer.


        However, adding a five-minute grace period to the first class of the day might not benefit students as much as one may think. It would not give students any extra sleep, unless they choose to be late. It would give students an extra five minutes to come to class, but it may not improve the number of tardy students.

Many may not be aware of the fact, but some Lincoln students do not have a first period to attend. Therefore, issuing a school wide agreement that does not benefit the student body as a whole seems unfair and some might challenge it. Those people might argue that they should be given a “five minute grace period” to their first class of the day.

That brings to mind the question of where to stop. If five minutes of education  missing in first period is excusable, why is it not in every other period?


        If administrators were to consider changing this policy, they should know that the issue of increasing tardiness probably would not decrease.  Many would likely take advantage of this extra commute time they are given and, as a result, remain consistently tardy.


        When I attended Aptos Middle School in San Francisco, they changed the time the first class began; as opposed to nine, it began ten minutes past nine. Although I cannot say why exactly they changed the bell schedule, I can say that there were the same amount of students tardy, if not more, to first period on a daily basis. Even my parents would tell me I had an extra ten minutes, instead of encouraging me to be early to ensure I was on time. Having witnessed this, I cannot have faith in this five-minute grace period.


       Allowing students to show up to class five minutes late for just the first period  does not set a steady schedule for teachers. Should they use those five minutes to teach? Or should they not because some students might miss out on the lesson with an excuse from the school and district.

I believe that if this policy were to be put into place, it would cause more troubles than good. It would not decrease the tardiness and it would not help students’ attention. Five minutes should not be taken from just one class.


        If members of the school board are really sure that this “grace period” is necessary, they should instead change the school schedule. Have it begin at 9:05 and plan every class accordingly.

College degrees are important

By Kelly Ye


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UC Berkley's Library helps people gain knowledge.


Photo taken by : Kelly Ye


   Many people question whether college is worth the time and money. Some say attending college is an unnecessary essential for achieving the goals you wish to accomplish in life. Others say, college is one of the most important steps in achieving a successful career. But is a college education a definite requirement for success?


   The main reasons why people consider not attending college may be due to financial issues, bad grades, career indecisiveness, time dedicated to work or parents’ opposing thoughts. These people generally want to finish high school, then go straight to work at a job. This is so they can earn money instead of going to college, which they perceive to be a waste of money.


   If people go to college, they will have the chance to make more money. Even if they have to pay a large amount of money or fall into debt during college, it is reasonable to do so in order to achieve a better paying job. Additionally, there are many assistive programs such as financial aid or scholarships to cover the cost of  college.


   In addition, college would give individuals a valuable experience in preparation for a  future job. Internships provided during college can definitely affect students’ future jobs, because they can develop skills, help build connections with professionals in their field, and help them in their future.


   This is the first step to life as an adult. The campus lifestyle teaches you time management, communication and responsibility. It also teaches you how to socialize and communicate efficiently with others. Students also have the opportunity to gain experience and resources pertaining to their majors and fields in order to prepare for their career.


   Having a college degree also gives you an advantage when applying for a job after graduation. Positions at some companies require a particular degree to apply. Not having a college degree makes you lose confidence compared to those who have college degrees.

I believe that most parents encourage their children to go to college. Most believe in the benefits of attending and want their children to gain knowledge and use it to their advantage.


   A Lincoln High senior, Sandra Chen stated, ”My parents are always happy to have a conversation with me about which college I am going to apply to. They would never consider me not going to college to. If I end up not going to college, they would be really disappointed in me.”


   Chen and her parents already have a big plan for her future. She will go to a four-year college and get an internship during her second or third year in the field that she is interesting in. College is considered a large and important part of her life.

Another senior, Haomin Liang, doesn’t want to disappoint his parents because his parents really encourage him to go to college to be successful.


   However, he stated, “I want to go to college because I want to discover my interest, not only because I am doing something they want me to do. I believe college could help me gain knowledge on my future career and the field that I love.”

People with medical conditions should  have the chance to attend college.


   Genevieve Evenhouse, the school district nurse currently working in Lincoln High School stated, “All students, regardless of their ability, physical or mental , should be able to go to college, with the necessary support that they need.”


   She thinks that human connections and experience on campus life are worthy reasons to go to college. They could learn how to navigate life, and learn skills that benefit them.


Sleeping early is necessary for teenagers

By Sandra Chen


Chery Hu sleeps around 9 o'clock


Photo taken by : Sandra Chen


    Scientific studies have shown that most students study most efficiently at night. Many  students who desire good grades prefer to sacrifice their sleep in order to study. But is this exchange more detrimental or helpful to students on behalf of their academic achievements, or should they go to sleep earlier?


    “Sleeping early is necessary for teenagers,” Genevieve Evenhouse, the school  nurse at Abraham Lincoln says. “For teenagers to succeed in whatever they do, like increasing memory, they should sleep longer. Sleep also prevents depression and helps brains become more successful at obtaining new information the next day.”


    Evenhouse encourages students to manage their time well in order to sleep early. When students come to see her with headaches or other health issues, most of the time, the cause of the problem is the lack of sleep. Many students are on their phones until midnight, and this really distracts them from their sleeping time. She advises that they should commit to having lights out before eleven o’clock.


    Long time usage of phones before sleep always happen to me. I usually finish my homework and get ready to go to bed around eleven o’clock. But Facebook,Instagram, and Snapchat keep me up very late at night. Although it is entertaining and relaxing to spend time on my phone, I always regret not sleeping earlier the next morning. I have come to a realization of sleeping early instead of playing on my phone.


    In addition, I frequently need to study late at night for tests or finish big projects. This is another problem that postpones my sleeping schedule. I believe this happens to many high school students too. How can I choose between studying and sleeping? Personally, the major reason for studying late at night is the over usage of phones. Once I put down my phone and disconnect with outside distraction, I can work quickly and efficiently.


    While studying, electronic devices slow down the efficiency. We should put down our phones and really get into studying. This brings us the best solution for sleeping early and finishing study! Once students finish both studying and sleep early at the night, they definitely have the adequate energy and are ready to be successful in their schoolwork the next day.

A later school start time helps students learn

By Brandon Zhu

Lincoln students feel sleepy during advisory.


Photo taken by : Brandon Zhu



   Have you ever wished you could have a little more time to sleep in the morning, if only for half an hour? For most people, especially high school students, the sleep study group from UC Berkeley shows that teenagers need at least 9.5 hours of sleep per night. However research shows that teenagers generally get an average of 7.4 hours of sleep each night. Based on that, we should push for a later start time till nine in the morning like most middle schools in the city.


   Most Lincoln students have to attend on campus classes every day at 8am. in the morning.


   Lincoln High senior David Li has experienced this exact situation every day since his freshmen year. living in the Excelsior District he has to wake up early every day.


   Li says, “I wake up almost everyday between six to six thirty in the morning to get myself to school.”


   That can cause students to experience extreme stress in the morning. There's both a positive and negative side to this issue. For example, the pros of a late start could be being able to sleep more, getting to school earlier, and more time for homework. The cons are that some students might take the late time for granted instead of sleeping earlier, instead staying up late playing video games.


   Selina Ng, a senior at Lincoln High says that “School should start at nine thirty like my middle school so I can have more time to do my homework, and I can sleep more than eight hours every day. I don't have to worry about the transportation or being late.”


   On the other hand some people might disagree with why school should start later.


   For example, the Wellness Center coordinator Ian Enriquez, said, “School should start at eight because an early start can provide time for students to attend after school programs, art, sports and, school will end later. Also that can be an excuse for teenagers to stay up late.”


   In my opinion I don't agree with the statement of Enriquez. Starting school early will cause the students to feel very tired. Also how can they be active for their after school activities. The “Nea Today” research shows that later school start time can physically and mentally help the students.


   Furthermore, a later start helps improve teens learning and behavior. I believe every student wants to be fully energetic in the morning instead of feeling stressed and tired.  


Music improves the quality of studying

By Chery Hu

Students listen to music while doing homework.


Photo taken by : Chery Hu



     Whatever preference one may have, music has a magic power and will slowly integrate into our daily lives once we start listening to it.  Some of the Lincoln High students have agreed about the benefits of listening to music — it improves attention, memory, and even motivation.  Without a doubt,  I’m sure that some of the students want to listen to music during class time or anytime when they want. Most of them like to listen music while they are studying.


       A few students think music has strongly impacts their emotional being from mood to heart rate.  However, when students are reading or writing something, they might choose to listen to soft music or none at all.


       According to an online research, Cliford Nass, a professor at Stanford University “ Music with lyrics is very likely to a problematic effect when you're writing or reading.”


       Some people think music can easily distract them. For example, when students are tired of doing their homework, music encourages them to release their stress in order to finish their tasks.  Also, when students are listening to their favorite songs, music can motivate them to work hard instead of giving up.


        “I won't be able to concentrate as well if I am not listening to music,” said Rachel Tong, a senior at Lincoln High. “ I like to listen to hip-hop and pop music, and I think music can really help me more concentrate on my work.”


          Furthermore, music not only gives students motivation, some of the teachers at Lincoln will like to play music during classes. They believe music can help students stay more focused on their work and memorize information easier.  For example, Dan Stingle, Lincoln’s ceramics teacher,  likes to play music during his classes.  He thinks music can spark inspiration in students’ projects as well as enhance their creativity.  


             However, not all styles of music may be beneficial to us. Those students who choose to listen to rap or rock songs can make them lose focus while studying.  Instrumental music would be the best choice for students to listen to while studying. Based on my experience, I can’t concentrate on my homework if I listen to music with too many lyrics.  


             A statistic from “goodreads” shows about 39% of people just depend on the kind of music, and some of them think classical music is distractible.


              “I think music can help me do better on studying, and I like to listen to classical music while I am studying,” said Jolin Huang, a junior. “Sometimes when I listen to music while studying, I will not pay all attention to my work.”  


              Overall, I think music not only gives us benefits, it also gives us encouragement and bring us happiness while we enjoy it.  In a conclusion, I considered music as part of my life, and music has strongly influences my lifestyle.


Sexualized makeup products are affecting teenagers

By Arianna Hansen


Teenage girls are often influenced by the makeup they use and the titles of the product.


Photo taken by : Arianna Hansen



      Many teenage girls love wearing makeup everyday, but are high-end makeup products targeting girls’ insecurities instead of boosting their confidence?


      Strolling down the mall, looking to purchase new mascara, I asked friends for their recommendations. I was looking for a mascara that wouldn't clump, and would make my eyelashes look long and full. I had already tried an array of different brands such as“Benefit,” “Maybelline,” “L’Oreal,” and “Lancome.” They all seemed good in the beginning, but were quick to dry out. One of my friends then recommended a “Too Faced” brand mascara called “Better than Sex.” I bought the product and it worked wonders, but it had me thinking; that title was a bit risque, especially since the consumers of these cosmetic products are frequently purchased by teenage girls.


      I wondered how many other brands had these type of titles. I took the time to go through almost every aisle in the store “Sephora” and browsed the items on their website. The results were very shocking. “Nars,” a very popular brand that is recommended amongst girls my age, ha some rather vulgar names for their products. Their blushes contain names like “Sex Appeal,” “Deep Throat,” “Orgasm,” and “Super Orgasm.” They also have very questionable names for their lip products such as “Sex Machine,” “Sexual Healing,” and “Fire Down Below.” The brand “Urban Decay” is also guilty with their cheek tints; “Bang” and “Quickie.”


     Afterwards, I looked to see if the “Two Faced” brand had any other sexual names on their products. It turned out that some of their eyeshadows had names like “Sexpresso,” “Nude Beach,” “Nice Ash,” “Like A Virgin,” “Lapdance,” “Label Wh*re,” “Fuzzy Handcuffs,” and “Garter Belt.” Appealing to a girl’s sexuality seems to be a common theme, which is not necessarily a bad thing. However, many girls--especially in high school--are heavily influenced by social media. The unfortunate reality is that it’s implanted into our minds that we must look a certain way. So in order to achieve the unachievable, we use (or abuse) makeup to cover our “imperfections.” Makeup can be used to liberate oneself to achieve confidence, but when’re young and naive it might come across as “this is the way you are supposed to look” or “you need to look sexy and to achieve that you must purchase this product.” Some girls my age therefore become dependent on their makeup, and without it they feel as if they can't leave the house.


      Carrie Liu, a friend of mine, stated “If you buy a sexy product, it will make the user feel sexy. At least, that is the marketing thought process.” Liu continued, “These brands know that girls in their teens are ditching the cute cherry lip gloss and bringing in the sexy liquid matte lipstick. To us, that is what growing up is for.”


      When it is a high end brand that is recommended by celebrities and gurus, we sometimes feel like this is the holy grail of products. Teenage girls are looking up to these mature adults and genuinely believe that they need sex appeal to be presentable, instead of enjoying their youth. We could easily laugh it off and say that it is just a name, and believe me when I say that I did have a good laugh out of these. But it did concern me that kids, not adults, were the highest-buying consumers. So, are these brands deliberately appealing to the younger generation?