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Noises Off Review

by Aurora Oliva

As the lights dim and the crowd quiets down, with the curtain begins to open and we hear... a British accent! Upon hearing this, I definitely jumped. I knew “Noises Off” was originally performed with British accents, but I did not expect the drama department to take on the challenge of performing the play with these accents. So right off the bat, I was impressed.

As the play carried on, the audience begins to realize that this play is in fact a play within a play. A Playception, if you will. This realization was achieved in an unusual way; Quinntton Barringer, a senior at Abraham Lincoln, who at first seemed like a rude audience member, turned out to be a cast member himself as the annoyed director. As he sat with the audience he began to shout“Stop, stop!” I figured this guy must have had serious issues for already ruining the play in the first two minutes. But when the actors played along to his words, I knew this was just part of the script. He then got on the stage and began to interact with them and that’s when things started getting good.

Following this strange and unexpected interference, the audience learns how dysfunctional this cast is and that their director is in serious need of some help.

As the cast attempts to rehearse this play-within-a-play, it becomes apparent that this play is getting worse and worse. Whether it is the couples falling apart or wong entering and existing. Again, not the actual play but the play in the play. (Good. But how is it getting “worse”? WHat do you mean - are they bad actors? do they forget their lines? Trip over each other?

By Act 2 this conceit becomes quite rather predictable. It was obvious that the couples involved in the play were not okay and the jealousy is palpa- ble. I think the coolest part is when we get to see what is taking place behind the scenes of this play within a play. The whole set that we become accustomed to in Act 1 is turned around to give us a view of the back! This is something you don’t normally get in your average play, and it helps set the scene and make it more believable.

Overall, Noises Off was really good. I laughed, I cried. And I wished I could’ve eaten sardines all the way home.

The boom is here in the Bay Area

by Junhui Lei

There are more and more of the so-called “Google Bus- es” traveling around the city. “Google Bus” is a term loosely applied to tech industries employee shuttles, although not all tech shuttles are from Google. These shuttles are used to ferry employees from San Francisco or Oakland to Silicon Valley. It is important to note that more people moving into a region will increase that region’s housing prices. Not only are the employees who work for the tech companies are moving into San Francisco, causing the rents to raise, but the tech companies as well. On February 5th 2014, stops in their re- search on the “shuttle effect”, Alexandra Goldman with UC Berkeley City Planning stated that the rents rise 20% around Google bus. Protesters of the tech shuttles viewed the buses as a sign of displacement and gentrification. In early 2014, the San Francisco Municipal transportation Agency imposed a fee that is expected to raise $1.5 million a year for private companies using public stops.

Students at Abraham Lincoln High School are also affected by the rising of housing prices. “College tuition is increasing, student loan interest rates are increasing, and if rent increases as well, I don’t think people will be able to handle this.” Tiffany, a Lincoln student, says. Increasing of the housing prices brings students more pressure.

However, some of the tech companies do contribute back to the community. Yumi Ouyang, a senior student from Academy of Information and Technology, is an example benefactor. “Facebook and Wii came into our class to talk about how the companies work.” Says Ouyang. Academy of Information and Technology sometimes has speakers or guests from tech companies that explain, teach, or offer the students information about the IT world.

With more technical companies moving into San Francisco, they create more jobs and help bring the employment rate up. With more jobs offered, students benefit from having more internships and, through the internships, gain more experience. “It brings innovation, young hearts, and more specifically jobs,” senior Tyson Van says.

Bringing jobs and creating new businesses in San Francisco benefits the working-class. Nevertheless, small businesses may not benefit from it.

Van, who also works at a local business, says, “For small businesses, working at one my- self, it’s a tough city to live in. We are constantly being bought out by Chipotle and other franchises.” Additionally, with more tech companies moving into to San Francisco, the low-income neighborhoods may be gentrified.

“But the problem with this process is gentrification.” Says Van.

As mentioned earlier, with the tech companies moving into SF, the rents and housing prices increase too much that low income or middle income families can not afford to live here in SF, which widens the gap of disparity all around the Bay Area.

“A lot of public housing is being renovated into condominiums, [causing] less housing to the not as privileged. The wealth disparity is now bigger than ever, even though San Francisco’s wealth is growing, the question is who should the wealth go to?” Asks Van.

With the rents and housing prices continuing to increase and the gap between the rich and the poor continue to widen, there will be less and less affordable housing.

There are pros and cons to tech companies moving into San Francisco. Many students are affected by rising rents and an overall higher cost of living, but many also benefit from internships and more jobs being offered in the Bay Area overall. It remains to be seen how the tech boom will impact the future generation of San Franciscans.

DACA gives Lincoln students opportunities for the future

by Penelope Kim