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Improv show makes a roar in the Little Theater

by Penelope Kim

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The improv show is a great spectacle of spontaneous imagination and funny social interaction. It’s only $3 for students and $5 for adults. The best part was a show and birthday celebration for Steve Smithstein! I was laughing throughout the show. It was also really emotional for the graduating seniors. No vermin were seen at this show.

The night started off with warm up games to get the improv club members and audience members prepared for the show. Games included recalling the phrases and letting audience members volunteer for beginning skits. My favorite skits were Emotional Speed Dating, where two people had to act out a different emotion than the person they were having a speed date with. Juniors Canyon Perry and Melanie Eng hit indecisiveness and passive aggressive spot on in one date. 

Next, Juniors Eliana Smithstein and Eng led a scientific Biotechnology skit where they’re pretending they’re doing a Biotech lab until Melanie sneezes all over their reaction. There was also a Chemistry skit involved, creating a funny and educational mood. 

The State Trooper Skit was a confusing skit until I understood what they were saying. It was figurative in the sense that they had to hide that they were on drugs to a state trooper. So these two friends are on a road trip and a state trooper stops them and questions what they’ve been doing. Both friends have hilariously different funny stories until the state trooper eventually has some sense of what’s going on.

The most unique part of the show was the Hellness Center. It means what you think it is, the Wellness Center in Hell. A couple walks in and sits on a couch to talk to Ian (Quintonn Barringer) to talk about options after the couple told Ian that she was expecting a child. As devilish scenes go, the Wellness center wasn’t helpful at all.

Even Nurse Stuart was up to no good. Imagine Lincoln as a funny and horrible place; that was what the Hellness Center was. 

The most used props on the show were a comfy peach sofa and a chair. What I saw should’ve been called a sport. It was so fluid; the interaction was genuine yet variant. Everything went really fast, and the room seemed to be at the same pace as them.

There some parts that I didn’t understand. For example, some of the scenes dragged on too long at times specifically between the State Trooper Skit and Hellness Center skit. It would of been less awkward if it the skits were went a bit shorter.

I recommend if you attend a show in the Little Theater, you need to bring a bottle of water, find a comfy seat where you have a good view of the first 3 rows, food if you’re a hungry person, and some friends. It definitely gets hot as a summer day in LA because of all the people huddled in a closed space but it gives you character and a sweat from laughing your ass off. 

I got to see new and old faces. There were many improv veterans that were there from the start and soon they’ll graduate. Those veterans are Henry Monteiro, Daniel Fielding and Quintonn Barringer. Alumni from the club were also special guests for the Lie Detector Skit and State Trooper skit. 

Overall all, the improv shows I’ve seen at Lincoln make me laugh until it hurts, bond with friends, and most importantly I want to come back and laugh again. So you should come again and laugh the night away in a room full of friends. 

The duration of the show is about 2.5 hours, they usually run as long as the poster says. So please arrive 10-15 minutes early for a good view. If you want to be where the Improv members are they are usually seated in the back rows and then they run to the front stage when called for action. 

Baltimore riots: Police need to do a better job

by Lincoln Log Staff

When police officers sign themselves to upholding the law, they’re supposed to be upstanding citizens. Unfortunately, they often abuse their power, sometimes to deadly extremes. Even on the lowest level of abuse, some police officers sound their siren to go past traffic without it being an emergency. This is indicative of the larger issue of them abusing their power of being above the law.

The supreme court has ruled that it is illegal to shoot someone, just because they are fleeing. However, through loopholes and technicalities, the police have gotten away with shooting individuals without so much as a warning, leading to more cops using these loopholes to their advantage.

In Baltimore a bystander reported that the police were holding Gray down on his neck with their knee. The cops shot him as he was fleeing, but then allegedly placed the taser next to him. There was a video recorded by a bystander, now distributed online for anyone to see. The cops were originally suspended and now are being charged with murder. The Baltimore case is the one of the very few exceptions, sadly, as many cops escape charges like this easily everyday.

Too many black men have been killed by incompetent and sadistic policemen, and it’s a trend that needs to stop. Michael Brown and Eric Garner are only two of a list of many, just in the past five years alone.

Joseph Kent was a protester who was being interviewed for CNN, but was grabbed and kidnapped by the police on live TV. This isn’t even legal, and cops committing blatant crimes like this should be stopped. We aren’t living in a dictatorship where everything has to be censored. People should be able to protest peacefully, it’s a first amendment right. 

We need to change the way police operate. Police should be always monitored by their higher ups via camera so if they try to do something that they shouldn’t they will be notified. We also believe that their training should be revised if they can’t tell a taser from a gun. Police shouldn’t even shoot to kill. A cop should always aim at their legs, not their heart, or anything above the chest at all. If an officer can’t aim properly, then he doesn’t deserve a gun, much less a badge. Police need to earn the right to use weapons.

Proper police control is important for our society, and it’s something that’s uncomfortably neglected. As a group, it is our right to stand up, and stop abuse of power like this from happening. 

Integrative Medicine is changing the meaning of care

by Penelope Kim

Integrative medicine is the polar opposite of America’s conventional health care. It focuses on the whole person instead of having a long list of medications. One has a cooperative system of health and wellness. The side effects of these drugs can be miserable or even life threatening for some. When I took prescription Adderall for ADHD, it made me swell into an ocean of depression instead of helping me concentrate and be a productive person. The definition of integrative medicine is medicine that integrates the therapies of alternative medicine with those practiced by mainstream medical practitioners. This means one can see an acupuncturist in conjunction with a primary care doctor to relieve stress and pain or use medical marijuana for PTSD while seeing a psychotherapist.

While people oppose integrative medicine due to the time it takes to see results or the amount of money it costs compared to generic prescriptions, many universities and healthcare professionals stand in support, including UCSF, University of Pittsburgh, and University of Maryland. In the long run, simple integrative treatments and interventions could save insurance companies millions in the future. For example, an obese person could get a gastric bypass surgery (approximately $7,000 and up), while someone who utilizes integrative medicine could get CBT and nutritional support from a dietitian with more support from their healthcare web of doctors.

Nurse Stuart Dick of Lincoln High School says, “There are mostly no negative side effects to many integrative medical practices. Of course with medical marijuana, many do not like the high if they are taking it medicinally and need to work or function with a clear head. Many pharmaceutical drugs can potentially cause death as a potential side effect. This is not possible with cannabis. Naturopaths claim that there are no side effects to their treatments.”

I prefer integrative medicine in conjunction with medication. I attend UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Care in San Francisco. If I didn’t go there for my ADHD, dietary, and psychological needs, I’d probably have a long list of pills to take. I feel better and less groggy than if I took my stimulants for ADHD. I take Pycnogenol (French maritime pine bark extract), Omega 3 and a protein rich diet for concentration and vitality. Meditation makes me feel less stressed and calmer during tests. 

Can integrative medicine and pharmaceutical medicine work together? The answer is yes, most of the time. It depends on medical needs, desires, and overall state of health of a patient.

If a person is on Zoloft, they shouldn’t take 5 HTP or St. John’s Wort because that could change the efficacy of the drug they’re taking. Remember to always consult with your doctor before you take any integrative approaches.

Before I took my health into an integrative approach, I was a lot more depressed and medicated. The medication that was supposed to help my ADHD made me extremely depressed, turned me into an insomniac and it affected my appetite. Eventually I became a different person. Integrative medicine made me feel like I could shape my outcome instead of waiting for a medication or new treatment to work. I felt more connected and informed on how my body could be affected, compared to if I were to wait a few weeks for some medications to kick in.

With this approach of care I’ve been able to live life without a lot of pain. I think everyone at Lincoln should consider this to benefit themselves and be healthier and happier people. Most alternative treatments are covered under most insurance plans, so consider it. 

New battery that charges in minutes could change the way technology works

by Robert Chan

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Imagine having your smartphone fully charge in 2 minutes. Imagine electric cars having the capability of charging in minutes instead of hours, charging as fast as a regular car can fill up on gas. Well I am excited to announce a new discovery that I believe can change electronics forever.

In early April, Stanford chemist professor Dai Hongjie posed a new design that could change the face of battery technology. The newly designed aluminum battery has been said by Stanford students to

have the ability to fully charge in only minutes, and on top of that, the battery can be recharged 75 times more than its lithium opponent.

The prototype battery is made of two conductors from which electricity enters or leaves an object, substance, or region, with on the conductor being positive and the other being negative. The battery also uses graphite along with electrolytes, which are salts in liquid form, and aluminum between them.

The battery is said to have many advantages compared to its lithium ion opponent. The aluminum battery has almost no fire hazard as compared to lithium, which can explode if heated and tampered with. Along with this, the aluminum battery can overall last longer and is cheaper to make. A trip to the store to buy batteries will no longer drain your wallet.

Most of us would love an electric car that could charge as fast as a car pumps gas. I feel that if this battery could outdo its lithium opponent, electric car companies such as Tesla could boom in business, as the main disincentive for purchasing electric cars is its charge times. Tesla technology allows some of its models to be charged in minutes, but why not only in seconds. (I am not promoting Tesla, but I do like Teslas.)

I find smartphones to also face problems with the charging times. The battery capacity of current phones are not extremely reliable considering the rate at which they can deplete. Many cell phones can take up to hours for them to fully charge. With many people’s cell phones dying and having to plug in their cell phones almost every hour to keep them charged, aluminum batteries could turn a battery that charges in hours into a battery that charges in only minutes.

In addition to the charging benefits, the battery is also less toxic compared to lithium batteries. On every lithium battery capsule, a warning is labeled that these batteries cannot be disposed normally. This is because lithium batteries are toxic to the environment, releasing toxic waste and gasses.

The aluminum battery is in its early days of development. Dai stated that the battery can currently put out two volts of electricity, which is comparable to lithium ion AAA batteries. “Our battery produces about half the voltage of a typical lithium battery,” Dai said in an article from Stanford’s website.

Dai hopes to expand the battery past being a only used for battery technology, and believes it can have the

possibility of being used on electric grids to power cities.

“Our latest unpublished data suggest that an aluminum battery can be recharged tens of thousands of times. It’s hard to imagine building a huge lithiumion battery for grid storage,” Dai said to a reporter for Stanford.

All in all, the benefits of this battery are tremendous. A battery that be quickly charged in minutes is already a plus. On Top of that, the battery can be recharged many more times that a standard lithium battery that most technologies uses. The window of opportunity this battery opens can lead to another age in future technology. I would be glad to drive an electric car and “charge up” instead of “fill up.”

Kingsman sets the bar, leaves high expectations for action comedies in 2015

by Daniel Fielding

You know you’ve seen a great movie when the woman in church the following Sunday denounces it as “a horrible, evil film” and proceeds to make an open prayer for “all the people involved in the making of that movie.” 

“Kingsman : The Secret Service”, released Feb. 13, delivers high-octane, comedic fun while maintaining poise and repute as a quality action movie. 

We follow Eggsy, a working class British boy who is suddenly apprenticed by Kingsman agent Sir Lancelot, and must now prove his worth to join the Kingsman: Secret Service. In the recruitment process the secret organization is compromised by a villainous scheme to take over the world with manipulative phone chips. Eggsy , Merlin and Roxy must save the world before people are either a.) blown to bits by the exploding phone chips or, b.) inundated by violent “kill-everyone-in-sight” behavior caused by the frequency of said phone chips.

First of all it’s important to note that we are talking about a movie that was directed by Matthew Vaughn. This is the same guy who directed “Kickass” and “X-Men: First Class”, both movies with brilliant action choreography. So, it should come as no surprise that Kingsman definitely delivers when it comes to action sequences; slow motion stabs, jabs, and cuts, and flawlessly timed kicks and gunshots. Not to mention the “little brownie moments” that make your jaw drop, like a human getting sliced in half by a female amputee with razor sharp, steel appendages. There was a collective “holy sh-” gasp in the theatre when this happened.

To be specific, the church and the bar scene are two works of art, what can only be described as action masterpieces. Everything from facial expressions to birds-eye-view camera angles come together to make some of the most beautiful shots of butt-whooping ever to grace the screen. You want to see a British gentleman beat up some brutes with his umbrella? “Kingsman” will see you that and raise you a concealed knife in the toe of your Oxfords. 

And that’s another thing that “Kingsman” nails: Gadgets! I mean what’s a spy movie without gadgets right? Bulletproof suits, bulletproof umbrellas with heat sensors and automatic rifle tips, shock rings, augmented reality spectacles, smart watches, poison pens and more. This is the kind of stuff we have been missing from the new James Bond movies. “Kingsman” isn’t afraid to go back to campy and fun, and it’s a refreshing change from the cheerless, monotonous gun action of spy movies recently.

But what really sets “Kingsman” apart from other movies is at the bottom of it all, it’s a comedy. It’s a satire; it’s not supposed to be taken seriously. Samuel L. Jackson’s villainous lisp is utterly ridiculous, and the British banter is amusing throughout. Yet you can’t help but be intensely drawn in. At times in the movie I completely forgot it was supposed to be funny, times where it would be so intense that when the comedic relief rolled by it seemed corny and out of place. 

These times were few and scattered, and I think it’s this type of out-of-place humor that ruffles some people’s feathers. It provides an opening for sensitive folk to make the unwarranted “gratuitious violence” criticism or even more ridiculous claims, like, “this movie was offensive,” in some way. The movie is purposefully poking fun at old spy movies, and at gory violence. But hey, not all jokes are for everyone. It’s understandable. 

However, through most of the 120 minutes Vaughn manages to create a delicate balance between gory action and cheesy humor, and within that balance come strikes of pure genius. The heads of intelligentsia and high society exploding to the beat of Pomp and Circumstance? Pure genius. 

“Kingsman: The Secret Service” is now currently on my list of favorite action comedies of all time. 

This movie is rated R for bloody carnage and a butt sex joke. Score: 10/10