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An unforgettable night spent at “Midnight In Paris”

by Albina Protich

Abraham Lincoln's 2013 prom Midnight In Paris was held on top of the Metreon in the City View room with the most magnificent view a person could have ever placed their eyes on. 534961_559972787357187_928050439_n.jpgIt was also different and fun to see people who normally do not get dressed up and glamoured out just for one night. 

Even though it was only my junior prom, it was a lot better than I expected it to be. I noticed people bonding that have never talked to each other before throughout their high school careers. In a way prom brings people together, and brings out the best in people.
           

Prom officially started at 8:00 pm, but people seemed somewhat shy, and the dance floor was empty. However, since people weren't dancing, they were enjoying the company of their friends and the ability to socialize freely. The attendants of "Midnight in Paris" officially got on the dance floor somewhere between 9:00 to 9:30 pm. 


To pass the time before the dancing began, a variety of sweets were provided for the students to pass the time. Cookies, fruits, cupcakes, and the chocolate covered strawberries kept people busy.


The location was very convenient and beautiful in every way possible. When people got too hot from dancing in big crowds, they had the option to step outside and enjoy the view of Downtown San Francisco, and sit on the white benches and chairs that were provided. 


Of course, It would have been so much nicer if the weather outside was not as cold and not as windy, but that did not seem to stop the guests from enjoying their time outside the dance floor and the tables that were inside.            

The DJ played all songs that seemed mostly enjoyable to the crowd. The venue was outstanding. The sweets table could not have been any sweeter, and when you needed to hydrate there was a variety of drinks to choose from. 
           

For seniors, it must have been an unforgettable night. “Prom reached my expectations this year. The view was great. I guess it was a good way to end my senior year,” says Jennifer Chan, a senior at Lincoln.

A tradition that seems to have been carried on forever are prom courts consisting of king and queen, and princess and prince. Seniors Vincent Corea and Brianna Caba won for king and queen, and juniors Jeremiah Naraja and Eleanor Amidei won for prince and princess.

"Even though it wasn't my own school’s prom, I still had a lot fun, and I'm definitely going to have memories when I look back in this. I met a lot of new people and it seemed like the Lincoln students had a really welcoming attitude towards my presence" says junior Bianca Westlake who was a guest to the ALHS prom, but a current attendant of Independence High School.

Every student of ASB, and every faculty member of Lincoln that helped make this 2013 ALHS prom possible deserve a huge thank you for putting in the effort that they did.

Sadly, ALHS’ "Midnight in Paris" 2013 prom was over at 12:00 am and everybody was expected to leave the space immediately. We were ushered out. After it was all over, even though people seemed tired, it seemed as if no one actually wanted to leave.

How to survive the hiatus of your favorite show

by Marie Vega

Your favorite show just had its season finale, and now the drought of televised entertainment is at hand. What do you do now? Without "The Walking Dead," how will you spend your Sunday nights? How do you go on when "Grey’s Anatomy" just killed off Lexie? What do you do when your show is on hiatus?

     As an avid TV watcher, I have learned that dealing with a hiatus can make a person crazy. Sometimes you can forget your show isn’t on anymore and find yourself sitting in front of your couch anyway, waiting for "Doctor Who’s" theme song to come on. But when you hear some British newscaster talking instead of the TARDIS landing, the walk from your couch to the kitchen (to eat your feelings) is horrible.

   The main way to get through a hiatus is to distract yourself. Read a book, go outside, pick up a new hobby, eat grapes with plastic forks, bake something, make a bucket list and actually do something on it, do some homework. Oh, who am I kidding? Start a new show... Or a mini series. Just start something.

    Starting a new show can be exciting and thrilling. New characters, stories, twists, and new memories to help distract from the old ones. If you do plan to start a new show, I suggest one that’s already over. That way you don’t have to wait for a new episode, and you never have to deal with a hiatus. Sounds pretty good, right? Here are some recommendations: "Heroes" is great if you love the drama, you'll always be wondering what's coming up next. "30 Rock" is smart and witty. The writing staff takes the time to make their jokes the best they can be. Also, Tina Fey created it. Now how could you not watch this show?


    "Lost" is mysterious. It's not going to be what you expect... It isn't just boring people stranded on an island. "The Office" is the best at making something awkward, really funny. And its earlier seasons have some of the greatest examples of that. And "Desperate Housewives" has the fiercest women you will see on TV.  Violent murders, multi-layered plot lines, and suspense, suspense, suspense! There's always a cliffhanger at the end of an episode to keep you hanging on till the very end.

    Of course the downside of starting a new show is that you’ll get attached. That one character, with that one face, and he does that one thing, yeah him? He dies. And now you’re stuck with hiatus feelings and death feelings. It can become a slippery slope if you’re not careful.

    Either way, hiatuses suck, and we’ve all got to deal with them at some point. You could distract yourself with a new show or wait it out like a trooper or simply stop watching entirely. But let’s face it, how could anyone stop in the middle of a show?

Controversial new UC acceptance requirements spark outcry from Lincoln students

Lincoln Log Editorial 

In an unprecedented decision made by the UC Board of Administrations, the A-G requirements will now include class rank as a prerequisite for attending, where only the top five percent are allowed to be accepted. This will be in effect starting the fall of 2013.

“Budget cuts have hit us hard this year,” explains Board of Administrators President Jose Stalling. “Most UC’s have lost more than half the amount of offered classes and there are simply not enough faculty members to attend to the overwhelming number of students. The going is rough, but I have full faith in the students’ ability to be unique and triumph over others so that they would be prepared for the modern 21st century.”

This decision generated a wave of fierce competition as well as a nosedive in self-esteem at Lincoln. Students vie for the elusive top five rankings while the others are left to wallow in self-deprecation and pity.

“I’ve always been told that I was a promising student by my teachers,” says junior Newton Chen, who ranks 21st out of a class of 400. “They said I was bright and clever and will easily achieve my ambitions. Now due to my calculus grade dropping from an A to an A-, my chances of going to my dream college, UC Oakland, have gone up in smoke. M-my parents were so disappointed and, and, and how can I still be smart and stuff if my class rank is so low? How can I still be a good student now? I-I thought I was promising!”

Chen promptly broke down in noisy tears and was brought to the Wellness Center, where cake and grief counseling will be offered.

Studies have shown that a low class rank seriously kills confidence and respect in oneself. A good student is no longer defined as a hardworking, clear-minded individual with an eagerness to achieve knowledge through school lessons so they can better themselves and the world around them, but rather the number that is their rank. If you rank low, you aren’t a good student.

“I totally hate myself right now,” laments sophomore Charlie Waterson. “Cause, dude, my ranking defines my performance at school. At number 50, how am I supposed to feel good about myself now? I don’t meet all the A-G requirements; I can’t go to a UC, and I’m not as good as the others, so I totally suck, man.” Waterson adds, “If you’re low, you either have to compete with the top-ranked folks or give up completely.”

Other students see this new prerequisite as another reason to abandon their educational ambitions.

“Everybody’s a goddamn phony, they fake AZ yo” comments junior Holden Caulfield. “It’s dirty politics. I really mean it. Class rank takes weighted GPAs into consideration, and you’re only allowed three, but people bribe their counselors with goddamn T-Pumps drinks, and they get more than three. Hell, I’m glad I’m not part of that, because I’m second to last.”

The students who did make it into the top five percent have mixed opinions about the prerequisite as well. Bernard Michael Chan, current number one of the 2014 class, is delighted to be at the pinnacle of his high school academic career, but is also somewhat confused by it.

“It’s through hard work and perseverance that I made it this far,” expresses Chan. “I took eleven AP classes throughout high school, and I passed all of them! I’m really proud of myself for getting all those A’s. But why do I get the feeling that I didn’t actually learn anything?”

The UC Board of Administrators has yet to form a response to the onslaught of complaints about their new policy. However, President Stalling offers a final word of encouragement.

“You are all unique individuals,” says Stalling. “I am absolutely positive that you will all be in the top five percent.”