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News 10/2010

Soil contaminated

   Toxin found at school! Is this dangerous? What are we doing now to get rid of it? No worries everyone, everything is under control. The school is under construction to fix it right now.


   Two major toxins found in the Temporary Bungalows were asbestos and lead. John Dutch, construction manager at Lincoln High School tells us, "We found elevated levels of chromium (76mg / kg), motor oil (11,000mg / kg), and diesel (2,800mg / kg), beneath the asphalt. The contaminated soil was hauled off site and taken to Niles Canyon waste management facility. It appears the contaminates were deliberately sprayed on the existing soils to act as a tack coat for the asphalt to adhere to whom this work was done 30 years ago."


   Asbestos are made of long, thin fibrous crystals and commonly used among manufacturers and builders int he late 19th century. It became increasingly popular because of its sound absorption, average tensile strength, and its resistance to heat electrical, and chemical damage. The inhalation of asbestos can cause serious illnesses, including lung cancer. Long term exposure to asbestos is more likely to cause health problems. but the inhalation of asbestos can cause serious illnesses, including lung caner. Long term exposure to asbestos is more likely to cause health problems.


   Lead paint was found in most of the buildings. This heavy metal paint quickly dried, increased durability, retained a fresh appearance, and resisted moisture that caused corrosion. Exposure to lead interferes with one's nervous system. Increased levels of heavy metal are toxic to the hear, bones, intestines, and kidney. It can cause permanent learning and behavioral disorders.


   Our school has been under construction since 2009. This three year ongoing construction was a voter approve bill that was passed to renovate and remodel schools to be safer and more accessible to the disabled. Our school has had new paint jobs, wider doors, and brand new building built for more classrooms.


  The schools were very strict with the safety of the teachers, staff, and students on campus during the process of construction. Every section that was in construction was sealed off. There was a barrier to isolate the construction site form any harmful and hazardous chemicals that could be exposed to people.


   Our school district cares a lot about the safety of its students, teachers, and staff and the maintenance of the school. Mr. Payne says, "If there is a hole in the wall or a leak in a pipe, or any other maintenance need, the school sends in a request to the district. And the district finds someone and fix it in the next 24 hours."



by Lisa Lam

A Paradox In Paradise

    Over the summer, 11 Abraham Lincoln High School students embarked on a culturally enriching journey to Nicaragua, a country in Central America. There, students learned first hand about some of the struggles people in Nicaragua face, as well as the natural beauty of the surrounding area. This dichotomy between poverty and beauty gave the students a very memorable experience.     


   The Nicaragua trip was an excursion largely funded by Global Glimpse, a non-profit organization started by Abbas Hasan. Hasan graduated from Stanford with an Master of Business Administration degree, and made enough money to the point where he wanted to give back to society. Hence, he started the Global Glimpse organization.     


   The program's website states Global Glimpse's mission. "The Mission of the program is to inspire America's next generation of leaders to become responsible global citizens through leadership, community service, and youth training abroad."     


   Originally helmed by Leon Sultan, an Economics and U.S. History Teacher, this year's trip was led by Sara Falls, English teacher, and Jen Kenny-Baum, The Wellness Center director. Both teachers led separate trips to Nicaragua. From Global Glimpse, they learned fundraising techniques.


    Students at Lincoln were able to fundraise for the trip by selling over 600 American Apparel hoodies to students. Along with other self-funding, they were able to go to Nicaragua. Students involved with Global Glimpse wanted to go for a number of reasons.    


   "I wanted to leave the country for the first time in my life" said Gabriel Richard, a Lincoln High School Senior who went on the trip. "It would be a great experience, and also my stepmother said it would look good on transcripts and resumes."    


   For three weeks in Nicaragua, the students stayed in the city of León, a college town with an older colonial feel.  The town was filled with energy and poverty as well.    


   "It's a paradox," Falls said. " On one hand there's a very vibrant youth community, and then at the same time there's a lot of poverty in the city."     


   The students experienced many aspects of life in Nicaragua, including living on a dollar a day and visiting families to see how their home life operates. They were also exposed to many Nicaraguan scavengers in trash heaps and saw how they earned their living.    


   Aside from experiencing the urban environment of Nicaragua, they were exposed to the lush, natural beauty of the country. One excursion included climbing a volcano. The cold, wet climb was a contrast to the heat of León. Being able to climb to the top of the volcano was a focal point of the trip for many of the students.    


   "I mean, it's a once in a life time thing," said Annie Li, a senior at Lincoln who went on the trip. "Who gets to say they were able to climb a volcano?"    


   The trip will forever stay with the students, as they made bonds that they wouldn't have otherwise. They were able to see the contrast between the poverty of the city and the lushness of the natural land.



by John Hill

Real life "gleeks"

   A brand new club is taking Lincoln by storm and it's after the best singers that the school has to offer. Glee club is one of the new clubs at Lincoln this year, like fashion club. "Since we lost our Show Choir," said Ian Enriquez, co-sponsor of Glee Club, "this is pretty much our way of keeping singing alive at Lincoln."


   Being that Show Choir played a great part in school performances (e.g. Brotherhood Sisterhood Assembly (BSA) and holiday show) and was the provider of the Gold Shows, one might think that this year could be the start of music and dance-less school performances. On the contrary, Enriquez told the Lincoln Log that Glee Club will be performing at BSA and is thinking of putting together a musical theater.


   The club has a mix of upper and underclassmen. Many of the students in the club were referred to it by fellow classmates and friends. "[My friends] told me to join because we're dong Hip Hop club, too," said senior Christine Ramirez. "I think being with them, this vibe is just really fun to have."


   Junior and Cross Country runner, Aaron Wang, was referred to the club by Enriquez and joined based on his fondness of singing. "It's peaceful like running; it's just that I'm not getting tired from doing it," said Wang. He was also inspired in joining the club because of the hit T.V. show, "Glee." The Fox network show is about a group of high school students who are in the school's glee club, which is at the bottom of the social ladder. These students must learn work as a team face adversity together. "From the show," he said, "I saw that after they sang, they got popular. So, I was like, 'I want to be popular, too.'"


   The club is also working on an acapella group. Enriquez said that the acapella group and the rest of the Glee Club will be performing here and there. Although the club only meets once a week, whereas Show Choir met four times a week, Lincoln Mustangs can expect exceptional performances from their fellow classmates.



by Tiffany Do

Compromise? Furlough days!

   Furlough days affect all of us, good or bad. Along with budget cuts, pink slips and pay cuts there is another huge impact, furlough days. They are the school district's financial constrain due to the state's budget crisis. Christian Geiser, Lincoln art teacher, has been with Abraham High School for years. "The San Francisco District has many ways of dealing with the budget cuts, but furlough days affect numerous people" says Geiser. "For instance Hawaii has a total of 38 furlough days a year. A few concerns others may have is students who might have Advanced and Honors classes and every single day of class is essential and teachers have four free days without pay. We in San Francisco district are not as affected by furlough days, but many other districts have more days off. Originally, the San Francisco Unified School District wanted to have a total of eight furlough days but many administrators thought it would be better to cut down the amount of furlough days."


   Faculty members of the San Francisco Unified School District lose a total of four days of pay, and to some teachers, they still think four days is too many days off. Due to personal reasons, furlough days can indeed make an impact to many employees, not only teachers but also state workers. Although some like Geiser think it is a good compromise taking into consideration for the district, no salaries for teachers, and only missing a few days of school for the kids. Geiser says, "It is manageable. I do not believe that we in San Francisco are put in a situation where due to the total of four furlough days people will be put out in the streets or not able to pay their mortgage. Sure you might not be able to splurge or do as many leisure activities but hat else can we do!"



by Tiffany Ashley Fong

Wave of violence erupting

   Early September as Lincoln High students were walking out of sixth period, a fight erupted. As many as four people were involve in this altercation caused by flash of a gang sign. Liviing in this generation, many youth are exposed to violence either from their home or neighborhood or outside media sources like movies and video games. This has led many students o hunger for violence.


   This is not the first violent incident, now ill it be the last., As many as five fights have erupted already in this first quarters, and this is not counting fights outside the school. As unnamed ninth grader, who was involved in the September incident has been exposed to a tremendous amount of violence at an early age. "In the Lakeview, there are shootings like more than twice a month," he says with a grin on his face.


   During his elemenarty years he was a high achieving student, but once he entered sixth grade he "got introduced to the real world." He found that not everyone respected each other, and, at the same time, he was exposed to beer, alcohol, and drugs. Since then, he has been building up his criminal record. He has been caught for selling durgs and theft. He described life as "everything you hear in a rap song."


   Many students at Lincoln High find school fight entertaining. Of the ten classes surveyed 87% of the students would stand and watch a fight if it occurs, while only 7% of the students would interfere and stop a fight. When asked personally, "Would you help break up a fight?", one student replied, "I would if it was someone my race and they were losing badly."


   This ninth grader's case is the case of many other young teens. Regardless of video surveillance, security guards, and metal detectors (in other schools), violence in the school s shows no sign of decreasing. Tania Jone a retired social worker, has worked with many youth affected by violence at home. She is also a parent of a student at this school. "There is a relationship between school violence, societal violence and the lack of compassion as a positive value in our communities," said Jone passionately. "Until we understand relationships will not find peace."



by Uchechi Amaechi