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Standing together after the election

By Arianna Hansen


Drawing by : Arianna Hansen

 

These are two people who changed the say we see America.

 

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Trump is our new president, and there is nothing we can do to change that outcome. Before the election occurred, I had a lot of opinions on Donald Trump that still holds true to this day. One thing that has changed however, is the blame. I feel like many want to blame this one man who, essentially, had a small role in the grand scheme of events. He did open a doorway for people's prejudices to feel justified and normalized. However, Trump’s only goal was to be president. Whatever he said, it was to be the polar opposite of what Clinton said. I am not here to talk too much on Trump or Clinton. I am here to talk about the people this election has affected, for better or for worse. Both candidates had a huge part to play in this “us versus them” mentality that this election created.

 

Both sides believed the other was the bad guy, and not only expressed despise for the other candidates but also their supporters. One thing is for certain, both candidates were far from perfect. Especially when the race was between Trump and Clinton towards the last couple of months, people really saw it as “us versus them”. Clinton supporters, like myself though I wasn’t old enough to vote, saw the ugliest side of the Trump campaign and thought, “Why would anyone stand behind that?”

 

Forget who you voted for, forget who you believed was the better candidate. That is all irrelevant now. What matters now is for us to not forget what is important, and I don’t just mean the pride of being an American, but also what it means to be human. Since Trump was elected, it has created a greenlight for people to release their racism and misogyny, believing that it is acceptable again. Cutting off people from entering this country because of their nationality, ethnicity, or religion is persecution and what some could even argue is illegal. This is a nation built on immigrants. A nation where it is written that we can be whoever we want, believe in whoever or whatever we want, say whatever we want, and love whoever we want. But how can we call it so when the man we elected as our commander in chief thinks otherwise?

 

People claim that the travel ban is justified because they fear for the safety of their families. You have a higher probability of dying from a car crash, but you will still not hesitate to enter your car every morning to drive to work. Your child would have a higher probability of dying from skateboarding without a helmet than by refugee terror attacks, but you still buy them a new board every year. You have a higher probability of dying by eating too much spicy food, but you still put sriracha on your ramen. Terrorism is horrible, any act of terror shouldn’t be tolerated. We say this and yet we let the KKK run around in our own backyards for the past 250 years. Terrorism is horrible, but it is not exclusive to one group of people.

 

We forget the most important piece of information of all, we are all human. We are one race, the human race and yet we fight, kill, and discriminate against each other over something as miniscule as skin color. There is no race that is stronger, more athletic, more intelligent, more successful, or more deserving of respect than others. We are all people, we can all be jerks and we can all be saints.

 

You don’t need to decide between Trump and Clinton because that has already been decided for you. From now on, what you can decide upon is right from wrong. What we can all do is act upon these problems and not stand idly while terrible things happen to other people. Do not turn a blind eye to the discrimination and remember that we are all human beings. Keep your eyes open, as we all deserve mutual respect and equal opportunities.

School events strengthen the Lincoln community

By Sandra Chen



Photo taken by : Sandra Chen

 

Lilibelle Liang and Orison Lee covers the song, ‘City Of Stars’, at the 2017 Talent Show.

 

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Lincoln is a diverse community. Besides helping students become successful in their academics, every year students participate in many dances, performances, and fundraisers. Not only does this enrich the students lifestyles at Lincoln, they also bring our community together and encourage closer relationships.

 

Boat dance is one of Lincoln’s yearly dances on a boat. Students get to experience the beautiful night view of the San Francisco Bay. The boat travels around Alcatraz Island and goes underneath the Golden Gate Bridge. It is one of the most unique dances of the year that all students should attend.

 

According to senior class sponsor Edmond Sullivan, the boat dance had been discontinued a few years ago. However, at the end of that year, the class discovered that they needed that extra money for the school events.

 

The dance is not only fun and special, but the significance behind it is to fundraise for the Lincoln community so that the student government has more money to plan for more school events such as parties, field trips, and dances for the Lincoln community.

 

Participating in the  Brotherhood and Sisterhood Assembly is a way to build our Lincoln community closer. Every year, our school has a different theme for BSA. The clubs that are performing in the show, work as a team to plan and prepare their performance.

 

“It is good to learn how to work with other students.” said Daniel Stingle, the ceramic teacher at Lincoln. He also agrees that is nice to see students in different clubs work with others to plan for their performances.

 

Some of the students might argue that they do not have talent or are not comfortable performing on stage. However, students can try to performance in the school show for experience because life is all about trying something new. Otherwise, watching the performance is an alternate choice for students to build connections within our Lincoln community. In the show, some of the audience members may see the passion and the teamwork of the performers because the performance shows their efforts.

 

Each year, Lincoln provides students an opportunity to show their talent. Performing in a talent show seems scary because people are looking at you. Actually, performing in a talent show builds confidence, and the audience spreads the Lincoln spirit. Last year, I played a song on the piano in the talent show, and it was my first time ever to perform on stage. One of my friends helped me sign up and persuaded me to join, but I was anxious and regretted signing up to perform because I was not confident about performing onstage. However, I practiced and prepared for the audition just for fun and gave it a try. While I was performing during the audition, I was nervous and sweating. However, at the end, the people were in the audition gave me compliments and encouraged me. They clapped for me and gave friendly smiles. I felt warm and gained the motivation to perform on stage.

 

It does not matter if you are the performer or the audience in the show because the Lincoln spirit is about encouraging one another. Also, it is always meaningful to try out something new in our school events because you never know if you are going to be passionate about something without trying something new.

Banning websites at school is unnecessary

By Brandon Zhu


Photo taken by : Brandon Zhu

 

A website that shows information about tree but it was banned by the school district.

 

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In this “Networking Era,” the Internet is a big part of many people’s daily lives. It allows us to gain knowledge about what happening around the globe. This is especially true of teenagers, the generation that grew up with the Internet. Most website were like Youtube and Facebook were banned by the school district, only allowing a small number of students to access them. I feel that if schools don’t trust students to use appropriate websites, it defeats the purpose of allowing students to use computers.

 

Computer programming teacher Mark Mosheim, said “Nowadays Youtube is not banned, but a few years ago, Youtube was banned. The reason why it is not banned anymore is because parents have reported to the school IT department saying that Youtube can help teach the kids how to learn, and also is easier for teachers to teach too.”

 

But overall, what is the student's role in this problem? I believe that at the time they were having this conversation, the majority of the students didn't even know what was happening.

 

In modern days, teachers and students depend on electronic devices to search for information, yet some sites wifi can't be accessed with the school wifi. Does that mean that the sites used outside of school are inappropriate? For the majority, the answer is no.

From a different perspective, some students and teachers might agree with Lance Tagomori who said, “School should not unban those sites because some images and info that are on those strange sites are not always correct and contain dangerous content.”

 

I understand the concerns, but I have seen that the more restrictions there are, the more we try to bypass them. Eventually, some sites are banned even though they provide educational information. Schools may ban the sites under school wifi, but do students stop watching and playing games on those “violent sites” in school? No, they do not. To most people, their teenage period is a time when they figure out new ideas like adults, so they will sometimes cross the line. It is undeniable that this is controversial.

 

Research from the Hechinger Report says “As schools start handing out tablets and laptops to their students, a sour note has often intruded on the triumphant fanfare heralding these programs. Within days, even hours, of the devices’ distribution, their young users have figured out how to circumvent the filters meant to block access to games, social networking, and other non-educational activities.”

 

In my opinion schools should unblock the sites that contain educational information like a website about planting tree and it got banned from the school district. I also believe that students do have self control when visiting the sites. The more websites the district block, the more students try to break through, and that will create a vicious cycle.

We live in a time of fear: 2017

 

By April Woo

 

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January 20th, 2017 was the day Donald Trump was sworn into office and officially became the 45th president of the United States. America was swept into a chaotic frenzy and became more polarized than ever. Millions of protesters stormed the streets and marched in demonstrations in several cities, violent riots broke out in otherwise peaceful locations such as the UC Berkeley campus, and feelings of extreme hatred and fear spread across the nation.

 

Although society is divided into red and blue factions as a result of Trump’s victory, people of every color, religion and gender unified to promote justice and love combating hate. Women’s marches occurred across the country soon after Trump’s inauguration. These marches were made up of 4.2 million women, men, and children in more than 600 US cities. Protests were present in every state. Pink hats with cat ears called “pussy hats” were dotted the large crowds of screaming protesters, holding up colorful signs with powerful messages. An estimated one out of 100 Americans attended the march. The purpose of these marches was to promote and celebrate women empowerment, to show that women are strong and courageous human beings who deserve the rights to their own bodies and are not to be objectified, in a time when our own president has made an overwhelming amount of degrading and disgusting remarks towards women.

 

Trump signed off an executive order on January 27th, instating a travel ban that prohibits individuals from seven countries of Muslim majority from entering the US. This order will suspend the US refugee admission system for 120 days and bans entry for 90 days from these countries: Syria, Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Yemen, Somalia and Libya. As a result, families have been torn apart, non-US dual citizens and legal residents were detained at airports including SFO and ordered out of the US and many protests broke out. It is unconstitutional to discriminate based on religious beliefs, and to make the assumption that all people from those countries are a threat to our country is horrible.

 

Amidst a storm of political crisis that has torn the country apart, slowly the American people are slowly coming together to rally and repair the damage. Bad news make big headlines and stirs us up and shakes our cores. We believe in the freedom and power of the press and its ability to shed a light on the actions of high authority figures. It is a defense that our founding fathers knew was a weapon if the government was unjust. As Lincoln Loggers we want to address that the state of our country is in our hands and that the power of the people can overcome the power of a few if we fight for change. These events are happening, and we expect more to surface.