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Holy smokes there’s vermin everywhere

by Henry Montiero

Vermin aren’t usually as big a problem as you’d ex- pect at Lincoln. You might find a bunch of flies occasionally, or maybe a raccoon on the roof rarely, but for the most part, we manage to keep our hallways clean of rats and similar pests. This year, however, the appear- ances of not only mice, but oth- er forms of vermin, have found their way into our classrooms. At first, the problem seemed rather minor, with ap- pearances of mice scurrying through the seats in the audito- rium beginning near the end of the 2013-2014 school year. Soon, however, the problem expanded past the theater doors, particu- larly into the northern wing of the school.“We’ve always had mice here, but they used to only come out at night,” says drama teacher Elaine Walenta. “Now, I see them in the daylight when there are students around.” Since Thanksgiving, the prob-

lem has not only continued, but has possibly gotten worse. “The other day, I even saw a big fat rat in the hallway. It takes a lot to make me scream, and I screamed out loud in the hallway.”

The infestation has also managed to cause problems in the school’s art division. The little theater, typically home to the drama club’s play produc- tions and the improv show, has been shut down for the time being, due to a rapid infesta- tion of fleas, leaving the area unusable, and a couple stu- dents covered with flea bites. “We just went in, and we were acting in our groups, and I sat down on the chairs. I started feeling itchy, and I looked down and saw a flea,” says Adrian Torres. “We just kept seeing more of them, and I went to tell Ms. Walenta.” Other classrooms have reported increased amounts of flies, along with mice and other

vermin scurrying across the floor as far down as the wellness center. “Big rats, cockroaches, things I’ve never seen before in the school, I’ve seen this year in

the hallways,” says Ms. Walenta. Hopefully, the problem will cease before the annual Im- prov winter show this December, so that it can be held in the tradi- tional location of the little theater. 

Peace and Justice Call Travels Across Nation, Reaches ALHS

by Ashley Judilla and Daniel Fielding

For the past 4 months, protestors across the country have been all over the news after a police officer shot a young man in Ferguson, Missouri. Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown, was not indicted of any charges on November 24th. Protesters were outraged, and it wasn’t long before looting and violent riots began to take place across the country.

Lincoln students marched throughout the school on December 1st. Holding signs and chanting “No justice. No Peace.” and “I don’t have a gun. Don’t shoot.” The latter, is the supposed last words from Michael Brown. Lincoln students and BSU (Black Student Union) members, Lumumba Diop and Richard Amaechi, initiated the march. The peaceful protest juxtaposes what the media reports on, the rioters and looters that exacerbate the situation. However, let’s make something clear: not all protesters are looters and not all looters are protestors. The Lincoln students disapprove how those people are responding to the situation and and believe this disgraces the name of both Michael Brown and his family.

Despite the noise of the protest, teachers responded positively, many praising the initiative of their students and joining in solidarity with the lunchtime procession, including Ms.Drager, Mr.Kim, Mr. Sultan, and Mr.Payne. With a simple microphone and speaker, the group of 40 people clothed in black, echoed their outrage in hallways and through the yard.

Concerning petitions, Lumumba stated,“[I] haven’t heard anything about it, but if there are petitions in support of putting more surveillance on officers than we would support it.”

The act of protest that BSU successfully conducted is just one of many outcries happening all across the nation. It may seem like one small protest  doesn’t change anything, but in fact each and every act of defiance brings awareness to the very real problem of racism in American society today. The message is clear: Don’t give up the fight.

The new I.T is in

by Brandon Yuen

The induction of technology at Lincoln has been in- creasing lately with various types of new advancements and additions to technology at Lincoln. Some of these advancements include the recently implemented school Wi-Fi and the new computer program- ming classes. These newly introduced technological advances, there seems to be no doubt that technology at Lincoln is thriving, and that is all true, except for one major problem; Lincoln has been missing an Information Technology (I.T.) employee for around eleven months now.

Until recently, according to Dr. Tagomori, Mr. Payne has hired a brand new I.T. employee who goes by the name of Ronnie Roraldo. Mr. Roraldo, a graduate of the technology pathway at San Francisco State University, has just recently begun his new job as the school I.T. employee around mid-November. “I have a lot of confidence in him,” says Mr. Payne, “his coming on board is timely.” Mr. Roraldo will soon take on the responsibilities of technology here at Lincoln, which were stated previously before by Dr. T. The last I.T. employee of nine years, Edner Mompoint, quit his job around January 2014 because he moved out of the city. Mr. Barnaby Payne, the principal here at Abraham Lincoln High School, said that Mompoint had resigned for the new school year in January 2014.

Without an I.T. person, the school had to mainly rely on the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) I.T. employees for assistance. This proved to be difficult, as the SFUSD I.T. department is very small. The SFUSD I.T. group is actually extremely helpful; the only downside to them is that the time it takes for them to actually arrive and troubleshoot the issues. According to Mr. Payne, it could take weeks or even months for the SFUSD I.T. team to respond.

Finding an I.T. employee to work at Lincoln has been a long and tedious task for those in charge. According to Mr. Payne, the school was looking for an I.T. employee ever since the resignation of Edner Mompoint. Mr. Payne had been conducting interviews all spring and didn’t get many candidates that were willing to take the job. Hiring an I.T. person for Lincoln also takes more out of the funds for Lincoln because having an I.T. employee is not funded by the SFUSD because it isn’t essential. According to Mr. Payne, the school chose to have an I.T. employee to promote the use of technology at Lincoln.

An I.T. employee, according to Dr. Tagomori, the assistant principle here at Lincoln, usually assists in everything tech related which includes but is not limited to setting up computers, troubleshooting technology errors, rewiring, securing technology, etcetera.

According to Dr. Tagomori, technology at Lincoln has been heavily impaired by not having an I.T. person. He also believes that it’s a “win-lose” situation because we ended up getting Wi-Fi with the unused I.T. funds. Dr. T is the one who has to try to fix the problems when there is no I.T. person. Mr. Payne says that one of the hardest parts of not having an I.T. person is maintaining the computer labs in rooms 235, 237, and the library.

Lincoln students fight with Dropbox employees at the Mission Playground

by Philip Wang

A local SF video erupts with an explosive 600,000 views on Youtube. Called Mission Play- ground is Not For Sale, this video portrays an argument between Dropbox employees and a group of adolescents including Lincoln students, who play soccer at Mission Playground Soccer Field located Valencia between 19th and 20th streets. The argument took place at 6pm on October 10th, and it revolved around the ownership over the soccer field.

During the video, approximately, fifteen people stand in each group. The youth wants to share the soccer field, but the adults want all for themselves. The youth consists of many Latino adolescents, a mix of middle and high schoolers, including three Lincoln students. The other side is entirely composed of White adults. That afternoon, the Latino students have been playing soccer at field, when suddenly, the Drop- box employees march onto the field, demanding the students to immediately exit. The adults say they have an official form showing they have rented the park for two hours. The furious students argue that there has never been a rule where one could rent the soccer field; the soccer field has always been a place for pick-up games, where people from the neighborhood would casually hop onto the field.

Juan Galves, a junior at Lincoln High and a student in the video, said, “They came to force us off the field that we have been playing on for so long, and they were threatening us, saying that they would call the police.”

Galves and his friends tried to make peace with the adults by offering to share the field, but the employees wanted the whole field because under a new policy by SF Parks and Recreation, they had paid for it for $27 for two hours, and have the right to exclude others. SF Parks and Rec allows the soccer field to be rented out for $5-10 dollars per week per person playing on the field; the tech employees could easily pay this amount of money, but what about the adolescents who don’t have the money? Their argument intensified until both sides finally decided to split the field in half, each playing on one side of the soccer field.

Galves later said the tech employees were kicked off after 8pm when a new group of adults from around the neighborhood joined the field. Perhaps the Dropbox employees were scared of a larger group of people closer to their age. “Gentrification is not fair. The rents are becoming higher, but people should not be evicted. My friends and I were kicked out from our homes. I was evicted from SF, so I had to move several places around the bay.”

This video is also a reflection of the Bay Area’s rapid tech boom that has led to gentrification in San Francisco Mission District. Landowners exploit their wealth by raising the rent, but the rent has also impacted poorer tenants. Low- income tenants who cannot pay their rent are evicted from their apartments in replacement for wealthier residents. At the Mission Playground, wealthier residents have the money to rent out the soccer field that students cannot afford. This action is called gentrification, the gradual renovation of lower-in- come neighborhood by upper-or middle-income families, thus increasing property value but evicting low-income families.

Stanlee Tijerino, a senior at Lincoln and also a student who regularly plays on the field, gave more information about the gentrification of the Mission. He said that many tech employees have been moving into the Mission. The Dropbox employees began playing on the soccer field on Tuesday for a couple hours, and Tijerino’s friends had no problem with them. However, Tuesdays led to Thursdays and Fridays. The tech guys would leave no room for the students to play, and effectively stole their hangout spot.

Tijerino says, “Gentrification caused the demolition of older structures like the- aters and the creation of new buildings like apartments.” Although he has no problem with destroying the old to innovate the new, he does not approve of the gradual increase in rent for everyone, including low income families who have lived in the neighborhood for years.

He also commented, “Valencia is very white-washed; Mission won’t be the same anymore.” At least, no one can rent the soccer field anymore because the students protested against SF Recreation who owns the field to repeal the renting policy. SF Rec, responding to the students’ demands, agreed to repeal it. Also, there appears to be current signs of friendliness between the tech employees and the Mission natives. Tijerino reported that several employees would come to the fields by themselves to play with the students. He hopes that one day both sides will play together naturally without any conflict.

With the recent gentrification causing huge tensions between minorities and tech employees, one can only hope that the conflict between the Mission District and the tech employees will be alleviated soon, and that both parties will be able to share public facilities and adapt to each other’s lifestyle.