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"Music Makes a Comeback"

By Dennis Chang

     Music was always an important part of the Lincoln community, contributing programs like choir, orchestra, and band to the list of opportunities students could take for their elective classes. However, at the end of the 2008-2009 school year, music was cut. Band, orchestra, and choir were no more. Music teachers around the district even boycotted Lincoln as the site of the annual music festival; after all, how could a music festival be held at a school without music?
   After two years of silence, the Lincoln music program was reinstated shortly after the beginning of the new school year. With three sizable music classes, Tristan Arnold, the new music teacher, has big plans for the resurrected program. “Music is important. In a band, the band can’t succeed unless everyone succeeds,” said Arnold, “Everyone relies on each other.”Music Class.jpg
     “It’s a pretty good class,” says Senior Jonathan Fox, “It seems like it would be an easy-A, but ev eryone is pretty engaged and tries hard anyway. He [Arnold] really knows a lot about music, and he seems pretty good at teaching."
     Arnold only recently gained access to the old instruments locked away in the band room cabinets through clever use of a crowbar. While the music students are currently learning to read music and play basic piano, Arnold says he will soon begin transitioning to more specific instruments, and plans to have an afterschool choir in the works by the end of September.
      “I teach music because it lets me get to know students’ individual voice,” said Arnold. “Music is a way to speak the truth and have it always be right…it’s an opportunity for creativity and for growing imagination.“ The new music program will continue to grow as the year progresses, and hopefully will continue that growth, rising higher than it ever has before.

"Schedule Change Affects Commute"

By Jessica Wong

    Lincoln’s new six-period schedule has gotten mixed opinions. Some look at it as a good change because it simplifies the scheduling process. Others consider it as taking away an opportunity to take an extra class. Before we decide which side to choose, shouldn’t we find out the reasoning behind this change?
     In deciding to change our schedule from seven periods to six, Mr.Payne explains that “It was a matter of weighing the costs versus the benefits.” The purpose of having a six-period schedule is to improve student attendance and safety. In a seven-period schedule, it was found that first and seventh periods were easiest to skip because not everyone had them. It was also easy for outsiders to walk on campus and blend in with the crowds.
      One new six-period schedule benefits us in many ways. However, one downside is noticed before and after school. Since all students being and end at the same time, streets are crowded and blocked before and after school. The MUNI bus stops and buses are even more crowded.   
 There have been many instances where not everyone at the bus stop can fit on the bus. Buses passing up a group of students waiting at a stop occur almost daily. If a student is lucky enough to get on board a crowded bus, the conditions are less than satisfactory. The floors and seats are often littered with all sorts of trash. Mr.Payne can sympathize, saying he knows what it feels like to be “packed in like a sardine.”
    In attempts to address the situation, he has spoken with the SFUSD supervisor as well as District 4 supervisor Carmen Chu. “MUNI understands its weaknesses, but hasn’t been able to do much about them yet because of the lack of resources,” says Chu.  “The issues affect not only students, but the general residents in the district as well.”  One of the major issues that contribute to MUNI’s unreliability is maintenance. Buses and trains break down, but they’re difficult to fix with the budget they currently have.

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      An example would be MUNI’s L street car. Before a train enters a tunnel, the stairs have to be raised for passengers to board on and off of the platforms. There was previously an issue with the stairs not functioning properly, and it was discovered that wrong parts had been used. Better maintenance of the existing fleet would increase the amount of buses and trains in circulation.
     Another one of MUNI’s issues is lack of an adequate amount of operators. “There aren’t enough drivers to cover existing routes,” says Chu. This can cause delays in the system.
     Internal control is another issue for MUNI. An example would be collecting fares. MUNI notices that when there are a substantial amount of passengers waiting at one stop, the bus takes longer to continue on to the next stop because everyone’s fare has to be collected. “During peak hours, it causes a big delay in the system,” says Chu.
     “These [issues] cost a lot of money to change,” says Chu. “This is a question about whether we’re providing adequate services to students or not.” According to Chu, peak hours “put pressure on the system to carry more students at the same time.”
     Despite the lack of resources, MUNI has been trying to improve its services with what they have. “Muni has actually been working to make performance audits,” says Chu. The popular 28 and 28L bus lines were first to be audited. “The 28L had the lowest performance during peak hours and had trouble staying on time,” says Chu. According to Chu, “Several points have huge loading and unloading.”
     By doing these audits, MUNI can further discover what their system lacks. They can then figure out their next steps to improving it. The whole month of September has been dedicated to doing performance audits for the 29 bus line. After these audits, Chu says MUNI “formulates a series of recommendations.” With these recommendations, MUNI can prioritize its next moves.

"Class Names Chosen"

By William Tien  

     Every year Lincoln allows each class to name themselves. This is where creativity and innovation is encouraged among Lincoln students. Usually the name will be assisted by an alliterative adjective (e.g. Supreme Sophomores). It’s a different case for this years’ class names.
     With such large numbers of students in each class, there are always mixed reactions to each name. Here are the official class names for the year including students’ responses to them.  
Fear the Freshman
     “It’s stupid. I voted for something entirely different.” said freshman Tiffanie Chan

Supreme Sophomores

  “I LOVE this name!” expressed sophomore Clara Tan.
  “There’s no creativity in our name... ‘I think Sizzlin’ Sophomores’ would have been more creative!” said sophomore Wilson Chu.

Nick Juniors

    “This is just the PERFECT name!” junior Nick Yung stated.
     “It’s pretty stupid. I thought this was one of the rejected names from last year’s juniors,” junior Mario Arcangeles said.

Senior State of Mind

    “I liked this name so much, I even Facebook liked it,” senior Irving Chang stated.

    “It’s so wordy! Our chant is going to be so long now. Oh well, go.... senior state of mind!” expressed senior Billy Gong.

"Lincoln Ranks First in Waste Diversion"

By Dennis Chang        

       Recently, ALHS was ranked first in a list of schools for waste diversion, beating out schools like Lowell and Washington. According to waste audits (measurements) done by the Department of Ecology, 75% of the school’s waste does not go to landfills, either getting recycled or getting composted instead.
     “If you go into the cafeteria, you’ll see the big [recycling and compost] bins, and only a few little garbage cans...The students are really at the heart of the operation,” said Environmental Science teacher Vanessa Carter. Every day, students from the AP Environmental Science class and Green Academy go down to the cafeteria to help make the Lincoln lunchtime community a bit more environmentally friendly. These students stand by the garbage cans, educating their peers and helping them put the right garbage in the right bins.

       “Practically everything from the cafeteria can be recycled or composted except for the little plastic wrappers”, said Carter. “Students manning the bins don’t throw away waste for other students, but help direct them to the right bins, teaching them so that, in the future, they won’t need direction.”
         “It’s interesting,” said Kenneth Dang, a Junior in APES. “Going down and educating others…there’s a lot of different kinds of people too. Some people are easy to talk to, but some people get scared and kinda ninja the bins; they try to walk up really fast, throw their stuff away, and run off before we can do anything.”
    Besides helping out at lunchtime, Green Academy students patrol the halls once a week, gathering recycling and composting bins from many of the classrooms throughout the school. Almost every room in the school now has blue and green bins, keeping an environmentally healthy state of mind easy to maintain for students and teachers. This service is a great reminder for teachers to make sure they dispose of waste properly and tell their students to do the same.
    Disposing of waste properly is important in keeping school clean and helping the environment. Recycling and reusing materials like aluminum cans reduces the need for new aluminum because old aluminum is used to make new materials instead. Composting is an easy way to make fertilizer that is healthy and organic. Unfortunately, waste that does go to the landfill and decomposes there creates gas that contributes to the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, contributing to global warming. Proper waste management is an easy way to help out the world in a lot of ways: keep it up Lincoln!

"Here to Heal"

    The San Francisco Unified School District has been working on a new form of ‘restoring justice’ to kids who have committed violations against school rules. Restorative justice is an approach to the victim, violator, and the community’s needs, instead of just punishment. Instead of focusing on ‘righting the wrong’ it instead works on taking responsibility for their actions. It is to assist the offender from committing this offense again.
Janitor Trudy and Balzer are the two who are in charge of this new practice at our school. Students at our school take on community service with Trudy, but only if they are willing to accept what they did was wrong and wants to take action for it. This doesn’t apply for every violation of school rules. The severity of the violation can go as far as drinking, possession of drugs, bullying and fighting.
    A couple of reasons for breaking a school rule could be isolation, and could even refusal in the classroom. Some teachers almost have no more patience to deal with some kids, and neither do classmates, so these students need to find another way with coping with the loneliness, whether it’s negative or positive. We all cope in different ways. Even though while working with Trudy many of these students are cooperative and behave better around her. “Some of them call me Mom.” she says, “I treat them as if they are my own kids. While you’re young, you are able to learn to never do these things again.”

    Trudy was crossed with a girl who didn’t want to take a part of the service and instead was handed over to a parole officer. “She came back to me, crying. She said, ‘Oh please, let me come back. I hate dealing with this. I’d rather be with you.’ And I told her, ‘don’t cry because babies don’t get drunk and only babies cry.’ It was too late for me to help her.” If a student refuses to work with Trudy and the situation is so bad and uncontrollable, the student is then handed over to a much more authoritative power and is dealt with by them.
    It is upsetting to the school when they realize they have no way of helping a child. “What can we do to heal broken relationships?” Balzer tells me is truly the strongest question in situations such as these. He then continues to explain to me in a calm manner, “By recognizing you are a part of a community, you will later want the most out of it. Not only does restorative justice involve education and disciplinary action, but it deals with the mind as well. It’s psychological.”
Restorative justice is very useful in such a young community because it is a great alternative to suspension. The point of teaching students to behave is so they feel accepted and wanted in their communities, and suspension keeps them away from that, they may be at home wasting their time and doing worse things than they are at school. Community service is not only for justice, it’s for acceptance. So they understand the beauty of Abraham Lincoln High School and the importance of taking care of it.