Art for Our Sake

The past few years have seen the rise and subsequent fall of many popular apps. Flappy Bird, Vine, and Pokemon Go all soared to the top of the charts when they first came out, only to meet their eventual downfall a short while after. We live in a society in which popular culture changes more often than the weather, with the latest trends becoming worn out fads in the blink of an eye. One craze that does not seem to be going anywhere anytime soon, however, is the Google Arts and Culture app. Google Arts and Culture is a platform that allows people to explore countless artifacts and pieces of artwork from around the world, all while remaining in the comfort of their own home. With the a

The Fight for $15: Liberal POV

The Fight for $15 movement has gained traction nationwide by pushing to increase the minimum wage (which is currently federally mandated at $7.25 per hour) to $15. Rhode Islanders as a whole are struggling to support themselves, but it especially difficult for the 78,000 workers (around 15.8% of the state’s workforce) who are currently making the state minimum of $9.60 per hour. Per week (if they work forty hours), a minimum wage worker would earn $384. Per year, they would earn $19,968, below the annual amount of pre-taxation earnings of $25,751 that a single adult in Rhode Island needs to cover their basic needs. For families with children, be it two-parent or single-parent, these numbers

Students make robots to find out how we work

After what seems to be the longest school day in your life, you walk into room 220. Everyone begins to trickle in and gathers around beside you. The group discusses the day’s agenda: what needs to be built, what programming needs to be done, supplies to be ordered, requirements that need to be met. Once everyone understands what needs to be done, you break off to complete your job and start writing the program. As you complete your programs and others complete the electrical components, troubleshooting begins, and it’s like a well oiled machine. Everyone doing their part to help get the robot off the ground. This is a typical meeting of the LHS Robotics Team. Every Tuesday and Thursday

LIFE Society Helps The Homeless

Crossroads RI is a nonprofit organization that aids the homeless in securing stable homes. This organization has been serving the homeless since 1894 and is the largest homeless service organization in RI. Crossroads RI offers a range of services including housing, basic needs, shelter, case management, referrals, and education and employment services. As of 2016, this organization has helped 1,378 people secure housing, and provided shelter for 1,407 individuals. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released its annual Point in Time report in December of 2017, which states that the homeless population in RI has increased by two percent. The report stated th

Science Fair Process Has Changed for LHS Students

For the last several years, all freshmen and sophomores who were taking an honors-level science class were required to complete a project for the Lincoln High School science fair, held each year in early February. The process would begin with students researching and choosing their topics and completing a pre-lab in the beginning of the school year; and then would complete the project itself, analysis, and a post-lab, in addition to a posterboard and oral presentation, on their chosen subject. Starting with this year’s freshman class, however, that process has changed; as they “won’t be doing one as a ninth grader in February,” according to Mr. Graham Souness, the chair of the science depart

What the State of the Union Address Means

On January 30, Donald Trump embraced the long standing tradition of a State of the Union Address being delivered, in all of its pomp and pageantry, by the sitting president. With all of the analysis and scrutiny given to the content of his speech, we need to ask the question, what does the State of the Union Address mean for the union? The State of the Union Address is nearly as old as the presidency. The first to give a state of the union -- or annual message to a joint session of Congress, as it was called -- was George Washington in 1790. It became an annual occurrence for presidents to deliver such a speech. It is actually written in Article II Section 3 of the Constitution tha

Fellingham Brings Little Free Libraries to Lincoln

A new Little Free Library has been installed in the town of Lincoln by Junior Sarah Fellingham. Sarah has installed this free library at Manville Park for her exhibition project. Exhibition is a graduation requirement that juniors take each year. It is an oral presentation where students prepare a topic of their choice for a whole semester. Over the summer while Fellingham was in Little Compton she knew what she wanted to do for exhibition project. “I was in Little Compton when I saw a Little Free Library for the first time,” said junior Sarah Fellingham. “I looked into the organization, and I noticed there wasn’t one in Lincoln. I wanted to change that,” Sarah explained. A

Hollywood: I Am Not A Bird

“If you’re a bird, I’m a bird.” If you’re an average high school female, chances are you know right away what movie I am referring to with this quote. For those of you who don’t, it comes from one of the most well-known romantic films of the last fifteen years. I am talking, of course, about The Notebook, a movie that inspired a slew of of couples to dress up as the main characters, Noah and Allie, every Halloween. I’m not trying to knock this movie. I’ve seen it more times than I can count. But it’s just not realistic. Instead of watching a movie about two people who fall in love against the backdrop of beautiful Charleston, South Carolina, only to be separated again years late

We Need to Unplug

Technology is progressively replacing face-to-face interaction. Cell phones are ubiquitous and are slowly destroying communication skills. World leaders are communicating via Twitter in 280 characters or less. It is becoming habit to reach for our phone when we see a beautiful sight, eat something delicious, and when we meet someone new, the first question is, “Are you on Instagram, Snapchat, or Twitter? Follow me!” We need to stop reaching for our phones and start appreciating the beauty around us. Everyday we spend more time on our phones than we do with family or friends. Our modern technology has greatly impacted daily life, but is it for better or for worse? Our phones are helpf

Animals Deserve Rights, Too.

You eat when you need to. You bathe when you need to. You exercise when you need to. If you’re outside when it’s cold you come back inside the minute you need to. You go to the bathroom when you need to. You do these things because you need to and because it keeps you safe and healthy. But many people don’t do these things for their pets. Some people think that owning a pet is easy. And then when they realize how difficult it is to own a pet, they get rid of them. Every year in the U.S. 2.7 million cats and dogs are left homeless. They outnumber homeless people 5 to 1. In the U.S. 6.5 million cats and dogs are put in shelters mostly because the owners don’t know how difficult owning pets can

Fact of the Matter: Love, Love, Love

Ah, love. It’s everywhere. We see it in grand romantic gestures and heartfelt declarations under the pouring rain in movies. We read about it in the form of twisted love triangles in romance novels. We hear about it in the copious amounts of love songs plaguing every radio station. Love is everywhere we turn, especially in the month of February. But what is love, exactly? Obviously there are different types of love. There is the seemingly inborn love you have for your family, the platonic love you feel for your closest friends, and then the romantic love you feel for that special someone. While these types of love may vary in nature, there are certain aspects of true love that are fund

Dog Days of LHS: Myles Goes to School

Like most people, I love dogs. And, also like most people, school stresses me out. It’s always a treat to see a dog roaming the halls of LHS, whether it’s Mrs. Anna Snow’s beloved therapy dog Mandy or Mrs. Jennifer Cameron’s lovely Labradors, Lucy and Fozzie. At one point last year, while waiting for a ride after a Variety Show practice, I ran into Mrs. Doreen Picozzi and her dog, Myles. I instantly fell in love with the five-pound, elderly Yorkie, and since then, on a daily basis, I’ve asked how little Myles is doing. One day after school, fellow Lion’s Roar staffer Rachelle Bousquet and I were talking about how much we love dogs, and we asked Mrs. Picozzi (only somewhat jokingly) if

The Life of an Immigrant

Life isn’t easy, and that’s that. There’s always obstacles around every corner, new challenges as time goes on, and so many choices to make. Life as a four year-old immigrant in a family of nine? Well…that’s a different story. In Portugal, she lived on a very small farm in a very small, poor village. At four years old, she doesn’t remember much, but she remembers enough. She shared a single, small room with her six other siblings; she shared one side with her sister, and the other side, separated by a curtain, was for her five brothers. Their house, more of a hut, was made of stone bricks with a dirt floor; she recalls feeling the wind of the cold night coming through the cracks of the

Georgia Leaves in June: Superintendent Fortunato to Retire

It is with an immense feeling of gratitude and love that this community will bid Superintendent Georgia Fortunato farewell when she retires at the end of the school year in June 2018. After a thirty-seven-year career with Lincoln Public Schools, with eleven as the school department’s top administrator, Mrs. Fortunato will close a chapter in the town and schools’ history. Known for her kind heart and determination to manage the best education system for the town of Lincoln, Mrs. Fortunato surprised students and teachers at LHS with her announcement at the January 8 Lincoln School Committee meeting. Fortunato entered Lincoln public schools as a long-term substitute, eventually leading

The Fight for $15: Conservative POV

As a teenager opens their first paycheck from their after-school job, they feel a wave of excitement as they see all the money that their waiting tables, flipping burgers, or stocking shelves has earned them. If you ask that same teenager if they would like to earn $15 an hour instead of the smaller wage that they had been earning, they would of course say that they would. When thinking just of yourself, the minimum wage worker, receiving such a large increase in your hourly rate would greatly help you in the long run. Allowing you to save more money for college or spend more money without feeling guilty is an opportunity that few teenagers would pass up. While the teenager would be smiling

Town of Lincoln Now Ready for High School J-League

Junior league has been a part of Lincoln High School's social fabric since it first started. Better known as J League, this basketball league has always been a staple of Parks & Rec. If you ask anyone who has ever been an LHS student, they could tell you about J League, whether they were the class of 1971 or the class of 2021. J league costs $10 to play, which covers uniforms and refs. It is the highest level Parks & Rec basketball league, so it’s our last chance to play with our friends and neighbors. The coaches in J league are varsity basketball players, who draft teams of their peers. There is a regular season of about five to six games and then playoffs, single elimination. At t

UCF Sparks NCAA Upset

Perhaps the biggest story in this past 2017-2018 season was about a team that was not even ranked in the top five. The undefeated University of Central Florida Knights. The Knights had capped off their terrific 13-0 season with a 34-27 win over Auburn in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl earlier this month. However, defeating teams such as Auburn, Memphis, and South Florida weren’t enough to project them into the top four teams, the College Football Playoffs. All four playoff teams had lost a game in the regular season. The Clemson Tigers lost to the Syracuse Orange, who finished a horrible 4-8 and 7th in the ACC. The Oklahoma Sooners lost to Iowa State, who finished 8-5 and 4th in the

Battle of the Offenses: A Dynasty Defeated

The End. Is it possible that we’ve witnessed the end of the beloved Brady and Belichick New England dynasty that has been praised since 2001? The same dynasty that started on January 19, 2002, when Charles Woodson strip-sacked Tom Brady, (was later overturned into what is known as the infamous “Tuck Rule”), now downfalls to, ironically, a strip sack with two and a half minutes left in the game by Brandon Graham. It was the only sack of the entire game. A total of 1,156 yards, the most yards covered by both teams combined in Super Bowl history, indicates that this was an obvious terrible showcase of defensive talent from both teams who had seemed to figure things out by the e

Olympics promises to create stars, entertain

It’s that time again, when we snuggle in our robes and pretend to be experts in figure skating, slaloms and snowboarding. The Winter Olympics will kicks off the 23rd winter games on February 9, and continue to amaze and entertain us through February 25. Hosted in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the Winter Olympics will award 102 medals to dedicated athletes of the winter events. The athletes in Pyeongchang will be competing in a wide variety of events including biathlon, bobsleigh, curling, ice hockey, luge, skating and skiing. This year four new events have been added. On the slopes, there is big-air snowboarding and freestyle skiing. On the ice there will be speed skating and mix

The Blizzard of ‘78: Forty Years Later

Forty years ago, the blizzard of ‘78 hit Southern New England. The first snowflake fell in the early morning of February 6th in Rhode Island. Children were already in school and adults were on their way to work. Before they knew it, it was snowing two to three inches an hour. In Providence, it was reported up to three feet of snow had blanketed Rhode Island. In Lincoln, five-foot drifts stranded residents. The storm lasted for a total of thirty-six hours, but both Providence and Boston recorded after twenty-four hours, there was twenty-seven inches of snow on the ground. Most highways became parking lots for cars as it became more and more difficult to drive. With people gettin

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