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Sunday, September 14, 2014

By Leilani Neal
Courier Staff Writer

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Let’s welcome to the scene the amazing K Flay! She is a music artist that has taken the world by storm, one person at a time. With over 1 million followers on SoundCloud, and getting nearly 100,000 plays after just a few hours of the song going up, K Flay is a focus to be reckoned with.

With having the great opportunity to work with K Flay, twice, on her music videos I have noticed that she is as amazing as the music she makes, “Her music is so relatable… Every time I find out that I’m going to be directing one of her music videos I squeal like a little girl” (Ben Fee, Creative Director). As I have gotten chance to work with both K Flay and Ben, I couldn’t help but feel the same way about this artist. K Flay is an extraordinary woman, she believes that in order to get what you want you have to, “Work, work, work… and when you think you’re done, work some more!” I feel truly honored to have gotten a chance to work with K Flay and share her music with the great people at Logan!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


by Sarah Bellal
Courier Staff Writer

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It's that time of the year again. No, not prom, it's time for college applications. Colleges in the United States receive more applications from Californian students than any other state (Best, Brightest and Rejected: Elite Colleges Turn Away Up to 95%), and James Logan is one of the biggest schools in California, making us a natural target for college admissions officers to visit and showcase their schools to in hopes of garnering more applicants.

Starting this week, universities from around the country will be having presentations in the Logan Career Center, Library, and Little Theater. The presentations are open to all Logan students, but mainly focused on providing information to seniors, many of whom have already begun the college application process.

The visits include many returning presenters from last year, like the University of Chicago and the University of California, San Diego, and several newcomers as well, including Northwestern University and University of the Pacific.
By Anne Marie Bonifacio
Courier Staff Writer

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After three consecutive years of below-normal rainfall, California faces its most severe drought emergency in decades. As of August 14th, 82% of the United States is in “extreme” to “exceptional” drought, which, according to the U.S Drought Monitor, are the two worst categories to be in.

Governor Jerry Brown has been threatening to have mandatory water rationing, if we fail to cut down our water use by 20%. The drought caused us the largest water loss in the states history, causing us to lose approximately 63 trillion gallons of groundwater so far.

The New Haven Unified School district has acted toward this drought by cutting down their water usage by 20%. “We have a dedicated person who tracks our water usage through billing,” John Mattos mentioned, “any unforeseen increase in cost is investigated and addressed immediately.” Mr.Mattos also expressed how serious of a concern the drought is to the New Haven Unified School District, expressing that we should be “responsible water consumers within our community.”
By Amma Prempeh
Courier Staff Writer

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The 2014- 2015 school year will mark the beginning of Logan’s subscription to
Turnitin, a program already being used by 10,000-plus academic institutions worldwide.

Turnitin is a cloud-based service with online grading, peer review, and submission functions. Turnitin is most famous for its “Originality Check” feature. The feature is designed to catch plagiarism in student writing, by
comparing submitted essays against a database composed of billions of webpages, student essays, and academic articles. The assignment is then given an “originality score” that shows how much of the work may be plagiarized.

Logan has been considering a subscription to Turnitin since last year. In an interview in May, 2014, Principal Amy McNamara highlighted the reasons Logan was in favor of a subscription (Logan Eye's Using Anti-Plagrism Service Turn-It-In). Vice Principal Abhi Brar cited strong support from the English, Foreign Language, and Social Sciences departments.
By Kyla Laquian
Courier Staff Writer

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"Scientific knowledge is in perpetual evolution; it finds itself changed from one day to the next." said cognitive psychologist Jean Piaget .As the numbers of young, budding scientists are rapidly increasing, we find that our society is becoming blessed with new and profound scientific research, causing extreme technological advances that contribute to the betterment of our world. In following this goal, to create advancements through science, Project Lead the Way, the non -profit organization responsible for the introduction of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Program at thousands of primary and secondary schools throughout the country is producing the next generation of scientists and engineers in our society. According to the US Department of Commerce, it is estimated that jobs in STEM will increase by seventeen percent by the year 2018, and more than 1.2 million of these posts will remain vacant without enough qualified workers to fill them. STEM thus provides a new, unique, and effective educational model in schools to develop prospect STEM workers and recover this gap. Breaking away from the systematic model of our current education system, the STEM program is changing high school dynamics by giving students the opportunity to apply real world knowledge and skills in the classroom while encouraging more students to pursue careers in STEM and become leaders.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

By Megan Duenas
Co Editor in Chief

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With the hustling and bustling of AP summer assignments that your cramming the day before school and the last minute hang outs with friends at the beach or your local Starbucks, everyone knows what season is approaching, school season. With the every changing colors of teenager’s hair and the new styles that flood the hallways, a new school season, is what we all yearn for, a breath of fresh air.

So forget last year’s dramas and the chaos and headaches, and take a deep breathe and see this year for what it should be, a new start. So make it whatever you want , try this new “ 90’s grunge style” or jump on the bandwagon of these music artist and internet sensations. Go and take all AP classes. Or go and take a nap during lunch (just kidding, I advise you otherwise). Go head to the cafeteria and try these new nachos with rice, beans, beef, tomatoes, peppers and olives. ( yes olives) Or bring a bag lunch filled with healthy snacks. Hit the library during lunch and study or hit the open gym for some pick up basketball games. Join as many clubs as you can fit in your day or make one of your own. I know it may sound cliché, but the choice is up to you, more than anyone else on how you want to remember these precious years of school.

Friday, September 05, 2014


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By Jessica Esquibel
Courier Staff Writer

This Fall on Wednesday September 17th a new show is starting called the ‘Red Band Society.’ It’s not like any other original hospital show that has been shown on TV so far. Ever since the book, ‘The Fault in our Stars’ hit theaters in June, this show seems to come up a lot also. Most theaters actually handed out red bands if a ticket was purchased to see ‘The Fault in our Stars’ as promotion.

The show is based on a true memoir of a boy, who finds out he has cancer. In this memoir he is talking about his experiences and the people he meets while in the hospital. One of the most obvious category in this show is drama. In interviews the actors also describe it as ‘romantic and fun.’ Octavia Spencer, Academy Award winner, one of the many actors in the show says, “This is probably the best pilot script I’ve ever read.”

Friday, June 06, 2014

By Kyla Laquian, Courier Staff Writer

As a child who spent every night listening to bed time stories, the rhythmic yet powerful message of Dr. Seuss, "Today You are You that is Truer than True, however there is no one alive who is Youer than You." imprinted in my mind. This powerful assertion of staying true to who you are is the philosophy that many of the greatest pioneers and leaders of our world live by. In this technologically advanced and fast-paced society we now live in, many find it hard to stay true to themselves as they allow the institutions to dictate their lives. However, there is no greater crime for an individual than to sacrifice who they are for the sake of conforming or "making a living." It takes courage, a vision of your life beyond what's there, and to live every day of your life doing what you want to do. Take the following archetypes, for the guidelines in maintaining who you are, which leads to success.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

By Sean Stewart, Staff Editor and Resident Godzilla Enthusiast.
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It's been a decade since audiences have experienced the wrath of Godzilla (I of course am referring to the final TOHO produced film "Godzilla Final Wars" ((2004)), the 1998 Roland Emmerich abomination doesn't count), and now after the long anticipated hiatus the king is back. It's Godzilla's 60th birthday, and all I can say after seeing this movie is "long live the king!"

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

By Rushk Kerawala, Staff Writer
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Steam tends to have many sales on games, releasing them for free over a weekend period and providing a discounted price. However, last weekend they put Red Orchestra 2, a tactical WW2 FPS made my Tripwire Interactive on sale for only seven dollars. Being a huge shooter fan, especially in regards to World War 2, I had to try it.

Monday, May 19, 2014

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By Denisse Gonzalez and Sara Huete, Courier Staff Writers

After thirty four years of teaching high school, Jeffrey Ustick is retiring at the end of the 2013-2014 school year. Ustick is leaving Logan after twenty -seven years.

Ustick tells The Courier that, "Teaching is like a movie, not a snapshot. It's a whole bunch of things, but I think the most enjoyable thing is just interacting with people."

Ustick is the Puente history teacher. "Puente is a program to help kids from underrepresented families go to college," says Marilyn Cruz, Senior at James Logan High School.

"It's time to graduate. I've been in school every year since I've been in kindergarten. It's now time to go do things I've wanted to do," Ustick says about reasons why he's retiring.

"The irony of teaching is that it gets in the way of your own education," Ustick says, "there's lots of things I want to read and do. Set my own schedule... it's going to be a period of adjustment and discovery."

One of Ustick's former students, Angela Valdivia, Senior at James Logan High School tells The Courier how she's, "Had him for two years and it's sad that the other students won't be able to experience him as a teacher." Valdivia says, "I guess it's a good thing that he's retiring. You know, nobody wants to work for their whole lives. It's also kinda sad that future students won't get to have him as a teacher."

Thursday, May 15, 2014


By Leslie Panyanouvong, Courier Staff Writer

Just last year, The New Haven Unified School District was awarded the Race to the Top Grant. According to New Haven’s website, “The District will receive more than $29 million over the next four-and-a-half years, to personalize student learning, improve student achievement and educator effectiveness, close achievement gaps, and prepare all students to succeed in college and careers” (New Haven Unified School District). The grant will also allow the District to obtain Chromebooks for students to use throughout the school year. The benefits of Chromebooks will allow easier accessibility to students who are unable to access a computer at home.

James Logan High School’s Vice Principal, Abhi Brar, has talked about accelerating the role of Chromebooks for students. Logan is taking the “technology forward” approach – where one-third of the student body already has a Chromebook checked out to them.

Mr. Brar talks about amending the Race to the Top Grant that was given to the district so that by the beginning of next year, the entire student body of James Logan will have access to Chromebooks. The grants are timed and in order for the school to receive the second and third batch of chromebooks early; the district will need the grant to be amended so it doesn’t go against federal budget.
By October or November of this following school year, two-thirds of the student population will have a Chromebook to use in class. Mr. Brar said, “It didn’t seem like a very good plan to have just a third of our kids to not have the device for another year. As a teacher, they can’t expect to do something class wide because not every student has [a chromebook].”

Advisor's Note: A disastrous loss of data sidelined The Courier from the end of March to the beginning of May. As a result, several stories our reporters produced during that period could not be posted. The following story was one of those, and we're posting it now.

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By Leslie Panyanouvong, Courier Staff Writer

On March 29th, I did something I hardly ever do voluntarily. I ran three miles. Why? To give tribute to Andrew Silva, a Logan graduate and Marine who tragically lived through war in Afganistan only to be killed by an allegedly drunk driver shortly after returning home . I participated in the Andrew Silva Run.

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Andrew Silva, 23, was fatally struck in an alleged DUI hit-and-run crash in Fremont on March 25. Alexander Yohn, 23, of Emeryville, was arrested and charged with murder along with vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and leaving the scene of an accident in connection with the fatal crash.

Yohn faces trial for murder.

Silva, who had returned in February from active duty, was riding a motorcycle when he was struck by Yohn, who was driving a Mini Cooper through the intersection of Fremont Boulevard and Decoto Road around 1 a.m. that morning.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

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By Leslie Panyanouvong, Courier Staff Writer

Logan administrators are considering paying to use an online service called Turnitin to detect
plagiarism in students' essays.

Turnitin is a web-based program designed to prevent students from plagiarizing essays. Many universities and high schools around the country have incorporated the program for student use.

There's a catch to this top-notch program. Although it will make the lives of English teachers' much easier; to get its’ license, it will cost the institution $10,000per year.

Thursday, May 08, 2014

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From the New Haven Unified School District

The Board of Education on Tuesday night approved a proposal to set a tax rate target and bond issuance maximum value for a possible bond election in November.

Facing more than $300 million in facility and technology needs and seeking to maintain its investment in 21st century learning, the District is considering asking voters to approve a measure that would raise from $100 million to $150 million through a property tax increase of $50 per $100,000 of assessed value. Under California’s Proposition 39 requirements for general obligation bonds, passage would require the approval of 55 percent of voters and a Citizens Oversight Committee would monitor and review all expenditures.