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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.

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

By Kyla Laquian, Courier Staff Writer

Since my freshman year at James Logan High School, which is the third most populated school in the state of California, my school years have been characterized by the yearly excitement of fight breakouts and lock downs due to gang activity. These students are caught in an unfortunate yet vicious cycle based on their economic standing, where being low-income means that they must fight to survive daily.

However, this is not an indication of their potential. For the first time in history, the United States has experienced the highest graduation rate of the country, just over 80%. This rate is expected to increase by the year 2020, up to 90%, and is largely due to the fact that low-income students are making incredible strides in graduating, and that school attendance policies are being enforced more tightly.
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Chart: California Department of Education