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Sunday, September 14, 2014

By Leilani Neal
Courier Staff Writer


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!
By Amber McGee
Courier Staff Writer


When I picked up The Knife of Never Letting Go, the first book of the Chaos Walking trilogy, I was wary. After the success of series’ like The Hunger Games and Divergent many young adult authors have been following in their footsteps, and now it seems as if every YA novel you find is a fantasy romance or a dark dystopian novel about teenagers rebelling against their state. Did I really want to read another one of those books? Where the same ideas were rehashed--usually mediocrely--over and over?

The summary on the inside gave me mixed feelings. On one hand the promise of a “white knuckle journey” made me roll my eyes, but other aspects of the book caught my interest. The setting, the plot, and the questions it asked were different enough to help me make up my mind. So I checked it out and read it, then a month later I was reading the sequel, and two months later I finished the final book.

Unfortunately the series didn’t give me white knuckles, but it did cause a few choice expletives to leave my mouth.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

by Sarah Bellal
Courier Staff Writer


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


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 Jessica Esquibel
Courier Staff Writer


Deadmau5 and Mickey Mouse. EDM and Disney Channel. They definitely have their differences. Let’s say it’s your first time seeing Deadmau5 and you might think, ‘It sorta looks like Mickey except way more creepier.’ You would leave it at that and not ponder on it any longer, but that’s not what the Walt Disney Company think. Apparently, they think you can’t set those two apart and it’s “stealing.” It’s like saying anyone who uses any kind of “M” in their logo is copying McDonald’s.

Sure, Deadmau5 has not been around as long as Mickey Mouse has, but why didn’t Walt Disney Company handle the issue earlier in his career in 2005 when he debuted his first album, “Get Scraped.” The artwork clearly showed the two massive ears that look “highly similar” to Mickey Mouse’s. Was the company waiting for him to gain millions of fans to say that he couldn’t do this anymore? It’s not like Zimmerman (Deadmau5) intended to ‘confuse’ people into thinking his trademark looks like Mickey Mouse, (it really doesn’t).
By Amma Prempeh
Courier Staff Writer


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


"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


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


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.”

Thursday, September 04, 2014


By David Lightman
McClatchy Washington Bureau (MCT)

WASHINGTON - Democrats are accusing Republicans of planning to shut down the federal government, though the charge is based largely on a fight over immigration that's now very unlikely to happen this month and though no leading Republican is talking seriously about seeking to shutter the government.

The Democrats' warnings - trumpeted in daily countdowns to a shutdown - are pegged mostly to President Barack Obama unilaterally easing immigration rules - which now may not happen until after the November elections. Even if he issued such an order in the next few weeks, few Republicans are talking provoking about a shutdown. Instead, they condemn the idea.

The Democratic effort should be viewed largely as a way of firing up a party base that needs a jolt for this fall's election campaigns. "Democrats are using fear of Republicans to motivate their own people," said Kyle Kondik, the managing editor at the political website Sabato's Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia.

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.

Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1250012570

By Megan Liebig, Book Editor

Normally, when approaching teen romance novels, I am very critical and skeptical of them, and am often disappointed by the unrealistic and cliche nature. However, Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell was a novel that exceeded every expectation I hold over novels in this genre, and stole my heart from the first chapter.

The novel focuses on two misfit teenagers growing up in the mid-eighties. Eleanor comes from a difficult living situation with a controlling and abusive stepfather who wants her out of the house at will stop at no cost to harass her. She struggles with body image issues, and acceptance of her weight. Many classmates find her oversized goodwill wardrobe and weight weird, and causes much teasing and cruel treatment from her classmates. Park is a biracial teen living in the primarily white occupied south. He does his best to stay out of everyone’s way, as long as they leave him alone.

Though they conform to the trend of “misfit youth” like many other young adult novels, Eleanor and Park are exceptionally well formed characters with real and serious conflicts.

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Big Deal members Kacey Underwood, left, and Alice Costelloe

By Megan Duenas, Courier Entertainment Editor
So maybe you watched Divergent this weekend, and heard the most beautiful sound and your uncertain on whether the music is angels singing or merely just a upcoming and coming band debuting there alluring songs that not only draws in ears wanting to engulf in the beautiful melodies and harmonies but more so to the extent of knowing who is the culprit to this new stir in music, so if your uncertain on what this unblemished, vibrant tune is, I must say it’s the rising band, Big Deal, who consist of no more thanLondoner Alice Costelloe and California-native Kacey Underwood, who I am inclined to say, are a very big deal.The charming Alice Costelloe was able to chat with me, and use that divine charm of hers, to make me even me even more certain that this band is more than just a big deal.

The Courier: What’s one thing – apart from music – that you can’t live without?

Alice: Ice cream... Coffee... sisters . There's a lot of things!

The Courier: What has been the highlight of your career?

Thursday, May 29, 2014

By Chick Jacobs
The Fayetteville Observer, N.C.(MCT)

There was something about Maya Angelou that transcended her writing.

"When you met her, there was this sense that you were meeting someone special," said Cathy Schwirzke, a long-time Cumberland County teacher. "I've met a lot of writers, including famous names, but with her, it was something more. She inspired with words, but just also with her spirit."

Angelou, who died in her Winston-Salem home Wednesday morning at age 86, had a knack for reaching people and motivating them to better their lives.

Long a renowned Southern author, Angelou burst onto the national spotlight in 1993 when she stopped the show at President Bill Clinton's inauguration.
However, she had long been challenging and changing lives before that.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014


By Salvador Rodriguez
Los Angeles Times (MCT)

Following a security breach, Ebay said it is asking users to change their passwords.

The online shopping site Wednesday said hackers used stolen employee log-in credentials to compromise a database containing user information.

Among the stolen data were customer names and encrypted passwords, their email addresses, physical addresses, phone numbers and their dates of birth. Ebay said no financial data were stolen and no unauthorized activity has been detected.