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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.

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.
UCSB student Lisa Kitson, 20, left, and Ariana
Richmond, 20, right, stand in front of the apartment
where Elliot Rodger lived and allegedly stabbed three
victims to death in Isla Vista, May 26.

Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times/MCT

By Harriet Ryan, Kate Mather and Louis Sahagun
Los Angeles Times (MCT)

May 27--Thousands of students continued to share their grief this week at UC campuses across Southern California, where vigils were being organized to honor the six victims killed in the deadly Isla Vista rampage carried out by Elliot Rodger.

As investigators continued to piece together how the shootings began, students continued to attend vigils and other events planned as part of a "week of solidarity" to honor the victims and to begin the process of healing.

At UCLA Monday night, more than 2,600 students had RSVP'd to attend, while about 2,000 students had signed up for a similar event in San Diego.
Vigils planned at UC Irvine and UC Riverside were expected to generate similar crowds.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

By Sean Stewart, Staff Editor and Resident Godzilla Enthusiast.

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

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


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.


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.
New Warriors Head Coach
Steve Kerr


By Diamond Leung
Contra Costa Times (MCT)

Steve Kerr reached an agreement in principle with the Golden State Warriors to become their head coach Wednesday, giving the franchise its second straight coach to come right out of the broadcast booth.

Kerr and the Warriors are finalizing a five-year deal worth about $25 million as he spurned the New York Knicks, who reportedly offered a four-year contract to the TNT analyst.

"It's great on a basketball level to inherit a good team and a young team with high-character players and a front office I'm already familiar with and feel very confident in and comfortable with," Kerr told Bay Area News Group columnist Tim Kawakami. "Yeah . . . it felt right immediately."

Wednesday, May 14, 2014


Enduring Courage: Ace Pilot Eddie
Rickenbacker and the Dawn of the
Age of Speed

by John F. Ross;

St. Martin's Press, NY;
400 pages, $26.9

By Tish Wells

McClatchy Washington Bureau (MCT)

WASHINGTON — In "Enduring Courage" John F. Ross aims to revive the memory of World War I flying ace Eddie Rickenbacker, who was also an early racecar driver of renown, and the creator of now-defunct Eastern Air Lines.

"I spent a lot of time reading about Eddie Rickenbacker, his buddies, the kids, the flyboys," said Ross at a book gathering, "and the early American air service over northern France flying against the real pros, the Germans, the Flying Circus. You read their journals and their letters home, they're talking these life-and-death things."

Rickenbacker was born in 1890 in Columbus, Ohio, the oldest son of two poor Swiss immigrants. His mother was the strongest influence on Rickenbacker.

"Eddie grew up watching his fiercely self-reliant mother doing whatever it was to survive," says Ross in the book. Rickenbacker was no slouch on his own, selling newspapers as a 5-year-old and keeping goats to sell their milk. After his abusive father died in 1904, he lied about his age and got a job at a glass factory.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Samsung leads the smartphone industry
in smartphones with screens 5 inches or
larger,such as it's Cricket model.


By Andrea Chang
Los Angeles Times(MCT)

LOS ANGELES — When it comes to smartphones, these days bigger seems to be better.

Worldwide shipments of smartphones with screens measuring 5 inches or more soared 369 percent in the first quarter compared with a year earlier, a growth rate substantially faster than that of the overall market. Worldwide big-screen devices represented 34 percent of smartphone shipments, according to market research firm Canalys.

All told, worldwide shipments of smartphones totaled 279.4 million in the first quarter, up 29 percent from a year earlier. Android devices accounted for 81 percent of the total, followed by iOS (16 percent) and Windows Phone (3 percent).

Monday, May 12, 2014

By Tony Barboza
Los Angeles Times (MCT)

Smog could worsen across the United States in the coming decades as climate change boosts summer temperatures and makes ozone levels more difficult to control, a new study says.

Americans can expect the number of days with unhealthful air to rise 70 percent by midcentury unless emissions of smog-forming pollutants are slashed, according to a study led by the federally funded National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo.

Higher temperatures accelerate the formation of lung-searing ozone, the main ingredient of smog, and could set back decades of improvements in air quality, the study says. "It will hinder our progress," said Gabriele Pfister, a scientist at the center and lead author of the study published last week.