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California Court of Appeals turns against bee-killing pesticides

By Rachel Ocampo, Courier Staff Writer

Photo by: Alvespagar

The population of bees has been dropping drastically over the past several years. There are many reasons as to why the decline of the bee population is occurring, but the use of pesticides is a prime component to this concept.

A few students at James Logan shared their opinion on this topic.

In 2014, environmental groups such as Pesticide Action Network, Center for Food Safety, and Beyond Pesticides challenged California Department of Pesticide Regulation’s (DPR) approval of pesticides which was shown to affect bees. The DPR found evidence that the pesticides were killing the bees but did not take further action to save the them.

The DPR proposed to expand the use of two bee-killing pesticides, “Venom Insecticide” and “Dinotefuran.”

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How many Logan students are thinking about college?

By Catherine Nguyen, Courier Staff Writer

Photo by Jasonm at Wikimedia Commons

Many students at James Logan High School are thinking about college and any other post secondary plans they may have.

A majority of the students at Logan have plans to go to college after high school whether it is community college, private college or, a public college. 

Sarah Hernandez, a senior, said she wants to go to college to further her academic career but to also, “earn a higher paying job in the future.”

Another senior, Trokon Johnson also said he wanted to go to college to further his education and achieve his dreams.

“I want to further explore what I’m good at and have interest in, not the things I’ve struggled at in high school,” said a junior.

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Listen up! The Foo Fighters are back in action with ‘Concrete and Gold’

By Horace Assar, Demisha Simmons-Price, Arjot Pabla, and Princess Ganutan, Courier Staff Writers

The Foo Fighters. Photo by Christopher Simon.

“Concrete and Gold”, the ninth album of the Foo Fighters is filled with thick sounding guitars and throat shredding screams.

Dave Grohl, the Foo Fighters founder, never tried something tricky with the albums. Listening to the Foo Fighters is like listening to songs in a TV show. They have produced little in the way of artistic development.

With Taylor Hawkins powerful performance on the drums and Dave Grohl’s voice and guitar, the Foo Fighters earned Pitchfork’s “World’s Most Okay Rock Band” with several hit albums like “Foo Fighters”, “The Color and the Shape”, and “Sonic Highways”. These ones are boring albums but good ones as well. It is impossible to dislike the Foo Fighters but out of the question to love them.

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Students Get a Glimpse of the Globe through Global Glimpse

By Salvador Esquibel, Kaitlyn Espinoza, Alexa Fernandez, Courier Staff Writers

Global Glimpse is a nonprofit organization that serves high school students and educators all around the Bay Area, New York, Chicago and Western Massachusetts. Their goal is to give students the opportunity to work with people from different backgrounds in order to make meaningful connections and to improve their society and understand larger social contexts. 
   Students can apply by recommendation from a teacher based on their strong leadership skills, community involvement, and potential for collegiate and career success. 10 to 30 students are accepted into the program every school year.
    Fees for the program range somewhere between $500 to $4200, including airfare, accommodation, transportation, meals. The also include the cost of preparatory after school workshops, and their alumni ambassador program. There are also scholarships available to students that qualify based on factors such as family income and number of people dependent in a household. 

Over the years, Global Glimpse has seen itself grow in numbers and percentages. Since 2007, they have served over 4,600 students. Just last year, they served 830 students and 90 educators from 65 public high schools and provided over $2 million to make sure the program was available to students of all socioeconomic backgrounds. (more…)

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Listen up! The most anticipated fall albums are right around the corner.

By Kelly Lan and Romi Cablay, Courier Staff Writers

P!nk performing live in 2013

Two of music’s biggest stars, Taylor Swift and P!nk, are set to release new albums this fall season.

After her dropping her single “Just Like Fire” for Disney’s movie “Alice Through the Looking Glass” it seemed like P!nk was all ready to drop her new album.

However, in the summer, she got pregnant with her second child so her projects took a back seat.

Thankfully for fans, her new album, “Beautiful Trauma” is now set to release on October 13 with a tour with the same name to follow.

This will be her seventh album overall and her first album since 2012. Pink went on Twitter to explain the inspiration for her album title. She said that she “named the album after [Beautiful Trauma] because life is f*cking traumatic. But it’s also incredibly beautiful too.”

The song is set to have a total of 13 songs. On August 10, she dropped “What About Us” as her single for the album and the fourth song on the track list. On September 28, she dropped “Beautiful Trauma” her title song.

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Sunday Funnies!

By Erica Garcia and Victoria Meneses, Courier Cartoonists

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Leadership holds a fundraiser for victims of Hurricane Harvey

By Natasha Lopez, Erika Venegas and Gweyneth Angeli Legaspi, Courier Staff Writers

Leadership held a relief fundraiser for Hurricane Harvey victims from September 11 to the 22nd. They organized their fundraiser through Team Rubicon but failed to meet their goal of $3,000.

Team Rubicon is a nonprofit organization that has previously given relief to Haiti after the earthquake that took place in 2010 and is now raising money for those who were affected by the hurricane in Texas. It is run by the founder William McNulty.

Alexa Sass, the ASB committee leader, said that they chose not to raise the money through Red Cross because “they have not been donating all of the money to the victims.” This may be referring to Hurricane Katrina when international Red Cross officials reported to the New York Times that they failed to meet the needs of victims. Just recently Red Cross was accused of stealing donations from churches in Texas.

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James Logan women’s water polo brings home ANOTHER victory!

By Israel Avila and Daisy Tamayo, Courier Staff Writers

Photo by Israel Avila

James Logan Varsity Women’s Water Polo wins yet another game making them an undefeated 7-0 team. They played against Mission San Jose with a final score of 10-2.

Although the season has just begun, the team already knows what their strengths and weaknesses are as individuals and most importantly as a team.

Haley Pulido, varsity’s goalie, said that just knowing the team is there for one another makes her “thrive more and want to be more competitive and try harder.”

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Logan staff members attend the annual Alzheimer’s Walk

By Kaitlyn Espinoza, Savlador Esquibel, and Alexa Fernandez  Courier Staff Writers

From left to right: Ms. Wright, Ms. Hughes, and Ms. Hughes’s daughter

Alzheimer’s is a disease that can take over the brain and cause problems with the person’s memory, thought process, and actions and over time, it tends to get worse. The disease can cause confusion, inability to recognize familiar places, misplace things and/or struggle with language.

Debbie Hughes has been one of the many that has been affected by Alzheimer’s. Even though she does not have the disease , loved ones around her having been dealing with this and unfortunately three of her family members , her mom, aunt, and grandmother have passed away from this tragic disease.
The most common risk factor for Alzheimer’s is increasing age. Most affected individuals are usually around the age of 65 years or older. Family history and genetics can also increase the likelihood of being affected by Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s walks are very common in Northern California and some teachers such as Debbie Hughes and Molly Wright were involved this year as well as previous years.

“ This is my 3rd walk and there are walks all over the country from mid-November to mid-December. Usually during these walks people ask for donations and this year I happened to make around 500 dollars of donations, but was more fortunate last year by making around 1000 dollars of donations.” said Hughes.

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Logan starts off the school year with the Back to School Dance

By Kelly Lan, Alyssa Barquin, and Romilene Cablay, Courier Staff Writers

On Friday September 15, Logan held its first dance to kick off the school year.

The welcome back dance started with the activity director, Preet Samara, organizing everything accordingly. Her goal was to let incoming freshman or new students get to know the school and their peers better.

When interviewing Preet, this is what she had to say regarding the back-to-school dance, “We wanted freshman to feel welcomed, as well as starting the school year off with a bang.” She also talked about how they didn’t have much time to plan the dance and was very hectic. About 250 people attended and she felt that it went a lot better than expected.

However, not everyone was enthusiastic about the dance.

When asked about why he didn’t go to the dance Andrew Torres, a senior, said, “I felt like it would have been boring because we have a big freshman class and I felt like the freshmen would have just taken over the dance.”

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