Senior Ditch Day… or Senior Epidemic?

By Supreme_Overlord

Courier Staff Reporter

James Logan High School is no stranger to mystery, scandal, and epidemic. On Tuesday, May 26th, a large portion of the senior class was absent from school. The cause of this sudden and unexpected event has yet to be confirmed, although many have speculated as to different reasons for the mass absence. Many absentees called in sick, leading some to believe that there was a widespread illness among the seniors. Several suspicious teachers believed those absent were participating in some ritualistic, social rite of passage that has been coined “Senior Ditch Day”. Innocent, unaffiliated bystander and Logan dropout Kumpleet Bee-Ess, for some unknown reason, commented, “Of course they weren’t ditching! Senior Ditch Day is a myth that the illuminati spread to give teachers a cover up for when they unleashed their artificially created virus onto the senior class.” As a Courier correspondent, I am choosing to wholeheartedly believe Bee-Ess and his speculations.

Here’s what some seniors did on Tuesday to get their minds off of the illness:

An anonymous student said, “I dmed my bestie to tell her I was sick, and SHE WAS SICK TOO, so we decided to go to Great America to cheer ourselves up. ASB was offering discounted tickets for some reason so that was just an added bonus on our road to recovery.”

“I went to Berkeley to do some hipster stuff and wound up in a smoke shop where the owner told me he had a cure for the senior epidemic, so I’ve been smoking it regularly since then.” – an student who simply identified as “Jer.”

“I quarantined myself and will not be leaving the confines of my house until the first semester of college starts and I’ve gotten the CDC to sanitize my surroundings.”- submission sent through email.

(Note: this is satire.)

 

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A Broken DS Turns Into An Operating Gameboy Micro

unnamed (32)by Timothy Salcedo

Courier Tech Columnist

On September 19, 2005 the Gameboy Micro was released, it was this tiny console the same size as the first generation iPod Touch. It allowed you to play Gameboy Advanced games, but sadly it couldn’t play any old games from the Gameboy Color back in the 90’s.

Anthony Thomas from Reddit has shared his experience of making a broken DS into a Gameboy Mirco.  He posted a tutorial video on Reddit and many people were impressed of the job he had done to his DS. Who knew a broken DS could be so useful again to the gaming community? He documents his building process in his personal website if you want more in-depth detail. His DS’s are being sold for $130 if he provides all the materials to make the product, or $110 if you provide him a DS.

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Sex Trafficking in the Bay

by Angelica Castro

Courier Staff Reporter

Millions of men, women, and children are being forced into prostitution every single day. Sex Trafficking is one of the world’s most rapid growing criminal operations with the value of billions of dollars in California according to the Standing Against Global Exploitation.In 2009, The FBI released a report stating San Francisco has one of the largest incidences of child sex trafficking in the nation. 59% of Women, 17% of Girls, 14% of Men, and 10% of boys were affected by sex trafficking that year.

Victims that had been saved from their traffickers, aren’t safe from further consequences that were yet to unfold. Development of addictions to drugs and alcohol, brain injuries, sexually transmitted diseases, and miscarriages are all possibilities.

Some organizations like BAATC (Bay Area Anti- Trafficking Coalition), Freedom House, SFCAHT (San Francisco Collaborative Against Human Trafficking, and SAGE (Standing Against Global Exploitation), are on a mission to aid victims of sexual trafficking. Providing mental health counseling and help from SF District Attorney offices to fight their cases, are both examples of help they provide. (more…)

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Weekly Reader: All Our Yesterdays

All Our Yesterdayby Amber McGee

Weekly Reader Columnist

Time travel is a staple of the science fiction genre, and yet one has to search hard to find stories that use it well. For time travel to work as a plot device it must fulfill one of two things, it must be explainable, or it must at least sound reasonable.

Where Midwinterblood had time traveling in the sense of reincarnation, All Our Yesterdays has characters experiencing the past the good old fashion way–being ripped apart to their particles by a giant machine in an underground laboratory. The trip is a painful one, but it must be made. Em and Finn have failed fourteen times now to stop the United States from falling in to chaos, and according to the note from her past selves, there’s only one last way for Em to prevent this dystopia from becoming reality.

Meanwhile, in another part of the country, four years in the past, Marina longs for the day she can tell her childhood friend James her true feelings. It’s been years now and every time she gets close something comes up. Finally she’s had enough, and with her resolve set she decides to tell James after a dinner party where his brother is speaking. The night goes perfect until one action sends not only the room, but the whole nation reeling. Can Marina find it in herself to remain strong, even when everything she knows and understands is being turned on its head?

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Microsoft Introduces HoloLens

unnamed (31)by Timothy Salcedo

Courier Tech Columnist 

On January 15th, 2015, Microsoft announced that they are working on Hololens, a new product compatible with the new Windows 10. Throughout the months Microsoft has been in development with this technology. Microsoft HoloLens is the first holographic computer running Windows 10.There would be no wires, phones, or connectivity to a PC at all. Microsoft HoloLens allows you to mark/pin in your physical environment to enhance a new vision into this reality.

“…we’ve made incredible advances as an industry in the ways we interact with computers. However, we are still constrained because we must conform to the ways computers recognize our commands through mouse clicks or by touching a screen. Using holograms, you can pin your digital content, such as apps, information, and even multi-dimensional videos, in the physical space around you, so you can interact with it in the same ways that you interact with other physical objects. Microsoft HoloLens generates a multi-dimensional image visible to the user so that he or she perceives holographic objects in the physical world. Holographic objects seen with Microsoft HoloLens can be pinned, or anchored, to physical locations you choose, move according to their own rules, or remain in a specific location within your field of view regardless of where you are or in which direction you are looking.” says a Microsoft representative.

This device that Microsoft is making seems pretty impressive and it’s insane how we are in the middle of all this technological innovation.

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James Logan Promposals

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by Anne Bonifacio

Courier Staff Reporter

As the junior and senior prom approaches, people have been surprising their dates with prom proposals, or promposals. There have been numerous promposals that have already taken place at James Logan.

People usually make a poster, and gather friends to surprise the person they are asking. There are usually cute pick up lines or catch phrases on the posters. Promposals usually happen during lunch or after school, so that they can have a big audience.

“I think that promposals are really cute. They’re especially necessary if you really need a date to prom,” Celyn Alaras stated, “but I feel like some promposals do too much. Like, some people blow their promposals way out of proportion.”

“I feel the same way, I think asking your date in a proper way is necessary,” John Perez added, “it just kind of depends on the person, though. If they like romantic stuff like that, then yeah it’s necessary. If they’re okay with being asked on the down low, then that’s fine too.”

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Seniors and Juniors on Prom Costs

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Courier Staff Reporter

It’s that time of the year again, and even though juniors and seniors will need to share the day, students are looking forward to prom this Saturday, May 9th, at the San Francisco Design Center. During this once in a lifetime experience, many couples and friends alike will arrive in hordes of limousines and cars, clad in dapper tuxedos and elegant dresses. Some come to prom for a memorable and romantic experience with their dates, while for others attend just for the sake of a memorable and totally platonic experience. Ultimately, whether people attend with their dates or a group of friends, they all just want to eat, dance, have fun, and feel beautiful. The question is, then, how much money and effort have students poured onto this single, extravagant day?

During the few week before prom, students spent a great deal of time meticulously arranging their schedules, ordering limos, and shopping for outfits. Keeping ticket and limo prices in mind, the total expenses for each group can easily exceed a thousand dollars. On Tuesday, ticket prices rose from $100 to $110. Once paid, participants will receive a receipt, contract, and a card that informs them that they are “cordially invited”. Most students report that their prom budget is upwards of $200.

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Principal McNamara Issues Statement on Departure

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Principal Amy McNamara

Courier Staff Report

After announcing her departure from Logan to take an Associate Superintendent position in a Contra Costa County school district, Principal Amy McNamara sent the following statement to the Logan staff:
“The last 6 years have absolutely, without a doubt, been the highlight of my 18 year career in education. There has never been a day since I came to Logan when I have not gotten out of bed excited to come to work. There have been days I was looking forward to a fresh start from the day before (right?), but always I have loved my job, the teachers, the support staff, and, of course the amazing, brilliant students we have.

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McNamara Resigning; Heading to Acalanes Union as Associate Superintendent

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Principal McNamara, center, walks to the Staff Lounge to announce she’s taken a job in another school district. Courier Staff Photo

by Courier Staff Reporter

James Logan High School will need a new principal next year, as current principal Amy McNamara this morning announced she’s leaving Logan to take an associate superintendent position with the Acalanes Union High School District.

McNamara made her emotional announcement at 8 a.m. today in the Staff Lounge.  About thirty teachers were there to hear her after they received email invitations to the announcement earlier in the morning.  She was flanked by Vice Principal Abhi Brar and House Principal Francis Rojas when she made the announcement.

McNamara said her hiring by Acalanes Union was approved by their board last night. Her current job will be “posted,” alerting would-be replacements to the availability of her job, as early as today, she said.

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Weekly Reader: Midwinterblood

by Amber McGee 

Weekly Reader Columnist 

Some time ago, around the tenth century, a king was sacrificed to prevent a famine. Until then the king had lived for many years, his life sustained by a special flower that grew only on his small island in the north. Before he was slain the king saw his queen wracked with despair and promised her that he would always be by her side. Even when her life came to an end and she was reborn thousands of miles away, he would find her some how.

So begins the story of Midwinterblood. Inspired by the painting of the same name by Carl Larsson, this novel, inspite of its bleak setting, will leave readers feeling hopeful. Maybe, just maybe, what others say is true. Maybe love can survive the centuries.

In just over two hundred and fifty pages Marcus Sedgwick is able to create a mesmerizing story that enchants the readers just as much as it enchants the main characters. Midwinterblood is a cup of fresh tea when compared to other reincarnation stories for it explores not only romantic love, but familial and platonic love as well.

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