World Traveling Teacher Recounts Adventures

By Quentin Monasterial

Courier Staff Reporter

 

Sean Dolgin Brian O'Neil, Courier Chief Photographer

Sean Dolgin
Brian O’Neil, Courier Chief Photographer

An avid traveler, Dolgin sets his wandering soul free as he travels around the world every summer. In fact, he says that this has been a regular passion of his since he was in college. And since then, he has been to a lot of places, ranging from Asia to Africa (and, of course, the United States); the total number of countries he has traveled to amounts to about 70 countries.

But, in light of his most recent trip, Dolgin traveled to the Philippines, the Middle East, Africa (specifically, Kenya, Egypt and Zimbabwe), Thailand, and finally, China during the previous summer. He recounts the experiences he garnered from the trip: “The safari in Kenya, pyramids in Egypt, going through Cairo… I enjoyed it; it was a lot of fun.”

In addition to the experience being fun, Dolgin also believes that it made him a “more worldly person in the sense that [he’s] been exposed to a few things” and has made him “realize how small the world is.”

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Marching Band is Gearing Up For Another Year

By Kayla Martinez

Entertainment Editor

 

The James Logan Band practices. Brian O'Neil photo

The James Logan Band practices.
Brian O’Neil photo

James Logan’s Marching Band is up and running, ready to start another year off right. Band director Adam Wilke seems to be completely confident in his students, sure that this year’s success will prove to be just as substantial as band’s previous years. “If you haven’t seen the Logan band you’re really missing out. It’s a sight to see,” he proudly claimed.

Known nationwide for its beautiful, complex performances during every half-time show, JLHS Marching Band is convinced that fans will not be let down. When asked why Courier readers should be interested in the band, sophomore Joelle Wong said, “We go to competitions and try to win, and we have fun. We fight for something.” Surely that something is the national success and recognition Marching Band has upheld for decades.

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Love at First Byte: Students Welcome New AP Computer Science Teacher

By Zackary Nichols

Courier Staff Reporter
IMG_5078This year tech-savvy students have been introduced to a new AP computer science teacher, Ms. Maryann Michalowski. A former University of California Scout, Michalowski will be teaching fifth, sixth, and seventh period AP Computer Science in room 61.

 
An AP Computer Science student who asked not to be named has said that Ms. Michalowski is very “unique.” “She said that I’ll be very confused the first month, but i’ll get it.” The student said that they were “hoping to get a free GPA boost out of the class, but it looks like that’s not happening.”

Another student who asked not to named stated that “Ms. Michalowski seemed like the type of teacher whose very strict but artsy and a has a specific vision of the class.”

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As School Starts Some Teacher’s Rooms Not Ready For Them

By Jovanna Brinck

Courier Staff Reporter

 

The start of a new school year can be a very stressful time.image (3)

Students have to prepare for rigorous coursework and teachers have to schedule their teaching plans.

The maintenance and cleaning that is needed for the new school year is often overlooked. Each year there are about fifty maintenance crew members that work vigorously to organize the classrooms in all of the schools in the New Haven School District.

Maintenance takes turns on which schools to start with. This year, James Logan High School was one of the last schools in the district to get their rooms clean and ready.

Upon talking to James Logan’s principal, Abhi Brar, it was addressed that although all classrooms were ready on the first day of instruction, there were a fair amount of classrooms that weren’t ready when the teachers arrived a few days earlier.

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Chinese military parade displays might amid muted vow of peace

 

The guard of honor of the three services of the Chinese People's Liberation Army attends a military parade on Sept. 3, 2015 in Beijing, China. China on Thursday held commemoration activities, including a grand military parade, to mark the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War. (Fei Maohua/Xinhua/Zuma Press/TNS)

The guard of honor of the three services of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army attends a military parade on Sept. 3, 2015 in Beijing, China. China on Thursday held commemoration activities, including a grand military parade, to mark the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War. (Fei Maohua/Xinhua/Zuma Press/TNS)


By Stuart Leavenworth

McClatchy Washington Bureau (TNS)


BEIJING – The Chinese Communist Party pulled off its biggest WWII military parade ever on Thursday, shutting down central Beijing for a spectacle of marching soldiers, rumbling tanks, patriotic music and never before seen missiles and other military equipment.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and some 29 lesser-known world leaders joined Chinese President Xi Jinping in watching the procession, held to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. Aircraft with colored contrails soared over Tiananmen Square on a nearly perfect blue-sky day, which the Communist Party helped manufacture by shutting down hundreds of polluting industries in and around Beijing.
With so much weaponry on display, some of China’s neighbors were wary of the parade. Japan was one of those, seeing it as another chapter in Beijing’s efforts to whip up anti-Japanese sentiment.
But China’s President Xi didn’t seem to care about the international optics. Experts say he seemed to be aiming his message largely at the Chinese people, whose trust in the Communist Party’s governance has been shaken recently by China’s economic downturn and the Tianjin industrial disasters.

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Earth’s tree count has been cut down to size: 3.04 trillion

English: Cleacut logging of old-growth forest as seen in the Bugaboo Creek area of the Gordon River near Port Renfrew, BC. This clearcut harboured many giant stumps, some measuring up to 15ft across. Photo by TJ Watt/Wikipedia

Cleacut logging of old-growth forest as seen in the Bugaboo Creek area of the Gordon River near Port Renfrew, BC. This clearcut harbored many giant stumps, some measuring up to 15ft across.
Photo by TJ Watt/Wikipedia

By Deborah Netburn
Los Angeles Times(TNS)

How many trees are there on planet Earth?

A new study estimates the number at somewhere around 3.04 trillion.

That’s about 400 trees for every person.

And while that may seem like a lot, the researchers say that before humans began clearing forests, the Earth was home to nearly twice as many trees.

“The number of trees cut down is almost 3 trillion since the start of human civilization” said Thomas Crowther, a postdoctoral fellow at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies who led the study. “That is an astronomical figure.”

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Language Arts Teacher Promoted to House Principal

By Chloe Eames
Courier Staff Reporter

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She’s been a student, a teaching intern, a teacher, Language Arts department chair, and more at James Logan High School.  Now Alicia Elbert has added House 3 principal to her list of accomplishments.

Elbert, a member of the Logan graduating class of 1993,  got the promotion this summer, but has known she wanted to be an administrator since about 2009.

She knew she wanted to be a principal “when I started working in the [Institute for Community Leaders], she said.  Her experience in the ICL made her realize that she wanted to help change the school system for the benefit of all students, not just the students in her classes. To do that, she needed to become an administrator.

Logan Principal Abhi Brar said he’s happy she’s made the switch.  “What could be better than to have one of our own lead our school,” he said.

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Album Review: The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind The Madness

By Jannet Rodriguez

Courier Staff Reporter

So, lets talk music. This past week, on August 28, to be exact, Abel Tesfaye, better known as The Weeknd, released his third very anticipated album. The album is called “Beauty Behind The Madness” and it includes fourteen tracks.

 
Three of the tracks feature artists, the first one is called “Losers” and the artists Labrinth. The song is very upbeat and pop, the sound is very different from The Weeknd’s past albums. The second song is called “Dark Times” and is sung with Ed Sheeran. Sheeran’s and Tesfaye’s sounds are very different, so at first this collaboration seemed odd to me. Although, when I listened to the song I noticed that their voices meshed well together and created a calm and soft tone for the song. The last featured artist on this album is by Lana Del Rey and the track is called “Prisoners”. This is one of my favorite songs on the album because it is very chill, but has a beat. It is one of those songs that you play in your car all the way up and just vibe to. Lana’s beautiful, low, raspy voice combined with Abel’s smooth vocals really brought a sense of mystery to the tune.

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Logan’s Varsity Team Shuts Down Tennyson 39-0

By Khamaria Hillmon

Sports Editorloganwhitered

The James Logan High School varsity football team is off to a great start of the 2015-16 season. The Mighty Colts defeated Tennyson High School on Friday, August 28, 2015. By the end of the 4th quarter, they had an outstanding score of 39-0.

In the first quarter, quarterback Rogelio Reyes made the first touchdown. The fantastic play amped up the crowd and the rest of the players. The first quarter ended with a score of 7-0.

Towards the end of the 4th quarter, Jamaria Young, cornerback, prevented Tennyson High School from making a touchdown, by tackling the offensive player on the 10-yard line.

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Iranians hope to fill vacuum as US lowers its Mideast profile

By Roy Gutman McClatchy

Washington Bureau (TNS)

TEHRAN, Iran – Iran’s agreement to curb its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief by world powers was welcomed at every level of society here, but nowhere more warmly than in the foreign policy community, which foresees a big boost for the Islamic Republic’s regional role, especially as the U.S. lowers its profile.

There is even gloating about what many expect to be the major spinoff from the accord – a U.S. loss of interest in the Middle East and its many conflicts, opening the way for Iran to play a leading role in the region.

“The nuclear deal is a turning point,” said Kayhan Barzegar, chairman of the Institute for Middle East Strategic Studies in Tehran. “The main change is in the regional context, and Iran’s place in it. To be honest, I think Iran has an upper hand on the regional issues.” He referred to President Barack Obama’s statements that the U.S. will not take the lead role in crises such as Syria’s devastating civil war and will seek regional solutions to regional problems.

“Having no policy is a good policy – good for Iran, no doubt,” Barzegar said.

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