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

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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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Logan Spotlight: Patricia Tripepi

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Courier Staff Reporter

Patricia Tripepi has been an english teacher here at James Logan High School for 25 years a. She is the only teacher that has had been part of the EMP academy since it first began in 1996. Electronic Media Production (EMP) Academy is course that is taken in a period of two years, that combines your english, and social science, with multimedia and video production. “I think it is a great program and more students should join.” states Tripepi. She was one of the teachers that was involved in the planning and making of this academy and the only that has remained from the beginning.

Tripepi says she likes to come to work in the morning and 99.5% of the time she enjoys each one of her students. “Teenagers are not as scary as some adults think.” says Tripepi. Since she only teaches juniors and seniors, her main focus for her students is to get them up to a college level. She does understand that not every kid is going to college and she believes that is okay as long as they have a plan. So she wants her kids to be ready for anything that they will come across after high school.

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SBAC Tests Stressing AP Students

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Courier Staff Reporters 

Throughout the state of California, this year, 11th graders took the SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium) exam. This test assesses how “college-ready” you are. Not everyone was thrilled when this was announced. Especially, for the AP students, who have to take AP tests as well. Many feel like they weren’t ready for the AP test due to the SBAC, since it did interfere with studying. “There’s a lot of stress with SBAC since I’m also studying for for APUSH and AP Language and Composition.” Cynthia Chhour, 11th Grade.

SBAC can also substitute for the placement test, depending on how well you do, but not many people agree that we had enough time and preparation for the SBAC. “I’m really nervous about the AP testing and I really hope I pass. The SBAC isn’t really my number one worry, because I feel like it’s not as important as the AP testing. I’m still trying my best, but right now I’m just trying to get through AP testing. I feel like none of the students were really prepared for the SBAC cause they just implemented it so suddenly. Everything changed, it’s so different from the Star Testing. We didn’t do enough preparation for it. ” Janelle Totari, 11th Grade. As you can probably tell the test isn’t very popular among students, but it’s not just them worrying about the student’s performance on the AP test.

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Mr. Forrest Wins District Teacher of the Year

20150428_124708By Amber McGee

Courier Staff Reporter 

Mr. Forrest has been picked as this year’s Teacher of the District. Unlike Teacher of the Year the recipients of this award are nominated and chosen by various members of the school administration, not the students.

With this award Forrest will now move on to compete with other teachers for Teacher of the County. Winning that award would then mean he becomes nominated for Teacher of the State and so on.

When asked how he felt about the award Forrest replied, “I feel very honored to have been selected by my fellow teachers.”

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