This teacher went to prison and you won’t believe why

By Mary Kay Jimenez, Courier Staff Writer

On a quiet Sunday morning of August 14th, 1971, a college student was arrested and taken into prison.  That college student is now a teacher at Logan.

Mr. Richard Yacco, the DVA and EMP teacher, was a prisoner in the infamous psychological experiment known as the Stanford Prison Experiment.  His prisoner number was #1037.  The Stanford Prison Experiment (SPE) was set to last for two weeks, and took place in the basement hallway of Jordan Hall at Stanford University.

The SPE was conducted by Philip Zimbardo, a psychology professor.  Young men, mostly college students, were assigned the role to act as either a guard or prisoner.  The basement hallway was made to look like an actual prison.  So no, Mr. Yacco did not actually go to a federal prison… Let’s be happy about that.

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Training for UC Community and Recreation Services

By Stephanie Ramirez, Courier Staff Writer

The Union City Community and Recreational Services are ready to begin their camps this summer. Last weekend on June 2nd, 3rd, and 4th was training for all the employees that are working this summer. Recreational services are known to work with kids in different camps to make summer a lot more fun. For the staff, we learn how to approach situations, emergencies, lead games, how to be energetic, etc. This training was filled with lots of information and fun, we all got to know each other and see who we might be working with.

I will be working at Camp Polliwog which the age group is 3-5 year olds, I personally am excited to work with little kids and making their summer fun. It is my first year working for Recreational Services, to meet new coworkers and plan the kid’s summer is exciting. It’s something new.  I hope the kid’s summer is great and so is mine.

Ana, a sophomore will be working at Camp Hedgehog which includes kids that are 5-7 year olds. She says “ I am excited to work with kids this summer, I want to leave a lasting impression with this camp. I want the kids to enjoy their summer and do all these activities we planned for them. I remember when I was a kid and had fun so for me to be able to be  a part of their summer makes me happy.” Camp is all about the kids and just having a great summer so for us wanting that for the kids is an amazing feeling.

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A mother from India scales Mount Everst

By Andrea Buenrostro, Courier Staff Writer

The new world record for a woman to summit Mt. Everest twice in less than a week goes to a mother of two from India.

Some of the best climbers from around the world come to Everest to test their skills. Unfortunately, many people that go up never come back down. An estimated 200 bodies are still believed to be on Mount Everest. They serve as a reminder to climbers about the risks of Everest. Many of the deceased climbers succumb to the dangerously thin air that can be found at 26,000 feet. At this altitude if one does not have supplemental oxygen with them, they will start dying slowly. The lack of oxygen starts killing the brain and small movements require immense amount of strength.

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A new English class is coming to Logan in the 2017-1018 school year

By Izabella Gonzalez, Courier Staff Writer

James Logan welcomes a new English class for the 2017-2018 school year. English for Future Teachers will be a year long course designed for seniors.

Taking English for Future Teachers would satisfy the english requirement to graduate. It is currently in the process of obtaining the UC/CSU “b” course approval.

Ms.Schwartzfarb will be the teacher. She taught a very similar class several years ago. Since then she has not had any students. Instead she has been working as a literature coach, the ELA department head, and for BTSA here at Logan- a program that provides resources and assistance for teachers starting out in the field.

She already has a plan for the year laid out. During the first semester, students would observe elementary classrooms and connect with the teachers. In the third quarter, students can expect to earn an internship at a local elementary school. Guest speakers from within the district would be making appearances in the fourth quarter. Ms.Schwartzfarb really stresses the importance of building relationships with teachers as well as other students.

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Logan Students Bring Their Pets to School

Leslie Sanroman, Courier Staff Writer

Before they say their final goodbyes, many seniors at James Logan High School have decided to have a little fun by bringing their pets to school.

As part of an organized effort, many students decided on this plan for their last day of senior check out. Word got around to all grades through social media platforms such as Instagram and Twitter. Students brought in their pets in book bags, strollers, and anything that hid the animal.

However, the school faculty reacted negatively towards this idea. CST’s were ordered to report any students with an animal and send them to the office. Those who did get caught had to take their dogs back home and go on about their days. With that being said, some students were very careful in not getting caught with their pets.

James Logan Senior, Rogelia Sanroman, said “I brought my dog because I’ve always wanted to participate in a bring your pet to school day since elementary school, but never got the chance. I decided that this was the perfect chance to bring my dog for the last day of high school, even if they made me take her home after a couple of hours.”

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Seniors Share Thoughts on Their Last Days

By Cameren Brown, Courier Staff Writer

Senior year is all but over, and as 12th grade students prepare for a new chapter in their lives and await graduation, I decided to ask a few their thoughts of their last days and overall year of k-12 education.

For the most part, a majority feel an overwhelming sense of relief such as Daniel Raanes, “I feel like I’ve been on autopilot this whole year, just waiting for this moment. I’m just so glad it’s all over.” I asked him to reflect upon his favorite part of highschool overall, if any.

“I think it was the first two years, actually. It was a new experience, but it didn’t feel too scary or anything. I got to make a bunch of new friends over those two years mainly, so it made the transition from middle school easier knowing I had people sharing the experience.”

Most seniors seem to share a level of enthusiasm, but there are a few, such as Austin Sanders, with a contrary view. “Honestly, I’m a bit scared. Yeah I can’t wait to have some freedom outside of school, but I’m not completely sure what I want to do further on.” I also asked what his favorite experience was, “I really liked my pharmacy course this year. I’ve always been interested in the subject and I’m glad the school allowed me to experience it. Maybe that’s what I’ll pursue in the future.” I’m sure we can all relate to just a little worry about the future, but it seems the optimism just weighs it out.

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People upset over women only screening for the upcoming Wonder Woman movie

By Sarah Chawla, Courier Staff Writer

A Texan movie theatre chain has reserved two showings of Wonder Woman only for women.

Since her creation in 1940, Wonder Woman has been a representation of the power of women and the femininity in the superhero world. She has evolved with the times to continue being a feminist icon that stands up for what she believes in. In 1970, Wonder Woman supported liberal feminists’ fight for women’s rights. She was the cover of the July 1972 issue of Ms. Magazine with the heading “Wonder Woman for President”. Additionally, on her 75th birthday, she was named the UN girls’ empowerment ambassador. One writer, Rachel Leishman, explains how she looked up to her as a kid and she too “wanted to be a warrior who fought alongside all the men without question”. Wonder Woman gave her the inspiration to take on the world as a girl.

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Senioritis hits Logan students as the year comes to an end

By Jeremy Aquino, Courier Staff Writer

Every senior in high school has experienced “senioritis” and it has spread among all Logan seniors. A high school student always says “I always had senioritis” even if they are brand new freshman. This disorder causes all senior students to lose focus and relax before the school year is even over.

I was diagnosed with senioritis in early March and was suffering from lack of focus in all of my classes.It was exhausting just sitting there and trying to learn something brand new into my brain with a few months left in the school year .I thought I was the only one suffering from this horrid sickness,but I had enough energy to communicate with my classmates and they all responded with depressing sighs.

If you think you have senioritis and you are not a Senior,I promise you that you don’t have Senioritis. But,if you do help yourself to hanging out with your friends or sleeping in and just hold on to those last few weeks of school left.

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Logans mourns for another loss

By Mary kay  Floyd, Courier News Editor

On the morning of Monday, May 29th, a horrifying car crash left two people dead, including 17 years old James Logan High School student, Simon Sotelo.

Simon and six other passengers were in a pickup truck, when suddenly, they crashed into a minivan at an intersection of Park Street and Lincoln Avenue in Alameda.  Briana Ortega died at the scene and Sotelo died shortly after being taken to the hospital.  The other passengers suffered critical injuries.   The only person who was in the minivan was the driver and he also suffered critical injuries.

The police revealed that speed could be at fault for the terrifying crash.  The truck was racing down the street when it suddenly clipped the minivan. The truck rolled over 3 times, as what a surveillance video showed.  Police say that this is a “major accident investigation.”

It is hard to face a tragedy like this, but for James Logan, it is even harder.  Three students’ lives were already taken this year to car crashes.  These students include June Ioramo, Izaiah Mease, and the latest, Shane Marcelino.  This is a reminder to drive safely, as doing the most simplest thing can save one life at a time. At the same time, we mourn for the loss of yet another friend and member of the James Logan community.

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13 Reasons Why looks for extras in the Bay Area

By Mary Kay Jimenez, Courier News Editor

Do you have what it takes to become an extra for 13 Reasons Why?  If yes, audition as a background for the hit Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why.

For the second season renewal for 13  Reasons Why, they will need background and extras.  The best part is that they’re filming right here in the Bay Area.  If you are interested in taking part of the show, the casting call will be at USA World Classics Museum in Vallejo.  It’s this Sunday, from 11AM to 3PM.  A talent registration form is required, as well as a California Entertainment Work Permit.

Casting directors are looking for people our age (high schoolers).  If you get in, you will most likely play the role of students walking in the halls, cheerleaders, or football players.  It should be a fun process!  

For those of you who haven’t joined the hype of 13 Reasons Why, it’s a Netflix series that deals will depression and suicide, and how people cope with it.  A sophomore named Hannah Baker commits suicide, and leaves 13 tapes for people on whom she blames for her death.  The series mostly revolves around a good friend of Hannah’s, Clay Jensen.

This casting call may be the first step to your Hollywood dream! So hold onto this opportunity and start on your journey into the film/TV industry.

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