James Logan Senior Prom Set on May 9 at the Galleria

galleria01by Yoselin Ontiveros

Courier Staff Reporter

At the beginning of the school year a big feud was started when the news that prom this year would be combined, juniors and seniors. Everyone learned to let go and live with it. Then last week bigger news exploded, this year at the James Logan High School 2015 graduation the amount of guests that can be brought to graduation has been limited.The student body is still negative about this, and is hoping that this will change.

Now the day of prom and the location has been confirmed by leadership members, “Prom is May 9, 2015, at the Galleria.” Every year senior prom has been at the end of May or at the beginning of June, after finals and all the testing that goes on at the end of the year for seniors. Leadership says that the reason they are having it so early in the month is due to it being the only day the Galleria was available. Since the Galleria is big enough to fit both grades, juniors and seniors, they had to get it for that day.

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Weekly Reader: Gone Girl

Gone_Girl_(Flynn_novel)By Jessica Esquibel

Weekly Reader Columnist

The book Gone Girl is a perfect novel for the fans of mystery, suspense, and crime. If you aren’t fond of any of those genres, trust me, once you pick it up, you won’t be able to put it down. Not only is this book a New York Times Bestseller, but it was also made into a motion picture featuring Ben Affleck and Oscar nominated actress Rosamund Pike. Other stars feature in it were Tyler Perry, Neil Patrick Harris, and Emily Ratajkowski.

The novel follows Nick Dunne in solving the case of the ‘gone girl,’ his wife, Amy Dunne. He gets a call from a concerned neighbor talking about how the front door of his house was wide open. Not thinking, it was a big deal, Nick leaves the bar he owns to find that Amy was in fact gone, missing. This news of her disappearance effects not only her weary husband but grabs a lot of people’s attention, after all, she is ‘Amazing Amy.’ In the book, Amy is not only known for practically the only type of beauty in the town, but she is also the face in the book series she wrote, ‘Amazing Amy.’ This draws even more attention from not just locals but all of her loving fans also. Amy was not completely gone though, she left clues, like a treasure hunt that she does every year for their anniversary. Nick never figures it out. At first Nick seems to be cooperating with police at first but suspicion rises once there’s a look into Nick and Amy’s relationship. Were they really in love? How ironic is that she happened to disappear on the day of their fifth anniversary?

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The Pre-Season Starts for the Swim Team

unnamed (17)by Amber McGee

Courier Staff Reporter

This past Wednesday saw the James Logan Swim Team race against Milpitas High School in an attempt to win their first meet of the preseason. Countless close and exciting races later, Logan came out on top with 3 out of 4 groups dominating the competition.

Even before the meet officially began the 2015 team was looking strong. Those who survived the cut were able to use this meet as a chance to show why they were there. From the start of warm ups to the very last race swimmers of all levels pushed themselves to do the very best that they could. If there were any doubts of the team’s speed and skill they were blown away during the Medley Relay, where the Junior Varsity girls were able to pull ahead, winning Logan the very first event.

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A Platform to Kill for in House of Cards

netflix-house-of-cardsby Darrin Baluyot

Editor-in-Chief

Forget everything you know about American politics and enter the world of House of Cards, where nothing is what it seems and everyone has an agenda they would kill for. Throughout the series the main character Frank Underwood, played by Emmy nominated actor Kevin Spacey, has gone from House Majority Whip to Vice President, and now the President of the United States of America. Many have fallen under Underwood, and many more are yet to be victims of his greed. Multiple controversies and murders have resulted from the path to presidency Underwood has created for himself, and there seems to be no end in sight. House of Cards premiered its third season last week, and being a Netflix original series, all episodes were instantly released to the thrill of binge watchers everywhere, including myself.

The term pseudo-politics can very much explain the basis of House of Cards. Like Caesar of Rome, Frank Underwood has amassed his own empire, but continues to hunger for more. He has only one goal: to create a legacy that will last for centuries to come, and change the political landscape of Capitol Hill forever. It’s important to note in all fictional tv series that it is in its pure essence fictional, and the lying murderous feats of government officials is certainly not realistic, however this doesn’t deviate away from the pull of House of Cards.

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Sony Accidently Deletes List of Anniversary PlayStation 4 Winners

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by Timothy Salcedo

Courier Tech Columnist

This may offend some fans who support Sony, but Sony once again have screwed their fans. In Japan, they held a contest to win one of the new PS4’s, the 20th Anniversary Edition. The 20th Anniversary Edition PlayStation 4 has a nice sleek silver look with the retro Playstation logo on the console as well. There was a list of winners that were chosen to get these new consoles, but these unknown winners sadly got their future console taken away from them, because Sony accidentally deleted these winners and now they have to redo this contest. People are re-entering the contest by entering their code from before. This code was only obtained if you bought a PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, or Vita TV throughout December 14th, 2014 to January 15th.

Sony has now apologized for their mistake. As part of owning a Playstation and being part of the community as well. Sony shouldn’t do these kinds of silly mistakes. It is unfair to these unknown winners who probably didn’t even own a PS4. Sony is already screwing us with paying for their online gameplay and having one of the worst networks that goes down by hackers.

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James Logan Hosts the NCS

wrestling15by Raymond Timoteo

Courier Staff Reporter

During the course of last week our Logan wrestlers were preparing for NCS, which was going to be hosted by Logan. I asked Jharell Bruce, a veteran of our Logan wrestling for four years, how he prepared for the NCS.

Q: What did you do to prepare for NCS?
A: “We worked hard everyday and we had many morning practices as well.” says Jharell Bruce(12), with fellow teammate Rolan Bautista(12) adding in.

Q: Did you have any food routines?

A: “Throughout the week we ate clean foods like fruits and chicken and before competition we carb up with pasta.” Jharell Bruce(12) states.

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Film tells how dream of college came true, or not, for D.C. students

southeast67By Renee Schoof

McClatchy Washington Bureau (TNS)

WASHINGTON – Steve Bumbaugh was 23 and a recent college graduate when he took a job in 1990 that could enable him to help change some young lives.

His task: help 67 eighth-graders at a Washington middle school who’d been promised college scholarships by a local businessman if they made it through high school. The students lived in Anacostia, a poor neighborhood in Southeast Washington. Crack cocaine had infiltrated the city, known then as the nation’s “murder capital.”

The story of the students and those who worked with them is told in the new documentary “Southeast 67.” Their benefactor was Stewart Bainum, who founded the nursing home chain HCR Manor Care and Choice Hotels International.

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Feature Film Friday: Disney Presents McFarland USA

By Leilani Neal

Feature Film Columnist

Kevin Costner redeems himself after the clique movie Black or White. He proves himself and shows his true ability as an actor with the role of Coach Jim White in this heartwarming film, which is based on a Cross Country team from McFarlane, California in 1987. McFarlane USA succeeds in making its audience laugh from cultural differences and cry from the sad reality of being a minority (and how you are looked down upon and judged based on your background).

McFarlane USA starts with Coach White, a football coach who was fired to throwing a shoe at one of his football players who was disrespecting him. After the incident, white was fired and was able to find a new job available at McFarlane High School, a school that sits right next door to a prison. All of the students on the first Cross Country team in McFarlane High School worked everyday from 4am in fields, picking crops to bring money to their families to live and have food on the table. They were called, “Pickers”. Every member of the McFarlane community portrayed in the film were Mexican-Americans or immigrants who came to America for a better life. And in the process of wanting a better life the 7 young Mexican-American men joined their schools cross-country team and made history.

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Complications Behind Team Liquid

300px-TeamLiquidby Christian Aguilar

Courier Tech Columnist

Team Liquid, formerly known as Curse Gaming, had let go of their AD Carry “Cop” for the former AD Carry that won Season 3 Worlds “Piglet”. Due to visa complications he wasn’t able to play in the first week of LCS. Their substitute for Piglet was KeithmcBrief who quickly found success in week 1 of LCS. Team Liquid was 2-0 when the week was over. After Piglet finally got his visa situated he was the starting AD Carry for TL. For weeks 2-4 Piglet’s performance disappointed fans of TL. During those weeks he constantly had a negative kill death average. The difference between Piglet and Keith’s performance was drastic.

Week 4 came to a close last week, Piglet was only able to perform well against a team new to the LCS. When Team Liquid faced off against Team 8, Piglet prevailed and ended up having a 13.0 KDA (kills plus assists divided by the deaths). Essentially Piglet did well and went 6-1-7 against a former Challenger team.

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Indian Food to Unify All

By Kyla Laquian

Courier Staff Reporter

Striding through the Logan hallways towards the curriculum center, a uniquely aromatic scent tickled my nose, one that is warmly familiar and I had grown accustomed. No, it is not the scent of the highly exhausted and preoccupied teenager hurrying to classes pondering the last exam, or of the exuberant rusty smell of Logan lockers, but of a cultural cuisine I had grown to love throughout the years, Indian food. I arrived at the Curriculum Center, and spotted the eye of my affections, Indian food, with teachers congregated in tables feasting on it. Hosted by Punjabi Club, and specifically prepared by volunteers of the Punjabi Sikh Community, it is not just a simple sharing of cultural dishes, but a heartwarming and unifying way in support of the teacher’s Work to Rule Protest advocating for better health care and salary for teachers, and the teachers made ABC 7 news for what they have done.

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