Logan Football logs first win of the season against Castro Valley

By Joshua Vasquez, Courier Staff Writer

The James Logan Mighty Colts played their third non-league game of the season this past Friday, against the Castro Valley High Trojans.

The Colts, who played their first home game of the season last week against Freedom High Eagles (Oakley, California), looked to gain positive momentum going into the remainder of the season after losing to Freedom 55-6. Logan made costly errors throughout the game turning the ball over 5 times, including late in the game on Freedom’s 2 yard line.

After the game, senior RB and captain, Kesean Cohen, stated, “I feel like we just didn’t take care of the ball and capitalize on our opportunities. We gave them that game and I truly believe we were the more physical team; we just didn’t execute when we needed too. It’s behind us now though, and our mindset now is on Castro Valley.”

Castro Valley, already 2-1 this season, was coming off a big win against Newark Memorial 61-34. With a tough to beat Wing-T Offense, the odds were in their favor. When asked what their most difficult task this week would be, Junior LB Kimo Fukofuka said “We all have to do our own individual jobs this week, whether it’s the D-line fighting pressure and not getting trapped or myself and the backers making the correct reads and triggering. We all have to do our part and  play team defense in order to be successful.”

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Queens of the Stone Age comes out with their seventh album, “Villians”

By Horace Assar and Princess Ganutan, Courier Staff Writer

Queens of the Stone Age may be generation x’s best contemporary hard rock band aside from the Foo Fighters and Nine Inch Nails.

Josh Homme, the mastermind of QOTSA, would rather eat dirt than bow down to anyone else’s standards. With the production from Mark Ronson and new drummer Jon Theodore, the album creates a funky and stoner rock sound. You might know Mark Ronson from the song “Uptown Funk.”

They have a secured reputation because of their past albums like “Songs for the Deaf”,” …Like Clockwork”, and “Lullabies to Paralyze”. Not only have they release legendary albums but they have also worked with various other groups and artists such as the Arctic Monkeys, Eagles of Death Metal, Them Crooked Vultures, Desert Sessions and Iggy Pop.

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Sunday Funnies on Monday!

By Erica Garcia and Victoria Meneses, Courier Cartoonists

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Logan student comes out in support for Trump’s decision on DACA

By Horace Assar, Courier Staff Writer

Trump supporter, Carlos Gonzalez, shares opinion on Trump ending the DACA program. He supports Trump’s decision and wants to tell people why it is good for this country and its people.

“Illegal immigrants are Illegal immigrants and they cannot stay. We should not be using our resources to educate people that should not be in the United States in the first place. In California alone we used $34.84 billion on illegal immigrants every year and $15.6 of that is used on the education of illegal immigrants. That is a lot of money that can go to real American boys and girls who go to school everyday. Trump ending DACA is something I completely agree with and a huge win for America. They have broken a law by simply being here since they are undocumented, while at the same time cheating others who wait to get their documents to live in the USA. I am completely fine with people coming into my Country legally but when they walk in without permission and start using resources such as welfare and are actually cared for and helped by sanctuary cities, it makes my blood boil.”

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Mr. Brar talks school spirit, DACA, and more

On September 7th, I had an interview with Mr. Brar regarding the 2nd annual Welcome Back assembly, and the effects that the rescinding of DACA would have on James Logan. He was very passionate about both topics, always relating them back to the strength of community. 

 

What do you think of the Welcome Back assemblies? How did they go?

Picture by Israel Avila

I think they went well. I think the overall… what my intention was, what I had hoped that we would be able to at least communicate is what I think happened. The reason why we have Welcome Back assemblies is to help students and staff at the very beginning get to see who we are at school, what is our belief system, what we want students to be able to get out of the school year, and welcome everybody of course. And hopefully to set some tone for the school year, that we are a school that everybody belongs here, that there’s something for everybody on this campus, anywhere from courses to curricular activities to extracurricular activities to clubs. There’s something for everyone here. So, find it, make this your home. Logan is your home for four years, so we want you to find something that makes it meaningful, helps you feel like you belong, so nobody feels like this feeling of being an outsider, or not fitting in. That’s my hope, and that’s my goal, and I think that’s what we were trying to communicate.

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Logan Holds its Annual Welcome Back Assembly

 

By Erica Garcia, Courier Staff Writer

James Logan held its annual Welcome Back assemblies on September 5th and 6th, kicking off the school year in an energetic and informational fashion. It is the second year since these assemblies have been implemented, and the majority of feedback received has been positive.

The assemblies began with introductions to Logan’s administrators, counselors, office workers and other staff members. Mr. Brar then continued by praising Logan for its diverse community and its many achievements in academics, arts, music, sports, and forensics. The assemblies ended with a game for the students, hosted by students themselves.

Quynh Phuong Nguyen, a 12th-grader, said that it was “very insightful and creative because of all of the activities and introductions.” She adds that she will be looking forward to more assemblies and is “excited to see what happens next.”

Another senior, Jason Cerezo, said that it was fun because of the combination of games and information, which is “useful to the school.” Cerezo said that he enjoyed the assembly, but hoped that there would be more: “it wasn’t as spirited or energetic as last year.”

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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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