Logan Spotlight: Richard Yacco

by Yoselin Ontiverosy

Courier Staff Reporter

Richard Yacco is a teacher at James Logan High School, he has been a teacher at logan for three years and teaches digital video arts, multimedia  workshop, and he runs Logan Live. Mr. Yacco is part of the Electronic Media Production Academy (EMP), which is a one year course that is taken in a two year period. EMP 1 is taken by juniors and Yacco prepares them to be ready to run Logan Live their seniors year. Logan Live is a student produced live news broadcast run by seniors in EMP 2 during the beginning of second period.

Yacco explains that sometimes it can be hard to get the students completely prepared for Logan Live when they haven’t taken the course for atleast two years. “Not enough students take the class their junior year and when they come in their senior year, not knowing a lot can be challenging for the show,” stated Yacco.

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Technological Innovation in James Logan High School

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Courier Staff Reporter

In this age of rapid technological innovation, Logan High has been upgrading its technological resources: we are finally moving on from VHS Tapes to DVDs. Since the beginning of the school year, Carla Colburn, the school’s librarian, has been donating VHS tapes to teachers around the school, some are being kept for personal use while others remain on the library’s shelves. Colburn says that the DVDs will replace the much older VHS tapes as the “same material, but different format”. Colburn notes that some teachers prefer to keep VHS tapes to accommodate their lesson plans, while other teachers are turning to YouTube videos, DVDs, and LCD projectors to show educational videos.

In 1995, the school received abundant funding for the installation of computers, television sets, and VHS computers in the school. Some of the memories that come to mind are the vintage Macintosh computers, occasional movies playing from rolling TV carts, and the mechanical whirring of rewinding and fast forwarding of VHS tapes, which are gradually being replaced by DVDs and online resources.

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Hai Retires from Cloud 9

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Courier Tech Columnist

As of April 22nd, 2015; Hai “Hai” Lam recently retired from playing League of Legends professionally. The community felt strongly that Hai should be replaced or benched. The community and even some pro players/analysts agreed that Hai should be let go due to Cloud 9’s performance during the finals of the League Championship Series.

The days of Cloud 9 having the same roster for the most consecutive days are coming to an end. The team did well while it lasted. Now, it’s time to see how good they really are with a new mid laner. Their mid laner to replace Hai has yet to be determined. I would assume that they are going to choose a mid laner that is stable and will not constantly lose lane like Hai had a tendency to do.

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Powderpuff Rumors Put to Rest

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Courier Staff Reporters

There have been many complaints this past week that the deadline for the Powderpuff forms were not clear enough. Powderpuff is, if not the most popular event that happens here at Logan High School every year. In a previous article, Principal McNamara stated that we make on average 10,000 dollars off the event each year. It is a lot of money, and it helps fund future events for the upcoming Senior Class. Due to students not turning in their forms on time, many rumors have been spreading about the cancellation of the event.There were other rumors such as Juniors playing against each other due to the lack of Senior girls. James Logan Courier was able to contact Principal McNamara, and Leadership Director, Ms.Walton.

Due to all of the rumors, students were panicked at what might happen. “We feel very strongly that it’s going to go on Friday.” says McNamara, “ Powderpuff will continue as usual, we’re not letting that go. For every student who didn’t turn in their form on time, someone did. We passed them out during Spirit Week, so everybody had an opportunity during Spirit Week to go and get your forms done. I honestly think that in being nice, that’s where the problem lies. You have to cut it off at some point. I still have kids trying to turn it in. We will field a good team. There will be happiness on Friday. We are not canceling Powderpuff. The stands will be packed. Everything will be just fine.” Ms. McNamara was very confident while telling us this information. There’s little to no complaints from the boys, whereas the girls seem to feel unsettled about the due date.

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The Runner with Multiple Sclerosis

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Courier Staff Reporters

Multiple Sclerosis, or often known as “MS”, is an inflammatory disease when the insulating covers of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord are damaged. With this disease, the damage disrupts abilities of communications in the nervous system, and shows a huge range of signs such as: physical, mental, and psychiatric problems. In simple terms, it is when the body’s own immune system attacks its own nerve cells. And the brains communications with the spinal cord and other parts of the host’s body “short circuits”. There is no cure nor there is no known cause for it. Many victims of this disease are often in wheelchairs, hospital beds, or even paralysis; which leads to tube-feedings.

One victim of MS is Kayla Montgomery. Kayla began playing sports at a young age and started out with soccer. At the age of 14, she was playing on a select soccer travel team in her hometown Winston-Salem, North Carolina. As she was about to begin her freshman year at Mount Tabor High, she first started to notice something wrong. Kayla had fallen in one of her games and later on that day she had a tingling sensation on her toes. Soon after that she started to visit doctors and have MRI scans to see what was wrong with her. Then the doctors called to give her the diagnosis on October 2010.

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James Logan Changes Spirit Week

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Courier Staff Reporters

Currently we’re having a spirit week at James Logan High School and there was some controversy over the themes. Someone recently has complained about the themes of the spirit week, resulting to its change. The Courier spoke to members of leadership about these recent changes to spirit week

“Well it was about something about someone on Twitter who called it sexist. Since then they changed it.” says Oliver Olano.

People were offended when it specifically said “genderbender”. We wanted everyone to feel comfortable and okay with spirit week and so we changed it to “This or That” instead of “Boys vs Girls” and fixed the problem”, Shante Thomas explains.

There was controversy over the themes of spirit week because the themes may insult and hurt certain students who may be gay or lesbian. The original theme of spirit week was Boys VS Girls. This was a problem from the start because of its title and how it may force students to feel subjected to a specific a gender. The new theme is now called “This or That”.

 

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Weekly Reader : The Golem and the Jinni

By Amber McGee

Courier Staff Columnist

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So a woman made of clay and a man made of fire walk into a bar.

Sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, right? Actually, just replace ‘a bar’ with ‘New York’ and you’ve got the premise of The Golem and the Jinni by Helen Wecker.

Chava is a masterless Golem, Ahmad is a Jinni released from his lamp after hundreds of years, and the city of New York is their playground. With the help of a rabbi and a tinsmith these two supernatural creatures attempt to blend in with their human neighbors. In this new world the two must learn to go against their own natures, because for them, discovery means death.

For the first ¾ of the book readers will get to experience the mundane, everyday lives of Chava and Ahmad as they try to adjust to their new environments. They will also be able to experience the mundane, everyday lives of those Chava and Ahmad cross paths with. Every now and then something amusing or interesting will happen, like Ahmad getting so bored one day he decides to go visit the daughter of a rich New York businessman.

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Sony Introduces Morpheus

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Courier Tech Columnist

Sony has revealed a new project they’ve been working on  since last year which was the, “Sony Morpheus”. The Sony Morpheus is a virtual reality headset that allows gamers to apparently be in the game. Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida  stated Project Morpheus was, “the next innovation from PlayStation that will [be] the future of games.” This will drastically change gaming as each and every technology like this advances in the future. This is like a dream come true for gamers since we could actually, somewhat be in the game and witness various things in the virtual environment.

Also according to users that have tested it out, they said they have saw some few improvements compared to last year of the Sony Morpheus. Although they were improvements, some people weren’t pleased about putting this big ol’ technology on your head, making you look like some robot.

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McNamara Discusses School Budget, Fundraising, and Prom

by Yoselin Ontiveros 

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Courier Staff Reporter

This year one of the biggest controversies was that the junior and senior prom would be combined due to budget cuts. The news was revealed at the beginning of the school year which provoked a lot of anger among the senior class.  Even though things have settled down and prom is less than a month away, the question of why the proms got combined hasn’t been thoroughly explained.

Amy McNamara, the principal of James Logan High School, spoke to the senior class when the news was first revealed. She explained that the school did not have enough money to provide us with two separate proms. Confusion soon after arose in school on why we were able to receive all these chromebooks for students, but were not able to take care of Senior Ball.

According to McNamara the school has two different budgets, the money they get from the state and the one that students fundraise for school activities. “The school gets about $410,000 dollars from the state to be used for school supplies, like paper, and printers etc. That money can’t be used for school activities, the same goes for the money students raise. The money students fundraise is only for the students and must be used for the students,” said McNamara.

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Day of Silence

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Courier Staff Reporter

On Friday, April 17, 2015, GSA (Gay Straight Alliance)  will be hosting the Day of Silence at James Logan High.

Day of Silence raises awareness to those of LGBT community who have been silenced because of who they are and who they are supposed to be. GSA will be passing out signs throughout the week. (more…)

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