By Leilani Neal
Feature Film Columnist
Amazing how a simple word can change how teens see themselves and that word is, The Duff. Not only was this film really cute, but in its own way, it was very predictable and that’s okay! Even though 99% of the audience didn’t read the book or haven’t read it since they were in middle school, they all knew how it was going to end… And everyone was okay with that. The actors in the film were really nice together, though their acting abilities and performances were slightly on the weak side, they were still able to make the audience laugh and, “Aw” at the screen. Actor and actress, Robbie Amell and Mae Whitman, worked great together on-screen and did a great job in the film for their characters.
By Amma Prempeh
Alternative Media Columnist
Hands up, if you’re familiar with Slim’s, The Catalyst, or Swedish American Music Hall? Nobody? Now hands up if you’ve heard of Alabama Shakes, Panda Bear, or Stromae?
With Coachella tickets pretty firmly out of reach of most Logan students, there is still a chance to catch some of the desert “indie” festival’s indie-est acts. Additional benefits include easy access throughout San Francisco, and more affordable shows. As Spinning Platters’ Gordon Elgart puts it, “A dedicated Fauxchella attendee can easily see 16-18 shows” at less than the price of a Coachella weekend pass. There’s no need to deal with LAX, intense sun, or ignorant folks in Native American headdress and little else. Bay Area music freaks will revel in Fauxchella- approximately April 6 to 23, 2015.
By Jessica Esquibel
Courier Staff Reporter
Wear the World. That’s what Serengetee’s phrase is. If this is the first time you are hearing of Serengetee, you are definitely missing out. Not only does it have tons of fabrics and items you can choose to put them on, but it’s also a great cause. I was able to talk to a freshman here at Logan, Molly who gave me a bit more insight on what the website is.
by 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.
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?
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.
by Darrin Baluyot
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.
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.
by 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.
By 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.