Student Fundraising Finds Itself In A Crunch With New School Policies

By Natasha Lopez

Courier Staff Reporter

Non-authorized student fundraisers have been banned from Logan.

For the past few months, it has been announced on Logan Live and the daily bulletin that students are not allowed to sell food on campus unless it is for an authorized student fundraiser. All items and money are to be confiscated from the students who are caught selling them.

Many students feel this is unfair to those who are less fortunate.

“This is how me and a lot of other people save up money for college,” one anonymous student told The Courier. “Me and a lot of my other friend’s parents won’t let us get jobs because they don’t want us to be distracted from our schoolwork.”

This is the main reason students choose to fundraiser at school.

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Third World Relief Raises Money for Charity

By Katelyne Montemayor

Courier Staff Reporter

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On May 19 the Third World Relief Club hosted a basketball fundraiser for charity.

They were raising money for the Zam Zam Water charity which provides clean water for third world countries. The fundraiser took place in the James Logan Pavilion after school.

In order to play in the tournament, you must pay ten dollars per person,be between the ages of 13-21, and confirm your participation with one of four officers to the club. You also didn’t have to attend Logan to participate, so there was a few students from Newark Memorial High School who joined as well.

The players in the the tournament were all competing to win first, second, and third place trophies and medals, given to each player of the winning team. The game consisted of two half court games, each with two teams of three, going on all at once.

Since there were more than four teams competing in the tournament, there were multiple rounds that went on to cycle the teams that were moving up in rank.

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Club Spotlight: Bridge Club

By Quentin Monasterial 

Courier Columnist/Reporter

James Logan’s Bridge Club is a club that offers tutoring services to those in need and want of them.

Tiger Zhong, both the founder and president of the club, says that this club is aimed primarily towards ESL, otherwise known as students whose first language is not English.

Zhong says that this club has three main goals. The first is to “academically help the ESL [students], as a way to give back to the community, since [he] was an ESL [student] too.” The second is to “create a sense of family for the immigrant and ESL students, because…[he] definitely felt isolated from the Logan [community].” The third and final goal is to “bring awareness to the ESL minority.”

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Weekly Reader: The Young Elites

By Quentin Monasterial

Courier Columnist/Reporter

If you are a fan of fantasy, adventure, and anti-heroism, then this book is for you.

In the novel Young Elites by Marie Lu, readers are immersed into a fantastical world. The novel takes place in a country called Kenettra. At the time, a plague had recently terrorized the entire world and killed thousands. The children that survived are left with scars and are labeled by society as “marked,” as malfettos.

Unfortunately, these melfettos are left with marks. Sometimes, they are gruesome and resemble scars, whereas others enhance their beauty. They are all, however, unique to each malfetto. One mark that some malfettos are left with is a special ability. These ones are called Elites.

The main character, Adelina Ameterou, is an Elite.

The book introduces Adelina as a teenaged girl—a melfetto—who is forced to deal with the stigma surrounding people like her. Her mark is her silver hair and a scarred eye. Even her own father doesn’t let her forget her alleged monstrous nature. Her sister, on the other hand, is her father’s favorite.

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Logan Lockdown

For unclear reasons, Logan was put into a lock down at 1:09PM.

Lockdown ended at 1:21PM.

It did not have anything to do with the school directly, but within the neighborhood. There was suspicious activity according to Principal Brar. It was advised by police we went on lock down.

We’re promised more updates later on in the announcement.

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Logan Becomes The Second Bay Area High School To Offer A LGBT History Course

By Ajuni Kaur

Courier Staff Reporter

Editor’s Note (5/23/16): As of this time the course will not fulfill a student’s ethnic studies requirement, however Ellison is working towards making it so.

James Logan High School will be the second high school in the Bay Area to offer a LGBT history class. The class will be offered for next year, and will count as an a-g course.

LGBT rights have always been a topic of major debate in the United States, but the history is inspiring. It’s a model to everyone to stand up for their beliefs and their lifestyle. It shows us how to be strong and not leave the fight until they achieve their goal.

The first School in the Bay Area to have a LGBT history class was Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of Arts. According to California Educator, the students who took this class loved it, and had an amazing experience.

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Weekly Reader: This Star Won’t Go Out

By Jovanna Brinck 

Courier Columnist

thisThis Star Won’t Go Out is a beautiful memoir containing a journal entries of a young girl who is diagnosed with cancer.

Esther Earl was diagnosed with thyroid cancer when she was twelve years old. She wrote about her experiences and life in a journal that she thought no one else would ever see. However, when she died at age sixteen, her parents discovered her journals that she wrote in throughout the years and decided to share her story, from her perspective, with the rest of the world.

This book begins with an introduction by John Green, who met Esther while she was battling cancer and was fascinated by her story. John Green is a very famous Young Adult writer and he shares a fairly popular Youtube channel with his brother, called theVlogBrothers. He talks of her positivity she kept throughout her whole battle and the potential she could have had as a writer. Green actually got inspiration from Esther for his bestselling book, The Fault In Our Stars, which has become a major motion picture. In The Fault in Our Stars, the main character is also diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Although Esther died before the book was published, it was still made in her memory.

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Ballet Folklorico Spring Concert (5/14/16)

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Photos taken by Jessica Esquibel

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I Exist: An Essay on Hollywood Whitewashing and Typecasting

By Zackary Nichols

Courier Staff Reporter

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I am Asian, Chinese to be specific. There are literally billions of people like me, millions in the United States alone. We exist, so why does Hollywood and most other media pretend like we don’t? And how come when Hollywood does admit that the ethnicity that constitutes nearly thirty percent of the world’s population exists, we are limited to a few type cast roles?

Even on the occasion that Hollywood decides to make a movie about an Asian or Asian culture, they normally give the role to a Caucasian person.

Take, for example, the entire whitewashed cast of The Last Airbender or Tom Cruise in The Last Samurai. This is hardly an issue relevant to only Asian people and culture, consider the casting of The Gods of Egypt, starring Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as the Egyptian God Ra, or Johnny Depp as a Native American in The Lone Ranger.

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QOW: Are AP Classes Worth It?

By Yulissa Avalos

Courier Staff Reporter

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Are AP classes really worth taking?

When taking an AP class you never know if it is worth taking. Yes, it does get you college credits, but it is very expensive.

You’ll have to wait until the end of the year to find out if it is really valuable since your graded on a test that you take. Either you pass it or you don’t.

Angel Pech, a senior who has never taken an AP class but has heard of it, said, “In my opinion they’re not worth it. It takes up a lot of your free time in high school, and since they’re not required, I’d rather complete the regular required courses and enjoy high school.”

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