Logan Senior Involved in Fatal Car Crash

By Thomas Zhong, Courier Co-Editor-in-Chief

On May 14th, Sunday morning, at approximately 3:30 a.m., student Shane Marcelino passed away after being involved in a fatal car accident.

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Shane was a senior at James Logan High School. She was beloved by her classmates and was always a source of happiness and support for the people around her.

Shane was on her way back home, right after senior prom night. At the intersection of Fremont Boulevard and Darwin Drive, a blue Chevy Malibu ran the red light, and collided with the black Toyota Yaris that Shane was in.

The driver of the Yaris, Shane’s mother, survived with non-life threatening injuries. Additionally, the driver and the passenger of the Malibu also survived with minor injuries. Sadly, however, Shane was pronounced dead at the scene.

Let us all mourn for Shane and support her family with our condolences in this difficult time, and at the same time, cherish and appreciate the people around us who are still graced with the blessing of life.

For those who are willing and able to support and donate to Shane’s family for the funeral expenses and medical bills, please visit: https://www.gofundme.com/dk4vm-funeral-expenses-and-medical-bills

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Everything you need to know about “Everything, Everything”

By Sophia Ahmadi, Courier Staff Writer

Everything, Everything, originally a novel by Nicola Yoon, has been made into a film and will be coming to theatres on May 19th of 2017.

This film has been directed by Stella Meghie the two main characters, Olly and Maddy, are played by Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson. Many have compared Yoon’s story to the novel and film, “The Fault in our Stars”, written by John Green. Although, they are similar, this story brings something different to the table and is interesting in its own way.

The film was announced by Warner Bros in July of 2016 and the trailer was released in February of 2017. You can watch it HERE .

Nicola Yoon writes the story of Madeline “Maddy” Whittier, an eighteen year old girl who has never left the safety of her home due to her disease, severe combined immunodeficiency, or SCID. Because of this disease, Maddy must remain her home, which has been remodeled to fit her needs, and only come into contact with people who have been sanitized. The only people she ever sees regularly are her overprotective mother and her nurse, Carla. She has rarely ever questioned her disease and in fact, has come to accept her life as it is. That is, until she sees Olly.

As soon as Maddy lays eyes on Olly she is sucked inside a whirlwind that will take her on the adventure of a lifetime and make her step out of her boundaries. Together, Maddy and Olly are willing to risk everything for love, even if it means losing everything.

 

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Quarter review on the Giants

By Ethan Pileggi, Courier Staff Writer

The San Francisco Giants have drafted new players for this new season.

With the season starting off, Madison Bumgarner hit two home runs on opening day and struck out 11 batters. It seemed to go well, but the Arizona Diamondbacks had a counter attack for the Giants as they scored back to back home runs in the 7th. With the score being tied, The Giants and “D-Backs” furiously fighting to win the first game of the season. Giants’ new closing pitcher, Mark Melancon, made his first debut to close the game, giving up the winning run for the D-Backs to win their first game of the 2017 Season.

Since the opening game, The Giants are continuing their up and down stretch that seems it has carried over from last season. To make it worse, the Giants have lost a few key players with Madison Bumgarner going to the disabled list due to a dirt biking accident and Brandon Crawford dealing with a groin injury. On top of that, The Giants’ Bullpen hasn’t been looking too sharp sometimes blowing leads in late game like last season. SF’s offense has been good so far but most of their losses are from poor defense and no good production from the bullpen.

The good thing that it is early in the season so the Giants can turn it around when comes down to the playoff chase starts.

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Clash of Clans Makes its Return

By Carlos Velasco, Courier Copy Editor

A short while before it was released, Supercell announced a huge update for Clash of Clans.

The once-popular game, which has been downloaded over 100 million times, may experience a massive resurge in popularity from former players eager to check out the newest update.

Clash of Clans has fulfilled the dreams of many players in a variety of ways. Supercell finally added a “Nighttime” environment where the game, providing a dark and magical contrast to the classic sunny theme we are used to.

This suits the gameplay since players will get a whole new village to play with, and each of the troops have become a little different from before. With the new update, the troops gain unique power ups that you unlock as they are upgraded.

The top-ranked players on the normal village have already made their moves, spending thousands of gems in order to rank up in the new game mode.

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Logan students prepare for 2017 prom

By Harleen Kaur, Courier Staff Writer

Logan prom was on Saturday May 13, 2017 from 7:00 p.m to 11:00 p.m at the Scottish Rite Temple, Lakeside Drive, Oakland CA 94612.

People who bought their tickets the last week of sale had to purchase them for $120. People with ASB who had bought their tickets earlier got them for around $90. Parking for students nearby costed $10. Thje Oakland police department was guarding the venue for the protection of the hundreds of students attending.

Preparing from prom took a fairly long time. Therefore, ladies that still needed a dress at the time went to Logan’s Princesses club as they have slightly used dresses free of cost as new ones are quite expensive. Those who wanted new prom dresses but had a tight budget visited the site https://www.promgirl.com/ as they have several varieties of good quality dresses under $100 and free next day shipping was being offered. This website also sells shoes for ladies looking for high heels or sandals, most of them range from $50-$60.

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Is Colbert Going Too Far?

By Michael Morales, Courier Staff Writer

The late night television host, Stephen Colbert, has come under fire for making an explicit comment on the relationship between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.

On a recent episode of The Late Show, Colbert proclaimed boldly, “The only thing Trump’s mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s cock holster”. This comment has drawn a massive amount of controversy from the public.

Colbert is being called a homophobic on many social media platforms, especially Twitter. Many Twitter users have even started a campaign to get Colbert fired from his show, under the hashtag, #FireColbert.

This isn’t the first time people have tried to get Colbert fired–a similar campaign called #CancelColbert was launched in 2014. This time, Colbert was put under fire for a tweet that said, “I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.”

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A new addition to BART

By Amanda Anabeza, Courier Staff Writer

BART is now working to improve their entrances to stations while also making their escalators more reliable. The glass canopy entrance structure was recently completed and is open to riders at the 19th Street station in Oakland.

Robert Raburn, BART director, was joined to celebrate the grand opening of the new canopy located at the intersection of Broadway and 20th Street. In a statement he says, “The canopy is part of our efforts to modernize our aging stations”.

The canopy contains escalators with weather protection and enhanced security so employees and customers are able to feel more safe at BART. Also, people are now able to see when their train arrives prior to entering the station from screens displaying time information at street level. The canopy was also designed to be environmental friendly by allowing natural light into the station through the transparent glass. (more…)

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The outrage over Vogue India’s 10th anniversary cover

By Sophia Ahmadi, Courier Staff Writer

On Wednesday of May 3rd, Vogue India released their 10th anniversary cover and many were not pleased with what they saw.

Plastered on the latest edition of the Vogue India, was model and television star, Kendall Jenner. Jenner started her modeling career at the age of fourteen, modeling for Forever 21 and Teen Vogue. Since then, her modeling career has peaked and she is currently representing brands such as Vanity Fair and Marc Jacobs. Although her modeling career has a large amount of credibility, many people still don’t think that she should have been on the cover of the magazine, and I agree.

Vogue India was established in 2007 in order to provide an Indian edition of the monthly fashion and lifestyle magazine, Vogue. This magazine was the first magazine ever released in India that is 100% foreign made. Having this magazine is a huge step towards Indian representation in the fashion world, and it should be seen as so. Young Indian women and men who are interested in fashion should see this magazine and use it as a reminder that they can make it that far if they aspire to. They shouldn’t feel as if striving to be successful in this industry is pointless. Therefore, I feel as though it is necessary, if not crucial, that the models and designers within the magazine are of Indian descent.

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Here’s What Went Down at Prom:

By Courier Copy Editor, Carlos Velasco

One of the most anticipated school related activities among every grade has just passed, and here’s what happened:

On May 13th, Juniors, Seniors, and anyone who was asked, went to spend a night at the James Logan prom. Some students may have spent upwards of a month just preparing for this exciting and memorable event.

Pulling up to the Scottish Rite Center in Oakland was a spectacular sight: a white, classic style, eight-story building with large wooden doors guarding the entrance. At the bottom floor was a room full of refreshments, which was another attraction besides the actual ballroom located on the 4th floor.

Now for the floor, which was the main attraction. Outside was a small opening with drinks and a room full of desserts, then 2 sets of double doors leading to a dark room filled with pulsing bright strobe lights, accompanied by loud dance music.

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James Logan Drama Club hosts second successful Improv Show

By Cameren Brown, Courier Staff Writer

Extreme laughter broke out two Fridays ago at another improv show from our Drama Club here at James Logan’s Little Theatre.  It took place in the little theater at 6 and was over by 7:30. This time some new cast members were introduced from the last time as well as returning improvisers, giving us some variety in talent and sense of humor.

Once again there were several games, all different from the last ones. These included ones where the audience took many of their items and placed it on stage for the members to create a skit with. In another game, a skit would be set up then repeated each time with reduced time, and many more.

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Trump’s confusing stance on Andrew Jackson

By Michael Morales, Courier Staff Writer

In a recent radio interview Donald Trump was unclear on why the American Civil War happened and even debated if it could have “worked out”. This caused controversy on many social media platforms and confusion among journalists. If Trump is seriously unaware of why the Civil War happened then I believe it is a cause for some concern. Mainly because almost everybody learned about it during high School or middle School and it’s even a question on the citizenship test. Maybe Trump should be asked about other American conflicts such as the Revolutionary war or the War of 1812.

For those who may not know, the Civil War was fought over slavery mainly

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump speaks in front of a crowd on Jan 19 at the
Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center. At the rally, not only did Trump talk about economic and healthcare reforms, but as was also endorsed by former governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin.

between free and slave states. The war lasted about 4 years until Robert E. Lee surrendered to the army of Ulysses S. Grant. From the 3 million soldiers that fought in the war an estimated 620,000 died but a study puts the number of deceased as high as 850,000. This is highest amount of casualties that have ever come from an American War. The president at the time was Abraham Lincoln who won with a percentage of 39.8%. To me the civil war is one of the most tragic and controversial wars to ever happen because it was fought amongst the American People.

As many people may not know, Trump has somewhat of an obsession with Andrew Jackson. Trump has been spotted visiting his plantation, placing a wreath at his tomb and hanging up his portrait in the white house.Later in the interview Trump stated “I mean, had Andrew Jackson been a little later you wouldn’t have had the Civil War,” . Ironically Jackson himself was a slave owner who was in charge of 150 men and women. In the same interview, Mr Trump stated that Jackson “had a very, very mean and nasty campaign” and “unfortunately it continues”. This is a very weird statement considering all the love Trump has given Jackson. Our president needs to learn how to choose his words more wisely in future interviews.

 

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