A Platform to Kill for in House of Cards

netflix-house-of-cardsby Darrin Baluyot

Editor-in-Chief

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.

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Sony Accidently Deletes List of Anniversary PlayStation 4 Winners

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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.

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James Logan Hosts the NCS

wrestling15by 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.

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Film tells how dream of college came true, or not, for D.C. students

southeast67By 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.

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Feature Film Friday: Disney Presents McFarland USA

By Leilani Neal

Feature Film Columnist

Kevin Costner redeems himself after the clique movie Black or White. He proves himself and shows his true ability as an actor with the role of Coach Jim White in this heartwarming film, which is based on a Cross Country team from McFarlane, California in 1987. McFarlane USA succeeds in making its audience laugh from cultural differences and cry from the sad reality of being a minority (and how you are looked down upon and judged based on your background).

McFarlane USA starts with Coach White, a football coach who was fired to throwing a shoe at one of his football players who was disrespecting him. After the incident, white was fired and was able to find a new job available at McFarlane High School, a school that sits right next door to a prison. All of the students on the first Cross Country team in McFarlane High School worked everyday from 4am in fields, picking crops to bring money to their families to live and have food on the table. They were called, “Pickers”. Every member of the McFarlane community portrayed in the film were Mexican-Americans or immigrants who came to America for a better life. And in the process of wanting a better life the 7 young Mexican-American men joined their schools cross-country team and made history.

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Complications Behind Team Liquid

300px-TeamLiquidby Christian Aguilar

Courier Tech Columnist

Team Liquid, formerly known as Curse Gaming, had let go of their AD Carry “Cop” for the former AD Carry that won Season 3 Worlds “Piglet”. Due to visa complications he wasn’t able to play in the first week of LCS. Their substitute for Piglet was KeithmcBrief who quickly found success in week 1 of LCS. Team Liquid was 2-0 when the week was over. After Piglet finally got his visa situated he was the starting AD Carry for TL. For weeks 2-4 Piglet’s performance disappointed fans of TL. During those weeks he constantly had a negative kill death average. The difference between Piglet and Keith’s performance was drastic.

Week 4 came to a close last week, Piglet was only able to perform well against a team new to the LCS. When Team Liquid faced off against Team 8, Piglet prevailed and ended up having a 13.0 KDA (kills plus assists divided by the deaths). Essentially Piglet did well and went 6-1-7 against a former Challenger team.

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Indian Food to Unify All

By Kyla Laquian

Courier Staff Reporter

Striding through the Logan hallways towards the curriculum center, a uniquely aromatic scent tickled my nose, one that is warmly familiar and I had grown accustomed. No, it is not the scent of the highly exhausted and preoccupied teenager hurrying to classes pondering the last exam, or of the exuberant rusty smell of Logan lockers, but of a cultural cuisine I had grown to love throughout the years, Indian food. I arrived at the Curriculum Center, and spotted the eye of my affections, Indian food, with teachers congregated in tables feasting on it. Hosted by Punjabi Club, and specifically prepared by volunteers of the Punjabi Sikh Community, it is not just a simple sharing of cultural dishes, but a heartwarming and unifying way in support of the teacher’s Work to Rule Protest advocating for better health care and salary for teachers, and the teachers made ABC 7 news for what they have done.

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Students Angered Over Graduation Limit

IMG_7205by Yoselin Ontiveros

Courier Staff Reporter

Yesterday the nominations for senior favorites began, and as students went online to vote they came across something that has most of the student body outraged. There is a post on the James Logan High School website that this year they will be handing out tickets for graduation, only five tickets per senior. The news has recently been announced and it has everyone talking about it, but no one is happy. The student body is upset that after all these years, all of a sudden things have to change and for some reason the class of 2015 has been the one dealing with compromises.

At the beginning of the year the administration they would be combining junior and senior prom for first time at James Logan. This announcement polarized the school, but the seniors have now been able to accept it. On the other hand knowing that they are limiting the amount of guests at graduation has angered more people than the prom decision.

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Weekly Reader: Those Who Wish Me Dead

By Amber McGee
Courier Columnist 
Jace Wilson is your average thirteen year old boy. There’s nothing inherently different or special about him. He’s afraid of heights, doesn’t want to embarrass himself in front of girls, and has to deal with bullies at school. Other than his father’s accident there’s been no outstanding events in his life. Then one day he becomes the witness to a crime so horrible it sends him across the country under a false name. Now he must try to survive in the Montana wilds with only a group of boys and three adults between him and the criminals. Jace doesn’t fear heights anymore, he fears for his life.
Michael Koryta is not new to writing thrillers. The author of nine other well acclaimed books, his most popular being The Prophet, and an ex private investigator, if anyone knows how to write quick but captivating mysteries then it’s him. Those Who Wish Me Dead is his newest novel. I’ve never read any of his other stories, but this book just convinced me to give them a try.
Koryta stretches one night into just under four hundred pages, but never once does the story feel slow or become hard to trudge through. The simplistic but descriptive language is what makes this novel work. This is less of an action story–Yes, people get shot, but the action isn’t the focus–and more of an adventure one. Readers will follow Jace as he literally crosses mountains to try for a chance at survival.

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Mr. Pava Welcomes Baby Sloane

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Courier Staff Reporter

Anthony Pava is one of the most liked teachers at James Logan High School, he started this school year anticipating the birth of his second child. On January 22, 2015 at 5:43am, Sloane Parker Pava was born a beautiful baby girl. She was born at Kaiser in San Leandro, “a cool new hospital,” according to Pava.

Pava stated that the second time around was a lot different than when he had his son. He said that the big fact that he was becoming a father for the first time was hitting him and had him thinking. With Sloane there was not much questioning, but more excitement of finally having all four family members together.

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