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 McFarlane USA

By Leilani Neal

Courier 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.
Descriptions about characters are vague save for the two criminals hunting Jace. The passages about the fire burning in the forest are longer than all of the character descriptions in the novel combined. In other stories this lack of character insight would be troubling but in this case it works, as the focus now remains on the chase rather than the characters motivations for it.
Those Who Wish Me Dead isn’t an action novel but it definitely reads like a common, almost mindless action movie. It’s only when the book is over that you realize how ludicrous some of the scenes and reactions are. These only happen near the end though, and shouldn’t affect the overall enjoyment of the novel for most. If you find yourself ready to give up on the novel for some of the sillier things keep reading, if only for the plot twists are the end that make this novel even crazier than it was before.
I recommend reading this book with some sort of soundtrack going on in the background. That way readers can get the full experience, because not only does this novel read like an action movie, it would make a really good one. It’s as if Koryta wrote a script first and then reformatted it to be a novel. Chase scenes are often confusing to read about, but for a whole book that’s pretty much one big chase scene, Koryta does a good job of keeping events rather clear.
There’s nothing particularly deep about this novel. It’s a fast-paced, fast read that will leave you in suspense right up to the very end. If you enjoy action movies, nature, fire, and a good thrill then this is the perfect book for you. Don’t let the size scare you, you’ll be finished with it before you know it.
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Mr. Pava Welcomes Baby Sloane

by Yoselin OntiverosIMG_9463

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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Roman Loyola: Advice and Insight from a Courier Alumnus

Roman Loyola, former Editor in Chief, Class of 1988

Roman Loyola, former Editor in Chief, Class of 1988

by Darrin Baluyot

Editor in Chief

As we move forward with our lives, we look to the future and what it may bring us. We fantasize on the “what if” and the “what could be”. To many, dreams and aspirations fill our minds with the thoughts of tomorrow. In high school, students rarely look back at the past for insight, because we are too caught up on our daily tasks that seem to be filled with menial classes and repetitive lectures. The pleasures of daydreaming and procrastination seep into our lives like water, and as a second semester senior I find myself pushing back my work in exchange for the covers of my bed. Sadly, we miss opportunities everyday that can better our mindset, and as we near graduation, it is important to seek every bit of advice, lesson, and lecture that can prepare us for the world we are definitely not ready for.

I looked towards the past in hopes that I can find something to help me for my future, and I was granted an opportunity to interview a fellow editor in chief, Roman Loyola. Graduating in the class of 1988, Roman took up many positions in the Courier that ended with his stint as the editor-in-chief. Throughout my interview with him he gave me answers that not only I related to, but from which I learned from. As you read this article, I hope that the advice and the lessons that Roman told me can influence you, and many other students who are wondering what will happen next?

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The Aquos Crystal X

unnamed (14)by Billy Deh-Lee

Courier Tech Columnist

Hello and welcome to the fourth edition of Tech Tuesday. Todays innovation brings you something very unique. Recently announced, the second edition to the Aquos Crystal, I give you the Aquos Crystal X.

The phone is still in the works, not much is known about its user interface and specific hardware specs, but what can be said is that this, much like some of the other innovations here on Tech Tuesdays this one is a beauty. Just like its little known brother the Crystal X. the Aquos Crystal X sports an almost invisible bezel that makes its home just around the perimeter of a 5.5” 1920x1080p LCD display, and with a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 2610 mAh battery, and 13MP rear and 2.1MP front cameras this phone definitely feels like flagship material.

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Possible Grand Theft Auto 5 New Heist DLC Leaked

unnamed (12)by Timothy Salcedo

Courier Tech Columnist

For about a year, Rockstar the developer of the game, Grand Theft Auto 5 has told users that there will be new downloadable content coming soon when it is released for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 back in 2013. Since then, Rockstar hasn’t released any content of the heist. Last month, they gave us some details by showing us a trailer. The trailer contained some footage of the new DLC (Downloadable Content) and showed in-game cutscenes of the “The Heist DLC”.

The trailer didn’t seem important to show, but atleast they gave us some thing. Rockstar stated that this downloadable content will be released before Spring of this year, so it is close to come. A user in twitter named, Funmw4 has leaked screenshots of the DLC revealing that there may be new weapons, vehicles, and accessories for your characters.

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