Archives for December 2014

Fudoki, A Coming of Age Fantasy

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By Amber McGee
Courier Staff Writer
Princess Harueme has reached the end of her life. A mass in her lung makes it difficult to breathe, and after the death of her beloved half-brother there is nothing left to keep her at the imperial court. Harueme spends her days in her room contemplating what choices she made to lead her to where she is. There’s not much time before she’ll be sent off to a nearby shrine to die a nun, but after finding a stash of blank notebooks Harueme gets a different idea. Before she dies she’ll write a story, a story of all the action and adventure that her own life has been missing.
Beautifully written from a unique point of view, Fudoki tells the stories of two very different characters. Harueme, a princess who never quite fit that role, and Kagaya-hime, a cat who has been left to wander along the great Tokaido road after a fire claimed her home and her family.

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Introducing Wattpad

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By Leilani Neal

Courier Staff Writer

In the massive realm of the Internet lays a website called Wattpad. A place where writers, professional and amateur alike can run free and share their stories as well as read others.

Wattpad has been up and running since 2006 with their home base in Toronto, Canada. Wattpad is available to any and every person in the world, from the USA, UK, Australia, the Philippines and many other countries!  And since the app and membership is free, anyone can join!

Wattpad is a fun website that give people who like to write as a passion or hobby to be able to showcase their work and get feedback on it to not only get better, but to receive more confidence in what they show to the world.

Wattpad is available on the App Store for IPhone, IPad and any Android device, it is free of charge. Download the app and happy reading!

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Should We Be Taking Notes While Watching The Walking Dead?

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By Leilani Neal
Courier Staff Writer
After 5 consecutive seasons of AMC’s successful TV show, The Walking Dead, the show is still going stronger than ever. With a mid-season finale that premiered November 30, 2014 with a shocking ending! But is there a possibility that this life we watch foreshadows our worlds soon future?
Speaking with students of James Logan High School, they voice everything from fear to pure amusement! “If the zombie apocalypse really happened I’d take my dog and hide…” (Yoselin, Class of 2015) to “If the world turned to that and I was gonna die, I’d want to die fighting!” (Timothy, Class of 2015).Some people say not to listen or take into consideration the things that we see on television, but is it wrong to prepare? From most that show fear and some that show amusement, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

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California’s High Speed Rail Races to Our Future

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By Elijah Permito

Courier Staff Writer

For those who don’t know, the California High Speed rail is currently
being built. The California HIgh Speed Rail is a railroad system that travels a
huge amount of miles in a short period of time. They have similar transportation
in China and most people recall the train in China to be called the bullet for its
speed and quickness. The California High Speed travels from San Francisco
to Los Angeles. They say that later they will increase the distance and add
Sacramento and San diego as other destinations.

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Settlement on Mars One

Kyla Laquian

Courier Staff Writer 

Starting from the year 2024 a number of brave volunteers will make history and embark on an arduous journey to reside in humankind’s first ever human settlement on Mars. However, it is a one way ticket. There is no going back. It may seem unlikely, that people would be willing to spend the rest of their lives on a foreign planet with extremely harsh conditions, separated from loved ones for the rest of their lives. However, the human spirit still thrives, and the yearn for exploration and discovery drives these volunteers to want to spend the rest of their lives on Mars, as the first members of our species to live on another planet.

Over 78,000 individuals applied for the journey to Mars, and out of those selected from the pool of applicants, four will be chosen as the final group to be sent to Mars. In order to be chosen the applicants will go through a process similar to the Hunger Games; they will go through a series of simulations in “Martian-like” conditions, located at the harshest conditions of our planet from desert terrains to excessively cold conditions, and will have a variety of obstacles thrown at them, and their ability to mentally and physically cope with them will be observed by scientists on the outside. Those that are able to mentally and physically cope with the challenges the best will be chosen for the mission.

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Tradition Being Lost

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By Yoselin Ontiveros

Courier Staff Writer 

Thanksgiving, the day where all Americans gather to give thanks for what they have and all the blessing that came along through the year. Family gathers and have a great feast, eating great food and enjoying each others company for that night. This tradition has been going on for many years but it seems that the last couple years thing have been changing.

Now when thanksgiving starts to approach and people are starting to see at all the sales and what to buy on Black Friday. People are starting to become more focused on all of that then the actual meaning of what thanksgiving is. The night of thanksgiving we all give thanks for what we have and the next day people act like wild animals getting more things. Some people do not even have their thanksgiving dinner to camp outside of the stores so they are the first to get the best specials.

The Black Friday wildness has been going on for years but now stores are starting to open their doors on thanksgiving day. This meaning that a lot of people are leaving the nice tradition behind to go get more items that are not needed. The stores are not the problem, people are, if people are willing to leave tradition to go shopping for great deals stores are not going to complain.

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Bay Storm Shuts Down Schools

by Sarah Bellal

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School district authorities announced the closing of all Bay Area schools on December 11th due to an anticipated rain storm. Accuweather meteorologists expected 3-6 inches of rain on this day alone. The National Weather service says it was “expected to be one of the strongest storms in terms of wind and rain” for the last five years.

While this may bode well for farmers who have recently been suffering the consequences of a severe drought, there have also been warnings of flash flooding and debris flows throughout the Bay, issued by the National Weather Service. Residents of the East Bay even received a text message alert, similar to how Amber Alerts are sent, regarding the possibility of flash floods in the area. It is recommended that people avoid flood areas with their automobiles, as most flash flooding deaths occur in cars. (more…)

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“School is Canceled!”

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By Anne Bonifacio

Courier Staff Writer

On September 23rd of the 2014-2015 school year, there was a problem with the James Logan pipes. School authorities kindly asked all students to evacuate from the school premises immediately after school in order to fix the plumbing system. There were to be no students on the James Logan school grounds after 3:45 pm.


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