Archives for February 2015

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 McFarland, California in 1987. McFarland 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).

McFarland 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 McFarland High School, a school that sits right next door to a prison. All of the students on the first Cross Country team in McFarland 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 McFarland 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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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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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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The 87th Annual Oscars: Highlights

4764440136_3f75b62db4_b (1)By Sarah Bellal

Courier Staff Reporter

One of the most memorable aspects of the Oscars ceremony is the presenters—whether it’s their comedic timing or ironic stagefright, they can make or break the show atmosphere. Now it’s my turn to present—specifically, I present to you the highlights of the 87th Annual Academy Awards.

First, a quick recap of the Oscar recipients in the most prestigious categories: “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” received the Oscar for best picture, winning a total of four Oscars this years including ones for cinematography, best director and best original screenplay. Julianne Moore won best actress for her role as a woman with Alzheimer’s disease in the movie “Still Alice”. Eddie Redmayne won best actor for his role as renowned scientist Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything”. “CitizenFour”, a film about Edward Snowden, won the best documentary category.

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UC Berkeley Day With Mr. Prucha

By Eli Permitiounnamed (15)

Courier Staff Reporter

U.C Berkeley is a public research university that is located in Berkeley, California. It is famous and is a most widely chosen public university for undergraduate education. It is very highly ranked in the United States and is well known for being one of the university’s to produce a number of very successful entrepreneurs. This university is located on the eastern side of the San Francisco bay with the campus on 178 acres. In total the university occupies 1,232 acres. UC Berkeley was established on March 23, 1868 and is very well known all across the United States. Currently Berkeley contains 10,253 post graduates, 10,951 undergraduates and a total number of 36,204 students.

U.C Berkeley is the oldest institution in the whole U.C system and offers a lot of undergraduate programs. U.C Berkeley offers about 350 undergraduate and graduate degreed programs, which ranges in a wide variety of disciplines. The university is also very well known for its amazing teachers and faculty. The alumni and researchers have won 72 nobel prizes. Famous teachers who have created history through their knowledge have been directors of the Berkeley lab. Famous directors like J. Robert Oppenheimer and Edward Teller whom are both who created famous bombs in US history.

Recently in December Mr.Prucha visited U.C Berkeley to take his class to a lecture and experience a little of how U.C Berkeley is. Mr. Prucha took his class there to take notes, observe and reflect on their experiences. Mr. Prucha attended U.C Berkeley and now his son and daughters all attend U.C Berkeley. Some of his favorite things about the university are how its close to home, the teachers great advice, exciting varsity games and being able to wear the colors of gold and blue. If Mr. Prucha could describe U.C Berkeley in one word he would choose opportunity, which best describes how important attending U.C Berkeley could be.

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Ms. Allen’s Classes Celebrate Black History

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By Leilani Neal

Courier Staff Columnist

With the multi-ethnic group at James Logan, the same could be said about Ms. Dorothy Allen’s African American History class. With celebrating Black history this month, Ms. Allen has decided to take her students and have them create an alternate universe for their ethnic background. African American or not, every student was to create a story about their county and their people’s history. And it had to be perfect. With the terrifying and brutal history of the African people, the second month of the year, “is the shortest… We get the short end of the stick at times.” Most feel that way, but with Ms. Allen she has decided to not only celebrate Black History month with her students but to also have them create a world that they would’ve wanted their people to experience. Something perfect, something that would make anyone proud to announce who they were.

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Valentine’s Day Outfits

Article -valentines outfits (6)By Sarah Bellal

Courier Fashion Columnist

If you’re like me, you may not be the biggest fan of consumerist holidays plastered with pink hearts, cellophane wrapped bouquets, and overpriced chocolate. I suggest you either a) wait until February 15th and buy chocolate on sale, or b) take some inspiration from the following outfits that aren’t your typical heart patterned sweater and a-line mini.


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Friday the 13th

2339951454_84e3900bf4_zBy Anne Bonifacio

Courier Staff Reporter

Over time, people have developed the superstition that any Friday that lands on the 13th of the month, will be a day of bad luck. Many people will completely ignore the superstition, while others cautiously go about their day.

There are many different explanations and origins of this superstition. People have already separately labeled Friday’s and the number 13 as cursed. The most popular theory of why the day Friday and the number 13 is cursed, involves Christianity.

Many people have different viewpoints on this day, and everyone has their own opinion. When asked their thoughts on this ‘unlucky’ day, there were a variety of answers.

 

Q:What are your thoughts on Friday the 13th? Do you believe that it is an unlucky day?


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Health Center Holds Anti-Abuse Event

tiburcio_vasquez_logoBy Angelica Castro

Courier Staff Reporter

What starts off innocent, can sometimes become the complete opposite. According to DoSomething.org, about 1.5 million boys and girls that attend high school were reported to be physically harmed in the last year with someone they were romantically involved with. Also what follows are relentless consequences that tend to be short or long term. (more…)

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SAT, ACT, and AP Testing Arrives

Cito_Eindtoets_BasisonderwijsBy Anne Bonifacio

Courier Staff Reporter

Around this time of the year, juniors start looking into signing up for the SAT and/or the ACT tests. Some students prefer to take start taking the SAT and ACT tests around January/February, so it gives them time to retake the tests in hope for better results.

“I’ve already taken an SAT test in January, and I have my ACT test this February,” Brandon Ko, a junior here at James Logan informs The Courier, “I plan to take the SAT at least 2 or 3 times, but I don’t think I’ll take the ACT more than once.” Brandon Ko shares his insight on how he feels about the length of the test, stating that he believes that the SAT would be more bearable if it weren’t so long.

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