Archives for September 2015

Maddie and Tae, Redefining Country Music One Hit At a Time

By Kayla Martinez

Entertainment Editor

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Although country isn’t all too popular in the music industry on the West Coast, Maddie Marlow and Tae Dye have made a statement in the genre, as they are the artists of the current top song on country radios. This has made a name for the now nineteen and twenty year olds, broadening their fame among both those who appreciate country music and those who do not.

According to an article from Moxie, their hit, titled “Girl in a Country Song”, “topped the prestigious Nashville Scene Annual Country Critics’ Poll for Single of the Year, racked up over 23 million VEVO views, a Gold-certified single and sparked a national conversation about a girl’s place in country music that included Atlantic Monthly, Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, NPR, Entertainment Weekly, Los Angeles Times and The New Yorker. In addition, the duo garnered three CMT Music Awards nominations for Breakout Video of the Year, Duo Video of the Year and the top honor Video of the Year.”

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Weekly Reader: We Should Hang Out Sometime

bookBy Jovanna Brinck

Courier Columnist

Josh Sundquist is a relatively famous YouTuber  with over 200,000 subscribers. He also is a motivational speaker and is always going to different schools and organizations and talking to people about his life. What makes Josh so likeable to his audience is his ability to take awkward personal experiences and use them to give advice to people.

Josh has always had bad luck in his love life, in which he talks about in short videos on his YouTube channel. It wasn’t until Josh met Miss America 2010 and unintentionally insulted her about her love life that he thought about writing a book about his own horrible experiences with dating.

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Fear of the Walking Dead: TV Review

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By Jessica Esquibel

Editor-in-Chief

AMC is famous for many things, but one of the things it’s most known for is the nail biting show The Walking Dead. Season 6 of the show will premiere Sunday, October 11th, at nine pm.

Even though it is a good distance away, there has been a spin-off currently going on, Fear The Walking Dead. Warning before reading on, there are spoiler alerts in this article. They’re five episodes in, and I’d be lying if I said this wasn’t a great piece of work.

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Club Spotlight: Hip Hop Elements

By R.J Secapure

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Hip Hop Elements is a group of open-minded people that created this group to enjoy themselves and learn more about the four elements of hip-hop – breakdancing, the history of hip hop, street art and creating music.

The club co-presidents are Gerald Mayupao and Wilson Suon. There are alumni that come here to practice with the club such as Gabriel Torres, Kevin Torion, and Wilson Castro. Also, they have members of the club that come from different schools such as Newark Memorial High School and American High School.

The purpose of Hip Hop Elements is to teach others about the history and culture of hip hop. It serves as a meeting place for fellow breakdancers and hip hop fanatics to meet up and cultivate their love and knowledge of hip hop.

Annie Lai said “Hip Hop Elements is a cool club that taught me a lot about another culture, which I would’ve never understood or even known about unless I joined this club.” (more…)

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Hong Kong’s divided democracy activists haven’t given up

 

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Hong Kong executive C.Y. Leung in 2013
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By Stuart Leavenworth

McClatchy Washington Bureau (TNS)

HONG KONG – For 79 days, they peacefully occupied a hub of Asian commerce, galvanizing public attention on Hong Kong’s struggle for democracy. Their yellow umbrellas and seemingly leaderless organization became famous worldwide, symbols of a movement daring to stand up to Beijing.

Yet a year later, many involved in the Umbrella Movement use words such as “failure” and “frustration” to assess their 2014 protests, which are likely to be studied and analyzed for decades. “The failure of the Umbrella Movement was that we could not achieve more,” said Agnes Chow Ting, 18, a strategist and former spokeswoman for Scholarism, one of several high school and college groups that sparked the occupations. “Instead of being disappointed, we should think about what we can learn from this.”

Failure? Similar campaigns of civil disobedience took years or decades to achieve results. Yet among Hong Kong’s youth, there was an expectation that the huge protests – which drew hundreds of thousands of supporters to the city’s streets – would result in concessions from Beijing or at least the resignation of Hong Kong’s unpopular chief executive, Leung Chun-ying, also known as C.Y. Leung.

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Album Review: What a Time to Be Alive

By Emma Kalonda

Courier Staff Reporter

‘Hotline Bling’ singer, Drake recently just dropped an entire album called: What a Time to Be Alive, with rapper Future on Sunday. The 11 track album has an array of cool collective tones, but also come along with several hyped up hits.

The album starts off with “Digital Dash”, which is full of bass and has a medium tempo to it. Future starts off the hit, and hits home with his catchy flow and impressive wordplay. Drake later comes in on the track, giving us nothing but phenomenal flow and too much wordplay too keep up with. Though this seemed to have more Future than Drake, this was definitely Drake’s track.

A couple tracks down, Drake and Future hit us with yet another medium tempo track, “Diamonds Diamonds.” With Future’s vocals starting out the track, it already gives out a tranquil tone. Drake comes in and steals the show with his vocal riffs, but Future steals it right back with his vocals. It was a battle of the vocals, and they both did nothing but amazing on this track. It was a love track, and I sure did love listening to it.

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New Game on the Horizon: Destiny

By Salvador Garcia

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Destiny is a first-person shooter video game on Playstation and Xbox consoles that has achieved a lot in terms of sales since being released last september 2014, It has sold over $500 million at retail, winning over 140 awards which has made it the biggest new franchise of all time.

In this Game you play as a guardian, your job is to defend planet earth’s last safe city from different alien races.

The 3rd DLC ( downloadable content) for Destiny called “The Taken King” releases on september 15th 2015.

Master Rahool, who is every guardians master tells you about something terrible he has heard.

He says “his name is Oryx, the taken king, and he’s coming for you guardian, can you blame him? You killed his son with his own sword. Now He’s out for revenge, He’s building a dark army to hunt you down. But i heard the legends, you are ready.”

Now you must prepare yourself to break in the dreadnaught ship and defeat the taken king before he and his dark army take over our civilization and bring our solar system to ruin.

It is Rumoured that this new DLC has the storage of a video game so its as if you’re buying the sequel. The “new story” campaign and quests introduce new enemies to fight, new locations to explore, new strikes and crucible maps.

A new Raid that only the most skilled at the game will be able to complete and more multiplayer maps. Rank up with new weapons, subclasses, and armo

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European refugee flow is only latest in 20-year search for the ‘golden trampoline’

 

New arrivals wait at the initial reception center in Munich, a former military barracks that now houses 1,500 asylum seekers awaiting rulings on their cases. Refugees from the Middle East, central Asia and across Africa have been making their way in large numbers to Europe since the 1990s, but recently the numbers have increased. (Claudia Himmelreich/McClatchy DC/TNS)

New arrivals wait at the initial reception center in Munich, a former military barracks that now houses 1,500 asylum seekers awaiting rulings on their cases. Refugees from the Middle East, central Asia and across Africa have been making their way in large numbers to Europe since the 1990s, but recently the numbers have increased. (Claudia Himmelreich/McClatchy DC/TNS)

By Matthew Schofield

McClatchy Washington Bureau (TNS)

MUNICH – Wahid Alim sits on a train station bench, trying to explain how he and his family came to be here, 4,500 miles from what had been home.

Beside the 37-year-old is his wife, who is rocking their infant son, while their toddler son jumps on and off the bench. His brother in law is pacing nearby. They’ve reduced a lifetime’s worth of belongings to three suitcases.

His story is remarkable, in many ways.

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Why are Logan’s AP Scores Falling?

By Nathaniel Roque

Courier Staff Reporter

According to the statics of the AP testing scores, James Logan High School’s testing scores have been going down since 2013. Those interviewed said otherwise.

Abhi Brar, principle of James Logan High School, said “We are focusing on kids to take more AP classes since kids back then couldn’t join AP classes unless they were in G.A.T.E programs or they fund raised for it.” Abhi Brar says that the AP program has theories why students are failing. He states,

“Students may be taking to many AP classes and they can burning themselves out. Some students take three AP classes a year or maybe more and it maybe stressing them out. Or it could be since the AP test cost a lot of money to take, we’re thinking that they are pressured to do better on it.”

Thomas Seaton, an Honors English 1 and AP Literature teacher at James Logan High School, says “Students are taking so many test that they are getting over tested. Last year the juniors were over tested not just AP but the state test before the AP test. The consecutive weeks of testing for the juniors.

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Mental Illness: A Transparent Burden

By Ayanna Ewing

Courier Staff Reporter

The burden mental illness can cause is felt by many. Getting out of bed and doing the simplest of work can take up all of one’s energy. “It has long been acknowledged that a variety of psychosocial and health problems affect learning and performance in profound ways.” (Mental Health in Schools). It’s been found that students who suffer from a mental illness are more likely to not seek a higher education after high school.

According to TeenScreen National Center for Mental Health Checkups at Columbia University, “Secondary school students who suffer from mental illness are more likely to earn failing grades across all subjects and are retained at grade level more often than youth with disabilities as a whole.”

Some common illnesses found among students are: “ADHD, Schizophrenia, Autism Anxiety Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Learning Disorders, Eating Disorders, Depression, and Bipolar Disorder.” (J. Lucy Boyd)

The effects can vary in students depending on what their affliction may be. For example, those suffering from Depression may have lower grades than someone who isn’t.

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