Archives for February 2016

Alumni David Collins, Now Competitive SMASH Announcer

By Kirthana Iyer

Courier Staff Editor super-smash-bros-pokemon

When students graduate oftentimes they go to college, get a degree, then go into the workforce. Or they go straight into the workforce and do what they love. We all have different paths, but we all do something we love. David Collins, an alumni from the class of ‘08, describes how his life as a commentator for Super Smash Bros for Wii U.

This Logan graduate got into the field of commentary through loving video games. He said that, “[he] been playing video games since [he] can remember.

Getting into esports came along when [he] started casting at local tournaments, just for fun. Eventually people took notice that [he] was doing well, so [he] got hired by Showdown. that lead to [him] casting bigger tournaments, and it all snowballed over a year.” He told me about how he got good at it and wanted to start considering it a profession, and a few months later, he landed the job at Wii U.

But even after doing his dream job, he wanted to try something new, so Collins got into marketing and management. Along with his busy job at Wii U, he works freelance at Showdown Entertainment where he does also work in marketing, community management for my gaming community, and project development/management.

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Black Student Union Hosts Black History Event

By Quentin Monasterial 

Courier Staff Reporter/Columnist

It’s Black History Month, and James Logan’s Black Student Union wants to commemorate all of history’s colorful moments.

So, today, the 25th of February, they will be hosting an event at the Spot from 6pm to 8pm. There, a series of performances ranging anywhere from speeches to dances will be taking place. In fact, the Forensics team will be contributing to this celebration with some of their own performances.

Mukasha, one of BSU’s members, says that will be “[talking] about black leaders” during the celebration. Talking about our history and learning from it will keep us from making the same mistakes we’ve made in the past; it will also teach us to how to go about things in a better way. This claim becomes evident in modern society, where racism is still prevalent, where, at the same time, we aren’t conscious of our history.

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Boys Basketball Comes to an End

Khamaria Hillmon

Sports Editor

coltslogoThe Logan Colts faced a tough loss yesterday against Monte Vista. The Mustangs defeated the Colts 42-43. This was the first round of the playoffs, but unfortunately for Logan, their season has now come to an end. The boys had a great season with only 2 losses in the league.

Many people have been very proud of the team and their progress this year compared to previous ones. They have put in a lot of effort into their games from what fans have said.

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Weekly Reader: Tuesdays With Morrie

By Raizel Ochoa

Courier Staff Reporter

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Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom is a soul touching memoir filled with philosophy that the majority of people seem to underestimate; inevident creativity, forces of nature, and the power of vulnerability.

This piece of literature is the final thesis of a life changing friendship with his former student, Mitch Albom, a journalist.

Morrie has been teaching all his life. He then has no choice, but to retire as a disease begins to dominate his fragile aging body. Morrie receives a devastating message about the amount of time he has left, all because of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), aka. Lou Gehrig’s disease; a condition of the nerve cells breaking down, leading to severe weakness of muscles.

You would believe that such a tragedy has happened, but lying in the roots of this situation is an enchanting moral that will change one’s mindset. As ALS continued to melt Morrie’s body, the rest of the factors of vitality strengthen.

Despite the author, who happened to be a journalist, Tuesdays with Morrie is not only filled with interesting facts, but spilled with emotions and reflective thoughts of a soul aging man.

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Varsity Basketball Goes to Playoffs

By Khamaria Hillmon

Sports Editor

coltslogoThe Logan basketball team won an easy game against Mission San Jose last Friday. The Colts defeated Mission for the second time this season, with a score of 87-34.

“It’s basically practice games when we play Mission,” says Center, Michael Steadman, “we’re getting ready for the playoffs which start on Tuesday, so we’re just getting used to all of these wins.”

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Review: The 58th Annual Grammy’s

By Jovanna Brinck

Courier Columnist 

grammyThe 58th Annual Grammy Awards were held on Monday, February 15th. On this night, all of the greatest artists join each other to celebrate music.

The show opened with Taylor Swift performing her newest hit, “Out of the Woods.”

L.L Cool J hosted this year. When he first came out, he recalled memories of Adele, Kendrick Lamar, and Lady Gaga performing in past years.

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Halo Halo Night 2016

By Katelyne Montemayor

Courier Staff Reporter 

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James Logan High School’s Filipino Youth Association is hosting a talent show. The talent show will take place on March 13, in the Little Theater at 6:00pm.

In order to preform in the show you must audition by March 30. Live auditions for are held every Thursday after school in Room 414.

Unless approved, and if chosen to perform, your performance must be the same one from your audition. Each performance cannot be no more than eight minutes long, and must be family-friendly.

Booth tables will also be available if you would like to sell your products, give more information about you or your group, etc.

The audience will be able to visit your booth before the show and during the thirty minute intermission.
There is also a video audition option available online. All you have to do is fill out the form and attach a link to the video along with the form.

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Ruth B Debuts “Lost Boy” Single And EP “The Intro”

By Kayla Martinez

Entertainment Editor

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Young artist Ruth B recently made her debut off the new hit single, Lost Boy.

The 20-year-old Canadian artist writes and sings her own pieces and is “blessed with keen songwriting and instincts and intimate phrasing,” according to MOXIE.

Ruth B has written several other songs that compliment her smooth voice and beautiful piano accompaniment.

Some of her other new singles include “Golden,“ “Dandelions,” and “Young.” All of these singles come on her debut EP “The Intro.”

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The Fight Against Cyberbullying

By Emma Kalonda

Courier Staff Reporter/Photographer

There was recently an email about cyber bullying sent out by Mr.Brar.

The email talks about how here at James Logan there is a no cyber bullying policy that we as a school will enforce.

Repercussions against cyberbullying are supposed to get stricter. In all 3rd period classes, there’s supposed to be a conversation about bullying, and how it affects the students.

The question here is, is cyberbullying really an actual thing here at James Logan? I decided to go out and ask the student body.

Jocelyn Rosales, a junior, claims that cyberbullying isn’t present at all at Logan. “I feel like people take the word cyberbullying out of proportion. Cyber bullying is repetitive, I think that people forget that. A cyberbully isn’t someone that tweets you and says they don’t like you, it’s completely different.”

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Concert Review: Alessia Cara

By Jannet Rodriguez

Music Columnist

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Alessia Cara should be a familiar name, the young star has been everywhere since her hit song, “Here”, slowly made it’s way to the top of the charts.

Alessia released her album, Know-It-All, earlier this year and it has become an album that captures the various stages of one’s teenage years in 13 3-4 minute tracks.

Alessia has been on tour, her US leg having just ended. I was able to attend her show at the Fillmore, in San Francisco.

She had three opening acts, Leaf, who hyped the crowd up with her rap songs about female empowerment. Craig Stickland, who also happens to be her band member, served some amazing vocals, capturing the audience with his flawless high notes, and Kevin Garrett, who is a more well known soul-pop musician. He mesmerized the people with his piano sounds, electronic beats, and oh so relaxing voice.

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