Archives for November 2016

SF Giants Prepare For the Next Season

By Ethan Pileggi, Courier Staff Writer


Now that baseball has come to a close in 2016 it’s time for teams to stock up on players, whether that be signing contracts or trading for players.

The SF Giants 2016 season came up short when they fell to the Chicago Cubs in the division series. A blown save Sergio Romo and closer issues dawned on the Giants.  Now that the season is over, the Giants look forward to signing a closer for their bullpen. The option for closers is quite big this year with big names like Kenley Jansen, Mark Melancon, Aroldis Chapman, and Greg Holland. All these closers would complete the bullpen for the Giants but they only get to pick one of the many great closers listed.

There are rumors that the Giants may be trading for fan favorite 3rd baseman Pablo Sandoval. Now if this trade does happen many Giants fans would be happy that there is an all star 3rd baseman is returning to San Francisco. However, keep in mind that Pablo Sandoval is currently dealing with an injury right now and is therefore questionable to play next season.

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James Logan Hosts the Guy Emmanuel Tip-Off For the First Time

By Jordan Mcglory, Courier Staff Writer

basketballThe James Logan basketball program has recently hosted their first Guy Emmanuel tip-off. Many bay area teams participated in the tip off including San Leandro High, Freedom High, Deer Valley High, Pittsburg High, Mcclymonds High, Oakland Tech High School and the one and only James Logan High school. The tip off was a showcase, or in other words, exposure to play and show off your team as well as your individual game to college coaches. It was James Logan’s very first annual tip-off. The only other tip-off in the bay is the nor-cal tip-off at hosted by Newark Memorial High school. Both tip-offs had many spectators other than college coaches that attended, including parents, other high school athletes, and former basketball players, but it was a public event that anyone could attend.

James Logan basketball player, Jared Bailey, attended games before his own in the day and said,” The event went very well, the games were very competitive and intriguing. It was interesting seeing talent from other places and cities and not just teams in our league. The event was very organized and rarely a dull moment. The best part was competing in the finale of the tip-off against Oakland Tech and getting a big and hard fought win against a very talented team.”

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A Famous Vlogger Ends His Legacy

By John Kenneth Macantan, Courier Staff Reporter

On November 19th, a YouTuber with over 5.8 million subscriber dropped the mic and ended his legacy.casey_portrait_818-818x545

Casey Neistat is revered internet sensation dating all the way back to 2003, when he first released a video about standing up to Apple products and iPods for 18 months. In that video, Casey went around New York City, vandalizing Apple marketing posters and tagging them with the statement: “iPod’s unreplaceable battery only last 18 months.” Apple was a powerful company people would not have dared to go against, but only one man stood up against it: Casey Neistat.

Casey started his career as a film in HBO with his brother Van at a show called “The Neistat Brothers.” Soon after, he joined the YouTube community and continued to pursue his love for filmmaking through the its platform. Beginning with short movies, Casey gained a good number of viewers.

Casey then did multiple advertising videos with sportswear, movies, clothing, and most popularly, Nike. In his advertising campaign called “Make it Count”, Casey promoted a bracelet that would keep count of one’s daily exercises. To this day, it is one of his most viewed videos, with over 22 million views. (more…)

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Activision Remastered Call of Duty 4

By Horace Assar, Courier Staff Writer

Activision decides to make a remaster for the original Call of Duty Modern Warfare game, which is often praised to be the game that revolutionized the shooter genre.

The game, while maintaining its original art style and offering a nostalgic feeling for players, significantly improves its graphics.  For example, as the player first meets Captain Price, he/she will realize the improved and more detailed facial textures of him.

It feels like a completely new game and whoever has not played the original is in for a treat. The characters are lovable and the missions are extremely action packed, especially the mission “All Ghillied Up.”

My experience with the game is back in 2007 with the original and I never experienced a game so good in my life. The game felt unique and I put a lot of hours into it because I was trying to complete this on Veteran difficulty.

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Mass Effect Fans Rejoice for N7 Day

By Matthew Wong, Courier Staff Writern7day_vignette-p

On November 7, Bioware have released two trailers to explain more what to expect from Mass Effect Andromeda.

In the first trailer it talks about the Andromeda Initiative. The program was founded by Jira Carsen and that the trip to Andromeda galaxy will be a one way. She explains that humans will be on Hyperion and there will three more ships including the Nexus. This could mean that the three council races will go to the Andromeda as well. These ships will be led by pathfinders and Carsen will be in charge of the Nexus where the majority of the population will remain. Also we will see vehicles like the mako except it is now call Nomad which will not have any weapon. Scanning will return, but it will be a portable device. The new feature of the game is setting up outposts on planets that the player discovered. (more…)

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Houston Woman Arrested for Raising Exotic Animals

By Margarita Garcia, Courier Staff Writer

tigercub-660x400A Texan woman is arrested for having exotic animals in her home.

A 34 year old woman was arrested Monday for having exotic animals living in her home with her and her 14 year old daughter.

Houston police said there were 4 tigers, a fox and several monkeys found. An investigation started when a man payed three thousand dollars for a kitten but the kitten never came due to the fact that she said that the kitten was sick.

The exotic animals were living inside the house under the same roof as the child. The animals weren’t restrained and allowed to go around the house as they pleased. There were 3 tiger cubs and 1 adult tiger in the house. (more…)

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ICL Students Visit SF State Campus

By Cameren Brown, Courier Staff Writer

sf-stateICL seniors took a field trip to the beautiful SF State campus earlier this month, meeting early in the morning and lasting until the end of the school day. Bart and local SF public transport reached the campus by nine-o’-clock where the tour guides or “mentors” , who were senior and junior college students, awaited.

Before entering any building, there was a game of icebreaker. The basic concept being someone having to stand in the center as they introduce themselves and then say something along the lines of: “ I plan to major in Kinesiology, and everyone wearing red, run!” After several rounds we finally geared up to begin walking.

The library was presented first, as it was just newly refurbished. A large building with several stories even consisting of a basement. The guides informed us that the higher the floor, the better it is as a study area. But all floors eventually close the later it gets except for the base floor which is built in with 24 hour coffee for those extra hard study sessions.

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Return to the Frontier with “Red Dead Redemption 2”

By Michael Morales, Courier Sports Editor

red-dead-redemption-logo-svgOfficially announced on October 20, the highly anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed “Red Dead Redemption” shook the world with its announcement. This sequel comes 6 years after the original which took players back to the old west, a mix up from the modern video game setting. The “Red Dead Redemption 2” trailer reveals seven playable characters with John Marston being one of them. Leaked images of the map reveals that players will be able to explore a map bigger than the previous one.This game is set to be released Fall of 2017 after being in development for 4 years.  If all speculation is true “RDR2” is setting up to be a game of the year contender.

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American Music Awards- Gigi Hadid & Jay Pharaoh Take the Stage

By Karina Patel, Courier Features Editor

The AMA’s premiered once again with more emotion than ever! On November 20, 2016, Gigi Hadid and Jay Pharaoh co-hosted the 44th Annual American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California. 44amaWith the show-stopping performances from John Legend, Fifth Harmony, and Lady Gaga, plus the heartfelt speeches for Ariana Grande and Selena Gomez, the show was definitely successful.  

The show became a little more sentimental when Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson, took the stage to accept an award for “Best Soundtrack” on behalf of her late brother. We can surely say that there was not one dry eye in the audience after her emotional speech.

“Prince defied the odds, a Black teen from Minneapolis with a goal to electrify the world. He had the courage to be different,” Nelson said. “With his vision and god-given talent, he is still one of the world’s most respected and loved artists.” (more…)

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LANY Rocks San Francisco’s Regency Ballroom

By Adriana Elias, Courier News Editor

LANY, the alternative band consisting of Paul Klein, Jake Goss and Les Priest, played their first headlining show in San Francisco at the Regency Ballroom on Thursday night and did not disappoint.

You could feel the anticipation before you even stepped foot into the venue. There were fans lined up into the alleyway waiting to get in and see the band, with some waiting for several hours. The doors opened at 7 PM, and from then on, it was pure excitement in the ballroom.courier

As soon as the lights dimmed and the show started, you could already sense that this concert was much different than others. The set began with a video of Whitney Houston singing the national anthem at Superbowl XXV, projected onto the screens behind the instruments. This was a small nod of respect towards the late singer. After this, LANY walked onto the stage and the crowd went wild. Not the kind of wild seen at other shows where people raise their phones for the majority of the performance. In fact, there were rarely any phones blocking the views throughout the entire show. The fans were respectful to the people around them, and it was evident they were all there for the sole purpose of enjoying the music and dancing. (more…)

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