Archives for December 2016

DAPL comes to a halt

By Izabella Gonzalez, Courier Staff Writer

dakota-access-pipelineAs of December 4th, the Army Corps of Engineers denied the permit allowing the pipeline to be built through Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North and South Dakota.

The energy company behind the pipeline construction, Enbridge, claims the 1,172 mile pipeline will make transporting crude oil more efficient and safe. Construction began in January of this year and was expected to run by late 2016. Protesters joined together to ensure that wouldn’t happen, but the company was willing to fight back.

Videos of police allowing their dogs to attack protesters have spread. Law enforcement used water cannons and rubber bullets on a peaceful crowd of Native Americans and other allies. The water cannons were fired during extremely cold nights, resulting in some people being hospitalized with hypothermia.

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A New Addition for the San Francisco Giants

By Ethan Pileggi, Courier Staff Writer


mark-melanconWord got out that the Giants signed Mark Melancon to a 4 year contract for $62 million dollars. With this addition to the roster, the Giant’s struggle with ninth innings will be no more. The Giants had a little more than 30 blown saves which caused them to lose many close games when Casilla or Romo where on the mound. But now with Melancon, who had 47 saves out 51 opportunities last year, they have that go to guy to finish games for them when they’re up 3 runs or less.

Melancon decided to join the Giants because Ryan Vogelsong, who used to play for the Giants, was very open and said very nice things about the team. This excited him and was very anxious of joining the Giants. Giants fans can finally relax knowing that Mark Melancon will finish games and be a secure closer for the team.

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Anger to Art: Tatyana Fazlalizadeh

By Karina Patel, Courier Features Editornuala

Street artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, pays homage to African-Americans, Muslim-Americans, American women, Latino Americans, and American immigrants─all of which are groups our culture deemed “other.”

Fazlalizadeh is best known for her project, “Stop Telling Women to Smile,” which portrays a message about gender-based harassment on the streets. She talked to different women and asked them they wish they could say to those who catcall them, such as “Women owe you nothing” and “I should not feel unsafe when I go outside.”

While this is one her best works, she recently made another fantastic piece in Oklahoma to challenge the idea of white supremacy. According to Fazlalizadeh, this piece was made in light of recent events: “After the election, I immediately knew I wanted to make some public art during my trip to Oklahoma in a few weeks for Thanksgiving,” the artist wrote on Instagram. (more…)

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James Logan Marching Band Wins Big

By Nathalie Lum, Courier Sports Editoryx_cvlul

During Thanksgiving break, the James Logan marching band traveled to Buchanan High School in Fresno to compete at preliminaries and championships.

Logan took first place in the preliminaries, but at championships, due to weather conditions, they were not able to perform for the judges. While the band didn’t perform, they still won by default. However, this marching season ended with a bang. For the seniors, this was their last time competing for Logan and many of them felt they ended their Logan band experience on a good note.

Christian Paraiso, a senior tuba player, thought his last year playing for Logan was one for the books: “I was disappointed that we couldn’t perform for one last time, but I thought I ended my career well.” Christian has been a part of the band program since his freshmen year, and winning first place at preliminaries was a great accomplishment. (more…)

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Mrs. Hart retires and sends her last email to Logan students

By Thomas Zhong, Courier Co-Editor-in-Chief

On December 15, the last Thursday before winter break, Mrs. Hart in the career center retires and sends email to all Logan students for one last time.

Known for her email spams and community service hour forms, Mrs. Hart has been a member of the Logan family for 13 years.  In her last email, she thanks all Logan students for their respect and kindness, and wishes all students the chance to “laugh at least once everyday.”

Logan courier had the honor to interview her personally on her last day at Logan, and the article will be published on the first day after winter break.  To learn more about who the lady in the career center is and what she has done for Logan throughout the years, stay tuned.

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Mac Miller Releases “The Divine Feminine”

By Cameren Brown, Courier Staff Writer29dae7d4c50f5a9f66eaf7752b21ea4f-600x600x1

Over the years, Mac Miller has grown to be one of my favorite talents in the rap scene. With his new record “The Divine Feminine”, released September 16 of this year, he takes another step further into experimentation with his music.

Despite the title, this isn’t an album necessarily about femininity. Instead, this is a concept album dealing with the elusive idea of love, its presence in nature, its nuance, and as Mac himself puts it, “the feminine energy of the planet.What separates this work from his previous works is that Mac didn’t feel the need to reach for any major mainstream hits. He wants the art’s presence to vouch for itself rather than relying on the radio or clubs to make it popular. And if nothing else, that artistic integrity should give this album some respect.

Mac has tackled recurring topics before, but never one that blankets a whole mix-tape or album. Another thing that makes this unique is the purpose of it beyond just listening, as he describes he wants the record to be “a date in itself.” (more…)

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Netflix Begins Offering Downloads for Offline Viewing

By Cameren Brown, Courier Staff Writernetflix-for-windows-8-06-536x535

Christmas break approaches right around the corner, and with all the stress building up from this recent political season, what better gift is there than cozying up to your favorite show or movie from anywhere?

As of November 30, Netflix is now offering free downloads of shows and movies to any compatible device with your Netflix account that you can watch without need for internet access. However, only certain titles, such as their Netflix originals like “Stranger Things” and “Breaking Bad”, are currently available for download.

The new development allows movie watchers to download a certain movie and watch it later in a car or on a flight, even when there is no internet access. Many Netflix viewers are relieved by this update, as there has been a recent push for Netflix to allow people to watch movies offline. (more…)

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Disney Rolls out Moana, a Fantastic New Princess Movie

By Kayla Hernandez, Courier Staff Writermoana-fallback_fde4d101

For all the Disney fans dying for another princess movie, Disney Pictures unleashed its latest masterpiece: a fantastic princess movie that came out November 23, called Moana.

“Moana” whose name means “the ocean”, is main character of the movie: a Hawaiian princess of a village in the Southern Pacific islands. As a young girl, Moana used to listen to her grandmother tell stories about legends crossing the reefs and how dangerous it was. This idea is repeated throughout the movie, as Moana’s fellow villagers are in constant fear of going beyond the reef. (more…)

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“A Tribe Called Quest” Returns from the Dead

By Cameren Brown, Courier Staff Writerh_14889378-10884a33-fc54-4f43-977b-96290296d0a4

Hip Hop music and culture is one of the fastest changing in a midst of microgenres and fading trends. And in this seemingly endless pool of music, A Tribe Called Quest still knows how to “kick it” even in their final work, “We Got It From Here, Thank You for Your Service.”

Returning after a near 20 year rest, it’s almost as if they never left. This album doesn’t try anything too experimental– the same boom-bap beats and smooth samples still remain to make a thoughtful, provoking, and relaxing record.

If listened next to their other classics like “The Low End Theory” you’d hardly blink an eye, as consistency is one of their strong suits. But don’t confuse that with thinking they’re outdated– they bring a contemporary flavor by featuring artists like Kendrick Lamar, Anderson Paak, and Kanye West. (more…)

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The CW Crossover does not fail to excite

By Karina Patel, Courier Features Editor

1000px-the_cw_2-svgThe annual CW crossover aired this week with all of its superheroes working side by side to defeat their biggest threat yet.  Not only did we see how the superheroes worked together, the individual shows brought in millions of viewers, making it a massive success for the network itself.

The crossover started on Supergirl, on November 28th. The episode basically talks about the project Medusa, Kara, and J’onn are working, which is capturing Henshaw and Lillian, the Cadmus leader. Towards the end of the episode Barry Allen (The Flash) and Cisco Ramon come from another version of the earth to enlist Kara’s help, this was where the crossover actually starts.

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