Archives for January 2017

Mike Sherm’s performance at Winter Ball canceled last minute

By Leslie Sanroman, Courier Staff Writer

coltslogoHundreds of students are angry at Logan’s administration for the last minute cancellation of Mike Sherm, a popular local rapper famous for his “Blue Faces” track.

After two weeks of selling tickets and promoting the Winter Ball featuring the performance of Mike Sherm, the Logan administrators decided to cancel his performance due to many complaints they received from angry parents. Parents expressed their concern on the special guest because they believed that the artist was inappropriate for a school dance. The students did not hear about the cancellation until the day before the ball.

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The Oscars Diversifies Its Nominations

By Sarah Chawla, Courier Staff Reporter

After last year’s Oscars sparked controversy over the lack of the-oscars-thumbnaildiversity, this year’s has come out with the most diverse assortment of nominees this year.

For the past two consecutive years, the Oscars have not nominated a single person of color, which is nothing new. From the six year period from 1975 to 1981, only white actors were nominated. Over the years, the diversity was slowly increasing up until 2015. The recent lack of diversity has led some actors, including Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, to consider boycotting the Oscars. Others responded by trending #OscarsSoWhite on Twitter.

After last year, the Academy president, Cheryl Boone Isaacs expressed her discontent over the lack of diversity and noted that they need to speed up their efforts to diversify the pool. While the group of voters remains predominantly white and male, Isaacs added new voters, including many women and people of color in hopes to see more nominations of people of color. (more…)

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Women’s March unites people from all walks of life

By Mary-Kay Floyd, Courier News Editor

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Romy Mastel, Logan junior, at the Women’s march in Oakland, California.

The Women’s March on January 21, 2017,  drew in millions of marchers not only in the United States, but across the world. 

An estimate of 3.2 million people attended the women’s march on Saturday, January 21st, the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration.  Around 300 cities were filled with people out in the streets marching for gender equality, among other important issues. From large cities such as New York City, to small Alabama towns, millions of people marched across the country. People of all ages, and all walks of life were happily seen waving their signs that yelled out equality for all.  

Mr. Ellison, the U.S. History and LGBTQ+ Studies teacher, attended the Oakland women’s march in which he called a “huge, inspiring turnout.”

Romy Mastel, a junior at Logan, had a great experience at the Oakland march.

“It was a magnanimous occasion, and I hope that it set an example to people across America on how things need to be carried out now that we are pitted against such an unjust situation.”

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A Four Year Long Protest?

By Sophia Ahmadi, Courier Staff Reporter

US actor Shia LaBeouf(L)is seen during his He Will Not Divide Us livestream outside the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, in the Queens borough of New York January 24, 2017 as a protest against President Donald Trump. LaBeouf has installed a camera at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York that will run a continuous live stream for the duration of Trumps presidency. LaBeouf is inviting the public to participate in the project by saying the phrase, He will not divide us, into the camera. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

A protest started by Shia Labeouf has sparked the attention of people across the world.

“HE WILL NOT DIVIDE US”

These five words are plastered on a wall outside of the Museum of the Moving Image in New York City. Founded by Shia Labeouf, Nastja Säde Rönkkö, and Luke Turner, this movement was created to display a “show of resistance or insistence, opposition or optimism, guided by the spirit of each individual participant and the community.”

Under the painted words, the organization has planted a camera that will remain there until the 45th president is out of office. For twenty-four hours, seven days a week, this camera links to a live stream that can be viewed on their website. (hewillnotdivide.us) (more…)

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Logan teacher takes a month off for hip replacement

By Horace Assar, Courier Staff Writer

Logan US History and LGBTQ studies teacher, Mr. Ellison, will be taking a month off from teaching for a hip replacement.

When asked about how he felt about the situation, Mr. Ellison said, “I feel terror, going under the knife so I’m taking this seriously because I never had an operation like this, but I am in the hospital for only one night.” 

Mr. Ellison was diagnosed three years ago with arthritis in the left hip. It had been a problem for most of his life but it started getting worse in his twenties. When he played more sports his problem grew worse and his left hip started clicking.

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Mexico’s gas price hike crisis

By Leslie Sanroman, Courier Staff Writer 

Screenshot 2017-01-26 at 12.53.10 PMMexico’s gas prices are increasing dramatically and causing fear and rage throughout the country.

Starting January 1 of 2017, the gas prices throughout all of Mexico were going to increase, according to President Peña Nieto. This is creating many riots and violence throughout the entire country. Millions of people are angry at Peña Nieto for letting something like this happen to the country.

A lot of Americans do not see the problem with the gas prices going up because they are comparing it to how much money it is in the U.S. However, many don’t realize the salary and pay difference that the U.S and Mexico have. For people in Mexico, 18 pesos a gallon is ridiculously high, unlike in the U.S 2-3 dollars a gallon is not much out of the weekly pay. It is a very big problem that most Americans are judging and not beginning to realize how bad it is affecting people.

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Logan Basketball Beats Moreau

By Jordan McGlory, Courier Staff Writer

bballFor the last two years in the Mission Valley League, Moreau Catholic’s basketball team has been winning the title. However, this year, James Logan has been hungry for the league championship and defeated Moreau in their first contest against each other at home by a score of 66-56.

The home game was crazy, with an electric atmosphere. Every time Logan scored, the Logan parents and students went crazy. You could literally feel the energy in the gym.

Noah Conner, senior starting point guard for Logan, said, ”I had the first basket of the game; it was a three pointer and everyone on the stands went crazy. I loved that game I don’t think I’ve ever experienced anything like that. It felt awesome though, playing in front of all those people and performing really well; I finished with 21 points.  It was a hard fought win for our team and it was a little chippy and physical on the court at times, but we played through it and had a very good game.” (more…)

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Immigrants students talk about the grading system in the US

By Keng Long Wong, Courier Staff Writer

gradeMany students and teachers have different opinions regarding grade breakdowns. Most of the student thinks the grading system should be more based on students’ effort and participation rather than the test’s score.

But actually some immigrant students have a different opinion about the grading system in the US when comparing it to the one in their home countries.

HongKun Gu, a Chinese immigrant student thinks the grading system in America is way much better than the grading system in China.

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People lose it over La La Land

By Andrea Buenrostro, Courier Staff Writer

la la landBreaking the record for winning the most awards for a movie at the Golden Globes this year, La La Land is capturing the hearts of film lovers worldwide.

The romantic musical was nominated for 7 Golden Globe categories including titles such as Best Motion Picture in a Comedy or Musical, and Best Performance of an Actor in a Comedy or Musical by both Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. Winning all 7 of their nominations, La La Land surpassed the previous record breaking films that won 6 awards each, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) and Midnight Express (1978). With a production budget of $30 million, the movie has grossed $135 million in the box office since it was released, on December 9, 2016.

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Lack of climate change action propels the extinction of polar bears

By Lilah Wimbish, Courier Staff Writer

Screenshot 2017-01-19 at 12.45.59 PMThe Arctic continues to warm faster than any other place on the planet. As the sea ice rapidly declines there is only one way to save the polar bears from complete extinction. The US Fish and Wildlife services announced on Monday that the only way to save the polar bears is to put an end to climate change. The current estimate of polar bears worldwide is 26,000. Rising temperatures and declining sea levels are the biggest threat to the polar bear populations, which the animals highly depends on.Polar bears were listed as a threatened species in 2008 under the Endangered Species act.

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