Archives for April 2017

James Logan Camping Club makes its first camping trip

By Cameren Brown, Courier Staff Writer

Our very own Camping Club took its first trip among the (semi) wilderness!  The club was formed earlier this year in November by the club leader Nickolas Alcazar and teacher Mr. Malcolm, the club supervisor. The club consists of about 9 members, myself included. We planned to have a trip early as December, but realized that the weather conditions would certainly not be ideal for camping for several days. Through many delays we finally decided on last weekend.

A sunny Saturday at 8am we met up here in the student parking lot, where I and a few of my friends waited for Mr. Malcolm to arrive with a van, our vehicle of choice since only 6 of us (not including the chaperones) were going. As everyone else arrived we packed up the van, hopped in and took off. Our destination was Stanislaus camping grounds, over in Oakdale and after a 2 hour road trip which included getting lunch, and stopping by a goat farm to pick up some firewood, we had arrived.

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Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3–Worth It?

By Matthew Wong, Courier Staff Writer

On April 25, 2017, CI Games released the third addition to the Sniper: Ghost Warrior series, and it is definitely off to a rocky start.

Unlike its predecessor, Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 is utilizes a more open and linear world layout. The concept is great, and the sniping experience requires real skill to feel like an actual marksman.

However, the main problem is that the world feels somewhat empty. There are the regular objectives of rescuing hostages and capturing outposts, but only the active missions have more objectives in them.

In addition, the game is marred with glitches, and it requires a whopping five minutes to just load it. The characters’ AI in the game, unfortunately, is not adequately reactive to the certain situations they experience.

Similarly to the Call of Duty series, another inconvenience in the game is that many of the characters are bullet-spongy, allowing them to tank an unrealistic number of shots. As of now, CI Games is updating and working hard to patch up the areas which need improvement.

Personally, I would not recommend this game because the technical issues are excessive, and the story-line is not particularly compelling. Until major updates can completely revamp the game experience, it is something you should stay away from.

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Journey Into Greece: Athens

By Sarah Chawla, Courier Staff Writer

Athens is the capital of Greece and the historical capital of Europe. The city dates back to 3000 B.C., is home to over 3 million people, and a common tourist spot.

The most notable historical site is the Acropolis, which overlooks the city. After a mild climb, you can view both the world famous monument from 460 B.C. and aerial view of Athens. During the walk up, there are beautiful views of the city and the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. The Odeon was built in 161 A.D. and was a theatre used for events until 276 A.D. when in was destroyed and left in ruins. It was renovated in 1950 and has since been used for some modern events, including a performance by Frank Sinatra in 1962.

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Journey Into Greece: Santorini

By Sarah Chawla, Courier Staff Writer

Santorini is one of the Cyclades islands of Greece. It contains one of, if not the most recognizable views of the country.

The iconic scene is in Oia, which is on the Northern tip of the island. Since I stayed in Imerovigli, Oia was about six miles away. We decided to walk the whole way, which does not sound that bad, but it took about three hours to climb to steep hills and stairs on the way. There were some nice views on the hike and in retrospect it was not that hard, but at the time I did not think it was worth it. After finally making it to the Sunset Point with the famous view, just after sunset, we spent about an hour on the stone platform filled with other tourists. The view was nice, but not like the pictures and not worth a six mile hike.

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Come join the JLHS Garden Club to make the campus go green

By Harleen Kaur, Courier Staff Writer

The James Logan Garden Club meets up on Tuesdays after school in room 201 with advisor Ms. Cross. Their meetings usually consist of managing the garden in the 200s.  She does hands on work with the students as well. The purpose of the club is to meet new people and interact with them while gardening. There about 8 members in the club. The goal of the club is to make the campus become more beautiful and greener. One thing that I found out from the club that I didn’t know before was that students can earn community service hours for gardening. There are two benefits to joining this club. It gives students the opportunity to display that they participating in an extracurricular activity, and at the same time earn community service hours to graduate. The club usually lasts about an hour or less. The last meeting ended around 4:15 p.m and had started around 3:30 p.m.

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Logan hosts annual College Night

By Harleen Kaur, Courier Staff Writer

James Logan College Night was on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 from 5:45 to 8:00 p.m. It was held at the center of performing arts. The presentation was mainly designed for juniors, nevertheless, all grade levels were welcome to come. The purpose of the event was to inform students about 2 and 4 year college requirements and financial aid. The goal was to explain the  UC, CSU, community college, and private universities systems. There were some exciting things going on as well. Free pizza was provided before the event began and near the end of the event 3 scholarships of $500 were awarded.

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Who Will Win the NBA MVP Race?

By Courier Sports Editor, Jordan McGlory

After averaging a triple double and helping the Thunder (47-35) make the playoffs as the 6th seed, MVP front-runner Russell Westbrook is making a statement in the NBA this year. Westbrook had stellar stats to finish the season off:  31 points, 10 assists, and 10 rebounds per game.

It has been a very historic season for him this year, having beaten the record of most triple doubles in a season, which was once held by Oscar Robertson. As Westbrook showed his dominance in the league, nobody could compare with his performance, and it even seemed as if his games were too easy. By far, he is the most un-guardable player in the league.

However, he is still being questioned for being MVP because of his team’s record. The closest competition to Westbrook is James Harden of the Houston Rockets. Harden helped his team (55-27) to the third seed in the Western Conference, and he also had a very good individual season himself, averaging 37 points, 9 assists, and 7 rebounds.

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Behind the Scenes of “Playing for Time”

By Sophia Ahmadi, Courier Staff Writer
For the past four months, James Logan’s drama department has been working on their production of “Playing for Time” and soon, all of their hard work and dedication will be seen.

I remember heading up to the drama room after school one day to audition for Logan’s spring play. I didn’t know what was ahead of me. At this time, no one even knew which production we were taking on this year, we just wanted to be apart of it. The next day, when the cast list was put up, I nervously walked to the bulletin board and searched for my name. At first, I felt a bit of sadness when I didn’t see it right away like I expected to. But then, as I scanned the bottom of the page, my stomach dropped, and I saw my name. I was ecstatic and couldn’t wait to begin.

When rehearsals finally started after a few weeks, I walked in the drama room not knowing what to expect. Just like the drama one class that I’m currently in, we started the rehearsals with a warm up game that I was familiar with. Then, when the drama department finally announced the play , we all started to realize what we were getting into.

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Gnash kicks off Sleepover tour in SF

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

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Garrett Charles Nash, known as Gnash, is a recent breakout singer and songwriter. Before entering the spotlight with his hit single “i hate u, i love u,” he gained recognition through his three EP’s, “u” in March 2015, “me” in December 2015, and “us” in March 2016.

Much of his success was brought by his lead single “i hate u, i love u,” which peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was written by the featuring artist Olivia O’Brien. However, he has a long history of expressing his emotions through music. DJing since 13, Gnash has never been afraid to follow his philosophy of “documenting the feelings (he has) in (his) heart in (his) art.” In his self-written bio, he reveals that he was “raised that it’s okay to have feelings,” and ultimately he wants to reach to his fans through his music, to ensure them that “they are not alone.”

Opening act

As he finished his “The U, Me & Us Tour” in North America and Europe, he kicks off his “Sleepover” tour in SF Regency Ballroom.

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School shooting in San Bernardino leaves 2 dead

Amanda Anabeza, Courier Staff Writer

Riverside resident, Cedric Anderson, shot his wife in an elementary classroom occupied by special needs children before killing himself this Monday. Two students were injured in the tragedy at North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino. One of the two was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

In a report given by the Police Chief, Jarrod Burguan, he states that Anderson walked into the classroom carrying a large caliber revolver and opened fire without warning, killing Karen Elaine Smith – his estranged wife and teacher at the school. The two students who were shot were standing behind Smith at the time.

An 8 year old boy, Jonathan Martinez, died later that day at Loma Linda University Medical Center. The other student, 9 years old, was listed in stable condition by the hospital. Police believe the children were not targets and that they were simply unlucky.

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