Archives for September 2017

James Logan women’s water polo brings home ANOTHER victory!

By Israel Avila and Daisy Tamayo, Courier Staff Writers

Photo by Israel Avila

James Logan Varsity Women’s Water Polo wins yet another game making them an undefeated 7-0 team. They played against Mission San Jose with a final score of 10-2.

Although the season has just begun, the team already knows what their strengths and weaknesses are as individuals and most importantly as a team.

Haley Pulido, varsity’s goalie, said that just knowing the team is there for one another makes her “thrive more and want to be more competitive and try harder.”


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Logan staff members attend the annual Alzheimer’s Walk

By Kaitlyn Espinoza, Savlador Esquibel, and Alexa Fernandez  Courier Staff Writers

From left to right: Ms. Wright, Ms. Hughes, and Ms. Hughes’s daughter

Alzheimer’s is a disease that can take over the brain and cause problems with the person’s memory, thought process, and actions and over time, it tends to get worse. The disease can cause confusion, inability to recognize familiar places, misplace things and/or struggle with language.

Debbie Hughes has been one of the many that has been affected by Alzheimer’s. Even though she does not have the disease , loved ones around her having been dealing with this and unfortunately three of her family members , her mom, aunt, and grandmother have passed away from this tragic disease.
The most common risk factor for Alzheimer’s is increasing age. Most affected individuals are usually around the age of 65 years or older. Family history and genetics can also increase the likelihood of being affected by Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s walks are very common in Northern California and some teachers such as Debbie Hughes and Molly Wright were involved this year as well as previous years.

“ This is my 3rd walk and there are walks all over the country from mid-November to mid-December. Usually during these walks people ask for donations and this year I happened to make around 500 dollars of donations, but was more fortunate last year by making around 1000 dollars of donations.” said Hughes.


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Deserve to preserve? The Logan community’s take on Confederate monuments

By Sukhmani Kaur Batra, Rachel Ocampo, and Rajvir Dhaliwal, Courier Staff Writers

On the sixteenth anniversary of 9/11, Fox News host Brian Kilmeade discussed Confederate monuments with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. The James Logan community has strong opinions about some of Kilmeade’s controversial statements.

Zinke was in Shanksville, PA, where one of the planes had crashed during 911, killing all of the passengers. He and Vice President Mike Pence were there to commemorate the forty passengers. “We’re really reflecting on how great this country is and the sacrifices we made, and also talking about the change that 9/11 brought to all Americans”, said Zinke.

During the interview, Kilmeade made a comparison between the 9/11 memorial and Confederate statues, asking, “Do you worry 100 years from now someone is going to take that memorial down like they are trying to remake our memorials today?”

Zinke responded,”I’m one that believes we should learn from history and I think our monuments are part of our country’s history.”

When asked about her views regarding Kilmeade’s statement, Alida Lombardi, a James Logan history teacher, stated, “It’s almost like comparing apples and oranges. I think that was kind of disingenuous of Fox.”


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The New IT is a KILLER

By Alyssa Tornel, Courier Staff Writer

Every 27 years, a mysterious shape-shifting clown returns to Derry, Maine to torment the kids that live there. This new movie, IT, is focused on a group of kids who belong to “the losers club.” After a couple of kids go missing, Pennywise the clown begins to set his target on the losers. Throughout the movie the kids are faced with the difficult and terrifying task of stopping Pennywise.

IT (Rated R) is a completely revamped version of the original 1990 movieThis new version of the classic highlights origins of the kids, allowing the viewer to learn about how they became friends and became dubbed “the losers club”.

Unlike the previous version, which jumps back and forth between the kids’ current and older lives, the new IT presents their fears in a more intimate setting, letting the viewer empathize with their fears of being tormented by Pennywise.

Whenever Pennywise is on the screen, the audience is always on the edge of their seats. Whatever he will do next is completely unpredictable. Filled with jump scares, IT succeeds in keeping its viewers’ hearts pounding the whole time. If you aren’t a fan of such movies, don’t worry; IT also features comedy and “feel good” friendship from the conversations between the kids.


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Teachers express opinions on DACA

By Roxanne Ramos and Alyssa Tornel, Courier Staff Writers

With Logan being a culturally diverse school, it is a vital piece of information to know the current events regarding the recent DACA ruling.

For those of you who don’t know, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA, is an American immigration policy that allows people who entered the country illegally as minors receive a renewable two year period of deferred action from deportation and be eligible to gain a work permit. However, on September 5th, Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, announced that they would be ending the DACA program.

Mr. Santos, an ethnic studies teacher, voiced his thoughts on this ruling.

“I honestly wasn’t surprised, … it was just a matter of time… We expected this to happen. Obama’s admin deported the most people during his time but now it’s just a more blunt topic.”

Santos was also not afraid to mention that he was “critical of the system” and scrutinized the fact that “things that happened in history are still happening, which shows that we have not learned anything.”

Ms. Wright, both an English teacher and a part of the Puenté program, also voiced her opinion about the DACA ruling.  She expressed that she was“[angry] on behalf of my students and the community here.”


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Logan starts off the school year with the Back to School Dance

By Kelly Lan, Alyssa Barquin, and Romilene Cablay, Courier Staff Writers

On Friday September 15, Logan held its first dance to kick off the school year.

The welcome back dance started with the activity director, Preet Samara, organizing everything accordingly. Her goal was to let incoming freshman or new students get to know the school and their peers better.

When interviewing Preet, this is what she had to say regarding the back-to-school dance, “We wanted freshman to feel welcomed, as well as starting the school year off with a bang.” She also talked about how they didn’t have much time to plan the dance and was very hectic. About 250 people attended and she felt that it went a lot better than expected.

However, not everyone was enthusiastic about the dance.

When asked about why he didn’t go to the dance Andrew Torres, a senior, said, “I felt like it would have been boring because we have a big freshman class and I felt like the freshmen would have just taken over the dance.”


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Sunday Funnies!

By Erica Garcia and Victoria Meneses, Courier Cartoonists

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James Logan Women’s Water Polo brings home ANOTHER victory!

By Israel Avila and Daisy Tamayo, Courier Staff Writers

Logan’s Varsity Women’s Water Polo is still undefeated at 7-0, after beating Mission San Jose by a score of 10-2 on Wednesday afternoon.

Although the season has just begun, the team already knows what their strengths and weaknesses are as individuals, and most importantly, as a team.

Haley Pulido, Logan’s goalie, stated that just knowing that the team is there for each other makes her “thrive more, want to be more competitive, and try harder.” However, she believes that one of the team’s main weaknesses is communication: “We need communication all the time or we’re not gonna get anywhere.”

In order to help the team improve, Pulido plans to condition her legs more intensely, because “the main [role] of the goalie is to tread water and you rely on your legs the whole time.”

Another player, Alina Lam, specializes in her arm and her defense. However, she believes she is “in the exclusion box a lot, because [she] gets called a lot for offensive or defensive fouls.” Minimizing her foul trouble is one of her biggest goals this season.

Lam also plans to devote more time to the team, in spite of other extracurricular activities, since the team must remain close together to succeed.


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Should Logan have open-campus lunch?

By Catherine Nguyen and Sheris MendiolaCourier Staff Writers                                                                                              Mary Kay Jimenez-Floyd, Managing Editor

Whether students should be able to have lunch beyond the campus is a heated topic that often sticks to the minds of staff and students.

In recent years, a majority of the Logan students have been yearning to have Open-Campus Lunch. In support for this concept, students cite reasons such as the poor taste of school food, freedom of choice, and lessons for responsibility.

Multiple students cited Open-Campus Lunch as giving “students a wider variety.” For example, sophomore Marisela Arredondo believes that “it gives [us] more options” if students prefer not to buy the Logan food, or lack the time to make their own lunches.

Gracie Davis, a freshman, believes that this increased range of lunches would benefit the kids’ well-being as students.

Similarly, Jordan Parish, a 9th grader, says that “It will teach kids how to actually be responsible and manage time.”

Senior Holly Caling, however, believes that there should be some restrictions: “We should only have off campus lunch for seniors. If your GPA is over a 3.0, you should be able to go off campus for lunch.”


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Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria

By Yari Nieves-Rivera, Editor Emeritus

A picture of Yari’s family’s neighborhood

For one third of my life, the little city of Comerío, hugged by the mountains that make up Puerto Rico’s dorsal spine, was the extent of my entire world. There were towns that bordered, like planets that can barely be reached by our best scientists, but they never mattered to me. The twenty-thousand people that lived there were the only people that mattered to me. My family were the most important. I was proud to be a Nieves, a Rivera, as people in my town always recognized the names. There were a lot of us, of course, but we were always a part of the family.

Today, as of September 21st, 2017, I know nothing of the 20,000 people that inhabit my little world.

Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico as a High Category 4 storm, only two miles away from being a Category 5. For reference, that is equivalent to having a F5 tornado covering the entire island for six to eight hours, mixed with rainfall, thunderstorms and actual tornadoes. The last time a hurricane of this magnitude hit the island nation was in 1928, when my great-grandmother was eighteen years old and about to start her own family. My grandfather was only months away from being born. The San Felipe II Hurricane (known in the United States as Okeechobee), is the only Category 5 hurricane to have ever hit the island, and it displaced 500,000 of its citizens, and killed 300. This storm followed the same trajectory as Maria, and caused almost an equal amount of devastation to the island.

At this moment, not much is known about the center of the island. With communication lines lost at the beginning of the storm, all we know is that damage is extensive. They have already declared that power on the island will not be restored for 4-6 months (at the most, a year). As I’m writing this, many Puerto Ricans outside of the island are desperately trying to communicate with their family members through Zello, an online walkie-talkie. There, they have been connecting and relaying information with each other to both comfort and inform those who have no way of speaking to their loved ones. Only two death has been reported on the entire island thus far in the city of Bayamon, but nobody knows what to expect. All that is known is that Puerto Rico had already been suffering from poor infrastructure and Hurricane Irma, and the damage caused could be catastrophic.

Comerío, close to the heart of the island, was founded in 1826 and was originally known as Sabana del Palmar. The name was later changed to honor the local Cacique (Taino Chief), who bears the same name. The history of my little city is little known and little cared for, but it holds the legacy of thousands of people who passed and left their mark. It was most well-known for its agriculture, and it was once called the city of tobacco. My mom, only thirty-seven years old, still remembers sitting below my grandmother’s work tables in the town’s factory as her mother sewed together the leaves of the crop.


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