Archives for November 2017

Heritage Day at Logan

By Salvador Esquibel, Kaitlyn Espinosa, and Alexa Fernandez, Courier Staff Writers

On November 9th, Logan had a Heritage Day to recognize other cultures and their traditions.

Students and teachers wore heritage outfits that related to their ethnicity, and ethnic clubs served food correlating to their culture.  Heritage Day was a chance for students and teachers to express themselves and show off their backgrounds.

Ballet Folklórico performed during lunch to show of their culture by dancing to songs from different regions in Mexico. They performed 3 different regions.  The first routine was Chiuaua, which is located in Northwestern Mexico and is one of the largest cities in Mexico. The costumes are usually the guys wearing a plaid shirt with black pants, while the girls have short dresses with vibrant colors. The second routine was Veracruz.  Veracruz is located in the eastern part of Mexico.  The costumes for that region are mostly all white. The routine was Jalisco and is one of the many known cities in Mexico.  The guys would wear Charro outfits which is a traditional outfit that represents the upcoming of a man, while the girls wear beautiful colored dresses and unique accessories.

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Movie Review: Coco

By Alyssa Tornel and Roxanne Ramos, Courier Staff Writers 

Disney’s Coco is one of those can’t-miss movies of the year, with the potential to bring lots of laughs and be relatable to any viewer.

Coco follows the life of Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) and his family as they prepare for the annual celebration of the Day of the Dead. Everyone in Miguel’s family is a shoemaker, but Miguel feels that he is destined for more.

His family has despised music ever since it was banned long ago, but Miguel, of course, loves music. When Miguel discovers a clue about his family’s past, he immediately aspires to go back in time to clarify the reason behind his family’s stigma. Magically traveling to the Land of the Dead, Miguel runs into his long-dead relatives, from which he must receive their blessing in order to travel back to the present.

When Miguel realizes he can’t agree with the rules that comes with the blessing, he goes to find his great-great-grandfather–the reason behind the hate of music in their family. Miguel then teams up with Hector, Gael García Bernal, who aid him in an ultimate quest for the truth.

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College Applications are coming our way

By Stacy Park, Courier Staff Writer

Seniors, it’s that time of the year to start your college applications. Deadlines are creeping in, and you surely don’t want to miss them!

Here are a few students’ thoughts about their process of applying for college.

  • “Currently, I have applied for seven in-state colleges. I have spent a huge amount of money paying for my application fees. I feel like the most stressful thing about working on my college apps are writing the tedious personal essays for UC’s,” said Christine Vu, a senior.
  • “I have applied for ten colleges so far. Luckily, I was able to use a fee waiver for my application fees. I have to say, writing the essays for colleges is frustrating and can take a long time finishing them,” said Ishaan Sharma, a senior.

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The Black Friday frenzy

By Stacy Park, Courier Staff Writer

Hey Colts! Last week was Black Friday, and you know what that meant! Shopping!

Black Friday is the day you can finally buy that jacket you’ve always wanted since January, or that flatscreen that’s over one-hundred dollars off. Students were thrilled with this year’s holiday shopping.

“Black Friday this year was good. I spent a lot of time buying presents for my family. I went to the Newpark Mall and was surprised to see not a lot of people here,” said Leslie Angel, a junior.

“My ups were having a good time with my family and friends. My downs were spending too much money on clothes and presents; I didn’t buy a lot of food goods.”

Michael Martinez, a senior, also had opinions about Black Friday.

“I didn’t have anything exciting planned for shopping this year. However, I was surprised at the deals I scored today. I shopped at Sears Outlet, Burlington, and JcPenney. There was not a lot of people shopping this year. I expected a lot of people and chaos, but in reality, it wasn’t that bad. My ups were bargaining on some nice clothes. Some downs were that some registers would take a while to process information, causing slower transactions and in some stores, it was a bit messy with clothes falling on the ground,” said Martinez.

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Concert Review: Niall Horan’s “Flicker Sessions”

By Stacy Park, Courier Staff Writer

On November 22, I attended to Niall Horan’s “Flicker Sessions” concert at the SAP Center in San Jose.

The opening act starred Gavin James, who stunned the audience with his trademark voice and talent. Once he’d finished performing, the crowd erupted into a cheer as Niall Horan, the star of the show, strode down the hall with his brown guitar.

Thousands of excited fans flocked to the front to see the star of the show. With the adrenaline palpable and everyone constantly pushing around, Horan waved to the sea of people and flashed his signature smile.

As Horan walked towards the center of the platform, he pulled his guitar towards his chest and inhaled. The room grew quiet with respect, ready for the spectacle that awaited. Horan’s voice was the only thing to be heard throughout the arena, blending in perfect syncopation with his guitar.

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Reflecting on Logan’s College Week

By Catherine Nguyen and Sheris Mendiola, Courier Staff Writer

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Two weeks ago at James Logan High School, students and staff aimed to help students think about college decision and help them with their applications in a fun way.

During Logan’s college week, students and staff organized activities like scavenger hunts, dodge ball games, food fairs and, club stands all held in Colt Court. Though there were so many activities and options, not many students participated in the college week activities or seemed to be engaged in the activities that students and staff offered.

Jamie Mansalay, a senior, didn’t attend college week. She said, “I’ve been busy with other school activity, I’ve been also trying to keep my grades up.”

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Sunday funnies on Monday!

By Victoria Meneses and Erica Garcia, Courier Cartoonists

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Fall musical review: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

By Joshua Vasquez, Courier Sports Editor

With the “jock persona’ that I carry, I didn’t think that the fall musical,  A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, would interest me– I was wrong.

I’ll be honest. I had that mindset going in when I asked some of my teammates to come with me and watch it and hilariously, I got the exact response I knew I would have gotten. Nevertheless, I knew I was going to endure an amazing performance put on by the whole Logan Drama department.

As I made my way over to the pavilion I was looking forward to seeing some familiar faces I’ve known since middle school, such as Jerrald Sarmiento, who played an amazing Pseudolus and Prologus, as well as Erik Dylan Matibag, who played the rollicking role of Hysterium.

From the first step that I took into the Performing Arts Center, I could already feel an exciting presence coming from inside the theater doors. The ushers were on alert, audience was edgy, and the entire cast and crew were ready to put on a show for us that’s been in the works for the past two months.

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What does it mean to be a professional “Yelper?”

By Romi Cablay and Kelly Lan, Courier Staff Writers

Millions of people use Yelp to look up good places to eat and cool places to visit. But how exactly does someone become a professional Yelper and what does that mean?

Yelp has an Elite Council that is based in San Francisco and they are the ones who choose who can become a professional “Yelper.”

Becoming an elite on Yelp means that you become a “ tastemaker.”  You also need to become an active member of the Yelp community.

In order to be part of the community, you need to create a precise profile of yourself. The main step of becoming a member is to write as many useful and open-minded reviews of your food and/or drinks. The more reviews you write, the more valuable you become to to the managers of the community.

Another big step of becoming a member is interacting with their fellow Yelpers and community managers. Communicating with other members or new members of the community will help have your name well known and boost up your chance of getting nominated.

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Listen up: A review for Chris Brown’s “Heartbreak on a Full Moon, his eighth studio album

By Demisha Simmons-Price, Arjot Pabla, and Jonnatan Sanchez, Courier Staff Writers

Photo by Eva Rinaldi

“HeartBreak on a Full Moon” is the most recent album released by Chris Brown. According to HotNewHipHop, the album “Goes Gold In First Week”.

Sade Aleese said, “I think Chris did a great job and the production of the album was awesome as well as the quality. He put over 45 songs on the album which is different. My favorite songs from the album would have to be “Sip”, “Tell Me What To Do”, and “Everybody Knows”. I do recommend this album to everyone regardless of the type music you prefer to listen to. The message behind the album is how people can use you for love but mainly how people use you to get to where they need to be in life and once they reach that point they leave.”  

“HeartBreak on a Full Moon” will continue to top chart According to Billboard, Chris Brown scores his seventh Number one on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.

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