Archives for January 2018

Sunday Funnies

By Erica Garcia and Victoria Meneses, Courier Staff Cartoonists

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The Courier Archives – March 25, 1977

This edition of The Courier was digitized on January 11, 2018.

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The Courier Archives – February 18, 1977

This edition of The Courier was digitized on January 11, 2018.

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Movie Review–Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

By Roxanne Ramos and Alyssa Tornel, Courier Staff Writers

“Jumanji: Welcome to The Jungle” takes an innovative twist on the 1995 “Jumanji” starring Robin Williams. Twenty-one years after the original movie, four teenagers are transported into the Jumanji video game, where they must collaborate to return to reality.

In this modern age comedy, the four teens discover an intriguing game during a weekend detention. As they each pick a character to play, they are sucked into the game, being portrayed as the characters they choose. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson plays the nerdy Spencer (Alex Wolff), Kevin Hart plays the jock Fridge (Ser’Darius Blain), Jack Black plays popular Bethany (Madison Iseman), and Karen Gillan plays the socially awkward Martha (Morgan Turner).

To escape the game, the four realize they must return a powerful jewel to an enormous jaguar statue. However, once they run out of their three in-game lives, they will die in real life. As they embark on their mission, they team up with another kid, Alex who has been trapped inside the game for 20 years. Together, they traverse the jungle on their way to the jaguar statue.

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The Courier Archives – January 27, 1977

This edition of The Courier was digitized on January 11, 2018.

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TV Show Review: The End Of The F***ing World

By Alyssa Tornel, Courier Staff Writer

*Spoiler-Free Review*

Ever wondered how a self-diagnosed psychopath and life-hating girl handles some pretty insane events in the span of five to six days?

The End Of The F***ing World shows just that. Based on the 2013 graphic novel written by Charles Forsman, The End Of The F***ing World is on Netflix and follows two teens, James (Alex Lawther) and Alyssa (Jessica Barden), through some pretty life changing events.

The movie is about about two teen named James, a self-diagnosed psychopath who wants to move on from killing animals to humans, and Alyssa, a teenage girl who wants more than her boring life. Alyssa spots James and hopes he’ll put some excitement into her life. However, as Alyssa is admiring how James looks, he’s thinking of how he’s going to kill her. The show follows them as they decide to leave their ‘boring’ town and make a run for it. Alyssa acts as the leader in making all their decisions while James follows her, planning how he’s going to kill her. As the show develops, James and Alyssa have made some pretty awful choices but as they do, their bond becomes much stronger. The frequent flashbacks show how hurt and damaged the characters are by events that have happened in the past.

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Looking back at Christmas music and Christmas spirit

By Kelly Lan and Romi Cablay, Courier Staff Writers

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! It’s time to turn your cheery mood on and listen to music that brings joy to you.

There are a variety of Christmas songs on the radio to choose from. But in that case, do you prefer classic Christmas songs dating back to the 1700s or the more hip hop and pop vibes of the newer Christmas songs?

We decided to interview people at James Logan High School and get their opinions on what Christmas songs they prefer.  

Most people agree that they prefer the older, classic Christmas songs.

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Album Review: “Double or Nothing”

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

“Double or Nothing” is the most recent album released by Big Sean and Metro Boomin. According to Forbes, the album currently ranks at number 6 on the Billboard 200, with 50,000 units sold.

When asked about Big Sean and Metro Boomin’s new release, Logan student Arman Pabla stated, “His album is actually pretty cool. I only enjoyed a couple of songs, but I like how he switches up the tempo. My favorite song is “So Good” ft. Kash Doll […] I would totally recommend this album.”

Jai Kalra stated, “I think the album is very interesting considering the style of Big Sean. He really changed his flow […] One of my favorite songs […] is “No Hearts, No Love” […] If you are into some hardcore rap or hiphop, then this album is perfect for you.”

Nevertheless, “Double or Nothing” has sparked a huge debate on social media, due to the absurd and sometimes excessive lyrics. According to Pitchfork, some parts suffer from shallow political commentary, some parts stumble on their lyrical tricks, but most of all, the album suffers from a lack of reality.

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Facebook introduces its AI tool for Suicide Prevention

By Rachel Ocampo, Courier Staff Writer

Facebook has advanced their social networking site by expanding their artificial- intelligence (AI) tool that can look through posts that could be found alarming which may indicate that someone is suicidal.

The company partnered up Crisis Text Line, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and the National Eating Disorder Association to create this tool. They had a few test runs with this device earlier this year in March but h

ave officially announced that they are going to begin using it worldwide.

The AI tool identifies posts as alarming through comments regarding someone’s safety. Facebook will then receive an alert that the person needs help and will assist them. The tool will be able to 

send messages to users that the AI tool sees as worrisome. The message includes options such as a connections to a helpline or someone they trust and tips to work through a difficult time. The tool is available everywhere in the world except Europe due to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This protects private information of European citizens from applications using it unless permission is given by the user.

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