Archives for February 2018

Black Panther, a game changer for superhero movies

Written by Alyssa Tornel, Entertainment Editor

Black Panther, one of the most highly anticipated films of the year, truly lived up to the hype.

*Spoilers*

Chadwick Boseman stars as T’Challa/Black Panther. T’Challa returns to his home country, Wakanda, after the death of his father to take on the role of king. Everyone in the world thinks that Wakanda is a  third world country but it’s actually one of the most advanced places in the world. Wakanda is threatened by Klaue (Andy Serkis) with the help of Erik Killmonger who plan to reveal to the rest of the world what Wakanda is really like.  Killmonger decides he’d rather work alone. He goes to Wakanda to challenge T’Challa for the throne.  Once Killmonger “defeats” T’Challa, he begins his plan to send out vibranium weapons, the strongest metal on Earth, to the oppressed all around the world. The people of Wakanda know this is wrong but they can’t disobey their king. Some begin to rebel and fight both Killmonger and those who follow him. Shuri, Nakia, Okoye, and Ramonda (played by Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, and Angela Bassett respectively) help to defend their country and stop the vibranium from being sent out. Once they successfully take down Killmonger, they realize he was right in a way so they decide to share what Wakanda has and is really like to the rest of the world.

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The problem of sexual abuse in Hollywood

By Sheris Mendiola, Courier Staff Writer

There have been multiple power figures in Hollywood accused of sexual harassment.

Actor Kevin Spacey is no longer starring in the award winning TV show House of Cards because of the multiple men who came forward about his sexual assaults. The Today Show anchor, Matt Lauer, was fired and openly admitted to the allegations. Amidst allegations of inappropriate behavior, comedian Louis C.K got his Netflix show canceled and was dropped from the FX network. Harvey Weinstein’s former producer of Kill Bill and Lord of the Rings trilogy is completely out of the entertainment industry. James Franco who was accused of sexual misconduct was taken out of Vanity Fair magazine cover. Many other men have been accused. Sahar Kharie said, “All these men deserve the punishment they are receiving.”

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The Courier Archives – November 22, 1983

This edition of The Courier was digitized on February 19, 2018.courier.11.22.83

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The Courier Archives – October 21, 1983

This edition of The Courier was digitized on February 19, 2018.

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The Courier Archives – June 8, 1983

This edition of The Courier was digitized on February 16, 2018.

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Relive a scandal of American history in “The Post”

By Victoria Sanchez, Courier Staff Writer

“The Post” released on January 12, 2018 by director Steven Spielberg starring Meryl Streep, and Tom Hanks, captures the true events of the race to publish government papers entailing the truth about the Vietnam War.

Set in 1971 Meryl Streep’s character, Katharine Graham is the publisher of The Washington Post, who took over the company from her late husband, and originally started by her father, Eugene Meyer. She is working to make her company go public while trying to assert her place in a male dominated position.

Daniel Ellsberg, a military analyst, is shown in the opening scenes writing about the condition of the American war effort. After describing to the Secretary of Defense, Robert McNamara and then President Lyndon Johnson that we were losing the war, McNamara goes on the tell the American public lies of our progress in Vietnam. Ellsburg takes the initiative to secretly print the entirety of the Pentagon Papers so that major publications such as the New York Times can expose the government’s secrets regarding the Vietnam War.

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The Courier Archives – May 6, 1983

This edition of The Courier was digitized on February 16, 2018.

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JLHS varsity boys’ basketball rallies past Newark Memorial

By Jamiel Medina, Courier Staff Writer

The James Logan Colts and Newark Memorial Cougars have always held a grueling sports rivalry dating back for decades. From Softball, Football, and other respectable sports, each game between the two schools as always erupted into a clash between two titans.

Coming into the game, the Colts we’re looking for a redemption victory after their suffering a stunning loss back on January 11th, by a score of 58-53. The crowd was looking to be in favor of Newark however, as they had home court advantage and we’re roaring with excitement.

The first half of the game was a low scoring affair as the score was a measly 15-16, with Newark up by 1 point. The game was sluggish and filled with turnovers, as both teams could get nothing going for them offensively.

The entire game game was plagued with sloppy turnovers and poor shooting performances. By halftime the score was only 26-24 in favor of Newark, which was highly unlike either teams to be kept to such low standards offensively. At halftime it was crucial that the Colts make adjustments and come out with a better plan and higher intensity.

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What does the Libertarian Party think about our government?

By Horace Assar, Courier Staff Editor

Most Logan students follow only two major parties, Democratic and Republican, while paying little attention to third parties. But the largest third party at the moment, Libertarian, will soon be popular among the rising Generation Z population, as Alameda’s Libertarian party explains.

The Libertarian party was founded in 1971, due to concerns about the Nixon administration’s handling of the Vietnam War. In contrast to Democrats’ modern liberalism through government implementation, the Libertarians promote liberalism with an emphasis on less government intervention.

Common Libertarian policies include lowering taxes, decreasing debt, ending drug prohibition, and supporting same-sex marriage. Gary Johnson, the Libertarian presidential nominee, drew large numbers of supporters in the recent 2012 and 2016 elections.

Read more to see some of the questions we asked the Libertarian Party of Alameda, and their answers:

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Logan students react to most recent club fair

By Stacy Park, Courier Staff Writer

Second semester’s club fair took place during 4th and 5th period lunches on Tuesday and Thursday.

Many students had negative feelings about this semester’s club fair.

Tiffany Bello, a junior, said, “I prefer last semester’s club fair  because I didn’t see many clubs selling foods like semester one. However, there were a lot more clubs that had homemade foods to sell, so I believe more people bought these foods compared to the food that clubs bought from stores. I also liked how this semester’s club fairs had more cold Boba drinks to sell, unlike last semester’s because they sold out pretty quickly.”

Hannah Lina Hebron, a senior, said “I went to both club fairs this year, and I would say they were both okay. I liked the variety of foods that were being sold and saw a lot of cool clubs to join.”

Hebron said she was dissatisfied with the pricing of the food and inconsistency of the food portions.

“I went to buy two slices of pizzas for $4 today, and they gave me one normal size piece, and the other pizza piece was ¼ of the first piece they gave me,” she added.

Many students were still happy with the fair despite these issues. “I feel like this semester’s club fair went a lot better than the one in semester one’s because everyone already knew what to expect foodwise, so they came prepared with money,” senior Joshua La Rosa, the co-president of the JLHS Bioinformatics and BMES Club, commented. Rosa said, “Our club sold churros and ice cream. We sold out all our foods by the end of 5th-period lunch. Everyone loved them.”

Eduardo Salas, a senior, was also happy with his club’s profit from the fair.

“We sold quite a lot for this semester. My club was the MECHA club. We sold Jamba Juice. I was surprised to see a lot of people enjoying our foods.”

I trust everyone had a wonderful time in these two club fairs we’ve had this year. We look forward to next year’s club fairs as well!

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