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Wandering mind: To be honest

Wandering mind: To be honest

Brighton Balfrey

May 31, 2017


Filed under Columns, Magazine, OPINION

It’s 7:45 p.m., and I’m pulled over on the side of the road. Red and blue lights are flashing in my rearview mirror. I punch the steering wheel, mutter some expletives and prepare my license and registration for the officer approaching my rolled-down window. “Were you in a hurry to get somewhere...

Five Spanish words to help celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Brighton Balfrey

May 5, 2017


Filed under Briefs

On May 5 of every year, it is traditional in Mexican culture to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, translated quite literally to the fifth of May. Cervezas, or beers, are consumed, and the colors red, white and green are worn as people celebrate a historic Mexican holiday. Cinco de Mayo’s origins lie in the 1800s. ...

My misconceptions of leadership

My misconceptions of leadership

Brighton Balfrey

March 10, 2017


Filed under Briefs, OPINION

For all of my years as a MVHS student, I’ve been wrong about Leadership. Wrong in the sense of a gross, general oversimplification. I just didn’t know what they did, nor who they were. As a freshman, I saw leadership as the group responsible for rallies, these new things where kids got together...

The stresses left unacknowledged

The stresses left unacknowledged

Brighton Balfrey

March 3, 2017


Filed under Editorial, OPINION

Yo, dude. I don’t feel too good man. Yeah, you don’t look good. What’s going on? Last night I was up til 3 a.m. Studying? Nah, I guess I was just stressed. Being a teenager is draining. Stress is present almost everywhere we look. The adolescent years are a fallow state for oneself, caught awkwardly between be...

Fair-skinned and Jesus-loving

Fair-skinned and Jesus-loving

Brighton Balfrey

January 31, 2017


Filed under Local, NEWS

Jesus-loving, soft-spoken, with blonde hair spiked up in the front. His smile and laugh are comforting, and he sits with one leg resting on top of the other. Prompted about religion, he immediately said this: “A lot of people think that I don’t like gay people, that I’m anti-abortion, just l...

The dilemma over the library’s floor

The dilemma over the library’s floor

Brighton Balfrey

January 27, 2017


Filed under Around Campus, Briefs

Class of 2018 Social Manager Nathan Ang likes to curl up next to the window on the ground with a good book. But because of school library policy, he was asked to get up and move. When Ang learned that he wasn’t allowed to be on the ground in the library, he created a poll within the MVHS 2018 Facebook group asking whether or not kids should ...

The lockdown drill failure

The lockdown drill failure

Brighton Balfrey

December 10, 2016


Filed under Briefs

It’s a cold Monday morning during second period, and most students are counting down the minutes until tutorial. Suddenly, loud beeps followed by an announcement sound over the P.A. system. The school goes into a practice lockdown and students begin to follow classroom procedure. On Nov. 7, MVHS c...