El Estoque

Last Letters: Goodbye, my guys

Last Letters: Goodbye, my guys

Sepand Rouz

June 1, 2017


Filed under Carry On, FEATURES

[su_dropcap style="flat" size="5"]T[/su_dropcap]hank you for the Friday night car rides, where I learned just as much about myself as I learned about you. Thank you for those late nights spent smiling and bickering about the silly things in life. Thank you for being my tutor, my friend, my inspiration...

An overview of the Nintendo Switch

An overview of the Nintendo Switch

Sepand Rouz

March 10, 2017


Filed under Briefs

In 2006, the release of the Nintendo Wii changed how video games were played because of the integration of motion controls. The target demographic wasn’t teens and young adults; instead, Nintendo focused on appealing to younger children and the elderly. Now it's 2017, and Nintendo continues to come...

Standing in the middle

Standing in the middle

Sepand Rouz

March 8, 2017


Filed under Columns, OPINION

When I first heard about this travel ban, only one thing came to mind. Why was Iran on the ban list? Iran is a country ruled by a theocratic-democratic government and is a part of the Islamic Republic. But not all of the people there are represented by this restricting authority. My mother...

The backgate: MVHS’ party culture in the 70’s

The backgate: MVHS’ party culture in the 70’s

Sepand Rouz

March 8, 2017


Filed under Beyond the Magazine: News, Local, NEWS

MVHS hasn’t been the same school throughout its history, it hasn’t always been a school focused so heavily on academics. The year was 1970, and things weren’t like this. The school was in its infancy, young and uncontrollable. David Lofstrom graduated from MVHS in 1972, and was able to illustrate...

A night with Andrew Fire

A night with Andrew Fire

Sepand Rouz

February 28, 2017


Filed under Around Campus, NEWS

The sun had finally set on MVHS’ campus, but the voices of MVHS’ students could still be heard. Students could be seen leaving school from their after-school sports, but in the student center, AVID students from every grade were waiting for Andrew Fire to speak on the night of Feb .8. Andrew ...

Juniors crowned winners of the 2017 Vegas rally

Juniors crowned winners of the 2017 Vegas rally

Sepand Rouz

February 5, 2017


Filed under Briefs

The ASB officers rolled out the basket— filled with a variety of colored ping pong balls. The room that had been blaring with screams suddenly faded into mute whispers, the air becoming tenser and tenser with every passing second. As Principal April Scott walked over, a thousand piercing eyes stared...

Warm coats and warm cocoa

Warm coats and warm cocoa

Sepand Rouz

January 26, 2017


Filed under Around Campus, NEWS

This winter has brought in enough rain to help ease Calif. out of its five year drought. But it’s hard to stay dry, especially for low-income families who might not be able to afford a thick winter coat or rain jacket. MVHS Leadership hosted a coat drive every brunch on Wednesdays from 9:05 a.m. to...

Spoken Word Club takes the stage

Spoken Word Club takes the stage

Sepand Rouz

January 26, 2017


Filed under Around Campus, NEWS

While poetry may seem like merely a literary text, there are other ways it can be used. Spoken word poetry has recently been echoing across auditoriums and working into classrooms as well. A new club at MVHS was created based on the belief of spreading the art of spoken word poetry. Spoken word poetry...

Student reactions to the Chicago hate crime on Jan. 4

Student reactions to the Chicago hate crime on Jan. 4

Sepand Rouz

January 10, 2017


Filed under National, NEWS

On Jan. 4 in Chicago, a white man was found walking along a street clearly in confusion. He had been tied up and tortured by both male and female African Americans ranging from the ages of 18 to 24 for up to 48 hours until police found him and questioned him about his state of distress. Chicago police h...

How “Gay” and “AIDS” are used in MVHS student life

How “Gay” and “AIDS” are used in MVHS student life

Sepand Rouz

December 15, 2016


Filed under Around Campus, BEYOND THE MAGAZINE, National, NEWS

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hen Student Conduct Liaison Thomas Michaelis hears students using the terms "gay" and "AIDS" to describe "something lame", he lets them off with a warning first. But he remembers their faces, and if he hears it again from the same student, he brings them to the office. “They...

Monta Vista and Counter-Strike:where is it in our community.

Monta Vista and Counter-Strike:where is it in our community.

Sepand Rouz

December 10, 2016


Filed under Briefs

Students at MVHS play video games for multiple reasons, whether it be for getting away from their academic or emotional problems or just for having fun. Enter Counter-Strike, a game that has lasted the test of time. The reason that this is impressive is that newer and more stylish games have come out,...

Behind the scenes of the cancelled peace protest

Behind the scenes of the cancelled peace protest

Sepand Rouz

November 16, 2016


Filed under Around Campus, NEWS

"Make America Great Again.” “Stronger Together.” “It’s in our hands.” These are all quotes said by our presidential candidates. At first the slogans seem like they belong to politicians that have the same agenda, to make America greater than before, but this wasn't the case as tension...