El Estoque

17, going on 71

17, going on 71

Soumya Kurnool

September 28, 2012


Filed under From the magazine, No Country for Old Women, Print Opinion, Uncategorized

I'll fess up. I lied. Last year, I fooled you all with my column "No Country for Old Women." I told you all I was a grandma, that I was notoriously old-fashioned and was totally out of the loop of teenage experiences (which I would argue is still true). I then proceeded to write about my anti...

Welcome, young fountain hopper

Welcome, young fountain hopper

Soumya Kurnool

May 29, 2012


Filed under From the magazine, No Country for Old Women, Print Opinion

Writing about my old fashioned sensibilities in this column has come to the point where my parents (or my dad, anyhow) are genuinely afraid of how college will turn out for me. And now that I think about it, if I have issues with blaring pop music, half-naked people, vulgarity of any sort and what teenagers c...

So long, farewell

So long, farewell

Soumya Kurnool

May 23, 2012


Filed under From the magazine, Print news, Uncategorized

It was assistant principal Dennis Plaza's first day on the job at MVHS. He was pushing a cart  through the school, and when a few things fell off, Plaza remembers, he began picking them up, not expecting any help. "In other schools," Plaza said, "you can walk across campus and people will st...

Grandma is watching you

Soumya Kurnool

April 11, 2012


Filed under From the magazine, No Country for Old Women, Print Opinion

I've always been a total grandma when it comes to dancing — I do not condone even the thought of such public self humiliation. So it is perfectly reasonable that I would hope to never attend a high school dance in my life. But then I defied common sense yet again and went to Sadies to write this...

Grandma’s day out

Grandma’s day out

Soumya Kurnool

April 11, 2012


Filed under No Country for Old Women, Print Opinion, Uncategorized

When the idea of a four day field trip to New York City was posed to me, I had my qualms. Should I seize the day or just stay home? I opted for a day out. Too much time in Times Square New York proved to be my biggest nightmare, but nothing was worse than Times Square. It's a blaring, smok...

A right and not a privilege

Soumya Kurnool

March 13, 2012


Filed under Devil's Advocate, From the magazine, Print Opinion, Uncategorized

Eighteen is the age of majority, associated with newfound freedoms  and rights, such as the right to vote and to get a license. But more importantly, the right to legal responsibility for oneself. Yet the fundamental definition of majority is being called into question with an FUHSD policy that allows...

Wanted: a pair of purple ear plugs

Wanted: a pair of purple ear plugs

Soumya Kurnool

February 1, 2012


Filed under From the magazine, No Country for Old Women, Print Opinion

My hearing is not something I am proud of. My minuscule 1.9375 inch ears will pick up "Who are you?" as "How are you doing?" — leading, of course, to the greatest of awkward turtles. After going to the Battle at Mount Olympus winter rally (my first one!), I really wonder why the rest of this school isn't as deaf as I am. Getting pumped up ...

Community connections prove essential in Pledge 2 Recycle

Community connections prove essential in Pledge 2 Recycle

Soumya Kurnool

January 19, 2012


Filed under OPINION

Jan. 5 was a day of great recycling when Pledge 2 Recycle fliers passed out in class found their way to the recycling bin. Through the daily announcements, the relevance of the program launched by MV FBLAin partnership with 7th Generation Recycling has been muddled. For the drive to succeed, the noble...

Assembly meant to educate misses the point

Assembly meant to educate misses the point

Soumya Kurnool

January 6, 2012


Filed under OPINION, Uncategorized

 For the flip-side opinion, click here.  Quite frankly, Khan Academy’s Sal Khan is better on YouTube. His presentation had no point. Remedial students failed to catch Khan’s message, students who already knew the history of the organization were bored, overachievers could n...

Cocoa Cram Week sets itself as a model for future study programs

Cocoa Cram Week sets itself as a model for future study programs

Soumya Kurnool

December 20, 2011


Filed under OPINION

When the bells signaled that school had let out at 3 p.m. every day of the week of Dec. 5, students rushed to the cafeteria for the cocoa and free food promised at Cocoa Cram Week. And though you’d think that the incentive for Cocoa Cram Week would ultimately fail and that students would leave immedi...

Silence is golden, but its absence is not punishable

Silence is golden, but its absence is not punishable

Soumya Kurnool

December 18, 2011


Filed under OPINION

Monday, Nov. 28, was a day like any other for students with an open 4th period staying in the library. There were no classes, and the library was mostly quiet except for the babble of a few loud students. In response to the raised noise levels, the library kicked each and every one of the student...

Why F.L.U.B. flubbed

Why F.L.U.B. flubbed

Soumya Kurnool

December 16, 2011


Filed under OPINION

  Freshman Link Ultimate Bonding day had potential for greatness. Too bad it was just a flub. Scheduled two weeks before finals, F.L.U.B. day could not have worked by any means. According to an online survey, only 14% of the 84 respondents attended the event. Instead of bonding in the ...