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In times of war: reflecting on the Vietnam War

In times of war: reflecting on the Vietnam War

Shuvi Jha and Claire Chang

March 7, 2018


Filed under From the magazine, NEWS

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]t the height of the Vietnam War, American soldiers entered the village of My Lai, opening fire on and killing over 500 innocent Vietnamese men, women and children. March 16, 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of what is known today as the My Lai massacre, an event which highlights the...

Academic dishonesty from students’ perspectives

Academic dishonesty from students’ perspectives

Ilena Peng

March 7, 2018


Filed under Education, NEWS

With the culture at MVHS emphasizing academic success, it is normal for students to take accelerated courses. However, taking this route is not always the smartest decision, as work piles up and students begin to fall under pressure, leading some to cheat their way out. While the common perception of c...

Handling Dishonesty

Handling Dishonesty

Sunjin Chang

March 7, 2018


Filed under From the magazine, NEWS

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hether it be sneaking peeks at other papers, storing answers on tests using graphing calculators, copying homework or asking for test questions, many MVHS students have violated the academic integrity policy. In response, teachers have developed strategies to minimize cheating in t...

Costly Choices: Deciding to take AP Exams

Costly Choices: Deciding to take AP Exams

Jennie Chen

March 7, 2018


Filed under From the magazine, NEWS

[dropcap]M[/dropcap]any aspects factor into the $94 standard fee for each College Board AP exam — paying experts to write exam questions, printing and distribution and paying graders to grade the free response questions. College Board’s website states that schools pay them $85 per exam, and receive...

The preparation towards Advanced Placement

The preparation towards Advanced Placement

Aditya Dash

March 6, 2018


Filed under Briefs, NEWS

[su_dropcap]O[/su_dropcap]n Thursday, March 1st, school financial specialist Calvin Wong was seen at the office sorting papers and registering students who had signed up to take the AP exam. With registration papers all around him, Wong patiently went through each student’s form and checked them. Though s...

A look at FPPN’s annual suturing lab

A look at FPPN’s annual suturing lab

Michelle Wong

March 3, 2018


Filed under Briefs, Science & Technology

[su_dropcap style="flat"]F[/su_dropcap]rom sheep brains to fetal pigs, it's not uncommon for dissections to take place in physiology and biology classrooms. Students are taught to cut through tissue and cartilage to gain a deeper understanding of how the human body works. But aside from dissections, MVH...

In pursuit of happiness

In pursuit of happiness

ZaZu Lippert

March 2, 2018


Filed under A closer look, Around Campus, Beyond the Magazine: News, NEWS, News Editor's Picks, News Multimedia, Print news

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he pursuit of happiness. One of the three “unalienable rights” recognized by the founding fathers of the U.S. when they created the Declaration of Independence. Although finding happiness may have been important to the founders of the country, studies show that Americans are current...

MVFBLA visits Facebook campus

MVFBLA visits Facebook campus

Ananya Bhat

February 18, 2018


Filed under NEWS

The Facebook campus bustled with people of all backgrounds and ages, some hurriedly walking into buildings holding laptops while others snacked and chatted with friends at the scattered tables. Amongst them all stood a group of 20 or so teenagers, backpacks strapped onto their shoulders and bright oran...

MVHS holds first technology career night of the year

MVHS holds first technology career night of the year

Jai Uparkar

February 14, 2018


Filed under Around Campus, Education, NEWS

[dropcap]O[/dropcap]n Thursday, Feb. 1 MVHS held its first career night of 2018, attracting students interested in a future in technology. The night began at 7 p.m. with a speech by Kern Peng, who has worked at Intel for 25 years. Peng discussed the importance of soft skills, like the ability to com...

Saving the curve

Saving the curve

Sunjin Chang

February 2, 2018


Filed under NEWS

[dropcap]O[/dropcap]n Monday Jan. 15, chemistry teacher Kavita Gupta hosted a study session for her AP Chemistry students in her classroom to prepare for an exam on Jan. 16 and 17. Numerous students attended, asking questions and taking notes. After attending the study session, junior Joshua Onozawa ...

Expert sources provide new dimension to Res Novae articles

Expert sources provide new dimension to Res Novae articles

Claire Chang

February 2, 2018


Filed under Briefs, NEWS

Before Res Novae officers introduced the concept of interviewing expert sources to their staff, sophomore Saumya Tawakley took a random chance and sent an email to NASA. She knew her article would be astronomy-related and that she wanted to interview a NASA employee, yet, she expected no response in ret...