El Estoque

All Done … Almost

All Done … Almost

Songjun Na

April 14, 2018


Filed under OPINION

[su_dropcap]M[/su_dropcap]ay 25, 2018 — the day the MVHS class of 2018 will officially checkout of school. The day they will no longer be high schoolers. The day they can say they are finally done. However, while most students will be out celebrating with friends, a small group of seniors will hav...

A cruelty-free pig dissection: Two sophomores create a virtual pig dissection as an alternative for students.

A cruelty-free pig dissection: Two sophomores create a virtual pig dissection as an alternative for students.

Sreya Kumar

April 14, 2018


Filed under OPINION

Sophomore Pratya Poosala still remembers entering her freshman biology class after a long day of school, hoping to learn about chromosomes and chromatids. Instead, she was  greeted with the pungent aroma of preservative chemicals. Her biology teacher Pooya Hajjarian, had informed the class beforeha...

Exploring Schadenfreude

Exploring Schadenfreude

Ria Kolli

April 12, 2018


Filed under Breaking it Down, OPINION

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]chadenfreude, the derivation of pleasure from the misfortune of others, is embedded in human culture. The term arose from the two German words, “schaden” and “freude,” which translate to malice and joy respectively. People laugh at videos depicting others falling down and getting...

The right fit: colleges change their priorities in the application process

The right fit: colleges change their priorities in the application process

Nathan Stevens

April 12, 2018


Filed under From the magazine, OPINION

[su_dropcap style="flat"]T[/su_dropcap]he end of the school year is approaching, and with it comes a big decision for seniors — choosing where to go to college. For some, that is easy. They got into their first choice. But for others who didn’t get into their first choice, they are left with an often...

Click to Follow

Click to Follow

Jasmine Lee

April 11, 2018


Filed under OPINION

When junior Sam Liu started their Tumblr account, they didn’t expect people to notice their art. They didn’t expect to gain attention from the others on the same social media platform. They didn’t know that they would be well-known on social media for their passion for art. Over the last six ...

Reputations: Rumors

Reputations: Rumors

Ria Kolli

April 11, 2018


Filed under From the magazine, OPINION

We regret to inform you…

We regret to inform you…

Charlotte Chui

April 11, 2018


Filed under Editorial, From the magazine, OPINION

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]n the midst of college admission decisions, rejection seemingly becomes a commonplace. The rejection from a safety school is unexpected. Your test scores are above average, and you didn’t think your extracurriculars or teacher recommendations were too shabby either. You ask aroun...

Views on AMC 16’s closure

Views on AMC 16’s closure

Charlotte Chui

April 10, 2018


Filed under OPINION

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]ophomore Riona Tsai was on a plane when she received a text from her brother, telling her about the news of AMC Cupertino Square 16 — the last movie theater in Cupertino — closing down. As a long time visitor of AMC 16, Tsai was disappointed to see the movie theater go. ...

Blind Faith

Blind Faith

Andrea Perng

April 4, 2018


Filed under Columns, ENTERTAINMENT

When Donald Trump, former host of reality TV show "The Apprentice," ran for president, talk was rampant about how he had none of the military or political experience that he would need to serve the country effectively. That in itself should have been concerning, and a huge point against him becoming...

SSS limbo

SSS limbo

Songjun Na

March 30, 2018


Filed under Columns, OPINION, Uncategorized

[su_dropcap]T[/su_dropcap]he final bell of my first semester senior year echoed throughout our school campus. It’s over. It’s finally over. The stress I’ve built up over the last four years in MVHS through the constant worry about my grades started to melt away, making way for relief to sweep t...

March for Our Lives: Just show up

March for Our Lives: Just show up

Mallika Singh

March 26, 2018


Filed under OPINION

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]his past Saturday morning, March 24, I was one of thousands to participate in the San Jose March for Our Lives and one of millions to walk nationwide. I walked and watched others around me walk to show support for a more extensive form of gun control. Standing in the rain on the streets...

A walk down the dolls’ aisle

A walk down the dolls’ aisle

Sreya Kumar

March 24, 2018


Filed under OPINION

[dropcap]F[/dropcap]or as long as I can remember, Barbie dolls have always been a prominent part in my life. I recall having a Barbie cake for my sixth birthday and receiving eight “different” Barbie dolls as gifts. Yet, I never really liked Barbie dolls. I didn’t like how they had really slim w...