El Estoque

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...

Time for the U.S administration to speak up

Time for the U.S administration to speak up

Stuti Upadhyay

February 25, 2018


Filed under Columns, OPINION, Opinion Digital, Politics

#MeToo. #TimesUp. The campaign has swept through the nation. It’s in the press, it’s on social media, it’s printed on t-shirts and written on signs. The campaign echoes the demands of thousands of people who are coming together for change. But little does it matter if the most powerful people in...

Ignorant Ingraham

Ignorant Ingraham

Songjun Na

February 18, 2018


Filed under Columns, OPINION

[su_dropcap]O[/su_dropcap]n Feb. 15th, Fox news host Laura Ingraham suggested that NBA stars should not speak up about politics after seeing a video featuring superstars Kevin Durant and Lebron James offering harsh criticism to President Donald Trump. “I’m numb to this commentary. Must they run their mouths lik...

How Rich Brian’s success shatters a status quo

How Rich Brian’s success shatters a status quo

Daniel Lin

February 17, 2018


Filed under Columns, OPINION

[dropcap]I[/dropcap] got into Rich Brian, then "Rich Chigga," when I crossed his video "My Strange Addiction: Kushothyleoma" on Youtube. I didn't think much of it, other than the fact that he had an apparent affinity for smoking pot, and that he was quite popular, with his channel garnering over 100 m...

‘Padmaavat’ through the eyes of a native

‘Padmaavat’ through the eyes of a native

Ishani Singh

February 16, 2018


Filed under Columns, ENTERTAINMENT, Movies

“Padmaavat” is a legendary Indian myth of the elusive queen, Rani Padmini, known as Padmavati in the film. She was deeply in love with and married to a brave Rajput king, Ratan Singh of the Mewar kingdom in Chittor. The two lived their peaceful lives until the Muslim leader, villainous Alauddin ...

Stormi weather ahead

Stormi weather ahead

Anjini Venugopal

February 7, 2018


Filed under Columns, OPINION

[su_dropcap style="flat" size="4"]T[/su_dropcap]he Kardashian-Jenner clan revolves around money — almost everything they do is a strategic move to earn more. While it is commendable and honestly extremely impressive that they managed to conceal Kylie Jenner’s pregnancy for nine months, this too ended...

Examining the power of words

Examining the power of words

Andrea Perng

February 5, 2018


Filed under Columns, OPINION

[dropcap]L[/dropcap]iving in an area as staunchly liberal as the Bay Area, it’s possible to forget that fighting against racism is a constant and active effort. Thinkpieces are constantly being written about how sensitive college kids are, how the n-word really is just a word and how Nazism is okay, ...

The music never ends

The music never ends

Claire Yang

February 2, 2018


Filed under Columns, FEATURES, Special

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]’d never particularly fancied him. To me, K-pop group SHINee member Jonghyun was just the conventional, well-liked K-pop idol. Like so many other singers, his name wafted here and there, but his indistinguishable vocals and classic idol face didn’t intrigue me ― so I casually...

Senior parking is for seniors, hence the name

Senior parking is for seniors, hence the name

Mallika Singh

February 2, 2018


Filed under Campus, Columns, OPINION

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he back of the parking lot has been coined “senior parking” by many of the student drivers at MVHS. But senior parking, a necessity for any senior who drives, is now occupied by the MVHS renovations for a new gym. It has become an issue, to say the least. Everyone wants to pa...

My problem with the b-word

My problem with the b-word

Daniel Lin

December 13, 2017


Filed under Columns, OPINION

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t's difficult to come by a slur as biting and as pervasive as the b-word. It's widely depicted in popular culture, from "Breaking Bad" character Jesse Pinkman's catchphrase to the prominent adage "b*tch, please." But the word's mere popularity does not excuse the misogyny and demean...

Adjusting our focus: We need to pay more attention to the news

Adjusting our focus: We need to pay more attention to the news

Nathan Stevens

December 12, 2017


Filed under Columns, From the magazine, OPINION

[su_dropcap]I[/su_dropcap] turned the TV to the news, expecting to see Donald Trump front and center on CNN, as he is almost every day. I did not, however. What I actually saw was much more terrifying. One moment, waves crash along the iconic sand beaches. Tourists and natives crowd along the ocean’s...