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Student perspectives on Youtube drama

Student perspectives on Youtube drama

Songjun Na

October 20, 2017


Filed under Culture, OPINION

[su_dropcap style="flat"]E[/su_dropcap]ven the best of friends can be split apart by drama. Depending on the circumstance, emotions can bubble over and explode into a public display of anger or disappointment. This kind of demonstration tends to be more likely for Youtubers, because of their presence...

Tips and tricks for an easy life

Tips and tricks for an easy life

Sara Entezarmahdi

March 9, 2017


Filed under Culture, Editorial, OPINION

It has come to my attention that we, as a society, face many awkward and uncomfortable situations throughout our lives. Whether it be feeling unsafe, patronized, or attacked by other members of society, it's for the better to prevent these problematic situations before they start. Observe the drawings...

CONTRA: the legal age

CONTRA: the legal age

Vivian Chiang

March 8, 2017


Filed under Culture, From the magazine, Magazine, OPINION

*All names that begin with J are false names to protect the anonymous sources. Curiosity killed the cat She sits alone on her bed in the corner of her bedroom, one hand fiddling with the edge of the foil wrapped around the mint. Before she could change her mind, she tears the foil and pops the mint in...

Valentine’s Day planning creates more stress than it should

Valentine’s Day planning creates more stress than it should

Nathan Stevens

February 9, 2017


Filed under Columns, Culture, OPINION

  [su_dropcap style="flat"]V[/su_dropcap]alentine’s Day — a holiday of romance and emotion. It is anticipated by couples all over, and for good reason. This day, always falling on Feb. 14, symbolizes a time to celebrate love and appreciate each other. There’s a strong significance we have put ...

Most readers stop here.

Most readers stop here.

Anjini Venugopal

February 9, 2017


Filed under BEYOND THE MAGAZINE, Culture, Magazine, OPINION

Did you get here? When we see someone who is hurt or struggling, we immediately wonder if they are okay, if they need any help. And while we jump to ask what’s wrong when we see physical illness — a classmate with a cast or someone struggling through the halls on crutches — we joke about me...

When the Enneagram and self-reflection collide

When the Enneagram and self-reflection collide

Sara Entezarmahdi

February 9, 2017


Filed under Culture, From the magazine, Magazine, OPINION, Print Opinion

So here’s how the Enneagram test works: You set aside no more than 30 minutes to answer 40 to 60 questions about yourself, trying your best to be honest. And there you have it: a perfect summary of your personality type. Well, not quite. The Enneagram test attempts to categorize individuals into ...

Word on the Street: FOB

Word on the Street: FOB

Vivian Chiang

January 23, 2017


Filed under Culture, OPINION, Videos, Word on the street

The word remains in our culture, stereotyping and labeling mass amounts of people. The acronym ‘FOB’ represents the term ‘Fresh Off the Boat,” meaning someone who is new to an area and has yet to conform to the new culture. Most MVHS students are familiar with the word, while others remain ignorant...

The worsts of 2016

The worsts of 2016

Anjini Venugopal

December 13, 2016


Filed under Culture, From the magazine, Magazine, OPINION

2016. The year that Michael Phelps set records (again). The year that Leonardo DiCaprio won his Oscar (finally). The year that a viral ice bucket challenge led to the discovery of the gene that causes ALS (go internet!). But in reality, it sucked — big time. The messy, controversial elec...

Cupertino acts as a temporary home for many

Cupertino acts as a temporary home for many

Avni Prasad

December 10, 2016


Filed under Best of Opinion, Best Writing, Columns, Culture, Magazine, OPINION, Print Opinion

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]wo years ago, I joined the Facebook group “You know you are from Cupertino if you remember…” With about 10,000 members, the group engages in daily discussion about memories and places in Cupertino. But even after living in Cupertino for the last 16 years, I scroll through the...

A piece of me: coming out as gay

A piece of me: coming out as gay

Nathan Stevens

December 7, 2016


Filed under Columns, Culture, From the magazine, OPINION

[su_dropcap style="flat"]F[/su_dropcap]or as long as I can remember, I’ve felt different. It wasn’t until seventh or eighth grade that I realized why. It took me years to finally accept it, to stop living in denial. But now, I’m ready to tell the world. “I’m gay.” Oh God. Was t...

How the tide hasn’t turned: Residents express Cupertino’s consistency

How the tide hasn’t turned: Residents express Cupertino’s consistency

Shriya Deshpande

December 7, 2016


Filed under Culture, OPINION, Opinion Digital, Videos

[dropcap]F[/dropcap]rom pearl milk tea and falafels to Apple computers and iPhones, Cupertino is defined by its cultural, technological and educational advancements. In some aspects, the city has changed drastically over the years but there are also some aspects in which it hasn’t. Explore what Cupertino...