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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...

Copy and Paste: analyzing the cheating behavior at MVHS

Copy and Paste: analyzing the cheating behavior at MVHS

Nathan Stevens

March 10, 2018


Filed under Editorial, From the magazine, OPINION

We’ve all had those weeks. The weeks where it feels like there’s a test in each period, where it feels like every teacher forgot students have other classes, where it feels like there isn’t enough time in the day to get everything done. But we do. And after the dust settles and we get a moment to ...

In the Dark

In the Dark

Hannah Lee

February 1, 2018


Filed under Editorial, From the magazine, OPINION

[dropcap]M[/dropcap]onta vista, how do you feel? At every rally, we get asked the same question. And at every rally, we answer the same way: We feel good, oh we feel so good, oh! But does anyone really care about what we have to say? Apparently not. It is difficult to believe that FUHSD pays atten...

Tone it down: Skin tone doesn’t define us

Tone it down: Skin tone doesn’t define us

El Estoque Staff

November 16, 2017


Filed under Editorial, From the magazine, OPINION

[dropcap]O[/dropcap]ut of 51 people on our staff, 23 members have been told they are too dark. Eleven members have been told they are too light. All of them have felt that other people observed their skin tones, as if it was something more than just a pigment. Discrimination against someone of a ce...

Donald Trump’s unprofessionalism on Twitter stirs up anger in the U.S. and other nations

Donald Trump’s unprofessionalism on Twitter stirs up anger in the U.S. and other nations

Nathan Stevens

October 20, 2017


Filed under Editorial, OPINION

[su_dropcap style="flat"]“P[/su_dropcap]uerto Rico’s death toll from Hurricane Maria rises to 48.” “At least 59 killed in Las Vegas shooting rampage, more than 500 others injured.” This month has been filled with tragic headlines like these. The stories that are being told by national reporters...

Public, not private: The truth about online privacy

Public, not private: The truth about online privacy

Claire Yang

October 20, 2017


Filed under Editorial, From the magazine, OPINION

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]e create private social media accounts and post whatever we want – funny videos, rude comments, revealing photos. We don’t even think twice about who is viewing our content because, well, it’s private. Except that it’s not. And it’s usually the “funny” or “mean”...

“Lone wolf vs. Terrorist:” Lessons from Las Vegas

“Lone wolf vs. Terrorist:” Lessons from Las Vegas

Zara Iqbal

October 3, 2017


Filed under Editorial, OPINION

[dropcap]5[/dropcap]9 dead, 527 injured. TIME called the shooting “the deadliest in modern U.S. history.” The perpetrator? A 64-year-old white man. Keeping in mind that he’s white, headlines and featured images presumably would feature Stephen Paddock in a comprehensible light. People were disapp...

Snowed in: the danger of hypersensitivity to prejudice

Snowed in: the danger of hypersensitivity to prejudice

Ilena Peng

September 13, 2017


Filed under Editorial, From the magazine, OPINION, Print Opinion

We would like to say there isn’t a problem with bubbles. After all, they’re safe, protecting us from the outside world. Without bubbles, we wouldn’t feel that sense of comfort that comes with being able to assume someone’s personal or political views. It makes conversations easier within the com...

The one dollar court case

The one dollar court case

Ilena Peng

August 18, 2017


Filed under Editorial, OPINION

Taylor Swift added a dollar to her multimillion dollar income on Aug. 14. But the single dollar was more of a symbolic victory than anything else, a way to bring attention to the larger issue of sexual assault. Taylor Swift is one of over 300,000 people who are assaulted every year, according to the Rap...

13 Reasons Why evokes varying feelings but it does not romanticize suicide

13 Reasons Why evokes varying feelings but it does not romanticize suicide

Shriya Deshpande

May 24, 2017


Filed under Editorial, OPINION

**spoilers ahead [dropcap]I[/dropcap]t starts at the end: a girl who kills herself and leaves behind tapes explaining her decision to do so. It showcases “typical” high school experiences: a girl who faces bullying, romantic issues, and harassment. It ends in understanding: a girl who has attemp...

It’s up to you

Vivian Chiang

April 5, 2017


Filed under Campus, Editorial, From the magazine, Magazine, OPINION

Six AP classes. Community service. President of three clubs. Two extracurricular activities. Summer internship at a top university. What else do I need to guarantee my top five colleges? ----------------------------------- At MVHS, conversation almost always ties back to what our ca...

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...