El Estoque

Shopping on Black Friday Weekend

Shopping on Black Friday Weekend

Hannah Lee

December 3, 2017


Filed under OPINION

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]ophomore Kevin Sun woke up at 5 a.m. and drove to Valley Fair as others remained asleep after Thanksgiving day. Despite there being long lines, he eagerly waited among the many other shoppers to score Black Friday deals at his favorite stores. “Black Friday is more important than Thank...

Best and worst of 2017

Best and worst of 2017

Ruth Feng

December 2, 2017


Filed under OPINION, Video, Videos

As 2017 comes to an end, students look recall the the highs and lows of their year. Although some students remember controversial government policies and countless sexual allegations, others remember family trips and memories with friends. Watch the video below to hear students discuss their most memorable...

Uncle Sam’s dilemma

Uncle Sam’s dilemma

Songjun Na

November 17, 2017


Filed under From the magazine, OPINION

[su_dropcap style="flat" size="4"]T[/su_dropcap]HE 307TH MASS SHOOTING JUST THIS YEAR. 307. On November 5, 2017, 26 people were killed at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas by an unlicensed gunman. How many cruel casualties do we have to suffer until we can finally tighten our co...

Not another number: Students who freely volunteer for their community

Not another number: Students who freely volunteer for their community

Claire Yang

November 17, 2017


Filed under OPINION

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]hroughout high school, volunteering often has a reputation for being just another activity to impress colleges. However for many people, acquiring hours is the main goal. For some students like sophomore Jack Tian, volunteering is more than just a number. He currently volunteers...

Unpacking paranoia: Amazon Key shouldn’t scare us so much

Unpacking paranoia: Amazon Key shouldn’t scare us so much

Nathan Stevens

November 17, 2017


Filed under Columns, From the magazine, OPINION, Print

[su_dropcap style="flat"]L[/su_dropcap]ast month, I signed up for Amazon Prime, joining the 85 million other Amazon Prime members for one simple reason — I hate waiting for shipping. Has anyone ever really received their package in “five to seven business days?” I sure haven’t. So when I heard...

Scouting for Equality: Boy and Girl Scouts respond to the latest changes surrounding the BSA

Scouting for Equality: Boy and Girl Scouts respond to the latest changes surrounding the BSA

Mallika Singh

November 17, 2017


Filed under From the magazine, OPINION

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]ince 1912, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts have been a place for youth to participate in group activities and learn more about their individuality, strength and intellect. Both are organizations designed specifically with each gender in mind. While Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts have been...

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...

Podcast: Scouts’ thoughts

Podcast: Scouts’ thoughts

Ruth Feng

November 15, 2017


Filed under OPINION

Boy Scouts of America made the announcement on October 11 that starting from 2018, the organization will be accepting young girls into their Cub Scouts program. The Cub Scouts program, founded in 1930, was originally designed as only for young boys. Girls will eventually be allowed to earn Eagle Scout...

Finding a home: breeders versus shelters

Finding a home: breeders versus shelters

Ilena Peng

November 15, 2017


Filed under OPINION, Print Opinion

Additional reporting by Nate Stevens Dr. Kristie Adrian has two dogs — Luna, a seven-year-old Blue Lacy and Jinx, a six-year-old mutt — that are both adopted. In her house, there’s a separate area where Luna and Jinx aren’t allowed. There, she fosters underage puppies through the Humane Society of S...

Ordinary Origins: Living on the east coast

Ordinary Origins: Living on the east coast

Emily Xia

November 14, 2017


Filed under FEATURES, Recurring Features

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he sky begins to darken as sophomore Sayalee Mylavarapu looks out her car window, and yet the streets of Cupertino are livelier than ever, the shops filled with people and the restaurants flooded with lights. As she sees families walking down the sidewalk, chatting happily, she cannot he...

Starstruck: my experience watching meteor showers

Starstruck: my experience watching meteor showers

Ilena Peng

November 7, 2017


Filed under Columns, OPINION

For nearly every day of the past two years, I have been up after midnight. But I never considered heading outside to watch a meteor shower. I’m the type of person who prefers warm beds over just about everything, and also needs multiple jackets just to stay warm in 60 degree weather. Yet the weekend b...