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A Film Lover: Razi Mahmood

A Film Lover: Razi Mahmood

Karen Sanchez

December 12, 2017


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[dropcap]F[/dropcap]or senior Razi Mahmood, film is the best kind of art. There’s a sense of joy, a small satisfaction and excitement, when the theater slowly grows darker before a movie. The same can be felt when lying on the couch, warm, watching Netflix. The screen enters full screen mode and...

The benefits of commercial art

The benefits of commercial art

Zara Iqbal

December 12, 2017


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[dropcap]C[/dropcap]ommercial art is not just painting or sketching. It’s a tedious process, with intricate planning and designing. The purpose of commercial art is to promote, explain and inform with design. Art teacher Brian Chow has always felt that the design involved with commercial art sets it apa...

Fulfillment: A world of woodworking

Fulfillment: A world of woodworking

Helen Chao

December 8, 2017


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Fulfillment: A garden of her own

Fulfillment: A garden of her own

Katerina Pappas

December 8, 2017


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It was about five years ago, when she found her new home. It was perfect — everything she could have asked for. There was even a quaint backyard, a change from her old house. The previous owners had tried to start a garden in the existing space. However, they never went farther than planting a few v...

The dilemma of ditching

The dilemma of ditching

Helen Chao

December 6, 2017


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She was dead serious. Her son would be absent the entire day — for a haircut. Attendance technician Joe Roan chuckled a little bit after hearing her voice message. He let the matter slide, thinking of the approaching dance that might have urgently required the haircut. To this day, it’s the ...

Back from the Mainland: The making of a boy band

Back from the Mainland: The making of a boy band

Elizabeth Han

November 18, 2017


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Science Department: Home sweet home

Science Department: Home sweet home

Helen Chao

November 17, 2017


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[su_dropcap style="flat" size="4"]A[/su_dropcap]s soon as she graduated from MVHS in 2009, student teacher Julie Choi eagerly distanced herself from the so-called “bubble” of Cupertino. She chose to attend the University of California San Diego primarily because it was the furthest from her home...

The art of perseverance: Three teachers share their passion for extreme hobbies

The art of perseverance: Three teachers share their passion for extreme hobbies

Swara Tewari

November 17, 2017


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[dropcap]F[/dropcap]rench teacher Sarah Finck vividly remembers skiing down the slopes of Massachusetts as a child. She remembers the snowy landscape blurring into a mass of white, the cold mountain air whipping against her face. She remembers the exhilaration she felt, the rush and excitement. But mo...

The diverging of paths: individuals discuss life without children

The diverging of paths: individuals discuss life without children

Emily Xia

November 15, 2017


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[dropcap]S[/dropcap]ophomore Alison Chang does not want to be a mother. There’s something appalling about having children to her. She can’t picture herself on the hospital bed, tired and sweaty, her bones shifting apart slowly, her organs forced to squish together in order to create space for a ...

The dilemma of sacrifice: Mothers discuss their decisions to stay at home or continue working

The dilemma of sacrifice: Mothers discuss their decisions to stay at home or continue working

Vivian Chiang

November 15, 2017


Filed under FEATURES, From the magazine, Special

Wendy Wang walks down the sidewalk, arm linked with her younger son’s while he jabbers on about school. She listens to his excited narrations, grateful that she has the opportunity to focus on what he is saying, rather than just distractedly nodding. She remembers the rushed mornings when she would...