El Estoque

Washed out: walking the line between Asian and American

Washed out: walking the line between Asian and American

Ilena Peng

April 17, 2017


Filed under Columns, OPINION

It’s different cultures that make the world go ‘round at the end of the day. -Samantha Fox When I say “Asian-American,” I hope that you’ll take that to mean equal parts Asian and American — the key word being and. But I’ve come to realize people selectively focus on either the Asian or Amer...

Breaking news: poetry brings back what repetitive headlines take away

Breaking news: poetry brings back what repetitive headlines take away

Ilena Peng

March 8, 2017


Filed under OPINION

My mother taught me this trick. If you repeat something over and over again it loses its meaning. -Phil Kaye When I stare at a word for long enough, I begin to think it’s spelled wrong, even though I know it’s right. When I read When I read headline after headline about politics, it loses its meani...

We are doing it: creating a genderless playing field

We are doing it: creating a genderless playing field

Ilena Peng

February 8, 2017


Filed under OPINION

What, do you think that feminism means you hate men? -Cyndi Lauper I didn’t understand the term “feminism” until 9th grade. And a part of me still doesn’t. But nowadays, I’ve managed to make do by developing my own definition of feminism. To me, feminism is separate from empowering females...

Looking past the smoke screen: reflections on reporting about high-school substance use

Looking past the smoke screen: reflections on reporting about high-school substance use

Ilena Peng

December 8, 2016


Filed under Campus, Columns, Drugs, From the magazine, Magazine, OPINION

“It’s all storytelling, you know. That’s what journalism is all about.” -Tom Brokaw Read the full story about a former student's reflections on substance use here.  There are people who walk into our journalism class and say “I want to write about drugs.” It’s something that...

Clowning around

Clowning around

Ilena Peng

October 21, 2016


Filed under NEWS

I recognize terror as the finest emotion and so I will try to terrorize the reader. But if I find that I cannot terrify, I will try to horrify and if I find that I cannot horrify, I’ll go for the gross-out. I’m not proud.” -Stephen King As a little kid, I was terrified of all the typical ...

It’s jacked up: the deal with Apple AirPods

It’s jacked up: the deal with Apple AirPods

Ilena Peng

September 22, 2016


Filed under NEWS, Print news

Bill Gates is a very rich man today ... and do you want to know why? The answer is one word: versions.” -Dave Barry Companies get sick of making new products. But making new versions of products never gets old. And with the newest iPhone 7, I discovered I was making a serious mistake, apparently list...