El Estoque

When death comes knocking: how different people answer the door

When death comes knocking: how different people answer the door

Vivian Chiang

October 20, 2017


Filed under FEATURES, From the magazine

Sophomore Yoanna Lee stood in front of her father’s grave in the cemetery, clutching a red rose. She looked around curiously at all her sobbing relatives and family friends, her four-year-old brain unable to comprehend why they were overcome with grief. People knelt over the grave and placed bright...

Q&A: The President of Neutral Density Club on the upcoming year

Q&A: The President of Neutral Density Club on the upcoming year

Vivian Chiang

September 14, 2017


Filed under Briefs

With their cameras, tripods and computers, the Neutral Density Club, previously known as REX Productions, can be seen filming their latest short film or meeting at lunch to review footage and discuss editing processes. The student-run club allows the members to go through all the steps to make a complet...

Tale of two frights

Tale of two frights

Vivian Chiang

September 13, 2017


Filed under FEATURES, From the magazine, Special

Primal fear rooted from immediate surroundings: escaping a ferocious animal, cutting through dark meadows, pushing for survival. And this fear from insecurity still extends to the modern day. We fear big exams. We fear rejection letters. We fear parental expectations. This alarming sensation based on...

Q&A: Junior Amita Mahajan shares how to prepare for MUN conferences

Q&A: Junior Amita Mahajan shares how to prepare for MUN conferences

Vivian Chiang

May 28, 2017


Filed under Briefs

Every year, members of the MVHS Model United Nations (MUN) club attend conferences at various high schools and universities, such as UC Berkeley and UC Davis, where they compete for awards against other high school students. Junior Amita Mahajan, the president of MUN club, shares how she prepares for com...

Shoulderspeaker’s apprentice

Shoulderspeaker’s apprentice

Vivian Chiang

May 28, 2017


Filed under FEATURES

They stand together outside the girls’ locker room, right in front of the lower field. His hands fly in front of him as he touches the speaker on his shoulder and then motions to the phone he’s holding in his right hand. The girl next to him listens intently, obviously focused, but also a little conf...

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...

School board members share thoughts on Resolution #1617-12

School board members share thoughts on Resolution #1617-12

Vivian Chiang

March 20, 2017


Filed under Education, Local, NEWS

A flurry of mixed emotions spread across the country when President Donald Trump announced the travel ban on Jan. 27, placing a 90 day suspension on anyone entering the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. The ban, and other questionable ...

MVRT prepares for upcoming competition in Arizona

MVRT prepares for upcoming competition in Arizona

Vivian Chiang

March 9, 2017


Filed under Briefs

Gearing up for their first robotics competition in Flagstaff, Ariz., this weekend, members of MVRT have spent their after schools and weekends preparing. However, according to the Director of Finance junior Sameer Kapur, the competition robot is bagged up and not allowed to be opened until competition ...

A day without a woman: How its success tinged with failure for a weird aftertaste

A day without a woman: How its success tinged with failure for a weird aftertaste

Vivian Chiang

March 8, 2017


Filed under Columns, OPINION, Politics

Decked out in all of the red clothing we could possibly grasp out of our closets (which, sadly, ended up being socks, a headband and a bright bandana), we lept up in excitement to see what we thought would be the dawn of a new day. A day without a woman. On 1/21, we marched. On 3/8, we strike. Join us in making March 8th a #DayW...

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...

Evolution of man

Evolution of man

Vivian Chiang

February 9, 2017


Filed under Editorial, Magazine, OPINION

We live in a digital age, where we are constantly finding ways to shorten idle time and increase productivity. However, that comes with a cost. With a multitude of ways to entertain ourselves, our attention spans have become shorter and shorter.  ...