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Let’s talk about sex: The birds and the bees

Let’s talk about sex: The birds and the bees

Emma Lam

February 4, 2016

In a survey of 87 students, about 70 percent said that they didn't get the sex talk from their parents. Here, two students and a biology teacher discuss why they think that is. Video by Anjana Melvin. Additional reporting by Priya Reddy.   he term ’Birds and Bees' seems to be describin...

Let’s talk about sex: Education

Let’s talk about sex: Education

Mingjie Zhong

February 3, 2016

Let's talk about sex education Story co-written by Alina Abidi and Mingjie Zhong. 

Let’s talk about sex: Religion and Sex Quiz

Let’s talk about sex: Religion and Sex Quiz

Andy Tu

February 3, 2016

Co-written by Priya Reddy Religious organizations often make the news for their polarizing views on issues such as sexuality, abortions, and sex. The last one is one of the least talked about, but most well-known topics. But how well do you really know the stances of major religions on sex? Take the...

Let’s talk about sex: Words of consent

Let’s talk about sex: Words of consent

Ankit Dua

February 3, 2016

Consent is often times ambiguous and misinterpreted. What is the clear boundary between yes and no? Students at Monta Vista share their definition of consent and its importance.

How much do you really know about sex?

How much do you really know about sex?

Isabel Navarrete

February 3, 2016

Co-written by Itay Barylka Sexual education in high schools has long been the subject of controversy. WIth the far left leaning towards extremely liberated and informative standards and the far right advocating abstinence-only sex ed, there is a vast rift between the priorities of the two distinct...

One minute perspectives on fake Facebook events

One minute perspectives on fake Facebook events

Isabel Navarrete

December 14, 2015

Anyone with an internet connection and a Facebook account may have noticed the rising tide of ironically-named fake Facebook events intended by its creators to go viral. What originated with simple over-RSVPing to events on Facebook seems to have mutated into a totally different kind of trend. Pages...

The time I got carded

Kalpana Gopalkrishnan

November 20, 2015

Rolled for rolling eyes Water polo ejections happen in many ways, but sophomore Olivia Lassa didn’t know chlorine in her eyes was one of them. Evidently, the referee during one of her games with MVHS this summer did not feel the same way. When Lassa swam over a girl on the other team, the refere...

Online tools blur the line between cheating and getting help

Online tools blur the line between cheating and getting help

Ananya Bhat

November 19, 2015

Spark notes, Slader, Google. Whether it’s because it’s 2 a.m and they haven’t done their reading assignment or because they didn’t understand the material, many students have used these and other websites to help them with their homework. Some are helpful, but what students often don’t rea...

Thank you for your service: the story of our veterans

Thank you for your service: the story of our veterans

Aanchal Garg

November 18, 2015

11/11 at 11:00 a.m. It was a windy Tuesday morning at the Veterans Day Ceremony in Memorial Park where Cupertino community members gathered to commemorate our veterans. As the Navy, Sheriff’s and Fire Department Honor Guard performed the placement of the flag, multiple speakers took the podium to per...

Roleplay: Students discuss their roles, expectations and limitations

Roleplay: Students discuss their roles, expectations and limitations

Mingjie Zhong

November 18, 2015

At some point, we’ve probably seen those classic class superlatives: class clown. Most likely to succeed. Most likely to trip walking up the stairs. It’s easy to assign roles. Categorizing others is second nature to many; according to a survey of 420 MVHS students, 92 percent of students have...

Squad Roles

Ada Chen

November 18, 2015

Co-authored by Kristin Chang Lining the corridor outside the library, they lean on the concrete walls — and sometimes one another — laughing and eating their lunches. Then it begins. One girl begins to hum the chorus of a song. Before they can stop themselves, they’ve all broken the only f...

Chords for a cause: student musicians use their talent to help others in need

Chords for a cause: student musicians use their talent to help others in need

ZaZu Lippert

November 18, 2015

At a school as high-performing as MVHS, there are so many students who work hard every day to achieve their goals, whether it be in STEM or humanities. Music touches our souls and fills us with emotion. Some musicians at MVHS have decided to use their gift to help others in need. Meet junior Janae Zhan...