El Estoque

A cosmetics buyer’s guide to cruelty-free products

Himani Yalamaddi

April 14, 2018


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT

Amid the aisles upon aisles of cosmetics available to purchase, ranging from foundation to hair sprays, a few products stand out, sporting "cruelty-free" stickers and marketing as an animal-friendly item. Companies, it seems, have responded to a growing demand for more humane cosmetics, by increasing...

Not enough room for two?

Not enough room for two?

Ruth Feng

April 14, 2018


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT

Inescapable drama Celebrity drama: some people hate it, some can’t get enough it —yet, it seems that no matter what you think about Blac Chyna and Rob Kardashian’s what seems to be like a decade-long feud about only-God-knows-what famous-person conflicts, your Facebook timeline won’t care. ...

Review of The Weeknd’s EP, “My Dear Melancholy,”

Review of The Weeknd’s EP, “My Dear Melancholy,”

Sharjeel Rahman

April 13, 2018


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT

Over the last few years, Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye executed an artistic evolution, inching away from his infamous dark R&B aesthetic to a pure pop aesthetic. The mood that his first mixtape, “House of Balloons,” established is present in other works including, “Thursday,” “Echoes of Si...

Homemade Hipster: Foods for when you’re sick

Homemade Hipster: Foods for when you’re sick

Ananya Bhat

April 13, 2018


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Homemade Hipster

ome with a cold? Down with a sore throat? As allergy season approaches, you'll feel better with the rejuvenating effects of these easy-to-create foods and drinks. Check out these home recipes in the video below. ...

The power of poetry: Bringing creativity to Cupertino, one workshop at a time

The power of poetry: Bringing creativity to Cupertino, one workshop at a time

Himani Yalamaddi

April 12, 2018


Filed under Culture, ENTERTAINMENT, Lifestyle

s teens trickled into the back of the Cupertino library, they were greeted by soft music and a smiling face — Cupertino’s current poet laureate, Laecey McCormick — teaching the first teens-only poetry workshop set up by the city. At the after-school lesson, which lasted from 7-8:30 p.m. on April...

Meet the jokesters

Meet the jokesters

ZaZu Lippert

April 12, 2018


Filed under Briefs, Performing Arts, Theater

MVHS Improv Team will perform at the annual Drama Showcase this Friday, April 13, at 7pm in the Black Box Theater....

It’s impossible not to love ‘Love, Simon’

It’s impossible not to love ‘Love, Simon’

Nathan Stevens

April 11, 2018


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Reviews

Going into the theater, I didn’t expect much out of “Love, Simon.” The movie had been all over social media, advertised as a progressive rom-com about a closeted gay high school student. It looked generic. It wasn’t trying to be anything special. But it was. “Love, Simon” isn’t a movie ...

Resureggtion: Students discuss the meaning of Easter

Resureggtion: Students discuss the meaning of Easter

Andrea Perng

April 11, 2018


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT

Nowadays, Easter is more likely to recall images of marshmallow Peeps and plastic eggs than Jesus’ resurrection. Yet for students like senior Kevin Tong and sophomore Yoanna Lee, Easter is more than just pastel colors and egg hunts; Easter is the cornerstone of their religion. “We say that [Easte...

A different stage: Students and staff participate in community theater

A different stage: Students and staff participate in community theater

Michelle Wong

April 11, 2018


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, From the magazine

s the lights in the theater dimmed, the room, filled with dozens of MVHS Spanish students and many more members of the community, came to an eager silence. A man stood solo on the stage, paint across his face, and began speaking in Spanish to the crowd, introducing the play “La Muerte Bail...

In other words: what fanfiction means to authors and readers

In other words: what fanfiction means to authors and readers

Claire Yang

April 11, 2018


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, From the magazine

anfiction. The word in itself invokes a quiet sense of unease for some; already fangirls can be heard squealing in the distance, the unpleasant 18+ scenes emerging from the shadows. To many, fanfiction is a disgrace to the realm of creative expression. But to the rest, fanfiction is liberty. For sophomore Kath...

Curtain call

Curtain call

ZaZu Lippert

April 5, 2018


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Performing Arts, Theatre

he lights fade to nothingness as I take one last look around. My head snaps forward. I shake out my hands. Breathe in, breathe out. I close my eyes, but open them again as anxiety, excitement and anticipation course through my veins. The music begins. I stop going through every detail in my head, le...

Blind Faith

Blind Faith

Andrea Perng

April 4, 2018


Filed under Columns, ENTERTAINMENT

When Donald Trump, former host of reality TV show "The Apprentice," ran for president, talk was rampant about how he had none of the military or political experience that he would need to serve the country effectively. That in itself should have been concerning, and a huge point against him becoming...