El Estoque

Catharsis in the kitchen

Catharsis in the kitchen

Cynthia Mao

November 19, 2012


Filed under From the magazine, Letter from the editor, Print Opinion

Food is one of life’s simplest pleasures. First and foremost, it keeps you alive and your body functioning. But let’s be honest: That’s not nearly as important as how brownies — we are firm believers in the chewy ones — will definitely get that cute boy from your English class to go to Sadie’s...

When did equality become so radical?

Cynthia Mao

October 8, 2012


Filed under From the magazine, Letter from the editor, Print Opinion

When we were deciding the special report topic for this issue, we initially shied away from calling it feminism. Concerns were raised that the word would alienate a large part of the student body — but isn’t that the problem? If we can’t talk about feminism without fear of negative connotations,...

Going glossy and going back

Cynthia Mao

May 29, 2012


Filed under From the magazine, Letter from the editor, Print Opinion

We went glossy earlier this year because of a lucky find — a startup printing company approached us with a radical new business model that gave us free glossy pages. It was risky. There was always a chance that they would call us one day and tell us they couldn’t print our magazine. But the previous...

Reputation on the line

Reputation on the line

Karishma Mehrotra

March 21, 2012


Filed under From the magazine, Letter from the editor

We couldn't possibly jeopardize our reputation with a teacher — the adult that holds power over our grades, our letters of recommendation, our futures. But when we go home, we sit our butts down and complain with our friends about every teacher we despise, turning our social networking highways into...

I can listen to the same song over and over and over again

I can listen to the same song over and over and over again

Karishma Mehrotra

February 8, 2012


Filed under From the magazine, Letter from the editor

I can sing it at two decibels too high. I can sing it three notes off key. A couple months ago, senior Kevin Tsukii asked me if I regretted never learning a musical instrument. Sure, I canít distinguish the different instruments in a song, and musical notes might as well be foreign words. But I know...

When a teacher says,

When a teacher says,

Karishma Mehrotra

December 7, 2011


Filed under From the magazine, Letter from the editor

  I wanted to write this letter to persuade you that your assumption is wrong. Even though the average listing price for homes in Cupertino is right now is $1,651,276, according to the MLS listings, not every student at MVHS goes home to the same two-story surburban house. But,  after reali...

Did you know that white people live in Cupertino?

Did you know that white people live in Cupertino?

Karishma Mehrotra

November 9, 2011


Filed under From the magazine, Letter from the editor, Print Opinion

In the court my house is located in, seven out of ten households are homes to Caucasian families. In my classes, I am surprised when there are more than three Caucasian students surrounding me. According to real estate research site CLRsearch, in 2010, 50.39 percent of Cupertino citizens were any form of Asian while the MVHS school profile on Schoolloop reports that 75...

There really is no point in making your bed

There really is no point in making your bed

Karishma Mehrotra

October 16, 2011


Filed under Letter from the editor

There is really no point in making your bed. No matter what my parents say, my teenage brain will always calculate costs and benefits of making my bed. And the decision my brain will make is: “No.” Ever since the first intense fight with my parents about this useless chore, I wondered why...

You’re probably thinking: ‘Where’s my newspaper?’

You’re probably thinking: ‘Where’s my newspaper?’

Karishma Mehrotra

September 21, 2011


Filed under From the magazine, Letter from the editor

What happened to my 17.5 by 11.5 inch newspaper? What happened to El Estoque? Let me try to answer. As a staff, the feeling of news magazine style has been trailing us for years. Before this year, our staff was split up into a separate online and print staff. A large part of that was that last ...