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Warm coats and warm cocoa

Warm coats and warm cocoa

Sepand Rouz

January 26, 2017

This winter has brought in enough rain to help ease Calif. out of its five year drought. But it’s hard to stay dry, especially for low-income families who might not be able to afford a thick winter coat or rain jacket. MVHS Leadership hosted a coat drive every brunch on Wednesdays from 9:05 a.m. to...

Spoken Word Club takes the stage

Spoken Word Club takes the stage

Sepand Rouz

January 26, 2017

While poetry may seem like merely a literary text, there are other ways it can be used. Spoken word poetry has recently been echoing across auditoriums and working into classrooms as well. A new club at MVHS was created based on the belief of spreading the art of spoken word poetry. Spoken word poetry...

Things I wish I was better at

Things I wish I was better at

Chelsea Wong

January 24, 2017

ook below to see some of MVHS students aspirations.   ...

MVHS reacts to the fire that happened on campus

MVHS reacts to the fire that happened on campus

Mallika Singh

January 23, 2017

oud, blaring sounds come from the walls and in the walkways. Lights flash. Teachers immediately stop their lessons in their rooms. Students quickly walk out to the blacktop, field or parking lot chattering while being told to remain quiet. It’s what appears to be the fire drill that happens each mont...

Girl Up club seeks to empower women

Girl Up club seeks to empower women

Chelsea Wong

January 20, 2017

Juniors Srijana Saha and Victoria Xiao (top left and top second right) forged both a friendship and a club in a common bond — empowering women. and started This was inspired by a branch of an organization the United Nations created, Girl Up. Young woman and girls in Guatemala, Liberia, India, Ethiop...

After the storm: the current state of California’s drought

After the storm: the current state of California’s drought

Krishna Sunder

January 17, 2017

Additional reporting by Nate Stevens rown is the new green.” At least that’s what Governor Jerry Brown used as his campaign slogan in 2014, referring to his new platform of anti-drought policies. But if any of Brown’s catchy campaign signs were still outside in recent days, they’d be m...

Students and staff share their resolutions for 2017

Students and staff share their resolutions for 2017

Nathan Stevens

January 9, 2017

s 2016 comes to a close and the new year begins, many people are taking part in the long-standing tradition of New Year’s resolutions. Scroll down to see how people at MVHS are starting off 2017 with a change for the better. ...

Things I wish I was not afraid of

Things I wish I was not afraid of

Claire Chang

January 8, 2017

E veryone is scared of something – from heights to the dark. But behind every individual fear is a unique story. Scroll below to find out what several people at MVHS wish they weren’t afraid of.  ...

Campus Question: Why have there been a series of water issues on campus?

Campus Question: Why have there been a series of water issues on campus?

Chetana Ramaiyer

December 19, 2016

Additional reporting by Sepand Rouz and Claire Chang. O n Wed. Nov. 23, while walking to his fourth period class, junior Matthew Hsieh was interrupted by a tall stream of water gushing out of a broken pipeline at the back of B building, near the bike racks. Later that day, an announcement was ma...

How “Gay” and “AIDS” are used in MVHS student life

How “Gay” and “AIDS” are used in MVHS student life

Sepand Rouz

December 15, 2016

hen Student Conduct Liaison Thomas Michaelis hears students using the terms "gay" and "AIDS" to describe "something lame", he lets them off with a warning first. But he remembers their faces, and if he hears it again from the same student, he brings them to the office. “They better pick somethi...

Things I wish people would stop telling me

Things I wish people would stop telling me

Krishna Sunder

December 5, 2016

“Can I go to the bathroom?” “I don’t know, can you?” Everyone has that one comment that drives them insane. But behind every trite cliché is a unique method by which it gets under our skin. Scroll down to see what students wish they’d never hear again. ...