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Warming Up: Examining the Consequences of Climate Change

Warming Up: Examining the Consequences of Climate Change

Lakshanyaa Ganesh, Oishee Misra, and Laasya Koduru

March 13, 2019

ilicon Valley is a community that seems to share little in common with other parts of the country and world. Yet when it comes to climate change, it is not exempt from its reaches. The multi-year drought plaguing California is a prime example, with the reduction in crop production, increase in water b...

Stories of the Affected

Stories of the Affected

Sunjin Chang and Lakshanyaa Ganesh

February 6, 2019

For the past month, around 800,000 federal employees did not receive payment for their government jobs or government-funded work, according to John Fritze of USA Today in an interview with Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy. The services that the nation takes for granted became increasingly harder to access a...

As the smoke settles

As the smoke settles

Lakshanyaa Ganesh

December 17, 2018

n Nov. 8, chemistry and AVID teacher Elizabeth McCracken’s daughter Samara McCracken and her boyfriend were two of thousands of people affected by one of the deadliest wildfires in American history: Camp Fire. While Samara and her boyfriend Kevin live in Quincy, Calif., and weren’t in severe dan...

Democracy Through a Screen

Democracy Through a Screen

Ruth Feng and Lakshanyaa Ganesh

November 21, 2018

aylor Swift superfan senior Risha Baxi was having a normal Monday morning on Oct. 29 until her friend sent her a text message ending with a string of exclamation points. Swift had reposted Baxi’s parents on her Instagram story. The previous day, her parents had headed to the polls to cast their votes for the lo...

Deciphering Feminism

Deciphering Feminism

Shuvi Jha

January 29, 2018

was the year women's voices were allowed to ring loud and free as the #MeToo movement pushed for equality. It was the year when White House adviser Kellyanne Conway refused to call herself a feminist “because it [seemed] to be very anti-male and very pro-abortion,” and the year when “Wonder Woma...

“Me Too”: MVHS alumni share their sexual assault stories

“Me Too”: MVHS alumni share their sexual assault stories

Gauri Kaushik

November 10, 2017

"The first time it happened, she was in elementary school. They were playing a game where she had to “guess the object,” and he made her touch certain body parts. What made it worse was the fact that he was her cousin." After the sexual assault allegations against movie producer Harvey Weinstein,...

A definitive guide to Trumpcare versus Obamacare

A definitive guide to Trumpcare versus Obamacare

Bill Cheng

March 30, 2017

s times change and the different parties take control of the white house, political viewpoints tend to shift. In this case, as former President Barack Obama steps down and President Donald Trump takes office, one of the main issues both figures are passionate about is health care for the American pu...

Traffic deaths spike across the US

Traffic deaths spike across the US

Nathan Stevens

March 10, 2017

Traffic — it’s an inconvenience that anyone who’s ever been on a drive knows all too well. According to the CDC, it is also the number one cause of death for teenagers in the U.S. aged 12 to 19. However, a 2016 National Safety Council study shows it’s not just teenagers that are getting into ...

A day at the Santa Clara U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Field Office

A day at the Santa Clara U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Field Office

Claire Chang

March 8, 2017

he building is only one story tall, but stretches so far in both directions that it seems massive. It sits silently at the edge of a cul-de-sac, a one story concrete behemoth framed by grey steps and a tall silver flagpole. The large glass doors that crown the top of a short flight of stairs swing open ...

Politics in entertainment events

Politics in entertainment events

Chelsea Wong

March 3, 2017

On Feb. 12 at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, a hip-hop group called ‘Tribe Called Quest’ performed a moving piece. During a night celebrating popular music stars and current art, the group conveyed a powerful political statement through their show. The group, who was joined by Best New Artist Nominee Anderson Pa...

“Calexit” movement gains momentum

“Calexit” movement gains momentum

Krishna Sunder

March 3, 2017

Secession isn’t new to the U.S. From Virginia’s calls to secession in 1798 to the South during the Civil War, movements for state secession have risen since the creation of the Union. But it wasn’t until after the 2016 election that serious calls for secession re-entered national politics through...