El Estoque

Always a piece away

Always a piece away

Rachel Jiang

September 11, 2019

He took out a wrinkled Quickbook binder, pointed to it and said, “This can be where you store them.” I nodded as I took out a box filled with my stamps and carefully placed them into the binder. Never did I realize this binder was something I would reminisce about 10 years later. I have never vi...

Do I feel good?: School spirit isn’t overrated

Do I feel good?: School spirit isn’t overrated

Emily Xia

September 11, 2019

How I discovered that school spirit wasn't lame

A tie between reality and spirituality

A tie between reality and spirituality

Annie Zhang

September 3, 2019

y 10-year-old mind races: I’ve seen this before. I remember you, wearing that exact navy v-neck shirt, hands fumbling with two bulky science textbooks, walking in front of me from my left side out of our shared classroom. This is familiar. I’ve already lived this moment already — you, me, this inter...

Coming out of my shell: Painful Partings

Coming out of my shell: Painful Partings

Emily Xia

May 24, 2019

’m bad at a lot of things. During first period, I tried to drink water from my open-mouthed water bottle, and  somehow managed to drip water onto my shirt, my lecture notes and my lab partner. Needless to say, he wasn’t very excited. During lunch, I attempted to eat a delicious serving of...

The bright side of tragedy

The bright side of tragedy

Oishee Misra

May 24, 2019

n Victor Hugo’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” the famous French cathedral is described as one that gazes at people “with only tranquility and benevolence.” To Parisians, Notre Dame is more than merely a cathedral — it represents a brimming well of pride and nationalism. Yet with the recen...

Constant Change: As I overcame my fear of farewells

Constant Change: As I overcame my fear of farewells

Oishee Misra

May 23, 2019

’ve never been the best at goodbyes. I don’t even need to do a deep soul search to explain my aversion, because frankly, it’s pretty straightforward: I don’t like change. And yes, I know I’ve spent this entire year talking about change — how change is good, how change allows us to grow...

The art of stanning: Exploring the intricacies of a new wave of fan culture

The art of stanning: Exploring the intricacies of a new wave of fan culture

Sreya Kumar and Lakshanyaa Ganesh

May 23, 2019

Stan. The term originated from rapper Eminem’s 2000 hit of the same name, merging the words “stalker” and “fan”. It has quickly evolved into a label young fans on social media proudly use, denoting the prestige their obsession with a figure in pop culture comes with. The term is common on...

Empowered Women Empower Women

Empowered Women Empower Women

Lakshanyaa Ganesh

May 22, 2019

he rise of the 21st Century has brought in a generation that is more aware, sensitive and progressive in relation to issues that have been plaguing our country for years — more specifically, in support of women’s rights and ways of empowerment. Women’s employment rates and college graduation r...

Short end of the stick: Affirmative Action

Short end of the stick: Affirmative Action

Andrea Perng and Annie Zhang

May 22, 2019

Affirmative Action (AA) is a vehemently debated policy — both a milestone for supporters and a grievance for opposers. Over the past couple of years, news relating to college admissions has been largely dominated by the notorious Harvard lawsuit involving its alleged discrimination against Asian ap...