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Being skeptical

Being skeptical

Keshav Taneja, Staff Writer

April 22, 2019


Filed under OPINION

As important as it is to read and be caught up with the news, it is equally important to not be immediately swayed by what we are reading. Understand this: nearly every media outlet has an agenda, whether to promote their brand or promote a certain political affiliation — there’s nothing wrong wit...

The unspoken pressures of sibling relationships

The unspoken pressures of sibling relationships

Tabitha Mendez

April 16, 2019


Filed under Columns, OPINION

My brother and I are almost 10 years apart, but people often say, “For an age gap so big, it’s surprising how much time you spend together.” A comment like that always seems weird to me — there were so many years when I was a single child, anxiously waiting for a sibling that it felt like I had...

Why Activity Points devalue our commitments

Why Activity Points devalue our commitments

Rana Aghababazadeh

April 12, 2019


Filed under Editorial, OPINION

hen we first enter MVHS, we’re introduced to more than 90 clubs on campus, and we debate what electives to take in order to join a business club or participate in drama performances. On Club Promo Day, we type our email addresses into dozens of computers, signing up for clubs. After ignoring multiple club ...

Baby blues

Baby blues

Jasmine Lee and Claire Yang

April 12, 2019


Filed under OPINION

Chronic nausea, swamping fatigue, strange food cravings, an excruciating delivery and waves of new responsibilities — having a child certainly doesn’t sound too pleasant. And in recent years, an increasing number of millennials and Gen Z folks agree. Since the 1970s, the number of women who have decided n...

Coming out of my shell: Dummy Dialogue

Coming out of my shell: Dummy Dialogue

Emily Xia

April 11, 2019


Filed under Columns, From the magazine, OPINION

t was the week before the eighth grade Yosemite trip. A whole week spent outdoors, rooming with best friends and living without parents. The classrooms were buzzing with anticipation. It seemed as if all anyone could talk about was the upcoming trip. I walked out of my fourth period class, talking...

The rising price of the truth

The rising price of the truth

Brandon Ng

April 11, 2019


Filed under OPINION

As student journalists, we try to learn from the best, often looking to professional publications to help us kickstart an idea. They could inspire us with a creative lede, a seamless transition between sentences or a new style of graphic with greater visual appeal, helping to keep our stories afloat and ...

The bigger picture: Taking too many photos prevents us from fully enjoying life

The bigger picture: Taking too many photos prevents us from fully enjoying life

Roshan Fernandez

April 10, 2019


Filed under From the magazine, OPINION

annot take photo. There is not enough available storage. You can manage your storage in Settings. Many of us have seen this or a similar message pop-up on our phones. Even for those of us who still have storage left because our camera rolls haven’t quite overflowed, the issue remains the same — in...

Authentic Appreciation

Authentic Appreciation

April 10, 2019


Filed under OPINION

Your hair looks great. You’re so nice. Your dress is pretty. You’re amazing at basketball. Your shoes are dope. You’re so funny. There are an infinite number of compliments we can give — an infinite number of ways to communicate appreciation, to point out what you like or to voice your support...

“Climate” Change

“Climate” Change

Tyler Cho and Brian Xu

April 10, 2019


Filed under OPINION

MVHS was named a 2019 California Distinguished School in February among 162 middle and high schools across the state. Of the 10 schools in Santa Clara County who were honored, only three were high schools, two of which came from FUHSD — MVHS and Lynbrook HS. According to a news release by the California Department o...

We only make small talk

We only make small talk

Tyler Cho and Brian Xu

April 10, 2019


Filed under OPINION

nteracting with strangers can be terrifying. We’re rarely in physical danger when meeting someone new, but our dignity is on the line. In many cases, interacting with someone new can feel like we’re following a set of procedures, progressing from one stage to the next as we gradually become m...

The friends we overlook

The friends we overlook

Robert Liu and Annie Zhang

April 10, 2019


Filed under OPINION

an I see what you wrote for that?” “There was so much homework last night. I barely finished. You?” “Did you have chemistry yet? Was the lab hard?” We often find these inquiries tumbling from our lips. Classroom friends — the people who slump between the spectrum of passive stranger...