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Empowered Women Empower Women

Empowered Women Empower Women

Lakshanyaa Ganesh

May 22, 2019


Filed under Best of Opinion, Commentary, Culture, OPINION, Print

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


Filed under From the magazine, OPINION, Print Opinion

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...

A dead end: Exploring the way mental health issues are tackled at MVHS

A dead end: Exploring the way mental health issues are tackled at MVHS

Robert Liu

May 20, 2019


Filed under OPINION

High test scores, newly renovated facilities and a handful of student wellness resources. From the outside, MVHS seems like the perfect school. The school’s academically thriving student body, however, isn’t without those who are struggling. Owing to the pressure to fulfill goals and responsibil...

Give me a break

Give me a break

Brandon Ng

May 17, 2019


Filed under OPINION

I’m in fourth grade. The afternoons reach 100 degrees and it’s gotten to the point where it’s so warm that I can’t sleep properly. At exactly seven in the morning, I wake up groggy and unaware, halfheartedly throwing on shorts and a T-shirt. Stumbling down the stairs, I look outside the wind...

Dear Heartbeat Bill

Dear Heartbeat Bill

Oishee Misra

May 16, 2019


Filed under OPINION

Dear Heartbeat Bill, I didn’t want to write to you. I racked my brain for other topics that brought forth surges of emotion — anger, happiness, sadness, anything really — but my mind kept wandering back, fixating itself upon you. I didn’t want to write to you. Why? Because I felt out...

To all the friends I’ve loved before

To all the friends I’ve loved before

Sreya Kumar

May 15, 2019


Filed under OPINION

Change is a foreign entity out of grasp, but still swirling around me, trapping me in its gray fumes and smoke. However, it’s become a part of me and through the way I twist and turn, it’s also a familiar sight, something I’m prone to welcoming, adjusting to, knowing that there’s no way I can esc...

More that mediocrity

More that mediocrity

Andrea Perng

May 11, 2019


Filed under Columns, OPINION

For a solid while in March, I thought I was “doomed” for UC Riverside. I had only applied to it (and UC Merced) as a safety school, and I thought it would be much better for me to go to any other UC because their prestige was higher than UCR’s. Virtually every classmate around me had gotten accepted t...

Pocket-sized: A rant on women’s pockets

Pocket-sized: A rant on women’s pockets

Emily Xia

May 8, 2019


Filed under Columns, OPINION

ockets are amazing. A pouch of fabric attached to your favorite pair of jeans or joggers that can carry whatever your heart desires. Well, for half of the population, that is. If you know anything about me, you know that I detest, I scorn, I absolutely despise women’s pockets. Or should I say, ...

Not enough: A Singaporean’s perspective on Crazy Rich Asians

Not enough: A Singaporean’s perspective on Crazy Rich Asians

Sreya Kumar

May 8, 2019


Filed under OPINION

Buckets of buttered popcorn and fizzy soda couldn’t conceal my excitement as I walked into the theater, ready to watch a movie that was potentially capable of altering history due to its extremely diverse representation. Having lived in Singapore for roughly 10 years, I was mainly looking forward to seeing a slic...