El Estoque

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...

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

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

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...