El Estoque

B for Effort

B for Effort

Andrea Perng, News editor

May 24, 2018


Filed under Columns, OPINION

It’s astounding how much my motivation to become a Link Leader decreased when faced with the prospect of waking up early on a Wednesday to go to a single mandatory meeting. I think, at one point, I really did want to be a Link Leader. I thought it’d be fun to guide the underclassmen around thei...

Our questionable class colors

Our questionable class colors

Jennie Chen

May 23, 2018


Filed under Columns, OPINION

The Class of 2018 should’ve known its high school legacy would be plagued with some rather unfortunate events the second we received hot pink as our freshman year class color. It was quite a scene on distribution day — excited, gawky freshmen clumped together and waiting “in line,” with the occasio...

Sex ed: the impact of sexual education

Sex ed: the impact of sexual education

Claire Yang and Nate Stevens

May 23, 2018


Filed under From the magazine, OPINION, Print Opinion

“Siri, do you know what sex is?” Siri Konanoor looks up from beneath a heap of blankets at her older sister, surprised. Sex. She’s definitely heard that word before. She fidgets, racking her brain for an answer. “Why are you asking me this at 12 at night?” Her sister sighs and eases...

Mapped

Mapped

Charlotte Chui, Ria Kolli, and Mallika Singh

May 23, 2018


Filed under Editorial, From the magazine, OPINION

We have certain established expectations when it comes to privacy. For example, we expect privacy when we are alone, when we’re on the phone and when we’re at home. On a day to day basis, these expectations are seemingly met. The problem, however, starts when our expected privacy is taken away. And ...

An Open Letter

An Open Letter

Stuti Upadhyay

May 22, 2018


Filed under Columns, OPINION

Dear Brother, Six days. Six days, and you’ll be done with tutorials, seven period days, bells, passing periods - done with high school. You’ll graduate high school and move on to college, move on to the next chapter in your life. And what does that mean for me? I’ll have my own car. I’ll m...

Mindfulness in the classroom

Mindfulness in the classroom

Charlotte Chui and Claire Yang

May 22, 2018


Filed under Campus, OPINION

On the day of a test, students walk into class and are met with a tense atmosphere. In the last few minutes before the bell rings, students rush into the classroom, frantically conversing amongst each other to squeeze in more time to study. Some flip through worksheets and notes, while others swarm t...

From teacher to friend

From teacher to friend

Ria Kolli

May 22, 2018


Filed under OPINION

During her freshman year, sophomore Neha Balusu decided to search up her elementary and middle school teachers on her Facebook. Without hesitating, she pressed “send friend request,” hoping that she could continue keep in touch with her favorite teachers. “I don’t really care if they see what I ...

Ignorance is bliss

Ignorance is bliss

Zara Iqbal, Opinion editor

May 20, 2018


Filed under Columns, OPINION

“Do you have hair?” “Did your parents force you to wear it?” “How do you take a shower with that?” These questions scratch the surface of what people ask me as someone who wears a hijab. Yes, I have hair. No, I wear this by choice. And, dude, do you really think I have this on during ev...

Michelle Wolf hunts down the white house at the Correspondents Dinner

Michelle Wolf hunts down the white house at the Correspondents Dinner

Nathan Stevens

May 16, 2018


Filed under Columns, OPINION

While I love the White House Correspondents Dinner for its celebration of young journalists and the First Amendment, I can’t help but look forward to the yearly roast of Washington’s A-list as well. Comedy, especially political comedy, allows me to laugh about the unbelievable stories that I’ve...

The absurdity of UC acceptance rates

The absurdity of UC acceptance rates

April 24, 2018


Filed under OPINION

In a statement released by the UC Office of the President, they said “In the 13th straight year of record-breaking highs, more than 221,000 students applied for undergraduate admission to the University of California for fall 2018, an overall jump of 5.7 percent over last year, according to prelim...

All Done … Almost

All Done … Almost

Songjun Na, Stuti Upadhyay

April 14, 2018


Filed under OPINION

[su_dropcap]M[/su_dropcap]ay 25, 2018 — the day the MVHS class of 2018 will officially checkout of school. The day they will no longer be high schoolers. The day they can say they are finally done. However, while most students will be out celebrating with friends, a small group of seniors will hav...