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An Earth Day promise

An Earth Day promise

Stuti Upadhyay

April 22, 2020

COVID-19 presents an opportunity to pursue climate action with renewed vigor

Immigration in the United States: A broken system

Immigration in the United States: A broken system

Lakshanyaa Ganesh and Oishee Misra

October 26, 2019

Reflecting on our experiences with America’s legal immigration system

Imposter Syndrome: Exploring the Nuances

Imposter Syndrome: Exploring the Nuances

Lakshanyaa Ganesh, Oishee Misra, Emily Xia, and Neysa Singh

October 16, 2019

You're a fraud. You're a fake, an imposter, undeserving of the accomplishments you have. We all have this voice in our head. The one that convinces us that our accomplishments never measure up to what we actually deserve. Especially at MVHS, this phenomenon of people feeling inadequate amidst their ac...

Positivity Podcast Ep. 1: Democratic debates

Graphic | Oishee Misra

Lakshanyaa Ganesh and Oishee Misra

September 22, 2019

t’s easy to resign to dismay while attempting to stay informed about the latest news around the globe. That’s why opinion editors Lakshanyaa Ganesh and Oishee Misra discuss the silver linings that emerge from the seemingly limitless “bad news” shared daily.  On episode one, they discuss the...

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...

Our society’s obsession with labels

Our society’s obsession with labels

Lakshanyaa Ganesh and Oishee Misra

May 5, 2019

alm. Funny. Kind. Annoying. Stubborn. Indecisive. Colorful. Frustrating. Passionate. We’ve been called a variety of things throughout our lives. Some of them good, others not so much. It seems like from day one, we’ve been assigned label after label without ever having a choice or say in the ma...

To take or not to take

A tree depicting Linguistic Evolution through Latin roots. Graphic | Dhruvika Randad

Dhruvika Randad

November 17, 2018

Modern-day communication tells a tale of linguistic evolution since the day humans started to communicate with words and sounds that eventually lead to alphabets, scripts, pronunciation and accents that when put together, creates a code in itself: a language. “When the Roman Empire fell, the unique di...

Wandering mind: don’t pop my bubble

Wandering mind: don’t pop my bubble

Brighton Balfrey

December 14, 2016

Cupertino acts as a temporary home for many

Cupertino acts as a temporary home for many

Avni Prasad

December 10, 2016

wo years ago, I joined the Facebook group “You know you are from Cupertino if you remember…” With about 10,000 members, the group engages in daily discussion about memories and places in Cupertino. But even after living in Cupertino for the last 16 years, I scroll through the page seeing names I...

Why students don’t have a voice in politics

Assemblywoman Nora Campos (left) attacks State Senator Jim Beall (right) after being questioned about her oil company supporters.

Krishna Sunder

November 1, 2016

n October 20, 2016, I attended Cupertino Teen Commission’s Pizza and Politics event, a gathering where students could meet with panels of local politicians and ask them questions about developments in our community. I came to the meeting burning with excitement, ready to take part in the political p...