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Looking past the smoke screen: reflections on reporting about high-school substance use

Looking past the smoke screen: reflections on reporting about high-school substance use

Ilena Peng

December 8, 2016


Filed under Campus, Columns, Drugs, From the magazine, Magazine, OPINION

“It’s all storytelling, you know. That’s what journalism is all about.” -Tom Brokaw Read the full story about a former student's reflections on substance use here.  There are people who walk into our journalism class and say “I want to write about drugs.” It’s something that...

Legislative Council: Has it served its purpose?

Legislative Council: Has it served its purpose?

Stephanie Lam

November 26, 2016


Filed under Campus, Multimedia, OPINION

n Monday or Thursday, during tutorial, student representatives from fifth period classrooms are called to the auditorium to attend a Legislative Council meeting. Legislative Council was originally created to help strengthen the voices of students on campus, but after three years of having the counc...

Why students don’t have a voice in politics

Why students don’t have a voice in politics

Krishna Sunder

November 1, 2016


Filed under Best of Opinion, Campus, Columns, OPINION

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...

“Locker room” talk is not going away

“Locker room” talk is not going away

Brighton Balfrey

October 19, 2016


Filed under Campus, Editorial, OPINION, Politics

Walking down the halls, I can take my pick at what I want to hear: misogyny, racism, gossip. Everyone thinks that the words they say within their small groups don’t have the power to hurt. They fall under a presumed cloak of anonymity and assume that others in passing aren’t listening or are just...

Selfies promote narcissism but allow self-expression

Selfies promote narcissism but allow self-expression

Jackie Way

October 9, 2016


Filed under Campus, OPINION

nstagram has over 270 million posts with the selfie hashtag. Numerous Facebook users set selfies as their profile pictures. Snapchat has special filters for selfie-takers, ranging from flower crowns to rainbow vomit. The world has come a long way from taking pixelated pictures by using the back side of ...

Homecoming spirit, still high, is affected by academics

Homecoming spirit, still high, is affected by academics

Shriya Deshpande

October 9, 2016


Filed under Campus, Culture, ENTERTAINMENT, OPINION, Student life, Videos

hen the Homecoming tradition started in the late 1800's, it consisted of parts similar to those we have today: a football game, a parade and a dance. But over time, Homecoming spirit has fluctuated and students have come to prioritize different parts of the spirit week. Some students choose to dress up ...

Low stress weeks increase students’ stress

Brighton Balfrey

October 8, 2016


Filed under Campus, OPINION, Videos

Senior Sid Satya walked into the library after school with many stressful things on his mind: AP Economics test, AP Biology test, AP Statistics test, multiple other assignments all in the next week. There are two problems with this scenario. One is that Satya shouldn’t have had three tests n...

Using homework as an excuse to avoid family time

Using homework as an excuse to avoid family time

Jackie Way

September 15, 2016


Filed under Campus, OPINION, Videos

omework: it’s accepted as an integral part of school life, going as far back as kindergarten for many people. Piles of papers stacked on students’ desks, keyboards poised underneath their fingertips, hours worth of assignments waiting for them — under these circumstances, getting fewer than five hours of ...

School rankings don’t change student opinions of MVHS

School rankings don’t change student opinions of MVHS

Stephanie Lam

September 8, 2016


Filed under Campus, Editorial, OPINION

It is not unknown to the average MVHS student how prestigious the school is. We see the awards in the gym; we click on articles that rank the best high schools in America and spot our school name somewhere among the top 20. Despite the prestige MVHS has gained, however, students don’t seem to feel...

Addressing the term “frape” head-on

Addressing the term “frape” head-on

Vivian Chiang

August 24, 2016


Filed under Campus, Editorial, OPINION

Co-written by Sara Entezar and Avni Prasad hen our journalism adviser Julia Satterthwaite told us some of her freshmen students were afraid of being raped at the Welcome Back Dance, we laughed. Yes, at the Welcome Back Dance people dance sexually, through freaking*, but in no way does the dance mo...

MVHS students discuss the purpose and successes of Link Crew

MVHS students discuss the purpose and successes of Link Crew

Mingjie Zhong

August 22, 2016


Filed under Campus, OPINION

Run on a national level by The Boomerang Project, a company that focuses on student transition programs, Link Crew aims to welcome and guide high school freshmen through structured peer mentorship. At the end of each school year, sophomores and juniors can apply to become MVHS Link Leaders for the follo...

What quad skits bring to the deck

What quad skits bring to the deck

Shriya Deshpande

August 22, 2016


Filed under Campus, OPINION, Videos

Story by Shriya Deshpande and Katerina Pappas hen students met at the end of last year to discuss how to prepare for the next school year’s Homecoming season, they didn’t know that one change would be moving away from a traditional Homecoming with quad decks. Starting from the start of this new s...