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...

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...

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...

Blind Faith

Blind Faith

Andrea Perng

April 4, 2018


Filed under Columns, ENTERTAINMENT

When Donald Trump, former host of reality TV show "The Apprentice," ran for president, talk was rampant about how he had none of the military or political experience that he would need to serve the country effectively. That in itself should have been concerning, and a huge point against him becoming...

SSS limbo

SSS limbo

Songjun Na

March 30, 2018


Filed under Columns, OPINION, Uncategorized

[su_dropcap]T[/su_dropcap]he final bell of my first semester senior year echoed throughout our school campus. It’s over. It’s finally over. The stress I’ve built up over the last four years in MVHS through the constant worry about my grades started to melt away, making way for relief to sweep t...

Time for the U.S administration to speak up

Time for the U.S administration to speak up

Stuti Upadhyay

February 25, 2018


Filed under Columns, OPINION, Opinion Digital, Politics

#MeToo. #TimesUp. The campaign has swept through the nation. It’s in the press, it’s on social media, it’s printed on t-shirts and written on signs. The campaign echoes the demands of thousands of people who are coming together for change. But little does it matter if the most powerful people in...

Ignorant Ingraham

Ignorant Ingraham

Songjun Na

February 18, 2018


Filed under Columns, OPINION

[su_dropcap]O[/su_dropcap]n Feb. 15th, Fox news host Laura Ingraham suggested that NBA stars should not speak up about politics after seeing a video featuring superstars Kevin Durant and Lebron James offering harsh criticism to President Donald Trump. “I’m numb to this commentary. Must they run their mouths lik...

How Rich Brian’s success shatters a status quo

How Rich Brian’s success shatters a status quo

Daniel Lin

February 17, 2018


Filed under Columns, OPINION

[dropcap]I[/dropcap] got into Rich Brian, then "Rich Chigga," when I crossed his video "My Strange Addiction: Kushothyleoma" on Youtube. I didn't think much of it, other than the fact that he had an apparent affinity for smoking pot, and that he was quite popular, with his channel garnering over 100 m...

‘Padmaavat’ through the eyes of a native

‘Padmaavat’ through the eyes of a native

Ishani Singh

February 16, 2018


Filed under Columns, ENTERTAINMENT, Movies

“Padmaavat” is a legendary Indian myth of the elusive queen, Rani Padmini, known as Padmavati in the film. She was deeply in love with and married to a brave Rajput king, Ratan Singh of the Mewar kingdom in Chittor. The two lived their peaceful lives until the Muslim leader, villainous Alauddin ...

Stormi weather ahead

Stormi weather ahead

Anjini Venugopal

February 7, 2018


Filed under Columns, OPINION

[su_dropcap style="flat" size="4"]T[/su_dropcap]he Kardashian-Jenner clan revolves around money — almost everything they do is a strategic move to earn more. While it is commendable and honestly extremely impressive that they managed to conceal Kylie Jenner’s pregnancy for nine months, this too ended...