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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...

The only thing we have to fear is, well, cockroaches

The only thing we have to fear is, well, cockroaches

Maya Murthy

May 19, 2016

his is my last column ever, and I’ve been thinking a lot about that old curse—you know, the one that goes “may you live in interesting times.” It’s because “interesting” is certainly one way to describe this past year. Donald Trump is our Republican nominee, our Supreme Court is split righ...

On minorities in media

On minorities in media

Tal Marom

March 22, 2016

hroughout contemporary film history to the present day, minority actors are often stuck playing stereotypical roles. Sometimes, white actors play minority roles, but less often do minority actors play non-stereotypical roles. With shows like “Master of None” and “Fresh Off the Boat” making it t...

Out of the Blue: Could you do me a favor?

Out of the Blue: Could you do me a favor?

Maya Murthy

December 12, 2015

t feels like every few weeks there's news of another major shooting: it's a normal day of screaming about body counts and the psychological profile of a lone wolf, a rising shout of confusion and sickness that festers in the gaping wound we can't manage to stitch together. Someone has been killed...

Student stress remains the same after “homework-free” Thanksgiving

Student stress remains the same after “homework-free” Thanksgiving

Tal Marom

November 30, 2015

s I was watching all my friends’ Snapchat stories on Monday morning before school, as I usually do, I was surprised. An overwhelming number of my friends were up until 2 a.m. or later finishing homework. I’m very familiar with these types of snaps: a hastily taken picture of a desk with piles of ...

You don’t need AdmitSee

You don’t need AdmitSee

Tal Marom

November 24, 2015

or seniors, November is a time when the stress really piles on: Classes get harder and college application deadlines get closer. The window to improve our grades gets shorter, and we become more unsure of yourself. At that point, we might start looking for a source of validation. I know I definitely...

How college apps helped me realize the happiness from the past progress

How college apps helped me realize the happiness from the past progress

Renee Pu

November 20, 2015

s the college application season is approaching its end, I rub my face every day in horror and disbelief, staring at my mostly blank essay documents. However, I remind myself to stay positive, hoping to chase away the despair by thinking of how lucky I am to be able to have three meals a day, fr...

MVHS alumni discuss community college

MVHS alumni discuss community college

Tal Marom

November 4, 2015

s seniors work on their college applications, they start weighing their options: public universities, out-of-state privates, military colleges. But what about community college? We can all attest to the negative reputation that community college has on our campus, even though 16 percent of college-bo...

The forgotten side of the scale

The forgotten side of the scale

Pranav Jandhyala

October 4, 2015

I wasn’t going to write this column. It’s something I’ve always wanted to say but never did. I’ve always been careful to bite my tongue, to keep my mouth shut in an effort to remain perfectly politically correct on an issue that is so personal to so many of my fellow students. However, there...

Top 30 dumbest things that were said during CNN’s GOP debate

Top 30 dumbest things that were said during CNN’s GOP debate

Pranav Jandhyala

September 24, 2015

Ah, another GOP debate. Another chance to grab some popcorn, sit back and unwind to the white noise of incompetent fools debating about the issues that really matter to our nation for 3 hours, like whether or not Donald Trump actually tried to open up casinos in Florida or how successful Carly Fiorina...

Link Leaders are assisting, not intruding on freshmen

Link Leaders are assisting, not intruding on freshmen

Tal Marom

September 24, 2015

s a Link Leader last year, I saw the privilege of checking on my “Link kids’” grades as a positive one. In the spirit of openness, I told my Link kids that I would be checking up on their grades, reminding them that it was only to provide help if necessary. I vividly remember the reactions of t...