El Estoque

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...

Why Activity Points devalue our commitments

Why Activity Points devalue our commitments

Rana Aghababazadeh

April 12, 2019

hen we first enter MVHS, we’re introduced to more than 90 clubs on campus, and we debate what electives to take in order to join a business club or participate in drama performances. On Club Promo Day, we type our email addresses into dozens of computers, signing up for clubs. After ignoring multiple club ...

Why it’s impossible to stop procrastinating

Why it’s impossible to stop procrastinating

Zara Iqbal, Opinion editor

March 31, 2019

After an exhausting day at school, we collapse onto our beds but we can’t help but dread unzipping our backpacks to take out our unfinished homework assignments — so we resort to rolling to the other side of the bed with phone in hand, scrolling through social media, laughing at YouTube videos and ...

The myth of reverse racism

The myth of reverse racism

Claire Yang

January 27, 2019

“I hate white people.” The phrase has been casually littering social media platforms, and occasionally makes an appearance in everyday life. Making quirky “jokes” by generalizing white Americans has become a custom on platforms like Twitter and Instagram, where users poke fun at how white...

Fixating on grade updates defeats the purpose of online portals

Fixating on grade updates defeats the purpose of online portals

Flora Peng

January 23, 2019

Weeks after the conclusion of the first semester, students are now setting their expectant eyes toward the blessed horizon of summer vacation. Their hopes are high for a successful semester, prompted by a fresh start to the gradebook and the promise of a week-long break between every grading period. ...

Stand-up comedians are the opposite of racist

Stand-up comedians are the opposite of racist

Rana Aghababazadeh

January 21, 2019

n El Estoque’s October issue, EE Opinion explored the dark side of humor, and how people have developed an instinct to deliberately seek offense from humor, especially from race-related jokes. Because modern stand-up comedians heavily rely on race as a primary topic in their sets, many comedy shows may be unsuit...

China currently holding Muslims in “re-education camps”

China currently holding Muslims in “re-education camps”

Zara Iqbal, Opinion editor

January 19, 2019

“For four days, they strung me up. My toes barely brushed the ground. For four days, they didn’t let me sleep. Tormenting me, torturing me.” This is only a fraction of the intense torture Omar Bekali went through when he was detained. Bekali is a Kazakh citizen who was born in China and lived there for 30 years. He was in Kazakhstan when Chinese officials escalated the separatism; the day after he came back to Xinjiang ...

New year, same me

New year, same me

Zara Iqbal and Flora Peng

January 12, 2019

As the holiday season comes to an end, the new year confronts us with the pressure of a supposedly fresh start to the rest of our lives. With this comes the responsibility of setting measurable goals, or rather, resolutions, aimed towards bettering ourselves. But as year after year passes and (perhaps)...