El Estoque

Tips and tricks for an easy life

Tips and tricks for an easy life

Sara Entezarmahdi

March 9, 2017


Filed under Culture, Editorial, OPINION

It has come to my attention that we, as a society, face many awkward and uncomfortable situations throughout our lives. Whether it be feeling unsafe, patronized, or attacked by other members of society, it's for the better to prevent these problematic situations before they start. Observe the drawings...

The stresses left unacknowledged

The stresses left unacknowledged

Brighton Balfrey

March 3, 2017


Filed under Editorial, OPINION

Yo, dude. I don’t feel too good man. Yeah, you don’t look good. What’s going on? Last night I was up til 3 a.m. Studying? Nah, I guess I was just stressed. Being a teenager is draining. Stress is present almost everywhere we look. The adolescent years are a fallow state for oneself, caught awkwardly between be...

Evolution of man

Evolution of man

Vivian Chiang

February 9, 2017


Filed under Editorial, Magazine, OPINION

We live in a digital age, where we are constantly finding ways to shorten idle time and increase productivity. However, that comes with a cost. With a multitude of ways to entertain ourselves, our attention spans have become shorter and shorter.  ...

Embracing the FOB: Expressing your culture should not be perceived negatively

Embracing the FOB: Expressing your culture should not be perceived negatively

Shriya Deshpande

January 17, 2017


Filed under Editorial, OPINION

Story written by Shriya Deshpande & Roshan Fernandez usty streets with sugarcane juice stalls. Crowded temples with statues of Buddha. Small mom-and-pop shops with vivid, silk clothing. These are some of the places MVHS students have grown up in or frequently visited, and while they might not ...

To believe or not to believe

To believe or not to believe

Vivian Chiang

November 12, 2016


Filed under Culture, Editorial, OPINION, Packages

Between the lines of every religion, old-age tale and culture, there lies a plethora of superstitious ideals. Superstitions, whether made up by children to taunt one another or told by the elderly inauspiciously, leave different impressions on those who hear them. Click on each image below to see five...

Victory for all: no more email talk

Victory for all: no more email talk

Brighton Balfrey

November 8, 2016


Filed under Editorial, OPINION, Politics

Chances are, almost every time Americans have turned their TV’s on during this election cycle, they have heard about Hillary Clinton’s emails. Clinton’s secretive server itself and the confidential, embarrassing and just downright stupid content within the emails have dominated both our nation’s...

Stanford’s alcohol policy: a great mistake

Stanford’s alcohol policy: a great mistake

Helen Chao

October 26, 2016


Filed under Culture, Editorial, OPINION

This little piggy drank a bottle, This little piggy also drank a bottle, This little piggy drank from the bigger bottle, This little piggy drank from a smaller one, And the first passed out, but the second did too The last line is all one needs to know and all that matters. In the uneasy wake...

The Kaepernick Controversy: What makes someone eligible to advocate for rights?

The Kaepernick Controversy: What makes someone eligible to advocate for rights?

Aditya Pimplaskar

October 23, 2016


Filed under Culture, Editorial, OPINION

rior to sporting events, as the Star Spangled Banner plays in the background, athletes stand with their hands over their hearts, looking towards the flag. But as of late, more and more athletes of all levels have begun kneeling or sitting during the national anthem. The method of protest that starte...

“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...

There is no excuse for body shaming

There is no excuse for body shaming

Shriya Deshpande

September 15, 2016


Filed under Culture, Editorial, OPINION

t age nine, P.E. Dance teacher Dasha Plaza knew what it was like to have her body heavily scrutinized. At age 15, Plaza often heard the words “fat,” “untalented,” “stupid” and “dumb” tossed in her direction. Some questioned her dancing ability based on her body type. As a young girl...

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...