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Behind the scenes: The Yeoman Rises

Behind the scenes: The Yeoman Rises

Vijeet Chaugule

May 14, 2017


Filed under Featured, OPINION

On Sept. 25, 2016, seniors Neil Palleti and Nikhil Cheerla published a web series detailing a single man kickstarting a revolution by starting a gang of urban farmers in the city, but soon finding himself fighting against a shadowy network of corrupt politicians, gang leaders, hackers and assassins....

Snapchat streaks: A controversial form of friendship

Snapchat streaks: A controversial form of friendship

Vivian Chiang

October 18, 2016


Filed under Best of Videos, Culture, Featured, Multimedia, OPINION, Videos

Living in the decade of quick and easy communication may seem like a great feat to most; though, this modern, dumbed-down form of interaction can also bring out a shallow side to relationships. This form of interaction parallels with the teenager loving, selfie obsessed, and persistent check ups of the...

Soylent: New smoothie offers an alternative to food

Soylent: New smoothie offers an alternative to food

Krishna Sunder

August 30, 2016


Filed under Best of Videos, Culture, Featured, OPINION, Videos

oylent is the future of food. At least that’s what researchers at Rosa Labs claim about their new product, a tasteless smoothie-like beverage that contains all the nutrients an average adult needs to survive. Many Monta Vista students spend lunch occupied between clubs, academics, or sports and ca...

On minorities in media

On minorities in media

Tal Marom

March 22, 2016


Filed under Commentary, Featured, OPINION

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...

There’s no clear conclusion about women and the draft

There’s no clear conclusion about women and the draft

Emily Zhao

March 9, 2016


Filed under Featured, OPINION, Opinion Editor's Picks

Story co-written with Miloni Vora. ender equality is a heated topic that’s being heavily debated in all walks of life. When it comes to the draft, however, we don’t hear or see much about it. Mostly because the topic hasn't been in the political limelight due to the draft’s lack of relevance tod...

A Case for Ethnic Studies

A Case for Ethnic Studies

Tal Marom

February 7, 2016


Filed under Editorial, Featured, OPINION, Opinion Editor's Picks, Under 20 Minutes

ith the news that a new class will be added to the curriculum, we could ponder the classes we want: psychology, sociology, perhaps even a home economics class. But when thinking of classes we need on campus, ethnic studies comes to mind. We already have relatively liberal history classes in the c...

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

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

Tal Marom

November 30, 2015


Filed under Commentary, Featured, OPINION

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 ...

Teachers on the Syrian refugee crisis: Pete Pelkey

Teachers on the Syrian refugee crisis: Pete Pelkey

Pranav Jandhyala

November 18, 2015


Filed under Featured, Multimedia, OPINION, Politics, Video

The Syrian Refugee Crisis has become one of the most pressing international issues of this decade. The Syrian Civil war has been going on since the Arab Spring protests of 2011 and has displaced over 12 million Syrians, most of whom are children. Many of these refugees have made desperate attempts to...

MVHS alumni discuss community college

MVHS alumni discuss community college

Tal Marom

November 4, 2015


Filed under Briefs, Commentary, Featured, OPINION

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...

Students share their opinion on the change from Homecoming King and Queen to Royalty

Students share their opinion on the change from Homecoming King and Queen to Royalty

Ananya Bhat

October 11, 2015


Filed under Featured, Multimedia, OPINION, Video

The title of Homecoming King and Queen has been passed down for generations, but starting this year, that will no longer be the case. Striving to make MVHS a more accepting place for all genders, leadership changed the name of Homecoming King and Queen to Homecoming Royalty. Watch this video to find out wh...

Link Leaders are assisting, not intruding on freshmen

Link Leaders are assisting, not intruding on freshmen

Tal Marom

September 24, 2015


Filed under Commentary, Featured, OPINION

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...

Breaking it Down: Education inequality within Silicon Valley

Breaking it Down: Education inequality within Silicon Valley

Meghna Gaddam

September 23, 2015


Filed under BEYOND THE MAGAZINE, Breaking it Down, Featured, OPINION

MVHS is lucky to be a school with great students and great resources; however this is not always the case. Just within our neighboring cities, we see schools with proficiency rates as low as 25 percent, and low funding for improving education, which eventually creates a detrimental impact on those s...