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Coming out of my shell: tortoise troubles

Coming out of my shell: tortoise troubles

Emily Xia

September 27, 2018

f I had to compare myself to an animal, I would be a tortoise. To be completely honest, admitting that is quite embarrassing, as tortoises aren’t exactly the most celebrated role models of the animal kingdom. But I’ve found it to be true — not in the sense that I move slowly (although this ...

The Monster

The Monster

Lakshanyaa Ganesh and Oishee Misra

September 26, 2018

It’s midnight and as we scramble to finish homework, we suddenly remember something: we haven’t sent our streaks yet. Panic takes over as we frantically hunt for our phone. Snap, caption, select, send. Thank God most of our streaks lived — that was a close one. Who doesn’t love keeping up their st...

SAT Saga: College Board’s SAT exam causes unrest

SAT Saga: College Board’s SAT exam causes unrest

Brian Xu, Staff Writer

September 26, 2018

Anyone who registers for the SAT exam is informed that the test begins promptly at 8:00 a.m. By 8:20 a.m. of the August 2017 SAT exam, senior Rhea Karandikar began to lose patience. She was fighting her anxiety, her pencils lying untouched on her desk and her test sheets blank, as her proctor rambled t...

Life after death

Life after death

Helen Chao and Shivani Gupta

September 17, 2018

Teachers and students debate about what’s waiting for them beyond the grave

Stan Twitter culture

Stan Twitter culture

Zara Iqbal and Claire Yang

September 15, 2018

tan Twitter.” The word “stan” is defined by Oxford Dictionary as an “overzealous or obsessive fan of a particular celebrity.” “Stan Twitter” refers to the individuals on Twitter who create accounts to follow celebrities and connect with others in the same fanbases. For junior Victoria Va...

Constant Change: As the sun sets on summer

Constant Change: As the sun sets on summer

Oishee Misra

September 15, 2018

hange and I — we don’t get along. From the day I decided to improve my diet by giving up boba (okay it lasted a day, but in my defense, my house is five minutes’ walk from Quickly’s) to abruptly moving halfway across the world, change hasn’t exactly been something I look forward to. In fact, ...

The buzz at school

The buzz at school

Claire Wen and Brian Xu

August 31, 2018

During summer of 2017, a Fremont Union High School District committee was tasked with creating two new bell schedules, featuring either two or four block days each week. Since then, MVHS teachers have voted upon and finalized the two block day schedule. As school picks up again for the 2018-19 school...

Fun in the sun

Fun in the sun

Helen Chao and Stuti Upadhyay

August 30, 2018

un, warmth, freedom, friends and free will: this is how math teacher Katie Collins describes summer. She repeats the final words three times. However, Collins mentions how these qualities seem to be absent from the summers of many MVHS students. She’ll only occasionally hear of students enjoying an Alaskan cruis...

Where does the gender gap STEM from?

Where does the gender gap STEM from?

Lakshanyaa Ganesh and Oishee Misra

August 30, 2018

Loud voices emanate from an AP Physics C classroom as students frantically prepare for their upcoming exam. Senior Anisha Sinha struggles alongside her group mates as they attempt to figure out a particularly challenging problem. As they discuss, Sinha notices something. They’re all girls. She looks ...

B for Effort

B for Effort

Andrea Perng, News editor

May 24, 2018

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

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...