El Estoque

Constant Change: As I discovered a liking for solitude

Constant Change: As I discovered a liking for solitude

Oishee Misra

April 28, 2019


Filed under OPINION

y mom has a new recent obsession. No, it’s not her daily reminders about my grades and AP testing usually followed by a sarcastic retaliation about my plans to drop out and become a graffiti artist (although, that has been a pretty common conversation around my house lately). Rather, her recent obsessi...

The illness of sickly beautification: romanticizing mental health

The illness of sickly beautification: romanticizing mental health

Annie Zhang

April 27, 2019


Filed under OPINION

omanticization is a complexity — it unveils the allure in beliefs that are less than ideal. Series of “cute and psycho” posts on Tumblr and flurries of quotes bunched under the “pretty and dying” Pinterest folder — the glamorization of mental disorders amidst our social networking culture isn...

Being skeptical

Being skeptical

Keshav Taneja, Staff Writer

April 22, 2019


Filed under OPINION

As important as it is to read and be caught up with the news, it is equally important to not be immediately swayed by what we are reading. Understand this: nearly every media outlet has an agenda, whether to promote their brand or promote a certain political affiliation — there’s nothing wrong wit...

The unspoken pressures of sibling relationships

The unspoken pressures of sibling relationships

Tabitha Mendez

April 16, 2019


Filed under Columns, OPINION

My brother and I are almost 10 years apart, but people often say, “For an age gap so big, it’s surprising how much time you spend together.” A comment like that always seems weird to me — there were so many years when I was a single child, anxiously waiting for a sibling that it felt like I had...

Why Activity Points devalue our commitments

Why Activity Points devalue our commitments

Rana Aghababazadeh

April 12, 2019


Filed under Editorial, OPINION

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 ...

Baby blues

Baby blues

Jasmine Lee and Claire Yang

April 12, 2019


Filed under OPINION

Chronic nausea, swamping fatigue, strange food cravings, an excruciating delivery and waves of new responsibilities — having a child certainly doesn’t sound too pleasant. And in recent years, an increasing number of millennials and Gen Z folks agree. Since the 1970s, the number of women who have decided n...

Coming out of my shell: Dummy Dialogue

Coming out of my shell: Dummy Dialogue

Emily Xia

April 11, 2019


Filed under Columns, From the magazine, OPINION

t was the week before the eighth grade Yosemite trip. A whole week spent outdoors, rooming with best friends and living without parents. The classrooms were buzzing with anticipation. It seemed as if all anyone could talk about was the upcoming trip. I walked out of my fourth period class, talking...

The rising price of the truth

The rising price of the truth

Brandon Ng

April 11, 2019


Filed under OPINION

As student journalists, we try to learn from the best, often looking to professional publications to help us kickstart an idea. They could inspire us with a creative lede, a seamless transition between sentences or a new style of graphic with greater visual appeal, helping to keep our stories afloat and ...

The bigger picture: Taking too many photos prevents us from fully enjoying life

The bigger picture: Taking too many photos prevents us from fully enjoying life

Roshan Fernandez

April 10, 2019


Filed under From the magazine, OPINION

annot take photo. There is not enough available storage. You can manage your storage in Settings. Many of us have seen this or a similar message pop-up on our phones. Even for those of us who still have storage left because our camera rolls haven’t quite overflowed, the issue remains the same — in...

Authentic Appreciation

Authentic Appreciation

April 10, 2019


Filed under OPINION

Your hair looks great. You’re so nice. Your dress is pretty. You’re amazing at basketball. Your shoes are dope. You’re so funny. There are an infinite number of compliments we can give — an infinite number of ways to communicate appreciation, to point out what you like or to voice your support...