El Estoque

Mapped

Mapped

Charlotte Chui, Ria Kolli, and Mallika Singh

May 23, 2018


Filed under Editorial, From the magazine, OPINION

We have certain established expectations when it comes to privacy. For example, we expect privacy when we are alone, when we’re on the phone and when we’re at home. On a day to day basis, these expectations are seemingly met. The problem, however, starts when our expected privacy is taken away. And ...

An Open Letter

An Open Letter

Stuti Upadhyay

May 22, 2018


Filed under Columns, OPINION

Dear Brother, Six days. Six days, and you’ll be done with tutorials, seven period days, bells, passing periods - done with high school. You’ll graduate high school and move on to college, move on to the next chapter in your life. And what does that mean for me? I’ll have my own car. I’ll b...

Mindfulness in the classroom

Mindfulness in the classroom

Charlotte Chui and Claire Yang

May 22, 2018


Filed under Campus, OPINION

On the day of a test, students walk into class and are met with a tense atmosphere. In the last few minutes before the bell rings, students rush into the classroom, frantically conversing amongst each other to squeeze in more time to study. Some flip through worksheets and notes, while others swarm t...

From teacher to friend

From teacher to friend

Ria Kolli

May 22, 2018


Filed under OPINION

During her freshman year, sophomore Neha Balusu decided to search up her elementary and middle school teachers on her Facebook. Without hesitating, she pressed “send friend request,” hoping that she could continue keep in touch with her favorite teachers. “I don’t really care if they see what I ...

Ignorance is bliss

Ignorance is bliss

Zara Iqbal, Opinion editor

May 20, 2018


Filed under Columns, OPINION

“Do you have hair?” “Did your parents force you to wear it?” “How do you take a shower with that?” These questions scratch the surface of what people ask me as someone who wears a hijab. Yes, I have hair. No, I wear this by choice. And, dude, do you really think I have this on during ev...

Michelle Wolf hunts down the white house at the Correspondents Dinner

Michelle Wolf hunts down the white house at the Correspondents Dinner

Nathan Stevens

May 16, 2018


Filed under Columns, OPINION

While I love the White House Correspondents Dinner for its celebration of young journalists and the First Amendment, I can’t help but look forward to the yearly roast of Washington’s A-list as well. Comedy, especially political comedy, allows me to laugh about the unbelievable stories that I’ve...

The absurdity of UC acceptance rates

The absurdity of UC acceptance rates

April 24, 2018


Filed under OPINION

In a statement released by the UC Office of the President, they said “In the 13th straight year of record-breaking highs, more than 221,000 students applied for undergraduate admission to the University of California for fall 2018, an overall jump of 5.7 percent over last year, according to prelim...

All Done … Almost

All Done … Almost

Songjun Na, Stuti Upadhyay

April 14, 2018


Filed under OPINION

ay 25, 2018 — the day the MVHS class of 2018 will officially checkout of school. The day they will no longer be high schoolers. The day they can say they are finally done. However, while most students will be out celebrating with friends, a small group of seniors will have to report back to school...

A cruelty-free pig dissection: Two sophomores create a virtual pig dissection as an alternative for students.

A cruelty-free pig dissection: Two sophomores create a virtual pig dissection as an alternative for students.

Sreya Kumar

April 14, 2018


Filed under OPINION

Sophomore Pratya Poosala still remembers entering her freshman biology class after a long day of school, hoping to learn about chromosomes and chromatids. Instead, she was greeted with the pungent aroma of preservative chemicals. Her biology teacher, Pooya Hajjarian had informed the class beforehand...

Exploring Schadenfreude

Exploring Schadenfreude

Ria Kolli

April 12, 2018


Filed under Breaking it Down, OPINION

chadenfreude, the derivation of pleasure from the misfortune of others, is embedded in human culture. The term arose from the two German words, “schaden” and “freude,” which translate to malice and joy respectively. People laugh at videos depicting others falling down and getting injured. Friends te...

The right fit: colleges change their priorities in the application process

The right fit: colleges change their priorities in the application process

Nathan Stevens

April 12, 2018


Filed under From the magazine, OPINION

he end of the school year is approaching, and with it comes a big decision for seniors — choosing where to go to college. For some, that is easy. They got into their first choice. But for others who didn’t get into their first choice, they are left with an often difficult choice. The college appli...

Click to Follow

Click to Follow

Jasmine Lee

April 11, 2018


Filed under OPINION

When junior Sam Liu started their Tumblr account, they didn’t expect people to notice their art. They didn’t expect to gain attention from the others on the same social media platform. They didn’t know that they would be well-known on social media for their passion for art. Over the last six ...