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Constant Change: As the holiday season approaches

Constant Change: As the holiday season approaches

Oishee Misra

November 12, 2018


Filed under OPINION

It’s that time of the year again. The time when the air smells a little crisper, the leaves crunch as boot-clad feet tread over them and the sun peeks out a little less frequently. The time when Starbucks brings out their exquisite cups, stores begin stringing up amalgamations of lights and turkeys go on sal...

Gone for Five Years

Gone for Five Years

Collin Qian, Web Editor

November 7, 2018


Filed under Columns, OPINION

It was impossible for me to look at my dad without drenching my collar in tears, knowing it would be a full year until I would see him again. I endangered many trees by soaking paper towels in the car, at the check-in desk, at the airport and on the airplane itself. I was probably as annoying as the...

Retake remake

Retake remake

Flora Peng

November 5, 2018


Filed under OPINION

Almost every student is familiar with the sensation of receiving horrible scores for a test they studied really hard for. The gut-sinking feeling comes accompanied by a subsequent frantic search for a teacher’s syllabus, or message to a friend, to find out whether a retake will be offered. With th...

Coming out of my shell: Cautious choices

Coming out of my shell: Cautious choices

Emily Xia

October 25, 2018


Filed under From the magazine, OPINION

ast Thursday, I was faced with a dilemma. I was sitting on my couch, ready to nestle in for a good nap, when my mom told me that we would be eating out for dinner. Disappointed at being forced out of my precious sleep time, I was then asked the dreaded question: “Where do you want to go to eat?...

Step out into sunshine

Step out into sunshine

Dhruvika Randad

October 25, 2018


Filed under Briefs, GSA, Lifestyle, OPINION, Uncategorized

To celebrate LGBTQ+ awareness and acceptance, MVHS’ Gender Sexuality and Alliance (GSA), held its biggest event of the year: National Coming Out Day. The door, courtesy of the drama department, was garnished with various flags representing different sexualities and genders. The event physically and metaph...

Greater than, less than

Greater than, less than

Flora Peng

October 24, 2018


Filed under OPINION

Growing up, our parents tell us that we are among the best of the best — as humans, nothing can hinder our progress because we are clearly meant to rule the world. As children, we have the brightest futures ahead of us and need only to take the first step towards a lifetime of success. With thi...

Back with the Bond

Back with the Bond

Stuti Upadhyay

October 24, 2018


Filed under OPINION

Seven hours and 25 minutes. The length of a typical school day at MVHS. In a month, students spend around 150 hours at school. In a year, that’s around 1,300 hours. In four years, MVHS students spend 5,340 hours on campus and in classrooms. Given that students spend so much time on campus, it is e...

The dark side of funny

The dark side of funny

Oishee Misra and Helen Chao

October 24, 2018


Filed under From the magazine, OPINION

Perspectives on the appropriateness of dark humor

Self-deprecating humor

Self-deprecating humor

Claire Wen and Lakshanyaa Ganesh

October 24, 2018


Filed under OPINION

A witty comment or two to entertain a bored audience, to relieve an awkward silence or to have a shield to bounce back on after an embarrassing moment. Humor is the natural human response to something surprising or unexpected, used across all cultures. Yet sometimes, when looking for something to poke f...

Supporting the staff

Supporting the staff

Brian Xu

October 24, 2018


Filed under OPINION

The turning point of now history teacher Scott Victorine’s first career occurred as he was eating lunch at his former law firm. As a paralegal in immigration law, Victorine was overwhelmed with stress. He sat staring at his lunchbox one hectic day and he decided he needed to find another career path. ...