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Let’s Talk: Complaining at MVHS

Let’s Talk: Complaining at MVHS

March 15, 2019


Filed under OPINION

Exploring the implications of complaining as a means of reinforcing negativity or releasing stress

What I’ve learned from performing in piano recitals

What I’ve learned from performing in piano recitals

Brian Xu

March 15, 2019


Filed under OPINION

’ve been playing the piano for eight years now — at this point, I’ve been playing for half my life. Every week consists of practicing scales and technique, learning etudes (practice pieces) and polishing pieces for performances. Where does all of this practice take me? Each year, my piano tea...

Paying for my life: Looking at the rising costs of medication

Paying for my life: Looking at the rising costs of medication

Brandon Ng

March 14, 2019


Filed under OPINION

I’m part of the 60 percent of the world that has a food allergy of some type. For me, it’s nuts. For others, it could be eggs, milk, wheat or soy. There are even some less common allergies where people are allergic to nearly all fruits or even sugar. No matter the allergy, every meal is a consta...

To err is human, to forgive divine

To err is human, to forgive divine

Zara Iqbal, Opinion editor

March 14, 2019


Filed under Columns, OPINION

“We went to Pakistan that summer after one of your cousins passed away,” my mom said suddenly as we watched an old video she filmed of me, my brother and a couple of my cousins from 2004, the first time I visited my motherland. “Today was his birthday. He would’ve turned eighteen.”  I alre...

Care to Dance?

Care to Dance?

Stuti Upadhyay

March 13, 2019


Filed under From the magazine, OPINION

Red, green and blue lights pulse off the walls. Crowds of students jump and thrash their arms in the air, yelling lyrics to the newest Post Malone song. The air is sticky and stifling from bodies packed together like sardines. Girls walk around clutching their heels, while boys with wrinkly shirt...

Bridging the gap between generations

Bridging the gap between generations

Tyler Cho and Robert Liu

March 13, 2019


Filed under From the magazine, OPINION

or many students at MVHS, protests over how hard parents push us academically are commonplace. Daily conversations with friends are littered with subtle about our parents. We bemoan their constant nagging about our grades, extracurriculars or the amount of time we spend on our phones. But this isn’t...

Coming out of my shell: Tissue Turmoil

Coming out of my shell: Tissue Turmoil

Emily Xia

March 13, 2019


Filed under Columns, From the magazine, OPINION

felt it as soon as I woke up. Laying in bed, I thought to myself: Ugh. My eyes are swollen again. My instincts were confirmed as I reluctantly rolled out of bed and peered into a mirror. No amount of makeup would hide it, and I could only hope that my glasses would somewhat conceal the puffiness ...

The unseen art: misconceptions of modern art

The unseen art: misconceptions of modern art

Brian Xu and Annie Zhang

March 13, 2019


Filed under From the magazine, OPINION

blue canvas with a white stripe running down its middle sold for $48.3 million. A solid green portrait of an inverted trapezoid sold for $1.6 million. An empty frame for a “non-visible” piece of art sold for $10,000. But is there any meaning behind this white stripe on a blue canvas? Is t...

In my humble opinion: Why humility is a crucial but often overlooked trait

In my humble opinion: Why humility is a crucial but often overlooked trait

Roshan Fernandez

March 13, 2019


Filed under From the magazine, OPINION

n many ways, MVHS students have mastered the humble-brag. We tell our friends how we got an “A” on our English essay even though we never read the book. We tell them how we aced a test we never studied for. We tell them how we completed our entire semester-long project the day before it was due and got...

Who are today’s legends?

Who are today’s legends?

Tabitha Mendez

March 4, 2019


Filed under Columns, OPINION

Which is better, music now or music of the past? This has always been an ongoing argument between my dad and I — especially in the car when we rush to reach for the aux cord, determining who gets to play their music for that ride. As we drive blasting Queen’s “Radio Gaga” from the car speakers, ...