El Estoque

Even more mysterious than mystery meat

Even more mysterious than mystery meat

Margaret Lin

September 23, 2011


Filed under OPINION

The tots are gone. The prices are up. What gives? This year, hot lunch has gone up from $3.50 to $3.75, and the once-present tater tots also seemed to have disappeared. Student responses from an online survey conducted by El Estoque ranged from apathy to full-out fury—but most were just plain confused. Isn’t it the administration’s responsibility to...

Safety for all

Safety for all

Smitha Gundavajhala

September 20, 2011


Filed under OPINION

Stop, drop, and roll. Duck and cover. Under the table. Students carry out specific and mandatory safety drills throughout the year. There are three main drills that MVHS focuses on: fire drills, earthquake drills, and an intrusion drill. Once a month, the fire alarm is bound to ring, pulling students ou...

A bitter farewell: Cancellation of last dance unjustified

A bitter farewell: Cancellation of last dance unjustified

Ashley Wu

September 20, 2011


Filed under OPINION

Can the administration possibly throw any more surprises our way? The Farewell Dance at the end of the year has always been a way for students to release stress and blow off some steam before cramming for finals and their ast projects. But this year, the Farewell Dance has been cancelled, a decisio...

Go green, or go home

Go green, or go home

Megan Jones

September 19, 2011


Filed under OPINION

Parents roamed the campus with schedules clutched in their hands like life preservers. Their frowns and confused expressions were etched onto their faces as they wandered around the buildings aimlessly while Link Leaders tried their very best to direct them to classrooms. Yes, Back to School Ni...

Why the marquee is okay

Why the marquee is okay

Stephanie Chang

September 8, 2011


Filed under OPINION

The marquee that was attached to the side of the gym before the school year began has spurred some angry discussion amongst students: "We're in a budget crisis and yet they're spending $10,000 on a marquee! Outrageous!"Although we are indeed lacking in funds, the buying of the marquee has almost noth...

Stop complaining, start dancing

Stop complaining, start dancing

Megan Jones

September 6, 2011


Filed under OPINION, Uncategorized

The beginning of high school is a fresh start. Away from those middle school years of puberty, awkwardness and drama, and into high school with its more mature, more dignified outlook on life. Oh yes, and of course the more intense dances. As eighth graders transition into their freshmen year, t...

Faculty outshines U.S. government in the face of crisis

Faculty outshines U.S. government in the face of crisis

Kiranmayi Methuku

August 25, 2011


Filed under OPINION

Maybe Steve Jobs should run for president—at least he’s got his act together. Even a few members of MVHS faculty seem qualified for the position. Of course, the same can’t be said about the American government. Apple Inc. recently released financial results in June, revealing its $79.4 billion...

The missing Link: a personal connection

The missing Link: a personal connection

Megan Jones

August 25, 2011


Filed under OPINION, Uncategorized

The first day back to school is always about the new—new classes, new classmates, new teachers, new clothes, new books. But every year, there is always the same colossal number of yellow T-shirts. However, this year the sea of yellow Link shirts will be drastically smaller. The Link program has ...

Reducing workloads in classes

Reducing workloads in classes

Margaret Lin

August 25, 2011


Filed under OPINION, Uncategorized

The screech of the school bell wakes you from your early morning slumber. It’s the end of first period. But the only thing you can think about is your warm, inviting, fluffy bed at home. As you stumble out of first period, you vow never to stay up that late again. As if. With almost all your t...

Reclaiming the Section ID

Reclaiming the Section ID

Kevin Guo

August 25, 2011


Filed under OPINION, Uncategorized

If you are reading this article, you should know that you have been cheated: cheated of something that you probably don’t care about. This year, the school administration decided to remove section IDs from the schedules mailed home in late June. For those of you who don’t know or have forgotten, secti...

UC ups their price tag; students, start the college hunt

UC ups their price tag; students, start the college hunt

Stephanie Chang

August 25, 2011


Filed under OPINION

Due to the recent 9.6 percent UC tuition increase—an added $1,086 per year—effective this fall, California has erupted in a frenzy of protesting—sit-outs, walk-outs, strikes, and mini-riots from students, parents and staff alike. It’s hard not to sympathize; many of us students at this school have been...

Club promotions should be limited in middle schools

Club promotions should be limited in middle schools

Edward Wang

June 6, 2011


Filed under OPINION

Extracurricular activities should not take away from valuable school time Read More »...