El Estoque

Give Us a Break

Give Us a Break

Hannah Lee

December 11, 2017


Filed under From the magazine, Magazine, OPINION

ollowing the transition from a relaxing summer into a new school year, first semester can often be tiring. There are approximately 14 1/2 weeks of school between the first day of school and Thanksgiving break with only 3 days off. Students and staff have only two full days off for Thanksgiving, with ...

Bye-bye Cupertino

Bye-bye Cupertino

Songjun Na

December 11, 2017


Filed under Columns, OPINION

s I was driving down Stevens Creek Blvd. after soccer practice to go to the Cupertino Library, I noticed a brand new building replacing Vivi’s, a local restaurant that went out of business last year. I looked closer at the sign written on the building: Starbucks. I think to myself, Another one? How ...

Oscars 2018

Carol Lei

December 11, 2017


Filed under OPINION

The countless victims of sexual assault are finally speaking up. Politicians, journalists, actors, directors; powerful men are dropping like flies into unemployment after sexual assault accusations. At this rate, there should be an award show for all those getting fired. But is that enough? Is firing...

Who’s on the cover of TIME?

Who’s on the cover of TIME?

Ruth Feng

December 10, 2017


Filed under Columns, OPINION

On Dec. 6, 2017, TIME magazine released their person of the year issue, and this year, it wasn’t just one person. The magazine cover features five women, given the name “The Silence Breakers,” all wearing black. None of these women are the same — but one woman can be recognized as one of the...

Battle of the arts

Battle of the arts

Sarah Young

December 10, 2017


Filed under Multimedia, OPINION

ophomore Catherine Liu first started drawing with pencils and paper. These pencil drawings, whether they are scribbles or realism sketches, are considered traditional art. Traditional art is ubiquitous from primary school to high school. In primary school basic paintings with watercolors or drawings...

Politics over the table

Politics over the table

Mallika Singh

December 9, 2017


Filed under OPINION

t holiday family gatherings, the atmosphere is typically excited and warm. Hugs and warm greetings are exchanged as the family settles around the table. The conversation tends to start out lightly — school, work, weather, some catching up. But when the conversation transitions into politics, the ton...

To shave or not to shave: Take on No Shave November

To shave or not to shave: Take on No Shave November

Aditya Dash and Rajas Habbu

December 7, 2017


Filed under OPINION

November, the eleventh month of every calendar year holds a tradition that has influenced thousands of people around the world. It marks the beginning of the time period known as No Shave November. In this month, men grow beards in order to raise awareness towards male-related diseases such as prostate...

Shopping on Black Friday Weekend

Shopping on Black Friday Weekend

Hannah Lee

December 3, 2017


Filed under OPINION

ophomore Kevin Sun woke up at 5 a.m. and drove to Valley Fair as others remained asleep after Thanksgiving day. Despite there being long lines, he eagerly waited among the many other shoppers to score Black Friday deals at his favorite stores. “Black Friday is more important than Thanksgiving to me,” Su...

Best and worst of 2017

Best and worst of 2017

Ruth Feng

December 2, 2017


Filed under OPINION, Video, Videos

As 2017 comes to an end, students look recall the the highs and lows of their year. Although some students remember controversial government policies and countless sexual allegations, others remember family trips and memories with friends. Watch the video below to hear students discuss their most memorable...

Uncle Sam’s dilemma

Uncle Sam’s dilemma

Songjun Na

November 17, 2017


Filed under From the magazine, OPINION

HE 307TH MASS SHOOTING JUST THIS YEAR. 307. On November 5, 2017, 26 people were killed at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas by an unlicensed gunman. How many cruel casualties do we have to suffer until we can finally tighten our control on guns? WE SHOULD BE ASHAMED...

Not another number: Students who freely volunteer for their community

Not another number: Students who freely volunteer for their community

Claire Yang

November 17, 2017


Filed under OPINION

hroughout high school, volunteering often has a reputation for being just another activity to impress colleges. However for many people, acquiring hours is the main goal. For some students like sophomore Jack Tian, volunteering is more than just a number. He currently volunteers through the Califor...