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The S-word: the prevalence of slut shaming at MVHS

The S-word: the prevalence of slut shaming at MVHS

Shuvi Jha and Ayah Ali-Ahmad

April 12, 2019

“She was wearing a bralette; what did she expect?” “What a whore; she’s slept with four guys.” “She is such a slut; she deserves all this.” lut shaming refers to the practice of individuals criticizing females for engaging in behavior deemed to be provocative or enticing. ...

The mixed aftertaste of Sarahah

The mixed aftertaste of Sarahah

Aditya Dash

August 19, 2017

s sophomore Ranya Pendyala talks to her friend on her phone, a notification from the corner of her screen catches her eye. She clicks on it and immediately Pendyala can tell the notification isn’t about to be pleasant. “You talk too much and it’s really annoying. Just stop.” Just like that, she...

Students show silent support for LGBTQ youth

Students show silent support for LGBTQ youth

Kristin Chang

April 15, 2014

Gay-Straight Alliance hosts successful Day of Silence on April 11, allowing students to reflect on issues restricting LGBTQ youth. The clothesline is strung up with faces. Some grinning, some wide-eyed, some young and old and pale and dark and each one disembodied and floating in the Academ...

Response to motivational speaker once dubbed ‘world’s ugliest woman’ reveals disproportionate focus on beauty

Eva Spitzen

January 22, 2014

[youtube link="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c62Aqdlzvqk" width="400" height="315"] Lizzie Velasquez is one of three people in the world known to suffer from Neonatal Progeroid Syndrome, a condition that causes her to have zero percent body fat. In high school, she came across a YouTube video that...

Bullying at MVHS: How can we fight bullying at MVHS?

Bullying at MVHS: How can we fight bullying at MVHS?

Neha Ramchandani

October 29, 2013

[faq title="Q&A with Simone Becker"] [faq_question]What do you think bullying looks like at MVHS?[/faq_question] [faq_answer]At MVHS, it takes the shape of mainly academic bullying. So basically the idea that, when someone gets a test it’s not necessarily private, because students feel...

Bullying at MVHS: How are you involved in bullying?

Namrata Ramani

October 28, 2013

Assess your understanding of the different aspects of bullying. Read More »

Bullying at MVHS: Matadors say sorry

Tanisha Dasmunshi

October 28, 2013

[dropcap1]W[/dropcap1]e all have something to apologize for. Maybe you had a tough day and lashed out at a friend. Maybe you ignored a classmate in need of help. Maybe you took a joke too far. Even if you aren’t intentionally hurting someone, you may still cross the line into bullying — but you can...

Bullying at MVHS: A bullied victim recovers through communication

Bullying at MVHS: A bullied victim recovers through communication

Kristin Chang

October 24, 2013

Despite the trauma of a bullied childhood, one MVHS junior’s recovery proves that life gets better. [dropcap1]C[/dropcap1]lose your eyes and take three long breaths. Keep your arms still, your body rigid. Feel the way the cold air stings, hear the pigeons squawking, feel the icy metal biting...

Bullying at MVHS: Reflecting on past mistakes

Bullying at MVHS: Reflecting on past mistakes

Yifei Wu

October 24, 2013

  [dropcap1]I[/dropcap1]t was the last week of school in the year 1978. Math teacher Martin Jennings, then a senior in high school, signed the yearbook of a friend and started toward his car after giving it back to her. At the entryway of the parking lot, he heard her cry. She was a freshman who went to a dance with him at the beginning...

‘Monta Vista Compliments’ inspires gratitude

‘Monta Vista Compliments’ inspires gratitude

Yashashree Pisolkar

March 20, 2013

Beginning early January, a page titled “Monta Vista Compliments” circulated on students’ Facebook newsfeeds. The idea was simple enough: Using social media to promote positive conversation among students. Founded by two students who wish to remain anonymous, Monta Vista Compliments is an ...

Reactions to high schooler’s suicide serve as important lesson to students

Reactions to high schooler’s suicide serve as important lesson to students

Eva Spitzen

October 21, 2012

Amanda Todd, a fifteen-year-old who committed suicide on Oct. 10, admittedly did not lead the most orthodox of lives. Bullied for sending pornographic photos of herself to a random stranger on the Internet in the seventh grade and later for taking part in sexual activity with a classmate that was in ...

Not yet a safe space

Not yet a safe space

Sara Yang

May 16, 2011

Despite stirrings of a LGBT-friendly movement, students need to step up to affect change Read More »...