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No offense, but: Examining our politically correct culture

No offense, but: Examining our politically correct culture

Amita Mahajan

May 18, 2016

he phrase "politically correct" has been around for a long time. You see, back in the 1950s it was considered Marxist-lingo — essentially, a "politically correct workers' state!" was the same as a Communist state. Fast forward a couple decades and you run into a new definition: a rude phrase labe...

Track and Field: Q&A with team freshmen

Track and Field: Q&A with team freshmen

Emma Lam

April 1, 2016

Cowritten by Hannan Waliullah and Fatima Ali Photos by Fatima Ali veryone knows what it's like to be an freshman, whether they’re a teacher or a student at MVHS. They’ve all been through the transition from middle school to high school, not knowing where or how they’ll fit in. A few fin...

A Day In the Life of: Athletic trainer Javier Margarito

A Day In the Life of: Athletic trainer Javier Margarito

Andy Tu

March 11, 2016

From 2:30 to 6:30 p.m., athletic trainer Javier Margarito spends his time in the athletic training room and around campus helping out athletes. This is a day in his life. [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bd3d6EFHdIs&feature=youtu.be[/embedyt]

Lost but not forgotten: Objects in the maintenance yard

Lost but not forgotten: Objects in the maintenance yard

Neha Patchipala

March 11, 2016

t's like a revolving door; things don't stay for long," site maintenance manager Chi Ma said. The maintenance yard is where old items go — awaiting repairs, a new life in a different school or a place in the dumpster. It is the purgatory of all school items; whether it be textbooks or old desks. Yet a...

Game GIFs: Boys soccer achieves 2-0 win against Lynbrook HS

Game GIFs: Boys soccer achieves 2-0 win against Lynbrook HS

Justin Kim

February 2, 2016

Video by Derek Shao or much of the beginning of the season, the MVHS boys soccer team suffered from slow starts and a lack of communication. On this rainy day, as dark clouds were setting in, the Matadors set to correct their errors in order to defeat their opponents from Lynbrook. On Jan. 29 at 3:30 p.m....

Boys soccer: Team secures 3-2 win against Wilcox HS

Boys soccer: Team secures 3-2 win against Wilcox HS

Tyler Lin

January 25, 2016

Photos by Justin Kim he sun shone harshly down on the field as the teams began warming up. Following their two game win streak, the Matadors looked to extend that when they faced Wilcox High School on Jan. 13. Perhaps with a bit too much confidence, the Matadors seemed to lack coordination and ef...

Behind the not-so-secret Secret Santa gift exchanges

Behind the not-so-secret Secret Santa gift exchanges

Fatima Ali

December 11, 2015

n the midst of a grueling marathon of studying for finals, some friend groups have decided to launch a Secret Santa campaign in an effort to raise morale and de-stress. No matter how inexpensive or austere the gifts may be, these friends still cherish their holiday tradition and take heart in the ge...

Dance team reflects on memories

Dance team reflects on memories

Ananya Bhat

December 7, 2015

Having just performed their Winter show, the captains of the Dance team, seniors Naomi Wang and Carissa Yee and juniors Cherie Kim and Riona Guha, take a look back at old memories from previous shows and talk about how close they’ve grown over the years. Click the buttons in the video to hear what the...

SBC blood drive comes to MVHS on Nov. 20

SBC blood drive comes to MVHS on Nov. 20

Renee Pu

November 19, 2015

n a society with exchanges through money, giving blood is actually a way for humans to contribute without paying. For students above 16, the opportunity will arrive on Nov. 20 with the Stanford Blood Center Blood Drive. Running from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., the blood drive waits for donors to complete the pr...

Thinking inside the box

Thinking inside the box

Zach Sanchez

November 18, 2015

AP Physics I has a reputation as one of MVHS’ toughest classes — it might be that reputation that led students, over the span of three years, to contribute to a Dropbox for the course, containing old, unreleased tests from 2011-2014. It is by far the most extensive prep book a student can get ...

MVHS alumni discuss community college

MVHS alumni discuss community college

Tal Marom

November 4, 2015

s seniors work on their college applications, they start weighing their options: public universities, out-of-state privates, military colleges. But what about community college? We can all attest to the negative reputation that community college has on our campus, even though 16 percent of college-bo...

Old and new members alike share thoughts on Speech and Debate

Old and new members alike share thoughts on Speech and Debate

Fatima Ali

September 27, 2015

ith the start of each school year, a myriad of clubs rush to promote themselves, striving to inspire interest in new members and foster leadership in returning members. Speech and Debate is no exception. As the new year begins and younger officers assume leadership of the club  — junior Sajeev Saluja w...