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“Me Too”: MVHS alumni share their sexual assault stories

“Me Too”: MVHS alumni share their sexual assault stories

Gauri Kaushik

November 10, 2017


Filed under National, NEWS, News Multimedia

"The first time it happened, she was in elementary school. They were playing a game where she had to “guess the object,” and he made her touch certain body parts. What made it worse was the fact that he was her cousin." After the sexual assault allegations against movie producer Harvey Weinstein,...

Poor air quality affects the Bay Area

Poor air quality affects the Bay Area

Jai Uparkar

October 10, 2017


Filed under Briefs, NEWS

here was a hint of smoke in the air and no one could detect the source. The grey haze looked like the common fog that hugs the coast of the Bay Area during the mornings. Early in the morning on Monday, October 9, the wind in Northern California had blown smoke from multiple fires that started in Men...

English department runs a pilot program for freshman literature

English department runs a pilot program for freshman literature

Gauri Kaushik

October 6, 2017


Filed under Around Campus, NEWS

This article includes spoilers for "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe" by Benjamin Alire Sáenz. his year, the MVHS English department is running a pilot program which will introduce a new book as part of the freshman Literature and Writing curriculum. Instead of assigning “Of M...

The backgate: MVHS’ party culture in the 70’s

The backgate: MVHS’ party culture in the 70’s

Sepand Rouz

March 8, 2017


Filed under Beyond the Magazine: News, Local, NEWS

MVHS hasn’t been the same school throughout its history, it hasn’t always been a school focused so heavily on academics. The year was 1970, and things weren’t like this. The school was in its infancy, young and uncontrollable. David Lofstrom graduated from MVHS in 1972, and was able to illustrate...

There’s no place like home: Student Homelessness in the Silicon Valley

There’s no place like home: Student Homelessness in the Silicon Valley

Chetana Ramaiyer

February 9, 2017


Filed under Best of News, Beyond the Magazine: News, Local, NEWS

conomics Teacher Pete Pelkey knocks his fists on the compact student desk, imitating the sound of the police interrupting his sleep as they tapped on his car window late at night. They would make him get out of his car, roll up his sleeves and check for track marks. Finding no evidence of heroin use,...

Robotics team starts build season

Robotics team starts build season

Vivian Chiang

February 8, 2017


Filed under Briefs, Science & Technology

Another year. Another challenge. Another team. After the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) kickoff on Jan. 7, MVHS’ robotics team, MVRT, started their six-week build season. Every team participating in FRC gets six weeks after the challenge is revealed to build, design and program a robot that is...

What it feels like to have gender dysphoria: The story of transition

What it feels like to have gender dysphoria: The story of transition

Katerina Pappas

January 31, 2017


Filed under Local, NEWS

Even before she recognized that her friend was transgender, she noticed the little things that made him stick out. Like his hatred for skirts. The two sophomores met when they were six, when he had moved to her apartment complex in their conservative city in India. And before they could even speak, they could ...

The impact of the Holocaust

The impact of the Holocaust

Ilena Peng

January 27, 2017


Filed under Multimedia, National, NEWS, Video

It was 1943 in Nazi occupied Amsterdam when two events occurred. Neither of them came close to making the cover pages of the newspapers that broke the news of the end of World War II two years later. But 1943 was the year that has unmistakably shaped the past three generations of student teacher Trisha ...

The investigation for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 has come to an end

The investigation for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 has come to an end

Karen Sanchez

January 22, 2017


Filed under National, NEWS, Videos

n Mar. 7 2014, television screens displayed images of a white plane with red and blue lines on its side accompanied with the word ‘Malaysia’ across a variety of channels. Reporters faced cameras as they broke the news to the world and scurried behind screens to update their stories. The same story was ...

Changing education: the potential impacts of Betsy DeVos as secretary of education

Changing education: the potential impacts of Betsy DeVos as secretary of education

Ilena Peng

January 14, 2017


Filed under National, NEWS, Politics

For 18 years, Brian Wilson taught in the same classroom of the same school in Michigan. Then, three years ago, 30 teachers in his district were laid off, four in his building alone. Policies had been gradually shifting, adding mandated paperwork onto teachers’ already busy schedules. Conversations bet...

A timeline of President Obama’s time in office

A timeline of President Obama’s time in office

Ilena Peng

January 12, 2017


Filed under National, NEWS, Politics

Regardless of the country’s various opinions of President Barack Obama, he will forever be remembered as one of the incredible individuals that climbed their way to the highest office in the nation to shape our country. On Jan. 10, our president concluded eight years in office with his farewell addres...

Campus Question: Why have there been a series of water issues on campus?

Campus Question: Why have there been a series of water issues on campus?

Chetana Ramaiyer

December 19, 2016


Filed under Around Campus, Campus Question, NEWS, News Editor's Picks

Additional reporting by Sepand Rouz and Claire Chang. O n Wed. Nov. 23, while walking to his fourth period class, junior Matthew Hsieh was interrupted by a tall stream of water gushing out of a broken pipeline at the back of B building, near the bike racks. Later that day, an announcement was ma...