El Estoque

Empowered Women Empower Women

Empowered Women Empower Women

Lakshanyaa Ganesh

May 22, 2019


Filed under Best of Opinion, Commentary, Culture, OPINION, Print

he rise of the 21st Century has brought in a generation that is more aware, sensitive and progressive in relation to issues that have been plaguing our country for years — more specifically, in support of women’s rights and ways of empowerment. Women’s employment rates and college graduation r...

The unspoken pressures of sibling relationships

The unspoken pressures of sibling relationships

Tabitha Mendez

April 16, 2019


Filed under Columns, OPINION

My brother and I are almost 10 years apart, but people often say, “For an age gap so big, it’s surprising how much time you spend together.” A comment like that always seems weird to me — there were so many years when I was a single child, anxiously waiting for a sibling that it felt like I had...

What I’ve learned from performing in piano recitals

What I’ve learned from performing in piano recitals

Brian Xu

March 15, 2019


Filed under OPINION

’ve been playing the piano for eight years now — at this point, I’ve been playing for half my life. Every week consists of practicing scales and technique, learning etudes (practice pieces) and polishing pieces for performances. Where does all of this practice take me? Each year, my piano tea...

Stand-up comedians are the opposite of racist

Stand-up comedians are the opposite of racist

Rana Aghababazadeh

January 21, 2019


Filed under Editorial, OPINION

n El Estoque’s October issue, EE Opinion explored the dark side of humor, and how people have developed an instinct to deliberately seek offense from humor, especially from race-related jokes. Because modern stand-up comedians heavily rely on race as a primary topic in their sets, many comedy shows may be unsuit...

Best of luck!

Best of luck!

Sara Entezar

November 27, 2018


Filed under OPINION

Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard, right? It’s a narrative which Americans, pioneers of the American dream and frontiersmen of the working class have praised for centuries, sailing towards the light that bears the blood, sweat and tears of those who yearn for greatness. But yearni...

Step out into sunshine

Step out into sunshine

Dhruvika Randad

October 25, 2018


Filed under Briefs, GSA, Lifestyle, OPINION, Uncategorized

To celebrate LGBTQ+ awareness and acceptance, MVHS’ Gender Sexuality and Alliance (GSA), held its biggest event of the year: National Coming Out Day. The door, courtesy of the drama department, was garnished with various flags representing different sexualities and genders. The event physically and metaph...

Self-deprecating humor

Self-deprecating humor

Claire Wen and Lakshanyaa Ganesh

October 24, 2018


Filed under OPINION

A witty comment or two to entertain a bored audience, to relieve an awkward silence or to have a shield to bounce back on after an embarrassing moment. Humor is the natural human response to something surprising or unexpected, used across all cultures. Yet sometimes, when looking for something to poke f...

Supporting the staff

Supporting the staff

Brian Xu

October 24, 2018


Filed under OPINION

The turning point of now history teacher Scott Victorine’s first career occurred as he was eating lunch at his former law firm. As a paralegal in immigration law, Victorine was overwhelmed with stress. He sat staring at his lunchbox one hectic day and he decided he needed to find another career path. ...

Booked up

Booked up

Claire Wen and Oishee Misra

October 15, 2018


Filed under OPINION

iterature remains the only course at MVHS that students must take for all four years of high school. For some, it’s an enjoyable experience, while for others, it does nothing but elicit groans of distaste. Whether the novel is about a tragic love story (‘Romeo and Juliet’), the crumbling socie...

Exams in motion

Exams in motion

Brian Xu

October 15, 2018


Filed under OPINION

Sophomore Upasana Dilip stared into her computer screen, reading and rereading a clump of questions from a past Calculus exam. She yawned before looking down at her notes, desperately scanning the numbers for a strategy to break through the stubborn question. It was already midnight, far too late to conta...