El Estoque

Keeping costumes clean

Short skirts featured among many of the Halloween costumes this year whether or not they were appropriate to the costume or to dress code. Illustration by Smitha Gundavajhala.

Stephanie Chang

November 2, 2011

There is a very fine line between a costume that is just risque and one that is risking it all. For Halloween, a bedsheet with two holes for costumes used to be enough to get candy. Nowadays, though, we see costumes that become increasingly skimpy. Less is not more. This is an issue that has weighed on the minds of many studen...

Students unaware of Career Center’s potential

Every year, over 70 admission officers come from across the country to give MVHS students more information about their college. A University of Rochester representative Mark Wells talks to seniors Benjamin Hong and Eileen Wa and four other students about transportation, financial aid, and the curriculum at University of Rochester. College representative meetings are just one of the many events and resources that the Career Center offers. Photo by Stephanie Chang.

Stephanie Chang

October 17, 2011

You have an open second. The library happens to be closed. What do you do? Off to the Career Center it is! The Career Center, a small office located at the foot of the A-building, was primarily built with the intention to educate students about college, scholarships, internships, and voluntee...

A Week Later: The Steve Jobs Legacy

A memorial set up at Apple Headquarters honors the death of co-founder Steve Jobs on Oct. 5. His spirit and story lives on in many local citizens. Photo by Christophe Haubursin.

Margaret Lin

October 13, 2011

“No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet, death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it, and that is how it should be, because death is very likely the single best invention of life. It's life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.” ...

My college list? I’d rather not say

My college list? I’d rather not say

Kiranmayi Methuku

October 12, 2011

"Do you know where you’re applying to yet?” “Nah. I’m not really sure. Probably some UCs though.” “How is your college list coming along?” “It’s okay, I guess. I’m mostly just applying to privates, out-of-state I think.” “Man, I really need to start college apps soon. Where are you applying?” “Oh, yo...

Upgrade finally almost complete

Upgrade finally almost complete

Karen Feng

September 25, 2011

“With technology, you can never be optimistic,” network support representative Sal Murillo said. Similarly, we have not been pleased with the administration’s ability to target key issues, such as the school’s often-inaccessible wireless network. It’s been way too long since they last up...

Rally court activities wasted on MVHS students

 Leadership yet again hires people for our entertainment at lunch time in the rally court, but only select few show up Photo by Kevin Tsukii.

Simran Devidasani

September 25, 2011

While in the academic quad, students heard a low buzz coming from the rally court. Out of curiosity, they went to see what was happening. Once they arrived at the rally court, they saw a band playing.  Not just any band, but Blush, a band who opened for Justin Bieber in Hong Kong.  After fulfillin...

Even more mysterious than mystery meat

Students are left puzzled about the loss of tater tots and lunch menu price changes

Margaret Lin

September 23, 2011

The tots are gone. The prices are up. What gives? This year, hot lunch has gone up from $3.50 to $3.75, and the once-present tater tots also seemed to have disappeared. Student responses from an online survey conducted by El Estoque ranged from apathy to full-out fury—but most were just plain confused. Isn’t it the administration’s responsibility to...

Degrees of propriety

Degrees of propriety

Laura Yang

September 22, 2011

Certain things have always been open secrets on this campus: how "off-and-away" doesn't always mean off-and-away, how the "discretionary" dress code really isn't, and what really happens at the annual Welcome Back Dance. Frivolous as these examples may be, they indicate at a much bigger issue at this...

Infinite Uselessness

Infinite Uselessness

Smitha Gundavajhala

September 21, 2011

Infinite Campus is not worth the hype. We students were made to believe that this change would shake the foundations of this school from the earth upon it rests—but instead, we get a small button beneath the School Loop link on the MVHS homepage, and 2600 extra sheets of yellow paper dedicated to giving...

Planking: you know you want to

Planking: you know you want to

Stephanie Chang

September 21, 2011

Your friends are doing it, your neighbors are doing it, heck, even your mom is doing it. That’s right, I’m talking about the newest sport that people of any age, gender or physical coordination can enjoy. Planking. It is the newest online trend in which one posts a picture of oneself lying faced...

Future voters: economically uninformed

Future voters: economically uninformed

Kiranmayi Methuku

September 21, 2011

It took my AP Economics class an entire period to answer this simple question—what is economics? Well, here it is. Economics: a social science concerned chiefly with description and analysis of the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services (courtesy of merriam-webster.com)....

Devil’s Advocate

Devil's Advocate

Simran Devidasani

September 21, 2011

You see them walking down the hallways, carrying those big textbooks. They walk with power, strength and possibly even a slight smirk. Plastered across the front of their textbook, in big bold letters, you see those words: Advanced Placement. AP students at MVHS are considered by many to be ...