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Cross pollinating culture

Cross pollinating culture

Aditi Dixit and Annie Zhang

September 27, 2019

Namaste, similar to “hello,” is a customary greeting used by many Indians as a sign of respect towards elders or those of a higher social status. The word is derived from Sanskrit, an ancient Indo-Aryan language, and translates to “I bow to you.” In a Western context, the salutation is exch...

College crossroads: exploring four MVHS teachers’ unique college experiences

College crossroads: exploring four MVHS teachers’ unique college experiences

Brian Xu

June 1, 2019

As students navigate through their four years at MVHS, thoughts of college and careers undoubtedly brew in their minds. But amid the bustle of projects and exams, there is one group of people that is often drowned out — who have come from vastly different walks of life, pushed through college experiences...

The Islam I see

The Islam I see

Swara Tewari, Features editor

April 12, 2019

Walking into a room where you know you’re going to be the outsider, where you know your presence will make people uneasy, is a difficult thing.   As another reporter and I walked with the tide of Muslim men, women and children into the Prospect Community Center, where Friday Islamic pray...

Father God, take my burdens

Father God, take my burdens

Tyler Cho, Staff Writer

March 31, 2019

Stretching my legs out in front of me, I was greeted by the familiar creaks and pops of my stiff knees and ankles as my bones ground together to get into a more comfortable position. I tried to ignore the burning ache in my back, fighting desperately to keep my attention on the pastor speaking in front...

In Nature

In Nature

El Estoque Features

October 20, 2018

Nothing higher than truth: individuals reflect on the misportrayal of Hinduism

Nothing higher than truth: individuals reflect on the misportrayal of Hinduism

Shuvi Jha

December 11, 2017

n Nov. 9, 2017, the California Department of Education unanimously agreed to reject two textbooks that inaccurately portrayed Hinduism and ancient India. This decade-long civil rights engagement was led by the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) and other like minded groups, who felt that there was ...

Excuses

Excuses

Krishna Sunder

September 15, 2016

Ranging anywhere from “my dog ate my homework” to “I have a family reunion today,” excuses are a large part of how people sometimes cope with social and academic situations. In this package, we explore how excuses pop up in the form of body shaming, religious situations, homework amounts and...

A visit from the God Squad

A visit from the God Squad

Malini Ramaiyer

June 8, 2016

After their mission trip to King City in March, a small group of MVHS students decided to take their faith to school. They sit behind the swimming pool during brunch every Tuesday and Thursday and talk about everything from rally setup to AP Tests — then, they pray. This group is united not only...

Let’s talk about sex: Sex and religion

Let’s talk about sex: Sex and religion

Elizabeth Han

February 3, 2016

he lost her virginity in a car, in the summer of 2014. It was never planned, like any other first experience — but at that very moment, she felt ready, secure in the arms of her then boyfriend. So after some awkward minutes of him tugging on a condom, she was no longer a virgin. Yet she still h...

Let’s talk about sex: Religion and Sex Quiz

Let’s talk about sex: Religion and Sex Quiz

Andy Tu

February 3, 2016

Co-written by Priya Reddy Religious organizations often make the news for their polarizing views on issues such as sexuality, abortions, and sex. The last one is one of the least talked about, but most well-known topics. But how well do you really know the stances of major religions on sex? Take the...

Religion and tradition: Culture revealed through myths

Religion and tradition: Culture revealed through myths

Vivian Chiang

November 2, 2015

Since the beginning of time, people have passed down fables and myths from their cultures or religions. For many, these stories often hold a personal significance. Taught at a young age, as bedtime stories or during family gatherings, the myths usually have morals to them, and these morals vary by cultur...