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The rise of VSCO girls

The rise of VSCO girls

Shreshta Ranganathan and Anish Vasudevan

September 27, 2019

How a new fashion trend from TikTok has made its way into MVHS

Reaching out to new faces: Matador Mondays

Reaching out to new faces: Matador Mondays

Tyler Cho

September 27, 2019

lips of giggly friends flash across the screen, each racking their heads for words to describe a person they love — some serious, others sarcastic. As the first Matador Mondays Instagram video created for junior Sylvana Northrop concludes, the words, “We love you Sylvana!” pop up on the screen and...

Glorified victimization

Glorified victimization

Zara Iqbal, Copy editor

May 5, 2019

One day, as I was scrolling through my Twitter timeline, I came across a tweet that included these Instagram screenshots:                     If you’re like me, you’ve probably immediately recognized a problem with this ...

The illness of sickly beautification: romanticizing mental health

The illness of sickly beautification: romanticizing mental health

Annie Zhang

April 27, 2019

omanticization is a complexity — it unveils the allure in beliefs that are less than ideal. Series of “cute and psycho” posts on Tumblr and flurries of quotes bunched under the “pretty and dying” Pinterest folder — the glamorization of mental disorders amidst our social networking culture isn...

Coming out of my shell: Dummy Dialogue

Coming out of my shell: Dummy Dialogue

Emily Xia

April 11, 2019

t was the week before the eighth grade Yosemite trip. A whole week spent outdoors, rooming with best friends and living without parents. The classrooms were buzzing with anticipation. It seemed as if all anyone could talk about was the upcoming trip. I walked out of my fourth period class, talking...

Bringing back Winter Formal

Bringing back Winter Formal

Claire Wen

January 28, 2019

Scrolling through Instagram the days leading up to Jan. 18, MVHS students could see a bombardment of posts about MVHS’s Winter Formal from leadership students’ and MVHS class accounts. Promotion for the upcoming dance filled people’s feeds, along with posts from the Instagram photo challenge l...

Another name

Another name

Jasmine Lee and Iman Malik

January 24, 2019

As the college application process begins, many seniors decide to change their Facebook names. Some switched last names with students in their friend group, while others changed both their first and last names to avoid being discovered by college admissions officers. However, no matter the purpose, changing...

Democracy Through a Screen

Democracy Through a Screen

Ruth Feng and Lakshanyaa Ganesh

November 21, 2018

aylor Swift superfan senior Risha Baxi was having a normal Monday morning on Oct. 29 until her friend sent her a text message ending with a string of exclamation points. Swift had reposted Baxi’s parents on her Instagram story. The previous day, her parents had headed to the polls to cast their votes for the lo...

The Monster

The Monster

Lakshanyaa Ganesh and Oishee Misra

September 26, 2018

It’s midnight and as we scramble to finish homework, we suddenly remember something: we haven’t sent our streaks yet. Panic takes over as we frantically hunt for our phone. Snap, caption, select, send. Thank God most of our streaks lived — that was a close one. Who doesn’t love keeping up their st...

Off The Grid

Off The Grid

September 26, 2018

unior Ashley Tom received her first iPhone in ninth grade, finally graduating from candy bars and flip phones. She made her first personal email in seventh grade. Yet Tom still doesn’t have any social media accounts. According to the Pew Research Center in 2014 and 2015, 94 percent of teenagers in th...