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On the hunt

On the hunt

Sara Entezar

December 18, 2018


Filed under OPINION

It’s not easy being journalists: the role requires ordinary students to embark on peculiar expeditions, searching for the hidden gems we dub newsworthy pitches. A newsworthy pitch is a story idea virtuous enough to present to the public, serving as a badge of the publication’s integrity. Not a...

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...

Back with the Bond

Back with the Bond

Stuti Upadhyay

October 24, 2018


Filed under OPINION

Seven hours and 25 minutes. The length of a typical school day at MVHS. In a month, students spend around 150 hours at school. In a year, that’s around 1,300 hours. In four years, MVHS students spend 5,340 hours on campus and in classrooms. Given that students spend so much time on campus, it is e...

Excuses, excuses

Excuses, excuses

Swara Tewari

December 12, 2017


Filed under From the magazine, OPINION

It’s midnight and we still have a mountain of work left to do. We tell ourselves that finishing everything is possible and we begin working with a new sense of urgency. Slowly, the words on the computer screen begin to blur, and our mind starts to wander. Fatigue starts to conquer us. As the minute...

I don’t mean to toot my own horn but…

I don’t mean to toot my own horn but…

Sara Entezarmahdi

December 13, 2016


Filed under From the magazine, Magazine, OPINION, Print Opinion

In the midst of the crowded halls and sounds of pattering feet, it’s almost impossible to tune out the constant chatter all around MVHS’s campus. Conversations are deep-rooted with the need for validation and portray a sort of arrogance unique to our campus. “Real” conversation are diminishing. MVHS...

No room: Housing crisis negatively affects educational quality

No room: Housing crisis negatively affects educational quality

Shriya Deshpande

May 18, 2016


Filed under Editorial, OPINION, Print, Uncategorized

n most days of any given year, we see the same people— our teachers. We've spent hundreds of hours with them. We've learned from them. We've grown because of them. They have shaped our career choices and life decisions. And for that, we owe them a lot. A generic drawing of a community will have ...

Tenure on trial

Tenure on trial

Avni Prasad

September 24, 2014


Filed under From the magazine, Print Opinion

"From the moment students enter a school," said President Barack Obama at the 2009 Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, "the most important factor in their success is not the color of their skin or the income of their parents, itís the person standing at the front of the classroom." Our President's fitting co...

Fail once, fail better

Fail once, fail better

Eva Spitzen

May 22, 2013


Filed under From the magazine, Print, Print Opinion

In 2010, students proposed a “rejection wall” on which students could post college rejection letters. The proposal garnered popular support; however, according to Assistant Principle Brad Matheany, administration rejected it on the grounds that it would create negative energy and foster a “mob men...

“Common Core” provides needed educational measures

“Common Core” provides needed educational measures

Daniel Fernandez

May 8, 2013


Filed under OPINION, Print Opinion

The Common Core is a recent effort of the Obama administration to shift American education toward critical thinking and problem solving. Proponents of the Common Core argue that it reflects “the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers.” The quality of the...

Banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional

Banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional

El Estoque Staff

April 2, 2013


Filed under OPINION

It has been debated for over fifteen years. It has been legalized in sixteen states. And it is now up for debate in the U.S. Supreme Court. The highest court in the United States now has the ability to legalize same-sex marriage across the entire nation. One problem persists, however: the Supreme Court is afraid to make this revolutionary ruling. Why sa...

Building a better conversation

Building a better conversation

Smitha Gundavajhala

March 15, 2012


Filed under Uncategorized

No matter what you may have heard, your teachers are not your friends. Sure, you give them Christmas gifts and sometimes even ask them about their plans for the break, but make no mistake — there is a rather clear and distinct line between teacher and friend. And in light of recent events, this has...

Remembering our heroes

Remembering our heroes

Smitha Gundavajhala

November 9, 2011


Filed under Uncategorized

With the onset of Veterans Day on Nov. 11, we may briefly reflect upon the sacrifices and legacies of those who fought to keep Cupertino safe. But beyond that, sadly, we only have a hazy picture of what they truly mean to Cupertino. We do not learn about them in textbooks, nor are their stories touted...