El Estoque

Temptation: As we grow up

Temptation: As we grow up

Helen Chao

February 8, 2019

We’ve all reached for the red apple. The serpent slumbers, coiled in the shadowy recesses of consciousness. For every tentative step we take towards the apple, he slithers forward, ravenous and ready to prey on conscience in glaring daylight. The serpent hisses. Conscience falters, temptation strikes ...

Dirty Mouth

Dirty Mouth

Rucha Soman

February 6, 2019

In the summer of 2016, sophomore Krish Kumar’s friends dared him not to swear for a month. Almost two years later, he still resists the temptation to swear, telling himself it’s a bad habit because of the effect it has on his identity. Swearing is a psychological response to emotion acco...

Advisory: Adult Content

Advisory: Adult Content

Jai Uparkar

February 6, 2019

I shouldn’t have seen this. This was all an anonymous MVHS student, who will be referred to as Todd in order to protect his identity, could think when he accidentally landed on the infamous website Pornhub. He found the images on the screen to be vulgar, obscene and uncomfortable. However, that d...

The truth about lying

The truth about lying

Claire Wen and Claire Chang

February 6, 2019

e had two options: do his homework or watch TV. He hesitated for a bit, thinking that being productive would be the right thing to do — but then again, there was only one assignment left. He turned on the TV. A little while later, his mom came in, asking if he’d finished his homework. Yes, ...