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MVHS Spanish and French teachers implement a stereotype unit
Features

Oishee Misra | October 19, 2020

“Why are we learning about monuments in Paris?”

[dropcap]L[/dropcap]ast year, when a student asked French teacher Sarah Finck this question midway through their unit on Parisian culture, she instinctively…

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“Respect” to “WAP”: Examining the progress of women’s empowerment
Arts & Entertainment

Anushka De | October 19, 2020

I refused to listen to “WAP” when it first came out.

Released on Aug. 7 by Cardi B. (real name Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar) and featuring Megan Thee Stallion (real name Megan Jovon Ruth Pete),…

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Puppies of quarantine
Features

Andie Liu | September 28, 2020

In early July, senior Vibha Iyengar adopted a rescue dog, who is now almost four months old. While her family was initially considering naming the dog Iroh after the “Avatar the Last Airbender” character,…

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Man on the street: MVHS fall athletes on playing in a different season
Sports

Jayanti Jha | September 16, 2020

On July 21, the MVHS athletic department released the new schedule for athletic teams for the 2020-21 school year. Sports typically played in the fall season will now be either in the winter or spring,…

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New and returning fans share in the excitement of ‘Avatar’
Arts & Entertainment

Shivani Verma | September 15, 2020

Water. Earth. Fire. Air. Long ago, the four nations lived together in harmony. Then, everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked.

These lines from the beginning of every episode of the animated…

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A look into Taylor Swift’s unexpected album “folklore”
Arts & Entertainment

Shivani Verma | September 14, 2020

On July 24, Taylor Swift released her 8th studio album titled “folklore.” Unlike her previous albums, this album came as a surprise as Swift announced its release less than 24 hours before it dropped….

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The College Board updates AP testing procedures in response to COVID-19
Coronavirus

Hannah Lee | March 27, 2020

[dropcap]O[/dropcap]n March 20, the College Board posted an update to its website, explaining the changes it will make to the Advanced Placement (AP) exams for the 2019-20 school year. In response to the…

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English teacher Mark Carpenter opens a Curious Cat account
Coronavirus

Rachel Jiang | March 24, 2020

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he day before Principal Ben Clautznitzer announced that school would be closed for the next few weeks until April 3rd as of now, literature teacher Mark Carpenter created an account…

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Nailed it: Nail art in the MVHS community
Features

Charlotte Chui | March 12, 2020

Senior Jackie Yeung
Since February 2017, senior Jackie Yeung has posted photos of her nail art and designs on her Instagram account, @jynailed, at least once a week. Two months earlier, Yeung had watched…

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2020 Junior Prom combined with Senior Ball due to coronavirus concerns
Coronavirus

Jai Uparkar | March 11, 2020

After an announcement during fifth period on Friday, March 6 by assistant principal Mike White, it was confirmed that Junior Prom (JP) for the Class of 2021 would be canceled and combined with the Class…

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Xenophobia in the music industry
Arts & Entertainment

Zara Iqbal | February 27, 2020

They broke Taylor Swift’s record for the most viewed YouTube video in 24 hours. They’re the first group since The Beatles to have three Billboard No. 1’s within one year. They’ve garnered the most…

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Château en Gâteau: A student bakery on the rise
SNO's 18 Under 18

Ayah Ali-Ahmad | February 14, 2020

Senior Ethan Hu has always loved watching his aunt at work, cooking in her home kitchen while occasionally stepping in to help. As he grew up, his interest in food enhanced, and he started making his own…

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Keep the dream alive
Features

Jai Uparkar | February 13, 2020

Living Undocumented

“You need to pack all your things. Your notebooks, all your school stuff.”

Fremont HS English teacher Onette Zabinski vividly remembers her parents telling her this when…

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Selfie factories
Arts & Entertainment

Ayah Ali-Ahmad | February 13, 2020

Overstuffed, small rooms lead to the next, with young attendees posing toward cameras, large, colorful sculptures flowing throughout and samples of ice cream flavors given around every corner. For $38,…

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Out of the red: California passes a temporary law removing menstrual product sales tax
News

Emily Xia | February 13, 2020

[dropcap]C[/dropcap]alifornia’s Senate Bill 92 went into effect on Jan. 1 2020, removing the sales tax from menstrual products and diapers. By passing this law in June 2019, California added itself to…

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Up in flames: Australian bushfires from July 2019 continue to devastate
News

Ishaani Dayal | February 11, 2020

Since late July 2019, Australian wildfires have ravaged over 26 million acres of land and destroyed over 3,000 homes. After the deaths of three American firefighters on Jan. 23, the fatality count rose…

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Drawing a curriculum: Art in the classroom
Features

Robert Liu | February 11, 2020

Literature teacher Jireh Tanabe’s classroom is unlike those of some other teachers. Instead of the assortment of photos, posters and motivational quotes commonly found on the walls in other classes,…

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MVHS comes down with symptoms of senioritis
Features

Rachel Jiang | February 10, 2020

“SSS,” better known as Second Semester Seniors or senioritis, is when seniors slack off in their second semester after finishing college applications. According to a survey of 124 seniors, 64% of seniors…

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They/them: Students share their experiences with they/them pronouns
Features

Alyssa Hui | February 10, 2020

Student X is anonymous in order to protect their identity.

In April of 2019, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal disclosed that her child is “gender-non comforting” and uses “they” as their pronoun….

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Signing Santa: City of Cupertino hosts Christmas event allowing deaf and hard of hearing children to interact with Santa
Features

Brian Xu | February 6, 2020

Christmas trees sparkling with red, green and blue lights surround the Quinlan Community Center’s Cupertino Room. Onstage, red and gold poinsettias adorn a cozy living-room scene: three large christmas…

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Anti-Muslim rhetoric in American media will grow due to escalated tensions with Iran
Opinions

Zara Iqbal | February 6, 2020

When the new year kicked off with the Department of Defense releasing its official statement that the U.S. had assassinated Irani military official Qasem Soleimani, the media speculated the coming of “World…

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