The Epitaph

The Ripple Effect: Nothing is futile, so long as we embrace the ugliness

By Aishwarya Jayadeep

May 22, 2019

Here’s a glimpse into the past: around two and a half years ago, I’m sitting at my computer, wracking my brain for a column idea, with half-baked concepts scribbled down on a piece of paper next to me. When one idea finally, feebly pops into my head, I immediately dash off an email to my opinion...

The Ripple Effect: Hatred vs. an oath of office

By Aishwarya Jayadeep

March 20, 2019

Last Friday, attacks on mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand resulted in the deadliest mass shooting in the country’s recent history. Now, there are a variety of ways world leaders can respond and have responded to such a situation in their own countries. The most common reaction is a litany of empty pro...

The Ripple Effect: No confidence, and the crushing irony of promise-keeping

The Ripple Effect: No confidence, and the crushing irony of promise-keeping

By Aishwarya Jayadeep

January 16, 2019

"T hat this House has no confidence in Her Majesty’s government.” The words are mysterious. They sound like they belong in a James Bond movie. And they’re weirdly, eloquently pithy. But they’re not as cryptic as they seem. No, they're just the wording of a no-confidence motion in U...

Change, and not a moment too soon

Change, and not a moment too soon

By Aishwarya Jayadeep

December 12, 2018

The scene opens with a 19-year-old named Ryan trying to figure out how to ride a bike, all the while glowering at his new step-granddad. From his grandmother’s exasperated chiding to the part where Ryan flings his bike off a cliff in a moment of frustration, it looks, for all intents and purpo...

The Ripple Effect: Another human achievement, but not the good kind

The Ripple Effect: Another human achievement, but not the good kind

By Aishwarya Jayadeep

November 14, 2018

Sixty percent of Americans can't change a flat tire. Sixty percent of traditional college students in America graduate within six years. Sixty percent of the world's wildlife has been wiped out since 1970. One of these things is unlike the others — and no, it’s not the fact that millennials ...

Fire alarm prompts student evacuation for fourth time this semester

Fire alarm prompts student evacuation for fourth time this semester

By Aishwarya Jayadeep

November 10, 2018

A fire alarm pulled by a student resulted in the evacuation of the school this afternoon, Principal Greg Giglio said. The incident was the fourth instance of a false alarm this year. “It is recurring,” Giglio said. “Officially, what we will do is we will continue to supervise and circulate.” What stood out to Giglio, ...

The Ripple Effect: Vote to keep protesting, keep protesting to vote

By Aishwarya Jayadeep

October 10, 2018

A presidential candidate accumulates enough loathing that he gets stabbed during a campaign rally. A presidential candidate racks up enough popularity that he leaves the opposition trailing behind him by 15 percent in the first round of voting. The two candidates are the same man. Jair Bolsonaro, a...

The Ripple Effect: Immigrants are facing ever-growing barriers

By Aishwarya Jayadeep

September 26, 2018

Immigrants who make use of public benefits may now be denied green cards, according to new rules drawn up by Trump administration officials. Those who continue doing so could be labeled a “public charge,” disqualifying them from contention for a green card. In the past, only people who make a majority of their income from government cash assistance has been considered a public charge by the U.S. government,...

The Ripple Effect: India, individual rights and the ghost of imperialism

The Ripple Effect: India, individual rights and the ghost of imperialism

By Aishwarya Jayadeep

September 12, 2018

We like to think of rights as a footrace. Imagine it: a cohort of runners, representing countries from around the world, standing at the ready in a stadium filled with wide-eyed watchers. The starter pistol goes off. Some runners immediately give up. Others end up inches from the finish lin...

FUHSD launches new school websites

FUHSD launches new school websites

By Aishwarya Jayadeep

September 7, 2018

The FUHSD website and the websites of all schools in-district relaunched Friday, featuring a modernized layout and changes to site navigation to “improve user experience,” according to a letter sent through SchoolLoop. “Appearance was definitely a part of [the decision to update the site], but...

The Ripple Effect: Culture is not a one-way street

The Ripple Effect: Culture is not a one-way street

May 23, 2018

I f you’ve ever found yourself smiling vacantly at relatives during family reunions because they’re speaking too fast for you, despite the fact that they’re also speaking in a language you’ve technically known since birth, then congratulations! Cultural assimilation, or integration into a cultur...