The Epitaph

The Melodic Line: Running as an antidote to academic stress

The Melodic Line: Running as an antidote to academic stress

By Melody Chen

March 22, 2019

The minute I arrive home from school, I rush upstairs, change into my running clothes, snatch my sneakers and head outdoors. The air buzzes with undiminished energy. The sun bobs up and down, mimicking my rhythm. The tension from late night studying and back-to-back extracurriculars seems to wash away as I focus on my advancing treads. For once, I f...

The Melodic Line: Bullet journaling, marshmallows and the reality of finishing what you’ve started

By Melody Chen

January 27, 2019

  You recently purchased a dotted journal after discovering a cool organizing trend on Instagram — bullet journaling. Prior to the purchase, you swiped through snapshots of Faber-Castell pens sprawled on an ornamental journal and warm wooden backdrops with decorative plants. It seems too tempt...

The Melodic Line: What Californians truly need right now

The Melodic Line: What Californians truly need right now

By Melody Chen

November 16, 2018

Our state was rattled with multiple tragedies within a few hours. A troubled Marine veteran, Ian David Long, burst into a club and shot 12 people in the Thousand Oaks community. Hours after the shooting, a wildfire raged near the community already shrouded with the tragedy of their lost families, friends and neighbors. Firefighters had to combat not just one, but three wildfires: the Camp Fire in Northern Cali...

The Melodic Line: The price of the media tag

By Melody Chen

November 7, 2018

As I switched on the news, a headline emerged on the screen — college student Molly Tibbetts was confirmed to be murdered a month after her disappearance. Tibbetts was about to begin her junior year at the University of Iowa, but her life was cut short in July while disappearing from her jog close by her ...

The Melodic Line: Hurricane Florence teaches us about empathy

By Melody Chen

October 4, 2018

T he wind whips at 50 miles per hour as building and power lines are demolished into a sea of rising waters. Billowing clouds encircle the aftermath as the storm continues to pound homes to waste. Water levels rise as fatalities continue to climb. Hurricane Florence, as well as other natural disasters, has invoked...

The Melodic Line: The gift of unwrapping the present

By Melody Chen, Reporter

September 19, 2018

I t is not a coincidence that the time-referred present and the gift-wrapped present are homonyms. Christmas and birthday presents are given in the present. Presents derive happiness. And happiness occurs in the present. It is not our way to purposely toss away the present in an act of desertion....