The Epitaph

College standards, high school pressure have fostered a culture of academic dishonesty

By Patrick Yu

June 5, 2019

59 percent of the 43,000 high school students surveyed admitted to cheating on a test in 2017, according to a poll conducted by the Josephson Institute Center for Youth Ethics. 34 percent of the same students surveyed admitted to cheating on multiple occasions. One-third of the sample also...

High school’s preparation for life

By Yukari E. Zapata

June 1, 2019

According to The 74, 46 percent of high schoolers think that what they are learning about is useful for life. That leaves 54 percent of high school students thinking that high school is not relevant to modern life. For many students, high school feels like a complete waste of time — claiming that t...

The Impatient Patient: The line between a social media binge and cleanse

By Renee Wang

May 30, 2019

In my freshman year, I bade goodbye to “likes” and dog filters as I deleted first my Instagram, and later my Snapchat account. For the next year or so, I likened myself to living off the grid — the social media grid that is. My motivations for such a social media cleanse were simple: I thoug...

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 Denome’s Advocate: A final rant on politics

By Thomas Denome

May 5, 2019

Three years and about 30,000 words or so after I was bequeathed with a column, I am now sitting here, at my computer, writing my last little diatribe about something, anything political that captures my interest. In a month, I’ll graduate high school; I’ll head off to college in August; some unde...

Everything is better in moderation, even mobile devices

By Katelynn Ngo

May 1, 2019

Our phones are a central part of a lot of our lives: so much so that sometimes we feel our phones vibrate in our pockets even when they aren’t there. This phenomenon is known as the Phantom Vibration Syndrome, and scientists speculate that it is caused by too much cell phone usage. I’ll admit, I ...

The rebellion against the ban on bump stocks

By Sahil Venkatesan

April 25, 2019

A utomatic firearms have been banned in the US since the 1934 National Firearms Act — however a simple modification, a bump stock, can transform a semi-automatic firearm into a fully automatic firearm.  Following the Las Vegas Massacre, thousands of people called for an investigation into whether bump stocks were ...

The Impatient Patient: Mental health days are just as valid

By Renee Wang

April 3, 2019

H ow does the most universally hated phrase by parents — "I don't want to go to school today" — come to be? It starts off when you are funneled from back-to-back extracurriculars, SAT prep and 2 a.m. study sessions. It build when you straddle the line between awake and asleep, when you down a cup...

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 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...

Must we read this?

By Andrea Sun

March 7, 2019

When I was handed “Julius Caesar” my sophomore year, I groaned, dreading the sight of another Shakespeare book. I could not fathom why we had to read old English because people certainly do not use it today. There was no good reason for me to read it, be it the irrelevance or difficulty of the book...

The Impatient Patient: When sparking joy is but a sparking trend

By Renee Wang

March 7, 2019

"I love your cashmere sweater. You got a good price.” After all, only 90 percent of Mongolia’s surface is facing deforestation due to the breeding of cashmere goats. “Your blouse has the most vibrant hue, as well.” After all, only 200 tons of water is required to dye one ton of fabric. Fa...