The Epitaph

Straws not the villain they are made out to be

By Laurel Schmidt

December 5, 2018


Filed under Laurel Schmidt, Opinion

  Every time I reach for a straw after getting my coffee I am practically harrassed by my friends for ‘ruining the environment’. Just a few months ago straws were thrown around as if they were causing no harm, and now restaurants and establishments throughout the country are stopping or limiting their distribut...

Being Right: Democrats only like democracy and America when they win

By Lyndon Lee A

December 4, 2018


Filed under Being Right, Lyndon Lee A., Opinion

The Democratic Party claims to be the party of democracy, fighting for the rights of all Americans regardless of race, sex, religion or sexual orientation. They champion the right to vote, and accuse Republicans of rigging elections through laws regarding voting. However, recent elections reveal how De...

The Denome’s Advocate: Fire, fury and a reason to smile in these trying times

By Thomas Denome

November 19, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Thomas Denome

I t’s the middle of November and California is on fire. It’s unsafe to walk around outside without a mask on. And the president is talking about the need to perform basic gardening tasks as the solution. Not too much room for optimism, eh? It certainly is hard to be excited about what the ...

The Impatient Patient: It’s up to us to break the Silicon Valley bubble

By Renee Wang

November 18, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Renee Wang, The Impatient Patient

“[Silicon Valley] — it's a weird, surreal place to live right now,” Alexa Cortes Culwell said. Culwell is co-founder of Open Impact, a strategic advisory firm dedicated to bringing about social change. We live in one of the wealthiest areas in the U.S. The median household income in the San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara area is nearly twice that of the U.S. average: $110,040 versus $61...

The Melodic Line: What Californians truly need right now

 The Melodic Line: What Californians truly need right now

By Melody Chen

November 16, 2018


Filed under Melody Chen, Opinion, The Melodic Line

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 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


Filed under Aishwarya Jayadeep, Opinion, The Ripple Effect

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 ...

Being Right: The label 'far-right' further radicalizes the right

By Lyndon Lee A

November 14, 2018


Filed under Being Right, Lyndon Lee, Opinion

In response to political leftism all throughout the world, reactionary right-wing movements have emerged such as Brazil’s election of Jair Bolsonaro. Due to being right-of-center, the media tends to label all of these groups as far-right. This label only radicalizes them and discredits moderate right...

Trick or treating: a dying tradition?

By Steven Lefaive

November 13, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Steven Lefaive

Halloween is a holiday where students celebrate by dressing up in their spookiest costumes and going door to door on a perilous quest for candy. As we grow older, people lose interest in such traditions and for undeserving reasons. High schoolers have the freedom to celebrate Halloween in a varie...

The Melodic Line: The price of the media tag

By Melody Chen

November 7, 2018


Filed under Melody Chen, Opinion

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 Denome’s Advocate: Democrats, an unruly mob? If only…

By Thomas Denome

October 18, 2018


Filed under The Denome's Advocate, Thomas Denome

Continuing with the American tradition of attempting to paint political opponents as insane and unreasonable, Republicans have a new platform to win the 2018 midterm elections: depicting the Democratic base as an “unruly mob.” President Trump and other Republican leaders have called the Democrat...

Being Right: The prison system is not modern slavery

By Lyndon Lee A.

October 11, 2018


Filed under Being Right, Lyndon Lee A., Opinion

    Kanye West called for a change to the 13th Amendment, claiming that although it abolished slavery, its exception regarding those incarcerated is in itself a modern form of slavery. This is a common claim made by various organizations: that politicians and law enforcement are ...

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

By Aishwarya Jayadeep

October 10, 2018


Filed under Aishwarya Jayadeep, Opinion, The Ripple Effect

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...