The Epitaph

The Impatient Patient: Mental health days are just as valid

By Renee Wang

April 3, 2019


Filed under OPINION, Renee Wang, The Impatient Patient, Uncategorized

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


Filed under Melody Chen, OPINION, The Melodic Line

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


Filed under Aishwarya Jayadeep, OPINION, The Ripple Effect

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


Filed under Andrea Sun, OPINION

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


Filed under OPINION, Renee Wang, The Impatient Patient

"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...

No to performance-based pay for teachers

By Patrick Yu and Yukari Zapata

March 6, 2019


Filed under OPINION, Patrick Yu, Yukari Zapata

Teachers already deal with a considerable amount of stress. The barrage of work, from grading students’ papers, to managing the classroom setting, to meticulously planning lessons, is enough for any teacher to feel under pressure. Is it really a wise decision to add to that pressure by basing teachers...

Club application process poses bias

Club application process poses bias

By Eden Pollitt and Claire Torii

February 28, 2019


Filed under Claire Torii, Eden Pollitt, OPINION

As a group of us -- mostly underclassmen who bothered to showed up -- shuffled into the field house, we sat in the middle of the gym floor and were given a rubric from which we were expected to score each club application video that was being shown. After each video, legislators and club presidents we...

Social media, not so social

By Hana Baig

February 1, 2019


Filed under Hana Baig, OPINION

A few years ago, I had my smartphone stolen. Never mind the story of how — the consequences are what affected me. I had fallen sick the same day, and I had no phone. No social media, no method of communication. There were only long hours of lying in bed, wondering what I could possibly do through...

2020 vision

2020 vision

By Kate Gabrielson

January 31, 2019


Filed under Kate Gabrielson, OPINION

Kamala Harris: Sen. Kamala Harris of California officially entered the presidential race recently, and, as a relatively young biracial woman, aligns with the diverse female majority of the Democratic Party. Harris has embraced issues such as gender and racial equality, and, in the primary, will lik...

The Impatient Patient: Give me your poor, tired, English-speakers only

By Renee Wang

January 30, 2019


Filed under OPINION, Renee Wang, The Impatient Patient

"Something to think about…” former graduate studies biostatistics director at Duke University Megan Neely wrote in an email to first- and second-year students. Neely’s email condemned Chinese international students’ use of their native language during what appeared to be non-academic time....

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

By Melody Chen

January 27, 2019


Filed under Melody Chen, OPINION

  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 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


Filed under Aishwarya Jayadeep, OPINION, The Ripple Effect

"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...