The Epitaph

Being Right: The prison system is not modern slavery

October 11, 2018


Filed under Being Right, Lyndon Lee, 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 influenced by ...

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...

The Melodic Line: Hurricane Florence teaches us about empathy

By Melody Chen

October 4, 2018


Filed under Melody Chen, Opinion, The Melodic Line

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...

Being Right: The political hitjob on Brett Kavanaugh

By Lyndon Lee A

September 28, 2018


Filed under Being Right, Lyndon Lee

As the midterms on Nov. 6 approach, Senate Republicans are doing their best to push through the confirmation vote of Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court nominee appointed by President Trump to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy. In the meantime, Senate Democrats are doing everything they can to preve...

The Ripple Effect: Immigrants are facing ever-growing barriers

By Aishwarya Jayadeep

September 26, 2018


Filed under Aishwarya Jayadeep, Opinion, The Ripple Effect

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 Impatient Patient: Decisions affecting students should involve students

By Renee Wang

September 21, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Renee Wang, The Impatient Patient

T he new bell schedule is perhaps one of the biggest changes in the 2018-2019 school year — yet in the two-year process of revising the schedule, outreach to students was lackluster and minimal, despite the fact that students would be most affected. This lack of outreach is evident in the new...

The Melodic Line: The gift of unwrapping the present

By Melody Chen, Reporter

September 19, 2018


Filed under Melody Chen, Opinion

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....

Being Right: The party switch is a lie

By Lyndon Lee A, Reporter

September 13, 2018


Filed under Being Right, Lyndon Lee, Opinion

I t is commonly thought in history classes that after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was signed into law by Democratic President Lyndon Johnson, the Republicans became the party of what was stereotyped as racist former Democrats while the Democrats became champions of civil rights. This myth is often supported by the overly simpli...

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


Filed under Aishwarya Jayadeep, Opinion, The Ripple Effect

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...

The Denome’s Advocate: An anarchist’s perspective on gun control

September 10, 2018


Filed under Opinion, The Denome's Advocate, Thomas Denome, Uncategorized

E very summer, I leave school and come back far more radical than when I left, without fail. Two summers ago, I identified as a progressive and one summer ago I identified as a democratic socialist. Now, in my third year of writing this column, I speak to you as an anarchist. Anarchy, or more spec...

The Hart of the Matter: The importance of a woman’s voice

May 25, 2018


Filed under Lily Hartenstein, Opinion, The Hart of the Matter, Uncategorized

This is my very last column of the year, so please indulge me as I make it slightly more personal than my other articles. Each Hart of the Matter has I wrote about was close to my heart and important to my values. This is why my column has been so important to me throughout the year — it allowed me the ...

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

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

May 23, 2018


Filed under Aishwarya Jayadeep, Opinion, The Ripple Effect

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...