The Epitaph

No books, only digitized work

No books, only digitized work

By Anika Karody

April 7, 2020

FUHSD announced on Friday, March 13 that all schools — in accordance with county guidelines — would close for three weeks to reduce the risk of staff and students contracting the novel COVID-19. The county’s health directive has since extended the closure to May 1, according to NBC Bay Area. S...

Plant-based meats provide health benefits, increase sustainability

Plant-based meats provide health benefits, increase sustainability

By Shruti Magesh

April 4, 2020

The conventional options of a traditional meat or veggie burger are now being overtaken by a new option on the menu: the plant-based meat burger. Both meat eaters and vegetarians alike are flocking to this new burger, which emulates the taste and texture of regular meat burgers. The plant-based patties...

The Oval Office: A lack of decency

The Oval Office: A lack of decency

By Sara Shohoud

April 2, 2020

President Donald Trump declared the novel COVID-19 outbreak a national emergency on March 13. In the beginning of his address, Trump claimed that compared to other parts of the world, the U.S. is doing a “fantastic job.” According to CNN International, South Korea has given out 3,000 tests per millio...

The Melodic Line: Recovering a sense of mental clarity in a pandemic

The Melodic Line: Recovering a sense of mental clarity in a pandemic

By Melody Chen

April 2, 2020

Here’s a glimpse into a not-so-distant past: I’m working on the layout for my assigned page in Adobe InDesign during late night. Two reporters come up to me with their respective pages, asking if I could edit the opinion articles on their pages. I have a phone interview scheduled in two minutes and a ...

AP physics 1: not worth the removal of physics honors

AP physics 1: not worth the removal of physics honors

By Amber Birrell and Ritaja Subrahmanya

March 26, 2020

Homework. Exams. Scores. Work is piling up for many advanced placement (AP) courses on campus, and here comes yet another one. Starting next school year, physics honors will be removed from HHS curriculum and be replaced by AP physics 1: algebra-based.  AP classes are advanced placement courses, m...

Abolish the SAT requirement from college applications

Abolish the SAT requirement from college applications

By Jane Park

March 24, 2020

Schools all over the nation are closing due to  the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, the SATs and ACTs scheduled for March, April and May are canceled or postponed at local high schools and colleges which serve as testing sites. Spring test dates are vital for current juniors because it gives them more opportuni...

Protect the Parks: Low waste and irony in a global pandemic

Protect the Parks: Low waste and irony in a global pandemic

By Jane Park

March 24, 2020

It’s 2020, and the world is in a panic. Toilet paper and hygienic supplies are flying off the shelves, schools and stores are shutting down and people are terrified of being infected with the coronavirus.  There are lots of ways to stay secure in this time of panic buying. The shortage of toilet paper has a simple, eco-friendly solut...

The Partisan Party: Trump’s lies about the coronavirus are hurting Americans

The Partisan Party: Trump’s lies about the coronavirus are hurting Americans

By Sahil Venkatesan

March 23, 2020

President Donald Trump is lying to the U.S. when he claims he knew the coronavirus would become a pandemic. In reality, Trump downplayed the severity of the virus and gave a false sense of security to Americans in a time when we needed to prepare for the virus. “I've always viewed it as very serious,”...

Microaggressions: Subtle discrimination is still discrimination

Microaggressions: Subtle discrimination is still discrimination

By Karuna Chandran

March 22, 2020

We were at a hotel in Los Angeles, near Universal Studios and had gone to the breakfast buffet. I remembered that trip being one of the most exhilarating times of 2019, but this following experience significantly dampened my mood. My mother talked to the waiter and ordered our food. He was polite to...

Drinking an ethical cup of coffee

Drinking an ethical cup of coffee

By Leila Salam

March 21, 2020

Fairtrade labels have completely lost meaning as corporate executives manipulate standards for their own monetary gain. As a result, the lack of ethical guidelines in the coffee industry allows small farmers to be exploited. The main problem in the coffee industry is that coffee can be labeled as “f...

The Impatient Patient: Mislabeling the coronavirus is counterproductive during a pandemic

The Impatient Patient: Mislabeling the coronavirus is counterproductive during a pandemic

By Renee Wang

March 19, 2020

Before the “Wuhan virus,” Wuhan, capital of China’s Hubei province, was more commonly associated with its Yellow Crane Tower and its signature dish — re gan mian or hot dry noodles. Today, it is noted more as the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, and is increasingly being referred to as...

Stop promoting rape culture

Stop promoting rape culture

By Shreya Partha

March 19, 2020

Rape culture is real and cannot be ignored. Phrases like “she asked for it” or “boys will be boys” make it seem like it is a woman’s fault for expressing her freedom through her clothes or actions.  Rape culture is a term coined to reveal the ways in which society blames victims of sexu...