The Epitaph

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...

An eye-opening vacation to Bulgaria

By Andrea Boyn

January 7, 2019


Filed under Andrea Boyn, Opinion

I  rode a thirteen hour flight returning from Bulgaria. Anxious to come home, I walked down the confided hallway, people spilling out. As I emerged from the corridor into the grand SFO terminals, my mood lifted and a wave of happiness filled over me. No matter where I looked, I was greeted by a frien...

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 ...