The Epitaph

The fight against coronavirus not over

Protests like that of Huntington Beach are lobbying for relaxed social distancing restrictions. What they do not realize is that this will only lead to another spike in cases.

By Leila Salam

May 23, 2020

COVID-19 is real. This is more than apparent as the coronavirus has already claimed the lives of 3,054 Californians, according to the LA Times. In order to reduce infection rates and keep people safe, California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered the shutdown of state beaches. However, some groups believe that this was an unnec...

Quarantine Protests: Ill aimed discontent

 A system like quarantine is heavily reliant on the efforts of its participants. As residents of the country with the highest number of COVID-19 infections, Americans have a heavy responsibility to participate in the quarantine. Protests against the quarantine, which have flared up across the U.S. only help to prolong the virus’s stay in the U.S. and put the lives of many at risk.

By Dexter Tatsukawa

May 16, 2020

With over 1 million Americans infected, the U.S. now has the highest number of COVID-19 cases according to NPR. Even so, these numbers have not stopped some from protesting the measures used to keep them safe. According to The Orange County Register, between 2,500-3,000 people turned up in Huntington...

The Partisan Party: Democrats should not dismiss the sexual assault allegations against Joe Biden

The Partisan Party: Democrats should not dismiss the sexual assault allegations against Joe Biden

By Sahil Venkatesan

May 16, 2020

The Partisan Party: Democrats should not dismiss the sexual assault allegations against Joe Biden  Pull Quote: This behavior is unacceptable: Reade’s allegations demand action yet instead of calling for a full investigation, Democrats all over the country are immediately dismissing her story. ...

Stop silencing doctors

Healthcare workers and citizens protesting the lack of PPE and unfair treatment of medical personnel.

By Nitya Kashyap

May 5, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic progresses with still no existing cure, the heaviest burden has been placed on medical doctors and nurses all over the world. They are the ones on the frontlines, sacrificing their own health and safety to treat and care for all the infected patients that come to them s...

An unnecessary option: FUHSD’s opt-in progress reports fail to recognize differences in student learning

An unnecessary option: FUHSD's opt-in progress reports fail to recognize differences in student learning

By Sahil Venkatesan

May 4, 2020

The FUHSD Board of Trustees voted on April 28 to create an additional progress report that shows a student’s grade as of March 13.  Students can choose whether or not to send this progress report to colleges.  The decision to add an optional progress report that can be submitted to colleges is a p...

Social distancing: A crucial step to slow the spread of COVID-19

Staying 6 feet apart from people who you are not quarantining with is an important step to slow down the spread of the virus.

By Amber Birrell and Christine Kim

April 30, 2020

As the novel COVID-19 continues to spread, social distancing becomes a necessity in most, if not all, communities around the world.  In an attempt to minimize the escalation of the pandemic, it is essential we all participate in social distancing. Most public places, where close contact with others i...

The Impatient Patient: solution to an emerging “infodemic” is responsibility, accountability

During this pandemic, it is important to stay informed and stay safe.

By Renee Wang

April 29, 2020

We don’t know when the cure for COVID-19 will come. We don’t know if schools and offices will reopen soon. We don’t know when we can expect life to return to normal. In our current pandemic, there aren’t too many answers available. However, there is a plethora of misinformation. In an ...

Fox News puts millions of Americans at risk for misinformation

Fox News’s fake news gives a false sense of security to millions of Americans who are at risk of contracting coronavirus.

By Bryan Ruiz

April 28, 2020

The novel COVID-19 has caused the deaths of more than 190,000 people around the world, according to Worldometer. There’s no doubt the virus has taken the world by surprise and thus requires large mitigation measures to control it. However, one country in particular has been unsuccessful in trying to...

The Melodic Line: What we can all learn from introverts in isolation

The Melodic Line: What we can all learn from introverts in isolation

By Melody Chen

April 28, 2020

It goes without saying that self-isolation during a pandemic can be demanding. It is impossible to know when things return to normal — when the world buzzes with activity and an overwhelming urge to do something kicks in at every moment. Yet, for some introverts, staying at home does not mean that...

It’s time to start caring more about the homeless than ourselves

LOOKING BEYOND OURSELVES: It takes a global pandemic for us to start taking initiative and reexamine our empathy toward the homeless.

By Shreya Partha

April 25, 2020

As the novel COVID-19 outbreak continues, the challenges homeless people face are becoming increasingly worse. Shelters are either full, closed or replete with the risk of coronavirus to even consider sleeping in.  But the issue of homelessness has been a long-standing crisis that has only gained recognition when the ...

Suffering in silence: lack of human interaction has detrimental effects

Staying connected during isolation in the digital age.

By Karuna Chandran

April 22, 2020

“... I am currently in isolation. It is not pleasant," 55-year-old Alison Cameron said in a BBC news article. Cameron had tested positive for COVID-19 on March 9. "At the heart of it I feel like death on legs." In addition to the financial problems caused by the closure of businesses and the deadliness of the virus, our mental health has also be...

Dropping SAT, ACT requirements amid a pandemic benefits those with test anxiety, socioeconomic challenges

The SAT and ACT discriminates against those with economic disadvantages and needs to be removed as a requirement for college admissions.

By Saanvi Thakur

April 21, 2020

When entering high school, most students have a checklist to complete before graduating: subject tests, AP tests and most importantly, the SAT or ACT. These tasks are all top priorities for students, and for good reason.  SAT and ACT scores count as one of the mandatory factors a majority of U.S. college...