The Epitaph

Inaction: the downfall of the United States

Government officials downplayed the severity of the pandemic luring Americans into a false sense of security.

By Ritaja Subrahmanya

April 18, 2020

A friend of mine visited India in February, despite the looming threat of the coronavirus. When he returned, he mentioned something shocking: airport security in India was stricter in screening than the security in the U.S. In fact, he was subject to no additional screening when he returned to the U.S.  ...

HHS ensures candidate qualifications trump popularity

Social media should not be an acceptable campaign platform for those running in a school election.

By Naomi Baron

April 17, 2020

Student council elections are meant to elect the most qualified candidate — not the most popular. But based on the way other schools nearby run their elections, they are clearly missing the point. HHS has not.  While HHS campaign rules do not allow candidates to campaign using social media or ...

Protect the Parks: Zero-waste substitutes to prevent time-consuming shopping

These reusable items keep you at home and safe during a time when shopping is becoming inaccessible.

By Jane Park

April 11, 2020

[embedyt][/embedyt] With the shelter-in-place order being strictly enforced by most of California, citizens are ordered to stay at home except for completing essential tasks, such as shopping for groceries or working an essential job like food production, ut...

No books, only digitized work

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, students and staff have turned to remote learning methods.

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

Intense Airport Screenings: Flights are delayed and airports fill up as passengers wait to be screened for COVID-19.

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

The SAT has caused much unnecessary stress and creates an unhealthy mindset.

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

The focus on coronavirus is irrelevant when, in a couple decades, the world will be in flames

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

Microaggression can be just as detrimental as outright racism or sexism. The world needs to be more aware and sensitive of the way words and actions can hurt others.

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...