The Epitaph

Drinking an ethical cup of coffee

Corporations sit by and collect checks as small coffee farmers are exploited.

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

Continually misnaming the virus after WHO's guidelines is ignorant

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

DON’T BLAME VICTIMS: Rape culture normalizes sexual violence and pressures women to give up their freedom in order to feel safe.

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...

India takes troubling turn

By Sahil Venkatesan

March 18, 2020

Since its independence from Great Britain in 1948, India has been hailed as one of the largest democracies in the world by the New York Times, Washington Post, and The Guardian.  However, the current  Indian government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has taken a disturbing tu...

STAFF EDITORIAL: Social distancing: the life-changing impact of staying home

STAFF EDITORIAL: Social distancing: the life-changing impact of staying home

March 17, 2020

School has been canceled. It seems like it’s the perfect time to meet up with your friends at Philz. Except, it isn’t. With 490 confirmed cases in California, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, and 251 cases reported in The Bay Area alone, Santa Clara County remains one of three hotspots fo...

Puerto Rico left shattered by disrespect, disaster

Puerto Rico is struggling to provide for its people. The US government refuses to give necessary aid.

By Leila Salam and Claire Oh

March 11, 2020

Puerto Rico has undergone ridiculous hardships over the past few years. From devastating Category 5 hurricanes to 5.8 earthquakes, it’s a miracle that the U.S. territory is still in one piece.  Despite having undergone numerous natural disasters, Puerto Rico has been largely undercompensated for...

Protect the Parks: Dealing with Eco-anxiety

While it’s completely normal to feel overwhelmed by the environmental crisis, letting go of that fear and instead working toward sustainability will benefit the planet in the long run.

By Jane Park

March 2, 2020

Eco-anxiety.  A term for the terrifying doom caused by environmental destruction.  According to Medical News Today, a 2018 national survey found that almost 70 percent of people in the United States have concerns over climate change, with 51 percent feeling hopeless about the circumstances.  ...

STAFF EDITORIAL: Schools should not overstep their jurisdiction

The game had been occurring after students arrived home after school and on the weekend. Since it was being played off-campus and during students’ recreational time, there is no way the game infringes on school rules.

By defining this game as a violation of school rules, the administration shows just how arbitrary the line is between on-campus and off-campus activities.

February 17, 2020

It all started as a game.  Created by two seniors, each player in “Homestead Assassin” is randomly assigned a target, a student they are meant to “assassinate” with a nerf gun or water balloon before the established deadline.  After the target is eliminated, they move on to the next ...

Divided America: A room full of pouty babies

Quarrels and bickerings have no place in the State of the Union address.

By Allen Zhang

February 16, 2020

When have our honorable, level-headed politicians become tantrum-throwing babies? It seems that U.S. politics have shifted from respectful diplomacy to petty squabbling.  President Donald Trump’s third state of the union address occurred on Feb. 4; the night began and ended with extreme charges of ...

Modern slavery: sex trafficking in Bay Area on the rise

Modern slavery: sex trafficking in Bay Area on the rise

By Saanvi Thakur

February 11, 2020

There was a time when slavery was conventional and it took America over 200 years to abolish this institution. Today, the idea of owning slaves — for any purpose — seems absurd and is rejected by our contemporary society. However, this is an exception in the Bay Area, one of the largest epicen...

Australia is on fire – what are you going to do about it?

Wildfires are raging like never before throughout the continent.

By Nitya Kashyap

January 29, 2020

Australia is a living hell. The country is in the middle of its worst summer yet. According to CNN, 28 people have lost their lives so far to fire, three of them firefighters. The fires have torched more than 17.9 million acres of land, destroying an estimated 3,000 homes have been destroyed...

Protect the Parks: finding your community

Protect the Parks: finding your community

By Jane Park

January 29, 2020

I am the queen of Facebook groups. I’m not kidding. I’m in 39 non-school related Facebook groups, as of Jan. 26.  You’re probably asking, “Why, Jane? Why so many groups?” I find a sense of community in Facebook groups. There are a lot of support groups, meme groups and common-interest groups...