The Epitaph

The Melodic Line: The gift of unwrapping the present

By Melody Chen, Reporter

September 19, 2018

I t is not a coincidence that the time-referred present and the gift-wrapped present are homonyms. Christmas and birthday presents are given in the present. Presents derive happiness. And happiness occurs in the present. It is not our way to purposely toss away the present in an act of desertion....

Being Right: The party switch is a lie

By Lyndon Lee A, Reporter

September 13, 2018

I t is commonly thought in history classes that after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was signed into law by Democratic President Lyndon Johnson, the Republicans became the party of what was stereotyped as racist former Democrats while the Democrats became champions of civil rights. This myth is often supported by the overly simpli...

The Ripple Effect: India, individual rights and the ghost of imperialism

The Ripple Effect: India, individual rights and the ghost of imperialism

By Aishwarya Jayadeep

September 12, 2018

We like to think of rights as a footrace. Imagine it: a cohort of runners, representing countries from around the world, standing at the ready in a stadium filled with wide-eyed watchers. The starter pistol goes off. Some runners immediately give up. Others end up inches from the finish lin...

The Denome’s Advocate: An anarchist’s perspective on gun control

September 10, 2018

E very summer, I leave school and come back far more radical than when I left, without fail. Two summers ago, I identified as a progressive and one summer ago I identified as a democratic socialist. Now, in my third year of writing this column, I speak to you as an anarchist. Anarchy, or more spec...

The Hart of the Matter: The importance of a woman’s voice

May 25, 2018

This is my very last column of the year, so please indulge me as I make it slightly more personal than my other articles. Each Hart of the Matter has I wrote about was close to my heart and important to my values. This is why my column has been so important to me throughout the year — it allowed me the ...

The Ripple Effect: Culture is not a one-way street

The Ripple Effect: Culture is not a one-way street

May 23, 2018

I f you’ve ever found yourself smiling vacantly at relatives during family reunions because they’re speaking too fast for you, despite the fact that they’re also speaking in a language you’ve technically known since birth, then congratulations! Cultural assimilation, or integration into a cultur...

The Garlick Press: Unemployment among conservationalists

By Kira Garlick

May 4, 2018

The school year is ending quickly, and as a second semester senior, I am looking forward to my college experience. In my free time, I’ve been researching my major, environmental science. Within the schools I have applied for, the programs are wonderful, with plenty of opportunities for internships an...

What makes a break a good break?

What makes a break a good break?

By Tamar Gilad

May 4, 2018

The approach of a break is always a sign of hope for high school students. Break means no early morning alarms, lectures, pop quizzes or tests. It is hailed as a time for rest and relaxation, and for most high school students, as a getaway from school. Unfortunately, breaks always have an en...

The Hart of the Matter: Gender disparity affects all

By Lily Hartenstein

May 2, 2018

For years now, women have outnumbered men in college. In a patriarchal society, this is hugely significant; knowledge is power. In 2017, women made up 56 percent of students in college, according to the U.S. Department of Education. While this may not seem like a significant difference, that is 2.2 milli...

The Denome’s Advocate: California’s crime against inmates

By Thomas Denome

April 30, 2018

The recent fires in California have wrought incredible damages on the state, particularly in the human cost. According to Reuters and NBC News, 45 people total died between the Tubbs Fire in Napa and the Thomas Fire near Los Angeles. The human costs don’t end with just the deaths, however — some 3,800 of California’s firefighters are inmates battling blazes for a dollar an hour, according to KQED. The inmate fir...

The Impatient Patient: Reduced, heightened expectations pressure minority students

By Renee Wang

April 27, 2018

Racial stereotypes have been proven to invoke reduced expectations and heightened pressures for students in affected groups. Not only that, but these racial stereotypes also contribute to the achievement gap, or set of disparities in testing scores, between Asian and white students versus non-Asian min...

The Ripple Effect: A Cuban continuation

The Ripple Effect: A Cuban continuation

By Aishwarya Jayadeep

April 25, 2018

Cuba’s new president was named last Thursday. The plot twist? His name isn’t Castro. Yes, for the first time in decades, someone unrelated to Fidel Castro holds that office: Miguel Diaz-Canel. It’s no surprise, seeing as he was selected to be the first vice president in 2013. But apart from ...