The Epitaph

Must we read this?

By Andrea Sun

March 7, 2019

When I was handed “Julius Caesar” my sophomore year, I groaned, dreading the sight of another Shakespeare book. I could not fathom why we had to read old English because people certainly do not use it today. There was no good reason for me to read it, be it the irrelevance or difficulty of the book...

The Impatient Patient: When “sparking joy” is but a sparking trend

By Renee Wang

March 7, 2019

"I love your cashmere sweater. You got a good price.” After all, only 90 percent of Mongolia’s surface is facing deforestation due to the breeding of cashmere goats. “Your blouse has the most vibrant hue, as well.” After all, only 200 tons of water is required to dye one ton of fabric. Fa...

No to performance-based pay for teachers

By Patrick Yu and Yukari Zapata

March 6, 2019

Teachers already deal with a considerable amount of stress. The barrage of work, from grading students’ papers, to managing the classroom setting, to meticulously planning lessons, is enough for any teacher to feel under pressure. Is it really a wise decision to add to that pressure by basing teachers...

Club application process poses bias

Club application process poses bias

By Eden Pollitt and Claire Torii

February 28, 2019

As a group of us -- mostly underclassmen who bothered to showed up -- shuffled into the field house, we sat in the middle of the gym floor and were given a rubric from which we were expected to score each club application video that was being shown. After each video, legislators and club presidents we...

Social media, not so social

By Hana Baig

February 1, 2019

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

Although the primaries are almost a year away, candidates are already beginning to emerge. From left: Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, John Delaney and Julián Castro.

By Kate Gabrielson

January 31, 2019

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

"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

  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

UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposed deal with the European Union to help facilitate Brexit suffered a historic defeat in the House of Commons, with a 230-vote margin.

By Aishwarya Jayadeep

January 16, 2019

"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 8, 2019

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

  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

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...