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The Epitaph’s last Bar-On Brief

The Epitaph’s last Bar-On Brief

By Shauli Bar-On, Columnist
May 31, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Showcase, The Bar-On Brief

So this is it. This is Bar-On Brief #63, the last column I will write for The Epitaph. This is also the last day I am a student at Homestead High School. We seniors have been in our own bubble these past few weeks. We did not spend our days cramming for final exams. Instead, we marched in at the ...

The Bar-On Brief: Ben Stern — resisting injustice

The Bar-On Brief: Ben Stern — resisting injustice

By Shauli Bar-On, Columnist
May 25, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Showcase, The Bar-On Brief

I’ve heard several Holocaust speakers over the years. But seeing a documentary video in a packed field house this week, then hearing Ben Stern, the survivor himself, was unlike any other talk I attended in the past. For one, this was the first time I had heard a Holocaust speaker in a public sch...

The Bar-On Brief: Put an end to weekday proms

The Bar-On Brief: Put an end to weekday proms

By Shauli Bar-On, Columnist
May 18, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Showcase, The Bar-On Brief

How long is your pre-prom preparation? How long does it take you to shower, dress up, sit through your hair and makeup appointments, take way too many group photos and eat a fancy dinner? What will you do a mere four hours before prom? Unless you have an empty period, your answer would be sitting ...

The Bar-On Brief: Steph Curry — simply the best

The Bar-On Brief: Steph Curry — simply the best

By Shauli Bar-On, Columnist
May 11, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Showcase, The Bar-On Brief

Stephen Curry might average over 25 points per game and be the only player in history to have unanimously won the NBA MVP award. But his basketball talent is just half the reason why he is an unrivaled superstar. Curry is the NBA’s finest because of his skill and equally, his class. He is the be...

The Bar-On Brief: The scam of the AP exam

The Bar-On Brief: The scam of the AP exam

By Shauli Bar-On, Columnist
May 4, 2017
Filed under Opinion, The Bar-On Brief

These two weeks are dominated by two letters that bear an immense weight on the shoulders of a group of students across the country. Those two letters are AP. Advanced Placement (AP) exams are administered every year by a company called College Board. The exams supposedly give students college credi...

The Bar-On Brief: Many surveys, few results

By Shauli Bar-On, Columnist
April 27, 2017
Filed under Opinion, The Bar-On Brief

More data is always good, an FUHSD representative told the leadership class earlier this year when he spoke about the student wellness survey that was sent out last year. Kindly, I disagree. More data is, quite simply, just more data. The question of the year involves “student wellness.” I...

The Bar-On Brief: A chance for class candidates to amplify their voice

The Bar-On Brief: A chance for class candidates to amplify their voice

By Shauli Bar-On, Columnist
April 20, 2017
Filed under Opinion, The Bar-On Brief

Seventy-four students attended the class elections informational meeting earlier this week. That signifies that 74 students from three classes, excluding next year’s freshman class, are considering class office. Students who commit to running will turn in a form with their signatures and teacher r...

The Bar-On Brief: California’s poor teacher recruitment plan

The Bar-On Brief: California’s poor teacher recruitment plan

By Shauli Bar-On, Columnist
April 13, 2017
Filed under Opinion, The Bar-On Brief

What is stronger than Hercules and impossible to get rid of like a stain of bleach? If you answered with “the teacher’s union,” you are correct. The California legislature is in the process of debating a bill, Senate Bill (SB) 807, that would excuse teachers from paying income taxes after five...

The Bar-On Brief: Apr. 3 lockdown — a reality check

The Bar-On Brief: Apr. 3 lockdown — a reality check

By Shauli Bar-On, Columnist
April 6, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Showcase, The Bar-On Brief

A joke of an alarm goes off, and everyone in the cafeteria goes silent. Suddenly, a mad rush of students crosses the quad. “I thought either something is up or someone’s selling free ice cream,” one of my teachers said, reflecting on the set of events. When I heard a running student scream ...

The Bar-On Brief: Cherishing diversity

The Bar-On Brief: Cherishing diversity

By Shauli Bar-On, Columnist
March 30, 2017
Filed under Opinion, The Bar-On Brief

Diversity. It’s a word HHS students have heard ever so often. It’s a word that generally brings a positive connotation, one that automatically brings thoughts of a community living in harmony. But not everyone thinks like that. And no, white supremacists and xenophobes are not the only ones I’...

The Bar-On Brief: HHS fails to recognize athletes

The Bar-On Brief: HHS fails to recognize athletes

By Shauli Bar-On, Columnist
March 23, 2017
Filed under Opinion, The Bar-On Brief

March Madness, powder puff, rally games and CCS. Student entertainment is dominated by sporting events, many of which take place right on campus. But the school fails to recognize the teams and players that make up the athletic department and are all so important to school spirit. The athletics ...

The Bar-On Brief: Where the “Screenagers” movie showing fell short

The Bar-On Brief: Where the “Screenagers” movie showing fell short

By Shauli Bar-On, Columnist
March 16, 2017
Filed under Opinion, The Bar-On Brief

The PTSA hosted the screening of “Screenagers,” a documentary about the dangers of teenagers using their cell phones and playing video games, in the auditorium on Mar. 15. The film lasted over an hour and discussed a variety of topics including social media, video games and the impact of the cel...

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