The Epitaph

College standards, high school pressure have fostered a culture of academic dishonesty

By Patrick Yu

June 5, 2019

59 percent of the 43,000 high school students surveyed admitted to cheating on a test in 2017, according to a poll conducted by the Josephson Institute Center for Youth Ethics. 34 percent of the same students surveyed admitted to cheating on multiple occasions. One-third of the sample also...

Boys Varsity Tennis Recap

By Dexter Tatsukawa, Patrick Yu

May 3, 2019

Lil Pump’s ‘Harverd Dropout’ is fun, bouncy and oddly tongue-in-cheek

By Patrick Yu

April 25, 2019

Lil Pump, who has never been a particularly minimalistic rapper, has just followed up his self-titled debut with his sophomore album, “Harverd Dropout.” The album’s name is a cheeky reference to the rumour (joke) that Pump attended Harvard, only to drop out to save the rap industry. The rumour...

‘Pet Sematary’ has merits, yet is a cliched, boring dead end

By Patrick Yu

April 21, 2019

"Pet Sematary” continues the line of Stephen King story adaptations, following the wildly successful “It”. But unlike “It”, “Pet Sematary” fails to convey a similarly unique and odd tone, instead falling back on old cliches that make the film a formulaic - albeit scary - horror flick. ...

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...

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ does not deserve an Oscar

By Patrick Yu

February 27, 2019

This year’s Oscar nominees for Best Picture are “Black Panther”, “Blackkklansman”, “The Favourite”, “Roma”, “Green Book”, “A Star is Born”, “Vice”, and, inexplicably, “Bohemian Rhapsody”. How this insultingly inaccurate movie is listed to as one of the year’s best movi...

Virtual Enterprise competes in California State Conference and Exhibition

By Patrick Yu

February 26, 2019

Imagine fostering, growing, and perfecting an idea that you hope will revolutionise a market, or change lives, traveling miles away from home and presenting that idea to judges. This is what seven Virtual Enterprise students did. Juniors Ansh Soni, Evan Pomeroy, Michelle Marvar, Michelle Marvar, a...

‘Aquaman’ is a fun superhero romp, represents a turning point for the DCEU

By Patrick Yu

January 23, 2019

According to IMDb, “Aquaman” has grossed 978 million dollars worldwide - making it the most financially successful film of the Warner Brothers owned franchise, the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). This milestone is particularly impressive given the franchise’s poor form. But why is “Aquaman” a success? ...

Student Perspectives: Observing Columbus Day and Thanksgiving

By Patrick Yu

December 4, 2018

Has Sony finally produced a good Spider-Man flick?

By Patrick Yu

November 4, 2018

You may remember the failed “The Amazing Spider-Man” reboot franchise that Sony released about four years ago. Well now, Sony has made it clear that they are taking another stab at the superhero genre with their untitled cinematic universe consisting of Spider-Man characters. If you don’t under...