The Epitaph

The Impatient Patient: Decisions affecting students should involve students

By Renee Wang

September 21, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Renee Wang, The Impatient Patient

T he new bell schedule is perhaps one of the biggest changes in the 2018-2019 school year — yet in the two-year process of revising the schedule, outreach to students was lackluster and minimal, despite the fact that students would be most affected. This lack of outreach is evident in the new...

The Impatient Patient: Reduced, heightened expectations pressure minority students

By Renee Wang

April 27, 2018


Filed under Renee Wang, The Impatient Patient

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 Impatient Patient: In defense of a lazy, smartphone-obsessed generation

The Impatient Patient: In defense of a lazy, smartphone-obsessed generation

By Renee Wang

April 13, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Renee Wang, The Impatient Patient

Lazy. Entitled. Snowflakes. According to Media Post, these are the qualities 71 percent of past American generations attribute to Generation Z. These sentiments are reflected not only by the parents of Generation Z, but in those belonging to it. 40 percent of parents and 45 percent of Generation Z themselv...

The Impatient Patient: Crisis pregnancy centers have the right to their beliefs, not the right to deceive

March 30, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Renee Wang, The Impatient Patient

Crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) are organizations around the country offering counsel to pregnant women, with the goal of swaying women away from having an abortion by presenting different options. As such, CPCs counsel women through their pregnancy and after, providing adoption referrals. There ...

Students march to protest gun violence at nationwide walkout

Students march to protest gun violence at nationwide walkout

By Harley Anderson and Renee Wang

March 18, 2018


Filed under Harley Anderson, News, Renee Wang, Showcase

"Something needs to be done,” sophomore Ellora Lasker said. Lasker was one of many students who participated in the National School Walkout in the wake of the recurring mass shootings. The nationwide protest, with goals to invoke change in the current gun laws, was slated to last 17 minutes...

The Impatient Patient: The Paralympics’ dim spotlight

March 16, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Renee Wang, The Impatient Patient

The buzz from the 2018 Winter Olympics may be dying down, but the hype for the Paralympics is just igniting — but barely. Since 1976, the year of the first winter Paralympic games, winter Paralympians have won 278 medals, more than the 197 medals earned by Olympians. Despite this, there is a longstanding d...

The Impatient Patient: How Weight Watchers’ new teen program offers benefits to low-income families

By Renee Wang

March 2, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Renee Wang, The Impatient Patient

Weight Watchers’ recent decision to offer free memberships to teenagers has been met with much backlash across the internet — and this comes as no surprise, as we, as a society, have become increasingly focused on what it means to be healthy. However, the concern over  the effects of dieting on imp...

The Impatient Patient: Video game addiction more than a virtual reality

By Renee Wang

February 9, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Renee Wang, Showcase, The Impatient Patient

Part 1 of this series can be found here https://hhsepitaph.com/6416/opinion/the-impatient-patient-video-game-addiction-more-than-a-virtual-reality/ Gaming addiction now has a place into the World Health Organization (WHO) International Classification of Diseases. However, there has been debate over whether or not the decision to brand it as an actual disorder is a ...

FUHSD aligns bell schedules district-wide

By Renee Wang

January 31, 2018


Filed under News, Renee Wang, Showcase

Incoming and current students will experience a revamped bell schedule beginning in the 2018-19 school year. Changes include a new start time and three instead of four tutorials per week. However, total tutorial time distributed throughout the week remains the same. The new schedule also removes t...

The Impatient Patient: Video game addiction more than a virtual reality

By Renee Wang

January 19, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Renee Wang, The Impatient Patient

Video game addiction now has a place on the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Diseases draft for 2018. For now, it falls under the very general umbrella term of behavioral and drug disorders that stem from addiction. For a long time, there has been debate on video games,...

“SafetyChick” Kathleen Baty’s college safety guide

By Renee Wang

January 16, 2018


Filed under News, Renee Wang, Showcase

The PTSA welcomed personal safety and crime prevention expert Kathleen Baty to present on various aspects of college safety, with issues ranging from the danger social media poses, sexual assault prevention and date-rape drugs. The new speaker series program was spearheaded by PTSA Executive Vice Pres...

The Impatient Patient: Why TV shows catered to children have the responsibility of representation

By Renee Wang

January 5, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Renee Wang, The Impatient Patient

Is television the glue of American society? Perhaps, seeing as we devote five hours daily to a screen, according to the New York Times. For children between the ages eight to 18, a eerily similar figure of 4.5 is cited. When kids and teenagers devote such a significant chunk of time to television, the qu...