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The Melodic Line: Running as an antidote to academic stress

The Melodic Line: Running as an antidote to academic stress

By Melody Chen

March 22, 2019


Filed under Melody Chen, OPINION, The Melodic Line

The minute I arrive home from school, I rush upstairs, change into my running clothes, snatch my sneakers and head outdoors. The air buzzes with undiminished energy. The sun bobs up and down, mimicking my rhythm. The tension from late night studying and back-to-back extracurriculars seems to wash away as I focus on my advancing treads. For once, I f...

The Melodic Line: What Californians truly need right now

 The Melodic Line: What Californians truly need right now

By Melody Chen

November 16, 2018


Filed under Melody Chen, OPINION, The Melodic Line

Our state was rattled with multiple tragedies within a few hours. A troubled Marine veteran, Ian David Long, burst into a club and shot 12 people in the Thousand Oaks community. Hours after the shooting, a wildfire raged near the community already shrouded with the tragedy of their lost families, friends and neighbors. Firefighters had to combat not just one, but three wildfires: the Camp Fire in Northern Cali...

The Melodic Line: Hurricane Florence teaches us about empathy

By Melody Chen

October 4, 2018


Filed under Melody Chen, OPINION, The Melodic Line

T he wind whips at 50 miles per hour as building and power lines are demolished into a sea of rising waters. Billowing clouds encircle the aftermath as the storm continues to pound homes to waste. Water levels rise as fatalities continue to climb. Hurricane Florence, as well as other natural disasters, has invoked...