The Student News Site of Lynbrook High School

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The Student News Site of Lynbrook High School

the Epic

The Student News Site of Lynbrook High School

the Epic

Popular culture often chooses glamorized depictions and stereotypes of historical eras, ignoring the more nuanced realities of life during them.

Rose-colored romanticization vs. the reality of historical eras

Anwen Huang and Neha Ayyer February 1, 2022

A web search of “Victorian Era” brings up images of polished women huddled in lavish ballrooms. Likewise, a browse for the “1980s” produces neon graphics and glitzy, shoulder-padded outfits. These...

Community gardens and orchards around the Bay Area have brought agriculture into the urban environment.

Urban agriculture sprouts in the bay

Katie Chin and Deeksha Raj February 1, 2022

Urban agriculture — the production, marketing and distribution of food in urban and suburban areas — has taken root across the Bay Area. Breathing life into the area’s bustling urban sprawl, community...

Social media enables students to create bonds with peers and communicate with friends, but it can also be a toxic space that enables cyberbullying and increases the volatility of relationships.

Friendships, finstas and FOMO

Anirudh Seshadri and Sophie Au February 1, 2022

A like. A comment. A text.  Social media enables students to create bonds with peers and communicate with friends, but it can also be a toxic space that enables cyberbullying and increases the volatility...

Healthy relationships sometimes buckle due to psychological factors and harmful habits, which can negatively influence future relationships.

Identifying toxic relationships

Amishi Chandra and Ria Phelan February 1, 2022

Butterflies and queasy feelings often accompany new relationships. The desire to be with one’s partner is overwhelming yet exciting, and the possibilities for the future seem endless. However, healthy...

There are differences in Lynbrook students’ perception and experience with sex, from choosing abstinence until marriage to embracing sexual experiences earlier on.

Let’s talk about sex, baby

Elizabeth Cheng and Jasmine Rihal February 1, 2022

There is no topic as severely stigmatized as sex. It’s everywhere — books, movies, TV shows, music videos — yet it is often still an uncomfortable subject for many high school students.  Although...

Project Homekey offers new solutions for homeless families in the Bay Area.

Homekey: A key to a better future for homeless families

Catherine Zhou and Sruthi Medepalli December 7, 2021

Project Homekey aims to combat the homelessness crisis in the Bay Area by converting commercial properties and existing buildings into housing for the homeless. While advertised as an effective and sustainable...

Most U.S. imports arrive from overseas in containers, and the lack of cargo space has rendered imported goods too expensive for some local retailers.

Supply chain shortages slow deliveries and production

Anirudh Seshadri and Timothy Kim December 7, 2021

Supply chain shortages and increasing inflation from the COVID-19 pandemic have hindered the exportation of different items, ranging from fruit syrups to computer chips, to the Bay Area and across the...

Education administratives may change the math curriculum if proposals are approved.

New math guidelines bring integrated courses, not integrals

Elizabeth Cheng and Nicole Ge December 7, 2021

In February 2021, the Instructional Quality Commission, the advisory body to the California Board of Education, released new guidelines for mathematical education. If approved in July 2022, the guidelines...

As college rankings gain popularity as ways for students to weed out the best schools, many colleges have discovered loopholes to climb toward the top.

Gaming the rankings: Race to the top

Mei Corricello and Myles Kim December 7, 2021

College education has always been synonymous with social mobility. With more than 4,000 accredited higher education institutions in the U.S., finding the right one can seem like finding a needle in a haystack...

Security in the online world has become a serious threat, with many different types of malware being utilized to steal information or gain access to personal accounts.

A layperson’s guide to malware and cybersecurity

Elliu Huang November 9, 2021

June 2021: A ransomware attack shut down the Colonial Pipeline, the East Coast’s largest fuel supply line, for nearly a week. As critical infrastructure, personal information and databases rely more...

When a person shops, the brain releases dopamine as a response to the perception of a reward. The surge of happiness and positive feelings that ensues makes retail therapy an addictive method of stress relief.

Does retail therapy inspire relief or unhealthy reliance?

Emma Constable and Chelsea Lee November 9, 2021

In-store or online shopping is a common leisure activity, but it is also a method of stress relief that many people engage in, both consciously and unconsciously. Retail therapy, the act of buying something...

Food deserts are classified as regions with little access to fresh produce, and they affect millions of Americans.

Parched for fresh cuisine: Life in food deserts

Jason Shan and Susanna Tang November 9, 2021

Picture a desert: arid and empty, without water in sight. Similarly, food deserts are impoverished regions where immediate access to healthy foods is out of reach, and their prevalence affects millions...