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Impact of Buddhism on the development of identity

Impact of Buddhism on the development of identity

Tzen-hao Ng

April 14, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Web Exclusive

Often, one can hear horror stories about overly-religious parents dictating the lives of their children, who may not know anything of a life outside of religion.  Or, one may hear of cults, of ritual and witchcraft, that can end in brainwashing, a la Scientology, or destruction, as with Jonesto...

Why I hate April Fool’s Day

Why I hate April Fool’s Day

Belinda Zhou

April 9, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Web Exclusive

It’s only 9 a.m. and your best friend has called you and divulged to you her pregnancy. When you awoke from your slumber, your father was dangling a pair of car keys to your dream car, the $123,600 matte black Mercedes Benz G-Wagon, in front of your groggy face. Your customarily deadpan older siste...

Weight Watchers targets teenagers

Weight Watchers targets teenagers

Divya Nelakonda

March 29, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Print

As part of an initiative to expand to a younger and more loyal customer base, Weight Watchers has announced that it will be launching a free six-week program in July for teens from ages 13 to 17. My immediate reaction to this program was one of discomfort. As someone who has personally been subject to ...

America’s past: not such a blast

America’s past: not such a blast

Nicole Ong

March 29, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Print

My eighth grade U.S. History class sparked a new passion in me to connect the dots between America's past and present. As I researched further, however, I realized I had only learned a fraction of true history. Take the Great Depression, for example. History classes taught me that the stock market crash dro...

Students share their opinions on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting

Students share their opinions on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting

March 14, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Web Exclusive

The recent shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14, 2018. 17 lives were lost. The U.S. was left shattered with students and parents feeling unsafe at school. the Epic invited the students of Lynbrook High School to use our website as a platform to share their opinions...

Who does your feminism include?

Nicole Ong

March 1, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Web Exclusive

Feminism. 8 letters. Years of progress that can not be put together in a single word. From women’s suffrage, to the push for sexual rights, to the recent Women’s Marches, feminism has been a major source of the strides made regarding gender equality. Let’s break it down, though. What does fem...

My conflict with Catholicism

My conflict with Catholicism

Noela Bae

March 1, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Print

Having grown up in a family of devout Catholics, I was expected to adhere to the basic tenets and practices of the religion: praying before every meal, attending church on Sunday mornings, going to confession at least two times a year. Speaking out against these routines was unheard of, so I did as I w...

FB dress groups prom-ote unity

FB dress groups prom-ote unity

Michelle Lum

March 1, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Print

As January rolled around, my Facebook feed became inundated with photo after photo of the dresses that girls would be wearing at prom. The unwritten rule to not wear the same dress as another girl had sparked the creation of junior and senior prom dress Facebook groups to avoid any wardrobe clashes. ...

I am angry that this is our reality: Reacting to the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting

I am angry that this is our reality: Reacting to the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting

Nicole Ong

February 22, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Web Exclusive

I am scared. I am sad. Above all, I am angry. When I first heard the news of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, my first thought was, “Another school shooting?” At this point, school shootings have become common occurrences. Within the first seven weeks of 2018, there have already been 8 school...

The aftermath of Larry Nassar’s sentencing

The aftermath of Larry Nassar’s sentencing

Chelsea Li

February 17, 2018


Filed under Columns, Columns, Opinion, Sports, Web Exclusive

As each woman stepped up to the witness platform and addressed the established, kind doctor they had once trusted, their words traveled beyond the walls of Michigan’s Ingham County Courthouse, deeply felt by all who had watched the case unfold. Larry Nassar’s world began to crumble around him. ...

Why I hate New Year’s resolutions

Why I hate New Year’s resolutions

Belinda Zhou

January 31, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Web Exclusive

Whether you’d like to admit it or not, you’ve probably  made a New Year's resolution sometime in your life — maybe even this past new year! Now, I’m not here to deliver some sort of uplifting and  eloquent disquisition to encourage you to adhere to your resolutions, or to give you a...

The injustice of test skipping

Hsinyen Huang

January 25, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Print

The frustration I feel when a teacher is waiting on one student to make up an important test before passing it back is unparalleled. Yet classrooms always feel emptier on test days, as unprepared students often don’t show up to risk their grades by taking tests they aren’t ready for. While I com...

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