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Art teachers bring the art classroom to students’ homes
Features

Allison Hsieh | October 19, 2020

To many students, art classes play a unique role in their school schedule. It gives them a break from the lecture-based classroom and encourages them to display individuality through their own work. When…

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Mid-Autumn Festival in mid-quarantine: A new moon of challenges
Features

Christy Yu | October 13, 2020

In a traditional Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival celebration, also known as zhong qiu jie or the Moon Festival, family members who live apart gather together around the dinner table, eat mooncakes and moon…

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Who’s really blinded by the new UC test-blind policy?
Opinions

Ron Aich | October 12, 2020

Standardized testing has long been a hallmark of the college admissions process. Regardless of gender, race or ability, most high school students share the experience of preparing for these grueling exams.

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Testing, testing: a history of the SAT
Features

Renee Ge | October 12, 2020

School closures. Canceled SATs. Test-optional or test-blind college applications. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, standardized testing was ubiquitous to the high school experience — millions of students…

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Trump attempts to ban TikTok
Opinions

Emma Cionca | September 24, 2020

As president of the United States, Donald Trump has many responsibilities concerning the well being of the citizens and safety of the country. However, one of the president’s latest concerns has garnered…

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Social isolation affects teen social development
News

Elizabeth Park | September 23, 2020

Isolated, scared and unsure — just a few of the emotions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Humans are naturally social. With the COVID-19 crisis calling for social distancing, though, teens are…

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FUHSD community pushes for antiracist curriculum and climate
News

Mei Corricello | September 18, 2020

With the recent rise of racial justice movements such as Black Lives Matter (BLM), FUHSD has been pushed to speak up in the anti-racism conversation. Students, teachers, administrators and community members…

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UC retaliation against COLA strikers not in accordance with their principles
Opinions

Youqi Huang | June 2, 2020

Graduate students across the University of California (UC) system have gone on strike, demanding a $1412 cost of living adjustment (COLA) per student to be added to their salaries. The UC system has responded…

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Teaching from home: a new reality for teachers
Coronavirus

Diana Kohr | June 1, 2020

For centuries, the traditional classroom has remained virtually unchanged: desks and chairs, pens and notebooks, teachers and students. The onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, has radically changed…

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World Athletics sets new regulations on running shoes
Sports

Teresa Arisawa | April 23, 2020

On Oct. 12, 2019, Eliud Kipchoge ran the fastest marathon in world history — 1:59:40. However, this impressive time did not replace the marathon world record due to the massive amount of tools used to…

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COVID-19 causes the cancellation of junior prom
Coronavirus

Audrey Wong | March 24, 2020

Considered one of high school’s most important milestones, Junior Prom is a highly anticipated event among Lynbrook students. The Class of 2021 was set to have their Junior Prom on March 21, with many…

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Lynbrook to be closed for three weeks in response to COVID-19
Coronavirus

Kaylin Li | March 16, 2020

After the bell rang on Friday, March 13, releasing students from their 4th period class, students chattered and ran up to each other in the hallways more than usual. The cause: an announcement made by…

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Novel coronavirus: unmasking the epidemic
Coronavirus

Youqi Huang | March 10, 2020

Since the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)’s appearance in January, misconceptions and myths have run rampant. The virus originated in the Huanan seafood market in Wuhan, China, and has currently infected…

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Exploring the unique experiences of grief and loss
Features

Stella Huang | March 9, 2020

Grief, the feeling of deep sorrow, is an emotion that is deeply linked with loss. Most people will experience grief at some point in their lives due to forces outside of their control.

The five stages…

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Public benefits: Are they really for the public?
Opinions

Michelle Zhu | March 4, 2020

On Sept. 27, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a stricter criteria on green card applications. In a 5-4 vote, it ruled that the Trump administration is allowed to judge applications for green…

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Editorial: Bring attention and respect back to public education
Opinions

Epic Staff | March 3, 2020

In President Donald Trump’s Feb. 4 State of the Union address, he introduced a policy toward education that seems positive at first glance, but will in truth have dire effects on public schools across…

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Just for kicks: Mr. Nguyen’s shoe collection
Features

Enzo Cabaltica | March 3, 2020

Shoes, footwear, kicks. Most people only own one or two pairs. Physics teacher Thanh Nguyen has 37.

Nguyen’s extensive collection boasts a variety of brands ranging from Nike to Puma. Each day of…

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Coronavirus does not excuse racism
Coronavirus

Nicole Ong | February 27, 2020

“My dad said to stay away from you since you might give me Coronavirus,” my classmate laughed, and so did I, failing to realize the implications of the comment. I shrugged, a vague discomfort settling…

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Consequences of college packing
Opinions

Sharlene Chen | February 26, 2020

As a result of Lynbrook’s competitive atmosphere, students often look for ways to build a promising resume. Many choose to participate in college “packaging” programs offered by various counseling…

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CCPA: Privacy, anonymity and equality
Features

Sloka Suresh | February 14, 2020

Collected, bought and sold. For decades, personal data has been used by businesses to learn everything about their consumers — from names to shopping preferences and addresses — and commodified for…

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Physical glowup, mental glowdown
Opinions

Kavya Iyer | December 30, 2019

Those clear-skinned girls with a tiny waist but wide hips, sporting crop tops and distressed jeans, showcasing an effortless smile bedazzled with teeth whiter than snow. That’s who I wanted to be, but…

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Respect women. Just do it.
Opinions

Alara Dasdan | December 26, 2019

Nike’s February 2019 advertisement told women to “show them what crazy can do”, but recent court cases and firsthand accounts from women working at Nike reveal a darker side to the sports brand….

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Google’s Project Nightingale infringes on privacy
Opinions

Katie Chen | December 16, 2019

Tech giant Google has broken the mold with its data practices, and its latest brainchild, Project Nightingale, is no exception. With Project Nightingale, a trip to the doctor’s office becomes a statistic…

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Gen Z loses their z’s
Features

Bennie Chang | December 16, 2019

As each day comes to an end, sophomore Aryan Dwivedi finds himself struggling to stay awake. On a regular school night, he gets around six hours of sleep and sometimes even less after working on extracurricular…

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Rising teen use, dangers of JUULs cause concerns
Vaping

Priyanka Anand | October 9, 2019

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in the early 2000s, adolescent smoking reached new lows due to realization of the health hazards of nicotine and tobacco within communities….

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Editorial: District justified in controversial Persky firing
Opinions

Epic Staff | October 7, 2019

Vice News, Sept. 12: How the Hell Did the Brock Turner Judge Get a Job as a Girls Tennis Coach?

Certainly, no one expected it.

But it happened: former Santa Clara Superior Court judge Michael Aaron…

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Hiring of former judge Persky stirs controversy
News

Sunny Li | October 7, 2019

Michael Aaron Persky, former judge on the Superior Court of California for Santa Clara County, was hired as the JV girls tennis coach for the 2019-20 school year on Sept. 2. However, due to Persky’s…

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Spider-Man: Homeless
Arts & Entertainment

Medha Upadhyay | October 7, 2019

When Spider-Man fans joked that the next movie in the trilogy would be “Spider-Man: Homeless,” they could not have foreseen the major custody battle that Disney and Sony would undergo over the iconic…

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California passes laws to limit high school football injury
Showcase

Audrey Wong | October 4, 2019

Football, often seen as the classic high school sport, is declining in participation due to the apprehension over potential injuries. To ensure students’ safety, California has recently passed laws limiting…

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Lost in Translation: Redefining what Asian American means to me
Opinions

Nicole Ong | September 17, 2019

When I was younger, my childhood Chinese teacher posed this question to the class: “Which part of China are you from?”

The question was not so much where the student was from, but where in China the…

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True Crime: The fascination with murder and violence
Arts & Entertainment

Audrey Wong | May 21, 2019

A shiny silver blade catches the viewer’s eyes as he sees the metal weapon drenched in crimson liquid. The liquid now spills everywhere, staining everything with a distinct dark red hue. A thrill of…

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I’m Muslim — do I possess the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?
Opinions

Hatim Saifee | May 14, 2019

“All terrorists are Muslim, but not all Muslims are terrorists.” It’s not uncommon for me to hear this sentence in public or online. Ten words that encapsulate the views of today’s global population…

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Bailey Gong fights for a spot on national kung fu team
Features

Christy Yu | May 14, 2019

Sophomore Bailey Gong was just eight years old when his friend, senior Brian Chou, suggested that he try out martial arts. Little did Gong know then that kung fu and wushu, a more advanced type of Chinese…

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Dissections — where to cut the line?
Opinions

Audrey Wong | April 4, 2019

It may seem like there is no such thing as “too far” when it comes to providing learning tools for students. Dissections, however, may tread that line. Dissections allow students to engage in hands-on…

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The NBA is not tea time
Opinions

Anusha Kothari | February 28, 2019

“Let us play basketball.” The moment Golden State Warriors’ All-NBA forward Kevin Durant uttered these words, sports networks rushed to dissect them, as well as the entirety of Durant’s post-game…

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Erwin and Wong : the voices of “This Viking Life”
Features

Patricia Wei | February 25, 2019

It is 8:50 a.m. in the office on a Wednesday morning, and assistant principals David Erwin and EricWong and school psychologist Dr. Brittany Stevens are ready for another show. Promptly at 8:55 a.m.,…

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Subtle Asian Traits: When do memes become mean?
Opinions

Enzo Cabaltica | February 19, 2019

Bringing together more than a million members and still growing fast, Subtle Asian Traits (SAT) is a popular Facebook group where members share jokes about life as Asians. Created in Sept. 16, 2018 by…

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Lynbrook evaluates various enrollment concerns
News

Srinidhi Seshadri | February 17, 2019

Enrollment of incoming freshmen students is a topic that the FUHSD community has continually revisited over recent years due to declining class sizes at Lynbrook. Despite the many measures taken to help…

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Amber Lee: Transforming struggles into social change
Features

Hatim Saifee | February 12, 2019





Standing at the top of the quad in front of a large crowd of students and staff, microphone in hand, Class of 2018 alumna Amber Lee commences the Lynbrook High Walkout with a passionate…

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Former U.S. Chief Data Scientist DJ Patil talks education
News

Melissa Chen | February 12, 2019

Not many people can say they have worked with a president of the United States. Monta Vista High School alumnus, Dhanurjay “DJ” Patil, is one of those select few. Appointed by Barack Obama, Patil served…

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Boys soccer scores through the season
Sports

Diana Xu | February 8, 2019

Knowing he had to save this ball in order for his team to win, junior and goalie Ryan Markert stood in position, ready to react. The next few events were a blur: the sound of a whistle, the kick of a ball….

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Student health vs. Education: should schools close due to poor air quality?
News

Arul Gnanasivam | February 8, 2019

The once bright blue sky turned into a muddy grey when the smoke from the nearby Woodland and Chico fires advanced toward the Bay Area. As smoke enveloped Northern California, district officials and school…

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College Board Creates Controversy
Opinions

Srinidhi Seshadri | February 1, 2019

The only sound I could hear was the scratching of pencils on paper as we vigorously bubbled in our answers. The proctor announced that our time was up, and I leaned back with a sigh of relief. Months of…

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Buster lends a helping paw
Features

Rachel Wu | January 28, 2019

One unique member of the Lynbrook community always catches people’s eyes as he

walks around campus. Just four years old, he has his own staff ID card, walks on all fours and has a unique smile….

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Jonathan Leslie takes the moment on and off the field
Sports

Patricia Wei | January 25, 2019

In fifth grade, junior Jonathan Leslie came across a quote that he has kept with him ever since: “Don’t wait for the perfect moment. Take the moment and make it perfect.”

When he is on the baseball…

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