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The use of literally has changed over time. As the younger generation seems to have created their own definition for the word, misuse of literally has become more common.
Literally, Literally
Summer Hu, Staff Writer • May 20, 2022

“I’m literally going to die,” says your friend before a big test. Even though the way they used the word ‘literally’ meant that they were going to die, the next morning, you see them alive and well and not the least bit dead. Jean Berko Gleason, a psycholinguist and member of the Psychological...

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Yasi Henderson (22) poses for the Bishops Senior Assassins Instagram (@tbsseniorassassin_2022) as a part of the game.
Float or Sink: Bishop's Senior Assassin
Shirley Xu, Staff Writer • May 12, 2022

In February, Bishop’s Seniors began sporting fashionable floaties around their arms or ankles, marking the beginning of the yearly game of Senior Assassin.  For those unfamiliar, Senior Assassin is a competition between seniors in which players are assigned a target each week and work towards eliminating...

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Micro-Trends are Polluting Fashion and Our Planet
Micro-Trends are Polluting Fashion and Our Planet
Bella Gallus, Staff Writer • May 12, 2022

Coachella, a music festival in Indio, California, has been hosting music artists, of all genres, since 1999. The first Coachella weekend had 20,000 attendees, but over the year it has quickly risen in popularity with 250,000 people attending the 2022 festival. It is also one of the most fashionable festivals...

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As a last word of advice to others, Tate said, “Don’t be afraid to try scary things. You can tell people’s stories.”
To Our Matcha Lover
Leila Feldman, Staff Writer • May 23, 2022

Copy Editor Tate Vacarro (‘22) gives an aura of effortless coolness. She has been on the staff for two years and a copy editor for one year. She’s known for always having some sort of matcha drink in her hand in the morning, regularly sporting her UGGs slides, and multiple piercings. Her calm and...

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Clare has spent countless hours working on articles for The Tower. Were going to miss her so much next year!
Celebrating Clare
Isadora Blatt, Staff Writer • May 23, 2022

“Everything,” said Editor-in-Chief Clare Malhotra (‘22) immediately when asked what she’ll miss most about The Tower. Her journalism career began when she joined the class in her sophomore year, for what reason she can’t recall. However, she knew exactly why she stayed. “I liked that the...

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After a four-year legacy on The Tower, graduating senior Sariah Hossain (‘22) will be greatly missed by every staff member.
‘Go Sariah!’
Crystal Li, Copy Editor • May 23, 2022

“August” by Taylor Swift plays in the background in the bustle of another one of our golden layout days. In Co-Editor-in-Chief Sariah Hossain’s (‘22) eyes, this after-school work period before each Tower print issue release is more than just putting finishing touches on final drafts or graphics—she...

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The Bishop’s Land’s End skirts “should be no shorter than four inches above the top of the knee,” according to the Uniform Policy. However, most students do not follow this rule and most teachers do not enforce it.
Skirting the Issue
Lily Gover, Staff Writer • April 22, 2022

On May 21st, 2019, students with signs filled the sidewalk in front of Cathedral Catholic High School. “My body, my choice,” “I’m sorry, did my knees distract you from reading this poster?,” and “I’m confident with what I wear but my school doesn’t want me to be!” were just three of...

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On the outdoor basketball court, a rope  was found fashioned in a manner reminiscent of a noose.
Beyond the Textbook
Sariah Hossain, Clare Malhotra, Kyle Berlage, Tate Vaccaro, and Crystal Li February 25, 2022

Two ropes, found in the boys’ locker room and the outdoor tennis courts, tied like nooses. To us, as upperclassmen on The Tower, the symbolism of the action was clear: it represented hatred and racism, invoking the imagery of lynchings during the Jim Crow era. However, not everyone saw it that way....

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This is what the Olympics should be all
about: athletes from different countries
coming together to not only compete and
bring pride to their nation but have fun and
enjoy each other’s company. Pictured are
the beach volleyball medalists at the 2016
Rio Summer Games.
From Moscow to Beijing
Sydney Chan, Staff Writer • February 25, 2022

“A dream is a wish your heart makes,” Cinderella sang to her bird friends in the Disney classic. It is a goal that slowly becomes feasible through years of hard work and dedication. For some, that dream might be getting into an Ivy League school. For others, owning a business of their own tops that...

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Performing Arts teacher Ms. Samantha Howard (center) eloped with her husband (left) five weeks after meeting him due to his leaving to join the Navy. “We had a choice of either we never see each other again…or I go with you,” she said. (Pictured: Ms. Howard and her family)
The Magic of Theatre: Ms. Howard
Lily Gover, Staff Writer • May 23, 2022

For Performing Arts teacher Ms. Samantha Howard, the theatre is home. Her first memory of a play involves her being captivated by the magic of the...

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For artistic inspiration, Annecy overlays photos of two people close to her on Photoshop and paints them together, capturing her unique perspective on those who are really important to her.
Every Canvas is a Journey All Its Own
Crystal Li, Copy Editor • May 5, 2022

If you stopped by the library after school last Thursday, you probably saw the crowds of people congregating in front of neatly-spaced and framed...

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The cast of On The Razzle, the Bishop’s spring play, pose without masks. On The Razzle was the first performance to allow students to be maskless onstage.
To Mask or Not To Mask
Lucy Marek, Staff Writer • April 21, 2022

When the 2021 Bishop’s fall play, On The Razzle, opened on March 17, people were just happy to be back in the theater. Friends and family were...

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The Museum of Contemporary Arts San Diego can be recognized but its large statue of boats on the top of its building. A little sneak peak into what kinds of work are showcased at the museum.
Musing Over the Museum
Joyce Wu, Staff Writer • April 21, 2022

Museum-goers and art lovers are in for a treat now that the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego has reopened. It's near the Bishop’s campus, so...

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Tom walks off the field after defeating the Miami Dolphins 27-24 and clinching the divisional playoff on 24 December 2011.
Almost Losing A Legend
Graham Walker, Staff Writer • April 27, 2022

Tom Brady was already set to be remembered as possibly the greatest quarterback of all time and his decision to retire seemed to come at the perfect...

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You cant do it without your horse. - Emma Marshall (22)
Success in the Saddle
Lily Gover, Staff Writer • April 27, 2022

All athletes know that the way teammates work together is one of the most important factors for success. For one Bishop’s sports program, that...

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What a beautiful site to see (yes, I may be a little biased… hey, at least I’m honest with my readers!). A regular season tradition, Clark the Cub came onto the field with the iconic W flag after a Cubby victory. Let’s just make one thing clear: “Go Cubs Go” is a total vibe.
“Baseball Season’s Underway…”
Sydney Chan, Staff Writer • April 14, 2022

The little click from a Sharpie cap. The mouthwatering smell of hot dogs. The energetic cheering from the crowd. These are just a few phrases to...

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The team constantly posts pictures of their fun activities on their Instagram @bishopsladywaterballers, including exercise, coffee runs, and birthday shoutouts.
Making a Splash
Leila Feldman, Staff Writer • March 1, 2022

On January 6 2022, @Bishops_Athletics posted on Instagram that girls water polo was “seeking its 11th section title in 12 years with the leadership...

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This adobada taco from Tacos El Gordo is arguably my favorite taco ever. Slow cooked and roasted on a metal rod,  shaved off to order, and topped with a green cilantro crema and freshly diced white onions and cilantro, it’s the perfect bite. The flavors overwhelm your pallet in a way that you just can’t stop yourself from coming back for more. No complaints.
Sydney’s Suggestions: Taquerias in San Diego
Sydney Chan, Staff Writer • May 12, 2022

Tacos are like great stories. The perfect combination of ingredients that pair beautifully, a hint of surprise and acid to balance it out, and an element that wraps it all together. Over my time living in California, I’ve tried a fair number of tacos. On one hand, I’ve tasted ones that are incredibly overpriced, dry, and overly salted; but on the other hand, some taquerias are so good that I...

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Mr. Racca and Mr. Saba worked hard to make Bobboi the welcoming and awesome place it is today. “We wanted our soul to be in [the floors, walls, and ceilings].”
Bobboi Natural Gelato: A Little Sweet Treat
Sydney Chan, Staff Writer • May 12, 2022

When you see the ocean over the balcony, sit on the wooden patio chairs, and taste incredibly fresh gelato that tastes identical to the ingredients its named after, you know you’ve made your way to Bobboi. As students that attend school in La Jolla, we have countless restaurants and shops within walking distance from campus, one of them being this popular, not-so-hidden gem. In February of 2013,...

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What a beautiful site to see (yes, I may be a little biased… hey, at least I’m honest with my readers!). A regular season tradition, Clark the Cub came onto the field with the iconic W flag after a Cubby victory. Let’s just make one thing clear: “Go Cubs Go” is a total vibe.
“Baseball Season’s Underway…”
Sydney Chan, Staff Writer • April 14, 2022

The little click from a Sharpie cap. The mouthwatering smell of hot dogs. The energetic cheering from the crowd. These are just a few phrases to describe the pure excitement of Spring Training.  Each year, baseball fans from around the country come together to support their teams before the real summer season. Depending on the team, fans travel either to Scottsdale, Arizona, for the Cactus League,...

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Omicron: What You Need To Know
Omicron: What You Need To Know
Kayden Wang, Staff Writer • January 20, 2022

After a well-deserved break, Bishop’s students came back on campus but the Omicron made the return a bit different. According to the Knights News published on January 9th, 2022, 46 out of 761 employees and students tested positive for COVID-19 as of January 6th, so here are 5 things you need to know about the new variant. When was Omicron first reported?  Omicron, or B.1.1.529, is a variant...

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Teachers such as History and Social Sciences Teacher Mr. Damon Halback are on-campus in KN-95 or N-95 masks, utilizing the school’s new view-only Zoom policy to help students learning from home.
Back From Break– Now What?
Shirley Xu, Staff Writer • January 20, 2022

After two days of asynchronous learning, Bishop’s announced various modifications to the school’s COVID-19 procedures via Knights News. So what exactly were these new mandates, and what do these updates mean for students and families at the school?  Prior to the school’s scheduled return to campus, Head of School Mr. Ron Kim and Assistant Head of School Mr. Michael Beamer announced two days...

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“My hope is that we are at the worst part of COVID right now, and it will die down,” Ms. Williamson said. “Then, we should be fine by March.”
Formal Postponed: How Certain Can We Be?
Isadora Blatt, Staff Writer • January 20, 2022

On January 19th, the upper school received an email announcing that this year’s Winter Formal has been postponed from January 12th to March 4th. “By then, the weather will be better, COVID cases will be down (fingers crossed!), and we can enjoy the event without any worries,” wrote math teacher and senior class sponsor Ms. Dolores Williamson. This specific date was chosen based on multiple...

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