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Two Just Stop Oil protesters in front of Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” after throwing tomato soup over the painting and gluing their hands to the wall. The painting could have been permanently damaged, but luckily it was cleaned up and restored quickly.
Inartful Protests
Lisa Pan, Assistant Graphics Editor • May 11, 2024

Tourists and local citizens roamed around in London’s National Gallery, behind the cream-colored columns and spewing teal water fountains. This specific room on the second floor, Room 43, featured Dutch Post-Impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh’s...

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I’m in no way against people expressing themselves. The thing I have a major problem with is when people take advantage of free speech to attack others.
The Land of the (Too) Free Speech
Sydney Chan, Editor-in-Chief • May 9, 2024

It’s September 14, 1814, and a man’s eyebrows furrow as he taps his quill pen on the desk, chews on its tip, and then taps it again. This isn’t just any ol’ fellow, though — it’s American patriot Francis Scott Key putting the finishing touches...

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In front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington DC, a bronze statue of Lady Justice represents the judicial system’s moral force in society. With a blindfold, a balance, and a sword, she carries ancient symbols for fair and equal treatment under the law. But will Lady Justice protect Free Speech in Murthy v. Missouri?
Murthy v. Missouri: Free Speech on Trial
Ben Brown, Graphics Editor • May 9, 2024

“Better a thousandfold abuse of free speech than denial of free speech,” said Charles Bradlaugh, a 19th century English political activist. Today, in the 21st century, a group of attorneys from Louisiana and Missouri facing off against the Biden Administration...

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Philosophy in the Dune book series is heavily based on Islam, and the movie Dune: Part Two depicts clothing and rituals similar to Islamic tradition in many scenes.
Dune Part 2: Sand, Spectacle, and Society
Isadora Blatt, Editor-in-Chief • May 20, 2024

Frank Herbert’s written work is sprawling and complex. So much so that New York Times critic Manohla Dargis described it as “a great juicy slab of a book, a meticulously detailed and enjoyably engrossing fantasy about belief and doubt, survival and...

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During the Passover Seder, Jewish families remove a drop of wine from their wine cups ten times to represent the ten plagues that Pharoah placed on Egypt to free the Jews from slavery.
Bishop’s Guided Seder: Reflections on the Israel-Gaza War and Hopes for Next Year in Peace
Sydney Chan, Editor-in-Chief • May 11, 2024

“When evil darkens our world, give us light. When ideals fade, renew our vision. When we lose our way, be our Guide. That we may find peace in Your presence, and purpose is doing your will,” opened the Reverend Nicole Simopolous-Pigato, quoting a...

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When searching for “Korean nails,” beautiful gel nails pop up. However, these images are often taken from Chinese apps — with Chinese watermarks still clearly visible. On the contrary, a Google search for “Chinese nails” results in bright red nails with Chinese flags and dragons painted on them. The “Korean nails” have no explicit reference to nationality.
A Skewed Perspective
Melanie Yau, Assistant Graphics Editor • May 9, 2024

“China as a country is represented by the government, but Chinese people are not correctly represented. Their opinions are not reflected,” said Math Teacher and advisor of Bishop’s East Asian Student Association Dr. Jay Zhao. Following the COVID-19...

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Several athletes participated in Signing Day, committing to their respective schools,  at Snapdragon Stadium on November 9, 2023. (Pictured left from right: Seniors Nick Marvin, Colin Fagan, Brooks Rodger, Dane Jorgensen, Leila Feldman, Izzy Grol, Lily Gover, Alex Ozarski, Lukas Peabody, and Jaxon Leach.)
Two Ways In: Hit the Books or Hit the Gym
Bella Gallus, Managing Editor • May 20, 2024

“There are good sides and bad sides,” Serena Zhang (‘24) said about the two main pathways students take to matriculate into colleges and universities: committing to a school for athletics or the regular application process. Bishop’s students who...

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In an introductory course on coding offered by Global Online Academy, students learned how to code using Python. Here, Nirvana Shiwmangal (‘25) was able to do a project on hex codes. She took this class to “get some coding skills” since she had never done actual coding before and wanted to try something new.
Global Online Academy: Enhancing Knowledge Beyond School
David Lai, Staff Writer • May 17, 2024

Gender Studies, Social Psychology, International Relations, Macroeconomics, and Medical Problem-Solving all span different subjects, but the one thing they have in common is: they are all unique courses offered at Global Online Academy (GOA). GOA is a...

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Director of Admissions and Financial Aid and parent of Caz Mallick (26), Ms. Vivien Mallick, submitted one of the three Lumpia recipes she knows how to make. If there was a future Bishop’s cookbook she said, “I would put a different recipe of my mother’s Lumpia in there. I think being Filipino is a big part of my identity and I love sharing my culture and food with other people.”
Bishop’s Cookbook: A Taste of A Diverse Community
David Lai, Staff Writer • May 17, 2024

Lumpiang Shanghai, Greek Spanakopita, Scones for Sofi, Vegetarian Lighter Lasagna, and Head of School Mr. Ron Kim’s Korean Ragu all have one thing in common: they are all recipes in the newest edition of The Bishop’s School Cookbook. The Parents Association...

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Thousands of fans root for their team during the NBA playoffs, a time where the atmosphere is electric with very high stakes.
The Ultimate Showdown: Student Predictions on the NBA Playoffs
Luming Wang, Staff Writer • May 5, 2024

The lights dim around the area so only the court is lit. Lights dance on the floor, flashing bright. Players come out one by one, and fans cheer so loud that the commentators are hard to hear. This may be in the Boston Celtics arena or the Denver Nuggets...

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Caitlin Clark has one of the most lethal three-point range in the WNBA.
The Caitlin Clark Effect
Luming Wang, Staff Writer • May 2, 2024

Caitlin Clark shoots at the freethrow line, and the crowd roars. She makes it, and the crowd cheers even louder. Then, the moment they have all been waiting for has come: Caitlin Clark knocks down her second free throw and makes history once again. In...

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Many passionate students played spikeball on the quad during the Bishop’s Lucky Ducklings Spikeball Tournament from February 27 to 29, 2024.
Spikeball’s Surge
Luming Wang, Staff Writer • May 1, 2024

On the Bishop’s quad, the air is filled with contagious joy as middle school and high school students watch the competition unfold. Each forceful strike against the net bounces the ball to opponents. Eager students form a crowd as the rally intensifiers....

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The Two-Knights Show (Season 1, EP. 3)
Summer Hu and Ben Brown November 3, 2023

View the third episode of The Tower's first-ever broadcast show. NOTE: This episode was released in 2022

The Two-Knights Show (Season 1, EP. 2)
Summer Hu and Ben Brown November 3, 2023

View the second episode of The Tower's first-ever broadcast show. NOTE: This episode was released in 2022

The Two-Knights Show (Season 1, EP. 1)
Summer Hu and Ben Brown November 3, 2023

View the first episode of The Tower's first-ever broadcast show. NOTE: This episode was released in 2022

International Mother Language Day 2024 Video
Eliana Leff ('26), Guest Writer • March 11, 2024

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The Three Little Pigs and the Wolf
Haolin Luo, Guest Writer • May 25, 2023

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Stand Your Ground Laws: What You Need to Know
Seth Pintar, Guest Writer • May 10, 2023

As many of you have heard, the United States is facing the tragic reality of gun violence. However, it wasn’t just one incident of gun violence that shocked us; it was multiple incidences of people dying of gun violence. These incidents include the...

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fly high
Kayley Xu, Guest Writer • May 7, 2023

“Icarus, flying high because of his youthful recklessness, fell into the sea because the wax that fastened the feathers together melted from the sun.” (Daedalus, Siculus)    Perhaps the story of Icarus  should not dissuade us from  flying...

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This Manhattan food truck is home to one of the best street eats on the planet — a combo platter with some crispy fries from The Halal Guys. The perfect midnight meal, it’s satisfying, fresh, and insanely flavorful. It’s what food-cravings are made of. Although this is a photo from their original location on W. 53rd in NYC, The Halal Guys has seriously expanded their franchise, including a couple locations in Irvine, CA.
Sydney's Suggestions: SoCal All-Stars
Sydney Chan, Editor-in-Chief • May 9, 2024

It’s finally here. The moment none of us have been waiting for — the last edition of Syd’s Suggestions. Over these past two years, together, we’ve discovered the best food in just about every category, right here, in sunny San Diego. Tacos, croissants,...

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These are my absolute favorite steamed buns from Sunny Dumpling House — chive and egg. They are literal perfection packed into a fluffy cloud. To dip, I have vinegar with a sprinkle of sugar, sesame oil, a drop of soy sauce, and a ton of chili oil. Bliss.
Sydney's Suggestions: Best Dumpling Houses in San Diego
Sydney Chan, Editor-in-Chief • March 6, 2024

Dumplings are arguably one of the food groups that people all across the globe associate the most with Chinese cuisine. Enjoy these recommendations for when your next dumpling craving rushes over, but you don’t have time to wait three hours outside...

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On February 28, 2024, the first episode of the 46th season of Survivor will be released on CBS.
Tuning In to Season 2: Returning TV Shows in 2024
Lucy Marek, Content Editor • February 9, 2024

From sitcoms to psychological thrillers to reality TV, 2024 will bring us plenty more of the shows we’ve come to love. But with so many options these days, it can be hard to know where to start — here are five great shows to look forward to in the...

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Brick and Bell is always crowded with La Jolla locals, all hoping to grab drink or a bite to eat!
Hit a Brick Wall? Hit Up Brick and Bell!
Lisa Pan, Assistant Graphics Editor • January 22, 2024

Everybody needs a pick-me up drink, whether it’s on the way to school early in the  morning, or during a study session after school, when your stomach is grumbling and you’re just craving something. I joined La Jolla locals, including many Bishop’s...

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