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The Student News Site of The Bishop's School

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Films communicate stories and experiences by engaging our senses through imagery. However, we can’t immerse ourselves into the beauty of a film if we are constantly staring at the moving words at the bottom of the screen. Watching is becoming reading.
Subtitles: Diverting Your Attention
Melanie Yau, Assistant Graphics Editor • March 6, 2024

Have you ever been watching Netflix in bed with subtitles on, turned away from the screen for one second, and questioned if what you heard from the screen was English? Or when watching something without subtitles, had to rewind three times to finally...

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History Teacher Mr. Matthew Valji explained that after World War II there was, “there was a general understanding about a rules-based system, such as not using tanks to invade countries and change borders.” In February 2022, Russia used tanks to invade Ukraine in an attempt to annex Ukraine and change the European borders.
Ukraine’s Continuing Importance
Ben Brown, Graphics Editor • March 6, 2024

On November 9, 1989, the world changed forever. After half a century of the Berlin Wall dividing the German capital into two seemingly opposite worlds, half a million dissatisfied citizens gathered to make one final push against the already crumbling...

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At the quantum level, fusion occurs when isotopes of hydrogen (deuterium and tritium) fuse together by chance as they move incredibly fast thanks to the thermoenergy from the plasma’s temperatures (hotter than the center of the sun). Then, this resulting fused compound can break apart into its stablest form: a helium atom and a neutron. In this refiguration, an incredible amount of thermal-kinetic energy is released (in neutron form) due to the stability of helium, proved in Albert Einstein’s E = mc2 equation.
The Future Lies in Fusion
Ben Brown, Graphics Editor • January 22, 2024

Every day, scientists at General Atomics’ DIII-D National Fusion Facility in San Diego fire millions of isotopes (atoms with extra neutrons) of hydrogen into their tokamak — an advanced thermodynamic machine. Then, for a fraction of a second, the...

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MEDIA
Riley Brunson (‘24) decided to give up Starbucks, which she “relies on a lot,” for the 40 days of Lent this year.
Lent: Bishop's Perspectives
Isadora Blatt, Editor-in-Chief • March 17, 2024

Today, self-improvement is more popular than ever. New fitness trends such as the 75-Hard are constantly circulating, and the U.S. skin care market has grown to generate 20% more revenue over the past four years, demonstrating a new fixation on self-improvement....

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Dungeons & Dragons player Linus Banta (‘25) attributes much of gatekeeping to the internet: “If a group of friends starts doing something and they don’t interact with other stuff online, there’s not really a chance for any gatekeeping to happen.”
You Shall Not Pass (If You Can’t Understand This Reference)
Lucy Marek, Content Editor • March 6, 2024

For every book you read, movie you watch, or fandom you participate in, there often seems to be someone telling you why you’re a fake fan. If you listen to music, you must not be serious about it because you don’t know why a phrase in one of the artist’s...

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To watch a musical or a movie musical, that is the question. Or maybe it’s between a movie and its musical adaptation?
Musical Movies: The Wrong Muse?
Emeraude Westlake, Content Editor • March 6, 2024

If you only realized that Mean Girls (2024) was a movie musical upon hearing the first break into song and dance, would you be upset? This was certainly the case for an Instagram reel uploaded by @x__antisocial_butterfly__x captioned “The collective...

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With boisterous and jovial rounds of questioning coming from the door, the Bishop’s Academic League team practices on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays in Dr. Banta’s upper Gilman classroom.
Bouts of Knowledge: Bishop’s Academic League Team
Summer Hu, Online Editor • March 17, 2024

When Nason Li (‘25) made the left turn into Academic League (AL) team advisor Dr. David Banta’s room at the top of Gilman which overlooks the Quad, he knew he was at home. His teammate Linus Banta (‘25) had convinced him to attend the practice in...

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The Bishops little libraries were built by Technical Director Mr. Kyle Melton and his Advanced Theater Production (ATP) class.
Little Libraries, Big Ambitions
Lucy Marek, Content Editor • March 17, 2024

You may have seen them on a walk near the beach, while driving to a restaurant, or in your very own neighborhood. Maybe they caught your eye for a second before you looked away, or maybe you are a regular contributor to them. They look almost like birdhouses,...

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James O’Brien (‘26) — left — who plays Polonius, kept the audience laughing throughout the performance. Here, he blathers and sings in the microphone, disturbing Raphael Delgado (‘24), who plays Claudius. Lainie Beamer (‘25) said of James, “His character has — oh my gosh — grown exponentially in the past two weeks, and it has become something really strong. He has come so far.”
Bishop’s Theater Puts On Groundbreaking Musical Adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet
Emeraude Westlake, Content Editor • March 17, 2024

Nine songs and a jazz band may not be what one imagines when they think of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. And yet, these past few months, the play was adapted and performed by members of the Bishop’s Performing Arts Department with these creative changes among...

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OUR PICKS
Dodgers President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman praised the team’s new superstar, Starting Pitcher and Designated Hitter Shohei Ohtani during their stadium welcoming party on December 14th, 2023. He said, “Shohei is, arguably, the most talented player who has ever played this game. He has an unwavering desire to be great.”
The Dodger’s Superteam: Can Anyone Compete?
David Lai, Staff Writer • March 6, 2024

“Seeing that a big market team like the Dodgers can spend 700 million on one player was really upsetting to me because baseball is turning into a pay-to-play kind of game,” said San Diego Padres fan Sydney Mafong (‘26) in reaction to Designated...

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Hawk-Eye cameras are placed around tennis courts to make the right line calls. (location: San Jose during in the SAP Open)
Hawk-Eye: a LOOK into the Future
Luming Wang, Staff Writer • March 6, 2024

Serena Williams, Arsenal Football Club, and the Washington Huskies. What do they have in common? They were all victims of the lack of Hawk-Eye and the controversial calls that were made against them. And the list doesn’t end there. Yet, there are mixed...

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The sun rising and shining on the Formula E race cars lined up for the 2023 Mexico City ePrix qualifiers.
Paving the Way for Zero Emission Sports
Yina Shate, Staff Writer • February 22, 2024

One early-spring evening in March of 2011, at an Italian restaurant nestled in Paris, Jean Todt, the president of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), presented his idea of an international single-seater all-electric championship to...

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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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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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Lisa-Approved: Top Three Movies & TV Shows to Add to Your Watchlist
Lisa Pan, Assistant Graphics Editor • January 22, 2024

The next few months will be met with a flood of new movies and shows by phenomenal, award-winning directors and actors. Movies that pull at every fandom’s heartstrings, whether you’re a musical theater kid, a book-lover, or someone who craves nostalgia,...

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