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The Student News Site of The Bishop's School

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Social media made it all too easy for issues of domestic abuse to be overshadowed by the wild case between Heard and Depp and for sexism to lurk in the shadows of these posts.
Opinion: Social Media vs. Depp vs. Heard
Summer Hu, Story Editor • May 27, 2022

On April 11 in Fairfax, Virginia, the defamation lawsuit Johnny Depp filed against former wife Amber Heard came to trial. And the public went crazy. Posts and reposts with hashtags #MePoo, #JusticeforJohnnyDepp, and #Amberturd went viral, making fun of...

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Mother and her daughter mourn their daughter who was one of the nineteen children killed in the Uvalde shooting.
Guns are not safe to be in an 18-year-old's hands
Leila Feldman, Editor-in-Chief • May 26, 2022

On Wednesday May 25, 2022, I sent my mom a text that read as follows: “Things I will NOT be able to do on my 18th birthday: have a drink, smoke a cigarette, rent a car. Things I will be able to do on my 18th birthday: buy an AR-15.” This was prompted...

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Lining the hallways of upper Bentham are rows of college pennants—reminders of the ever-present, looming future.
The Old College Try
Sariah Hossain, Editor-in-Chief • May 25, 2022

I don’t remember many things from my middle school days—I tend to block out the most painful and embarrassing memories in an act of self-preservation—but I do remember this: as every May approached and the school year drew to a close, my grade and...

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MEDIA

Last week was full of sports for our Knights! Despite the academic quarter ending, the Knights played hard in golf, tennis, field hockey, football, cross country, and water polo. Pictured: The Girls' Varsity Volleyball team won 3-2 on 10/10 against La Jolla Country Day School.

Students, faculty, alumni, and families gathered on Friday August 27 to celebrate Bishbowl at the Gene Edwards Stadium. Pictured is the Bishop's Knight Schuyler Capita ('21) cheering during the Varsity Football game against Francis Parker School. Go Knights! ❤️💛

The cover art for Harrys House perfectly matches the warm, vibrant, introspective energy the album cultivates.
Welcome Home: A 'Harry's House' Album Review
Sariah Hossain, Editor-in-Chief • May 25, 2022

Welcome to Harry’s House. In other words, welcome home. On May 20, 2022, the Grammy-award-winning pop phenomenon Harry Styles released his third studio album, titled Harry’s House. Atmospheric and lush yet intimate and sweet, Styles has dropped...

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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, Story Editor • 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,...

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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, Copy Editor • 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...

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Kasie Leung (‘23) and Eli Browne (‘23) first debated together in the Bishop’s Spring Classic in eighth grade and have been a standout pair ever since.
The Perfect Parli Pair
Lily Gover, Copy Editor • May 27, 2022

You can see the chemistry between Kasie Leung (‘23) and Eli Browne (‘23) even in a normal conversation. They’re one of those pairs that quite literally finish each other’s sentences.   Throughout their Speech and Debate careers, that chemistry...

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In the Town Hall, Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Justice Mr. David Thompson encouraged attendants to write post-it note responses to posters he had scattered across the room.
Town Hall and Reflections on Gun Violence
Shirley Xu, Copy Editor • May 27, 2022

On Wednesday, May 18th, Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Justice Mr. David Thompson hosted a Town Hall for Bishop’s students “in light of recent gun violence in our country,” according to a school-wide email Mr. Thompson sent out on...

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(From left to right) Lexi Black (24), Hewitt Watkins (23), Emily Zhu (23) and Mr. Joshua Bloom take a picture with their ROV that they designed over the course of a couple of months.
Sea you in Maryland
Kayden Wang , Staff Writer • May 27, 2022

Finding a way to incorporate science and creativity to build a fully functioning and versatile vehicle is difficult. Qualifying and attending a national level competition is even harder. Being the first ones at Bishops to make a national competition is...

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OUR PICKS
At the 2022 CIF Championships, Callum Bolitho (‘24) swam the breaststroke length of the 4x50 Meter Individual Medley Relay, winning his race with fellow teammates Greyson Davies (‘22), Lucius Brown (‘22), and Casper Lightner (‘25). “Winning the medley relay with Greyson, Lucius, and Casper was one of the best relays I’ve ever been on,” Callum said.
Spring Sports Profile
Spencer Ralph, Graham Walker, Summer Hu, Mihir Bhagatwala, Leila Feldman, and Sydney Chan May 27, 2022

Boys Volleyball: “Trust the process.” This was the theme for the 2022 season that Head Coach Kevin Pratte gave to the Bishop’s Boys Volleyball team. “It sounds cliche, but it is important to have great hope, keep the faith and trust the process,”...

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The team dominated the season and after a tough match won the CIF Division Two Championship by two strokes. Pictured: Joyce Wu (‘25), Ashlyn Garrigan (‘25), Sophia Guan (‘24), Lucy Yuan (‘24),  Grace Sun (‘23), and Renee Wang (‘24).
Keeping Up with the Caddies
Bella Gallus, Copy Editor • May 26, 2022

This past season the Bishop’s girl’s golf team saw their first win in the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Division Two San Diego Section match by two strokes; it was their first CIF win, but not the last. The team is led by two...

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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 time, leaving the game on top after winning the 2021 Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brady,...

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Pandemic Podcasts
Pandemic Podcasts
Clare Malhotra, Editor-in-Chief • May 23, 2021
“During the pandemic, one challenge was finding ways to engage my students in ways that did not require keeping them on Zoom all the time, so occasionally I would have them listen to a podcast episode during our scheduled class time” -History and Social Sciences Chair Ms. Karri Woods
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A member of Small Smile Makers, Katy Silva (‘23) prepared cookies to send to children in Renown Children’s Hospital.
Sparking Small Smiles
Clare Malhotra, Editor-in-Chief • May 23, 2021

20 hours or no hours, or maybe just 10: it’s clear that community service requirements have shifted during the COVID-19 pandemic. A lot of students have found it difficult to work with their normal service organizations, and the hour requirement was...

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Daniel White (‘21), Lucie Edwards (‘21), and Kyle Berlage (‘22) participate in The Tower through a hybrid format. Oftentimes, in-class discussions work the same, even if some students are on campus.
Sweatpants or Social Distancing: The pros and cons of hybrid learning
Clare Malhotra, Editor-in-Chief • March 15, 2021

Students in disposable masks wince as feedback shrieks from the speaker of a helpless substitute teacher. At home, their classmates laugh awkwardly. The online teacher rolls their eyes as the substitute struggles to mute their computer. Another day of...

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A Dark, Dark Holiday
A Dark, Dark Holiday
Crystal Li, Editor-in-Chief • January 26, 2021

As colorful lights adorn bare fir trees, as the weather drops a few frosty degrees, as the ghost of Thanksgiving still lives on, the holiday season arrives. Due to the current state of the world, it is safe to assume that the celebrations this year will...

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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, Story Editor • 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....

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The “Mung Bean Jelly Noodles with Spicy Sauce” from Sichuan Impression is one of my favorite dishes, hands down. The noodles have a light texture, and the dish is extremely refreshing, as it is served cold. It’s spicy, flavorful, and a little má, and you will surely come back for another bite.
Sydney’s Suggestions: Top 5 Chinese Restaurants in San Diego
Sydney Chan, Story Editor • March 24, 2022

Refreshing and spicy. Crunchy and garlicky. Chewy and sweet. These are just a few words to describe some of the dishes from some of my favorite Chinese restaurants in San Diego.  After living here for almost eight years now, I’ve tried a bit of...

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Literature with Only Leila
Literature with Only Leila
Leila Feldman, Editor-in-Chief • February 8, 2022

Winter Break is great for three reasons; no homework, cumulative are done, and lots of time to read and buy out Barnes & Noble. Thus, my winter break was filled with reading poolside and whatnot. Of course, that meant I had lots of books to come back...

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Hotpot is one of my favorite meals because it is truly an experience. With each ingredient and a delicious dipping sauce all ready for you, it’s hard to resist the urge to dig in immediately.
Chinese Hotpot 101
Sydney Chan, Story Editor • February 4, 2022

What’s your ultimate comfort food? A grilled cheese sandwich with hot tomato soup that just melts all your worries away (yes, pun intended)? A carne asada burrito stuffed full with grilled steak and creamy guac? For me, it’s hands down, Chinese hotpot.  I...

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