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Andrea Rix (‘22) and Yasi Henderson (‘22) created the podcast “That’s On Period!” to continue Period Poverty Project’s work towards raising awareness of period poverty and destigmatizing conversations about menstrual health.
Pandemic Podcasts
Clare Malhotra, Copy Editor • 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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The nature of stress at Bishop’s is revealed in the conversations we have about it.
A Different Kind of Cool
Sariah Hossain, Online Editor • May 23, 2021

It’s a Bishop’s School tale as old as time. You’re standing in the skinny upper Scripps hallway, maybe dawdling outside the Cummins math corridor or making the cross-quad trek to the Science building with a few of your classmates. More often than not, the conversation goes something like this:  “I’m...

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Many trends that originated on TikTok are directly replicated on Reels. For example, here, the creator starts with the camera in front of their face, then turns to the side to reveal them lip syncing behind their hand, admitting that they are “singing along if…” as the caption reads.
Tiktok: The Real Reels
Isadora Blatt, Staff Writer • May 23, 2021

Snapchat is the most popular social media platform among American teens as of December 2020, reports Markets Insider. TikTok is close behind—despite only being launched in 2016—and Instagram follows, with around 20 percent of respondents saying Instagram is their favorite. What are the reasons for...

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The centerpiece of The Lord of the Flies is the pig which took the set design crew over 12 hours to construct for our outdoor performance.
If Students Were Left Abandoned, What Would Happen?
Leila Feldman, Staff Writer • June 2, 2021

Live theater is a recipe for COVID-19 spreading; students spending time in close spaces indoors for extended periods of time meant that it had to be pushed aside. With this year’s play being Lord of the Flies, the middle school Drama department saw the challenges of social distancing as more of a gift...

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Departing Faculty: Dr. Nicole Holland
Sariah Hossain, Online Editor • May 23, 2021

Dr. Nicole Holland’s classroom is tucked away in the corner of Upper Gilman, one of the few spots on campus that is impossible to see from the quad. The stairway to get to that hallway has a reputation of being the steepest on campus, and its cream-colored walls echo with years of passing student conversation....

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Mrs. Kim Cooper, the Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, will be retiring after ten years of dedicated work at Bishop’s.
Departing Faculty: Mrs. Kim Cooper
Isadora Blatt, Staff Writer • May 23, 2021

Mrs. Kim Cooper, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, has been an integral part of The Bishop’s School for ten years. She cares deeply for all students and has touched the lives of hundreds of young adults. With her departure brings a new era, and the community of our school as a whole is sad...

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These stereotypes dehumanize Asian American women and downplay them to solely sexual objects. This dehumanization, in turn, perpetuates violence toward this community, and even encourages it.
Because We Are Invisible
Crystal Li, Copy Editor • May 23, 2021

Read the Tower's previous coverage here. “People on here literally debating if this was a misogynistic attack against women or a racist attack against Asians,” Jenn Fang, the founder of a long-running Asian-American feminist blog, Reappropriate, wrote in a bitterly illuminating Twitter thread....

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There is often this shared outlook on how racism against Asian Americans goes unspoken and unchallenged because of the stereotypes that portray Asian Americans as individuals who don’t need protection from abuse—or who don’t deserve it.
Why Are We Still Surprised?
Crystal Li, Copy Editor • May 23, 2021

On January 27, an Asian woman was kicked while commuting with her son in Portland, Oregon. On January 28, an 84-year-old Thai man was pushed down and murdered while just going for a walk in San Francisco, California. On January 31, a 91-year-old man was shoved onto the ground in Oakland’s Chinatown....

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Star signs are a core component of astrological readings–each component of a sign builds the core of someone’s personality.
Hidden in the Stars
Maya Buckley, Social Media Manager • May 23, 2021

If the sun was shining a little brighter on April 19, 2021, or the spring breeze felt a little crisper, don’t become disconcerted. A monumental earthly shift had been occurring: the sun and adjunct planet of communication, Mercury, had both been leaving the impulsive, fiery Aries sign and entering...

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Photo courtesy of Ms. Emily Grenader
On the Wall: Ms. Emily Grenader's Art Installation
Amy Carlyle, Editor-in-Chief • May 6, 2020

From murals to sculptures in local parks, it’s undeniable that public art is a staple feature of San Diego. This art is made all the more enjoyable...

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The PDG showcase “Word Play,” a show centered around quotes and spoken word, has been postponed indefinitely.
Performing Arts Altered
Lucie Edwards, Graphics Editor - Print • April 13, 2020

With Bishop’s closed due to the outbreak of coronavirus, or COVID-19, all aspects of student life have changed. Classes have been moved online,...

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The Performing Dance Group
How Are Performing Arts Classes Moving Online?
Kasie Leung, Staff Writer • April 7, 2020

Most, if not all, classes will experience difficulties when transitioning from the classroom to the virtual setting. Science classes will struggle...

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“We hope the viewer had an inclination to travel to France, as we hoped our introduction to Parisian culture served as a gateway to those unaware of such life outside of the Bishops walls!” Dylan Lodl (‘20) {from left to right: Enrico Tridenti (‘21), Alek Navarro (‘22) in “La Mouche”}
Not Falling Short
Alex Cotton, Managing Editor • March 18, 2020

Every year at the start of spring, the Performing Arts Department kicks off its busy season with the Shorts Festival, one of the more unconventional...

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Athletics Alterations
Lucie Edwards, Graphics Editor - Print • April 16, 2020

With the Bishop’s campus closed due to coronavirus, or COVID-19, academic, social and artistic aspects of student life have been altered. Classes...

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Bishop’s fans and spectators sat in the stands, engrossed in the game. Many held posters celebrating the seniors, a common tradition during Senior Night games. 
Photo courtesy of the Bishop’s Athletics Instagram (@bishops_athletics)
Senior Night: The Knights Take On The Warriors
Daniel White, Editor-in-Chief • March 5, 2020

Around the tail end of each sports season brings one of the most important and meaningful traditions Bishop’s has to offer: Senior Night. Both...

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Knights Soccer Finishes Season With a Bang
Kasie Leung, Staff Writer • February 16, 2020

On Thursday, February 6, the Bishop’s Varsity Boys’ Soccer team beat La Jolla Country Day School with a score of 3-1. Forward Parviz Henderson...

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Girls' Varsity Water Polo Santa Barbara Tournament
Amy Carlyle, Editor-in-Chief • January 14, 2020

The Girls’ Varsity Water Polo team traveled over 200 miles to Santa Barbara this weekend to participate in the Tournament of Champions. 21 teams...

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What We Know So Far About Trump's Impeachment
Katherine Ge, Staff Writer • January 21, 2021

Since January 6th, the United States has been in suspense. Forty-fifth president, Donald Trump was impeached—a second time—for inciting a raid on the United States Capitol as Congress members were counting electoral votes.  In the violence, four rioters died, as well as one US Capitol police officer. Protestors beat him to death with a fire extinguisher. Nearly 70 people were arrested for...

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“The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth” by Jennie Augusta Brownscombe, painted in 1914, depicts the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag people gathering around a table full of food from their harvest for the first Thanksgiving dinner.
Fact Check: Is Your Thanksgiving Accurate?
Lily Gover, Staff Writer • November 30, 2020

I hate to break tradition, but the stories and celebrations that you have experienced on Thanksgiving, well: they aren’t entirely right. We have been taught many myths about the holiday that started back in 1621, and most people don’t know what actually happened. In recent years, education on Thanksgiving has been more accurate and more respectful towards indigenous people, but there are still...

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Panic! at the Neighborhood
Panic! at the Neighborhood
Kyle Berlage, Assistant Graphics Editor • August 18, 2020

On June 5, at 1:09 p.m., a strange email landed in my inbox from an anonymous sender. “As you may be aware, Antifa and its related radical left wing organizations plan to target the Village of La Jolla for a large protest march either this Friday or Saturday. To obviate a police response, their time and date will be determined with only a few hours notice,” the email warned. “The standard protocol...

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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, Copy Editor • 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 waived or shortened several times. But a few students have found a way to take advantage of the pandemic, to take advantage of the time that kids and...

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Many people have reported increased screen time during quarantine, and sites such as Netflix, Instagram, Tiktok, and Youtube reported surges in activity.
On The Social Isolating Slump
Clare Malhotra, Copy Editor • August 18, 2020

Bleary eyes, pajama pants, and slouching in bed replaced physical attendance at school last spring. Students could roll out of bed two minutes before advisory, eat during class, and pretend to stare at the screen while scrolling through social media. Texting has taken the place of whispering. Instead of walking from one class to the next, they simply click a button. Isolation can have detrimental effects...

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Researchers are developing more than 165 coronavirus vaccines, and 31 of them are in human trials.
To Vaccinate or not to Vaccinate
Alex Cotton, Managing Editor • August 18, 2020

Once the vaccine comes out, life will return back to normal, right? It might not be that simple. According to the Mayo Clinic in order to have herd immunity, 60 to 80 percent of the population must be vaccinated. Once a certain percentage of the population is immune to a disease, the spread of the disease within that population will rapidly decrease thereby creating herd immunity. However, current...

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