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A convicted school shooter has acquired a large TikTok platform where he shares his thoughts on the crime he committed. He should not be doing this as this is not his story to share.
Stop Promoting the Perpetrator
Bella Gallus, Managing Editor • November 17, 2023

TikTok is home to many creators, from beauty and lifestyle influencers to chefs, to hair stylists, to even doctors. TikTok fosters a safe community, through moderation of content based on the enforcement of their Community Guidelines, where all of these...

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Swift admires the over 70,000 Swifties cheering her on at Sofi Stadium in Inglewood, California, following her opening performance of Cruel Summer  at the Eras Tour.
Welcome to Swift's Billionaire Era
Yina Shate, Staff Writer • November 13, 2023

Taylor Swift: you either love her, or pretend to hate her because you are embarrassed that you secretly belt her songs when no one else is around. Now more than ever, people have been fixated on her most recent tour, The Eras Tour, as well as her relationship...

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Justin Bieber posted an inaccurate graphic to his Instagram story four days after the current conflict began.
The Dangers of Social Media Amidst the Israel-Hamas Conflict
Isadora Blatt, Editor-in-Chief • October 30, 2023

On October 9, two days after the Hamas attack on Israel, actress and film producer Jamie Lee Curtis took to Instagram. She posted a photo of Gazan children looking up at missiles flying through the sky, captioned “Terror from the skies.” The graphic...

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Recent alum Kosi Eguchi (‘23) (pictured second to the right, alongside Nao Nadahara (‘23), James Stutts (‘23), and Natasha Mar (‘23)) didn’t end up applying ED to any school, but he did apply EA to a few institutions. “They offered me a good balance of being able to [choose] what school I felt was best for me and [still] having the early security of knowing I got into a college,” he said.
Decisions, Decisions
Sydney Chan, Editor-in-Chief • November 27, 2023

You take a deep breath after clicking “Completed” on your Assignment Center, unbelievably thankful for a break. But soon, your peaceful bliss is rudely interrupted, when you remember you have a Calc quiz tomorrow. And a meeting with your college counselor....

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Taylor Swift on August 8th, 2023, the closing night of the U.S. leg of the Eras Tour, just moments after she announced “1989 (Taylor’s Version)” to the crowd.
1989 Taylor’s Version: It Never Goes Out of Style
Nora Bitar, Content Editor • November 17, 2023

Nine years ago, singer-songwriter Taylor Swift took one of the biggest risks of her career, leaving behind the country music scene of her youth and beginning an adventure into the unfamiliar world of pop. She said goodbye to everything that was ordinary...

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Getting a daily dose of “tea-riffic” matcha goodness at Matcha Café Maiko in Kearny Mesa
UnMATCHAble Matcha
Madison Chen, Staff Writer • October 29, 2023

You may know matcha as the delicious, rich, bright green goodness that can be drunk at any time of the day, but you most likely don’t know about how it's made or about its possible health benefits. Matcha is a type of powdered green tea that originated...

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A Curriculum for the Books
A Curriculum for the Books
Emeraude Westlake, Content Editor • November 27, 2023

“Yeah, they're really into it,” said Honors Global Cold War Teacher Ms. Abby Perelman of her students. “I'm really liking it. It's very interesting,” said Jerry Huber (‘24) of his Honors America’s War on Terror class. It seems that with its...

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Paisley Rekdal read a selection of poems from her book, West: A Translation, for students and faculty on November 6.
Poet Paisley Rekdal: Translating History
Isadora Blatt, Editor-in-Chief • November 17, 2023

“This is a book trying at a translation and failing…something is always left out,” said award-winning poet Paisley Rekdal to the Period 3 Honors Writing class on November 7. “It’s a carefully cultivated loss.” Rekdal is Poet Laureate of...

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As a takeaway from the debate, History Teacher and Head Coach of Speech and Debate Mr. Matthew Valji said, “I hope they are excited and curious about the presidential election and people don’t fall into the cynical apathy that many of us teenagers and adults alike tend to fall into in presidential election years.” In the photo from left to right are Naveen Hernandez (‘26), Tyler Chang (‘26), Jonas Pfefferman (‘24), Dylan Navarrete (‘24), Ben Hollingshead (‘24), Gerard Blake (‘24), and David Lai (‘25).
Bishop’s Hosts Its First Mock Republican Debate
David Lai, Staff Writer • November 16, 2023

“I wanted to answer all the questions I could, ” said Jonas Pfefferman (‘24), who represented American entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, in the Bishop’s mock republican debate that took place on October 19th, 2023. Two seniors, Dylan Navarette...

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Located under the Eva May Fleet Athletics Center, the Bishop’s weight room is filled with different kinds of equipment such as barbells, resistance bands, and treadmills.
Weight Room Etiquette With Charlie Johnson
Seth-Joseph Pintar, Staff Writer • November 12, 2023

If you are ever walking by the pool and you hear loud music, along with someone yelling “WOOOOOO!”, chances are you’ve passed by the Bishop’s weight room. Whether they’re bulking up for an upcoming sport or fulfilling a P.E. credit, students...

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The first ever NBA All-Star Game started in 1951. And now, the first ever NBA In-Season Tournaments will start in November 2023.
New Trades, New Rules, New Season
Luming Wang, Staff Writer • November 3, 2023

The Denver crowd roared as Stan Kroenke, Denver Nuggets Owner, lifted the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy in Denver for the first time ever. Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets defeated the Miami Heat in five games and became National Basketball Association...

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The Bishop’s Girls Varsity Soccer team wore all white at an away game against Pacific Ridge School on February 8. A member of last year’s Junior Varsity Girls Soccer team Hailey Zheng (‘26) said, “Some girls arent comfortable wearing white shorts when theyre on their period, so dark shorts can make them feel better.”
White Shorts are Problematic. Period.
Anna Yang, Staff Writer • November 3, 2023

As women’s sports have become more popular, they have also become a platform for women to promote relevant issues that may not typically get as much coverage — such as the often avoided subject of periods. In this case, it’s having to worry about...

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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

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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Aster Jin, Guest Writer • May 7, 2023

I sing a song of              and                In the white on white on white I dip my fingers  into the                  thin like spiderwebs that  wrap your face as a lover’s ring finger might       As...

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The passion fruit tart from Patisserié by Jisun is otherworldly. The lightly caramelized meringue compliments the bright and tart filling in a way that can only be described in one word: perfection.
Sydney’s Suggestions: Pies & Tarts in San Diego (and close by)
Sydney Chan, Editor-in-Chief • November 16, 2023

Pumpkin Cranberry Pie (Bread and Cie) — 350 University Ave There is nothing in the world that speaks the language of Thanksgiving better than this stunning pie. The beautifully seasoned pumpkin filling sits on top of a buttery, crumbly crust...

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Behold: the best roll in the universe. The Toro Toro Roll from Shino Sushi + Kappo never fails to disappoint –– fatty tuna and crispy onions are topped with a drizzle of an addicting truffle soy sauce.
Sydney's Suggestions: Sushi in San Diego
Sydney Chan, Editor-in-Chief • October 21, 2023

Anyone who knows me knows I’ll gladly eat raw fish any day of the week –– there’s hardly anything that satisfies more than a fresh piece of sushi. Although we are more than 5,000 miles from the sushi capital of the world, San Diego has its fair...

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Lisa-Approved: Binge-worthy Shows
Lisa Pan, Assistant Graphics Editor • August 23, 2023

For some (shamelessly including me), summer break means irregular sleep schedules. The culprit? Extremely good TV shows. There are a few special shows that will suck you into their fascinating stories and refuse to let go until you finish them completely....

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A cup of Matcha/Oreo swirl from SomiSomi: creamy and decadent, the flavors at SomiSomi always hit the spot, and the crunchy toppings take you to another dimension.
Sydney's Suggestions: Ice Cream in San Diego
Sydney Chan, Editor-in-Chief • August 22, 2023

There is truly nothing more satisfying than a nice cold treat on a hot summer day. Whether it be in a cone or a cup, ice cream is well-loved and, dare I say, the best dessert known to humankind, especially when temperatures are rising.  In San Diego,...

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