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The Student News Site of The Bishop's School

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The Storming of the Capitol on January 6, 2021, resulted from increased political polarization.
A Declaration of American Independents
Sydney Chan, Story Editor • May 1, 2023

Political polarization would result in the “ruins of public liberty,” Former President George Washington wrote in his “Farewell Address.” Although his speech was never publicly delivered, the Address first appeared on September 19, 1796, in the...

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Miu Miu, a high fashion brand, released their viral satin ballet flats in 2016, which bear a resemblance to the classic pointe shoe.
Balletcore: A Trend Spinning Out of Control
Bella Gallus, Copy Editor • May 1, 2023

Knit leg warmers layered over pink tights, wrap skirts paired with bodysuits, slick back buns with gel — and don’t forget the ballet flats in pastel pink, purple, and blue with chunky leg warmers. These fashion trends have recently surfaced in streetwear...

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Democracy is a fragile being, especially in the United States — a nation with a rich history of political engagement. A recent example of this fragility is the January 6 United States Capitol attack, where supporters of former President Trump tried to reverse a democratic election to keep Trump in office
We Hold These Truths to Be…
Ben Brown, Staff Writer • May 1, 2023

Red, white, and blue. Stars and stripes. American democracy and freedom. Our nation has golden ideals, but sees political turmoil everyday. From corrupt leaders to political violence, perhaps the fragility in our nation lies in the United States’ foundation...

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Parasocial relationships — imagined friendships with a celebrity or fictional character — can be beneficial, but should not completely replace in-person friendships or occupy all of your time.
Friend or Fiction?
Lucy Marek, Staff Writer • May 25, 2023

There was no reason for me to know that March 17, 2023, marked the start of Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour. I didn’t have tickets and neither did any of my friends; so why were there several text threads dedicated to discussing highlights of the night,...

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Seniors Novalyne Petreikis and Niamh Malhotra at a Harry Styles Love on Tour concert on November 15, 2022.
This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Concerts
Nora Bitar, Staff Writer • May 25, 2023

From Taylor Swift to Harry Styles to Beyoncé, it’s impossible to talk about modern concerts without discussing $2,000 resale tickets, the monolithic Ticketmaster, and the miscellaneous projectiles hucked at the stage.  Social media, a ticket-buying...

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Fandoms often unite online, but occasionally they also gather in public. Isabel Bartolo (‘25) and many other Swifties recently gathered in Las Vegas on March 25, 2023 for Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour.
Fanning the Fandom Flames
Summer Hu, Story Editor • May 24, 2023

Fandoms clash in internet battles using words and emojis as weapons in comment sections and subreddits. Since the dawn of the social media age, fandoms have quickly risen; Harry Potter’s fans “Potterheads,” Bangtan Boys’ (BTS) fans “Army,”...

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Director of Diversity, Equity,
Inclusion, and Justice Mr. David Thompson greeted Presiding
Bishop Michael Curry at the
All-School Christmas Chapel on
December 9th, 2022.
The DEIJ Jedi Master: Mr. David Thompson, Jr.
Sydney Chan, Crystal Li, and Leila Feldman May 25, 2023

It’s hard to imagine Bishop’s today without Mr. David Thompson, Jr. and his passion for helping those around him. Nestled in the student center, his office has become many students’ destination of choice for reliable conversation and unrivaled...

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Throughout Director of Kitchen Services Ms. Sara Sweet 40 years at Bishop’s, she has experienced some of the School’s most interesting traditions: such as when the School “used to do a fashion show every year.”
Ms. Sweet Hangs Up Her Apron
Sydney Chan and Ben Brown May 24, 2023

“Oh yeah, this is home,” Director of Kitchen Services Ms. Sara Sweet said, remembering when she first stepped foot onto Bishop’s campus in 1983. With her background in nutrition and public health, Ms. Sweet has served as the key ingredient in Bishops’...

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Anna Balsdon (‘24) makes her way across a stream on a trek through West Bali National Park.
Once in a Lifetime
Sydney Chan and Isadora Blatt May 24, 2023

“Om Swastyastu, ” (a Balinese greeting and prayer for the receiving person to always be blessed by the gods) we all recited back to our Bali Institute guides to begin orientation on the first night. While all 22 of us students may not have known it...

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Teams, like the Boys Varsity Soccer Team, have the addition of comradery and support, which make group effort essential to success in competition.
Which Team Are You On?
Ben Brown, Staff Writer • May 25, 2023
“Motivation coming from yourself is going to be stronger than coming from anyone else because it is more true and consistent.” – Varsity Boys’ Golf Player Ryan Davis (‘23)
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Students have a solid nine players going against an elite eight of teachers. Who will have the last word? Find out on May 10th during the faculty v. students basketball game.
Dropping a Dime: Place your Bets for the Faculty v. Students Basketball Game
Summer Hu, Story Editor • May 9, 2023

The long-awaited annual faculty vs. students basketball game will occur on May 10th during enrichment. Last year, the teachers won during the regulation period, but fell to the students in overtime when the crowd chanted for an extension. There’s still...

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Coach of the Varsity Tennis Team Matt Copland said, “They [the players] all want to work, everyone knows their position on the team, they know where they can contribute and how they can help someone else. They are all good role models for each other.”
Tennis Team Serves Up The Fire
David Lai, Staff Writer • May 3, 2023

“I'm invincible, I win every single game…I'm unstoppable today” are just some of the lyrics to the song “Unstoppable” by Sia. Coincidentally, they describe The Bishop’s School’s Varsity Tennis Team, unstoppable as they went into California...

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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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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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Sophomores Ella Willingham and Laine Jeffrey pose with their Stanley cups that they loyally bring to school and practice every day.
Stanley Stans
Isadora Blatt and Leila Feldman May 9, 2023

For a while there, hydro flask was the way to go — it kept drinks cold for hours, came in many colors, and was easy to carry. However, the Stanley has a few traits that the hydro flask doesn’t — a handle, the ability to fit in the cup holder, and...

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This is one of my favorite hearty breakfasts: a piece of toast topped with a fried egg, pickled onions, and avocado. There are a ton of variations you can do on this breakfast for the perfect carb-and-protein-packed meal before you go to kill that AP!
AP Weeks: Do’s and Don’ts
Sydney Chan, Story Editor • April 25, 2023

In just a few days, most upperclassmen will undergo two of the best weeks of their life: the AP Weeks! (Sarcasm through the pain? I think yes.) For a lot of us, these two weeks are the ones we’ve been dreading, mainly because we know what to expect....

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The Nutella Nuts French Toast from Sugar and Scribe paired with sliced strawberries and a light vanilla bean whipped cream is a delicious sweet brunch option.
Sydney’s Suggestions: Brunch in San Diego
Sydney Chan, Story Editor • February 28, 2023

When I was younger, breakfast was my least favorite meal of the day. But as I’ve gotten older, my opinion on breakfast has changed dramatically. It’s hard to be able to enjoy a good breakfast on most days, as we hurry out of bed and rush out the door...

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The pieces of mango and smooth texture of the mango smoothie from Happy Lemon make it, quite literally, happiness in a cup. Pictured beside the smoothie is a strawberry black tea with lychee jelly and boba, another great choice.
Sydney's Suggestions: Boba in San Diego
Sydney Chan, Story Editor • December 21, 2022

It’s no secret that boba has grown in popularity over the last few years. Last year, during the annual Lunar New Year celebration, members of the Bishop’s community enjoyed a boba tea with their Asian lunch; and it’s now common to see students with...

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