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Eclectic music options engage aficionados, encourage expression
Photo by Raymond Link ’20 | Three members of the band play the guitar at Mass in Robson Gymnasium. By Peter Warner ’19 THE ROUNDUP  Different clubs and bands on campus allow students to express themselves through music. There are many different music clubs and bands on campus. One of the clubs is the Rap Club, run by president Ari Anderson ’21. “I think that the atmosphere in the Rap…
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Rock reborn at the hands of alternative musicians
Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons | Rock band Greta Van Fleet performs in their signature Led Zeppelin rock style. By Cooper Parsons ’20 THE ROUNDUP With pop music being dominated by mostly synth heavy rap tracks, the rise in rock music is surprising to say the least.  Rock music never really left the scope of popular music. Contrary to popular opinion, anyone who is a fan of alternative music would hear rock-esque…
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Tik Tok polarizes student body between fans and haters
Photo Illustration by Hunter Franklin ’19 | Brophy student watching popular Tik Tok-er, ryannyancosplay, in her iconic “Hit or Miss” video. By Ryan Loo ’21 THE ROUNDUP Tik Tok took the United States by storm on Aug. 2 when the Chinese company, ByteDance, merged with the popular lip-syncing app, Musical.ly. It became an immediate hit, quickly claiming the title of the Apple Store’s most downloaded app in the world in…
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Freeman discusses travel, love for birth country
Photo by Vipul Dua ’20 | Ms. Freeman teaches to one of her Honors Spanish classes in Brophy Hall. By Vipul Dua ’20 THE ROUNDUP Teacher’s pet interview with Ms. Rosalinda Freeman, Spanish Teacher Mr. Smith’s question from last teachers pet: If you could put any two historical figures together for a lunch, who would they be and what would they talk about? Thomas Jefferson for sure because I am…
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Hetman, Hopkins look to lead team to strong showing this season
Photo by Raymond Link ’20 | Brophy runner Kenny Fitzgerald ’20 runs during a meet last season. By Xander Welty ’21 THE ROUNDUP After a finish in the top half at the state meet last year, the Track and Field team is looking for a strong showing in this upcoming season. Varsity Head Coach Mr. Bill Kalkman said that he would love to see the team perform well in early season events…
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Volleyball looks to succeed using teamwork over talent
Photo courtesy of Brophy Volleyball | The varsity volleyball team prays before a game. The team recites the “Hail Mary” before each game. By George Anton ’21 THE ROUNDUP With many talented players departing the Brophy volleyball program last season, the varsity team now looks to achieve success through teamwork. Although the varsity volleyball team lost in the quarterfinals last year, they still had several talented players that left to…
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White rejoins basketball team, announces football commitment
Photo by Raymond Link ’20 | Senior Guard Marques White ’19 holds the ball to waste time in the Hoopcoming game versus Hamilton on Jan 19. 2019.  By Vipul Dua ’20 THE ROUNDUP   On the Monday before the basketball season started, Marques White ’19 sat down with head coach Mr. Matthew Hooten to discuss his decision on whether or not he was going to play basketball this season. “So…
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Baseball squad expects forward leap, strong leadership
Photo by Hunter Franklin ’19 | Lionel Robert ’19 throws in the practice bullpen at Brophy’s Opus Field on Jan. 22, 2019.  By Carl Justice ’21 THE ROUNDUP   The Brophy baseball team is looking forward to next year, where they hope to continue on their upward trajectory in wins from last season, where they finished with a 14-17 record. Last year, the Brophy baseball team advanced to the quarterfinals…
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Brophy prepares for upcoming summit on health
Photo by Noah Lederer ’21 | The Office of Faith and Justice’s display for human dignity stands in the Octagon on Jan. 16, 2019. By Noah Lederer ’21 THE ROUNDUP Every year, Brophy hosts a summit discussing relevant topics amongst the community and this highly anticipated couple of weeks is coming up from February 25 to March 6. This year, the theme is set to be “The Search for Health:…
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OFJ hopes to promote faith in clubs, designates patron saints
Photo by Jackson Moran ’21 | The wall of patron saints outside of the SAC depicts the patrons of numerous clubs. Jackson Moran ’21 THE ROUNDUP   Last October, as the Catholic feast day of All Saints Day approached, the Office of Faith and Justice (OFJ) sought to bring the lives and message of the saints to clubs. Wanting to get people more familiar with the saints, the OFJ decided…
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12 Blind Buccaneers navigate the coast of Puerto Rico
Photo courtesy of Mr. Marc Ashton | Adonis Watts readies his oxygen masks as he prepares to “snuba dive” about 15 feet below the surface. Eric Lindholm ’19 THE ROUNDUP   Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence as 12 blind students independently operated sailboats for a week-long adventure of a lifetime. Imagine being on a sailboat, battling the gusting winds, attempting to steer the ship against high waves…
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Musicians are inadequate role models for audience, songs have problematic messages
Photo by Miami-Dade County Jail | Rapper Lil Pump after being arrested in Miami, Fla.  By Jackson Moran ’21 THE ROUNDUP   Many modern musicians, through actions and lyrics, have failed to be proper role models for young people in today’s culture. Rappers, in particular those who make up the genre of “Gangsta Rap,” are often toxic influences on children, as their lyrics can be violent, profane and laden with…
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Bioethics club highlights the importance of asking difficult questions
Art by Victor Beck ’20 | A comedic depiction of the first ever cloned sheep and its ethical controversies. Victor Beck ’20 THE ROUNDUP   The newly installed Bioethics club pushes students to thoughtfully think and debate the morality behind many biotechnological advances.  Club leader, Ari Mehta ’20, wants to turn the Bioethics club into a safe place where students can debate and assess the ethical morality to many topical technological advances.…
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Gordon’s passion of rock climbing takes him to competitions all around the world
Photo courtesy of Gordon Family | Clay Gordon ’20 climbs during finals of Montreal Championship in October 2017. By Victor Beck ’20 THE ROUNDUP   Clay Gordon ’20 is a nationally ranked athlete and uses his passion of climbing as a way to relax and unwind.  He’s been climbing since he was very young and has always needed to balance school and climbing. “I’ve been climbing for almost ten years now…
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The Legacy of Congressman Ed Pastor
Ed Pastor (right) with his wife and grandson at Brophy Grandparent’s Day on May 2, 2018.  By Frankie Pastor ’20 THE ROUNDUP   The Honorable Ed Pastor is known as a political trailblazer and public servant, I was blessed to have him as my Tata (grandfather). Congressman Ed Pastor was born on Jun. 28, 1943, in the small mining town of Claypool, AZ, to a housekeeper and copper miner, Margarita…
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Students, staff excited for new Robson look
Photo by Noah Lederer ’21 | Two newly installed televisions hang in the entryway to welcome visitors to the Robson Gymnasium. Noah Lederer ’21THE ROUNDUP Over the summer and the beginning of this school year, Brophy upgraded the Robson Over the summer and the beginning of this school year, Brophy upgraded the Robson Gymnasium and students are excited. Brophy began planning these improvements around December of 2017 because they felt…
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Brophy plays its part in environmental sustainability
Photo by George Anton ’21: The solar panels on Robson Gymnasium installed in 2001. George Anton ’20 THE ROUNDUP   As schools around Arizona work to be more sustainable, Brophy has done so by implementing resource conservation programs to limit the amount of electricity and water the school uses. With all of the lights, the forever-drenched winter lawn, and the air conditioners often running, it is easy to question if…
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Classwork competitions question student engagement
Photo by Raymond Link ’20 | A group of students engage in a friendly micro competition through the use of “Kahoot!”. By Juan Sanchez ’20 THE ROUNDUP While some teachers such as Mr. John Damaso and Ms. Breanne Toshner utilize macro competitions in their respective classrooms to promote engagement of the course material, Mr. Seamus Walsh is generally against classroom competitions if done incorrectly. Mr. Walsh, Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs, describes classroom competitions in two…
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Robotics Team bring creativity and innovation to campus, implementing inclusivity and community outreach
Photo by Raymond Link ’20 | Members of the robotics team gather to work on their most recent remote-controlled robot.  Eric Lindholm ’19 THE ROUNDUP   The Brophy Robotics team has become a staple figure on campus, providing fun at football games with their T-shirt shooting robot and also taking great strides in their technology, leadership, and investment for the future. For Senior leader Richie Hernandez ’19, his love for…
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Tennis Team ready to compete nationally, lead by ideals of team first
Photo by Raymond Link ’20 | Andrew Chong ’21 serves in a practice session.  By Eric Lindholm ’19 THE ROUNDUP   The Brophy Tennis team has a pedigree of success in Arizona, and this year, the team looks to test their strengths nationally with their acceptance to the Newport Invitational. The team has a unique dynamic this season, with the top two players on the team being a Freshman and…
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Sneakers divide community: obsession or expression?
Photo by Raymond Link ’20 | A number of student’s shoes lay together stacking up to create a parody on the large amounts of money sneakerheads spend on shoes. By Ryan Loo ’20 THE ROUNDUP    High school is a crucial time for the development of kids’ sense of identity and self-expression. Clothing and personal style choices offer one of the most readily available and visible ways for students to…
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Early exit from playoffs leaves Brophy lacrosse motivated for season ahead
Senior Lacrosse Player Tommy Moore ’19 sets up to pass in a game against Arcadia High School on April 20th, 2018. By Vipul Dua ’20 THE ROUNDUP    The varsity lacrosse team is looking to pick up from where they left off last season after ending their run in the quarterfinals of the state tournament last year. The lacrosse team finished the regular season with a 7-5 record. The team…
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Job board offers jobs, internships for students
A chart created by George Anton ’20 that gives an outlook on the current situation for employment amongst Brophy students. By George Anton ’20 THE ROUNDUP    The Brophy faculty and staff launched the school’s new job board on Oct. 18, 2018, allowing students to apply for jobs or internships in the Phoenix area. Last spring, Mr. Bob Ryan had the idea of creating a resource for students who were…
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Raising Cane’s coming to North Central Phoenix, students excited
Photo by Raymond Link ’20 | A new Raising Cane’s restaurant is under construction and is set to open Nov. 13th on 7th Street in Central Phoenix. By Jack Davis ’19 THE ROUNDUP Raising Cane’s, a popular nationwide chicken eatery, has expanded to North Central Phoenix and is currently under construction. The restaurant, which is just a short drive from Brophy’s campus, will soon open up. The future convenience in…
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Faculty Calls for Stronger Faith, Personal Accountability amidst Sexual Abuse Scandals within Catholic Church
This article is in no association with Brophy’s Parish or community.  By Eric Lindholm ’19 THE ROUNDUP The Brophy faculty calls for students and Catholics to remain steadfast and prudent in their faith as the Church faces sexual abuse scandals that have engendered harm and broken trust in the Catholic and international community. During the last couple weeks, the world reacted to reports of 300 predator priests accused of sexually…
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Strong offseason progress and new lineups prepare Brophy Soccer Team for another successful year
During the first half of a high school soccer game, Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross Franklin) By Eric Lindholm ’19 THE ROUNDUP   Though falling short in the state championship final, the 2017 Brophy varsity soccer team racked up a number of accomplishments and provided a memorable year in the program, most notably earning the ranking as #1 high soccer team in the nation and posting a…
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Coffee and taekwondo: pastimes of Paul Cassidy
Photo by Camden Andl ’19 | Paul Cassidy ’19 cleans up after making a pressed cup of coffee in Lake Pleasant on a school camping trip. By Victor Beck ’20 & Alex Cannella ’19 THE ROUNDUP   Paul Cassidy ’19 has been a staple in the community for many years being a driving force in organizations like STUCO and Brophy Culture Project.. Aside from being the three-time winner of Poetry…
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Morris transforms challenging disease into unstoppable courage
Photo Courtesy of the Morris Family | Diego Morris ’19 claps behind as President Donald Trump signs the Right to Try bill. By Eric Lindholm ’19 THE ROUNDUP   Imagine having to move from your own country, not a refugee fleeing war or as an immigrant seeking a better life, but because of a rare illness, which has an antidote that is forbidden by your own government. Welcome to the story…
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PRO: Handwritten notes enhance memorization and comprehension
Photo by Noah Lederer ’21 | Joey Schillinger ’21 writes his history notes in his composition book on Oct. 4, 2018. By George Anton ’21 THE ROUNDUP   Taking notes is extremely beneficial to students who are trying to learn what is taught to them and memorize it for later. As technology enhances, there is now the option to take notes on a computer, rather than to write them down…
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CON: Online notes create effective system, paper notes detrimental to success
Photo by Noah Lederer ’21 | Max Tiffany ’21 works on his online notes during his fourth period flex on Oct. 1   By Noah Lederer ’21 THE ROUNDUP   Many people on campus rely on online notes to have easily accessible documents that can be pulled up from almost every technological device. On the other hand, paper notes can be destroyed and ruined or even lost. When I first…
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Reddit thread turns Kolbe’s musical passion into career
Photo by Saul Rascon Salazar ’19 | Jack Kolbe ’19 (right) practices his guitar while sitting alongside artist Jelani Aryeh (left) during a sound check before a performance at a SoFar Sounds event in San Diego, CA. By Joey Bottini ’19 THE ROUNDUP   At the beginning of his sophomore year, Jack Kolbe ’19 began producing music as a way to productively fill a load of free time that had opened up after…
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Teachers say coffee creates community in classrooms
Photo by Victor Beck ’19 | Mrs. Ashley Doud hard at work accompanied by fresh cup of coffee. By Victor Beck ’19 THE ROUNDUP    Going through the day, teaching class after class, experiencing the constant fluorescent lights, can lead teachers to feeling drained.  The presence of coffee machines in there rooms offers up a beneficial relationship between not only the teachers, but the students as well. Mr. Steve Smith’…
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Sophomore rapper Lil Guac releasing album Oct. 7, hoping to wow listeners
Album art by Charles “Charlie” Fallon ’21 | Diego “Lil Guac” Acevedo Garcia presents his debut album. It drops on Oct. 7. By Hayden Welty ’19 THE ROUNDUP   With his interest in rapping beginning last Christmas, Diego Acevedo Garcia ’21 said he is going to release his first album, entitled Diabeto, on Oct. 7 via the music sharing platform called Soundcloud. When Acevedo Garcia started writing lyrics down around…
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YMCA recreational basketball grasps the attention of seniors, strengthens community
Photo by Gianna Beck ’19 | YMCA teams 3’s and Dubs and DTD3CS play each other on Sept. 15 at the Christown YMCA   By Alex Cannella ’19 THE ROUNDUP   One of the most popular events Brophy does in the community is the intramural sports tournaments. YMCA basketball takes that intramural experience and expands upon the idea of fun-based competition. Over 35 seniors have registered to be a part…
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Paul named Man of the Year Runner-Up
Photo by Edwin Perez ‘18 | Ben Paul ’18 streches during warmups of the Quaterfinal Perry game. By Alex Kirshner ’18 THE ROUNDUP Brophy encourages its students to expand their horizons and leave their comfort zone, something that one of The Roundup’s Man of the Year runner-ups, Ben Paul ’18, took to heart. “I think freshman year I was mostly interested in sports, because that’s kind of all I’ve known in…
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Ribakare named Man of the Year
Photo by Hunter Franklin ’19 | Sebastien Ribakare ’18 (right) converses with a fellow student outside of the Brophy Student Activity Center. By Matthew Zacher ’18 THE ROUNDUP It is easier to list what Sebastien Ribakare ’18 is not involved in than to say what he is, but his friends and teachers say Ribakare’s disdain for the spotlight is what makes him most honorable. Despite being involved in Big Brothers,…
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Brophy finishes spring play ‘Peter and the Star Catcher’
Photo by Graham Armkencht ’18 | “Peter and the Star Catcher” serves as the prequel to the fairytale Peter Pan.  By Peter Warner ’19 THE ROUNDUP “Peter and the Star Catcher” stars Jack Keeton ’19 as Peter in the prequel to the classic fairytale, Peter Pan. “Peter and the Star Catcher” is a story of how Peter Pan and Captain Hook came to life, as well as showing their backgrounds. It…
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Rascon uses artistic ability to promote campus advocacy and culture
Photo by Manuel Mata-Flores’19| Saul Rascon’19 talks to Charels Gbekia’19 about student council taken on Friday April 13th, 2018. By Victor Beck’ 20 THE ROUNDUP Saul Rascon Salazar ’19 has been a continuous student leader in the Brophy community since his freshman year. He is apart of numerous clubs such as Brophy Advocacy Club, Brophy Culture Project, Photo/Video club and Student Council. He contributes his gifts of design and photography…
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Jesuit identity weighs as an important influence
Photo by Josh Spano ’18 | A statue of St. Ignatius of Loyola stands in front of the Brophy Tower on April 16, 2018. Since the inception of Brophy in 1928, many Catholic symbols are seen throughout the campus.  By Hayden Welty ’19 THE ROUNDUP Sitting in most classrooms on campus, it is hard to miss the obvious signs of Catholicism––from portraits of Jesus to variegated crucifixes. Although there are about…
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Volleyball Team wins Las Vegas Tournament, 2nd title in 4 years
Photo Courtesy of Brophy Volleyball| The varsity volleyball team went to the 2018 Easter Vegas Invitational and won the tournament. By Joey Bottini ’19 THE ROUNDUP The varsity volleyball team placed 1st in the 2018 Las Vegas Easter Invitational on March 27th. In the Championship Game, Brophy defeated Centennial High School (Las Vegas,NV) by a score of 2-0. Historically, the Broncos have been successful in this tournament. They have reached…
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OPINIONS: Football took more than it gave
Image Courtesy of Wikipedia Commons user Dschwen. By Andrew Jordan ’18 THE ROUNDUP I played football from my freshman year to my junior year and suffered back pain, neck pain, a fractured wrist and two concussions. I received treatment for the first three injuries over five visits to my doctor. As for the concussions, I was treated by two doctors, three times a week, for two months. When I first…
Brophy reacts to list of priests accused of sexual abuse
Art by Hunter Franklin ’19 | A collage of the accused priests. By George Anton ’21 and Josh Belgrad ’19 THE ROUNDUP Eight Jesuit priests that have worked at Brophy at some point in their careers have been credibly accused of sexual abuse against a minor or a vulnerable adult. On Dec. 7, the Jesuits West Province released the names of all priests connected to the order that had credible…
Faces of Brophy: Thomas Yarbro ’22
Photo by Noah Lederer ’21 | “I am the baseball team manager right now. I like doing this because it gives me something to do. It’s fun, I’m always active and doing something and picking up baseballs and extra bases is all I need to do.” – Thomas Yarbro ’22
Rituals, routines maximize athletes performance on game-day
Photo courtesy of the Brophy Soccer Team | The soccer team circles together in prayer before the state final on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. By Joey Bottini  THE ROUNDUP In the sports world today, it has become well-known that the games start long before the opening tip-off, face-off, or kick-off for many of the athletes. Gameday rituals are extremely popular amongst many of the sports programs. Many of the team…
Romero Program offers unique, meaningful participation, spiritual enhancement
Photo Courtesy of Hayden Welty ’19 | (left to right) Alex Edwin ’19, Matthew Scheller ’19, Atllas Hopkins ’19 and Hayden Welty ’19, students in the Romero Program, attend their first day at their internship, which takes place at the Foundation for Blind Children. Each student in the senior year component of the program partners with a local non-profit. By Hayden Welty ’19 THE ROUNDUP Taught by Mr. Will Rutt ’08, Mr.…
Loo uses creativity, work to convey stories
Photo by Victor Beck ’20 | Justin Loo ’19 works on upcoming piece transforming from original medium to animation. By Victor Beck ’20 THE ROUNDUP Justin Loo ’19 is an aspiring artist and comic illustrator who finds inspiration in telling stories through his work.  Loo’s artistic expression ranges from small doodles, to custom denim jackets, to large canvas comic book installations. However, accompanying these projects, problems often arise.  For example, Loo describes the difficult…