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Americans need the healthcare system fixed immediately

In the last two months, three trips to the doctor’s office cost me $45.

Fortunately, I only paid a $15 dollar co-pay per visit because I have health insurance through my parents’ work.

But, one-in-five Americans nationwide and one-in-four Arizonans do not have the same benefits, according to a Philadelphia Inquirer report.

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Parking change leaves students asking ‘where can I park?’

The biggest question that I ask myself every morning is “where am I going to park?”

Brophy recently changed sides of the north lot with St. Francis Xavier and Brophy’s number of spots has been drastically reduced.

This was a change that has been long in the making, according to Brophy Dean Mr. James Bopp, who said that the current arrangement makes more sense for both schools.

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Letter to the Editor

The unexpected happened Friday, Oct. 9, 2009 to 1984 Brophy graduate Thomas L. Vajda. He met with democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi in Yangon, Myanmar.

Suu Kyi, the opposition National League for Democracy leader who has been detained for 14 of the last 20 years, was allowed to meet with U.S., British and Australian diplomats by Myanmar’s military junta to discuss the lifting of sanctions on Myanmar.

The diplomats who met with her at her request were U.S. Embassy’s Acting Charge d’Affaires Tom Vajda, British Ambassador Andrew Heyn and Australia’s Deputy Head of Mission Simon Star.

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The Roundup covers school news, sports with status updates and tweets

With most newspapers now online and even more newspapers closing their doors, it is a time of change within the journalism community.

In light of these changes, here at The Roundup we have made some changes of our own.

This year we have put a greater focus on technology and have made several significant advancements in our online distribution.

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Big box retailers market ‘Christmas Spirit’ two months too soon

Shopping for Christmas is fun and picking out new decorations can be an adventure, but holiday shopping before Halloween seems to be a little too early.

In almost every single major business such as Target, Wal-Mart and even Home Depot, Christmas items can be found, and not in small displays here and there, but whole aisles. It seems as though Halloween and Thanksgiving are becoming less and less important in the eyes of big businesses and, it looks as if it’s getting worse.

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X-mas spirit, message should be ‘eXchange-mas’

The Christmas season brings with it many things: lights, trees, food, smells, traditions, highly decorated malls and stores with Christmas sales.

It also brings controversy about many of these things. The commercialization of Christmas has become rampant, and it is a good thing.

The hullabaloo that emerges is rather absurd. People begin asking us to remember “the reason for the season,” as there are others who wish for it to be referred to as “X-mas” when not in reference to Christ’s birth.
However, the most important effect that commercialization has is it takes the focus off of Christianity, and places it elsewhere.

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Affiliations without proper representation

The motif for political parties in the United States is to up the other, or so it seems, and it’s been that way since the foundation of our country.

Based primarily on a two party system, American politics has been a competition between the Democrats and the Republicans, though every so often we hear something about a third party.

Recently I have noticed a rise in a new party: the Libertarians.

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Obamaphobia epidemic sweeps the nation

A new disease is threatening the nation along with the dreaded swine flu: Obamaphobia, the irrational and intense fear or frantic aversion of President Barack Obama.

Sure, a “phobia” is a psychological condition, but Obamaphobia appears to be spreading like a virus since the president’s inauguration in late January.

First, a disclaimer: This is not an approval or disapproval of the president’s policies. Sufferers of Obamaphobia should check their prescriptions and their judgment before they continue reading.

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E-mail announcements spark debate

This year Brophy introduced a new form of campus-wide daily announcements via student e-mail that has been met with some skepticism and questions.

This new form replaces the previous announcements, which were broadcast every day over the intercom during the period right before lunch.

The old system may not have been perfect, but the new method of delivery is a step in the wrong direction and needs to be changed.

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Obama’s first year filled with plenty of show, little substance

President Barack Obama has faced many problems in his fledgling administration: the economy, two wars and potential nuclear development in North Korea and Iran.

One has to ask what the president is doing running around collecting Nobel Prizes and trying to secure an Olympic bid for Chicago?

It should be apparent that in these troubled times we have bigger problems than tourism and public image.

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