Slow ‘Island’ demands a second viewing

Isolated, atmospheric and crawling with damaged patients and their creepy doctors, Shutter Island is the perfect setting for a horror film.

Veteran film director Marin Scorsese (“Goodfellas”; “The Departed”) returns to the horror/thriller genre (his last movie in this genre was the 1991 remake “Cape Fear”).

While “Shutter Island” is nowhere near the quality of some of Scorsese’s other films, it is still a very solid movie that boasts more intelligence than the typical Hollywood horror film.

Teens, drivers navigate texting behind the wheel

The temptation begins.
You’re sitting with hands on the wheel in the middle of traffic when you hear the roaring vibration of your phone; in comes a new text message.
It could be your best friend asking to “chill” this weekend, possibly your dad asking in his new hip lingo “wutz up LOL?” or maybe it’s that girl you met last week who is finally texting you back.

ADD, ADHD diagnosis rates soar

When pressure builds and the books stack higher and higher, it seems inevitable for students to fall behind somewhere.

Maintaining sanity and the best possible grades is almost beyond some students.

Brophy’s workload can sometimes seem nearly impossible and for some it seems that every year teachers expect more and more.

Haiti tragedy ripples across BCP, students respond

Immediately after an earthquake devastated Haiti, students and staff members at Brophy heard the cry for help and banded together to raise thousands of dollars through a multitude of fundraisers and created a vigil to commemorate the people of Haiti.

The recent earthquake in Haiti left hundreds of thousands dead, missing or badly hurt. Even more are left without homes and without adequate food and water.

Office of Faith and Justice offers new ‘life-changing’ immersion trip to Kenya this summer

Summer bears different meanings for different people.

For most, it’s a break from the rat race of school and sports, but for some students, summer means volunteer trips – Canada, El Salvador, West Virginia, Mexico, Peru and now Kenya.

Twelve students along with faculty chaperones Mr. Brad Shear and Mr. Matt Hooten will travel halfway around the world to build a primary school and a well in the village of Narok, Kenya July 9-23.

Zoning permit crashes for planned skyscrapers near Brophy campus

A developer scrapped plans for a 400-foot tall skyscraper at the corner of Central Avenue and Camelback Road over concerns of building height.

The building was going to be a mixture of retail shops, condominiums and hotels; three large, 750-unit towers, an eight floor parking structure, and stations for passing buses and light rail trams, according to a Phoenix Planning Department document obtained by The Roundup.The Phoenix Planning Department recommended the City Council not approve the project because of height concerns on the lot that bisects the Light Rail route.

Haiti tragedy sends ripples through school community

Immediately after an earthquake devastated Haiti, students and staff members at Brophy heard the cry for help and banded together to raise thousands of dollars through a multitude of fundraisers and created a vigil to commemorate the people of Haiti.

The recent earthquake in Haiti left hundreds of thousands dead, missing or badly hurt. Even more are left without homes and without adequate food and water.

As aid services from all over the world flock to the small island country to help them, the ripple effect of graciousness and caring has reached the Brophy community with great fervor.

Students need to take a look at the world on a larger scale

The first time I ever heard of Haiti was back in 2008 in Mr. JP Jarcyzk’s Gospels in Actions class.

As part of the curriculum we read Tracy Kidder’s “Mountain Beyond Mountains,” which highlighted the poverty and economic inequality of Haiti.

It discussed the work of Dr. Paul Farmer, who was trying to give Haitians basic medical supplies to improve their quality of life.

Drop the texting, just drive please

As I hit my turn signal to switch lanes I passively check my blind spot and find the driver looking down from the wheel checking something.

Unless they are reading or playing their Nintendo DS, it is highly probable that they are texting away like there is no tomorrow.

I guess this should not bother me that much, but it does.

Republicans, Sen. Scott Brown win battle but not war

U.S. Sen. Scott Brown was sworn in on the floor of the Senate by Vice President Joe Biden Feb. 4.

Jan. 19 was the day that Senator Brown became the first Republican senator from Massachusetts since 1972.

He announced his intentions to fill the slot of the late Ted Kennedy on Sept. 12, 2008, which was coincidentally his 50th birthday.