In State of the Union Address, Obama talks innovations, energy policy, infrastructure

As Americans watched from their TV and computer screens Tuesday night, President Barack Obama in his State of the Union Address reminded Americans about the importance of innovations as a source of wealth for the country.

Though jobs was the focus in the address, President Obama spent several minutes connecting innovations, energy policy and infrastructure to economic recovery and job growth.

“All these investments — in innovation, education, and infrastructure — will make America a better place to do business and create jobs,” the president said.

Fireworks form fearful fun

Fireworks are one of the most iconic displays of frivolity and celebration and are a necessity at any patriotic festivity for the United States.

Americans blissfully imagine bright blasts of blues and burgundies in the sky as the Star Spangled Banner bellows, “… O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming? And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.”

Fireworks are magnificent and displayed at everything from a touchdown at a college football game to the political parties; however, the repercussions that they bring are too deleterious to take the matter lightly.

The Roundup: Inside the newsroom

By Michael Mandeville ’11

While the Roundup remains a monthly publication, the staff (consisting of Journalism I and Photojournalism courses and a group of contributors) is busy issue to issue providing Brophy with its award-winning student newspaper.

The writing and editing process does occupy a good chunk of this time, but once all the content is ready for print, the staff designs the the actual paper over a few class periods and what we call “Late Night Layout.”

Brophy turning around rivalry vs. St. Mary’s

St. Mary’s once dominated the basketball rivalry vs. Brophy.

They had won 10 of the last 13 meetings, but things are changing.

On Jan. 22, the story changed when the Brophy Broncos (13-6) beat the St. Mary’s Knights (8-11) 54-38 in front of Brophy’s largest home crowd of the season.

Desert Vista’s big fourth quarter too much for Brophy

By Erik T. Masingill ’12

Leading the majority of the game, the Brophy basketball team was ready to celebrate their eighth victory of the season over the Desert Vista Thunder Jan. 21.

However, the fourth quarter arrived and the Thunder charged from 33 points to 55 points.

The Broncos fought to protect their lead with 17 fourth quarter points, but in the end Desert Vista’s 22-point quarter was enough for a comeback win 55-54.

More than 700 commit to the gift of life in organ drive

By Brett Mejia ’13
Brophy students had the opportunity to sign up and become an organ donor at Brophy in early December in honor of Robby Mayasich ’10.
The organ drive was hosted by DonateLifeAZ and anyone at Brophy or in the Phoenix community was eligible to register themselves to become a donor. More than 700 people did just that.

Student should focus on academics over athletics

By Chase Stevens ’12

One part of the AIMS test this year was a passage where a speech and debate student wrote a letter to the school newspaper saying that it should run more stories about academic clubs, rather than sports.

Most people just read the passage, answered the questions and moved on.

However, the message behind the reading was a very strong one and one that should be heavily considered.

Roundup Rants: California weather no heat wave for desert dwellers

By Dillan Ducar ’13

Everyone likes a trip to California, but doesn’t it just grind your gears when enjoying the mild climate a native complains about the weather?

More specifically, I was at a relative’s house near the Pacific coastline roughly a month ago and during dinner I heard constant complaints about how hot it was.

I thought to myself “You have got to be kidding.” It could not have been more than 85, a cool fall day for us desert dwellers.