By Joe Skoog ’13
The main goal of the “Power Breakfast” hosted March 29 was to raise funds for various building developments that lie ahead for Brophy, according to Vice President Mrs. Adria Renke.
This annual event was first and foremost used to fund the Brophy Sports Complex on 7th Street and Highland.
“Fr. Eddie Reese is ‘cash and carry.’ He doesn’t like debt,” Mrs. Renke said.
According to Mrs. Renke, while Brophy has a swim club at 28th Street and Camelback, the administration hopes for the swim team to be located on the Brophy campus.The problems, however, arise with the construction of the pools.
“In a perfect world we would love to have the pool beside the second gym, facing Xavier, but the fire lane makes it so that we will have trouble with the zoning for it,” Mrs. Renke said.
Time will tell if the problems with the pool construction will be resolved, however, the proposed second gym does not have the same restrictions for its construction.
This second gym would handle the overflow for volleyball and basketball, and would be home to a new facility made specifically for the wrestling team.
“The (wrestling) team is really excited for the possibility of a new facility,” said Marshall Varner ’13.
This is essential for the wrestling team because, according to Mrs. Renke, the current wrestling room will be converted for use by the Loyola Academy next year.
Much of what composes Brophy’s main campus today has been constructed in the last 13 years.
“In 1997, no Eller, no Info Commons, no Harper Great Hall, no south lot, no Piper, no John Graham plaza, all of those are new,” Mrs. Renke said.
Brophy cannot expand any farther than its current boundaries.
“We are landlocked,” Mrs. Renke said.
Construction on the second gym and pool complex has not yet started, but as soon as funding is freed up the offer will go to bid for various construction companies around the Valley.