Brophy History Package News

Student publications develop as creative outlet

By Chase Stevens ’12 & Logan Hall ’14
THE ROUNDUP

Sitting on their computers, students type furiously on their keyboards, fleshing out ideas from their minds to the monitor.

They are not finishing an assignment due next period; instead, they are working on this year’s edition of the yearbook.

The student publications at Brophy, including BLAM, the yearbook, The Roundup and The Wrangler, have had their own interesting history.

BLAM, also known as the Brophy Literary Arts Magazine, started in the early 1990s.

“Back then, (the literary magazine)was known as The Tower,” said Mr. John Damaso ’97.

“Then, in 2004, the yearbook became known as The Tower, so it was renamed ‘The Magazine Formerly Known as The Tower.’”

According Mr. Damaso, in recent years, the number of submissions has doubled annually.

The Wrangler has had a checkered past during its tenure at Brophy.

The Wrangler started in the mid-1990s.

“Back then, it was very underground… It kind of fizzled out and went over the line.”

The Wrangler was somewhat of an off and on again affair.

“It was even brought back as ‘The Curious Jorge’ at one point,” Mr. Damaso added.

However, now it has many editors and even more writers than ever before, according to Mr. Damaso.

Like The Wrangler, the yearbook has also evolved from years past.

“What we’ve done over the years is less and less text and more photos,” said Mr. Joe Klein ’86.

One thing that is consistent about the publications is that as technology has progressed, the process for putting the publications together has been changed and made more convenient.

“With BLAM, we can put all the submissions online and have editors vote on it. It’s much easier than before,” Mr. Damaso said.

Mr. Klein also said that because of new technology, it is now easier to organize the yearbook.

“We were still doing the old fashioned proof system… now, it’s all online.” said.