News Pulling Back The Curtains

Former residential hall Romley serves as traditional heart of campus

By Austin Norville ’15 
THE ROUNDUP

As one of the original buildings on campus and now home of administrative and business offices, the Romley building is the foundation and support that makes Brophy run.

The building that used to be the main Jesuit residence during the school’s early years has become the main office for principal, business offices and counselors.

Students will often visit the building to meet with their counselors or go to the business office, but there is much more that goes on in the building that students may not be aware of.

“The counseling department is divided into two groups, the college counselors and the guidance counselors,” said counselor Frank Antonioli. “The guidance counselor’s perspective, our focus is really helping students maintain good grades, making sure their staying on track, focusing on personal issues and then beginning the process of thinking about college.”

Then there are college counselors.

“The college counselors focus on guiding the students through the process,” Mr. Antonioli said. “Looking at the list of colleges the student is looking at, coordinating the college night and then keeping on track with students that they are getting their transcripts submitted to the college.”

Mr. Antonioli said there is also a department for special needs for student that have tougher issues to deal with. This allows them to get personal one on one time with a counselor.

“Other things we do on the background, we do go to seminars, and we visit colleges throughout the country,” Mr. Antonioli said.

Another perspective of Romley would be in the higher positions such as president.

“The best way to describe my job is to contrast it with Mr. Ryan,” said Brophy President Fr. Eddie Reese, S.J.Mr. Ryan runs the school, my job is primarily in relation to the outside community, that means fundraising money, and working with the board of trustees and regents.”

Fr. Reese said he is in charge of all of the major decisions.

“On a daily basis, my day can be different all the time, often enough it is built around meetings I have with people from the outside or with parents we are asking to help support the school,” Fr. Reese said. “In a given day when I get here I’ll make a cup of coffee, let the dogs run around in the courtyard, check emails, and then it’s a series of meetings usually, I always meet with Mr. Ryan once a week.”

Fr. Reese also describes the other president’s office positions.

“The president is me and under me is two people, Vice President Mrs. Adria Renke, and her primary job is to work in the outside community, and Mr. Ryan runs the day in and day out of the school.” Fr. Reese said. “Over me is the Board of Trustees, and their primary job is to hire and fire the president.”

According to Fr. Reese, Mr. Ryan runs the school and is responsible for most of the work load, such as hiring and firing teachers.

“The only thing I don’t like about being president, though I really enjoy being president a lot, is that I don’t get much contact with students,” Fr. Reese said.