Nation desperately in need of proactive gun control legislation
By Charles Louis Dominguez ’14 The Roundup  The United States has every reason to believe that its current system for gun ownership is in need of major reform. In the wake of a year that seems to be riddled with gun massacres and violent attacks, gun enthusiasts and supporters continue to subscribe to the belief that gun ownership is indispensable to a properly-functioning society. This is completely outlandish. The main…
U.S. government shutdown displays lack of effort, compromise
By Chase L. Manson ’16 The Roundup Politicians in Congress have once again shown their inability to play in the same sandbox. Predictably, it was over the same issues we always hear about–the Affordable Health Care Act and our nation’s budget. This time it led to a government shutdown and nearly caused financial catastrophe for the world. Hopefully, they will realize that this is why their approval ratings are at…
Public says no on Syria, government should listen
By Garrison S. Murphy ’15 The Roundup It would be difficult to find someone who hasn’t heard about the escalating conflict in Syria. Syria’s current president Bashar al-Assad’s regime allegedly used chemical warheads, against Syrian citizens Aug. 21 in an effort to eliminate rebel forces The result was horrifying — at least 1,300 individuals were reported dead and 3,600 were treated for gas related injuries, according to George Sabra, an…
Personal stories reveal vitality of community
Staff Editorial The Roundup  The issue: Brophy is not just a homogenous group of people, but a collection of individual students, teachers and employees.  Our stance: Appreciating the big picture is great, but sometimes, individual stories help paint a richer and more complete picture.   Though we have many things in common, each person at Brophy has a unique story to tell. Because of this, it is essential that we…
Gardening club emerges from dormant season
Garrison Murphy ‘15 THE ROUNDUP John Sittu ’15 stares intently at the newly blossomed tomato plants in the garden behind the Great Hall. “You can always tell if a tomato needs more water… the leaves tend to shrivel a bit,” Sittu said. Sittu is the head student leader of the Gardening Club, which has received some needed student care this year. The Brophy Gardening club may have looked a lot…
BARK intends to serve local animal community
By Christian Guerithault ’14 THE ROUNDUP Mason Swierenga ’14started the Brophy Animal Rescue Klub this year, or BARK for short, to have students work together to try to give homeless dogs a safe place to live. “It’s mainly for helping dogs who are homeless and who are in shelters,” said club moderator Mr. Noah Lewkowitz ’98. “We want to raise awareness and raise actual money so that all these dogs…
Senior Klein travels abroad to construct homes for Haitian orphans
Reece M. Krantz ’16 THE ROUNDUP  Brophy students are called upon to do justice for others and to put themselves behind others, especially the poor. Any student can take this call and enforce it with his own personal justifications. Ethan Klein ’14 is a prime example of this. He recently spent a week in the island nation of Haiti, helping orphans move from their previous home to a brand new…
Students pack schedules with classes, activities throughout the day
By J.P. Hajjar ’16 THE ROUNDUP Students partake in activities outside of the classroom each day from sports, charity events and music to arts and clubs. Students and teachers say they enjoy the close community this involvement creates, as if everyone is part of a big family. “The community, because everyone is there for each other,” said Brock “Bo” Brunkhorst ’16 when asked what his favorite thing about Brophy is.…
Danforth experiences life changing events in Africa
By Cameron M. Bray ’16 THE ROUNDUP The scorching sun beats down on Mr. Tom Danforth ’78 as his companions wander lost on a trip across the north Kenyan desert. The water kegs are empty.  Mr. Danforth and his friends resort to desperate measures to survive after 10 days of being lost. Not exactly a cheery memory, but Mr. Danforth still can’t resist showing slides about the Peace Corps before…
Club leaders develop skills, form backbone of group activities
By Austin Norville ’15 THE ROUNDUP With more than 90 clubs available to students on campus there is something for everyone, and many club presidents and moderators are the backbone of them all. “As a moderator I try to encourage the students to lead each other and that is in terms of keeping communication,” said BLAM moderator Mr. John Damaso ’97. “One of the roles I have as a backseat…