2013 music finishes strong, offers eclectic mix of tunes
By Charles Louis Dominguez ’14 THE ROUNDUP With 2014 off to a start, it’s a good time to fairly judge last year’s music. 2013 was an eclectic year, bringing us unexpected returns from the likes of Daft Punk and My Bloody Valentine, along with solid releases from notably consistent artists like Kanye West and Kurt Vile. Along with the usual wave of releases came a new trend: releasing albums with…
‘Saving Mr. Banks’ simple plot suitable for younger audiences
By Jeffrey James K. Erdely ’14 THE ROUNDUP  7.5 out of 10 “Saving Mr. Banks” stands up to high expectations with an all-star cast under the direction of John Hancock, managing to be both emotionally touching and family friendly. Starring Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as P.L Travers, the movie tells the tale of how Mr. Disney managed to persuade Ms. Travers to sell the rights of…
‘The Hobbit’ impresses with superb action, intriguing characters
By Cameron M. Bray ’16 THE ROUNDUP  “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”—Starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen and Richard Armitage 9 out of 10 Last year, Peter Jackson and Warner Bros. Pictures created a masterpiece known as “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Party.” With solid pacing, thrilling action and excellent character development, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Party” became a testament to Jackson’s skill as a directer. So, you may be wondering,…
‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’ delves into details of leader’s life
By P. Erik Meyer ’14 THE ROUNDUP Starring: Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Terry Pheto  7 out of 10 “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” was an interesting film that documented in great detail the South African’s political career and his life in and out of prison. Idirs Elba, who plays Mandela, does an impressive job as he even impersonates Mandela’s distinctive strut to a tee. By the end of the movie,…
2014 pop music looks to be promising, yet safe in new tracks
By Chase Manson ’16 THE ROUNDUP  With 2013 being declared a year of twerking, Justin Bieber’s infamous scandals and the return of pop stars such as Cher and Lady Gaga, 2014 is looking to be a year of subtle change in music. The year begins with a greatest hit compilation by indie-rock band, My Chemical Romance. This will be their first greatest hit and supposed last album as they broke…
Students bare legs despite winter weather
By Charles Louis Dominguez ’14 THE ROUNDUP Despite the winter season, students from all grade levels regularly wear shorts on campus. Students cite numerous reasons for this phenomenon including weather conditions, fashion choices, dress code restrictions and ownership, or lack thereof, of dress code-approved pants. “In Phoenix, since it doesn’t have normal fashion seasons, it’s never too cold to wear shorts,” said Chase Hart ’14. “And since we can’t wear…
Cosmopolitan origins piques Steffens’s interest in Spanish
By Chase L. Manson ’16 & Cameron M. Bray ’16 THE ROUNDUP  Now teaching a variety of Spanish classes, Ms. Catharine Steffens said she gained an appreciation for culture from her family “I grew up traveling with my family,” Ms. Steffens said. “My father spoke five languages like Greek, German, Spanish, Arabic and English.” In high school, Ms. Steffens took German. In college she decided to major in Spanish, which…
Jewish Student Union seeks to promote open, friendly mindset
By Garrison Murphy ’15 THE ROUNDUP  There is an ancient Jewish proverb that goes, “A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter; he who finds one finds a treasure.” If there is one thing that the Jewish Student Union chooses to embody, it is the true essence of these words coupled with a sense of unity, acceptance and friendship. “The one qualification of this club is curiosity,” said Coby Palivathukal ’14, co-president and co-founder of the…
BST creates independent productions, unique opportunities
By AK Alilonu ’16 THE ROUNDUP       Despite many of the leaders of Student Theater graduating this year, including Phillip Rapa ’14, Jacob Browning ’14 and Jeremiah Johnson ’14, members of the club insist that it has a bright future. Student Theater was founded in 2012, when founders and current co-presidents, Rapa and Browning, were sophomores, making its debut with “A Very Potter Musical.” Browning directs with Rapa,…