Opinions

An appeal for a unified response and a unified Brophy
By The Staff of The Roundup The Roundup Fellow Brophy community members, we have been dealt a hand this year that is unfavorable to say the least.  As we go into this new chapter of a pandemic that has fundamentally changed the way in which people from every part of the world work, learn and live, we must recognize that in this time of uncertainty lies a calling. It is…
Death, Taxes, and Discussing Cancel Culture
By Griffin Winter ’21 THE ROUNDUP The topic of cancel culture has become an everyday talking point at Brophy over the past year, both in and out of the classroom. Unfortunately, cancel culture has become too widespread as a talking point across the United States and is a distraction from real issues plaguing the country. We, as a student body, have talked about cancel culture persistently, but we need to…
What did Brophy’s 2021 Virtual Summit do better?
By: Owen Wong ’23 THE ROUNDUP Due to COVID-19, Brophy’s 2021 Summit on Human Dignity was held under a virtual format this year. Was the virtual experience the same, or even better than the normal, physical format? Yes, the Summit might indeed have not had the same type of impact for some people this year, without speakers coming to campus to talk to the whole student body. But with the…
Shot clock necessary for high school basketball
Augie Walters ’21 THE ROUNDUP The high school basketball season this year may look different than ever, due to the ruling from the Arizona Interscholastic Association to continue winter sports with athletes wearing masks during competitions and extremely limited attendance. While all of these changes may be new for the Brophy basketball team, the high school players will still be playing without a shot clock. The shot clock is a…
COVID-19 protocols draw confusion among Brophy students
THE ROUNDUP By Will Gruwell ’21 As Brophy students returned to campus on Sept. 28, they returned to a campus far different than the one that students had been accustomed to for a prolonged period of time. Being away from campus since March, things were sure to feel different, but with the many new rules and regulations being implemented, it gives the Brophy experience something new entirely.  To no surprise,…
Americans face a spending crisis, need to save
By George Anton ’21 THE ROUNDUP One of the biggest problems facing Americans today in the consumer culture we live is how we are driven to spend too much and save too little. While much of the average American’s income goes towards essentials such as groceries, housing and utilities, many people also spend a significant amount of their paycheck on the unessentials. This superfluous spending has led to the uncontrollable…
Electoral college builds unity in an imperfect system
PRO/CON By Nathan Wise ’21 THE ROUNDUP The “shock” of the 2016 election, an election in which Hillary Clinton was expected to win more swing states and ultimately carry the electoral college, continued a national debate about whether or not the electoral college should decide the presidency. It was argued that like other countries, the presidential election should be decided directly by the people, instead of electors who are selected…
Electoral college mitigates value of countless votes
PRO/CON By Carl Justice ’21 THE ROUNDUP On or before Nov. 3, millions of Americans will submit their ballots for the 2020 election. As they submit their ballots, many focus on their presidential selection. And, while voting is definitely important, especially in down-ballot races, individual voters often have little to no say over who wins the presidency because the electoral college is an inherently unfair institution. It makes some voters’…
Presidential debates outdated, counterproductive method of comparing candidates
By Nick Pecora ’21 THE ROUNDUP Though once a unique opportunity to hear both presidential candidates articulate their positions and debate those policies with one another, presidential debates have devolved into little more than a competition to see who can produce the best 30-second sound bite possible. During the 1960 presidential election, Senator John F. Kennedy and Vice President Richard Nixon met for three televised debates. This was the first…
Thanksgiving 2020 needs to be modified
By Sergio Arvizu-Rivera ’23 THE ROUNDUP What has Thanksgiving looked like? Moving from dinner to dinner? Taking a skiing trip to Colorado? Whatever traditional Thanksgiving days have looked like in previous years, Thanksgiving 2020 has to adjust amid the pandemic in order to keep families safe.  Thanksgiving is a family oriented holiday. Families cook massive meals and invite guests to partake in giving thanks.  With COVID-19, however, this is not…