Opinions

PRO: Class rank fails to diminish collaborative spirit, boosts test score importance, high achievers
By Hayden Welty ’19 THE ROUNDUP   While some detractors contend that class rank damages a collaborative spirit, the measurement serves as a useful college admissions tool––not to mention that class rank rewards hard-working students and has a limited impact on community.  Class rank at Brophy could act as a useful benchmark with which students and college admissions counselors can judge students’ academic records within the context of a certain…
CON: Class rank divides student body, promotes unhealthy competition
  By Spencer Inglett ’19 & Josh Belgrad ’19 THE ROUNDUP   Grade point average is something some people don’t want to talk about and others love to gloat about, and can be a touchy subject to bring up. Class rank is the process of ranking people by number based upon their weighted or unweighted grade point average. This practice comes into question especially during the college application process for…
Technology’s distracting abilities beget procrastination, laziness
Photo by Raymond Link ’20 | A student’s IPad acts as a distraction during a session of notes. By Joey Bottini ’19 THE ROUNDUP   A study published in 2009 by Professor Joseph Ferrari of DePaul University in Chicago, IL. Ferrari estimated that 15 to 20 percent of people are chronic procrastinators. “We now have data on 4,000 people, and it doesn’t seem to matter what age you are, or…
Diet Soda Poses Health Risks to Students and Faculty
Photo by Raymond Link ’20| Brophy student gets a diet fountain drink from the soda machine at Michael’s in the Great Hall. By Hunter Franklin ’19 THE ROUNDUP   Brophy College Preparatory committed to only serving diet soda on campus eight years ago to meet national standards set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Ever since the Healthy Food and Hunger-Free Kids Act was enacted in 2010, the U.S. Department…
PRO: Handwritten notes enhance memorization and comprehension
Photo by Noah Lederer ’21 | Joey Schillinger ’21 writes his history notes in his composition book on Oct. 4, 2018. By George Anton ’21 THE ROUNDUP   Taking notes is extremely beneficial to students who are trying to learn what is taught to them and memorize it for later. As technology enhances, there is now the option to take notes on a computer, rather than to write them down…
CON: Online notes create effective system, paper notes detrimental to success
Photo by Noah Lederer ’21 | Max Tiffany ’21 works on his online notes during his fourth period flex on Oct. 1   By Noah Lederer ’21 THE ROUNDUP   Many people on campus rely on online notes to have easily accessible documents that can be pulled up from almost every technological device. On the other hand, paper notes can be destroyed and ruined or even lost. When I first…
Catering should strive to offer diverse options for vegetarians
Small Green Salads are just one of the options available to vegetarians on campus. By Jackson Moran ’21 THE ROUNDUP   Michael’s Catering does not currently provide diverse foods for students who prefer not to eat animal products with the ability to eat as a vegetarian and still have a satisfying, healthy meal.Each year for the Lenten season, I abstain from all meat products, contrary to most Catholics who isolate…
Summer LP Needs to Incorporate Engaging Learning
Photo by Brophy Flickr | Loyola Academy students work on their schoolwork  By George Anton ’21 THE ROUNDUP   During June, Brophy hosts the Summer Loyola Project (LP) for kids in grades K-5. It is a great opportunity for kids to have fun in June and also practice some academic skills in order to prepare them for the following school year. After being a tutor for two children, I found…
OPINIONS: To tweet or not to tweet
Frankie Pastor ’20 THE ROUNDUP On Jan. 20, President Trump not only became the leader of the free world, but he also took over as a controversial steward of the most important virtual diary in the world–his Twitter account. Even with only 280 characters for each Twitter post, President Trump is capable of influencing the thoughts and emotions of people around the world. President Trump may think that his posts…
“Hypebeast” culture impedes on individuality
Illustration by Camden Andl ’19 | A hypebeast stands atop a pile of clothes, sporting many popular hypebeast brands. By Camden Andl ’19 THE ROUNDUP The word hypebeast is a slang term to describe someone who obsessively purchases products and releases from “hyped” brands. Hypebeasts often do not care what an article of clothing looks like, as long as the “hyped” brand’s logo is clearly shown. Many spend unnecessarily large…