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SAT, ACT canceled, colleges move to test-optional
Photo courtesy of Creative Commons | With the possibility that many schools are test-optional for the class of 2021, many students may have the option to bypass the stressful testing process. By George Anton ’21 THE ROUNDUP Many standardized tests have been canceled this Spring with the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, many colleges are changing their application requirements to test-optional. Several well-known schools that have changed their testing…
COVID-19 V. The People: Dawn of Justice. How COVID-19 is Showing the Cracks in American Society.
The United States is amidst an unprecedented crisis that is affecting people of all backgrounds but especially the less fortunate. The coronavirus has shut down places where people look to escape their daily lives like movie theaters, malls, and restaurants. It’s safe to say many of us will remember this time for the rest of our lives. I know I will. If you don’t know me, my name is Griffin…
Should Brophy offer a pass-fail grading option?
By Vipul Dua’20 THE ROUNDUP With COVID-19 taking over the country, Brophy decided to take all its classes online and continue educating students through a different means of communication. After a few weeks of doing online school, students are starting to settle into this new normal. With all assignments and tests being online, the integrity of these assignments has been challenged. To counter this, Brophy has decided to put a…
Lack in Time Management Causes a Snowball Effect of Stress
By Aarón Blanco Tejedor | A graffiti artwork found on an abandoned bunker in Utö By Quentin Dunnigan ’22 THE ROUNDUP Almost every high school student around the nation faces a busy schedule because of academics, sports, hobbies and much more. At Brophy, rigorous academics, intensive athletics and social communication fill up students’ days to the brim, causing the sacrifice of sleep to become increasingly common in return for more…
Chess and Esports: Do They Deserve a Banner in Robson Gym?
Photo by Garret Van Wie ’22 | A chess board with a controller replacing a fallen chess piece shows their similarities. By Garret Van Wie ’22 THE ROUNDUP Chess and esports fans may soon begin to question why their awards and achievements are not displayed on the gym wall, next to the tennis team’s or basketball team’s. Oxford Dictionary defines sport as “an activity involving physical exertion and skill in…
Water Bottle Companies Pro Con
Illustration by Victor Beck’20 | Multiple water bottle companies stomp out possibility of monopoly By Ryan Middlemist’20 THE ROUNDUP The industry of bottled water has taken America by storm. With over 80 brands of bottled water in the US alone, these companies produce a massive supply of bottled water across the world. The large industry has forced companies to compete for better prices while also keeping the prices down on…
Rainwater traps vital to Arizona, could save thousands
Photo by Reid Shniderman’20 | A rainwater harvester can contain thousands of gallons of water, giving it the potential to serve as a water supply for a long period of time. The ROUNDUP By Reid Shniderman’20 In recent times, the state of Arizona has seen a significant increase in rainfall. On October 2, 2018, what was perceived as just another seasonal storm caused 2.36 inches of rainwater over a 24…
Pro AirDrop; easy, fast, efficient
Illustration by Reid Shniderman ’20 |In the fall of 2018, the administration dismantled Airdrop on all new school issued devices. By Reid Shniderman ’20 In a world of constant change, sharing information and detailed work between people has evolved over the course of human history, starting with the carrier pigeon. These ways of communication have adapted as time went on, changing to easier methods such as telephones, telegrams and radio.…
AirDrop easily replaceable, leads to problems
Illustration by Reid Shniderman ’20 |In the fall of 2018, the administration dismantled Airdrop on all new school issued devices.  By Carl Justice ’21 THE ROUNDUP Recently, students have realized that AirDrop is no longer accessible on their school-issued computers. While some have been unhappy about this change, it is important that they realize that AirDrop is a completely unnecessary feature that can only cause harm. The benefits of AirDrop…
The harm of stereotypes, mascots on indigenous identity
Illustration by Victor Beck ’20 | Stereotypical sports teams’ mascots and culturally appropiating costumes harm native culture and identity. The depiction of indigenous people as sports team mascots diminishes the humanity of natives as people. It puts me and my family on the same level as animals or animated caricatures. The unnatural skin tone of mascots like the Cleveland Indians and the Washington Redskins make a mockery of indigenous people…