Opinions

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Presidential debates outdated, counterproductive method of comparing candidates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…
Supreme court critical to future of country
By Carl Justice ’21 THE ROUNDUP After the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Supreme Court suddenly became a massive part of the 2020 election. The controversy surrounding Donald Trump’s appointment of Amy Coney Barrett has been a major part of the news cycle for weeks and will likely continue to be one for a while, regardless of the outcome.  And while the Supreme Court may seem incredibly distant…
Local journalism critical to communities, needs support
By Carl Justice ’21 THE ROUNDUP Local publications have been going out of business at an alarming rate. A report by Penelope Abernathy, a professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill explained that 2,000 publications had gone away in the past fifteen years. This is almost one fourth of the 9,000 that existed before the sharp downturn. Unfortunately, the decline in local newspapers has left many communities vulnerable. The…
Students play a crucial role in the slowing the spread of COVID-19
By Nick Zalle ’23 THE ROUNDUP For a high school student in 2020, COVID-19 has become the center of attention on and off-campus, and for good reason. This pandemic has swept the nation, preventing students and teachers alike from being together in person. We as students have a very important role in the prevention of a COVID-19 outbreak here at Brophy. As students, it is our job to keep the…
Arizona’s strong comeback from COVID-19
William Gruwell ’21 THE ROUNDUP As the world continues to struggle with containing the outbreak of COVID-19, the United States in particular has been under fire for an inadequate response to halt the nation. Arizona, under Governor Doug Ducey, has remained one of the least restrictive states in the country with limited mask laws mandated and minimal closure of businesses state-wide.  Ducey, who is serving his second term, has faced…
Removal of vending machines is a disadvantage to students
By David Albelais ‘22 The Roundup Billy Easterp ‘24 using the only source of beverages on campus at Michael’s cafeteria.  When returning to school on Sept. 8th, Brophy students found an important part of campus missing: the vending machines. They were mainly removed for health reasons due to COVID-19 and the danger of transferring diseases. The vending machines were placed outside Brophy Hall and were active throughout the day before…
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…