Opinions

Fossils fuels degrade Earth’s environmental cycle
Illustration by Reid Shniderman ’20 | Oil pumps and drills not only emit air pollution when burned, but also can cause disasters such as oil spills. By Frankie Pastor ’19 THE ROUNDUP Let’s face the world’s reality – it’s in danger. We have negatively changed the world’s climates by our use of fossil fuels.  Sea levels and temperatures are rising, the poles are melting at unprecedented rates, and climates in…
Stereotyping Catholic schools: an injustice overlooked
Photo courtesy of Vox Media | Nick Sandmann, the 16-year-old student from Covington High School, stands in front of Native American elder Nathan Phillips during the Indegenous Peoples March in Washington. Victor Beck ’20 THE ROUNDUP For so long, people have seen Catholic high schools as the epitome of white privilege and conservatism.  However, Brophy is a prime example against this stereotype. Many people ask me where I go to…
Loyola Project vans provide a unique, fun experience
Photo by Mark Rossbach ’21 | Students board the LP busses on their way to on of their service sites. By Jackson Moran ’21 THE ROUNDUP For the past twenty years or so, almost all Brophy students have had one similarity: a love/hate relationship with the Loyola Project vans. The Loyola Project (LP) vans were a shining example of frugality on campus, as they were purchased brand new in 1999…
Immersion Trips excluded from service hours, disincentivizes students
Photo courtesy of Raymond Link ’20 | The Brophy Peru Immersion Trip of 2018 visits Machu Picchu before service in Cuzco, Peru. By Cooper Parson ’20 THE ROUNDUP Last year, a new policy was put into place with what you can count for hours for your Brophy service projects. The change of policy resulted in immersion trips not counting for any of your hours in service projects. The goal of…
Romero Program offers unique, meaningful participation, spiritual enhancement
Photo Courtesy of Hayden Welty ’19 | (left to right) Alex Edwin ’19, Matthew Scheller ’19, Atllas Hopkins ’19 and Hayden Welty ’19, students in the Romero Program, attend their first day at their internship, which takes place at the Foundation for Blind Children. Each student in the senior year component of the program partners with a local non-profit. By Hayden Welty ’19 THE ROUNDUP Taught by Mr. Will Rutt ’08, Mr.…
Christmas music overplayed, time for something new
Art by Camden Andl ’19 | The Grinch disdainfully listens to Christmas music on his phone. Camden Andl ’19 THE ROUNDUP I have five words—Christmas music is extremely overrated. Even as I write these words, I know I have already dug myself into an inescapable hole, wherein I will be torn to pieces by the undying and forever loyal Christmas fanatics. My words to those people—I do not dislike Christmas,…
Eagle Scout opens doors to opportunities
Photo courtesy of John Cannella | Alex Cannella ’19 poses for a picture next to an adult leader and fellow scout on Nov. 7, the same night the two boys earned their eagle. By Alex Cannella THE ROUNDUP   Obtaining the Eagle rank as a Boy Scout of America is a prestigious achievement recognized across the country. The award is held to national standards with many tedious requirements. Many people…
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…