Opinions

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…
A/B Schedule is a necessary evil
By Griffin Winter ’21 THE ROUNDUP We all miss a normal lunch. We all miss break. This new schedule is weird. But, it is a necessary evil for the members of our community who are at risk. If you don’t know me, my name is Griffin Winter and I am a senior. I also have Type 1 Diabetes.  This means that I am at risk far more than the average…
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…