Navigating Change

1st Loyola Scholars transition to high school life
By Will Schubert ’15 THE ROUNDUP By the end of August most freshmen have become familiar with campus, classrooms and new faces of teachers and upper classmen. For one group of freshmen though Brophy’s halls are familiar territory as they have already been in them for three years. The first ever class of Loyola Academy graduates are adjusting to high school life after finishing eighth-grade, and say they are doing…
New pool adds benefits for swim team, should attract more fans
By Jack McAuslan ’16 THE ROUNDUP By the beginning of this school year, a new campus pool was finished and ready for use. Officially named the Brophy Aquatic Center, it replaces Loyola field just outside the Great Hall. Now the teams will not have to drive to the former sports campus near 28th Street and Campbell Avenue to have practices and meets. “It’s adding a lot of excitement to the…
Offensive line coach returns to varsity sidelines
By Sammy Romero ’17 THE ROUNDUP Mr. Robert Whittier, offensive line coach for the Brophy 2007 championship football team, returns to Brophy this year after three seasons at Phoenix Christian. Mr. Whittier moved back from Houston, Texas in 2005 to coach for Brophy for five seasons and help win a championship in ’07 before going to Phoenix Christian. “When we won the championship in ’07 here, we weren’t the best…
Special Feature: Navigating Change
Photo illustration by Alec Vick ’15 | This year starts with many new changes students will navigate. Change, whether large or small, is an essential characteristic of the modern world, and students have to adapt in order to succeed. From new rules to new faculty to new facilities, Brophy continues to handle, respond to and create many changes. This month’s edition explores these recent changes, how the community has responded…
Administration bans medical marijuana despite social patterns, doctors’ approval
By Garrison Murphy ’15 & Austin Norville ’15 THE ROUNDUP The school administration barred the use of medical marijuana for students this summer amidst a national push to conventionalize the drug’s use. Dean Mr. Pat Higgins said although marijuana is now legally available medicinally, Brophy will continue to prohibit its use, even if a student has a doctor’s prescription. Mr. Higgins said there is a “pro-marijuana trend” occurring in the…
New publishing office supports BLAM, teachers
By Reece M. Krantz ’16 THE ROUNDUP BLAM hopes to increase production value of its annual arts magazine this year with a new publication office, which also serves as faculty workspace. The workspace is near the west end of Brophy Hall’s second floor. Maintenance crews renovated the space this summer. Mr. John Damaso ’97 is an advisor to BLAM, otherwise known as Brophy Literary Arts Magazine, and the satirical newspaper…
Alumni return to help teach, bring their experiences to students
By Jace Riley ’16 THE ROUNDUP Every year the Alumni Service Core brings back recent alumni to help the campus by teaching, substituting, and facilitating trips, and this year they all have their own goals. Assistant Principal of Ministry Mr. Paul Fisko works with the ASC as the head of the Office of Faith and Justice. “To come back and be a model for students, to come back and run…
Audio: Teachers use new teaching methods to improve student learning
By Austin Norville ’15 THE ROUNDUP As our country’s focus on education continues to grow, teachers are changing their methods of teaching to improve students and the way they learn. Ms. Jessica Mason (XCP ’04), a math teacher on campus, uses a new style of teaching called a flipped classroom in which she believes is an improvement on the traditional teaching method.
Apartment complex takes shape in former West Lot
By Hunter Cisiewski ’17 THE ROUNDUP A new four-story, 266-unit apartment complex named “Elevation Central” is being built across the street from Brophy on southwest corner of Central and Highland avenues. The construction started late last December, and its completion date is yet to be revealed according to Arizona Builder’s Exchange website azbex.com. The building is on the 4.3 acre lot where the “West Lot” used to be. Sunbelt Holdings…
Dias takes the stage as new theater director
By Brendan Hinkle’16 & William Joseph Borders IV’16 THE ROUNDUP After 23 years of directing Brophy-Xavier theater, Mrs. Dorothy Dunnion stepped down, and Ms. Maureen Dias has stepped on stage to take her place. “When I was a kid, my mom threw me in dance lessons at five because I was really awkward and gawky,” Ms. Dias said. “Where I grew up I was in a very small town with…