A retrospective on being one year deep into the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Griffin Winter ’21 THE ROUNDUP  Around one year ago, during the last day of the Summit on Human Dignity, we were told that we would return to school on the following Monday. That was not the case. Everyone at Brophy went online due to COVID-19 and the rest is history. The class of 2021 is about to graduate after having lived in the world of COVID-19 for around 25%…
Spotify launches “Play Your Part” campaign to encourage, inform young voters
By Jackson Moran ’21 THE ROUNDUP Music streaming service Spotify recently launched the non-partisan “Play Your Part” initiative with the hopes of informing and engaging listeners with regards to voting in the upcoming election.  As more and more corporations have sought to create voter-centric initiatives, Spotify has jumped into the fray by targeting younger, often first-time voters through the use of outreach campaigns.  One of the main tactics the platform…
Original Barrio Café in jeopardy of closing
By Sergio Arvizu-Rivera ’23 THE ROUNDUP After 18 years in the valley, Barrio Café, owned by chef Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza, is in jeopardy of closing due to COVID-19.  Barrio Café opened in 2002 after chef Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza came back from her tour around Mexico. Since the opening of Barrio, Chef Silavana’s food has been featured on Sunset Magazine, Esquire Magazine, and on the Food Network’s Diners Drive…
‘13th’ generates conversation among students
By Nick Williams ’21 and Griffin Winter ’21 THE ROUNDUP With the upcoming Brophy summit focusing on the issues of race in America, it is important for students to stay informed on the history of race and racism to inform the future. The documentary ‘13th’, which was directed by Ava DuVernay and released in 2016, is an in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it…
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…
Robles-Barrera named The Roundup’s Man of the Year
By Jackson Moran ’21 The Roundup Ivan Robles Barrera ’21 has won The Roundup’s 2021 Man of the Year award.  Robles is known to many as a Distinguished Student, leader in the Advocacy Club fighting for Dreamers, a Big Brother, a Romero Project student and Retreat leader, but there is much to his story that remains untold, especially to those who may rarely come into contact with him.  However, Robles’s…
Teachers and students race for Foundation for Blind Children
Augie Walters ’21 THE ROUNDUP What started as just Kyle Tran ’21 putting up posters to see who would help with the Foundation for Blind Children’s March for Sight eventually turned into a group of twelve teachers racing at the Brophy Sports Complex in order to help out the charity. This all began with Tran’s involvement in the Romero Program which led him to work with the Foundation for the…
Death, Taxes, and Discussing Cancel Culture
By Griffin Winter ’21 THE ROUNDUP The topic of cancel culture has become an everyday talking point at Brophy over the past year, both in and out of the classroom. Unfortunately, cancel culture has become too widespread as a talking point across the United States and is a distraction from real issues plaguing the country. We, as a student body, have talked about cancel culture persistently, but we need to…
What did Brophy’s 2021 Virtual Summit do better?
By: Owen Wong ’23 THE ROUNDUP Due to COVID-19, Brophy’s 2021 Summit on Human Dignity was held under a virtual format this year. Was the virtual experience the same, or even better than the normal, physical format? Yes, the Summit might indeed have not had the same type of impact for some people this year, without speakers coming to campus to talk to the whole student body. But with the…
Kairos stresses bring about change
John Wichterman ’23 THE ROUNDUP Anthony Runfola ’21 has attempted to secure a spot on a Kairos retreat since the very first one that was offered in October, but due to limited numbers of participants and extracurricular priorities, Kairos has begun to look like less of a reality. Many seniors are facing similar problems since COVID has promptly changed how Kairos, a retreat that is considered a culminating experience for…