Obamaphobia epidemic sweeps the nation

A new disease is threatening the nation along with the dreaded swine flu: Obamaphobia, the irrational and intense fear or frantic aversion of President Barack Obama.

Sure, a “phobia” is a psychological condition, but Obamaphobia appears to be spreading like a virus since the president’s inauguration in late January.

First, a disclaimer: This is not an approval or disapproval of the president’s policies. Sufferers of Obamaphobia should check their prescriptions and their judgment before they continue reading.

Cross Country runs the extra mile in season wrap-up
Team takes 1st place in last regular meet By Andrew Atallah ’10 THE ROUNDUP As their season wraps up, the Brophy Cross Country team looked to finish strong at regionals Oct. 28, and state in early November. The end of the season comes as a culmination to the success of the seven varsity runners: Matt Xuereb ’10, Gabe Campbell ’10, Patrick Wolf ’11, Jack Welty ’12, Brock Ghelfi ’12, Tommy…
It came from the Internet!

Many people have average stories, like the time that they saw a person drop their coke bottle and have it bounce right back up into their hand, or when their caller ID showed “Raspberry Jam.”

Campus weathers flu storm—for now

Rumors of Brophy having to close due to the swine flu were shot down by Principal Mr. Bob Ryan who says that while we might not have seen the worst of the flu “we weathered it pretty well.”

But this is not to say the school is taking the H1N1 swine flu lightly. Mr. Ryan said that he has even found himself washing his hands and using the school provided hand sanitizer more frequently.

Mr. Ryan also said that because Brophy’s population spans much of the valley, the idea of closing and letting the flu “run its course” in the community is not as feasible as smaller schools with much smaller communities might be doing at this point in time.

Campus reacts to the H1N1 breakout

Many students have been affected by the swine flu, or have at least thought that they have been affected by the new H1N1 virus.

The number of absences around Brophy due to illness recently spiked to around 130 to 140 students per day, though that figure has since stabilized.

This new threat to the health of Brophy has led to a couple of changes around campus, such as the new Purell Instant Hand Sanitizer dispensers in each class room, the new warning/symptom posters in the Dean’s office and even the occasional swine flu joke.

Summit to examine globalization and the economy

Throughout its lifetime the annual Summit on Human Dignity has engaged Brophy students in discussion about important issues, a tradition which Brophy will continue this year with the topic of globalization and the economy.

The topic is a broad one, and is intended to be that way. This is because the planners want to cover a variety of subjects over the course of the Summit, according to Assistant Principal for Ministry Mrs. Kim Baldwin, who is chairing the planning committee.

Students, faculty need to stay sustainable

Last year’s Summit on Human Dignity, Renewing our Commitment to Sustainability and Stewardship, was supposed to engage Brophy students in dialogue, possibly encouraging us to adopt new, “green” ways of living.

Many teachers incorporated the ideas presented in the Summit into their classes, offering extra credit if students participated in after school events and made “environmentally friendly” changes in their daily routines.

Eight months have passed since February and for many students the ideas of the last Summit on Human Dignity are now but a faint memory of Eustace Conway, the man who lived out in the forest by himself, and Sustainable Dave, the California man who saved all of his trash in his basement for a whole year.

Facebook captivates the world−in a storm drain

According to a recent story in The Week, there were two girls in South Australia that found themselves stuck in a storm drain.

However, realizing they had their cell phones, the girls used their quick thinking and good judgment and decided on the best course of action: updating their Facebook statuses.

Students rely on search engines for knowledge

Usually, when a Brophy student has a question, they don’t go to the class encyclopedia, nor do they ask a teacher who works in that field.

Instead, they simply type their question into the computer in front of them and instantly get the answer.

Are we becoming too dependent, though, on search engines?