Alex Stanley

English teacher, Danforth, discusses the ‘Holy Trinity’ of music

By Alex Stanley ’12

Mr. Garner’s question from December’s “Teacher’s Pet”: Would you rather slide down a razor blade slide into a pool of alcohol, or drink a bucket of monkey snot, and why?

I would slide down into the pool of alcohol, so that then I could numb the pain.

Where were you born?

I was born in Worcester, Mass. My dad was in the Air Force, and we lived up and down the east coast.

And you went to Brophy?

Yes, eventually we moved to Phoenix. I got sick with arthritis and couldn’t walk, so we moved out to Arizona for the clean air and heat.

Within three months, I went from being in braces to walking.

Summit makes Brophy a better school

The issue: The annual Summit on Human Dignity hits campus.
Our stance: The Summit creates enlightened individuals who are educated about the problems of today’s world.
As the Summit dawns upon the Brophy population once again, it seems as if holding these two week long focuses is just a normal fact of school life.

In actuality, a closer look shows this is something incredibly special, and almost no other high school hosts such a yearly event.

This is something that makes Brophy different. Not only is it a unique event, but it contributes to making Brophy students more enlightened individuals.

New Swift album ‘Speak Now’ shows maturity in style, not lyrics

By Alex Stanley ’12

Taylor Swift’s latest album, “Speak Now,” yet again fails to disappoint the throngs of pre-teen and teenage girls, plus me, who hold her music close to our hearts.

After listening to the first few songs of the album, one may distinguish no difference from her first two records.

Songs like “Mine” hold true to the upbeat and poppy style that she is well known for.

But when the listener approaches singles such as “Back to December” or “Innocent” they may see a difference in the style.

Brophy breeds workaholics, perfectionists to certain degree

By Alex Stanley ’12

There is a fine line between wanting to get good grades and obsessing over them.

There comes a point when the pursuit of academic perfection goes too far and becomes workaholism.

“As a counselor, I have seen students that put a tremendous amount of pressure on themselves, and they work to the point of making themselves sick,” said Brophy counselor Mr. Frank Antonioli.

Five bands you need to know about

By Alex Stanley ’12

The headline explains it all.

Here are five underrated bands that are just as good, if not better, than many of the big bands well known today.

Quayle introduces obscure political tactics

Is Ben Quayle trying to be as controversial as possible just to get votes?

His television and Internet advertisements sure make it seem that way.

All of his controversial irrationalities seem to be working, as I can’t leave my neighborhood without seeing a couple “Quayle Congress” signs in front yards.