Campus briefs

Aviation class offers flight simulation, piloting ability
By Matthew Zacher ’18 THE ROUNDUP Xavier offers an aviation elective course that uses computerized flight simulators to build flight experience. The class is taught by Mr. Gale Hestenes, a Xavier faculty member, and the class is housed on Xavier’s campus, but is open to Brophy students.   Mr. Hestenes is a certified flight instructor and had a career instructing actual pilots. “I got my pilot’s license before I got…
Math department strives to accommodate advanced students
By Joseph Valencia ’17 THE ROUNDUP Brophy’s math curriculum has undergone changes in recent years in order to adapt to the large influx of advanced math students. Many of these students come from the Basis system, and arrive at Brophy already equipped to handle AP Calculus BC, which used to be the final math course available. Mr. Ian Aston, the department chair, credits the beginning of this revamping process to…
AP Capstone program offers unique curricula
By Hayden Welty ‘19 THE ROUNDUP Mr. Mike Welty ’83 worked with Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs Mr. Seamus Walsh last summer to help expand the College Board’s “AP Capstone” program to Brophy. Mr. Welty has taught physics and math for decades. When he applied to read the AP tests for physics, he received an invitation from the College Board to read the AP tests for a new course that…
New ‘safe space’ signs spark campus conversations
Photo by Bryce Owen ’17 | Safe Space signs are displayed across many classrooms and offices across campus. Faculty are placing the sign in an effort to deter harmful comments towards students. By Graham Armknecht ‘18 THE ROUNDUP New signs reading, “Diverse, Inclusive, Accepting, Welcoming, Safe space for everyone” started to appear around campus and in classrooms after this year’s election. “A student asked me if I wanted one, and…
MathXL provides an online platform for math help in the classroom
By Spencer Inglett ‘19 THE ROUNDUP Brophy classes have turned toward digital based learning, and the introduction of MathXL has furthered this goal. MathXL is a learning tool that provides students an online platform for math. With 13 years of mathematics teaching experience at Brophy, math teacher Mr. Doug Cox said he thinks MathXL is a great alternative to traditional homework. “We experimented with it in a few classes two…
Theodicy and the Holocaust uses 2 teachers to examine ‘God’s justice’
By Anthony Cardellini ’17 THE ROUNDUP In 99 percent of Brophy’s classrooms, you will find one teacher in the room as the sole instructor of the class. Theodicy and the Holocaust is the only exception. Theodicy and the Holocaust is taught by both Mr. Chris Agliano and Mr. Matt Hooten. The class is in its fourth year and combines elements of the religious studies and social studies departments. Mr. Hooten…
Orr trains service dog on campus
Photo Courtesy of John Paul McCann ’17 | Ryan Orr ’19 and his dog Lady walk down Brophy hall Oct. 7 during homecoming week. By Andrew Howard ’17 THE ROUNDUP Every day, a dog named Lady walks the halls of Brophy’s campus, and even travels to Xavier. Orr has been a service dog trainer since February, something he never really thought he would be involved in, and takes Lady everywhere from…
College counseling department seeks new opportunities, improvement each year
By Juan Carlos Ramirez ’18 THE ROUNDUP The College Counseling Department has been striving to provide more college information as the department has improved through the years. Three years ago the counseling department addded freshman advisors and assigned “college counselors” to every sophomore, junior and senior. This changed the traditional “guidance counselor” approach. College counselor and Chair of the department Mrs. Katie Widbin said that the department does not have much to…
Advocacy club seeks to involve students in policy, lobbying
Photo by Bryce Owen ’17 | Students and faculty gather to look at the Advocacy club’s expo on political candidates.The advocacy club put created an expo showcasing political candidates and their alignment with church teachings. By Matthew Zacher ’18 THE ROUNDUP The Advocacy Club is focusing their lobbying efforts this year on the issues of immigration and public education policy. The club, moderated by Ms. Elizabeth Clarke and Mr. Will…
Frosh Retreat exceeds freshmen expectations
Photo Courtesy of Brophy College Prep | The freshman class of 2020 and their big brothers participated in the freshman retreat Sept. 17 and 18. By Camden Andl ’19 THE ROUNDUP Brophy continued the annual tradition of the Frosh Retreat Sept. 17. For over 20 years, Brophy has consistently hosted this weekend for the freshmen class as one of its most important events. Mr. Scott Heideman, leader of Brophy’s Big…