Eric Villanueva

Administration envisions changes to tech, infrastructure

By Eric Villanueva ’11 & Michael Mandeville ’11

As assiduous students hustle through their academic and extracurricular commitments at Brophy, the development of the community can be disregarded.

Besides the infrequent manifestation of Brophy’s expansion projects like the Brophy Sports Campus and the recently announced Loyola Academy, students rarely experience a developmental agenda that is both on-going and all-encompassing.

Rising gas prices squeeze students at pump, pocketbook

By Eric Villanueva ’11

At 7:21 a.m. on a Thursday morning, a tan Toyota Sequoia pulls into Brophy’s south parking Lot.

With a 20 gallon gas tank and 15 to 16 miles per gallon rating, student driver Tommy Hartman ’12 feels the pinch at the gas pump every two or three days with his 30-mile commute to and from Brophy and his home in Mesa.

Well maintenance closes school Tuesday

Administrators expect school to open Wednesday, April 27

By Eric Villanueva ’11

Maintenance crews expect water service to Brophy will not be fully restored in order for school to resume from Spring Break Tuesday, April 26.

According to a mass announcement sent out Monday afternoon to students and parents, school for all but a few students in select AP classes will be canceled as well maintenance that began before Spring Break took longer than expected.

Fr. Olivier cheers across all fields

By Eric Villanueva ’11 & Tyler J. Scott ’12

From a shelf in his office within the Office of Faith and Justice, the Rev. Harry “Dutch” Olivier, S.J. pulls down a black and white photograph of two, young smiling children.

Fr. Olivier points to the haircut of the younger, blue-eyed child sitting on a bench.

Protests highlight value of our liberties

The Issue: Protests in some Middle Eastern and African countries in recent months are changing the face of democracy worldwide.
Our Stance: These movements cause us to reflect on the freedoms we take for granted.

Observers split over importance of online social media in Egypt

By Eric Villanueva ’11

“The flames of the protests in Egypt are being covered and perhaps fanned by media old and new. Organizers found supporters and planned protests through Facebook, Twitter and text messaging, at least until Internet and cellular communications were shut down,” NPR’s All Things Considered reported Friday, Jan. 28.

While many news agencies label online social media as fanning recent unrest in the Middle East, other observers hold varying views on the importance of social networking sites in the organizing and planning of these mass demonstrations.

In Egypt’s case, online social media use has permeated the society, with more than 20 million Egyptian Internet and Facebook users, creating a new space for Egyptians to communicate, according to Professor Adel Iskandar, a media and communications lecturer at Georgetown University.

Students face risks, impacts of obesity

By Eric Villanueva ’11

With two-thirds of adults and one in three children nationally obese according to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services statistics, what some are calling an “obesity epidemic” is being strategized and fought against on a battlefield stretching from coast to coast.

Locally, with one in four Arizonans obese according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Brophy’s annual Summit on Human Dignity this year will focus on food, one part of the problem with obesity, through three lenses: production, consumption and nutrition.

Concussions becoming all too common trend in student-athletes

By Eric Villanueva ’11

Picture the football two yards shy of a first down.

The coach calls a quarterback draw straight up the middle.

The quarterback snaps the ball and follows his blocks.

Somewhere short of the first down, the quarterback meets with a defenseman, leading with his head, who tackles the quarterback for a stop.

Inside the defensive player’s head, as he slams into the base of the quarterback’s shoulder pads, his brain hits the inside of his skull.

As he stands up after the hard tackle, he feels dizzy and foggy.

Though this is a hypothetical situation, this is all too common for Mr. Chris White, Brophy’s head athletic trainer.

In his 25 years as an athletic trainer at Brophy, Mr. White said he has seen hundreds of concussions like the one suffered by the imaginary player, not only in football, Brophy’s highest risk sport for concussions, but in many other sports like soccer, wrestling, basketball, baseball and volleyball.

Anonymous letter to the editor concerning

By Eric Villanueva ’11

The Roundup recently received an anonymous letter to the editor about the behavior of several Brophy students at a restaurant one afternoon.

For reasons outlined in our Commenting Policy, we were unable to publish the letter online or in the monthly print edition.

We do not publish anonymous letters because we require the author’s information to verify all information in the letter. We do so to make sure the letter is truthful and objective.

In State of the Union Address, Obama talks innovations, energy policy, infrastructure

As Americans watched from their TV and computer screens Tuesday night, President Barack Obama in his State of the Union Address reminded Americans about the importance of innovations as a source of wealth for the country.

Though jobs was the focus in the address, President Obama spent several minutes connecting innovations, energy policy and infrastructure to economic recovery and job growth.

“All these investments — in innovation, education, and infrastructure — will make America a better place to do business and create jobs,” the president said.