Joe Skoog

Gun control surges to forefront of student discussion
Nuanced approach needed to mitigate gun violence  By Joe Skoog ’13 THE ROUNDUP Should we be comfortable around guns? No. As the debate rages on regarding regulations and laws prohibiting or allowing firearm ownership, we see that many misconceptions have been filtered into the discussion. In an article from the Wall Street Journal, a pro-gun activist wrote about the recent picture of President Barack Obama holding a gun. He wrote:…
Transportation inequity can be confronted in our everyday lives
By Joe Skoog ’13 THE ROUDUP  Travel is seen as an integral part of the American Dream. Whether it be through family vacations consisting of long road trips in cramped conditions, or even driving to school, the idea of being able to travel easily is taken for granted by many, including Brophy students. Instead of thinking about transportation as a simple mechanism of getting from point A to point B,…
Summit’s primary goal to spark action in our community
By Joe Skoog ’13 THE ROUNDUP This year’s Summit on Human Dignity calls us to examine the opportunity gap created through economic inequality and how its effects can be seen throughout our own interactions. Through all of the speakers and workshops we gain powerful insights. It should be noted that the insights and knowledge we gain matter. They matter to us as students and they matter to the people affected…
Excused absence policy needs revisions, flexibility
Current policy can prohibit involvement in extra curriculars and retreats Joe Skoog ’13 THE ROUNDUP  I’ll be honest: I miss a lot of school. Because I do policy debate as part of the Speech and Debate team, and because the tournament schedule is rigorous, my teammates and I must travel to many tournaments in different states across the country. However, our excused absence policy puts a strain on my ability…
Students bring commitment and discipline to gym through strenuous exercise
By Michael Moroney ’13 and Joe Skoog ’13 THE ROUNDUP For some students, working out is as much about mental health as it is about physical health. “What I love about a hard workout is that it helps me find what I am made of. Once you hit exhaustion, you have to dig deep inside,” said Austin Groen ’13. After years of never working out, Groen decided to change his…
Soccer jerseys enhance school spirit

Official BCP jerseys should be allowed as part of dress code

By Joe Skoog ’13
THE ROUNDUP

When I was a freshman, we all received an order form.

Elated, I ordered one red Brophy soccer jersey with my last name and year printed on the back.

Gun control needed for safety
By Joe Skoog ’13 THE ROUNDUP The idea of a government taking away citizens’ guns may strike some as an inherent invasion of liberty. However, this is simply not true. While there may be other attacks on freedom by the government, in this instance it can be good. I will say that yes, anti-gun control advocates are correct that the government cannot solve all problems.  But limiting the availability of…
Obama’s transportation policy incomplete, needs resolution in 2nd term
By Joe Skoog ’13 THE ROUNDUP In a list of important issues for President Barack Obama’s second term, the “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act” would usually not seem very relevant. This transportation bill focused on creating both incentives for companies to build infrastructure and subsidies for companies to streamline the highway system and pave the way for further advancements in green transportation technology, as well as better…
Texting while walking causes problems for students
By Joe Skoog ’13 THE ROUNDUP I have run into the light pole on Central and Camelback about 10 times. Not because I can’t see it, but because I am texting. The need to read text messages while in motion can sometimes seem a necessity, but this can lead to adverse effects. You would think this goes without saying, but apparently it does not as new findings show not being…