Joseph Valencia

Sequel to ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ flips the narrative in brilliant way
“Go Set a Watchman” by Harper Lee 8 out of 10 By Joseph Valencia ’17 THE ROUNDUP “To Kill a Mockingbird” is a beloved American novel by Harper Lee that set out to demonstrate a critical view of race relations in the south. Many people are familiar with the book as a story involving a wrongfully accused African American man, Tom Robinson, who is killed for a crime he never…
Honors Anatomy considered for reevaluation as lab science
By Joseph Valencia ’17 THE ROUNDUP Honors Anatomy, a relatively new class, is one of Brophy’s science elective courses. Elective science courses such as AP Environmental Science don’t grant students a lab science credit. The main argument regarding Anatomy is that it is isn’t necessary for college, as it is very similar to Biology, only with a greater emphasis on the human body. Students taking the class have differing views…
‘Don’t Breathe’ provides chilling suspense despite plot flaws
“Don’t Breathe”- Stephen Lang, Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto 8 out of 10 By Joseph Valencia ’17 THE ROUNDUP With its opening shot of a blind man dragging a young woman through a silent neighborhood, “Don’t Breathe” sets you up for a dreadful thrill ride. The premise is simple, yet brilliant. Three young teens, Rocky (Levy), her boyfriend Money (Zovatto) and her friend Alex (Minnette) are a merry band…
‘Dark Souls 3’ remains challenging, retreads worn ground
Screenshot courtesy of Chris Rehling ’16 – Dark Souls 3, the final installation in the series, takes the player through a journey of Lothric. “Dark Souls 3”- From Software Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC 7 out of 10 By Joseph Valencia ’17 THE ROUNDUP The “Dark Souls” series has become a staple in the world of gaming, known for its brutally punishing risk and reward gameplay and cryptic story. From…
Abercrombie and Fitch slow to change, in right direction
By Joseph Valencia ’17 THE ROUNDUP In 2013, Michael Jeffries, the CEO of Abercrombie and Fitch admitted to trying to create a niche market for cool, good-looking people. He hired attractive employees called “models” to promote the brand, basing the hiring decision on sex appeal, according to an interview with Business Insider. The shirtless guys sometimes seen standing outside an Abercrombie and Fitch store are some of these “models.” “That’s…
Students voice concerns over national security
By Joseph Valencia ’17 THE ROUNDUP In the wake of recent terrorist attacks, such as those seen in Paris, the office of Charlie Hebdo and San Bernardino, the U.S. government has set out to take precautionary measures against future attacks. These attacks create fear among people, as the largest threat the U.S. faces is ISIS, an Islamic extremist group. Refugees entering the United States are prompting concern among many people.…
‘Mockingjay Part 2’ disappoints, weakest film in series
Photo Courtesy of Tribune News Service – ”The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2.” Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Willow Shields 6 out of 10 By Joseph Valencia ’17 THE ROUNDUP “Mockingjay Part 2” was supposed to be the strongest film in the “Hunger Games” series and the epic conclusion to a genre defining franchise, but it falls terribly short. The “Hunger…
Students debate homework loads
Homework plays crucial role in effective learning By Joseph Valencia ’17 THE ROUNDUP Homework remains one of the most dreaded aspects of school, but most people realize to some degree that it has a role to play in learning. According to a study by Duke University, homework significantly helps students learn the material they are studying, especially students in high school. “With only rare exception, the relationship between the amount…
Students debate testing requirements in college admissions.
Optional standardized testing allows more students to enroll By Joseph Valencia ’17 THE ROUNDUP Standardized tests are supposed to act as a measurement of a student’s critical thinking skills, but scores don’t always accurately reflect true abilities. Universities are beginning to see this problem, and some have made the submission standardized test scores, such as the SAT and ACT, optional. For example, George Washington University’s administration recently decided that they…
Herschel backpack trend sweeping campus, fashion and price attract students
Photo by Cory Wyman ’16 – Students John Harris ’15 and Brendan Cabano ’15 eat lunch together Dec. 11, 2014 as a Herschel backpack rests by their feet. Hesrchel backpacks have become a common site around the campus. By Joseph Valencia ’17 THE ROUNDUP Herschel brand backpacks are a popular site on campus this year as an increasing number of students are deciding to use them. The backpacks come in…