Juan Carlos Ramirez

‘Toxic Masculinity’ ignites mixed reactions from community
By Juan Carlos Ramirez ’18 THE ROUNDUP With the recent rise of the #MeToo movement and numerous sexual assault scandals, there has also been a prevalent rise in the popularity of the term “toxic masculinity”. Toxic masculinity is the idea that we live in a society where men are confined to live as emotionless, sexually dominating and competitive. Religion teacher Mr. Tom Mar said he disagrees with the term because…
Xavier’s Mother’s Guild hosts annual friendly, fun fashion show fundraiser
By Juan Carlos Ramirez ‘18 The ROUNDUP The Xavier Fashion Show is the largest scholarship fundraising event held by Xavier’s Mother’s Guild. Although this Xavier event is for the Xavier seniors, Brophy seniors are invited to participate with the Xavier students. Mrs. Martha Chung and Mrs. Michelle Zachar are the co-chairs of the Mother’s Guild and overseers of the Xavier Fashion Show. Both women describe the Xavier Fashion Show as…
Summit on Human Dignity focuses on the trafficking of human beings
By Juan Carlos Ramirez ’18 THE ROUNDUP This year, the Summit of Human Dignity will focus on the commodification of the Human, which is an umbrella for topics that include pornography, labor trafficking, sex trafficking, and more. The idea of Human Trafficking came from last year when students and faculty filled out the survey after last year’s Summit. Assistant Principal of Ministry Mr. Paul Fisko said that the topic of…
OPINIONS: Federal Grants should not require legal status
By Juan Carlos Ramirez ’18 THE ROUNDUP Although undocumented students can obtain some sort of financial help for college through some scholarships, they are automatically ineligible for federal grants due to their residency status. However, many students have made significant contributions to this country that they view as their home, and every student who has lived in the United States two to three years should qualify for federal grants. One…
Appropriate N-word usage depends on social context intention
By Juan Carlos Ramirez ’18 THE ROUNDUP Having been derived from the latin meaning for black, the n-word has held a significant role in American History as an extremely derogatory term. The word is so prevalent that it is mentioned 219 times in the novel “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain, which was a novel written in 1883 that evoked perspective of that particular era in American history.…
China trip teaches Speech and Debate Team Chinese culture, new techniques
By Juan Carlos Ramirez ’18 THE ROUNDUP Speech and Debate often takes excursions out of Arizona as a highly competitive team that dedicates their time to prepare for rigorous national competition. One of these trips that Speech and Debate commits to is a competition in Chengdu, China. This trip is not a Brophy funded trip, so students receive financial assistance through the institution GreatChina International. Ms. Elizabeth Clarke, head coach…
Trump Billboard conveys minority perspective, embodies 1st Amendment
By Juan Carlos Ramirez ’18 THE ROUNDUP If you drive down Grand Avenue and Taylor Street in Phoenix, you might have seen the President Donald Trump billboard that has caused a stir of political conversation. The artist of the Trump billboard, Karen Fiorito, is an ASU graduate who created the symbolic art that featured President Trump infront of nuclear clouds and dollar signs that resemble Nazi swastikas. The billboard has…
Mumble rappers introduce new style of rap that should be appreciated
By Juan Carlos Ramirez ’18 THE ROUNDUP Lil Uzi Vert’s and Lil Yachty’s rise to fame is questionable in the rap industry because of their form of art, known as mumble rap, focuses on the beat and feeling rather than the lyrics. Moderator of the Freestyle club Mr. Quentin Orem said that this is not something new in the industry. “For all of history, lyrics like [One night by Lil…
Phoenix Children’s Hospital Teen Board hopes to embody young spirit of service
Photo Courtesy of Brendan Burg ’17 | The Phoenix Children’s Hospital Teen Board is composed of students across the valley who host fundraising events for toys, games, and other materials for the well being of patients. By Juan Carlos Ramirez ’18 THE ROUNDUP Phoenix Children’s Hospital teen board is an organization founded two years ago by two Xavier mothers who sit on the actual Phoenix Children’s Hospital Board. Vice President…
Campus expansion covered by money raised, not tuition
By Juan Carlos Ramirez THE ROUNDUP The process of expansion always involves many moving figures and every decision administrators make take into account the need of our students, according to Brophy president. President Ms. Adria Renke said that the board of trustees make the decisions on spending. “There is a board of trustees that is the governing board of this school,” Ms. Renke said. “There are 13 people on the…