Matt Zacher

Coaches, training staff prioritize concussions, students must self report
Photo by Hunter Franklin, ’19 | Brophy’s football team kneels as their injured quarterback, Noah Gonzales ’18, is looked over by Brophy’s physical trainers in a high school football game against Desert Vista Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, in Phoenix. Desert Vista defeated Brophy 17-14. By Spencer Inglett ’19 & Matthew Zacher ’18 THE ROUNDUP While the risk of concussions is visible in every sport, football and the sport’s hard hits…
Ribakare named Man of the Year
Photo by Hunter Franklin ’19 | Sebastien Ribakare ’18 (right) converses with a fellow student outside of the Brophy Student Activity Center. By Matthew Zacher ’18 THE ROUNDUP It is easier to list what Sebastien Ribakare ’18 is not involved in than to say what he is, but his friends and teachers say Ribakare’s disdain for the spotlight is what makes him most honorable. Despite being involved in Big Brothers,…
OPINIONS: Abortion too often forgotten in advocacy efforts
By Matthew Zacher ’18 THE ROUNDUP Advocacy efforts on campus this year have included remarkable, student-led campaigns to protect DREAMers (undocumented minors), condemn gun violence and promote mental health awareness. Students have also participated in the Civil Rights March on Martin Luther King Holiday, the Women’s March, the March for Life and the March for Our Lives against gun violence. Student advocacy is truly comprehensive and covers a wide array…
Tussell speaks at March for Science
By Matthew Zacher ’18 THE ROUNDUP Dr. Ramon Tussell addressed the Phoenix March for Science regarding the importance of immigrant contribution in the science community. The march, held on April 14th, featured a series of 15 speakers ranging from Congressman Ruben Gallego to science students, teachers and professionals from across the Valley. Roughly 1,000 people attended. Dr. Tussell, an immigrant himself, said he wanted to speak out about his journey…
Lacrosse team builds on youth, focus on daily development
Photo by Raymond Link’20 | Brophy’s lacrosse team plays against Boulder Creek.  By Matthew Zacher ’18 THE ROUNDUP Following a tough loss last year to Notre Dame Prep in the state final, Brophy lacrosse is set to develop a much younger roster this season with only two returning senior athletes. Mr. Zach Widbin has taken on the role of varsity head coach this year, his first year leading the lacrosse…
Opinion: Music as we knew it faces extinction
By Matthew Zacher ’18 THE ROUNDUP Music of the 20th century featured The Beatles, Rolling Stones, U2, Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra, Elton John, Billy Joel, The Temptations, The Eagles, Nirvana, and Bob Dylan–artists who rose to the heights of American culture and changed its scope forever. These artists created the American songbook if you will, providing a wide array of rhythms and sounds representative of America’s great diversity, but always…
Lopez excels at portraits, leads Best Buddies
Photo by Manuel Mata-Flores’19 | Ceaser Lopez ’18 paints a profile on a singer which he admires on Monday Oct. 9, 2017 in Eller 218. By Matthew Zacher ’18 THE ROUNDUP Cesar Lopez ’18 has been involved in Brophy’s art program for three years, and Ms. Deb Cronin said that not only is he one of her best students, but is also incredibly generous and passionate. “I think he is…
Brophy students find a home in Jesuit universities
By Matthew Zacher ’18 THE ROUNDUP After in-state universities, a large segment of Brophy’s graduating class will find themselves at Jesuit Universities all across the U.S. in the fall. Like Brophy, all Jesuit institutions value the central concepts of “men for others,” “cura personalis,” and the “grad at grad,” so naturally, Brophy students find a welcoming home at other Jesuit institutions. Last year, 80 seniors applied to Santa Clara, 46…
OPINION: Parking ropes clog up traffic, limit accessibility to North lot
By Matthew Zacher ’18 THE ROUNDUP Student drivers entering Brophy from 1st St. will discover a colorful string of flags waiting for them in front of the North Lot, formerly known as the auxiliary lot. Many students coming from the east valley arrive at Brophy by way of 1st Street, and used to be able to pull into the lot from the North entrance, which eased the flow of traffic…
Opinions: Assembly’s focus on race paints Brophy community in wrong light
By Matthew Zacher ’18 THE ROUNDUP At the conclusion of the first week of school, Brophy students gathered for the first time of the year in prayer. Brophy Big Brothers were grouped with their freshmen counterparts, as freshmen were anxious to participate in their first all-school service at Brophy. The assembly began with a video of Maya Angelou beautifully reciting a poignant poem about how people too often put on…