Matt Zacher

Students research brain, diabetes at Barrow, ASU
By Matthew Zacher ’18 THE ROUNDUP The Science Department faculty nominate two students each year, usually freshmen or sophomores to research and work at Barrow Neurological Institute. One of these students, Kirshna Sinha ’18, works with Dr. Leslie Baxter to research a possible correlation between motor performance, like tapping your finger, and the size of various brain structures. “I am definitely interested in working with technology in the future,” he…
Tennis goes 13-1, prepares for state tournament
By Matthew Zacher ’18 THE ROUNDUP Varsity Tennis, led by new coach Mr. Eric Chalmers ’10, is preparing for its state tournament later this April after a 13-win season with only one loss to Chaparral. Mr. Chalmers, a Brophy graduate, played tennis at Seattle University, and is currently in his first year of coaching high school tennis. “I am proud to say that I am a Brophy alum,” he said…
Aviation class offers flight simulation, piloting ability
By Matthew Zacher ’18 THE ROUNDUP Xavier offers an aviation elective course that uses computerized flight simulators to build flight experience. The class is taught by Mr. Gale Hestenes, a Xavier faculty member, and the class is housed on Xavier’s campus, but is open to Brophy students.   Mr. Hestenes is a certified flight instructor and had a career instructing actual pilots. “I got my pilot’s license before I got…
Officers secure school events, work closely with Buchanan
Photo by Bryce Owen ’17 | Officers Brian Ross and Steve Mulligan of the Phoenix Police Department speak to Mr. Buchanan after a basketball game Feb. 21. Mr. Ross and Mulligan both secure many Brophy sporting events during the fall, winter, and spring sports seasons. By Matthew Zacher ’18 THE ROUNDUP Brian Ross, an officer with the Phoenix Police Department, has been securing Brophy after school events for 10 years.…
8th Place traffic light, 1st Street green arrow alleviate congestion
By Matthew Zacher ’18 THE ROUNDUP Students driving to school from the East Valley have recently encountered two traffic light additions on Camelback Road, and they should be pleased. About midway through the first semester, the components of a new traffic light just east of 7th Street began to emerge. Within a couple weeks or so, there was a new traffic light on Camelback, located on 8th Place. At first,…
Violent videogames victimize women
By Matthew Zacher ’18 THE ROUNDUP While mature rated video games, such as “Grand Theft Auto,” are popular among students, these games include violent and demeaning portrayals of women in their gameplay. At an all boys school, it is important to determine how these games effect students’ outlook on women. Mr. Lane McShane ’82 administered a presentation at last year’s Summit on violence, focusing on how women are depicted in…
Renke serves as first female president, perpetuates Ignatian mission
Photo by Bryce Owen ’17 – Ms. Adria Renke greets students and families at the distinguished students awards ceremony, April 13. By Matthew Zacher ’18 THE ROUNDUP Ms. Adria Renke has taken over as interim president of the school, making her the first female president in Brophy’s 88 year history. Ms. Renke, formerly the vice president, took over this summer when the Rev. Eddie Reese, S.J., became president of St. Ignatius College…
Michael’s staff offers positivity to students
Photo By: Andrew Brown’18 | The ladies in Michales are commited to serving the Brophy community on a day to day basis. By Matthew Zacher ’18 THE ROUNDUP The employees of Michael’s Catering Service have a daily presence in the lives of students going through the lunch line. Brophy’s branch of Michael’s is managed by Ms. Sharon Byers. “I like doing fun things for the kids,” Ms. Byers said. “We try to do…
Hispanic students offended by Trump’s rhetoric
Photo Courtesy of Tribune News Service | Trump Speaks at a campaign event By Matthew Zacher ’18 THE ROUNDUP With a school diversity that closely mirrors that of Maricopa County, Hispanic students say they are offended by the divisive rhetoric of the presidential campaign. Most of this ire is pointed at Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. “If I had to choose the worst of two evils, I would put some…
Johnson offers a bipartisan option to frustrated voters
Photo Courtesy of Tribune News Service- Gary Johnson speaks during the Libertarian Party presidential candidate debate at the Embassy Suites in Orlando, Florida, Saturday, February 11, 2012. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/MCT) By Matthew Zacher ’18 THE ROUNDUP Gary Johnson is mounting an independent bid for president as a Libertarian and his bipartisanship is making an Libertarian victory possible. Johnson, the former Republican governor of New Mexico, is running alongside another…