my two cents

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…
‘World Peace’ does not deserve to play in NBA playoffs
By Andrew J. Barnes ’12 THE ROUNDUP It is hard to believe that Los Angeles Lakers small forward Metta World Peace, formerly known as Ron Artest, will be able to play for the Lakers in their Western Conference Semifinals series against the Oklahoma City Thunder. World Peace was suspended seven games by the NBA for his vicious elbow to the head of Thunder guard James Harden the last time the two…
Supporters of Trayvon Martin should seek justice, not racially-driven arguments
By Aakash Jain ’14 THE ROUNDUP The death of African American teenager Trayvon Martin has triggered a national media frenzy, and the issue of race has been at the forefront. Many rallies have been held in Martin’s honor, often consisting of thousands of people demanding the arrest of his killer, George Zimmerman. Most notably, several civil rights leaders, including Al Sharpton, Dick Gregory and Martin Luther King III, gathered on…
We Should Let the Economy Collapse
By Joe Skoog ’13 THE ROUNDUP Modern economics are all predicated upon growth as the primary indicator of success. However, this idea is incredibly flawed. Instead of stimulating the economy to grow, we should let it collapse. Firstly, it would help solve the financial crisis and allow the United States to default on their loans, thus stopping things like rising inflation rates and foreign lending because we would start with…
Appalachia immersion trip provides valuable experience

By Alex Stanley ’12


While many Brophy students were catching up on sleep two days after finals finished, nine students and three faculty members made a long trek to West Virginia to help serve the poor and disadvantaged.

I had the pleasure of going on the trip, where we visited towns, both small and big, with the purpose of immersion into the people’s daily lives.

The trip was in cooperation with Wheeling Jesuit, which provided guides, a place to stay and activities to do.

Summit hits harder than last year

By Dillan J. Ducar ’13

Brophy has a reputation for scholarly excellence in central Phoenix so it is no surprise that no other high school has an event like the Summit on Human Dignity, where we take time from our studies to express a much higher cause.

Though the Summit is always a highlight, this year’s topic of food was what I believe to be a harder hitting subject than last year’s focus on the economy.

We were shown how diet related disease has been on the rise, as our American meal standards decreased in quality.

Fireworks form fearful fun

Fireworks are one of the most iconic displays of frivolity and celebration and are a necessity at any patriotic festivity for the United States.

Americans blissfully imagine bright blasts of blues and burgundies in the sky as the Star Spangled Banner bellows, “… O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming? And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.”

Fireworks are magnificent and displayed at everything from a touchdown at a college football game to the political parties; however, the repercussions that they bring are too deleterious to take the matter lightly.

Roundup Rants: California weather no heat wave for desert dwellers

By Dillan Ducar ’13

Everyone likes a trip to California, but doesn’t it just grind your gears when enjoying the mild climate a native complains about the weather?

More specifically, I was at a relative’s house near the Pacific coastline roughly a month ago and during dinner I heard constant complaints about how hot it was.

I thought to myself “You have got to be kidding.” It could not have been more than 85, a cool fall day for us desert dwellers.

‘Detroit 1-8-7’ brings back the real, raw cop show

By Joe Skoog ’13

While most crime solving shows on television today show flashback scenes, cliché one-liners and unrealistic characters, ABC’s “Detroit 1-8-7” offers a refreshing and realistic depiction of crime solving.

Harkening back to the days of “NYPD Blue” and “Homicide: Life on the Street,” “Detroit 1-8-7”shows the lives, work and grim realities of Detroit’s leading homicide unit.

Michael Imperioli plays Detective Louis Fitch, the misunderstood but highly respected lead detective, with a young and inexperienced but still talented partner, Detective Damon Washington. The dynamics of the show increase every episode.