Opinions

Faith should be defined by public service, acts
Photo by Frankie Pastor ’20 | The St. Ignatius of Loyola statuette sits in the McCain Colonnade. By Frankie Pastor ’20 THE ROUNDUP It is easy for us to define faith as simply having a belief system or belonging to a certain religion. We think that having faith is different depending on the religion we are affiliated with, but this isn’t always the case.  Faith shouldn’t be defined by our…
College Board now unreliable due to scandals, stress
Photo illustration by Raymond Link ’20 | Nate Kerber ’19 shows fear as the overwhelming amount of standardized tests loom over the near future. By Cooper Parson ’20 THE ROUNDUP In wake of the recent college scandals, it might be a good time to look at the validity of standardized testing. Even saying the words “standardized testing” gives some people anxiety. The ACT and SAT are two standardized tests that…
Quiet room says goodbye to quietness, effectiveness
Photo by George Anton ’21 | Mikey Stehly ’21 and Christian Kelly ’21 (left) discuss classes while Charlie Cobb ’21 (right) plays Clash Royale with Noah Nuez watching. By George Anton ’21 THE ROUNDUP Two years ago, K10, a room in the Keating building, was transformed into a quiet room designated for students looking for a place to study without noise or interruption. For the most part, K10 stays quiet…
Fossils fuels degrade Earth’s environmental cycle
Illustration by Reid Shniderman ’20 | Oil pumps and drills not only emit air pollution when burned, but also can cause disasters such as oil spills. By Frankie Pastor ’19 THE ROUNDUP Let’s face the world’s reality – it’s in danger. We have negatively changed the world’s climates by our use of fossil fuels.  Sea levels and temperatures are rising, the poles are melting at unprecedented rates, and climates in…
Loyola Project vans provide a unique, fun experience
Photo by Mark Rossbach ’21 | Students board the LP busses on their way to on of their service sites. By Jackson Moran ’21 THE ROUNDUP For the past twenty years or so, almost all Brophy students have had one similarity: a love/hate relationship with the Loyola Project vans. The Loyola Project (LP) vans were a shining example of frugality on campus, as they were purchased brand new in 1999…
Immersion Trips excluded from service hours, disincentivizes students
Photo courtesy of Raymond Link ’20 | The Brophy Peru Immersion Trip of 2018 visits Machu Picchu before service in Cuzco, Peru. By Cooper Parson ’20 THE ROUNDUP Last year, a new policy was put into place with what you can count for hours for your Brophy service projects. The change of policy resulted in immersion trips not counting for any of your hours in service projects. The goal of…
Romero Program offers unique, meaningful participation, spiritual enhancement
Photo Courtesy of Hayden Welty ’19 | (left to right) Alex Edwin ’19, Matthew Scheller ’19, Atllas Hopkins ’19 and Hayden Welty ’19, students in the Romero Program, attend their first day at their internship, which takes place at the Foundation for Blind Children. Each student in the senior year component of the program partners with a local non-profit. By Hayden Welty ’19 THE ROUNDUP Taught by Mr. Will Rutt ’08, Mr.…
Christmas music overplayed, time for something new
Art by Camden Andl ’19 | The Grinch disdainfully listens to Christmas music on his phone. Camden Andl ’19 THE ROUNDUP I have five words—Christmas music is extremely overrated. Even as I write these words, I know I have already dug myself into an inescapable hole, wherein I will be torn to pieces by the undying and forever loyal Christmas fanatics. My words to those people—I do not dislike Christmas,…
Eagle Scout opens doors to opportunities
Photo courtesy of John Cannella | Alex Cannella ’19 poses for a picture next to an adult leader and fellow scout on Nov. 7, the same night the two boys earned their eagle. By Alex Cannella THE ROUNDUP   Obtaining the Eagle rank as a Boy Scout of America is a prestigious achievement recognized across the country. The award is held to national standards with many tedious requirements. Many people…
PRO: Class rank fails to diminish collaborative spirit, boosts test score importance, high achievers
By Hayden Welty ’19 THE ROUNDUP   While some detractors contend that class rank damages a collaborative spirit, the measurement serves as a useful college admissions tool––not to mention that class rank rewards hard-working students and has a limited impact on community.  Class rank at Brophy could act as a useful benchmark with which students and college admissions counselors can judge students’ academic records within the context of a certain…