Opinions

CON: Class rank divides student body, promotes unhealthy competition
  By Spencer Inglett ’19 & Josh Belgrad ’19 THE ROUNDUP   Grade point average is something some people don’t want to talk about and others love to gloat about, and can be a touchy subject to bring up. Class rank is the process of ranking people by number based upon their weighted or unweighted grade point average. This practice comes into question especially during the college application process for…
Technology’s distracting abilities beget procrastination, laziness
Photo by Raymond Link ’20 | A student’s IPad acts as a distraction during a session of notes. By Joey Bottini ’19 THE ROUNDUP   A study published in 2009 by Professor Joseph Ferrari of DePaul University in Chicago, IL. Ferrari estimated that 15 to 20 percent of people are chronic procrastinators. “We now have data on 4,000 people, and it doesn’t seem to matter what age you are, or…
Diet Soda Poses Health Risks to Students and Faculty
Photo by Raymond Link ’20| Brophy student gets a diet fountain drink from the soda machine at Michael’s in the Great Hall. By Hunter Franklin ’19 THE ROUNDUP   Brophy College Preparatory committed to only serving diet soda on campus eight years ago to meet national standards set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Ever since the Healthy Food and Hunger-Free Kids Act was enacted in 2010, the U.S. Department…
CON: Online notes create effective system, paper notes detrimental to success
Photo by Noah Lederer ’21 | Max Tiffany ’21 works on his online notes during his fourth period flex on Oct. 1   By Noah Lederer ’21 THE ROUNDUP   Many people on campus rely on online notes to have easily accessible documents that can be pulled up from almost every technological device. On the other hand, paper notes can be destroyed and ruined or even lost. When I first…
Summer LP Needs to Incorporate Engaging Learning
Photo by Brophy Flickr | Loyola Academy students work on their schoolwork  By George Anton ’21 THE ROUNDUP   During June, Brophy hosts the Summer Loyola Project (LP) for kids in grades K-5. It is a great opportunity for kids to have fun in June and also practice some academic skills in order to prepare them for the following school year. After being a tutor for two children, I found…
OPINIONS: To tweet or not to tweet
Frankie Pastor ’20 THE ROUNDUP On Jan. 20, President Trump not only became the leader of the free world, but he also took over as a controversial steward of the most important virtual diary in the world–his Twitter account. Even with only 280 characters for each Twitter post, President Trump is capable of influencing the thoughts and emotions of people around the world. President Trump may think that his posts…
OPINIONS: School Activism not as free as Student Activism
By Reid Shniderman ’20 THE ROUNDUP There is a big difference between student activism and school activism. Student activism is about individual students who work to address an issue in the community. It’s when students come together as an organized group to protest or volunteer to help make a change. Like the labor unions over the years, student activism is founded on the principle that the students have control over…
OPINIONS: Disruptive protest vital to raising awareness, but requires follow up.
By Kaleb Lucero ’18 THE ROUNDUP Attention is a resource, and persuading someone to believe in something requires their attention. The recent protest movements in America have been wildly successful at garnering the attention of the nation, but, as protests and public disturbances are usually, they have also been controversial. Specifically, the disruptive or violent aspects of these protests have been what I have heard the most about. The complaints,…
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…
OPINIONS: Efficacy vs Advocacy
By Mike Niezgodzki ’18 THE ROUNDUP How can we determine when enough is enough? When is too much promotion a bad thing? These are all questions we need to consider we discussing efficacy and advocacy. According to Merriam-Webster, advocacy is the process of supporting a cause or proposal the act or process of advocating something. On the other hand, efficacy is the process to create power and effect. These two…