Riley Morrison

buildOn raises funds to serve local, global communities
By Riley Morrison ’16 THE ROUNDUP BuildOn, the service program created by senior Raj Vatsa ’14, aims to “break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations in the community and around the world through education,” Vatsa said. The club, which meets every other Thursday in Mr. Paul Fisko’s room, was established in 2012.  Since then they have started and participated in many service settings. “Every month we do local…
Biology classes teach evolution-based curriculum
By Riley Morrison ’16 THE ROUNDUP  Though many schools in the United States, both private and public, are being accused of teaching with a creationist agenda in the science classroom, Brophy educators continue to teach evolution. “Evolution is part of a principle of science that we teach,” said biology teacher Mr. Bill Kalkman.  “The whole biology curriculum can be tied into the evolution of species, a common thread that goes…
Philosophy club provides forum for ethical discussion, argument
By Riley Morrison ’16 THE ROUNDUP  The Philosophy Club, brainchild of Andrew Salmon ’14, provides students an opportunity to discuss and understand their opinions on a range of subjects, spurred by a bi-monthly distribution of articles. “We choose topics every two weeks, and each week I’ll send out an article pertaining to the topic that ranges from philosophy of the mind to ethics,” Salmon said.  “Then we meet every other…
Late school day start boasts pros, cons
Pushing back morning bell inhibits student productivity  By Reece M. Krantz THE ROUNDUP  The controversy over the length of school days is a never ending tug of war that neither science nor logic can comprehend. Some people say that pushing back the time school starts will reduce sleep deprivation, a way to reduce the stress and complexity of school life. I disagree with this; getting up early prepares students for…
Phantogram album delivers seductive vocals, heavy percussion
Phantogram-Voices 8 out of 10 By Riley Morrison THE ROUNDUP “Voices,” Phantogram’s second studio album, was released Feb. 18th to generally good reviews, based on it’s heavy use of catchy vocals and the albums largely atmospheric electronic backing. A much better album than their last, “Eyelid Movies,” “Voices” raises the bar on the atmospheric R and B rock scene. Much of the album’s energy comes from Sarah Bartel, one of…
Childish Gambino’s sophomore album reveals a mixed bag
By Riley Morrison ’16 THE ROUNDUP Childish Gambino—Because the Internet 5 out of 10 Childish Gambino’s newest album “Because the Internet,” released Dec. 6, has a few nuggets of gold, but more than half doesn’t come close to his previous efforts. Childish Gambino is a stage name for New York-based actor and comedian Donald Glover. His previous album “Camp” was critically panned and it’s difficult to see this album going…
OFJ schedules diverse group of Summit speakers
By Riley Morrison ’16 THE ROUNDUP  For this year’s Summit on Human Dignity, Beyond Colorblind, Brophy will host a variety of keynote speakers, from children of historical civil rights figures to modern leaders in the immigration debate. The Summit, beginning March 3 and ending two weeks later on March 14, will explore racism and its effect on the global, national and local scale. The first speaker, Cheryl Brown Henderson, is…
Brewer’s changes to CPS policies bode badly for neglected children
By Riley Morrison ’16 THE ROUNDUP  In cavalier fashion, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer announced Jan. 13 that she was “abolishing Child Protective Services as we know it” and replacing it with a new program reporting directly to her. For a variety of reasons, this is bad news for neglected and abused children across the state.  First, Gov. Brewer doesn’t know what she is doing. She initiated the “Division of Child…
‘Enders Game’ effects stunning, storyline good enough
By Riley Morrison ’16 THE ROUNDUP  “Enders Game” 7 out of 10 Starring: Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield and Hailee Steinfeld With stunning effects, convincing acting and a decent-enough story line, “Enders Game” exceeded expectations, but didn’t meet hopes. Based of Orson Scott Card’s novel of the same title, “Enders Game” begins strong with a quick prologue and swiftly launches you into Enders childhood. Time flys by as Ender is recruited…
Bastille freshman album reveals catchy beats, lacks originality
By Riley Morrison ’16 THE ROUNDUP Bastille-Bad Blood 5 out of 10  With epic choirs, African sounding drum beats and resonant male lead vocals, Bastille’s slightly bland and generic freshman album is never the less mildly satisfying to listen to. Released Sept. 3, Englishman Dan Smith’s brainchild “Bad Blood” has achieved two Top 40 singles. “Pompeii,” the first track on the album, is the most popular and has received the…