By Alex Stanley ’12
Maintenance worker Mr. Mark Radolinski, affectionately known throughout campus as “Polish Mark,” grins in his signature “Polska” hat, while layering plywood with several coats of white spray paint.
The pile of white slabs would eventually turn up to be support for a “big screen” in K24, one of Mr. Radolinski’s many jobs on the week.
He immigrated to Arizona from Poland through an immigration program, and eventually landed at Brophy.
In a distinct Polish accent, he jokingly bemuses that his favorite part of his job is “when everybody go out from gym.”
He pointed out that at the end of the year, the job falls on him to set up the chairs and stage for graduation, so the flurries of students and families exiting the gym doors brings with it an instant relief of hard work.
However, he said that he really loves to build things from scratch. Whether it is a concert stage for the Fine Arts Extravaganza, the support for a big screen in K24 or a table to hold drinks, Mr. Radolinski is the man behind-the-scenes holding the hammer and nails.
His and other maintenance team members’ contributions can often go unnoticed by students, as Freshman Cosme Navazo ’15 said that he does not know any maintenance people or what they do.
Nonetheless, older students, such as senior Alex Higgins ’12, may know a little bit more about the maintenance team.
“I don’t know them personally, but I know who they are,” Higgins said.
Another maintenance worker, Mr. Barry Cleland, tends to do a lot of electrical work, citing it as his preferred niche of the job.
He added that Brophy is a great place to work, with a lot of nice people.
Still, some lapses of thinking on the part of students frustrate him, especially when it comes to simple tasks like picking up trash.
Mr. Cleland said that sometimes Brophy students can even drop trash right in front of him, creating unnecessary work for himself.
Both workers made clear that they enjoy having a new task to do every day, in addition to working in an environment like Brophy.