Students express creativity, interests through computer stickers

By Michael Moroney ’13

Photo by Julian De Ocampo '13 - Miles Kent '13 sports numerous stickers on the back cover of his Tablet.
Photo by Julian De Ocampo '13 - Miles Kent '13 sports numerous stickers on the back cover of his Tablet.

Since laptop computers arrived on the Brophy campus in the fall of 2006, students have placed stickers on the back of their computer screens as a way to artistically express themselves.

Students can use the stickers to show their political beliefs, support for a sports team, involvement in a certain activity or love for something.

“How we design our computers with stickers is one of the few ways Brophy allows us to express ourselves,” said Nick Kush ’13. “Personally, I use the stickers to show both art and music I like.”

Kush boasts four stickers on the back of his computer, including three stickers about music. One sticker is of Jimi Hendrix, another Modest Mouse and the third is a sticker for Amoeba Music, a record store in Hollywood.

He also has a fourth sticker from The Boneyard, a Tempe skateboard shop.

Kush also said that his combination of stickers regarding both music and skateboarding is his way of “sticking it to the man.”

Around campus, popular stickers include the RLM sticker from the Robby Mayasich ’10 Donate Life drive in December 2010, as well as the classic red and white BCP bumper sticker.

Students also tend to show support for their own sport or club with stickers like Brophy Crew and Brophy Shooting Sports.

Others, like Jack Wentworth ’12, choose to decorate with more eccentric stickers.

Wentworth created his own cartoon character, called Sluba, that he sticks on many computers across campus in  myriad different colors.

He created the stickers for fun and now many students ask to put the character on their own laptops.

“It’s a form of expression and I wanted to spread a new medium of art,” Wentworth said when asked why he chose to make the sticker.

“It started as street art and it just happened that people love them on their computers,” he said. “It makes me smile to see my creations on computers around Brophy.”

Brock Ghelfi ’12, who plans to play Division I lacrosse next year, displays his favorite sport and brands at the same time with stickers of the popular lacrosse product brands Adrenaline and Warrior.

Andy McCoy ’12 advertises his passion for speech and debate with multiple stickers from camps he has attended, like the Michigan 7 Week, a debate camp he attended at the University of Michigan. McCoy also represents his political standpoint through the various stickers he puts on his computer.

For example, he makes a stab at gun control laws through his sticker that reads, “I Don’t Call 911.”

“As a liberal leaning guy, I find these stickers hilarious because they are just ridiculous,” McCoy said.