By Colin Marston ’13
Mr. Lane McShane ’82 continues after 17 years of teaching to be a very interesting, refreshing figure on campus.
Attending Brophy from 1978 to 1982, Mr. McShane, who currently teaches English, came back to teach in 1994 after receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Masters of Education degree from ASU.
He rates American literature as his favorite class to teach and be immersed in.
“Catcher in the Rye, Poe, the materials are really great,” Mr. McShane said.
Students around campus have an eclectic and positive view of him.
“He brings learning to another dimension,” said Trevor Laity ’13.
Most of his hobbies revolve around his involvement in clubs on campus where he’s the moderator of the Musician’s Exchange, the Monty Python Club, the Hockey Club and the Covert American Politics Club.
His most infamous club could arguably be the Covert American Politics Club.
“I don’t like being lied too,” Mr. McShane said in response to becoming politically active.
“I started the club for my commitment to social justice. There’s a great freedom in understanding both sides,” he added.
The club revolves around mostly controversial subjects that mainstream society and media deem as beyond debate, such as the events surrounding the John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. assassinations as well as the war on terror and drugs.
Mr. McShane has taken the club as a proud symbol of Brophy’s larger commitment to truth as his colleagues confide in him the impact its had on faculty worldviews.
In addition to politics, he has a great love for music, and occasionally can be seen meandering through the mall, plucking his opulent but worn guitar.
“I’m flattered,” Mr. McShane said, when compared to a secondary school version of Noam Chomsky.