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The Roundup October 2016 Edition 1

Renke enjoys different parts of new job By Anthony Cardellini ’17


A Campus Divided?


Students Weigh Election Decisions

very four years, classrooms, hallways, clubs and everywhere in between buzz with passionate and productive conversations about the issues facing our nation and which candidate offers the best solutions. Election cycles give students and teachers alike the oppurtunity to reflect on the importance of voting, and also demonstrate how classrooms, clubs and alumni are immersing themselves in the election process. In this edition, The Roundup delves into these conversations and the wide array of opinions found on campus.

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• Clinton most qualified candidate

• Ryan: No current faculty policy toward Trump paraphernalia

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See News, Page 4

• Trump sets himself up for November defeat

• Hispanic students offended by Trump’s rhetoric

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See News, Page 3

See Opinions, Page 8

• Trump defines election, keeps Clinton on defense See Opinions, Page 6

• Trump will usher in new era See Opinions, Page 7

• Gary Johnson offers third choice

Cover photos by Bryce Owen ’17 Michael Ruta ’17, left, president of the Young Democrats, and Greyson Beck ’17, right, president of the Young Republicans, pose for a portrait.

Although Ms. Adria Renke said that she greatly enjoys her new position as Brophy’s president, she never expected to have a job like this. “I never sought this job,” she said. “I never thought about working at Brophy.” She said she was working as a private tutor, author and columnist on education when she met the Rev. Edward Reese, S.J., with whom she served alongside as vice president for 19 years. When Fr. Reese became the new president of St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco this summer, the board of trustees asked Ms. Renke to serve as interim president for one year while a national search is conducted to find the future president of the school. Ms. Renke said that while she would love to have the job permanently and has applied for it, she accepts the decision to complete a nation-wide search. “A national search is the best practice,” she said. “The trustees owe it to the school to look at all the possible candidates to lead the school.” Ms. Renke said that regardless of the decision the board makes, she is grateful to have held the job for at least a year. “For a year, if that’s all that it is, I’m going to have fun, and I’m going to love every minute and I’m going to take it all in,” she said. She said that she is particularly lucky to have worked alongside Fr. Reese for so many years. “For 19 years I was mentored by an incredible president who really gave me full reign to work beside him,” she said. Ms. Renke also mentioned that she doesn’t plan any major changes for this year as president. “My main goal is to keep it going here,” she said. “Father and principal Mr. Bob Ryan as a team have always pushed the frontiers here, and that is number See RENKE, Page 3

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Performance exec, soccer coach sees BCP influence in his work, life By Juan Ramirez ’18

THE ROUNDUP Can I please have your name and class? My name is Corbett Hess and I graduated in 1994. What college did you attend and what did you major in? I went to Arizona State University, and I majored in Psychology. Where are you working now and what is your current position? I currently work at Exos. My current position is Senior Director of Tactical Business Development. What is your function in your position? Exos is a human performance company. They are most notable for training pro and elite athletes … The division that I run is the tactical division. In our division we train military special ops. We also do training for wounded warriors. We also have an accelerated return to duty program. When soldiers get injured, we serve them by helping them return to duty. Do you believe the motto of Men for Other has affected you? That statement has always stuck with me and has impacted my life. My company, without those words, operate in a similar mind-set and moral code. That is probably one of the things that attracted me to them when I was looking for a position. That cultural balance and match made sense to me. Outside of work, the coaching that I do means something to me also in terms of the kids

that I coach, what they are able to do, and where they are able to go after they are done playing. What is one thing that you would have done differently when you were in Brophy? I think coming where I came from, I felt like an outsider. I felt that everyone here was rich or a genius. I was smart and poor, that was about it … I don’t know if I would have done anything different, but if I would have given myself advice, I would have said to get more involved earlier. What was popular when you were here at Brophy? When I was at Brophy, our rivalry with St. Mary’s was massively intense. It was meaningful and exciting. What I regret for you guys is that rivalry. One of the things that made that rivalry so good was knowing how good St. Mary’s was and its football team. In my four years at Brophy, they beat us every year. Going to those games and watching both sides of Hoy Field packed. Generations of Brophy and St. Mary’s would come out to that game ... There were also two trends at Brophy. The Brophy students would wear birkenstock style sandals. Because of Brophy’s dress code, students had to wear socks. What piece of advice would you give to the current students at Brophy? To build as many relationships, at this school, as you can and maintain them as long as you can.


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Photo by Bryce Owen ’17

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Aron Acunin ’17

“While on the topic of genetics and twins, we looked at lookalikes in my psychology class. That same night, I saw my lookalike in a Whataburger commercial.”

George Soberanis ’20

“My mom is my most important family member, and I have a very special relationship with her since I didn’t really grow up with a dad. So I can talk to her and always know that she will help me.”

The Roundup Brophy College Preparatory 4701 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85012 (602) 264-5291 Editors in Chief
 Anthony Cardellini ’17 & Andrew Howard ’17 Managing Editors
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 Tyler Conrad ’17 Social Media Editor
 Alex Kirshner ’18 News Editor
 Chris Agnone ’18

Opinion Editor Jack Cahill ’17 Sports Editor
 Jack Davis ’19 Assistant Sports Editor
 Juan Ramirez ’18 Entertainment Editor
 Sam Romero ’17 Staff Graham Armknecht ’18 Andrew Brown ’18 Kaleb Lucero ’18 Andrew Jordan ’18 Camden Andl ’19 Christopher Stanek ’19

Collin McShane ’19 Edwin Perez-Morales ’18 Ethan Winkler ’17 Hayden Welty ’19 Hunter Franklin ’19 Ibukun Oluyi ’17 Joshua Spano ’18 Kaleb Lucero ’18 Manuel Mata Flores ’19 Matthew Ramella ’19 Michael Taszarek ’18 Spencer Inglett ’19 Contributors Noah Rodriguez ’17 Cesar Hernandez ’17 Michael Placenti ’19 Nate Kerber ’19 Roundup Adviser Mr. Mica Mulloy ’99

Photo by Andrew Brown ’18

Zach Faust ’18

”I am motivated by the fear of being average. The reason for this is you see all these normal people and it seems that no one has the courage to be different. But why not embrace uniqueness and use it to build success?”

Photo by Andrew Brown ’18

Ryan Knappenberger ’18

”It was life changing to work with the poor over the summer and experience the struggle that they overcome everyday.”


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one in my mind. But as the interim president, I think now we maintain, we look on the horizon to see what’s coming up should I get it, so there won’t be any major changes this year.” She said that her favorite parts of the job are the mission she gets to serve and the students that surround her each day. She also said she enjoys the variety of discussions she gets to participate in, ranging from financial to curricular topics. Ms. Renke is the first female to be the president of a Jesuit high school in the United States. She said that gender does not play a large part in her role. “I’m pretty gender-blind,” she said. “In most of the meetings I’ve been in in the last 20 years, I’m the only female, the only lay person ... but I am among giant thinkers that are open. That is a shocking blessing.” She said she is not nervous about her first year at the position because of the people surrounding her. Principal Mr. Bob Ryan, whom Ms. Renke called “the best principal in the country,” said working with Ms. Renke has been both enjoyable and empowering. “​ It is a privilege to work with Ms. Renke,” Mr. Ryan said in an email to The Roundup. “I’ve worked closely with her the entire time I’ve been principal and so I am lucky to have a solid foundation of relationship upon which to build. I’ve always admired her genuine love for young people, her commitment to prayer and Ignatian spirituality, and her relentless energy

Photo by Andrew Brown ’18 Brophy interim President Ms. Adria Renke connects with seniors at a pizza luncheon Sept. 13.

and determination.” He also said that her personality and character has inspired him not only as a principal but also in his personal life. “Before Ms. Renke is president of Brophy, she is a mother and

grandmother and so this perspective has been really helpful for me,” he said. “She understands the trials and tribulations that people endure and this has helped me not only as a principal but as a husband, father, friend and colleague.”

He said that she “helps ensure I maintain a sense of humor and enjoy what I’m doing every day.” He said he will not play a large role in deciding if Ms. Renke will continue being president after this year, but he

said he is glad she was chosen as the interim president.

»A Campus Divided?

Hispanic students offended by Trump’s rhetoric, demeaning speech By Matthew Zacher ’18

THE ROUNDUP With a school diversity that closely mirrors that of Maricopa County, Hispanic students say they are offended by the divisive rhetoric of the presidential campaign. Most of this ire is pointed at Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. “If I had to choose the worst of two evils, I would put some hatred on Trump,” said Juan Carlos Lopez ’17. “I just don’t like his immigration policy.” Lopez is a Hispanic American and, over the summer, went on a Kino Border Initiative Leadership event to further his understanding and advocacy of the injustices in our current immigration system. Trump started his campaign in June 2015 by advocating for a wall on the southern border. His reasoning was that Mexico “is not sending their best people,” and that some illegal immigrants crossing the border are causing crime such as rape, murder and theft. Since then, Trump has proposed deporting all 11 million illegal immigrants currently living in the country, though he has begun softening his stance on this recently. Nonetheless, Trump’s stance on illegal immigration has both propelled his base and been

Photo courtesy of Tribune News Service Trump speaks at campaign event.

divisive. Mr. Jose Leyba ’94 is a Spanish teacher and said he believes Trump’s rhetoric is deeper than insensitive. “When we put a label on someone we demean or take away from who they are,” Mr. Leyba said. “Especially in the Latino community, I don’t think we ever use the term illegal because it criminalizes

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immigrants really.” Mr. Leyba said that in the school community, we must try to reach out to every student of every background. “That’s what is special about Brophy—the coming together of a diverse group of students,” he said. “We want to meet everybody where they’re at and

grow from those experiences with each other.” Enrique Ortega ’18 said he is not a fan of either Trump or Hillary Clinton as he said he thinks that both are hypocritical. “Trump doesn’t have the competence to stop what he is saying,” he said. “He is not thoughtful about what he says.” Ortega said that he is not offended personally, but that it is offensive toward immigrants. “It is offensive to those people who have come in illegally and aren’t doing anything to hurt the country, they are just trying to do what’s best for their families,” he said. Paxton Earl ’20 is only 12.5 percent Hispanic, but said he is still offended by Trump’s rhetoric towards immigrants. “It’s not right that he looks at us as less,” he said. “I take it [the wall] personally, but I think it’s more of a general outlook.” Earl added that Trump’s outlook is flawed. “We are looking for opportunities in this country, but he doesn’t want us to do that,” he said. Lopez said that his heritage plays a role in his opinion towards Trump as well. “My heritage sways me away from Trump,” he said. “You’re not going to like it if someone comes up to you and starts trashing on America. Obviously, you’re going to say that’s not right.”

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Mulloy takes over as assistant principal for technology By Andrew Howard ’17

THE ROUNDUP Mr. Mica Mulloy ’99 took the reins as the new assistant principal for technology this August after Mr. Jim Bopp left the position to become principal at Creighton Prep. in Omaha, Neb. Principal Mr. Bob Ryan said he was sad to see Mr. Mulloy leave the Fine Arts department, but that ultimately the new job was the perfect fit. “He has been an outstanding chair of the Fine Arts department, he is an exemplary teacher, and he has led The Roundup to become one of the preeminent student publications in Arizona,” Mr. Ryan said in an email. “He has always been a self-starter, he is respected by his peers, he is always looking for ways to improve his own work and that of his colleagues, and he is able to manage many different responsibilities simultaneously. Most notably though for his specific role, he understands the role technology can and should play in a Jesuit school.” Along with working with teachers and instruction, Mr. Mulloy now oversees all technology on campus: the iPad program, the wifi networks, myBrophy and even the copy center. Mr. Mulloy said that his time as a teacher and department chair prepared him for his new job. “I’ve always embraced educational technology ... the classes that I’ve taught would not exist without it,” he said.

Brendan Burg ’17, who took two years worth of classes with Mr. Mulloy, including AP Studio Art, said Mr. Mulloy’s classes were very technology-heavy. “Mr. Mulloy was very tech savvy, he incorporated interactive things up on the screen and things for us to do on our iPads more than any other teacher I’ve had at Brophy,” Burg said. Burg also said that Mr. Mulloy’s work ethic will benefit him in his new job. “Having him in class and seeing him work as hard as he did made us want to reciprocate that hard work and effort,” he said. “I can only imagine him putting in more hard work and ramping up his game for his new job.” Mr. Mulloy said that one of the things he finds most important for this job is connecting students to the world around them. “How can we use technology to help connect students with the world around them, to better understand and interact and respond to the world around them?” he said. Mr. Mulloy said he does not want to change anything right away in his new position. “I’m not coming into a situation that’s broken or in bad shape,” he said. “I think what we do with technology on this campus is amazing. My first job is not to screw that up.” Mr. Mulloy said that his biggest challenge will be that technology in our world is always changing, and it is hard to keep up with.

Photo by Manny Mata-Flores ’19 Mr. Mica Mulloy ’99, left, speaks to Mr. Scott Heideman at break Monday, Aug. 29. Mr. Mulloy is the school’s new assistant principal for technology this year.

“The second we stop trying to move forward we are stagnant and we are in trouble,” he said. Mr. Mulloy credited Mr. Bopp for helping him make the transition smoothly. “Mr. Bopp was immensely helpful with the transition, he and I spent a lot

of time together in June and he was very gracious with his time to help in the transition,” he said. Mr. Ryan said he is looking forward to what Mr. Mulloy will accomplish in the new role. “This year, I look forward to Mr. Mulloy’s leadership as he works with

Mr. (Kevin) Elinski to expand the programs and offerings of the Innovation Commons,” he said. “Additionally, we plan to complete a self-study of sorts to determine if the iPad is still the best device for our 1:1 program at Brophy. Mr. Mulloy will lead this review process.”

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Ryan: No current faculty policy toward Trump paraphernalia By Anthony Cardellini ’17

THE ROUNDUP Despite reports of teachers telling students to remove Donald Trump stickers and clothing from the classroom, Principal Mr. Bob Ryan said that the school will not adopt a definitive policy on whether students can wear these politically related items. “We do not have a long list of do’s and don’ts as you might find at other schools,” Mr. Ryan said. “Instead we have principles that we expect teachers to operate within: critical thinking, Christian charity, respect for the dignity of people, dialogue and free and rigorous exchange of ideas.” He said that the faculty has had discussions on how to handle the rise of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, but that no policy has yet emerged from these talks. “It’s something we’ve talked about as a faculty: How are we going to handle this Trump phenomenon?” He said that he is unsure of what the response of faculty members should be, because he is fearful of a perceived bias if teachers act. “I don’t know the right way to respond, because you have one candidate that has said some pretty targeted and ugly, divisive comments about some groups of people that exist on our campus,” he said. “They equate him with a direct threat to their own livelihood.” Republican Club Co-President Greyson Beck ’17 said that he stands in support of a school that allows its students to wear paraphernalia for either candidate. He said that if the school decided to ban Trump paraphernalia, they would also have to ban things in

Photo Illustration by Bryce Owen ’17 Students embrace political paraphernalia despite some backlash on campus.

support of Hillary Clinton. “You don’t want [the school] to show a political bias toward a certain candidate,” Beck said. He said that students could feel offended by Clinton paraphernalia as much as they may be by that of Trump. “I’m for saying ‘look, if you’re going to wear Trump stuff, you can wear Clinton stuff too.’ Because then it shows the political diversity of campus.” Young Democrats member Michael Ruta ’17 said he agrees that students should be able to wear

the political paraphernalia of their choice, whether it be in support of Trump or Clinton. “You should be allowed freedom of speech and expression,” Ruta said. He said he believes that being a Trump supporter does not mean a person supports all of his policies. “The student that was supporting Trump has nothing to do with what Trump is doing,” he said. Ruta said he understands the fear that some students have when it comes to Trump being elected, but also admitted some Republicans are fearful of a Clinton presidency.

Mr. Ryan affirmed that politics play an important role in classroom discussions, though he said these discussions don’t have to mention candidates by name. “We want the classroom to be a place where there is the free and rigorous exchange of ideas,” he said. “I would say and expect that teachers advocate policy positions more than strict adherence to a certain party. There’s no candidate out there that embraces the breadth and the totality of Catholic social teaching.” There have been several incidents on campus where a student has offended another student by wearing Trump stickers and clothing. Mr. Ryan said that in this situation he would speak to the student advocating for Trump and decide where to go from there. “I think I would talk to the student and get a sense for why he’s in support of Trump and why he wants to have his bumper sticker or whatever, and my way of proceeding would depend on his answer,” he said. Beck said that banning Trump garb would have a negative effect on the Republican Club. “I think it would hurt the spirit on campus,” he said. “The cool thing about a high school campus is that kids are just starting to form their political views.” He said paraphernalia is important to being able to express political preferences. “Because we have a strict dress code, a lot of that is shown through a sticker,” he said. Beck said that the Republican club plans to hand out Trump stickers in the mall in late September, while Ruta said the Young Democrats handed out Clinton stickers at the club fair.

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Junior Cibulka continues cancer fight, offers new life view By Chris Agnone ’18

“If you can remain positive and think about the best thing that can happen, then you will open the door for a positive outcome. -Sammy Cibulka ’18

THE ROUNDUP Sammy Cibulka ’18 has been having a life changing experience fighting a battle against cancer for the last seven months. Cibulka was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma right after his Argentine exchange student left his house in February last winter. He had surgery on his right shoulder in April to remove a malignant tumor. He has also been undergoing radiation treatments and consistent chemotherapy. Cibulka said his current scans are a blessing, coming back negative. Cibulka will still have chemotherapy for about another six to seven months to make sure it does not return. Principal Mr. Bob Ryan said cancer is an awful thing to deal with and it affects not only the patient, but every family member and friend along with the community. In Cibulka’s case that includes teammates as he played on the junior varsity basketball team last year. The cancer not only interferes with his athletic life, but also with his school. The consistent chemotherapy and sicknesses that come with it make it impossible for Cibulka to attend classes on a regular schedule.

Photo courtesy of the Cibulka Family Sammy Cibulka ’18 sits with friends. He is currently battling a rare form of cancer.

Brophy administrators created a system to help by giving Cibulka a plan to stay involved in the community as well as graduate after his treatment. “Sammy is welcome to go to Student Council and class whenever he feels well enough,” Mr. Ryan said. “He is still a full member of the Brophy community.”

Cibulka said he is grateful for all the support he is getting from everyone in the community. He also said he has a new found gratitude for the life he has and how things can change very quickly for anyone. “I was living life like a normal teenager,” Cibulka said. “My family and I were actually in

my favorite place, Del Mar, Calif., when we got the call that I had cancer. It rocked me and my family. It was kind of ironic that we got called about something so grave in my favorite place.” Cibulka said he feels blessed about his cancer situation and that it could be much worse. “There are very young kids in the hospital with leukemia with three years of treatment,” he said. “I have one year and for that I am very thankful. I also see kids who are 15 years old and in a very similar situation as me; I wonder what is going through their minds, what are they thinking about.” Cibulka seems to have discovered an important life lesson through his experience. “It is all about positive thinking,” he said. “If you can remain positive and think about the best thing that can happen, then you will open the door for a positive outcome. I wake up each day and tell myself, I will have a good day today. That is what it is all about.”

»Educational Technology

myBrophy implemented without major issues, offers more information At a Glance myBrophy Transition » Allows students to access new information such as campus news, sports schedules » Happened due to Blackbaud’s decision to switch to new program, leaving NetClassroom with little focus » Mr. Cook: myBrophy committed to updates, Brophy already submitting suggestions

By Kaleb Lucero ’18

THE ROUNDUP The switch from NetClassroom to myBrophy has gone “pretty good so far,” according to Educational Technology Administrator Mr. Blair Cook. myBrophy is now the school’s “Student Information System,” where students and parents can access grades and daily schedules, as well as new items such as campus news and sports schedules. “Things have gone how I hoped,” Mr. Cook said, who spent the summer transferring data from NetClassroom to myBrophy. “This is a massive project, so there’s going to be snafus here and there, but we haven’t had any major issues so far.” The reason for the switch was that “the system we had been using before hadn’t been updated in a long time, and wouldn’t be updated any time in the future,” he said. This is because Blackbaud, the company behind NetClassroom, had acquired WhippleHill Communications, Inc., and decided to make their program (myschoolapp) the focus of their efforts, according to Mr. Cook. This means that there would be little to no support for the NetClassroom program from here on out.

“Everyone using what we were using is going to move to the new platform,” Mr. Cook said. As for other reasons to change, according to the Brophy website, “myBrophy features much more robust capabilities than NetClassroom.” According to both the Brophy website and Mr. Cook, myBrophy is also supposed to be more responsive and better supported on the devices you may be viewing it on, which includes iPads and smartphones. As for what visibility changes between two systems, Mr. Cook said “there’s a lot greater access to information” for students, parents, teachers and administration. This is due to the fact that myBrophy connects directly with the Brophy website. “It’s like a two-sided coin,” Mr. Cook said. “myBrophy is the back end and the website is the public side. The way it’s working is that if you’re a member of the community, information will be tailored for you, whereas the website is becoming more public, generic information on Brophy, not tailored.” For example, Mr. Cook said if a student was on the football team, he would log into his account and easily be

Photo Illustration by Bryce Owen ’17 myBrophy offers several new features that NetClassroom did not.

able to find schedules, scores and other information that would come from the Brophy website itself. As for the future of the program, there will not be an app coming, but there are many changes to come, as, according to Mr. Cook, the company has an aggressive stance toward updating the application, and Brophy is actively submitting suggestions to them. As of right now, Mr. Cook said he hasn’t heard much complaints from students, and said that he has received positive feedback from teachers. Alvaro Marcelino ’17 said that so far it hasn’t caused too many problems for him, and said that for the most part it had been a neutral experience.

“The system we had been using before hadn’t been updated in a long time, and wouldn’t be updated any time in the future. -Mr. Blair Cook

“It’s new and I’m still getting used to it, but I like it,” he said. However, Ian Lobo ’18 said that while he was at first excited for the change, he now believes that the new system is too complicated. Lobo said that he didn’t like the

aesthetics of NetClassroom, and thought that myBrophy might be more appealing. “The positive aspect of myBrophy is that it’s organized with the ability to view your classes and assignments in one section and has another place to see what’s going on in the Brophy calendar,” he said. The negative aspects, he said, is that it is too complicated, and said that it took too much time to view grades, with so many buttons that it seems cluttered. “Right now the only flaw that it has is that it is too complex,” Lobo said. “Most kids at Brophy just want to view their grades and that’s it.”

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Trump defines election, keeps Clinton on defensive

By Hayden Welty ’19

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Trump redefines elections by relying on his own charisma as opposed to ground game and advertisements


ccording to a recent poll by The Washington Post, 56 percent of Americans view Donald Trump as “strongly unfavorable,” but he could still be our next president. With the passionate, wholehearted support of a section of America obscured from mainstream society, Trump, an unorthodox presidential aspirant, has somehow muscled his way into a party who shunned his entire candidacy until it was too late. Now Americans must deal with the consequences. The Republican Party has officially nominated Donald J. Trump for the presidency of the United States. As Americans, we have a choice: Trump, arguably the most offensive presidential candidate in modern history, or Hillary Clinton, a career politician who narrowly escaped indictment, and the Democratic Party’s nominee. I dislike both of the two major candidates and, according to the Pew Research Center, Americans agree with me. A recent poll shows that only 43 percent of Democrats and 40 percent of Republicans are either very or fairly satisfied with the presidential candidates, compared with 64 and 52 percent in 2012, respectively. This would suggest that, like me, most people are uncomfortable voting for Trump or Clinton and would prefer another option. As a result, I would also contend that many voters, even if they’ve made up their mind already, can still can be persuaded to vote for the other candidate. This makes the dialogue in the coming months crucial to the outcome of the election. Real Clear Politics, a nonpartisan polling website, has Clinton leading by 6 percent, which is not a huge advantage considering each poll usually has a

3 or 4 percent margin of error. So clearly, despite forecasts from The New York Times that say Clinton has a 76 percent chance of victory, the presidency, for better or for worse, is very much up for grabs. So far, Trump has manifested his criticism of Clinton into a slogan-like nickname: Crooked Hillary. And while this sounds more like an unsophisticated jab than presidential criticism, such vilification can be interpreted as a valid argument. During Clinton’s many years of public service, she has been criticized for her questionable involvement in many accusations of backhanded deals and public corruption, which have lead to multiple FBI investigations. A recent CNN poll shows that 68 percent of Americans think Clinton is not honest and trustworthy, which, after 30 years of polling, is the highest number on record. Theoretically, and not taking the Electoral College into account, she would need 51 percent of the electorate to vote for her in order to become president, which is troubling since 68 percent do not even trust her. And instead of addressing the adamant, authentic concerns of hundreds of millions of Americans, the Clinton Campaign has refused to engage in the “insult fest that [Trump] seems to thrive on,” calling Trump’s comments “childish.” By not engaging in a public spat with Trump, Clinton can take the moral high ground, but at the same time, she also lets Trump define the narrative without rebutting it. This is a big deal: Elections revolve around the narrative, they are about framing and making the better argument, not about appearing highminded. Is name calling childish? Sure, but in this instance, voters, although they respect decorum, want to vote for someone who discusses issues relevant to them, even if they are childish. Trump was able to beat Marco Rubio by calling him Little Marco, he beat Ted Cruz by calling him Lying Ted, and he could beat Hillary Clinton by calling her Crooked Hillary. Just six insulting words could sway the outcome of the election. What does that say about our political system? Trump effectively boils down complex political, social and economic problems into confident, short responses that are perceived as a certainty when in reality it is just his opinion.

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Drawing courtesy of MCT Campus Donald Trump has altered the political landscape.

But if the Republican primary was any indication, voters love his simple, blunt rhetoric even if it breaks every social norm in the book. Who would you hire, the man who says “I can try

to fix this” or the one who asserts “I know how to fix this.”? I guess we will find out in just a few short months.

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Red vs Blue: Students debate candidates Trump will usher in new era

Our country is at a political crossroads, a The North American Free Trade Agreement position where we have two options: the failed was signed by Bill Clinton in 1994. NAFTA is a status quo or a reinvigorating, populist movement free trade agreement between the United States, with fresh ideas. Mexico and Canada. Donald J. Trump represents the latter, whereas While proponents of NAFTA, including Hillary Hillary Clinton represents the failed establishment Clinton, promised prosperity, the exact opposite that needs the boot. happened. This establishment has been active in pushing Entire industrial and working class towns have for poor trade deals and costly amnesty, all been decimated by this free trade pact, with while ignoring pressing issues such as the deficit, a net one million jobs lost, most of these in campaign finance reform and a complicated tax manufacturing towns, according to The Huffington code that needs reform. Post. While legal immigration is often a force for Furthermore, we amassed a staggering $181 good, illegal immigration is simply too much a billion trade deficit with Canada burden for the U.S taxpayers. and Mexico, according to Forbes, A lengthy, detailed study by the $181 billion that could be used to Federation for American Immigration invest in our education system, or Reform or “FAIR” found that the perhaps our military. few benefits of amnesty are greatly To be fair in one regard, Clinton outweighed by the costs. has retracted her support for the These costs include an annual $52 billion Trans-Pacific Partnership,one price tag for the U.S. taxpayers for the of several harmful trade deals. education of undocumented immigrants However, Trump is the only alone. Most of this burden is placed By Jack Cahill ’17 candidate with a consistent on local governments, resulting stance against the TPP. The Roundup in state and city governments that Keep in mind that our current simply can’t afford proper upkeep of trade with TPP countries cost their cities. the United States two million When you add all other costs into account, such jobs in 2015, according to the Economic Policy as healthcare and public housing, the price is an Institute. annual $113 billion for illegal immigration. In regards to foreign policy, our policy abroad Frankly, that is ludicrous and rather scary. has been an utter disaster for several decades, and Trump is the only candidate who has a only Trump wishes to address this issue head on. serious plan to address illegal immigration, Trump recognizes the burden of nation building including building a border wall, comprehensive and unnecessary intervention abroad places on restructuring of border security, the cost of which taxpayers. would pale in comparison to the annual price the For instance, instead of supporting the status U.S taxpayers pay. quo of overthrowing Assad in Syria, Trump According to The Washington Times, a conservative recognizes that this would place an unfair burden estimate for the cost of the wall would be “around on the taxpayer and potentially unearth more $8 billion,” a number that appears inconsequential instability in the region. when juxtaposed against $113 billion. Donald J. Trump is not a perfect candidate, Of course, Trump’s merit stems beyond his but he is a candidate who will unleash an era of stance on illegal immigration. Trump is the only prosperity, strength and hope just as Reagan did candidate who takes a stand against toxic trade three decades ago. We should give him a chance. deals, such as NAFTA and the Trans Pacific Partnership.

Clinton most qualified person

America has been left with two different choices Experience in the political field is key, since for president: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. without it blunders happen that risk our national As students at Brophy, we are asked to question security. the processes and society that we live in. We are How much experience does Trump have in told to accept the people around us, the poor, politics, outside of this election? the hungry, the marginalized. Clinton pushed the He has none. agenda of inclusivity in standing in solidarity with And while people speak of him and his revered the people of Orlando this past summer, as well business prowess, he doesn’t have the experience as with the victims of police shootings. needed to be president of the United States She has expansive experience in He calls people names to get politics. She used the office of first lady through primaries and elections, he to push her own issues, voted on issues has absurd ideas about immigration, by becoming a senator and forged thinking building a wall will end all strong relations abroad in her time as illegal immigration, and that Mexico the most travelled secretary of state. will pay for it. Some of Clinton’s policies include He’s been fear-mongering for his wanting to make the Affordable Care whole election, speaking about how Act better and remove “Cadillac Tax,” we aren’t safe and how America isn’t which would improve the quality of great. So much so, it needs to be By Graham healthcare overall since no tax would great again. Armknecht ’18 be imposed for better health care. But ask yourselves this: Isn’t Clinton would also be able to push The Roundup our country already great? Our our foreign affairs well, considering economy is booming after the she has an impressive background as recession that Obama was handed the first lady and secretary of state. after Bush, civil rights are taking Clinton has had her email scandal, and while leaps and bounds forward, and crime is at an allit was reckless for national security, she was time low. not indicted by the FBI. She has been accused of Are there places where Hillary has been shortbeing responsible for the deaths of four people in sighted? Yes, of course everyone is only human. Benghazi, but let’s put something in prospective: However, just because she’s made political Clinton always has wanted what’s best for the mistakes and Trump hasn’t, does that mean we American people. She knows what choices she’s should elect Trump? had to make in order to build this country to the Trump, the man who has insulted a fallen great place it is now. soldier’s mother. Trump, a candidate that gets by If Clinton were elected into office, she would by eliminating his opponents with name calling, continue to build the country up with her the way an eighth grade bully harrasses people he significant foreign affairs skills as well as her doesn’t like? political prowess. Donald Trump, the man who has schemed Overall, not much of the policies that have been people out of money through Trump University put in place will change for as far as we know. In and his real estate. Donald Trump, the person addition to that, she would also be the first female who has said Obama is literally the founder of president of the United States, which would be a ISIS? monumental accomplishment. Make America great again? Clinton is simultaneously a symbol of progress Why not keep America great with a more in America and of experience. To run for an office seasoned, experienced option though Hillary that has been held by a man since the inception of Clinton? the United States, being the first woman to gain the nomination is a historic feat.

Class schedule spices up daily life, provides relief from daily rigor A mundane student life is deterred through a flexible schedule When you walk around campus this first month of school, it is likely you will see freshmen asking upperclassmen for clarification about the schedule. As a freshman, I was confused by the seemingly unpredictable and pointless barrage of numbers that I was required to memorize during an already hectic week. However, as time progressed and I was able to adjust to high school, I actually began to admire the rotation that

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For many, the school week is a time, it requires students to cope with monotonous, tedious routine that is more responsibility by forcing them to unnecessarily constant. learn crucial skills like But the general For many the time management and structure of our classes personal accountability. school week is is different from other The schedule also school schedules in a monotonous, gives students a muchtwo main ways: during needed break from the tedious the week, the order unwavering intensity of routine that is of classes is constantly a rigorous school week changing, and each class in the form of “late unnecessarily only takes place four start” on Wednesday constant. days a week. mornings, when school By not listing the starts an hour late, same classes in the and “early release” on same order every day Friday afternoons, all year, the schedule allows when school gets out an hour for more variety and flexibility early. in the academic calendar. At the same Because the schedule requires classes

to meet only four times a week, it shaves off two additional hours of school, which provides extra opportunities for students to catch up on schoolwork, snag some extra sleep or just simply relax. These are invaluable breaks from the stress of a difficult week. Those seemingly random sequence of numbers provide a sense of variety that spices up the school day. So the next time a freshman approaches and asks what the next period is, tell them not to worry. Many people have trouble gripping the routine at first, but after a couple of weeks, they will learn to love it.


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Students should engage in election despite age

The Issue: Many students who cannot vote in the 2016 election may feel there is no reason for them to pay attention or get involved. Our Stance: Paying attention to the current election is key to becoming an informed voter later. For most Brophy students, the question of who they are voting for come Nov. 8 is not a relevant one. Except for about half of the senior class, students will be sitting on the sidelines when the vote for the next president is held. Some students see this as a reason to ignore the current election cycle, saying that they will follow along once they receive an actual ballot. However, the inability to vote should not be used as a justification to distance anyone from paying attention to what is happening in the world of U.S. politics. First and foremost, the next president of our country will make decisions that will affect all of us, not just those who are 18 and older. This should be reason enough for one to get educated on the policies of the two major candidates. Second of all, nearly all Brophy’s current students will be eligible to vote in the next presidential election. The longer we put off getting educated on political matters, the harder it will be to pick it up come 2020. All of us agree that democracy is dependent on a well-informed electorate. We must do our jobs as citizens to become well informed. However, part of the issue with this is learning the best way for you specifically to understand what is happening in the political world.

For some of us, reading articles is the best approach. Others may find it easier to watch live coverage of political events such as rallies and debates. Still others may only have time to get their political news from social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Determining which way works best for our individual schedules takes time, which is why it’s important to get informed sooner rather than later. Finally, by listening to what each candidate has to say, we can form our own opinions on who we believe should be the next leader of our country. Not being able to vote does not mean our


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“Someone that expresses their views and is firm and direct.” -Devin Luque ’19

opinions can’t have an influence on the outcome of the election. There are countless opportunities for students to get involved politically, whether it’s as simple as joining the Teenage Republicans or Young Democrats or as extensive as interning for local campaigns or attending presidential rallies in Phoenix. Our generation’s beliefs will have a major effect on the future of American politics. By paying attention now, we can begin to form our opinions on issues and begin to grasp the way the political process works in our country.

So the next time you find yourself reading sports or pop culture news, consider browsing political articles or turning the television to election coverage. It may not result in an informed vote in 2016, but it will create habits that will lead to informed voting for years to come. By Andrew Cardellini ’17





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“Someone who seeks “Honesty, strength, to put the national long stamina and a good term before personal background.” – Herman gain.” Sanghera ’18 – Taylor Sourbeer ’18

“I look for an individual who can unite the country.” – Trevor Lewis ’17

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Adams connects with players, brings new knowledge

Photo by Bryce Owen ’17 Coach Mr. Walker Adams ’16 (right) oversees players practicing their tackling at football practice Sept. 19. By Jack Davis ’19



r. Walker Adams ’16 exited the field for the last time Oct. 11, 2015 in Brophy’s 38-35 loss to Hamilton. It was later revealed that he had torn his ACL for the second time in his career. Almost 11 months later, Mr. Adams is preparing Brophy players for an upcoming game as a linebackers coach. Since his injury, Mr. Adams has been working to reattain his pre-injury status on the gridiron. “I’ve been coaching for Brophy, rehabbing, getting ready to start attending my part-time classes for Scottsdale Community, and working on getting recruited again,” Mr. Adams said. Mr. Adams isn’t content with settling as a linebacker for the Artichokes, aspiring to move up to the Division-1 level. “The ultimate goal is to get back to playing in the Pac-12 where I was originally recruited,” Mr. Adams said.


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Mr. Adams’ rehabilitation process has been slow next logical step while I was still in town with not but not stagnant. a lot to do.” “Rehab is good,” Mr. Adams said. “I’m, for Brophy linebacker Max Fees ’17 was the most part, healthy now. I’m pretty much just immediately excited upon hearing the news of Mr. training but I still have about Adams’ new position. “Walker has a big a month left of working out, I “When I first heard I thought think, until I’m full strength.” heart. He plays with it was great news,” Fees Around his Brophy said. “Walker has always it, he leads with it graduation, Mr. Adams had a coach’s spirit and he is was fully cemented as a and he coaches with obviously a great linebacker. linebackers coach. He’s a close friend and a great it.” “It was a combination of teammate and he brings great —Max Fees ’17 coach [Mr.] Moore and energy on the field both as a coach [Mr.] Molander coach and a player.” both talking to me about it If Mr. Adams chooses not and finally setting it in stone to ascend the coaching tree, around May last year,” Mr. Adams said. he plans to study computer science and Coaching is something Mr. Adams has mathematics in college. thought about as an occupation after his “I’d like to probably major in computer playing career, and the chance to bring his wisdom sciences and applied mathematics and do something to a coaching staff came sooner rather than later. in that field because that’s really interesting to me,” “I’ve always thought about coaching when I was Mr. Adams said. “There’s a lot of job openings in done playing,” Mr. Adams said. “This was just the the future for that.”

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Photo by Michael Placenti ’19 Noah Pittenger ’17 runs through a defender and sheds a tackle.

Mr. Adams brings youth, relatability and the knowledge he has accumulated over his playing career to Brophy’s coaching staff. “I think that since I am the youngest coach on the staff by several years, I relate to the kids really well and I’m, to a degree, very knowledgable about linebacker play,” Mr. Adams said. “And with the help of coach [Mr.] Moore, it’s really helping me become a better player at the same time, so I’m enjoying it.” Fees said he thinks that Mr. Adams’ spirit is the greatest addition to the Bronco coaching staff. “Walker has a big heart,” Fees said. “He plays with it, he leads with it and he coaches with it. To have his spirit on the coaching staff is a great addition.” “I had the pleasure of watching Walker play his sophomore year, the year he broke Brophy’s tackling record,” Fees said. “At the time I was the freshman middle linebacker, and Walker modeled the leadership, intensity and pure See ADAMS, Page 12

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Golf team hopes to win regardless of leadership change this season By Ethan Winkler ’17

THE ROUNDUP After finishing second in the state last year by one stroke, Brophy’s golf team is looking forward to another opportunity to contend this season. The team’s first big tournament was the Brophy Invitational on the weekend of Aug. 27-28. Head coach Mr. Jon Shores saw it as a fantastic opportunity to evaluate the team. “This is going to be a good test to see where we are at in comparison to the rest of the teams in the state,” Mr. Shores said a few days before the tournament. This assessment was very necessary due to the large amount of changes the team has undergone this season. While graduation is a normal occurrence for any high school team, Brophy lost four of its top five golfers from last year. With this loss, Mr. Shores said he may resort to something “unusual” for the team. “[The top five] is going to be probably changing every match and every tournament we play,” Mr. Shores said. Another void that the head coach must fill with the departure of the old seniors is the need for leadership on the team. One of the names he mentioned as someone he expects to step up is Jack Geurtz ’17.

Photo by Bryce Owen ’17 Tony Hendricks ’19 tees off at team practice at Phoenix Country Club.

“I feel like I sort of have a sense of leadership that I have to take up and lead the younger guys,” Geurtz said. “Since I’ve been on the team the longest, I

sort of know what I’m doing more than them.” Both Geurtz and Mr. Shores said some high schools they play will provide

a good challenge for the team, such as Desert Vista and Chaparral. But the one team they both pointed out is Hamilton.

“Hamilton’s always good,” Geurtz said. “They have two very good players there, some of the best in the country.”

Rutt overcomes physical challenges, completes Ironman triathlon By Juan Carlos Ramirez ’18

THE ROUNDUP Mr. Will Rutt ’08 overcame physical, mental and spiritual barriers to complete a full Ironman triathlon in Canada on July 24 this summer. Mr. Rutt’s interest in the Ironman triathlon began when his father signed him up for an Olympic distance triathlon in Puerto Penasco, Mexico. He said that he was out of shape at the time because he had recently arrived from Bolivia. After finishing the race, Mr. Rutt felt an interest in the sport and began to work toward competing in bigger races. He did three half Ironmans as a way to prepare his confidence for a full Ironman triathlon. The Ironman triathlon consists of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile run. Mr. Rutt said he finished Ironman Canada on July 24 with a time of 13 hours 29 minutes and 58 seconds. Mr. Rutt said that the Ironman triathlon is the ultimate goal for every runner who runs marathons or triathlons. “I have a lot of respect for people who do Ironman triathlons because those are very difficult,” said Drew Burns ’18. “I definitely have him in a higher regard. He definitely deserves a lot of respect for completing the Ironman because it requires a lot of training and mental strength.” His real training began on January of 2016 and picked up in the months of June and July. “It was usually 25 hours of active training, stretching, nutrition and recovering per week,” Mr. Rutt said. “I did the last four weeks of training on

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the road.” Mr. Rutt took a road trip from Phoenix to Canada and made stops along the way. He stopped and trained at Big Sur, Columbia River Gorge and Eugene, Ore. during the Olympic trials. During his race, Mr. Rutt said he tried slowing down and taking in the beautiful sights. “The swim was really good,” Mr. Rutt said. “I was just taking it all in at that point.” He said that his first 90 miles of biking went great, but when he hit mile 90 he felt shortness of breath and nauseous. When he began his run, he felt chest pain. The only thought he had was to complete the triathlon. “There was a lot of dark moments,” Mr. Rutt said. “You beat yourself over your training, and you question yourself a lot. Then, there are moments when you think about finishing. At that moment of finishing made all of that worth it.” After finishing the race, Mr. Rutt said he reflected and thought of it as a spiritual journey. “It really mimics spiritual life,” Mr. Rutt said. “There are these moments when you’re on fire and then other times you feel everything is going wrong. It’s that back and forth which is transformational.” Mr. Rutt’s accomplishment has also inspired other faculty members to go out and accomplish their own goals. “I think it is amazing,” said Mr. Quentin Orem. “I think achievements like that make me want to see how far I can push myself athletically.” Mr. Rutt said he really enjoys the Ironman because he was treated as a professional athlete, which he thought was a great experience.

Photo Courtesy of Mr. Will Rutt ’08 Mr. Will Rutt completed an Iron Man race in July with a time of 13:29:58.

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Sophomore Hughes aims to excel in swimming pool Hughes brings speed and work ethic to swim team, hopes to compete in Olympics By Camden Andl ’19

THE ROUNDUP Parker Hughes ’19 has been swimming since second grade and is one of the most prominent swimmers on the Brophy swim team. Hughes grew up in Jakarta, Indonesia for seven and a half years, and had a very different childhood than the average Brophy student. He said that Jakarta was a lot like the United States, besides the fact that it was more polluted and that it had not been discovered by western civilization. While in middle school in Indonesia, Hughes was coached by a former Swedish Olympic coach. “Practices were pretty insane, but I improved a lot over there and learned to love swimming,” he said. Hughes was on the state team last year as a freshman and said he hopes to make the A-finals in some of this year’s races. “As a team, I’d like us to crush the other teams and ultimately win a national championship,” Hughes said. Hughes’ varsity swim coach Mr. Pat O’Neill said that Parker is one of the fastest swimmers in Arizona in his age group but that Hughes brings more than just speed to the team. “Parker is mature for his age and is a tremendously hard working kid,” Mr. O’Neill said. He makes good choices and manages his time well so he can go to six or seven practices a week.” “I think Parker is going to get two gold medals this year in our relays and score top four or five in his individual events, which as a sophomore, would be a pretty awesome accomplishment,” Mr. O’Neill said.

Photo by Andrew Brown ’18 Parker Hughes ’19 competes in a freestyle event Sept. 1.

Hughes watched a lot of the swimming events in the Rio Olympics and said that his ultimate goal is to either compete in the 2020 or 2024 summer Olympics. Hughes said that American Anthony Ervin’s 50-meter freestyle stood out to him in this year’s games. “He won back in 2000, so it was pretty cool for him to win 16 years later.” Hughes’ teammate Tim LaFave ’18 said that Parker brings a lot of energy to the pool every

single day. “Parker is always out there encouraging all the guys to keep going,” LaFave said. He wants to bring out the best in all of us.” When Hughes is not swimming for Brophy, Scottsdale Aquatic Club or with his brother, he said he enjoys watching action and comedy movies. It’s rare to find Hughes not training or studying. Hughes said he hopes to attend the University of Texas at Austin, both for their academics and swim program.

“Parker is mature for his age and is a tremendously hard working kid.” —Mr. Pat O’Neill

“It would be a dream come true for me,” Hughes wrote in an email regarding the University of Texas at Austin.

Swim team aims for 29th straight state title, seeks national championship Swim strives for 29th straight state title, 1st national championship since 2005 By Jack Davis ’19

THE ROUNDUP The swim team hopes to capture its 29th consecutive state championship this season and aspires to win its first national championship since 2005. The team is returning most of its roster from the previous season, hoping for personal growth and better times in the state meets. “We had four great seniors last year, but there was only four so we didn’t lose that much quantity from our team,” said swimmer Jack Blake ’17. “We still dominated so we’re coming back with pretty much the same team if you look at the signs from last year. We had a young team at state last year, we’re more experienced ... our juniors and seniors this year are coming back and a lot of us placed at state. We’re looking to just place higher.” Head coach Mr. Pat O’Neill said that the team has been putting “hay in the barn” during practice in preparation for the state meet and nationals. “What they’ve been doing and what

we’re doing right now is we’re putting ‘hay in the barn,’” Mr. O’Neill said. “And when we get to the state swim meet, we’re going to take all of that hay out of the barn and use it.” With a strong state meet performance, Brophy will set themselves up for success on the national level. “The times we get at state will be the times they use for nationals,” Mr. O’Neill added. “We look to be in the top five teams in the country this year if our boys perform like I think they will.” Mr. O’Neill said that he hopes to see the team improve on its relay times. “I would like to see us in the top two or three in our freestyle relays,” Mr. O’Neill said. Brophy’s near three decades of swim success is partly a result of their rigorous year-round training schedulestudents who also swim on club teams undertake, with only two week breaks during Christmas and the end of summer for many. Mr. O’Neill said that the preparation in practice leads to results in the meets. “We don’t magically or accidentally do anything great in the swim meets unless we’ve prepared for it,” Mr. O’Neill said. “Our success comes from the quality of practice that we have and not from the quality of swims that we have at the meets.” “For us, the toughest test is always

Photo by Andrew Brown ’18 Brophy swimmers leap into the pool to begin a freestyle race Sept. 1.

staying focused, staying concentrated and working hard throughout the season so we have a great state meet,” Mr. O’Neill said. “The challenge is not necessarily any of the other teams, the challenge is our own minds; staying focused and keeping the hard work in the pool.” Blake said that the ultimate goal is a national championship. “We’re not really looking at anyone in

the state,” Blake said. “There’s no real competition ... we’re looking at more on the national level. There’s Bolles, a team in Florida that’s won a few national titles in the past few years and St. Xavier in Kentucky that’s another big team we’re going after. Those are just national rankings where we see where we’re looking later down the road before state.” While swimmers are prepared to work

hard toward a national title, they’re already put at a disadvantage. “Arizona is one of two states who do high school swimming in the fall, the rest of the country does high school swimming in the spring,” Blake said. “We’re swimming in November and then we’ll to have to wait until June to get those results, which is going to be tough.”

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Woodrow aims toward collegiate tennis By Andrew Jordan ’18





Tell me a little about yourself. My name is Jack Woodrow ’18, I am 17 years old and I play tennis. I play in USTA tournaments and I play on the Brophy varsity tennis team. How many years have you been playing tennis? I’ve been playing for about 10 years now. In those 10 years, what has been your biggest accomplishment? I think my biggest accomplishment was winning the MVP award my expected to be a high caliber athlete while simultaneously being successful sophomore year. We had a really good season that year and I faced some great in the classroom. competition and I feel like I really stepped up to the challenge. What do you think makes you different from the rest of the What are some things you do in tennis players in the state? training that you think helped you to I think that I’m most proud of my work “I’m always the first one to get that award? ethic. Whenever I have free time off the I do a lot of off the court exercises and get to practice and the last one court, I’m running on the track, doing training my conditioning and endurance sprints. I’m always the first one to get to leave.” to go in everyday and improve that muscle to practice and the last one to leave. —Jack Woodrow ’18 memory and all that repetition. Do you have a role model, Looking ahead, not only for the or someone that you got that rest of your Brophy career, but also work ethic from? in college, what is your ultimate goal that you want to It’s just something that my family has tried to push me achieve? towards; I’m going to be there helping set up and staying to My goal is to play tennis at a Division 1 college. I have a couple help clean up and giving 110 percent in the process. schools that I’m looking at but I still don’t know where I want to go. When you’re on the court, where do you get Have any schools reached out to you? your inspiration? Yes, a couple of schools have contacted me so far. My inspiration is that I want to be the best and I won’t rest or What do you think the biggest challenge is going to be in be satisfied if I know there is someone that is better than me. I becoming a Division 1 athlete? want to constantly top what I did the day before and be better than I think the biggest challenge will being able to balance athletics and everybody else I face. academics because when you’re competing at the highest level, you are

Photo by Bryce Owen ’17

Jack Woodrow ’18 is on the varsity tennis team.

Walk on the Wild Side: Indoor skydiving thrills, rattles nerves By Hunter Franklin ’19

THE ROUNDUP Have you ever felt crazy enough to want to experience what it is like to jump out of an airplane? In Eloy, Ariz. at SkyVenture you can do just that. You can feel the G-force toss your body as you are shot up through a wind tunnel at a 150 miles an hour. You can see the giant six story tubular building from miles away. The large structure is 14 feet in diameter and 20 stories tall containing top mounted 400 horsepower fans. As we arrived on site it was exciting to see the real daredevils and professional skydivers jumping out planes and parachuting on to the nearby fields. There were literally dozens of them

falling out of the sky, landing all around us. We headed toward the flight tube where our indoor skydiving lessons were to take place. When we got there we were warmly greeted and quickly suited up in jumpsuits, goggles and helmets. My friends Andrew Brown ’18 and his younger brother were excited as well while we watched the tutorial video and waited for our group of a dozen or so to take our introductory lesson. Meanwhile, I sat nervously staring at the gaping cylinder as both instructor and student floated in the air. I can’t even remember how my friends managed to get me into doing this, as a matter of fact. One at a time we all went with two instructors into the wind-rushing tube. The first time I went in, I paused at

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the entrance door to the wind tunnel, maybe for a little too long, really unsure what to do next. Then I slowly leaned forward until the two instructors tossed me into position and gave me hand signals for hand, arm and leg movements and positions. The slightest overcorrection could send me flying out of control. At that moment my confidence level for skydiving was pretty good. They went pretty easy on all of us the first time we went into the chamber

far has been seeing the knowledge he instills in his players come to fruition on the field. “My favorite thing so far has just been watching the guys that I coach make plays,” Mr. Adams said. “It’s been really exciting to see the guys that you practice with and help train go out there and execute. It’s really exciting.”

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keeping hands on a leg or a arm. Then the person in charge of the wind power, cranked up the speed. It was like a tornado was unleashed. A rather large man in front of us went into the noise-deafening cylinder with his instructor and not a second later was shot up 50 feet in the air. At that moment I felt my breakfast crawl up my throat. In contrast, some skydivers were cheering at the sight. When it was my turn to be thrown into the air, I can’t exactly remember what happened next. I was floating and spinning around when my eyes sort of rolled back into my head. Everything became blurry and next thing I knew I was walking out of the wind tunnel and back to my bench. I think I was finding my happy place. After walking out of the tube I realized that I had slobbered on myself. It was the

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“Everybody has been standing out in their own ways,” Mr. Adams said. “Lots of kids are making plays in practice and games. In the film room, in the weight room, all of them work really hard and it’s been super exciting to see all of them get to work.” Mr. Adams said that the state championship is an important goal, but it is not all that matters. By Ibu Oluyi ’17

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incredible G-force causing this. It was all over in the blink of an eye. Looking back the time seemed to lose meaning. The wind seemed to blow all around me, and through me at times. Up, up, up, spinning around and around. Then down again. As a matter of fact, all 12 of the people who were in our group came out of the experience with drool on their face and jumpsuits. As much as my insides might have been turned inside out, taking skydiving lessons indoors is a fun and unique experience. So, for those thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies, drive down to Eloy and have an experience of a lifetime. For more information visit SkyVenture Arizona Indoor Skydiving at

“The obvious goal is to win a state championship,” Mr. Adams said. “But the end game is to make these kids really good men and to help develop them into becoming better football players for the rest of their lives.”

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Photo courtesy of Max Fees ’17 Max Fees ’17 performs with his band Rightwise in the Black Box Theater at the 2015 Fine Arts Extravaganza.

Fees active in many parts of campus By Collin McShane ’19



n less than a 10 minute span, at least four different teachers approached Max Fees ’17 while he was sitting in the McCain Colonnade. In a friendly, comfortable tone they talked to Fees about the football game he would play in that night, and the Student Council activities he would help run after the game. Fees is a busy guy. A starter on the football team’s defense, a Student Council member, producer of “The Lasso” podcast and frontman for the band Rightwise, Fees has a full plate. Still he said nothing he does is special and that every grade has a student like

him. Fees said all he’s done at Brophy, all that he’s changed, is just him carrying the torch, and he expects someone else to pick it up when he’s gone. Rightwise will likely come to an end at the end of the year. “I suppose Rightwise will just go its separate ways,” Fees said when asked about his intentions for his band. “The band’s always changed so much all the time since it was started.” While Fees got his start through music, he said he looks beyond that now. “The Fine Art Extravaganza really opened my eyes freshman year,” Fees said. “After that I knew what I wanted to do here. I just think that someone here will have a similar experience and do what I did.”

“Brophy as a whole will carry on his legacy, not just any one person.” -Michael Grindey ’18

Michael Grindey ’18, who has known Fees since his freshman year, said that the Brophy environment is made to help people be a role model like Fees. “Brophy as a whole will carry on his legacy, not just any one person,” Grindey said. “Any and everyone is capable to do what he does.” Although he will be leaving Brophy next year, Fees said he still has many plans for this year as well. “Last year I pushed hard on

getting bands over at Xavier, but the [administration wasn’t] having any of it,” Fees said. “This year what I really want to do is lunch time bands. We’ve got guys who want to play and people who want to listen so why not.” Fees said he is confident about his plans and his ability to carry them out and execute them. “Don’t get me wrong I still want bands at Xavier, but I can’t do it this year,” Fees said. “Lunch bands are a more reasonable

goal. Everyone wants it and the Student Council is helping out.” Grindey said that people will likely remember Fees for who he was, rather than what he did. “Max has brought a sense of positive energy and enthusiasm to the campus,” Grindey said. “Besides being in many things, he truly has just a raw positive attitude that glows.” Fees said that to him, leadership isn’t about being in the spotlight but instead is about making a difference however you can. “What leadership means to me is to change, change can only bring good things,” Fees said. “In five or 10 years, the music clubs here will be whole different beasts, and I’m happy with that.”

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‘Suicide Squad’ provides solid addition to DC Extended Universe ‘Suicide Squad’ - Starring: Will Smith and Jared Leto 7 out of 10 By Hayden Welty ’19

THE ROUNDUP Nearly a decade ago, the comic book provider Marvel expanded its product line into the movie industry, pioneering the idea of a “movie universe” where each separate movie takes place in the same universe, allowing a variety of characters to interact with one another. So far, they have had tremendous success, grossing an astounding $7.1 billion worldwide with just their first 10 movies alone. Hoping to imitate Marvel’s achievements, their top competitor DC Comics has also established their own fictional universe dubbed the “DCEU,” or DC Extended Universe, producing a set of movies featuring characters from DC Comics. Their newest movie, “Suicide Squad,” has been thoroughly bashed by critics, receiving a dismal Rotten Tomatoes score of just 26 percent, leaving many wondering whether DC can effectively create successful movies. But despite critic’s complete rejection of the film, I still believe that “Suicide Squad” is a solid addition to a new, expanding movie universe. The film follows the story of a group of captured supervillains who are forced by a secret government agency to execute a suicidal black ops operation, and inevitability, things take a turn for the worse. “Suicide Squad” boasts an impressive cast: Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Cara Delevingne, Viola Davis, Ike Barinholtz, Jai Courtney, Karen Fukuhara, Jay Hernandez, Joel Kinnaman and even Ben Affleck. And although there were some misnomers in the portrayal of these quirky antiheroes, for the most part, the actors brought the characters to life, blending aspects of both comedy and drama. Margot Robbie’s portrayal of Harley

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Task Force X gears up in “Suicide Squad,” a movie in DC’s new “Extended Universe”

Quinn is thoughtfully nuanced, criminally perverted, and yet delightful in a way that is hard to describe. Will Smith thoughtlessly mixes heavy elements of humor and drama into a thoroughly depressing and hilarious character, Deadshot, the sharpshooting leader of the misfits. And Viola Davis is perfect as Amanda Waller, a government hawk leading the dangerous and illegal operation, who is so detached from the real world it makes you reimagine the idea of a villain. The entire cast seemed to work together to feature each character of the squad thoroughly. At the theater where I saw “Suicide Squad,” the audience applauded at the end of the film and seemed to enjoy the story, and apparently, this audience was not the only one who liked it. CinemaScore, an organization that polls moviegoers, said audiences gave

The film follows the story of a group of captured supervillains who are forced by a secret government agency to execute a suicidal black ops operation

Suicide Squad a B+ rating with people under 18 giving it a promising A rating. So, why is the movie profoundly condemned by a vast majority of the critics out there? Well, I think that now, because of Marvel’s success, critics expect all superhero films to be like a Marvel movie because they have been a pillar of success for so long. And one cannot expect a different film produced by different people with different characters to be similar to a different movie; in fact, I would hope movies in the DCEU would be

innovative and original, providing a distinct take on superheroes. Much of the other criticism I had heard of “Suicide Squad” before I went into the film was that the entire movie seemed far-fetched, bizarre and implausible. To that, I would like to point out that there is a character named Katana who wields a literal katana as her weapon, a 6,000-year-old witch demon brought back to life, and a character named Captain Boomerang in the film. So, what did you expect? But to be fair, this movie is far from perfect.

Jared Leto missed the mark in his representation of the Joker; his performance is excessive and awkward. To his credit, I did not doubt for one second that the Joker was a real, unhinged psychopath. The script is a dislocated mess that was never clearly elucidated and reshoots muddled up the plot even further. With motives that are unclear, a confusing and convoluted plan, and CGI that looks outdated, the villains are also poorly conceived. But at the end of the day, “Suicide Squad” is a well-made movie with a few mistakes---like every other movie out there---and although it may be far from perfect, it did not deserve some critic’s unfiltered panning. So despite the critics, if you wanted to see “Suicide Squad” before, go for it. It’s funny, entertaining and worth the price of admission.

‘Madden 17’ improves on gameplay, game modes, not graphics ‘Madden 17’ - From EA Sports

Xbox one, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 8.5 out of 10 By Edwin Perez-Morales ’18

THE ROUNDUP EA released its yearly Madden game Aug. 23 for all consoles that improves on various aspects of the game making a big improvement from last year’s version. “Madden 17” made some adjustments but did not focus enough on the graphics. This Madden is a game that makes big adjustments in the modes of Connected Franchise and Madden Ultimate Team. The graphics and kicking changes make it harder for players to make simple field goals thus making them riskier choices. It did improve the gameplay with the new running

display that helps you while making a long run and also the intelligence of the AI defense. It also fixes the issues it had in one of the most popular game modes, which is Connected Franchise.Connected Franchise allows you to be a player coach or general manager for any team controlling what happens to your organization and making actual decisions that real coaches players and general managers go through. This Madden made it easier to control your team such as making it straightforward for you to trade and upgrading players. Many complaints from the past Maddens have been that they have not improved. But this transition from “Madden 16” to “Madden 17” has made it evident that they did go through changes. The main question that many wonder is if this Madden is worth their $60. My answer is yes due to the fact of all improvements and new players it added makes it worth your money. But make sure that if you do pick it up, get another friend to get it too for more entertainment.

Screenshot courtesy of Tribune News Service Rob Gronkowski in “Madden 17.”

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‘In the Heights’ seeks to be accurate take on urban life By Tyler Conrad ’17

THE ROUNDUP Brophy/Xavier Theatre’s upcoming production of “In the Heights” at Xavier seeks to be accurate in its cultural portrayal of the largely DominicanAmerican New York City Washington Heights neighborhood. “The actors and crew of the show have committed to putting on an accurate portrayal of the script, the characters, and the story intended by Lin ManuelMiranda,” said Elias Sabbagh ’17, who portrays Parigua Guy in the production. The musical centers on Usnavi, an

orphan living in the barrio, struggling to make a living and get out into the world. “Usnavi and practically all of the characters in the musical go through struggles in their daily lives to make ends meet and they all have dreams of moving on to bigger and better things, and then everything changes when someone in their community wins the lottery,” said Spencer Coben ’17, who plays Benny. The cast and crew said they plan on preparing the production to fit the culture as accurately as possible. “Ms. Robillard and all of the people working on the show over at Xavier are taking intense care to accurately portray these people’s lives and stories,”

“We have also brought in auxiliary salsa and flamenco choreographers to ensure vibrance on our movement.” -Elias Sabbagh ’17

Coben said. “They have even brought in a past Brophy student who has lived in Washington Heights for some years now to help us with dialect and to better appreciate and understand the culture of the show.” In addition to dialect, outside help was

also brought in for the choreography. “We have also brought in auxiliary salsa and flamenco choreographers to ensure vibrance on our movement,” Sabbagh said. Actors said they have great excitement to perform a work written by LinManuel Miranda, the man behind the

critically-acclaimed Broadway musical “Hamilton.” “Miranda’s trendiness is much deserved, as every show he produces has an important message that we can all benefit from,” Sabbagh said. Coben said he, along with many young actors and actresses, see Miranda as a role model in the industry. “He’s completely revolutionizing the way that musicals are being written nowadays,” Coben said. “I, as do many young theatre people, look up to Lin Manuel Miranda as a huge inspiration. “In the Heights” runs in Xavier’s Virginia G. Piper Performing Arts Center Oct. 12, 13, and 15.

‘No Man’s Sky’ provides adequate gameplay, sets up future ‘No Man’s Sky’ – From Hello Games

My biggest takeaway after playing this game is how it is going to impact gaming in a big way.

Playstation 4, PC 7 out of 10 By Ethan Winkler ’17

THE ROUNDUP One of the most anticipated games of 2016, “No Man’s Sky” delivers on its promise of a beautiful game with limitless exploration, but fails to give us an immersive experience. Released by Hello Games, “No Man’s Sky” was promised to be a game the world hasn’t ever seen, one with an endless amount of randomized gameplay. While this is true in some ways, it was lacking in a lot of things. One of my biggest gripes is the lack of a clear, entertaining story. When the game starts, the unnamed player wakes up on a random planet next to a broken spaceship. The game gives you a small tutorial on controls and how to rebuild your ship. After that, you take off into space to start your adventure, but as far as story goes, this is where it falls apart. To be fair, there are lots and lots of things to do and places to go. In fact, that’s a part of the game that I like. You can explore an infinite amount of planets and solar systems, each

containing different types of resources to collect and species of aliens and plants to discover and learn about. You can even slowly learn the aliens’ languages through accessing monoliths on planets. But the only reason to do these things is to improve your spaceship and equipment. There is no plot that draws you into the game, making it repetitive and boring after the first five or six hours. All you know is you need to get to the center of the galaxy. Another disappointment of mine is the lack of real multiplayer. There is a small part of the game that allows you to rename and upload your discoveries to the game’s server, allowing other players to randomly find what you renamed. While this brings a sense of community,

Photo courtesy of Tribune News Service Front cover of “No Man’s Sky.”

it really isn’t what most people were expecting when Hello Games said that the game would have a multiplayer aspect. Gamers wanted to fly around randomized planets with their friends, exploring the flora and fauna and discovering hidden treasures and ores. But even with these complaints about the game, I found myself enjoying most of my time playing.

I love losing myself in games all about exploration. And if this game has anything, it’s an unlimited amount of things to explore. I had so much fun learning different languages, going to different waypoints on planets and interacting with the different species of the game. When you really pay attention to the dialogue and the details, it is obvious that Hello Games put a lot of work into

making this game personal for everyone. My biggest takeaway after playing this game is how it is going to impact gaming in a big way. This formula for a seemingly unlimited amount of gameplay will almost certainly serve as a blueprint for many developing games in the future. Completely immersive, personal and endless video games may not be as far away as we thought.

‘Memento’ is a masterpiece, showcases Nolan’s first successes Revisiting the Classics ‘Memento’ – starring Guy Pierce, Carrie-Ann Moss, and Joe Pantiliano 9 out of 10 By Graham Armknecht ’18

THE ROUNDUP Sometimes it helps to start with the end of a movie and work your way back for a story to make sense. Such is the case with “Memento” (2001), a fantastic movie that’s hiding in plain sight. The movie starts out with Leonard Shelby (Guy

Pierce) shooting and killing the man who he believes killed his wife (Joe Pantilliano). Don’t worry, that’s not a spoiler. The movie goes in reverse to explain the matter of the shooting, and to explain how Leonard has short term memory loss. He cannot form any new memories, but he retains all of his old memories before the incident where he believes his wife was sexually assaulted and murdered. Let’s start for what worked for this movie: the pacing and the narrative itself. Due to it being played in reverse, it jumps backwards to each time Leonard Shelby forgets the previous scene that just occurred. The acting in this movie works very well for what it’s trying to accomplish. Pierce is convincing with his condition of short term memory loss, which

helps drive the whole plot. Pantilliano, who plays Leonard’s friend Teddy, is played with ease as well. Carrie-Ann Moss could have been used in a better way than just as a slight side story to bring more light to Leonard’s condition and how he struggles. However, I feel the largest strength of this movie is the narrative and the screenplay. While Hollywood today is flooded with sequels, Michael Bay explosion movies and superhero flicks, this feels different. While the story is mainly just a simple revenge plot, it has enough of a twist not only in the movie itself, but in how the movie is told, which makes the movie feel original. I won’t spoil the movie itself, even if it is 15 years

The largest strength of this movie is the narrative and the screenplay.

old. Overall, this is a wonderful trip down memory lane, which helps showcase Nolan’s style and rise to prominence.

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Megan Brown ’18 By Andrew Jordan ’18

THE ROUNDUP Tell me a little bit about yourself. I’m a junior, I swim for Xavier and I swim for a club team. Do you ever get coached by Mr. O’Neill? Coach O’Neill is very helpful, but my coach is Coach Mo. OK, that’s cool. Besides swimming, what else do you like to do? I don’t have time for much else, but I do like to hang out with my friends and go to football games. That’s great! Do you know any of the guys on the team? Yes I do. Have you been keeping track of

By Ibu Oluyi ’17 and Camden Andl ’19

THE ROUNDUP is a music exploration website, in which the user can pick almost any country and any decade in the last 100 years and learn about the music and culture of that time. Within a span of minutes, a user can experience a wide a range of music, ranging from the sound of early American Jazz to the rhythmic styling of Latin American pop. For example, did you know that many South African songs from the 1960s have been sampled by recent hip hop artists such as Kanye West? Through Radiooooo, you’ll be able to hear the root of these modern songs. is a open source music making app in which the user can create self-playing sound environments. This is done through creating synths, using samples from SoundCloud, using musical instruments like the guitar and many other tools at users’ disposal. Blokdust’s simple interface allows for even novices to create wonderful music. According to the website’s FAQ

the season so far? Yeah I have been. We’ve started out with two wins and I’m excited to see how the season plays out. I have a tough question for you. What is something that most people don’t know about Xavier? I think a lot of people don’t know that Xavier and Brophy originally shared a campus when the schools were starting out. One last question: What is something about yourself nobody really knows about you? Well only a few people know that I’m color blind. Wow, that’s crazy! Does it affect how you do in school? No, not really, or I don’t really know, I guess. I’ve always had it, so I have nothing to compare it to. Other than learning colors in preschool, it’s been OK.

Words from the Wise ... “‘I’m just having fun with it’ -Chance the Rapper.” -John Zacher ’17

“Nick Cage has the real Constitution.” -Mrs. Kelly Guffey

“It’s only stupid if it doesn’t work.” -Sean Even ’17

“This book was meant for business. But our business is changing lives.” -Scott Heideman holding up the “212 Degrees of Leadership” book

“My name is Howard and I joined The Roundup so I can be on the football field. Hmmm.” -@ryanmeza13 about Andrew Howard ’17

“What! Why is Brad Pitt’s picture on there?”

-Jack Monte ’17 after receiving his school photos

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page, the creators hope for a symbiotic relationship in which both the users and creators learn from each other and work together. allows the user to view all of the policies of the presidential candidates in this upcoming election. Once a candidate is selected, a drop down menu allows the user to select any topic, whether it be crime or foreign policy, and read up on everything the candidate has said about the topic. Unlike other similar websites, it’s very clear and easy to use and allows voters to be informed and make an educated decision come November.

Phhhoto App This photography app strings a series of photos together to make an eternal GIF. Filters can be added to the gif to edit colors or add fun effects. Phhhotos can then be posted to your feed and are shared to your followers. The app even has secret settings that can make your phhhotos unique if you are dedicated enough to find them, but let’s be honest, you’ll probably just look them up.

Above: Charcoal/Pastel drawing by Martin Bonilla ’15 Bottom left: Photo by Anthony Iannitti ’15 Bottom right: Photo by Nick Park ’15

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