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Mr. Ryan: Lacrosse team hits reset on season LAX teams shut down for 1 week after reported incident By Julian De Ocampo ’13 & Jackson Santy ’13
On the Road: Broncos travel the world
his edition, The Roundup explores the many forms of travel students engage in, including service, immersion, athletics and fun. Perhaps Mark Twain expressed the value of travel best when he wrote, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”
• Editor shares personal immersion trip experience to Kenya
• Argentinians reflect on immersion experience
See Opinions, Page 7
• Student athletes travel long distances to compete for teams
See News, Page 3
• Admissions Director Ward recalls backpacking through Europe
See Sports, Page 11
• Music fans make yearly pilgrimages to festivals
See News, Page 3
• Fisko recalls Russia, participation in Soviet-American play as child See News, Page 4
See Entertainment, Page 14
• Students journey across nation and world for immersion experience
Photos contributed by: Jordan Bruner ’13, Aakash Jain ’14, Jackson Santy ’13, Caleb Pilukas ’14, Casey Weinstein ’13, Kevin Valezuela ’13 and Maxwell Hall ’14
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Students born abroad transition into new country By Austin Norville ’15
THE ROUNDUP Many students will experience moving to a new city, part of town, house or school. Not many students will experience moving to a new country.
Flynn fosters and models ‘culture of inclusion’
“I was young when I moved here so I don’t remember the journey that much,” said sophomore Fergus Shanks ’15. “It was hard as we did not know anyone and had to adapt to a different lifestyle … I forced myself to speak with an American accent so I would fit in with the other kids.” Shanks was born in London,
England and came into the United States when he was three years old. “We moved for my dad’s job. He works in the travel industry and spends a lot of time travelling. Currently he is living in a small island country called Mauritius, which is off the coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean,” Shanks said
Senior Victor Ribakare ’13 was also born outside the United States, similarly he had to adapt to a new school and culture. However he also had the struggle of learning a new language. “I was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo,” Ribakare said. “I was four years old
Gun control surges to forefront of student debate
Baseball looks for shot at redemption
when I moved here on Feb. 17, 2000, my family decided to refuge to United States because my father was previously imprisoned by the government because he was from Rwanda and the president at that time wanted to kill anyone from that See NEW COUNTRY, Page 4
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Following a string of incidents that resulted in the suspension of the lacrosse team in February, Principal Mr. Bob Ryan said that the lacrosse team is having a “do-over” this season. “There was an incident that occurred during tryouts,” Mr. Ryan said. “And then there was an incident where a girl who was a visitor to campus described a situation where she was harassed by some lacrosse players, and so I met with the team and described my frustration with all of those things.” Mr. Ryan said that these issues, and what he described as “the culture of the team,” go back as far as the end of last lacrosse season. “At the end of last season, there were a few incidents that occurred with members of the lacrosse team,” Mr. Ryan said. “I talked with the offices and with the coaches and the parents who oversee the lacrosse program just about those, about how to start the season off on a good foot this year.” Mr. Ryan did not elaborate on the incidents. The idea of a necessary suspension was echoed by head lacrosse coach Mr. Zach Widbin. “The appropriate course of action was to shut everything down so that an investigation could ensue and be appropriately conducted and be fair to her and everybody involved,” Mr. See LACROSSE page 5
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Flynn fosters and models ‘culture of inclusion’ By Jackson Santy ’13
THE ROUNDUP Jack Flynn ’13 initially came to Brophy his freshman year for the academics, or at least that was the “justification” he had in the eighth grade. Now as a senior, Flynn has made his mark in far more than just academia, spanning his involvement in Speech and Debate, managing editor of BLAM, the Brophy Literary Arts Magazine, and a volunteer for Teen Lifeline. “Most of the reasons I love Brophy have to do with the community; the retreat experiences, how involved everybody is and how there’s such a culture of involvement and inclusion,” Flynn said. For Speech and Debate Flynn participates in philosophical debate, persuasive speaking or “oratory” and prose, which is reciting a short story. As managing editor for BLAM, Flynn has to “have his hands in everything” within the publication, whether it be the literary submissions, visual sections, making sure graphics are happening on time and making sure communication is occurring through all the different committees and parts of the magazine. Outside of Brophy, Flynn is a volunteer for Teen Lifeline, a peer crisis suicide hotline based in Phoenix. “It’s focused on the idea that when someone is in crisis, it really just helps to have someone they can talk to and a friend,” Flynn said. While this started as a Junior Justice Project, Flynn kept with it long after his 50 hours were fulfilled. During last year’s Summit on Human Dignity on masculinity, Brophy hosted keynote speaker Jason Evert. After his speech, Evert distributed a booklet he authored, titled “Pure Manhood.” The booklet included a chapter titled “What if you have homosexual attractions?” “He laid out the standard Catholic condemnation of homosexual behavior, but also went further, connecting homosexuality to unhealthy paternal relationships, an inability to relate to other men and even sexual abuse,”
Photo by Kevin Valenzuela ’13 Jack Flynn ’13 poses for a photo in Ms. Clarke’s room in Brophy Hall. Jack Flynn has worked on the staff for BLAM, worked on films, and has been a member of the speech and debate team during his time at Brophy.
Flynn said. “He cited outdated and widely criticized statistics about the lifespan of gay men and claimed that this high death-rate was natural proof of how sinful their behavior was.” “Kids who are struggling with their sexuality already often feel isolated, alone or depressed,” Flynn said. “They’re in an extremely vulnerable position and the last thing they need is to be further ostracized by that kind of misinformation.” After the distribution of the booklet, Flynn contacted friend and Brophy senior Colin Marston ’13 about composing a petition. Within a few hours the two had it posted on Change.org.
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Filmmaking isn’t the most practical thing but I’m passionate about it. —Jack Flynn ’13
“We shared it around online, hoping to get maybe a hundred signatures,” Flynn said. They had 1,000 within 24 hours. Soon after, Marston and Flynn met with the Office of Faith and Justice and voiced their concerns; this meeting was followed by a school-wide announcement by Principal Mr. Bob Ryan on the loudspeaker, reminding
everyone that Brophy is a school where all students are going to be supported, regardless of their sexual orientation. “It was big, or at least it felt big to me,” Flynn said. “I’m hoping that it made a difference for some of the students on campus who need that kind of support, but aren’t getting it anywhere else, sometimes seemingly small things like that one announcement can make all the
difference. As graduation soon approaches for Flynn, he plans to attend film school next fall. “It isn’t the most practical thing but I’m passionate about it,” Flynn said. “I’m applying to a bunch of film production schools; I’ve already gotten into USC, LMU and Chapman.” Long-term, Flynn said he hopes to eventually direct movies. “It’s what I’ve wanted to do ever since I was little,” Flynn said. “We actually have home videos where you can hear me off-camera, telling my parents what to film and when and how to film it. It’s kind of something that just always been with me, I have a real love for watching movies and being involved in the process of creating and analyzing them.” Aside from those earlier years of directing, Flynn has produced multiple short films alongside fellow BLAM editor, debater, filmmaker and best friend Sam Wolff ’13. “Through a life perspective Jack is very industrious in terms of he knows how to get things done, but he also knows how to get things done well, which is this unique mix where he’s never willing to compromise between getting something finished and getting something done well,” Wolff said. “Jack is very methodical in his filmmaking, he knows what his vision is and he knows how the aesthetic aspect should be,” Wolff said. “When you’re working with him, it forces you to justify everything that you do, just from a creative perspective you always have to have a reason for doing what you’re doing.” According to Wolff, Flynn is never content with what is in the status quo, even if the status quo is a good situation, and he always sees points of improvements in the world and he makes an active effort to get that improvement reached. “He sees a better world and he wants a better world and he takes a very deliberate action to make it that way,” Wolff said.
• In the article “Summit aims to address economic inequality causes, effects” in the February 2013 edition, The Roundup incorrectly listed the third Summit on Human Dignity speaker. The correct speaker was Dana Wolfe Naimark. The Roundup apologizes for the error. The Roundup seeks to correct any printed mistakes in a timely and public manner. Please e-mail corrections to roundup@ brophybroncos.org.
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Argentinians discuss immersion experience
Photo courtesy of Facundo Bergallo Argentinian students pose for a group photo in northern Arizona during their exchange trip. By Aakash Jain ’14
This February, 16 students from Argentina visited Brophy along with one of their teachers as part of the Immaculada Exchange and Immersion Program, which started in 2009. The Argentinians attend Colegio Immaculada, a Jesuit high school in Santa Fe, Argentina that was founded more than 400 years ago. Sante Fe is in northeastern Argentina and has a population of fewer than 400,000.
Facundo Bergallo, one of the students, said he enjoyed the experience. “I was with Joe Hickey (’14). We went driving, bowling, Brophy and Xavier soccer matches and a Suns match,” Bergallo said. At the Suns game, Bergallo had the opportunity to meet fellow Argentinian and current Suns player Luis Scola. “In my case, I loved that moment because I play basketball and he is a role model,” Bergallo said. “It was an unbelievable moment for me. In Argentina, Luis is very famous because he and (Manu) Ginobili
are the better players of the national team.” Agustin Vissio, another Argentinian student, said that they also visited New York before their trip to Phoenix and made a three-day stop in Los Angeles after their visit at Brophy was over. “We loved New York, but in Phoenix I liked the experience in the Suns match and the time spent in Manresa,” Bergallo said. “We really enjoyed the time with the Chinese and American boys.” A second exchange program with students from China took place at the same time as the Argentinian trip.
When asked what was different between Argentina and Phoenix, Bergallo said, “The food, the climate, all the things in the city are far from each other, and all the boys drive here, but we must have 18 years to drive.” Joaquin Villa said that while he initially found it difficult to understand his classes, he quickly became acclimated to Brophy. He said that this experience has also helped him become a better English speaker. For the second part of the program, several Brophy students will visit Argentina in May.
Mason partakes in transcontinental travel, hikes Mt. Fuji By Chase Bayless ’15
THE ROUNDUP When Ms. Jessica Mason isn’t teaching math, she can be found traveling the world. She has been overseas on many trips throughout her life. From visiting Paris and Scotland as
a student, to recently spending two months backpacking alone throughout the unfamiliar territories of Europe, she has seen many foreign places. She also spent a month in Japan, starting and ending her journey in Tokyo. “I did big cities and I did little cities,” Ms. Mason said. In some places smaller cities like
Beppu, she said there were some instances where no one spoke English and she had to use her broken Japanese to figure out how to navigate the city. On her second and most recent trip to Japan she went during the summer and hiked Mount Fuji. She set out at night to get to the summit in time for sunrise with a few
other tourists she did not know. Ms. Mason said she used a Mt. Fuji hiking stick, which hikers can get at the start of the trail. She said throughout the hike there are 10 stations where they brand a stamp into your stick marking the station and elevation. When you arrive at the last station you
get a stamp proving you have reached the summit of Mt. Fuji. She said the hiking stick was a cool way to remember the trip. Ms. Mason said New Zealand, Egypt and Greece are some of the other places in the world that she wants to visit, but she also would love to bring a friend or family member to show them Japan.
Admissions Director Ward recalls backpacking through Europe By Alec Vick ’15
The Roundup After two years of teaching at another school, Admissions Director Mr. Mike Ward decided it was time to see more of what the world has to offer before continuing on with his daily life. This experience, he decided, would be acquired by backpacking through the vast cultures and numerous landscapes found in Europe. He started on a two and a half month trip, which kicked off in London, and led him to the countries and cities of Ireland, Paris, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Marseilles, Nice, Rome, Florence, Innsbruck, Salzburg, Munich, Brugge, Oostene and back to London. “My decision to backpack through Europe was
basically an opportunity to spend time figuring out to growth and loving. I was always one to wait for what I was going to do with my life,” Mr. Ward things to happen, like waiting for someone to call said. me, I never really took a Roaming the My decision to backpack through risk. My trip to Europe countryside and going Europe was basically an opportunity gave me confidence.” from small farm towns While in Italy, Mr. to spend time figuring out what I to large cosmopolitan Ward found himself was going to do with my life. cities like Rome was with a friend in a train a heavy mental and station when he noticed —Mr. Mike Ward physical challenge. a train was leaving for “I learned a lot about Paris very soon. myself – how to deal He did not know how with issues in a big city, to speak French, did not finding a place to stay, have any French money to communicate and meet people,” Mr. Ward said. or know where to go when there. “I learned to trust people, probably the best thing But he decided it would be a good experience. about the experience – learning how to be open Before leaving he decided he would need French
money. Mr. Ward and his friend left their backpacks to a group of people they had just met in the train station while they set out for France. Upon returning from their search for francs, they came back to realize that the only things in the train station were two backpacks, theirs. “We could have lost everything,” Mr. Ward said. After the four hour train ride to Paris, he ended up staying above a pizza parlor for an amount of francs equivalent to $7 per night. Mr. Ward said he uses what he learned in this experience as confidence, a reinforcement to his teaching skills and a resource to why he is still teaching to this day.
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Santos counsels students towards college, beyond By Christian Guerithault ’14
THE ROUNDUP Finding the right college and path in life is something that all high school students will experience. Having a college counselor guide you through the process can help alleviate stress and be a helpful tool for a student. Mr. Rey Santos is in his second year at Brophy and he is one of three college counselors who help juniors and seniors choose the right college and possible career. “Helping students choose the right college is looking to see what that right fit may be,” Mr. Santos said. “That right fit can work on different levels from location to the type of school.” Mr. Santos is the counselor for more than 100 Brophy students; he said he knows how important having a college counselor can be to high school students. “Having a college counselor is important because the process of applying for colleges is becoming more detail oriented,” Mr. Santos said. “The nice thing about having a college counselor is that the process is one of the main things that we can focus on.” Last year, Mr. Santos counseled
students from the class of 2012. One of his students was Emmanuel Rodriguez ’12. “Mr. Santos was a great counselor,” Rodriguez said. “He gave me great feedback on my college application essays, he kept sending me emails reminding me to submit all of the necessary documents before deadlines; he forwarded me many scholarship opportunities and so many other great things. He really helped make everything a smooth process.” Mr. Santos was not only a good counselor in the eyes of Rodriguez, but also a good person. “Mr. Santos is a warm-hearted person,” Rodriguez said. “I remember there were days when I felt like talking about some really bad issues that I had going on at home and Mr. Santos did a great job of relieving my mind. He is a genuine man for others.” His job comes with a lot of hard work, but Mr. Santos said that he enjoys a lot about being a college counselor. “I enjoy the diversity and experience, college counseling is not very prescriptive,” Mr. Santos said. “The diversity in what guys hope for in their college experience is great.”
Photo by Kevin Valenzuela ’13 Mr. Santos meets with a student about college planning March 7 in Romley Hall.
Fisko recalls Russia, participation in Soviet-American play as child By Michael Ahearne ’14
THE ROUNDUP In 1987 Mr. Paul Fisko, along with 19 other American children and 20 Russian children, traveled across Russia, Europe and American to spread the message to end the Cold War and bring peace. Mr. Fisko’s journey and experiences began during the Cold War in 1987. At that time, he was in 8th Grade, and Ronald Reagan was the president while Mikhail Gorbachev led the Soviet Union. During that time, many people lived in a fear of nuclear warfare. “We all lived in fear of mutual assured destruction by nuclear war,” Mr. Fisko said. “I remember as a child at that age, we would do bomb blast drills, going down into the basement and the fallout shelter, rehearsing and having that being a part of our existence.” In attempts to ease tensions between the Soviet Union and United States, the Peace Child Foundation in California decided to find common interests between Soviets and Americans, and From NEW COUNTRY, Page 1 country based on suspicion.” According to Ribakare,
looked at children as the future. This foundation embarked on a six-year journey where they helped pair up Soviet and American children together to work on projects that they had in common. This foundation later hired with the Theater of All Possibilities in Santa Cruz, Calif., who wanted to pair up Americans and Soviets to perform a play together called “Peace Child.” “It would tell the futuristic story that kids brought peace to the world,” Mr. Fisko said. This theater went on a country wide talent search in order to find children to bring to Russia that were very talented. Out of 2.3 million children who tried out, only 20 were chosen, one of those being Mr. Fisko. Mr. Fisko and the 19 other children met in Santa Cruz for a month to study Russian, study relationships and diplomacy and begin work on the play. After the month, the 20 children traveled to Soviet Russia, where they met their 20 Russian counterparts for the first time in the Crimean Peninsula at an International Youth Camp. These 40 children traveled to a camp near Yalta
remembers little about the actual journey; he knows it was very long and his family stopped at many cities before arriving in the U.S.
called Artek Camp, where for about a month and a half, they rehearsed, wrote and broke cultural barriers together. After finishing writing the play and rehearsing, they began to travel across Russia. They started mainly in small towns that would be affected by the possible nuclear war. They went all across Russia through what is today Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Siberia performing their “Peace Child” play. They then went to larger places, such as Moscow, Kiev, Estonia, Lafia, Saint Petersburg, then called Leningrad, where they performed about 10 performances in each big city. They finished their trip across Russia in Moscow, where they met President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev. “We actually went into Kremlin, into the premier’s offices and we spoke with him. All 40 of us,” Mr. Fisko said. “It was an amazing experience to speak with the man who is credited with turning the tide of communism and the Soviet tradition.” They continued to show their play in Eastern Europe, places such as Prague, Hungry and Bulgaria.
“English was not my first language, my first language is an African dialect called Lingala,” Ribakare said. “It was really tough learning a new language. When I
After touring Eastern Europe, the Soviet children had to leave because they were restricted by the Soviet government. They said their goodbyes and parted ways. The American group continued to tour, going first to Western Europe, then back to United States where they performed in large venues such as in places like Washington, Oregon, California, New York, Chicago, Dallas and many other cities, helping to raise money and awareness. The two groups of children were involved in a satellite broadcast with each other, at which Gorbachev was in the audience of the Russian concert, but Reagan couldn’t make the American concert, sending a diplomat instead to represent him. After that, the tour was over. Even though the tour ended, the two groups of children to this day have been able to keep in communication with each other through email, Facebook and the Internet. The groups have been able to have two reunions, one in New York and another in Riga, Latvia.
arrived, it wasn’t very long until I had to start school. I knew little to no English when I started school. I had an English tutor while I was in school. Again, this
was tough and to go along with it all, I had an awful stuttering problem.”
Students to experience art, travel on European Art History Trip By Tanner Nypen ’15
THE ROUNDUP This July a group of 12 students and two teachers will tour Europe to experience European art history and culture. For a little more than two weeks this group will visit London, Paris, Florence and Rome. The idea for this trip came from Mr. Noah Lewkowitz ’98, hoping to revive the European humanities trip that was around while he attended Brophy.
“I think that travel is a very important thing and that sort of paired with my love of art. I thought it would be a good idea to resurrect the trip,” Mr. Lewkowitz said. This trip is designed to help students understand traveling in other countries as well as learn about different works of art and the history behind the pieces. “Being able to take some students who have heard about certain works of art in the classroom and have them actually see it (the artworks), then challenging them to learn the skill of a traveler,
because I think that is an important skill to have,” Mr. Lewkowitz said. Students were chosen through an application process where they were asked to answer certain questions in detail. The list of applicants was sent out to the entire faculty to be approved. There were about 25 students who originally applied for this trip and about half will be going on it. One student who was approved to go on this trip is Joseph Conroy ’15.
“The main reason I wanted to go on trip was because it was two of my favorite teachers leading the trip, and my other reason is because I have only been to Europe once,” Conroy said. “I am looking forward to getting to see a lot of the architecture, because I have a big interest in architecture, and also a lot of the art museums as well because I have also been interested in art in the past.” Other than Conroy there are six juniors, one freshman, and four sophomores going on the trip along with Mr. Lewkowitz and Mr. John Damaso ’97.
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Oleksaks’s carpentry creates business opportunity By Andrew Marini ’13
THE ROUNDUP Brophy student Steven Oleksak ’13 is gaining popularity for his handmade iPhone cases. With more than 60 cases sold, Oleksak’s carpentry hobby has turned into a successful business opportunity. “I first started my carpentry hobby as a freshman when I made handmade Photo courtesy of Steven Oleksak ’13
One of Steven Oleksak’s wooden iPhone cases on display.
Ping-Pong paddles to use for our old tables,” Oleksak said. “This was also the first time I started a business with handmadepingpong.com, I sold four paddles total.” He has made everything from easy projects like paddles to huge undertakings like a handmade Les Paul guitar, which he said is the most rewarding thing he’s ever built. The idea for the cases came to him after he received his iPhone 5 because he was always dropping it. He decided to make a case with leftover veneer, thin wood sheets. He did so by combining the veneer with the back of his plastic phone case.
“My favorite part of making the cases is after all the sanding and trimming, I package them in leather and cardboard and stamp them with a wax seal,” Oleksak said. Custom cases can also be ordered with engraving the wood, each one unique and different. Since creating the case, Oleksak has been overwhelmed with orders since putting up the website woodphonecase. com, and has even been asked to do an interview for Wood Magazine about his cases as well as past endeavors. Most of his cases have been sold through his website and by word of mouth but he is now selling them in a few
boutiques, including Bunky Boutique on McDowell and Jam Boutique in Old Town Scottsdale. “The cases are really unique and help your phone stand out from the typical plastic cases that every student seems to have,” said Jake Petty ’13. Oleksak said he hopes to continue his passion in college but if not hopes to pick it up again with his dream of owning his own shop rather than just have a workbench in his garage. He said he would like to retire making furniture and trying to find his next business idea.
Students journey across nation and world for immersion experience By Nick May ’13 & Connor Bradshaw Van Lier Ribbink ’13
THE ROUNDUP Every year, scores of students travel across the world on immersion trips sponsored by Brophy. However, every year some students find other immersion trips with their respective church groups or other foundations. Many hear stories from the Brophy immersion trips but people rarely hear the stories of students who go on immersion trips outside of the school.
Mueller gets ‘experience of my life’ in Ecuador with church mission This past summer, Scott Mueller ’13 travelled more than 3,000 miles to the South American country of Ecuador. “It was amazing. It’s a completely different place than any where I’ve ever been,” Mueller said. Mueller said he had some concerns about Ecuador before he left on his journey. “I definitely was nervous about going to a different country that spoke a different language than me, but once I got there my nerves were eased and I just enjoyed the experience,” Mueller said. Mueller left Arizona for Ecuador with his church group in late last July. “I left with my church, First United Methodist Church, a youth group mission trip. We went down there to help the poor communities,” Mueller From LACROSSE, Page 1 Widbin said. “It was determined that everything would be on hold until the investigation into the matter could shed more light on who was involved and to what extent,” Mr. Widbin said. All four of the lacrosse teams were not allowed to practice or compete. According to Mr. Widbin, the team was on a “day to day” over the duration of the suspension. “We were looking for anybody with information, whether they be on the team or not, to come forward with information,” Mr. Widbin said. After putting much practice time in during the fall to prepare for the season, players and coaching staff were disappointed with the situation. “As they began to understand more about the situation and how it affected more than just them, everybody who was involved realized that they weren’t the victims, they were just part of it,” Mr. Widbin said. But what began as frustration ended
said. Mueller experienced first hand the poverty of the slums of Quito, Ecuador and offered a lot of help to these people. “It was really a shock. These people were just so grateful for everything. We helped build two houses and helped give dental care to those who couldn’t afford it,” Mueller said. Even though Mueller had a lot of work, he still found time to make friends. “I met a little guy, he was about six and we bonded. He would also ask me and my friend Michael to play soccer with him and by the end of the trip he called me his hermano,” Mueller said. “It meant a lot to me that I could have such a great impact on a kid’s life.” While the trip was mostly centered around the mission aspect, Mueller was also able to experience the culture of Ecuador. “We were able to go into the city a few times and see the markets and stuff like that. The cultural difference was shocking,” Mueller said.“But I was still able to relate and connect to the people there, which was really cool.” Mueller also picked up some souvenirs while he was there. “I really liked the flag of Ecuador so I got a flag and few soccer jerseys including the Ecuador national team soccer jersey, which I really liked because it has the same vibrant colors as the flag of Ecuador,” Mueller said. Mueller said he found the experience to have a
up being a sense of “understanding and patience,” according to Mr. Widbin. “The coaches were disappointed because we were working under the assumption that we would go right into practice after tryouts, but then to have to shut everything down after tryouts was disappointing in the sense that we weren’t prepared for it,” he said. “But again we were understanding that something bigger than lacrosse was happening.” “The investigation came to a point where they decided that to continue with the suspension of the lacrosse team wouldn’t be appropriate given the evidence that they had,” Mr. Widbin said. After the one-week suspension, the season started and the team had a retreat at Manresa Feb. 22 that Mr. Ryan said was about “what it means to be a team here at Brophy and how to continue to grow in ways consistent with the school.” Mr. Ryan said that he has heard that the retreat was successful. “I have faith in our program. I like
larger impact on him than he expected. “I knew it would change me but I’m surprised how much it changed me. If I had a chance, I’d leave for Ecuador tomorrow,” Mueller said. “I had the experience of my life.”
Senior spends a dozen days in Uganda Last summer Robby Leonard ’13 packed up a small suitcase and a backpack with just the necessities he would need to spend a dozen days living in Uganda, Africa, which is by far the farthest place from home he had ever been. And it wasn’t just for the African safaris. When Leonard found out that a family friend in California had started a foundation in the East African country of Uganda, he was interested. When Leonard discovered that he was invited to go on a mission trip his summer before senior year, he was in a whirlwind of emotions. “I had a lot of emotions going into the trip,” Leonard said.“Obviously I was nervous, but I was excited to do something totally different than I had before.” The mission of the trip was to improve the community physically and mentally through teaching children, bonding with them and improving their surroundings as a whole. It took Leonard and his group a full day to finally arrive in Uganda and finally their destination, a school for the extremely poor children in the
lacrosse, I enjoy going to games, I’m a big fan of our teams. I want them to do well,” he said. “I just felt like last season didn’t end well, frankly, in terms of things that I detected in the culture ... I wanted to send the message that, hey, there are certain expectations that we have of teams here. We did, and I’m confident that it’s going to be a great year.” Mr. Ryan said that the team suspension for the faults of a few was a “last resort,” and he maintained that he “empathizes with the vast majority of kids in the program” who did nothing wrong. Nonetheless, he said that on a certain level, there were more people accountable than those who started the incident. “On some level, we are all accountable to each other,” Mr. Ryan said. “So if you guys are out somewhere and you see other kids acting like idiots, you guys have a responsibility to hold them accountable.” He added that these guidelines apply to all students and teams who are held
community. “When I first got to the school the poverty was pretty surprising,” Leonard said. “It was obviously a major culture change, but the kids made me feel extremely welcomed.” Leonard stayed at a local hotel and each morning at sun up he and his group would walk about a mile down the main road to the basketball courts where they would teach the American game of basketball to the kids of the home. Following this Leonard would help other volunteers with construction projects such as building new segments to the school and repairing the church. “Whenever the kids saw me walking down the road to start my day with them they got super excited. I was definitely appreciated,” Leonard said. After nine days of hard work at the school, Leonard then had the opportunity to go on an African safari. “It was crazy because I saw so much suffering, sickness and poverty during my time at the school, but on the safari there was just so much beauty,” Leonard said. “It reminded me of the kids. Even though everything around them was rough there was still a beauty in them.” Leonard said he hopes to go back to Uganda and that school in the near future. “I think about it every day,” Leonard said. “It was the best trip of my life.”
to a different standard at Brophy. Players such as team captain Ryan Geller ’13 said that he sees a disconnect between how others view lacrosse and the reality of the team. “I’d have to say that with our lacrosse culture as a whole, there’s two different ways to look at it. There’s the way that those who actually play lacrosse look at it and then there’s the way that society looks at it,” Geller said. “Society has a negative view of lacrosse because they do not understand us,” Geller said. “They view us as lazy kids who don’t care about anything besides partying.” Geller said that that it needs to be made clear that this is an incorrect stereotype. “We, as a community, are student athletes; to us, school comes first, followed by lacrosse,” he said. “If people take the time to get to know us and understand our community, they will see that we are all hardworking individuals who give everything we’ve got to get to the next level.” Despite the disciplinary issues, Mr. Ryan said he is optimistic about the
team. “I know this upset a lot of people and there’s all this buzz out there about how lacrosse is the black sheep of campus,” he said. “That’s not true for me. The image I have, and the most appropriate one, is that of a start-over.” Mr. Ryan attributed the cause of the issue to lacrosse’s status as a club sport, saying that because lacrosse is a year-round sport, students are often playing in club leagues that Brophy has no supervision over. “Our culture here at Brophy, in every department and dimension, needs to be different from other schools and clubs ... it has to be that way or we’re not doing our job as a Jesuit school,” he said. He said that he wonders if the team’s club sport status made it so the team didn’t “feel fully embraced” and said that the school would take steps to support the program more next year. “A week on hold is a small price to pay to make sure that the answers get out there and that there’s a resolution,” Mr. Ryan said.
Opinions The Roundup | April 2013
No seniors should miss Kairos opportunity The Issue: Some students don’t seriously consider Kairos until it’s too late. Our Stance: Juniors and seniors should be proactive so they don’t miss the opportunity.
he first memorable high school moment most Brophy students have is the freshman
retreat. It is the first time a student is able to bond with his peers, creating a threshold for the theme of brotherhood. Brotherhood is the main reason why students come to this school. It is promoted through activities like football, clubs and retreats such as Magis, but is solidified at Kairos. “Kairos is a huge cap stone at Brophy. It is an important experience that, I think leads to bonds and realizations that you will hold on to forever,” said Retreat coordinator Mr. Chris Calderon, S.J. But, it seems as if every year a select amount of seniors leave for college without ever going on a Kairos retreat for one reason or another, never giving
those students the closure they signed up for. It is a problem that faces students trying to finalize their high school experience. Why is it that some students never go on Kairos? Some might not be interested in retreats, some might have other commitments and cannot afford the time away from classes. Some might not make the decision that they want to go until hearing from other seniors who made the trip to Manresa. “The answer necessarily isn’t how to fix it, because if you look at the big picture, I think the better question was why he wasn’t sure in the fall?” Mr. Calderon said. Some students can easily get caught up in life and circumstances beyond their control. It is understandable that a student may not decide he wants to make the retreat until second semester of senior year. But because there are a limited number of retreats and resources to make those happen, someone in this position might hear the harsh phrases “it is all full” and “why didn’t you sign up earlier” when they eventually apply.
They are very valid questions. If a student waits too long there are only so many accommodations the OFJ can make. “It is either the student doesn’t have the desire, the student doesn’t turn in an application or waited to the last minute and then the retreat is full,” Mr. Calderon said. “Or too many other things are going on in his life, grades aren’t great, or grades are great and there is too many demands such as exams and projects.” Commonly, students either are ineligible to go because of grades or they simply cannot miss any more school days. But in the end students need to take responsibility for signing up for the retreat early so that they are assured a spot on the list and don’t face a difficult situation of missing the opportunity. We should all have the right to go on the retreat, the right to go on Facebook and post “Live the fourth!” Talk to the staff of the OFJ about the retreat. Sooner rather than later. “I have had kids in the fall, students seniors, ask me, ‘What’s Kairos about I don’t know if I should do it?’ and I am
grateful to those young men coming to me because then we can talk it out,” Mr. Calderon said. Staff editorial written by Roan Enright ’13. Staff editorials represent the view of The Roundup. Share your thoughts by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or leave comments online at roundup. brophyprep.org.
Daily announcements are redundant, not especially helpful
By Charles Louis Dominguez ’14
The Roundup At approximately 11:10 a.m. each day, the intercom system awakens and
everyone on Brophy’s campus is greeted with a very familiar catchphrase: Good morning, Broncos, please quiet down for today’s daily announcements. With the flurry of activities and happenings around campus, it makes sense that we take time out of our day to acknowledge them. However, it seems this year the daily announcements are more in depth than a mere helpful reminder of important, remarkable events around campus. Nowadays, it seems as though everything is commented upon with indepth detail.
To shorten the announcements would improve the efficacy and impact that they have. The purpose of announcements is to update students and inform them of activities and achievements they might otherwise be unaware of. The increasing length of the announcements undermines their intention, as everything on campus is treated with the same level of importance. If everything is important, then nothing is. At this point, it isn’t a rare occasion
to observe students zoning out for the duration of the announcements, waiting for the intercom to shut off and classes to proceed. Mr. Pete Burr ’07 helps to select those who deliver the announcements, but the content delivered is ultimately determined by the reader. Mr. Burr offered his own view towards the length of the announcements as well as their current state: “I don’t know if I necessarily agree that they’re increasing in length,” Mr. Burr said. “There are definitely days where I feel like they’re long, but there are
other days where I feel like the guys do a good job of reading what they believe is important to the students and that they get just enough content across.” As a junior, I have listened to the announcements over the past three years. This year is just seems as though they go on for too long. “It’s not a consistent increasing length, in my opinion, but there are definitely days where they go a little long,” Mr. Burr said. Still, I vote for a shorter cap across the board. In this case, less can be more.
Driving across the country offers a once in a lifetime opportunity Graceland destination creates more than Elvis memories
country. Along the way I really got to know my grandparents’ background and learned of some of their fondest memories of their 1,479 miles from this current childhoods. location stands the king of rock ‘n And this is where the importance roll’s house, Graceland. of going on a road trip comes in. Elvis Presley, the man known to I learned how my grandparents millions of people as “The King,” met one another and how they built his mansion in Memphis, were able to raise my mom and her Tenn., and it is now a worldwide siblings while working in a small site for tourists to see. town in Tennessee. My journey to Graceland began Road trips allow for families By Brett A. Mejia ’13 in Phoenix with my grandparents to come together and tell stories The Roundup and mom. about one another just to pass We filled the back of our SUV the time. with all the essentials that we needed for the fourJust listening to the stories that my grandparents day drive and began the long journey across the and mom told me made me realize that I come
from a family that sacrificed a lot to get to where they are today. Listening to all these unique stories really helped pass the time of both driving and riding in the car. When we finally made it to Graceland, we all hopped out of the car and descended toward the King’s palace. It was a lifelong dream of my mom and grandma’s and we finally made it. We toured the mansion and saw all of Elvis’ records, outfits and vehicles. Seeing the famous pink Cadillac and his private plane was a once in a life time experience because I am not sure if I will ever have the opportunity to go back. After leaving Graceland we headed to the Lorraine Motel where one of the greatest men to ever to live, Martin Luther King Jr., was assassinated.
It is now called the National Civil Rights Museum and it gave me goose bumps when I walked through King’s bedroom and the outside area where he was shot. Then we went across the street where the assassin was perched when he fired the infamous shot and it was breathtaking. To be in the same spot where someone took away one of America’s most influential men made me speechless. After spending a few more days in Tennessee and visiting The Grand Ole Opry and going to North Carolina to visit my uncle, my family headed home. Being a part of this adventurous road trip, I have to say that it is one of the best experiences of my life so far and I encourage everyone to go on a road trip with their family because not only would it bring you all together, but it would be a great opportunity to travel the country.
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New app ‘Lulu’ exacerbates cyber bullying Nobody thinks twice when rating a male students based on categories like movie or a new album, giving it a 10 if looks and personality. they thoroughly enjoy it or a one if they As each girl assesses a particular boy, were nauseated by it—this is the boy is given a numerical a perfectly normal expression rating based on the average of personal preference. of each category. But what happens when you The final number results change that movie or album in somewhere between a to a human being, specifically 4.0 (the lowest) to a 10.0 a student you know? (the highest) and that “Lulu,” an app run through number remains on the Facebook with this boy’s page. By Jackson Santy ’13 very purpose, allows Despite the fact The Roundup female students to that the creators of anonymously rate “Lulu” enabled the
site to only be accessed by females with Facebook accounts, the males have found ways to access and see their numbers. But I can imagine the creators saw that coming. However, what the “Lulu” administrators don’t see is the fact that they have developed something truly dangerous. They’ve given teenagers a harbor for blatant sexism and an easy opportunity for cyber bullying. Despite the fact that girls can only comment using a selection of prewritten hashtags (i.e. “handsome,”
“loves his mother,” and some other more suggestive options), this doesn’t mean people won’t get hurt. Upon it’s burst of popularity, “Lulu” became the talk of almost everybody on campus, spreading like a disease. I’ve heard many fellow students discussing their ratings, vigorously comparing with others who were voted higher or lower. The bullying aspect comes when you strip this app down, it becomes a simple yet vicious way of saying “you’re not good enough” or “he’s better than you.” Soon enough, there will be an
equivalent of “Lulu” for a male to rate females and thus another problem arises. If two opposing apps exist where both genders can rate each other, it leads to severe tension between the genders. When on the surface it may feel like a stupid, juvenile app, “Lulu” could potentially be responsible for lowering the self-esteem of others, creating tension among genders and even go as far as drive somebody to suicide like we see so often on the news.
Editor shares personal Kenyan immersion trip experience Halfway around the world, with a nearly half day compound in Nairobi, Kenya. time difference is the Massai Mara, located in rural After a warm meal and fresh sheets to sleep Kenya, Africa. between, the traveling continues the The Massai Mara is a preserve in next day with a bus ride to the Massai the south of Kenya, and it is where a Mara. select group of Brophy students travel After about six hours of traveling every summer to assist the Me to We on roads that vacillate between being foundation in achieving their goal of paved and unpaved, and deeply rutted providing clean water and education to rocky roads, the group arrives at the the children and families of Kenya. Me to We Center in the Massai Mara. The two week long trip begins There the students are assigned By P. Erik Meyer ’14 with 30 hours of travel. tents where they and four to five Following three plane bunkmates will sleep for the next The Roundup flights and a bus ride, Brophy week to 10 days. students arrive at the Me to We After another meal and sleep,
the students begin working on construction of the school the next day. Throughout the trip, the students are led by two faculty members, two Me to We facilitators and one to two Massai Warriors. Almost every day the group is on the Massai Mara, they work on constructing the school. The manual labor is tiring and consists of mixing cement by hand, pouring cement, laying gravel, laying stones, sledgehammering and mortaring. In between the construction work, students experience the lives of local residents by taking side trips. One trip, called the “water walk,” consists of carrying heavy jugs of water from a nearby river to
the houses of women of the local village. Students also learn about the ways Kenyans are beginning to rely on sustainable forms of income by beading with the local women and learning wood crafting. The trip is not all work though. Students have plenty of time to intermingle with the students by playing soccer and other games, attending a Kenyan Mass and going on an all-day Safari. Editor’s Note: Sports editor P. Erik Meyer participated in the Kenya Immersion Trip during the summer of 2012.
Transportation inequity can be confronted in our everyday lives Travel is seen as an integral part of the Just imagine getting to school every American Dream. day without a car or decent Whether it be through public transportation. family vacations consisting It seems that we of long road trips in cramped skirt over the issues of conditions, or even driving to accessibility that are so school, the idea of being able important to our society. to travel easily is taken for Natural disasters serve granted by many, including as harsh reminders Brophy students. of this inequality by Instead of thinking placing the plight By Joe Skoog ’13 about transportation of disadvantaged The Roundup as a simple mechanism populations in of getting from point the middle of our A to point B, we should recognize how consciousness. being on the road can be a privilege that Examples such as failed evacuation some are not able to access. attempts after Hurricane Katrina and
of the Month By Alec Vick ’15
If you could visit any place for a month, where would you go and why?
more recently Hurricane Sandy show the need to understand how transportation is not always a mundane task. How do you get thousands out of harm’s way when their only mode of transportation is walking? Looking to accessibility in the context of democracy can help shed light on the problem of being “on the road.” A recent study done by the American Association of People with Disabilities found that inequality was rampant in many facets of the travel industry. It states: “Transportation and mobility play key roles in the struggle for civil rights and equal opportunity in the disability community. Affordable
“Ireland, because I like the country and the culture and I want to get in touch with my roots.” – Collin Ryan ‘15
and reliable transportation allows people with disabilities access to important opportunities in education, employment, health care, housing and community life.” The study goes on to cite why these inequalities have occurred. “Because our nation’s investments in transportation infrastructure have disproportionately favored cars and highways, those who cannot afford cars or do not drive cars often lack viable transportation options…Unfortunately, adults with disabilities are twice as likely as those without disabilities to have inadequate transportation.” This discrimination based upon bodily
“Thailand, because I had my tenth birthday there and it was a fun trip.” – Tom Boesch ‘16
difference hurts our pursuit of a true democracy, according to Professor of Disability Studies at Pennsylvania State Michael Berube, who writes, “For in order to maintain a meaningful democracy in which all citizens participate as legal and moral equals, the state needs to judge whether its policies enhance equal participation in democratic processes.” If we want to see our government be truly functional, or see that everyone is able to travel effectively, an incorporation of different perspectives into discussions of transportation is incredibly important.
“London, England because I think it’s a great, cultural city.” – Brendan Kelly ‘13
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Gun control surges to forefront of student discussion Nuanced approach needed to mitigate gun violence
are simply “misinformed” makes no sense in this context. If gun control is simply not the answer to helping stop violence, then why does the discussion end there? We need to prioritize policies that help end gang violence instead of simply chalking up the slow violence that occurs every day to an amorphous series of unstoppable forces. People die from gunshots every day, and most of the time it never makes the headlines. While the many massacres that have occurred are poignant reminders of the violence guns can cause, we should look at By Joe Skoog ’13 these every day acts of violence that guns have a direct hand in. While these may The Roundup not be as “flashy” as the other high profile stories, it helps put a face on an issue that is Should we be comfortable around guns? not just about schools or workplaces, but is No. about people. As the debate rages on regarding Our fascination with large scale events regulations and laws prohibiting or allowing such as school shootings can sometimes firearm ownership, we see that many mask the very insidious ways that violence misconceptions have been filtered into the takes place. This is not to say that these mass discussion. shootings are not horrible acts, but instead, In an article from we need to include the Wall Street Journal, slow violence into “ ... we should strive a pro-gun activist our calculus when toward bettering the lives discussing firearm wrote about the recent picture of President of the many, so that the ownership and the Barack Obama holding use of guns is not seen as laws surrounding a gun. them. a viable option to those He wrote: “Could Rob Nixon, a who struggle.” there be a better professor at the —Joe Skoog ’13 illustration of the University of cultural divide Wisconsin, wrote over firearms than about the way that the White House large scale events photograph of our can sometimes cloud skeet-shooting our judgments. He president? Clay proposed the need to pigeons are launched rethink how violence into the air, but the president’s smoking occurs. shotgun is level with the ground. This is not “Such a rethinking requires that we a man who is comfortable around guns. And complicate conventional assumptions that goes a long way toward explaining his about violence as a highly visible act that gun-control agenda.” is newsworthy because it is event focused, This may seem like a reasonable statement. time bound and body bound.” President Obama doesn’t have experience Instead of focusing on just gun control, we with firearms, but what is good about being should strive toward bettering the lives of comfortable around a device that can cause the many, so that the use of guns is not seen great harm? as a viable option to those who struggle. Being complacent with potentially This does not entail being “comfortable” harmful instruments and the things they with things. We should be uncomfortable, can do makes us powerless. The idea that we should dare to make new choices, for attempts to curb violence created by guns that is the only way true change may occur.
Condemn criminals, not guns for America’s violence
of their felon status. At this point, pro-gun control advocates will say that felons are able to attain guns through gun shows that use loopholes that allow them to sell to people without background checks. If people want to close those loopholes I say go for it, but don’t expect any decrease in gun crime by felons. In fact, I expect that gun crime and gun ownership by those previously convicted of a crime would go up. Similar to the failed War on Drugs, when you ban a product that is in high demand, all you end up doing is making criminals rich. By Nick May ’14 Criminals, especially those involved organized The Roundup crime, would actually like for guns to be illegal like drugs in America. It would be just one more market they could tap “People want to place the blame for this (mass shootings) into. What baffles me most is how people who are for on things like 30 round magazines and semi-automatic rifles.We want to blame something, anything that we can gun control often are against the War on Drugs but control but what we really want to ban is violence and cannot see how banning guns would do the same for murder and insanity. We don’t talk about that though guns as the War on Drugs did for drugs. The true problem is not guns but violence, and because deep in our hearts each of us knows that violence and murder and insanity are built into the human violent people have existed since the dawn of man condition and likely always will be” — Bill Whittle, and will exist for the rest of time. The sad truth is that these conservative blogger. people who are doing these “The true problem is not crimes are damaged or I think Whittle is spot on. guns but violence, and mentally disturbed. Often, Gun control has good intentions but it won’t stop violent people have existed they want infamy and want violent crimes from occurring since the dawn of man and to have power over people. This is why so many of and all it really ends up doing is will exist for the rest of these shootings happen at controlling people and disarming time.” “gun-free zones” because its those who use guns to protect —Nick May ’13 less likely for a law abiding themselves, while also helping citizen to have a gun and criminals. thwart their attack. They Whittle goes on to cite an know that if they bring a FBI official report that states gun to these zones that they that in 2011 all rifles, including will have the most power. semi-automatic rifles, killed The other problem is the 323 people which made up media. for 3 percent of all murders in If you commit a mass shooting it is sure to make America. In comparison, hammers and blunt objects killed the front page across the country’s papers. The people who commit these shootings know this twice as many people as semi automatic rifles did in and love the fact that they will be infamous. the same year. What we need to do is allow citizens to protect So say Congress and the president do ban all semiautomatic weapons and magazines over 10 rounds. themselves or if at a school or place where people This will turn millions of normal, peaceful gun are unable to protect themselves, have someone who is armed to protect them. owners into felons with the flick of pen. Also, we need the media to stop giving so much Where do these people go when they want to sell their AR-15 or any other semi-automatic rifles? airtime to these criminals so that they don’t live in They can’t sell them legally, so they will turn to the infamy. black market to sell them. Now criminals will have a large influx of guns that were previously illegal for them to purchase because
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April: Roan Enright ’13
The Roundup Staff Member of the Month
Sports The Roundup | April 2013
Baseball looks for shot at
Photo by Spencer Lund ’13 A Brophy base runner slides into second base against Deer Valley March 13. Brophy won 8-0 at Deer Valley.
Team graduates majority of starting lineup, new strategy put to the test By P. Erik Meyer ’14
rophy Baseball lost to Chaparral in last year’s state championship five to three after a heart wrenching seventh inning home run. Wanting to rectify that moment is following the team into the new season. “As usual we want to win the state title, we’ve got some work to do,” said head baseball coach Mr. Tom Succow. “We’re off to a little bit of a slow start, today the new rankings came out, were still ranked in the top 10, I think we are number five or something like that.” Last year’s team was led by seniors, but only seven of the team’s players from last year return for this year.
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“Last year’s team had a bunch of three-year starters, John Rapisarda ’12, Dave Graybill ’12, Chris Beall ’12, Emilio Torrez ’12 were three year starters; Jeff Clasen ’12 was a two year starter,” Mr. Succow said. “Those guys carried us a little bit. We do have pitching back from last year because Michael Westra ’13 was more or less our No. 1 last year. Steven Oleksak ’13 got a lot of innings on the mound, he ended up being our closer during the state tournament in mid-April.” Defense and pitching appears to be the strongpoint of the team so far this year. “We’ve gotten really good performances on the mound by Westra, Ryan Castellani ’14 , Garret Rupp ’14 and Oleksak. Those are our top four guys who have pitched for us,” Mr. Succow said. “Defensively we’ve played really well, especially with Ryan Grotjohn ’13 at second base, Charlie Coppola ’13 at shortstop; up the middle we are solid. Connor Messman ’13 is a third year guy for us he’s doing the catching this year. Offensively, the team has been struggling as of late, averaging about two runs a game.
“It’s a totally different team from before, we were a power team last year. We were a team that was second in the country in home runs.” —Mr. Tom Succow
“We just need to work on consistency through the whole lineup, we’ve just got to get our bats going because our pitching is good so as long as we do that we should be good,” Castellani said. Castellani started last year on the team as a sophomore. “Castellani was sort of a sophomore phenom last year, he hit nine home runs, and hit three already this year,” Mr. Succow said.
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Castellani said he recognizes that the team has evolved and that they need to change their style of play. “We need to find ourselves and play together as a team, because we’re not going to have the big power bats we had last year so we’re going to have to be a small ball team and play smartly,” Castellani said. “I don’t want to say we’re rebuilding, but we’re reloading.” Last year’s team was near the top in the country in home runs, according to Mr. Succow. “It’s a totally different team from before, we were a power team last year,” Mr. Succow said. “We were a team that was second in the country in home runs; I think we hit 49 last year.” The team will face a difficult schedule that consists of Sandra Day O’Connor, Mountain Pointe, Horizon, Hamilton, Saint Mary’s, Desert Vista and Chaparral. “We just need to find who we are, we lost seven seniors so we just need to find our lineup,” Castellani said. “We want to win state, that should be every team’s goal.”
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Photo by Kevin Valenzuela ’13 Mr. Brad Frank wrestles Chase Frank ’13 during wrestling practice on Jan. 31.
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Soccer finishes perfect playoff run with title By Christian Guerithault ’14
THE ROUNDUP Brophy soccer finished their championship four-game playoff ride with a perfect 4-0 record. The soccer team had no doubts all year about what had to be done in order to come out on top. “Motivation was not an issue for us because of the nature of our results in the past,” said head soccer coach Mr. Marc Kelly ’87. “We had been to the finals in the past three years so we knew what had to be done to take care of business.” The Broncos were led by team captain Clarence Clark ’13 as well as a number of other players who played in leadership rolls. The Broncos started their playoff run with a 3-0 win over Tucson High Magnet School; they then defeated the defending state champions, the Hamilton Huskies, with a 4-1 victory,;the Broncos beat Tolleson in the semi-finals with a 3-1 victory to secure a spot in the state championship game where they defeated Desert Vista 2-0. “Our defense was the key,” Mr. Kelly said. “We played with a three man back line, most teams play with four, that’s a real statement as to how strong our defending and goalkeeping was.” Backup goalkeeper Phil Mourikes
’14 also had praise for Brophy’s defense. “We play like a team, we understand everyone’s style of play,” Mourikes said. “We work like a well-oiled machine so there really is no weakness. Our defense is our best offense and our offense is our defense.” Mr. Kelly said he had no problem with his players becoming fatigued during the playoffs. “I was always comfortable with bringing in guys off the bench who could play and make a major difference in the game,” Mr. Kelly said. “As is evidence by Phil Mourikes who was our backup goalie all year long and then came in halfway through the quarterfinal game and carried us through the rest of the playoffs. That shows that we had incredible depth in our bench.” Mourikes took over as goalkeeper when starting goalie, Michael O’Connor ’13, went down with an injury against Hamilton in the quarterfinal game. “We had a heavy loss of our senior goalkeeper, Michael O’Connor, during the quarter-finals game where a Hamilton player fouled him and he was knocked out,” Mourikes said. “We had our eyes on the state championship, we wanted to bring it back for the school and having Mikey at our games brought more momentum to the team and we were not going to accept defeat.”
Photo by P. Erik Meyer ’14 The Brophy varsity soccer team celebrates after winning the state soccer game against Desert Vista 2-0 Feb. 9.
Mr. Kelly said the playoffs are always different than the regular season; teams need to stay focused if they want to win. “The playoffs are certainly stressful, when you get to the playoffs it’s one
game and you’re out. You stumble a little bit, you give up a bad mistake, a team somehow gets hot or a player gets hot then it could be over for you,” Mr. Kelly said. “There’s a lot of tension and
a lot of stress but when you have a team full of seniors who have been there and done that then the stress is certainly lessened.”
Sabakiball looks to join collection of intramural sports next year By P.J. Binsfeld ’15
THE ROUNDUP A new sport has been scheduled to join the rest of Brophy’s intramural sports: Sabakiball Sabakiball is a fast paced, non-contact game meant to have every player constantly moving. Everybody has to work together to get the “BakiBall” down the court and knock down the other team’s “BakiPin” backed with a “BakiBoard.” The team has to complete three consecutive
passes while holding the ball for only three seconds before they can attempt to score, making this a very team-oriented sport. If anyone other than the goalie goes into the goalie box, the team is issued a warning, and the other team gets the ball at half court. After three offences, the team is issued a twominute penalty, and play continues with the team shorthanded. One of the things that puts Sabakiball apart from other sports is that the goalie doesn’t wait in the goal, but plays with the other players.
The game was originally created for kids diagnosed with ADHD so that there was little to no “down time” for them, according to the official Sabakiball website. The creator of the sport, Michael Cerpok, had the sport patented in 2011. The idea for bringing the game to school began at the end of January and came from Lee Jaramillo ’16. “I’ve only played for about a month,” Jaramillo said. “I brought it forward because I noticed it was growing on an international scale. Sabakiball is
played in Japan, China, Canada, Africa, Stanford and even some high schools in the Valley like Chaparral.” “It’s like team handball meets bowling,” said Director of Scheduling and Student Records Mr. Tony Oldani. “It’s very simple and fast moving.” Students can look forward to the addition of Sabakiball either later this year or next year as one of the intramural sports available. If you are interested in finding out more about Sabakiball, contact Mr. Oldani or visit the Sabakiball website.
Experienced starting pitcher Westra takes mound for senior season By Michael Moroney ’13
THE ROUNDUP Two-year varsity starting pitcher Michael Westra ’13 got the hang of the playoff baseball environment quicker than most during his junior season. During the Brophy baseball team’s playoff run to the state championship game last year, Westra started two games in wins for the Broncos. “We had a stacked team last year with plenty of college talent,” said head baseball coach Mr. Tom Succow. “But he was one of the top two or three pitchers throughout the season.” Westra started his first ever playoff game as a varsity player against Desert Ridge last May. He pitched into the seventh inning and was the winning pitcher in Brophy’s 2-1 victory. Photo by Roan Enright ’13 Michael Westra ’13 poses for a photo on March 10, at Opus Field. Michael Westra is a pitcher on Brophy’s varsity baseball team.
Westra also started the losers’ bracket “The team has struggled to produce championship game against Mesquite offensively this year, but Michael has and pitched five innings for Brophy’s 9-3 been consistent as ever,” Mr. Succow win. The win sent the Broncos to the said. state championship In his two years “The team has struggled as a contributing game against to produce offensively this varsity Chaparral. pitcher, This valuable year, but Michael has been Westra said he has experience from stayed consistent consistent as ever.” his junior season in his mechanics, —Mr. Tom Succow has translated to but has changed early season success his overall baseball for Westra in mindset. 2013. “I haven’t changed “I have pitched so much as a pitcher, pretty well so far but as a teammate,” in my two starts. I have a Westra said. “Varsity ball is 1-1 record beating Kofa, but losing to much more competitive than JV, which Ironwood in a heartbreaker,” Westra has helped me to learn that the first said. priority is the team over myself.” Westra led the Broncos to victory in Early in his senior year, Westra their opening game this season. His five committed to play Division I college innings of work allowed just one run and baseball at Santa Clara, joining former Brophy went on to win 5-1 over Kofa in teammate and Brophy pitcher Jake the first game of the Adam Donnfield Steffens ’12. tournament.
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Volleyball sets up for new season Senior heavy team shooting to improve upon third place finish last season By Michael Moroney ’13
The Brophy volleyball squad began the 2013 season with a third place finish out of 30 teams at the Chandler Wolf Howl Invitational against some of the top competition in Arizona. The Broncos went 6-3 in their first matches of the season, held March 1-2, and Ryne Benson ’15 was named the MVP of the entire tournament. “Sophomore Ryne Benson is our most talented player and the leader with the highest volleyball IQ on the team,” said head coach Mr. Tony Oldani. Mr. Oldani also said that multiple seniors are leaders for the squad, including Scott Mueller ’13, Adam Lincoln ’13, Jeff Bennett ’13 and Jake Kufel ’13. “As seniors, it is our job to be as supportive as possible to the younger teammates, but mostly we try to lead by example,” Mueller said. Brophy played at St. Mary’s Thursday, March 7 in what was their first official AIA match of the season. From March 24 to March 27, the Broncos will compete in the Las Vegas Easter Invitational in a tournament that features 48 teams from states all over the west. “Both times I’ve been to this tournament, we’ve finished second,” Mueller said. “But I’m hoping to win this time around.” The Broncos will also host the Brophy Invite April 12-13 which features many of Arizona’s top volleyball squads. Brophy returns multiple starters from last year’s team that lost in the state championship to Gilbert High School but they will also rely on some promising newcomers. “This year’s team is much deeper than last year. We were very top heavy last year and relied primarily on Nick Benson ’12 to carry our offense,” Mr. Oldani said. “This year we’ve got effective attackers all over the court, so our attack
Student athletes travel long distances to compete for teams By P. Erik Meyer ’14
Photo by Alec Vick ’15 Adam Lincoln ’13 serves a ball for Brophy’s varsity volleyball team during a match on March 12 against St. Mary’s.
has become more dynamic and unpredictable.” Mr. Oldani also said multiple underclassmen will contribute playing time, including Billy
Andrew ’14, Cooper Munhall ’14, Mason Zwillinger ’15, Andrew Lincoln ’15 and Carson Flood ’15.
Tennis embarks on new season with bevy of seniors By Connor Bradshaw Van Lier Ribbink ’13
what they have to do and they will,” Chalmers said. The team competed in Fresno during the first weekend in March, where they finished in fifth place out of 113 teams. Blake went 4-0 against other team’s number one players. Last year, Brophy tennis walked off the court “We have some crazy talent “I feel excited about being the teams no. 1 for the last time in 2012 as state champions. This is a new year, however, and a very with the lower classmen this year, ranked player this season,” Blake said. “It’s been which makes the seniors job that a goal throughout my career here and I won’t different team that is gearing up to make a second straight state championship run with much more important this season disappoint anyone.” Another aspect of Brophy’s team this year is high expectations from the returning seniors. to develop players for the future.” the up and coming youth. There are currently “This is a new year, but I think the players —Hudson Blake ’13 four sophomores in the top six ranked players. expect a repeat,” said head coach Mr. Bill “We have some crazy talent with the lower Woods. “We certainly have the talent to win classmen this year, which makes the seniors it all.” job that much more important this season to Some of that talent consists of no. 1 player develop players for the future,” Blake said. Hudson Blake ’13, no. 2 player Kyle As for the goal for the upcoming season, Chalmers ’13 and no. 3 Zach Cihlar ’15. the Broncos aren’t just settling for a state Players like Blake and Chalmers will have to make the transition to team leaders this season in order to fill the gap of the leaders that graduated championship. “Winning state is an obvious goal but we also want to do well in nationals, last year. “Being a varsity player since I was a freshman this year is special because and take some individual titles,” Chalmers said. THE ROUNDUP
I’ll be a captain this season and responsible for making sure our guys do
Student athletes have always had busy schedules, but how does that schedule change when you have to factor in traveling long distances to compete for your school? Some athletes say that often times an away game can eat up another hour, two hours or even an entire weekend because of travel. “Most of our meets are in California, one of our upcoming regattas is in San Diego and we’ve got another one in Long Beach,” said Max Hall ’14. “We bus to those and we fly to our regional championship in Sacramento.” Hall is on the varsity crew team and his daily schedule consists of working out after school until about 6:30 p.m. and working out before school Wednesday and Friday at 5:30 a.m., not to mention regular weekend workouts. “It’s a lot of late nights, it’s takes a lot of time management,” Hall said. “We’re pretty much at crew all time so you just have to find time to do homework. All the guys pretty much find a way to get it done.” Ryan Grotjohn ’13 participates in two varsity sports, baseball and soccer, and has also played on club teams outside of Brophy since he was nine years old. “I’ve played both sports since I was three, and club when I was nine,” Grotjohn said. “I remember when I was 10 I had to drive to a baseball game to a soccer game back to a baseball game and back to a soccer game all in one day. So I had to do that during middle school.” Grotjohn often has practices at school starting during seventh period for baseball and after school for soccer. Practice often lasts until at least 5 p.m. “I usually don’t do homework until like 10 at night because after sports it’s hard,” Grotjohn said. “You’re tired and you just want to relax and go to sleep. I do some of it at night, but most of it I have to do at school.” Grotjohn said that baseball tends to take farther trips than soccer; last year he went to Yuma for a baseball game against Kofa, but the farthest soccer game in the state was against Salpointe in Tucson this year. “It helps that they are not during the same season for high school,” Grotjohn said of being involved in both baseball and soccer. “It’s just fitting in when to do homework and having a good time schedule so you know how much you have to do and how much time you have.” It’s not just the farthest games that make the most impact though. “I live far away from Brophy anyways, in Cave Creek, so usually our games are in Mesa and Chandler so that’s another hour,” Grotjohn said. “I’ll get home around 10:30 p.m. or 11 p.m. and then finally eat dinner.” No matter the distance, student athletes say they have to get the work done. “You’ve got to work hard at each and every practice, try as hard as you can to get your homework done well, not just done, but well,” Hall said.
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Wrestling season comes to a close with 7 competitors in state tournament Mr. Frank’s fruitful wrestling career at Brophy culminates with state tournament By Jack Macias ’14
THE ROUNDUP Unknown to the wrestling team at the time of the state tournament Feb. 7-8, this would be Mr. Brad Frank’s last season as a wrestling coach. Although the Brophy wrestling season did not go as they wanted to at the state tournament level, the season was overall a success Mr. Frank said. The team competed in three out of the Valley tournaments, including two in northern Arizona and one in California. Mr. Frank said the team set high goals and met some but not others. “It’s sad that not as many people went to state as we thought were going to,” said A.J. Zamora ’14. “For those of us that did, we know that we have a lot to work on. We also see a lot of positives that came from the season.” The team sent seven players to the state tournament and Kaleb Mosier ’13 took third in the 220-pound weight class. “Overall at state I would say that we didn’t have
quite the showing we wanted, we did some good things during the season. We won more duels then we thought we would,” Mr. Frank said. Mr. Frank and junior Zamora said that apart from the state meet, the Brophy wrestling team did very well overall. Mr. Frank retired at the end of the season. The new head coach of the varsity Brophy wrestling team is not known. Manny Trejo ’13 and Zamora attributed their increased abilities and knowledge to the coaching staff. “Brophy has some good young guys, there’s some really good freshman and sophomores, and juniors. What they accomplish next year is what they decide to put in during the off season,” Mr. Frank said. With the seven year head coach retiring, Brophy has seen definite changes from when Mr. Frank originally came to the program. “Before I got here the wrestling program did not have a very good reputation, didn’t have a lot of state placers in the history of the program,” Mr. Frank said. “Three years ago we took second at the state tournament as a team, we shattered all kinds of records, we’ve had tons of state placers, by far its been the best success stretch in the state of Brophy wrestling.”
Photo by Kevin Valenzuela ’13 Mr. Brad Frank and his son Chase Frank ’13 wrestle during Brophy’s varsity wrestling practice Jan. 31.
Intramurals need more organization, administration addressing issue Commentary by P. Erik Meyer ’14
THE ROUNDUP Lunchtime is that time of the day when all students can relax, catch up with friends and engage in fun activities. For some, fun activities consist of playing sports with their friends in the Robson Gymnasium. On any day of the week one can expect to see students playing pick-up basketball games, bump-out and eating in the upper sections of the gym. During certain parts of the year, the gym is the focus of intramurals, basketball in the fall, handball in the winter and more basketball in the spring. Recently though, there has not been enough organization when it comes to intramural sports. This has been particularly noticeable during the handball intramural season. Students rarely show up for their team and often there is a gang of students who play all lunch in place of the missing teams. As a member of a handball team, I
did not receive an email or notification about the schedule and, as a result, was never able to play for my team but rather joined in with students from parts of other teams. For teams to be able to compete, there should be a method of checking in that requires identification of the players. That way those teams who never show up to play can be disqualified from the championship tournament and in turn expedite the handball season. Another simple improvement would be a more efficient and succinct form of communication so that all intramural athletes know their schedule and opponent. If opposing teams know who their opponents are, they could also help control the amount of “fraudulent” players playing in place of scheduled, no-show opponents. A final proposal, an issue more during the intramural basketball season than handball, would be to find a way to limit the number of students who participate on more than one team, or instead figure out a way to schedule their games so that
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they are not conflicting. During the fall intramural basketball season, I was a member of more than one team and often found myself having to choose which team to play for, or switching courts mid-game so that I could support both teams. One solution is to ban double team membership so that each student can only be on one team per division. Director of Scheduling and Student Records Mr. Tony Oldani addressed some of these concerns. “I’m 99 percent sure that Mr. (Doug) Cox will be overseeing intramurals next year, so we will have an adult in charge to make sure schedules go out,” Mr. Oldani said. “So yes, we will address the structural flaws that have limited what intramurals can do.” However, structural flaws are not the only issue with intramurals. “The social part of intramurals becomes tricky because we haven’t run as many events for a number of reasons,” Mr. Oldani said. “One, the demand for structured events is not what it once was, kids
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like the fact that the gym is open just to be open. We’ve picked up on that by noticing that when we did structure events half of the teams wouldn’t show up or would show up missing players and then just grab five guys who were just standing there to play.” With Loyola Academy growing in size and construction on more sports facilities in the near future, Mr. Oldani said the future of how intramurals will be structured is uncertain. “Facility wise, we are now having to share most facilities at lunch with Loyola kids,” Mr. Oldani said. “When we break ground this summer for the swimming pool, it’s going to shut down Loyola field so if there was any event that might have happened it will go away. Now 12 months later, we may be able to offer some type of pool-based intramurals, which we had way back when we had a pool on campus.” Head of Student Council Mr. Pete Burr ’07 also said this year’s activities were a problem. “Basketball seems to be the only
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consistent intramural sport because you can play a lot of games at once and the students who want the open gym are OK with that because they are already playing basketball anyway,” Mr. Burr said. “Handball although fun and different, you get two games in a lunch period, it takes four months, people forget and miss games so they miss one and are out of the tournament and that throws the whole thing off.” Mr. Oldani said that the demand is not what it used to be. “There’s a small group of people clamoring for events. I think if we offer more stuff kids will do it,” Mr. Oldani said. “I also think kids like the open gym approach to things because the kids that are used to playing get offended for lack of a better word that for two weeks they can’t go in there and play because all of a sudden all these other kids who are never in there took their gym.” The problems with intramurals are apparent, but it is nice to see that administration has recognized the issues and has a plan to fix them.
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Radcliffe documents life through his lens By Roan Enright ’13
hen almost any Brophy related event occurs, Dalton Radcliffe ’13 can be found quietly documenting the event with his camera. Radcliffe, who is in the AP Studio Art Photography class, started taking pictures in the eighth grade after his brother’s interest in photography. “I think I got into photography when I saw my brother go take a couple of star trails and seeing the result from that, I knew this is what I wanted to do,” Radcliffe said. When going through the intro photography classes Radcliffe found his future concentration: light painting, or night photography. This first came after a photo shoot with previous Brophy photographer Steven Douglas ’12. “We went into the chapel and the couple of photos he ended up getting were amazing. So I asked to try and when I went to do it, it looked almost as good and I thought to myself this is something that I want to continue to do,” Radcliffe said. Since working with Douglas, Radcliffe has started to perfect creating light orbs and helping anyone who has similar interest. “As a photographer, especially a night photographer, he executes very well. One thing he does really well is the light painting orbs. He is our friend group’s master at that, and he teaches us every outing,” said Johnny Angelone ’13. In his work, he is praised for his focus and vision that he has when taking a photo.
“When he sets out to take a set or series of photos, he has a specific idea, and will stay as long as he needs in order to get it perfect. He is extremely good at putting his ideas into the photos,” Angelone said. But night photography is only a limited portion of what Radcliffe decides to document. For the past two years he has been taking pictures at football games and any event related to school such as Masses and Summit speakers. “I always asked Mr. Mulloy ’99 if I could go take pictures at the football games and that’s probably my second favorite form of photography, there is something about being so close to the action, being on the field, and I will always have my memories from being on the field,” Radcliffe said. He added that he doesn’t take pictures for the experience, instead he does it because he simply enjoys taking photos. In the future he doesn’t see it ever becoming a profession but wants to continue it as a hobby, instead of forgetting after he moves on to college. “I just do it, because I enjoy taking pictures even if it isn’t my concentration. I still like taking pictures because I like figuring out how to take them, what are the settings and how it will turn out,” Radcliffe said.
Photo by Tim Cooney ’14 Senior Dalton Radcliffe ‘13 can often been seen around campus with his camera.
Reithmann wishes universal respect for all Teacher’s Pet: Mr. Tom Reithmann By Michael Ahearne ’14
Ms. Karp’s Question from February’s “Teacher’s Pet”: If you could snap your fingers and change one thing about the world what would it be? I guess if we could have universal respect for people. That would take care all the unhappiness we have, competition between nations, competitions between religions and gender inequalities and economic inequalities. That would be the one thing that if we can do that, the world would be a happier place. What did you want to do when you were a child? Well, when I went to college, the goal of the school was to make teachers; it was a teacher-orientated college. It became something that I was interested in. Where did you go to college and what did you major in? I went to Marist College, which is a relatively small college in New York state, about 90 miles north of New York City. It’s a Catholic college, but
Photo by Alec Vick ’15 Mr. Reithmann poses for a photo in his classroom in Piper on March 10.
they had an academic idea called da Vinci, where they want people to have a full education, to understand history, philosophy, science, mathematics and language. And because they wanted people to have such a broad spectrum of knowledge, that’s why it was relatively
easy to switch majors, because you didn’t specialize in one thing. Relatively small but academically good, and I think they turn out good people. What inspired you to teach? I think teaching is very important for the continuation of civilization. The
older people teaching the newer people what to do. We don’t make youngsters learn how to tie a shoe by themselves. The older generation should pass their knowledge down onto the younger generation. Do you have any hidden secret talents that you would like to tell? I like to work with my hands and I try to keep myself in shape besides being 72 years old. I recently, these last few years, because of my son’s involvement with the Air Force Auxiliary, the Civil Air Patrol, have been doing a lot of stuff with the cadets. I still enjoy watching basketball. I coached basketball for many years, both at Brophy and New York City. I was fortunate that I had a lot of very good basketball players, a number of which went on to play in the NBA and Olympics. Pose a question for the next teacher’s pet: Well, since I changed majors five times in college, I went from history, which I am still very interested in, to theology to philosophy to physics and finally math. I would like to ask the next teacher if they had a different major in college, what would be the effect on their life.
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Music fans make yearly pilgrimages to festivals By Julian De Ocampo ’13
THE ROUNDUP If you’re still thinking about venturing into the Mecca of music known as Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. this following spring, you might want to check out the price tag first. Festival passes run at $349 and camping passes go for $85. Toss in gas, food and merchandise costs and you’re looking at a price potentially running more than $500 for three days. But despite the rising ticket costs, at least a few Brophy students each year find themselves traveling to Indio and beyond to hit up the biggest music festivals this country has to offer. Nick Kush ’13, who went to Coachella last year and has attended local Arizona music festivals Apache Lake, Kaleidoscope (Flagstaff) and Gem and Jam (Tucson), plans going for a second year with his girlfriend. “Last year we didn’t know what to expect,” he said. “But this year driving is going to be a lot more exciting because we’re so excited to get there.” Kush said last year at Coachella he couldn’t get a camping permit in time, so he ended up staying overnight at the nearby Joshua Tree National Park. “There are just so many good bands that are playing all the time that you’ll see a great band and it’ll get hard to distinguish them from all the others,” he said. “Last year, The Black Keys, M83 and Explosions in the Sky were all playing at the same time, so I had to choose between them. I never thought I would go to a Black Keys concert for 15 minutes, but I had to go to catch Explosions in the Sky and that was even better.” Despite the music overload, much of Coachella’s appeal is frequently cited as
Photo by Mason Swierenga ’14 Each year, students travel to festivals like Lollapalooza in Chicago to see as many bands as possible.
the thousands of music fans dedicated enough to drive out into the desert to catch their favorite bands. “Coachella is like paying money to have fun, see bands and be in a really cool environment where everyone is just super happy and friendly,” Kush said. And while the festival is focused on entertainment, he added that they do a lot to encourage sustainability and living in a different society. Kush said that other festivals that focus more on alternative lifestyles. This year brings a new batch of students making the drive out to Indio who have never attended before. One of those students, Jordan Bruner ’13, listed a number of bands he’s excited to see, including The xx, Purity Ring, Hot Chip, Vampire Weekend and Father John Misty.
“This is my first major music festival and I have pretty high hopes for the trip,” Bruner said. Getting permission from parents to go to Indio usually isn’t a problem for attendees like Kush. “The way I handle myself towards them, as if I’m an adult and I’m responsible enough to go to a music festival and not be stupid, that allows them to trust me and let me go to things like this,” Kush said. Kush also road-tripped to California again in March to see Swedish House Mafia. “Traveling is my favorite thing to do,” he said. “It seems like every other weekend I’m going somewhere different. I really enjoy driving because you can just look out the window and see so much new stuff and meet so many new people. Just go out and do it.”
But California isn’t the only musical hotspot worth travelling to. A number of students have attended Lollapalooza Music Festival in Chicago over the past few years. Mason Swierenga ’14 has attended Lollapalooza three times in addition to attending the Telluride Bluegrass Festival twice. Swierenga, who has family in Chicago, went to Lollapalooza in 2009, 2011 and 2012 and said that the value of the ticket more than pays for itself. “At a concert, I’ll pay $50 to see a band like Radiohead,” Swierenga said. “At a festival, I can pay $80 to see a band like Radiohead and eight other bands.” He said that a one-day pass is a viable option for those who might not be sold on the price tag. “You can try and plan out what you’re going to see, but you’re going to be
disappointed if you try and follow a strict schedule,” he said. The necessity of an open mind extends beyond scheduling. Festivals attract a large and eclectic crowd that often behaves strangely. “Lollapalooza. Two years ago,” Swierenga said. “We were at a sidestage watching a smaller, local Chicago band. There were a few crowd surfers who had exposed some open body parts to the public that shouldn’t have been seen. That was the one of the craziest things I’ve seen at a festival.” Another Lollapalooza attendee, Colin Marston ’13, called Arcade Fire’s performance in 2010 an “overall enchanting moment in my life.” “Arcade Fire was playing one night and it was the last concert of the evening,” Marston said. “They were playing the majority of songs from their most recent album. We were staying in suburban Chicago, so ironically, while they were playing their single ‘The Suburbs,’ my brother and I had to leave and board the midnight train from downtown back to Forest Hill in the suburbs. You could say the message hit me hard.” Swierenga said that some of his favorite festival performances have come from The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Andrew Bird and Florence + The Machine at Lollapalooza. “Everyone’s just there to have fun,” he said. “Everyone just wants everyone else to have the greatest experience possible. People will go out of their way to accommodate you.” Swierenga is also attending the upcoming McDowell Mountain Music Festival, set to take place just a few miles from Brophy at Margaret T. Hance Park and featuring The Roots, The Shins and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes. The three-day festival is March 22-24.
Local Natives find growth in tragedy on ‘Hummingbird’ “Hummingbird” – Local Natives 8 out of 10 By Brendan Bohannon ’14
THE ROUNDUP Three years removed from their critically acclaimed record “Gorilla Manor,” Local Natives made leaps in developing their sound and releasing their best album yet, “Hummingbird.” The band managed to keep their striking ability of creating an organized yet chaotic sound while refining the best facets of their music. “Gorilla Manor” could best be described as a high
energy album that captures the mentality of youth that only five young men could create. But as their sound has developed, so have they. They lost bassist Andy Hamm in 2011 and described the split as heartbreaking. However, another heartbreaking loss would occur when vocalist Kelcey Ayer lost his mother. This would be the driving force behind the track “Colombia,” one of the band’s highest moments. It is quite lyrically frank, as Ayer addresses his late mother: “If you never felt all of my love/ I pray now you do.” He later questions how he lives his life: “Am I giving enough?/ Am I?/ Am I loving enough?” The National’s Aaron Dessner replaces Hamm
as a temporary fifth member of the band and contributes to songwriting, earning production credit along with other artist-turned-producers such as Death Cab for Cutie’s Chris Walla and TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek. There is nothing instantly recognizable about their efforts of producing except for the fact that they manage to create an internal thread that seems to tie every song together, making the album sound united. The peak of the album is “Mt. Washington.” The track builds from the guitar riff adding in piano, drums and heavy synth leads. The theme of the entire album is that every song has eloquent lyrics that strike emotions. Other high
points include the first single “Breakers,” a high energy song that captures their definitive sound; the short but beautifully performed “Ceilings”; and the outro track “Bowery.” “Hummingbird” is a giant step for the band’s development as people. They are beginning to address deeper issues in their lives, which correlates to blossoming into their own entity. After “Gorilla Manor” experts said that the band was trying to emulate the sound of bands such as The Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend and Grizzly Bear. With “Hummingbird,” the band takes a huge step in tossing their name in with those bands.
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2 stages, 9 bands play Battle of the Bands By Julian De Ocampo ’13
THE ROUNDUP Once the music started, there was scarcely a moment of silence during the annual Battle of the Bands concert, which took place in the Octagon on Valentine’s Day. The Feb. 14 concert, which was canceled and replaced last year by an online performance video contest, marked the welcome return of the annual competition in the live setting. Its return featured a few key changes to the format: more bands, a panel of judges and two stages that ensured the time waiting between bands was reduced to virtually nothing. The event, put on by the Musician’s Exchange Club, was organized with help from Exchange moderator Mr. Lane McShane ’82, who said that the assembly of two stages was made possible due to additional equipment provided by Student Council. The panel of judges was comprised of faculty members Mr. John Damaso ’97, Mr. Matt Williams ’07 and Mr. Christopher Calderon, S.J., as well as experienced alumni musicians Dan Long ’03 from The Deer Leader and Jimmy Newquist ’88 from Caroline’s Spine. This marked a departure from previous years, where the winner was decided largely through student voting. The judges evaluated the bands using a score sheet based on another Brophy performance event, Poetry Out Loud. The sheet included scores for physical presence, voice and articulation, crowd response, level of difficulty and evidence of band experience. “This year, the model seemed very functional,” Mr. McShane said. “We’ve been waiting for that for a long time. Now we don’t have to sweat (next year’s show.)” The sun was still out as the first act, Roan & the Enrights, took the stage. The band’s members (Charles Dominguez ’14, Brendan Bohanon ’14 and Jacob Browning ’14) tore through a quick set of covers ranging from The Cure’s “Just Like Heaven” to LCD Soundsystem’s “Daft Punk is Playing at My House.” Despite their namesake, Roan Enright ’13 did not actually play in the band, although he was present in the crowd as he heard his repurposed name spoken from Dominguez. Dominguez complemented his duties as singer with ukulele and cowbell playing. Almost immediately after the band finished their set, music courtesy of Reed of His Gentlemen began from stage two. The band, composed of a mixture of students from the Arizona School of the Arts and Brophy students Will Harris ’15 and Carter Santini ’15, was notable for being one of the only bands that night to solely play original compositions. Bassist Santini said that the band prefers to play original compositions because their singer and drummer, who goes to ASA, believes original songs better express who a band is. Despite their name, nobody named
Photo by Julian DeOcampo ‘13 Savannah Wix ’15 , Milo Charbel ’15, Andy Vainauskas ’15, Carter Santini ’15, Kyle Sheuring ’15, Ross Johnson ’15 perform at Brophy’s Battle of the Bands on Feb. 14.
Reed actually plays in the band. Santini said he’s never met “Reed,” who goes to ASA, despite being “his gentleman.” “He quit and they asked me to take his place,” Santini said. “There’s no Reed in the band. We feel like Reed and the Gentlemen just sends a message to Reed. On the off chance we become successful, we can be like, ‘Well, Reed...’” The band, which has previously played shows at venues like the Trunk Space, switched off instruments throughout their set, hopping from keyboards to drums and trading places. After playing through their alternative rock compositions, a very different sound came from the opposite stage from Austin Groen ’13 and Jake Petty ’13. Clad in a mixture of sleeveless flannel, camouflage pants, blue jeans and cowboy and trucker hats, the two took the stage under the moniker of The Old Dirt Road Boys to regale the crowd with country covers. Petty strummed his guitar and sang along with Groen to an enthusiastic audience of seniors who seemingly appeared with the sole intention of hearing the duo. The band provided a dose of country music to a night that was largely dominated by alternative and indie rock acts like You Wouldn’t Believe, who took to the other stage immediately after. The band (Alex Gross ’13, Anchal Jain ’13, Pratap Jayaram ’13 and Greg Goulder ’13) has become a regular staple at Brophy events, having formed more than three years ago and tightening their act up consistently since. They took the stage as the sun began to set behind them and the crowd continued to snowball larger, thanks in part of Gabe Alba-Rivera ’13, who brought along with him a slew of Loyola Scholars looking to hear some live music. The band played through a set of
alternative crowd-pleasers, including The Arctic Monkeys’ “I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor,” which got the crowd – and the Loyola Scholars – moving their feet. Members of other bands in particular seemed to enjoy their set and danced among the rest of the crowd. Soldiers of Virtue (featuring Antonio Sampaio ’15 and AJ Brown ’15) kept the momentum going next with a set of pop-punk anthems including The AllAmerican Rejects’ “Dirty Little Secret.” Upon taking the stage, Director of Scheduling Mr. Tony Oldani, who played a hand in organizing the event, grinned, looked around to fellow crowd members and said, “These guys are awesome. I saw them at Fine Arts Extravaganza.” Their color-coordinated black-andred shirts and ties provided a nice visual as they went through a set of covers including The Beatles’ “Revolution.” The band’s tight playing eventually won them second place overall. The increasing size of the crowd grew even more noticeable as The Bourgeois came on, featuring Andy Vainauskas ’15, Milo Charbel ’15, Ross Johnson ’15, Kyle Sheuring ’15, Carter Santini (also of the previously mentioned Reed and the Gentlemen) and Savannah Wix XCP ’15. The sheer size of their band (which features a drummer, a bassist, an electric violinist, a guitarist, a singer and additional singing guitarist) almost prevented them from fitting on stage as the crowd packed in closer. “Everyone kind of wants their say in the music, which is fine; our music is very dynamic because of it and has a lot of layers,” Santini said. “But there’s so many things to listen to every time ... Our songs are probably better because of it, but it takes a lot of time to get everyone’s opinion on one part of a song.”
After fitting themselves on stage, they played through a cover of Weezer’s karaoke classic “Say It Ain’t So.” They played a few covers before announcing that they would play their first original song. The band spent much of the set allsmiles as they moved around the stage and played around each other. Singer Wix walked into the crowd during a break in one song and danced with audience members to get their energy up. Santini said that although he admits the band didn’t play the best set they could have, it was immense learning experience. “It was rough, but we have definitely come a long way since then,” he said. “Afterwards, we pretty much had boot camp and said, ‘Okay, we need to polish these songs. We need to stop being nervous. We need to work on these songs every day on our own time.’ I think we benefitted a lot from that. We found out what works for us and what doesn’t.” He said the band hopes to finalize a set-list and start looking for other opportunities to play by the end of this month. Afterwards, Battle of the Bands winner Honeybadger, featuring Nick Kush ’13, Michael Lucero ’13, former student Matt McClean and University of Arizona student Brooke Smith, came onstage. Afterwards, they played a few covers by Bob Marley and local act Black Carl. They were joined during a Pink Floyd cover by Charles Dominguez ’14 on trumpet. The band debuted one original song that had the judges, the guest judges in particular, tapping their feet in enjoyment. After the set, Kush said that he was happy to have won, despite not having expected the victory. He said
that practices have been increasingly difficult because Smith, his girlfriend, lives in Tucson and had to drive down to Phoenix to practice and perform. “I wasn’t expecting the win at all. It was a surprise, but it just feels good because I don’t do much Brophy stuff,” he said. “I wish I was more involved, and it feels good to take part in a Brophy event that I’m really passionate about.” Kush said that the band’s future will be more about having fun and playing music than performing, but he will continue to work with McClean on new material. Other musicians like Santini praised Honeybadger for their skill, although he did add that “Michael Lucero used my bass, so in my mind I still won.” The basketball game that night began to draw even larger crowds for the next band, The Kards, consisting of Jared Grady ’15 and friends from other schools. Another staple of Brophy live events, the band played through a set of alternative rock songs to the growing crowd. Grady, who had spent most of the afternoon manning the soundboards behind the stage, let loose onstage as guitarist. The night ended with a set from St. Rosemary, featuring Keaton Leander ’13 and Jeff Bennett ’13. The two, who have been performing at Brophy for years, drew some of the largest crowds of the night with their closing numbers, earning them a spot as third place. The crowd cheered as the Leander and Bennett left the stage, marking the end of one of the largest productions the Musician’s Exchange has put on thus far. “The goal is always to get a lot of students there,” Mr. McShane said. “When we started, there weren’t that many, but by the end of the evening, it snowballed in a very positive way.”
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Xavier Taylor Kinnerup ’14
By Jackson Santy ’13
THE ROUNDUP What do they call you? Taylor, but I get Taykinn a lot. Can I call you Super Laser Tiger? Do you get that a lot too? Every day of my life. Since the topic for this month’s issue is travel, where’s one unexpected place you’d want to go? The Dean’s office at Brophy or Kate Upton’s closet. What sites would you see? I just want to see if it’s as scary as ours. Besides my birthday, what’s your favorite part of springtime? Shorts, tanning season and spring sports.
By Brett A. Mejia ’13
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Spoken like a true patriot. Are you familiar with the ancient art of “tailgating?” Oh but of course! In your opinion, what does the ideal tailgate consist of? Plaid flannels—sleeveless, a grill, an American flag and there always has to be the one guy who doesn’t exactly know what’s going on but constantly requests that someone play “Free Bird.” Sounds like a dream come true for me. The American Dream. Last question, is the song “Free Bird” the best song of all time or the best song of all time? I’d have to disagree with you and say it’s the best song of all time. Thank you for your time, and God bless America.
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Words from the Wise ... “If I were a sub I would just go to Starbuck’s.” -Sr. Richard Cordova
“Why do you need two Roundups?” -Jackson Santy ‘13
“I have hamsters, Jackson.” -Jesus Betancourt ‘13
“We could always live on the edge and go with the pineapple mushroom pizza.” -Andrew Marini ‘13
“I am the second immaculate conception.” -Mr. Paul Fisko
“I was at the mall over the weekend… I can understand being down on human nature.” -Dr. Sam Ewing
“I’m not even one sentence in and I’m already ripping my hair out.” -Mr. Seamus Walsh
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