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Tamayo named Man of the Year By Julian De Ocampo ’13 & Brett Mejia ’13
THE ROUNDUP Sometimes, at the end of the day, all people need to see to be inspired is someone who can beat the odds and overcome adversity with determination and sheer will. Take for example, Jocsan Tamayo ’11, 2011 winner of The Roundup’s Man of the Year award. To receive his title, Tamayo was nominated by Brophy faculty, strongly voted for in a poll by his classmates and chosen by The Roundup staff. Tamayo’s road to this award began in 2007, when he entered Brophy as the only freshmen from Kenilworth Elementary, unfamiliar with any of his classmates. “Something that is very unique about Jocsan is his humility and joy that he felt when he first received that letter of being accepted to Brophy,” said Mr. Jose Mendoza ’88, Tamayo’s counselor. “He’s perhaps one of the most humble and grateful students known throughout his four years at Brophy.” Shortly after acclimating to Brophy, Tamayo found his calling in sports, joining the wrestling team and freshmen football team and making a number of new friends along the way. “Experiences that really helped me open up and be comfortable at this place were joining the wrestling team and football team,” Tamayo said. “It helped me meet new people and became more comfortable with the students and the staff that were around me.” He quickly excelled in his sports, forming close friendships with his coaches, including wrestling coach Mr. Brad Frank, who Tamayo described as being like an uncle to him. “When I think of Jocsan, the first thing I think of is a kid who is very loving, very caring and always wears his heart on his sleeve,” Mr. Frank said. “But at the same time I think he is one of the hardest working kids I’ve ever been around.” However, Tamayo’s high school sports career was quickly put on hold after a turn of events in his home life. During freshman year, Tamayo’s father was laid off, and free time quickly became a luxury.He has been working various odd jobs around Phoenix in order to support his family ever since. “I began working at the end of freshman year, and I’ve been working ever since,” Tamayo said. “I’ve been working from tire
Faculty members leave to teach abroad
New Tablets coming for frosh class Toshiba out, Lenovo likely in to start next fall By Brett Mejia ’13 & Tyler Scott ’12
Photo by Ben Jackson ’11 The Roundup names Jocsan Tamayo ’11 its 2011 Man of the Year. Inside: Pullin, Stevens named runners up. See News, Page 4
shops to windshield repair shops, and right now I’m working on a law internship which I’ve already completed a year of.” Tamayo was forced to quit most extracurricular activities because of his jobs, which quickly consumed most of his time outside of school. But Tamayo said he doesn’t need pity from his peers. “A lot of people say things like ‘I feel sorry for you,’ but I’m happy doing this,” Tamayo said. “I really am.” Despite these long hours, he still finds the time to participate in causes in which he truly believes in—he’s on the executive board of both Big Brothers and Hermanos Unidos.
Succow mentors players on and off the field
During his time at Brophy, Tamayo encountered a number of mentors who helped shape him as a person, including English teacher Ms. Susan Maynard, who Tamayo ranks as one of his favorite teachers. Tamayo first met Ms. Maynard as a junior in her American Literature class. Ms. Maynard immediately noticed Tamayo for his humble demeanor and astute comments. “He was just very easy to get to know,” Ms. Maynard said. “He’s friendly, sweet and respectful. He’s honest and candid, so when he spoke in class, it was always with true insight and something valuable to say.” See TAMAYO, Page 4
Toshiba has been the face of Brophy technology for years and now Lenovo will likely be replacing the school’s computers. The incoming freshmen will receive these new Tablets, and the price will be about the same as what previous classes had to pay for the Toshiba units. “Toshiba is no longer making any pen enabled devices; they’re still making laptops, but not the convertible Tablet that we’re used to, so we had to choose a different manufacturer and things are looking really good for Lenovo, which was formally known as IBM,” said Brophy systems administrator Mr. Mark Pettit. The Brophy technology department has been keeping up with teachers, asking whether they could do without the Tablet pen, according to Mr. Pettit. For the most part teachers said they prefer the Tablet capability. “The benefits from having the Tablet, for example today we’re sending e-mails directly to the tourist centers in different countries expecting responses so that we can have direct contact with people from other countries and have direct contact with authentic language, and we can record and it makes things easier,” said Brophy Spanish teacher Ms. Catharine Steffens. But with all the benefits of personal computers, a new problem can rear its head in the classroom. With the Internet at their fingertips, students often find themselves distracted during class, which sometimes leads to “Inappropriate Computer Use” or ICUs, which are received when students play games in class or are generally off-task See TABLETS, Page 3 More on Brophy’s future inside
• Administration envisions future developments See News, Page 3
• New athletic facilities planned for future See News, Page 3
• Staff Editorial: School sets bar high, but room for improvement See Opinions, Page 6
• Commentary on dance, other policy changes See Opinion, Page 8
• Class of 2012 eager to take position of seniors See Opinion, Page 7
Performer Gary Williams dances to success
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Super student Guerithault succeeds in school with AP classes Guerithault active in academics, Calc Club By Chase Stevens ’12
THE ROUNDUP Nicolas Guerithault ’12 is one smart kid. Taking five AP classes in his junior year while also volunteering for the Calc Club and the Spanish Honors Society is no easy feat, but Guerithault does it to prepare for the future. “I want to be a competitive applicant to the colleges I will potentially apply to,” Guerithault wrote in a recent e-mail. “Some possibilities include Santa Clara, Barrett, Gonzaga and Boston College. I'm not quite sure yet.” Having the workload of five AP classes
comes with a lot of extra hours of book time. “I have anywhere from one to three hours of homework a night. I will occasionally wake up early to finish it so that I don't stay up too late,” Guerithault wrote. Currently, Guerithault takes AP Physics C Mechanics, AP Physics C Electricity & Magnetism, AP Calculus BC, AP English III and AP Spanish IV, as well as taking Gospels in Action and Humanities. While balancing a full workload, Guerithault is also one of the officers at Brophy’s Calc Club. “We raise money to help out families during Christmas and Easter time by selling cookie jars,” Guerithault said. “I label the cookie jars for the Calc Club every Wednesday after school.” He also participates in the Spanish
Honors Society. “For the Spanish Honor Society, I occasionally tutor students before school,” Guerithault added. It’s not only school that keeps Guerithault busy; he also works in the kitchen at his dad’s restaurant, Vincent’s on Camelback. Guerithault said he is more mathematically minded, and wants a future where he can apply his mathematical abilities. “I think I want to pursue a career of engineering of some sort. I'd like to get a master's.” Teachers think highly of Guerithault. “I love the fact that he is so humble,” said physics teacher Mrs. Sabina Nelson. “He remains grounded and is always genuine and courteous in his interactions with his peers and teachers.”
Photo by Ben Jackson ’11 Nic Guerithault ’12 is involved in multiple AP classes, has a job and participates in multiple community service clubs.
Garner, Nelsons make plans to move abroad, teach at private schools By Colin M. Prenger ’11 & Rohan Keith Andresen ’12
THE ROUNDUP Every year faculty and teachers leave the Brophy community to continue their personal journeys, but a unique occurrence this year is the trio of Brophy teachers who are moving to foreign countries.
Garner family moves to Africa This summer Mr. Fred Garner and his family will move to Nairobi, Kenya, where he will be teaching Spanish under a three-year contract at an American school. The Garner family will live next to the Rosslyn Academy, where his kids will attend school with many other international students from around the globe. Roots of this idea stemmed from when the Garners adopted two boys (on two separate occasions) from Ethiopia. Their travels to Africa sparked their interest to possibly move there. Mr. Garner looked at schools in Ethiopia as options, but did not like the schools there as much as he did in Nairobi.
“I liked it immediately,” Mr. Garner said about the Rosslyn Academy. The biggest factor, according to Mr. Garner, in choosing the Rosslyn Academy is that it is a Christian school. “I’ve been involved with the Jesuits long enough that, to me, faith goes one in one with education, and it’s hard for me to separate the two anymore,” he said. Mr. Garner said he is content with the teacher he has become over the years. “It is because of Brophy … that helped me develop into a better teacher,” he said. Mr. Garner said leaving Brophy will be difficult and bittersweet. He said he will miss interacting with Brophy students because it is a brotherhood, and he believes students can’t find it anywhere else. However, he will not miss the horseplay and looks forward to a co-ed change because he said boys tend to behave better when they are around girls. What will Mr. Garner miss most about American culture? “Being able to get a good burger. King Corn aside, I love my burger,” Mr. Garner said.
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The Garner family has been discussing the move to Africa for the past year and “the main reason was to get the kids used to the idea.” They expect the move to be the most difficult for their 11 year old daughter. “I know once we get there it’s going to be good, but it’s hard for our kids to imagine any other place that could feel like home,” Mr. Garner said. “Everything just gets magnified,” Mr. Garner said commenting on the transition between two cultures. “But I think that the rewards that we are going to reap by being there as a family are also going to be magnified.”
The Nelsons take to Middle East Mr. Mike Nelson ’96 and Mrs. Sabina Nelson are moving overseas to make their new home in Dubai of the United Arab Emirates. The motives drawing the Nelson family, including their three-year-old son, are multifaceted; however, the main factor is that they would like to experience something new. “Mike and I have always enjoyed international travel and we want our son to experience new places and cultures,” Mrs. Nelson said. “I think
some of the most memorable experiences that my parents gave to me growing up were trips to different countries.” Mr. and Mrs. Nelson have made an adventurous and spontaneous outline for the next chapters of their lives. According to Mrs. Nelson, their plan—as of now—is to “try a new country every few years.” The Nelsons are also considering the high peaks of Switzerland and the bustling streets of Singapore. The Nelsons plan to have a life very similar to the one here, just with an ethnic and cultural twist. Mr. and Mrs. Nelson will teach at a co-ed, international school that educates kindergarten through twelfth grade. There they will teach art and physics, respectively; the same subjects they taught at Brophy. Their son will also attend the school they plan to work at, which is 75 percent North Americans, according to Mrs. Nelson. Mr. Nelson is concerned about the tension in the Middle East, but said that the “U.A.E. has been free from issue, but things can/could change.”
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Administration envisions changes to tech, infrastructure By Eric Villanueva ’11 & Michael Mandeville ’11
THE ROUNDUP As assiduous students hustle through their academic and extracurricular commitments at Brophy, the development of the community can be disregarded. Besides the infrequent manifestation of Brophy’s expansion projects like the Brophy Sports Campus and the recently announced Loyola Academy, students rarely experience a developmental agenda that is both on-going and allencompassing. That does not mean it isn’t happening though. Next year alone, Brophy will introduce two major programs, including the Loyola Academy, a middle school geared to low-income students who would regularly not have the opportunity to receive a comprehensive Jesuit education. This project is unique to Brophy in relation to other Jesuit high schools nationwide, according to Brophy President the Rev. Edward Reese, S.J. Fr. Reese said he has big plans for Loyola Academy over the next five years or so. “I see it as 90 to 100 students in fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grades and being for boys who would never have had a chance to have this kind of an education if we didn’t have it,” he said. The other new program, the Alumni Service Core, is aimed at providing four
alumni an opportunity to spend a year back at Brophy, according to Principal Mr. Bob Ryan. “Our hope is that we’ll have four recent college graduates who are Brophy alumni and want to come back and spend a year at Brophy in, more or less, a volunteer capacity,” Mr. Ryan said. Two will work in the Office of Faith and Justice and two others will help the newly established Loyola Academy. Mr. Ryan said the program has received solid interest from Brophy alumni with a group of candidates currently under review.
10-year capital campaign carries school into 21st century
To understand the administration’s broad vision for Brophy’s future, one must reflect on the strides Brophy has made because of a 10-year, $60 million capital campaign that ended this year, according to Mr. Ryan. “In terms of the physical plan and capital improvements, I think it’s important to (remember past development projects) because over the last couple of years, in your guys’ time at Brophy, what has gotten the attention is the athletic facility,” Mr. Ryan said. “But I think some historisizing is important because we’re at the end of a capital campaign that has been going on for 10 years and the athletic improvements are the last phase of the campaign.” The capital campaign began when Fr.
Reese first arrived at Brophy 15 years ago and saw the need for a variety of improvements. “The technology was really bad,” Fr. Reese said. “I joke, ‘The height of the technology was the ballpoint pen.’” Brophy’s 20th century-style campus underwent a technological upgrade to the 21st century, including the installation of campus-wide Internet and computers in classrooms as well as the construction of the Information Commons as the computer lab on campus. This technological makeover came with the realization that technology would play a vital role in the education of young men in the future, Mr. Ryan said. “If we’re preparing you for the future, it’s impossible for us to consider a Jesuit school without technology, so we went down that road,” he said. Five years now into a one-to-one Tablet program, Mr. Ryan said the integration of technology into education is an area of continued focus as technology advances. “A question we need to ask ourselves is, ‘For what year are we preparing our students?’” he said. “When we answer that question, we need to say, ‘Is what we’re doing actually doing that?’” After upgrading technology, Brophy tackled a sagging Fine Arts department, available classroom shortages, an absent cafeteria and poor sports facilities, according to Fr. Reese. “Kids got credit for singing in the showers,” Fr. Reese said jokingly about the previous Fine Arts requirement of one half credit to graduate.
The Brophy administration decided that the arts were part of a wellrounded education, and the Fine Arts requirement was beefed up to five half credits and the Eller Fine Arts Building was built, Mr. Ryan said. Then construction of Piper Math and Science Building, Harper Great Hall and Brophy Sports Complex was completed in that order. “Of course the perception is that all Brophy cares about is sports because it just built this new fancy field in the middle of the recession,” Mr. Ryan said. “The time couldn’t have worked more against us.” “One of the things I’m proudest of is that we got the users to help design (the facilities),” Fr. Reese said. The final phase of the 10-year campaign is the construction of a second gym, a new locker room, weight room, wrestling room and a pool adjacent to the Robson Gym. This work is slated to begin in two or three years.
Future education to focus more around Grad at Grad qualities As far as education in the future, Mr. Ryan said he believes a Brophy education will involve more hands-on learning outside of the classroom. “Maybe the classrooms look different; maybe our schedule looks different,” he said. “I don’t think it’s totally out the question in the future that maybe we won’t have class five days a week.” “I don’t think in 20 years you’re going to come back here and you’re going to
see a seven-period schedule where each class meets four times a week.” His hope is for students to have more authentic learning experiences through involvement in their community. Mr. Ryan said he also hopes to find ways to better measure and assess students’ progress towards embodying the five aspects of the Graduate at Graduation as students only receive quantitative feedback on their intellectual competence through GPAs and test scores. “If we say we want you to be Open to Growth, Religious, Loving, Committed to Justice and Intellectually Competent then I think we owe it to you and your families to say to you, at benchmark moments, ‘Hey, this is the degree at which we perceive you to be Open to Growth,’” he said. “It’s been identified in the accreditation process this year as something we need to focus on and we’re aware of it and it will be a goal for us moving forward.” But regardless of future changes in infrastructure or education, Fr. Reese said he believes the students’ values will endure. “We don’t talk about it, but the additional stuff, the vision of the students, their sense of responsibility to help the disadvantaged, to make the world a better place; that will continue to grow,” Fr. Reese said. Mr. Ryan agrees. “The campus will look differently than it did 10 years ago, but I think at its core we still share the same values and I don’t think that will ever change,” Mr. Ryan said.
Vice President: New pool, new gym planned for Brophy’s future By Joe Skoog ’13
THE ROUNDUP The main goal of the “Power Breakfast” hosted March 29 was to raise funds for various building developments that lie ahead for Brophy, according to Vice President Mrs. Adria Renke. This annual event was first and foremost used to fund the Brophy Sports Complex on 7th Street and Highland. “Fr. Eddie Reese is ‘cash and carry.’ He doesn’t like debt,” Mrs. Renke said. From TABLETS, Page 1 on their computers. ICUs result in two hours of JUG. The incorporation of the Tablet program made the teachers adapt to the new learning medium. Some teachers, however, choose not to allow their students to use them. As Mr. Tom Reithmann says, “I can’t compete with the Internet.” Other teachers that do not allow students to use their Tablets do so for much the same reasons. Dr. Sam Ewing said he believes that the cons outweigh the pros of using the
According to Mrs. Renke, while Brophy has a swim club at 28th Street and Camelback, the administration hopes for the swim team to be located on the Brophy campus.The problems, however, arise with the construction of the pools. “In a perfect world we would love to have the pool beside the second gym, facing Xavier, but the fire lane makes it so that we will have trouble with the zoning for it,” Mrs. Renke said. Time will tell if the problems with the pool construction will be resolved, however, the proposed second gym does not have the same
Tablets in class. “They become more of a distraction than a benefit in my experience,” Dr. Ewing said. He also mentioned that he has tried starting out class with the Tablets once or twice, but inevitably he has to discipline students for being off task. “You’re there hopefully to dwell and reflect on a topic and having the computer just becomes a distraction,” he said. Like other teachers, Dr. Ewing sees the benefits of using pencil and paper rather than stylus and screen. “I see people more focused on the topic at hand and not just relating to
Online this month at roundup.brophyprep.org • Mr. Grindey incorporates football with religion • Students debate Xavier, Brophy integration
restrictions for its construction. This second gym would handle the overflow for volleyball and basketball, and would be home to a new facility made specifically for the wrestling team. “The (wrestling) team is really excited for the possibility of a new facility,” said Marshall Varner ’13. This is essential for the wrestling team because, according to Mrs. Renke, the current wrestling room will be converted for use by the Loyola Academy next year.
me but relating to each other,” Dr. Ewing said. “There’s something about physically writing that is a better way to get the material to stick in your brain.” But Dr. Ewing understands the positive aspects of the Tablets as well. He said that they were very useful for doing research or writing papers, just not necessarily during class. “It’s not like I’m completely opposed to computers, I see it as a tool. But in my classes I see them as potentially doing more harm than good,” he said. Kyle Padden ’12 had the same opinion as Dr. Ewing. “The physicality of writing down notes and being totally focused on the task
• Veteran students pass the torch, offer advice • Dean: harassment of freshmen not a problem • Student leaders give advice to students
Much of what composes Brophy’s main campus today has been constructed in the last 13 years. “In 1997, no Eller, no Info Commons, no Harper Great Hall, no south lot, no Piper, no John Graham plaza, all of those are new,” Mrs. Renke said. Brophy cannot expand any farther than its current boundaries. “We are landlocked,” Mrs. Renke said. Construction on the second gym and pool complex has not yet started, but as soon as funding is freed up the offer will go to bid for various construction companies around the Valley.
at hand helped me to improve my test scores and overall,” he said. “I prefer pencil and paper.” On the other side, some teachers such as Mr. John Damaso ’97 see the benefits of the Tablets in the classroom. “I think it allows students to practice technology that they will likely face in universities or in jobs just so that they feel confident, they know what they’re doing in their next place,” Mr. Damaso said. Other students say they are satisfied with the fact that they get to use computers rather than pencil and paper. “It nice to have a laptop because of the
technology that we can use for doing school work,” said Edwin Galan ’13. Mr. Pettit and the technology department are always looking towards the future and the possibility of switching from Tablets to smaller device or something that is greater than the current PCs. “We are always looking at the iPad type devices, but it’s kind of more likely now, not set in stone, but more likely that we’ll eventually go from the convertible Tablet design to a more mobile device like an iPhone or Google phone,” Mr. Pettit said.
• Spring distinguished students demonstrate Men for Others qualities
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Pullin wins runner up with theater, golf, humility By Julian De Ocampo ’13
THE ROUNDUP Sometimes the best way to react to tragedy is to do everything and anything. Just ask Paul Pullin ’11, a 2011 runner-up for the Man of the Year award who occupied his time at Brophy by playing varsity golf for three years, singing in Honor Choir, joining the service-based National Honors Society and starring in a number of theater productions. Early on in Pullin’s life, he suffered through what he called some personal tragedies before coming to Brophy at the recommendation of his aunt and uncle, who he lives with to this day. “Brophy was a place that I came to out curiosity,” Pullin said. “I didn’t have many friends coming in here except my buddies Ethan Cooper ’11 and Calvin Krueger ’11 from elementary school.” Despite his initial limited knowledge of other students in his grade, Pullin quickly adapted after he saw the solidarity of the Brophy community. “When I immersed myself, I realized how great of community is here,” Pullin said. “My senior classmates are truly men for others. Brophy has made me see the beauty of life.” And those senior classmates have appreciated him too. Pullin can’t walk down a hallway without at least several students giving him hifives and saying hello. Pullin made the state golf team three years in a row and has become a prominent member of the varsity golf team. He’s also made a name for himself in Honor Choir and NHS. He said his biggest passion came through his involvement with theater, a flirtation that began when he starred in “1776” when he was a sophomore. “I was finally nudged into auditioning for my first Spring Musical, 1776, because of my fellow choir members during the time,” Pullin said. “After my role as Thomas Jefferson, I decided to continue this thrill and went on to perform in two more musicals as Sky Masterson in ‘Guys and Dolls’ and Link Larkin in this year’s musical, ‘Hairspray.’” Now, Pullin plans to take his acting career even farther. He’s
Photo by Ben Jackson ’11 Paul Pullin ’11 is one of The Roundup’s Man of the Year runners up.
majoring in theater and hopes to go to either Pepperdine University or the University of San Francisco. “Theater interests me, but the main thing is to set the world on fire,” Pullin said. “I want to take what I’ve learned from my Brophy brothers and teachers and live it out in my own way.”
From TAMAYO, Page 1 Ms. Maynard said that Tamayo is an ideal choice for the Man of the Year, calling him one of the most loving young men she’s ever met. “He’s gone through some difficult and dark times in his life, and he’s come out on the other side as a better, stronger, more insightful person who has empathy for other people,”she said. But Tamayo’s interactions at Brophy went beyond his communication with faculty members, as he quickly embraced the whole community. “Brophy is pretty much a brotherhood. Brothers are always together, and they always stick together,” he said. “Here, even if people don’t know each other that much, they’ll give each other high fives and be happy just to be around each other.” One of his close friends, Keith Bender ’11, said that Tamayo has always been an “enduring, loving spirit” within the Brophy community. “Jocsan’s background and loving personality make him one of the most unique seniors and a true representation of what I think it means to be a Man for Others,” Bender said. “He is probably the most loving kid I’ve met at this school and he cares about everyone.” Ultimately, Tamayo said that his stay at Brophy has shaped his life and character in ways that he never could have imagined. “My experience at Brophy taught me to be a man for others as a main goal. Being a man for others means not living for yourself and not being selfish. It’s about living for others, living for the service of God, living for the service of the people that need your help and helping them create a difference by giving them love,” Tamayo said Now, Tamayo is saying farewell to Brophy in order to pursue studies in law.But although he may be leaving Brophy behind, he said that what he learned will always stay with him. “I’m really committed to taking this with me from college to grad school and to the end of my life because that is really where I want to take this,” Tamayo said. “Good luck to all my brothers out there. I know that they are going to do really well in college and I wish them all the best.”
Stevens wins Man of the Year runner up while being a state swim champion By Brett Mejia ’13
THE ROUNDUP Brian Stevens ’11 has humbly become a state swimming champion and hopes to one day become a successful businessman. Stevens is a runner up for this year’s Man of the Year award. He has also been a member of the swim team for all of his high school career. “Being on the swim team is important to me, it let me go to Manresa for swim retreats and they were always fun because we got to learn from the seniors and learn from the older guys and they have always been very influential,” Stevens said. In the latest state championship he was the individual state champion in the 200 yard free style. In addition, he actively participates in community service and is a member of
the National Honor Society. Stevens thought that it was a big change coming from a public middle school to a private high school like Brophy. “Overall (Brophy) made me realize who I’m called to be by God and by the people but I think it has brought me closer who I’m supposed to be,” Stevens said. “I thank the people who voted for me and I congratulate the other guys who were nominated.” Stevens said that he is grateful for his good friends and for his teachers’ influence on him. Stevens has signed with the University of Arizona and he is going to the Eller School of Management with honors to participate in their business school. At UofA he also plans to continue swimming and compete on its team.
Photo by Ben Jackson ’11 Brian Stevens ’11 is one of The Roundup’s Man of the Year runners up.
Numerous school drives bring community together for good causes By Josh Galvin ’13
THE ROUNDUP The end of the second semester marks the closing of another year of community service. As in previous years, a multitude of drives occurred on campus throughout the school term, each benefitting a specific segment of the population. One major drive early in the year, the Turkey Drive, provided Thanksgiving dinners for 1,625 underprivileged Arizona families. Classes and clubs donated dry goods and money to charitable organizations such as St. Mary’s Food Bank,
St. Joseph the Worker and St. Vincent de Paul Foundation. Another big drive in which the campus partakes is the ELF Drive (Extending Love to Families). According to the drive’s coordinator Mr. Tommy Smith, 328 people received Christmas gifts this year through students’ donations in conjunction with the Arizona Division of Developmental Disabilities. In the spring, the Rice Bowl Lenten Drive began on Ash Wednesday, March 9 and continued through April 15. Each class collected money as part of a school wide competition to provide financial aid to
impoverished families. Although the drives that offer class prizes often generate the most interest on campus, the less publicized organizations provide just as much support for the community. For example, the Brophy Blanket Drive held Oct. 29-31 by the Phoenix Rescue Mission gathered blankets and clothing items for homeless shelters throughout Arizona. Additionally, the Friends of the Orphans Drive held through Dec. 13 sent clothes to Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos, a Guatemalan orphanage where Brophy students volunteer during annual
immersion trips. Other drives were organized by Brophy’s many clubs, including National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. According to NHS club leader Mr. Fred Garner, 65 potential donors enlisted in the fall blood drive for United Blood Services Oct. 6. Their donations contributed to 56 procedures for those in need. “(The blood donations) were greatly appreciated and went a long way toward assuring a strong blood supply, and ultimately saving lives,” said UBS Donor recruitment representative Tom Bryson in an e-mail.
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Kauffman provides ‘motherly’ presence in classroom By Mason Smith ’11
THE ROUNDUP Moms are typically people who show unconditional love to their child. Mrs. Deborah Kauffman is described by many of her students as having a “motherly” presence. “Mrs. Kauffman is a great teacher who always tries to keep the students involved in class, she really cares about her students and really has a motherly presence in the classroom,” said Sai Tummala ’11. She was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota and she attended St. James High School. Her senior year was the last year that the school would be open. From there she attended the University of North Dakota earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree as well as a Master of Arts Degree. She would go on to spend a semester at the University of London. At first, Mrs. Kauffman wanted to become a lawyer, but after
taking an English course she eventually set her eyes on becoming an English teacher. In 1991 Mrs. Kauffman taught at Xavier College Preparatory for six years teaching AP English and Religion. She left Xavier for a position at Desert Mountain High School before she started her career here at Brophy in 1997. Located in Brophy Hall room 110, Mrs. Kauffman teaches AP English IV to seniors. “Mrs. Kauffman is one of the best teachers at Brophy because she truly shows a great amount of love for everyone she teaches,” said Alex Iversen ’11. Away from the classroom Mrs. Kauffman enjoys hiking, walking her dogs (she does this as much as possible) and reading murder mysteries that are not located in the United States. Photo by Ben Jackson ’11 Mrs. Kauffman explains a poetry project to her AP English IV class March 16.
Rising gas prices squeeze students at pump, pocketbook By Eric Villanueva ’11
The Roundup At 7:21 a.m. on a Thursday morning, a tan Toyota Sequoia pulls into Brophy’s south parking Lot. With a 20 gallon gas tank and 15 to 16 miles per gallon rating, student driver Tommy Hartman ’12 feels the pinch at the gas pump every two or three days with his 30-mile commute to and from Brophy and his home in Mesa. When the state average gas price hit $3 per gallon in late January, Hartman said he was paying $50 or $60 to top his tank. More than two months later, he now pays $75 per tank of gas. “We didn’t even fill it up all the way,” Hartman said recounting his last fillup. “It goes through a lot of money.” Hartman is one of 452 Brophy students with a parking permit this year, according to Ms. Debbie Corwin, the dean of students’ assistant. However, in some carpools, each member gets a pass and takes turns driving the carpool, which inflates the number, Ms. Corwin said. Taken into account, that still means one-in-three students drive to school
as part of a carpool and pay around the Phoenix average gas price of $3.61 as of April 7. Seven minutes after Hartman arrives, Michael Miller ’12 parks his fourdoor, Mazda 6 facing the canal. Miller lives near Desert Ridge Mall in northern Phoenix and drives between 30 and 40 minutes to school. He gets 26 miles to the gallon, but, like Hartman, saw his cost at the pump jump $20 between late January and early April. Asked where he sees gas prices going as summer edges closer, Miller expects it to get worse. “I can see it getting worse, but hopefully not too much higher,” he said. Stephanie Dembowski, a spokeswoman for AAA Arizona, said that gas prices will probably not decrease in the near future. “Given the volatility of the market, and the uncertainty about the situation in the Middle East and Northern Africa, combined with the higher cost of the summer blend of fuel, it is unlikely that the price of fuel will decrease in the near future,” Dembowski said in an e-mail. Brutal winter storms and conflict in oil sensitive regions of the world in the past
months have shortened oil supply and increased gas prices to a 30-month high, according to Dembowski. To save money as gas prices increase, Dembowski recommended students carpool or use mass transit. Every student who parks on Brophy’s campus is required to have a carpool, according to Security Director Mr. John Buchanan. “We let everyone know they can’t come to school unless they carpool, which is unheard of at other schools,” Mr. Buchanan said. Mr. Buchanan added that Brophy also offers specially priced mass transit vouchers to incentivize students to use alternative transportation to save money. The business office in Romley Hall sells mass transit tickets for $20, saving students $7.50 off a regular ticket. In the last semester, as gas prices grew, the number of monthly passes sold doubled to 30 per month, according to Ms. Darcy Ohman in the Finance Office. Hartman, the owner of the tan Sequoia, said he rode the light rail from Mesa to Brophy his freshman
and sophomore years, but he found that it added 30 minutes to his already 40-minute commute and the station was out of his way. Miller said he couldn’t use alternative transportation even if tickets cost less because neither the light rail nor the bus runs where he lives. But there are ways to save gas for the average student who drives a SUV or mid-size sedan and commutes the estimated average of 20 to 25 minutes to school, according to Mr. Buchanan, who monitors student parking in the north lot every morning. “Obviously, they could not drive quite so fast and that could save gas,” Mr. Buchanan said. Every five miles per hour driven over 60 mph is like paying an additional 24 cents per gallon, according to Dembowski, the AAA Arizona spokeswoman. Students may also use apps on their phones, like Fuel Price Finder, Fuel Price Calculator and TripTik Mobile, to find the cheapest gas prices in their neighborhood, according to Dembowski. Mr. Buchanan added that students could also add people to their carpool.
As experts predict gas prices to either rise or level toward summer vacation, some students may reconsider their trips outside the state and opt for a “staycation” instead. “A popular and inexpensive alternative to traveling for spring or summer break is to enjoy a ‘staycation’ right here in Arizona,” Dembowski said. AAA Arizona has a list of resorts on their website that “offer special, reduced rates during the summer making it affordable to spend time away from home, without even leaving our state.” However, Hartman and Miller both said they still planned to fly for summer trips, though plane tickets may cost more as oil prices increase. Hartman added that if he was going to drive, he would do it economically. “If I were to go on a spring or summer road trip, I would probably bring a friend and split the cost of gas,” he said. Hartman, like fellow student driver Miller, said he sees gas prices going nowhere but up. “My dad told me this morning a quote from Obama: ‘The thing about gas prices, America, you just got to get used to them,’” he said.
4 student publications showcase different facets of life, activities, talents By Julian De Ocampo ’13
THE ROUNDUP Contrary to popular belief, print media is not dead. All it takes is one look at Brophy’s numerous student-run publications to realize that this form of media is alive and well. Each year, students work tirelessly to print copies of BLAM, The Brophy Literary and Arts Magazine; The Tower, the annual yearbook; The Roundup, a monthly school newspaper; and The Roundup’s satirical counterpart, The Wrangler. All publications are written and compiled by students of all grade levels with oversight from faculty advisers. BLAM, moderated by Mr. John Damaso ’96 and Mr. Chad Unrein, is an annual compilation of student-submitted prose, poetry and art with the purpose of drawing attention to Brophy’s artistic talent.The arts magazine is now in its third year of publication, with the first issue established by Mr. Damaso in 2009. Prior to BLAM, Brophy published a yearly literary magazine called The Tower.
After the yearbook took over the name, the publication underwent changes in name and format before finally settling on the name BLAM. In addition to its annual release, BLAM also sponsors a live reading of poetry and prose by students at each year’s Fine Arts Extravaganza. Although BLAM’s release is limited to once a year the publication encourages students of all grade levels to send in their work year-round. This year’s edition of BLAM will carry a “retro theme” in contrast to the sleek, modern look of past issues. The release of BLAM is followed shortly by the annual release of The Tower yearbook. Each year, The Tower is purchased by hundreds of students looking to reminisce over the past year.The Tower is created over the course of the year by Mr. Joe Klein’s ’86 yearbook class. The yearbook gets its start in the summer, when students attend a yearbook camp to learn about the publication tools and decide on the year’s theme (this year’s theme is “Back to Basics”). Then, students from the camp teach the rest of the class and the work begins. Each month, the team works to create a quota of
pages and spreads, culminating in The Tower’s release either at the end of April or the beginning of May. Although the majority of the staff is in the Yearbook class, outside sources such as The Roundup or Photography classes provide some of the pictures that go into each year’s edition as well “Those that are interested in graphic design, taking photographs or any type of publishing, then this is perfect for you,” Mr. Klein said. Like The Tower, The Roundup aims to capture snapshots of Brophy life. The Roundup is assembled each month by Mr. Mica Mulloy’s ’99 Journalism and Photojournalism classes. This year 23 students write a minimum of two articles each month for The Roundup, with some students far exceeding this number. Although the majority of articles written are produced by Mr. Mulloy’s classes, any student wishing to write or take photos for The Roundup is free to e-mail student editors at roundup@ brophybroncos.org with ideas. Of course, The Roundup is often paired with its satirical doppelganger, TheWrangler.
Moderated by Mr. Damaso and Mr. Steve Smith ’96, The Wrangler uses humor to parody the latest happenings in Brophy culture in the vein of satirical publications like The Onion. “Comedy in general allows people to say a message,” Mr. Smith said. “It’s kind of like how Jon Stewart on ‘The Daily Show’ can say more than typical news actors.” All contributors to The Wrangler post funny headlines to the publication’s BlackBoard page. If one gets enough approval, then the headline gets written into a full article. After the publication is laid out, Mr. Damaso and Mr. Smith look over the paper to ensure its quality. The Wrangler is published quarterly, with special editions for events like the Summit on Human Dignity. “If you have an eye for comedy and notice things on campus that are ripe for satire, and you’ve had ideas amongst your friends but you don’t necessarily know what to do with them, then we would love to have you on TheWrangler,” Mr. Smith said.
Opinions The Roundup | May 2011 Staff Editorial
Brophy thriving but still has more to go The Issue: Brophy has a bright future but needs some changes in order to achieve its full potential. Our Stance: Adopting changes in our technology program, student health system, campus sustainability and general attitude is necessary. The Brophy community has grown a lot in recent years, both physically and intellectually. The growth in different areas has been evident and positive for this school, but there is still progress to be made. One of the major issues Brophy must further embrace is sustainability on campus. After the 2010 Summit on the environment, Brophy’s efforts to make the campus more sustainable accelerated, leading to new programs being put in place to foster environmental responsibility on campus. New recycling bins were put out, motion sensor lighting was installed in select classrooms in the Piper building and sustainable cups were purchased
for Michael’s. In the future, more alternative energy sources should be explored to see if Brophy can further improve the sustainability of the campus by using renewable energy options. Also, power is wasted in large quantities with power strips plugged in continuously for weeks on end unnecessarily. In addition to the sustainability of the campus, Brophy should continue with their efforts to improve student health. Currently Michael’s offers a healthy meal for $5 one day a week and the BodPod system is offered for free to students to track body composition, but neither program is entirely popular or wide spread on campus. Head athletic trainer Mr. Chris White recently sent an e-mail out to the student body explaining the program but many still don’t understand or even know about the program and its benefits. Healthy meals should be offered more frequently and the BodPod should be better advertised to all students so everyone can enjoy the benefits of the programs.
In the technology arena, the Tablet PC program is still in its relative-fledgling stages and needs to be improved and perfected as years progress. Five years ago saw the arrival of the Tablet program, a trendsetting advancement that ushered Brophy into the age of technology. With each student and teacher armed with a Tablet computer, Brophy embraced technology across campus. The Tablets can sometimes be an obstacle to students though because they have a tendency to be slow in class and sometimes don’t work at all, and cause distractions for students who cannot resist digital temptation. At times they seem to be more of a nuisance than a help. Next year’s freshman class, the Class of 2015, will receive a different computer than the current Toshiba models students use, and we will see if this solves any of the issues. The attitude of the student body toward each other and females also has to change. In the December 2010 edition of The Roundup, Manuel Siguenza ’12 wrote about how students
can sometimes have sexist tendencies. In fact, students were recently called into assemblies to discuss respecting the people around them, including women. The student body is largely made up of good and caring students, but sometimes more sensitivity is needed in order to become a fully accepting community. It only takes one or two off color comments for us to all be labeled in a negative manner. Brophy has set the bar very high for standards of education, technology and environmental stewardship and these standards should be a challenge to set the bar even higher in the future. As the community moves forward, it should strive to do better in all aspects to establish high standards and leadership. Staff editorial by Ian C. Beck ’12 and Alex Stanley ’12 Staff editorials represent the view of The Roundup. Share your thoughts by e-mailing roundup@brophyprep. org or leave comments online at roundup.brophyprep.org.
Exiting editors dish out final pieces of wisdom to student body “God, I Have Issues: 50 ways to pray no instructions for setting up my Tablet, which I matter how you feel” has become my nightly remember vividly pouring over and following companion as my days as a Brophy student to the letter. dwindle. The box had become a time capsule, I first picked up the prayer book earlier this enclosing the long-forgotten anxiousness, school year on my Kairos retreat at Brophy’s rush of excitement, pride and low self-esteem retreat center, Manresa. of my freshman self. We were all freshmen, I smiled when I first read the book’s ironic sophomores, juniors and seniors once and we yet spot-on title, and I reflected upon the all shared these feelings from experiences good book’s suggested scripture passages and quotes and bad. fittingly called “words to take with you.” But, with the rat race of our lives, some of A week after Kairos, I was gifted our most favorite memories can my own copy, which gathered dust become lost in our cluttered on my shelf at home until recently brains. Four years in this special place come and go before you when it resurfaced while I was know it. Our busy lives only cleaning my room. expedite its passing. Actually, I found it while That’s why it’s important to frantically searching for a box of instructions and unused computer capture every emotion you have parts I had kept from Tablet during the rest of your time at orientation freshman year. By Eric Villanueva ’11 Brophy and to not get lost in A nasty virus had ransacked co-editor in chief academics or extracurricular my computer, which is a Brophy activities. student’s life blood, while I was searching Reflect upon and learn from all your online for college scholarships of all things. experiences, good and bad. Luckily, K13 and company were able to fix When you feel upset, stressed or frustrated, it and I now cannot be a bigger advocate for remember the innocent happiness and backing up school files and protecting one’s excitement of freshman year; the spirit of computer. change and adventure you felt transitioning But that hair-tearing, fist-pounding, from middle school to high school. explicative-screaming experience ironically When I found “God, I Have Issues: 50 ways ranks in my top five favorite moments of senior to pray no matter how you feel” on my shelf, I year. felt the happiness, peace and excitement I had After my initial moments of heart-pounding felt freshman year and rediscovered on Kairos. anxiety, rage, frustration and despair, I From this book, full of guided prayers rediscovered a box that walked me down and impactful quotes, there is one quote I memory lane. In the box was my red Tablet would like to share: “Everything can be taken carrying case, which quickly fell out of style from a man but one thing: the last of human after my freshman year, the schedule for freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any freshman Tablet pickup in alphabetical order— given set of circumstances, to choose one’s some of the names I didn’t recognize—and the own way.”
Though it’s not traditionally a part of the the array preexisting ones, a comprehensive fine Managing Editor’s position to address the Brophy arts program, and sports ranging from crew to community this way—generally, this editor lacrosse? This school wants its students to realize position has not necessarily been a traditional that they do have a place, and the only way to part of The Roundup hierarchy—I’m really not defy that is if they don’t take the initiative to find surprised I’m writing this. themselves here. Throughout the beginning of my Eller 331 So take this as my senior “words of wisdom.” tenure, beginning with photo class sophomore Seriously, I’ve experienced this myself:You can do year, I vividly recall the heaps of articles from the way more than you think at Brophy. journalism classes soaked in red ink surrounding Freshman year I felt oppressed by the sports Mr. Mica Mulloy’s ’99 desk, the back tables and and stereotypical “bro” culture that I thought was computer spaces. Brophy, but as I learned, this place And as this image saturated within me, completely transcends that. I realized this was something I could be a Over the past four years, I’ve done part of, a way to take the administrative quite a bit to feed my interests, suggestion that was becoming seemingly from performing with bands that redundant: get involved in the any other school would’ve turned community. down, starting a club (Mr. John So I approached Mr. Mulloy in class, Damaso ’97 seriously put up with and after his explanation of contributing a lot, so if you are reading this, to The Roundup, I proposed an idea of By Michael Mandeville ’11 thank you), opening a new wing my own. Now thinking back to the of entertainment at the annual managing editor article itself, I might cringe at the Fine Arts Extravaganza and quality, but I can’t help to remember that, for the writing my own blog for The Roundup, to name first time, I realized something about Brophy. a few. This is an establishment focused on Now I know for a fact I’m not an exception. In individualizing its students, but if students never fact, I’m almost certain all students could enjoy make the effort to find their niches in the school, similar success and support with the capacity, the they’ll possibly assume the opposite. will and the initiative. See, I wasn’t told what to write that day, I was Next year I will continue my education at Reed supported to write what I wanted to write, to College, and if it wasn’t for Brophy’s role in and express myself in front of the entire community out of the classroom, I’d feel pretty intimidated. without any sort of hesitation from Mr. Mulloy But luckily, Brophy, and all the ways it’s surprised or The Roundup staff. me, taught me something that hopefully everyone This realization continued to manifest discovers here (if not already). Learn through throughout the rest of my Brophy residency, experience, embrace yourself as an individual and and still does to this day. Students do have the do what you love. resources and support to exercise their interests This, I am positive, will continue to travel and hobbies, and what I’ve learned as a result is with me through college and the rest of my that the school wants you, the students, to really life, as I continue what math teacher Mr. Tom find yourself and your identity. Reithmann famously dubbed “the quest for Why are we offered retreats and immersion trips, knowledge,” as well as the pursuit for further opportunities to start clubs or become involved in personal discovery.
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Class of 2012 easily slides into leadership As we wave goodbye to a senior class full of position. Our class is teeming with an overwhelming talented students and easy-going friends, we amount of leaders; all enthusiastic and bumping welcome a new senior class made up of leaders, elbows to take on the necessary roles of the scholars and connoisseurs of many trades. departing seniors. The class of 2011 has been unmistakably The members of the class of 2012 are known for their sense of humor and largely a well-behaved, loving group of outstanding ability to keep the student body entertained and Dean Mr. Jim men, but we still have a lot to do if we Bopp busy. hope to epitomize the leaders of our As a senior class, they have offered an campus. unprecedented level of eager readiness Inevitably, come the departure of the class of 2011, we will be placed on a and cheerfulness. pedestal for the rest of the student One can go into the mall any day and body to observe and duplicate our observe the seniors in their daily actions. By Rohan Keith Andresen ’12 shouting, joking and wrestling on The unification of our class is the the knoll while Mr. Bopp and The Roundup first necessary step for prevailing underclassmen observe from a as the greatest senior class. safe distance. Our class is already known for its competiveness However, anyone who has strolled through the and readiness for leadership. It is now our duty for mall is sure to have noticed that the quintessential our leaders to unite the entire class of 2012 under lunch spot for seniors, the knoll, is slowly being the senior umbrella. encroached on by diverse junior cliques. This necessary camaraderie will unavoidably Already, we are eager to take the tangible spot of the seniors, and we are wholly capable of that occur as a multitude of different cliques seek the refugee of cool grass, breezy shade and the higher
ground of the knoll where we will set the standards for the rest of the student body to look up to us as “the class upon a hill.” The class of 2010 and 2011 have shown us hilarious and fun pastimes such as “pet day” when various animals could be found around the campus, “snow day” when students were able to have a little bit of a winter wonderland for just a brief glimpse of time and most recently, students observed a race and stunt derby of remote control cars. The creativity that the class of 2011 possesses is necessary for our class to prevail, and our own innovative minds must be tapped into. However, as many students before us have believed and advocated, these “senior shenanigans” are not what make up a class. These pranks and unofficial “days” are entertaining; however, they do not represent what the students truly have to offer. Instead of focusing so much attention on frivolities, we should trigger our energy towards helping make Brophy, the school which has tirelessly nurtured us, into a better place by keeping student involvement in school activities high. We need to be able to overcome the contagious
“senioritis” and keep working diligently in the community whilst looking forward to our bright futures. The necessary patriotism of Brophy has already been exemplified by many of the members of the class of 2012. Devotion to our school can be seen amongst our renowned Student Council representatives as well as independent acts of pride by unelected members of this great class. Juniors are already anxiously standing behind the yelling seniors at sporting events, ready to take the forefront and rip off their shirts to display their proudly-painted upper bodies. Our class is not only ready to prove ourselves at sporting events, but in every facet that makes up our community. We are made up of eloquent debaters ready to argue any point, athletic superstars on every field, talented artists of all media, diplomatic representatives keen on organizing events, spiritual students specializing in the greater glory of God and loving brothers looking to offer a helping hand. Our class unequivocally exemplifies the Grad at Grad qualities, and it is now time for us to show it.
Students of past responsible for Brophy’s reputation
By Mason Smith ’11
The Roundup Brophy’s students have gone through a lot of different transformations over the
years; from wearing shirts and ties, to tucked in shirts, to Tablets and more. Brophy itself has gone through many different changes as well. The school is now 60 percent bigger since Fr. Eddie Reese S.J. took the title of president. Brophy students have always had the reputation of being gentlemen and religious. With the change in school, the students have changed also, some for better and some for worse.
At one point in Brophy’s not so distant history, the students actually had their shirts tucked in the entire day and had to use pen, paper and books instead of Tablets. Call me crazy, but those are the type of people that earned Brophy the reputation it has today. Those students couldn’t be distracted by the different websites and games that are available to the current student. They had to pay attention and take
notes to receive a good grade. Today, the student body is easily distracted with different websites and games. And why pay attention if all the information is online? That being said, the Tablets are a great resource when they are needed, but they’re not always used as they should. If a friend is sitting next to someone taking notes, the notes can easily be e-mailed and the student not paying attention has them.
In order for the students to get notes in the past, he would have to ask a friend if he could borrow his notes to take them down—by hand. Don’t get the wrong idea here, the students now are pretty great, they are still getting into Stanford and MIT. But the students of the past really nailed it with their work ethics. Students today can really learn from their elders so that they can be seen in an equally positive light.
A senior reflects on a graduate’s heavy responsibility
By Brian Brannon ’11
The Roundup On May 21, the class of 2011 will cross a threshold of our time at Brophy and step into the real world.
The way we should live in this new world should be based on the lessons learned during our high school career and reflect the Graduate at Graduate principals in Brophy’s mission. One lesson is to always love. Topics such as indignity, human disparity and global injustice have been presented in various forms over our time here. The only way to truly fix such issues is to remember to love everyone all the time, through small and large acts.
These acts will help ease the burden of those in these situations and can help crumple the foundations of hatred and malice. Another lesson is to be aware. Awareness has been presented during our time at Brophy through various presentations and service programs. One such program is the Junior Justice Project, in which juniors learn the importance of understanding and begin aware of the disparity found geographically near to them.
The constant search of injustice and opportunities to fix it help develop a Brophy graduate in accordance with its mission. A third lesson is to be diligent. Diligence should not be narrowed only to academic ventures but also social and spiritual aspects of life. Through constant devotion and attentiveness to one’s interests and relationships we can find deeper friendships, understanding and religious focus.
A fourth lesson is to be just. The motivation for one to act responsibly and cognitively is fully dependent on one’s ability to act in favor of justice. The prior three lessons help us live a life of justice by giving us guidelines to live by the principles of being men for others. It is by loving one another, being aware of our surroundings and acting diligently we can begin living as graduates of Brophy College Preparatory.
Our society loves to see people fail for entertainment The ancient Romans were entertained by watching gladiators fight and die in the Coliseum. This may sound somewhat appalling to modern day Americans, but really we are not so different from this ancient culture. Nowadays, people take enjoyment from watching others By Alex Stanley ’12 humiliate themselves. The Roundup Instead of gladiators, we have Rebecca Black and Charlie
Sheen. We like watching people make fools out of themselves, and we hope they fail for our enjoyment. Making fun of people has become a staple of our society, without regard to their wellbeing. Singer Rebecca Black is clearly one of the most recent examples of this. Her song “Friday” has more
than 100 million views on YouTube. How did this happen? It is absolutely atrocious. People watch it because they enjoy how bad it is—they can’t turn away. Another example is Charlie Sheen’s recent exploits, and how his life is swiftly spiraling out of control. He is perhaps mentally unstable, and what do we do? Buy so many tickets to his show that it is sold out in 18 minutes, according to TMZ. This contributes to the further supplying of his relatively dangerous and unsound lifestyle, solely
for a good laugh at how “crazy” he is. However, he may not be the only “crazy” one. The only tickets available for his “My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat Is Not an Option Show” are $116 each. It seems incredible that people are willing to spend that much money solely to watch a train wreck. Instead of fostering positive role models or traits, we are captivated by the misfortune of others. It may be only a matter of time before our stadiums are filled with fans chanting for blood.
May 2011 |
Policies need changing before next year
By Greg Goulder ’13
The Roundup Think back to August: The beginning of the school year is always a tense time, as students wait to hear about school policy changes for the upcoming year. There were several important changes made throughout this year involving parking, dances and buck-a-jeans days. I have some ideas for policy changes looking ahead to next year.
First, the new policy addressing guests at dances could be changed for the better. Several months ago administrators announced guests from outside schools would now be limited at Brophy dances and all guests would have to fill out a pass and emergency contact form. The required application should be shortened, and made easier for students’ guests to complete. After all, we’re teens, and in reality we don’t all keep a calendar or plan more than a couple days in advance. And in some cases it might take until the last minute to work up the nerve to ask the special someone to the dance in the first place. It is necessary for Brophy to monitor
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who is allowed into the dances, but the minimize the hassle of the ordeal. A second policy that could be amended new policy creates unnecessary difficulty is the current elimination of buck-afor students planning to attend a Brophy jeans days. dance, especially if it’s last minute. These days were A simpler option Students should not formally eliminated that could be easily at the beginning of receive a JUG if they implemented would be to create an electronic are not wearing belts this year, but a small form that students on non-mass dress number have been held as fundraisers could e-mail to their days. and for special school principal. reasons. Unfortunately, it is Some of the reasons necessary for Brophy for eliminating buckto have confirmation a-jeans days include from a student’s school students wearing administration for the simple reason of jeans on non-buck-a-jeans days and safety at the dances. students not paying for their jeans. However, this electronic form would But, the benefits of these days far be faster for students to use and would outweigh these and other fallbacks.
Although some students may not pay for their jeans, or wear jeans on nonbuck-a-jeans days, these days still bring in money for charity. Lastly, students should not receive a JUG if they are not wearing belts on non-mass dress days. This rule seems to be rather harsh, as not all shorts or pants require belts, and many students buy shorts and pants to fit at the waist. And, students can still wear belts and have their pants or shorts ride very low. Granted, students without belts on Mass dress days would look sloppy, so a belt rule should be enforced solely on these days. It would be far better to enforce a rule banning very low shorts or pants.
“I’ve become more aware of my surroundings. Before I was closed in, and now I’ve been able to open up because of the retreats and other things.” - Erik Meyer ’14
“I’ve grown closer to people. I found it’s important to establish longer relationships and to keep in contact with people.” - Josh Allen ’12
“I’ve become more of a person of responsibility. I’ve learned how to handle my workload. ” - Zach Cox ’13
“I’ve developed more of a sense of the world around me. I’ve become more committed to service.” - Quinn McGovern ’12
By Chase Stevens ’12
How have you changed during your time at Brophy?
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The Roundup Staff Member of the Month
May: Alex Stanley ’12 & Brett Mejia ’13
Sports The Roundup | May 2011
Broncos achieve victory, heartbreak
Varsity baseball update
Photo by Ben Jackson ’11
Feb. 23 vs. Desert Edge (5-3 Brophy) Feb. 24 vs. Kofa (6-0 Brophy) Feb. 25 vs. Tucson (11-9 Tucson) Feb. 26 vs. Corona del Sol (132 Brophy) Feb. 28 vs. Sandra Day O’Connor (13-2 Brophy) March 2 vs. Caesar Chavez (124 Brophy) March 4 vs. Horizon (8-6 Brophy) March 8 at Boulder Creek (13-5 Boulder Creek) March 9 vs. Deer Valley (17-7 Brophy) March 11 at Desert Ridge (7-3 Desert Ridge) March 15 at North Canyon (8-6 Brophy) March 22 at Chaparral (10-6 Chaparral) March 23 vs. Salpointe Catholic (13-12 Brophy)
By Erik T. Masingill ’12, Michael Moroney ’13 & Chris Baca ’11
Football This year’s Brophy football team faced many injuries throughout the year, including starting quarterback Tyler Bruggman ’13 and backup quarterback Garrett Wilson ’11. Despite those injuries, the Broncos still gained a playoff berth. Brophy finished the season with a 5-5 record before entering the playoffs as a No. 13 seed. On Nov. 12, the Broncos upset the fourth-seeded Mountain Ridge Lions 24-17 in the first round. A week later in the second round on Nov. 19, the Broncos were eliminated with a 13-12 loss to No. 5 seed Mountain Pointe. “We overcame a ton of injuries and kept on persevering throughout the year,” said head coach Mr. Scooter Molander. “I am proud of them.” Mr. Molander also spoke of the returning players for next year’s squad. “We had a lot of sophomores and that can be a positive,” he said. “We have to come together as one unit and trust each other.” Mr. Molander also said schedule changes that are to take place next year will bring the Broncos new opponents. “We are going to play teams we have never played before,” he said. “We will still play St. Mary’s and the regional teams from the past, but it will be interesting playing those new
opponents.” The Broncos will play games against Sandra Day O’Connor and Boulder Creek next year.
Brophy ended its 2010-2011 soccer season with a 24-1-2 record that was capped off with a state championship Basketball victory over Hamilton. “They banded together to defeat any The basketball team worked its way threats that came their way, and they to an 18-7 season record, including may go down in history as the best tournament play, team to ever play for and earned a Tomorrow is a new Brophy,” said head No. 6 seed in the coach Mr. Marc playoffs. day. Try once more, Kelly ’87. The Broncos Widely considered then made a but even harder than one of the top teams run to the statebefore. in the country championship Brophy with wins over —Mr. Tony Fuller No. 3 inwasthe ranked ESPN Caesar Chavez, Rise Fab 50 as of North and Mesa. April 14 and won The Broncos the Golden State faced Mesa Invitation in late Mountain View December. March 4 at As of April 19, Jobing.com Arena the Broncos ranked in the finals and No. 2 in the nation, lost 50-29. according to the National Soccer It was the third time in Brophy Coaches’ Association of America. basketball history that the team has Sean Ayers ’11, Riggs Lennon ’13 made a state championship appearance. and Anthony Broglia ’11 all garnered “We had a good team this year,” said 5A all-state honors. Lennon was also head coach Mr. Tony Fuller. “They named Arizona Big Schools Player of the reached their potential and worked hard Year. to do so.” Mr. Fuller also said the loss is motivation for the team to work harder next year. “Failure awaits those who stray thinking of victories won yesterday,” he said. “Tomorrow is a new day. Try once more, but even harder than before.”
For the 23rd consecutive year, the Brophy swim team won the 5A-I state championship in 2010. The team has won 29 titles in the last 30 years. Brophy’s team never lost a meet throughout the year and they were led
by individual state champions Brian Stevens ’11 and Mike Nelson ’12. The Brophy team also earned a gold medal at the state championship meet in the 200-yard medley relay and 400-yard freestyle relay.
March 25 at Red Mountain (11-7 Brophy) March 28 vs. La Jolla Country Day (8-1 Brophy) March 29 vs. Harvard-Westlake (7-5 Harvard-Westlake) March 30 vs. Regis Jesuit (6-2 Brophy)
March 31 vs. Columbine (4-0 Brophy)
Varsity hockey looked to rebound from their state championship defeat to Notre Dame Prep last year after finishing the season with an 11-6-3 record. However, the Broncos lost in this year’s playoffs to Pinnacle 5-4. This year the Brophy hockey team will see many senior players graduate, including Eddie Prchal ’11 who scored 19 points this season.
April 5 at Mesa (7-2 Brophy)
Wrestling Ten of the 12 wrestlers on the Brophy squad made it to the state competition where three Broncos placed highly. Marshall Varner ’11 achieved second place in the 145-pound weight class. Justin Robles ’11 earned fourth place in the 130-pound class. Connor Devereux ’11 received sixth place in the 140-pound class.
Golf The golf team finished the year placing sixth in the state tournament. However, the team won the Brophy Invitational. This is the first time in 10 years where the Broncos have won the Brophy Invitational.
Spring Sports As of The Roundup’s print deadline of
April 6 at Hamilton (7-5 Hamilton) April 8 vs. Mesa (10-5 Brophy) April 12 vs. Chandler (8-2 Brophy) April 15 at Chandler (10-0 Brophy) April 19 vs. Hamilton (12-6 Hamilton) April 20 vs. Red Mountain (8-6 Brophy) April 26 vs. Desert Vista (6-2 Desert Vista) April 27 at Desert Vista (9-6 Brophy)
April 15, spring sports baseball, lacrosse and volleyball were still competing in their seasons. As of April 27, the baseball team stood at 18-8. The lacrosse team was 16-3 overall with six games left in the season. Three of those six games will be played in a tournament from April 19 to 21. According to MaxPreps.com, the volleyball team was 20-6 overall. Track placed third in the Chandler Rotary Invitational from March 25 to 26. Photo Collage by Ben Jackson ’11. Photos by Roundup staff.
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Succow dedicated to lives of his players By Ian C. Beck ’12
or more than three decades Mr. Tom Succow has been Brophy’s varsity baseball head coach, a position he regards with honor. “In my 34 years as a head coach here … I’ve never thought that this has been a right of mine to wear a Brophy uniform; it’s a privilege for me and still to this very day it’s still a privilege to me to represent the school and wear the uniform,” Mr. Succow said. Mr. Succow arrived at Brophy in 1976 when he served as an assistant coach on the junior varsity baseball team. He then held the position of junior varsity head coach in 1977 before being promoted to varsity head coach in 1978. He has also taught English and is currently a college counselor. In his years as coach, Mr. Succow has complied more than 600 wins and his experience around the game has had an impact on many of his players. Senior outfielder and pitcher Joe Maggi ’11 said he truly appreciates his coach’s familiarity with the game. “Some kids sometimes question what he’s talking about but you just have to remember how he’s been around it, he understands it, it’s not his first time around,” Maggi said. “He runs some things with USA baseball so obviously the guy knows what he’s talking about and on the field it shows.” Mr. Succow said it was his own high school coaches who inspired him to take up coaching. “I know how much my high school
Photo by Ben Jackson ’11 Mr. Succow has coached the varisty baseball team for over 30 years, accumulating over 600 victories and a state title.
coaches meant to me … how much an influence they (had on) my life and I think coaching is a great way to model for young people elements such as character and integrity,” he said. When asked about his favorite
memories and experiences as head coach, Mr. Succow said he enjoys stepping onto the practice field every day. “I’m a firm believer that practice is for coaches and the games are for the
players,” he said. “When I stop enjoying going out on the field I’ll stop coaching.” A specific memorable moment in Mr. Succow’s tenure came in 2006 when the Broncos captured the state title. “That was kind of special not because we necessarily won the state title, that was fun doing that for the school, but it was the type of young men who were on that team,” he said. Mr. Succow said every player who comes through the program has a special place in his heart and that when he sees the kind of people his former players have become, he is in awe of the fact that he got to work with them. Alumni of the Brophy baseball team play for Arizona State University, University of Arizona, Trinity University, University of Utah and University of San Diego to name a few. Mr. Succow recently attended a game between ASU and UofA and watched six former players (four on Arizona State and two on Arizona) face off. “It’s such a thrill for me to sit in the stands and watch them perform and realize how much of a big part of my life they’ve played,” he said. In addition to his players, Mr. Succow said his assistant coaches have had a great impact on him. “I’ve had just tremendous assistant coaches over the years who I’ve learned so much from,” he said. “I’m so blessed in that regard.” One of those assistant coaches is Mr. Patrick Higgins, who has worked with Mr. Succow for nine years. Mr. Higgins called Mr. Succow a great role model and an excellent coach who is patient, persistent and positive.
During his time working with Mr. Succow, Mr. Higgins said he has learned to watch how Mr. Succow manages different people, personalities and the stress of a head coaching job. Mr. Higgins also said he is impressed with how well Mr. Succow prepares his players for playing Division I college baseball. As a high school coach, Mr. Succow thinks the most important thing is to groom his players to play the game the right way so that they will know how to conduct themselves in stressful situations off the field and later in life. “No matter what the outcome of the game is, (playing) the game with character and with integrity, I think that’s far more important in high school that winning state titles, than winning baseball games,” he said. When asked to describe himself from the view of a player, Mr. Succow said he hopes his players think of him as a man who cares about their well-being. “I would think that Tom Succow is a person who really cares about the individual, cares about winning and cares about executing the plays, developing the skills of the player but more importantly cares about me as a person,” he said. Maggi attests to the fact that it’s the person, not the player, who matters most to Mr. Succow. “He doesn’t just care about you only as a baseball player, but he cares about you as a student as well and he cares about you and how you’re doing in the community, not just on the baseball field,” Maggi said.
Baseball team boasts ‘strong,’ ‘compassionate’ first baseman By Rohan Keith Andresen ’12
THE ROUNDUP Brophy first baseman Dan Winkler ’11 belongs to a pool of very talented baseball players in Arizona. “He’s turned in some big runs, he’s been a reason why we are off to a 13-5 start this season,” said head coach Mr. Tom Succow. Winkler has three homeruns with 16 runs scored and 11 runs batted in as of April 13. Succow has been coaching him for two years but has watched him play since his freshman year. Winkler said he has been loyal to baseball since he started playing t-ball when he was young and has been on varsity since his junior year. Before playing at Brophy, Winkler participated in club baseball since he moved to Arizona in 2004. “I developed a love for the game which made me continue playing and putting so much effort into my game,” Winkler said. Mr. Succow is also Winkler’s college counselor and is able to see him work on and off the field. “Dan is a very motivated student and a very caring individual … He fits the need of what is desired for the ideal Brophy student,” Mr. Succow said. In addition to Mr. Succow, Winkler’s teammates also see
him as a motivator. “Winkler’s a great teammate, player and leader on the team. He’s really led the team physically and emotionally this year,” said catcher John Rapisarda ’12. Winkler showed how he is a motivated individual through his adjustment to what the team needed him to do this year. Winkler changed to infield because that’s what the team needed of him, even though his preferred position is still catcher. “I have to say that my favorite place to play on the field is behind the plate,” Winkler said. “There is just something I love about being able to control the game and to be in on every pitch.” He is currently considering University of Texas at Austin and University of Iowa, according to Mr. Succow. He said that Winkler is a student of high academic credentials and he will be successful in college. Winkler said that regardless of the position he plays he hopes to continue playing baseball during his college years no matter where he ends up going. Photo by Ben Jackson ’11 Dan Winkler ’11 has proved himself to be a team-orienteted player during his Brophy career, changing positions from catcher to his new home at first base.
For continued coverage of the baseball team’s run to the playoffs, which began Saturday, April 30, check out The Roundup online at roundup.brophyprep.org.
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Volleyball team blazes way to state tournament By Julian De Ocampo ’13
THE ROUNDUP This year’s volleyball program is being met with success, as the varsity volleyball team has only lost three games, while JV volleyball has gone undefeated as of April 16. Varsity will soon make a bid in the state tournament. Mr. Tony Oldani is the varsity head coach and Mr. Andrew Schmidbauer ’88 serves as assistant coach. Mr. John Taylor and assistant coach Ms. Katie Cardinali lead the JV team. “We’ve had a good season to this point,” Mr. Oldani said. “We started the season with a very inexperienced team and have developed into a team that can make a deep run into the state tournament. We started the season with our sights set on winning the state championship and are still in a position to achieve that goal.” Mr. Oldani said Nick Benson ’12 has been a key player all season and has the ability to play almost every position. “Nick has an amazing understanding of the game and uses his intelligence on the court more than any player in our program’s history,” Mr. Oldani said. “Nick has evolved into a humble leader who seeks to help others improve in their understanding of the games
nuances rather than showcase his looking to join next year to try to individual talents.” join a club program or play volleyball However, volleyball isn’t about the recreationally to get a feel for the sport. individual so much as the whole team, Ultimately, Ms. Cardinali and Mr. Junior Varsity assistant coach Ms. Oldani agreed that team-building and Cardinali said. camaraderie is one of the biggest factors “ Vo l l e y b a l l for this season. isn’t a solo “It’s nice to It’s nice to watch guys sport,” she said. watch guys grow grow up through the “Given that so up through the program ... I love the many players program ... I love participate in the energy that our energy that our guys any given match, guys bring,” Ms. bring. teamwork is Cardinali said. —Ms. Katie Cardinali “They work hard, essential. Even those on the but they really make bench play a me laugh, and I just major role in think that’s a lot of rallying and fun.” giving support Mr. Oldani said at any given that the level of time.” friendship amongst teammates makes Ms. Cardinali said that she volleyball a sport for true team players. encourages students to try out for “More than our record or tournament volleyball, even if they don’t have much finishes, the players on this team have volleyball experience. really connected with each other and “Even more important than being have deeper relationships with each undefeated for JV is just to make other than recent teams,” Mr. Oldani sure that everyone is learning and said. “I’m most proud of that as the developing,” she said. “A lot of guys defining characteristic of this team.” have never touched volleyball this year. Photo by Ben Jackson ’11 (Our goal) is to help players feel excited for the game and become better, more Sai Tummala ’11 rises up to swat a ball during a match on April 26 against Red knowledgeable players.” Mountain. Ms. Cardinali advised students
Led by underclassmen Chalmers, tennis fights for No. 2 ranking By Michael Moroney ’13
THE ROUNDUP The Brophy tennis team has achieved a record of 12-3 so far in the season and looks to continue their success through the end of April and the state playoffs. Brophy won the state championship last year and surprised people this year by playing well despite losing some talented seniors. “We were losing five of the top six players,” said
head coach Mr. Bill Woods. “I felt like this team would be a top three- to-five team going into the season.” The players have been on par with Mr. Woods’ expectations and climbed to No. 2 in the 5A-1 state power rankings. One loss came against the top team in 5A-1, Salpointe, by a score of 5-4 on April 6, but the team looks to avenge their loss later in the season. The other two losses came in early season matches against the two top teams in 5A-2, Chaparral Feb.
22 and Desert Mountain Feb. 24. The Broncos won’t have to face either of these teams in the state playoffs since they are in the lower conference. Despite these defeats, the Broncos beat No. 3 ranked Mesa Mountain View Feb. 15 by a score of 6-3. The team has defeated all other opponents throughout the year, including an 8-1 victory over No. 4 ranked Hamilton March 31 and a 9-0 win over Mountain Pointe March 22. “Kyle Chalmers is our No. 1 player as a
sophomore,” Mr. Woods said. “He has been a quiet leader.” The team is led by underclassmen Chalmers and Hudson Blake ’13 along with four upperclassmen, Alex Curtis ’12, Garret Nebeker ’11, Connor McQueen ’11 and Alex Ozkan ’11. “Alex Ozkan is without a doubt the leader of this team,” said Cole Martin ’11, a varsity player, about his senior teammate. The Broncos have the state playoffs beginning April 18, which goes throughout the month.
Track and field sprints toward end of season, aims for berth in Nationals By Michael Moroney ’13
THE ROUNDUP Numerous students on Brophy’s track and field team have stepped up late in the season to become leaders and standout athletes, their coach said. “Tommy Williams ’11, Will Firth ’11, Josh Dennard ’11 – three seniors who have been great team leaders,” said head coach Mr. Bill Kalkman. Williams and Firth compete in multiple distance running events while Dennard runs sprint events along with long jump events. Those three athletes, along with Devon Allen ’13 and James Harper ’12, have consistently won or medaled in their individual events at multiple meets and invitationals. Allen runs in sprint events, such as the 100 and 200-meter dash, and Harper
competes in the high jump. On March 25 and 26, the Broncos competed in one of the most important meets of the season at the Chandler Rotary Invitational and finished third to Chandler and Hamilton. “Everyone had very good marks with several PRs from many of the team members,” Williams said about the invitational. Firth finished second in the 3200-meter run while Dennard finished third in the long jump. Brophy’s 4x100 meter relay team got fourth place. Next, Brophy traveled to Arcadia, Calif., to compete in one of the most competitive track meets on the west coast. At this invitational, Allen finished third in the 100-meter dash and fifth in the 200-meter dash. Also, Brophy’s
4x110 meter hurdle team finished in third place. This team included Allen, Perry Williams ’12, Jake Faust ’12 and Brad Newman ’12. Currently, Allen has the top 400-meter time in the state at 48.73 seconds, which he obtained at the AMDG Invitational at Brophy. Firth has the second best 3200-meter time at 9:25.12, which he ran in the Chandler Rotary Invitational. The Arizona state track meet is on Wednesday, May 11 and Saturday, May 14 at Mesa Community College. After that, the Broncos hope to qualify for the second year in a row for the Nike Track Nationals on June 25 in Eugene, Ore.
Photo by Clarence Clark ’13 Dalton Radcliffe ’13 leaps over a hurdle at track practice in March, in preparation for the AMDG Invitational.
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Damaso Heideman After luring White into a demonstration of the BodPod, Heideman traps White inside, and refuses to release White unless he admits that he hasn’t been teaching his students the concept of 212 degrees. Heideman advances.
Dunnion Dunnion and Hooten square up at the Xavier Performing Arts Center. Hooten finds the giant prop can of hairspray from this year’s musical and uses its to pin Dunnion to the stage. Hooten advances.
Unbeknownst to Heideman, the match with Hooten is scheduled for 2nd period, and Heideman accidently schedules himself to sub for Hooten’s class. Heideman has to forfeit, Hooten advances.
Anticipating the battle, Hooten parks in Ryan’s prinicpal spot, forcing Ryan to park at AJ’s and walk farther than expected to the fight. Ryan arrives weary and tries to disable Hooten with his now-weakened handshake of death. But Hooten is one step ahead and pushes him down the broken water well. Hooten advances.
Ryan Ryan publicly unmasks Bopp’s real persona to reveal an actually pretty nice guy. Bopp’s power is lost. Ryan advances.
Ryan Kelly Oldani replaces Kelly’s 1940’s European car wheels that adorn his bicycle with those of normal bike wheels. Kelly is unable to ride the now slender beast he once called his bike. Oldani advances.
Oldani attempts to thwart Ryan by scheduling him for Period 3 Water Yoga at Xavier. But Oldani doesn’t know that Ryan is secretly the teacher of Water Yoga. Due to Ryan’s hatred of ignorance, he forces Oldani to schedule himself into a zero hour “Lion-taming II” course in an attempt to force him to show his sorrow. Ryan advances.
Hooten Garner The final battle erupts on the second floor of Keating Hall. Hooten uses vintage World War II equipment to maneuver Garner out of his Spanish presidio, but Garner one ups Hooten by informing him that he is a part of a World War II reenactment troop and guacamole enthusiast club. Hooten rebounds by using his JV basketball coaching skills to scarily pace and yell at Garner about how his low post game is terrible as a means to destroy Garner’s confidence. Garner then hears his new mustache softly sing the Spanish version of “Hard in Da Paint” by Waka Flocka Flame and is so inspired that he rises to take out Hooten. Garner is about to deal the final blow when he gets a notification on his phone that his flight to Kenya is leaving. Garner is forced to leave for the airport as a result of his failure to log out of Mr. Nelson’s phone, thus giving up control of his own itinerary. We should’ve known the tech lords wouldn’t stump Mr. Nelson—Hooten is the new champion.
In a twilight scuffle, Garner quickly reevaluates his battle tactics with the unforeseen circumstances of fighting facial hair. With one shot to gain advantage, Garner begins serenading the mustache with what has turned out to be its only soft spot: mariachi ballads. Allured by what its previous master would have never let it listen to, the mustache requests Garner as his new home. Together, they advance.
Once Damaso has fallen deep into a sleep coma after a shared marathon of Spike Jonze films, Hubbell attempts to convince Damaso’s regal mustache to become his new soul-patch. Offended by such an uncouth appeal, the mustache is forced to strip from Damaso’s upper lip in order to defenestrate Hubbell from Damaso’s swanky loft. Considering Damaso won’t wake until his first cup at Lux Coffee Bar, his mustache is forced to advance on its own.
Stickney attempts to put Damaso off guard by sporting wayfarer eyeglasses, but Damaso informs Stickney that true irony is in the form of his tie clips and yoga outfits. Damaso steals Stickney’s bucket hat and Stickney forfeits and returns back to his office to read the newly leaked Vatican encyclical. Damaso wins.
Fisko, in an attempt to reestablish his academic placement after last year’s unruly loss to Dr. Sam Ewing in the final round of Battle Royale, scoffs at Hubbell’s ability to seamlessly blend in with students as he passes between periods. Little does he know, Hubbell knows everything. Ever. Hubbell advances.
The Nelsons As Mrs. Nelson, joined by the mister for this round, engages in prebattle conversation about foreign work visa policies with Garner, Garner manages to “borrow” Mr. Nelson’s Droid X, and successfully reschedules their flight to the United Arab Emirates to precisely three hours from that point. After Garner swiftly places the device back in Mr. Nelson’s hand, the couple simultaneously receives a courtesy text message from the airline notifying them of their soondeparting flight. Still having close to 300 CDs to burn before they leave, both Nelsons anxiously depart. Garner advances.
Garner Editor’s Note: The Battle Royale is intended to be a satirical and humorous look at what may happen if the faculty did indeed compete in a tournament of wit and strength. The Roundup thanks all participants for their permission.
Middlemist Middlemist attempts to call upon a Boba Fett cardboard cutout to assassinate his foe. Nelson constructs a real life light saber and burns through the precious Star Wars memorabilia. Middlemist threatens deduction and cries himself to sleep. Nelson advances.
Mrs. Nelson Broyles With permeating rumors that Garner is indeed moving to Kenya with motives to “set the world on fire,” Broyles, in a stupor, frustratingly responds by plotting to actually to set the world on fire. Due to Broyles five year prison term for attempted arson, Garner advances.
Entertainment The Roundup | May 2011
Williams has passion, future plans for dancing By Colin M. Prenger ’11
THE ROUNDUP Whether he is harmonizing with the Brophy Men’s Choir or dancing and singing in school musicals, Gary Williams ’11 always impresses the crowd with a deep-seated talent for the performing arts. Some of his roles in Brophy/Xavier productions include Fyedka in “Fiddler on the Roof,” Joey Biltmore in “Guys and Dolls” and Seaweed in the more recent musical “Hairspray.” “Singing came naturally, dancing did not,” Williams said. Because dancing did not come naturally to him, Williams “had to train as a dancer, and it’s something I have had to really work hard at.” “His talent is only limited by his challenges,” said Ms. Dunnion about Williams as an actor and dancer. Ms. Dunnion said at times it can be difficult to find material that is challenging enough for plays and musicals; an aspect that she believes gives a good product. Williams started his dance training at age seven, but considers that his “serious” training began at age 10. Williams said he will continue dancing in college, but does not intend to pursue it as a career as he does not see dancing as a fitting line of business for himself. Like many people who have specific talents, Williams’ aptitude is the result of inspiration and past experiences. When Williams was younger, he attended a friend’s dance performance. He liked what he saw so much that he decided to take up dance lessons to see what it was all about; he has been doing it ever since.
Photo by Colin M. Prenger ’11 Gary Williams ’11 played the role of Seaweed in the musical “Hairspray” on March 19 at the Xavier Performing Arts Center.
If he had to choose one person that helped inspire him to become a dancer, Williams said Soviet-born Russian American dancer, choreographer and actor Mikhail Baryshnikov.
In addition, the dance entitled “Revelations,” choreographed by Alvin Ailey, tells a story about AfricanAmerican faith from slavery to freedom, according to www.alvinailey.
org, which inspired Williams to become a dancer. “I think the one thing that dancing has really taught me is perseverance because dancing is something that
Broyles fan of Sonoran dog, the ‘heart attack on a bun’
Teacher’s Pet By Mason Smith ’11
Mr. Tim Broyles talks of ‘teacher heaven,’ snowball, water balloon fights Mr. Nelson’s ’97 question from April’s “Teacher’s Pet:” What’s the best way to eat a dog? A hot dog that is. Oh my God! What a great question! A Sonoran Hotdog. It’s like a heart attack on a bun—but it’s so good. Google it, or just drive north on 19th Avenue at about Hatcher. You’ll find one. Where were you born? I was born on a windy Sunday
morning at Bataan Memorial Hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico. How long have you been at Brophy? Most days it seems like I just got here yesterday. As Mrs. Dunnion told me in the summer of 1993, this is teacher heaven. It still is after all these years. I started in 1993, left for three years in Mexico from 1997 to 2000. What’s the biggest change to Brophy since you’ve been here? There have been so many changes, and most of them have been positive. Obviously, the facilities have changed in a huge way, and that is an amazing benefit to students and faculty. But I also think that this faculty is
really quite exceptional. How many languages can you speak? One and a half. Are you fluent in Spanish? I speak decent Spanish, but I still make tons of mistakes. I love the language, and I love music from Latin America. Where/how did you learn Spanish? When I went to be a volunteer at a homeless shelter in Mexico in 1991, the people that lived with us taught me how to speak. Does religion play a factor in your life? Not much, you? Well, yes. I went on a Kairos retreat in 1983 that really changed my entire life. If I hadn’t gone on that Kairos, it was the start of my walk with God and his people. It’s that simple.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? That’s an interesting question. The answer is I pretty much can live anywhere in the world. I have chosen to live here in Phoenix. My wife is from Marin County; it’s just beautiful. Unfortunately, it’s as expensive as it is beautiful. Who would you want to see in a fight out of the teachers? Hmmm, how about Galante versus Dunnion? That would be amazing. But it would have to be a snowball fight or water balloon fight. I’m not into fighting. Who would win? Dunnion, no doubt, she’s got the reach on him. Please pose another question for next teacher interviewed Your top three movies of all time and why.
I have always had to work hard at,” Williams said. “Dancing has taught me to stick to doing what I enjoy no matter how hard it is.”
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Summer brings comedy, action to the big screen By Jackson Santy ’13
As summer approaches, students are counting down the days until that final bell rings and they rush to soak up some sun. With summer break comes summer blockbusters, and this summer is jam packed with a remarkable lineup of movie releases. The following films should not be skipped.
The Hangover Part 2 May 26 There have been few film sequels that are better than the original and this quite possibly will be one of them. In the follow-up to the memorable hit comedy, Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), Alan (Zach Galifianakis) and Doug (Justin Bartha) travel to Thailand for Stu’s wedding. What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but what happens in Bangkok can’t even be imagined. There is no doubt that director Todd Phillips will hit yet another home run.
X-Men: First Class June 3 Whether or not audiences followed the comics as a kid, this movie is guaranteed to be the most epic of the summer. The movie is not related to the story line of the last three films, but rather is a prequel telling the origins of Professor Xavier and Magneto and the formation of the original X-Men. The film features a cast of very talented actors and actresses, including James McAvoy (“Wanted”), Jennifer Lawrence (“Winter’s Bone”), Kevin Bacon, Rose Byrne (“Get Him to the Greek”) and the ever-so-enticing January Jones (“Mad Men”).
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 2 July 15
Photo courtesy of MCT Campus Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, from left, Emma Watson as Hermione Granger and Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley in Warner Bros. Picture fantasy adventure Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2.
One of the most anticipated movie releases this summer and possibly the year. The final chapter of the saga will be sure to bring mass crowds and leave its avid followers in tears. I have been waiting in agony since November to see the epic finale and will surely be camping out in line to get my ticket. If there’s one movie to see this summer, this is it.
or miss situation. It will either be an extremely awesome guy’s-night-out-flick or an utter disappointment like last year’s “Jonah Hex.” The film seems suspicious of tricking me like “Jonah Hex,” by using two allstar actors and adding Megan Fox into the mix, whereas “Cowboys and Aliens” features Daniel Craig (James Bond) and Harrison Ford while adding Olivia Cowboys and Aliens July Wilde. My suggestion, see it if you’re just 29 looking for a good time-waster and don’t In my opinion, the movie could be a hit get your hopes up.
Bridesmaids May 13 Featuring two Saturday Night Live stars (Maya Rudolph & Kristin Wiig) the film is practically a female version of “The Hangover.” However, it’s a much more characterfocused and has a lot less slapstick comedy. Wiig takes double duty, not only playing the star of “Bridesmaids,” but as co-writer on the film’s script as well. My prediction is that the film will be a hit and will have audiences quoting it throughout the summer.
Reviewing film takes story, acting plus visuals into account
By Sean Harris ’11
Entertainment Editor Well, this is it. As I prepare to leave Brophy behind me, I must also say goodbye to the “A Man and His Movies” column, a column that I hope continues on as the official place for movie news, commentary and reviews in The Roundup. But before all of that, I want to explain what movies mean to me, and how I review film.
I view movies as the ultimate art form, combining sound and sight into something that, at its most effective, can leave a lasting impact on the audience. I know I’ll never forget the opening shot of “The Godfather,” a close-up of a father in mourning as he asks for a favor of revenge. And that’s just one example. Everyone can have their own unique taste when it comes to movies, because it is highly subjective. There might be films that appeal to more people, but that certainly doesn’t mean that it will be universally hailed as a masterpiece. Take summer blockbusters, for example. Although they do appeal to a larger audience, it would be hard to stack them up to the masterpieces of
cinema. But what exactly makes a masterpiece? Ultimately, reviewing a film for me comes down to three things: the story, the acting and the visuals. The best stories are the ones that are innovative without becoming a gimmick, and challenging without becoming frustrating and emotional, either in a positive or negative way. These are the stories that will stay with the viewer long after the film has ended. Although I’ve mentioned them far too much in this column, the movies that Pixar makes are good examples of what a solid story looks like. Acting is arguably the most important piece, since even the tiniest slip-up can adversely affect the
entire movie. Acting is at its best when an actor or actress completely disappears into their role and immerses the viewer into the conflicts the character is facing. Heath Ledger from “The Dark Knight” immediately comes to mind, a haunting performance that stood tall above the hype. Visuals come last, and are ultimately the least important. However, what makes them important is if utilized correctly, they can turn a good movie into a great movie. The best visuals are the kind that works in sync with the story, communicating the themes to the audience without actually saying anything. The imagery of “Apocalypse Now”
is a great example of this, eerie and haunting imagery that goes hand and hand with the theme of madness. Too often in modern Hollywood, good visuals are confused with throwing a bunch of special effects on screen, a la the “Transformers” franchise. Sometimes the more simplistic visuals can be more effective. Impressive camera work can be just as powerful as CGI. So go out to the movie theater, form opinions and fight for the guilty pleasures and the award winners alike. With so many good movies to watch and catch up on, there’s a lot of work to be done.
May 2011 |
Radiohead’s new album fails to impress By Jackson Santy ’13
roundup.brophyprep.org E-sports take rise in popularity By Chase Stevens ’12 THE ROUNDUP
Recently, there has been an increase in the amount and popularity of professional video game players, or progamers. E-sports is the term used to describe professional video game competitions. Progamers are the people who play these games. Basically, progamers are to e-sports what professional athletes are to the NFL.
‘Thrones’ succeeds in being a glorious, ambitious adaptation Photo courtesy of MCT Campus Radiohead’s Thom Yorke sings during their performance at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2003.
masterpiece “Kid A”. Luckily, this won’t affect the band’s monumental reputation too drastically. If any other band released something as droll and unoriginal as this, it would be
forever mar it’s reputation. Nevertheless, I have faith in Thom Yorke (the band’s lead). A band with such brilliant reputation is not about to sell out. Redemption is coming,
their next album will gleam with such awesomeness, it will make us forget about their current mediocrity. Because of Radiohead’s enormous street cred, they have
permission to experiment with projects such as “King of Limbs.” Zeppelin did it, The Who did it and the Rolling Stones did it, and they have all safely made it to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Dubstep steps up the music scene with new ‘energy’ By Chase Stevens ’12
THE ROUNDUP Every day more and more people are listening to the new genre of music called dubstep. Dubstep is an underground genre of music that sounds similar to techno mainly because they both use electronic sounds and deep bass. However, even though there are a lot of similarities between dubstep and techno, there are some major differences between the two genres.
Dubstep uses something called “wobble bass,” where the artist takes bass notes and manipulate them electronically. The sound from “wobble bass” is one of the key characteristics of dubstep and is very distinctive. Another distinction between dubstep and techno is that dubstep is often slower in speed than techno. While techno music is often very fast paced, dubstep is a bit slower and allows the listener to absorb the music. While dubstep may be somewhat
obscure, it is picking up in popularity. According to MTV.com, Britney Spear’s new song, “Hold It Against Me,” contains elements of dubstep, one example that dubstep is becoming more and more popular. Even at Brophy, dubstep is increasing in popularity. “In this modern age, electronic instruments are becoming more and more prominent…dubstep is similar to techno, yet it adds a level of intensity,” said Quinn McGovern ’12.
“Techno is rather redundant instead of have that same intensity. Dubstep is much more fluid and personable,” McGovern continued. Other students agree that dubstep is a great genre of music. “I like its energy, it’s effect on oneself,” said Jake Kufel ’13. “I would rather listen to dubstep over techno.” While one can listen to both dubstep and techno, perhaps in the future dubstep will become a mainstream genre of music.
The Strokes continue deteriorating quality with ‘Angles’ By Julian De Ocampo ’13
THE ROUNDUP A friend of mine once told me that I was lucky to share a name with one of the coolest people on the planet. She was referring to Julian Casablancas, lead singer of The Strokes. The New York band, with their leather jackets and oversized sunglasses, were prophesized by the media as “saviors of rock” at the dawn of the century as they rode the hype train to the top of the charts. I don’t blame her for saying that either. In 2001, Casablancas
THE ROUNDUP For the last two months, I along with many other people have been anticipating the release of Radiohead’s new album, “King of Limbs.” But when the album debut finally came along, I was quite unimpressed. The first thing that deterred me was the amount of songs on the album—there were only eight— most of which were dull postdubstep songs. The album’s first track “Bloom” was rather dreadful to listen to; the song consists of synthesized blip bloops and other random sounds. The next track, “Morning Miss Magpie,” was better, but still unimpressive; the song also uses the same post-dubstep blips and bloops sound. However, the word that really came to mind for this track was “bland.”There wasn’t anything that made me think “Hey this is a good song.” Yet, halfway through the album there is a ray of hope.The album’s fifth track, “Lotus Flower” (the album’s headliner) was a more than decent component of the album. The next five songs gradually get a little better, but none go over a mediocre rating.The album is nowhere near their previous
and his band released one of the most memorable albums of the past decade with “Is This It,” a collection of jangling guitar crunch that made rock ‘n’ roll look downright easy. However, their next two efforts, “Room on Fire” and “First Impressions on Earth” were middling efforts that marked a successive decline in quality, and The Strokes never reached the highs that marked their debut. Several mediocre solo albums and a “reunion” tour later, and The Strokes have finally finished their longdelayed follow-up album. Unfortunately, this trend of deteriorating quality continues
on “Angles,” the fourth album released by a band whose career has spanned more than a decade now. “Angles” is a mess at times, with disjointed song structures most likely owed to the fact that the band members recorded most of their parts on their own and spliced them together later. Perhaps most annoying is Casablanca’s newfound passion for pushing his voice past its limits, a trend that began on his 2009 solo album “Phrazes for the Young.” Casablanca’s sleepy, indifferent drawl worked fantastic for the devil-may-care sunshine of “Is This It,” but on “Angles” it
becomes downright grating on tracks like the barren “Call Me Back” or the obnoxiously aggressive “Metabolism.” Still, “Angles” is a victory at times, like on lead single “Under Cover of Darkness,” which recalls early Strokes material and even sneaks in a squealing guitar solo. Tracks “Machu Picchu” and “Taken for a Fool” also push The Strokes into brave new territory without losing their trademark swagger. Nearly every member of The Strokes has publically said that “Angles” isn’t the product they wished it could be (they aren’t the best marketing guys), and it’s hard not to believe them
at times. The ratio of duds to gems is too high, and that’s what makes this album so exasperating; The Strokes still could have it in them, they just can’t always access it. This is 2011, and “Angles” raises the question of whether or not The Strokes have a place in today’s music landscape in the first place. At this rate, The Strokes are sure to join the ranks of Weezer or The Smashing Pumpkins, releasing tolerable albums, but never reaching the highs of their early masterpieces. I really do hope they do make a comeback though, because this world needs just a little bit more cool.
By Sean Harris ’11 THE ROUNDUP
Winter has certainly arrived. The premiere episode of HBO’s latest series “A Game of Thrones,” which aired April 17, is everything a rightful adaptation of the George R.R Martin books should be and more. Epic and refreshing, “A Game of Thrones” has skyrocketed the bar for fantasy on TV to new heights.
Assigned reading takes roll of textbook, leisure book By Rohan Keith Andresen ’12 THE ROUNDUP
In many middle school and high school English classes, classic assigned readings stress “coming of age” situations. However, Brophy’s English curriculum incorporates these quintessential archetypes with captivating literature.
Newest Rise Against album offers more of the same By Chris Baca ’11 THE ROUNDUP
The newest album from the punk rock band Rise Against released in early March. Dubbed “Endgame” the album sold 85,000 albums in the first week alone. However the important part about an album is not how much it sells, but how it sounds.
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Xavier Angel Vo ’13
By Joe Skoog ’13
THE ROUNDUP Give me your name for the record please. Angel Vo ’13 Who do you expect to win the Stanley Cup this year? I don’t watch hockey… So what I’m hearing is that you think the Blackhawks will win. Is this true? Sure. What shall you do over Spring Break? You know, the usual. Saving lemurs, teaching children how to read, playing Single A baseball. Which lemur is best?
Words from the Wise ... “Can I put that quote in The Roundup?” -A student in Mr. Jeff Viso’s ’93 6th period class
ALL OF THEM What is your stance on the feather in the hair trend? I have one in my hair currently. So are you part eagle? No, I am full blooded human. So you hate freedom? What? Of course I don’t hate freedom! Why are you trying to take away my rights?! Of course I’m not. What are you talking about? Your confusion speaks louder than words. This is ridiculous. Thank you for your time. So I can leave now?
“No. What happens in 6th period stays in 6th period.”
-Mr. Matt Hooten
“Are you guys brainstorming?” -Mr. Tommy Smith
“No—We’re brain hurricaning.” -Jackson Santy ’13 and Xavier student Clare Will ’11
“Can I put THAT quote in The Roundup?” -Student
“In light of studying the Cold War, I have turned the air conditioning down.”
“Was Jesus Christ a magician?” -Grant Hickey ’14
“Someone put that in The Roundup.” -Mr. Eddie Cullen, in response to Hickey’s question.
Have you heard any wise words lately? Send them to email@example.com.
The Artist’s Corner By Greg Goulder ’13
THE ROUNDUP Sure, there’s Facebook and Farmville on the Internet, but how many useful websites do you have on your favorites bar? Here are just a few useful websites that will get your favorites bar in better condition.
Findmeatune.com Do you ever find yourself listening to a good song on the radio, but you just don’t remember the name or the artist? Fortunately, findmeatune.com is here to help. The website takes the shape of a simple search engine; type in just a few words of the lyrics from the song you are searching for. On most occasions, it will show you the artist, song name and a link to the full lyrics. If you prefer the written word over music, there’s a website that can help as well.
Yournextread.com Yournextread.com is a great website for finding more books to read. On this site, you can create an account to share books with friends, or simply type in the name of a book that you had enjoyed in the past. The website will show a list of other similar books that you might enjoy. If you click on one of these books, the website will provide a series of reviews, links to purchase the book on amazon.com and other books similar to that book. The result is a massive web of similar books, all to help you find a new book to read. To take this another step, create an account on the website and share your favorite books with friends.
Any self-respecting Brophy student knows how to screen clip like a pro, but how many know how to take a video of their screen? Screenr.com is a free desktop and voice recorder. And the best part is that you don’t have to download or install anything, unlike somthing like Jing. Simply click the record button and begin. Your computer will ask to run the program and a resizable box will appear on your screen. Resize this screen to fit what you want to record, and you’re all set to capture your desktop and whatever happens on it. There are numerous tutorials for this website online, but it is very simple to use even without a tutorial. Hopefully, these three websites will get you off to a good start in filling your favorites bar with more than Facebook, Blackboard and Netclassroom.
Above: “Smooth” charcoal image by Chris Cannon ’12 Above right: “Football” colored pencil by Garrett Wilson ’11 Right photo: “Night Lights” by Luis Avila ’13 E-mail artwork for “The Artist’s Corner” to firstname.lastname@example.org.