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The Standard: Crusader Basketball


By Declan McGuire ‘20

The 2019 Brother Rice basketball has been off to a solid start this season with a winning record of 4-2. On Friday, they pulled off a huge conference win against rival St. Rita. Senior Deandre Hagan was a key factor offensively for the Crusaders by adding 20 points in the victory.

Without Marquise Kennedy, many expected this year’s team to take a hit. But with big-time players like Colin Campbell, Luke Moustakas, and a deep bench, the team is looking just fine.

On Tuesday, Dec. 10, the varsity team will travel to Providence-St. Mel to take on the Knights at […]

The Standard: Crusader Basketball2019-12-14T23:00:10-06:00

The Standard: 2020 Brother Rice Basketball Preview


By Henry Barsch ‘20

Over the last four years, the expectations for Brother Rice basketball have been extremely high.

After the tandem of Josh Niego and Mike Shepski in 2017, Brother Rice progressed with two stellar season with Marquise Kennedy. Coming off a 22-9 season, and their second 20 win season in three years, the Crusaders are expected to repeat their recent success.

And they are already off to a burning hot start.

Seven games into the season, the Crusaders are 3-0 in Chicago Catholic League Blue play, 5-2 in overall play, and already have a big win over St. Rita.

Senior Deandre Hagan scored 20 […]

The Standard: 2020 Brother Rice Basketball Preview2019-12-14T22:53:54-06:00

The Standard: Thanksgiving – The Most Undervalued Holiday


By Grant Gierhahn ‘20

“There is beauty in simplicity.”

Without question, Thanksgiving embodies this aphorism to the core. It’s a holiday for simple individuals- low fan fare, cherished family time, football, and, perhaps most of all, superior grub. However, due to Thanksgiving’s place on the American calendar, the Christmas season’s utter hysteria often overshadows Thanksgiving’s unique characteristics.

Thanksgiving seems more underappreciated now than at any other time in America’s history. Fittingly, sales over 2019’s Black Friday weekend set record high marks across the board, registering $69 billion in total.

Increasingly, people get lost in the true meaning of the Christmas season, due to all […]

The Standard: Thanksgiving – The Most Undervalued Holiday2019-12-14T22:50:04-06:00

The Standard: Saint Xavier Turkey Shootout


By Ethan Williams ‘20

On Thursday, Nov. 21, students from surrounding grade schools competed in the Saint Xavier Annual Turkey Shoot and Family Open Gym. The shootout was hosted in the SXU Shannon Center. This event was open to students under 8th grade.

The students, when paired with someone over 18 years old, are allowed to take part in this shootout to win a frozen turkey or Baker’s Square Gift Card. The cost is $5 per team and that got the teams open gym, arts and crafts, and visits from the SXU Cougar mascot.

They had four winning teams: 2nd grade, 3rd and 4th […]

The Standard: Saint Xavier Turkey Shootout2019-12-02T21:20:59-06:00

The Standard: Sweet as Apple Pie


By Tom Devine ‘20

There are not too many better feelings than getting a whiff of fresh apple pie right out of the oven.

On Nov. 5, ten hungry Crusaders got to experience that wonderful scent from the Brother Rice cooking class.

Students met in the Brother Rice cafeteria to take part in the class. The class went from 5:30 to roughly 7 p.m.

Upon arrival, the aspiring chefs were greeted by Br. Hayes, who showed them the steps to create the pies. Br. Hayes was just the right fit for instructing class, not only because of his “master chef” abilities, but also his great […]

The Standard: Sweet as Apple Pie2019-11-30T00:34:22-06:00

The Standard: Three Thanksgiving Dinners


By Nicholas Currier ‘20

Three strikes make a turkey, but what do three turkeys make?

Thanksgiving this year will be interesting. Not only will I be celebrating on Thursday, but on Friday and Saturday as well!

Thanksgiving Day will be the usual celebration event. All of my cousins, aunts, and uncles will meet at my aunt’s house for dinner. From there, the older cousins go out to the park and play a traditional football game. After the game is done or when we get called back for dinner, everyone makes a line in the small kitchen to make their plates.

With so many choices of […]

The Standard: Three Thanksgiving Dinners2019-11-30T00:31:27-06:00

The Standard: Football Playoff Game – Brother Rice Vs. Warren


By Ethan Williams ‘20

Warren has struck revenge on the powerhouse, Brother Rice.

After Warren lost 20 to nothing last season, they took that lost to heart and struck out to beat Brother Rice this year, which unfortunately happened last Saturday night.

Warren beat Rice 28-0.

The match was very exciting. The whole game was very close until the latter half of the game when Warren took it to Rice’s defense.

All the Crusaders played their hearts out, and after the game, I caught up with star player Justin Jefferson, who said, “This is very unfortunate; not how I wanted to end the high school season, […]

The Standard: Football Playoff Game – Brother Rice Vs. Warren2019-11-30T00:28:38-06:00

The Standard: “The Mandalorian”


By Nicholas Currier ‘20

A long-awaited show takes us by storm(trooper).

Disney Plus is a new streaming service that was released on Nov. 12 of this year. With the release of this new streaming service came old Disney classics, hit movies, movies out of the vault, and originals. Disney owns the rights to a vast amount of the movie industry including Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic.

Disney bought Star Wars from George Lucas in 2012 for $4.05 billion. Disney soon began to create a new era for Star Wars fans by creating new movies. With the release of Disney Plus, one […]

The Standard: “The Mandalorian”2019-11-30T00:27:25-06:00

The Standard: A New and Old Look at “The Terminator”


By Henry Barsch ‘20

In what does not seem like too long ago, “The Terminator” hit the theaters in 1984. What was at first a low-budget and low-risk movie directed by James Cameron became a smashing success. It made $78.3 million at the box office on a $6.4 million budget.

For all those who grew up on “The Terminator” and its critically acclaimed sequel “Terminator 2: Judgement Day,” you know how important these movies are to American film history. They have become a hallmark in storytelling, computer generated imaging (CGI), and action.

“Terminator 2: Judgement Day” launched the CGI era as we know it […]

The Standard: A New and Old Look at “The Terminator”2019-11-27T01:32:47-06:00

The Standard: Spanish Club Field Trip


By Martin Loughney ‘20

The Spanish Club, headed by Mrs. Carbol, has a mission to help students enrolled in Spanish to learn and embrace the cultures of different Spanish speaking countries. The Spanish Club took their annual trip to the Nation Museum of Mexican Art in Pilsen on Nov. 13. At the museum, students admired exhibits that deal with Mexican culture.

On display that week was a Day of the Dead mural. The Day of the Dead is a three day holiday in Mexico to pray for and mourn loved ones who have passed away. The display was filled with vivid yellow flowers, […]

The Standard: Spanish Club Field Trip2019-11-27T01:25:29-06:00
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