The Standard: A New BR


By Eddie Maloney ‘24

As Brother Rice alumni walk the halls of our school today, many are pleasantly shocked by the place they see. In the past few years, countless renovations have been made to the building and facilities here at Brother Rice, and more investments are continuing to be made into the future of Brother Rice.

While many other schools were off during the recent heat wave at the beginning of the school year, class at Brother Rice was still in session. The school’s recent investment in air conditioning for every classroom made this possible, which has transformed the beginning of the […]

The Standard: A New BR2023-09-22T13:16:01-05:00

Brother Rice Welcomes New Band Director, Mr. Rich Alifantis


Brother Rice Welcomes New Band Director, Mr. Rich Alifantis

While the Crusader Crazies get the bulk of the press as the most spirited “12th man” at Brother Rice High School sporting events, there’s no denying that it is the “sis-boom-bah” of the Brother Rice/Mother McAuley Marching band that really gets the hearts of the maroon and orange fanbase pumping.  With the departure of former band director Mr. Zach Zielinski at the end of the school year last spring, the search began for a replacement who would lead with the same energy and spirit of band directors gone-by.  

Cue Mr. […]

Brother Rice Welcomes New Band Director, Mr. Rich Alifantis2023-09-19T12:14:54-05:00

The Standard: Crusader Pulaski Bike Ride


By Charley Duggan ‘24

On Friday, Sept. 1, the annual Battle of Pulaski took place at Marist High School. The game was away at Marist. This didn’t stop the Crusader Crazies from showing up in style. Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors all met with the theme of orange and jorts.

At 5 p.m. the Crusaders met in the Brother Rice parking lot, oranged out with their bikes. Some students even had motorized scooters. A police escort was even provided for the Crazies.

At around 5:45 p.m., the Crusader Crazies stormed out to Pulaski. A crowd of the color orange surrounded the streets of Pulaski.

Riding […]

The Standard: Crusader Pulaski Bike Ride2023-09-17T17:31:55-05:00

Robotics at the MATE ROV World Championships


The team had an amazing 2nd pool run. Alex Novak piloted the ROV beautifully, Mic Arundel was an unflappable leader and captain Peter Connolly devised a device between our first and second attempt that allowed us to complete 3 new tasks that we had never before attempted, without testing or practice! 

On their 2nd attempt the boys bested their first attempt total by 54 points! This was also 40 points better than the total that won the Midwest regional championship with!

During the final collaborative challenge Brother Rice’s robot was so capable that a higher ranked team […]

Robotics at the MATE ROV World Championships2023-06-29T09:12:01-05:00

Ms. P.’s Senior Year Class of 2023


By Becky Pacetti

It’s 6th period on Friday, May 12, and it’s really quiet in Room 103.  No “hey, Ms. Spaghetti” from Barnold, no “tell us about college” questions from Morrison, no chatter about the weekend … silence. Now I shouldn’t be complaining about silence in a classroom (most times it would be really nice to have a quiet class), but this time, I’m not liking it.  

My senior English 4 Journalism guys have been gone for about 20 minutes, and I’m missing them already.  They were an amazing class:  creative, collaborative, and just a nice group […]

Ms. P.’s Senior Year Class of 20232023-05-12T12:17:07-05:00

The Standard: NHS Induction


By Nick Niego ‘23

The 2023 National Honor Society (NHS) Induction Ceremony took place on Sunday, and over 100 students attended the event.

NHS is a selected group of students that help with Brother Rice events. Students are expected to maintain a 3.2 unweighted GPA in the classroom and run open houses for grade school students.

Senior NHS President Mick Arundel said, “NHS students are expected to live up to certain standards and responsibilities which prepares them for life after Brother Rice.”

Every year, NHS holds an induction ceremony at Brother Rice to acknowledge the students for their hard work and dedication to the school.

Senior […]

The Standard: NHS Induction2023-04-01T11:25:58-05:00

The Standard: A Successful Career Day


By Danny Hughes ´23

Another successful Career Day took place last Friday. Thank you to all the Brother Rice Alumni that made Career Day such a success.

Senior Troy Bever said, “Career Day was overall a pretty good experience. It was interesting hearing about all these different jobs, some of which I have never even heard of, and the former students telling stories from their various walks of life.”

Career Day is a way to learn about all the possible job paths Brother Rice students can take. Alumni that come to Career Day give out business cards and industry knowledge so that students have […]

The Standard: A Successful Career Day2023-04-01T11:22:14-05:00

The Standard: Brother Rice Baseball Field Makeover


By Jack Morrison ‘23

In 2019, the talk of Brother Rice getting a new baseball field began. There was much interest surrounding the subject, but other issues around campus had to be tended to first. The north campus parking lot was in desperate need of a makeover. Attention shifted from redoing the baseball field to the makeover of the parking lot.

The parking lot plan was underway and the baseball field talks started up again. Then, Covid-19 hit and halted everything.

“Right before covid hit I heard talks of the baseball field being redone. But since then I haven’t heard much about it. I […]

The Standard: Brother Rice Baseball Field Makeover2023-03-23T23:19:06-05:00

The Standard: A Day Down Western Avenue


By Alex Cichowicz ‘23

The Southside of Chicago has hosted a parade since 1979. This consists of a big celebration as a kickoff to Saint Patricks Day.

On this day, down Western Ave., you will see different types of floats, sponsors, giant balloons, and marching bands. I was lucky enough to march down Western with our own Brother Rice and Mother McAuley Band. When the parade commenced, it was a cold, rainy morning, but by the time it was over, everyone was exhausted and even a little sweaty. Although it can be tiring, it is very worth it and an honor to be […]

The Standard: A Day Down Western Avenue2023-03-23T23:13:35-05:00


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