The Standard: Crusaders in the Community: Owen McShane


By Eddie Maloney ‘24

As a senior at Brother Rice, two significant phrases have become ingrained in my head that are strongly emphasized in a Brother Rice education: “Be Exceptional” and “Act Manfully in Christ Jesus.”

When I hear these phrases, I think of the countless teachers, coaches, and students  who continually put their best foot forward in contributing to the community.

One of the leaders of the senior class, Owen McShane, is the prime example of taking on community involvement at a young age. Last summer, McShane was invited to the 19th Ward Emerging Leaders Board, a new board of local youth leaders […]

The Standard: Crusaders in the Community: Owen McShane2024-02-22T23:02:51-06:00

The Standard: The Battle of Pulaski


By Patrick Mangin ‘24

Last Tuesday, the Brother Rice basketball team took on the Marist Redhawks in the Battle of Pulaski. This continued one of the most historic rivalries in Illinois high school sports history, and the game did not disappoint.

Senior Jack Gorman said, “Everyone knows how important this game is for both the students and the members of the school communities. We knew the magnitude of the game and didn’t shy away from the pressure.”

Marist started off the game hot with a 7-0 lead, but an eight point run from senior Zavier Fitch quickly put the Crusaders on top.

The Crusaders controlled […]

The Standard: The Battle of Pulaski2024-01-27T10:14:00-06:00

The Standard: Brother Rice Founders Day Mass Celebrates Legacy and Impact


By Brian Doligale ‘24

Brother Rice High School commemorated its Founders Day ceremony on Thursday, Jan 18. The event brought together students, faculty, and alumni to reflect on the school’s history. It has had strong impact on generations of students who have walked through the halls of 99th and Pulaski.

The ceremony kicked off with speeches from students, teachers, and alumni who have shown success in and out of the classroom. They shared their unique experiences and expressed how thankful they were for the school that played a crucial role in shaping their careers.

Senior Hunter Tempel said, “I thought the Founders Day mass […]

The Standard: Brother Rice Founders Day Mass Celebrates Legacy and Impact2024-01-27T10:11:08-06:00

The Standard: The Burial of Indigent People


By Mac Murzyn ‘24

On Nov. 20, Mr. Dolan took members of the Brother Rice Advocacy Club to Mount Olivet Cemetery. Members went to show gratitude and condolences towards the remains of the indigent people.

It was rainy and cold, but that did not stop people from showing up. There were more than 100 people in attendance. Members of the Advocacy Club helped bring out caskets and lower them into graves.

Many members of the club shared their thoughts on the ceremony.

Junior Conner Stack said, “It was a nice ceremony for those who are “forgotten” in the eyes of society. Standing next to the […]

The Standard: The Burial of Indigent People2023-11-30T22:44:19-06:00

The Standard: Fear The Beard 2023


By Seamus Hanley ‘24

This past week, Brother Rice and the Advocacy Club kicked off Fear the Beard for the 2023 school year. The main idea of Fear the Beard is to raise money and awareness for families struggling with cancer.

A large population of the students look forward to the month of November, because if they pay the $50 fee to participate in Fear the Beard, they don’t have to shave.

Senior Brian Tuidor said, “Not only is it a reason not to shave, but it also helps a good cause.”

`Ultimately, it is the goal of the Advocacy Club to raise awareness for […]

The Standard: Fear The Beard 20232023-11-16T18:36:07-06:00

The Standard: BRTV Crossover with WGN News


By Kevin Worthy ‘24

BRTV’s high school students worked with WGN News’ anchors for a day to learn and participate. The students, known for their amazing orange suit coats and energy, engaged in discussions covering current events, and they had a great time with skilled anchors.

During a live broadcast, the students helped create a great segment of news. BRTV and WGN News anchors participated in a friendly trivia contest, showcasing their knowledge. The students also worked with WGN’s meteorologist, switching up the weather segment with their creativity.

Throughout the day, the students teamed up with WGN anchors to interview community members, offering new […]

The Standard: BRTV Crossover with WGN News2023-10-06T00:00:06-05:00

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


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