The Standard: This isn’t the end; this is the beginning


By Conor Durkin ‘21

Well, here we are, my final article for The Standard. I’m going to be honest; I’ve had some trouble getting this thing started. I didn’t know if I wanted to go happy or sad, funny or serious; I just didn’t know. I still don’t know.

So here goes nothing.

Senior year has been everything but normal. Whether it was wearing a mask to everything, not being able to scream like a lunatic with 400 other kids at sporting events or being at home every other day, we weren’t given anything like years past.

We didn’t have sold-out Marist games or 6:30 […]

The Standard: This isn’t the end; this is the beginning2021-05-10T21:52:45-05:00

The Standard: NCAA Athlete Spotlight: Jaime Jaquez Jr. – UCLA


By Conor Durkin ‘21

The subject of this NCAA Athlete spotlight is the sophomore guard/forward from my favorite school, Jaime Jaquez Jr. Jaime is just 20 years old; however, he has been an absolute star for this frisky UCLA team.

Jaquez is everything that head coach Mick Cronin wants in a player. He plays lockdown defense, evident in both his steals per game and his blocks per game. He finished top 20 in steals in the PAC-12 for a second consecutive year averaging over a steal per game. In a conference with some great defenders, this is an elite list.

Jaquez averaged about 0.70 […]

The Standard: NCAA Athlete Spotlight: Jaime Jaquez Jr. – UCLA2021-03-28T12:17:33-05:00

The Standard: Will fans return to the stands once allowed?


By Conor Durkin ‘21

Of course we will! Hanging out with random people inside a building that seats 20,000 plus or a grass field is the foundation of humanity.

I have never been to a real concert. Quarantine has made me realize; I need to get to one the moment we get back to normal. I’m lucky. I like just about every form of music, so when we open up, there’s a chance I could be at a Polo G, Foo Fighters, or Darius Rucker concert; it doesn’t matter.

When asked if he would go to concerts again, senior John Creviston said, “I personally […]

The Standard: Will fans return to the stands once allowed?2021-03-24T23:44:54-05:00

Trivia Night Recap


By Conor Durkin ‘19

On Thursday, Feb. 4, the Brother Rice Student Council hosted the inaugural Trivia Night. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only 12 teams of four players were allowed to participate. Even with just 48 Crusaders present, the energy was through the roof.

After several rounds of difficult questions, the competition went into overtime. The West Baptist Church on 99th Street, sponsored by Nike, and led by Dana Alexander, faced off against the God Squad, featuring Quinn Clifford, Aidan O’Connor, Kevin O’Connell and me.

As for the results, I’ll let Jim Carrey tell you about TWBC99SSN: “LOOOOOOOSERSSSSSS.”

That’s right; the God Squad took this […]

Trivia Night Recap2021-02-25T23:45:06-06:00

BREAKING: BR gets a real snow day!


By Conor Durkin ‘21

Queue the Jay Pharoah line, something that I cannot write in this family-friendly paper. Just know it goes, “What the actual…” I’m sure you can finish the rest.

I’m so excited, as is almost everyone at Brother Rice. In the words of Bears All-Pro returner Cordarelle Patterson, “It’s been a long time.” I honestly can’t remember our last snow day. During my tenure at BR, we’ve had a couple of cold days and have been jipped on a couple of days where snow levels were reasonably high.

Along with several of my peers, we thought that snow days had fallen […]

BREAKING: BR gets a real snow day!2021-01-27T21:14:16-06:00

The Standard: Trash Talking the Opponents


By Conor Durkin ’21

Well, folks, it is time. The first-ever alternate shot tournament between 12 Brother Rice seniors will tee off on Friday.

Initially, I didn’t plan to write about this whatsoever. However, the chatter made its way into the sixth-period journalism class, and Ms. P really wanted an excellent trash-talking story.

See, I rarely consider myself a chirper. Usually, I like my game to do the talking. I don’t really have a game when it comes to golf, so I will now resort to talking some smack. 

I would first like to inform […]

The Standard: Trash Talking the Opponents2020-10-22T10:48:09-05:00

The Standard: Crosstown Classic


By Conor Durkin ‘21

This weekend has been crazy! The Cubs clinched the NL Central, David Ross made a case for manager of the year, the Cubs won the weekend series…and I am a Southside Cub fan in enemy territory.

Before we get going, I would just like to inform all of you that I am not a Northsider. I am Evergreen Park born and raised, a graduate of Most Holy Redeemer, and a proud former member of the Evergreen Park Boys Club.

Senior Grant Matern has said on multiple occasions, “You are the most Southside person I know until it comes to baseball.”

He […]

The Standard: Crosstown Classic2020-10-08T14:51:30-05:00


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