Dan Golon ’20

The Standard: Brother Rice Water Polo Finds New Management


By Dan Golon ‘20

The Brother Rice water polo team carries with it a rich history.

As the most decorated sport in Brother Rice’s history, the program’s recent years have been dark.

As an attempt to pull themselves out of the darkness and back onto the state’s highest stage of polo, they gave the go ahead to Class of ‘89 alum, Frank Mulcrone.

Frank Mulcrone’s name lives in the history book of Illinois water polo. During his time with the Crusaders he accrued 4 CCL championships, 3 state championships, and various other accolades.

Most importantly, the players are looking forward to having him on the squad. […]

The Standard: Brother Rice Water Polo Finds New Management2020-03-14T00:51:09-05:00

The Standard: Aaron Hernandez’s Motive Remains Up in the Air


By Dan Golon ‘20

The long awaited life story of the late Aaron Hernandez debuted this past month.

The three-part documentary includes extremely private details about his early life and the events eventually leading up to the murder he was found guilty of committing and his death in prison.

The tragic story is causing football players across the globe to reflect woefully about their health as a result of football. Although never explicitly stated in the films, Aaron’s decisions were believed to be under great influence from his neurodegenerative brain disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.

Frequently seen among NFL veterans, CTE is caused as […]

The Standard: Aaron Hernandez’s Motive Remains Up in the Air2020-02-06T23:19:56-06:00

The Standard: Remembering Kobe


By Dan Golon ‘20

Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant, John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli, Sarah Chester, Payton Chester, Christina Mauser, Ara Zobayan.

All nine of these people are being mourned for endlessly in one of the American people’s most tragic reality checks ever.

None, however, have been as sorely missed as the world renowned Kobe Bryant.

Millions upon millions of people have given their tributes to Kobe, including loads of fan mail. The thing is, many of these letters were not just simple condolences.

Tons of the letters were pages long, detailing how Kobe inspired people’s lives and changed them to who they are today. Surprisingly, […]

The Standard: Remembering Kobe2020-02-06T22:58:55-06:00

The Standard: The Crusaders are Balling


By Dan Golon ’20

This past Friday, BR Hoops took on the steaming hot, undefeated St. Rita Mustangs.

The Crusaders were left with nothing but revenge on their minds after a battle between the two ended in a 66-60 defeat in 2018.

Leading the show for BR is the towering senior center Deandre Hagan, along with senior point-guards, Conor Glennon and Colin Campbell.

After a slow start, BR seemed to turn things around in the second half as shots were finally starting to fall. Glennon started to get into the swing of things as he knocked down some quality shots to kick-start a scoring surge, […]

The Standard: The Crusaders are Balling2019-12-19T21:19:26-06:00

The Standard: The Final Semester


By Dan Golon ‘20

Where has all the time gone?

In August of 2016, my classmates and I embarked on a journey we will remember for the rest of our lives. We began to learn the true meaning of being a man of Edmund Rice.

But then, BOOM! We are already here, closing out our second to last semester as Crusaders.

As our horizons are expanding quicker than we can realize, some students cannot help but become flustered and stress about the future. The applications, test scores, transcripts, and oh so much more that has to be taken care of, can truly send a student […]

The Standard: The Final Semester2019-12-18T22:18:02-06:00

The Standard: The NHS Tour Guide Experience – Being the Best You


By Dan Golon ‘20

With leadership comes great responsibility.

Tours at the Brother Rice Open House can be quite stressful on the NHS students responsible for guiding them. I find the best way to combat this pressure of giving off the best impression possible for Brother Rice is to simply be yourself.

To start the morning, I get cleaned up, put on my suit and tie, and head over to BR.

As a tour guide, you are first introduced to your family in the main gym lobby. You will be tasked with getting them through registration and showing off the best parts of our school […]

The Standard: The NHS Tour Guide Experience – Being the Best You2019-11-15T22:16:14-06:00

The Standard: The Crusaders Charge Full Speed Ahead to Round 3


By Dan Golon ‘20

Your newly crowned underdog Crusader football team took on the South Elgin Storm this past, frigid Saturday evening.

After a shaky 5-4 regular season, competing against some of the strongest teams in the state, the Crusaders have posted back-to-back no doubt playoff wins.

Saturday, at home, they took down the Storm by a score of 25-7.

Behind what some would call a new offensive showcase for the men in maroon and orange is sophomore Jack Lausch, rushing for two touchdowns in this weekend’s contest. The third touchdown was scored by running back Willie Shaw who scampered in to seal the deal.

Lausch […]

The Standard: The Crusaders Charge Full Speed Ahead to Round 32019-11-26T10:52:22-06:00

The Standard: Brother Rice Hawaiian Homecoming Dance 2019


By Dan Golon ‘20

The Brother Rice Crusaders gathered for the 2019 Homecoming Dance this past Saturday.

Students attended the semi-formal dance in a plethora of different styles ranging from suit and tie to three piece suits. Every Crusader was looking their finest.

At the dance, there was a great array of music provided by DJ Thunder as always.

I enjoyed jumping around in the mosh pit with my friends just as much us the next guy, but for some students like Billy O’Hara, this is their favorite time of the year. “That dance was the best of my four years and I expected nothing […]

The Standard: Brother Rice Hawaiian Homecoming Dance 20192019-10-21T20:43:46-05:00

The Standard: Brother Rice Soccer Meets Providence Catholic in Crucial CCL Crossover


By Dan Golon ‘20

The surging Crusaders met their tough conference opponent Providence Catholic on Tuesday Oct. 8.

In 2018, the Crusaders finished at 2-1 in their crossover games, which put them in a situation to be relegated to a lower division if they did not go 3-0 this season.

“We know what we need to do; it’s not complicated. We need to go out there and win and nothing less,” said head coach Matt Prunckle.

Coming into the match at 2-0 in crossover games, the Crusaders knew what they needed to do in order to avoid relegation – win.

Brother Rice came out hot as […]

The Standard: Brother Rice Soccer Meets Providence Catholic in Crucial CCL Crossover2019-11-26T10:54:49-06:00