The Standard: Undertale Review


By Frankie Mesec ‘20

Undertale is a role playing game (rpg) created by indie developer Toby Fox. This was the first and most popular game he has ever made, winning awards and the hearts of millions.

Now, I know Undertale is already praised a lot and is five years old, but it deserves all the praise.

I will admit, I am a really big Undertale fan. Even though the game is held in a special place in my heart, I will be fair when reviewing it.

For this review, I will be going over my five points in the game (story, music, characters, game design, […]

The Standard: Undertale Review2020-04-29T13:36:34-05:00

The Standard: Super Smash Bros Ultimate Review


By Frankie Mesec ‘20

Super Smash Bros Ultimate is one of the biggest and most anticipated Nintendo games of 2018.

With all the downloadable content (DLC) recently announced or added, it seems like a perfect time to review the game (two years after it was first announced).

Now strap on in while I smash through my five points for this game (story/ single player, multiplayer, online, characters/ DLC, and music). At the end, I will be giving the game final score, so if you don’t want to hear details, you can skip to the end.

Story/ Single Player

The story begins with the evil Galeem and […]

The Standard: Super Smash Bros Ultimate Review2020-04-29T13:18:13-05:00

The Standard: Coronavirus Cancels Everything


By Frankie Mesec ‘20

The sounds of bagpipes waking me up in the morning, while a sea of green lines the roads. The perfect atmosphere for the Southside Irish parade, the best day to be Irish on the Southside.

This is what I would have heard and seen if the parade wasn’t cancelled…


Just another out of many things cancelled by the coronavirus.

Schools, restaurants, flights, cruises, conventions, marathons, games, plays, and now the biggest parades in Chicago all cancelled by this virus. Just yesterday I found out they canceled E3, the biggest gaming convention in the world, because of the virus. What’s next?

I was […]

The Standard: Coronavirus Cancels Everything2020-03-18T18:52:03-05:00

The Standard: Play Postponed


By Frankie Mesec ‘20

I’ve been working since September with one goal in mind: to perform “The Twilight Zone” for the school.

Because of this stupid virus, I can’t do that, not at least as soon as I wanted.

It stinks. We’ve been working for months, only for a virus to just come in and move us back.

The show was supposed to be this week, probably when this article comes out, and now it’s not until really close to graduation.

It just stinks!

I have so many other projects I’m working on throughout the school year, like the Helping Hands project or jazz band. I have […]

The Standard: Play Postponed2020-03-18T17:53:04-05:00

The Standard: “The Twilight Zone”


By Frankie Mesec ‘20

“There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is an area which we call… ‘The Twilight Zone.’”

This year, the Brother Rice Drama Club is performing “The Twilight Zone.” There will be laughs, thrills, and chills to be had.

Now, enough about the advertisement. We will come back to that later.

As a cast member, I am having fun with the show. This is my fourth year in the club, so I have seen how this club has evolved over time.

One big difference in the club was the cast and crew. This year is filled with […]

The Standard: “The Twilight Zone”2020-02-22T16:06:03-06:00

The Standard: Thank You, St. Cletus


By Frankie Mesec ‘20

Last week, I was met with a heartwarming surprise.

Coach Prunckle said that my grammar school, St. Cletus, posted my band article on their Facebook page.

I was very surprised. I couldn’t believe that happened, and that my school took the time out to recognize me.

That shoutout made me look back on my time at St. Cletus, and how well they treated me there.

I was only at Cletus for one year. The school I went to before Cletus treated me poorly and caused one of the lowest points in my life. Usually, schools don’t take people in the middle of […]

The Standard: Thank You, St. Cletus2020-02-22T14:34:33-06:00

The Standard: Disney with the Band


By Frankie Mesec ‘20

Over winter break, I was able to have some once in a lifetime opportunities.

With the Brother Rice band, I was able to march down Main Street at Disney World and work with Disney’s studio director to record our music.

It was a dream come true.

I haven’t gone to Disney since I was five or six, so this was pretty much my first time making memories I will remember there.

On the first day, we had to be at school by 3 a.m., which meant I had to wake up at 2 a.m. since I lived far. After the early wake-up, […]

The Standard: Disney with the Band2020-01-28T01:08:12-06:00

The Standard: Mother/Son Dance


By Frankie Mesec ‘20

The time of year everyone looks forward to and stresses over for perfection.

The Mother/Son Dance.

If you mess something up or even miss it, it’s off with your head.

I am lucky enough to have survived missing my freshman year’s dance. Thank you ski trip!

Since it is my last year to go to the dance with my mom, I wanted to treat her right. I wanted to take her out to dinner before the dance and have her surrounded by some of her friends.

The more happy she is, the less likely I will die from a sad mother.

The first thing […]

The Standard: Mother/Son Dance2020-01-26T03:48:57-06:00

The Standard: Popeyes Sandwich Drama


By Frankie Mesec ‘20

I don’t get it. How are people getting so worked up about a chicken sandwich to the point of dying for one?

I had the new chicken sandwich from Popeyes, and I thought it was great. The taste was good, and I like how it was an actual chicken breast and not a frozen patty. The breast was juicy and savory; easily the best thing at Popeyes.

Compared to other chicken sandwich places, I would have to say this is about equal to or better than Chick-fil-a sandwich wise. I still would rather go to Chick-fil-a over Popeyes only for […]

The Standard: Popeyes Sandwich Drama2019-11-27T00:31:09-06:00

The Standard: My Days in the Pit


By Frankie Mesec ‘20

Another day playing trombone in the “pit of doom.” Let’s hope no more kids fall in.

I am in the pit orchestra for the McAuley musical, “Grease.” As the time of writing this article, we are in tech week, getting ready for the show on Nov. 21-24, 2019.

For the role of the pit, we play all the music for the musical. Sometimes we fire confetti cannons, but mostly just music.

Some days in the pit are easy and fun. Other days, there are actors falling off the stage into the pit. When I say in the pit, I actually mean […]

The Standard: My Days in the Pit2019-11-23T17:35:00-06:00


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