The Standard: Call of Duty


By Martin Loughney ‘20

If you did not grow up playing Call of Duty, then you did not have a childhood.

There are 13 different Call of Duty games, the first Call of Duty game was released in October 2003, and the most recent game released was in 2019. In my personal opinion Call of Duty is the best game ever created. However, not all Call of Duty were created equal.

The greatest Call of Duty, in my opinion, is Call of Duty: Black Ops. For the most part, this is my favorite one because this was the first game that I got on […]

The Standard: Call of Duty2020-04-29T13:51:39-05:00

The Standard: Red Dead Redemption 2


By Martin Loughney ’20

Red Dead Redemption 2 was one of the top games in late 2018, and early 2019, made by Rockstar Games. The video game is based in 1899 in the Wild West. A gang is fleeing federal agents after a robbery gone bad and making a grueling march west as an attempt to escape prosecution.

After just 3 days of being released, Red Dead Redemption 2 already grossed $272 million, making it one of the highest-earning video games of all time.

The game is almost like a “cousin” to Grand Theft Auto, as it is a live-in open map with so […]

The Standard: Red Dead Redemption 22020-04-29T13:22:25-05:00

The Standard: Coronavirus Reaction


By Martin Loughney ‘20

I find it crazy how someone started a worldwide pandemic from eating a bat. It’s crazy how fast the virus spreads. In just a few months, coronavirus spread all across the globe.

The virus has completely shut down countries like China and Italy and has shut down much of America. The NFL, NBA, and NCAA have all canceled their seasons due to the virus. High schools have stopped and restaurants have closed.

Just last week, I thought that the coronavirus wasn’t close and didn’t affect me, that it was in Italy and China. However, now my daily schedule has been […]

The Standard: Coronavirus Reaction2020-03-18T18:38:43-05:00

The Standard: XFL


By Martin Loughney ‘20

I was originally assigned to write my article on the XFL game that was scheduled for this week, however, due to the circumstances with the coronavirus, the XFL has officially canceled the rest of their season.

Therefore, I will be reviewing the NFL’s first season back.The XFL was originally announced on February 2, 2000, by Vince McMahon, and although they did not last long, the company made a huge impact on the NFL.

Because of the XFL, the NFL added sky cams, which have completely changed the way that we watch football.

There are also many things that the NFL […]

The Standard: XFL2020-03-18T17:57:07-05:00

The Standard: Mother-Son Mass


By Martin Loughney ‘20

The Mother-Son Mass is one of the most dreaded days of the year for me, behind the Mother Son Dance that was “cancelled” for this year.

I don’t dislike the mass because I don’t like mass; it’s because of the millions of pictures that you have to take for it. You spend more time taking pictures than you are in mass.

The crazy thing is that my two brothers that also attend Brother Rice were not forced to go, but I was.

Other than that, the mass was a great time overall. Father Litek gave a really good sermon. The […]

The Standard: Mother-Son Mass2020-02-22T14:37:59-06:00

The Standard: Vaping Anonymous Club


By Martin Loughney ‘20

There’s a new epidemic sweeping across this country’s kids, and it cannot be ignored. The epidemic is vaping. Vaping is defined as inhaling vapor produced from an electronic cigarette. The vaping epidemic has reached a lot of the youth in this country, and as a fight against vaping, Brother Rice has started a Vapers Anonymous Club.

The Vapers Anonymous Club is designed to help Brother Rice students break their terrible habit of vaping without fear of being punished.

The club’s president is a recovering vaper who wants to help others who are in the same position that he was in […]

The Standard: Vaping Anonymous Club2020-02-22T14:01:50-06:00

The Standard: My Weighted Blanket Experience


By Martin Loughney ‘20

Many people, just like me, have problems sleeping and look for anything to help them fall sleep better at night. Therefore, when my Athletic Training teacher told me about his new weighted blanket, and how it helped to improve his sleep, I knew I had to try it. So, that night I went home and looked up youtube videos about weighted blankets, and they all said that it was proven to help you sleep better.

The research suggested that weighted blankets help you sleep better because it helps people feel more secure and comforted while they sleep. The reviews […]

The Standard: My Weighted Blanket Experience2020-01-28T19:56:28-06:00

The Standard: Mt. Greenwood Park District Basketball League


By Martin Loughney ‘20

The Mt. Greenwood Park District is having its annual basketball intramural league for high school students. The games are held on Wednesday afternoons, and many Brother Rice students are currently participating in this league.

The Mt. Greenwood league has been letting kids enjoy the sport of basketball without having to be a part of an organized league.

The league always has extremely energetic crowds, because kids who have nothing to do flock to the games.

The league has over twenty teams, however the most outstanding team in the league this year is manned by five Brother Rice seniors. They are Charlie […]

The Standard: Mt. Greenwood Park District Basketball League2020-01-26T03:44:09-06:00

The Standard: Spanish Club Field Trip


By Martin Loughney ‘20

The Spanish Club, headed by Mrs. Carbol, has a mission to help students enrolled in Spanish to learn and embrace the cultures of different Spanish speaking countries. The Spanish Club took their annual trip to the Nation Museum of Mexican Art in Pilsen on Nov. 13. At the museum, students admired exhibits that deal with Mexican culture.

On display that week was a Day of the Dead mural. The Day of the Dead is a three day holiday in Mexico to pray for and mourn loved ones who have passed away. The display was filled with vivid yellow flowers, […]

The Standard: Spanish Club Field Trip2019-11-27T01:25:29-06:00

The Standard: Athletic Trainer Kyle Watson


By Martin Loughney ‘20

Kyle Watson is the head athletic trainer and a teacher here at Brother Rice. Mr. Watson grew up on the south side of Chicago and graduated from Argo High School. He later attended Northern Illinois University where he received a Bachelor’s degree in athletic training in 2014.

Mr. Watson learned of his love for athletic training in high school when he took an athletic training class, a class that he currently teaches at Brother Rice today. Before coming to Brother Rice, Mr. Watson has worked for the professional baseball team the Schaumburg Boomers and for the Chicago Bliss football […]

The Standard: Athletic Trainer Kyle Watson2019-11-27T01:16:17-06:00


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