Martin Murray ’20

The Standard: The Beginning of the End


By Martin Murray ‘20

It’s that time of year again.

Christmas and New Year are over, the weather is getting colder each day, and Martin Luther King Day is on the horizon.

Yes, it’s January.

And, for students, that means only one thing: school is back in session and the long-awaited Christmas break is now replaced with the long-awaited summer vacation.

For seniors, however, this semester is a little more than the usual grind of rigorous coursework or participation in sports and clubs. This semester is a little more.

Senior Danny Bombard said, “It’s hard to believe that senior year is already halfway over. It feels like […]

The Standard: The Beginning of the End2020-01-18T15:16:01-06:00

The Standard: “Rise of Skywalker” Falls Short, but Still Entertains


By Martin Murray ‘20

Over the holiday season, “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” was released worldwide. The film is the culmination of one of the most popular pieces of cinema and concludes the Sequel Trilogy.

Additionally, the film is the last installment of the Skywalker Saga.

The film follows the remainder of the Resistance as they continue to battle against the First Order while Rey faces her destiny and leads the charge in the ultimate clash between good and evil.

This movie finishes the mission started back with “The Force Awakens” in 2015. It brings in a new generation of heroes and establishes them […]

The Standard: “Rise of Skywalker” Falls Short, but Still Entertains2020-01-18T00:17:29-06:00

The Standard: The Advocacy Club Remembers the Marginalized


By Martin Murray ‘20

Every year, the Cook County Morgue releases the bodies of dead people who are unknown or died without a family to claim them.

The Archdiocese of Chicago then takes these bodies and gives them a proper burial.

This year, the Brother Rice Advocacy Club, along with fellow neighborhood schools, were invited to Mount Olivet Cemetery to take a moment to honor these people that were forgotten about at the time of their passing.

Mr. Dolan, the moderator of the Advocacy Club, said, “We were contacted about a month ago from Mr. Ed Sajdak, the campus minister at St. Laurence. He asked […]

The Standard: The Advocacy Club Remembers the Marginalized2019-11-22T00:00:41-06:00

The Standard: Brother Rice Adds Another Member to the Family


By Martin Murray ‘20

The Brother Rice family is continually growing. One recent addition is Mr. Woods.

Mr. Woods, an algebra and geometry teacher, enjoys his new environment, an environment he has always wanted to be a part of.

Mr. Woods said, “Working with an all-boys school is something I preferred. It’s actually better for me because communicating and building young men is something I always wanted to do.”

Despite being new, Mr. Woods has already made quite an impact in Brother Rice and is well respected by his students.

Freshman Amir Gray said, “Mr. Woods is a very good teacher. He is very hands on […]

The Standard: Brother Rice Adds Another Member to the Family2019-11-21T23:44:20-06:00

The Standard: Come for the Kaffee, Stay for the Klatsch


By Martin Murray ‘20

You would think that in order to get some decent strudel, drink delectable coffee, listen to customary German music, and celebrate German culture you’d have to go all the way to Berlin. You would be wrong.

The Brother Rice German Club meets at least twice a month in Room 203, where club members spend some time hanging out with friends, meeting new people, relaxing after a stressful week, and, of course, eating strudel and drinking coffee.

“The goal of German Club is to promote an understanding and appreciation of German culture,” said moderator Doctor Luxem. “We haven’t had our officer […]

The Standard: Come for the Kaffee, Stay for the Klatsch2019-10-25T23:21:40-05:00

The Standard: Ambassadors and the Recruitment Journey


By Martin Murray ‘20

You’ve probably seen them before. They are at shadow days, meet-and-greets, open houses, entrance exams, and they work after school reaching out to future students. They are the Brother Rice Ambassadors Club.

“The purpose of the club is to have a living representation for the families we recruit of what their son would be like by the time he is a junior or senior when he is leaving here as an 18 year old,” said Director of Admissions Mr. Frasor. “We targeted kids that we thought were good leaders and representatives for the school.”

The club is in its second […]

The Standard: Ambassadors and the Recruitment Journey2019-10-25T23:09:05-05:00

The Standard: 675 Students, Four Houses, One Family


By Martin Murray ‘20

The noises get rowdier by the second.

The stomping of the feet gets more insistent, the thunderous applause turns into one resounding clamor, and the chants grow louder and longer.

No, I’m not describing a day at the Colosseum; I’m describing the Brother Rice South Gym on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the House System rollout assembly.

The gym was a sea of maroon as everyone wore their new house shirts, marked with their house name and crest on the back.

The newest system at Brother Rice comes from the hard work and dedication of countless teachers, students, and staff; however, the whole […]

The Standard: 675 Students, Four Houses, One Family2019-09-26T20:45:48-05:00

The Standard: Soccer Pummels Marmion 3-1


By Martin Murray ‘20

Losing is rough. Losing consistently is even worse.

But God loves a tryer; just ask the Brother Rice soccer team.

The team defeated Marmion Academy 3-1 on Sept. 17 at Coach Tom Mitchell Field. The game was a monumental step for the program.

Junior Brian Barsch sunk the game-winning goal and was ecstatic afterward. Barsch said,” For me personally, the goal really boosted my confidence in front of the net and broke my goal drought, and I hope to be able to find the back of the net more this season.”

This was the team’s […]

The Standard: Soccer Pummels Marmion 3-12019-11-26T10:56:57-06:00