The Standard: Closing Time


By Seamus Quinn ‘21

For the first time in my life, I am at a loss for words.

I doubt that any article I could write, be it 5 pages or 500, could accurately describe the past four years of my life at this wonderful school. And also for the first time in my life as a senior in high school, I mean “wonderful” in an earnest, non-sarcastic way.

When I first began thinking about high school in eighth grade, I went to various open houses all over Chicago. St. Laurence was a bit underwhelming as it was going through a major upheaval at […]

The Standard: Closing Time2021-05-11T20:13:56-05:00

The Standard: And the Band Played On


By Seamus Quinn ‘21


It was with those three words that I marched with the band onto Tom Mitchell Field for the final football game of the 2021 season.


It was with those two words that I came to a stop with my fellow band members, the field now oddly quiet, the audience now rising and watching us with bated breath.

And it was with a flourish and a wave of Mr. Zielinski’s arms that I began to play the opening notes of the “Star Spangled Banner” for the final time.

In my four years in the Brother Rice/Mother McAuley band, I […]

The Standard: And the Band Played On2021-04-28T21:47:15-05:00

The Standard: From Subpar to Spectacular: Ranking All Nine Films of the “Star Wars” Skywalker Saga


By Seamus Quinn ‘21

Since the release of the original film in 1977, “Star Wars” has risen to become a pop culture giant in the world of film. Generating giant space battles between empires and rebellions, depicting deadly duels between Jedi and Sith, and introducing incredible characters like Luke Skywalker, Master Yoda, and Darth Vader, the series has gone on to inspire the imaginations of its audience, be them old or young.

Yet, as with any franchise spanning three trilogies and 44 years, “Star Wars” has certainly had its ups and downs, which is why I have taken it upon myself to provide […]

The Standard: From Subpar to Spectacular: Ranking All Nine Films of the “Star Wars” Skywalker Saga2021-03-21T21:21:27-05:00

The Standard: Snowmageddon: How I Learned to Start Worrying and Hate Chicago Weather


By Seamus Quinn ‘21

Greetings my fellow Chiberians! I hope this message finds you well. I am currently writing this from the safety of my igloo manor that I built three weeks ago when a snowplow buried me in the wonderful wintry weather we Chicagoans have become accustomed to.

It is rather lonely here in my cold abode. I haven’t seen my family since Hurricane Jabberwocky washed them away last week. The reason the meteorologists named that storm after the Lewis Carrol poem is because the 250 typhoons we received the week prior used up every name in the English language. So now […]

The Standard: Snowmageddon: How I Learned to Start Worrying and Hate Chicago Weather2021-02-17T23:04:19-06:00

The Standard: Panic on Pennsylvania Avenue


By Seamus Quinn ‘21

In the 2013 film “World War Z”, several scenes showcase an army of mindless zombies scaling the walls and barricades of cities that are supposed to be symbols of order and hope. I find it interesting that now, eight years after the release of that movie, life imitates art.

On January 6, 2021, a date which will now forever be shrouded in infamy, the U.S. Capitol was besieged by an army of fanatical Donald Trump supporters discontent with the legal results of a fair election. In the ensuing chaos, five people died: one officer and four Trump supporters.

Brian Sicknick, […]

The Standard: Panic on Pennsylvania Avenue2021-01-23T22:03:27-06:00

The Standard: Terror and Intrigue in BRDC’s “The Twilight Zone”


By Seamus Quinn ’21

Picture, if you will, a single door in the center of a stage. Imagine, if you will, a man opening that door and beckoning you into a fantastical dimension between the realms of light and shadow, a dimension not only of sight and sound, but also of mind. It is a dimension where strange howls emanate from a castle, where a man combats the voices of a doll and his own mind, and where a salesman yearns for success and the ability to evade an unstoppable adversary. It is a dimension that we in the Brother Rice Drama […]

The Standard: Terror and Intrigue in BRDC’s “The Twilight Zone”2020-10-24T02:17:52-05:00


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