TJ Murphy ’20

The Standard: Last Swim in the Swamp


By TJ Murphy ‘20

On Tuesday, Jan. 6, the Brother Rice swimming and diving team took on the Caravan of Mount Carmel. The Crusaders finished the night victorious on varsity and junior varsity levels, and there were many impressive races from all of the Crusaders.

This night was special because it was Senior Night, where all the swimming seniors can reminisce about all they have done the past four years and finish their last home meet with a bang. These seniors include Owen Greybill, Andrew Cwik, Seth Miller, Ryan Kopale, and TJ Murphy.

Senior swimmer Owen Greybill commented that the Brother Rice Swim Program. […]

The Standard: Last Swim in the Swamp2020-01-18T16:30:25-06:00

The Standard: Old Tradition, New Resolutions


By TJ Murphy ‘20

Different holidays call for different celebrations and traditions. But, almost everywhere worldwide, there is at least one constant; to celebrate the new year.

One of the oldest and most celebrated traditions has been around for over 4,000 years. New Years’ resolutions are implemented around the globe each new year.  “New Year, New Me” is a term coined during the 80’s that calls for a turnaround in that person’s life.

Whether it improves health, self-esteem, organization, etc. it will always be beneficial to change an aspect of your life that needs improving. Many Brother Rice Crusaders took part in one of […]

The Standard: Old Tradition, New Resolutions2020-01-18T00:13:23-06:00

The Standard: Disney Premiers Brand New Streaming Service


By TJ Murphy ‘20

As streaming services like Netflix and Hulu are becoming increasingly prominent, Disney has decided to join in on the profits.

A few months ago, Disney announced their all-new streaming service, Disney+, in hopes of increasing their revenue. Since Disney owns networks such as Fox, ABC, ESPN, The History Channel and film companies such as Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilms, they were offering a lot for a cheap price.

Disney+ was released on Tuesday, Nov. 12, and despite some technical problems and server failures on the first day, it was a major success; nearly 10 million people signed up. After the free […]

The Standard: Disney Premiers Brand New Streaming Service2019-11-23T17:13:48-06:00

The Standard: Three Seniors Commit on National Signing Day


By TJ Murphy ‘20

National Signing Day was Tuesday, Nov. 12, and Brother Rice was sure to get a piece of the action. Three students of the class of 2020 committed to colleges.

In baseball, Jack Payton received an almost-full tuition scholarship to University of Louisville and Micah Gouwens received a scholarship to University of Wisconsin – Parkside. In soccer, Jack Finnegan received a full-ride offer to University of Wisconsin. All three students have had successful sports careers here at Brother Rice and plan to continue as they head to college.

“When I go out on the diamond I only want to get better, […]

The Standard: Three Seniors Commit on National Signing Day2019-11-21T23:54:23-06:00

The Standard: Prepare to be Scared This Halloween at Midnight Terror


By TJ Murphy ‘20

It’s spooky season, and that means haunted houses. Not everybody loves a good fright, but for those that do, Midnight Terror in Oak Lawn is a great place for you!

When I first pulled up on 111th and Central, I was a little confused about where I could park, but I was eventually able to figure it out. Almost everything from that point on was smooth sailing.

Some friends and I paid for our tickets, costing us $27 a piece, which is fairly cheap for a good haunted house. The line was pretty long and we ended up waiting about […]

The Standard: Prepare to be Scared This Halloween at Midnight Terror2019-10-25T23:29:54-05:00

The Standard: America’s Dog & Burger Review


By TJ Murphy ‘20

If there’s one thing that Chicago doesn’t like to mess up, it’s food. With such a diverse city with a rich history, there are a lot of traditional foods throughout the Chicagoland area; one of the most famous being the Chicago dog.

A few weeks ago I noticed a new restaurant in the recently refurbished Evergreen Plaza called America’s Dog & Burger. The bustling crowd caught my attention and I was curious what the big red “AD&B” stood for. I decided to investigate.

Before leaving the house I called up Ryan Rice, a local food connoisseur and Brother Rice senior, […]

The Standard: America’s Dog & Burger Review2019-10-25T23:24:45-05:00

The Standard: Sophomore Football Team Loses to Marist


By TJ Murphy ‘20

On Friday, Sept. 20, the sophomore football team took on Marist at Brother Rice. The Crusaders came in with a record of 3-0.

The Crusaders lost a hard fought game but ended the game with a final score of 21-14.

In the first half, Marist was up with a score of 21-7. Receiver Kyle Clayton had a touchdown, and Rolando Sepulveda had three sacks.

“We started slow and by the time we picked it up it was just too late,” said starting quarterback […]

The Standard: Sophomore Football Team Loses to Marist2019-11-26T10:56:46-06:00