Friday, February 04, 2005

The New Times and Brophy

This article, regarding Jarrett Maupin should be read by every Brophy student and alumni. In response I sent a letter to the author Jimmy Magahern. It is as follows:

Mr. Magahern,

You apparently have not done your homework. As someone who went to school with Jarrett, perhaps it would have behooved you to mention to your readers he was a Young Republican at Brophy. Even the most amateur reporter would have to think twice about this sudden change of heart.

Or perhaps including facts would have been appropriate in your article instead of broad unfounded generalizations. When mentioning Brophy's "not so zero hate crime tolerance policy" a simple interview with the African-American students who left Brophy for St. Mary's would have brought up a very pertinent case- Drew Foster.

Drew, a white student, was thrown out of Brophy in an altercation involving an African American student, where both sides used racial terms. The African American student received no punishment. But then, broad generalizations are easier aren't they?

Even some cursory research by you could have verified that indeed the student who wrote the "niggler" grafitti was EXPELLED by Mr. KOPAS (when slandering do try and spell people's names correctly). He was readmitted, but only after completing a substantial amount of community service. Also, Jarrett's story of being called a "nigger" by Xavier personnel was never verified and he could never point out who exactly did the name-calling. But that couldn't have been relevant?

Among my minority friends, the number of which I would estimate to be in the 20s, I never heard of racial intolerance at Brophy. If it did occur, those involved were swiftly punished. At at Jesuit high school, which you so ignorantly labeled "elitist," (tell that to the huge population of students on work-study, who work summers mowing lawns to pay for Brophy or the Hispanic community where Brophy students contribute thousands of hours each year in community service or to those with Cystic Fibrosis where Brophy consistently leads Arizona in donations), there is no room for racism.

However at the New Times reporters like you are rewarded for sensationalism. Congratulations on a piece sure to draw attention to a candidate who will be to sure follow in his mentor's footsteps and capitalize on falsehoods. As a former editor of our school's magazine, I am insulted you couldn't uphold a basic tenet of journalism.

Telling the truth.


Greg Dunaway
Class of 2004

Update: His response is now in the comments section of this post.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I copied this (and linked) in my blog post on the whole Maupin ordeal:

-Mike Slaven

4:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that was drop dead gorgeous greg

11:55 PM  
Blogger greg said...


Thanks for your letter. I have heard from a lot of other Brophy students, who've backed up your positions on the school. It's unfortunate Brophy's v.p. discouraged me from seeking comment on the
incidents from staff or students - the comments I've received would have made for a more well-rounded profile of the subject, something we always
strive to do.

If you would like your letter to be submitted to our "Letters" page for publication in our next issue, just let me know and I will be happy to forward it to our editor in chief.

Thanks for reading, and for responding.

-Jimmy Magahern

1:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thats a beautiful letter Dunaway, keep up the good work.


11:46 AM  

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