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Abbey Alexander

Abbey Alexander, Arts & Entertainment Editor

Abbey is 17 years old and a Senior at Xavier College Prep. She's so excited to be the Arts and Entertainment editor again this year! When she's not writing, you can find her taking pictures, acting in Brophy shows, keeping up with the arts in her community and spending time with her friends and family. She's so excited for her second year on XPress and to keep writing for the Xavier community.

All content by Abbey Alexander
The cast of 12 angry jurors after one of their daily rehearsals.

12 Angry Jurors at the Brophy Blackbox

April 1, 2019

12 men seated around a table in a hot, stuffy room. A black and white film with old-timey accents and men pulling their stiff shirts away from their necks. This is the story of 12 Angry Men that we all...

A Chanel purse, the legacy of Karl Lagerfeld.

Karl Lagerfeld: icon or problematic figure?

March 18, 2019

Karl Lagerfeld, creative director of Chanel and fashion icon, passed away on Feb 19, 2019, at the age of 85. He was widely known for his impact on the fashion world and as a face of fashion himself. Working...

Seniors Maddie Wickers, Clare Carlsonn, and Abbey Alexander snuggle up for a movie night.

Romantic comedies for a Valentine’s movie night

February 19, 2019

To put it simply, there are two kinds of people on Valentineโ€™s Day. Those who curl up with a bowl of ice cream and stream a classic tear-jerker like The Notebook, and those who find themselves wanting...

As the Academy Awards quickly approach, the controversy over who was nominated, and more so, who will win the awards has gained attention from all movie lovers.

Oscar nomination controversies

February 13, 2019

The Academy Awards, as stated in the name, are given by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to films or artists working within the films to recognize exceptional work in the film world. Each...

Pro politics at award shows

January 30, 2019

In the distant past, award shows have been a platform only for comical hosts, touching acceptance speeches and the occasional scandalous wardrobe malfunction. But the year is 2019, and the times have most...

Seniors Maddie Wickers, Abbey Alexander, Rachel Chung, and Kaela Liddle pose before the 2016 shrek-themed Christmas dance.

What to expect at the Christmas Dance

December 12, 2018

On Dec. 15, 2018, the Xavier campus will be transformed into its very own winter wonderland. In the past, Xavier's annual Christmas Dance has been universally considered as just another formal dance comparable...

Harrison Cohen 20 and Bebe Katsenes 19 dance as the roles of Paris and Juliet.

Brophy theatre brings Romeo and Juliet to life

November 25, 2018

  While the Xavier and Brophy communities await a new show, the excitement builds up on both campuses. Many wonder what the set will look like, how actors are doing with their lines, and what the...

The Fine Arts Extravaganza poster hanging at Brophy during the week leading up to Nov. 20. FAE showcases talents from both Xavier and Brophy artists

Brophy’s Fine Arts Extravaganza

November 19, 2018

One could say there's something warmly sentimental about the month of November. The feelings of the holiday season are slowly creeping in, there is a sense of excitement as the weather finally turns to...

New Christian art showcased in Stark Gallery

New Christian art showcased in Stark Gallery

October 1, 2018

In the midst of the hustle and bustle of Xavier's campus, there are still a few quiet spots to take in the best parts of the school. Some may consider their favorite to be the library, the lawns, or maybe...

Brophys Blackbox Theatre serves as a holder of many memories for Xavier students

Xavier Seniors say goodbye to their favorite memories and Phoenix spots

May 10, 2018

As the seniors begin the final countdown to graduation, we spoke to a couple to hear about their favorite memories from their time at Xavier. When given the time, the seniors barely even mentioned the...

[Video] Xavier responds to #Red for Ed

May 7, 2018

Arizona teachers walked out of their schools on April 26, demandingย more funding for public education, and picketed for six days. According to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, Arizona teachers...

Protesters display strong messages on signs at 2018 March For Our Lives

March For Our Lives Photo Story

April 18, 2018

  A march for lives and a march for peace, the March For Our Lives was a movement that took the country by storm. The following images are an account of the passion shown at the Phoenix March For...

Helen Innes 19 watches Frances McDormands speech from the 2018 Academy Awards

What is an Inclusion Rider?

April 17, 2018

There's always one. Every year, at every award show, there's always one speech that stuns the audience and makes a lasting effect on everyone who sees it, hears about it or talks about it. For only a few...

Peter and The Starcatcher is a fun-filled play with a touch of music

Brophy’s Spring play: Peter and The Starcatcher

March 22, 2018

The Brophy Blackbox has been home to an array of stories and characters throughout the years. Greasers and Socs in "The Outsiders," activists from Wyoming in "The Laramie Project," Tiny Tim and Scrooge...

Student perspective

February 23, 2018

Since the infamous Columbine shooting in 1999, there have been 210 school shootings in the US (Roberts, M. 2018, February 21). In 2018 alone, there have been a countless number of school shootings, injuring...

The Times Up Movement began on January 1st with a letter published by The New York Times.

#Time’sUp movement shines at The Golden Globes

January 24, 2018

It's never unusual to see a celebrity name in a news headline. They grace the front covers of magazines, pop up in newspaper articles and are constantly appearing on the nightly talk shows. However, recently,...

Bake a sweet treat or two to celebrate the season!

Celebrating the holidays in the desert

December 14, 2017

Nothing screams winter like sweating in your Christmas pajamas, right? As Arizona natives, we are much too equipt to a quite unconventional Christmas season, filled with 80 degree weather and a complete...

PBS Student Reporting Lab: STEM School Teacher, Mr. Jonathan Perrone

November 21, 2017

Johnathan Perrone and his 8th grade STEM and robotics class at Mountain Sky Middle School talk all things innovative and STEM related.

Student takes a look at the Outsiders Script

‘The Outsiders’ comes to life as Brophy’s fall play

November 8, 2017

We rarely think about how our favorite books came to be. What is the story behind the story itself? For author Susan Hinton, it was a matter of writing the life she knew. In 1964, Susan sat down and began...

2017 pop culture Halloween costumes

October 31, 2017
At a loss for which character to be this Halloween? Here are the top four popular culture costumes from 2017.
Elie Carlos 18 reads The Tempest by William Shakespeare with Haley Pulliam 18 in the Baldwin Library at Xavier College Preparatory on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017.

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October 31, 2017

Elie Carlos '18 reads "The Tempest" by William Shakespeare with Haley Pulliam '18 in the Baldwin Library at Xavier College Preparatory on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017.

The art of the American look

The art of the “American look”

September 28, 2017

What is "American fashion"? Is it an American flag printed dress? The red, white and blue apparel we sport on July 4th? Is it something more understated than that? Maybe it lies less in the clothes themselves...

Gillian Vaughn 18 in the computer lab on Wednesday, September 6, 2017.

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September 28, 2017

Gillian Vaughn '18 in the computer lab on Wednesday, September 6, 2017.

Belen Santistevan 18 looks at one of Frida Kahlos self-portraits on display in the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Ariz. on Friday, May 19, 2017.

Arizona art museums offer escape from the desert

August 31, 2017

As the summer winds down, August finds its way into September, and the Phoenix temperatures continue to sit at a steady 105, 108, 110 degrees, the whole valley itches for something - anything - to do,...

A small child among a crowd of protesters holds up a sign that reads, Be a better example 4 me. Protesters congregated outside the building where President Donald J. Trump held a campaign-style rally on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017.

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August 31, 2017

A small child among a crowd of protesters holds up a sign that reads, "Be a better example 4 me." Protesters congregated outside the building where President Donald J. Trump held a campaign-style rally...

A protester holds up a neon-green sign that says No hate. Protesters congregated outside the building where President Donald J. Trump held a campaign-style rally on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017.

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August 31, 2017

A protester holds up a neon-green sign that says "No hate." Protesters congregated outside the building where President Donald J. Trump held a campaign-style rally on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017.

A protester holds up a sign that reads Hate has no home here in black text on a white poster with red and blue stars. Protesters congregated outside the building where President Donald J. Trump held a campaign-style rally on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017.

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August 31, 2017

A protester holds up a sign that reads "Hate has no home here" in black text on a white poster with red and blue stars. Protesters congregated outside the building where President Donald J. Trump held...

A spray-painted poster reads Love is the answer. Protesters congregated outside the building where President Donald J. Trump held a campaign-style rally on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017.

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August 31, 2017

A spray-painted poster reads "Love is the answer." Protesters congregated outside the building where President Donald J. Trump held a campaign-style rally on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017.

A protester in Downtown Phoenix holds up a white flag with black text that says Resiste. Protesters congregated outside the building where President Donald J. Trump held a campaign-style rally on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017.

[Photo] The rise of the resistance

August 31, 2017

A protester in Downtown Phoenix holds up a white flag with black text that says "Resiste." Protesters congregated outside the building where President Donald J. Trump held a campaign-style rally on Tuesday,...

The Sunday rule: breaking your Lenten promise

The Sunday rule: breaking your Lenten promise

April 18, 2017

Ahh, Lent. The season is upon us. It's a period that seems to trudge on for way more than 40 days. We wait and wait and count down the days until it's over, but once Easter comes we are rewarded with an...

Media in the Catholic church: a blessing, or a curse?

Media in the Catholic church: a blessing, or a curse?

March 27, 2017

The next time you walk into mass on a Saturday evening, take a look around you and see how many teenagers you can find, or lack there of. This begs the question; is religion still apart of the lives of...

Finding faith in fame

Finding faith in fame

March 6, 2017

In a world where celebrities are thought of as untouchable, perfect, mystical beings, it's hard to remember that they're not much different than us. Sure, they live in huge mansions, go to fancy award...

Faith, friendship, and fun: an inside perspective on sophomore prayer day

March 6, 2017

On Friday, February 3, the entire Sophomore class filled into Founders Hall to spend a whole day dedicated to celebrating friendship and faith. Like any other prayer day, the class of 2019 started our...

Xavier introduces new donor organizations

Xavier introduces new donor organizations

December 8, 2016

Legacy is a common theme at Xavier, and it's something that is obviously important to many Xavier students, faculty and alumnae. Next year, Xavier will be celebrating 75 years of legacy. 75 years of...

Diversity at NYFW

Diversity at NYFW

December 5, 2016

New York Fashion Week, an event historically reserved for leggy struts and gorgeous runway apparel, is a whirlwind of fashion and art. Often the public forgets about the smaller shows, and new designers/brands...

Restaurant review: sushi style

Restaurant review: sushi style

September 19, 2016

As a little girl, I got some pretty strange looks from parents when they had me over for a playdate and asked me what my favorite food was. I answered as honestly as I could, with a toothy smile and an...

Alex Gburek 17 stands in front of a Rio Salado promotion poster.

What’s the deal with Rio?

September 1, 2016

When just walking around campus, the possibility of Rio Salado Dual Enrollment is portrayed ย through constant announcements, emails galore, and flyers handed out by teachers. Most students are unsure...

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