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The nuances of 9/11 In our fervor to remember, what do we forget?

Sept. 11, 2001: A day that, like Imperial Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor more than 70 years ago, “will live in infamy.” Each year, we remember the thousands of innocent lives claimed by the attacks on 9/11, flooding social media with posts that read “Never forget” and images of the burning World Trade Center towers. … Continue reading

Feminism needs men, men need feminism

“Battle of the sexes” must become a thing of the past I am a cisgender man. Any conversation that I have about gender equality feels like it requires that disclaimer, because I do not understand what it is like to be a woman, and some women believe that precludes me from having a place in … Continue reading

Cincinnati sewer situation stinks of bureaucratic bickering

The sewers in Hamilton County are a mess, and it’s not due to anything that’s been flushed down a toilet. The reason my nose is wrinkled, rather, is because the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSGDC) has become the latest object of conflict in the seemingly endless chest-beating contest between the governments of the … Continue reading

Staff Editorial: “Xavier bubble” inflates

Last year, students protested the construction of a fence around the campus basketball courts, arguing that the fence was a symbol of Xavier’s failure to live in solidarity and community with the surrounding neighborhoods. This past summer, another wall was built between Xavier and the Norwood community. Although the University Station complex does not serve … Continue reading

Leaked celebrity nude photos: Subjects of photos have no need to be ashamed

During my freshman year of high school, there was a girl on my basketball team who I wasn’t really fond of. The friends of the boy I was dating knew this, so one night, when we were all hanging out, one of the boys asked me if I had seen her latest photo. Thinking it … Continue reading

The need for interfaith: Spirit Celebration ignores campus diversity

For the past three summers, I have dedicated myself to sleepless nights, sore limbs and satisfying interactions with some of the most wonderful people I know. To those who think that I’m conditioning for a Division I sport, the joke is on you. In truth, I am volunteering as a member of Manresa program. This … Continue reading

Spanish unnecessary at Spirit Celebration

About a week ago, the Xavier community held the Spirit Celebration to kick off the academic year, a tradition that dates back to 1940 at Xavier and much further back for Jesuit schools around the world. There has already been some contention among students over how inclusive or exclusive the event was, especially considering the … Continue reading

Ed Fitzgerald: a scandal mishandled Ohio Democratic Party can’t afford its mistakes

Ed Fitzgerald, the Democratic candidate in the 2014 Ohio gubernatorial race, did not, in fact, have sexual relations with that woman. He really didn’t. However, from the moment the press discovered that he had been found in the car in a parking lot with a woman who was not his wife, he would prove the … Continue reading

Missed opportunities: new Core neglects physical education

If there’s one thing Xavier students love more than complaining about subpar dining options, it’s complaining about the Core. This usually takes the form of singling out courses that are included in the Core but don’t deserve to be. Philosophy and theology are easy prey. Literature and foreign language courses are also common targets. It’s … Continue reading

Core allows students to find joy in learning

I love music. I study music. I am, in fact, a music education major. I do not imagine that I will have a career where I will do much of what can be called “useful.” Not in the way that, say, an engineering student or a pre-med student will have a useful career. I also … Continue reading

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