Opinions & Editorials

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Definining Jesuit values

What’s behind the buzzwords? What does it mean to be a Jesuit, Catholic university? Well, I’m not sure, but this may be the year that students find out. This year is a special one at Xavier, or at least it ought to be. This year marks several important anniversaries: it is the 200th anniversary of … Continue reading

City Council has good intentions, bad judgment

Investment in minority-owned business fails to pay off In March 2012, Cincinnati’s city council voted to give $684,000 in grants to help restore space at the Banks (a mixed-use development project on Cincinnati’s riverfront) for a restaurant project called Mahogany’s and to loan an additional $300,000 to the restaurant to buy necessities and begin operations. … Continue reading

Yik Yak: forum for fun or platform for pettiness?

New social media app cloaks mean-spirited comments in anonymity Despite what a lot of the old folks are saying, I think our generation is pretty awesome. Humor is a really effective method of bridging social gaps, and as a generation, we have perfected the art of cynical, sarcastic humor. It takes the edge off many … Continue reading

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

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