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Responding to “HeForShe”

Women must set an example of respect I am a feminist, and there’s no way around that completely irrevocable fact. There are three things that bring me to this conclusion about myself – my strong opinions about women’s rights, my belief that gender inequality is a real problem and my desire to feel comfortable in … Continue reading

People with disabilities don’t owe us anything

A young woman with one arm wins a surfing competition. A man with two prosthetic legs goes to the Olympics. A boy with autism sinks a half-court shot. A woman with multiple sclerosis sings the national anthem. We’re all very supportive of people with disabilities. At least when they’re doing something amazing. Social media has … Continue reading

Media inaccurately portrays pope

Every time I see a new article published on Pope Francis, I cringe because I assume it’s going to be bad. Not bad like the litany-of-sex-abuse-allegations bad that we saw a couple years ago, but bad as in no-one-can-describe-the-pope-accurately bad. Since Pope Francis’s election on Mar. 13, 2013, the English-speaking media has regularly mischaracterized the … Continue reading

Missed Opportunities: New Alter Hall design lacking

Everyone has seen it. Everyone has definitely heard it. Alter Hall is being renovated into an entirely new space on campus for students to work, learn and grow. Isn’t that exciting? Well, I’m challenging you to take a deeper look at this newly designed structure that “enhances” our campus community. I must start by commending … Continue reading

Marijuana legislation fuels inequality

Criminal records haunt job-seekers despite law’s repeal Time to talk drugs — weed, specifically. No one wants to be caught with marijuana on his or her person. Every pot-smoking, doobie-lighting, blunt-puffing college stoner lives in fear of the fine and confiscation of his or her precious herb if caught. However, for many people that have … Continue reading

The reality of “revitalization”: Changes in Over-The-Rhine neglect needs of traditional residents

What should I do this weekend? It’s a question all students ask themselves every week. Here at Xavier we’re only a quick 15 minute drive from one of the fastest developing neighborhoods in the country, Over-The-Rhine (OTR). OTR provides plenty of options for a leisurely weekend excursion from campus. Restaurants, shops and theaters can be … Continue reading

Was I just bullied?: The dangers of anonymity on Yik Yak

Last week, Max Bruns wrote an editorial about Yik Yak, the social media app that lets people within a five-mile radius write posts anonymously. I had never heard of the app until the editorial ran, and I had no interest in downloading it or reading what people wrote – until last Friday. Last Friday, Don’t … Continue reading

The shows must go on: Why live performance deserves to survive

In the age of television and film, many see acting on the stage as an obsolete art form. However, this view reflects an inadequate understanding of theater’s importance and value. Spending a few extra dollars (and getting off the couch) to experience live theater is worth it, even if our culture is telling us otherwise. … Continue reading

Value your vote: Midterm elections matter

If it’s an even-numbered year, that means it is election time. The midterm elections have candidates for local and federal offices criss-crossing respective districts in hope of winning our vote this November. Before you think of voting or politics and begin to get cynical, let me offer some advice. America is a representative democracy. Citizens … Continue reading

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

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