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A year of speaking out Students exercise their voices

Xavier students have not been short on opin­ions this year, and this year has been a rather event­ful one. Students have made strong statements about everything from the fence around the basketball courts to the ongoing Core curriculum revision. They have expressed interest in international poli­tics, defining what it means to be a student and … Continue reading

Life after college: the Great Unknown

It is a question that has plagued theologians, philosophers and scientists for decades — nay, centuries. We’ve all heard the quack re¬ports, but really, how could any rational-minded person take them seriously? The “alumni sightings” in offices, bars, graduate schools and open cornfields at night are clearly just deranged hallucinations. The older siblings who graduated … Continue reading

Gifts and challenges of a Jesuit education

Cornfields. More and more cornfields. I weaved in and out of lanes as I passed semi-truck after semi-truck at 2 in the morning on 1-71 towards Cincinnati, Ohio. The spring of 2010. The last col¬lege visit of far too many. A young kid from the Washington, D.C., suburbs making the eight-hour trek with his father … Continue reading

Looking back and forward: the Newswire is a lifestyle

Much of my fresh­man year was spent behind the counter of a certain Mediterranean restau­rant in the basement of Gallagher. We were never especially busy, so I was always looking for ways to pass the time between mopping floors, deep-frying falafel patties and shaving pieces of gyro off a spigot. Some days, I would bring … Continue reading

Editors-in-chief reflect on year

The bittersweet nature of ever-changing communities I’ve read many senior columns throughout the course of my time at Xavier. I’ve edited some, been present when a few were written and read three out-going editor-in-chief columns. I never thought the time would come when I would have to write my own, when I would be on … Continue reading

Senior letters: John Appeldorn

Learning to enjoy the process in a results-driven world I’ve never written one of these columns before. My experience with Op-Ed has largely been from a seat at the copy desk, with an eye of scrutiny and pen in hand. It is great to switch this up for one last time and share a few … Continue reading

Senior Letters: Katherine Colborn

When pursuing your passion is worth missing out   “Katherine, have you been getting any sleep?” People who know me have asked me this question pretty frequently. My answer for the majority of this year has been, “Not really.” It seems I’ve become known for a few things in my circle of friends, and two … Continue reading

Diversity at X: overcoming fear and challenging racial stereotypes

Quite frankly, my experience at Xavier University as an African-American male was unexpected. A few semesters ago, my frustrations with ignorant Xavier students intensified when I experienced it firsthand. While working on an academic paper in front of the Gallagher Student Center Welcome Desk, I overheard a student worker say “nigger” with such confidence that … Continue reading

The best rejection I’ve ever received

I don’t typically like to talk about myself in public. I like to discuss theater things, make “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” references and act like an idiot regardless if people are looking or not.   However, when it comes to talking about my college experiences, I get self-conscious about sounding soap-boxy. This is my … Continue reading

Becoming your fullest self

It’s incredible, all of the emotions and frantic thoughts that go through a senior’s brain this time of year.   There’s the “what am I going to do with my life” stream of consciousness that never seems to be a concrete thought, but rather a constant cloud of panic that floats over our heads. Then … Continue reading


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