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Audiences snub great filmmaking

On Nov. 14, visionary filmmaker Christopher Nolan released his most ambitious and groundbreaking film to date — “Interstellar.” The film — inspired by the work of theoretical physicist Kip Thorne — raised a lot of hype leading up to its release. People were excited: a cinematic experience rivaling the greatness of Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A … Continue reading

Streetcar Saga

One year ago, if you had searched for the most recurring word in Cincinnati political news, the number one result, possibly before “the” or “a,” would be “streetcar.” Perhaps this is an exaggeration, but it can’t be too far off the mark; last year at this time, local politics and the streetcar debate were interchangeable … Continue reading

Why practice yoga?

As college students, we often find ourselves at a crossroads…of a 20-lane intersection with no real concept of which way will make us happiest, benefit us most or give us the best chance to achieve our dreams. It’s stressful. We are in a tug-of-war between “this is the best time of your life, enjoy it,” … Continue reading

Loyalty versus ambition What ultimately brings happiness?

My grandfather worked as an engineer for General Electric (GE) Aerospace his entire adult life. He would always tell me, “I never woke up and dreaded going to work.” He genuinely loved his job, and they loved him. Most of his work was confidential. However, what we do know is that he and a small … Continue reading


When people think of addiction, they generally think about smoking, alcoholism and maybe even caffeine. The typically talked-about addictions, such as smoking and caffeine, are generally caused by chemical dependencies that affect a person’s body. If someone is addicted to nicotine, going too long without a cigarette makes him feel anxious and irritable. If a … Continue reading

“Death with Dignity” debate

Living with quality when faced with tragedy Joe Neyer was driving home early one November morning in 2012. He had been having frequent headaches throughout the week but thought nothing of them. However, three blocks from home, he got completely lost and couldn’t remember where he was. Joe had a seizure and passed out. An … Continue reading

Common Core wrong for schools, students

No one is ever happy about education in this country. There are incalculable flaws and disparities, insurmountable polarities in philosophy and unimaginable bureaucratic barriers embedded in the United States’ public education system. In the past few years, there has been talk about the most recent idea for education reform, termed the “Common Core.” Much ink … Continue reading

Balancing basketball: priorities at Xavier

As I am writing, Xavier and the world around it are in a time of change. The leaves are falling from the trees, Ebola has reached our hemisphere and midterm elections just ended. While all of these are newsworthy, they are not what I would like to address today. Instead, I would like to talk … Continue reading

Francis not deviating from Church doctrine

Last week, I attempted to give some background and a little criticism regarding recent media commentary surrounding Pope Francis’s “political position.” This will be an issue for years to come, no doubt. It would be realistic to assume that academics will be attempting to define the political implications of Francis’s papacy for at least the … Continue reading

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

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