DIFT alum named best writer

Jacob Smith wins regional award for senior film project By William Lopes and Mo Juenger, Staff Writer and Editor-in-Chief When Jacob Smith graduated Xavier last summer, he packed his bags and left for Los Angeles. Months later, his move is paying off. Smith, a 2022 Xavier graduate with degrees in Digital Innovation, Film and Television and economics, has been honored by the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS). He was nominated for five awards and won Best Writing.  The Ohio Valley Chapter of NATAS presents annual commendations during its Student Production Awards ceremony … Continue reading DIFT alum named best writer

DIFT awards

By Griffin Brammer, Newswire Live Show Manager Two Xavier alumni have been nominated for a California-based film award for their senior documentary. Fausto Scricca and Michael Culkin are 2021 graduates with degrees in Digital Innovation, Film and Technology (DIFT). Their film, “Got Nic?” received a nomination in the Documentary, Short or Feature category for the ETHOS Awards.  The ETHOS Awards are a Los Angeles and Santa Monica-based film festival and award ceremony created by filmmaker Annabelle Munro.  “The awards show has been running for four years and is run by Hollywood industry professionals,” Culkin explained.  “(Awards) are not exclusively given … Continue reading DIFT awards

CFI renovates, expands offerings

By Olivia Valkner, Staff Writer Center for Innovation (CFI) Coordinator and XU alum Ben Alegre is excited for a new semester with a freshly renovated space.   The CFI seeks to increase experiential learning on campus through the implementation of events and programs that bring Xavier students into the world of innovation and entrepreneurial studies. Renovations to the space were made over the summer, and CFI administrators hope the changes will boost student engagement with the center. The building, located across from the Book Depot, now includes spaces for study tables, cornhole, breakout rooms and televisions. Associate Provost of Academic Affairs … Continue reading CFI renovates, expands offerings

XU pauses group fitness classes

Students start web petition to restart program amid university hiring freeze By Molly Hulligan and Ryan Breece, Head Copy Editor and Guest Writer Group fitness classes at the Health United Building (HUB) were paused indefinitely in a new move made by administration at the beginning of the fall semester.  With this decision, 23 students lost their jobs as group fitness instructors.  Group fitness classes provided a space for students to attend specific fitness programs led by a student instructor who specialized in that exercise. Some classes offered include group cycling, zumba, pilates, yoga and more. In light of the recent … Continue reading XU pauses group fitness classes

Professor promotes Xavier childcare

By Mo Juenger, Editor-in-Chief As of 2017, one in every 15 Xavier students was also a parent. The national percentage of student parents has been on the rise since 2019, now at almost 22% of all undergraduate students.  As the national student parent population grows, Dr. Kristen Renzi, chair of the Department of Gender and Diversity Studies, knows this topic is often tricky for institutions to address.  “One of the arguments that’s repeatedly given is, ‘Well, this is just a faculty and staff issue; it’s not something that’s important to students,’” Renzi said. “There are actually a great number of … Continue reading Professor promotes Xavier childcare

Agresta accepts Award of Excellence

DIFT program ranks in international competition by Hunter Ellis, Staff Writer It was just another day in the Digital Innovation, Film and Television (DIFT) studio for junior Maddie Agresta, but with a call from her advisor, that was about to change.  Agresta was the latest of a long line of students in the DIFT department to have their work recognized by the Broadcast Education Association (BEA). “I thought that she was calling to talk to me about senior films next year… and I answered it and she was like, ‘You’re a finalist,’” Agresta recalled. “I was like, ‘Oh my gosh!’ … Continue reading Agresta accepts Award of Excellence

XU names Al-Nsair nursing dean

By Marty Dubecky, Staff Writer Dr. Nezam Al-Nsair will be appointed dean of the College of Nursing after an almost three-year period during which the position has been held by Interim Dean Dr. Judith H. Lewis. Al-Nsair, who will be newly joining the Xavier faculty, expressed his appreciation for the appointment, adding that he has always admired the Xavier nursing department’s high achievement. “I wanted to associate myself with such an institution that is highly regarded and ranked in the region,” he said of the Xavier community.  Al-Nsair began his education at Jordan University of Science and Technology in Irbid, … Continue reading XU names Al-Nsair nursing dean

Continued Coverage: Russia invades Ukraine

By Sophie Boulter, World News Editor Updated: Apr. 13, noon U.S. President Joe Biden said that Russia is carrying out genocide in Ukraine.  “(He is) trying to wipe out the idea of even being Ukrainian,” Biden said.  When asked to clarify his comments, he doubled down on his use of the term.  “Yes, I called it genocide because it’s become clearer and clearer that Putin is just trying to wipe out the idea of even being Ukrainian,” Biden said.  “More evidence is coming out of the horrible things that the Russians have done in Ukraine. And we’re going to only … Continue reading Continued Coverage: Russia invades Ukraine

Students protest recent vandalism

Walkout for increased administrative and XUPD action attains large turnout Words by joe clark, sports editor Photos by Hunter Ellis, Multimedia Managing Editor Coverage by Morgan Miles and Ethan Nichols, Staff Writers Yesterday morning, Xavier students held a walkout to protest the lack of administration response to recent vandalism incidents on campus.  Students and faculty began showing up at 10:55 a.m. for the 11 a.m. protest, and by 11:06 a.m students were being asked to stand on the upper levels of Gallagher to spread out the crowd. Five minutes later, the demonstration began.  At the conclusion of the event, students … Continue reading Students protest recent vandalism

White Supremacist vandals return

By Hunter Ellis and Grace Hamilton, Multimedia Managing Editor and Breaking News Response Team Member Xavier has once again been targeted by vandalism from a White supremacist group, the most recent instance in a string of attacks dating back to late January 2021.  Wednesday night at 12:57 a.m., XUPD responded to a call reporting the destruction of property. The damage cited in the most recent attack included the slashing of a Black Lives Matter banner hanging from Bellarmine Chapel, the destruction of signage in the peace circle and the placement of stickers promoting the group around the Xavier Yard. XUPD … Continue reading White Supremacist vandals return

Frankel wins Roger A. Fortin Award

Philosophy professor is recognized as outstanding teacher in the humanities By Hunter Ellis, Multimedia Managing Editor The question “What is the good life?” has been theorized by philosophers from Aristotle to Nietzsche. But for Dr. Steven Frankel, the 2022 recipient of the Roger A. Fortin Award, the answer to the question is simple: It’s about friendship. Frankel joined Xavier’s philosophy department in 2003, but before coming to the school, he had already taught at colleges around the world. After graduating from the University of Chicago, Frankel joined his wife in California and began teaching at California State University. It wasn’t … Continue reading Frankel wins Roger A. Fortin Award

Sean Miller returns to Xavier as head coach

Following Travis Steele’s departure, Coach Miller will lead the Musketeers By Joe Clark, Sports Editor Xavier has agreed to a six-year contract to hire former Musketeer and Arizona coach Sean Miller.  Miller comes to Xavier after 12 years and 411 wins at Arizona. That was preceded by five years as head coach at Xavier, where he won 120 games. Miller started his tenure at Xavier in 2001, where he served as an assistant coach under Thad Matta. “Xavier is thrilled to welcome Sean Miller and his family back to Victory Parkway,” Director of Athletics Greg Christopher said. “Sean is an … Continue reading Sean Miller returns to Xavier as head coach

Coach Steele and Xavier part ways

Steele departs after NIT win, leaving Muskies to speculate the future of MBB By Joe Clark, Sports EDitor Vice President and Director of  Athletics Greg Christopher announced on Wednesday afternoon that Xavier and former men’s basketball head coach Travis Steele mutually agreed to part ways.  The decision comes after an 18-13 regular season that saw the Musketeers miss the NCAA  Tournament for the third straight year a tournament was held. The 2020 NCAA Tournament was canceled due to COVID-19. Xavier has also lost in the opening round of  the Big East Tournament each of  the past three years. “I want … Continue reading Coach Steele and Xavier part ways

Newswire wins nine ONMA awards

As Newswire celebrates winning its first ONMA title, we thank you for reading Last Friday, Newswire was awarded the Frank E. Deaner Excellence in Collegiate Journalism Award. This is the second time Newswire has placed in the top three and the first time it has  taken home the gold. The Ohio News Media Association collegiate awards have been given annually for the past 13 years, and the Frank E. Deaner Award is given to two college papers based on student enrollment to recognize them as the best newspapers in the state.  The Excellence in Collegiate Journalism Award is named after … Continue reading Newswire wins nine ONMA awards

Take It On starts spring program

XU political dialogue initiative to launch ambassador program this semester By justin Malone, Staff Writer The Take It On initiative is supporting a new student ambassador program that is expected to launch later this semester. Take It On leaders hope the program will allow  students to lead or partake in political discourse with their peers.  Established in 2019, Take It On is a nonpartisan initiative that aims to engage the campus community and facilitate political discussion. This ambassador program signifies one step toward increasing student involvement in these challenging conversations.   The program is designed to give students the opportunity to … Continue reading Take It On starts spring program

Snow causes confusion with classes

XU adopts new inclement weather policy requiring asynchronous classwork By Hunter Ellis and Chloe Salveson, Multimedia Managing Editor and Show Manager Xavier’s new inclement weather policy, along with over three inches of ice due to Winter Storm Landon, stirred widespread confusion for both students and faculty about the nature of snow day classes. The new policy, which requires asynchronous work on inclement weather days, does not replace the old one, as there may be instances where classes need to be canceled.  However, Dr. Rachel Chrastil, Provost and Chief Academic Officer, emphasized the added flexibility the new policy offers the university … Continue reading Snow causes confusion with classes

Mariani makes a mark with new role

New Take It On director hopes to spark conversation, increase voter turnout By Mattie Cieplak, Guest Writer, & ROBBIE Dzierzanowski, Campus News Editor Dr. Mack Mariani has been appointed the new director of the Take It On initiative during the last week of January, replacing Dr. Rachel Chrastil, who was hired as the university’s Provost and Chief Academic Officer.  Originally founded in 2019 by Associate Provost and Chief Student Affairs Officer Dave Johnson; Government Relations Director Sean Comer; and Chrastil, the Take It On initiative was formed as a bi-partisan organization to encourage peaceful political discourse and student involvement in … Continue reading Mariani makes a mark with new role

CBI studies sustainable solutions

Director Liz Blume aims to make campus greener, solve parking problem By Griffin Brammer, Digital Communications Manager Xavier’s Community Building Institute (CBI) has released parts of its parking and transportation study in an effort to develop both long-term parking solutions and increase sustainability on campus.  A survey, one element of the CBI’s study, was sent via email to Xavier residents on Jan. 12. Students were asked about general parking habits and evaluated their feelings on prospective changes to Xavier parking. “I’ve been here at Xavier 18 years,” Director of the CBI Liz Blume said. “Parking is always an issue.” Blume … Continue reading CBI studies sustainable solutions

Xavier’s tuition to rise for 2022-23

After a year of stagnation, costs to attend will increase by nearly 6% By Hunter Ellis, Chloe Salveson and Olivia Valkner, Staff Contributors After being approved by the Board of Trustees, newly-appointed Provost and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Rachel Chrastil confirmed on Tuesday in a campus-wide email that tuition and other costs will rise in the coming academic year.  For full-time undergraduates, tuition will go from $21,115 to $22,385 per semester. This marks a 6.01% increase. There were no changes to Xavier’s tuition last year, in what Chrastil called a “diligent and intentional effort to not increase tuition across any … Continue reading Xavier’s tuition to rise for 2022-23

Chrastil chosen as next Provost

Former professor assumes new office with a student-centric approach By Chloe Salveson, Show Manager During winter break, longtime history professor Dr. Rachel Chrastil was named the next Provost and Chief Academic Officer, assuming office on Jan. 1 with a hopeful and enthusiastic outlook for the university’s future.   The Provost and Chief Academic Officer is one of the foremost positions at the university. In her new role, Chrastil is responsible for ensuring students’ academic success and wellness by overseeing the academic quality in all four colleges at Xavier. She works with and reports directly to Dr. Colleen Hanycz, president. “Even just … Continue reading Chrastil chosen as next Provost

Outdoor basketball courts to open

XU strives to pop the “Xavier bubble” through community engagement By Tess Dankoski, Marty Dubecky and Katie Sanchez, Staff Writers With the decision to narrow access to the outdoor basketball courts and plans to connect Xavier to the Wasson Way bike trail in the coming years, the Xavier community has debated whether enough is being done to pop the so-called “Xavier bubble.”  A task force decided that the  outdoor basketball courts, located on the north side of campus adjacent to Buenger Hall, are scheduled to open next semester. This fall, the courts have been closed due to  COVID-19 concerns and … Continue reading Outdoor basketball courts to open

XU grapples with ties to slavery

Gollar says the university still has work to do to reconcile its history By Trevor Tiemeyer, Staff Writer Newswire sat down with Dr. Walker Gollar, a professor in the theology department who teaches American Catholic history, to discuss Xavier’s ties to slavery and the renaming of Justice Hall. Gollar has been at Xavier for almost 30 years, and his research focuses on issues related to slavery. Q: Can you describe the research you conducted? What was its original purpose and what spurred it?  A: Back in 2016, when Georgetown University announced it was changing the names of some of its … Continue reading XU grapples with ties to slavery

Pro-life vandalism continues

By Hunter Ellis and Tyler Clifton, Multimedia Managing Editor and Staff Writer A series of counter-protests and incidents of vandalism have transpired the past 36 hours in response to a pro-life display erected by Xavier’s chapters of Students for Life (S4L) and Network of Enlightened Women (NeW).  The first incident of vandalism occurred on Wednesday night sometime before 2 a.m. XUPD was dispatched at 3:26 a.m. and responded to the incident at 3:35 a.m. by reassembling the display. By 9 a.m. the next morning, however, the signs were taken down again. S4L responded to this incident themselves, reassembling the signs … Continue reading Pro-life vandalism continues

Hanycz to be installed this afternoon

Students, staff and Jesuit tradition highlighted during Inauguration Week events By Alex Budzynski, Editor-in-Chief Following a week of celebratory events, Dr. Colleen Hanycz, president, will be installed as Xavier’s 35th president today in Cintas Center. Her inauguration marks a historic changing of the guard, as she becomes the first woman and layperson to serve in the presidency.  “It’s been a generation since Xavier has last had a presidential inauguration, so it really is a moment to pause and realize that it’s bigger than us,” Vice President of Mission and Identity Dr. Debra Mooney remarked. “Now, (Hanycz) is more than who … Continue reading Hanycz to be installed this afternoon

We ARE Change wins SGA election

Cahill, Dhaliwal, Nash and nine senators will be sworn in next semester BY OLIVIA VALKNER, JOSEPH COTTON AND CHLOE SALVESON Annalese Cahill, Evan Nash and Ryan Dhaliwal of We ARE Change were named the winner of the Student Government Association (SGA) election last night.  “We are super happy our hard work paid off. It’s really encouraging to know that the student body is passionate about change and is passionate about a proactive response to things,” Cahill said. We ARE Change beat out AID XU, composed of Derrick Meyer, Ethan Brosnan and Diego Paulido, as well as Voice for Xavier, composed … Continue reading We ARE Change wins SGA election

We ARE Change endorsed with enthusiasm

By Newswire’s Editorial Board There are three executive tickets running for election in the 2021 Student Government Association (SGA) Election.  We ARE Change includes presidential nominee Annalese Cahill and Vice Presidential nominees Evan Nash and Ryan Dhaliwal. Voice for Xavier includes presidential nominee Murphy Penwell and Vice Presidential nominees David Reeves and Adam Stuckey. AID XU includes presidential nominee Derrick Meyer and Vice Presidential nominees Ethan Brosnan and Diego Pulido. Based on the evaluation by our Editorial Board, Newswire has decided to endorse We ARE Change. We have full confidence that Cahill, Nash and Dhaliwal all have the necessary vision and … Continue reading We ARE Change endorsed with enthusiasm

SGA campaigns are underway

Read their platforms below, and don’t forget to vote next Wednesday AID XU President: Derrick Meyer Junior business analytics and marketing major Vice President: Ethan Brosnan Junior health services administration major Vice President: Diego Pulido Junior classical humanities and communication studies double major Campaign Platform: Our platform will be focused on improving on-campus life for students. We will be personable with students by going around campus, interacting with them utilizing social media. Goals & Plans for Office: Bring nutritious and new food options Build a better connection between students and Cincinnati Provide transportation around the school, grocery stores and CVG … Continue reading SGA campaigns are underway

Commons renovations to continue

Physical Plant outlines upcoming upgrades and construction projects By Hunter Ellis, Multimedia Managing Editor Physical Plant took on a dozen construction projects over summer break, including significant changes to Commons Apartments and Brockman Hall. While the work in Brockman Hall was mostly completed this summer, other projects including the Commons, the disc golf course and the addition of an auxiliary gym at Cintas Center are ongoing. According to Director of Construction Tim Trucco, the lingering effects of COVID-19 and several natural disasters had an effect on supply chains and labor availability, which presented substantial obstacles compared to previous years. Limited … Continue reading Commons renovations to continue

Ceremony celebrates Justice Hall

Four justice-seekers announced as namesakes of the building’s towers By Alex Budzynski and Trevor Tiemeyer, Editor-in-Chief and Guest Writer The Xavier community congregated on Tuesday to recognize the renaming of Justice Hall and to announce the first four individuals who will be the namesakes of the building’s four towers.  To conclude the annual Spirit Celebration, attendees migrated from Bellarmine Chapel to the doors of Justice Hall and the Hoff Dining Commons, assembling below the Student Commitment banner.  Dr. Julia O’Hara, co-chair of the Fenwick Place Renaming Committee, shared that Justice Hall’s towers will be named after Henrietta Wood, John Lewis, … Continue reading Ceremony celebrates Justice Hall

The jury’s out on recreational courts

Recently damaged courts to remain closed while task force assembles By Olivia Valkner, Staff Writer Xavier is launching a task force to assess the utilization of outdoor recreational sports areas, specifically the outdoor basketball and sand volleyball courts. While students continue to use the sand volleyball courts, the adjacent basketball courts remain closed due to damage inflicted upon the turnstile gate this summer. The gate was frequently used to climb over the courts’ fence and subsequently broke. The basketball courts were built in 2010, and before the fence was installed, people from the surrounding community frequently used the space. The … Continue reading The jury’s out on recreational courts

CDI welcomes a new director

Dr. Sherrae Mack: “It’s about focusing on what we can do, together” By Emily Croft, Staff Writer The Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) has welcomed a new director, Dr. Sherrae Mack, who brings professional expertise and a passion for a personalized approach to her leadership.  Mack is a proud Cleveland native who has returned to her home state after several years. She attended Tennessee State University, a historically Black university, for her undergraduate degree before attending New York University for her masters in Africana Studies.  The new director topped off her academic career with a doctorate in African American … Continue reading CDI welcomes a new director

Xavier mandates vaccines for spring

As COVID-19 cases spike, Task Force discusses further restrictions By Alex Budzynski AND HUNTER ELLIS, Editor-in-Chief and Managing Multimedia Editor Xavier is now requiring all students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to the spring semester as announced in yesterday’s campus-wide message from Dr. Colleen Hanycz, president. This update comes as Xavier is experiencing a surge in positive cases, consistent with national trends.  According to the email message, this protocol follows full Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of a COVID-19 vaccine. With this announcement, Xavier becomes the first institution in the Greater Cincinnati region to mandate the COVID-19 … Continue reading Xavier mandates vaccines for spring

XUPD increases campus security systems

Vandalism and vehicle break-ins inform decision to ramp up surveillance By Hunter Ellis and Chloe Salveson, Multimedia Managing Editor, Show Manager XUPD is taking measures to expand security coverage on campus in response to the vandalisms and car break-ins that occurred last spring. “(The department) has been working through the summer on a number of safety initiatives, including enhancing the security camera coverage for our community,” XUPD Chief of Police Robert Warfel stated. He emphasized that he is not interested in a temporary technological fix that will be outdated in three to five years. University administrators, including Dr. Colleen Hanycz, … Continue reading XUPD increases campus security systems

Back Page 09/28/22

God Rest the Queen By Logan Davis, Guest Writer Following the tragic and untimely death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, much ado has been made of the future of the British Commonwealth. While I view any negative conversations about the outcome of this great Kingdom as utterly disrespectful to the memory of our glorious Queen, I feel it is my duty to respond, in turn, to these presumptions of the future of our entombed Queen’s commonwealth and now that the BBC’s ten-day gag order has been lifted, I finally feel able. Some commentators have noted that the Great British … Continue reading Back Page 09/28/22