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College is a precious thing to waste

Over the past few months, I’ve taken a few minutes out of my day to write down three things that I am grateful for — and admittedly a lot of those things included pizza delivery, cancelled plans, cupcakes and free beer glasses (where are my cheap, lazy, sweet-toothed introverts at?). I am grateful for more … Continue reading

Stop reflecting and drink with me

Senior reflections are cliché, corny and almost always try too hard to impart some kind of life lesson: be yourself, love your family, grow in your relationship with god and spend every day thankful for the gifts you have received, especially for being able to attend Xavier. While these lessons are important, they can also … Continue reading

Is Xavier protecting community or just avoiding controversy?

There are few issues as contentions and controversial as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. People’s emotions can sometimes get in the way of having civil discussions about it. It is still, however, important to discuss the conflict that the U.S. is so heavily involved in. Xavier University prides itself on being committed to social justice, inquiry, and … Continue reading

Living With Quality: A Reflection

As some of you may know, the first article that I wrote for the Newswire was about my Uncle Joe. I wrote about how he dealt with dying from glioblastoma. Instead of focusing on the” Dying with Dignity” side of the debate, he put forth his own idea: living with quality. And Joe did live … Continue reading

$15 Dollar Minimum Wage?

This past week fast food workers protested for an increase of America’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. On April 15, reported that airport workers, home care workers, Walmart workers and adjunct professors also joined the protests. Protests have been planned for over 230 U.S. cities and college campuses in what organizers have called … Continue reading

Learning how to live and not just exist

A message on how not to fear what is next A year ago, I wrote about how the Newswire had become a lifestyle for me and about how as a first-year I never would have thought I’d be where I was then. And it baffles me now to realize that yet another big and unpredictable … Continue reading

It’s good to fail sometimes

When I was a freshman, I gathered all my meager self-confidence and sent a writing sample to the Newswire. I was soundly ignored. On the long list of Things I Don’t Handle Well, failure is in the top three, along with flirtatious conversation and Excel spreadsheets. To give you an idea of just how much … Continue reading

What is the proper goodbye?

Parting words for an imperfect community In saying goodbye, one expresses affection, well-wishes and an intent to return. When I tell my roommate and my close friends goodbye in a few weeks, at least, that’s how I will do it: “I love you, I hope the best for you and I hope I see you … Continue reading

Laugh in the face of the unknown

An improviser’s lesson on embracing the spontaneous beauty in life I’m a planner, a perfectionist. I need things to go a certain way. This is funny, because none of life’s great moments ever seem to abide by the rules of the “plan.” For years, I was lucky enough to be a member of Don’t Tell … Continue reading

The power of enough

There comes a point toward the end of every semester when all college students say, “I’ve had enough.” We become so exhausted by the general malaise of tests, homework and stress that only late-night fast food runs and hysterical sobbing can cure these woes. It is almost as if an intangible barrier of “enough” automatically … Continue reading