Xavier to host community event on basketball court access and usage

By: Justin Worthing ~Staff Writer~ Xavier’s Community Building Institute (CBI) along with Recreational Sports will be hosting a Community Welcoming event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 12 at the basketball courts. The event is being held to help the neighboring communities interested in using the courts to effectively transition to the new fence layout. “It’s really just to introduce people to the new process and the new system,” CBI Director Liz Blume said in an interview. “We’re going to have representatives from the men’s and women’s basketball team (present) along with Brad Redford, and we have invited … Continue reading Xavier to host community event on basketball court access and usage

Staff editorial: cards and fences

The fence and card-activated turnstiles installed around the outdoor basketball courts on campus this winter and the accompanying usage policy will go into effect on April 1. The fence was the object of a student protest in the fall. The protesting students’ critiques and actions do not appear to have had any effect on the administrative decisions regarding fence policy. The policy will have the ramifications that students feared it would: it will restrict court access and usage hours, limiting and marginalizing the Avondale, Norwood and Evanston communities. Xavier facilities are primarily designed for students, no doubt. The problem lies … Continue reading Staff editorial: cards and fences

Staff editorial: building walls

On summer nights, it is common to see many community members utilizing Xavier’s outdoor basketball courts that are next to Buenger Hall. That may no longer be the case. Over the last two weeks, construction workers have been installing a fence around the courts. The fence will allow only individuals with an ALL Card or a visitor pass obtained through O’Connor Sports Center to enter. The fence is a result of an increase in the number of thefts taking place on the courts as well as overcrowding, but it also implies a disturbing message. While we understand both theft and … Continue reading Staff editorial: building walls