Xavier: a brief history

By: Richard Meyer ~Copy Editor~ Xavier University has come a long way from its original found­ing in 1831 as an exclusively male college to where it is today. Xavier is the fourth-oldest Jesuit university and the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the country. At its founding, Xavier was located on Sycamore Street in downtown Cincinnati, near St. Francis Xavier Church which is still standing today. The col­lege was originally called the Athenaeum and was dedicated by Bishop Edward Fenwick, the namesake for one of the dorms on today’s campus. The Athenaeum was only in existence until 1840, when the name was … Continue reading Xavier: a brief history

Introversion: a salve for today’s social world

By: Michael Petrany There is a curious disease that seems to afflict Western civilization, at least in recent times. It has infected almost every stratum of society, from the corporate boardroom to the kindergarten class. Far more educated people than myself have referred to it as the “extrovert ideal” — that is, a societal expectation that extroversion is the norm and that properly functioning human beings should be outspoken, assertive and the life of the party. More introverted persons can be labeled as antisocial, lacking confidence or held back by their “inhibitions.” And this ideal is, I contend, a big … Continue reading Introversion: a salve for today’s social world

Muñoz to remain speaker in face of controversy

By: Sabrina Brown Anthony Muñoz will remain the speaker at the commencement ceremony in the face of objections from Xavier students, faculty and alumni, according to Xavier President Michael Graham, S.J. Xavier University announced earlier this month that Muñoz, Hall of Fame Bengals player and well-known Cincinnati philanthropist, would be the Commencement speaker at graduation this year. The selection of Muñoz has created controversy within the Xavier community. Many alumni, students and faculty were concerned with Muñoz’s stance on LGBTQ issues, derived from his involvement with Citizens for Community Values (CCV). According to its website, CCV prides itself on promoting … Continue reading Muñoz to remain speaker in face of controversy