‘Disgraced’ wrestles with Islamophobia

By: Henry Eden ~Campus News Editor~ Following Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s announcement detailing its 2016-17 lineup, theatergoers around Cincinnati have eagerly awaited the Shelterhouse Theatre’s first performance of the season, and for good reason. Ayad Akthar’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony award winning Disgraced was the most produced play in the United States in 2015, and Akthar remains the second most produced playwright across the nation. The play is receiving increasing demand for a reason. People want to see the show, but they don’t necessarily like what they see. What Akthar presents to the audience is a brutal look at … Continue reading ‘Disgraced’ wrestles with Islamophobia

Despite controversy, “Sniper” scores

By: Jessica Griggs ~Guest Writer~ “American Sniper” delivered the true story of Chris Kyle, a Navy SEAL who was labeled the “most lethal sniper in U.S. history,” to millions of moviegoers since its release earlier this month. The film is the most recent release by director Clint Eastwood. The film recounts each of Kyle’s four tours in Iraq as well as the battle at home that both he and his family faced against the emotional repercussions of war. Suspenseful, adrenaline fueled scenes in combat are juxtaposed with tense situations stateside where Kyle wrestles with the conflicting duties he feels he owes to both his country and his family. The proud and honor-driven Kyle is played by Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper, who garnered another nomination for his … Continue reading Despite controversy, “Sniper” scores

Muslim students respond to Islamophobia

Students promote dialogue, understanding in face of conflict and tragedy By: Justin Worthing ~Staff Writer~ Since the Charlie Hebdo attacks, the hashtag #killallmuslims has gained popularity on Twitter, and some Twitter users are claiming that “#killallmuslims is the only viable response” to the attacks. In light of this and similar comments made about Islam in the wake of recent world events and violent acts of terror by radical Islamist groups, Xavier’s Muslim Student Association (MSA) is planning events to alter these sometimes common perceptions of Muslims. Starting Jan. 23, members of MSA will be displaying posters throughout campus in direct … Continue reading Muslim students respond to Islamophobia