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

New course highlights two philosophical schools of China

By: Justin Worthing ~Staff Writer~ This semester, Xavier’s theology department has added a course focusing on the influence and relevance of Confucianism and Taoism, the two main philosophical schools of China. THEO 359, taught by Dr. Hsing-yi Kao, examines the two schools in their historical context and applies them to a variety of contemporary social issues. The course, which Dr. Kao offered as a philosophy course last semester, begins by outlining themes of ancient Chinese civilization, followed by a look at the basic concepts of the religions. Students then study influential Confucian thinkers, such as Mencius and Confucius themselves. Kao … Continue reading New course highlights two philosophical schools of China

Alumna joins White House

By: Justin Worthing ~Staff Writer~ Xavier alumna Debra Eschmeyer recently joined the White House staff as the new Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition Policy and Executive Director of Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative. She replaced Sam Kass, who formerly held the positions, on Jan. 8. Eschmeyer’s new position requires her to advise the White House on a variety of food and nutrition issues. She will also create and organize strategies to combat childhood obesity by promoting healthy food options and physical activity for kids across the country. Eschmeyer grew up on a dairy farm and graduated from Xavier in 2002 … Continue reading Alumna joins White House