Seniors celebrate at Winter Ball

By: Meredith Francis ~Campus News Editor~ Groups of seniors loaded onto school buses on Feb. 6 to attend the Winter Ball at the 20th Century Theater in Oakley. While many students gathered on the dance floor, the Ball also featured a bar, a quesadilla station, popcorn and other snack options. Senior Board, who plans senior-oriented events such as Senior Week, sold roughly 310 tickets for the event. Senior Board member Traci Garcia believes that the night was a success. “It was great to see such a turnout by the senior class. As our final months at Xavier come to a … Continue reading Seniors celebrate at Winter Ball

News in Brief

By: Meredith Francis ~Campus News Editor~ Family confirms ISIS hostage killed According to her family, Kayla Mueller, an American hostage held by ISIS, is confirmed dead. The confirmation comes after ISIS claimed that the 26-year-old aid worker was killed in a coalition airstrike in Syria. ISIS recently released a statement saying that Mueller had been buried in rubble following an attack by Jordanian aircraft. U.S. officials have yet to confirm Mueller’s cause of death. Mueller was kidnapped in Aleppo in August 2013. TransAsia Airways flight crashes A TransAsia passenger aircraft crashed into the Keelung River in Taipei, Taiwan, on Feb. 4, killing at least 39 people. Preliminary investigations … Continue reading News in Brief

Óscar Romero named martyr

By: Meredith Francis ~Campus News Editor~ Pope Francis recently named Archbishop Óscar Romero an officially recognized martyr of the Catholic Church. Romero, who was Archbishop of San Salvador from 1977 to 1980, was shot on March 24, 1980, while celebrating Mass. Romero was a vocal critic of the military regime in El Salvador during the country’s civil war. He advocated for the poor and spoke out against political violence. The recognition of his martyrdom puts Romero one step closer to beatification, which is the last step before sainthood. Romero’s martyrdom was previously held up because the Catholic Church requires that … Continue reading Óscar Romero named martyr