DIFT alum named best writer

Jacob Smith wins regional award for senior film project By William Lopes and Mo Juenger, Staff Writer and Editor-in-Chief When Jacob Smith graduated Xavier last summer, he packed his bags and left for Los Angeles. Months later, his move is paying off. Smith, a 2022 Xavier graduate with degrees in Digital Innovation, Film and Television and economics, has been honored by the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS). He was nominated for five awards and won Best Writing.  The Ohio Valley Chapter of NATAS presents annual commendations during its Student Production Awards ceremony … Continue reading DIFT alum named best writer

Professor promotes Xavier childcare

By Mo Juenger, Editor-in-Chief As of 2017, one in every 15 Xavier students was also a parent. The national percentage of student parents has been on the rise since 2019, now at almost 22% of all undergraduate students.  As the national student parent population grows, Dr. Kristen Renzi, chair of the Department of Gender and Diversity Studies, knows this topic is often tricky for institutions to address.  “One of the arguments that’s repeatedly given is, ‘Well, this is just a faculty and staff issue; it’s not something that’s important to students,’” Renzi said. “There are actually a great number of … Continue reading Professor promotes Xavier childcare

Cincy chef clinches Chopped

By Mo Juenger, Print Managing Editor Patrons at Cincinnati’s own Arnold’s Bar & Grill were ecstatic as Head Chef Kayla Robison sauteed her way to stardom Tuesday.  Robison won an episode of the cooking competition show Chopped, beating three other chefs along the way.  In the show, four chefs are asked to create a three-course meal based on a basket of mystery ingredients.  Typical baskets are not gourmet — Thursday’s episode featured alligator tenderloin, pine cone syrup and mushroom-flavored candy canes as required inclusions.  The appetizer that led Robison to success was an alligator and edamame wonton with chocolate dipping … Continue reading Cincy chef clinches Chopped