Service learning semester approved

By: Tatum Hunter ~Opinions & Editorials Editor~ A six-member administrative review team has recommended the revitalization of the Nicaragua Academic Service Learning Semester (ASLS) in the spring of 2015. The team was headed by Lea Minniti, executive director of the Center for International Education, and Dr. David Mengel, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. In its 67-page program review, the team com­pleted the first comprehensive evaluation of the Nicaragua ASLS program since 2003. The review process involved conducting faculty interviews and focus groups; surveying students, faculty and program alumni; ana­lyzing faculty research on service learning and visiting … Continue reading Service learning semester approved

Students Simulate Experience of Life In Poverty

By: Gina Carfagno Students who are enrolled in the Poverty and Learning class, along with 20 other participants, recently experienced a poverty simulation opportunity on campus. The four-week program was set up to help raise awareness about poverty and to build solidarity, giving students the ability to experience and understand challenges brought on by poverty first-hand. Sean Rhiney, Director of the Eigel Center for Community-Engaged Learning, along with Professor Bree Lang, who teaches the service learning course, collaborated with the Freestore Foodbank to put together this program for the students who are working on an impact and assessment for the … Continue reading Students Simulate Experience of Life In Poverty

Staff Editorial 9-25-13

As of this week, several new kiosks were installed on campus with helpful maps and information to aid students in navigating the complicated Xavier shopping mall, I mean, er, campus. The Newswire staff wholeheartedly approves of this beneficial addition to our campus life. Xavier has grown over the past few years, making campus increasingly difficult to navigate. Many of us have humanities majors; it has been challenging — to say the least — to find buildings such as Albers, Elet and Cohen, even with the addition of those nifty blue signs above each building. It’s impossible to tell them apart. … Continue reading Staff Editorial 9-25-13