Annual Spirit Celebration braces the rain

By: Nick Bergeman ~Staff Writer~ Xavier’s 2015 Spirit Celebration could have easily become a nonevent when it started raining, but it turns out that it takes a little more than a drizzle to stop it. As it continued to rain, it became clear that remaining in front of Alter Hall might not be conducive, so the mass was cut short and only the Liturgy of the Word and blessing of Alter were completed. The celebration still offered a blessing to students as they start the year, even if it was in shorter form than intended. The abbreviated mass continues the … Continue reading Annual Spirit Celebration braces the rain

Graham announces budget shortfall

By: Taylor Fulkerson ~Managing Editor~ President, Fr. Michael Graham, S.J. announced that the university would undergo another budget shortfall this academic year during the University Convocation on Sept. 8. Graham noted that there was a budget shortfall for the summer period, and “that there is going to be a shortfall in the fall, and that that will be several orders of magnitude larger than the summer numbers. We don’t yet know what those numbers are going to be exactly because of a variety of reasons,” he said. Graham addressed faculty, staff and students, explaining university projects and goals for the … Continue reading Graham announces budget shortfall

The need for interfaith: Spirit Celebration ignores campus diversity

For the past three summers, I have dedicated myself to sleepless nights, sore limbs and satisfying interactions with some of the most wonderful people I know. To those who think that I’m conditioning for a Division I sport, the joke is on you. In truth, I am volunteering as a member of Manresa program. This program has shaped me in tremendous ways, one of which is spiritually. There remains a crucial component of the program that informs students of the inclusivity and respect that Xavier has towards all faiths. At the conclusion of the four-day event, the Office of Interfaith … Continue reading The need for interfaith: Spirit Celebration ignores campus diversity