Reflecting on the Church’s role in society

By: Taylor Fulkerson In Illinois last week, Bishop Paprocki of the Springfield Diocese announced that he plans to offer prayers for “exorcism in reparation for the sin of same-sex marriage” on Nov. 20 as Governor Patrick Quinn signs into law an act that legalizes marriage equality. Besides the fact that this is insensitive to the LGBTQ community, I find this political stunt to be deeply problematic. This week is an appropriate time to reflect on the role of the Catholic Church in society: scripture readings for the mass this time of year flirt more with apocalyptic themes, quotes from Pope … Continue reading Reflecting on the Church’s role in society

Ryan’s Pub to re-open

By: Maddie Day Ryan’s Pub, located in Gallagher Student Center, is set to reopen early next semester under new management. The previous owner of the restaurant, who also owns Andy’s Mediterranean, requested to withdraw from the operation. “The new Ryan’s Pub is being designed as a student pub,” Tom Barlow, director for Auxiliary Services, said. “It will focus on what the student wants.” The renovation project is headed by Ann Hoffman, a Xavier alumna and member of the Board of Trustees, and focuses on reinventing Ryan’s Pub as a place that satisfies, supports and excites Xavier students. Hoffman has spoken … Continue reading Ryan’s Pub to re-open

Xavier hosts International Education Week

By: Gina Carfagno The Center for International Education (CIE) is hosting International Education Week to celebrate study abroad programs. It is a joint initiative of the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Department of Education that helps promote exchange and prepares students for global environments. This week, the CIE hopes to create awareness and showcase opportunities Xavier offers. “We believe that it’s important to facilitate cultural dialogue and exchange on Xavier’s campus and in the surrounding communities,” Executive Director Lea Minniti said. Two of the week’s events will focus on international careers. One is a presentation called “From Xavier to … Continue reading Xavier hosts International Education Week