Alumna joins White House

By: Justin Worthing ~Staff Writer~ Xavier alumna Debra Eschmeyer recently joined the White House staff as the new Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition Policy and Executive Director of Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative. She replaced Sam Kass, who formerly held the positions, on Jan. 8. Eschmeyer’s new position requires her to advise the White House on a variety of food and nutrition issues. She will also create and organize strategies to combat childhood obesity by promoting healthy food options and physical activity for kids across the country. Eschmeyer grew up on a dairy farm and graduated from Xavier in 2002 … Continue reading Alumna joins White House

Congress fails to pass budget, forces government shutdown

By: Andrew Koch The federal government shut down after Congress failed to approve a budget before the new fiscal year began. As a result, institutions controlled by the federal government put hundreds of thousands of employees on indefinite, unpaid leave and closed government buildings across the country. Because the Constitution requires the federal budget to receive a majority vote in both the House of Representatives and the Senate in order to take effect, the federal government entered a shutdown when the new fiscal year began without a Congressionally-approved budget on Oct. 1. More than 800,000 employees the government deemed “non-essential” … Continue reading Congress fails to pass budget, forces government shutdown