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August 24, 2011 Volume XCVII Issue 2

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Follow John Wilmhoff online for the latest sports news in between publishing dates at our new website. This week, find women’s soccer, men’s soccer and volleyball. BY MOLLY BOES News Editor

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Police notes are back: A student was cited for reckless operation when observed operating a motor scooter.... Page 3

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Get the inside scoop with Sabrina Brown on Xooligans and men’s soccer... Page 4

Newswire photos by Jake Heath

Mini vans, trailer hitched trucks, and SUVs of several freshmen families arrived in front of Brockman and Kulhman Hall Thursday and Friday to gather for the first time as the class of 2015 in the annual events of Manresa. New to this year’s freshmen orientation, Playfair, a company that specializes in team-building and ice breaking, made its return from a 2010 absence due to suspicions that the Swine Flu epidemic in 2009 originated from the close activities of Playfair. “This year we had to break the class in half to make it possible, which meant that students had the opportunity to meet half of their classmates,” junior Bobby Nichols, a Manresa Core member, said. On Saturday, a new college transition block was also introduced to the Manresa schedule. During this block, several on-campus offices were asked to put on presentations to teach first year students something about college life. Among these offices were the Bursar’s Office, Office of Student Involvement and Interfaith Community Engagement. These offices gave presentations on managing finances, getting involved and world religions. “Overall, it was a great success,” Nichols said. “It’s something that everyone involved can really be proud of.”

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Men’s soccer blocks IU BY SABRINA BROWN Sports Editor On Sunday, August 21 the Xavier men’s soccer team defeated No. 17 Indiana 1-0. This is the second consecutive preseason in which the Musketeers have defeated the Hoosiers. Xavier defeated Indiana with the only goal of the game in the second half by freshman Darin Kruzich. Kruzich scored the goal

in the 80th minute of the game. Xavier’s goalkeeper sophomore Justin Marshall had five saves. In 180 minutes of preseason play, Marshall has had seven saves and has allowed only one goal to be scored against him. The Musketeers tied with No. 11 Notre Dame in their first preseason game, bringing their current record to 1-0-1. “Obviously we are pleased

with the start to our season. Last week was a demanding week with games against two Top 20 teams with 35 straight NCAA tournament appearances between them,” head coach Andy Fleming said. “We also sandwiched in two-a-days between the games and asked a lot from the guys. Because the players did a great job of physically preparing themselves over the summer, and retained much of the system we put into place last spring, we were able to hit the ground running.” After a record breaking season for the Xavier men’s soccer team, they were picked preseason to finish third in the Atlantic 10 for the 2011 season. The 2010 season was the first under the new coaching staff of Fleming and assistant coaches Kris Bertsch, Alex Morawiecki, and Jamie Starr. Along with the new See INDIANA

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Cincy hosts Man vs. Food BY PATRICK CLARK Arts and Entertainment Editor How do you improve a day at Findlay Market in Over-theRhine? Well, that’s easy if you happen to pass by a filming of a popular reality television show. Last Thursday, Cincinnati was host to Travel Channel star Adam Richman and the crew of “Man vs. Food Nation.” The show, which airs at 9 p.m. on Wednesdays, is known for eating challenges that Richman attempts to complete. Recently, the show was renamed from “Man vs. Food” to See MAN V. FOOD

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CORRECTIONS In the Aug. 17 edition, the road near shuttle stop five should be labeled as Regent Ave.

The Newswire strives to keep the integrity and honor of all in the articles we publish. In an effort to better the paper, please tell us if you find corrections that need to be made. We appreciate your help in making the Newswire a better newspaper. E-mail us at newswire@ xavier.edu or call us at 513-745-3607.

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McDonald makeover By Robyn Campbell Staff Writer

The McDonald library received a makeover this summer in addition to the various other changes to Xavier’s campus. Since its opening in 1967, the library has experienced few changes. In 2007, the first floor of the library was made into a model for the Conaton Learning Commons (CLC) and Connection Center, and was fitted with a new service desk, new furniture, workstations, flat screens and white boards. Most of the furniture and equipment was then moved into the CLC when it opened in 2010. Other than reworking the first floor, the library has received only minor renovations and had some new furniture installed over the years. According to Amy Ensor, director for content management, students participated in surveys and focus groups last year and, according to the responses, students wanted a quiet place to study with minimal distraction and the library was not meeting these needs. In order to meet the needs of the students, the library staff and physical plant worked with contractors to create a student-friendly work space. “The library is packed with students all year round, and our users feel passionately about our library,� Ensor said in an e-mail. “We weren’t able? to do everything

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The library was renovated this summer to meet the needs of students by providing them with more quiet places to study.

we would have wanted to do in our wildest dreams; a comprehensive library re-development is still several years away, but the existing library clearly needed a facelift, and we are hopeful that students will find the new space to be welcoming and inviting.� This past May, every book, shelf and piece of furniture was removed from the building as well as the carpet. An asbestos abatement contractor safely removed asbestos tile. On the second and third floors, several walls and rooms were removed or changed to create more open space and a new library classroom was built on the first floor. The library has been equipped with new flooring, lighting, paint, shelving and furniture, and the elevator was updated. The service desk on the first floor was shortened to permit more seating in the

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area. All of the books and collections were returned to the library at the end of the summer and have been checked and organized by the library staff. Many of these items have been moved to new locations in the library. Visitors must now swipe their All Cards after 10 p.m. to enter the library in order to enhance the security in the building. The library is still awaiting the arrival of additional pieces of furniture and more technology, including signs to help direct visitors and a few other amenities, such as mobile white boards, which will be installed throughout the next few weeks. “The renovations were enormously successful. To do all that we did in such a short amount of time was nothing short of incredible,� Ensor said.

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In collaboration with the German department, the Center for Interfaith Community Engagement will host the White Rose exhibit, a tribute to members of the White Rose Society, a Nazi-resistance group of college students. From June 1942 to February 1943, a group of university students in Munich, Germany, called the White Rose Society, secretly printed and distributed anti-war leaflets calling for an overthrow of the Nazi regime. Many of the pamphlets fell into the hands of the Gestapo, and several members of the White Rose Society were arrested, convicted of treason and executed. The Lord Mayor Ude of Munich approached the Munich Sister City organization and Xavier’s German department about bringing the display to Gallagher Student Center (GSC). Since the original proposition, Rabbi Abie Ingber, director for the Center for Interfaith Community Engagement has been working primarily with Irene Luken, a professor in the German department,

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Fan Day at the ballpark Xavier Athletics will host a Fan Day before the Cincinnati Reds game at 11 a.m. on Sunday on Fountain Square. Both the men’s head basketball coach, Chris Mack, and women’s head basketball coach, Amy Waugh, will be present to interact with fans as well as players. There will also be games and prizes for fans of all ages, including a free throw shooting contest against the Xavier men’s and women’s basketball players.

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From 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday on the Greenspace. SAC will be hosting a concert featuring Ben Rector. Rector has recently performed with Train, the Script and Lifehouse at the VH1 Best Cruise Ever in April 2011 and has also been on the road with Five for Fighting and Dave Barnes.

to complete Lord Mayor Ude’s request. “Given our office’s mission, my personal background as a child of Holocaust survivors, and our staff member Amy Watterau being an adjunct instructor in German, all the dimensions seemed to come together,� Ingber said. The display houses 47 framed pieces including reproductions of vintage photographs, biographies of the executed students and copies of the resistance leaflets distributed by the society. The exhibit will kick off with a small ceremony the evening of Sept. 6 in the Clocktower Lounge. It will be available for public viewing on the second and third floors of GSC until Oct. 7. While the exhibit has been showcased in many American cities, Xavier is the only venue in southwest Ohio. “Our students will be faced on a daily basis with historic documents and photos that will speak to a small group of university students who gave their lives for what they believed in,� Ingber said. “It is important for us not only to tell their stories, but to take them to heart and challenge ourselves.�


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Greenspace, residential complex & mezzanine to be named Xavier staff expecting strong student influence to leave their mark BY JAKE HEATH Editor-in-Chief

SGA president, said. “He told us to have nine names for him that the students approved and voted for.” Heads of the project, Alleman and David Johnson, executive director for the CFJ, plan to use a three step process before Fr. Graham, makes the final decision. First, there will be a week of suggestion in which students,

the websites of SGA and the CFJ and through OrgSync. Second, the suggestions will be Student Government narrowed down and then open for Association (SGA), Dorothy Day students to review before the final Center for Faith and Justice (CFJ), voting process, exclusive only to with assistance from Center for students. After the votes are talMission and Identity (CMI) and lied, the top nine choices will be other departments, have launched sent to Fr. Graham for the final their campaign to name the decision. greenspace, the new residential Alleman and Johnson both complex, the expect community parmezzanine ticipation will help the surroundComing from the students, we can’t really will the fu- name to stick, as many ing it and the students currently use Hoff dining ture on the students to call it by the name, but we are the names: “greenscomplex, all very hopeful that the selection process helps. pace” and the “caf ”. in hopes to “Coming from the Dave Johnson, present them students, we can’t really Executive Director of Dorothy Day Center for Faith & Justice at Founder’s will the future on the Day. students to call it by the Giving name, but we are very the task to SGA and the f a c u l t y hopeful that the selection process CFJ, President Graham hopes the and staff can suggest any names helps,” Johnson said. combination of the CFJ’s Ignatian for the three spaces. According Voting for the names will ocmission and the student represen- to Johnson, the names for the cur on Sept. 7 and 8, allowing the tation in SGA will produce favor- greenspace and residence hall will president to reveal the winning able results. reflect the Jesuit mission and iden- names Sept. 22 on Founder’s Day. “Father Graham really wanted tity, while the mezzanine above to have the students be the lead- the dining hall can have a variety Kevin Tighe, Campus News Editor Phone: (513) 745-3607 ing voice in the naming of these of different options. Suggestions Newswire-News@xavier.edu spaces,” senior Ryan Alleman, will be made at club day, through

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Xavier launches new Police bike rental program Notes

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BY ROBYN CAMPBELL Staff Writer A new program called Bike XU will ride onto Xavier’s campus this semester. Bike XU is a program designed and coordinated by senior Taylor Mauro, a sustainability intern for the Sustainability Committee and junior Kristin Sanfilippo, a senator for the Student Government Association (SGA). The initiative has been organized to meet students’ transportational needs, including campus residents as well as students living in the surrounding Xavier neighborhoods. Another goal is to give students a chance to participate in the university initiatives for a greener campus. According to Mauro, the idea had been discussed by the Sustainability Committee over the last few years. Mauro said that Josh Arthur, a recent XU grad and Senator for SGA, was the one who really

put the idea into motion. As a senator, he chose to make this his project and worked with Mauro to get a grant through Women of Excellence at the end of last year. The program is still in the “beta” phase, but is expected to run similar to the laptop program located at the front desk of the Gallagher Student Center. According to Sanfilippo, students will be able to “check out” a bike for a specific amount of time and then return it at the end of the allotted time. While subject to change, a fullyear bike rental currently costs students $20, and a semester will cost only $10. Other possible fees could include maintenance fees, but SGA is trying to work out a deal with Fast Wheels on Montgomery Road where minor costs would be free for students.

Aug. 18 10:49 p.m. – Several students reported being harassed while walking back from an off-campus sponsored event on Montgomery Road. The harasser, a passenger in a 2002 maroon Chevrolet Impala, threw a gallon bottle of water and yelled racial epithets and then drove off. Aug. 20 1:00 p.m. – Officers investigated a report of an older subject yelling on the academic mall near Schmidt Hall. The nonstudent, who was attempting to solicit money, was warned and escorted off the property.

Newswire photo by Jake Heath

The greenspace, the new residential complex and the mezzanine surrounding it will soon be officially named, as Xavier staff are listening to students’ nomination and votes for names reflecting Xavier’s Jesuit tradition.

Aug. 20 10:55 p.m. – Residence Life reported damage in the New Residential Complex’s B building’s second floor. Damage was inflicted upon ceiling tiles and an exit sign.

Aug. 22 9:00 p.m. – Officers assisted Residence Life on the second floor of Buenger Hall as a small bag of marijuana was recovered. The student faces internal charges.

Aug. 21 10:34 a.m. – A student was cited on University Drive for underage consumption and urinating in the bushes along side the road.

Aug. 23 12:46 a.m. – Officers investigated a report of a strong odor of marijuana at the University Apartments building. One student was cited for possession of marijuana, along with paraphernalia.

Aug. 21 7:50 p.m. – A student was cited for reckless operation when observed operating a motor scooter on the pedestrian crosswalk of Husman lot. The student was also observed failing to stop at two stop signs. Aug. 22 12:20 a.m. – A student was cited for underage consumption and possession of alcohol when observed crossing Dana Avenue holding a red cup of alcohol.

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Aug. 17 2:03 a.m. – Norwood Police observed two students attempting to steal a stop sign on the 4600 block of Montgomery Road. Students were arrested and charged with obstructing the peace and underage consumption of alcohol.

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staff came the first A-10 championship title and NCAA tournament debut for the Musketeers. “In both games we were very organized defensively, while we played with a little more grit against Indiana. Compared to last year, we are playing better soccer with more possession and rhythm to our game,” Fleming said. “Although we did give away a last minute goal and missed out on three points, I think you want to learn lessons in pre season and not beating Notre Dame will help us close out games later on down the road.” The beginning of the 2010 season for the Musketeers proved to be difficult as it was plagued with injury, but they finished the season with one of the best turnarounds in the NCAA. Xavier can expect great things from the men’s soccer team this season. The Musketeers will take on Ohio Wesleyan at home for their final exhibition game on Aug. 27 at 7 p.m.

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Soccer off to a sluggish start By kyle isaacs Asst. Sports Editor

Long before the school year began, the Xavier women’s soccer team was hard at work in preparation for the upcoming season. They kicked off their season with an exhibition game on Aug. 14 versus Ohio University, notching a 2-1 victory. Sophomore Mariah Whitaker netted a goal in the 84th minute to tie the game up at 1-1. With a minute remaining in the game, the Musketeers scored on a deflection off an Ohio defender. Coach Woody Sherwood was thrilled with the performance, specifically the late rally staged by the women. “Down 1-0 with eight minutes to go, and to win it in regulation was new ground for this program,” Sherwood said. The women officially began their season this past weekend versus No. 8 Ohio State on Aug. 19. The Buckeyes took an early lead but Xavier played the Top-10 team close the remainder of the game. Xavier goalkeeper Katie Markesbery posted numerous saves despite 27 shots from Ohio State. “We had our hands full conPhoto courtesy of goxavier.com taining them but did a great job Freshman Darin Kruzich scored the with it. Katie Markesbery kept us winning goal in the 80th minute.

in the game with a couple of very good saves,” Sherwood said. Xavier returned to action against cross-town rival University of Cincinnati on Sunday at UC. The Musketeers now stand at 0-2-0 on the young season after falling to Cincinnati 1-0. While the result in this “highly-contested and feisty” game might have been the same as last season, Sherwood

noticed a key difference. “This year’s contest was very competitive with each team getting an equal number of chances.” The Bearcats netted a goal in the 23rd minute; Xavier had several chances to even things up but was unable to put the ball in the net for the equalizer. Markesbery had another impressive performance, pulling

down 12 saves on the day. According to Sherwood, the Musketeers will be a “more athletic and competitive team”; this season and will take a “great step forward for the program.” The women return to action this Friday in their first home game of the season against Miami (Ohio) at 7:00 p.m. at the Xavier Soccer Complex.

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The Xavier women’s team fell short to Crosstown rivals University of Cincinati on Aug. 21 after suffering a loss to Ohio State on Aug. 19.

Volleyball set for title run By john Wilmhoff Staff Writer

In his first season at Xavier, head volleyball coach Mike Johnson led the Musketeers to a 20-10 overall record (12-3 in the Atlantic 10) and reached the A-10 Championship game. This season he adds a nationally acclaimed recruiting class and two new coaches on his staff, while also returning a group of experienced players from last season’s team. The A-10 coaches picked Xavier to finish second again this year, but Johnson expects more. “I don’t put a lot of stock in those polls. It’s nice to think that some coaches think we could be pretty good, but we worry more about what we think. We can think we can win the league this year, and that’s really the goal. Anything short of that will be a bummer,” Johnson said. Johnson pointed out that this team is miles ahead right now compared to where they were a year ago in his first year on the job. “The difference between this year and last year is monumental,” Johnson said. “When I came in last year, we overhauled the entire system of play. Last year was like going through a mini-camp, teaching how to play a different style for the first time ever. This year,

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Xavier senior Michelle Matia led the team with 98 blocks in the 2010 season.

the majority of the group has a pretty firm grasp of how we want to play.” Xavier lost three seniors and their associate head coach from last year’s Atlantic 10 runner-up team, but brings in a talented four player class and two new assistant

coaches to the staff. Aubrey Smith, sister of redshirt sophomore Alex Smith, will lead the group of three incoming freshman, which was rated as “high honorable mention” by prepvolleyball.com. The Musketeers also add

Meliamé (Amé) White, a transfer from Salt Lake Community College. White, a 5-9 outside hitter, played the past two seasons in Salt Lake City, UT and arrives to Xavier as a junior. This season, however, Johnson adds two full-time paid assistant

coaches to his staff, instead of just one. New assistant coaches Sammi McCloud and Claire Paszkiewicz both bring A-10 experience to the program. McCloud, a 2010 graduate of Saint Louis University, was a former All-American and Atlantic 10 Player of the Year. This will mark her first year of coaching after playing professionally in France last season. Paszkiewicz , also a first-year coach, remains in the program after graduating from Xavier last May. She finished her playing career as one of only two Musketeers to surpass the 3,000 assists-1,000 digs mark and ranks fifth on XU’s all-time assists list with 3,303. Replacing Paszkiewicz at the setter position will be one of the biggest tasks for the Xavier staff, and she will play a role in working with and developing her successors at the position that she previously held on the team. Another issue for the Xavier coaching staff will be determining the starting six players. “We easily have 9-10 kids who can all start for us and be very successful,” Johnson said, who called his team’s depth a “great problem to have.” Xavier will open the season on Friday against Lipscomb and Central Arkansas before facing the University of Houston on Saturday.


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Xooligans back for round two Soccer fans excited for upcoming season By sabrina Brown Sports Editor

When it comes to passionate fans at Xavier University, most people’s minds instantly go to the basketball student section with their crazy hats, painted chests and cheers that have become a staple of Xavier Nation. Last year, another group made itself known in the world of Xavier sports fans: the Xooligans. The Xooligans began last year as a small group of students that prided themselves on being avid Xavier men’s soccer fans. By the end of last season, the group had grown to a recordbreaking crowd of over 1,000. The group was set in motion by assistant soccer coach Kris Bertsch. Bertsch previously coached at the University of Connecticut where he began a men’s soccer following that grew from six fans to a crowd of 3,000-4,000. “We want to embrace the passion of Xavier. This place is different than other schools I’ve been at,” Bertsch said. “People

genuinely care passionately about X.” Bertsch believes that soccer provides an atmosphere that is found solely at a soccer game. Fans become influential voices that can be heard as opposed to one voice lost in a crowd of 10,000. “They felt like their voice was heard and that their voice was impacting the match,” Bertsch said. “They felt more connected to the game.” Last season, the Xavier men’s soccer team had the biggest turnaround in the NCAA and a recordbreaking season at Xavier. The Musketeers tied defending national champion Akron 2-2 and were the second of 39 opponents to score against them on their home field. This season, the team is ranked No. 3 in the A-10 preseason. To start their 2011 preseason, they tied No. 11 Notre Dame 1-1. They then defeated seven time national champion Indiana for the second year in a row. “If they come once, they’re go-

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Xavier Xooligans used many props to pump up the team and other fans. Some Xooligan favorites were drums, horns, and various posters.

ing to come again. I believe in our product. If the product is good, they’ll come back,” Bertsch said.

Photo courtesy of Kris Bertsch

Xavier’s soccer student section, the Xooligans, had various themed nights last soccer season such as: toga night, flannel night and many others.

The Xooligans have filled a unique niche on Xavier’s campus. From wearing flannel to banging drums and using airhorns, the Xooligans are among the most passionate Xavier fans. “The passion of the Xooligans kept us going when we were basically piecing together a team [last season],” Bertsch said. “We just kept saying ‘you can’t let the Xooligans down.’” Bertsch and the Xooligans believe that Xavier Nation will be far from disappointed with Xavier’s newest fan base. The Xooligan’s are on the lookout for Xavier’s most passionate soccer fans to keep them motivated as they strive to have a successful 2011 season. Sabrina Brown, Editor Phone: 745-3607 newswire-sports@xavier.edu

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Despite the overwhelming success of the Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and the Inheritance series, the fantasy genre is often seen as a genre for nerds, children and nerdy children in which every book delivers some tired rehashing of magic, elves, dragons and haunted forests. However, there are more and more good books being published within this genre—well-plotted series with vivid, complicated characters and creative accounts of magic and adventure.

George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire is one of these fantastic (pun intended) series, a projected seven-novel epic that begins with A Game of Thrones. A Game of Thrones is a big book set in a big world made up of two continents. It follows three main storylines: the first involves the maneuvers of several noble characters in the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros as a war begins for the Iron Throne of the Kingdoms, and members of the Stark family—the main characters of the novel—dig into the secrets and scandals of their rivals. The second follows Jon Snow, the bastard of the Stark family, as he joins the Night’s Watch on the Wall, a massive, 700-foot-tall barrier of ice which protects the Seven Kingdoms from the wilds of the north. The third follows Daenerys Targaryen, the daughter of a deposed king, as she travels the eastern continent of Essos to find a way to return to her homeland and win back her father’s throne. Since the scope of the story in A Game of Thrones is so wide, there is a large cast of characters. It is a richly vivid cast, as Martin depicts each character’s motivations, actions and reactions with such care and attention that they truly begin to seem real. From the sardonic yet endearing dwarf

Tyrion Lannister, to his conniving, power-hungry sister Queen Cersei, to the upright, honorable Eddard Stark and even the minor characters who show up in few scenes, there is someone to love, someone to hate and someone to agonize over for every reader, for making an exciting fiction in which readers are involved, intrigued and invested. The world in A Game of Thrones is vast as well; a captivating, sprawling world that is fun to explore and fascinating to learn about. The stories of the many wonderful characters are only made better by the magnificently imagined world that Martin has created for them to live, love and fight in. Many readers have only recently come to know and love A Game of Thrones, thanks to the success of the HBO adaptation of the novel, but the book was actually published over fifteen years ago. Nevertheless, now is as good a time as any to pick up this fun, beautifully written novel and experience an epic that will one day stand as a classic not only of the fantasy genre, but of all popular fiction.

give Sugar ‘n’ Spice its YouTube debut. The Challenge will take place at 5p.m. on Oct. 5 with the doors opening at 4p.m. It will cost $20 to register for the event, with participants receiving a keychain, mug and Sugar ‘n’ Spice’s newest menu item: the “everything but the kitchen sink” omelette. The omelette features 12 varieties of meat, 13 different veg-

etables, eight different cheeses and 16 eggs, ringing in at $57.25, making it Sugar ‘n’ Spice’s most colossal invention yet. Roughly the size of four Chipotle burritos, the monstrous omelette is truly a break-feast. Participants can enter in teams of one, two or four, and are welcome to invite friends to watch them attempt the challenge. Admission will cost $10 and include a key chain, mug and half stack of Sugar ‘n’ Spice’s wispy thin pancakes. Part of the proceeds, as well as $50 for every team that completes the challenge, will be donated to the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative, which provides mentoring and college readiness programs to Cincinnati’s young people. “People talk about the size of our omelettes all the time, and I’m just curious to see if anyone can do it,” owner Steven Frankel said. “The challenges on the Food Network seem to pale in comparison to this.” Sugar ‘n’ Spice also began accepting X-Cash, and distributed coupons for $2 off a purchase in every freshman welcome packet. Frankel hopes to bring in more Xavier students after 70 years of business. “I always look for opportunities to promote local charities or get local universities involved. This is just another way to bring in Xavier students and give them more dining options,” Frankel said. To register for the Crosstown Omelette Challenge, email Sean Comer at comers@xavier.edu.

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Patrick clark

Arts and Entertainment Editor

In 2006, Cuyahoga county in northern Ohio, approved a 10 – year cigarette tax to support the arts in the region. Halfway through that initiative, more than $65 million has been given to over 150 arts organizations in the area. In 2010 alone, the tax income was over $17 million. Before 2006, Cuyahoga county had an annual arts budget of nearly zero. Since 2006, one and a half cents from every cigarette sold in the county goes to fund these different arts programs. The public body that distributes the funds gathered, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, released these figures at the end of May. “We have long been saying that the arts and culture aren’t just extras,” the executive director of the organization, Karen Gahl-Milis said in a statement. According to the report, the arts group supported by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture employed over 5,000 staff and generated $280 million in fiscal activity. Also according to the report, there has been a significant increase in arts education with af-

ter school classes, workshops and events increasing attendance and participation by 103 percent. There has been resistance to this effort by some including Republican Ohio state Senator Bill Seitz. The Senator is in support of public funding for the arts; however, he is not in favor of a local tax. He believes that this tax drives people out of the state to support their craving. When 2016 comes around, voters will have to decide whether to re-authorize the tax. However, by that time cigarette sales are projected to decrease due to increased awareness and with it a decrease in the funding for the arts. In the past, the public has rejected a number of other initiatives related to tax increases including a property tax and a tax on cell phones. Yet, until that time, smokers will continue to support the visual, musical and creative arts. “These investments support a strong quality of life that has allowed us to participate in a wide variety of activities that take place across the country,” Grahl-Milis said.

Sugar and Spice and everything nice Man vs. food

lizzie glaser Managing Editor

The Crosstown Shootout is arguably one of the most anticipated sporting events in Cincinnati, as the rivalry between Xavier University and the University of Cincinnati basketball heats up. This year, Sugar ‘n’ Spice, a local breakfast diner, hopes to add to the hype by introducing the first annual Crosstown Omelette Challenge, which will be filmed to

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Continued from page 1 “Man vs. Food Nation” which also came along with some changes in the show’s format. Rather than doing all the food challenges himself, Richman opens them up for locals to take a crack at. “He’s tasting all the great food all around the country, and he’s opened it up for other people to take the food challenge in each city,” Caryn Davidson, Travel Channel publicist said. It is uncertain as to whether Richman performed a challenge here in the Queen City or instead had a local make an attempt. It is rumored that if he did a challenge, it would have been at Izzy’s World’s Greatest Reubens, having a go at The 110 Reuben Challenge.

According to Izzy’s website, this challenge consists of a “supersized potato pancake, one pound of Izzy’s Famous Corned Beef, and a colossal pile of fresh, crisp sauerkraut, gouged with Izzy’s special dressing. Finally the sandwich is smothered with imported Swiss cheese.” This mother-load of ingredients is then piled onto a specially baked poppy seed loaf. Regardless of whether Richman attempted a challenge or not, he did visit some of Cincinnati’s most-loved eateries including Pho Lang Thang, a noted Asian sandwich shop in Over-the-Rhine, Izzy’s and Camp Washington Chili. The Cincinnati featured episode is scheduled to air on October 12 on the Travel Channel.

Man vs. Food Nation Next Episode:

Route 66

Wednesday, Aug. 24 at 9pm

photo courtesy of izzy’s.com

Patrick Clark, A & E Editor Phone: (937) 621-2674 Newswire-Diversions@xavier.edu


August 24, 2011

Xavier Newswire

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Week of Welcome! OrgSync Trainings

Physics Club Balloon Launcher

Relay All The Way

Club Workshop

Come Taste All of God’s Flavors: Interfaith Ice Cream Truck

Office of Multicultural Affairs Reception

10:00a.m.-2:00p.m. Relay All The Way Greenspace - Relay for Life

4:00-6:00p.m. Park Fields - Physics Club

5:00-6:00p.m. GSC Clocktower Lounge - Xavier Student Senate 5:00-7:00p.m. Office of Multicultural Affairs 280 GSC

1:00-4:00p.m. Bellarmine Circle - Center for Interfaith Community Engagement

Ben Rector Concert

3:30-4:30p.m. Faces of the World Lounge (2nd Floor of Gallagher)

Navs Ultimate Game Night

4:00-6:00p.m. GSC Patio - Student Nurse Organization

Don’t Tell Anna Improv Show

OrgSync Trainings

Seafood Fun Fest

Welcome Back Coffee Hour WoW Cookie Giveaway

Television Center Cookout

12:00-3:00p.m. Brockman Hall - University Television Association

Club Workshop 5:00-6:00p.m.

GSC Clocktower Lounge - Xavier Student Senate

5:00-6:15p.m.

Greenspace - Habitat for Humanity

5:00-7:00p.m.

Schott Hall Lawn - Office of Admissions

Habitat for Humanity Kick-Off

8:00-10:00p.m. GSC Clocktower Lounge - Navigators

8:00-11:00p.m. Kelley Auditorium (Alter Hall) - Artists For Others

5:00-7:00p.m.

GSC Patio - Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

7:00-8:00p.m.

Edgecliff Hall Recital Room

Gospel Choir Fellowship Night Singers Fall Preview Show 7:30-8:00p.m.

GSC Foodcourt - University Singers

A Start of the Year Singsation

8:30-9:15p.m. Kelley Auditorium Alter Hall - Harmon-X & Acabellas

Transfer Student BBQ

Navs Kick-Off Meeting

Pet Therapy

The Odd Couple - Speed Friending

Library/Connection Center Amazing Race

Alternative Breaks Cook Out

Kickin’ It With The Lord

Women’s Soccer vs. Miami (OH)

BSA’s Annual BBQ

Muskies After Dark (MAD)

10:00a.m.-1:00p.m. Academic Mall - Active Minds

3:00-4:30p.m. Park Fields - Life After Sunday 3:00-6:00p.m. Greenspace - Black Student Association

Thou Shall Be Dunked

3:00-6:00p.m. Greenspace - Center for Interfaith Community Engagement

Club Workshop

9:00-10:00p.m. GSC Clocktower Lounge - Navigators

5:00-6:30p.m. Greenspace - G.O.A.L. & L.E.A.D. 6:00-8:00p.m. GSC Patio - Alternative Breaks 7:00p.m. Soccer Fields

9:00p.m.-1:00a.m. Gallagher Student Center - SAC

Official Xavier Icebreaker

Fri.

1:00-3:00p.m. Conaton Learning Commons

Thur.

8:30a.m.-6:00p.m. GSC Theatre - Office of Student Involvement

6:00-8:00p.m. Greenspace - Student Activities Council

Wed.

8:30a.m.-6:00p.m. GSC Theatre - Office of Student Involvement

9:00p.m.-2:00a.m. Cintas Center Schiff Banquet Rooms - Black Student Association

5:00-6:00p.m. GSC Clocktower Lounge - Xavier Student Senate

X-treme Fans Kick-Off

Men’s Soccer Alumni Game

Men’s Soccer vs. Ohio Wesleyan

Sumo Suits & More

Ramadan Iftar

Sand Volleyball Tournament

Have A Field Day!

Mass (Father B)

Mass (Father Graham)

12:00-4:00p.m. GSC Patio - Unified for UNIFAT & African Student Association 1:00p.m. Soccer Fields

1:00-3:00p.m. Greenspace - Japanese Club

1:30-4:30p.m.

Sand Volleyball Courts - Club Volleyball Teams

4:00-5:00p.m.

Bellarmine Chapel

6:00-9:00p.m.

Soccer Fields

7:00p.m. Soccer Fields

8:00-10:00p.m. Greenspace - Muslim Student Association

4:00-7:00p.m . Greenspace - Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. 10:00-11:00p.m. Bellarmine Chapel

Sat. Sun.

ASA/UNIFAT Food Giveaway Event


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